Wednesday, 12 October 2016

WOYWW 384 - daily crafting for distraction

I am admitting that I am typing this on Tuesday afternoon, as I hope to be driving myself into town on Wednesday morning and my limited energy may well be completely gone after that!

WOYWW is 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday' and you can join in at Julia's Stamping Ground.

Here is my 'crafting' desk (the other one is mainly used for PC stuff).  Crafting actually in progress (see my post for today - Subtractive Pear - for details).  It started off as my 'Just 15 Minutes' piece, but will definitely take longer than that to finish.  An interesting technique that could be used with different mediums.

On the kraft mat is the Subtractive Pear - well the beginning of it.  Mine is not going to look anything like the example in the project booklet!  The usual scraps of paper above, and you can just see the journal covers in the top right.  There are some sweet wooden buttons which I found in my button jar, and will be used on some canvases soon.  A single robin button on the glass cutting mat, which is destined for a Xmas card probably.  The piece of watercolour paper that I am using for the 'waste' acrylic paint from this project.  Nearly covered it now and will be fab for backgrounds.  Paintbrush and palette knife.  Above those in the middle are the contents of the Golden Sample Box - some fab colours and different mediums to try.

It is fantastic being back to daily crafting - this 'Just 15 Minutes' is a miracle way of ensuring that I don't tell myself that I don't have time to craft.  One of the best ways of coping with chronic pain.  I often get up from my desk and then realise how much pain I am in.  I am still doing the Pomodoro Technique a lot of the time - 25 minutes of activity and then a 5 minute break - and that helps to pace my day.

Happy WOYWW to those I do manage to visit.

Ali x

ps  Another reminder that registration is now open for Life Book 2017.  I am really excited to start on 1st January.  Click on the link in my side bar to join in.  I have just been told that a 20% discount is being given using the code FIREWORKS2017.  An even more brilliant reason to sign up!

27 comments:

  1. The goodies in the golden sample box look so cool. BTW the link to lifebook doesn't seem to work. Thx for your visit already, Vicky

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Vicky. I had not checked it since last week (naughty me!). The link is fixed now. Sorry about that. The Golden Sample Box is great - the range of contents is fab. Ali x

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  2. I think that you are being really amazing and very astute in working out to fit deal with all your crafting/life stuff while being so poorly. Breaking stuff down into manageable chunks really must help. I think you should put a shepherds hut on your Christmas list, you've got the acres on which to put one!!
    Hugs, LLJ 11 xxx

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    1. Good idea. Perhaps Santa will be really generous! Ali x

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  3. Hi Ali, it is all to easy to get sucked in to what you are doing, then realise you should have got up for a stretch a long time ago! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #6 xxx

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  4. Lovely buttons indeed! And I am curious about how your pear painting will turn out in the end! Happy WOYWW!
    Claudia x

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  5. Thanks for accepting my friend invite on Facebook, Ali! I'll check out your subtractive pear! Glad you're doing LifeBook - it will be my third year - I can't live without it now! It gives you such a boost on a Monday, just when you need it most! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #22

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  6. I'd be interested in seeing your pear come along. It's great that you're fitting your crafting time into what works for you. Working in small bits seem a great way to fit it in every day and manage your pain.

    Happy Crafting
    Sharon K #30

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  7. I just saw your previous post showing how you did the subtractive pear technique - very effective - I thought you had lino printed it. I love the deep blue. I still haven't managed to work out that I need regular breaks to help with my back pain - I get so involved in what I 'm doing but I'm thinking of getting myself a kitchen timer to give me regular 'stretch and move' time. Only thing is though I know it's going to make me jump out of my skin each time it goes off!
    Thanks for the visit to mine earlier,
    Have a good week
    Diana #20

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  8. Hi Ali, Sounds like you have a good system for dealing with the pain. I tend to sit at my desk totally lost in the crafting, but when I stand up I then realise I've sat there for too long.

    Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

    Hope you had a ncie time in town.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #5

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  9. hope you made it to town and back ok - thanks for visiting my desk! Helen #1

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  10. I'm full of admiration that you've worked out a way to do stuff and yet still recognise that you need to rest and be careful...it must feel great to be achieveing, little and often is by far better for one's mindset! The subtractive pear is fascinating!

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  11. Sounds like you're doing good with listening to your body and the small timeframes are great for everyone. I know when the kids were little, heck even some days now, if I didn't work 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there, nothing would ever be crafted. Continue to listen to your own body! Happy Wednesday! LisaDV #26

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  12. Thanks for your visit. I like how you pace yourself to craft and get so much done in that time frame! Hope your trip to town was uneventful! Blessings!
    Carol N #32

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  13. Thanks for visiting earlier. As a fellow sufferer of Fibromyalgia I can surely sympathise - It's really difficult to do the same thing for long - I especially find my hands and upper arms get really sore when I knit or do some cross stitch, but I definitely think a little bit of card crafting before bedtime helps you to relax and get over to sleep(along with Amitriptyline)

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  14. This sounds like a great way to craft. I'm interested to see how the pear goes. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 19

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  15. FAB project, Happy WOYWW

    Kathyk
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  16. Subtractive pear... Sounds most intriguing! For me, a subtractive pear would probably be one I'd eaten, lol!! I'm glad you've managed to do some creative stuff - we have to find windows when we've got time and energy combined, and they often don't come together when we need them, do they! Thank you for your lovely comment - so full of understanding what it is like waiting for scan results etc. etc. I've been pretty good most of the time, not worrying too much about things, but over the weekend I did lose it a bit. I am not worried now, and I am sure my appointment tomorrow will be fine.

    So glad you like the Zengems - I don't blame you for not being tempted to do them - I quite agree how tempting it is to follow up all the new stuff that comes up on the Internet! There's so much, isn't there.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #18

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  17. Looks like this will be one interesting pear and I can't wait to see the finished product! Hmmm...15 minutes daily, what a great idea.
    Hugs,
    Chris #24

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  18. What a great idea, to break crafting down into manageable bites! I know some days I just don't feel like I can squeeze another thing in... Have a great week! Heather #40

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  19. busy looking desk Ali! I am glad to hear that the crafting is distracting your pain. Even at my worse I can piddle around in my room and feel better when I walk out! I am contemplating not joining Lifebook next year. I have gotten so far behind this year I figure I should do what I have and carryon. We will see. I might talk myself into it. Thanks for visiting my desk earlier and leaving a comment. Have a great week! Vickie #2

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  20. Sometimes I put the oven timer on to remind me to move about, stretch, whatever. Mostly my art time is rarely more than half an hour or so, just odd moments snatched during the day. On the days when I have to go to my "real" job, I can't wait to get home for a few minutes of art time.
    I've always used a big piece of watercolour paper to mop up any spare paint (of any description), and also as a "drop sheet" for any spraying. Thanks for visiting earlier too.
    RosA

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  21. Love golden products and that starter kit looks fab. Can't wait to see how the subtractive pear starts to appear. Have a lovely week.
    sandra de @7

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  22. So glad the crafting gives you some relief and as for perimenopause aarrhh!!!!! Thanks for visiting me BJ#37

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  23. Ah Ali feel for you with the chronic pain, good indeed to have an outlet, and you certainly put everything to great use in your crafty space. Thanks so much for taking the time to pop over too, Shaz in Oz.x 14

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  24. Thanks for the great read and I am interested in your strategy for dealing with chronic pain. I really must look at this technique you are using. Glad to see you are using your crafting in a positive way and occupying your mind with something you enjoy.
    Must check on the previous post.
    Thanks for visiting me whilst I was away
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

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  25. I am sorry that you are in such constant pain. I hope that your crafting helps your healing. Sorry for the late visit.
    April #25

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Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x