Wednesday, 28 August 2013

WOYWW - Clarice!

Hello, my lovely followers and friends, it's that time of the week again! Crafters all over the globe offer you a chance to spy on what they have been up to - thanks to Julia who gathers us together and runs the best blog hop I know. Click Here if you want to find out more and join in!
What's on my work desk at Magpieheaven as we trundle into another week of wondering when Kevin will have crafted our kitchen doors; if and when my mum's house sale will go through; will I get round to commenting on all the wonderful blogs I want to and - most important - how can I sneak in some crafting time!? This reminds me of those Batman TV episodes in the sixties when they used to leave you with a whole heap of questions as to how Batman and Robin would get out of some impossible dilemma!!! Well, all things are possible in Magpieheaven! I finished making my little rocking horse, which I'm posting hopefully on Friday and the lovely card I received from Kezzy I'll post when she returns from her holiday. I've decided to have a go at a memo board for my new kitchen and I was inspired by a couple of artists (Suzz and Darcy) over at Paper Artsy - and also - well - is my coffee a clue?
It's the mug I usually have my crafting cuppa in. It's a Past-times - now no more - imitation of Clarice Cliff: I don't have the real thing. I know she isn't everyone's cup of tea - if you'll forgive the weak joke - but I rather like her quirky creations! I would like to use her colours and shapes as a theme in my new kitchen - OK, I can dream, can't I? I really do believe it's going to be finished before Christmas! Here's what's on my desk...
I've die cut some shapes and I'm playing and painting and positioning bits at the moment. Paper Artsy Frescos come in some colours that really do match up with those on the cup. The basic shape of the house is cut from MDF with a Jig-saw and I cut out a bit in the centre for my memo board to fit under. This piece of MDF was actually from the surround to our old kitchen cupboard doors. I hope it looks like a CC country cottage! When my daughter saw it she said 'What's it supposed to be?' I plan to Crackle it and add some stamps on tissue - tune in  to see how the caped crusader Magpie-woman takes on her arch nemesis - the Time-thief wielding only a large jug of lemonade! You might need to see earlier posts to make head or tail of that comment! In the meantime I'm hopping into the virtual Magpie-mobile and heading off to look at some other desks! I was hopeless at my plan of taking a look at everybody's last week - Time just caught up with me and clipped my wings! Will I fare better this week?

50 comments:

  1. I hope Kevin comes back with your doors soon... I am really no good at diy! The mug looks great, and I am sure your projects will too.. Have a good day. Helen 23

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  2. Helo and yep the mug is a good one :-) I like it. I also have to say Im not good with DIY projects. Have fun anD Thanks for the peek and have a great day. Roberta #40

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  3. Lots of good questions you asked yourself this week. I really like DIY projects, so I might be able to help unless it's carving something (grin). Happy WOYWW from # 2

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  4. Good luck!
    Love the CC beaker and I remember seeing a CC rubber stamp somewhere? Don't think I have it, maybe I just used it once or twice when I was at the shop I used to do workshops for. Good luck with the kitchen memo board, I look forward to seeing it complete.
    Hugs, Neet 25 xx (thanks for visiting me earlier)

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  5. Oh I think it will be super, love the designs of Clarice Cliff, simple and stunning. Thanks for popping by BJ#6

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  6. I think it's a lovely mug . Cool memo board. Happy woyww Jill #53

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  7. Oh! Your kitchen is going to look great! I just wonder who steals the time - I rush around but very little to show! Off again now - Coventry and Tim - Yay! Hopefully more to show after that! Chris 79

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  8. Paperartsy fresco paints do come in some lovely colours I do agree and work well
    Thank you for visiting me already
    Jackie 39

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  9. ah, too many swirling questions... I think crafting is the only way to ignore them :)
    thanks for stopping by already and leaving such a lovely comment :)
    happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
    no. 38
    PS i'd love some 'real' CC - but I also have to settle to reproductions... used to love past times!

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  10. I see ya got the ole cuppa out. I'd give my back molars to come have an actual cup with you. School started this week, and getting into a routine is going to be TOUGH!!!! My son catches his bus at 6 am. I think there is something so very wrong with that. I homeschool Bridget, so we are having to really find our pace. It's really tough after vacation, cuz she still has the comfort of home. Here's my address:
    Kimberly Hogan
    13916 East Rocky River Rd
    Davidson,NC 28036
    USA
    Thank you again Julie Ann for being such a great friend. Your words of encouragement mean a great deal to me. You have a full plate all your own, but you didn't hesitate to throw me a floatie. That is the sign of a true heart. How lucky are we that we get to be surrounded by people of that caliber from week to week. Much Love & ((((HUGS))) & kisses and all the mushy friend stuff!!! :) HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!
    Kimmie
    WOYWW #1 (I've been laying in wait to try and get that spot, til tonight I am never fast enough))

