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August 14, 2012


Happy Wednesday!

And if it's Wednesday, then it's time for What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday!  It's pretty much a what-you-see-is-what-you-get typo ting, yo.  If you'd like to play along and share a photo of what's on your  workdesk, snap it and click it!

Here's what's on mine:

My neighbor and dear friend, Rae, died over five years ago and it's been difficult for the family to deal with her belongings.  Knowing that Rae and I shared the love of stamping and card-making, I was fortunate to receive many of her beloved stamps years ago.  Recently, one her daughter's gave me the additional, and unexpected, gift of Rae's dried flower packets. 

Aren't they exquisite?  I will treasure them and take good care of them and make them into cards as Rae would have done.  Making cards to showcase pressed flowers will be a new technique for me, so I'll have to research how to do that.  Any tips would be appreciated!

Enjoy EACH day and have a fabulous journey through WOYWWzervania!   As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!


Lynn Holland said...

How lovely to keep the memory of your friend alive Darnell.
We had a fantastic die cutting workshop in my studio yesterday with REDANNE demonstrating and teaching us the art of this fabulous craft. So I know now what you are all talking about. Today I am looking at things on your desks with a more understanding eye. YIPPEE !
You can see what happened on my blog
Lynn -:) no. 54

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

Lovely memory to be treasured. thanks for sharing jenx 60

Linda said...

These are absolutley beautiful Darnell. I love flowers but this is one technique I haven't tried. Please keep us posted on how you get on. What a lovely way to remember your dear friend.
Thank you so much for visiting my Blog, and your lovely comments. Enjoy your day. Linda x

sandra de said...

What a wonderful gift to receive. I am sure you will do them justice.
Sandra @32

Carole said...

The flowers are little treasures. I have no tips on working with dried flowers, so you learn how to do it and then share with us.http://carolescreativecritters.blogspot.com/

Kara Lynne said...

What a lovely treasure! I tore a page out of a magazine years ago that had a gorgeous dried flower image. My printer/scanner went kaput, but as soon as I can, I will email you a copy!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, what a lovely thing to treasure and remember your neighbour and friend. There is a lady here in the UK called Joanna Sheen (www.joannasheen.co.uk) who has been involved in dried flowers for over 20 years (I believe she used to teach) and she is bound to have a book on the subject. Hope this helps. Crafty hugs, Anne x #59

Ardyth said...

No tips, but I can't wait to see what you come up with. What a lovely tribute to your friend!

Eliza said...

Sorry no tips from me, I don't know much about them except that they are dried LOL.

What a wonderful memory to have of someone, I am sure you will embrace the love that is needed with this task.

Eliza #102

Planetsusie said...

Hi Darnell - I was just popping around various blogs and came across yours via Pixie's Crafty Workshop (I think). Anyway I used to do quite a few flower cards and the only thing I can remember is having to be very careful not to put too much glue on them. Treat them a little like vellum - if you see what I mean.

What I really came by for is to say that OH means 'other half'. Hopes this helps lol.

Hugs to you over the pond.

Sue P xx

Allisa said...

The dried flowers are gorgeous. What a special gift!

Susan said...

The only thing I know about dried flowers is what most of my "live" flowers look like. I'm really not very handy with plants. I'd take a pic of my work desk, but there's absolutely nothing on it...I tend to clean up after every project and just haven't started a new one for a few days....can't wait to see what you do with the dried flower, though.

SandeeNC said...

That is so special to have gotten her stamps and her dried flowers! I know that makes her happy in heaven! waving hi from the sandy beaches of Florida ;0

Princess Judy Palmer said...

WOYWWzervania! I love it! I wondered if those were actual dried flowers you had spread out on your work surface. They are and they are fabulous and the fact that they once belonged to a beloved friend is even all the more special.

Anonymous said...

Wow those are amazing but also very precious too, how lovely to have been given them. Can't offer any advice on how to use them though. I used to try pressing flowers when I was little, often with very mixed results, and often with interestingly coloured pages in the books I'd used too! That didn't always go down too well I can tell you!! Pop back tomorrow for the complicated looking cards that are not!!

Brenda 5

Danielle said...

The flowers are lovely. I used to make window cards and put the flowers in a clear bag with the sentiment inside. This way, the flower can be used again. dani#33

Unknown said...

Fabulous gift to receive, so precious. Years ago I 'dabbled' in the flower pressing thingy with mixed results, my hubby even made me a flower press but it wasn't used much. Have now left that phase behind....sorry.
Cheers, Elaine #29

Victoria said...

hello trouble! Yes, I'm back and I want to see what you've been up to in my absence! Well first of all I can see some beeyoutifull dried flowers. What a thoughtful and sweet thing for your friend's daughter to do. I'm sure these will be treasured and used wonderfully in your crafting. Then we have a delightful Dynamic Duos combo... I wouldn't be at all surprised if this was picked out for a mention as that flower is absolutely stunning. Hope your ultrasound went ok. Next comes the sweet fur and feathery combination... Socks likes the sounds of fur and feathers by the way but I genuinely don't think he's quick enough to catch a bird! And lastly, but not lastly, an eyecatching birdie with fantastic backing papers. Now I have two questions.... did you survive your trek up Laundry mountain and into Cooking Cavern? and where is my chocolate ice cream reward?

May said...

Wonderful gift to receive... why dont you make a canvas with her lovely flowers for your fab room... Hugs May x x x#5

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated WOYWW - I am late getting round this week. Gorgeous flowers. I would be scared to handle them. Ali x #104

okienurse said...

what a special gift! I am sure you can find all sorts of information about how to use them on the web. Have a great week. Vickie #38

Dortesjs said...

lovely to keep the memory of a good friend alive.
thats a special gift you got, sweet of her

RosC said...

Hi Darnell,
What a lovely legacy from your friend, and it sounds as though her family have remained your friends as well.
I love the view from your cubby house window too. :-)
Thanks for your lovely comment. I have had a great time with this journal and the stimulation from the workshop.
Best wishes,
Ros. #14

Whimcees said...


What a wonderful gift from your friend's family. I am looking forward to seeing your creations using these beautiful flowers. I googled and found these sites - I checked many of them out and there are so many great ideas.


Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane #76

J said...

The flowers are beautiful, what a lovely gift.

Tertia said...

What a fantastic gift! I am sure those cards are going to be very special.
Happy very belated WOYWW!
Tertia #116