Hello all... Yes, I know, I've been missing the WOYWW action for too many weeks, but I really, really wanted to make it along to share my current workdesk situation now that it's set up! If the letters WOYWW mean nothing to you then hop along here for a taste of the best and nosiest bloghop around, hosted by the lovely Julia Dunnit at the Stamping Ground.
I'm back in the Czech Republic (where this whole Craftyblogland madness began for me), so longtime WOYWWers may remember the set up in my room in my mother's beautifully renovated farmhouse here... a plastic garden table (huge working area - so cool!)...
... and then my "shelves" made up of just some of the boxes which I used to transport my travelling stash (and no the sprays are not free, I'm afraid, and no, you can't help yourself - very sorry).
My paints live on the windowsill - pictures of them next time around perhaps.
As to what's on this workdesk... well, lots of tags, basically: experiments with Distress Paints, some playing with inks, some leftovers, a canvas for re-working, some mess.
But what I really want to show you is my other workdesk!! And that's over in the museum... The museum? Yes, the museum!
I had to come with lots of boxes as I'm here for 10 weeks helping my mother (known to some of you as Cestina - and she's making her WOYWW debut today) prepare her large collection of dollshouses to open as a small museum here. Many of them had been stored in the garage in the UK for over a decade, so you can imagine there's urgent work needed to make them fit for public consumption.
First, though, we had to create some kind of order out of the chaos of packing boxes, and there was much sorting of boxes of fairly haphazard collections of dollshouse paraphernalia, as well as all the random bits of assorted flotsam and jetsam awaiting transformation into some miniature accessory or piece of furniture. Crafters - especially the alterers amongst you - will know exactly the kind of junk I mean!
(For a more detailed version of the whole journey, check out Cestina's blog - especially this post for the chaos!)
And now, I'm happy to say, not only is the vast majority of all that sorting done, but we also have two beautiful work stations set up, and a room divider with all the paints and tools we need to share sitting in between. I had an absolute ball setting it all up!!
The double desk under the window is my area, and you can see Cestina's trestle table beyond the dividing shelves.
We each have our own sets of really vital tools on our own workdesks, so there'll be no fighting over craftknives, lollypop sticks, toothpicks and glue sticks.
And here's what's on the workdesk now - a dollshouse wall, being repapered (much easier when they come apart like this - sadly not the case with most of them - there's some fiddly work to come)...
... and 7 Gypsies fans might just recognise the papers being used!
That's not the final dado rail - just a piece so that I can judge how the proportions are going to look.
So a slightly long return post - apologies, Julia - but it is all about workdesks...
Hope to make it round to visit lots of you - it's been too long... but for now I'll wish you a very happy WOYWW!
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