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  11. That is one cute mug, I hope you get someone to make a cake for your daughter that is as lovely as the one that I had made for mine
    Bridget #80

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  12. I miss Past times too! They used to sell such lovely items for special friends. Love your colourful mug too. As you say, would be great to own the real thing! Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥ 82 x

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  13. Oh wow Julie Ann this is a neat idea, I love your colourful cottage mug and am looking forward to seeing the finished memo board. Cheers RobynO#32

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  14. Hello Cousin, I had to google Clarice, yes,I've never heard of her or her pottery,but I've seen most of it now and I looooove her Inspiration set, gorgeous colors. I love the shape of the board and am anxious to see how you decorate it, it will be beautiful what ever you do:O).A bird told me next month is your BD I'm glad I know now. I'm off to WFit, be snooping when I get back, have a wonderful day...

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  15. That looks very interresting. I find it almost impossible to visit all the workdesks, so I try and visit as much as I can and have now stopped beating myself up for not being able to do all.
    Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
    xx Monique #94

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  16. I am shocked. I had realised that Past Times had vanished. I used to enjoy hunting round in there for special presents. I shall be watching to see the finished memo board. Thank you for your visit this week, and don't dither any more about the Gelli plate. It helped having such a brilliant teacher as Barbara Gray and I am definitely hooked and full of ideas I want to try out. If you want any more encouragement, just watch Barbara's classroom show from the beginning of August which you can find on Create and Craft website, where she taught Nigel May how to use it. Go for it and have fun. xx Maggie #12

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  17. Love your cup and think your recycled cupboard is going to be fab will stay tuned to see the Biff Bam of the amazing results you are going to transform this into. Thanks for the lovely comments you left on my blog..
    Happy WOYWW
    Sandy :)

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  18. Oh I did have a giggle when you quoted the family question "what's that supposed to be?". Even though I am thousands of miles away I hear that same sentence issue from my family. Can't wait to see how your memo board works out, great ideas and lovely bright colours. I have just recently started following Paperartsy and I am amazed at the clever ideas. You can't go wrong.
    Sandra @34

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  19. We like Clarice Cliffe, and using her designs as inspiration for the kitchen is such a great idea too. Hope it all comes together soonest.

    The bears @#90

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  20. Your restyled kitchen is going to look fabulous with these vivid colors and your new memo board hanging on the wall! I look forward to seeing both of them completed!

    Happy Wednesday!

    Lynn #31

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  21. cool memo board! Happy WOYWW! Lindsay #15

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  22. It will look lovely. Here's hoping that kitchen will be ready for Christmas
    Famfa 8

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  23. That memo board is going to be sooo adorable! I love those diecut flowers. I hope your doors come back soon--I think making some crafty time will help you stay sane! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #11

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  24. What a bright and cherry mug and I'm sure your memo board will come out perfect when your done post it all up when finished :) hugs Nikki 5

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  25. I really like that mug. Your memo board is going to be so cute. Happy crafting #3

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  26. Boy I hope that kitchen is ready for Christmas otherwise the builder will be in trouble! I like the mug and the cottage notice board idea sounds great. The ruffle scarves are really simple, just 5 stitches an a couple of hours of quick knitting and they're done. Have a wonderful week in your hero cape!!

    Hugs
    Brenda 7

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  27. I can't get the Batman music out of my head now, thanks! Love how your board is coming along and to match it to your mug is a fabulous idea! Love the colours! Shame about Past Times, I loved that store, I used to get a lot of Christmas gifts from there every year when we lived in the UK!
    Debxx#108

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  28. Oh I loved Batman! and the memo board is turning out lovely. Way to repurpose/recycle/upcycle/whatever. And I do like (but don't LOVE) CC for that reason, she is playful and quirky in her design and the colours are always bright and vibrant. And I am coming around to orange so I like her ore now than once I did :)

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (22)

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  29. Very cute and colourful mug. Ann 107

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  30. i snot my cup of tea but do like the colours though...I'm sure it will turns out fab ...I like the shape very organic and using power tools ...well done you I run a mile from any thing that plugs in and makes a noise /mess!... thanks for visiting earlier and have a super duper week Andrea#49

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  31. I'm impressed with the beginnings of your memo board. People let you touch a jig saw?!!! I'm even more impressed! I think you have a fun color palette to work with.

