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May 28, 2014

WOYWW Happy Fifth Anniversary ATC SWAPeroo!

Hi There!!

Happy Hump Day and Happy 5th Anniversary to What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW)!
The above link will tell you all about the details of WOYWW and since this is a hop, I'll get right to it. It's been five years since the genius behind WOYWW (Ms. Julia Dunnit) thought it would be fun to start a linky hop whereby we would post a picture of our desks once a week only on Wednesdays and share a little something about what's going on in our crafty lives. The hop grew and grew and grew until now there are close to a hunnert participants weekly, sometimes lots more.

To celebrate the anniversaries, Julia decided to add a twist to the desk-hopping by having the deskers voluntarily exchange Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Three years ago was my very first time making an ATC and I only made one. Last year, I made five. This year I made twenty.

So here is my desk laden with all things ATC:
Here is a close-up of my ATCs:
Of course, I had to figure out a way to incorporate my byline of LITS ~ life is too short! Before you go thinking I'm the cleverest artist ever, I'll let you know that K and his Company made those fab purses, not me!

Thank you Julia for hosting this fun swap again this year! Happy Anniversary to you and to all my fellow WOYWW hoppers who have become friends over the years!
Oh, dratcicle, I should have put the date on the sign, but that's okay, our posts are dated. I will happily swap ATCs with the person immediately below me in the link who has astrickersized his/her name. If anyone else would like to swap with me, please let me know at darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com. I have five left unspoken for, first-come, first served.

I'm already looking forward to next week and more when I and others will post photos of the ATCs  received from around the world!

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Real quick, you guys, I just had to share these photos with you because many of you have come to know about our "pet" hummingbird Hitler through my WOYWW posts. About a year and a half ago, I bought the little spoiled bratbird this fancy-schmancy swing so that he could sit comfortably and regally while keeping an evil eye on "his" feeder. Well, he totally ignored it until yesterday! I almost fell over when I saw him through the window, sitting there like the little miniature king he is!

Naturally I took 150 photos, but I narrowed it down to two for you:

Hitler on the left, feeder on the right.

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Enjoy your day and the Anniversary Swap Hop! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower! Please let me know you came by (and leave your WOYWW number), so I can be sure and return the flavor! 

 
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70 comments:

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thanks for all the fun and friendship - and the completely bonkers comments too!! I'd be delighted to swap with you, Darnell..will email for your address!
Hugs, LLJ 1 xx

Neet said...

Oh Darnell, another smashing post. Super duper atc's too, so bright and cheerful - so would love to swap with you.
Don't think I would have got bored with 150 photos of the humming bird but the two were well received.
Hugs and Happy WOYWW - Neet 11

Redanne said...

Hello my lovely friend, I always feel guilty for not joining in WOYWW these days but always enjoy seeing what is on your desk..... your ATCs are beautiful and there are 20 lucky recipients out there. I treasure mine from last year, it has pride of place on my shelf. Love seeing mini hitler again and how wonderful to see him sitting on his perch! Big hugs, Annie xx

Julia Dunnit said...

He's probably been sitting on it at night when he knows you can't get the camera to him. Humming birds are like that. Fascists! Love the signage and certificatenesss of your desk today. We will, I hope, be able to trade in person in the Fall....

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your ATC handbag swaps Darnell how lovely to own a little bag that colourful....
Thank you for sharing your photo's of Hitler what a cute little fellow he is....

Anne

Diane Baker-Williams said...

You story of Hitler made me laugh, such a cute story. I would love to trade ATC's with you. I sent you an email. Diane #58

Pollard Carole said...

Your post is so amusing I love the bird photos just shows we all get round to things in the end I say that every day about my craft stash!! Loving your ATC's so pretty love and Happy Crafting Hugs Carole x

Carole said...

Yes I would love to swap with you. Am I too late? Your ATC's are so bright and cheerful...just like you. Hitler does look regal perched on his swing.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You put a LOT of effort into your ATCs and the sign for this anniversary. It's a real party, isn't it?

Happy, happy 5th Anniversary from #22.

ike said...

Such wonderful ATCs and a lovely picture of Hitler on his swing perch. How amazing that is :-D

Hugz
IKE xxx

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Carole said...

Good Morning Darnell I stopped back to acknowledge the leap in joiners
WOW 497. "I remember when your joiners where under 100".I hope you're reading that with an accent. My first post was June 22,2011 3 years as you say...swoosh. Thanks for your visit and kind words of support. You lift me up:) and we all enjoy your humor. Be well Carole #68

Pat said...

Love your ATC's Darnell, such a lovely idea, and Hitler is a beauty. It just goes to show that even birds will only do things when they fancy. Great photos though. x

Hettie said...

Happy Hootenanniversary Darnell! Made it!!
I hope you have a lickle ATC for me as I have one for you.
Hugs
xx

Karen said...

