A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving All! ~ ATSM#73; NBUS#75; WOYWW#234

Hello Everyone!

I'm joining in with this week's What's On Your Workdesk (WOYWW)where crafters from all over the world post photos of their desks and talk about what's goin' on in their little corner of the world.  If you would like more information, the link will take you to the headquarters, operated superbly by the lovely Julia.  Julia has tabs on her site with all the details for you.
Here is my happy desk, where I've just finished off the last of the Thanksgiving cards for this year:
Of special note is the display sill.   Today's remarkable creations were made and sent to me by desker Claire of Ham 'n' Mule Designs.  Claire recently turned 40 and in celebration she made 40 cards for 40 WOYWWers and I was fortunate enough to receive TWO of them!!  Plus another card with a note!  How glorious is that?!  Thank you again, Claire!


In preparing for Thanksgiving, I even made a card for all of you!  I'm so lucky to have made many wonderful friends via this crazy WOYWW and via my other wanderings around the webbing. 
As it happens, my Thanksgiving thank you card is perfect for the brand new "Holidays" challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, although it might stand out like a sore thumb amidst all the stunning Christmas cards!
Here tis:
I love how the piece of burlap goes so well with the NBUS patterned paper.  I actually forgot I bought that pad of Fall paper from PTI during the summer and since I was lucky enough to stumble across it yesterday, I HAD to make a card with it before we rush headlong into Christmas! 
I hope I'll be forgiven for posting this on Tuesday night.  Julia reminded us recently that we are not supposed to link before Wednesday, which makes sense because, after all, it's called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Unfortunately, with the time differences, I'm asleep while most of you are desk hopping and vice versa, so by the time I can physically add my link when I get up on Wednesday morning, a lot of you are done hopping for the week.  It's just the way of the world, something to do with moons and revolutions, and possibly even someone named Greenwich.  Well, this week I'm going rogue so all my awesome WOYWW friends can join my non-WOYWW friends and see my card and read my message of gratitude:
Thanksgiving is overshadowed by Halloween on one side and Christmas on the other, but on this one day we pause to reflect and be grateful for the people and things that we often take for granite throughout the year.  It's an opportunity for me to thank you again for following my little blog and leaving your wonderful comments, both of which bring me great joy and encourage me to keep it up!  You are really fantastic, my friends, and I'm very grateful for each of you!
Enjoy the next few days!  We've got visiting family and friends and dogs all gathering together for a huge feast and festivities and then, yippie, we have the grandtwins staying over for the weekend!  So, unless there is an unexpected lull in the action, I won't see you until next month!!  I promise I'll be way fatter.
Happy Thanksgiving!  Mwah!!

*Life Is Too Short! 


Kylie said...

And I am going to have the thrill to be first to comment, lol!! LOVE your holiday card, Darnell, with all those beautiful colours. The added texture on the side is wonderful. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOOOOOOW! Your desk is filled with LOTS of beautiful creations! LOOOOOOVE!

And I LOVE the card that you featured! BEAUTIFUL use of the Fall/Thanksgiving colors and that burlap! FAB!

I also think Thanksgiving is overshadowed-- and esp for Black Friday! We are giving thanks and then by 5pm shopping! <3

Lisa Elton said...

Love your swirl of autumn leaves Darnell! Your work desk looks like a labor of love!! I'm thankful to have found your blog, enjoy your witty posts and your memorable vocabulary. It's such a treat to visit you. Wishing you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful card! I love that burlap and how it is slightly frayed. Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

jimlynn said...

Darnell, it's a beautiful card! I love the burlap treatment.
.....And we're thankful for you in our life too.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sharon Madson said...

That is a beautiful card! And lots more pretty cards on your desk! Thank you for your thank you! :) Also, thank you for visiting me earlier.
Sharon #3 (I posted early too, otherwise, by the time I post on Wednesdays I am 88 or 98 on the list!)

Nan G said...

Happy Thanksgiving Darnell! Your blog brings me a smile, a giggle and sometimes an LOL during a very stressful and difficult time. Thank you for your cyber friendship! Big hugs!! Love the cards on your desk and the card for us stalkers. :)) Appreciative hugs! Nan G #21

Deborah Frings said...

Wow! Darnell - you're really quick off the mark. I adore this Thanksgiving card. Great texture with the burlap and the paper is so pretty. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

Greta said...

Wishing you & your family a blessed Thanksgiving, Darnell. I'm so grateful for our connection through cardmaking. Your Fall card is beautiful--love the burlap strip!

VonnyK said...

Happy Thanks Giving to you and what a gorgeous card you made. I have the opposite problem with Wednesday as we are ahead in Australia and it's late afternoon when Julia posts for Wednesday morning in England. It would be boring if we all hd the same time though. Love your fabulous desk, have a great week.
Von #27

Andrea said...

