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, December 21, 2011

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday

{{Addendum A Big welcome to my latest follower Julie, a fairly new blogger - do take a peek at her lovely blog.  Also another newbie at blogging, doing a great job and needs some encouragement - Debbie, her lovely blog is here she has joined WOYWW but not many folk have joined her on the hop - thanks so much for sharing a little Goodwill at this time}}

Happy WOYWW or What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone. 
If you would like to join a very merry band of crafty folk on the world's biggest desk hop then pop over to our hostess Julia's beaut blog for a peek!
 What is happening here?  
Well, actually it is really what has happened here, as the table out there is cleaned up again! Getting ready for present wrapping and all those sorts of things. Yes, thankfully all the cards sitting on my desk  last week WOYWW are posted or given out - last lot went on Monday. 
 Desk hopping was neglected last week and am trying to catch up - if have missed any one, which I know I have, I am terribly sorry, will do better this week hopefully!
Anyway what was I making on this desk - some of you will no doubt think I have totally lost the plot, but I'm making Christmas cards!!
You see, I have had this idea humming in my head for a Christmas card - but did not have time to do it. I do all my cards by end of November so I can get to the big task of getting them all off with less drama - cannot cope with doing them any later. I made my first one for this year here it was on the same day last year! I gave it to my dad this year. I have posted the two cards already, for more details, etc look below or here. I have also posted the post on papyrus calligraphy, which I spoke of last week as my friends have received it.
I wonder what sort of Christmas dinner you will be having?
Do you know how many hot Christmas dinners I have had in my life? One, when I was eight years old! my Yorkshire grandmother in Tamworth NSW, cooked us a hot Christmas dinner. Until I was twenty one I had spent every Christmas dinner except that one in a tent. We went camping down where I live now at the beach, til we moved here - why not, with this view five minutes walk from here?
So every year back then, we had an extra posh salad - and really that is what we do now! This year with barbequed lamb instead of cold meats. Not everyone here are like us - but lots are and seafood also makes a very big appearance on an Aussie Christmas dinner table.

May the Lord bless you all richly this Christmas, as we take time to remember the One after whom this season is named - God bless and HAPPY CHRISTMAS,
Shaz in Oz.x
PS. Well, such great excitement is here!! woo hoo!  just had postie at the door
Look what she has brought! a wee (well, really a big parcel) parcel all the way from bonnie Scotland! Elizabeth  Silver Scrapper's very, very yummy candy has arrived - look at this so very awesome card on it with lovely wishes inside - wow! how very blessed am I? You see my Blogaversary candy was drawn on 30.11.11 and so was Birthday candy of Elizabeth's. In the week my candy was drawn I won two (other is on last weeks post) and have never won blog candy before - so there you go. I am going to open it for Christmas and if you want to know what is in it look here! Great details on her tartan multiple die cuts card, aren't there?

Cant stay on here long now as have 5 stitches in right forearm (mm, pity am right handed), the skin cancer doctor did some cutting out, and rather sore!

39 comments:

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz! Merry Christmas to you. Your calligraphy came out looking quite nice. I'm sure the recipient just loves it.

I've been thinking of putting a "watermark" on my photos too -- how do you do that?

Ann B said...

Christmas and seafood, a fantastic combination. We are going out for Christmas Day lunch, just me, Mr B and his Mum. We go to my sister's in the morning for the Great Present Exchange with sis and her family and then a quiet day. Big celebration for us is New Year when we go down to Bristol to Mr B's daughter and the three Grandchildren.

Still Tuesday here but happy WOYWW to you and Merry Christmas

Cathy said...

Great makes Shaz. We will be having a turkey and all the trimmings, but it is a little chillier here in the Lake District than where you are!!
Happy WOYWW and Merry Christmas.
Cathy @23 xx

kath said...

gorgeous makes...love those tartan poinsettias...thanks for the 4 days to christmas peek of your workdesk...wishing you and yours a wonderful christmas...hugs kath xxx

Helen said...

Great gifts and pics! Hope you have a very Happy Christmas.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Lots of fun things on your post today. Lovely photos. Would love the dies you have on your desk, May you and yours enjoy the holiday season and Happy WOYWW

Bridget Larsen said...

I love your Christmas and that card is just gorgeous, if you like I can send you one of my Christmas cards, I have some to spare
Bridget #21

Sunshine Girl said...

