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Welcome to see my desk. Be prepared, it’s a huge mess! I’ve been working on some christmas cards and didn’t clean between several projects. Luckily I’m good at working on top of a pile πŸ™‚

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I warned you! On the bottom you see the card om working on right now. It has a paper embroidery border that is raised from the paper below. In the square wil come some glitter, like a shaker card.

On the right bottom you see my new weekly diary for 2017. It’s the same brand as I used this year. On the left pages are weekly planners and on the right you can write down notes. It was a real helpful planning tool last year and I hope it will be next year too. First appointments are written in it as well. It’s good to have something to look forward to.

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And 3 more christmas themed atc I’ve made. This is the last part of the atc advent calendar I did for a swap. It was a great project, challenging to come up with this many designs and fun because I already received some cards and play by the rules so I haven’t seen them yet, but I wish I did. Ofcourse nobody knows if I do open them now, but it will spoil the advent fun.

If you would like to see more desks, please visit Julia.

 

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My desk last night. Going trough my sketchbooks I found this big eyed girl and she was screaming to get some color. I gave her a fast layer of color with my new water soluble crayons. They where a gift and I love them. The pile of magazines I still need to read on the left top is growing. I’m looking forward to christmas vacation and have time to go trough them, only 7 more weeks!

The notebook you see is my idea of a journal. It’s not really an art journal, it’s not really a diary but sort of combination of those 2. It gives me the opportunity to practise some art, to jot down my ideas, to write about the things I want to remember and to do some soul searching. I’m using a little book called “1000 questions to ask yourself” that was given by a magazine. It’s very helpful in a self care project I started. Life is speeding by and I don’t feel good about that. I want to be more aware of what I feel and do and I want to get things done and I want to take better care of myself. If you feel the same you might be interested in this blogpost and join me.

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I’m really amazed how well those crayons color. This is just the first layer of color. I use more layers to try to get some shading in her. I don’t pay much attention to the first layer, it’s more a step to get away from that scary ‘and now I’m going to use paint, can’t erase that’ feeling.

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And some more atc I made for an advent calendar. It’s challenging to come up with so many designs. And I can’t wait to see what I received. Counting down to christmas will be so much fun this year.

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It’s been a while I joined, but on Wednesday there is still Β the opportunity to peek on other peoples workdesks. I always enjoy seeing what others are doing and seeing other peoples messes makes me feel so normal πŸ™‚

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There is a lot of tiny stuff going on. I started to make my first cards for christmas. A fun project to make an advent calendar with ATC. You can join here if you like, membership is free. I’m not in the mood for christmas yet. The weather is still nice and christmas seems so far away. But it is October and december is here before you know it.

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I’ve been feeling very stressed lately. It affected my mood and last week I decided something had to change. So I rescheduled my agenda and planned in some me-time today. I started this morning with a yoga class, what was nice,on the way home I bought myself some pretty flowers and after that I turned my bathroom into a spa. Long shower and many many creams, I feel reborn. Lovely. It was also a celebration because last sunday I got rid of a big stress maker. Oh yes, I finished the summer journal and it is now traveling to Australia. It has 28 prompts and 28 pieces of arts and crafts. It was a big task and I don’t think I will ever do it again (I’ve said that before, I should remember these kind of things)

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So here is how my desk looked last sunday. You can see the journal on the left bottom. What else is there, hmm a lot. There are paints and inks and stencils. Stickers, washi. Pretty much everything I used to decorate the journal. I’m so relieved it’s finished and I’m so happy with the result. This was a major thing, I hated it, I stressed about it and it was all worth it!

 

Some of the pages in the journal. Reading the prompts made my head pop with all these ideas of how I could make something about it. I mostly kept it simple with colored pencil and a lot of washi tape. Washi makes everything look good.

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Besides the journal the swap also requested some tea and goodies. I wrapped the goodies, because I think everybody likes to open a present. Oh I so hope my partner likes this. Can you tell I’m feeling nervous about this πŸ™‚

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I’ve cleaned the desk and started with 2 new projects. These don’t have deadlines and I can work on it as I please. I started playing the Pokemon go game and fell in love with the characters. My husband is searching the attick for his cards from long time ago. We kind of forgot about Pokemon, but it’s all coming back. Then I found this cross stitch patern. It’s all first generation Pokemon in 1 project. It’s huge! My mom was a real cross stitcher, she loved doing it and had a huge stash of yarn and fabric and extra tools. All this is now at my place, collecting dust. I went trough it and I have enoug yarn and a big enough piece of fabric to make 1 epic pokemon generation 1. Let’s do this!

If you look closely to the picture you see a sketch laying under a pile of yarn in the top left corner. I finally started with the ever after class. Only 1 month late and the new lessons are online now. If I remember correct the lessons can be vieuwed until november and they all can be downloaded. I’m taking my time for this. I do hope for some more sunny days this summer that I rather spent outdoor instead of painting and this class would be perfect for autumn and winter.

I end todays post with my flowers. They are a pale pinkish almost white color. I love them! More desks can be seen at Julia. And I wish all of you a creative and relaxing week.

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It’s wednesday, time to share what I’m working on and how my desk looks. Other participants can be found at LLJ. I haven’t done as much these last few days as I’m use to do. I’m one of those many people who are hyped by the pokemon game. I never walked as much as I did these last few days, I might even start losing weight πŸ™‚

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The playgarden close to my home has a gym and several pokestops. As you can see it’s crowded there. I know this game has caused some dangerous situations, but here is no traffic, there are no houses with people we are bothering, I really think it’s very nice to meet so many neighbours.

