I finally plucked up the courage after lunch to get started on the disaster that was my craft room. I was very honest and took photos of the before and the after so far. Needless to say, I am nowhere near finished, but I did make a start. This is just to the left of my cutting mat, and everything had started to cascade and get thoroughly mixed up. Even the clock had fallen over and joined the general wreckage.
After an afternoon of hard work, this was the same bit of my desk. The Christmas stuff that had taken over and collapsed is now away in one box. It had been in two boxes, but I managed to get it all into one - the only problem is that the box is twice the size. I want to know how I can make 70 cards from what I had in the boxes, and now there is more stuff to put away. How does that work, then?
The whole of the desk has now been dusted and cleaned of random bits of glue. You can see the two new sets of CD Rom's from Joanna Sheen, the Patience Strong set and the Faye Whittaker one. (Pretty good service on those. They were in the special offer section at half price, and they came within 36 hours of ordering.) My now empty bottle of water is there under the light (must bring that downstairs to refill it for tomorrow - the water bottle, not the light), but you can see most of the cutting mat, which is a novelty.
I am lucky enough to have two printers in my room, one for general purpose and the other to take the thicker card, and also, as an extra, it prints pretty pictures on DVD's and CD's. After the pre-Christmas panic, they were both submerged under piles of UFO's and general dross. This picture does not show them at their worst. There are replacement printer cartridges, empty containers, sheets of Christmas papers and projects, cards and envelopes.
By the end of the afternoon, I had managed to replace the dead cartridges, and clear the tops of both printers. Now they are both ready to use. There are a couple of things still in situ, the can of air to clean the keyboard and the air vents on the computer, a set of discs for Greeting Card Factory, and another container of assorted ribbons. I have followed Shaz Silverwolf's advice and ordered some of that foam board to store my ribbons on, so that will have to wait until the package arrives.
That will do for today, but I will continue the clear up tomorrow, maybe, hopefully, but I do need to do a couple of cards for early January as well. Speak to you all later.