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, May 28, 2014

Happy 5th Anniversary of WOYWW + Cards for Lauryn

WOYWW 5  - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday

From Nikki C.
In the land of Blog, there is a hop called WOYWW,
For running it, our Head-desker, Julia, must needs take a bow,
All over the world she gathers desks all in a row,
And thereupon we Bloggers our work we do show.
It’s our fifth anniversary which has come upon us now,
So let’s all join together to celebrate our fifth WOYWW!
SLG 2.4.14

Okay for the uninitiated.... the WOYWW or "What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday" is the first, biggest and longest blog hop, in which I have ever taken part! Every Wednesday, if able in fact, since first week in Jan 2011! All the details will be made clearer over here at Julia's blog and see all the exciting desks of the world, folks, do! {Warning - it is addictive}
Well a lot going on my desk today, in Centre a swap atc from all the way in South Africa from Bella. Thanks so much Bella! {also sent one to Julia and one to Anne, (see below) both as a RAK. Have one other one with card face down, on desk for my PiF. On left is some stamping completed ready for attacking (not sure how mixed ideas :D stay tuned). On right is the butterfly stencil from Mrs A. which did trial embossing with.. for Butterfly challenge prize woohoo! thanks Mrs A.! Big Monkey is proudly wearing his WOYWW badge :D
Also sharing a card for Lauryn on desk (please see Lauryn's Facebook updated daily here)..
This card was started back here when showed you how to cut a die outside the image. 
Little Lauryn is fighting leukemia, a VERY big battle for one very little 2 years old girl - see original post here, with her address.. (but Facebook has regular updates). Monday she was in hospital having more transfusions. Some of you who make gifts might like to do that? a wee one, instead of a card to post? and all prayers prayed will help too, as the battle is still ongoing.
Miss Lauryn Newsome
P.O. Box 172
Thornburg, VA 22565 USA
 Also just found there are some digis to buy which will help her with medical costs:
http://lotsofloveforlauryn.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/digi-stamps-sets-for-sale.html
Here is my card (just tip for you ... dont use glossy accents with water markers.. they bled!)
 
And to close here are the shots from Australia today .. from a  walk a while ago I took some black cockatoos on mobile hence poor image, tree was tall. Actually have a number of black cockatoos... several different varieties see here and here for further images etc. second photo is of their view but had to take it from human height not bird height :D. These were the red tailed ones, I think, but we also get the yellow tailed ones in our yard.
Again my time for replying is limited but will get there eventually, even if does take all week.. so thank you for popping over for peek and chat. For those last week who hoped my camera would sorted, have a new one on layby. This one is holding up - just! :D all good.. in end.
May God bless your day everyone, wherever you may be ~ and HAPPY WOYWW5 everyone!
Shaz in Oz.x 
PS Anyone who wants to add a Pinterest blog button please go over to this post on Friday.
My atc's sent and received:  
Left is Bella's. Flower WOYWW5 ATC sent to Anne of Copper Beeches .. she has been poorly.  
Bird ATC WOYWW5 for Julia, and also Bella. I used Our Daily Bread Bird silhouette with Hero arts background stamp plus SU Silhouettes for grassy effect... "friend to friend" is SU too.
Would like to link up Lauryn's card to the following:
 1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on card .. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
.2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au
3. Penny Back and more challenge - May - anything goes. http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/may-challenge.html
4. Hazelnuts Printed paper challenge , must cover page in printed paper and this was snippets. http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com.au/

45 comments:

Patsy Paterno said...

Happy anniversary!! Prayed for Lauryn and visited her FB page. Poor little wee one! I'll keep her in mind. Gave Peggy your message. :^) patsy

Nikki C said...

Happy WOYWW5 and you got a Bella ATC too you have lots of fun going on your desk and it's a shame about Lauryn she has a tough road ahead of her
All the best
hugs Nikki no # yet

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Looks like you made out like a bandit with the ATCs. I love your tribute to Julia, too. Your pictures of Australia are gorgeous, as usual. Happy, happy 5th WOYWW.

Maxam Made said...

Great desk to day Shaz!! I love your ATC's!! I really need to stop being intimidated by these!!!
I hope you have a great day and I'm still praying for you dad!!
hugs,
Ginny

fairy thoughts said...

Happy anniversary
It's all looking good today great bunch of ATCs already.
I hope Lauren will keep going but she has a lot if support
Happy anniversary and have a good week
Janet

glitterandglue said...

