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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

WOYWW #359

Well, this is my desk right now. I've shown you this first, so you can see I did get things sorted! We are back again for our regular Wednesday round up of the desks from hell, otherwise know as WOYWW, all kept in some sort of order by our fantastic Hostess, Julia, over at The Stamping Ground.
On the left, a pile of images I am determined to get turned in to cards, at the back, 2 already done, on the right, one image and a stack of white & black card for layering.
 In the posts below this one, there are a few cards I made towards last weekend, including one about how to avoid lines in your cardstock if you are embossing with a small folder, or border ones, so if you get time, you may want to have a quick look.
 OK, that was the good bit. Now you may need to brace yourself for the next few photos. This was my craft room over the weekend;
 Besides my main workdesk, I have IKEA worktops in three other places in my room, two along walls, and one which is a table attached to an EXPEDIT unit, which I use as my cutting/embossing station.
This one on the right is the worktop in front of my inkpad storage.

The desk on the left here, is my main workdesk, and as you can see is an utter mess. The reason for all this  is that a lady I know from work has decided to give up crafting completely, and take up quilting, so she sent me an enormous tub full of loads of crafting stuff.

                              This on the right is my 'desk behind my desk'.

This is my cutting/embossing station. In order to get everything put away,it involved creating even more mess to start with.

Just so you know I was successful, this it what it looks like now:

Looking much better, with the easel I use for photographing my cards on.
This is my real desk, just before I started trying to finish some more cards.
 The white turntable caddy at the back is something she gifted me, and I have to say, whilst I'd never bought one as I thought it unnecessary, I'm actually loving being able to have so much to hand in such a small space.
 A small guillotine and my glass mat as well.If it's on the desk, it's possible I'll use it!

The  'desk behind the desk', showing a nice splash of sunshine on Tuesday afternoon.

My cutting/embossing station, clean & tidy.
 I've found homes for Tattered Angels glimmer mists, a couple of dozen pots of embossing powder, mica powders, Cosmic Shimmers version of Liquid Pearls and Stickles, masses of tools, and loads more I can't even remember it all now.
 Needless to say, despite her saying she didn't want anything for it, I've sent her a huge bunch of flowers, and a Hobbycrafts voucher.

And, finally, our tickets arrived yesterday for the Happy Stampers festival at Port Sunlight, so I've also booked us a hotel for Friday night, as Doug said we could drive up Friday afternoon and stay over. Really excited, as we get to meet our Neet!( And some purchasing of crafting items (mainly stamps I expect) may well be made. :)

P.S. Forgot to say that I might be missing next week, as we go off on holiday on Tuesday. Fly to Tenerife in the morning, but thinking about it, the ship doesn't sail until midnight on Tuesday, so might be able to do a post, it will depend on my tablet, and the ships wifi. We shall see. xx


Helen said...

wow, such goodies to be gifted - a huge well done finding homes for them all and your space looks lovely and tidy again. The easel you use for photographing your cards is a great idea - and it looks a useful size. Have a fab time at Port Sunny - I think you'll love it even without meeting Neet! Helen #?

Bridget Larsen said...

Love your craft area, I want to stamp there hahaha. We have much cooler weather now so its more comfortable which is a godsend, its been a hot horrid summer this year
Bridget #2

jill said...

I wish my craft room looked like yours. Its a lovely crafting room you have & thanks for showing us.
Happy crafting Jill #5

Nikki C said...

Talk about room to play in e big space and looks very tidy after such a creative time hugs Nikki 3

BJ said...

Loads of space, loads of adopted stash and all put away neatly - heaven.
BJ was #4, then #16 finally #17 but may end up as #15 if my incorrect links are removed!

Vicky Fisher said...

How lucky are you, have fun using all your "new" stuff.Happy WOYWW from Vicky #10

Lunch Lady Jan said...

So often when you get gifted things, it's usually stuff you know you'll never use...at least, it is with me and yarn...so I'm really happy that you are enjoying what was passed onto you. That caddy must be fab, I have a similar fabric bag which holds all my essentials. I couldn't do without it!! And hooray for the Port Sunlight tickets..have fun. Jealous that you are meeting Neet!!
Hugs, LLJ 14 xxx

sandra de said...

You have done a fab job in the clean up and I have to say you have an amazing room. Everything at your fingertips and all so organised I am in awe. Have a lovely week.
sandra de @11

My name is Cindy said...

