Wednesday 26 September 2012


Didn't think I would post this week...there is nothing creative on my desk...just work...boring work.

Well, not quite all boring...maybe we will start with the fun stuff.
Last week I posted that I was working on getting something into frames that didn't contain pictures of the infamous, private people in my family. I am sick of having my frames covered up with paper so that faces are not caught in my photos when I snap my desk each week. I managed to find some layouts I did of my garden last spring. The colours are not too bad in my room...but my plan ground to a halt when I realized that I didn't have any picture wire in the house! 

I've propped them up in front of the square embellishment jars...mostly so they don't get scratched...but also just to show them off! Hope to get out for the wire tomorrow.

All the junk on my desk is the leftover crap from sorting my craftroom. There used to be even one more was full of tools and other weird stuff I found in my room, that should live in a garage. Into a box it went and yesterday it was carefully fitted into my newly organized garage. Yay!

Oh my, I nearly forgot the only other fun thing on my table. Look over on the front left of my desk. These cute little treat boxes came with a 12x12 card making kit I bought for Little Miss C (aka theponygirl06). $2.00 bought 8 cards, 8 envelopes, and 8 of these cute treat boxes.They are going to be delivered to her house Thursday when I walk her to school.

So now I am left with:

1. 2 frames to wire and hang.
2. Little acrylic bin of newly made cards to be placed in sleeves and sealed up with their matching envelopes.
3. One really tall package of doilies for scrapbook pages that are too damn tall to fit into my cupboards...drat!
4. Under the doilies are a zillion photo book sleeves that DH dragged home from his fathers house. Same problem as above...double drat.
5. One taupe rubbermaid bin is full of even more junk I found randomly placed in my room. They all belong in either my bedroom or my main bathroom. How they ended up in my room is beyond me...teehee
I'm going to claim that someone planted them!!!
6. Cardbord box on the far right holds my newspaper flyers. Yet another taupe rubbermaid bin is full of coupons already cut but waiting to be sorted and filed and black binder on top is where they should live.
Need to think of a better way to organize these as I am sick of them cluttering up my craft room. I love to coupon and save money but they are messy...
Ahhhhh...I have the solution...they should live in DH's office.. Yay...sorted!!!
7. Treat boxes to go to grandaughter.

Seriously, I have been sorting, organizing, purging and donating to the thrift shop off and on all summer. I have gone through every drawer and closet in my house...I have even sorted out  the shed and the garage. DH helped and let me tell you, sometimes he was a bit of a hindrance. I quickly found out that his "let's get organized in preparation for downsizing" really meant let's downsize Scrappymo!'s stuff. LOL

My back surgery is in 5 days...once I am recovered (maybe in the spring) we want to downsize to a wee bit smaller house on a much smaller lot. A compact lot that doesn't require a ton of work all summer.  We decided to get all the purging stuff done before Monday so that I can just concentrate on recovery and not fret about the work ahead.

So really, that puts these bits and bobs in perspective. OK, I'll start over:

1. Garage sorted and organized.
2. Shed sorted and organized
3. Whole house sorted and organized with the exception of 1 to 6 above.

Whew!  That's better!!!
If you are reading this and wondering why I am showing my unfinished sorting projects, go to Julia's blog   and check it out. Make sure you leave her some bloggy hugs too!

Don't think you'll hear from me here for a few weeks...I'll miss all your creative rooms!.


Redanne said...

The frames are beautiful and a lovely way to show off your layouts. Good luck with the surgery, hope it all goes well and all the best for a speedy recovery! Happy WOYWw, Anne x #65

Neil said...

A lovely busy creative play space you have there; thanks for sharing it and I hope you have a great week.

Sheilagh said...

You are an inspiration, I am fighting with my Scrappy Shack at the moment and get dishearten and give up far too easily. Your post has given me a proverbial kick...

Best wishes for your back surgery.

Sheilagh #60

Unknown said...

Great Post! I am exhausted just reading what you have accomplished! Well done - you can definitely relax now girl! Wishing you a speedy recovery from your op and time to craft whilst you do. WOYWW Hugs from Helen 82

Unknown said...

