Wednesday, 2 October 2013

WOYWW - It's a Wrap!

Good Morning Visitors to my nest and much loved Followers. I'm linking a bit later today, as life in the nest is very busy. And looking around Blogland that seems to be the case for other crafters far and wide. Here is a view of my terribly messy desk on this October morning. I'm hovering above it on my busily flapping wings! As you can see the table is in chaos as I hurry to complete tags and birthday cards in time for my daughter's twentieth birthday on Friday!
 I keep all my OIPE bits in plastic wallets so I can get them out and arrange them on projects. Acronyms are all the rage in crafty blogland. Darnell is the Queen of Acronyms and now I've got the bug - OIPE is my acronym for - in case you hadn't guessed - One I prepared earlier! And talking of acronyms in case you're wondering why I'm showing you my mess, or what the title of this blog post means, I suggest you click Here for the best blog hop and the greatest hostess and the loveliest crafters: you will understand why all over the globe we show and tell about our desks and what they have on them every Wednesday.
Now this, I hope, is a prettier picture. It's a completed tag and a secretly wrapped, little hand-sewn notebook I made specially for my daughter, Matilda's birthday on Friday. It's wrapped in rose-decorated tissue, which we both love. I was lucky enough to have what's inside chosen as one of the Top 3 in the Artistic Outpost September Referral, which really made me feel like I was walking on Cloud Nine!  My husband and I have bought Matilda a beautiful watch, which I have to make another tag for. I now tend to give family tags rather than cards, as they can hang these in their rooms for a while.
Our kitchen is still a Work in Progress, or WIP if we're carrying on the acronym theme! Kevin assures us that he is crafting away at those cupboards, so let's hope so ... but, Helen, just in case, have you enrolled in a kitchen-fitting evening class yet? I will take pictures of the dilapidated hovel we're cooking in, in the hope that I'll soon have some lovely contrasting ones to post on a WOYWW in the future! Meanwhile have a lovely day, my dear crafting friends. I'm going to the Globe Theatre today, taking our son to see Macbeth as his birthday treat. He's not been at all well with panic attacks and black-outs due to anxiety and severe depression. He is now looking for voluntary work and I am so proud of the efforts he's making. OK then, it's a wrap, as they say! Now I must try to fit in some desks before we go out. Happy WOYWW!

31 comments:

  1. Bless you. Life in your nest certainly does sound busy. I hope you all have a good week.
    Hugs,
    A x # 48

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  2. Congrats on the AO Top 3! That was a gorgeous make! ssshhh I won't spoil the surprise. Love the messy desk today. Hv

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  3. was s'posed to be
    Thanks for the earlier visit! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #8

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  4. Busy desk! Hope your daughter likes her watch. What I would like to know is is that a painty background on your desk.... Under all the stuff 'coz it looks great you should use it as a piece of art
    Have a great Wednesday
    Janet @57

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  5. This is so gorgeous, Julie Ann. I'm so sorry life is up and down for you right down. Just hang on to the good bits like your Artistic Outpost accolade - so well deserved!

    Lucy x

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  6. Poor lad, panic attacks are just awful. I suffered from them for years and got quite scared to leave the house in case I had one in public. I'm sure he'll have a great time at the globe, it's such a fab theatre. Happy birthday to your daughter, gorgeous tag. Glad to hear the kitchen is making progress. Well done on the Artistic Outpost. Hugs. Pam#41

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  7. Fab tags and gift wrap. I like you idea of OIPE and will have to remember to use it in the future. Looking forward to the kitchen progress (but probably not as much as you!). Wishing your son and daughter lovely birthdays.
    Sandra @68

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  8. Wow, the notebook is stunning, your daughter will love it. We hope you have some kitchen cupboards fitted soon, we know what it's like to live in a mess.

    The house of bears @#73

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  9. HB to the big kids :) and I love how you wrapped the tag with the clocks and you lovely had writing, your background mat get more beautiful every week, thanks for sharing and wishing you a fabulous day out, big hugs, I'm offf to water fit but had to visit before I left...