I Hope you have a wonderful week and weekend with family Darnell and a happy thanksgiving to you all. and im sure Julia will forgive you for posting early your cards are stunning and thank you for the one for us woywwers the burlap looks ace.. I love autumnal colours and these are outstanding enjoy your family time and the grand twins crafty hugs Andrea #29

Belinda Basson said...

How on earth do you link before the WOYWW post has gone up? I have always wondered about that! I have done a scheduled post before when I was going to be away, but not been able to link it to Julias without physically going to her site. Love your cards and happy Thanks Giving. #31

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

hi Darnell thanks so much for popping over and for saying hi sheering me no end :D

...and well love your desk with all the thanksgiving cards thank it is nice to say thanks to the Lord for all he gives us we need to do it more often...love your window sill cards well done!!

..re the posting of the date you can fix that you know.. by publishing it when you are ready then go into settings for "schedule post" and reschedule date for Wednesday and publish it - then it publishes but shows up as the Wednesday rather than Tues..
Rather like you do with sticky posts? Hope made it clear?? Happy WOYWW, love Shaz.xx #22

Eliza said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving lovely cards too. We only celebrate Christmas in Australia thank the heavens that we don't have all the other celebrations in between like your country does. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

Happy WOYWW & Happy Crafting
Hugs Eliza & Yoda 12

Sue said...

Your card is gorgeous Darnell. I love the paper and the burlap works so well with it.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.
hugs Sue xx

jill said...

A very pretty card & the colours are lovely . Happy woyww jill #45

Gerrina said...

What´s on your desk looks great! Beautiful cards and the one specially for us is so stunning and warm! Inky greetings, Gerrina

Kathyk said...

Darnell, your desk and projects all look splendid.

I stopped by to wish you Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow


Sammy said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE the use of burlap, and the papers are scrummy. I think it will indeed stand out in the challenge, but in a good way!
Enjoy your Thankdgiving! x

ike said...

Such gorgeous Thanksgiving cards :-) I hope you have a wonderful time.

Happy WOYWW #234

IKE in Greece xx #57

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Julie Lee said...

I love your Thanksgiving card so much! Gorgeous colours, lovely natural elements - just great! I adore autumn leaves and these are fabulous! As you know, Darnell, I'm
from the UK, but I hope I can wish you lots of joy this Thanksgiving! I love the cards on your sill, you must have been so delighted to receive them. Have a wonderful week too! Julie Ann xx #55

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Isn't it amazing how a frayed strip of the cheapest burlap fabric completely makes that design work?? I love it..the NBUS paper is gorgeous, just my cup of tea :-)
Hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends at Thanksgiving...we have to make the most of each other, I reckon..it takes an effort in these days of electronic distractions but a snuggle beats Pinterest any day of the week!
Hugs, LLJ 25 xx

Jackie said...

That burlap works so well on your card!
I just wanted to stop by and say Happy Thanksgiving to you and hope you all have a lovely day!
Jackie 38

Sue - said...

We don't have Thanksgiving over here of course but Happy Thanksgiving to you! A beautiful card you've made and maybe we should all say thank you to you for your great posts which cheer us all up and frequently make me ,at least, giggle! Enjoy your family time!

Diane said...

Lovely card and perfect for Thanksgiving .... it does seem to fly right out the door and into Christmas doesn't it. Enjoy your turkey day, and we are thankful for your wonderful posts as well!!

sandie said...

Hi Darnell, I loved this post-it made me smile so thank you! The burlup is fab-so different and goes so well with the DSP. Great to see something other than an Xmas card! Thanks for joining us at ATSM and thanks for popping by my blog the other day with your kind words x

glitterandglue said...

Hi Darnell.
Thanks so much for already visiting. Yes, we are extremely blessed to live where we do - open spaces, fresh air(sometimes a bit TOO fresh!!), but we love it all. Thanks, too, for the thank you card!! What a beautiful idea.
Now, I don't want you worrying your little head off about HAVING to comment straight way on my blog - it takes me all week to go round and make comments on WOYWW, and even then, I don't nearly get round everyone. Folk keep commenting on my post until the next one comes out!! I had one comment this week on Tuesday evening. So, you just carry on and comment as and when you can. We all understand life happens...

Do have a wonderful thanksgiving time with all your family and friends - those cards are lovely, too. Have a great week.
Margaret #26

Carol L said...

What a pretty thank-you card! I just love the burlap panel too!
Wishing you a wonderful joy-filled Thanksgiving weekend with your family! Big (hugs) my friend :)

Canonbury creations said...

Happy thanksgiving Darnell and thank you for the card! Wonderful array of cards on your desk, hope you enjoy all the celebrations:)
Val x

Carole said...

