Wednesday, 11 December 2013

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 236

Because I am lithe and nimble and have an excellent memory for days and dates, I hopped off my stool and photographed my desk late on Tuesday night.  You can tell..it's very dark outside (although that doesn't change after about 4.30pm!) and it's a long shot because there's so little craft work going on.  I'm doing bookwork as you can see - trying to do it as it arrives and needs doing rather than spending the holiday catching up.  We'll see! Doesn't it look horribly untidy.  Oh well.


So as not to disappoint - several of you commented last week at the glimpse of my corner shelves.....here then, in their glory:

My wood mounts.  I love 'em and even in this untidy and pared down state, I will never get rid of any more, not stop opting for them whenever I can!  My clear stamps are in the blue drawer unit that shows just under my desk in the first photo. I don't hate them, but I certainly don't love them.  
So come on then, share your workspaces, share your Christmas craft works and all their glory.  I know you're busy, bit there's time for this.  Really.  Ho Ho Ho.







81 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I couldn't believe I was first this week. I wasn't even hardly ready. But here I am at my kitchen table, showing what a nice difference the ink you sent me makes. You were right. That is better ink for stamping on paint. However, I'm not sure it made me a better stamper (grin).

I have to agree with you on wood mounts. I really prefer them. I thought it was just me, because everyone I know is getting rid of their wood. Not me. I like the way they stamp.

Seems the craft desk is overflowing with business forms, so I'll let you get back to it. Have a great week, and thanks again for the ink and stamp!

Sandy Leigh said...

Oh how I love that shelf full of stamps! Especially since I have just a box of stamps pretty much. And good idea getting the bookwork out of the way so that you can spend the holidays having fun fun fun!! Hugs! Sandy Leigh #10

Roberta B said...

sweet!!! love all those stamps.. Im blowing this up and nibbing big time.. thanks for letting me look at them. Thanks for everthing you have put together. Roberta 6

Regina Hamilton said...

I like your collection of wood mounted stamps. I don't have many of them, but I do like them a lot.

Could you delete my first posting (#9). Happy Crafting #12

DeDe Haysom said...

If you think your desk is untidy, you should see mine... I'd be very happy to have your workspace.. I love wood mounted stamps, but have a serious storage problem at the moment.. I need more space..LOL
Have a great week and happy crafting.
DeDe #5

Create With Joy said...

Not only love your woodie collection but love that corner storage!

Have always wanted but never had a place to display all of my wooden stamps!

Have a wonderful week Julia!

Create With Joy - 13
http://create-with-joy.com

Daniella said...

Your desk doesn't look untidy Julia, it looks busy!!
Love your shelves! And I have some wood mounts I won't part with too!!
xxDaniella#8

Maxam Made said...

Julia I love peeking at your desk, it looks like such a happy place. we had similar thoughts I post my whole studio on an new blog page! Looks like I am a little early for the states, but I hope better than not playing!!
Happy Crafting and thank you!! Ginny # 16

Robyn said...

I love wood mounts and corner shelves too!
also drowning in paperwork and tax forms!!!
still we must craft! so thanks for the look around and hope you find time to visit!
robyn 18

sara j said...

There is something about wood mounted stamps isn't there? They are substantial, easy to display and so inspire me to use them, but they take up so much room. I think my issue is I need to stop buying stuff, but what fun is that? So I have a few on the window sill and rotate them into the storage containers. I do find tho, no matter what the mount I go back to the same ones time and time again.
Best of luck with the paper work....I find the older I get the more I resent having to do it. 'Course my business is in an office, so I guess I do enough there that by the time I get home I would rather do just about anything else. You know, like surf the net....tee hee.
Have a good week oh florist in the making.
Sara j #19

MaggieC said...

You snuck in while I took a nap. To each his own. Your love of the wooden noted stamps, while I am totally concerted to clear stamps. I love creating a scene..... .. on a card, that is, and clear stamps make that so much easier. I am actively clearing out all but the bare minimum of my wooden ones, and will probably remove them from their mounts as well. Like everything else in life, it would be very boring if we all liked the same things. I am in awe, however, at how tidy those corner units are. Have a great week. xx Maggie #23 ish

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, why aren't paperwork and housework and the like outlawed during the month of December?! Your display of the wooden shelves is awesome! And I am glad to see your resident carpenter made the best use of the corner and made you happy in the process! I love my wooden stamps, too, and have my 300 or 400 favorite that I can't part with, pig that I am. At least you have a decent amount! Have a great week, Julia, and thank you for another WOYWW!! Hugs, Darnell #22

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks Julia for showing the corner shelving...I love all your BIG wooden stamps. I prefer to have mine OUT so I can see them. Something happened on my first try #26...can be deleted.
And darkness comes way to early for me. There always seems to be so much odd stuff you HAVE to do before the holidays. Have a great week, Santa will be here before we know it.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Julia just LOVE wooden stamps too and love how yours are displayed would love some narrow shelving what a great pickie to share!
I do hope you get all the nasty time consuming paper work done!
Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #30

Helen Campbell said...

