Tuesday 25 January 2011

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

Well I am typing this late Tuesday evening and am out early Wednesday - here's a  Mr Linky to WOYWW.

Last week my desk was a disgrace - but in my defence I am moving all my craft stuff from a 16ftx12ft studio in my garden to a tiny room less than half that size, indoors. 
So it is getting rather full in here.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my blog - I do take everything you say 'on board'.

On the last blog entry comments, Rosie mentioned about us having 'our fingers in too many pies'
What  wise lady - it summed up my dilemma perfectly. 
So with that in mind, I have made a commitment to myself to complete all my unfinished projects.'
This is a journal I made on my first online course - it has lots of signatures so I ran out of steam.
So picking up where I left off in the story, my 'heroine' is living it up in Paris, and has been visiting some of the famous dressmakers with a view to having the latest fashions.

In hindsight I am quite pleased that I did not have the time to do more to this, because in the meantime I have dabbled in another couple of courses and have aquired the ability to add more colour to the pages.  (We were shown how to colour huge sheets of water colour paper, by painting with tea, or coffee etc and they did look rather drab

I have now added more colours to the pages as I go, and it looks 10 times better.   I have made cardboard cut outs and decorated them with gorgeous scraps of materials and beads, some, like the red one at the top, have a genuine vintage sample of material of the era - with a real french label attached for it.

Here is a scrap of the letter that went with one of the 'mannequins' to go into the scrapbook, which is now over 100 years old and has aged somewhat.

I was lucky enough to visit Monet's Jardin in Givernay a number of years ago and it was like stepping back in time - the print is from a fern leaf.

And this is the 'spread'

I had to take photos this evening - so under artificial light.

15 more pages to go to complete the book.

Wish me luck!


lori vliegen said...

hi lottie!! your journal spread is beautiful! i especially love the softness of the fern leaf......very nice touch!! have fun setting up your new space and making it the perfect creative playground!! xox, :)))
p.s. you are such a sweetheart to showcase my stamps.....thank you, thank you, thank you!!! xo

Pearl said...

I'm loving this what a beauty!

Anonymous said...

you dont need luck - youre doing pretty good Lottie.Book will look fab once completed.

themessycraftroom said...

Hi Lottie, Have fun setting your craftroom up. Your journal is looking more gorgeous than before. Just love your ladies in the beautiful lace. Glad it's coming in useful. Hugs x ChrisB

Ati said...

I love what I see here !!

Karen said...

Enjoy setting up your new craft room :) Your journal book is really beautiful, it is gorgeous :)
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #84

Jinny Holt said...

Gorgeous Journal ....hope the craft room swap goes smoothly


Jinny #76

Annie said...

What beautiful artwork you have to share today.
A x

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is so wonderful. I love the colors and all the texture! You have inspired me to finish up some projects as well. I can't wait to see the rest!

fruitpip said...

Lovely work - and lovely workdesk. Wish mine was half as tidy as that ;)

lisa said...

Your journal is stunning, Lottie, much more than a journal,a real work of art. Good luck on the rest of it.
I think we are all guilty of too many fingers in too many pies, don't feel too guilty.
Hugs Lisa (126)

Shairon said...

So glad you have decided to finish this gorgeous journal, Lottie. It is looking even better than I remembered and it was beautiful then! What a tidy art room!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love your little drawer organizers! I'm also very glad that you've gone back to your journal because I loved the story you were developing and how pretty it was.

okienurse said...

Beautiful journal! Love the color and use of the scraps of fabrics! I would so love to go to Monet's Jardin! I finally made it to Kew Gardens a few years ago. Thanks for sharing.
Vickie #59

Hels Sheridan said...

Cor Lottie, this is one stunning journal, LOVE the story of it too! Good luck sorting your unfinished things out... then when you have done yours you could always come and do mine ROFL Hope all is good with you x

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

That journal is lovely. I look forward to seeing more of it. It must be a nightmare trying to cram everything into a smaller space. The piles will just have to be higher for the moment. Good luck.

Lorraine said...

like the vintage layers to this and the clever use of the fern

Pattie said...

I loveeeeee this little book Lottie,a real treasure x