Wednesday 20 November 2019

...WOYWW - The One With All the Trees

Joining in with the Wednesday Workdesk Wander, here's what's occurring on mine today: the first attempt in my yoghurt jar upcycling project, another doodled tree pebble and the start of a Christmas scarf for my son's girlfriend.
I've been thinking for a while of turning the yoghurt jars into storage pots or tealight holders to give as Christmas gifts, so as soon as I'd finished this one I obviously had to close the blinds, draw the curtains and light a candle to try it out! I'm really pleased with the effect - I especially like the fact that it casts a perfect little tree shadow on the wall - but I still have a design problem to solve because the bottom of the jar is slightly convex, so the tealight doesn't sit flat in the bottom. Whatever I use to even it out would need to be non-flammable (currently thinking a little bit of sand might do the trick?) 
Trees have been featuring heavily in my doodlings at the moment - I wasn't sure why until I started uploading the photos for this post and noticed that my phone is absolutely packed with pictures of gorgeous autumn leaves and emerging wintry branches taken during recent weekend walks at the park...

...and then I realised that this is actually part of a long-standing and deep-rooted (pardon the puns) obsession with trees, because the same thing happened this time last year...
 ...and the year before...
...and come to think of it, I've even started seeing trees that aren't actually there!
Could I be suffering from S.A.D. (Seasonal Arboreal Disorder)?!


  1. I've taken photos just the same as that tree pattern in the sand in the last pic!! I adore the tree art in various media that you've created and particularly love the painted trees on the slices of log...gorgeous!
    HUgs LLJ 8 xxx

  2. Loving everything on your desk and there's definitely a tree theme going on. I like your sand idea and or if you could find some artificial (non-flammable) snow that would also work. Or you could just use an LED tea-light, so you don't have to worry about open flames. Washing powder? It looks so pretty lit up! Happy WOYWW and thanks for your visit earlier! zsuzsa #17

  3. Trees? Just love 'em. Never have too many.
    those jars are brilliant as well.
    Christine #23

  4. Hi Amelia, Loving your tree inspired makes.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #9

  5. What absolutely gorgeous pictures, Amelia. I am always inspired by trees, too. A few years ago I made a mini-album (mixed media) about a wonderful woodland walk some friends took us on. Your pictures of the autumn beech trees resonated with me in particular - my favourite tree! I love all your designs, and the tealight holders that cast the shadow of the tree are inspired... All simply gorgeous! Well done.

    Thank you for your visit - I agree, our kitties are pretty photogenic, aren't they! But then we are biased. I've got so many pictures and videos of them from when we got them as 9 week old kittens... Thank you for your encouraging words about my PIP application. The whole thing's a bit of a nightmare and I'm hoping and praying for a good outcome because I can't face the ordeal of appealing. I need to get down to the Tudor costume again this week after our Bible study group breaks up, because it's not long till the deadline is up!! So glad you like the fabric. I was thrilled to find it.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #20

  6. your comment now makes sense! I adore trees and the colours they turn in autumn too. You have some fabulous pictures and I love the projects they've inspired you to make Helen #2

  7. Great art work going on here, amazing stuff. The scarf looks amazing, gorgeous knitting, really love the dimension in it. I would love to see it when it's finished. Wishing you a happy woyww, Angela x15x

  8. So much created loveliness to see on your desk, all created from the heart. I agree wholeheartedly about Tree's they are held within my heart very closely. Thank you for sharing what's on your work desk, always a pleasure to see. Creative wishes Tracey #5

  9. Hi Amelia. Sorry I'm late - google wouldn't let me post on the last five yesterday! What was that all about??
    Those tree photos are just gorgeous - well done. I never tire of gazing at trees - there is just so much variety. Loving the tree and snowflake hat, the jar, the photos... just a great post!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #3

  10. Fab tree photos, they make such stunning images outlined against autum/winter skies, don't they? I think sand would be a good solution, or you could have a look at the bags of coloured tiny stones for fish tanks available at pet stores? Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #1 X

  11. SAD - very funny! But yes trees are stunning images and so recognisable whether detailed or more abstract (as in trees that aren't there LOL). Love what you have been doing, perhaps some of the many kinds of decorative snow stuff in the bottom of the jars would help with your problem? Happy (late) WOYWW Cindy #18

  12. I just LOVE your jars! And your tree pictures! WOW!
    Have a great weekend!
    Carol N #19

  13. Sorry I’m late! Love the tea image on the little jar - you’re right about the shadow it throws, it’s quite lovely. I like the look of the scarf too - interesting! I know what you mean about pics of trees..I’m determined to do something with some of mine, they are mostly just sitting on my phone. Waiting.

  14. Love the tea light jar and yes, i think that sand would really help the tealight to sit flat. Love the idea of seasonal arboreal disorder! Beautiful pictures throughout. Happy belated WOYWW. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#10)

  15. Hi Amelia, just popping back to say thanks for your visit this week! I've looked up Fordite and I was blown away! I'd never heard of it. They do look a lot like acrylic pours - and I do have a personal connection to Ford/Detroit as I used to work for Americans from Michigan back in the early 90s when they came to set up a Ford plant in my hometown in Hungary. Gosh, it was a lifetime ago! We had a lot of foreign investment flooding into the country back then just after the iron curtain came down. I was part of the start-up team and one of the first Hungarians they employed. It was just a part manufacturing plant, so they didn't paint any cars there, but I can imagine how those wonderful patterns are formed by the dripping paint - most of them metallic! So, I've learnt something very interesting today, thank you! ;)