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Wednesday 19 May 2021

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 624


Wednesday again, so I am linking to the Stamping Ground.

And a very special Wednesday it is too - today WOYWW has been going every week for 12 years!

I only joined fairly recently - last June - when lockdowns meant I was tied to my desk.

I had spied on a few desks before this, but not added mine - but now - it's every week!!


First of all, I would like to join in the 12th Anniversary celebrations and swap some ATCs. I will happily send to the next asterisk in the list, but I would love to send some more...  I am in Australia, though, so let me know if you'd like to swap by emailing me


Actually, I had intended sending the ones I already have on my list, out, by now - but you will understand why as you read on. I didn't get round to commenting much this week either. Basically I had my first Covid jab last Wednesday evening and I felt pretty grim afterwards. Then I was booked in for  a virtual retreat from Friday to Sunday which stretched into, well today... And on Saturday afternoon we could go and see the plot of land we have bought ready to build on. Plus this morning was a Biggest Coffee Morning...

 Just all go!!

Here's my desk picture for WOYWW 624!

It's actually my drying area in the hall where all my virtual retreat stuff went...
I thought I would share some of the things I have done over the last three or four days:

It's hard to know where to start!

This was a workshop by Tanya Froud using that Tracy Scott rice paper that I was also using last week - not actually finished that one!!

This next one was a workshop led by Niamh Baly:

Next I have some journal pages following workshops by Mel Johns:

The next two were after workshops with Elisa Ablett.

I definitely need more practice on the next two - watercolours and alcohol ink pictures after Lucy Campaneau.

Oh - this one was after watching Marlene (Art by Marlene) produce a so-fish-sticated journal page!

And this is after many layers of faux encaustic - tutored by Michelle Grant.

I still just had time to do this week's Wanderlust - week 20. This involved fabric and an image transfer...

I started off week 20 feeling pretty dubious - but in the end I was quite pleased with the result!

Image transfer has not worked particularly well for me in the past but this photo turned out quite well. It is of me maybe 25 years ago (when I had a studio photo) and the picture used to be at my Mum and Dad's - It came back to me when the house was cleared so I took a copy...

Because the photo was pretty big I went into two pages of my journal, stapling on one side and stitching to the fabric page.

All my pieces of fabric were upcycled from somewhere. I stained the little yellow hankie with ink. I made a little book to go in the pocket with a cover of a gelli pull with lovely old book pages inside. On one page I added a copy of that doodle I did: 'Do Get On' - something Mum always used to say to us...

Happy WOYWW !!



  1. Happy 12th WOYWW! Wow, you have been busy this week, love your bright and colourful artwork. Congrats on purchasing the plot, another adventure begins!
    Hugs LLJ 3 xxx

  2. What an amazing feast you present us with this week. I am loving every single piece, all the colour and texture and pattern. Just stunning. I always love my time spent here.

    Happy 12th Anniversary to all my desk-hopping mates!
    Mary Anne (7)

  3. How wonderful you have seen the plot where you will soon be building your new home. And I was simply amazed at all the workshops you take/took this last week. I adore how diverse your style is and that you can say you made that. You have created beautiful art indeed. Happy 12th Anniversary from # 10.

  4. Hi Susan, you have been busy! I love your beautiful bright pages. It’s lovely to bring in memories of your family.
    I’ve sent you an email with my address.
    Happy WOYWW anniversary
    Lynnecrafts 3

  5. Ha! I love that phrase and I can imagine people saying it too. What aonederful virtual retreat you had - I particularly like the lady with the flowers in her hair. How exciting to buy a plot of land and watch it change into your new home?! Anyway, happy anniversary! Lisa-Jane, #2

  6. So much gorgeous art work on show today, busy lady. Have a lovely creative WOYWW Anniversary. Hugs, Angela x25x

  7. Happy WOYWW to you Susan - what a busy - fun - time you've had! the virtual retreat looked really good - I am a big fan of Niamh Baly and always watch her on you-tube. Helen '#11

  8. Happy Anniversary Susan, Love that you are sewing in the journal a lot :) that is very cool what you have done with the photo too. ~Stacy #35

  9. The virtual retreat sounds lovely but exhausting! You've created about a months' worth of projects there, possibly two months' worth! They all look great! What fun you must have had with them! Congratulations on your plot of land - it will be exciting to see how your house comes along. Happy anniversary! Your ATC is winging its way to you somewhere over the ocean - or it could be still sitting in a sorting office somewhere in the UK, who knows? Have fun, zsuzsa #17 xx

