Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Another week rolls around and it seems that Autumn has finally hit us broadside with all she’s got.  It’s sad to hear of the recent deaths around the UK but one can’t help but wonder whether or not the drivers involved were driving safely for the conditions.  Having said that, I was driving to work yesterday morning and as I crested the brow of one particular hill, I drove smack into an unexpected vertical wall of water  - a full-on rainstorm.  Had my poor little car not practically ground to a halt climbing the hill (it thinks it's a truck!), I would probably have driven straight off the road, as at the top of the hill there is also a sharp bend, and visibility was down to almost zero for a few hundred yards.  Then the rain started to clear, but my thoughts are with the families of those poor children and adults who have become more victims to the British weather.  To all my WOYWW friends – safe driving out there, especially those of us in the Northern Hemisphere where the evenings are getting darker, and the weather wetter.  (I've borrowed the picture below from The Telegraph - it was taken in Lacock, Wilts, not too many miles distant from LLJ and I - Swindon is just as bad!).

Anyway, you aren’t here to listen to my spiel about road safety, you’re here to see the desk, courtesy of WOYWW and Madame Dunnit, the desk diva.  Visit here for Mr Linky and to join in yourself.  The Big Crop is just 2 and a half weeks away.... Ulp!

My desk isn’t particularly busy – but on it you can see.....

...alcohol inks and dominoes, plus a few Christmas bits I've dug out with a view to playing with!  Wobbly man seems very interested in my embossing powders for some reason and...oh dear... I see I've still not finished sorting out my stamps.  Best get on with that!
I’ve got an update on the cross-stitch (as per Sue’s request last week) and as you can see, there’s just a little bit extra done.  So many hobbies, so little time!

Anyone coming to The Big Crop who wishes to alter a domino – these are the sort of dominos you require for the technique I'm demonstrating.

You will need to bring a stamp of your choice – it will either be small enough to fit onto the domino in its entirety, or you will use part of it.  For inspiration, and to get some idea of what I’m on about, go here to visit Leigh, the Sharpie Domino Queen.  You can either turn your domino into a pendant, brooch or keyring/handbag charm.  I can drill them while we’re there, and if we do it early enough in the day, you might even be able to glaze them. 

Stash required:
Domino (or other similar game-pieces, e.g. Triomino)
Stazon ink
Colouring medium – Sharpies, alcohol inks (plus blending tool and pads), chalks
Fine Paint brush
Glossy Accents or similar glaze
Choice of findings/stringing material. 

I think that’s all – I’ll bring some bling to add if you want to...

See you in a comments box near you!


donnalouiserodgers said...

ooohhh two and abit weeks,


i get to sleep with the doggies

and make dominoe treasures,

I will mail you telephone numbers etc, and start to firm up squatting rights if that's


Zue said...

Your cross stitch work is yummy!
I am in the Uk, but we have not had too much much suffereing and it seems to hit the same poor places time and time again

kay said...

altering dominoes,what fun,enjoy yourself with everyone,your desk looks very organised with a home for everything :)
have a fab woyww
kay #56

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

your dominoes look like a great project, your desk looks lovely. Happy WOYWW! Sharon #79

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Blimey, that's a lotta rainwater! It has been completely bonkers....

Love the dominoes on that link - really gorgeous! Mind you, I loved those three you made, especially the dragon's eye...absolutely amazing!

Hugs, LLJ '59 xx

Sandy said...

That looks fun will be excited to see your finished ones. Sandy :) #104

Cardarian said...

Sorry about your bad weather - I have tried some of it during the weekend!
YIPEEE! YIPEEE! YIPEEE!!! 18 days and I will see you all!!!! Really looking forward to that weekend!
I will be making dominos with you!!!
Lots of hugs,

Jenny Marples said...

Glad to hear you were ok in the rain. It seems to get worse every year. We'll all be living in submarines soon!! Sounds like your domino planning for the crop is progressing. One of these days I'll get to do a workshop with you, which would be great fun. Hugs, Buttons #70

Twiglet said...

Water, water everywhere!!! Not too bad up here in the hills but nasty all around in the valleys. love the cross stitch. x Jo

Unknown said...

Oh Morti. I am a cross-stitch-aholic and your piece is coming along very nicely! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh at #11

JoZart Designs said...

So excited that it 's not so long now and I've just not got to be sticky this time. Me who is never sick had to miss the trip to artistic stamper so I'm not going to miss this next one.
Donna and I will have to live up to the reputation we have earned so brace herself!!!
Lv Jo xxx

Darnell said...

Thank you for the info on the weather problems, Morti. I can add my prayers.

Your cross-stitch is adorable! Have a great week! Darnell #74

Anonymous said...

Cool. Looking forward to seeing yours. I have some rubbish little silver ones but none of the ivory look ones. Look at us, hanging in the 50s :) I dozed off then woke up at 5:15 - You must have gotten up early too!
See you soon

MA (50)

Brenda Brown said...

Your big crop sounds as though it is going to be a fun time.
Thanks for sharing your workspace.
Happy WOYWW and have a creative end to the week.
hugs {brenda} xox

Anonymous said...

wow, so much happening in your creative life. i have wonderful memories of cross-stitch. i have wanted to take it up again, but have no time... for now. cheers, melinda alpha #55

scrappymo! said...

Wish i could go...will be watching for the finished projects!!!

Krisha said...

Oh I would so love to attend your domino class. I played with them about 10 yrs back and had a ball with them, necklaces and swaps. Do stay dry and please be careful in the rain.
Krisha #40 still lurking about

lisa said...

It's been shocking weather hasn't it. Thank goodness you stayed safe.
Your desk is looking ready for some lovely creativity there and I agree totally with the so many hobbies so little time thing!! Your cross stitch is looking gorgeous. Mine hasn't seen the light of day for months.
Hugs Lisax #80

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Morti
Oh how I would love to be there for your altered dominoes when I was in Uk Jo gave me a couple but have no idea how to do them and that blog you linked too makes them so beautifully but no idea how she did them. Have fun and really no need to say that cos you will! Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #21

Redanne said...

Oh - so glad you were able to stop on that hill! We are not too bad here in Cheshire but my heart goes out to all those families who have been hit (again) by floods...

Love your collection of alcohol inks, mine is building up slowly. Wish I was coming to the crop but it was not to be this time, hope you all have fun altering those dominoes! Thanks too for visiting me earlier. Crafty hugs, Anne x #65

Tamika said...

That's a lot of water!I've never heard of altered dominoes but they're cool!Tamika #34

Danielle said...

I am off to check your link on the altered dominoes. They sound interesting. Dani123

Unknown said...

You were very lucky. We have no problem with flooding in Blackpool. I love domino projects but I have never dared to drill one. I have loads of them too in lots of different shapes.
Your desk looks great.
Happy belated WOYWW
Been with Jo today as she demms for me. I forgot to take photos. duh

Carol #144

butterfly said...

So wish I could come and find out about altering dominoes - I keep reading about it, and for a while I wasn't even sure that people meant domino dominoes, but they evidently do! Belated happy WOYWW!
Alison x

Neet said...

Small world - a few years ago when I went to America I made the trip to Orange County and called on Leigh. Still stay in touch with Val her mum but am sure Leigh will remember me. Wish they were in fashion again - I used to be known as The Domino Queen at the shows as I always wore them and for a while demonstrated stamping on them.
Small world - wish I was coming to the crop to meet up with you.

Hugs, Neet (friend of Donna and Jo) xx

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