Wednesday, 1 December 2010


Well hello there WOYWW’s it is a few weeks since I was here – lots been going on in my life some good and I am afraid some bad.

First of all the bad my oldest and best friend of 38 years died. I had known my wonderful friend Helen since my first day at senior school. Helen was my bridesmaid and she was my daughter’s god mother. She had been a crafter for a few years too but sadly we never did craft together. She lost her fight with pancreatic cancer on the 17th November she was a strong inspirational loving friend and Mum she was a wonderful brave lady. I will miss her soo much.*Life is too short, be happy in everything you do and live life to the full.*

The Good I have been doing a mural of Nemo for a little boy and it is now finished he loves it and I loved doing it – hope you like it, it took me a couple of weeks –an hour here and an hour there.

Over to my desk as it is today It Is Tidy!!! only because I have been making christmas cards and presents recently so on my desk are a couple I made yesterday the books are covered in embossed grung paper and coloured with Pro markers and then smooshed with Stazon.

In the background you will be able to see on show (now my secret is out!!!!) I have my new storage for my pen fetish!!! I saw this idea a few weeks ago on a few peoples blogs sorry not sure who’s. I thought I would have a go at making some storage for my vast amount of pens in my collection the unit and cd cases are from Tesco the unit should have been £9.99 but it is damaged on the back so I got it for £4 (bargain).

Not all of the Pro Markers are mine I share them with my daughter but all the others are mine all mine!!

Have a lovely day folks and keep warm. Thanks for visiting my blog today I will try and get around to as many of your lovely desks today on WOYWW and if I don’t I am sorry.

For anyone blog hopping who does not know what WOYWW is pop over to Julia’s stamping ground and see what everyone is talking about, and visit some fantastic peoples work.


  1. Wow, I am in awe of the number of markers you own. I also seriously admire the storage system it is amazing.
    Sandra #70

  2. nice to see you back my friend,luv Georginaxx

  3. so sorry to hear your sad news my friend sending you bigger and squeezy hugs xx and wow no wonder the young man loved your art its fab!

  4. Hi Lizzybob, That is certainly sad but I amsure she is loving where she is right now! Your mural is great and it is no wonder that the little boy loves it! Your pens and storage is fabulous! Patsy from

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend xx

    Your Nemo mural is wonderful, no wonder the little boy loves it (love that film!!)

    Your pen storage is amazing and I'm amazed also to see just how many pens you have - lol.

    Sherry (95)

  6. Love your mural and am sure the little boy will love it too.
    Sending you big hugs,
    A x

  7. Sorry to hear about your loss. You did a great job with the mural. Thanks for commenting. #74

  8. I have missed you Liz, glad you are back, love the mural and the desk display, and hope you are bearing up,

    love and hugs,


  9. Love the mural. So sorry to hear about your friend. It is a very good reminder to live life to the fullest.

    Terry (24)

  10. Liz, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord lift you up.

    Your desk is fabulous! As is your Nemo mural.

    Happy WOYWW. #11

  11. Liz, So very sorry to hear about your friend, and you are so correct, enjoy your life and love well. Love the mural, and wow, you really do have a bit of a pen fetish don't you??

    Brenda 90

  12. Sorry you have lost a dear friend. Totally agree on making the most of life, I had too take a new direction in life and I make the most of what I've got. The mural is fab and Wow, so many pens, love your CD holder idea. Carolxx

  13. Sorry that you have lost such a good fried ...she will stay with you as you remember the great times you have had together.

    Love that mural

  14. That's the second sad thing I have read today - hope you find comfort in your memories.
    Lovely Nemo mural and that pen storate is great - not sure what it is - a cd unit from Tesco? Need something myself as mine are all over in a drawer.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Sorry to hear about your friend Liz.
    The 'murial' (I know really!) is wonderful, clever you, no wonder the little boy loves it ;-)
    Ooooh you do have a lot of pens, but I think you just need a few more to complete the collection LOL

  16. Sad news there Liz - all good wishes. Jo

  17. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for popping by my blog!

    Wonderful Nemo mural, that little boy must be so happy with his lovely new room - and wow, those pens, that is a seriously impressive collection.

    I'm so very sorry to read about your friend, sending cyber hugs to you.

