Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Paperweights and lazy rainy days

It has been a few weeks since I have played along with
What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
hosted by Julia Dunnit over at 
partly because I was on holidays
and also because I have done very little
which isn't my fault entirely
okay it is 
but I kind of like the idea of being delusional sometimes

I am laying the blame
at the feet of the weather  which in the last few days
has been horrid rain and more rain
flash flooding and constantly wet dog rain
so that means it is reading and drinking tea weather
not sitting in the studio and watch the pool overflow weather

I started doing a painting of my desk yesterday
because that was a great project a few weeks ago and I liked the idea
of having a painted record of my desk for the year
But staring to paint in my orange coffee cup is about as far as I got
and I got distracted with making some paperweights
which I love by the way
but that rain just told me to go
and cuddle on the lounge with the dog
and a cuppa
and Book Four in the Song of Fire and Ice series of books

so the paint water remains
at that not quite science experiment stage

Paints remain untouched

I am still three weeks behind in this class
and soon to be four
if I keep going the way I am

and haven't even started these yet...
though I have watched the the weeks 1 and 2 lessons

I haven't put together the cards and gift cards
and notebooks 
to go down to restock my shelf at 
The Collective Store

in fact I am sure the only thing I will be able to say I have achieved is
going to visit some other WOYWW blogs
and hopefully I will be shamed into getting stuck in and doing some work

On a totally different tack
 I was lucky enough to win a draw over at

so there will be a zine by Andrea Joseph 
coming my way which is very exciting
and of course it isn't like I did anything special to get it
but just so excited because I never win anything

head on over and have a look at what Vicki is doing
I will post some pics when it arrives so you can all be jealous...
The lounge and book are calling...
Happy Creating...xx


Jaime Haney said...

Beautiful paper weights and all the other paintings that we get a peek of in the pictures :) I love how you have your colored pencils right in front of you in the hanging cups, what a great idea!

Unknown said...

I love Andrea Joseph's pen sketches! Lucky You!!

Georgie Horn said...

do tell me where you bought the wall hangy thingy that you have your pencils and brushes in! I want one!

Lorinda.C.F said...

Congrats on your win! I'm participating in my very first WOYWW this week. Wahoo.

Your desk is always an inspiration though puppy cuddles are pretty hard to resist....

Love the paperweights. Are those something you purchase pre-formed to add your images to or did you make the weights as well??

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely paperweights, and your desk looks very tidy! Valerie

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely paperweights and you certainly look as though you have a start on most of the stuff... which means you just need to find the oomph to sit and do some completeing... and when you figure that bit out could you please come back and tell me how you did it? LOL

okienurse said...

Awesome desk this week! Love the paper weights! I am still on week two of the Life Book 2012 as are quite a few others I know so you are in good company! Hope you have a great week. Thanks for sharing! Vickie #27

Inkypinkycraft said...

The paperweights are lovely...loved the look around, happy woyww hugs trace x no16

Helen said...

What fabulous things you show us!! Hope you get creating soon - but happy WOYWW till then.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You don't 'have' to do anything if you don't want to!! Should be the No.1 rule of crafting. Sitting reading, cuddling the dog sounds the bees knees to me :)
I adore that 'Draw like a Loon' piece - am a sucker for anything with funky text on. That is FAB!
Hugs, LLJ #45 xx

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for sharing your creative space with us nosey parkers today. It's always inspiring to see. Hope you have plenty of creative fun this coming week. For someone who says they've not done much there seems to be lot going on!

mamapez5 said...

Hi. You sound a bit like me. Our pool was overflowing in Spain last week too but the sun is back now even though this is mid-winter for us. I am now five weeks behind in my online watercolour course, but the lessons are all downloaded so I will get through it eventually. Lovely paperweights. Kate x

Candace said...

Such pretty work. Wish I could paint

Thanks for sharing


l00pyscraftcreations said...

Oh lucky you!! well done on the win! love the weather at the moment, means people leave me alone to craft, lol, mine just veggie out in front of the tv with only occasional shouts of " Muuuum..........." "Babe..............", much quieter when it raining!! lol

Happy WOYWW, and I have candy up for grabs if your interested, xx

Lou P

Ann B said...

Showing my poor knowledge of Australia (I know it's very, very big) but somehow I never associate the country with a lot of rain surely that's very English weather.
Love your desk, as always, especially the paperweights and the doodled page and congratulations on your win.
Ann B

Hazel said...

Well done on the win. There's a lot going on in your workspace - like the idea of the painting - hope you progress with it soon (Hazel, WOYWW 28) x

May said...

Congrats on your win, Busy bee work desk today, good luck with the progess, Hugs May x x x x x

Anonymous said...

What a great desk today, I love the paperweights, I think the weather slows us up I haven't been doing much either. Congratulations on your win. Have a great Wednesday, Laura

Beckyt said...

great paperweights :) What a brill idea. Thanks for sharing.
BEcky #56

Rita said...

The paperweights are stunning! Wow!

