Hello my friends. I trust this finds you well and enjoying the beginning of Autumn in the Northern hemisphere, or Spring in the Southern. I’m writing this on Tuesday evening, as my desk won’t change now until tomorrow, then will link with Julia at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ There you will find artists and crafters from around the world baring their desks for fun!
I received an enormous box of cards from Julia during the week specifically to divide for sale by the charities at church. Thank you SO much. They joined the large pile Shazsilverwolf gave me at the crop. I’m thrilled to tell you that most of Shaz’s have already sold to the benefit of our charities – thank you Shaz; and many of Julia’s have already been shared out between Parental Care Ministries, Shevet and the local hospice. They are so beautiful – I know they won’t hang around on stalls!
Many thanks indeed for all your lovely comments last week. I couldn’t believe that so many of you wished I had showed the gory mess which had been my crazy workspace, and not just the tidy desk after the clear up. However – always aiming to please… this week I have taken shots from before the tidy up and after! I have had a week in which there has been much time spent upstairs on my landing space, working hard to get the last cards of the season for the hotel, two dozen for Shevet Achim the second charity we support here at church, and a couple of dozen Christmas cards for myself. Now, a government health warning – these photos are not for the faint hearted!

Not quite 12 inches high this week – but bad enough, and because it is impossible to see what is really there… well, just for you, I took photos at intervals along that length of worktop…

A large pile of Christmas stamps – I couldn’t decide which to use, so hauled them all out, a pack of pens for colouring once the stamps were used, ruler, DST, acrylic blocks, scissors, bone folder…

…Specs, peel offs, paper pile for scrap stamping, inks, glitter glue, pearl drops, pile of Christmas papers, baby wipes, boxes of candi, more stamps left out after the cards for the hotel were made, the lovely calligraphy piece Shaz in Oz made for me, a roll of washi tape, oops – that knife still doesn’t have the blade covered…

…Heat gun, pile of card blanks, inks, ink dusters, embossing powders and tray, envelope of yellow scraps, a hidden guillotine, a mixed pack of gold card…

…And as for the floor! Drawers all out – card blanks, stamps, distress inks, more stamps, Christmas bits, ribbons…
So you see, my workspace is most definitely used, gets messy… then…

… receives a hefty sort! This was taken an hour later. Relief fills my heart – and so it is all ready for tomorrow’s effort. Uh oh – just spotted I didn’t put the ribbons away – oops! Do you know? I have walked past that spot about a dozen times since tidying – and not seen them there!
I’ll do my best to get around to everyone before the weekend. I shall then be MIA the next two Wednesdays – it’s half term holidays here in Britain and so I shall spend time with the grandies – then pop in on Mr and Mrs D. I’ll see you when I return.
Take care. God bless.

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22 Replies to “WOYWW489”

  1. oh Margaret, thank you! I am as ever, envious of your many desks – so much space to spread (and fill) but you keep it so neat after your crafty endeavours!! Have a fab time at half term and we’ll see you soon Helen #4

  2. Morning Margaret, well you know what they say… you can’t make cards without making a mess. Glad the charity fund raising is going so well. Enjoy half term and visiting Mr and Mrs D. You’re welcome to call in on the way home, I have one more week before half term (starts last Monday in October, but am also around on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

  3. Margaret you are a whizz at tidying it all away and in one hour, that shows just how organised you are as you must have a home for everything!! Something I have yet to master but i’m getting there slowly.
    Magnificent work for your chosen charities makes crafting even more enjoyable.
    Your desk is now raring to go again… have fun & Happy WOYWW Tracey #5
    P.S Enjoy half term with the grandies xx

  4. Wow! You are a crafting machine! Great photos and isn’t a relief when you’ve tidied up and can see what’s actually there on the desk/workbench! A great post!
    Happy WOYWW 🙂
    Claire, no. 1

  5. What lovely shots of your craft room and what a lovely room you seem to have. So bright and airy.
    You enjoy your half term trips, lovely to see family and friends and spend time with them, true time.
    Blessing,s Neet xx 14

