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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, 14 January 2015


Hope you are not all marooned by the ten foot of snow that was forecast by the doom laden panickers.  Before you all shout at me, I do realise that some of you might have a lot of snow and I am probably tempting fate, but, hey, it is winter and we do have weather in this country.  A snowy day is a good crafting day.

Not a lot to see here as there has been a major tidy up down here.  This is not my real desk, just the overflow but at least I can see most of the floor in here now.  Well, I could last night, which is when this picture was taken.  

Some of you who have come from other areas than Julia's welcoming blog,  may now be wondering why on earth I should show you a picnic table with ink pads and a stamp folder on, not to mention a part bottle of Vodka and a tot glass etc.    Just follow this link to visit Julia who will explain it so much better than I can.

I am still cataloging all my stamps, having got most of them now into sensible groups in albums.  All my trees are now together, all my people in another folder and so on.  The sharp eyed will notice that the leaves on my Clarity stamp album have changed colour, partly because it helps to find a given file, partly because it looks pretty and partly because I was bored one day and had a load of Promarkers to hand.

The vodka is actually for crafting purposes, to add to ink misters to prevent the contents going off.  The glass was full of Heather Cream (a Baileys taste alike but lighter) and the ink pads came in a special off from Clarity and are just waiting to go back up to the craft room proper for putting away.

I hope you all get the weather you need for whatever you want to or have to do.  Take care on any ice and have a good day.  Now, it is time you trotted back to Julia to see what other desks are on show over there.

Have fun!


Helen said...

I was just thinking that we never used to get all these weather warnings - it's winter, it gets cold and wet and windy and sometimes it snows! get on with it... still I hope we don't get hit cos it's such a pain! Sounds like you're doing a great job sorting your stamps. Helen #5

Bridget Larsen said...

unfortunately I am in heat down here, its so hot and humid its not funny. I'll trade you some of it.
Bridget #1

Debbie Rock said...

"The vodka is for crafting purposes" ...yes Maggie, of course it is Maggie! Funny thing is I actually believe you! Now the Heather Cream or Baileys sounds much more me!
I did indeed spot the leaves on your Clarity folder ... any excuse for colouring-in, eh?!?!?
Well done with all the sorting out you have done - knowing very well the amount of stamps you have I totally appreciate what a task you have accomplished. Happy WOYWW'ing my dear friend. Love Debbie (no time to WOYWW this week :( ) xXx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Goodness, Maggie, you really are having a sort out aren't you?! It will be so worth it when you're done though and know exactly what you've got and where it is. I think sorting like this is cathartic - I really enjoy doing it, sad huh?! Lol
Hugs, LLJ 29 xx

Queenie Jeannie said...

Sounds like your organizing is going quite well!! That raindrop stamp is very interesting! :D

Happy Crafting!
Jeannie #17

Anne said...

Hi Maggie everyone including me seem to be tidying and sorting! Agree with you re the snow forecasts. It is winter !!! It's not as bad as they said and I like it!!!:-) x Anne x #37

sandra de said...

Great system for organising your stamps, I think I would rather drink the vodka and not worry about the ink misters going off. Truly:)
sandra de @25

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

hullo there dear Maggie .. wow just peeked and saw your owl card below isn't he lovely... wodnerful contrast!!!

Love your folder and the promarker effect and well done on the sort out cant imagine having a folder just for trees though :D

Well done on the clean out and great to be peeking around your place again.

Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #44

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House of Bears said...

I really need to catalogue my stamps, especially since I recently had a clear out andam down to those I really do use.

Horace @ no. 50

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Hi Maggie! Ah, that's vodka for crafting! I thought it was gin for drinking, LOL! I've recognized the Clarity stamp folder on your desk. I signed up for their stamp and stencil club last year on a whim, but I think I may have made a mistake. I wish I had just bought a few stamps/stencil that I really wanted instead. The ones I'm getting each month, I don't have much use for. I might just sell them on eBay. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #47

Hettie said...

Not sure I believe your story on the vodka! I have Baileys and Southern Comfort in my craft room and I don't use those for crafting!!

Shel C said...

It is amazing how many people have been cleaning and organizing their desk spaces as I visit this morning. Good luck getting it tidy so you can make a new mess! Happy WOYWW Shel#56

Create With Joy said...

Happy WOYWW to you Maggie! Your stamping is so lovely! I had fun catching up on your blog - computer died before Christmas so first WOYWW of the New Year - your headlines are funny and your projects are gorgeous!

Kristiina Majuri said...

Well done on arranging your stamps! I think my stamp drawers are soon in turn too... Happy WOYWW!
Kristiina 31

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Well, of course the vodka is for crafting purposes! Yours is an interesting use for it and I'll have to pass that tip on to my mister using pals. It sounds like you are doing well with your reorganization project and still having a little time to play and color. That's important. Judy #74

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It snowed here last night while I slept, but not as much as the doomsday people are saying. After all, it's winter in MY country, too (grin).

Looks like you have a far better organization system than I have. Of course, I don't have that many UMs and I'm not fond of clear stamps. I can't seem to get them to work.

Thanks for visiting while I slept. Happy WOYWW from #2.

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Maggie..no snow here ... thankfully although Friday would be nice as I'm not working so would have an excuse to stay in and craft ( not that I need one).
hope you get all the stamp organising done .... its a dirty job but someone has to do it
janet #19

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love how you are so organised with your stamps! I find it much easier to find mine now they are labelled! Hmm, Gin and crafting sounds interesting - go steady with that mist…Ha! Ha! Hugs, Chrisx

MaryH said...

Maggie, Happy New Year! I just saw your comment at another blog, and wanted to pop round to say hello, as we haven't 'visited' in a while. Hope things are going well for you so far into 2015. Loved seeing your organization project, and that is a beautiful cover. You handled your boredom much more productively than I ever do! (Got tons of stamps that do with what you're doing). I've never heard of the Vodka tip, so will check out that link, and thanks! Perhaps it might avoid clogging tips as well. Take care, hope all the snows will be feather light. And big hugs, TFS your so-neat craft space.

Angie said...

Well now someone who likes snow, or at least accepts it. Has been cataloging stamps (I just finished that this week!) and has moved down to be where her dogs are. You my fellow desker are my kinda lady!
Angie #77

Annie said...

Just calling in on a few I missed yesterday to say thank for calling by on me.
I'm with you on the weather warnings...what is a green warning for? no snow? hehehe Surely we should all just look out of the window in a morning and use a bit of common sense?
It looks like we have both been sorting this week too :-)
Annie x #26

Michelle G said...

good luck with the organizing the vodka might come in useful for something other than misting at some point.

Brenda B said...

Doodling is good and you're right, you'll be able to spot that folder quicker now. Always nice to have some new goodies to start the year off with too. I didn't know it was going to snow in England again, I'll have to pop over the BBC news and see what's up!

Brenda 57

PS. I hear vodka is very useful for as a household cleaner.... as in, the more I drink the cleaner the house looks!!!

Julia Dunnit said...

Yah, the weather has been a bit over forecast for this area, I'm very glad to say! I like that you've ink pads waiting for a "proper' putting away, makes me smile...it's the whole problem with starting a satellite table elsewhere for your real room.....perhaps you should consider moving it downstairs?

Mrs A. said...

Well I have got as far as putting everything into piles of butterflies/ flowers/trees/people/animals etc. Can't see the floor now. Are you sure your not telling porkie pies about the vodka cos I have heard tell it tastes mighty good too!!!!
Hugs Mrs A.

Anonymous said...

Love the fact you altered your clarity folder! Clever idea! And I imagined thearpeutic to do a bit of colouring in!

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