Wednesday, 5 November 2014

5 in 5 - November 2014 - MY WORKSPACE TODAY

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
 each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes. 
This month I thought I would share some of the projects I am working on. I am a messy working and flit from one thing to another so my workspace is covered and the floor around me too! Let's take a look:
I had hoped to finish these Halloween projects that are in various states of progress.... 
But no... other things were more pressing and so these still sit in a pile on the corner waiting for attention. I wonder if they will just be put away again until next year because that's what usually happens as Christmas overtakes. One day I will finish what I started, especially as I have ideas of what I want to do with these laser cut shapes from That Craft Place.  But as I said, Christmas is coming and so I thought I would make a Christmas project.....

I don't usually go for cute but each month as part of the Laser Cut Design Team I send off two projects to be displayed in the shop. And this snowman kept poking me saying, "Come on, see what you can do with me!"  And so after playing around I came up with the idea of putting him inside a glass snow globe. Having cut the hole and base on my Cameo silhouette I decided he looked a bit lost, and so I stuck him on the outside instead with the quote 'Why fit in when you were made to stand out!' I added ribbon so that this could be hung as a wall decoration and the snowman is ready to be posted a long with an upcycled box that I made using laser cut shapes.  You can see more of the box and a tutorial here
I have also been busy preparing for classes that I run. We have made advent calendars and a variety of books using different constructions and the next class is a day of making papery Christmas projects. I'm super excited, I have lots of ideas and one involves large letters. I decided the best way to make these is to cut them myself and so I took my silhouette from the back of the shelf and pushed myself to experiment. You see I don't use it enough to become familiar with it's working and so each time I have to relearn. That can take so long that I resort to other ways of getting what I want (or not!) So for the past week my machine has taken up much of my workspace a long with my laptop and I have been really happy with what I have achieved.  Yay!! 
Later this morning I am taking my silhouette and laptop to my friend Pauline's house where we plan to set up both our machines and help each other to master more.  We did this once before and was blown away by what we achieved with one of us watching a YouTube tutorial while the other followed the instructions. We're hoping for another successful play!
Here's more of my mess and some pots of glue. I have used so many different types of glue this past week as there was a request to make books with fabric covers as one of my classes. I spent a whole morning experimenting to find the right medium and sometimes what you think will be simple and quick isn't. Still, much learning was achieved and some lovely books made. There is also some stickles in the  background. I didn't realise I needed these until the other day. I'm not a sparkley girl as a rule, but I discovered sometimes there is a time and place for everything. 
Other books are also piled on my workspace. I am in the process of setting up an online 'stall' at CRAFTfest and event that runs for the next five weeks. I hope to have some of my handmade items on show by the end of today and that you will pop over to take a look. I'll add a link as soon as this is available.  Meantime I need to take make more to add to my stall and I'm thinking books (of course!) journals, cards and decorations to start. I'd best get going then!! 
As always, thank you for visiting and any comments are always warmly appreciated.  And
 this month I am linking to Julia over at WOYWW - why not pop over and see? It's always fun to see what others are working on. 
If you are inspired to get out your camera and join in the '5 in 5' photo challenge here is the plan:

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.
     You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

There are more details here.

And one more thing - when you use the link tool, please click on your post title.  This will show the web address. Please right click, copy and paste this as your link.  This will take readers directly to your '5 in 5' blog page and be easier for them to find.

And don't forget, you have until 25th to post your link!



  1. Great photos, and great minds think alike, Sandie, I've just taken a whole load of photos of my work area, which I'll process later today or tomorrow for my 5 in 5 post.
    Joy x x x

  2. Oh yes, the floor is a big shelf in my art room! Fun 5 in 5, Sandie!

    Happy woyww to you!
    #54 this week with
    painty things

  3. Great to see your work space...the halloween project looks intriguing.

  4. I do love a good look round a work space! and not just for the lovely projects: a bit of reassurance that I'm not the only one thinking of five different things at once is always good

  5. Wow, you are busy! Those Halloween laser cuts are intriguing, someday they'll get finished. :-)

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #26

  6. Tandem YouTube tutorials eh? Great idea, actually...I'd never have thought of that! I love that snowman, he's really cute!!
    Hugs, LLJ 25 xx

  7. Crumbs, you're busy! I love the idea of working together to suss out new techniques - enjoy! The snowman project is a real winner. Love, Chris # 7

  8. Great p oat, love that machine, very cool
    The snowman quote is brilliant

  9. ooh what a lovely creative workspace and your snowman quote made me laugh

  10. Oh I loved reading your post and see all the things you are doing. Those origami wreaths look interesting, and I managed to find the instructions too.
    I can totally understand what you mean about having to relearn how to use your Cameo each time. I bought a CraftRobo some years ago and have never really got to grips with it. I wish I had a friend with whom I could brainstorm and learn together....
    Sorry I'm so late in commenting. I like to comment on all of the posts but there just aren't enough hours in the day...
    Thank you for letting me look over your shoulder.
    Have a good week.

  11. All horizontal surfaces tend to be taken over with my various projects so I am not surprized your floor is figured in...its horizontal right! Lots of fun things you are making. Have a great week. Vickie #68

  12. Great photos of your working space. I am like you I work in a complete mess and start projects which get shelved. The snowman is very good.

  13. Your snowman quote is perfect for him - very clever. And I know what you mean about needing to get to grips with something regularly to really learn how to do it. I am in the same boat as Lisca with my Craft Robo ...


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