Monday, 21 May 2012

Quotation Monday and a clean up!

Good morning all,
I did it, all my beads/spacers are sorted and tidied away in their boxes and boy does it feel good having them all nice and tidy. Is that sad?  I can't help liking things organised.  It's another big job done............  then I looked at my craft room,  how the heck did it get to look like that?  I normally put my card back into the draws or boxes and even hang up all my tapes, tweezers etc when I am done for the day and yet all across BOTH of my desks there were papers, scissors, empty packages etc.  Then I looked below my desks and realised my organisation of recent times is as messed up as me!!  Well that had to change so Saturday evening and Sunday before the family came for dinner I  started to clear up and reorganise.  But it is far from over, I think the finished job is a long way off. 
Anyway, here's a couple of pics of the mess.......
You can see that I have done some of my shelves already in the first picture (I forgot to take pics until I had already started).
The plastic boxes are my A4 decorative papers.
The coloured boxes are my collections of stamps
The pink one in the middle is my Spellbinders and other dies sorted into plastic cd wallets - it's now so easy to find my dies and they store away easily and safely, so I am a happy chicky.
At the bottom, at the back of my desk you can see my newest purchase: the little floral boxes. I spotted these in Wilkinson on Saturday reduced to just £2 and I couldn't resist them.  I am going to organise all my flowers using these (new order coming from WOC, oh yea!) 

On the right you can see all my drawers: drawers for lace, drawers for brads, buttons, pins, drawers for images ready to colour and drawers for metal embellishments etc, the list goes on.
You can even see my recycling box of paper under my righthand desk, another bit of laziness from me lately.  It so needs shredding but I put it off time and time again 'cos my shredder is so  s...l...o...w! (well, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it).

My wonderful Grand Calibre looks so unloved sat there under the desk, but please don't think that,
it only goes under there on the floor when I have
all my beading equipment out.  I am so afraid
of popping a bead and it jumping into the
mechanism and then my beloved machine
giving up the ghost -what would I do then!?

Now some pics of the reorganisation:-
I cut out some large heavyweight card bobbins and wound my reeled ribbons onto them and then used foamboard to divide up a 12x12 deep drawer to keep them in order.  Not bad aye!?  I am proud of this one and keep opening the drawer just to have a look... :¬)
(Just need to buy some new ribbons as I realised while doing this that I have only 3 wide ribbons; so next months spending has to be on ribbons!)

Well, that got me going so I thought lets do a bit more and so I started sorting the card drawers (it is not perfect yet but I am getting there).

On the left is a wardrobe I had off my daughter that I use it to store my boxes for other crafts, including candles, painting, etc and also you can see my sons remote controlled buggy at the bottom (it's too good to throw away).

Well that's it for now.  A disorganised craftroom and a bit of a disorganised post.  I am sorry it's so bitty but I hope you have enjoyed a little tour of my mess.  When I have progressed with the reorganisation and tidying I will post some more photos for you to see the improvement.
I will end with my quote for the week:

Imagination is the first step in creation whether in words or trifles.
The mental pattern always precedes the material form
(William W. Atkinson)  

Have a good day and a great week.  Thank you so much for popping by and supporting me.
Hugs Linda xx


  1. Wow Linda you did work hard! My craft room needs a total makeover, but where to start :) I did make a start with the ribbons yesterday though...notice I said 'made a start' ! Have a good week, Carole Z X

  2. I think everybody is in the same boat probably. I know I start out with good intentions but something catches my eye ...... I like your idea of storing your ribbons Linda. I might have to steal that because my ribbons are in an awful mess. Ah well, I think I'll be Scarlett O'Hara and think about it tomorrow
    Today is going to be a rest day. I did my Cotswold Bike Ride yesterday - very chilly and very hilly! Was obviously tired last night but for some reason didn't sleep, hence the need for a quiet day.
    Like your quote by the
    way.Looking forward to seeing your next creation.
    Love and hugz Christine x

  3. Gosh, you have been industrious, can I employ you to do mine? Lol. You are so tidy, afraid I'm not at the moment, I seem to be going through an untidy phase, you have spurred me on to spring clean and get my house in order, so to speak! Take care, happy crafting. Alison :)

  4. Hi Linda,
    You are certainly more tidy than me! My stash is gradually taking over the dining room. I love the way you have organised your ribbon, might try something similar myself, just have to be in the right mood for it!!
    Fabulous quote for the week.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  5. Hi Linda

    Good luck with the sorting-
    looks like a lot of work to me!
    Can you actually remember where everything is?

    Take Care
    Eileen x

  6. Hi Linda,
    now I know us crafty people are very much alike. Looking at your craft room is like looking at mine. I must reorganize someday. I like your idea for the ribbons also. Ive just made myself a ribbon corsage for my granddaughters weeding now I am going to make a similar one as a facinator. Excuse the spelling can't seem to get it right. Love your quote by the way. I seemed to have gone off on one of my tangents. Have a great crafty week everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  7. Hi Linda, love the ribbon idea, think I will try that one, mine are all in a box under a desk so I can't see what I have and now I have to find space for my new beady things. A crafters work is never done. Best wishes, Lesley x


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