Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Early Morning Desk for WOYWW

When I can’t get back to sleep, the best thing to do is get up and create.  I woke up this morning just after 2:00, mind racing.  Teaching younger middle school students is quite the challenge.  The 4 groups I inherited have too many students, many of which have inner city issues.  Combine that with a small classroom (built for 25 not 40) and it’s a day filled with constant chaos.

On my desk this morning is my Texture journal, new Halloween mug, a bottle of Distress paint in evergreen bough, a roll of drywall tape, deli paper with mop up paint, and that bag of Halloween feathers I still haven’t found a project for.  My intent was to add a black feather of two to this page as she is donning a feather hat but the black was too stark of a contrast.  
Laying out the elements before gluing them down

Altered Clipboard

This was a project I had been wanting to do for a while.  I vaguely remember a desker creating one and sharing it for WOYWW a year or two ago but I have no recollection who (if you can remember, please include her name and blog in the comments).

You can read about my creation process and see more photos HERE.

Joining up with What’s onYour Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun!


  1. I'm not surprised that you can't sleep - you have a huge amount on your mind! I hope that the crafting brings you some peace away from the chaos. Please remember how much of a difference you are making when it feels like chaos! I altered a clipboard some ages ago, and I use it, but I didn't make an art exhibit of it like you have, this is a beauty!

  2. You have a lot going on.40 middle school students in a room made for 25, WOW. Keep your head up, and know that you are making a difference. Love the journal pages. Happy crafting. #33

  3. What a pretty lady. I love her hat! Is she a relative or is it an ephemera type of picture.
    Have a good week,

  4. That sounds like a very stressful situation to work in, Diane. I had sleep problems/panic attacks back in the summer too due to stress and there were a few nights I couldn't sleep at all. Perhaps you could ask your doctor to prescribe a mild sedative that might help you sleep? I've been taking Nytol (over the counter) and it helped me a lot. Your journal page is superb, love those shades of green and brown together. The clipboard is also a great idea! Happy Wednesday and hope you can sleep better tonight! zsuzsa #30

  5. Sounds as if you definitely need your art therapy time! Very nice results. :)

    Happy WOYWW to you!
    :)trisha, #52
    with a diy desk redo,
    but not the workdesk!

  6. I love your journal page!

    Greetings, Sofie #51

  7. I love the page you created - the sepia tones of the photo look so gorgeous with the teal background. At first glance I thought you had a huge cookie on your desk to go with your cuppa but quickly realised it was a doily - it's very pretty and I like the way you've used it on the page - it gives a lovely vintage feel.
    Hope you have a good week and life doesn't get any more stressful than it already is - you are doing a fantastic and very important job, although it might not feel like it in the middle of the night when you can't sleep!
    Diana #25

  8. Beautiful projects Diane, I love the photo you used in the first one

  9. Lovely creations Diane! I like your colour schemes for both of them :)
    I occasionally have to mess around with some arty project at 2am when I'd rather be sleeping too.
    RosA # 32

  10. Hi Diane, thanks for the visit. Been so busy going out this week that I am still trying to catch up with the desk visits. Loving your journal page and the clip board. I really must get back to my journal sometime soon. Have a great woyww and happy crafty weekend, Angela x 19

  11. 2 am? That's really early. I use to wake up at 3 am every day and yes I did decide to wake up, pray, read my Bible and paint the Bible verses. Now I wake at about 4:30 am and there's still plenty of time to do the same! Patsy


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