I hate it when I don't have all my supplies readily available when I am working. I adore your layered framing. Good luck with your surgery. I am three weeks post op hip surgery. I feel better but it will be slow going for a while. #109

Erika said...

Gosh you are busy. Hope the op goes well. Loving your framed LO's and those wee boxes look cute too. Take care and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.
Hugs Erika. #89

SandeeNC said...

That's typical of man, to be willing to downsize your stuff and not his. I do say downsize the house eventually but upsize your craft room, hee hee I hope your surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Unknown said...

I did look at your pretties and pretty they are! Thank you for the tips and ideas. Making my list for supplies now, who knew marabou was a stork?!
I had bone shaved off my hip I did not have a replacement. Recovery is faster for a replacement then it is for repair. I run the risk of it coming out of the socket. They put me in traction and pulled the hip apart and put in 10 to 15 liters of fluid so the scope and the camera could move around freely...I am pretty sore from the prep as well as the surgery. Anyway you are a doll to help me and I appreciate it very much..

kay said...

loving the frames,good luck with the surgery :)
happy woyww
kay #56

Unknown said...

Your framed pieces turned out beautifully! Your desk is so neat! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh at #11

Darnell said...

You've done a great job with your new framed art, Mo, and OMG with all you've accomplished getting organized!!

All the best to you with your upcoming surgery! Try to be a patient patient! Hopefully you can still come visit us, even if you can't post. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you!

Darnell #74

MiniOwner said...

What a great work place. Those frames are lovely! I've enjoyed visiting; thanks for popping by my desk.
Sue x (MiniOwner #72)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maureen, love your framed pages - a lovely reminder, when you need one, of how pretty your garden looks in the Spring.

I think you have done incredibly well to reach the point of organisation you are at, especially with your back problem ... such forward thinking is impressive. We've been thinking of downsizing ... again! Given that we both have arthritis a home without stairs would be just perfect ... but then we love this house so it's stalemate for now.

We don't collect coupons here in Scotland in the way you do over there. I remember, as a student in the US, being impressed at just how many coupons were issued - collecting them could reduce a shopping bill by quite a sizeable amount.

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. The photos were taken in the Shell Garden in Jersey, over in the Channel Isles - we were there in '98 - so those are walls covered in images and patterns made with shells that you can see. It's an amazing sight.

Belated happy WOYWW and have a great week. Elizabeth x #77

Danielle said...

The frames are beautiful! I love having my layouts out on display. And those little treat boxez are going to really nice to put small gifts in. Happy WOYWW!! Dani #123

Tammy said...

I love your layouts in frames project! Sounds like you have been super busy. Best of luck with your surgery - already wishing you a speedy recovery! Happy WOYWW! Tammy #102

Tracy said...

Your layouts in those frames are beautiful.
Good luck with your organizing, I am starting soon.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I need a sit down and cup of tea after reading your post!! It made me feel tired just reading about all your sorting out! It makes you feel good though, sorting and recycling, I love doing it and have a thorough go-through our stuff every couple of years. Keeps the junk down!
Good luck with the back surgery - may it go smoothly and your recovery be quick :)
Take care, LLJ #59 xx

Katherine said...

Love you room....I so need to sort and tidy...I did a little last night but I need to do LOTS :)

Amy E said...

Your garden pics and layouts are beautiful Mo!! Nice to see something framed on your desk!!

Sounds like you've been super busy. Funny how those husbands think it's okay to get rid of your stuff, but their stuff is invaluable!

Good luck with your back surgery. I'll keep you in my thoughts. Speedy recovery, and we'll see you soon.

Amy E. #8

gale said...

Love the layouts in frames. I bought frames like that to make something similar and have yet to do it. The treat boxes look really cute!! Your list is daunting-you're going to be really busy getting all that done.

lisa said...

Goodness you have been busy, I feel worn out just reading it.
Love the layouts and I know exactly what you mean. I scrap all the time but they rarely make it to the blog as the family members in the photos don't want to be seen by the big wide world.
Hugs Lisax #80

Jen Mc said...