I love your corner shelf and your wood mounts! And your desk in it's glory. Keeping up with the paperwork is good. I'm behind, but won't think about it right now. Ha!
Have a wonderful week!
Helen #32

peggy gatto said...

Fab stamp collection!!!
I wish we were closer so we could play!
Happy creating!!!

Hammers said...

Ooh nice snoop Julia...I'm afraid that I love clear stamps more than wood mounted ones. Of late though, I have been purchasing a few more wooden ones, so maybe I'll become a convert. Cx #35

Lynda Beazley said...

Ooh what a lot of stamps! I love wooden ones too. Easier to handle and no searching in the drawer for a block.
Hugs Lynda B. # 37

Mari Kocjancic said...

I love the wood mount stamps too but I got rid of most of mine 2 years ago, I kept just my favorites. They take up so much space! I'm not a big fan of the clear stamps but I do like the rubber stamps on cling foam, almost as good as a wood mount but much easier to store.

BJ said...

Nice stool, not seen that before and YES I was one of the shelf commenters last week so great to see the corner shelves up close. BJ#37

fairy thoughts said...

Oh what a little aladins of a shelf unit I'd love a rummage through those stamps.
Have a good week
Janet

Annie said...

Untidy?...that's nothing, I'm working in what feels like a building site! Roll on the house move eh? I love your shelves full of stamps.
Hugs,
A x

Donna Wheat said...

love the stamps and storage, I'm jealous, happy WOYWW, Donna #42

Queenie Jeannie said...

I love my clear mount stamps as much as you love your wood mount! For me, it's about space and weight - big issues when you're a military family that moves every couple of years!!! Plus I love how they look on the shelf, and there's no dirty wooden blocks (OCD kicks in, ya know!).

Have yourself a fabby week! :D

Helen said...

Thank you for sharing your stamp shelves, like you they are my favourites - I cringe when I read of people taking the mounts off to save space! Still each to her own! Hope you get the paperwork done soon. Have a lovely week. Helen 24

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a lovely lot of wood-mounted stamps! I have 5!!! It's really nice to have them on display because they look fabulous like that - I'd never thought about how attractive they would look on show. Thanks for a glimpse into your busy life as things get ever more hectic! Julie Ann #45

Kate said...

Love all those wood mount stamps. I've reduced my collection recently, particularly some of the cheaper ones that never stamped that well anyway. I still couldn't part with them though so I separated the rubber and stashed them all away in a box.

~Kate~ 45

Kate said...

OK so I'm #47 really, I forgot to refresh to see if anyone else had snuck in before me!

~Kate~ 47

Maisie Moonshine said...

Can't stop - should be on way to school... MMx

misteejay said...

That corner shelving looks super Julia. I really need to sort out some higher level shelving.

Toni xx

Bernice said...

A great display of stamps there Julia. I must say I agree - I much prefer the wood mounted ones as well and usually buy them from SU, even though the unmounted ones are cheaper - but at least they have a wee box/case to store them in, so they can be piled up and look tidy!

JoZart said...

I occasionally stick favourite UMS onto wood blocks so they can join the treasured displayed stamps. You should have plenty of offcuts in your business to do this. They do take space but my thumbs are up for wood mounted stamps. They are so much nicer to use and to drool over!
Get that paperwork out of the way and you'll enjoy the run up to Christmas!
Jo x in the lakes No 50

Karen Ives said...

Love the corner shelves, especially the bottom where it is all thrown in!
Karen #54

Kyla said...

Love those shelves. I too love wood mounted stamps. I find clear ones dont last very long with in my hands! Though I have unmounted them from the wood for easier storage.

Kyla #53

Marit said...

Oh-Oh-Oh... those wood-mounted stamps of yours are making me drool... gorgeousness on a shelf! Hope you have time left to play with those (or another prefered tool/material) this week. Enjoy, and happy woyww. Marit #55

Uniflame said...

I love the way you have your stamps organised! That bird stamp is great!
Uniflame - 56

Winnie said...

