Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday

Morning folks....time to join in with the fun over at WOYWW....and share what's on my workdesk this dismal rainy Wednesday morning.   I am having a bit of a tidy up day and it's confession time folks...these new goodies have been sitting on my desk since last week....basically they are homeless...there is no room at the inn....nowhere for them to go...


because the file folders I use to store my acrylic and cling stamps are fill to bursting....


will they be joining the pile of unfiled stamps which have been sitting in the corner since Christmas.....oh no I finally got some new folders...50p from Tesco and some punched pockets.....so today is going to be a file-a-thon kind of a day.  Why have I suddenly decided to do this in the middle of a mega craft week....well to let you into a little secret....I am a bit of a tidy freak....a place for everything and everything in it's place...my music CD's are stored alphabetically and woe betide anyone who replaces one in the wrong place.....my clothes in the wardrobe are all hung in colour sections....so these homeless stamps were driving  me round the twist.

Once they are all filed away.....I can find the stamp I want at a moment's notice all neat and tidy in their own plastic pocket

Wish I could do the same with my wood mounted stamps.....my Costco trolley with 10 drawers is filled to the brim and finding a particular stamp in here....is a bit of a marathon....


big background and Stampin Up sets have spilled over into here
 and the Christmas stamps
I am wondering about storing all my wood stamps in 12 x 12 clear scrapbooking paper boxes in a single layer perfect with their see through lids....instead of being piled 3 high in these RUBs...but that's a job to think about another day.....in the meantime it's kettle on and get the acrylics sorted out because...and one more confession....I have a feeling there may be some new residents arriving soon....oh I know...I am very naughty....no willpower and just can't resist temptation.
But while I am busy stacking the cubbyhole to the rafters I have been clearing out lots of stuff in the house..you know the kind of stuff that you collect over the years (ornaments pictures bedding curtains) all that stuff that you never use but keep just in case.  Well it's all going... I am decluttering....going all minimalistic much to the amusement of my son.."saving me a job Mum...less to get rid of when you pop your clogs"... well I may just have the last laugh here.. little does he know the nightmare that faces him when he comes to sort out the cubbyhole...better leave him the number of a Skip Hire Company along with the will.
Catch up with you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

70 comments:

Scrappymax said...

Kath, your blog always brightens my day before I leave for work looking at you fabulous creation and I always end up in stitches every time.
Max x

Tinkertaylor said...

I am overwhelmed by your tidiness and my what A LOT of stamps you have!

Cardarian said...

YIPPPEEEEEEE!!! That was one fun rumage around your craftroom! Oh you have such lovely stuff, I especially envy you all those Hero arts stamps! I have bought 2 of the new ones last week and I am sooo happy with them!
I am a big fan of your blog, I like it when Buddy has a go! Ha, ha
Hugs,
Cardarian

coops said...

morning kath, wow just look at all your fab stamps especially the hero arts ones.great idea how you store them too.have a fab day.luv coops.xx

weewiccababe said...

no no no, don't give him the number of a skip hire company - give him my number lol

kids are cheeky so-and-so's aren't they

I try to be organised too, but little fingers sometimes stop that from happening - in fact I bought some Hero Arts sentiment stamps just the other week and I've turned my crafty space upside down looking for them, I suspect a certain 3 year old has pinched them and hidden them somewhere, so it looks like I'll be gutting the girls' room today argh!
have a great day Kath
Debz
xx

Crafty Chris said...

wow such a tidy and well organised space, fab.
Christine x

Mandy - Crafty Angel said...

send them this way I will find a nice space for them! hehehehehe!
you a a super organised person, love it!

hugs mandyxx

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Kath, you are so wonderfully organised.
Clare x

Tracy said...

OMG you certainly have some gorgeous stamps, love your background stamps. I've never seen so many stamps. I am a tidy crafter, everything in it's place and goes straight back the minute I have finished with it.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Vicki said...

i love your new stamps kath, and your stamp storage is sooo organised - i love the binders. have a great day xx

Terrie B x said...

Love your new stamps Kath
How organised are you!!!!!!and what a great way to store those stamps!!!!!
folders are next on my list now!!!tfs
have a fab day:)x

Wipso said...

Love your organising skills. Like you I have a place for everything but that's mainly cos where I craft is my room I use for my business so is what the public see and I have no time to go searching for things when I need to use them.
A x

Mummylade said...

stamp storage, isn't it a bummer...

You've managed fantastically with the clear stamps though, I'm still in the thinking process about my stamp storage =)

Carole said...

I love your tidiness, I'm the same! I've only got a little crafting corner, but I try to keep it tidy!

Oh the cheek of your son - I'm sure that there would be lots of people, me included if it wasn't such a long way, away who would be happy to help him without the need for a skip!!!

Carole x

Linda Elbourne said...

Stamp storage ... the bain of all our lives... it seems to shrink at an alarming rate :0) You have a fab looking space Kath

Sue said...

