Tuesday, 1 January 2013

WOYWD #187 - A whirlwind of cleaning for a wee tour!

We've had a few days of eating good food, munching on sweets and yummy nibbles and generally sticking close to home, lounging around the telly or listening to Christmas music. Totally relaxing and enjoying the season.

All good things must come to an end sometime...so it is time to put an end to being a layabout and embrace 2013! I have been having a good tidy in my craft room. My need to tidy up the mess my room was in after the run up to Christmas has turned into a massive clean out and tidy I have been busy finding homes for my  Christmas pressies as well as new homes for some of the old supplies. Funny how we seem to spend as much time tidying and organizing as we do crafting!

Here is a shot of the work desk counter that I usually show you...quite a difference after my tidy!

Next is a picture of the rest of my work so far. It is taken from an angle I don't usually show. I am standing at the bottom of the basement stairs looking towards the back wall of my room. This area used to have a recliner  that has now been moved into our guest suite. DH turned his office into a TV/reading den so I inherited his filing cabinet and oak desktop. You are looking at the back of it. I was happy to get it as I now have enough seating to invite a 3rd girlfriend to our craft nights. I will keep my sewing machine on this desktop but need DH to carry it down 2 flights of stairs and he is nursing pulled ligaments at the moment. Once down here, I will be able to once again, sew on my cards.  The green lidded stacking bins underneath hold my hair flowers bits and bobs.

 Just behind the stacking green flower bins is a stack of three narrow plastic drawers that now hold most of my  Christmas card making supplies. Here is a picture of the other side of the "desktop" to show what I mean.

You can see the green plastic slim drawers to the left of the phto. They hold my Xmas 6x6 paper pads, journaling spots, Xmas themed mats, etc. The little rows of black drawers on the countertop (to the right of the desktop) are storing the more delicate odds and ends of Christmas embellishments. I plan on doing the Christmas card weekly challenges in 2013, so wanted to leave Christmas supplies handy. The brown basket perched on top of the tiny drawers holds the bling that I add to Xmas cards. There is a selection of the usual red, green, burgundy and diamond but also aqua, pink, pearls in a variety of colours and even a few fancy swirly bits. Back under the countertop, the white plastic bins with the floral paper inserts in the front of the drawers store my wooden stamps and my inks and acrylic blocks etc. I have three of these units under my counters and love them!

Hope you enjoyed the little tour and did you notice that I finally hung the garden scrapbook pages!!! If you wish to see other desktop  tours pop in to visit the lovely Julia at the Stamping Ground. She sponsors this whole bloghop, be sure to leave her some bloggy hugs.

Now time to go and make a creative mess. I have several card ideas buzzing about in my head...

44 comments:

  1. Isn't it lovely to feel all organised Maureen? You sure are - I'm still working away at mine but already feel a load better for it :)

    Poor hubby, hope he's better soon. Happy WOYWW, hugs, Di xx

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  2. what a beautiful space - and so well organized!!! can i come over and play???
    wishing you all good things in 2013 and happy WOYWW :o)
    no. 14

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  3. great looking crafting space! I would imagine you could fit more then 2-3 there. Love all the organization and it does take a lot to keep it up...almost as much time as it takes to make your project! Hope you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! I look forward to seeing your posts in 2013! Vickie #17

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  4. Wow! Now that is some tidying, your room looks fabulous. If mine looked as tidy I would not want to mess it up again.....great storage you have there. Happy New Year to you and yours! Anne x #7

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  5. Thank you for sharing your craft room.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  6. Looks super organised!! I am in the middle of trying to organise mine and it is so messy at the moment but I ordered some new storage before Cbristmas and I am waiting for that to arrive!! x

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  7. Oh wow your room looks huge. you wont be having any trouble finding anything now.. What great way to start the new year. I plan on doing the Christmas card weekly challenges too. I did quite a few last year and it was so good to have them all ready to write and send and not have to rush..
    Happy New Year
    Sandy :) #33

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  8. Just popping in to say Hi. Hope the coming year is a good, creative and blessed one for you! You have a fabulous craft space there!
    Neil #36

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  9. Oh WOW that is an absolutely fabulous craft space!! I'd love somewhere that big, sad thought is though that I would probably buy more stuff to fill it!!!!

    Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year - I took a break from the laptop/blogging/crafting and hope to be back in the swing of things very soon. Probably just as soon as SWMbO goes back to school on the 8th ;-)

    Sarah

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  10. Lookin good :) Mine is a complete and utter mess...LOL Happy 2013!

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  11. Goodness everywhere is spic and span, all ready to use. Happy New Year. Tracey R ±48

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  12. You have such a nice, large organized space to work in! :)
    Happy New Year :)

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  13. Ok, so it probably isn't the best way to start the New Year, but I am green with envy at all your lovely crafting space and the tantalizing glimpses of all that lovely stash! Have a very Happy 2013. Thanks for sharing. Caro #57

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  14. What a lovely tidy craft room - I need you to come round and do mine now - I can barely see the floor!!
    Bernice #60

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  15. I love how organized it is. The storage ideas are beautiful and the new desk area works well.