Beautiful ATC's you've made. Shame I missed them. Keep crafting! ♥ Karen ♥ 84 x

Marybeth said...

How exciting he is finally sitting on his swing! Happy 5th anniversary! Love theses ATC's.
Lunch went well ,we had hot tri tip sandwiches ! They were a hit! I was told best ever! Cooked with beer and butter in a crockpot overnight.

Sue said...

Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary.

Fab ATCs.

I hope you have a good WOYWW. Sue 59

Jackie said...

I hope you have had a good nights sleep and woken to find lots of visits I am the lucky person below you so if you let me know your e mail I will send you my address
Jackie 26

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fabulous ATC's and pics you have shared today. Indeed many of us have become more than just desk hoppers but friends too. Enjoy your day & take care. Zo xx 80

Tracey McNeely said...

Fantastic ATC's something I have always admired but never done! Are you kidding, I have NEVER seen a hummingbird sit still. Miracles never cease, you are a good mama!

Andrea said...

hi darbnell just poppe dholm efrom work for an hour or so as having to work late coulsnt resist linking up to woyww and vsiistingmy fav people ....great ATC's I love the cute bags and perefct with your byline ..its just you.
as for the hummong bird pic doeesn't he the look like the king of teh castle on his perch what a stroke of luck you where in teh right pace at the right time i would haev takena 150 also at least! ..have a very happy anniversary week crfatyh hugs andrea x #98

Hammers said...

Hi Darnell - I consider you one of the best things that ever happened to me via WOYWW :) You are so encouraging and talented. Love Hitler on his swing. LOVE THE ATC's - I want one!! Cx #91

dottielottie said...

Hi Darnell,Oh those are seriously lovely ATC's love how you have incorporated your byline, makes them very personal.Hope you got my email?!! How lovely to see the pics of handsome Hitler, surveyor of all he commands using his swing like a throne. If I were ever in your neck of the woods I would so be sneaking a peek over your fence.
Hugs Lottie x

Eliza said...

WOW 5 years and still young what a wonderful time had by all. Love those little ATC's oh yours is in the post by the way. Oh and how amazing is that little hummingbird, he is adorable and probably been using that swing everyday tricking you to believe he doesn't like it and after all he is a sneek he secretly loves it all along, he is a miniature king and so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda #8
Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary

Gay Peplow said...

Wonderful post today again Darnell and congrats to all you WOYWers on 5 fun years :D I love your ATC's well done they are beautiful. I'm not doing ATC's atm not enough time to do all I want already LITS I think you call it :D Your little Hitler is fabulous, well done on the great pics!! Look at that fabulous flash of colour on his neck, WOW Lucky lady :D xx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Darnell, love your ATC pics, you are so right, Life is too short! Love the hummingbird, how cool to have those birds flying a Happy 5th, Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz # 72 xx

JD/ Jill said...

What a great post. Cute ATC's I have those little purses (In my Never used stuff!) Would never have thought to use them the way you did. I nave never made an ATC too...but Hopefully if I ever do make one that I could trade with you.
Your birdie looks so cute. It's been years since they visited our back yard, but like someone said before my comment I never saw them sit still.
Hope you are having a good week.

Valerie Nolan said...

Love your ATC's Darnell, what woman doesn't covet handbags!! How can you call anything so beautiful Hitler:) Love the colour on his neck and have amazing memories of humming birds feeding on our windows on PEI!
Val x

Irish Cherokee said...

I am a HUGE hummer fan. We used to have several squabbling in flight overhead as we sat at our patio table under one of four feedrs we had. The last two or three years not one hummer has shown up. This year didn't even try. Next year.

Blessings
Jim

Nan G said...

Oh I love em I love him! Hitler of course, not those totally outrageous ATCs! ;D Cool hitler sitting on his swing and a pint sized feeder above his head. Now...about those ATCs....ahem...erm.....a bit tiny for putting schtufff in em. LOL As I don't carry one of those blasted things but since yours are Sooo dang cute and it being WOYWW n all....Can't Wait To See Mine! Lots of Hugs and Happy WOYWW5! Nan G #77

glitterandglue said...

Great shots of hitler on his swing, Darnell. Glad he has finally got the hang of it!!! Good view of everything on your desk - and those cute ATCs - looking forward to the post arriving.
Take care.
God bless.
Margaret #26

Sharon Underwood said...

Great post, as usual! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the picture of the hummingbird on its swing! How awesome! So glad you were able to get good pics. I'm fascinated with your ATC's. How did you create the purse handle?

Helen said...

What great atcs and great photos!! thanks for being so cheerful! Helen 7

Susanne Vargas said...

Your ATC's are adorable and I will take the advice on them to heart (ha, as if I haven't done that already too much...).
And a hummingbird swing??? Never heard of or seen one! Hilarious! The way he sits there surveying his kingdom... Cracks me up!

