Wednesday, 2 May 2012

WOYWW #152

Good morning all. It's silly o clock in the morning and I'm wide awake! So I crept outside to take pictures of my desk.....'cause that's what we do on a Wednesday and it's all Julia's fault! Pop over to Stamping ground and you'll see, hundreds of desks waiting to be discovered!
Here's my place. My usual shot which I will remind you, no death defying stunts to achieve; at it's highest point my studio is only 2.4m high, I'm 1.8m so it's just a lift of the arms required, no chair! So, the desk, pretty tidy (as this time tomorrow I'll be at the airport winging my way to America, Ranger Uni here I come!)

 In the front you can see this book cover I'm working on. It started out as a pretty tacky brown plastic file so slowly I'mm turning it into a decent cover for a loose leaf art journal.
 At the back are some bits; old Victorian curtain hooks, a metal belt and then the blowtorch and stuff from the weekend.
 Then there's this weird plastic holder with 4 glass jars which I'll be turning into a "Specimen" display fitting for a Victorian explorer's study!
 So there's my place this week. Next week I'm be back and my desk will be all American, I'm sure!
Till then, I hope you all have a truly blessed and creative week!

58 comments:

sandee said...

Lucky you getting to play with all those goodies, looks entirely too much fun. Safe travels tomorrow! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sounds like everyone is coming to America!! Have fun at Ranger U. Happy WOYWW from #4 this week.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What treasures on your desk! Next time I see them they will be all transformed beautifully! I love tacky to fabulous! Have fun in the US! :^) patsy

RosA said...

Love what you doing with that folder. You always have such creative ideas. Have a good journey! Happy WOYWW, RosA #17

Judy said...

Oh we know you were swinging from the rafters to take this pic..he he.!
Always love your desk.Love all that METAL:!! Love how you transformed that folder. Could you describe how you achieve this look please?I have so many tacky folders from teaching days.They have nearly been tossed out so many times..!!!
Judy #24

BJ said...

Have a wonderful time @ Ranger Uni. BJ#18

Jeremy and Samantha said...

be safe and have fun on your trip I am sure all your treasures will transform into works of art in no time. Happy WOYWW #8

Queen Of Toys said...

Have a wonderful time at Ranger Uni, it's so not fair you going and me not....

Safe travels and keep us updated if you can.

Eliza #19

Sunshine Girl said...

That book is coming along nicely and I love the specimen bottle holder cant wait to see what you do with that - how lovely having a blow torch on your desk too (I wouldnt dare the house would be burnt down in a shot!) - enjoy Ranger Uni and hanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl No. 29

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

...wonderfully neat & tidy Neil...that book looks great so far...looking fotward to your post with all the fabby news of your time with Tim!...have fun...Mel :)

inkypinkycraft said...

I love stopping by here, your desk is always full of fab art and wonderful finds!! Have fun at ranger..not jealous at all!!!!!well maybe a bit?! Have fun hugs trace x 40

Karen said...

I love what you have done with your book cover, the cogs look really great. Enjoy America and have a safe journey :)

Thanks for popping by earlier, it was appreciated. Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen #12

cat lacigale said...

love the metal belt and the display with jars ! Can't wait to see what you are going to do with these things !

Lynn Holland said...

Have a great time
Lynn 53
One I made earlier today

May said...

Fantastic book cover... Have a Fabulous time Neil..Keep safe, Hugs May x x No32

Helen said...

Evereything looks so interesting, I'd like to stay longer - but you know, so many desks so little time, lol! have huge fun at Ranger U
Helen, 7

Bella said...

I am so looking forward to hearing all about Ranger U...till then, travel safe.

Julia Dunnit said...

Well I wonder if you can't sleep because you're learning how to tough out the time change, or becasue you're excited!! Must have been really chilly out there so early. Can almost feel how tidy your space is, ready for your away. Really clever stuff with the plastic file...you would never know!

craftymonki said...

Can't wait to see how the book cover turns out. Safe travels and have an amazing time at Ranger U!

Zoe #72

Spyder said...

Love your stuff and your desk always great to come and visit to see what you've been up to! In the middle of a field, on the dongle, so not much Internet time, whizzing round as fast as I can!
Happy WOYWW
((Lyn)) #47

Rita said...

Wow Neil, I bet that room has a Lock & Key on the door, just incase some of us WOYWWers appear whilst your away.LOL. Fabulous workspace though. I love the AJ your working on and look forward to seeing it completed. Have a Great Trip. Hugs Rita xx

Dragon said...

So interesting as always and neat for your trip... enjoy - I am really envious. Have a greattime
Frankie
xx

kath said...

hi neil great job on your book cover and hey you are going to have a blast at Ranger U...safe journey hugs kath xxx (59)

Ann B said...

Wow Neil, so much exciting stuff going on, can't wait to seethe finished specimen bottles - they will be great.

Have a safe journey tomorrow and enjoy yourself at Ranger U.

Ann B
#26

CraftygasheadZo said...

Hope you have an amazing time, can't wait to see what you did and what you do with all the fab stuff you discover! Great shot, love that book and all those interesting pieces. Take care & enjoy this week's WOYWW offerings! Zo xx 68

lisa said...

It all looks very tidy for you, Neil but love all the interesting bits and pieces.
Happy travels to the States, bet you have a fantastic time.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #79

Joanne said...

Wow, a tidy desk, from you that's quite something. However, your trip will be so exciting and I bet your desk is packed on your return. Hope you get to blog while there, looking forward to that. Enjoy.
Hugs Joanne xx

Jacqueline said...

