Wednesday, 8 September 2010

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 66

Or, as a subtitle you could call it - 'A Stunning Return to Form'! My word, you gotta admit that it's a miracle that the actual cutting mat area is clear. Actually, it's because the angle of the photo doesn't show you the stuff pushed back against the window. Because you can't see it yet, it's a mix of workshop samples to come and stuff for the Card Marathon. Hmm, so let me entertain you some other way....see at the back behind the ATG monster? Papers. Yep, actually only two sheets, one a sketch for a crop challenge and the other that you can just see is a sketch from Miss Kathy who's really kindly let me use it for a 1 Sketch 4 Cards workshop. I'll show those off when Kathy's had a chance to be alarmed by my erm,' interpretation' of her work! But more entertainment to come -lift those two randomly slung pieces of paper and BEHOLD! :
my used-and-waiting-to
-be-cleaned-stamp-basket is empty! Ta Na! Note the date people, this could potentially signal a new leaf turning. Truly I got sick of em, just sitting there waiting for me. So I gave 'em a cursory baby wipe and put them away. The clear stamps have to be washed though, or they lose their cling-ability and that makes me impolite and cross.

Today this is a scheduled post.....I have to pop to work much earlier than I'd like to in order to get home early enough to take Miss Dunnit to Salisbury for last minute fabric purchasing for a costume for another convention....gotta love last minute!

So there we are, my desk, in a nutshell. Well, a few more words than necessary, but it's to encourage you to show us yours..please do - photo -upload to your blog and link it here, we'll be round for a butcher's at some time over the next five days!



122 comments:

Linda Elbourne said...

I hope work is being kind to you Julia ... and an empty stamp cleaning basket ... AMAZING!

Helen said...

First? Wow.
Lovely view of your desk today, lots of clean stamps, well done, we knew you could do it!! Have a great day (it's a bummer, work though, gets in the way of all that playing...) See you on some great desks near and far, soon!

TinaB said...

I need one of those tape things! happy WOYWW hun xx Hugs Tina xx

Lothian Crafts said...

Aw how good of you having cleaned all your stamps. The basket needs some more put into it as it looks kind of sad and empty though.
Elaine

Yvonne said...

8th september is the stamps to be cleaned basket been made redundant!LOL Nah I don't think so either!
Been a while hun, but got my computer sorted ok , gave in and "H got me a new tower", I got a new phone... so we are sorted once again.
Oh, look at all whats going on here! stamps, stamp, stamps .. I think they need to come and live with me... cannot wait to see what you have been making xx

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

Very impressed by the lack of stamps in the basket this week .... well done ... Did you get the Stazon off our bloc?

Jennie said...

Hope your workday is good :)) Desk is very neat and tidy. are you sure you have been playing!!??? Love Salisbury, although I am sure you don't...lol My DD was there for several months, shame she isn't there now she worked at the Playhouse, and could probably have got you help on the costume!!! rolf.. have a good one
xx

Wipso said...

So I've got no stamps to clean while youre at work today then? Never mind I will just make myself a coffee :-)
A x

Doone said...

ha- love the 'I've gone up in a poof of smoke and all that's left are my glasses onthe table shot...
enjoy fabric hunting...'

dx

Tracy Evans said...

Wow you have an empty basket, I have never seen it empty LOL. Oooh can I come fabric shopping with you sounds great. Your showing off your tape thingy again, think your very proud of that purchase. See you on some desks later, have a good day, Tracy Evans x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That ATG looked like a phallic symbol when I first saw it. Sorry, but it did! And I'm SO proud of you for cleaning your stamps. Please don't tell me people like me are rubbing off on you!! OK, I guess not, but it made for a great story!

Poppit said...

Wow! You've CLEANED! Very impressive Julia....although, I have to day that somehow, seeing other people's stacks of un-put-away-stuff gave me permission to do the same. Now I'm feeling the need to tidy up a bit!

Spyder said...

Morning!! I will pop back later!
Cleaning stamps???

Phree said...

ROFL, I just read Bleubeard and Elizabeth's comment, nearly spat my coffee at the screen! Lovely tidyish desk..... well ok the middle bit. Lots of nice stamps there piled up to one side - are those the ones you were cleaning?

Morti said...

G'day Julia! I'm climbing - got in at number 25 this morning! Wooohoo! Salisbury eh? Fabric Land, I'm guessing. Just LURVE some of their fabrics they have in there. Funny thing - Kraft Krazy in Tidworth? My fella works at Rushall School, so I guess he might be picking things up for me occasionally. LOL.... Catch you around....