Lovely craft room Shaz, it's nice to have work surfaces as well as storage (although I have to admit every bit gets covered when I'm in a crafting frenzy - which actually usually just means getting everything out, can't decide what to use and to scared to put it away in case I forget I wanted to use it). Although I'd like more space, I keep trying to convince myself that a bigger room would mean more walking about...........Loving those black and white cards. Happy Wednesday, Cindy #29

Barb said...

Oh you have so much lovely space Shaz and it does look super organised. They are very pretty cards you've made and hope we see the other finished. Enjoy you new goodies from your friend and have a lovely time at the weekend. Barbxx #26

Chidkid said...

FABULOUS! that's all I can say.. love what you did with the place! Elaine no. 24

Cara said...

Lucky you! Even if it did mean you had to have a tidy up. Enjoy a creative week. Cara x

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Wow! Some serious storage solutions there and a lovely, large work surface to create on! I feel inspired just looking at it! I'm still just dreaming about something like that! Happy WOYWW, Shaz! zsuzsa #36

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab pics of your space, love all your desks. I have 4 in my little space. One for printer, my bureau desk which I writing on as it homes my laptop then my 2 side by side in front of the window. I often think about moving it all around but it would never work! Take care Zo xx 35

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

What a lovely name, Port Sunlight for the Stampers show, Shaz!
.. well hope you have some and sending Neet a special a hug from downunder.. I met her and Jo and two other WOYWW-ers in 2012 in Manchester.
Well loving your desk or desks and tidiness from all the newly aquired stash well done, great work! off to peek below.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x # 34

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Annie said...

I'm doing a lunchtime whizz round all my fav blogs having had a busy morning shortening trousers and a very posh long dress in the sunshine.....what more could a girl wish for?
Your workspace looks really fab Shaz. Give Neet a big hugs from me when you see her and have a wonderful holiday.
Annie x # 15

Kathyk said...

Awesome craft area .... and so much tidier than mine!


Kathyk #40

trisha too said...

Wow, Shaz, what a wonderful space! You have it so well organized, and to have the sunshine, too--absolutely lovely!

Happy woyww!
:)trisha too
#44 this week with
baby shower deco

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

What a wonderful space you have! I love how your window is positioned and I'm sure there is always lots of lovely light coming through!
Glenda #37

StampinCarol said...

You have such a nice large area to craft! And great transformation to organization. Love the 2 cards I see in the first picture. Hope you have a fabulous holiday! Thanks for the visit and hope your week is wonderful!
Carol N #47

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Wow! What a great work space. Thanks for visiting.

Sharon Koole said...

Hope you have a wonderful holiday! Sounds like fun to get away.

I like the look of the pile you have sitting there waiting to make into cards. The orangey one with trees looks great. Can't wait to see them made into cards.

Your whole room looks great. It looks like a wonderful place to craft in.

Sharon K #49

Twiglet said...

A wonderful work space Shaz. Have fun with Neet and enjoy that sunshine when you escape to Tenerife!! x Jo

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Another WOYWW desk with lots of nice pictures to check out. How fun! What a lot of stuff everywhere... and then you have it all put away nicely. I'll bet it was fun to sort through all the things from your friend. I love that splash of sun in your room. I like sunshine, but here in Arizona you don't want it beaming in on your things. It will fade them like crazy. Heck, it fades the paint off cars and houses. PJ #61

Sue said...

Hi Shaz, I love looking at your crafting area.

Hope you have a lovely holiday.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #21

Stacy Sheldon said...

:) If I don't "see ya" for a couple of weeks, have a fabulous trip Shaz!

Pat Taviss said...

you lucky gal. thanks so much for the lovely tour around your space. Wish I could come play in your studio with you and all of the fun new materials.

Thanks for sharing
ENJOY Pat #67

Bernice said...

You definitely deserve a holiday after all that tidying up. Enjoy your trip and your visit to Port Sunlight.
Bernice #23

Kim said...

Love all your available work desks! And that was so generous of you to become the new forever home of those craft supplies; you just can't let them fend for themselves on the street! I love those carousels--will make a great addition to your organization. Have a great week and vacation.
-K #64

Artatag said...

Wow, your supplies really look impressive to me! Such a lot of stuff! Sure enough you have a lot of fun with it!
Gabriele 53

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW and thanks for your earlier visit. I love your craft room and what a wonderful problem to have, fitting in all of that fabulous stash. Ali x #33

Lisca Meijer said...

