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May 14, 2014

WOYWW #258


We've whooshed around to another Happy Hump Day!

I have a quick post for my friends participating in What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW), hosted by the friendly and funny Julia. The purpose of WOYWW is to have a signal, or I should say, single day of the week whereby you lift your crafting skirts and show off your crafty desk and then all around you other crafters do the same thing! There are hundreds of us and it's quite a sight!

Here is my desk astrewn and asundered and assaulted by all things watercolor as I continue a fun and outstanding online course I am taking.
If you squinch, you might make out a special guest visiting me. Here I'll zoom in a bit. 
Is that better? 
How about this?
Yes, it's Flat Susan! Many of you know all about Flat Susan who originated from Neet of Hickydorums, but if you don't, and you'd like more information, she has her own website which you can access here or via the link on my side bar. The idea of Susan is like that of the famous Flat Stanley. Shirley, you've heard of him?

I will do a separate post about my adventures with Flat Susan, who has been all over the world in order to arrive in sunny Northern California USA for a visit. As she is a very noteworthy addition to my desk this week, I had to share her with you and let you know she arrived safely. I am so thrilled to have the extra set of hands to help me make ATCs for the upcoming WOYWW 5th anniversary ATC Swap! Needles to say, FS will be doing the very very detailed work.

I'll will also put today's watercolor homework in a separate post so that I can keep this post nice and bareef for you hoppers. Have a wonderful time! You can click on the above link if you would like more details and can join in the fun!!

You can swing it
You can sway it
You can really start to fray it
At the hop.
Let's go to the hop.

Wait. What? Those aren't the right words, fool.


Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

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Here is a photo of me with the twin grandsons on Mother's Day. They keep growing!!
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Nan G said...

Yay! FS arrived safe n sound! And she now has gold-ish jump rings in stead of silver. Hmm, moving up in her attire. Nice box of watercolor pencils laying out. Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #15

Bridget Larsen said...

Aaah so you have flat susan, I thought she was on her way to me, probably is via you.
She looks like she is having a great time with you
Bridget #4

Helen said...

oh wow, there's Flat Susan! She's having a fine old time rummaging through your desk! Helen 7

Belinda Basson said...

FS is a very pleasant guest to host! She was with me at the beginnings of her travels! #28

Carole said...

Flat Susan is looking good.Is she made from shrinky dinks? Your posts are sure to invite Giggles and Chuckles. The water color class looks like your learning wonderful new techniques. Be well Carole #44

Stamps and Paper said...

What a breath of fresh air your post is this morning Darnell you make me smile...well I have never heard of Flat Susan but look forward to finding out more about her..


Neil said...

It's been a while I know, since I last managed to link up but I'm back now and just popping my head round the door to say hello!

Thanks for sharing your creative space and I hope you have a good week too.

Neil #10

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh she's going to have fun at your place..no teaching her silly words. And don't call me Shirley. The watercolour course looks fab - love the page of square rectangles on your desk.I see you've got the stampamajig thing out..what are you plotting I wonder.

Pink Blossom Creations said...

Loving your workspace. So bright airy and lovely outlook.
Thanks for popping over to mine
Caroline x

Redanne said...

How fabulous to see flat Susan again, I am sure she will enjoy her stay with you and have some wonderful stories to tell..... hope she gets on OK with Hammy! Hugs, Annie xx

Ros Crawford said...

Well she looks so happy there watching you work ... I love to see a busy desk!

Sheila H said...

I'm familiar with Flat Stanley. He visited with us a couple of years ago courtesy of a grandniece in Michigan. But this is the first I've seen of Flat Susan. Your desk looks as if you're having a creatively good time at it :)

Benzi said...

Lots of crafty items on your desk, Darnell. Things are looking really nice and sunny outside your window.

Hmmmmmm...I didn't know about Flat Stanley. I'll have to check that out.

Deepti said...

I am glad u have Susan to help u out ;) guess I need one too lol
Looks forward to ur cards

cm said...

If FS arrives with inspiration, please send her my way! Your desk, covered with all things creative and inspiring, has me green with envy! You've started my Wednesday off with a smile! Hugs~c

Brenda said...