Hi Kath
oh just a few stamps!! lol, great idea to keep them in folders, hope you find good home for them, sue,x

Lynda said...

That's an impressive collection of stamps and soooo tidy too! New residents???? animal, vegetable or mineral lol?????

Love Lynda xxx

Helen said...

Oh, you've got loads of great stamps, and so neatly stored! I love that idea for the clear ones.

Nine said...

Vraiment bien organisé, j'aime beaucoup. See you next week ;-D

NGCARDS said...

Oh Kath I am so glad I have finally found someone who is a tidy freak like me! lol I have the same problem when I have nowhere to put new stuff, drives me mad sitting on my desk lol
I need to re-arrange some stuff in my room due to my stamp collection so I think I shall get on with that today, fun fun! lol xxx

Candace said...

wow stamps galore!

Thanks for sharing

Can x

butlersabroad said...

I have stamp envy. There I said it, I'm jealous of your stamps!! Although I have to admit that I already have the HA Watercolour Petals and the Cling you have on the right, Wildflower Meadows is it? Looks like I had them before you too!!! Never thought I'd have a problem with stamp storage when i started out with this hobby, but at least it's a nice problem to have!

Brenda

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

I could find a home for them LOL :)
Anne x

Toucan Scraps said...

wow you have enough stamps to run a library. don't appologise for being organised.

Lin said...

Thanks, Kath, I enjoyed seeing your ways of organizing, and maybe you've spurred me to do a little cleaning out of non-crafty things, too! Fun post today!

Handmade with Love said...

Lovely stamp storage, it makes me feel all peaceful seeing such organisation! Have a great week! Tracey x

Jan said...

Great stamp organization and i love the set with the little house!

Anesha said...

Only wish I could be that tidy. Been trying to clear my desk for weeks and now there is stuff all over both desks and the floor! Hope you and Buddy are having a great day. Hugs Anesha

Tatanky said...

WOW so many stamps ! The way you have them organized is really good. Otherwise it will be a nightmare to try to find one.

Julia Dunnit said...

You've got a bit of thing for Hero Arts then Kath?!! Lovely lovely stamp collection. I wouldn't use mine if they were stored in boxes, am very admiring of the effort it takes to get 'em out. Hope you're having a lovely file a thon....I think this is the best storage solution for me..I just need to convince my courage and set aside a couple of days!

Ikki said...

Your stamp collection is making me green with envy! You're a bad girl for showing me this temptation. Now I want more! (lol) ikki x

Shirl said...

I'm not sure why we apologise for being tidy but it's always good to find another on, Kath - clothes, CDs, crafting, the lot!

Love the acrylic stamps idea - mine are in one of those peel off folders that they called 'JJ's speedos' on QVC. But the A5 folders are a much better idea.

Kat said...

Love your storage system for your clear stamps Kath. Think I may have to try to copy it, I'm sure I have old university folders somewhere and some clear pockets. I like to try to be tidy but it doesn't always work!!

Kat xx

Bobbi said...

That is too funny, tell him he can call me and I will help him get rid of all those great stamps. I have been considering unmounting my wood block stamps and putting them on EZ Mount and storing them that way to take up less room but then I have to find time to do it.

Jane said...

Oh Kath you make me giggle!
Loving your organised stamps!...I have unmounted all my wooden stamps..but I didn't have nearly as many as you!!

Fi said...

Oh my word, Kath- I can't believe how many stamps you have!!

I love the idea of storing them in folders by type/make- the wooden ones are a bit more of an issue though- mine are in a box piled up too, but I have fewer so it's alot easier to find what I'm after!

Fi
x

Spyder said...

Oohooo are Tesco's doing those folders again?? I must get some more. I've got papers in mine but putting the clear stamps in them is a great idea. You have sooo many lovely Penny Black stamps and a lovely crafty space
(Lyn))

Ann Rosie said...

Kath - I've been thinking about arranging my clear stamps the same way for a while - maybe you've spurred me into some activity - TOMORROW!!!?? I bought CD type storage boxes from IKEA but they don't work that well. Just like you it's the wooden ones that cause a problem - but will be stop buying them. That's like asking if I will say no when offered chocolate!
Oh and you can let your son know that I am quite happy to be contacted to help him clear your craftroom but knowing you you'll still be here long after I'm gone, and you'll still be crafting, walking a doggy and looking after great grandkids!!
Love
Ann xx

HazelQ said...

Ohh wow!! You have soo many stamps! I'd love to visit your cubbyhole :P I wish I could be more like you in the organization part, I do have moments where I am a little "tidy freak" but they don't last long lol.
By the way, thank you for the idea on how to store clear stamps :)
Hugs
Hazel

Andrea said...

hoi Kath,
I"m a bit speechless, what a lot of stamps, you can begin a stampstore,
wow, it;s unbelieveble
and they are all nice and clean stored

by the way, when did you send me my candy, the postman have not bring it yet.
hugs andrea

Angie said...

