Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Patriotic tones and Giveaway!

Good Morning! Before you ask...
Wednesday? Yes. Again? Yes. Right, that's sorted, let us proceed with some desk love, thanks to lovely Julia. A mid-flow shot. Not total chaos, until I look back at my first WOYWW posts. Who bought all that stash, violated my craft sheet and donated the dust? What's occurring? Well, it's all red, white and blue... joining in with the July 4th mood. It's an attractive theme and fun colour combo, love red any day of the week. My take on the patriotic theme, as a Brit gal, is to celebrate freedom of the heart. Something we all need.
Enjoyed some Wendy Art Parts, stamps and some unopened blue paint I thought I hated. Looked such a funny colour in the bottle and turned out to be fine stuff. I've had the heart and leafy wings idea for a while and this colour scheme was the perfect match. It's quite dimensional yet compact which I like a lot.

After lots of ink the heart needed something extra, but not a stamp. I was stumped until I thought, white pen! A few dots and all is well. I think it adds the right balance and I like how the colours are layered up. Chose Clearly for Art for the flowers so as not to hide the outlines of the larger shapes. The wings and flower centres (metal washers) are coloured with Ranger white pigment ink which is fab stuff indeed.
Among my stash I have lots of "metal stuff" I've acquired along the way. Definitely my Father's daughter. I dug out a sink plug chain to hang my piece! She's joining in with the Everything Wendy Vecchi group, the great Our Creative Corner and Use it Tuesday (that blue paint, white pen and chain).
"Embrace the possibilities" says much, so I'm wishing you all more freedom where it's needed and wanted. Sigh, two different things...
I also want to say a HUGE thank you to so many of you for all the wonderful words of encouragement for my new venture My Mojo Monthly. I really value your support! There are already FIVE great entries, do take a look and JOIN IN TOO! Looking forward to seeing your creations...
I'm also celebrating a year of blogging and reaching 200 followers. Fabulous! THANK YOU SO MUCH - THIS IS FOR YOU!
Octopode stamps and chocolate. What more do you need? You deserve a treat, so next week I will draw two winning names from my lovely followers. Just leave a comment (& blog/email) and let me know if you'd like Posy or Rupert!

Thanks so much for being here. Enjoy your day!
Sarah x.

44 comments:

Lori said...

Awesome piece Sarah! Love the bright colors, that blue is my favorite...Love the splash of white fern leaves, very cool! Thanks for joining the MAC!

Vic said...

The brightness is so fun! Love the chain, too.

Hels Sheridan said...

lovely busy looking desk hunny.. yep, I know that feeling... "who trashed my room?" I usually blame AlfieCat lol I am deffo a Rupert girl :O)) Thanks for the link to your Mojo Monthly too... tis looking grand... am off to get inky now ;o*

Neet said...

Check out the end of my today's posting. Love your take on patriotic colouring - Thanks for sharing - hugs, Neet #4 who would not mind either character.

jude said...

Lovely creative desk hun.Absolutely love the 4th July project too.
Im Either fan but rupert does look cute !Thanks again for chance to win.will try get mojo on board and see what i come up with.
hugs jude 15

Bubbles said...

Love this piece... and you're so right about the dots round the heart - it balances out the whole hanging perfectly. TFS! Have a wonderful WOYWW!

Sue said...

Hi ya
lovely creative desk, luv your creation, fab colour combo, great design, will pop n look at monthly mojo, i need some, lol, thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Your colours for this project are really great. Ik zou, met de blauwe kleur, ook even twijfelen, maar hij is perfect. Also the flower, heart and wings shape. Fantastic again.
xFranka

JoZart said...

Ooh, I love Posy and would give her a good home. Congrats on 2 years blogging and 200 followers!
Love JoZarty. x
Will be back later for a longer look atn I need to see all about Mojo Monthly too!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love your artwork, really beautiful - I love anything with hearts on!! Good to see such primary, in-your-face colours too xx

Helen said...

Congratulations on your milestones. Your desk looks fab as always, and so too does your red/white/blue art - stunning.

Kezzy said...

I just love visiting your blog each week, your desk has always got fantastic crafty inspiration all over it. And wow what can i say, your projects are all stunning. I'm loving your mojo monthly, such a brilliant idea fir beginners like myself or advanced crafters who need that little bit of mojo boost. Loving both of the stamps but i am a bit more on the posy choice, and the dairy milk is definitely a positive bonus. Kezzy x

okienurse said...

Awesome piece of work Sarah. Love the bright colors. I had a quiet 4th July here. Didn't want to fight the crowds so just had family in. Nice. Have a great week. Vickie #43

Wipso said...

So many swear words being used on posts today...like Dust and one even mentioned a duster!!!!! :-)
A x

NatashaMay said...

What an awesome heart! Love the colors and the leafy wings. Just beautiful! :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

"never judge paint by it's bottle!" Wonderful project- love the sentiment! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Ali said...

Oooh Octopode Factory AND chocolate?! Could life get much better? :D I'd love Posy if I were lucky enough to get picked. :)

I love your patriotic project. It's really vibrant but also has a warm, textured feel to it. And inspiring upcycling with the use of a plug chain! :lol:

Lesley said...