  6. I enjoyed seeing your desk in all its magnificent messiness!! Well done for making so many cards for the charities and brilliant that JUlia and Shaz’s cards went so quickly too. Hope you have a wonderful time with the grandees and Mrs D – give her a hug from me.
    We were so lucky here and escaped the worst of the storm, other places in Carmarthenshire weren’t so lucky. And there definitely is no photo evidence of the WI stuff, honest!
    Hugs LLJ 8 xxxx

  7. I love to see a busy desk, Margaret! What a transformation. Your chaos doesn’t quite match mine on a bad day, though – when not in regular use, my studio becomes a dumping ground and stuff from all over the house seems to accumulate there – don’t ask me how!! I love your bright creative space. I hadn’t realised till today that it’s on the landing – just a glimpse of the stairs. Do you find it draughty? You certainly have been busy. I am sure all the lovely cards you’ve received will help raise lots of funds for your chosen charities. Thank you for your visit – my first today. Yes, I’ve been very busy but none of the things I’ve done have been avoidable so I’ve had to crash out in between. Hopefully this coming week will be a bit quieter.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #10

  8. It’s good to see the crafty chaos in all it’s glory this week. Well done you for all the production too. Safe travels til we see you again.
    Annie x #11

  9. Hi Margaret, thoroughly enjoyed that tour of your desk! Some gorgeous stamps on show. So happy the cards have been well received, you can have more anytime. My scalpels never have the blades covered, lol. And I have those storage drawers under my desks too, aren’t they just great? Enjoy your family time, and say Hi to Mrs D for us too. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #6 X

  10. Hi Margaret, I love the last photo, asd the others make my hands itch. I’d love to be there to tidy up for you. Maybe I could hire myself out to people who want things tidied:)

    Have a nice half term break.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #7

  11. Great view today, just the sort I like to see cos. that makes me feel much better Lol! Loving your work area to and looks like you have very good light too. Have a great woyww and a happy crafty week, Angela x16x

  12. Wow! Love the before and after pictures! And done in only 1 hour! And you’ve been busy on so many things! Way to go! Have a great week!
    Carol N #23

  13. Hi Margret,
    Well yes, but even your mess is organised . Mine most definitely is not. My mess is mess!, your mess is all categorised in boxes and so almost symmetrical in opformation lined up like little soldier all in a row!
    Nice to see my other calligraphy did one like that for Marilyn but she’s been hit very badly by the hurricane and really needs loads and lots of prayer, please!
    Have long weekend with grannies and Chris too.
    Sgaz in Oz.x 20

  14. Good morning, Margaret!
    I love how you plowed through and got everything so tidy in such a short amount of time! I did some clean up yesterday but didn’t push to make the progress you did. I’m being quite lazy this week. LOL Enjoy the grands! Creative Blessings! Kelly #26

  15. Hi Margaret, wow – one hour … you really are wonder woman! It is so much nicer having a tidy desk to start, but I still forget where I have put things away. Labelling seems to be helping. Have a wonderful half time break with the grandies… I do enjoy spending time with ours. Have a lovely week Heather x #33

  16. That’s some sorting out you did there Margaret, you are a champion! I’m in the middle of sorting out books and yes, that’s hard – but after moving housed twice in the past five years I get better at giving things to charity or bringing it to second hand stores.. I discovered it brings space not only in the house but also in the head! I get my books from the library now (I, too, prefer the paper books!) so I don’t have to store them all – I just bring them back after reading. Have a great time in the next weeks! Love from Holland, Marit #18

  17. Oh dear, that is quite the array of crafty stuff! I am so OCD about keeping my craft stuff organized so that I can find what I need. I wasn’t always like that, no instead I spent all my time sorting through the stuff to find what I needed and never got any project done lol! Older and wiser I guess haha! Thanks for the visit
    Angie #21

  18. Hi Margaret, I had to smile over the before’s and afters.. 🙂 I love how long that space is, it really does not look all that bad because, there is room for the piles to spread. ~Stacy #32

  19. ooh really productive (I can never craft and keep the room tidy!) and love that Julia and Shaz’ cards are raising money too, fabulous idea.
    Thanks for visiting my desk already

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