I imagine and wish you a day filled with delightful warm hugs and blessing to fill your heart, good food to please and sweet sounds to make memories. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Be well Carole #67

Benzi said...

A beautiful work desk full of creativity and fun crafting. Your card is just awesome and I do love that burlap and looooooong sentiment.
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Yes, I expect we'll all be fatter by Dec. 1. LOL

Pat said...

Happy Thanksgiving Darnell, have a great time with your family. This is a lovely card and I echo those sentiments. Since starting my blog I have already made such a lot of new crafty friends and would like to count you as one of them, and thank you so much for your help with my blogging problem. Why didn't I look there? xx

trisha too said...

Wonderful, Darnell--Thanksgiving cards are a particular favorite of mine. What better way to tell someone you're thankful for them?

Thank you for stopping by this woyww, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Happy woyww to you, too!
#13 this week
with another advent calendar!

Unknown said...

Darnell, I love your idea: NBUS! Brilliant! Your Thanksgiving sounds busy and fun, just like ours. And oh girl, I think I'll be fatter too! The only thing that might be in my favor is that I do the cooking, and all the kitchen work has got to burn some calories, right? I love your card with the burlap stitched on the side, by the way...adorable. Hugs dearest and thanks for visiting me too. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #16

Winnie said...

Wishing you a very Happy Thankgsiving Darnell! Your card is amazing (the burlap was a fabulous touch!!) Winnie#74

Anonymous said...

Stunning TG cards DJ! Beautiful colours and I love the burlap on the one you took extra photos of. I look at it this way with the link list, it's Wednesday somewhere, right?! Katherine Hepburn my ass! There was a lady with class, unlike me, lol! I was trying to be arty so you could concentrate on the cowl and not the wearer! I hope the fiber mill can brag about their achievements, you know how serious the Olympic peeps get about copyright and using their logos and what not. Yup, ball winders (and swifts) are very useful when the wool comes in hanks (skeins) and not balls, link here. Andrew is getting tired of sticking his arms out to hold the wool while I make it into a ball! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family visiting, have fun with the twins staying over. I'm very thankful for this interwebby thing and for meeting wonderful people like you.

Brenda 1

stampwithsandy said...

Beautiful card, Darnell! Love that paper and hwow you neatly tucked a little sentiment inside. Enjoy your family and friends and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful Thanksgiving cards, wow you have been busy! The burlap and leaves on the 'featured' card are fantastic together. Happy Thanksgiving, Shirleyx

Nancy Guse said...

Wonderful card Darnell!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Pia S said...

The piece of burlap really adds that "little something special" to your card. A beautiful autumn creation!!!

cm said...

Your card is beautiful, but even more beautiful is your reason for creating it! You, your site and your cards have been one of my most treasured discoveries this year: I am soooo thankful that the magical, mystical Universe brought you into my space. To you, the Mister, your son and daughter-in-law, the handsome twins and, of course, Duke the grand-dog - may you be blessed with the abundance of Thanksgiving as you celebrate tomorrow! Hugs, many hugs!!

sandysewin said...

I love your windowsill display, and that Thank You card is great, the burlap works especially well. :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

Happy Woyww and Happy Thanksgiving,

Sandy #9

Claire Grantham said...

YAY!!! I made the Playhouse windowsill, so happy with that, thanks for the shout out. LOVE the Thanksgiving card, the paper is gorgeous and the burlap is very clever..Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and friends..Hubby and I are off to re-unite with Craft Buddy and her family in Philadelphia. Cx #30

CraftygasheadZo said...

Aw super makes there and I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving. Take care Zo xx 76

Ginny Maxam said...

I love your cards and work space!! I had to enlarge the picture to really enjoy the art!!
I had to post early too, other wise I'd miss it, but then it was Weds. in The UK!! Have a wonderful week! Ginny #19

Karen Petitt said...

Fabulous work dahling! Love it, thank you for coming into my life and inspiring me to stamp more and take more risks with my stamping.
Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving xx

Neet said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Hope you have a wonderful day with all the family, friends and dogs.
Thank you for the lovely card, it was much appreciated.
Hugs and thanks for the earlier visit, Neet

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Dear sweet Darnell
happy Thanksgiving to you,
at this moment I want to say thank you for you, your sweet comments, fantastic-inspirational work.
Have a lovely holliday with your love ones tommorow.
We don't have such holliday and I am at work tommorow all day (12 hours)
hugs Tamara

Brenda in IN said...

Thanks so much for the card you made for all of us bloggers. Love the way the burlap fringes. The cards you made on your desk are gorgeous too. Enjoy your time with family and friends and grandsons. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Shannon J said...