    Julie :o)

  18. Hi Lizzie
    thanks for stopping by earlier - so sad about your friend - the loss of someone close always brings you up short & reminds me that life isn't a rehearsal - I try to enjoy the little things each day as you say.
    glad your crafting is a comfort to you - have a good week ! Ali (29)

  19. Hi Lizzie
    aww so sorry for the loss of your friend hun, hugs, luv the nemo murial, lovely card on your desk, fab pen storage, happy WOYWW, sue,x (23)

  20. So sorry you have lost a special friend. Celebrate her life and how brave she was.
    amazing collection of pens... I'm well impressed.
    joZarty x

  21. Love your pen storage and that mural....awesome!!#99

  22. love your mural and pen storage! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Hugs

  23. Hi Liz, I'm so sorry to read of the loss of your friend Helen. Big hugs. Your bargain pen storage is Ace, clever you and Wow all those pens! Caz

  24. I'm so sorry to hear about your dear friend. Your mural is just lovely and what a nice clean desk you have!

  25. So sorry to hear of your loss. Hugs to you.
    The Nemo mural is grand, as is your pen collection!
    Thanks for visiting me!
    xoxo karen

  26. I love that you're being so creative with your storage. How cool is that. And thank you for the idea on how to store my pens. A visit to Tesco is clearly in my future!

    hugs, rachel #54

  27. Sorry for your loss. All those pens must make you want to doodle all the time. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Sorry to hear about your friend.

    The mural and the pen storage are fabulous.

    Warm hugs

  29. I love your pen storage thanks for sharing

    laura x

  30. Thanks for sharing about your friend. It does give us a strong reminder to keep in touch with family and friends.
    You have a great storage space for pens, Liz.


  31. Love all those pens and your mural is stunning!

  32. So sorry to hear your sad news Liz.
    Love your mural
    and what a tidy desk !!!

    mmmmm wish I could share your pens !!!
    Anne xxx

  33. So sorry to hear about your pal Liz. Am thinking she would be smiling at your sweet mural...and ready to join you in some colorful creative time....

  34. So sorry to read about your friend. It does bring silly day to day worries into perspective.

    On a lighter note the mural is fab and the pen collection is envialbe!

    ** Kate **

  35. So sorry to hear about your friend. Hopefully you have lots of loving memories.
    Love the pen storage.... looks very inviting.... this urges me to get out of my "satellite studio" (which has no wall in front of it) and into my abandoned area so I can use the space in front of the desk! Your grunge books look great... Thx for stopping by. I finally posted The Card yesterday. Have a toasty day!

  36. Sorry to hear about your friend - in the times of sadness remeber all the fun you had together x

    Love your nemo muriel and your storage is fab ~ thanks for sharing Nicky ~30

  37. Glad you are back. So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

    Your pen storage is great.


  38. what a brill idea for pen storage, lovely organised desk thanks for the peek

  39. Sorry you lost your friend - after suffering a lot she is now in a better place! Love your fetish storage and you were so lucky to get it cheap! The mural is great!
    Glad you are back!

  40. Hi Lizzie I am so very sorry to hear about your sad loss. I lost my best friend & Mum 18 months ago & know that pain you are going through.. there is no words of comfort I can offer only be gentle with yourself, take it one day at a time, & keep crafting even on the darkest of days.. especially those days. Thinking of you.xx
    I absolutely adore Nemo & just love your mural. Chin up girl. Your friend would want you to smile. :)
    Love Gez.xx

  41. Love your Nemo Lizzie be kind to yourself and keep crafting. Love all your pens!

  42. So how do you know who owns which promarkers???? LOL

  43. Another week seems to have around so quickly. It's nice to see a lovely neat and tidy desk with lots of goodies on there to have a good old play with. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Wish I could come and have a play with those pens!!! Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 40)

  44. I'm so sorry to read about your friend dying. I know how traumatizing that can be. But now that you are back, I would say your Nemo came out great, and your pen fetish is showing. I know it's nearly time for the next WOYWW go round, but better late than not at all, right?

  45. So sorry to hear about your friend xxx
    Love the mural it is fabulous, a real labour of love.

    I hope that 2011 brings you success with your studies and an abundance of crafting mojo xxx

  46. Life has been a bit manic for me and my blog hopping has been neglected so I have only just read of your sad sorry that you have lost such a dear friend XXX

    Must look into doing one of these pen storage vastly expanding marker collection is currently spread throughout various pen wraps and boxes and is a nightmare to find the colour I'm after. Thanks for sharing!

    Muralwork is something I've never got the hang of...that's my sisters domain and she is I'm in respect of what you've done here...I know that it can be very difficult achieving an accurate copy of a cartoon character to such a scale as all imperfections are magnified. And, as my sister has found, creating murals for children is difficult as they can be your worlds worst critic and don't hold back from telling you if it doesn't look like they think it should! Yours looks looks fantastic...well done!

  47. Come on Liz, time to start blogging again. You know I love ya! Hugs Caz