WOYWW #485

Hello Crafty Friends and Fellow Deskers,

Long time no see!! I've missed so many What's On Your Workdesk Wednesdays I can't even remember how many, but Things have settled down a bit now, so I have time to play - if you would like to join us, just hop over to Julia's Stamping Ground :o)

Here's my workdesk on Tuesday evening ....

You may just be able to make out that I've been playing with my new glass dip pen - I LOVE it, because it's so beautiful, it works really well and it was less than seven squids from Amazon. With just one dip in the ink, I managed to write over twenty words before I had to dip again - brilliant!

Here's another view of my room, looking over my left shoulder as I sit at the desk ...

I guess it still looks a bit chaotic, but everything is accessible now and I'm gradually working on finding storage solutions which are pretty and practical and don't cost too much. Like those magazine files I got in the Pound Shop for ... guess how much?! :o)

One more thing I would like to show you before I go - and I promise it is workdesk related. We were on holiday in York last week - had an amazing time, so much to see and do (and eat and drink!). It's a very beautiful city, but like all cities there were lots of homeless people. We met a guy who was sitting cross-legged in a sleeping bag in a shop doorway, with a rucksack next to him and a piece of a skirting-board on his knees, which he was using as a workdesk. Of course I had to go have a look and buy a couple of cards because I thought they looked really cool ...

He was a really nice guy and we chatted about this and that as he made my cards. I was so impressed with his initiative and what he managed to do with just a glue stick, a pair of scissors, minimal supplies and a piece of skirting-board as a workdesk - it also made me realise how lucky I am to have a whole room just for crafting in.

That's it for this week - I'll be at work when this posts itself and I'll catch up with everyone over the next few days. See you at Julia's :o)

Love Annie xxx


Those glass dip pens might just be what I need! I think I've found them on Amazon - even cheaper than you said! I wonder if it would work with my white molotow ink. I'll add it to my order next time I buy anything. I can see how it might work! Love the look of your art display shelves and some magazine files are also something I might need to get - they could free up some space on my book shelves! Yes, aren't we lucky to have a whole room to craft instead of a piece of wood on our lap for a desk. I hope that guy can get off the streets - some people become homeless through no fault of theirs. Have a lovely week, Annie! xx
Lunch Lady Jan said…
That guy puts us to shame huh? Well done him for having the initiative to use what he had to make a bit of money. I'd have bought his cards too x. I'd love to see a close up of the pen, it sounds brilliant...any chance of a close up of your writing as well? I do love seeing proper writing as opposed to techno script!
Hugs LLJ 13 xxx
glitterandglue said…
Good afternoon - lovely to see you again. Well done to that young man - those cards are great. Your workroom looks great - a place for everything, and everything in its place.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #6
Caro said…
What an amazing story about the homeless guy using his inititative. I am intrigued by your glass dip pen...I will have to go and look it up. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week. God Bless. Caro x (#16)
Sarah Brennan said…
Hi Annie, love those cards, especially given the circumstances that they were made. Did you find Papeterie in the Shambles while you were in York? It had a room at the back with dip pens and different inks as well as all the gorgeous journals. It's where my hubby bought the one which is on my desk; leather bound and full of lovely hand made paper. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #4
Helen said…
A glass dip pen sounds good fun! I had a couple of days in York staying with a friend earlier this summer. Sounds like the homeless guy you saw was at least doing his best to eke out a kind of existence. Helen #3
Makes me feel very guilty with my stash when you see the beauty behind that simple card. What a fabulous share Annie. I would have had to stop and purchase too.
Those glass pens are fabulous I love how the ink flows so smoothly with no worry of an over bendy nib.
Happy WOYWW Tracey #7
Great to see you back Annie. Lovely simple card, works really well. Have a great crafty week and a happy woywww, Angela x17x
So good of you to buy a couple of cards from the homeless man. Yes, we are all lucky that we have homes, much less craft rooms to be proud of.

I love those British flag cases. They are awesome and eye catching, too. I've never seen a glass dip pen before, but you make it sound like I need to go out and find one. Happy WOYWW from # 1.
Dorlene Durham said…
Good for the homeless guy to make these cards. They are great and like you said, we need to realize how blessed we are. Have a great week. Dorlene #28
Just read your question about pressing leaves for sun printing. ABSOLUTELY. You could even place small rocks on some if it's windy. I even did this once, although I consider it a failure because of the printed fabric I used. I suggest using a bed sheet or white cotton because patterns simply don't work:


I hope that helps answer your question.
pat brennan said…
Just desk hopping to get to know who is who. You are all so passionate and creative.