Great desk this morning, Shaz. happy anniversary!! That lovely card - just right for a wee one having to cope with so much.
Take care my friend.
God bless you. Thanks for all your prayers for John.
Margaret(no number yet...)

Neet said...

Hope mine comes soon to you (atc). Busy desk and lovely card.
Think our leader has overslept, hope she has not gone out for the day or we will all be in a pickle.
Hugs, Neet xx
ps hope all is well

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thank you for all the support and friendship over the past couple of years - it means the world. I really appreciate it!!
Hugs, LLJ xxxx

Chrysalis said...

Morning Shaz - reckon Julia must have been celebrating out on the tiles last night, she's so late! Your card for Lauryn is beautiful - she will love it. Your Aussie bird life is so exotic - it's great how we all have our native favourites. Have a wonderful WOYWW anniversary. Hugs, Chris

Regina Hamilton said...

You've rec'd some really lovely ATC's. You are next on the list, so I get to send you one. You can send my your snail mail into to me at rmhamilton0914@yahoo.com #17

Annie said...

My thoughts and prayers come to those in need this week.
Happy Anniversary....here's to many more.
Hugs,
Annie x

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

A very Happy 5th Anniversary to you! Looking forward to receiving a lovely ATC from you.

Fiona #19

Julia Dunnit said...

Your autumn is actually prettier, sunnier and warmer than our late spring I can tell you! LOVE the poem - you may have to join Robyn's poetry journal group - how clever you are! If I'd known it would come to this and be lyrically recorded, I might well have chosen a different and actually use-able acronym!!

Minxy said...

Happy 5th WOYWW anniversary xo I absolutely love your bird atc, lucky julia is all i can say x
Hugs Minxy #4

Annie Claxton said...

Lots of gorgeousness on your desk Shaz and I love those photos - very different indeed from where I live! Happy WOYWW Birthday :o) Annie C #56 ish

Hazel said...

Following your message, I tried to link, but it said it was already linked, so it had worked for you. Lovely card - thanks for sharing for Patterned Paper May challenge - hope to see you again. xx

ike said...

What beautiful ATCs you got and fabulous pictures of Oz :-)
I love your little mousie card. :-)

Happy WOYWW 260

Hugz
IKE in Greece xx #70

RosA said...

Hi Shaz,
You have some lovely ATCs there.
Went to Qld last week, by road, so passed "your place" twice. Stopped there yesterday for petrol. Yes, very exciting, I know :)
Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary,
RosA # 30

JoZart said...

Happy 5th WOYWW Birthday to you dear Shaz. Great to have you as a special friend and to have met you.
I will be pleased to send a gift to Lauryn and hope she comes through her horrible treatments as well as my little fraulein. My prayers will be with her as your's have been for us.
lots of love Jo x

Sue said...

Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary.

I hope you have a good WOYWW. Sue 59

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Shaz, there is indeed a lot on your desk this Wednesday! What fun to see! And I LOVE this darling card with the little mice! So beautifully colored and cheery! Oh, what a precious card for Lauryn, and I'll be praying for her (and her precious parents) in this battle against leukemia...oh, so young! Continuing to pray for you and your dad and praising Him that it is not cancer! Sweet hugs, my friend...and praying! (And, yes, I ask God for inspiration in my cards...the only way!)

Winnie said...

What a precious little girl. Said a prayer for her and her family. I am off traveling tomorrow (my first Tim Holtz class!) and I will make her a card when I return for sure. Happy 5th anniversary, and thank you for your kind welcome to the group! Winnie#62

Nan G said...

Always lots to look at on your desk Shaz. love the ATCs sent and those received. hugs and happy woyww5! nan g #77

Eliza said...

We are so blessed to have such a beautiful country and the flora and fauna within incredible, truly a gift from above. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good week with plenty of crafting when you can.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda #8
Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary

Twiglet said...

Happy 5th WOYWWaversary. We will keep Lauryn in our thoughts. x Jo

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, thanks for the earlier visit, we did indeed have a lovely day on Saturday, much chatting and a little crafting was done,lol. Happy 5th, Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz # 72 xx

Caro said...

I love your busy desk, ATCs and the photos of your local wildlife. I am praying for Lauryn. Thanks for sharing and joining in the anniversary fun! Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary. Caro x (#43)

Caro said...