That was kind, to gift you all that stuff (she could have sold it on Ebay). That caddy looks like it could be very useful. Does it turmn round like a lazy susan?
Ah, you're going on you cruise! Lucky girl. I hope you have good weather. Enjoy!
Thanks for visiting earlier,
Have a good week,

Angela Radford said...

Wow Shaz, you did well to find a new home for all that stuff! Everything is looking tidy and organised, love your work space. I must pop back and have a look at your other posts but for now thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 25

Diana Taylor said...

You've got some fabulous work space there - and I am coveting your cutting/embossing station - I would love an area set up just for that, as it's a bit of a pain getting it all out each time. The white on black card is just stunning, I do love that Art Nouveau style flower stencil (or stamp?).
I hope you have a great time on holiday - it sounds wonderful,
Diana #28

Neet said...

Just thinking that Chris (Pearshaped Crafting) usually goes to Port Sunny as well. There are others you might remember like Redanne - must get my thinking cap on and see who else I think could be there. Whilst there yu must have a look around Port tSunlight itself - the art gallery is fabulous and I am hoping to get to the museum soon (maybe that day with my other half later).
Shucks, this should be in an email not on here.
What an awesome craft area you have. I just imagine most folks to have a tiddly little space like mine but yours is enormous. Going now as I need to enlarge the photos and have a good old snoop.
See you soon.
Hugs, Neet xx 5

Lindart said...

Beautiful before and afters! Such a feeling of renewal always happens after I do this - a clean slate, ready for anything! The pile of images looks interesting - hope to see the completed cards! Thanks for visiting, Lindart #57

Shoshi said...

Wow Shaz, how absolutely wonderful to be given all that lovely stash! I am green with envy... although if it happened to me I haven't a clue where I'd put it all because I've got soooo much stuff lol! You were braver than me this week, revealing all and sharing photos of the chaos in your room - I was too ashamed of mine to do that until I'd tidied it up! The far side of the room where all my sewing stuff is is still a total tip, and I ran out of steam once I'd cleared the main work area and just wanted to start my painting. Your room looks amazing! You look as if you've got easily as much space, if not more, than I have in my lovely room. I am so glad that you are well and truly back in action again! It's been a long year or so for both of us, hasn't it, and I hope you are continuing to do well and getting your strength back.

Thank you for your lovely comment - I agree, narrow boat painting is so beautiful! I've always loved it, and it's not really so difficult to do. I've been experimenting a bit today with my Dylusions paints which seem to work quite well but my brushes are a major problem and I am ordering some new ones off Ebay. I'd rather use arylics than enamels if possible as the cleanup is easier, and I do have quite a lot of acrylics already.

Hope you have a good week, too!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #62

RosA said...

Oh wow! I am so envious of your fabulous crafting space! It looks so organised! And what a lot of new stuff to accommodate too :)
Have a lovely time on your holiday. Autumn is really setting in here, but looking forward to our (short) ski season :)
Thanks for dropping by earlier too. Much appreciated.

Mrs.D said...

Hi Shaz,
What a lot of craft stuff you have and so well organised. You have a large amount of storage space too. Even your images to make cards are nice and tidy, and I love your large big shot. Really want one.
Thanks for visiting my page and compliments about the card.
Have a good holiday, see you when you get back.
Chris #22

Kelly said...

Love getting goodies! And the fact that you've found homes for most everything is a bonus. Yes, Spring has sprung and many of us are in cleaning mode. Safe travels next week. Thanks for stopping by. Creative Blessings and Hugs Kelly #43 aka Rainlyte

Christine said...

Thanks for your visit earlier, I love a quick trip over the water better than Birmingham even when it rains!!!
What a wonderful gifting, DDN did the same to me when she moved house and I felt that I was submerged in craft stash for a while!
have a wonderful holiday, look forward to the pics.
Take care and have a good week
Bishopsmate #30

Anne L said...

Hello Shaz. Oh my I love all the storage and your room is fab. I think it is a great idea using the easel to take pictures of your cards I think I will have to dig out one I have in storage would be so easier to take photos. Looks like you are have ping so much fun with all the new stuff also. Thanks for visiting my blog and Have a wonderful trip. Hugs~Anne L#12

Lynn Hardy said...

Wow! What a lovely big, well organised craft room you have! I can't see the floor in mine at the moment and have taken to crafting on the dining table instead! I also have loads of craft things in the kitchen, shed and garage too!