Wednesday, 2 January 2013

First WOYWW of 2013 (#187)

Goodly morning everybody.
So, here we are at the beginning of another year. Here's wishing you all the best for 2013, may it bring you nothing but joy, peace and prosperity.
My desk for What's on your Workdesk Wednesday 187 this week (The brainchild of Julia - details HERE) is not my shed/studio this week but the floor in my lounge as I'm squeezing in as much family time as I can while all my chicks are home.
Bit of a blurry pic, sorry, but this is what I'm busy with at the moment.
 Not quite sure where this page is going to end up but at least I'm progressing in my first page of my Dylusions journal. I'm definitely not used to the size compared to my usual journals.
 The pile of essential inks, pads and pens
 This scrumptious book is the book I'm using for my journal in a jar gift. Isn't it fabulous?! You can just see the jar on the left hand side but more about that later.
 Stamps, Dylusions, images, all stamped and ready to cut and use. Charcoal, watercolour brushes all ready and waiting too. So there you have my creative space this morning. Next week I'll be back into my usual routine I guess so I'll see you in the studio!

 While you are here, thought you may like to see some of my crafty gifts this year? I just love these straws though they won't stay that way for long. Keep a look out for them appearing on a project soon! Clue - think steampunk...) Then there's this lovely clock face stamp, self inking and really cool. Then, a special gift, my journal in a jar from my wife.
 This journal, tooled leather and hand made paper pages is really lovely, though I've chosen to use the bigger book you saw for my journalling and I'll use this for something else. The jar has hundreds of tiny rolled up pieces of paper inside, each one with a question, thought or prompt. The idea is that you take one out, stick it to the journal page, enjoy the memories and then journal them. So in the end, you have written the story of you (or in my case, written and drawn it) A really special gift which I have already begun but will share that with you another day.
Hope you all have a special and creative day, whatever you may be doing.

34 comments:

Sandy said...

What fabulous books you received, lovely presents. Journal in a jar what a great kick start to you year..
Happy New Year
Sandy :)

okienurse said...

WOW What an awesome gift idea the journal in a jar is! I might try that at a later date! great looking crafty stuff. Enjoy the chicks! Hope you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! I look forward to seeing your posts in 2013! Vickie #17

Bella said...

Love your Dylusional journal page and the straw joints intrigue me.

slowlaneblog.com said...

Love the Journal in a Jar what a super gift!
Silvia WOYWW#40

BJ said...

Thanks for visiting me this year Neil. I did a Journal Jar back in 2008, they are great aren't they? Super journals there too. Happy New Year BJ#27

Francesca said...

Happy New Year to yoy, what a great gift, not only a journal but to give you ideas as well. I'm off the reservation as well and in the dining room for a playdate. Love francesca

Redanne said...

Hi Neil, that is such a special gift from your Wife, one to be treasured for sure. I am a little envious of your Dylusions journal... the paper in them is just gorgeous. It is so nice to spend Christmas with family isn't it..... Hope you have a very happy and healthy 2013! Anne x #7

Glenda said...

Love the books! Just gorgeous...enjoy your family!
Glenda #43

Shazsilverwolf said...

Love the books, and the journal in a jar is a fabulous idea.Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #41 xx

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Neil Happy New Year. As always a great selection of things to look at. I have had an idea in my head similar to journal in a jar for a couple of years (mainly because I have a big pile of quotes I've never known what to do with). I like the idea of rolling them up so may have to try, might be a giveaway later in the year! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Cindy #60

tuesday afternoon said...

Love your Dylusions Journal, and as always, your space looks so exciting! Happy New Year
Sue V

sandra de said...

Your journal and books are amazing. I am sure 2013 will be a wonderful year with your creations.
Sandra @24

Karen said...

Happy New Year to you! What a wonderful idea to make a journal for your life. Happy WOYWW! Karen 71 x

Zeffy said...

Hi there...happy New Year! May you have fun creating in your special journals ....eagerly waiting to see your new creations..
Zeffy 67

Helen said...

Your floor looks much neater than mine!! The journal looks amazing, I am sure you will enjoy and cherish it! Happy New Year. Helen, 4

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab books and journal pages, looking forward to seeing what you create over the year. Anyway Happy New Year to you! Here's hoping that 2013 is a super year for us all. Take care Zo xx 69

House of Bears said...

Your journal is lovely so far, we've just bought an A4 book to attempt a journal calendar, we'll be decorating that this evening.

Love the bears @#71 this week

Tracey said...

Happy New Year to you. You have received some woderful gifts and the jar is a fantastic idea. Tracey R ±48

mamapez5 said...

What a great idea the journal in a jar is, and a beautiful book to with it too. Enjoy what's left of your family time. Kate x #66

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Cool idea! Looking forward to you sharing that journal as it progresses!

Happy New Year!

MA (5)

Neet said...

Lovely pages Neil, very colourful and I love those images - I want some but cannot treat myself at the moment.
Happy New Year - Hugs, Neet 12 xx

Karin said...

Great pages Neil, I love your journals they look great. Looking forward to seeing more pages.
Karin 105

Andrea said...

happy new year. what amazing gifts i look forward to seeing your creations in 2013 Andrea#9

Nan G said...

Cool delusions page! And love your usual journal cover!,how cool is that texture! New Year's greetings! Nan 78

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Neil looks like you have gotten off to a good start this year . Love the book with the shell on fab leather work
janet #2

KatzElbows said...

Changing the size you work is always hard, but I think it's also very rewarding. I think you'll come to lie it, once you're used to the challenge. Good luck.

Happy WOYWW,
Love Rachel, #6

scrappymo! said...

Oh Neil...that book is gorgeous...ao much lovely texture in the tooled cover!

The journal in a jar sounds intriguing! Looking forward seeing more of your work in 2013!

Monica said...

Lovely book. Interesting jar concept. Best wishes for 2013

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Neil all this craftiness is just delightful and love the new gifts a leather journal what treasure.. and enjoy your family while you are able!
Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #20

Di said...

Happy New Year Neil. Sorry I'm a bit late for WOYWW. Hugs, Di xx #19

Maria Dolores Lopez Godoy said...

Very interesting and beautiful your blog, congratulations. Kisses from Spain.

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Happy New Year.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant stuff here Neil! But especially love your journal pages and look forward to seeing what happens with journal in a jar! Chris#70

voodoo vixen said...

What a perfect gift your wife chose for you! It will just keep on giving as you make your pages up and I know at the end of it you will have a fabulous book of memories and art as well!! Sorry I am so late in calling in... Annette

ike said...

Oh, how cool - the journal in a jar. What a wonderful idea.
I found you via WOYWW and I'm glad I came to visit :-)

IKE x WOYWW *86