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The wonderful world of Zoe is what I hope to share with you all here on my blog. Life isn't always easy, but then that's the case whoever you are. But no matter what each day brings I always try to start and end it with a smile - to look back and know I controlled my day, the day didn't control me!


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

WOYWW 140 - I'm getting good at this!

Morning!

Well it was an early wake up for me this morning - my son woke me at 4am to say there was something happening the back of our terraced houses. I looked out to see thick smoke, sparks flying and an orange glow. Yes, there was a fire - one of the neighbour's cars 7 doors down was on fire, possibly deliberately caused! Fire men were on the scene quickly, as the fire was threatening to spread through the wooden fences and sheds that surround that area.  Thankfully no one was hurt.  There is a lot of damage, but it's only cars, fences and sheds at the end of the day.

I'm so tired so may be slower in getting around to you all but I promise I will do so!

Okay my desk, it's at the mid project stage, I even resisted the urge to throw away the wipe and dirty kitchen roll to show you I do make a mess...well only a bit! I'm like this anyway, everything has it's place....lol



This is how I left it last night, and so this is what greeted me this morning. My first job after taking the pics though was to throw away the dirty wipe and kitchen roll! My dad is going to be 60 next week so I wanted to create a special card for him. I've already chosen the cottage from the Sheena Douglas stamp range. I had the idea to stamp onto acetate an over laying effect, but I'm not so sure I like it, so I make re-think. I may even be brave and do some masking perhaps putting some flowers from the paint fusion range in the foreground of the cottage.  I'm going to use tones of greys, colouring with my fabulous Spectrum Noirs, then just add a splash of colour. Not decided what yet!

Those of you who have visited me over the last weeks will know about my button collection...well you'll now see I have 3 jars on my desk. Many of you suggested Ikea but my nearest is in Bristol, and I rarely visit the town centre, the only time I go to Bristol is for the football!  My parents are keen chutney and sauce lovers so mum is saving her jars for my buttons. A bit of recycling!

Hope you all enjoy today, I shall be popping by your desks over the next few days. If you are wondering what am I going about pop over to Julia's blog , our fabulous host to see and start nosing for yourself!

Take care. Zo x

78 comments:

Neil said...

Hi there, Can't believe it's Wednesday again already! Thanks for letting me in to peek and I hope the rest of the week is a blessed and creative one for you!
Neil #45 (ish)

Laura said...

Hi, what a super desk today with lots of stamping, I see you have the rock a blocks, I haven't tried these. They fire would be a shock, it's only fences etc but it's upsetting when it happens. Have a great Wednesday, Laura

Karen said...

What a terrible thing to happen, but glad that no one was hurt. I love your stamped images and great button jars :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Karen #90

Coleen said...

Nice drawing Zoe (or stamping). I collect buttons too. So many fun things you can do with them. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm following on yours here. Hope you'll follow on mine as well.
Cheers,
Coleen, an American in Ukraine
www.vintageterrace2.blogspot.com

Peggy Cain said...

Love your stamped images thanks for sharing have a great WOYWW

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...so neat & tidy and amazing range of markers...Have a lovely week...Mel :) #63

Robin Panzer Art said...

A tidy and organized desk to be sure! Hope your card for Dad turns out just they way you envision! Happy Creating! ~Happy WOYWW (#30) Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Ann B said...

Not seen those markers before - I have Copics and Pro-markers - so interested to see what you do with your images. Love the steampunk balloon one.
We go down to Bristol every couple of months as my StepD lives there, quite near the Bristol Rovers ground as well (Muller Road), in fact we were there 2 weekends ago and cursing the football because we can never park in front on her house when it is on ha ha.
Ann B
#50

Mary Ann said...

I love your desk because it's nice and tidy...I can't deal with a messy desk for too long. Buttons in glass jars is a very good idea and it looks nice.

Angie said...