I think tour idea of using the paper boxes and not stacking the stamps 3 high is a great one ...have to ask ...do you take a tranquilizer or a stiff drink, before facing many of our spaces ...I'm sure coffee would not be enough lol

She said...

Loving all your stamps - please can I come to play?? The new Clings are gorgeous. If you need somewhere to store them, I'm sure I could help! S xxx

airing cupboard crafts said...

Oh my goodness you certainly have a collection of stamps!!! Your organisation is amazing. Enjoy your day filing x

Pascale said...

I am noting all these wonderfully organised soloutions to my messy area. Hugs Pascale

pollypurplehorse said...

My goodness that's a LOT of stamps!!

Wish I could get into tidy mode......

:-D

Sarah said...

With that many stamps I can understand you wanting them organised.

Mummylade said...

I got something today that had Kath written all over it so I thought that if you mail me your address (to mummylade@gmail.com) I'll send it to you as a small RAK. Not gonna tell you what it is cause that would spoil the surprise ;)

sparklygirl-Tina said...

I know everyone has already said it above but wow that it is lot of stamps.... I might have to show my hubby as he thinks I've got loads of stuff, but compared to your cubbyhole I'm just a novice beginner!!! I also have to admire your orderliness and with such a collection its the only way to be!

Tina
X

Penni said...

You are very tidy and organised Kath.

Hugs
Penni
x

Penni said...

You are very tidy and organised Kath.

Hugs
Penni
x

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Fab stamps.......and a definite candidate for O C D!!!

Can you send the skip to my son's bedroom when you've finished please??

xx

Julie said...

Wow - what time does your shop open!!! Fab array of stamps and I love this Hero Arts Cling stamps too!! Treated myself today to a couple!! Juliex

SaggiSoo said...

Hi Kath

Have you ever thought of writing a book?! Even when you have no crafty wares to show you do make me chuckle! I hope my stamp collection grows to be as big as yours, they look fantastic.

Sue x

Caroline and Jayne said...

Your desk is soooo tidy lol !
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Macpurp said...

gosh you are so organized!
i love having a lookie at folks work spaces!

love teen x x

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Sue from Oregon said...

How fun to peek at your work area! Love your storage solutions! I do store my holiday stamps in 12x12 storage (Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc) It works really handy. I also store the supplies for those holidays in 12x12's as well...I can always find them that way!

Laura said...

Great storage idea, and you have such a lot of stamps, lucky lucky you!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can't believe how many stamps you have. If I used one a day for the rest of my life, I would never use them all. Love the storage ideas, though. Got a kick from your son's decluttering comment. Just like a guy! Hope you had a wonderful WOYWW.

Rufus said...

How beautifully organized! I wish that my space looked like that. Have to confess, however, that it doesn't! In fact some stuff lives on the counter for so long that if I put it away I can't find it! I expect it to be on the counter. Sad, isn't it. I do try, honest I do. That lasts till the first crafty session.

Had to laugh at your son's comment.
Hugs to you and Buddy, unless he's eloped with Miss Ruby?
R/

Glen said...

WOW! I love your space and those stamps...oooo...I would LOVE to come play. Thank you for the snoop and for sharing your talents. A fun blog. ~Glen~

WoodbankCrafts said...

Wow, I'm really impressed with how organised you are. I have bits stuffed here there and everywhere!

Christine (Craftling) said...

Hi, Kath..

Not that I'm expecting you to go anywhere any time soon, but just wanted to let you know that I am starting a skip-hire business, and we will be covering Aberdeen.

Just thought you'd like to know.

You have my email address.

Hugs,
Chris xx

Kaz said...

I have a very good idea to help with your woodne stamp tidying, send some to me!!
Or you could come and organise my stamps - I not fussy either would do!! xxx

Bee said...

double snap Kath - I am also a tidy freak, cannot abide mess. Plus am in the middle of decluttering the house - cleared the loft last week which was the one I was dreading and it's the sheds this week please dont let there be any spiders in there.

If you have problems storing any of your stamps I have some room if it would help.

xx

Julia said...

What an amazing collection of stamps, I could gaze for hours xxxx

Tonje said...

Untidy people like me should be able to hire people like you to tidy up my workspace! You are so organized, and I love what you did with your unmounted stamps!

Paula Gale said...

OMG Kath - thats exactly how i store my clear stamps = and in tesco files... i paid 20p for my green ones and 60p for my pink ones... great minds think alike.

Paula x x x

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love the clear stamp storage, great idea!

Elenka8791 said...

hello Kath
love your blog, cause, I have many interesting ideas after your posts)

good idea - storage for stamps.
have a question ....could we make exchange ...I mean, you have a lot off inetresting stamps, espesialy flowers and romantic vintage stamps picturs....
may send you some stamps picturs for you if you agree, send me some picturs too.
I know you have enought stamps, but maybe you can do it... I only leaning scrapbooking and I don't have a lot stuff. Thank you anyway
let me know if you can do it. Be happy if you visit my blog:
http://korogodina.blogspot.com

my e-mail confedenc@yahoo.com
hugs Elena

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