Wednesday, 10 December 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 288

Well, I read on someone's desk post once that it has to get worse before it gets better...and never was that more true than here in my workroom.  There are signs of disorganisation coupled with panic over Christmas. And work. And birthdays.  It's not a great look....
There's the stylised reindeer on a gift box which is a project for a workshop on Thursday.  It is sitting on a sheet of paper bearing score and measure instructions which I will photocopy for workshopeers.  This should make it a very easy gift box to repeat....thanks to Sylvie on Pinterest. (search gift boxes....).  There's so much stuff that I can't see most of it...but isn't it reassuring to see the face of the WOYWW Alien patiently watching over it all!  But wait, there's worse to come...turn left..
Would you just look at that box of scraps.  Really, someone needs to get a grip.  That is supposed to be my die cutting station.  If I took the Big Shot out of the picture, you would be forgiven for thinking that I was just dumping stuff randomly....
But fret not gentle Desker...it will all be in hand, I am monumentally sick of it and actually relish the idea of sorting through it - I think it will go a long way to calming my panic if my working area is calm too! And although I haven't decorated or put up a tree, I have at least got something festive in my room - get a load of my bin bag!
Well now, no doubt you can do way better than this in terms of tidy, calm, organised, and we'd very much like to see what's going on at your work space. Put WOYWW in your post title and link here so that we can come and admire, please!

65 comments:

Robyn said...

Better? Worse? Who are we to judge?
Love the bin bag! Ho HO HO!!!
looks like blogger has a mind of it's on re capcha!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

that's a great family portrait, Julia! as my desk shows today, it also gets better before it gets worse ;-) Happy WOYWW! our Christmas tree is also not yet up!

Jackie said...

I have some of those pudding bin bags!
Lots of scraps to get sort d out but I'm sure you will, and enjoy doing it!
Jackie 7

Helen said...

Great bag... I am not commenting about the better/worse thing though I do want to have a jolly good tidy up before the big day!! Good luck with clearing that box of scraps (mine is nearly as high!)

Create With Joy said...

It gets a lot worse before it gets a lot better - I think a lot of us can relate to that right about now! We are preparing the house for Christmas and it looks like a hurricane hit...

Enjoyed the peek into your world! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Create With Joy
can never remember my number!

Candace said...

That is one hell of a box of scraps Julia. Have a Merry Christmas if I don't have chance to link up the next 2 weeks x

Belinda Basson said...

My desk is the only part of the house that has anything remotely Christmassy on it! Life is really fast paced at the moment so not got the decor up yet though I usually do it on the 1st!

Nikki C said...

Julia I'm sure once you have time you'll have the time to sort your scraps. The ho ho bag is great just the perfect size for presents :) hugs Nikki 1

Lynda Beazley said...

My space often gets worse before it gets worse still! Maybe the new year is a good time for a clear out? Love your bin
Hugs
Lynda B 14

Kyla said...

It always gets worse before it gets better so fret Ye not. As the the scrap box....Woah....that IS worse than mine (note how I never take a photo of what is behind me in my wee craft room....not that I can get in there at the moment). Festive bin bag....too festive for me, I am a Bah humbug (or a bin bag humbug!) ....i'll get my coat :-)

Kyla #16

Neet said...

And there you all are reigning over this devastation. Sorry, but it is a bit of a mix up of stuff. Enjoy the tidying up and I must say I "love" the picture of you all.
Hugs, Neet xx 17'ish (too early for brain to remember)

Twiglet said...

Great festive bin bag! Have a busy week. x Jo

Annie said...

Have fun sorting and tidying my friend. Love the bin bag. Just to make you feel better....when I came home yesterday lunchtime with my twinnie munchkins in tow to let our dogs out Sam walked into my sewing room and said......" Oh Nanny that's messy...don't you have a hoover?"!!!! As they say out of the mouths of babes :-)
Hugs,
Annie x
ps you have word verification on :-(

Nikki C said...

just to let you know Blogger has turned on everyone's You're not a robot settings have to switch to embedded comments. Love that it's always messing around with things for us all
hugs Nikki

voodoo vixen said...