You are so neat and tidy ...beautiful images ...it will be an amazing card. Sorry to hear you continually suffer with pain ...makes me feel I shouldn't complain ...but pain really gets one down and so tired. Take care of yourself.xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Lol, well it's not me parking there, I have a space in the club car park! Muller Road, iconic in the hearts of Rovers fans. xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I like a girl who shows it how it is - we all have messy desks occasionally! Boo to the idiots who started the fire, there are such plonkers in the world. You'll be in bed early tonight after such a rude awakening...
Hugs, LLJ #58 xx

May said...

Love those stamped images, you are a very neat crafter Zoe, I have the need to have everything everywhere!! Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Your desk looks really organised, but that's mine too. I can't work with a lot of mess around me. Love the stamps you've used for your fathers card. Look foreward to see when it's finished. Thanks for visiting me and happy WOYWW. Bye, Franka

Annie Smith said...

mmmm, chutney! Your desk is super organized! have fun making those cards. :)

Annie @ajaxday

Danielle said...

The stamped images on your card look awesome! And your desk really is tidy. dani13

Twiglet said...

We love buttons and I have jars ful and a lovely big sorting boxful too - daughter M loves to make cushions decorated with them.

Polly Polkadot said...

First thought Ikea, right next to the stadium, Oh, that would be before Tesco of course. City supporter myself left Somerset back in 1993, but still keep a gentle eye on division position. #77

Anne-marie said...

Hi, glad no one was hurt, what a lovely neat desk you have and s organised.
Anne-marie x no 141

scrappymo! said...

Looks like you have some beautiful images.

You are so organized in the way you store your stamps as you are using them. Kudos.

JoZart said...

Thanks for your visit... your desk is looking so neat but creative. Thanks for your visit...
JoZarty from Germany this week. x

Bridget Larsen said...

I dont have a child to wake me up at 4, I get up myself at 4 which is just as bad lol.I must say your desk looks really neat
Bridget #51

My name is Cindy said...

It's going to be a spectacular card! I wish I was so tidy, my mess gets to me but I am always amazed how quickly it happens! Thanks for popping by to see me, Cindy #58

Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer said...

Well, if you *do* stick with the idea, I'd love to see how it turns out. And there's nothing wrong with being neat. I too struggle with making an "interesting" desk with mess cos I'm so used to order.
Happy WOYWW!
Aeryn (#37)

Katie said...

Oh my gosh that is a scary way to wake up! If it is arson, I hope they find out who did it, that is just terrible to do to a person's car!

I like the idea of recycling your mom's jars for the buttons, what a great way to save money and recycle!

I love how organized you are while creating, it must be a much more relaxing work environment!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy WOYWW!
Katie #18

Doone said...

one can never have too many buttons, I am in awe of your tidy desk.

dx

505whimsygirl said...

How shocking to wake up to a fire. I'm glad no one was hurt.

There's some fun things on your desk.

Happy WOYWW
Kay
129

Lisa said...

Everything looks so neat and tidy. You always have to have some sort of organization to keep everything where you need it.

VonnyK said...

Those stamps are incredible, makes me wonder why I bother to paint from scratch.
Bit scary when cars get set on fire.
Have a great week.
Von #26 :)

RosA said...

They are lovely stamps. I'm sure you will make a gorgeous card with them. We have the same black ink pad on our desks. Happy WOYWW.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

You are neat and tidy!!! Have fun with your projects, and enjoy a great week.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Everything is so nice and neat. Even the dirty wipe is folded! Buttons in bottles always look so nice! Patsy from
HeARTworks

debby4000 said...

It will be interesting to see the finished result.
luv
Debby

April said...

Lovely stamped images! I always tidy up with the idea that I will craft in an organised fashion, as you do, but it never turns out like that! glad your collecting some jars for your buttons, much better to save your money for crafty stash than storage :o) x

Lisa-Jane said...

Glad you liked the condiment jar suggestion. They look so pretty and its great to save money and landfill. I like the way you craft so methodically - a girl after my own heart!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

great desk!!! lots of inspiration

SueH said...

I love the stamp you’ve chosen for your dads birthday card Zo and the sentiment is perfect too. Thanks for sharing your desk this week.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Jingle said...

Looks like you have some fun stamping going on!

Becky said...

