*taps mike. Is this thing on?
Yes it’s definitely been too long, and there are many reasons which I’ll save for another non WOYWW post but suffice to say that it’s been a rather challenging few years indeed. Life has changed somewhat & it continues to throw me around like a little wooden boat in storm. However, part of getting the boat back to shore if you will, is making the good bits bigger by ‘finding the joy’. For me that means reconnecting with others and working out ways to craft and make art again because the little I’ve done has been very sporadic and at times uncomfortable while I work around my new disability issues. So let’s have a look at this desk situation shall we?
No I don’t know why I chose this week to make a comeback to the wonderful What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday blog hop. In fact it’s pretty daft timing I’m sure you’ll agree but I wanted to strike while the iron was hot and stop making excuses for myself. I actually chose last week and then chickened out so this is my desk from last Wednesday. This week the room is totally empty but I hope to have some sort of normality back by next week (normality… hhmmm…) We moved in to this fixer-upper 9 years ago and the renovations started with the kitchen which is below my kitchen. I was overruled on having a second radiator in there back then but now Mr Pretty has relented. We have to go up through the kitchen ceiling to spur off of my craft room rad which unfortunately meant we had to take up the entire laminate floor. This of course meant all the lovely things spread across my craft room had to be packed up, moved, shifted back & forth, stored in every other room in the house (yes even in the bathroom), and the whole thing is making me twitch. And breathe…
So what’s actually in this pile of detritus?
Closest to the camera – a couple of failed attempts at making new candles from old spent ones. Yet another ‘hobby’ that I felt compelled to begin and haven’t touched for about 5 years!
A big jar – is it just me or do other people feel obliged to hold on to large useful jars that in the end never get used for anything?
Cutters & craft mats – perfectly acceptable craft desk fayre.
An assortment of witchy ingredients – slightly more unusual craft desk fayre but once the work is finished I should definitely cleanse my space and set some new intentions.
Polish & duster – I was TRYING to clean as I went and good grief it jolly well needed it. If only dust was a suitable art medium….
Finally, my Christmas scrapbooking stash – in the stadium organiser and the tiffany blue container are the Cocoa Vanilla collections I was intending to work with for the last 3 years and still haven’t made much progress with. Scrapping the previous 2 Christmasses has been particularly hard (in part due to losing both parents within 5 months) & this year I just gave up. However, in ‘finding the joy’ I need to embrace the good times and actually use those two beautiful collections to record the memories, even though it’s hard, so they are next on my list to get pages planned for.
I’m sorry this isn’t full of crafting delights or must-buy purchases but it is a step in the right direction for me & I do hope you’ll bear with me and pop back next week to see if I’ve managed to get anywhere with putting things back! I know my husband will be glad it’s over as I can stop shrieking at him every time he moves something on top of something else. I’ve lost track of the times he has rolled his eyes and I can read his mind saying “It’s only paper, it’s not like you’ve got a shortage of it is it??”
Till next time