Bluefairy4U said...

Very impressive Julia, you've cleaned your stamps and your desk is quite tidy. Hope you have a good shop with your daughter. Big Hugs Jo.xxx

Sheena said...

WTG cleaning all those stamps x
I love my ATG gun, do you ?

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Morning Julia, wow lovely clean stamps, lol! Your desk is looking good too, enjoy your day hugs Heidi xx

kath said...

impressed by the neat and tidy desk today julia and what no stamps to be cleaned....hugs kath xxx

Lisa said...

After reading your review of the ATG700, I bought one! I got it yesterday with the 6mm adaptor and tape and it's fab! Thanks for the review - you should get commission from 3m! :)

Sheila said...

No stamps to clean! Good for you.

I can relate to pushing stuff to the window. If I had a window in my craft room, I'd push it out of the window!

Milliesmarvels said...

That tape gun is VERY big! I think I would be scared to use it! Loving the pile of clear stamps! Can I come and have a play?
Jane
x

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

blimey there must be loads of people with their eyes on the blog the second you post or I missed a trick. DS had me up at 5:45 so I'm ready to go back to sleep now :)

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Fabby desk this week and I'm just about to send my stamp basket round for you to clean!!
Have a great day.....xx

Bettythebaglady said...

Congrats Julia on the stamps. Pop over to mine-I've posted a few ATG tips with you in mind. Ah the perils of parenthood! Hugs BettyXXX

Nikki said...

Wow Julia did you clean out the basket for that new stash of stamps I see
have a fabby Wed :)
hugs Nikki C

Biscuitlid said...

oooh I spy a bra stamp in there - how random!

Wonder how long you'l be able to kep your waiting to be cleaned stamp basket that empty? I guess as long as you don't stamp it'll be empty lol!

Enjoy fabric shopping
Hugs
Victoria
x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow! proud moment with your clear basket. uh, oh, does that mean all your followers now need to start keeping all their stamps cleaned up?

Nan said...

That tape thingy is calling my name...everyone seems to like them. I have to grin a bit at the fact that like me you have about a square foot of room to work. Huge room tiny bit of work area! Off to bed as it's 3:30 am here but I promise to make the rounds as soon as I can! Thanks Julia! :) Nan

JoZart said...

Great peek but so sorry you had to leave us for work! Hope you didn't forget your specs! That ATG/JCB is getting itself closer in each week and I really think that you'll soon be joined at the hip! It DOES look as though it is getting bigger each week! Eeek!
I can find more stamps for you to clean if you are starting to enjoy it but well done for getting rid of yours.
Hugs JoZarty x

Cheryl said...

oh now I am impressed by your desk today hun,the basket looks so sad though,well done on getting all your stamps cleaned though hugs cheyrl xxxx

Serendipity (Christine) said...

Well done on stamp cleaning - reminds me I should do that! :-)

downrightcrafty said...

Wow what a fabulous idea, a clean your dirty stamp basket, I clean as I go but this is a great idea, must go buy myself a basket of some discription

Hugs Kate xx

Minxy said...

A hearty well done on getting those stamps clean, i know it must of been quite a chore for you but you did it and were all so proud lol x
Now did you see the link i gave kath last week, its a great way to use up them scraps!

Mandy - Crafty Angel said...

I see gorgeous stamps!

hi hunny, how are you?? well I hope! kiddos are finally back at school and this momma has some time to play with you ladies this week!

hugs mandyxx

Hels Sheridan said...

Loving all those stamps... I have a rather smug look on my face today... am clean and tidy... mmm, not sure how long it will last though LOL

Carola Bartz said...

Congratulations on having your stamps cleaned. That empty basket looks a bit naked, though - needs to be filled again...

Diane said...

Cleaning stamps is something I hate doing, so have always been strict with myself and cleaned them as I go...(OCD?) Do I have your permission to install a basket on my desk....please say yes, then I can blame you when they mount up!!

**ScrapcoLLector** said...

That glue tape seems very popular.is it very good ? ^_^
Love to see more of your craft desk next week :)

hugs
yenni

Myzdamena's World said...

Wooo tidytidytidy!

I must admit whenever I use a stamp (once in a blue moon as only got one pad that isn't dried out lol)I clean them immediately.. or else Little Myz gets her mitt on them and she ends up looking like a poor chimney sweep hehe...

*hugs*

G xxx

Claireliz said...

Yay! I'm in early, loving all those stamps
C
xx

Sue said...

