Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 94 Before - After/ Mrs A! see- MONKEY!!

Each week when you visit my desk it is in a state of tidiness which I can assure you is not always the case.. You see - cleaning day is Tuesday and that is the day before Wednesday in Oz : ) hence the tidy state..

So just for this week, I am going to do before and after…

Plus to Mrs A of it Its an Alien World I said I would post this week  - monkey…or Méchant (French for naughty) as I call him. 
Méchant is from Manchester but I kidnapped him when visiting rellies in 2009, and the deal was they were to come back to visit him, and they are due next month – Yay! Anyway, as I promised Mrs A. last week on her post here to do a post with monkey - just so the two monkeys could say:" Hi".
He has suction caps and rides around with me as a back seat driver on the car window!! Cheeky fellow!

 
Back to WOYWW –  

Photo 1: shows you the AFTER shot today... as I posted the cards pictured complete yesterday if you want more details on them, see details on this post here. (or the one before this!)

And also you will see in photo 1, I am starting on a Hedgie card which I hope to make into an easel card with Shazsilverwolf’s helpful tutorial, in the next few days, part of an order ( I hope and pray so anyway!).

Photo 2: Shows the BEFORE shot i.e. when was in the middle of all the mess at the weekend! So you can see I do get in a mess too just like all good crafters - we keep pulling out more stash and don’t put away as quickly till it becomes impossible and a clean up is required..

For those of you who are puzzled why we are looking at work desks... join in the fun take a trip over to the royal hostess, Queen Julia of WOYYW, drop by Julia's Stamping Ground!

And may God bless your day wherever you might be,
Shaz in Oz.x

PS. re Cuttlebug issues of last week, Jude was right on the loose screw.. and not just me!! it is working better now with it tightened, however still ocassionally acting in its contortionist way, so I am lay-bying a Big Shot from a local seller in the interim, not able to afford an electric one ( and not sure they are available here).

Thanks every one for all your good wishes and kind thoughts - that's what I love about WOYWW! such lovely folk out there!

42 comments:

Chris said...

Hi Shaz! I love your before and after shots of the work desk :D and your cards, well I spy house mouse which are one of my favourites. Gorgeous colouring and designs for all your cards and such pretty papers too. Enjoy your day, which is my tomorrow :D, I love that also! Hugs, Chris

oneoff said...

Congrats to Jude on the long distance diagnosis! And how lovely to see Mechant; hope he & Mrs A's Monkey are waving.

Bx

PeeJay said...

Hello Shaz in Oz and thank you for dropping by my blog and your lovely comments. I've become a follower of yours now as well after having spent a good while having a browse through and liking what I see. I will warn though, I'm not a very good blogger when it comes to commenting but I do read them every time a post is made. I look forward to reading more of yours :0)

HarmonySweetpea said...

Your messy desk is still cleaner than my every day one lol Ahh well, maybe one day I will develop some good habits. Love the colour schemes on those cards. Not good about your bug being difficult though. Have a fab week xo

RosC said...

G'day Shaz.
That Mechant is very cute, and so are the cards - cute and pretty. About the loose screw, you could put a bit of Lok-tite on the thread to hold it or if it will fit, a little lock washer. Both available from our large hardware shops. Small ones too probably - then it shouldn't budge. The before & after shots are great, and I think your description of the craft room process probably applies to my whole place. Y'know, cleaning ain't my thing because it ain't creative.
Happy days,
Ros.

Carola Bartz said...

I love your before and after shots, love Mechant (cute guy) and your cards look great!

Helen said...

Lovely action shots today Shaz! Glad you got yur bug issue sorted to an extent! Mechant is standing guard well, cute guy!

Dragon said...

Great idea for before and after... it all looks very interesting and creative. Have a great week
Frankie
xx

Elaine Harding said...

Hi Shaz - small world! - I'm Aussie married to a Brit living in Hampshire! Even your BEFORE shot looks tidier than mine - like I said it gets wayyyy too messier round mine! Your projects look fab!

Nicky said...

Love your before and after shots and I love that House Mouse stamp have a real weakness for them lol - happy Woyww

SDCrafts said...

Like Peejay (above comment) I read every post in Google reader but don't always comment. Love the monkey, enjoy your pre-visitor preps, love the way you photo your cards, God's love to you!

Short & sweet this week
Shirl #38 again!

Mrs A. said...

Hi Mechant,
Monkey here. You must be my long lost brother!
I'm keeping my head down at the mo cos there is lots of strange knitting going on with plastic bags and I'm not getting ropped(he he)into doing it.(One jumper is enough for me.)Monkey nuts and hugs from me #54

MaggieC said...

These monkeys get everywhere, don't they. Your cards are really lovely, Shaz, so beautifully designed. Thank you for your visit, my first of the week, and your lovely comment.

karen said...

Beautiful cards you have created! And nice to see that even you make a bit of mess when crafting :)
Hello Mechant *waving* you are very cute!
xoxo Kaz in Cananda (#22)

Lulabelle said...

Even your 'messy' desk is not really messy (not to me anyway!)
Happy WOYWW

Rebekah said...

Love your PG tips monkey such a fab character! He is standing guard at your desk there! Enjoying the mooch hugs Rebekah xx 57

sasa said...

I have the big version of Merchant! 12 years ago it was a freebie with my parents new TV and digibox and you put the remote in his mouth!!!! Now he's famous for tea...


Thanks for sharing today, enjoy yourself...


