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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

WOYWW - 86

This is what I am currently working on - a birth card for our great nephew born yesterday.  It is a parchment design so it takes a long time to finish.  I found the design online by Gilly Howe at parchmentpatterns.com and downloaded it for the princely sum of £1 - cheap at the price.  I have a number of baby cards to do this year and this one is easily adapted for either sex.  When it is completed I will post a picture.

However, it is lovely to have so much space in which to work.  The room is now finished apart from one tiny corner and we cannot decide the best way to achieve what I need there.  What I need is somewhere to hang up my heat guns, my two steel edged rulers (one of which is extra long), my scissors and my tweezers.  That way, I can find them easily but they are then out of the way when I am not using them.

On the subject of finding things, the eagle eyed among you may notice that I have rather a lot of cans of Crafters Companion sprays.   It is not that I am making a collection, but more a case that I lost one complete purchase due to my stuff being spread around while my room was being done.  I probably will not need to buy any for a while ....... maybe......

Even the floor is fairly clear, apart from two Really Useful boxes without a proper home and my spray booth (a large cardboard box).  Most of the stuff is now put away sensibly, well reasonably so, anyway.  It is good for me.  You might spot my bug under its bubble wrap - to keep the dust off.  I do still need to find a proper home for my two boxes of Derwent watercolour pencils, the ordinary ones and the gorgeous Inktense set.  My obsession with pencil crayons goes back to my school days when I would go into the Indicator shop in town, which is where they sold all sorts of artists equipment, and I would spend my pocket money on the beautiful colours, especially the luscious sky blue.  I revelled in the chance to choose from so many lovely things, and buying watercolour artists pads.  It was the sort of shop we need now, a lovely double bow fronted shop which looked exciting - sadly long gone.  By the way, I had both dogs up in my room yesterday, thinking it was safe and there was nothing they could get......  WRONG!!!  Within ten seconds, Gemma had found the foam which protects the watercolour pencils in their box, and it was in about twenty pieces.  Ggrrrr!

 This was the last bit of my room to be finished on Monday - three more boxes without a home, as you can see.  I am a little puzzled about the one odd lid I have left - where is its box? 

As you can see above, there are shelves for my files and craft books, but you cannot see the things already stored on top.  All my lovely Sakura pens are lying flat in the small storage unit on the left, next to my set of Fiskars decorative edge scissors.

Now this lot is done, I can get down to some crafting, and perhaps demolish some of the extra things I do not need to keep hard copies of, all the decoupage sheets that I already have stored on the computer anyway.  I have THREE files full of downloaded decoupage sheets - I could use that space for something else.

I did manage to get to all but one blog last week, and that one I could not get into no matter what I did.  Thank you to all those who visited me and left such lovely messages.  Hope you enjoy your mooch this week - you will be very welcome.  Do not forget to drop in to Julia who kindly hosts What's on Your Workdesk on Wednesday (WOYWW) at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/
where you will find lots more lovely blogs to study.

47 comments:

Shaz in Oz. said...

OOh Maggie your work on velum is very lovely indeed and do love it, cant wait to see it finished - lots of work!! either you are up late or my clock for UK is wrong as would not have thought it was Wed over there but must be in the wee hours..I guess you know a couple of your pickies need adjusting or really they are ok. I was having that trouble too when I was doing it. Weird.
Love Shaz in oz.xx

nnalorac said...

Wow, fab work space, drooling at the mouth here! Thanks for the snoop. Carolxx...75

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Lovely work girl. I used to do this awhile back. I need to re-visit this craft!

Karen said...

Congratulations on the birth of your great nephew. Loving the look of your craft room, thanks for sharing :)
Have a fab WOYWW,
Karen #84

Elizabeth said...

Ah, Maggie, a work space to die for :) I always love taking a trip round your room - it's the ideal space and you are sooooo organised. The parchment work is very pretty - I can see that it would be time consuming but well worth the effort. Elizabeth #60

Wipso said...

What a fab crafting space you've got.
A x

Scrapcollectr said...

What a lovely place to spend crafting time! Enjoy and thanks for visiting me. Back to the bills....Lol.
#25

Cardarian said...

Your crafting space is really nice! I bet you are enjoying it very much! You have so much stuff - boxes full of goodies! I was amazed! When I see what other people have I always think huh I need more! Ha, ha...
Have a lovely snoopy evening!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Samantha Ball - aka (Craftychick74) said...

I love your space, it is fab!!

Happy WOYWW
Sam # 26
www.craftychickcards.blogspot.com

Andria said...

WOW such a fantastic craft space, sooooo lucky :)

Minxy said...

Loving all your storage, a girl can never have too much lol
Thanks for visiting me,
Happy Wednesday
Minxy #1

okienurse said...

Love your crafting space. Have you thought of a peg board with hooks to put in the corner to store stuff? Vickie #59

Carola Bartz said...

You've got a fabulous work space here, lots of stuff. There is some creativity going on... Thank you so much for stopping by.

Di said...

Hi Maggie! What a great workplace! I'll be hopping by more often to see what you're up to - I love your work! Don't know if it would work for you but I keep my scissors on a mug tree within east reach :) Di x

sandra de said...

Your work space is amazing and your parchment card looks really interesting. Now I have to check that out. Have a lovely week.
Sandra xox

Morti said...

Lovely, lovely work room.

As for hanging your heat guns and scissors etc, can I suggest cup hooks? I'll take a pic of the one I have and stick it on my blog - unfortunately I've just been through all my old WOYWW pictures and there isn't a single one of the scissor storage I have! The one I've got is like a rack with long hooks, and is perfect....

Susan Allan said...

Congratulations and the parchment card sounds amazing.
Thanks for your undersanding comment on my blog...I think the problem is just about to get worse...fly-tipping, that is!
Have a lovely evening
Sue xxx 40

butlersabroad said...