Last week a few of you asked me to show some pages of the journal I’m working on. Here are 3 of them. I’m writing a lot too, but those pages I will not show on the blog. I didn’t mean to, but I’m telling far more personal things than I expected. I now have 17 pages done of 25. The end is near. When I have done all entries I will go back and add some background colors, washitape and stickers.

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Finally, here is the desk. It’s messier than it was last few weeks, but I think you will like that. I’ve been coloring. For christmas I got a gift certificate from my work and I bought a beautiful wooden box filled with Derwent soft pencils. I have a thing for pretty packaging and these pencils are a nice quality. My husband gave me 3 coloring books and I bought 2 more. I think this will give me enough for a lifetime, but I keep seeing all these books with pretty images πŸ™‚

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I didn’t notice I took a picture of the box up-side-down. Also a picture of the coloring page I’m doing.

Other things on the to do list are the 13 goddesses. It’s really nice to notice sketching faces becomes more easy. if you want to see how my goddess looks this week, come back friday. I’m also working on a sky night painting, that I hope to finish this weekend. Not sure if I can manage that, because of a trip with my photography group.

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For the Ever After class I’m still in the watching videos and thinking modus. Last weekend I visited the local museum and saw this painting. I knew this is what I want to do with my own paintings. I love the details inside the house, but I love even more how the outside is shown. I keep watching to this painting and asking myself questions: how are the 2 women related, do they go to that church, what is she reading? So even if I still haven’t done any real art for this class, it is keeping me busy.

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enhanced-20366-1395369612-7The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is a hit on the internet. It’s about reading all the books that are mentioned in the Gilmore Girl TV serie. I’ve put up a page where you can find the list of books and my ideas about this challenge.Β If you would like to participate with in the challenge join me in this swap or use the MrLinky button to share your blogpost on the bottom of the bookchallenge page.

 

My stats at the beginning of the challenge:

  • 19 of 369 read
  • now reading: Hamlet by Shakespear
  • now reading:Β The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I have not done anything creative yet, but knowing me, this will come. You can’t be halfway if you just started.

Now on to the craft room. On july 1 the Ever After class I signed up for started and I wanted to create a nice workingspace for this. For my birthday I got an easel and I’m pretty sure I will use it in this class. Meaning: I need to clear the floor to get acces to the easel.

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It’s not that bad, but since I’m in a cleaning mood those last few weeks I better take advantage of that. While I was working on that the bell rang and Ikea delivered the guestroom bed that I had ordered. Ofcourse that had to be put together first. It took me far more time than I imagined and when I had finished it I didn’t feel like continue with the craftroom. During the weekend I was away from home. I had a great time on Pitch festival in Amsterdam. Music is a different kind of creativity, I don’t know how to make it, but I love to listen and dance on it. Watching people making music is even more exiting than only listening to it. I had a wonderful time. It was a great weekend, but I didn’t have much time inside my craft room.

On my desk this wednesday you see the journal I was working on last week. I’m still working on it. It needs to have a minimum of 25 prompts, so it’s quite a task. I enjoy working on it, altough I sometimes feel a little nervous if I have it finished on time. I have 6 more weeks to work on, I think I can do this. The photo in front is for inside the journal. It’s of my weddingday, almost 12 years ago. Time flies!

I finished a lino carving and the tools for that are still on the desk. That’s how a mess starts, not putting away what you don’t need anymore πŸ™‚

You also see a binder. Inside is my ever after workbook. Ever after is a mixed media painting class about fairy tales and if you want you can add an extra module to learn about your own style as an artist. I’m doing the extra module and I feel behind already. I did a little for the style development module, but I’m running out of time this week. And I underestimated the amount of video it would be. You do get a lot of content for your money.


Above you see my favorite bookpage in the journal, the lino cut I made and the frontpage of the ever after workbook. 3 things that really make me happy. Now I will visit LLJ to see some other desks. She is doing an amazing job covering for Julia, who is the official hostess of What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, but still is recovering from surgery.

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Last week there where some polaroids on my desk. They where to use in a little project that is now finished. I made a very simple waterfall book with them. I’ve seen beautiful embellished waterfall books online, but for this I believed in the Less is more idea.

I continued decluttering my craft room. I hope you don’t mind I keep sharing with you. I know I like a peek in others closets and organization of craft supplies. This week I emptied the drawer I store my stencils. A few I tossed out because they where broken, but most I kept. By just rearranging them I made it look like half the drawer is empty. It will be a mess in no time again. I’m looking for a better idea to store them. Can you give me any ideas? Maybe I should put them in a binder.

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On to the desk. I have a few projects going on, but at the moment I’m pretty good at cleaning between projects, so it’s not messy at all and I have a lot of workspace.

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I’m working on a journal. It’s for a swap and I’m having so much fun with it. Most of the prompts I can talk hours and hours about and decorating it is calming me down a lot. The little pile on the left corner is mail I need to reply to and 2 notebooks. 1 I use to jot down ideas for my group on swap-bot, the other is more a diary/junkjournal. 1 of my cats was keeping me company and was singing for me. She talks a lot! It’s annoying early in the morning, but rest of the day she is a great cat. We’ve had some problems with socializing her and she got me in tears many times, but last 2 years she is doing great. Being patient and listening to her needs really paid off. She is sitting on my sketchbook I’m using for the 13 goddesses in 13 weeks challenge. I’ve only done 1 so far and will continue using only yellow, blue, red, black and white paint for it.

More desks can be seen at Lunch Lady Jan.

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I have many paper napkins or serviettes or however you call them, far more then I will ever use. If you like to receive some please let me know. I don’t need anything in return, but a letter or a postcard is always appreciated.