I love your busy desk, ATCs and the photos of your local wildlife. I am praying for Lauryn. Thanks for sharing and joining in the anniversary fun! Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary. Caro x (#43)

Helen said...

Happy WOYWW-versary! Hoping little Lauren battles hard. Helen 7

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

Nice goodies you've shared today. Bless little Lauren! She's a sweetheart. I'll have to make something to send to her.

I do love my iced tea and drink it constantly (decaf). I add a bit of instant raspberry flavored tea and it comes out perfect.

Thanks for visiting me already! Happy 5th Anniversary.

Hugs,
Kay (now #89)

Belinda Basson said...

Happy WOYWW 5! Can't believe it is another year! Thanks for the on line friendship, it means a lot to me. #61

Anne said...

Hello Shaz - also praying for Lauryn. I know I've already thanked you for my ATC but thank you again and for kind comments on my blog. Honoured to see my name and Blog mentioned on yours as well. I am feeling a lot better now and at moment my knee is behaving . I am waiting for MRI scan results. I am late sending out y ATC's but will be posting to you very soon- sorry for being late. Hugs Anne x #36

Andrea said...

thankks for stopping by earlier and a very happy woywww anniversary to you.
My prayers go to lauryn and her family and I pray for a positive and happy outcome ..a very poorly child would be any parents worse nightmare...I do love your ATCs and the thought behind them.Have a great week and heres to friendships old and new crafty hugs Andrea x x #91

ps I would Love to send you one of my ATC's and I am not expecting one in return ..I fully understand . my email address is artyandreac@gmail.com

StampinCarol said...

Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary! Absolutely got a kick out of the poem! What a hoot! And the ATCs and adorable card are wonderful! (I have yet to figure out how to add the Pinterst button on my pics.) Love seeing pics of the birds and places near you!
Carol N #78

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, happy WOYWW anniversary, loving the card you made for Lauryn, she seems such a happy little girl, it's just not fair, I pray that everything turns out good for her and the family.
Angela x #41

Hettie said...

Happy WOYWW Shaz. Great photos today and lovely nature ones.
Hugs
xx 79 I think!

peggy apl said...

Dropping by to greet you a happy 5th WOYWW anniversary, Shaz! Thank you for your enocuragement and friendship!
What a sweet picture of little Lauryn and what a challenge for someone so young. I said a prayer for her and her family.
And what a gorgeous view those cockatoos have!
Hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, Belated happy WOYWW. I'vee just checked back and I only just found the courage to join this blog hop a few months before you, October 2010. I'm so glad we did because it has meant we 'met' each other. I hope little Lauryn's health improves with all the treatment she is receiving. Once again, I enjoyed your photos from Australia - your birds are so different from our British natives. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #97

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Shaz Happy WOYWW Anniversary wow 5 years! I love your worktop so busy and creative hate to see a nice and tidy one - so not me I have about a 6" square on mine free for working! Lovely pictures especially the beach scene. Love your House Mouse Card such mischief! Susan xx

Debbie Rock said...

Thanks for popping by my blog Shaz ... you noticed I don't like pink then, huh?!?!? I love seeing your ATC's and that I look at my desk and see Bella's card too ... a true example of crafting across the world as those cards were sent from Africa and have reached us in Australia and the UK ... just fascinating! HAPPY WOYWW 5TH ANNIVERSARY!!! Love Debbie xxx

Debbie Rock said...

Oh yes I forgot! If you'd like one of my ATC's then email me your address and I will get one in the post to you ... no swap necessary! Love Debbie xXx

SarahGeorge said...

There are quite a lot of things happening around the crafting world huh?Thanks for sharing every bit :) Visited the WOYWW blog and got to know few more. ATC and RAK was a puzzle to me all these days! lol! :)My prayers for the sweet little girl.

Di said...

Lovely card for Lauryn Shaz - so cute and I love how you did the balloon outside of the die cut.

Hugs, Di xx

MaggieC said...

I cannot believe that I never got as far as your post last week. I must ask a question though - have you had an ATC from me? I was sure there was a collection of them at the Crop for you. If you didn't get one from me, please let me have your address and I will get one in the post asap. Thank you for your lovely comments this week, and I have asked Barbara what you need to do to get her blog posts. Hope you have a good week. xx Maggie

Karen Letchworth said...

I just saw this now, but I will be sending her a card. I hope she's doing better.
Blessings,
karen

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