Fun shots today! First, I am loving your stool, it looks so cool (like a saddle to me. I spotted a calculator on the desk, and that freaked me out as I hate numbers! I really love your wood stamps and that unit to display and store them. I am with you, I adore my woods! I have a bunch of clear, but they will never replace the feel of my wood ones! Winnie#58

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I love seeing wood mount stamps displayed on open shelves like yours. Not a huge fan of clear acrylic stamps, but I do like unmounted rubber ones for their space saving properties!

Jackie said...

Wow Julia great to see more of those stamps!!!
Jackie40

Annie Claxton said...

oh poor you having to do paperwork, but you're quite right to do it as it comes in of course - I tend to pile it up until the pile falls over, which is a sign that it's time to tackle it and then it's horrible! Maybe a new year's resolution ... I am very impressed with your stamp corner - wooden ones are so much nicer to look at aren't they? Annie #60

Neet said...

Lovely mucked up desk Julia (said in the nicest of ways), and lovely corner cupboard. Isn't it funny how some prefer um's and some prefer mounted stamps. I go for um's every time, I cannot image storing all my stamps if they were mounted. But then again i do wonder why I keep all I have!
Hugs, Neet xx

House of Bears said...

What an impressive display of wood stamps. We love the corner shelving.

okienurse said...

remembered to blog and post today!!! Yay! maybe there is hope for me. Been following and commenting on posts ever so often but just haven't been motivated to blog. Awesome looking corner of wood mounts! I love stamps! Have a great week. Vickie #62

pearshapedcrafting said...

Definitely and 'envy' day today - no, not the paper work(well done for keeping up to date - so slight envy there!) but that fabulous corner display of you stamps - Mmmmmm! Chris 63

Glenda Brooks said...

I also love my wood mount stamps and I use a stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I place them where I want them. Also love clear stamps as well. Love your space even if you aren't getting to play there just now. Those corner shelves are awesome!
Glenda 64

Lunch Lady Jan said...

hahahahahahahahahahahaha

sorry, *wipes tears of laughter away*

It's the sincerity with which you imbue your opening line! How DID you keep a straight face typing that!!!!

Love ya,
LLJ 43 xx

glitterandglue said...

Good day, Julia. Can't say good morning, as it is now technically afternoon - but I got here! What a great idea to spend time keeping up with the paperwork - will that mean time off over Christmas?? Trust so!!
Have a really special week.
Margaret #65

StampinCarol said...

That's a bunch of wood stamps! I have a few but turned so many of then into unmounteds many years ago. And bookwork.... ugh. I will be starting on a bunch of that after Christmas. Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #68

Liz B said...

Happy Wednesday! Good luck with your paperwork-hopefully you can squeeze in some time for art!

Nan G said...

Now I have this pic in my head of one Ms Julia lithely (is that a word) hopping of said stool! Eeek.....LOL yes, paperwork must be done when your self employed. Hope you have less of it during the holidays since you're working on it now. Love the shelves! Yea wood stamps do seem to stamp better than clear, tho the new cling mount red rubber are pretty good. Got rid of most of my wood, just no space to keep em. WOYWW hugs! Nan G #69

Eliza said...

Julia,

Good for you, I do have a small collection of wood stamps but prefer to use the CD containers and have them unmounted, this is a space thing, but there is still my favorites that I will never give up that are still wood mounted. Good luck with the paperwork, it is always good to start out with those thoughts. Happy WOYWW, sorry I am so late this week but I made it in the nick of time.

Hugs Eliza

Kim said...

I love those corner shelves! And I agree, while I have opted to purchase more unmounted stamps, as I just don't have much more room, and I can afford to buy more, I do so love my wood mounts!

Keep up with the paperwork (I can appreciate an ambitious goal) and have a great week.

Brenda B said...

You know, the only thing that makes your desk look untidy is the paperwork, if it wasn't for that you'd be a neatnik this week! There seems to be more than wood mounted stamps creeping into your cabinet there? My desk is an oasis of calm this week, although I'm a bit like the proverbial duck under the surface.

Hugs
Brenda

Alison Wade said...

Not joining in today. Lack of Internet connection first thing this morning, unexpected arrival of the men installing our new woodburner and stuff to do in readiness for collecting our new car later. I have been crafting and will be taking a tour around some blogs. So many stamps. I have so few now that they fit in a small drawer with the inkpads that I decided were useful to keep. Ali x

ednamburgess said...

My husband says I should show you mind and I'd win hands down. Yep, afraid it's pretty bad. But I know where things are. LOL At least most of the time. Edna

Christine said...

I LOVE THAT OPENING LINE ........ gotta be the best ever!!!
Never thought of 'small' or narrow shelving for stamps, that's a brilliant idea.
Have a good day - I will!!
Bishopsmate #73

Gita said...