Love the red white and blue Sarah - really vivid. Thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway. Either stamp for me and the chocolate of course lol!
x

Doone said...

As a frequent visitor (not sure I follow but I will sort that out after this comment) I feel you will understand my need to cut to the chase as there are many other desks today to visit, unlike a non Wednesday when I can write you a tome equaling war and peace.

so in summary:

1. Please don't suggest any more irresistible shops until after next payday - karma got me good and proper and I had to dib into my savings to change my tyres yesterday because I had spent ALL my monthly allocated float budget on fabric (my fault not yours but I cannot resist temptation for I am a woman with an eye for stuff i cannot live happily without...so please help me by tempting me but once a month with your lovely Mojo thing)
2. I will post and link my book where I have used the squares theme from your mojo monthly ( which is an excellent excellent Thing to Do)couldn't do it on Friday because of the Wales incommunicado thing....
3. I can't do short, precise, to the point, little comments ( really? you say?)
4. I know you forgive me...

Dx

Neil said...

Great desk, love the red white and blue too! Congrats on your new blog too, I've enjoyed it....

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Love your creative desk and the red white and blue! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous make and fab, busy desk.
Happy WOYWW,
Cathy xx

Cardarian said...

Another great post and I really like your red , blue and white making! Posy I want and chocolate too ha, ha!
I read all your posts and I hope you will continue writing as I think you have a fabulous blog!
Hugs,
Cardarian

nerllybird said...

Your hanging is stunning, you're right about the blue, it's a fab shade. I will go and take a look at your mojo monthly, immediately! And should my name come out, Posy would be great. Thanks for the giveaway, very generous.
Helen S

Suze Bain said...

Can I just say, I'm not in it for the stamp, I'm in it for the chocolate! Have to say, the stamps are fab too, think I'd opt for Rupert as Posy's unzipping head is a little bit scary for me! Fabulous bold red, white & blue hanging. Away to pop over to MMM. xx

Andria said...

Your "embrace the possibilities" piece is GREAT! Love the idea of freedom of the heart. Great desk, too. And celebrating your Mojo Monthly and a year of blogging and 200 followers...you have a lot going on! Happy WOYWW!

Sonya said...

What a great creation! Love it!! Glad you took the Use It Tuesday challenge this week.

Di said...

So beautiful chick! I'm sure our stash multiples overnight :) Di #69 xx

Carola Bartz said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging and 200 followers. You go girl! The heart with the leafy wings is beautiful, that blue is actually quite stunning. I have to check your monthly mojo now that I'm back.

Marjie Kemper said...

Love your take on the red white & blue, Sarah. Congrats on your blogaversary - I enjoy visiting and seeing all your work.

Elizabeth said...

Great post, Sarah. My desk is starting to look a lot like yours and I don't know where all the stuff has come from either. A heart with leafy wings - only you could have thought of that! Love the white tipped petals on your flowers - gorgeous. I popped into your Mojo monthly and love it and not surprised you've reached 200 followers with your inspirational blog. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #72

Angie said...

Rupert reminds me of Johnny Depp.... not sure why... so I like him best ... and I'd do anything for chocolate lol. Congratulations on having reached 200 followers ...wow ...well done. I love your patriotic piece ...the white just made it perfect.

Airing cupboard stamping said...

Lovely busy desk today. Your hanging is stunning I love that blue x x

Laura 25

Sharne Davies said...

whooo freaky stamps but a fab working desk.
#

Sam said...

That is a gorgeous piece you have made there. It could be apt for Czech too - a place close to my heart!!
Your desk is not a mess, just creativity in full flow!!!
Well done on your year of blogging - I honestly thought you were a veteran of blogging as your bloggie is fabbey!!
Hugs

Dragon said...

Lovin your desk as always, and I can't help with who trashed it!!! Probably the same person that did mine!!! Actually did some tidying today as I was ashamed of it this morning!!!
Love and light
Frankie
xx

Spyder said...

what more could a craft table have?? chocolate and that fabulous wall hanging, or in this case, ladder hanging, anyway, when the craft fairies have finished trashing your desk, send them back to me, they promised to tidy mine up!
HaPpY WoYwW!
((Lyn)) #29
(I wish)

Lisa said...

Gorgeous stamps and that hanger is marvellous

Lisa xx

aka 3peaches

ScrappnBee said...

Love the patriotic art! The white really makes it pop! Congrats on your 200 followers too! Thanks for sharing your desk- Amanda #33

Little Button Girl said...

Oh Wow. I love the blue!! (I also love the fact that you had a plug chain...I have spanners and nuts and bolts..just in case :P ) Lea x

akilli melek said...

love the heart with the leafy wings. Only in craft land would something so diverse come together in such a lovley way.
thanks for popping by earlier
caroline

Julia Dunnit said...

YOur desk looks a little like an alchemists if youask me..all those bottles! Love your grungy piece on the Friday post. Yep, I'm 2 days late already!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Hi there Sasa, love the wall hanging and the tag above post too it has fantastic colours ..thanks for popping over and am running late sorry! happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x

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