Oh yes, now that is one very festive bin bag! LOL Amazing how your room can end up like that so easily, it just happens and then you have to take a break and sort it out or go nuts! Hope you can find an hour or two in your busy schedule... still loving the gift box!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I can't comment on the state of your desk or any of your makings as the photos are not appearing for me! I have word verification on my blog (despite saying "NO" to it!!) and it looks like you do too. Blogger is not my friend this week. Boo!

VonnyK said...

That is one very impressive bin, functional and tasty looking :) It's not a true mess until you can't reach the desk for stuff on the floor, so you have a long way to go yet. Love the pic on your wall.
This is my last week for the year so have a wonderful Christmas, once you get the tree up. I got my kids to do it this year.
Have a great week.
Von #28

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Julia....in northern Australia we call this time of the year 'the crazy season' where the heat and humidity gets to everyone and we're all feeling stressed and hot, well Christmas doesn't half add to the panic and yes the mess piles up and tasks are rushed - why do we do this to ourselves. I agree though when you tidy it seems you put things in order again and it doesn't feel as bad. Enjoy the tidy-up and I'm liking that gift box you've prepared for the workshop. Have a great week Cheers RobynO#27

Anne said...

Hi Julia - mine did look worse a x I am panicking. Until Monday the whole room was covered including floor. Had to clear it in the end. Happy WOYWW. Anne x #29
I know someone else has said but you have the verification thingy on. Am wondering if mine is. Someone else said it happened on their blog. Gremlins?

Lynn Holland said...

Right there with you on the calming thing. I need yet another tidying session and I know once things are more orderly so will my mind be, which then leads to better creativity,
Oh my word that sounds like it's come from old philosopher or other ho oh ho
Have a good week Julia, it was nice to pop by again x

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Your box o' scraps IS looking a little out of control, but the thing is, it's still smaller than mine. I GAVE UP on having a BOX of scraps and now divide the cardstock into zip lock bags that get files with the cardstock of the same colour. It seems to help save me from cutting a whole sheet when a large scrap fits the bill. Patterned paper, that is still in a mess but there is less of it. I have my 3 ring binder of page protectors that have "card kits" in each one, and that is where my patterned scraps really get gobbled up. It's a juggling game, isn't it, this desk maintenance? And endlessly fascinating to see how everyone else does it!
Happy WOYWW.

MA (looks like 4 this week)

Chrysalis said...

I know the feeling about the scraps box, but have never found a good way of storing it. I hope you can keep the panic at bay, and just enjoy! Hugs, Chris # 13

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Yes, it's messy but so what? The world is still turning!! I love sorting things out, let me have a go at your scraps box in the New Year :-)
Hugs, LLJ 21 xx

Neesie said...

Now that's impressive Julia, Wow what a lot you've got going on.
I've got those bin sacks too. I think they're brilliant!
I'm sorry that I may have messed up your linky too as I've entered twice. The first one didn't go right and I can't delete it :(
I think I'm kind of distracted by news that the weather bomb is about to hit us.
Love the picture on your wall by the way.
Have a great week and Happy WOYWW to you xoxo

Diana Taylor said...

It looks busy and productive rather than messy!! I love the idea of a die cutting station - when I cut it's wherever there's a Big Shot size space to put it! Love the reindeer box - I'll have to have a mooch around pinterest. Hope you have a great week,
Diana #34

sandra de said...

Oh just put a star on the bag and be done with it! I have minimised our tree, added strobe lights and watched the families reaction when they came home. Priceless.
Sandra de @55

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I have a dedicated craft room but wind up working in a small space of my desk. I try to clean after each project and if I don't I usually wind up misplacing something. Last time I lost a CD case with some dies. I think it is gone forever, cause I tore this room apart trying to find. Maybe I tossed it into the trash...so I have to keep my space sort of clean! Don't laugh, you will be old one day too!
Glenda #38

Sue said...

OMG! Once it's sorted you won't know where anything is:)

Happy WOYWW
Sue

itsamistry said...