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  32. I am a Clarice Cliff fan and have always been one and yes I do have a few pieces of the real deal, but if we all liked the same thing then it would be a boring world. I think you have some fantastic ideas and good for you, I look forward to seeing the end result.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 30

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  33. Your memo board is looking great - a perfect match to your mug.

    Happy WOYWW. Susi #72

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  34. You made me smile with the old batman comment. I had a major crush on Robin back then, and would worry about "what would happen" next time. So funny. Love your mug, and I will check out the artists work as I am not familiar with it. But the style is right up my alley, I can see why you have your tea in that mug, too cute! Enjoy the week ahead, and thanks for the kind visit today! Winnie#84

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  35. I wish I could climb out of this computer and onto your desk and just try really hard to absorb some of your creative juices. I love what you do --- by the way I love your coffee mug - wonderful colors and I do like the style of art work. Looking forward to seeing your board all finished. And by the way - reading your post was a lot of fun - I guess I should do it more often Oh talented One!!
    sandy

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  36. I used to love Batman and Robin (I had a crush on Robin), so I get the questions bit (ahhh the memories). I love that cup, just my cup of tea as well. I will watch with interest to see how your memo board progresses, love the colours already. I hope you have time to play this week. See you next week, same Bat time, same Bat blog (he he).
    Von #41

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  37. Hey Julie Ann, love the mug..your board is inspiring me, as I really want to made a notice board for above my desk! Thanks for swinging by my blog earlier, sorry for the late visit. Cx #33

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  38. Darn it, you're a no reply blogger and I can't find a contact me thingy. Show the pictures, I dare you!!!
    Von

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  39. Love your bulletin board.Love the CC inspired cup too.I like CC- her quirky designs are my taste.Love her colours too.
    Thanks for following me.Thanks for your kind comments
    Judy #26 x

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  40. Wow, what a great idea. Your memo board is going to be great!

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #12

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  41. haha, i remember those batman shows and all the questions! looks like you are going to have a bright and colorful kitchen, great mug to inspire you. have fun with your decorating! happy WOYWW!

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  42. Hope you get your doors soon! I love Clarice Cliff but sadly can't afford any! I've started collecting pieces by Lorna Bailey instead. She's a more modern artist who paints china in the style of Clarice. Oh well, when I win the lottery, I can have the real thing!! Hugs. Pam#36

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  43. Very pretty mug, thought it was Clarice when I looked at it and the memo board is taking shpae nicely, you have the colours down pat in the flowers! Hope the kitchen refurb gets back on track soon... come on Kevin!! Annette #9

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  44. LOL.....

    I have a teenager wandering around at home these days constantly saying "I'm Batman" in a deep husky gravelly voice. Shame she's a girl! So, very topical and very amusing to see your post this week!

    Love what you're working on though - Kevin needs a poke in the ribs and I think we'll all line up to do it, just so we can see what is going on in the kitchen and how it looks finished!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  45. As long as the episodes of your life don't have the bang, pow, whop similar to batman you are safe. It does unnerve the system though when you have so many things going through your head though doesn't it. I am loving your memo board and those inspired colors all come together beautifully I can't wait to see the finished piece. Thanks so much for your visit to my blog and in answer to your question, you can find details about the Mailbox Muse at mailboxmuse.com. Have a great week! Danie #62

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  46. I'm pretty sure you will have the kitchen of your dreams, Julie Ann! And in no time at all.

    You can use the board as a tray?! Since it perfect matches the mug!

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  47. It's so lovely to see all the comments you are getting Julie Ann! People have so warmed up to you quickly with your optimism and your magnetism! Your board and your kitchen will be YOU, I'm very sure of it and I can't wait to see it even if it does take 'til Christmas. (Which, BTW, will be here FAST!)

    Just email me your address when you've sorted out Outlook. If it is my address you are having trouble seeing, it's darnell dot knauss at g mail dot com. Have a great week!! Hugs, Darnell

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  48. Hi Julie Ann, Just popped on to say hello! not done a desk for a while but having a nosey around this week. Love the idea of using the Clarice Cliff colours and shapes for your new kitchen I bet it will look great. Look forward to seeing you memo board when its done. I have had a little look at your rocking horse, its so cute! I know this is a bit late but Congratulations with top 3 on our creative corner well deserved! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Hugs Mo x ps the clock is finished now x.

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  49. I can't wait to see the finished product. I'm not familiar with the artist, but if that is her creation on your mug - I agree with you. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier. I know what you mean about running out of time. ;-) April #24

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  50. All those questions but I already know the answer lol seems I have already commented on them lol. Wanted to comment though. I really love the cup, and the memo board you did is absolutely fantastic as I have already seen the finished post lol. Hugs Kezzy :-) xxxxxx

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