Tuesday, 18 April 2017

WOYWW #411

Today is actually Tuesday, but as it's a nice sunny day I will be gardening instead of crafting - so my desk will stay just as it is for the next few days (weather permitting). I've had a few days away from home as my poor Mum was very ill and I had to call an ambulance for her on Sunday. I've had to spend all my time with her as the doctors and paramedics advised she wasn't to be left alone for a few days until the medication they'd issued had a chance to kick in. Thankfully she seems a bit more herself today, so I'm back at home for a little bit whilst my Aunt stays with Mum. She had me scared though - I thought she'd had a stroke!
So... onto my desk for the show-and-tell that is "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday"
I am making two albums right now - neither of which are urgent... but I guess you just have to go with what you're feeling inspired with at the time :)
I've just had some more metal dies delivered - I'm not an addict, honest! though I will admit to having more than 400 dies right now with more on the way. Okay... I'm an addict lol. 
The rose dies are for the wedding album I will make for my niece Tamsin - I'm so excited about her wedding because I'll get to see the family all together. They're not actually my blood-family, but we've sort of adopted each other and love as though we were family - and that's what counts in my book :)
The albums...
The two I am making are a dark-themed Alice In Wonderland and an album based around Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven".  The suitcase isn't one I've made... It's from a set of three you can purchase at The Works for £7 (also included in their offer of buy two for £10). I couldn't realistically make one for the price - and this was one I had just laying around spare. I sprayed it with leftover black stove paint and then rubbed the edges so the blue would show through a little. This is what the Alice In Wonderland mini-album will be inside of. The stand was made for the suitcase to sit on top of... but I may change my mind and use the stand for the "Raven" album instead. The drawer fits perfectly into the base, absolutely flush - I'm so happy with that as I am well known for not being able to cut a straight line for love nor money - let alone measure anything with any degree of accuracy lol. The base has been made with packaging I have saved from my many deliveries from EBay and Amazon and the remains of black card-stock and paper I had left over from previous projects. I feel quite good and green with all this recycling, upcycling and using up oddments :)

I am hoping to get the suitcase partially decorated with lettering and the covers of the album started - but with my life at the moment, I am not sure if I'll have the time! I'm also not too sure about the feet I've chosen for the base - they're not attached right now so they may be swapped for a different design. I'm also humming-and-ahhing about the choice of handle/pull for the drawer... but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.

So... if you want to join in with "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday" you can click on over to The Stamping Ground and Let Ms Julia tell you how to play along. Let's face it, we're all a nosey bunch really and this is a whole load of fun :)

All I will add is my number for Wednesday - and this week it's to be #27

I do hope everyone is having a brilliant week, and enjoying their Wednesday!

Quick update for Wednesday morning (00.10 lol)...
I did actually put some wording on the suitcase...

There will be other embellishments, and I'll probably shabby-up the lettering too :)
I really love the backwards letters, and I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Vintage Market Sizzix (Sizzlets) Decorative Strip Die (656623).

Now I am definitely finished for the night lol


misteejay said...

Life often gets in the way of crafting - hope your mum is getting better.
You have your die addiction...with me it is pens LOL
Toni xx

Sarah Brennan said...

I love what you've done with the suitcase. I had never thought of getting some and altering them. The drawer base looks good too. Nice ob with the measuring and cutting. Sarah #11

Shaz Brooks said...

Lovely project. So good your Mom is getting better, it must have been a real worry for you. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #15 XxX

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I'm so glad your mum is picking up, it's such a worry. Hope you're ok too after the shock. That suitcase is great, the text is fab!!
Hugs, LLJ 1 xxx

Angela Radford said...

You can be addicted to worse things than dies Lol! Pleased to hear your mum is picking up, it's really worrying when they're not well. I've had this with my parents too but do make sure you have a good rest while you have the chance. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww and wishing you a lovely crafty week, Angela x16x

Kathyk said...

FAB projects and pix today - HAPPY WOYWW

Fingers crossed your mum will make a complete recovery too


Neet said...

Gosh, that must have been a scary time for you. Glad your mum is recuperating now and hope she soon feels much better - will put her on my prayer list.
Now you had my attention as soon as I saw the word "Alice" as I am a big fan, but then I saw "The Raven" and was doubly delighted as I love Poe as well. Please show us what you make with regards to these two books - I can't wait to see them.
Thanks for visiting me
Hugs, Neet 22 xx
ps if you can make it to the crop in Llandudno you can follow the Alice Trail around the town - not sure what it is like but I certainly will be giving it a go. Looks good what I have read about it.

Sharon Madson said...

So sorry about your Mum's illness. I hope she continues to get better. I like what you put on the suitcase! Thank you for your earlier visit! #38

Helen said...

sorry to hear your Mum has been poorly, hope she'll continue to recover. Helen #3

sandra de said...

Oh yes life does get in the way of art. Hope your mum recovers and nothing is worse then mum's getting ill. Don't forget to take time out for respite when needed. Can't wait to see how the amazing suitcase and album turn out. Very clever.
sandra de @10

Diana Taylor said...

What a fabulous idea for the suitcase - I love Alice in Wonderland and can't wait to see how this project develops. Hope your mum recovers well, what a worry for you, but I hope you find time to enjoy your new dies,
Diana #6

Lindart said...

Both your projects look very intriguing! I look forward to seeing the finished results! Thanks for visiting mine! Lindart #35

Marit said...

Ohmy... you must have been scared when your mum was so ill... it's something we, older getting daughters with old(er) parents all get to deal with and I know how it feels... I hope she recovers quickly! I LOVED seeing the suitcase 'plain' but when I got to the end of your post and saw the lettering, I really was in Oooh and Aawe... the backward lettering... it's just perfect! Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday, I send you sunshine from the Netherlands and a big hug, Marit #20

Sue said...

Hi Bubbles, I love your blog background.

Sorry to hear about your mum. Hope she continues to improve.

Looking forward to seeing how your projects progress.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #7

Stacy Sheldon said...

Ooh I like the idea of having the drawer stand for the case to rest on. :) (and you are in good company with the die obsession)
Thanks for the earlier visit, ~Stacy #32

Kelly said...

You are only and addict if you collect but don't use. If you're using them, then you do not have a problem ;-) That's my theory anyway. LOL The albums sound like they are going to be beautiful when you're finished. I hope to do an album soon but will have to wait until after the grands are gone in August. Maybe something for Halloween? Have you posted pics of the pond? I'd love to have a pond but have decided at my age they'll be too much work. I'm going with a small circulating dish in the butterfly garden and a creek bed run-off from the gutters for the bird garden.

Hope your mum continues to improve. They've worried about us all their lives. Now it's our turn to worry about them. Tis the cycle. Sending love and blessings for her. Creative Blessings for you - Kelly #29

RosA said...

I'll be interested to see what you do with the "Alice" theme. I did an Alice in Wonderland project some years ago. Great fun!

BJ said...

I love metal dies too and have successfully managed to avoid the Works lately!!! Thanks for the visit BJ#13

Anne said...

Hi there, sorry to read about your mum and I hope she recovers well. I have quite a collection of dies and other stuff as well!!!! Thanks for popping by. Anne x #21