Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Hello bloggy friends and followers and WOYWWers…

I have several pics for you this week which were taken in the dark on Tuesday night, so apologise if this compromises the quality of them…

I didn’t join in last week because I so messed up the week before – half asleep (see what time I posted?), I linked the wrong URL to Julia’s Mr Linky thing – so everyone who doesn’t already have me in their reader (because they visited the right post), were going and commenting on the week before.  I was a pretty satisfactory mid table at that point… it was SATURDAY when I realised what I’d done – yes – Saturday!!! Well, I just felt so deflated, and last Wednesday I had to take mum to the doctors – until her appointment came and went – because I’d forgotten… that was following the forgotten hair appointment on the Saturday – the same one I realised I’d linked the wrong week… are  you getting the picture?  So, I think I just lost the plot last week…

This week, I’m going through that sleep phase again – my DH will be talking to me, then he’ll turn around and I’ve fallen to sleep.  The boys and he usually keep a special eye on me to make sure I don’t sit too long with a hot coffee in my hands again – I’ve scolded myself twice now.

Was going to see a friend in hospital yesterday, but had a grumbling tum and a couple of runs to the loo – and thought it best to stay away just in case it was developing into something else… It’s the first time I can even remember going to the loo like that.  With the tablets I’m on, visits are few and far between – if you get what I mean (sorry to those with a sensitive disposition – is that the right term?)!!!

Today, as I’m feeling better, I will be going to the hospital to see my friend, but also need to take Buddy – the naughty Shih Tzu to the vets to see the nurse.  On our dog groomers recommendation, I put some drops in his ears to clean them out – however, something isn’t quite right as they sound, when rubbed, like they have too much fluid in now – and he won’t let me touch his ears – so before any infections take hold – I’ll get it sorted for him… He can still hear me take the lid off the jar of treats though, even if he’s not looking and I try and sneak Dylan a crafty snack!!!

Without further ado – here are the pics.  Feel free to ask any questions and they shall be explained – usually in a reply email, so make sure your blogger comments can be returned to your email address (you set this up in blogger somewhere)…  Mine is set up so that if I leave a comment on a blog and that comment goes into the blog owners email in box – if they click return on the email – it will say it’s from  something something blogger.bounces – then when you click on ‘return’, my own email address appears in the ‘to’ box and it comes directly back to my email in box… it’s not as complicated as I’ve just made that sound lol…


Almost 360 degrees of the room – which is getting rather full again – best get some stuff decanted back to the garage… I have an area for all my craft stuff in the garage (just as well really).  I keep all my empty paper storage A4 and A5 boxes, lever arch files and ring binders, concertina folders, project blanks (sets of drawers, boxes, lots of photo frames,  more card blanks and usually the Christmas crafting box in there - some of it in a half wardrobe, some in metal filing cabinet, some on a tall pine shelf unit (IKEA), plus two more drawer unit - one plastic, one taller one from IKEA (Good old IKEA) - oh, and a couple of wall units from our older kitchen. So about as much out there as I have in here really! I need to take some stuff back out that I'm not using. Hmmm…

If you want anything in the pics explaining – ask away, otherwise – click on each and they will become massive because I haven’t reduced them, cropped them or done anything to them… they are what they are!

If you would like to join in and show us what’s on your desk – feel free to – but leave a comment on each blog before you pass on to the next.  Before you do this, you need to visit Julia at the Stamping Ground to link your blog post up to Mr Linky.  He’ll give you a number.  If you quote this number in your comment – people will return the favour and visit you too.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment – happy crafting!
Paula x x x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Hi friends, bloggy followers and fellow WOYWWers...

WOW - the weeks already go fast as it is, but they really seem to be picking up a pace towards the big C.  I've yet again attempted and failed to do any Christmas cards - it's a matter of having just too much choice. No, it's a matter of needing a kick up the you know what to get started.  Put it this way - I brought in some physical stuff from the garage yesterday in a box (or was it the day before?).  Eek - I don't know because the days are all running into each other at the moment.

Less of that.  Here is what you really came for.  I present to you - the desk.

This is the extreme left of the desk.  In fact it isn't technically on the desk, it's on a unit thing next to the desk which is technically in a different room too!!!  This is, if we were to split hairs, in the kitchen.  It is a slight step up from the floor where my desk is, but it works well.  It sits where the doors used to be that separated the conservatory from the kitchen, where the french doors were before we had the conservatory.  When we had a new kitchen in, we decided to take the doors down and make good - making it look like one large area.  So, there you can see the pretty paper still piled on top of the printer button panel.  The large roll of sellotape used to be a, err, large roll of sellotape until the naughty Shih Tsu came, stealth like into the conservatory and stole it while I literally had my back turned for seconds. I'd only just gotten it out of one of the desk drawers too.  Thinking about it - I'm not even sure it was on the floor when he got to it!  Anyway - it's almost unusable now because of the teethmarks in it which will probably mean you can't take a decent strip of it off before it tears.