I love the layouts in the frames! Wow, you have had a dedicated summer.

Wishing you a successful back surgery and speedy recovery!

Thank you for the kind comment on my blog.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

The frames are a great way to display your layouts! I stole (well, borrowed, LOL) one of DD's American Girl frames for one of mine. It just happened to be 12 x 12. :) Good luck with your surgery. I hope you have a comfortable and easy recovery. :)

Unknown said...

Hope your surgery goes well, and you are totally my organizing hero!

Sue Althouse said...

First of all, I love those frames - what a fun way to create! Second, best wishes on a successful surgery and speedy recovery. You are one busy lady and so organized!

Neet said...

Good luck with the surgery and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Love the LO's in frames, what a brilliant idea.
Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. Hugs, Neet x #5

Morti said...

Gosh, that's come around quick - all the very best of luck for your surgery on Monday! Hope to see you back amongst us soonest!

Thanks for stopping by...

Barbara said...

you have been one busy lady! I'm sure you feel a great sense of accomplishment. I need to bet my butt in gear too.

Cardarian said...

Well you have definitly put a lot of work on yourself before that operation! Yes recovery will take a while so it is really good you sorted everything out! Wish you all the best with the coming operation and hope to hear from you when you are on the mend!
Lots of hugs coming to you all the way from Slovenia

Sue Althouse said...

Saw your comment on my blog, hope it is okay to reply to you in this way. You are always welcome to pin anything from my blog, thanks for asking! There is a pin button at the bottom of each post for your convenience.

Unknown said...

The frames look great - and I don't think a crafty desk could ever look boring!!

Good luck with your surgery.

I'm a little late but still wishing you a happy WOYWW!


pinkalishious said... xx

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Your desk looks so neat and tidy! I love the frames. How fun!! Wishing you a successful surgery and speedy recovery!!! I would make you some of the carrot soup if I could!!!!


angie gutshall said...

Love the frames!

laura said...

Lovely framed layouts. Wishing you the best

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Maureen , ah am praying much for Monday. And b assured - God is holding your hand through it all and He will be guiding the hand of the surgeons and all who care for you throughout. AM praying too your fear will not even be there as you go into that surgery but you will have peace from God instead. I am totally impressed at how much you have accomplished.. and am sure the other 1 to 6 or was it 7 will be done in good time! Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #21

Mary Pat Siehl said...

what awesome frames! great job

May said...

O my word these frames are Gorgeous... what a fabulous way to show your lovely layouts. your desk is never boring!! Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x#52

Anne-Elise said...

Gorgeous frames! I wish you a successful back surgery and a very speedy recovery! Hugs

Bernie said...

Just hopping by real quick to wish you all the best with your surgery and a speedy recovery.
Hugs & Blessings

Brenda Brown said...

Wow super duper organised, sounds like you have been working hard and I can understand why.
Thanks for popping over to me, good luck for the surgery and my best wishes for a speedy recovery.
hugs {brenda} xox

Mandy said...

Mo you are a woman after my own heart with all your organising, I love the frames and OMG your craft room looks fabulous.
Thanks so much for your visit & lovely comment, please feel free to Pin away I am a Pinterest addict now.
I hope the surgery goes well tomorrow Mo and wish you a speedy & pain free recovery, I'll be thinking of you
hugs Mandy xx

Barbara said...

I'm just back to say good luck on your surgery tomorrow. I hope everything goes as well as it possibly can and that you're recovery is very fast.

Unknown said...

Your speaking my language! Organizing and downsizing. Sounds like you have gotten a great deal accomplished so far. I really like your frames and the way you embellished your pages.

Eliza said...

Your frames are lovely and I wish you luck with the surgery.

Sorry I am running late this week, Happy WOYWW


Unknown said...

Hi there, just been catching up with your cards - that Christmas one is just wonderful. Loved it with and without the sparkle.

The masculine card in the post below is just fab too - love the touch of chevron.

Best wishes for the back surgery. Will be waiting to 'see' you again when you are back blogging.