I am still making Christmas cards too - they will be used next year and I know I will glad of them when the next Christmas rush starts! How lovely to have Christmas day on the beach although I must admit I do so love a traditional English Christmas where its cold outside and we have a hot dinner too! Congrutulations on your win and I hope your arm is better soon. Have a wonderful Christmas. Sunshine Girl – No 38

Neil said...

Hi there. I just wanted to pop my head down the chimney and with you a very very merry and special Christmas. I've enjoyed visiting via WOYWW and look forward to 2012! May Our Lord richly bless you and yours in the coming year. Hope your arm heals up real quick too!
Neil #45(ish)

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I love the cards and the glimpse of your life at Christmas! I do sit down dinner at Thanksgiving but at Christmas, it is finger foods. It gives me time to enjoy the day too! Sorry you have stitches; hoping you heal very soon! Have a wonderful Christmas my friend!

Neet said...

Oh dear I didn't know about your arm. You are now on my prayer list for quick and healthy healing.
Thanks for the insight into your Christmas - may it be a Joyous one for you and yours. Hugs, Neet #4 xx

sandra de said...

Your christmas sounds lovely, and the spot is perftect, please include lots of sunscreen and a big hat. Congrats on the blog candy win. Have a wonderful christmas as we give thanks for his amazing grace.

okienurse said...

It is interesting how different Christmases are depending on where you are. We are in the southern states but it is still cool enough for a full cooked Ham, sweet potatoes, and vegies. Hope you and your family enjoy a Merry Christmas holiday. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #44

JoZart said...

Such a lovely seasonal post . Love your story and thanks for sharing it in my comments. So pleased about the candy win but so sorry to hear about your poor arm. Hope it is 100% again very soon. Too much talent to be wasted otherwise!
Have a very special and Happy Christmas and may I return similar blessing to you and your family.
It's a pleasure and joy to share your wonderful skills through your blog.
Love JoZarty x

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Funny how it is isn't it. I won to blog candies the other week to (hqaving never won anything) and it was so lovely to receive lovely gifts in the post and when they are so beautifully wrapped to! We of course have cold weather (more typically grey and rainy rather than preferred blue sky and white (frost or snow is fine!). As it is cold hot food takes preference (although boxing day is often cold meat and salad things). In my house we traditionally eat Goose and roast potatoes :) oh and show topped Christmas spice cake (light and cinnamon flavoured rather than the heavier fruit cake. Have a lovely time at the beach in the sun. Merry Christmas x

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Our tradition here in Coventry is for Roast Goose and roast potatoes (but then it is cold here! - if we are lucky there is snow or frost, more typically it is grey and rainy.....). Dinner is followed by Christmas Spice Cake (much lighter than traditional Christmas cakes and full of my favourite seasonal flavours like cinnamon, ginger and orange :) I was lucky enough to win a couple of candy give a ways recently to, so nice to receive things in the post, more so in this electronic age. Merry Christmas from Coventry x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

If I lived where you did, Christmas dinner would be a barbie and salad too! But here, in deepest Wiltshire, you need something warming! Much as I love roast turkey, the best Christmas nosh for me is the leftover veggies made into bubble and squeak the next day with cold meats and pickles, followed the next day by proper turkey soup, yum yum!
Wishing you joy and happiness this Christmas,
Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

Bella said...

Wishing you a very blessed Christmas! Thanks for the peak at your desk. I am still trying to make my cards as the ones I had made, I have used already...note to self...start earlier!

Mrs A. said...

Love those tartsn flowers on the last picture. thanks so much for bveing my blogging friend this past year. Happy christmas to you and a Crafty New Year. Hope your arm feels better soon. At least Iam left handed with mine. Hugs Mrs A.

Annie said...

I'm just popping in to wish you a really wonderful Christmas and hope that 2012 is a great year for you.
Hugs,
A x

lisa said...

Hi Shaz
You are looking far too organised for a few days before Christmas but then with your fantastic weather a scenery I think I'd be organsied too so that I could be out enjoying it.
Our Christmas dinner this year is Roast Duck, lots of yummy stuffings, roast potatoes and lots of veg followed by Grandma's Christmas pudding and brandy sauce!!
I hope your arm heals quickly and is all back to normal soon.
Thanks for being such a lovely blogging buddy over the past year and I hope you and yours have a very Happy Chrismtas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year.
Love Lisax

butlersabroad said...

Gosh I can't imagine spending Christmas in a tent but when it's hot and you have that beautiful beach right there then why not!! Beautiful package from Elizabeth and how sweet that you're keeping it for Christmas. I was very lucky this year with a couple of candy wins and a couple of card wins too so I was very happy, it's a great feeling isn't it?