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  10. Lovely mess!!! Love your little parcel! Have brilliant day with your son, Chris 77

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  11. Love your beautiful tags...your daughter will be thrilled with her gorgeous parcel. Hope your son enjoys his day out at the theatre too.
    IMO, Kevin needs to get a shift on now...tell him there's a whole group of deskers will be on his back if he hasn't finished soon!!
    Hugs, LLJ 45 xx

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  12. What a gorgeous sounding present with the rose wrap to cover it too - it sounds irresistable :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  13. I, too, keep a box of bitty bits of eye candy to pull from in a pinch! I love your OIPE acronym! What a thoughtful and beautiful gift for your daughter!!

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  14. Lots of fun going on at your desk. Carole #79

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  15. How wonderful to get to see Shakespeare at the Globe! I know your daughter is going to love her very special gift.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the kind comments.

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #1

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  16. Gorgeous projects Julie Ann, and well done on the Artistic Outpost win! Hope you enjoy your daughter's birthday and that the theatre trip is a success. Sending hugs, keep squeezing those lemons, I've got my glass at the ready. MMx #46

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  17. Hi, no I've resigned from stand in cupboard finisher.... oops, did I forget to mention?! Hope Kevin gets finished soon... for many reasons! Love your daughter's pretty parcel. I studied Macbeth for o'level (many years ago, lol!) so I hope you've had a great day. Helen 14

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  18. How lovely for your daughter, that looks so pretty! Congrats on the artistic outpost win. Well deserved I'd say. Have a great time at the globe and enjoy the birthday celebrations toni x

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  19. Well done on your Top 3 on the Artistic Outpost!! :)

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  20. My heart goes out to you and your son. Been there! Love the various things you have been making but not so sure about the acronyms as I sat trying to work the OIP one out before carrying on reading - doh! I am naturally a sort of blonde!
    Congratulations on your top 3 achievement.
    Hugs, Neet 23 xx

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  21. Congrats on your Top 3 at Artistic Outpost...I'm sure Matilda will treasure her wonderful gift...I hope your son enjoys the theatre & I wish him lots of luck... Hugs May x x x

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  22. I do like the surface of your desk that paper looks amazing and is an art piece within itself. Now who cares about mess after all it is all about art. Thanks for sharing and I hope your daughter has a wonderful day.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 20

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  23. I wish both daughter and son happy birthdays! Your rosily clad gift for your daughter will be treasured I'm sure, Julie Ann! And I do hope your son feels uplifted soon and wish him all the best in his search. He's trying so hard. Continued good wishes for Kevin's crafty cupboard capabilities (or CCC!) so that you can graduate from the hovel. We are all on P&Ns waiting to see the finished kitch! Happy WOYWW! Thanks for coming by to see me and for the name-dropping in your post! Have a wonderful couple of weeks! (I'm delighted to hear that your Mum's house sold, too!!) Darnell #10

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  24. I love your inky, messy desk. Promises great things! You are very talented. Loved reading your blog.
    Karen no.55 x

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  25. Super parcel and tag she'll be thrilled. Thanks for the visit BJ#39

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  26. my you are busy and your work is ace love the tag and hope we get to see the notebook at a later date ..hope your son enjoys the theatre and go d luck with his job hunting also happy birthday to your daughter for Friday... my you are busy indeed thanks for taking the time to share with us all and have a fab week ahead Andrea a#38

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  27. Your table might look chaotic but it also looks like a fun place to be if that's any consolation.

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  28. Thanks for stopping by - as you tell, I'm VERY late in replying! And thanks for your lovely comment - it made my day :) Hope you enjoyed your Globe trip xx

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  29. What a busy nest! Beautiful gift-wrapping, and such a pretty tag... And congrats on your well-deserved top 3 at AO!!
    Alison xx

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  30. You are one of the most talented people I know and I am not at all surprised about what is inside of your little book made the top 3. I have seen your turn out some amazing work. Please tell your son to hang in there. I too have had a couple of panic attacks and suffer with anxiety that seems to come and go. It sounds to me like your son is pretty good with computers!!
    I hope you will have a wonderful week!
    Sandy
    Sandy

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  31. A huge congrats with the AO, you certainly are worth it as your work is truly amazing. I really feel for your son, and I hope that he will get the help he needs soon, but he is lucky as he has an awesome caring mum by his side. Let's hope the kitchen gets done soon. Wow your packaging looks gorgeous and I love your desk, lots of messy crafting my style lol. Lots of hugs happy mega late woyww :-) Kezzy xxxxxx

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