Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

WOYWW - The Day has dawned!

Today is  2nd Anniversary of Julia's brainchild WOYWW - where we share our workspace with the rest of the world! If you have been asleep for the last two years and have no idea what I am rambling about then shame on you! Click here and you will be transported to desks far and wide.

In honour of the day, I have actually tidied up and all that is on my desk is a parcel containing my PIF ready to be posted off to the person who appears on the list below me - hope they like it. If no one adds their name to the Mr Linky after me, I will get the hint LOL

 I have also had to clear up under my desk, as these days I have a little friend who likes to sit with mum when she crafts!

Last week I managed to visit everybodys desk and really enjoyed doing so - there is some awesome stuff going on out there! Then I had a thought..........

Apart from just having a nosey, what else do you get out of WOYWW and general blog hopping?

There is always inspiration to be found and loads of tips, last week I read a brilliant tip - and I want to apologize now because I cant remember on who's blog I read it, so I can't give them a big thumbs up. A simple idea which works brilliantly! - I use Gesso alot in my work, esp on Journal pages - I get in a terrible mess with it as often I only need a little and dip my cloth/babywipe in it and pick up far too much which then goes everywhere! This Lady decants hers into an old pump action handwash bottle - you can then pump out as much or as little (just a spot) as you need - If I was a meercat I would say Simples!! if that was your tip, THANK YOU

My next thank you goes to Jennie for her blog post on Sunday and her friend Sarah who shared her technique of using old babywipes. You may remember a while ago I made some flowers using some disposable cloths I use to wipe up inks/paints etc - The cloth was quite substantial (like a J cloth) so it stood up to being cut with a die. I have always thrown baby wipe away because they are not so substantial - aha... not true if you use Sarah's brill idea of sticking the babywipe to some plastic packaging.. check out Jennie's blog for details how to do it, but here are my attempts 

cool eh? One side is shiny, one side is dull, take you pick which you like. I used an empty 2ltr Coke bottle which because it is curved you get lovely shaped flowers - I stuck one cloth on the outside a bottle - which gives you the shiny side on the front of the flower and I stuck another cloth on the inside of a bottle which gives you the cloth side on the front of the flower. 

And one last thing I gleaned from last weeks hopping 
a wonderful quote from Julia..... 
I love this....

tidying up is for the less busy - julia dunnit 

I hope you don't mind if I use this in a future project!!

OMG, I didn't mean to do such a LONG post .... sorry!! 
Oh well I will just borrow another of one of Nikki's Blog buttons

Can the person below me on the list please email me your details and I will pop your parcel in the post later today.



  1. Just messed up my first comment!!
    Love your PIF parcel - it looks fabulous.
    Thanks for the great tips today, too. I will be borrowing some of them!

  2. Happy WOYWW 2nd Birthday. It's so lovely to be linked up with so many creative friends. Happy crafting.
    A x

  3. ooh I think I should learn to read instructions as I showed my pif!! oh well
    love the idea of using the babywipes or cloths on a coke bottle..brilliant
    Happy woyww anniversary
    hugs x

  4. One reason I love WOYWW so much is just to see all the stash! I am also the person who loves to look in people's purses!
    But what keeps me coming back over and over is really the fabulous things you learn!
    And of course hoping to see the cutest puppy in the world, Marzie!!!

    Happy 2nd Anniversary WOYWW!
    xoxo Karen #70
    p.s. pop on over to see what became of my blobs of Sculpey from last week :)

  5. Yes, Julia certainly has made our Wednesdays brighter! You never know quite what to expect when you make the blog tour! Happy woyww anniversary! Patsy from

  6. wow, those flowers are fantastic! your post was quite interesting to me, so rambling is good! happy WOYWW anniversary and thanks for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  7. Love the beautiful puppy. Thanks for all the tips re. Baby wipes etc. Will check it out more later.
    Happy WOYWW
    Rebecca xx

  8. Great post - I am sure we all learn such a lot from our Wednesday snooping sessions! Happy 2nd anniversary!

  9. Great post love the ideas you have come across - very exciting waiting to see what everyones Pif is ~ Happy WOYWW Anniversary

  10. Happy WOYWW birthday to you xx

  11. Hi hun
    great post, gosh you are so tidy, fab flowers, can't wait to see what all the pifs are,thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

  12. so sorry - trying to visit all today ( it being anniversary day) - so skimmed the blog post, love the calender above this post, and impressed that all you need is the address..


