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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.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

WOYWW 207 - What a mess!

As the title says - what a mess!  Not surprising really, as there has been no work attempted in here for nearly two months, and anything that is crafting based has been aimed into there from the doorway. The only thing I have done in there was my personal card for the flowers, and squeeze past the heaps of stuff to put my Kindle on charge in the morning and to take it off charge at bedtime. 


OK, it will probably be a long time till I get back to real organisation, and settling down to working properly.  I need to clear spaces elsewhere in the house to store things like my CDRom's, which I do not need close at hand.  They are all downloaded on the computer to make them quicker and easier to sort through and use.  Once they are moved, I can use their space for my new Clarity stamps so they are easy to grab to use.

Having read Julia's post about poor quality stamps, I quite agree that we should not waste our time trying to work with companies like that.  Having had some cheap or free ones in the past, I tend now to stick to companies I know do quality.  There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours trying to create a design and for it to go wrong due to poor quality tools and card.  I also try very hard to stick to British companies, where possible, and I like my stamps to be see through, which helps if you are trying to create a landscape.

If you have had enough of the distressing mess that is my craft room, then just nip over to Julia's, where you will find more desks and rooms that are probably rather tidier and productive than mine.  I shall not be taking part in the ATC swap for the 4th birthday WOYWW celebrations, but I look forward to seeing what everyone shows.  Have a good week, all of you.  xxx


jill said...

Oh dear it is all a bit of a messy , but in time you'll get it all sorted. Happy woyww & enjoy the rest of the week Jill #37

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Well, there's no point in rushing or forcing the issue....you'll get back to crafting when you're ready to do so.
I'm just glad to see you back on the desks :-)
Take care, LLJ 40 xxx

Di said...

Hi Maggie! Good to see you posting.I did wryly smile that stuff has been 'aimed' into your craft room from the door way.Sorting it out is a job just to do in your own time, when you feel like it...........so long as the door will still close you're fine :)

Happy WOYWW, hugs, Di xx

Bridget Larsen said...

Dont you hate mess and not being able to get through to things
Bridget #11

Helen said...

Whoa, that's - interesting! Hope you find the where-with-all to sort it soon my lovely!! Helen 5

Redanne said...

Hi Maggie, I did have to have a giggle over your room, it looks much like mine, except I have mine stacked with furniture too! I feel your pain....hope it won't be too long before we both get our rooms sorted. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #53

Julia Dunnit said...

It doesn't distress me - and I'm guessing that one day you'll wake up and pouf! get it tackled. As with so much Maggie, change brings change and you have to be in the mood to embrace it, even when it touches parts of your life that you don't expect it to. New clarity stamps. Mmmmmmm.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Maggie,
Well a big bit of clearing needed there, all in good time dear friend - wish could say put on the kettle am popping over to help but bit far to come.
I agree on stamp companies too!
Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #24

Judith said...

Hi Margaret. Glad you are at least thinking of getting back to crafting.Your room looks not too bad and reasonably organized, as we are still trying to downsize to 3 bed bungalow from 6 bed house we have a study/craft room in a terrible state. Just to add a little pressure we are having new radiators in next week so need to clear half of the room!!!
Have been to Castleton Derbyshire for a week and enjoyed it but weather not to good. Love Judith

Ria Gall said...

Hi Maggie
oh dear your craft space does look like it needs some TLC I will send the cleaning fairy over to you.
I am with you on quality for stamps and other crafting goodies it just makes what we do so much easier
Sending hugs and hoping you have a great day
Ria #74

Ria Gall said...

Hi Maggie
oh dear your craft space does look like it needs some TLC I will send the cleaning fairy over to you.
I am with you on quality for stamps and other crafting goodies it just makes what we do so much easier
Sending hugs and hoping you have a great day
Ria #74

sandra de said...

Some would call it a "distressing mess" be we crafters would call you room a goldmine of treasures. Wouldn't we all love to have a little peek in all those boxes. I imagine your kindle has been well used.... I can't imagine going back to a real book.
Sandra @21

Twiglet said...

Hi Maggie - good luck with the reorganisation. I am happy to send you one of my ATCs if you would like one - no need to swap - now I have made a few I will happily pass them on - send me your addy! x Jo

famfa said...

I'm sure you will soon get it all how you want.
Famfa 101

Deb said...

I am sure you will find all kinds of things you forgot you had once you get it organized, I know I always do! Good luck with that and can't wait to see your new Clarity stamps in action!

The Taming of the Glue said...

Quite agree about poor quality stamps. When I first started stamping I thought I couldn't do it, didn't realise that stamps and ink varied so much.
Good luck with sorting out!
Happy WOYWW. Pam#20

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Marg, Hubby has emailed you re the pc's. Don't let the mess get on top of you- sort a little & often, Love & Hugs Shaz

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Maggie, take it easy and do a little bit as a time. Totally agree with you about quality stamps. Always buy British made stamps.

Linda xxxx

Bernice said...

Hope you are able to get back to some crafting soon - it helps to get through the difficult times when you can get engrossed for a wee while in your hobby.

Debs Willis said...

Hi Maggie, establishing a new routine is bound to take time, just take it at your own pace. Lovely to see your messy crafty space, even if nothing much happening there :-)

Not much time for crafting here as I;m laid up with ligament damage to my knee, and my craft room is upstairs! Also our house goes on the market this week, so total chaos about to being [sigh]

Your son and everyone else involved so deserved that award - thanks for sharing your proud moment :-0

happy woyww
Debs #115

sandee said...

OK, here's the thing, first I am apologizing for not having been around, but I have been uber busy and now I am going to have the audacity to ask you to do a favor for me ( shakes head, I'm shameless ) But I am in a contest and sad to say but it's the truth, it's a popularity vote, so here's the favor...would you be so kind to go over and vote for me? I sure would appreciate it from the bottom of my pitiful heart! lol (vote for the camera, please ) (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com/genuinelyblog/gjs-design-a-book-contest-top-three-finalists-announced/ waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥ #19

Alexa said...

You know it's good to have to do a big sort out as you will have such a sense of satisfaction when it's done. And the good thing is that there's no rush - it will wait for you to have the time and mindset to attack it! The poor quality stamps and supplies are hopeless and you never get the results you hope for so I totally agree that you should ditch them.

Di said...

Hi Maggie

How lovely to see your comment today! You know what, I might have got the idea for the glue remover eraser thingie from you on your blog originally?

I saw the Derwent electric eraser on Create and Craft - and it's good to know from you that it works fine 'cos I trust your judgement!

Oh yes, how I remember the x-ray machines in shoe shops. AND, the longing for Cherry Red sandals rather than tan all the time. I did eventually get some and was a very happy little girl.

I've kept meaning to tell you - at Ally Pally in April I got chatting to Barbara Gray, and most of our conversation was about you of course. As you know, everyone at Clarity stamps were so saddened by the news about Geoff - and Barbara said to me quite implicitly that I was to be sure to give you her love when we were next in touch. A lovely and very genuine lady.

You have a lot of friends Maggie who are all thinking about you and hoping to see you crafting again, when you feel the time is right. We'll all still be here waiting for you.

Take care my friend!

Love and hugs, Di xx

MaryH said...

Maggie, I just popped in to see if you had been posting, and have been enjoying a lovely read. Had to laugh when I saw your craft room. Oh did it ever make me feel right at home. I have one that is distressingly similar...maybe worse???I like your floor storage. THat's my current system too! I have not been visiting WOYWW for a while, just not enough time to pay visits. I'm happy to see you are crafting again. I had thought of you and hoped things were adjusting ok for you. Hugs.