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, October 31, 2012

WOYWW and some news

Hullo everyone. 
Well has been a rather sad time for the folks in US east coast, in the storm  area from ex-hurricane, Sandy.
My thoughts and prayers are with any out there who maybe affected. Am just very grateful my family who were there a few weeks back are now home safe again.

Here we are, another week, halfway through already! So tis time for WOYWW or What Is On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Please join us at Julia’s wonderful blog of the Stamping Ground to sticky beak peek at the glories of desks of the world! 
 Here is my desk today - mm, there is a snippet to the left front which hope to finish for Di's snippet challenge all being well.
And yes, some way remnants of last week's work there.. if you remember I had some stamps just newly arrived.
The bundle from Artneko (here is a set of 9 ATC stamped images, and Muted Bamboo too the top left).
Such amazing ones, and have been busy stamping them, and hopefully colour a few with my Caran D'ache pencils at the ready.
Hard to chose which one! 
 As you can see have my two helpers there too all ready to partake in WOYWW!
 A couple more pickies of some flowers here in our local town.
 These glorious orchids were a gift to me from my neighbour post surgery earlier in the month, picked from their huge orchid house! Some gorgeous specimens in it as you can see from these Cymbidiums.
 These are from the Botanic garden I clicked on my mobile on a walk a few weeks ago now..
"the Penstemon flowers - beautiful shades of pink.." according to Elizabeth, below comment thank you :D
That's all from me today off to do some more jobs, several doctors appointments, all clear for eyes though! :D
I maybe missing next week because of more medical things..

Thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek and chat.
May God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled as there should be an anniversary candy, all being well, TOMORROW!!!! :D

More Finland photos on post below, as well as brayering tips.

41 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, got to agree with you about the hurricane, I think we all wish those affected a speedy return to normal. I hope, too, that you are recovering well from your surgery and it's good to see your desk looking so busy. The orchids are gorgeous and I love the rose and the penstemon flowers - beautiful shades of pink. Hope you have a good week and Happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x (no number yet)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hi, Shaz, i haven't been around for some time so i didn't hear about your surgery. glad you've recovered well and are busy with all these lovely stamps. i love your pencils! and so neatly lined up!

Sandy said...

That pink oval background of your card is just lovely. Really pops your lovely image out.. Orchids are beautiful.. Hope all goes well with the more medical things (((hugs))) Sandy :)

scrappymo! said...

Enjoyed the flowers as always but girl...those pencils take the cake! Wow...you have so many! They look fantastic. Do you always colour with these...do you use gamsol to blend?

PS Love the WOYWW sign on the wee easel!!!

Eliza said...

Really busy desk, loads of colouring to be done.

Such beautiful orchids, I have some like that in my backyard. Lovely plants in the photos too.

Happy WOYWW Eliza 40

Neil said...

Morning Shaz. Lots of fun stuff on the desk this morning. Love the flowers, especially the orchids. Hope you have a lovely week
Neil #56

Ali H said...

Those stamps look lovely - very crisp images - do show us once you have added the colour ? Have a great week ! Ali #60

Helen said...

Yes, my thoughts are with the East Coast too..
Good to see your desk getting busy again, and how gorgeous are those flowers! Take care, Happy WOYWW, Helen 4.

Neet said...

It was terrible watching the tv coverage of hurricane Sandy, prayers for all. And still some for you my dear friend.
Love al those images you have stamped, are you going into production?
Have missed you but now I am back from my "jollies" hopefully things will be back to normal.
Take care - much love
Neet xx

kay said...

happy colouring,thanks for sharing
have a fab woyww
kay #75

Buttons said...

Need to go visit Artneko as those stamps look delicious. Glad to hear your family are safe and best wishes for next week. Happy WOYWW, hugs Buttons #85

Glenda said...

Sandy has been a terrible storm for those affected! Where I live in inland but our mountains received 2 feet of snow. Where I am just got freezing temps and rain. We are the fortunate ones! Can't wait to see your finished product. Look how neat your pencils are!

lisa said...

There looks like there's lots of colouring going on there this week, Shaz. You look very busy.
Beautiful flowers as always. Fancy being able to pick orchids like that.
Hope all is good and improving with you.
Take care
Hugs Lisax #95

scrappymo! said...

Hi again Shaz
Thanks for tha answer about the pencils...they just look so fabulous laid out on your desk...Little Miss C has a basic set of watrcolours as do I, you have reminded me that that is something I should do with her...she would enjoy the scientific part of the colour blending with the water!

You did not insult me at all...It is funny that I embrace Halloween now...I never used to when the girls lived at home...we never decorated at all...neither did my family. I started about 10 years ago...

Little Miss C and her breother are not allowed to dress up as anything devilish or such. She is a cat (one of the Aristocats from the Disnesy movie and he is Peter Pan. We will see them tonight!

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, so glad things are going well after the surgery, and those orchids are amazing, I do love them.Lovely to see so much going on on your desk, those stamp images are wonderful.have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #90

Annie said...

I'm sat reading my WOYWW blogs on my sick bed this week but have my mask on so you don't catch anything. I'm enjoying reading what everyone is up to this week [it's better than reading magazines :-) ]. I'm leaving a copied comment so you know I've called by because my hands are too weak and shaky to keep typing out my comments this week.
Big hugs,
A x #93

my craft cupboard said...