Sasa at 12 (Sarah)

http://blueboxbabe.blogspot.com/

Julia Dunnit said...

A real desk shot Shaz..we're getting to you! What's in the little pots of white and yellow - is it flock? Wish I was coming to see you next month..I would sleep in the car with Mechant if I had to!!

Twiglet said...

Love the cards/papers and of course Mechant!
Thanks for joining in our blog shop giveaway and for posting a link too!!

Minxy said...

WOW i see monkey fever is sweeping not just the nation but the globe lol
Monkeys Rule!!!
StAy InKy
hUgS MiNxY x

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Lovely creative mess! :)

S said...

Wonderful cards. Thanks for the peek at your space.

Neet said...

Oh Shaz - my reign at numero uno did not last - I am now relegated to about 106! Crying onto my keyboard.
Love seeing Monkey but what a shock to find he is a fellow northerner - not only that but he was born not many miles away from me (I am in Bolton). Love his French name.
Gorgeous cards on display - love the plum colour you have used - did Mechant have anything to do with the choice of colour?

Shazsilverwolf said...

Gorgeous cards as always, Shaz. I am sure I have a similar stamp to your Lilys one- I must dig it out, your card with it is lovely .Seeing your Monkey with his suckers on his hands, reminded me of a toy I had as a child, a wind up monkey with cymbals on his hands- he bashed them together as he walked along- I haven't thought of that in years!Thanks for linking to my Easels, and all the lovely comments you leave me, Love Shaz #122

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Those stamps you've painted or coloured look so amazing - thety really do. I have a cuttlebug too but don't think I use it as ofen as I should do. Glad to see another monkey - and glad it'll keep Mrs A happy!
Happy WOYWW
Rebecca (32)

Sue said...

Hi ya Shaz
you have been busy, gorgeous cards me fav stamps house mouse,happy WOYWW, sue,x

butlersabroad said...

My SIL has the exact same one in her back window too but she's getting a company car in April and isn't allowed to put him in there! Up market estate agents, bad for the image or something! Very nice to see the before and after desks today. Why is Tuesday always clean up day? Seems very particular!

Hugs
Brenda 84

Scrapcollectr said...

Cute monkey, cuter hedgehogs.... You have cleaning day once a week? What an novel idea.... *smile*
#141

Sam said...

Nice to meet Merchant! Why are we crafters nuts I wonder? I have a Highland Cow who goes everywhere and has his photo taken. He even had his picture taken with Sir Tim Holtz!! Lovely cards there too!

okienurse said...

Very neat after picture. Love all the cards and the monkey is so cute! Thanks for sharing! Vickie #162

Wipso said...

Happy Thursday. I'm just doing a very quick blog dash to make sure all our WOYWW friends get the heads up on the BIG celebration draw over in our blog shop. Please excuse this copied and pasted message but it's the only way I can get round you all this week. If you check out my blog you will see what's keeping me busy :-)

Shop draw http://sisterscraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Good luck,
A x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Great desk pictures . . . .love the before and after shots.
Sandra #14

The Crafty Elf said...

The before and after both look good to me but that Monkey....to cute!

Pam said...

Looks like you have been busy. Hugs Pam x

Clare /aka/ Mummushka said...

Hi Shaz, I am an Aussie too. Love your Monkey! Where do they come from?

sandra de said...

gorgoeous cards as we have come to expect from you Shaz. Nice to see the before and after and even then it was pretty tidy. Have a lovely w/e.

Tertia said...

OK now I believe you that you can make a mess if you tried really hard. So glad your Cuttlebug woes were sorted out.
Don't know if you are a cricket fan, but if you are we can cry on each other's shoulders. Both our teams are out of the World Cup.
Happy belated WOYWW

Sue from Oregon said...

busy busy girl...I sure wish you would enter your House Mouse card in the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge...Spring challenge!

Joyce across the Pond said...

Before photo - untidy desk? I see no untidy desk!!! Seriously I've bookmarked your blog as it is so interesting and your cards are beautiful....I'm intrigued by the word 'calligraphy' in your title.....did you write the title text? Also do you ever write the sentiment and the inside greeting on your cards? Just wondering.....glad to meet you and wish you God's richest blessings!

Kezzy said...

Loving your before and after photos, and I have the same monkey on my work desk. Your cards are gorgous and I love your house mouse stamp. I have a big shot for a few years now and I wouldnt swap it for an electric one as I reckon you have more chance of breaking it as you wouldnt be able to feel if you have too much pressure in it but manually you can feel the tension when you turn the handle.

Joyce across the Pond said...

I'm back to say I've had a lovely browse through your calligraphy and must say your work is so good.....I don't do so much gilding although I have an order for 'Desiderata' with gold leaf on it....long, long text....actually the peek on my blog was a 'draft' - then did another! As one does sometimes LOL! Your colouring and blending is just simply beautiful and you inspire me a lot. I don't usually do much gothic at all....I am a pure and simple foundational most of the time but will do other styles according to the text and what the customer wants. Most of the work I do has a personalisation element to it and I won't post it unless I ask permission to post after the event as it were. I make a lot of personalised cards....never have to look for work as I'm sure you don't either. God Bless on this beautiful Lord's Day over here where the sun is shining and life is good.

SueH said...

Hi Shaz, it’s good to see the before and after shots of your desk but I still can’t help thinking there’s a feel of ‘organized’ chaos going on there.

Loving the finished cards…..such cute stamps!

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x x x

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