What a nice organized desk! Love that!! I try to work that way as well, but sometimes it gets a bit out of control :) I've only stamped on acetate a few times, yours looks fantastic! Glad no one was hurt in the fire.

Charlie said...

Looks so organized and pretty - thanks for visiting. Interesting to see all your hair and skin photoes of the cute Magnolia stamps - have a few too - however some of the numbers you use are completely new to me - Hopefully they will reach Denmark later this year. =0)

Cynthia Eloise said...

pretty cool stamps, i'm sure your dad will love the card. i collect buttons, to use in my collage. i'm always looking for something old, or unique. some times at flea markets i can get a sandwich bag for cheap.

BumbleVee said...

Neat freak!!! ahhaha.... oh, sorry....


Lucky Dad.... sigh...oh, to be 60 again......

Sheena said...

I'm glad no-one was hurt! scarey though.
Your desk looks so organised!
Thanks for popping over to my blog - good luck for your trek around the WOYWW desks!

Sheena
xxx

Julia Dunnit said...

Trouble with the overlay is that you have to fix it such an exact position. But don't worry, if you decide against it, your darling Dad won't know and still love the card! Made me smile that you worked so hard to resist throwing away the tissue..are we starting to rub off!!

Erika said...

Zoe what a lovely clean and productive desk. Thanks for sharing. I hope you will share your acetate card with us when finished.
Happy crafting Erika. x

Coleen said...

Hi Zoe,
Thanks for following on my blog. I see from your pictures that you are using copic markers. I just got my first couple this past year. I friend brought them to me in Ukraine. I'm in the states now so I thought I'd pick up a few more. I think they would be perfect for stamping. I do more mixed-media, but planning to play with the stamps more.
Blessings on your day,
Coleen

Kim Dellow said...

That looks so well organised Well done you! Kim

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great desk! Love how organised it is. :)

Thank you for visiting my blog. :)

Maggie
xx

Fuchsia said...

Hi Thanks for passing by I try to get round during the week as its too much for me in one day
but thanks for sharing your lovely desk it look very inviting
have a great week x

ikki said...

Hi, your Dad's card looks really good - you must show us the finished artwork. Enjoy your week. ikki

pat said...

I love your nice big desk...I love to make cards for that special someone. Happy Birthday to your Dad.

Barb King said...

I would love to see that finished card, I hope you post it!
Have a great week,
Barb

Linda said...

Those stamped images are going to make a great card. Glad to hear no one was hurt in the fire. Linda #152

MaggieC said...

That is a lovely set of stamps. I have several of Sheena's stamps, but don't use them as much as I would like. I never seem to have enough time. Thank you for your visit and your kind comments. Hope you don't get woken up to such a frightening sight again, and that they find the morons who did it. xx Maggie #89

Sam said...

You like your rockers don't you? I have some but I cannot get on with them but I am hoping that one day I will get used to them. Enjoy making your card!

Sandy said...

If this is a mess - God help us all. You look terribly neat to me. Thank goodness no more damage from the fire.
Sandy

famfa said...

Love your organised desk. I love buttons too. Am on the lookout ora vintage tin to keep them in. Stamps look great

Cardarian said...

Such a tidy desk! Huh I wish mine could stay like that! The only messy thing is the baby wipe which you left there on purpose!!!!!??? Oh well some of us are messy some of us are tidy - but that is the fun of WOYWW! I think putting buttons in chutney jars is a great idea - as you say recycling!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Neet said...

Love those images you are using, can't wait to see the end result.
We once had a car fire - it was horrendous, outside our garage (a stolen car) so I am sure it was a worry when you saw it.
Thanks for your visit - am late this week (jet lag and just got back Wednesday) - Hugs, Neet xx

Sue said...

Wow Zo, a whole lot of inking going on! ooh lots of crafty goodies on your desk and well done you trying to get to everyones desk! make sure you finish your Dads card though! Happy Crafting, Sue xx

lisa said...