Maggie that card is absolutely beautiful, if a little complicated looking! Love how your room has shaped up and it must be nice to be back in there. Yes, it can be stressful making lots of cards for Christmas, which is why I'm really enjoying it now, plus I got new Christmas stamps for Christmas and I don't want to wait 10 months to ink them up!

Hugs
Brenda 20

Spyder said...

oh MaggieC you have soooo much stuff!! All that's missing is a till and some shopping bags (My daughter tells me this!) Yes, you are right about the box, this is why I am still looking at it, because I know if I paint it or stick things on it I will probably ruin it!! I love the 'wood' too!! Happy WOYWW< very slow getting round! ((Lyn))

alexa said...

Wonderful to be able to mosey around your space and admire! I'm a pencil lover too :). And is that a little mouse (?) I see on your shelf? Is there a story there? Would love to hear!

Marjo said...

Wow! How lucky are you, I am blown away, awesome workspace.

Thanks for the peek and sharing, hugs Marjo #7

Chrissie said...

Looks like you have some great lights there... and lots of yummy stash!
Chrissie #5

Gez said...

Hi Maggie your workspace is looking fantastic. Have fun with the card.xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

What brilliant organisation! I have lots of really useful boxes too, but not in units, maybe I need to have a quiet word....! Thanks for your advice on the Ebay selling, it's really appreciated, Judith xx

karen said...

The parchment card you are working on is beautiful! It looks like it would take a lot of patience! Not my strong suit, lol!
Your space is amazing! Such organization! I am curious what you use the syringes for? And the baby powder?
Thank for the advice on storing unmounted stamps and visiting me!
xoxo Karen

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Look at you. Getting to everyone last week. Sorry I didn't visit back. As you read, I was in crisis mode. But I couldn't miss your new work space, and all the extra room you have. I am sure you will find a bit of wall space for your ruler and heat tool, as well as showing off the rest of your new space. Happy belated WOYWW from #10.

fairyrocks said...

Maggie, Your space is large and lovely.
You are so right, we do this because we love it and it lets our creativity be happy.
Thanks for sharing your space, I will be looking forward to seeing what you do with the vellum

Cynthia Eloise said...

nice, very organized. now you have everything neatly at your fingertips. get goin girl. thanks for your very kind comment on my blog.

Twiglet said...

So much stuff and a fab place to craft in!!

Ciara said...

Your room is looking great Maggie. You should just get some hooks for your heat tool etc, then they are neatly hung up but you can get to them easily. That's what I did for my heat tool & crystal applicator.

VICTORIA said...

Thanks. That is just a tiny portion of my room. Its 10 x 12 and that just happened to be the cleanest part lol.
The Star is something i saw on someones blog and for the life of me i can't remember who. But you do a lot of scoring to it to make it pop up which i did now when i am feeling like it am going to mod podge it. I think you do it several times. Then after drying you hang it on the wall like the tins ones you buy or see at the amish stores.

Angi~Mistress of Mayhem said...

Looks good! I laughed about the extra box top...I'm in the process of organizing and I, too, have extra box lids...where did the bottoms go?! Can't wait to see the finished birth card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angi #160

madebyKarla said...

Love your space! thanks for the peek :)

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog, about loving my wall of stamps. The Stamp that you called a Hoover Craft is really a Ferry Boat. My Husband rides one everyday to work. My girlfriend Deanna made a cute card with that stamp its posted under "Girly Weekend" if you want to take a look. I love your space too.

Hugs
Shirley #151

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Oh I forgot to tell you that the ferry can hold 209 cars.. wow!

Suzilou said...

WOW beautifull parchment card, look forward to seeing it completed and what a fab workspace you have, love all your shelving, thats what I need :) Thank you for visiting my work space.

Suzilou #144

Tracey Brossart said...

Lovely project! And great workspace!

I have blog candy on my blog if you would like to take a peek!
BrossArt Addiction's Blog Candy!!

Happy be-lated WOYWW and
Thanks for the peek! :D

ƸӜƷ...x♥Tracey♥x...ƸӜƷ

ANewYear said...

Maggie - Your vellum work is gorgeous. I lack all patience for it but admire you ladies that make these lovely creations.
Love your craft room; its so organized. My hot irons and embossing guns will go into a metal mesh basket that will be attached to the wall closest to my desk; which is also above an electrical outlet.
Sorry for the late WOYWW comment, I'm still making my way through all of them.
Looking forward to seeing your great nephews card.
Carole#135

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wonderful to have a lot of space and to organize all the crafting materials and tools. my you've been busy and you even maged to visit almost everyone? amazing. i think you would be able to visit that one blog if you switched your browser to windows explorer.

Susan said...

Can't wait to see the finished project! Thanks for visiting and happy [LATE} WOYWW!
Susan xxox 29

Nicky said...

Looking forward to seeing the baby card finished - love your crafty space ~ Nicky

Mrs A. said...

Hi Maggie,
Just gotten around to visiting everyone finally. Have spent 2 days looking for some silk fabric squares that I put away and then couldn't find which box I had put them in. Der. Your new work space looks fab.
Hugs Mrs A. #97

Sheilagh said...

What a fabulous work space, so organised too:)

Sheilagh said...

Great workspace and so organised, do you give lesson's;)?

Kate said...

Congratulations on the birth of your great-nephew!

** Kate **

Shari said...

I am late this week getting around, but I am intrigued by the parchment work you are doing, it is something I have not seen before. I love your workdesk too, I love all your shelf cubbies and storage. I adore organization! Silly me.

~Shari

Elizabeth said...

Hello Maggie, surprise! Two visits in one week - however if you pop over to my blog - there's a wee surprise for you there. Elizabeth x