I have a dedicated scrap box which also needs to be sorted out. What's worse is that I keep every teensy bit of paper from my projects and then end up throwing them out when I have a cleaning spurge. Loving the little gift bag and that bin bag is too cute to use. Have a lovely week Anita #39

Laura said...

Sigh, it is so familiar! I divided my scraps in to wallets by colour. Now when I need a blue bit I pull out the blue folder - so much easier than riffling through a pile...
Happy Wednesday
Laura
42

Marit said...

Thanks for giving us a view to the right... I love the painting on the wall and the big lettering of a happy mr. and ms.!!! Good luck sorting and organizing Julia, happy woyww and a hug from sunny-but-cold Holland. Marit #44

Angela Radford said...

I suspect Julia, if truth be known and you could see a full view of everyone's work area that your place is not unusual Lol!
My place has spread into the dining room but hopefully things will get better soon as I have finished making my Christmas cards, she says Hopefully.
Angela x

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I know the feeling, Julia! The worst is when you want to find something in a big pile and you have to go through it five times before you spot it. I have a growing pile of scraps too, actually three separate piles come to think of it (carefully stored on the floor). I'm waiting for my husband to start moaning about it, then I'll put them into boxes and hide them under the bed! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #40

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

You make me feel normal. Yours has only been short term. Mine alas! is on it's way to recovery after months. I feel I've lost part of my life this year for circumstances beyond my control. But I'm thankful for the fact it's not been for more serious reasons. Love your little box too. I've a board called "It's Wrapped" and I was amazed at what all I've posted to it..should use it sometime ! Thanks for the peek, enjoy a fun week.

Regina Hamilton said...

That's a really cute bad. Better/worse we've all been there, and I will be there again. #48

Artatag said...

Truly, I feel very much at home at your workspace. Mine looks just as "busy". Love that gift-box!
Cheers
Gabriele 23

pearshapedcrafting said...

Hmmm! the dreaded scraps - They just can't be thrown away - or can they?? I keep meaning to make a book just for using up scraps but so far it hasn't happened! Your desk certainly looks err…busy!!! Despite my good intentions tree still to go up!!! Hugs Chrisx 49
I see blogger has decide that we all need verification - how odd!!

Patsy Paterno said...

As usual, I like getting a peek at a desk that is less than pristine. Love the company!!! No Christmas decor in sight anywhere in our house, but piles of wrapped gifts. Have a great day! patsy

pearshapedcrafting said...

Just came back to say - I left a comment on Shaz's blog without filling in the numbers and it worked-Yay!! Chrisx

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Just get a cup of tea, take a deep breathe, and take a break to think of your favorite things about the season. Remember, after the holidays you'll probably have time to go into your studio to tidy up… just close the door for now. LOL! Have a happy WOYWW!

Cazzy said...

Hi Julia, Happy WOYWW! Word verification!!! I hate word verification, I moderate instead!

Love the bin bag, and the fact that I am not the only one panicking about Christmas and December birthdays!

I see the alien!

Cazzy #52

Shaz Brooks said...

Hiya Julia, went back to bed after linking, lol! I see you've got the dreaded WV as well. I can tell you that Di's fix works, tried it on mine. Loving the state of your room, makes me feel I'm not alone, lol. Huge hugs, Shaz xxxx

fairy thoughts said...

Messy is good .... Right?

Nan G said...

Love the bin bag! and the mess. I'm still trying to organize my mess so I can full on craft. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #53

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, you're not alone in being monumentally sick of the state of their desk! I got such a headache looking at mine this morning that I just had to clear up ... it helped immensely that Sky was storm tossed so no distracting broadband in Casa Worthington. Love your festive bin bag, the wee box you've made and the fab painting on your wall :) Enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Lisca Meijer said...

I can totally identify with that. It gets so messy that at a certain point, something has to be done... Big blitz!
Thanks for your kind comment.
Have a good week.
Lisca#25

Cardarian said...

