Hi hi!

I might have missed last Wednesday’s Workdesk blog hop with Julia as we were on holiday but I’m back again this week and this time with some actual creativity!  I’ve been gradually moving back in to my craft room since Saturday and yesterday Mr Pretty put the newly painted shelves back up but he somehow ended up with paint on his hand I the process!  I’m going to leave them a few more days before I put things on them just to be sure…

So what IS going on here on my workdesk?  Well it is very much baby steps I can tell you but I’m happy with that.  I’ve been joining in with the #100DayProject and my own little challenge is #100DaysOfArtLearning.  I’ve taken ownership of a lot of art supplies, some from the children & some from a professional artist, so I’m logging and swatching all of them while I learn a bit about how they feel and what I can do with them.  I also already had a lot of supplies that I’d felt sure that I needed and so it’s been a great exercise for me to see exactly what I’ve got.  I’ve also been brave and thrown some of the supplies away because they’ve dried out but I’ve kept most of the dried old brushes for mixing, poking holes, spreading glue etc. 

The thing that seems to be taking the most time in this is the receptacling.  Yes I have absolutely made up a word because there wasn’t one to encapsulate re-organising your supplies over and over again into different, erm, receptacles.  Yes, I know I am not alone here dear readers because when I mentioned my penchant for large jars the other week, several of you admitted to an addiction for boxes.  It must be a crafter thing because I do love a box too, and I really love a basket or a dish and I am particularly drawn to little cases such as those you can see on my desk.  Getting the right supply in the right receptacle is an art form in and of itself dontcha think?  The pink case now stores some dried up oil pastels that don’t blend anymore.  Some of them are ancient, like 20+ years probably.  They are professional artist grade because I ‘acquired’ them from the family of an artist who passed away at least that long ago.  I have one of his oil paintings on my wall given to me by his sister (who passed away 12 years ago) just because she knew I loved it.  I really hope they can both forgive me for not passing the supplies on to their rightful owners (known in our family as The Vultures) as they wouldn’t have appreciated them & have no knowledge of their existence.  His oil paints were pretty much all dried up but I have learned so much from using the tiny set of Daler Rowney half pan watercolours & I thank him for that. 

My next job is to log and swatch all the squirty watercolours but I think I need another cuppa first.  Whose turn is it to pop the kettle on?  I’ll be round in a mo. x


  1. LLJ on 21 February 2024 at 8:51 am

    I’ll get the kettle on now, what do you fancy? Receptacling is most definitely a word, I do it all the time when trying to put something in the most useful/satisfying container. The fabric strips I do for my string quilts are the worst, I try to keep them tidy but it’s a losing battle. Lovely pic of your desk – aren’t your raised veg beds fab? I’m jealous!
    Hugs LLJ 7 xx

  2. Julia on 21 February 2024 at 10:40 am

    I’m a big fan of those little suitcases, have bought the asacending size sets for each girl in our family as a rite, but in each case I think the mothers thought I was quite beside myself. I would love to have them back now they’re all grown…I might ask if any of them survived! (The cases, not the neices!!) good to see you doing stuff, and frankly, it’s so productive to be going through and learning as you tinker, your sample book is a work of art of its own. Loving the description of ‘squirty watercolours’….totally works for me!
    Did you manage to suss and sort the Blogger/Google thing?

  3. Helen Lindfield on 21 February 2024 at 12:24 pm

    Boxes are all well and good if you have space. I’ve run out ! I never think if th 100 day project as with work I don’t have time. Enjoy people’s projects though. Happy woyww Helen #2

  4. Angela Radford on 21 February 2024 at 12:46 pm

    Oh my boxes! I have loads but still buy more. This is for me one of the only ways I feel I can organise stuff and know where it is when I needed but I know they can be a problem to store. I have a little suitcase like that one somewhere, it was an early card making kit that I bought years ago and probably still has some old stuff in it, another thing that needs using up Lol! Have a great woyww, Angela x11x

  5. Mary Anne on 21 February 2024 at 1:50 pm

    OMG I do that too! Then al to soon I take them all out again because if they are IN something I forget about them and never use them. Love your colour study. And OMG how neat is your garden!? Wonderful!

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (6)

  6. Lynnecrafts on 21 February 2024 at 2:12 pm

    I do like that little case! My tubes of watercolour are barely contained in a tin, with elastic bands at present. Where do you get those sweet cases please?
    The great thing about watercolour is that a bit of water soon revives it. Swatching and colour blending is very satisfying.
    Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 16 xx

  7. Angela on 21 February 2024 at 2:31 pm

    Totally agree that receptacling is very important. One of the important things to remember is when you have too many, you have to get rid of some! Thankfully you can never have too many ????????????
    Happy WOYWW Angela #14

  8. Sarah Brennan on 21 February 2024 at 3:50 pm

    I do love a good receptacle too Lisa-Jane – drawers, boxes and shelving units depending on the supplies. Love your use of the watercolour paper for swatching your paints. The extra notes to self are really useful too. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #1

  9. Chana Malkah on 21 February 2024 at 4:08 pm

    LOL! The other day The Hubster asked if I had ever met a box, jar, or oversized cup that I didn’t love! He accused me of being dedicated to the “unnecessary” emancipation of boxes, jars, and cups from an existence in which they were perfectly happy so that I could thrust upon them my vision of their place in my crafty utopia! He was right, of course, but…

    I like your new word and I plan to use it the next time The Hubster makes a snarky comment about my healthy obsession! Using watercolor paper for your swatching is such a neat idea!
    Have a fabulous remainder of the week!
    Chana Malkah, WOYWW #19

  10. Neet Hickson on 21 February 2024 at 4:40 pm

    I used to be a box saver/purchaser – well in a way i still am, but now it is not just any old box that tickles my fancy, now I make more informed choices. I must show you two of my favourite boxes, both now empty and I have not a clue what i bought them for but I adore them. Just short on space to keep them somewhere these days.
    Love how you are trying these paints and things out and making notes alongside. Something i should have done years ago. Now i look at some things I have and wonder what they are for and what they can do. Keep going, you are on to a winner.
    Hugs, Neet 13 xx

  11. Spyder on 22 February 2024 at 4:39 pm

    Sorry I’m so late, was sure I had commented yesterday! I’m about to do some paint swotches, it’s a good way to know what the paint looks like on different papers. Have a great week. Happy WOYWW!? ((Lyn))#17

  12. kyla on 25 February 2024 at 1:35 pm

    Love that you were also sorting out paints! I hadnt thought of logging the colours though, thats a good idea (but I doubt I will I am a bit rubbish at sorting stuff!). Glad you are back in the room and hopefully its all dry now.thanks for visiting my desk already

  13. Kelly on 25 February 2024 at 11:20 pm

    Happy Sunday!
    Yep, it’s all about finding the just the right receptacle. Then you out grow that and have to start all over LOL. For me it’s photo storage boxes. I’m on a serious declutter/ organization at the moment. Thanks for dropping bye! Creative Blessings! ~Kelly #18

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