Shaz, Thank-you for sharing your desk, I wish I had one like you..lol..
Love your Orchids, they are superb.
Glad that your eyes are all clear.
Now you will be able to get back to doing the things that you enjoy.
hugs
sharon

RosC said...

Hi Shaz,
Have been a bit tardy of late, but here I am again. Your pencils look great - I am so thrilled with a riotous rainbow of colour as in pencil and paint boxes. Yum!
Lovely card in the picture, and of course, the garden shots are lovely.
Glad to hear the eyes have it again! Take care,
Ros. #106.

Cardarian said...

Love your ATC stamps! Sooo pretty! Can't wait to see how you color them! The orchid and your photos of flowers are lovely!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You see, I just love those boxes of pencils...that's what caught my eye straight away. Absolutely gorgeous! I was that child who always put them back in colour order :) Signs of OCD even then!!
And the flowers are really beautiful - I've had an orchid flowering for months now, it's the most gorgeous deep pink!
Hope you're feeling better after your surgery - sending big hugs down under,
LLJ '#68 xx

Twiglet said...

Good luck with the appointments - glad the eyes are Ok. Your photos are fab - that orchid is stunning and I love the pink foxgloves? x Jo

Karen McAlpine said...

Lots of ATC action going on! Really cool images. Love the flower pictures too.
Karen 107

MaryH said...

Totally agree with the prayers for those affected by Storm Sandy, and there are apparently so very many w/out power. Love your card-in-the-making. And your gorgeous flower pics...I need lessons please! Thanks for sharing all this loveliness. How neat your desk looks. (More lessons again!). Very happy to hear that the eyes are doing very well. Hope all the med stuff goes equally well. Hugs

Krisha said...

I too love my colored pencil and water color pencils. Just bought some Inktense pencils, just like water color pencils but with the ink the colors are much more vivid and bright.
Krisha #56

MiniOwner said...

Oooh yummy pencils, there. Thanks for sharing your desk and photos. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner @98)

donnalouiserodgers said...

Shaz, your orchids are gorgeous and I love to see a full spectrum of colour so your tin of pencils gets a thumbs up from me,

hope you are very well again,

dx 70

Bridget Larsen said...

Love those stamps, I thought they were the PSX ones, I have a couple but would love the whole set of those Botanical ones they put out, very rare these days.
Bridget #3

Robin Spitzer said...

Your orchids are beautiful! By the looks of your desk, it looks like you are starting some serious coloring! The card to the left is so elegant. Love your coloring job! Happy Halloweenie!

Anne said...

Wow you have been busy! Good to know how you keep out of mischief!!! I love all your flowers, ours are all but fiished now, so I'm looking to you for that summer feel! Take care my friend and don't forget to go walkies! xxx

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw bless you indeed, I hope all the medical things go well and pass without fury or incident...I hate to think of you being incapacitated. Love the images awaiting their turn for colour, it's a lot of work! Those orchids are beautiful, fancy having an Orchid House....sounds like they have an east wing!!

MaggieC said...

I echo what you say about the superstorm and all those affected by it. I love thos images that you have ready to colour in. My watercolour pencils of choice are, of course, British - the Derwent range. I love them and can't wait for the chance to get them out again when I have finished my next batch of DT work. Your orchids are so beautiful, and they last so long, don't they. Hope things are going well for you. xx Maggie #42

Anne said...

Hi there the images you have ready to colour are lovely as are the orchids. I have one that my mum and auntie bought DH and I last year (August 2011) to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anninversary and it has not stopped producing beautiful blooms for over 12 months- I love it. Hope all ges well for the 'more medical things' Anne x #142

sandee said...

Ahh, to have an Orchid Green house, that would be heaven indeed! Love the Foxgloves too, another favorite of mine! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

fairy thoughts said...

love the floral images, so pretty, another busy desk, have fun colouring them in. gorgeous orchid, to think you grow them there, I dont seem to be able to keep them alive over here.
thanks for sharing
janet #58

scrappyjen said...

great work desk - love the chimps! And the orchids are simply beautiful. Happy woyww. jenx

Gita said...

Lots of coloring will be happening on your desk in the near future it looks like. Beautiful orchids from your neighbors. Brigita #117

SueH said...

You certainly have a lot going on, on your desk this week Shaz.
And wow, that Orchid, it’s stunning. I have two but both have finished flowering now so I’m waiting in anticipation for some new shoots to make an appearance as they did last year.

Happy Crafting!
Sue @ 125
x

butlersabroad said...

What a lovely post Shaz, loved the flowers on this cold grey day. I have my three orchids in a colder room at home for five weeks, they're supposed to want to flower more readily after a cold spell when you bring them back into a warmer room. I agree with you about Halloween, we don't join in with decorating or handing out candy. To me it's Samhain anyway, and I always light a candle for my ancestors and close family who have departed before me. Anyway, those stamped images look great and I do love your big tin of pencils, I have a few Caron D'Ache watercolour pencils and the quality is so good. Off to have a look at your candy, well done on the blogging anniversary, it's been a fun couple of years!

Hugs
Brenda 1

Jules said...

Hi Shaz

A great looking work space.

Lots of colouring to be done there!! All those pencils will be coming in super handy!!

Gorgeous flower pictures too .. .. especially the orchids!

Love Jules xx

thefrugalcrafter said...

I have those stamps, they are great to color!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Shaz

Fantastic flower pictures and stamped images! Can't wait to see your colouring and crafting results.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

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