Hi Julia
wow im very impressed with your stamp basket, well done, great desk piccie, lots lovely stamps there, happy WOYWW, sue,

Nicks said...

hello, I'm back to play after a few weeks of being AWOL and what's this I hear? you are supposed to CLEAN stamps???

Kay said...

I agree with Doone, it does look like you have disappeared in a puff of smoke leaving only your glasses behind LOL. Very impressed with both the magic trick and the cleaning of stamps and general tidyness :)

kayc said...

Love all those stamps. Most impressed with the empty basket. Kathleen x

Cardarian said...

Mhmm what can I say my dear Queen Julia, you have been a very good queen cleaning all those stamps! Well it was about high time otherwise I would have to come all the way from Slovenia to do it! Ha, ha.... Enjoy your "convention" shopping!
Hugs,
Cardarian

The Crafty Chick said...

So have you mastered changing tape in the ATG monster yet? It gets me tied up every time and i have had 2 for several years! (bimbo-numptey)

Joanne said...

Wow! an empty stamp basket, but I see plenty more ready to be used so maybe it won't be empty for long?
Luv Joanne xx

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Morning Julia. Your posts do make me chuckle!! Good to see your cutting mat!! You can't see mine its hidden, infact my actual cutting mat isn't even on my desk it went a funny shape so its been relagated!! x

Heather x said...

Good morning babe :)
Wow an empty stamp basket, I am so proud of you :)
Have a great day and happy woyww :)
*hugs* Heather x

judie said...

last minute is SO understated dont ya think !!!

Enjoy your material shopping

hugs
judie xx

Kate said...

Congrats for getting your stamps cleaned, next thing you know I will be cleaning my desk Did you just see that pig fly past?

** Kate **

Carolynne said...

You are obvously a stamp cleaning expert now so.....do you want to come and clean mine :-)

luv

Carolynne
xx

Sarah said...

Well we knew it would happen one day but wow the basket is empty, nice use of that as a distraction away from the stuff you don't want us to see yet

Rachel said...

I cleaned stamps once. It was a weird feeling that I don't care to repeat too often! Your desk looks great. Just how an artist's desk should look.

Sarah Youde said...

Ok, I have finally cracked and taken part. I have been wanting to for ages :)

Well done on cleaning all your stamps! I used to be terrible at doing that but I am trying to be better.

Theresa said...

Looking good Julia! Is the stamp basket still empty?:)

Carmen said...

Super impressed am I. Must admit - I clean mine quite quickly now. Only because i mainly use paint to stamp now and I fogot once. It's a booger to chisel out - especially off of expensive Mr Holtz stamps where I'm frightened of chiselling half the image off. Eek. So quick wash under the hot tap... and left to drain for weeks annoying Craig in the kitchen ;)

Neet said...

I am impressed by your clean basket - I do clean mine as I use them but only because if I didn't it would be too big a task later.
I won't mention my atg gun - it got flung to the far end of my craft room before I went away - driving me nuts!
Happy fabric shopping!

Ciara said...

So, where did the newly cleaned stamps go? Is there a basket of clean stamps hidden away somewhere??!!

I'm still debating on wether I want one of those monster tape guns. Ad concerned all that yellow might clash with my Ribena room ;-)

Susan Allan said...

Hi Julia.
Nice tidy desk, but don't take too long to get that stamp basket filled. You seem to have planned yourself a busy time ahead!
Best wishes
Sue xx

minnie_mac said...

Having seen your pile of sparkling clean stamps I now feel inspired to go off and set my own house in order. Would also like to rummage through your stamps.

Marilyn

Maggie's Crafts said...

Hope you have a good day Julia. :)

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there Julia, lovely tidy desk today, I'm impressed! Sorry about the DT on my name , left over from a design team call I did yesterday, if you would like I can rejoin this woww but I can't delete my link, bit annoying!
I'm off to snoop now, have a lovely day, hope the fabric hunt worked out for you:)xxx

Kirsty.a said...

Good to be back with WOYWW - I've missed you all. Well don for cleaning up your stamps - fdo you feel all virtuous now?

Alix said...

wow...no stamps waiting to be cleaned...that is amazing!! wanna pop round here and sort mine out?? xx

Twiglet said...

Hope you will show us the fabric and the costume too!!!

Kerry said...

just a quick comment for now :) I am back, with a digital camera instead of crappy cell pics :) Hope to be better at posting again.
have a wonderful day and can't wait to have a looksee at everyone's desks again :)

Leanne said...

Good to see an empty basket, free from stamps....wonder what it will be like next week :o)

'See' you next week!