Geezer Darnell, even your desk in disarray is still organized. lol Not mine! It is a hot mess right now! Wait, not just right now, all the time. I no sooner clean up and then have it messed right back up again. Oh well, that's part of being creative right?! Even though I will never be as creative as you are! Your water coloring is amazing! I've not heard of Flat Susan, so I will have to check her out. Flat Stanley, yea I had him around. lol Hugs

Claire Grantham said...

Darnell!! What a wonderful surprise to join in and see you with us this week. FS is going to have a crazy ball with you!! Love the water colour, I spy a stamp nearby that looks like the rectangles..but how can that be - explain yourself!! Cx #80

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Darnell,

The watercolor page you're working on looks great! What type of watercolors are you using?

So glad Susan arrived safely. I see her leg is still attached - so glad her surgery went well and has stayed.

Can't wait to see where you take her!

Peace, Kay (35)

Krisha said...

Oh you have FS! Fun to have her visit, she was here last fall and had a great time together.

Love the water color messiness on your desk. You GO GIRL!!

Krisha #19

MaryH said...

wow, FS is really traveling around the world. I've seen her on a few other blogs, and will have to check out this story. I'm sure she is going to be a big help to you & Hammy. I hope they get to be good friends too. This desk does NOT look like the usual for you. I'm off to enjoy your w/c posts. I've managed to look at video 2, but got the remainder to catch up. TFS & Hugs

Erica said...

Oh , I'm so intrigued by Flat Susan. Traveling all over the world and still in remarkably good shape. :D
Thanks for commenting on many of my cards. I enjoy hearing from you. I'll be hopping along with the ATC posties.

Casandra Bennett said...

Cute grandsons! Hey, your Flat Susan makes me think of my son's Flat Stanley project he had to do this month in class. We mailed two Flat Stanley's (twins, perhaps?) to two cousins far away. I am excited to hear about the two Stanley's travels. Have a terrific day! P.S. You are brave to show off your work station in the middle of creative chaos. I still can't make myself do it. LOL

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Julia Aston said...

I so love to see in side your little playroom Darnell - what a wonderful place to create! Love the flat Susan and I'm going back up to find out about her!! and your sweet twin grandsons could be triplets with you!!! well - perhaps not - but they look very much like grandma!!

Andrea said...

ho Darnell an dhappy woywww ...loving flat susan I hope she is a help !..although not too sure she will be!...as for your photo what a lovely shot of your grandsons..from those big happy smiles looks like you had a lovely mothers day. Have a fab week and off to check out your water colour page next crafty hugs Andrea #11

Chrysalis said...

I love your desk - looks a great place to work and play! Happy ATC making xx

Lisa Elton said...

I've been enjoying your watercolored works Darnell, keep em coming! Happy to meet flat Susan, I like her stockings!! The twins are too cute and what pretty eyes!!

My name is Cindy said...

So good to see FS again! I am so looking forward to her coming to stay with me. Happy WOYWW Cindy #45

glitterandglue said...

Enjoy your time with Flat Susan, Darnell. Great looking fun desk today - and, oh my, what good looking young men you have to go out with you!!
Have a great week.
Margaret #46

Verna Angerhofer said...

It appears Flat Susan is having fun watching you get crafty! And, you are so lucky to have a work place. I have the corner of the kitchen table and then I have to put it away as soon as I am finished. Or at least far enough away so we can eat! LOL

Kathleen said...

One of my favorite songs.
Wish my desk looked as tidy as that, can't find a thing at the minute.

Kath x

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Darnell
he he funny post especially the song quote I'm surprised LLJ hasn't used that one yet.
good to see FS arrived on your desk safely look forward to seeing what you both get up to
janet #5

Petra Swart said...

Hi, Darnell, I just had to go and see who this FS lady is!! (Couldn't find anything on Flat Stanley though!! LOL!!) What a lovely fun idea - and she has been in Cape Town as well!!! I know she is going to have loads of fun with you!!! Enjoy!! Looking forward to see where you take her!!

Greetings from George, SA!!

Bobby said...