  13. Nicks, I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you!!! lol

  14. There are a lot of tidy desks out there this week I see. I love the flower idea and want to give it and other methods a go but I feel i have to use up some of my bought flowers before I learn or I will waste what I have already spent.

  15. Interesting looking desk and package there. I am sure there are a lot more after you this morning. Happy #104-2nd Anniversary of WOYWW Thanks for sharing. Vickie #55

  16. Wow love the flowers what fab idea must try on my return.Yes i also read about the gesso in handy bottle cant remember for life of me who's blog (Brain Fog).if it comes to me i will
    Happy Woyww birthday have good one!
    hugs judex 134

  17. I love your desk cause it has a puppy underneath! :) How adorable! Happy WOYWW!

  18. great space and love the flowers!
    Happy WOYWW...Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
    Sarah at 12

  19. I enjoyed reading your blog post.

    Happy WOYWW 104

    Stampattack Carol

  20. Thanks for visiting me. You have picked up some great tips on your journey through blog land. Never thought of re-using baby wipes - it always seems a waste throwing them away. I might just get around to using the bottle of Gesso I bought now I don't have to use it all in one go.
    Happy WOYWW -versary
    x Tricia

  21. A very happy Anniversary to you too! I just love your flowers, think I might have to try my hand at some of those soon. That parcel looks interesting, what a pity, I am the one before and not after you. Send me your snail mail addie so that your parcel can make its way accross the ocean from South Africa ( It may take a while to get to you, but it will eventually - African time is quite different from anything you have ever experienced, LOL) My e-mail addie is tertiaj at telkomsa dot net
    Blogger is having a hissy fit again and won't let me post as me, so I remain anonymous according to mr. Blogger. I have been trying to comment since yesterday, but I give in, I will do it anonymously.
    Hugs from a very cold South Africa, Tertia

  22. my dog likes to lie under my desk too, often just to escape from the kids, think she is actually hiding! love those flowers, great idea!
    Happy Crafting, Debxx

  23. Hey! Your work space looks great! We all need to do that time after time!

  24. The flowers are very pretty! Thank you for stopping by my blog for a visit ♥

  25. I thought you'd tidied up to make an announcement about not joining in anymore! Great great post Nicks - the isnpiration and tips out there for and from WOYWWers really are fantastic..hey, all of it is..week to week I find something different that I like about it! Your baby gal is looking so trying to turn Mr D onto the idea!! And oh - thanks for quoting me, I don't think that's ever been done before...I'm just so shallw - but you can rely on me to make an excuse for my slovenly ways!!

  26. I'm just catching up wth all the lovely WOYWWer's this week, late I know, blame the glorious weather but boy am I glad I visited you. I laughed out loud at your profile, a woman after my own heart as far as housework is concerned and then I've learnt absolutely loads reading your brilliant tips. A friend of mine decants gesso into an old paint dabber bottle which works brilliantly too and I will definitely be trying out your baby wipe flowers, I hate throwing things away!!
    Happy WOYWW 2nd Birthday. Great to "meet" you too.
    Hugs Lisa #75

  27. oh such a wonderful WOYWW post! Great projects too...thanks for popping in to say hello!

  28. Hi there,Nicks, so sorry am so late in popping over, thanks for leaving your lovely comments and love seeing your crafty desk and nice flowers there - how clever is that! Happy 104 WOYWW and 2nd anniversary! Shaz in Oz.x

  29. I love that you quoted Julia here - and of course I love that quote. Right up my mind. What a cute little partner you have under your desk!

  30. I so enjoyed reading your post and loved your little friend who sits with you when crafting. Love your sense of humour, thanks for the tips, and now off to read some more of your postings.
    Hugs, Neet x

  31. That is so great! I love to Upcycle and I love your art work, I will definitely be back.
    Happy anniversary, Lisa-Jane #75

  32. What a great post and I enjoyed seeing your chocolatey friend under the desk :-)

    Sorry I'm so late with this.

    Having recently started journalling (following a Kate Crane workshop), I especially enjoyed looking at some of your journal pages in your other posts too, xx

  33. Great post, Nicks. I love WOYWW because it gives me inspiration, a lot of laughter, and a sense of not being alone in my habits....LOL.... And have just thoroughly enjoyed reading RIGHT to the bottom of the page....


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