I hope you and your family all have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to spending 2012 in your company too.

Hugs
Brenda 71

Clare H said...

We were going to emigrate to Oz but I don't think I could cope with the heat and and the amount of bugs that can kill you and a nice hot crimbo dinner!

Merry Christmas

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, such a relief to see that the candy has arrived safely and before Christmas - I hope you enjoy it.

Sorry to hear about your arm. My DH had to have a melanoma removed 5 years ago - it was on his shoulder - he will probably get the all-clear on his next visit to the hospital. I would think that skin cancer is quite common in your part of the world - all that sun. Here in Scotland it is much less a hazard, though on the rare sunny days it is possible that we overdo the sunbathing :)

We will be having a hot Christmas lunch, salad wouldn't do it for my DH, he is a traditionalist - and an Englishman so it will be roast turkey with all the trimmings for him but I'm not keen and usually have a vegetarian treat instead. I'm not even keen on Christmas pudding and cake which is why I made Lisa's pudding this year - it is altogether much lighter though still has fruit, nuts and cinnamon in it - with ice cream it will be perfect.

Take care, enjoy the holidays and Merry Christmas from Scotland.

Elizabeth x #46

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Shaz, you're sore, am sorry about that! happy to hear that he's cutting it away rather than having you battle it. I enlarged your beach view and showed Mr D...and then talked of slow barbecued lamb and salad for Christmas lunch....we feel homesick for somewhere we've never lived!!
Blessings and cheer to you for Christmas! Xx

May said...

A lovely festive post, You take good care of your arm, as we need you here in blogland x x x Roast Turkey and all the trimmings here on the big day, A very Merry Christmas , Hugs May from Eastbourne Ebgland x x x x x x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Just dropping by to greet you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed Christmas season! I love those gold frames on your desk and your interesting post about Christmas dinner. Thanks for sharing your life and projects with us in your blog! Hope your arm heals well.
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Joluise said...

Because my husband is Welsh we always have a hot Christmas lunch, but he is having prawns for Christmas Eve! Love the beach scene, cool and certainly not summer in Canberra right now:(. Gorgeous cards as usual.

Colleen said...

What a beautiful tag Shaz! Merry Christmas Dear One. My Allie Cat passed this week. Thank you for understanding. She was a good friend for over 19 years...amazing.

Sarah said...

Was watching folk on the beach at Christmas on TV last night and thought of you! Done my wrapping and feel like a new woman! Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

TangolikeRaindrop said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012 x

BetteK said...

I really LoVe your tartan poinsettas ... so effective! Have been trying to get to leave a message on your blog for weeks again but was getting a message window that would then not let me leave a message! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas. Love Debbie xXx

Spyder said...

ohooo what a fabulous Christmas, on the beach and in the sun!! lucky you, I think we'd all like to try that!! Great cards, even better view and thank you sooo much for letting me know about Brenda's win,what a lovely surprise, knowing how slow I am at getting round woyww and everywhere else, I might have been too late!
Hope you have a fabulous Christmas (I will be thinking of you on that lovely beach!!) Best Wishes
((Lyn))

MaggieC said...

Poor you, with a sore arm just in time for Christmas. Hope the results are worthwhile though - that is the important thing. Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest. You might like to pop back to my blog and read about yet another scam which seems to be doing the rounds (we have just been called from them), just when we are up to our eyes in last minute preparations. Have a lovely Christmas, and we will speak again afterwards.

Julie said...

Hey! Thanks for directing me over to Barbara's blog for my surprise!! I did a little happy dance when I saw!!

Thanks for becoming an "encourager" of my blog - it's much appreciated!

Sorry to hear your arm is poorly - hope it feels better soon.

Enjoy your Christmas dinner even though it sounds wrong to me to even consider anything other than a turkey and all the trimmings!

Julie x

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

Hope the weather is perfect down there and not as hot and humid as it is shaping up here is Queensland... have a great holiday...xx

TangolikeRaindrop said...

Thank you for your incredibly kind and encouraging post. :) What a lovely idea - "Encouragers". I too shall adopt that! I will also encourage you. :) Thank you, Merry Christmas and best wishes for a most splendid and creative 2012. ((hugs)) x

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, Beautiful work as always! Yes, I have just been running myself ragged, thats the problem when your shift patterns change, its very hard to regain 'lost' hours.I hope you & yours have a wonderful Christmas, and that your arm is healing up nicely. Love Shaz xxx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments this year Shaz. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

Hugs, Sandra x

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