I am back after 2 months but I see nothing has changed - desks are still messy, bins are full, lots of scraps same ol', same ol'. Thank you so much for the lovely card I have recieved today but had a dead camera so haven't took a picture yet! Lots and lots of hugs
CARDARIAN

Sandy Leigh said...

It is nice to have the scraps to use on other projects but...sigh...there's never a way to store them so they looks nice and neat! You are the voice of many right now as we are all rushing around before the holiday. Hugs! Sandy Leigh

Hammers said...

Creative chaos Julia is the best kind..Love that bin bag..slightly lost on the Americans as they don't seem to do Christmas Pudding!!! Cx #57

Bridget Larsen said...

Love those little containers peeping out from under the side desk, what do they hold? p.s. you have that house number verification that google put on automatically, just change your comments/email setting to embed.
Bridget #36

Scrapbook Lynne said...

So happy to be here again this week.. Even from Mexico I have managed to link up

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fairyrocks said...

Hello!! That is one busy desk for sure. I hear you with the Checking it twice list. I realized yesterday I haven't even touched my list of naughty or nice things to do.....So, thanks for hosting Julia, may the ghosts of Christmas past and present help us ALL. I managed to link today at #62- Sorry had to re do the number, dang the desk linkers are fast!!

Christine said...

One rubbish bag does not a Christmas make ... but ..... it's a start!!! Well, done. you've more decs than me!!!

Bishopsmate #63

Krisha said...

Hustle, bustle, drag it, drop it, move it, push it aside and move it again, tis the season for sure....LOL
Not a chance in h#!! I was going to have time to play WOYWW this week.
My, so organized, scrap paper bin now looks just like yours, and her's, and her's, and his!! Frankly I am looking forward to a good cleaning of the craft area, once the holidays are over.....grin
So Happy WOYWW Julia!!!!!

sandysewin said...

Your desk is so full it's make ME stressed out. lol

Deep breaths, you'll get done what's most important. :-)

Happy creating and happy Woyww,

Sandy #31

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Whoo hoo! I didn't think about it being Wednesday which is a shame cuz have I got a mess to rival yours. I do have enough room on the desk for the cat to jump up though because if I didn't he'd just make one for himself anyway. Good luck with it all! Definitely take some time to organize it all up as that will make you feel calmer.

Pat Taviss said...

I just spotted where to add comments to you. First of all thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful weekly worldly wander. This is the inspiration to keep me "at it" as I need a weeee bit of structure from time to time.

Thanks again.

Pat #66

Annie Claxton said...

I'm sure that was my scrap box a few months ago - it has taken me nearly a year to sort them and then start to use them up but there is light at the np end of the tunnel now! I am away from home right now, typing this on my ipad via dodgy hotel Internet connection - the connection is dodgy, not the hotel hehehe! Happy WOYWW :o) Annie C #67

RosA said...

Hi Julia,
I had a bout of tidiness cos I was feeling very, very stressed about the chaos which threatened to topple in every direction :) Good luck with the tidy up, the calm after the storm is a good feeling. Let's hope it lasts :)
RosA # 10

Whimcees said...

Hello!

You are certainly caught up in the chaos of the season - it will get better! Projects get done, stuff gets sorted - soon you will be able to see you workdesk again! Wishing you a happy rest of the week!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Eliza said...

Ah whats a little bit of stuff laying around between friends, love the bin bag and i have a scrap box like that, I think mine has more in it and quite a shambles. You better get chop, chop and put the tree up.

Happy WOYWW sorry i am late, but I have made it this time.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda

misteejay said...

Love the bin bag Julia.
Just where are the days going to? I seem to be constantly playing catch-up with everything at the moment **groan**
Toni xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The one nice thing about organizing and cleaning is, when it looks its very, very, very worst, you are nearly finished. Trust me, I've done this type of organizing for others, too.

April Story said...

Wow!!!! And I thought my work area was a nightmare. I think we might be tied. lol I hope you can get yours all tidied up. I agree - the more calm the work environment - the more calm the crafter. I too am stressing out - I don't have a design for my annual Christmas card! EEK! April