A beautiful card for such a special holiday. THANK YOU for all that you do, including making me laugh and warming my heart each time I come for a visit! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mister, the Twinks and the rest of your family!!!

Geri said...

It is so obvious that you are one of the most precious souls ever to grace our blogging world. You are truly loved by many! I'm thankful for the smiles, the funny words, the amazing pictures, the sincere kindness, and everything else that makes a visit to the playhouse the highlight of my day!

Gorgeous card - love the frayed edge on the burlap! Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration full of hugs from the twinks, sloppy wet kisses from the dogs and a house full of happiness and warmth from those within :)

fairy thoughts said...

hi Darnell
thanks for the card, its great. I love all the autumn colours on your desk. we dont celebrate thanksgiving but ita great to see the cards everyone else is making
janet #15

Robin said...

Darnell, I love the burlap! It IS just wonderful on that card.

Thank you for the beautiful card!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Hugs, robin #87

Dana said...

Wow! Wish my desk looked like that!! Amazing card too! Love the burlap! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card, very seasonal and beautiful colours and love the way you have placed the sentiment.

Kath x

Robyn said...

Nice card- love the colors! Happy desk!
thanks for stopping by and the snoop around your place
Robyn 14

Anonymous said...

You're such a shining star, Darnell, in this wonderful blogging world of ours ... you brighten so many of our days with your humour, generosity of spirit and talent ... thank you so much, my friend! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving! Oh, almost forgot ... love the card ... delicious rustic burlap with tumbling autumn leaves ... yum! Anita :)

maria f. said...

Love your purdy fall thank you card. Way to stir up all the Christmas entries.
And from one already-fatter to another soon-to-be-fatter - Happy Turkey Day! Not to worry, we would never take you for granite, Ms. DJK.

Bobby said...

That's one big desk full of done cards. Yay for you! I love the burlap on your Thank You card. And thank YOU for the card. You are so thoughtful.

I have to tell you a funny story since you mentioned NBUS in you post. A blog friend saw me post that and went looking for the NBUS stamp company. Somehow she must have finally figured it out and told me the story. Your acronyms are making their way around. :)

RosA said...

I love how you used that burlap on the card ... very creative! Thanks for dropping by earlier and for your kind comments,
RosA #4

OH Babs said...

Good golly Miss Molly it will take a week of Sundays to read all this fan mail.
You mentioned Addicted....and More! in this blog so I subscribed and may give it a try.
Happy Turkey Day

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful desk and card Darnell. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Barb Ghig said...

Such a beautiful card, Darnell...I love how you added the burlap!

Happy Thanksgiving! I Hope you have lots of fun with your family and friends!

J said...

Lovely card and Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy your holiday

Jan (79)

Sandy said...

I am late getting around to everyone been busy with those Christmas cards. Thanks for the visit.. So glad I don't have another round of cards to make at this time of year we don't have thanksgiving here in Australia.. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family have a wonderful day.. Love your card..
Sandy :)

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Darnell! Wow -your desk is overflowing with all those gorgeous cards you created!

Anonymous said...

My goodness!! You've been busy!! :))
I can't imagine anyone being mad at you...!?!! That's just silly talk!!
Your creations are so full of rich fall colors dancing around -- looked great!!
The card that you posted today is really lovely with all of that fab texture!! I've been toying with adding some more fabrics to my card after a recent use of tulle where I had loved the effect. I like my cards pretty clean, (as I know you do, too!) -- but some of the fabrics & ribbons are just calling my name!! ;))
Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving & a good weekend ahead!! Xo

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...this is just beautiful. I always love seeing your desk whether it is on Tuesday or Wednesday, it is always so much fun. I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving...I am truly blessed to have met so many wonderful ladies in blogland and you being one of them. Thank you for all of your kind and sweet words.

Bonnie said...

A beautiful Thanksgiving card, Darnell! I hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving and good times with the twins!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Darnell the PTI paper is beautiful with the gorgeous burlap panel. Hope you are still enjoying your Thanksgiving celebrations dogs and all.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Darnell, I'm returning your visit on the far side of Thanksgiving, sorry I'm late. Those Thanksgiving cards are gorgeous. You are one of the WOYWWers whose personality just jumps right off the computer screen and I'm enjoying getting to know you a little bit through this crazy Wednesday thing we all do. Happy, happy WOYWW. ~ Laura #77

Cheryl said...

I love seeing what other workspaces are like! No way would I show mine!!! Your card is beautiful! Love the speckled dp, and the fringed burlap is awesome.

famfa said...

gorgeous card, love the laves and the burlap - perfect.
i am very very late this week, sorry.
i am glad i made you laugh so much with my boobs and willies (this sounds very strange reading it back whoops).
famfa 2

Joni Andaya said...

Wow...you did a marvelous job. So Beautiful!