Bookwork. Ech! At least you are trying to stay ahead than get caught at last minute. Love the little corner unit. Happy WOYWW! Brigita

Lindart said...

Back again! Had some computer troubles, and my computer is still slow as molasses, but at least I'm here! You poor thing, having to do bookwork. Fortunately not on my list of things to do! LOL!
Lindart #75

Lisa-Jane said...

Bleurgh to bookwork! I got back to see you eventually but it feels like years since this morning. I like your wooden stamps on the shelves like that - very comforting and yet I don't know why.

Angie said...

I'm not a fan of the getting dark so early either, it really makes it too easy to nap! Lovely shelves, best of luck on the bookwork!
Angie #77

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Wishing you a happy day today - and some time for creating! Love to see what you are up to and thank you for offering this wonderful way to meet other bloggers!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

CraftygasheadZo said...

Well hello lovely - hope you are fine and dandy this dark evening. I'm loving your stamp corner and the first stamp to catch my eye was the Eiffel Tower! Lush. I'm back today though my desk is somewhat boring and predictable so I have added a daft pic of me to lighten the mood!! Take care Zo xx 78

CraftygasheadZo said...

I lie. My number is 82, ah well that'll teach me not to refresh the page!! Z xx

Shoshi said...

Love those corner shelves, Julia! Excellent storage space, and the wood block stamps look very decorative. I'm not a fan of them myself as they take up too much room, and I have unmounted all the ones I started out with, and put them on EZ Mount Foam but I do like the look of them en-masse!

Sadly my Dad died on Friday night. My hubby and I were with him at the end.

Shoshi

April Story said...

What a beautiful collection of wood stamps. There is something to be said for a nice block of wood with a stamp on it. Although the clear are so much easier to store. :-)
April #84

Caro said...

I love the way you do your book work on top of your crafting mess...that is a little like me! I also love wood mounted stamps and have to confess to being a little green with envy. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#52)

Mrs.D said...

Well your desk looks like mine normally does, but today mine has been through two tranformations.
I love your stamp store, so many stamps, I'm not very good at stamping so mine are rarely used.
Thanks for hosting,
blessings
Chris

Carole said...

Quite an impressive collection of wooden stamps...you could build a spare room. HAha. Be well Carole #66

Victoria said...

Fabulous work space always..how I enjoy seeing all of your goodies and beautiful creations! Love that fantastic cupboard and all of those wooden box stamps...amazing..such fun..they look visually stunning as a collection! Happy Creating! Thanks always for hosting
Victoria#80

Jan Ltc said...

You are looking very organised Julia. Have a good week xx Jan

sandysewin said...

What a great way to display your wood block stamps. They just look so artistic that way.

DH is building me some shelves for my craft room; maybe I'll save one shelf for my wood block stamps. (I have no where near as many as you!)

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #29

cyndee starr said...

I can't believe I remembered it was Wednesday.

I am a little envious of all your stamps, my collection fits in a little drawer. Happy WOYWW.

Shoshi said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about Dad, Julia. I am feeling very at peace about him, and being there at the end has really helped me - I can't explain that at all, but it's true! I am absolutely full of the most marvellous memories of him and we are struggling to decide what should go in the funeral service as there is just soooo much! He was a truly lovely man and he and I were very close. Busy times ahead, esp. for my hubby but we'll get through it OK.

Shoshi

RosC said...

OH the damned book work - I ran my own biz for 20 years and it was the devil on my shoulder. Onya for getting it done as needed.

I love the wood mounted stamps too and could never imagine taking them off the blocks. Great shelves too.

Glad to hear you're lithe and nimble - I'm aiming for that too with Michael Mosley's fasting two days a week.

Cheers,
Ros. #90

Nan G said...

Just saw this on the wire......Julia liqueur! Wow! Is it 100 proof? :)) te he

Cazzy said...

Happy WOYWW I am so late!
I love my wood mounted stamps too, next best is rubber stamps on cling, the clear and fake rubber stamps are not the same at all!

Cazzy x

Pat said...

Well, I did it! I can't believe it but I did it. I'm coming out of the closet with a photograph of my craft table. Egads! But you know what's funny? It's a liberating post I wrote, so you just may see me next week too!! LOL

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Julia,

I see that I have some of the same wood mounted stamps as you. They are nice, no doubt. I like the unmounted clear ones because they don't take up as much room. That doesn't stop me from buying a wood mounted stamp when I see one I like.

Not joining in this week but wanted to stop by some of my favorites!

Hugs,
Kay

Ali H said...

Hi Julia - I do like the wooden stamps too but would never have the space to store my addiction to stamps in general !! Have a great week Ali #96

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