Barb Ghig said...

Another fabulous post, Darnell!!! Your ATC's are so fun! I love the cute little purse and that you included your byline...so clever!

Thanks so much for sharing the pics of Hitler on his swing with us...now, no other bird will EVER be able to sit there, that's for sure! And, how sweet of you to even 'buy' it for him! He is one lucky boy to have you in his life!

Have a great day, Darnell...and, as always, thanks so much for making me smile :-)

Barb King said...

Hi Darnell,
Thanks for your comment about my flower card, glad you got that SU set, I know you will love it. Worked great with the distress inks. Saw you were selected for your flower card over at LIM, congrats! If you have any left over ATC's and want to swap, I'll make one up for you. I haven't joined in WOYWW in a while, so I didn't take part in the swap. Hope to get back to it this summer! At least I'm making cards again! Take care.

Dianne said...

Hello My Dear Darnell, shesh I can't play this year, so sad :O(... Your Atcs are FANTASTIC, loooooove the tiny purses, they are so creative, gorgeous colors, your sentiment is perfect, it has certainly been my saying these last couple of months, I'll be playing next year, I'll have them done early and am going to send a book to hold them, I'll have the weekend to snoop a few desks, yours was my first stop.
The photos of Hitler are the BEST, he feels really at home there, too sweet, thanks a bunch for sharing them Have a wonderful week, ((( HUGE HUGS)))..

Anne said...

Hi Darnell your ATC's are fablious as my grandson would say!!!!Your comments always make me smile. I've not been on for awhile - life gets in the way some times of what we want to do. Couldn't miss this though. Happy Anniversary. Anne x #36 ( I think - :-) it keeps changing )

Andrea said...

oops oh dear Darnell i just reread my comment Icertainly didnt check the spelling before i pressed send !..oops sorry ... guess i was in a rush earlier.Thanks for your comment and we had a lovely time away when I get the chance I wil post some photos ..bonus as the weather wasn't too bad either ...it hasnt stopped raining since we got back on saturday!... why does a week off always go so quick !...work is alas a bit chaotic to say the least, but thats the way it goes will be back in the swing of things before i know it .I wont be around much for a bit as short staffed over the next few weeks but will keep in touch when I can..have fab week and hope your post arrives soon..hugs andreax

Kathleen said...

Love your handbag ATC's they look stunning.

Kath x

Harriet Skelly said...

Those ATC's are adorable Darnell - great work! The photos of the hummer are fabulous!!

Harriet Skelly said...

Those ATC's are adorable Darnell - great work! The photos of the hummer are fabulous!!

Chrysalis said...

'Hitler'?!?! Oh, what a shame - he's so cute! The ATCs look lovely. Happy WOYWW, Chris # 15 xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Wow, you have been busy. Do people swap ATCs? Sorry for my ignorance but I don't know anything about them really.
Gorgeous birdie. Will be posting some pics of our blackbird chicks soon.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Angela Radford said...

Hi Darnell, gorgeous handbag ATCs very different, love them.
Happy crafting WOYWW anniversary, Angela x #41

Lisa said...

I just love popping in here Darnell. Your posts are always so much fun and your work is fabulous!!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Darnell Happy 5th WOYWW, isn't it exciting, I've thoroughly enjoyed desk hopping and seeing pics of the crop and the girls one blogs with every week and some amazing ATCs. I so agree with you LITS and your little purse ATCs have me smiling lots..so cute. But Hitler has me captivated..so cool he's found his swing at last he's very handsome and you're so lucky to have him visit. Cheers and have a wonderful week RobynO#35

Bonnie said...

Fun purses on those ATCs! Isn't Hitler the king! Now is he the king of swing????

Sharon Madson said...

Oh, my goodness! Loving those purses on your ATCs! I am a bag lady, and have about 30 purses in my closet! That is even after I even gave some of them away. LOL
Love your view, and your humming birds! Thanks so much for the peek, and for your wonderful comments on my ATCs. Happy Anniversary! :) #86

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Darnell! What darling ATCs/ACEOs. I love the little purses. They are just too cute. I have moved again so it is taking a little time to get settled artistically! Seeing your ATCs makes me want to create some also. If I do, I would love to trade! I am not playing WOYWW today however have a great week. Hugs, Rasz!

Bobby said...

Who can pay attention to those adorable purse ATC's when you're posting pictures of Hitler. How did you ever get that close? They are priceless.

April Story said...

Hitler is looking good on his perch. And why did you tell us you didn't make the purses? I was SO impressed! I'm still impressed with those cute cards. Thanks for stopping by earlier.
April #93

Patti said...

Love your ATCs : ) I have those same stickers... well some are gone but woo hoo!! I feel like I have the same handbag as Julia Roberts at the Grammys or Emmys or whatever !LOL

I just love looking at all the work spaces! you girls are inspiring me to join the fun.