    GGAT

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  16. So organised and clutter free......wish i lived close enough to bagsy that 3rd seat!
    Hugs Jo x

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  17. I love your crafty space - and so neat and organized! Mine isn't quite so organized right now.

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  18. Wow! Your room looks so fabulous and tidy!! So organized!! Now hopefully you have inspired me to get into mine and clean up! lol

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  19. So organised, mine was all tidy till I went in yesterday and now its back to square one!! lol hugles hun xxx

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  20. What a great craft space. And everything all clean and organized. I plan on doing some of that myself this year -- I find that when things are cluttered my creative juices are lacking. Brigita #101

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  21. So many of us have got the tidying bug this Christmas - I'm nearly finished mine - I have a load of buttons to sort out but otherwise, I'm pleased with what I've done!!
    It looks a lovely workspace to have people to craft with you!!
    Happy New Year and Happy WOYWW
    Caz
    #103

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  22. Lovely bug room you have Maureen, it's so organised! I always seem to be tidying up, I think that's my main hobby and crafting is second to that, lol! Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year.

    Hugs
    Brenda 73

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  23. Such a neat and tidy space you have love how much room you have to play
    hugs Nikki #2

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  24. Wow! Look at all the average you have to work now! Cool!! Have fun making a new crafty mess. :D New Year's greetings! Nan 78

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  25. After seeing this I am totally shamed, I really must do a craft room house cleaning!
    hugs
    Glenda

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  26. Just came back to explain what was on my desk. You are right, it is a die and is a base to make houses from. They do another too so that you can make windows and doors. They are from Tim Holtz's range. Hugs, Anne x

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  27. happy new year maureen...thanks for sharing your uber organised crafty space...all ready for some creative fun...hugs kath (37)

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  28. I need a house call! I have some of these same bins, but other than being stacked, sure do not look tidy like yours. Very inspiring to see your lovely craft room. I bet you can put your fingers right on anything you choose to create with. (I have to hunt, & if lucky 'might' find it. Might not too!) I think the next few weeks after getting a few things out of the way, I must make this clean & straighten up task a big priority. TFS your inspirational room. Hugs & oh yes, hope the pulled muscles heal quickly.

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  29. Wow, you are organized. Want to come organize my room? I have the guest room ready. What a wonderful way to start the New Year.

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  30. I have just started on my massive tidy up and wish I hadn't started it all now. All I have done so far is sort out a pile of old magazines. Oh well tomorrow is another day. Hugs Mrs A.

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  31. Such a beautiful, big area to create in.
    I love that you can have more than one friend over to scrap with.
    I can only fit one other person in my room (yet she still doesn't get much space as I am a hog, lol) but if I have any more over, we have to work in the dinning room....which means lots of running up and down the stairs for me.

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  32. Um, yeah, my scrap space has never looked like that not even for one day. :) Beautiful. Great tour.

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  33. How organised and tidy are you?! That looks like a fantastic place to work. In fact there are many shops that would be proud to hold this stock. That would be my idea of heaven. Hope you have the best year ahead. Hugs, Jenny #47

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  34. Agree with all the other commentors... Your space is awesome and so neat! Thanks for popping by to say hi. Hugs Sharon x

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  35. Thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting - always appreciated. So jealous of your craft space, a place for everything and everything in it's place, whereas mine.......
    A belated Happy New Year to you, hope it's a good one.
    Ann B
    58 (I think)

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  36. LOVE your craft room and well done for getting it all organised and neat! I am trying to sort mine out as well as the rest of the house. Perhaps my word should be Tidy or Sort? Not quite found my word yet but I will.
    Hugs
    xx

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  37. Oh now that is what I call a crafting room. What a gorgeous room you have and all so wonderful and tidy. I have spent two days on my room and although I'm happy with it, it looks no where near as tidy as yours. I think that's probably because I use bookcases for storage instead of cupboards. It's such a tiny room and I love to have pictures and bit and bobs on my wall so can't go upwards any further!!! Maybe on the next re model though!!
    Thanks for calling by earlier and Happy New Year.
    Hugs Lisax #65

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  38. wow, mo, your creative space looks amazing! so neat and tidy. it does seem to take forever to get it so organized, which is why i sometimes just keep on creating in the midst of my messes. lol.
    linda

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  39. Very pretty room, I would love to have a tour :) I have only little corner in our room and all stuff high up on the top of the cupboards as we have little daughter who is very interested in all my crafty (precious) things ;)

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  40. Hi, Mo, you did a great job getting cleaned up and organized -- what a nice big space you have to work! It sounds like you and your husband have a lot of health challenges right now; hope 2013 is a good year for you both. Thanks for visiting/commenting over at my blog. The little girl in the layout is my daughter. My in-laws visit us in the summer and they play cards with my daughter a lot.

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  41. Wow.... this is neat and organized! Love this room... :)

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  42. oh my goodness I just love your craftroom....so neat and tidy and lots of space...enjoy!!!

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  43. So nice to see your incredibly tidy space! I know I'm late in the visit but I was buried under all the stuff in my room while organizing lol!

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