Today’s desk share is borderline creative at best I’m afraid. If you’d like to join in with a trip around some of the world’s craft desks, head over to Julia’s blog to find out more.
Stress sorting – that’s it. My Dad is in hospital and one of my best friend’s started chemo yesterday. I’ve had to come off the new meds because they caused my joints to seize up among other delightful side effects, and there is nothing else left I can try (that won’t cause the same or worse side effects). So, I’m cutting up all of my half used sticker sheets and sorting all my die cuts out and storing everything in colour order.
I finished about 7-8 UFO layouts, including a wall canvas from a retreat when Miss B was still breastfeeding. She starts secondary school in September… Then I hit a problem. I did a class with Shimelle a few years ago where we made our own kit of papers and chopped them up as she described without specific plans for specific layouts. Then we stuck the pieces down, THEN we chose photos. Then the plan was to embellish, except that’s where I got stuck. I didn’t have much paper left over and of course back then we didn’t have huge collections with matching die cuts and other cute embellishments. I do however have loads of older embellishments that don’t go with specific collections, or I bought / won / received them in a grab bag. So I started to sort them out into colours because that’s how I find it easiest to search for things (other than by collection, or for Christmas or Travel themed supplies). It’s a sort of mindfulness activity, but one that actually takes me forward so it’s a win win. I was also listening to Beth Kempton’s most recent book about coping during the crisis. When I bought the audio book I got a free place on her new writing class, which prompted a new project for Luigi.
You couldn’t even see this outbuilding before he started clearing that paths and the trees all around. The big gap to the right is where a 100 year old oak tree was before it fell 2 years ago (taking out several fruit trees), the stump and some of the trunk is still in situ just out of shot. He’s starting the painting today and it’s going to be a lovely writing and research area for me away from everyone else. The shed will still be full of wood etc but I will be able to pull my chair and table out of the door and still write outside even when it’s windy and cold because it’s a very sheltered area among the trees.
So that’s me. The creativity is hiding away but the preparations are there. Pop the kettle on dear deskers, I’m on my way.