Good for you getting your little hummer a resting spot. So glad he stopped snubbing you and decided to give you a photo shoot!

Patti

Nikki C said...

Darnell your ATCs are just so adorable well done on making so many and that is so amazing seeing a hummingbird just sitting on a perch. I've only ever seen them flying about what a perfect shot :) Happy WOYWW 5 hugs Nikki 32

Peggy in Mentone said...

I am a huge hummingbird fan and I LOVED the pics you posted of Hitler on his swing. SOOO COOL! I have a stained glass hummingbird by one of my feeders and I have pics of one of mine sitting on it! Love to watch them. At our old house we got to watch a mommy raise two in a vine at the edge of our patio. We called the two babies Meenie and Mo. Mo was a very late bloomer and his brother left several days before he did. He tried and failed three times before he took flight for good (we kept putting his little lard butt back in the nest because when he flew he dive bombed to the ground and stayed there). It was such a fun experience to watch them overgrow the tiny nest!

Thanks again for sharing the pictures!

Hugs,
Peggy

P.S. I have never done ATC's. Yours ROCK!!!

peggy apl said...

Dropping by to greet you a very happy 5th WOYWW anniversary! Your ATCs are just so so cute but I'm sure they're already taken by now. haha, loved your hummingbird story!
Blessings and hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

peggy apl said...

Dropping by to greet you a very happy 5th WOYWW anniversary! Your ATCs are just so so cute but I'm sure they're already taken by now. haha, loved your hummingbird story!
Blessings and hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Gerrina said...

Lovely to see the hummingbird! And what great ATC's you made! The colours and that purse; real ladylike... Have a fun day, Gerrina

Kathyk said...

Happy 5th anniversary to you Darnell. Love your ATC's and your photo of "Hitler" but .... I gotta ask as I (presumably) missed the post where you explained why you called that little birdie such a harsh name!!!

Kathyk

Ros Crawford said...

Loving a peek into your workspace and those amazing ATC's ... And that bird ... Wow!! what a lucky guy he is!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah Darnell must admit did think you were incredibly clever I making all those different we bags till I read otherwise.. had to smile at your timorous toe dipping into the world of making atcs, it is rather like mine. Now have pinterest oare on yhem. Happy WOYWW 5 Shaz In Oz. #18

Laura said...

Dear Darnell, your ATCs are utterly gorgeous. How exciting that your hummingbird finally deigned to sit upon his throne! I would've taken 150 pictures, too. :-) Happy 5th anniversary and thanks for visiting! ~ Laura #96

Krisha said...

Hey Ya! I'm so late in getting around this week, had to go and get a new cell phone (nasty business) then learn how to work it...LOL

Your ATCs are just too cute!

Thanks for the earlier visit
Krisha #99

Anita in France said...

These ATCs are such fun and so beautifully crafted, Darnell ... love that sentiment! Awesome photo's ... your little hummer looks so at home surveying his domain! Hugs, Anita :)

cm said...

Goodness, Darnell, how do you manage to create such magic on these tiny canvases? I LOVE your ATCs - and must try a few myself!! I do have a small package sitting, awaiting attention. Another Darnell-inspired 'must do' on my list! Your swinging hummer, king of his domain, is amazing! We don't have hummingbirds here - far too cold for the little dudes (they'd definitely need sweaters and mittens year round!) - so seeing yours is an absolute treat! Thanks for sharing things joyous!! Hugs~c

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...just so fun! You are just an ATC making machine and they are so cute too with those fabulous little hand bags! Sweet hummingbird photos too. Enjoy your weekend!

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Your ATC's are ADORABLE! LOVE all those sweet little purses. And love the papers you've used with them - so fun!

Great pictures of the hummer on his throne.:) Lolly xx

Minxy said...

What a delightful selection of ATC's on a very nice workspace, wish I had that much desk space.
Happy Belated 5th WoYwW Anniversary xo I'm still trying to catch up!
Hugs Minxy #4

Greta said...

Oh how fun to have your very own hummer! That's the one thing I really miss since we moved down here. I had 3 pairs that visited every day, fighting over the feeder even though there was room for all of them. They would sit on the decorative fencing around my circle of roses waiting their turn to fly up to the feeder. I didn't know they actually made a hummer swing. Great pictures! What neat ATCs!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Love hitler's swing!!!! You are so funny! I have a selfish little hummy myself!!!! We have 2 feeders, but Nooooo, he can't share! Maybe I just need to get him a swing!
Your ATC cards are so precious!!!!

Geri said...

What a great idea for your trading cards! One can never have too many purses...or shoes (next year's theme perhaps???)

Hitler is one hip 'swinging' bird'.... and totally has the 'I'm all about being cool on my swing" thing happening!