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Happy WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday). Not sure what this is, check out Julia’s page at Stamping Ground.

Today I am ready to go with a couple of projects, as you can see.

My workdesk

My workdesk

The large journal on the left is my Artfully Inspired Life book. I have just finished the alpha and mantra spreads with heART. I can see a definite improvement in my lettering thanks to the lovely Joanne Sharpe. Today I get to play with 29 hearts to make a place for things I love in February.

The smaller journal in the middle is for Journal 52 with Effy Wild and Sarah Trumpp. This is a free year long class with opposite prompts each week. I am glad I am using a small journal for this one, it seems to be working really well for me. This prompt is Beneath Your Feet and/or Above Your Head. I received a beautiful card from my mum this week and wanted to incorporate the flower girl into this spread. I feel pastel’s in my future. That will be something new for me.

My pretty flower girl auditioning placement of images

My pretty flower girl auditioning placement of images

And the cascade is the variety of WIP for Wanderlust and Lifebook.  Being ill for a couple of weeks and busy with my duties on our HOA Strategic and Capital Planning Committee (I’m coordinating our community survey), has put my creativity on hold or rather on pause or perhaps on canter… I can see that faces will be getting a lot of practice this year.

A couple of weeks ago I attended an all day workshop with the delightful Dina Wakely. Composition and random messiness ensued.

At Dina Wakley workshop

At Dina Wakley workshop

Artful hands

Artful hands

 

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Reality check…

So this is my desk. WOW after being down and out for a couple of weeks with the crud (sort of like the flu but crappier) I’m just getting back up on my feet (or rather out of my pjs) and wondering where to start. Probably with another cup of coffee before wading in.  If you’d like to see the state of other creative desks around the world check out Julia’s Stamping Ground. WOYWW (what’s on your work desk Wednesday)

The state of my desk

The state of my desk

I was able to do some couch work for Journal 52 and Artfully Inspired Life, while I lounged about in the living room.

Full Moon for Journal 52

Full Moon for Journal 52

Remembering David Bowie

Remembering David Bowie

My doodly name

My doodly name

WOYWW 344 Happy New Year

I’m back. After a very long absence from WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday) I am thrilled to begin the new year with the wonderful and creative desks from around the world. Thank you so much Julia from Stamping Ground for keeping this going for so long.

So here was my desk on January 1st.

OMG where to start

OMG where to start

And here is my desk this morning.

Ready to roll

Ready to roll

My word for the year is ENJOY and I am planning on participating in a number of year long projects. Starting in the front row…

  • My keep my self organized lovely purple journal: I know I can keep things on my computer but my lifestyle and my memory really need a hard copy version of everything I am working on. Oh so organized for 2016 will definitely let me enjoy my life.
  • Carolyn Dube A Colorful Journey and Permission to Play: I am part way through permission to play, which is the colorful cardboard pieces. And for the monthly challenge we are supposed to create art from something we were going to throw away.
  • Jane Davenport classes: Draw Happy, Supplies Me and Miss Quoted. Just started on these and will devote a lovely Strathmore Mixed Media 500 series small hardbound journal for playing here.
  • Wanderlust: The Strathmore Mixed Media 300 series small wire bound journal is at the ready for the adventure that awaits here.
  • Journal 52: The amazing Effy Wild and cohort in crime  Sarah Trumpp will be conducting us through 2 prompts each week. This is totally free and absolutely amazing. You see my work ENJOY as my first spread.
  • Artfully Inspired Life : the ever awesome and absolutely fabulous Joanne Sharpe classes are the pile of composition books and Strathmore 500 hard cover Mixed Media journals.
  • Lifebook: The crowning glory of my Lifebook 2015 experience. I have about 9 more projects  to complete. I have them all downloaded and now I can pick and choose to add to my beautiful book. See other page for a flip thru if you are interested. And of course I’m enrolled again this year.

So that’s my plan for the year. Ambitious, perhaps, but I feel so much less stress going into 2016. Last year was definitely moving up my learning curve and this year I am ready. So ready. To really ENJOY my artistic life to the fullest. And WOYWW is going to be a part of this. Oh yes and I think Newton may have something to say along the way.

My trusty supervisor in his favorite spot.

NEWTON: My trusty supervisor in his favorite spot.

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After what seems like forever, I’m back and jumping right in to WOYWW (what’s on your workdesk Wednesday) blog hop. (WOYWW you ask? Check out the gang at Stamping Ground for a worldwide tour of creative desks today.)

January was an extremely busy month at Casa Tavi, what with celebrating my 60th birthday in Maui (absolutely fabulous), having the entire interior of our home in AZ painted (while living in residence and corralling cats on a daily basis), getting all the carpets cleaned (they will be back to do the tile) and working on remaining calm while everything around us was in a turmoil. AHHHH to have our house back to “normal”, well almost. Still have to hang pictures, but at least we can walk through the house without doing a serpentine maneuver.

So today I can actually share what is on my desk (stuff and supplies still being reassembled).

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My desk ready for a day of EXPLORING. Still need to do something about the lighting, and I was so glad that I had grabbed my “essential” supplies so that I could continue to be creative during the disruption.

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A closeup of what is planned for today. From the left:

  1. Artfully Inspired Life: finish off January with SPARKS flying. I am waiting on a delivery for my new Parallel Pilot Pens to begin February with PASSION.
  2. Mixing It Up FB group January swap: Tag and ATC received from a new FB friend. I sent off my first Tag and ATC and our lovely coordinator for the month mixed us up. Wow, such love. Getting ready for the February Monthly Challenge, what do you love?
  3. Documented Life Project: Black Gesso. I had started this at the beginning of January and then decided to put it aside. Some of the weeks are already done, and I decided that I don’t have to do everything. More to show next week.
  4. LifeBook: Getting ready to do another amazing lesson with Tam. I think I am ready for the Affirmation Feather. yeah.

It is so great to get back to being able to make something beautiful every day. Cats are adjusting pretty well. Socrates has his “spot” and Newton has less access to plastic chewing attractions. He still lets me know when it is time for dinner starting at 4:25 pm.  Looking forward to hopping around the blogs today and tomorrow. Have a fabulous day!