Wow! Lots of creativity ongoing! You have just given me ani idea for the cover my Altered book! It's my first one and is a 'technique' theme! My brain just exploded when I saw your desk!

Can't wait to see what you do with that blowtorch though! Now THAT is going to be 'cool'!!

Thanks for sharing,

Happy WOYWW

Jackie x #80

Tracey said...

Such an interesting desk and thanks for the explanation about your photograph....imagining you hanging from the rafters taking the shot.

Have a wonderful trip overseas. Tracey x

okienurse said...

YAY! Have fun at Ranger U! Very interesting desk. Love all the thrift shop finds. I was given one of those weird plastic and glass bottle things 20+ years ago...have no idea where it went...any way it was billed as a rooting station for cuttings etc. Vickie #91

sandra de said...

Yayyyy Ranger Uni you must be so excited. I love that you have a blow torch on your desk you deserve to go to Ranger Uni....Can't wait to see the wonderful creations you bring back.
Sandra @96

Joynana said...

So Many interesting items on your desk this week. Ranger, I want to go with you. Next year for me... #102

Gabrielle said...

Gosh what and exciting desk space! Have a fabulous time at Ranger U - I hear it's a blast! Happy Wednesday!

Sarah said...

An early bird indeed - but lots to see in fresh daylight! Great display of metal goodies there. Have a great trip and uber sooper dooper time at Ranger - hooray a gent - boy Tim will be pleased.
Thanks so much for calling by. Enjoy WOYWW and your week, Sarah at 1.

Helen said...

Hi Neil How lucky to be off to play with all those lovely products! Have fun. Love all the nooks and crannies of your desk it definitely has character and everything is to hand - perfect! WOYWW Hugs to you Helen 64

butlersabroad said...

Neil have a great trip! Although I'm sure you could teach at Ranger U instead of be a student. Looks like you'll have lots of fabby things to play with on your desk when you get back.

Hugs
Brenda 114

MvM-design said...

Love your desk , love the book!!!

Happy WOYWW Wednesday!

Hugs Marleen #25

Kat Griffin said...

You are so wonderfully creative and fun. happy travels
Have a great time
- KAT - #15

toni said...

Hi Neil I've not visited before, your desk looks full of very interesting stuff. So jealous of your trip to Ranger Uni. Have a great inspiring time and 'see' you when you get back with loads more good ideas x

NEEDLEWINGS said...

I just became your newest follower, so I guess that means I haven't visited before! You are welcome to do the same if you like. I LOVE the steam punk book you are working on and all of the other goodies are just a wonderful play station!
Since you are coming to the US, stop by and visit me in Ohio. hee hee. Looking forward to stopping by again. I will snoop a bit more on your blog.

NEEDLEWINGS said...

oops, I always forget! I'm needlewings #20

BumbleVee said...

oooh looking forward to see the specimen display ...

Vee
#146

mark gould said...

I love the blow torch, cant wait to see what you do with it. good luck and have fun at ranger.

Liz Black said...

Love what you're doing with the blue book and can't wait to see how it turns out. Have a fabulous time at Ranger U, it must be like going to Hogwarts!!! Liz at 145 x

Jan McConnell said...

Looking forward to seeing the completed book and the display. Lucky you coming to visit us here in the USA and going to Ranger UNI. #139

Tertia said...

Lucky you to be able to go to Ranger U. I am a lovely shade of green right now. As usual, there are so many interesting things in your workspace.
Enjoy the trip and post lots of photo's

Hazel said...

Enjoy your trip to the US. This all looks very interesting - thanks for sharing - Hazel, WOYWW #10 x

Elly said...

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy (:o)

Ali H said...

Loads of great stuff on your desk already - so what will it be like after your Ranger U trip ! Have a brilliant weekend & do show us what you get up too so we can be even more jealous !! Ali #45

Chrissie said...

Very interesting bits and pieces Neil!
Thanks for the snoop!
Chrissie #51

Princess Judy Palmer said...

You always have the most interesting things on your desk. I think you've channeled my maternal grandfather. Whenever I see the stuff on your desk (and your desk) I think of him. He was a junk dealer who later in life collected ephemera, tucking little bits of wonderfulness here and there amongst the junk so you just never knew what you would find where. Have tons of fun at Ranger University!!!!

The Weekend Artist said...

Your desk is one of the desks I look forward to visiting again since joining last week! What great finds you have! I do hope you enjoy your trip. Just stayed in Boston for almost a month last january!

TWA
#58

Diana Taylor said...

I absolutely love your desk - the book cover is looking fantastic and I can't wait to see how that and the glass bottle display will turn out. A very inspiring work desk and thank you for sharing it.
Enjoy America

VonnyK said...

Love the journal cover and all your goodies.
Have a great week.
Von #3

Helen T said...

What interesting items on your desk - the glass bottles look interesting. Helen T #91

nerllybird said...

Some amazing stuff on your desk. I've been collecting bits for altering this week, don't know what's come over me but it's lots of fun and I'll be sharing some on here, no doubt. I was in the Craft Barn last week when you turned up with something interesting that I couldn't manage to get a look at, lol. I would have said hello but you have no idea who I am! ;)
Helen S #70

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Well finally I am able to post, keep giving me a malware and exiting 5 sites.
Love all your vintage finds and hope you have great fun working on them. Love the upcycle trend.
Dodging awful storms here for 3 days so hoping the weekend will be calmer. Happy Designing and thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend

Danielle said...

I am so loving your specimen find. I can't wait to see what you do with it. Enjoy Ranger U!