Hugs
Leanne
xx

Stressed Stamper said...

fab desk hun - next week sewing machine will be on it though doing your fabby sewing creations again for your daughter

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there, love your tray all beautiful and Gold, love gold mmm, what a great find. You have a very good collection of Nestabilities, lucky you, Thank you for sharing:)xx

Helen said...

I'm very impressed with the empty stamp basket. I've spent half the week looking for 2 small stamps I dropped on the floor, but no success. Why am I not surprised?
Helen

mustavcoffee said...

OOwerrr, dunno how I'm here I just left that comment for Toodles and binks, now I'm all confused:{

ikki said...

Hi, You seem to be as busy as me .... where does the time go? Have a great week. ikki

Jingle said...

Yay for clear spaces! LOL! I have a secret - after Tim Holtz confessed to never cleaning his stamps - I sorta stopped being picky about cleaning mine. I just blot them out until the ink is gone! I know...HORRIBLE, but if it is not gooey ink and isn't up in the crevices and such it really works just as well. Just say'n.

Toucan Scraps said...

congrats on the empy tray and I wish you the best on the costume hunt

Sid said...

Sorry i didn't post last week.. Back in action now !!

WW said...

Hey everyone, I'm back.

Kathy said...

Julia, you crack me up! I'm very intrigued as to which one you chose and what you're going to do to/with it now! I do know that whatever you make will be fab - no worries on that score.

Anyway I've added my WOYWW and my WIMTW photos....are you working that one out yet? hehehe

WW said...

I'd really love to know how everyone gets on here so early, I tried waiting up last night, but I finally had to go to bed, and now, there's already over a hundred people ahead of me.

Ohhh Snap said...

I have to admit I'm a clean them as I go stamper, but only because I don't think I could keep track if I didn't :D.

It's my first time here btw.

butlersabroad said...

Ooh Salisbury! I bought a lovely stoneware mug in the cathedral shop (you have to see my post today!), and my stupid husband broke the handle off it! It was over a year ago and he's still not forgiven! So he bought me a different one this year at Glastonbury Abbey. He knows I'll decapitate him if he goes anywhere near it!! Anyhoo, lovely desk this week, and I am impressed with that empty stamp basket! How long will it take to fill it up I wonder???

Hugs
Brenda

Michellee said...

This is the first time posting... Hoping to start following every week..

Electra said...

My gosh, there's nothing empty on my desk (that should be!) I'm impressed with you!

Lavinia said...

Eee you busy again! Desk looking as productive as ever,I am warming to the large tape gun, I have to say I did have my resavations about it at first, as it looks so big! But now I find myself googling it, and maybe one soon to be mine! I look like a reet lazy desk today! Everyones up to summat apart from me! Still in holiday mode! Must get going soon!After all the washing!!!! Take care Julia!
Lavinia
x

Scrapcollectr said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to wash my cling stamps to get them "clingy" again. Have a good week!

Penni said...

Oh lots of nice clear stamps there. That Tape Gun looks as though it means business too.

Hugs
Penni
X

voodoo vixen said...

Aha! Back on form again and kudos for the stamp cleaning basket being empty!!

Diana said...

Wow I'm #129 and it's still morning here! How do you keep up Julia? Amazing. I don't even try to go around to everyone anymore, it would take me days.
Don't you wish you could figure out how to make some $$ of this? I would if I were you... lol. Cheers and thanks for keeping this going. It's somehow so cathartic to share one's mess... who knew?

Hazel said...

Very impressive and tidy this week, Julia - well done on clearing the stamp basket. x

Sarpreet said...

wow! Clear mat, clear basket - you are doing good. Happy WOYWW! Thank you for showing us your workspace.

peggy gatto said...

So far I have been by 6 desks!
For some reason the word verification on most blogs is s0 sl----oooo-w. Sometimes I have to repeat the process 2 times. Any way, I'll do my best to get by!!!

Julie M said...

Hi Julia - haven't WOYWWed in three weeks, good to be back!! Very impressed with your tidy basket, and quite intimidated by that monster ATG, I don't think my weedy wrists would be able to lift it!!!

Julie :o)

kristie said...

This is my first time! be nice! I can not believe I showed my messy space to the world!!
holy crap,, but it has been very inspiring to see everyone elses desks , and also gives you some ideas for storage,,,,,,,, that WOULD be helpful if I EVER put anything away.............. just sayin.

S said...

This is my first time too. Fun!

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ohhh love the tidy desk this week (Well Done on the camera angle) I sadly haven't taken part this week as the batteries for the camera were not charged!!! Doh!!!
Hope you get the last minute costume sorted. Hazelxoxo

lisa said...