The left of the actual desk.  Yep, quite boring really - no sign of all the sorting out I was doing yesterday and the day before. The rubbish you see is the resident rubbish - not the created rubbish (if that makes sense)... Since Saturday, more Sunday and Monday, it was quite literally covered in paper craft kits from Crafting Ltd (the company that brought us My Craft Studio)... It's where I got my pretty paper from that has been on my printer for the past 3 weeks.  I've not put it away yet - actually, I've added to it (tut tut)!

It was a sale day again this Saturday just gone.  Whilst I am able to go down each day of the week and am able to 'fill a box' for a fiver - I kind of got the biggest heist I've had in ages there.  I got genuine foiled and die cut card stock toppers... sheets of them.  Die cut cards in fancy shapes; pre-scored stepper cards.  Basically I got the Everyday Essentials kit that Steph first took to QVC when she started there.  6 collections in the kit - and I got them all on Saturday.  I put that much in my basket that I had 3 x the usual amount - so it came to £15... only I get 10% discount, so for £13.50, I got card kits galore, as well as some other die cut toppers from the Victorian Romance kit that had also been to QVC - so, I might have spent £13.50 on the equivalent of a foot high in cardstock - but I'm pretty sure I had £40 worth of stuff.  Also had some other great stuff like plain white stepper cards with envelopes, coloured vellum, patterned vellum, coloured printable acetate.  Basically if it's on the shelves within the confined space- then you are able to put it in your box.  Only I put mine straight in my basket as there was far too much to put in the folder provided.

So, after my sorting and organising again, the desk is a little lacking in any other activity.  I was cutting intricate decoupage yesterday - with a stanley knife blade.  I also like a 10" pair of scissors as opposed to small decoupage scissors sometimes.  It all depends on the size and complexity of the decoupage - it's something that I find very therapeutic.  Until it starts to make my neck ache by bending over - then I have to stop.  I did a garden bench with a rake and some plant pots and even cut out all the lats in the bench.  I've put it together with glue gel - and it looks rather good.  Other than that I've been procrastinating.  Putting off the inevitable.

Here's the right side of the desk - pretty much the same old stuff, apart from I've moved the little tower of drawers to the back right of the desk and katy-cornered the Cameo a bit.  I was going to cut out with it then I got side tracked sorting all my paper out.

The die cuts are also from Crafting - My Paper Stash it's actually called.  They're from the Quintessential Country Garden range of die cut toppers and papercraft kit - I have the CD but it's always nice to have something you don't have to print out...  A set of new Spellbinders dies just peeking out - I've yet to put them in one of the storage cases like all the other dies are in - basically because I don't have any of the slim ones left.  I used DVD cases, but only have the thick ones.  My storage unit prefers the slimmer ones.

Finally - this is how I've had my Promakers sat for a couple of days.  I had them in one of those coloured collapsible bins, but this meant they were upright, and having not coloured for a while - I did notice a difference, in fact it was almost like they were running out cos you tend to stand then with the flat lid at the bottom meaning the most common colouring tip is at the top...   I've got them like this for now - and thinking about the way forward.  I've got all my flexmarkers in a basket - they're flat though - so are my Aqua markers which are in my desk drawer at the moment.

Have you done your Christmas crafting?  All of it, none of it - or made a start.  That's me in the next couple of days... in the 'i've made a start' group.  At the moment, I'm in the 'can't be @r5ed group' - not really - I can be on one hand - then on the other...

Did you enjoy looking at the desk?  Do you want to see more (not like that - wrong blog luv!).  Do you want to visit desks or work spaces on all 4 corners of the planet?  Do you know how it's possible to do it?  Through a wonderful lady called Julia over at the 'Stamping Ground', that's how.  Pop over and read her clever, witty, humorous blog posts - then try it out for yourself.  Not before you've left her a message though. You'll be joining a great big community of crafters with various backgrounds, various talents and various interests - all in various timezones around the world.  They do have the one thing in common though - WOYWW or What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Unless you are already in the movement and are here to read while on your journey around everyone who's linked up this week, all you have to do is sit back at your PC with a coffee.  You could even leave your PJ's on.  Slippers optional but recommended.  Fab eh?

Happy WOYWW; Happy Crafting, 

Hugs, Paula x x x


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