  10. Hi Susan. Happy anniversary. Wow! What a productive week - you have been BUSY! Well done indeed. A plot of land to build your own place. My aunt and uncle moved to Australia in the 1960s with the £10 scheme. They did exactly that - bought a plot of land and built their own house - never moved from it. My uncle still lives there. Their three boys have all married and settled out there. They have loved it.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #24

  11. What a wonderful array of loveliness on your post today, the art work is amazing, I love all of it and can't get over how much you pack into a week! Congratulations on your plot of land, what a very exciting project you have coming up!
    Happy 12th Anniversary,
    Diana xx #18

  12. Such a stunning array of artwork to be seen this week Susan. Hope you are finally recovered after your first jab. Can't wait to see what you build on that plot of land. Stay safe and happy 12th anniversary WOYWW. Sarah #9

  13. Wow some amazing work. Just emailed you as your next on the list with an * after me for an ATC
    Kyla aka lilpidge

  14. Happy Belated 12th Anniversary WOYWW. I love that you have an Autumn theme on your blog, whilst I have Spring in the UK! Just emailed with my address for the ATC. So excited to get some post from Australia. Somewhere in the depths of my mind I remember you saying you used to live in Haverfordwest, but can't remember any detail. When did you move away? Yes, we have some stunning scenery in our beautiful county (see my personal Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/iamaliwade/ Ali x #33

  15. My goodness, Susan, you have been busy! What gorgeous pages - my favourite has to be the first one. Just lovely. Thank you for your visit and I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my various projects.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #29

  16. Hi Susan, happy 12th Anniversary. Goodness me, you have had a hectic week! Hope you are fully recovered from your vaccination. A plot of land- how exciting! I am assuming you are having house built? That must be wonderful to be able to design and build your own home. Your workshops all look very interesting and colourful. I sadly don't have any workshops to attend, and even if I did, I don't think the results would be anywhere near as stunning! Have a lovely week, Heather xx #20

  17. Oh golly-gosh There was a big gap and I nearly fell in it! You really have been busy! I'd love to swap with you and if you'd like a gnome one, I'll make one 'specially!! Love your pages! The message one, its really nice...I did try to email you...but it wanted me to stART a new account...and then it wanted to clear all my emails fROM google...so I pressed cance very quickly!! my email is dragonsmoore at googlemail dot com
    Happy WOYWW! Anniversary

    ((Lyn)) #5

  18. Hi Susan - fellow Australian - I just sent you an email to swap ATC if you are still making them. I will be catching up this weekend with mine and hope to have them in the post Monday - lovely to see all your goings on. Stay safe & well - see you next WOYWW - Cheers Maureen #26

  19. Oh my word, being able to visit your plot, how exciting. Does that mean that ground breaking may be on the horizon? Makes me giddy for you! You have had an incredibly busy and prolific week!I really bringing up the rear with my comments, so am guessing you’ve got even more done and fine tuned by now. I’d be exhausted. Although I think it helps that the initial springboard idea is provided, somehow that’s the exhausting part for me! Love having your desk and utility pop up, WOYWW wouldn’t be the same without you!

  20. Hi there. Thanks for visiting me, I'm so late visiting. I'm not sure where the time goes. Your work is fabulous!!! Thankyou so much for offering to send an ATC' I will send you an email. I hope you are feeling so much better now. I was unwell after my first vaccine :-( I had no problem with the second thank goodness. Take care. Anne x 30

    1. Have emailed you...
      Happy to say the vaccine effects only affected me for a couple of days...

  21. Caro20 May 2021 at 03:24

    Wow! I love all your beautiful artwork, such variety and beauty. Your ATC is in the post - I have no idea how long it will take to get to you mind you! Happy 12th WOYWW Anniversary. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#15)

    Dont quite know what happened with caro's comment but I am repeating it here and deleting the big hole...

  22. Hello Susan - apologies for the very late reply to your visit to my blog last week. Absolutely no idea where time goes! Thank you for your kind comments! Building your own home ... how wonderful - a huge task I am sure, but an amazing opportunity. Your artwork is amazing & how super to get to see your work courtesy of blog-land. Take care, love Debbie xXx

  23. What a visual feast - your art is lovely... Yes - you must do another Mill Hill embroidery - I will always enable folk with those. I just adore them.

    And how exciting, building a house. Are you doing it yourselves, or are you getting a contractor in, or are you buying off-plan?

    Happy WOYWW 624 (bit late getting round!)


  24. The retreats sound fabulous, the results are gorgeous Susan. Love your Wanderlust piece too using your own photo. I haven't got around to that one yet, been busy. Happy 12th WOYWW! Better late than never! Elle #12

  25. Fabulous projects this week. I am up with acid reflux :( I just had a late comment and realized I hadn't completed mine x


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