It looks like the desk of the crafter who has just stepped out for a minute with the glasses left on the desk! I love it. Those flourishy stamps look gorgeous and well done on the empty cleaning basket!
Hugs Lisax

Pam said...

Cleaned stamps wow! I just had a purge on mine but then inked a few more so back to normal again!! Hugs Pam x

Piddawinkle said...

Hi Julie, Im still intrigued by that monster yellow thing on your desk, is it a must have or could I live without it, hope you are having a great week. . siobhan :)

Lynne in NI said...

Oooh, you're determined to shame us into cleaning our stamps, but I WILL RESIST!

Aisling said...

Hmmmn, a "used and waiting to be cleaned stamp basket" is not a bad idea at all! Thanks for the tip!

Helen said...

Finally remembered to post again this week! I'm off now to have a look at everyone else's desk.

Helen x

madebyKarla said...

Wow, all clean! must be time to get out some more stamps and ink! I can see you've been busy crafting ;) that's always great!

Lou and Mel said...

A clear stamp basket - how very odd!
I'm really late today - apologies but I was really late back from work today!

Daniele said...

now if I had that basket I'd have to fill it with more goodies
hugs

Holly said...

Isn't amazing how we can have a cluttered desk but still clear a space in the middle to work and add more to the mess.... Love it!! How do you like your ATG gun.. I'm getting the hang of mine.. Still not 100% with it though.

Flip-Flop Creations said...

Love those clear stamps! I agree...just push it back out of your way and go to it. Lol ~jeni :)

Pam said...

Hi Hon it wasn't my ATG that I broke I love it too much it was my hot glue gun wasn't patient enough to let it warm up so the trigger snapped but it was at least 18 years old so can't really complain. I'm not an SU demonstrator, but I go to a fortnightly craft class and have got friendly with the girl that runs it and she is so when I have some spare cash I treat myself. I'm not mad enough to do party planning again done Chocoholics for 2 seasons and got sacked on the 3rd as I only sold 12k or choc in the 7 week season instead of £14k!!!!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Wow... lucky girl with the empty basket.. I just love looking at all these desks.. thanks

Hugs
Shirley Pumpkin

Linda C said...

Julia this is my first post but I tell you these ladies sure do have fun! Love your work space. Lot's of goodies. Can't wait to see the end results.

Lisa said...

Love seeing your space every week, and everyone elses! Its neat to see how everyone handles their work space, or lack thereof.

craftimamma said...

Sorry I'm late Julia but life seemed to get in the way of anything remotely to do with crafting today ................er correction, make that yesterday!

That pile of clear stamps looks very interesting which is more than I can say of your empty 'mucky stamp' basket.

Lesley Xx

flowerdisco said...

here is my tiny studio but I can't work if is a mess. I have to organize after each job or before the next one. :)

flowerdisco said...

sorry I messed up. apparently mr linky saved my info from another blog i posted the boo card.

Shari said...

Lovely space right in front of the window, a joy I am sure to look up and see the outdoors. Congrads on the stamp cleaning and what I wouldn't give to say I was going to Salisbury. Now it is I who am jealous of you!

~Shari

Deb said...

some very interesting looking stamps you have there, well done getting those stamps cleaned, I love that you have a basket for them! hugs debx

Esther said...

I can't remember the last time my 'stamps waiting to be cleaned basket' (well in my case box) was empty, I should take note of your new leaf and turn one over myself...Maybe this weekend...Esther xx

Sarpreet said...

hi julia, thank you for the stazon review- had seen them but wasnt sure, i have participated this week and have made it to everyones blogs

flowerdisco said...

thanks to all of you whom stopped by my blog. i wasn't expecting it. i came here from a friend's blog and i am delighted i did.

Clare H said...

Hi Julia, thanks for visiting my blog. At the moment me and the other half are between houses so we are in the spare room at my moms, thats why I have such a small crafting space, he sits on his computer directly next to me and the bed is directly behind, so I sit in bed watching telly and crafting on a lap tray and he plays on his PC, works for now LOL but is becoming a problem as my stash is getting rather large now!! The tin is a Prima flower tin with a magnetic part on top that had buttons in it, says Silk Road Can on the bottom, I have plans to decorate it.

Sunshine Girl said...

Julia sorry I am late posting been a busy week! love the fact that you have cleaned your stamps - has it spurred you on to be more creative? Glad to see you are a girl after my own heart too and get the drink proportions correct!

flowerdisco said...

thanks for stopping by...i couldn't remember where I posted first...hehehe. I came here from a friends blog.:)