Seems like so many people are in a low funk right now. Congrats on winning! I'm prepared to be appropriately envious. ;)

Lou said...

Congratulations on your win, love the paperweights Fab! Have a great week Lou#84

Elizabeth said...

beautiful work - you're so talented! I'll be looking out for your completed desk painting over the following months :)

SueH said...

Oh Tracey, it sounds like you get distracted way too easily my girl, Lol!

What a fab idea of actually painting a picture of your desk…may be Julia could have a ‘Paint Your Workdesk Wednesday’….well may be not because I can’t paint to save my life.

Like you choice of reading matter…….I’ve just started book two of the same series and loving them so far.

Happy Crafting!

Sarah said...

Such wonderful art and colours - they make a day brighter! Fab paperweights and a win too - it's your day! Thanks for sharing, wishing you a creative week, Sarah. (at no.38 - NOT 8! A dud link)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

the paperweights are a wonderful way to display your art and make it useful! congratulations on your win!
happy WOYWW and thanks for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

CraftygasheadZo said...

Looks like fun. Thanks for sharing. Zo xx 83

famfa said...

Lots of fab things to look at on your desk. Inspiring

sandysewin said...

Sometimes time spent cuddling and relaxing is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Hopefully you'll get back to your paint water before it turns into a science experiment. :-)

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #121

Karen said...

Beautiful paperweights and such a creative desk, its lovely, TFS :)

Have a great WOYWW, Luv Karen #80

Stephanie said...

Love your space and what beautiful paperweights you have there!

Julia Dunnit said...

I really love the abstract paperweight, like you captured summer colour in glass. I understand that the rain has made you a compulsive studio avoider, it is the colour of the's all wrong!!
No doubt the return of sunshine will vastly improve tour mood to create. Enjoy your prize!

Debs Willis said...

The paperweights are lovely! And don;t give yourself a hard time, crafting, reading, looking out the window - all valid ways to choose to spend 'me' time!

Happy woyww

debs # 117

sandra de said...

Loving your new blog image/header (whatever they are called) as a tea drinker it really appeals. All your watercolour images are FAB and the online workshops your are doing sound great. Although from my experience it can be hard to keep up on a weekly basis. Now the paperweights are a delight so bright and cheerful. I do hope Brisbane doesn't have to go through the horrors of last year once again. My thoughts are with you.

Electra said...

Thanks for the reminder to get back to the Doodles class! And yes, I will be jealous!

505whimsygirl said...

The paper weights are very pretty. I like the idea of painting your workdesk. I love your style.

Hoping the weather settles down for you - no flooding!!


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh I love what I see of your desk and work space, wow wow, you do beautiful work and I want to thankyou for your kind comments, you have had some terrible weather by the sound of it, so much rain, goodness, I think I would be building a boat!Please stay safe, I love the rain but not that much at a time,

Neet said...

To say I love everything you do - your painting, your paperweights, everything - but I do love your journalling. Love the way you do the lettering.
Thanks for commenting on my blog - sorry I am so late but lots of friends keep coming to see me and then tonight I did an English Dinner. Hugs, Neet #6

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Variety keeps you young. Love the paperweights. Great colors. Have a wonderful week and hope you get some sunshine, it always helps.

HeARTworks said...

Sometimes I win but most times I don't. But I love getting things in the mail so I keep trying! I did one exercise for Traci Bautista's workshop, then I bought spray bottles but I haven't tried again! Oh well, There's always next week! Let's see if we've got more on our desk then!!! Patsy from

Tat @ Mum in search said...

The paper weights are beautiful! I'm behind on a couple of online courses already, but I'm so addicted to them that I just can't help myself, I'll have to check out the one you are doing!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...what stunning paper weights and a great way to you use your art everyday...make fab gifts too...always a lift when you win something I look forward to seeing it...Mel :)

Geri said...

Congrats on the win! It seems you've taken on a lot of projects. Hope the weather clears and you'll get some of our California sunshine soon!

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

The tea cups and saucers are so beautifully vivid. With the landscape here covered in snow now, it's always a joy to come to look at your paintings and all the lovely colors you use. Such a day brightener!

Morti said...

Its a good chuckle to read your blog, you come across fairly randomly at times! I do love your art though, it's always so fresh looking.

Thanks for stopping by!

Regina said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog.
This post is too close to home. :)
I really like your watercolor painting. Sweet.

JoZart Designs said...

Love the style and colour themes of your art. So vibrant. Thanks so much for your comment on mine!

Katie said...

I love the paper weights and the colors in the projects on your desk!

Happy WOYWW!
Katie #1

Elizabeth said...

lovely paperweight - especially the abstract one. Your artwork is just beautiful - adore your teacups. Hope you have a good week. Elizabeth x #45

Cathy said...

I am having a quick jog through everyone's desk as I am slightly late this week. Fab work space, looking very busy and creative. Thanks for sharing.
Cathy xx

Anonymous said...

how do you get an invite to doodles unleashed?
I love seeing your studio desk