Hmmm I never heard of Flat Susan. I also didn't know that she traveled to other people. When I had a visit from Flat Stanley some years ago, I kept him all to myself. I had a great time taking pictures of him everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Your flat Susan is cute! I will have to read up on her :-) And I would NOT post my work area, its horrile now lol!! Yours on the other hand is so cute!!!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Since joining in with WOYWW I have heard of Flat Susan but had no idea who or what she was but now I know. No idea who Flat Stanley is though.
Happy crafting, Angela x 50

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

It's a pleasure to meet Flat Susan, and hope she has a glorious time during her visit to your studio. She looks so artsy, she may even lend you a hand on your ATC's. Happy WOYWW and Blessings! #74

Anonymous said...

I see you have a new best friend there, wish you both sunny days and open roads, lol! I've been enjoying your watercolour journey. I haven't done any for ages, prolly not since I got those Prisma's! The twinnage are practically growing before your eyes, lovely photo of you all though. Have a great week.

Brenda 70

JD/ Jill said...

You've been a busy lady...It's always so good to see where all your masterpieces originate from...
Always enjoy your pics!

Peanut said...

Well hello there, Flat Susan! She looks very comfy on your workstation, Darnell... surrounded by all those crafty goodies! Thank you so much for thinking of Rosie...much appreciated.
hugs, Asha

Eliza said...

There she is Hi Flat Susan good to see you are safe and sound and nearly on your way downunder and we cant wait too. Darnell what a wonderful playhouse you have and I bet FS has been through every inch of it checking out your supplies. Your new project looks interesting. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment it has been awhile.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 90

Neet said...

As usual Darnell, a terrific post and one very dar to my heart as Flat Susan has a mention - an lots of photos. Always nice to see her pop up somewhere.
Thanks for taking care of her.
Hugs, Neet xx 13

dnisme@blogspot.com said...

Nice to meet Flat Susan! Great idea Now I'm following her on her travels. Love to see what you do with the water colouring, Darnell.Loved looking at your desk and I can imagine the view. Your grandsons look like a loveable pair! Thank goodness for Mother's Day!

Barb Ghig said...

You have just 'Made My Day'! Thank you so much, Darnell! I've never heard of Flat Susan, but it looks like there's a whole lotta fun going on with her...and her travels!

Your desk looks a whole lot like mine right now...and I'm not looking forward to 'clean up time'! So glad you're enjoying this class, too...I can't wait to see your next creation! Have a great day!

Geri said...

Sure wish I could fit into Flat Susan's suitcase...oh, the places & people we would see!!!

Love the post! Fabulous pics!

Marybeth said...

Where have I been never heard of FS, until now. How fun!
From the looks of your desk you have been busy with watercolor. I love watercolor and not sure why I did not take the class. Just wanted to say hi, since i have been so behind in commenting. I do not know how you keep up.

Greta said...

Darling picture of you & the twins, Darnell!

Pat said...

Hi Darnell. I have to say she has been one busy lady, and I have seen the badge on your side bar but actually didn't realise who she was. I must admit that desk has seen a lot of action lately with your watercolouring in full swing, and if you hadn't zoomed in I might have missed poor FS amongst the debris. What a great picture of you with the twins, such lovely boys, but not too sure about the one in the middle. No seriously, I'm glad you had a good time. x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Darnell, how jolly spiffing of you to pop by! I am so behind with my WOYWW visits this week just cos of life n stuff...
Great pic of the boys and you....just happy and joyful. Hope your Mothers Day was filled with love :-)
Hugs, LLJ 22xx

PS, I really loved that Princess poem you featured in your next post....I laughed out loud :-)

Shoshi said...

What a lovely, fun post, Darnell - I adore your mastery of words which always brings a smile to my lips!! The same applies to your lovely comment (for which many thanks) with all the "ups" lol!! Yes, I'm really into up-cycling these days and so enjoying the challenge. I am about to embark on a project made from my medication wrappers which should be fun. After a really tidy Wednesday, my desk is a different story today as I've got all my painting stuff out, working on decorating my recycled album.

Nice to see the little anorexic lady is still on her travels around the world. Someone really ought to give her a square meal on the way!!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #34

maria f. said...

Three adorable faces on that Mother's Day photo!

G Peplow said...

Amazing how quickly your grand sons are growing or is it me just getting on a bit LOL Flat Susan looks very comfy on your chair, think she might stay a while? :D xx