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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

WOYWW and beyond...

Hello again. Yes, it's come round to another Wednesday when a lot of friends get together on Julia's blog to show and tell their workdesks. Please feel free to pop along there and join in the fun.
There is still an awful lot of the white stuff going on outside here so I have had very few customers braving the weather and that allows me time for fun.





As you can see my crafting table is opened out to it's full size to spread out my inspirational materials.....









........ and under the table sits this box full of yet more materials. I'm happy just to sit and sort through the lovely threads, beads and fabrics. How can you not be inspired to put them together to produce something special?





Yesterday I sat dumfing [see previous blog for explanation if needed :-)] and this is my latest creation. In the middle of my table you can see a stacking pot of beads. This is one of my latest purchases and the reason it was needed was a few years back I very foolishly tipped most of my seeded beads together into one section in my bead box. This makes it really difficult when you are looking for something particular so I am now sorting these beads into my new pots....Yes, I'm very patient and some would say rather mad to even consider doing this but it is making using them an awful lot easier. If you look back at my table you will notice a white triangular paper construction at the front. This is my home made bead sorter. I have used something similar when sorting tablets while nursing and just folded this one together out of a piece of A4 paper. Being white this makes the bead colours show up and it is really helping my labour of love of sorting out my seeding beads.

Beyond my crafting room is a cold and very unwelcoming world outside but even this is coming with really special moments for me. [My cup is always half full :-)] I take great pleasure watching my birds and this really cold weather has brought many different birds to my bird tables to feed. I have feeding stations just a couple of feet from my sewing room window at the front of the house and my kitchen window at the back of the house so where ever I am in the house I am able to watch my feathered visitors. I have been taking note of what birds have been feeding and at the moment my count is up to 17 different ones....Black cap, Redwing, Bull finch, Nuthatch, Robins [I've seen 5 so far!] Mistle Thrush, Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blue tit, Coal tit, Great tit, Collared dove, Pigeons, Dunnock, Jackdaws and Sparrows. How about you? Do you have any really unusual birds visiting you with all this snow around?


This is my Mistle Thrush...he is huge and really aggressive and chases all the black birds away but he is so entertaining.


This little bird feeding under the feeding tray is a little Blackcap...he's learned it's somewhere the Mistle Thrush can't reach him :-)




I hope you are all able to find something positive to come from the cold weather and are able to stay safe and warm. Thanks for dropping in.

20 comments:

Twiglet said...

Great blog - love the little Blackcap - how clever to adapt so quickly to escape the wrath of the Mistle Thrush - needs must when you are hungry, I guess!

Julia Dunnit said...

Inspirational stuff indeed! Despite everything youknow about me, I too would rather have the seed beads sorted and would take a curious pleasure in sorting them actually! Our least common bird visitor is the goldfinch, but ther's a lot of chasing and scaring going on, for sure!

Susie Sugar said...

I'm loving your picture its stunning
How is Skye's let this week hope she's feeling better
Until next week stay warm and safe
Hugs Susie xx

Nicks said...

Oh I love your Dumfing! I wish I could Dumf LOL

Susie Sugar said...

Awwww Bless her I hope she's better soon
this weather can't be good for her
Let us know how she is next week
xx

Paula Gale said...

my work area makes yours look like a hospital theatre!! :O) I'll take a proper look later - thanks for the post.

Paula,x x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Ooh yummy yummy yummy, can I come and play? I'm going to be able to play with my embellisher now we've got Christmas out of the way :) Love the stuff about the birds - good for you little Blackcap :) Wow what a nice variety of birds. I did buy a book to help identify birds that come into my garden but have yet to do that. I did dig out my binoculars a few months ago so maybe I need to keep them on my craft desk!
Anne x

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Ooo I like your inspirational stuff, throw some this way!!

Your picture is just stunning. Do you sell them? My mum would love it.

Helen x

NormaJean said...

Hi, I just love your work area and your work.. beautiful picture, its snowy and freezing here too.
Hugs Normajean

Linda Elbourne said...

Fabulous work space and blog post ... You are going to be so impressed with my desk today ... you can call me your protegee if you like *LOL*

Gerry said...

Just returning your visit [20 minutes-a-day] and have become one of your followers.

Kaz said...

What lovely photos Annie.
I really love what your making lately, they look fab all together with different colours.
I think your bead sorting is very similar to my ribbon stash - a mind numbing job that has to be done! Good luck with it!!

Kathy said...

ohhh look at all that lovely stuff on your desk!
Great birdie pics too - we had a blackcap at our feeding station the other day too

Christine said...

Hi Nice and tidy work area love your work, thanks for stopping by earlier, see you next wednesday for WOYWW.
Christine x

Pam said...

Your picture is fab. We don't get many birds in the garden as our dog and next doors cat seem to keep them away! Hugs Pam x

Kay said...

Beautiful dumfing, love it. Love the birds too.

LadyBug said...

Beautiful cards and large picture! I'm really thinking about having a go at felting you are so inspiring! loads of snow still here. I'm not over joyed with it still hanging about but the dogs love it!!! so it can't be all bad :)

Chrissie said...

Your table is too tidy for words, however I too can see the benefit of bead sorting!
Your work is stunning, and your bird pics are fab. We have seen redwings and fieldfares, something I've never seen in the garden before, and the binoculars are at the ready.
Wonderful post Annie, thanks!
Chrissie

Blue bird said...

Hello Wipso Ax, somehow I lost contact with many friends, because some disturbing events. Hope now the problems are fixed and can enjoy the creativity of my friends like the beautiful things from Wipso! I love the new "header" for your blog.Great creations! Julia/Blue bird :-)

Gez said...

Hi Wipso you have a lovely workspace. I love your creations they are beautiful. :) How wonderful to have such lovely visitors to your garden. I look forward to visiting you again soon. Thanks for visiting my workspace. Have a great weekend. Gez.