You can be forgiven for being a bit bleary eyed after such an eventful night. I hope things have been quieter for you.
You have lots of lovely goodies on your desk there. I recognise those lovely stamps and have had a peek at the finished result, it's stunning card. Your Dad will love it I'm sure. I keep meaning to have a play with the flowers over the scene stamps but there are never enough hours in the day. Maybe I will make that my job for the weekend.
Thank you for your lovely comments. You have a lovely blog. I've had a nosey round and become a follower.
Hugs Lisax #112

sparcstation said...

Thanks for sharing your work desk. I believe the card is wonderful, the way it finally is. But the idea with the acetate is not bad either... and the sentiment stamp is perfect. Hugs, sparcstation

Craftgirl said...

Your card is gorgeous. What did you colour the poppies with because I have bought a lot of reds and none of them are right for colouring poppies.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Carol

CraftygasheadZo said...

Hi Carol - I used Spectrum Noir pens from Crafter's Companion. I used the Coral reds, CR8, CR10, CR11 plus Dark red. Zo x

Morti said...

The project on your desk looks really interesting, be sure to let us know how it turns out. Go for the masking, and then enter the Craft a Scene challenges!

Thanks for stopping by..........

Sarah said...

Sorry I'm a little late popping in!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!! You're desk is so tidy, I just work in a complete mess but I'm trying to change that! Love the finished card on your next post!! Sarah #114

Sarah said...

no need to be tidy for us - just have fun - that 's a great card in the make - love the image! Thanks for letting us look in and peek at your desk... Sarah at 7

Elizabeth said...

Hi Zo, that was one frightening early morning experience and a bit of a disaster for the car owner too. I always have wet wipes and kitchen roll to hand too - doesn't Stazon make such a mess! I'm enjoying watching the build up of your button stash too. Smells lovely though :) Hope your card for your dad turned out okay in the end. Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment - it's much appreciated. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #2

Sherry Edwards said...

Your desk looks beautifully organised Zo - and I've just seen in the post above the cards you made for your Dad - both beauties! He'll love them - happy birthday to him for next week x

Thanks for already stopping by to see my desk this week :)

Sherry (8)

Nicola said...

Thanks for popping by, your desk looks very organised :)

I'm a button lover myself! x

Anne said...

Hello what a n organised and tidy desk you have. Have seen the cards above for your dad they are lovely especially like the cottage with the popies in the foregroun. orry I am so late visiting you it's been one of those weeks. Thanks for visiting me. Anne x

voodoo vixen said...

Your desk is pristeen and the artwork looks like it is going to make a very special card indeed!! Buttons.. mine are in a box or two but glass jars would work so much better as you could then have their prettiness too!

Gwen said...

I think layering is good, I have had some nice effects with acetate in the past...keep going...layers are fab:)
Your deak is beautifully tidy and organised.
xx 160

Nicky said...

Love you desk - nice to see another organised crafter - I dont manage to get round everyone as I work 12 hour shifts and when I tried i didnt have time to craft lol - - sorry I'm so late visiting had PC issues :(

Jackie said...

I'm still plodding round everyone's desk, thanks for sharing yours.

The Crafty Chick said...

Hope you show us the finished card this week! I stamped on acetate too the other day, and i ended up using paint to colour the image - painting from the back side of the acetate...you kind of have to think backwards tho, cos the colour you paint first shows the most. i really like the end result!

Leandra

Paula Gale said...

Hi Zoe

I had a look at this and a couple of newer posts being as i am so late in the day (week)!

At the side of me - your desk is considerably tidier and more organised, putting me to shame lol... I see you have the rock-a-blocks... these are such a brilliant invention - the best thing I bought to stamp with otherwise I would never be able to get a good crisp image as I can't grip a square acrylic block.
I have only a couple of sets of spectrum noirs, I bought the neutrals - but stopped there because I prefer promarkers.

Thanks for the peek and for coming to look round my desk too.

Paula x x x

Spyder said...

oho I was sooo sure I called in last week! (must have forgot to press the button!! Tidy crafty space you have! I can never get on with those rocka blocks, I always seem to get an inked line where there's that ridge. Sorry I'm soo late! HaPpY VeRy LaTe WoYww
((Lyn))