Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Hello WOYWWers, Followers and Fellow Bloggers,

I had to miss WOYWW last week but I'm determined to join in the fun over at the Stamping Ground where Julia, the hostess with the mostess, labours long and hard to bring us blogland's biggest snoopathon on a weekly basis.

This is what my desk looked like yesterday - feast your eyes on all those newly cleaned stamp blocks, they won't be pristine for long :)

And here's what my desk looked like at close of play Tuesday evening. There's nothing quite like this weekly photo shot for bringing a dose of reality and revealing the jumble that is my desk, that's for sure. And it all happened in a few short hours too!

Regulars to view my desk might notice that it is now in a much brighter spot. To the right is a window - you can just see a glimpse of it at the top right corner of the photo - previously my back was to it. As you can see I'm in the middle of making a double page layout - it's at the point where I need to add the title and the journaling before creating a few finishing embellishment clusters.

I think this view lets you see even more of the stuff at the back - all essential to the crafting process, of course - well my crafting process anyway. I won't take up too much of your valuable time by going through it all but there are two items of note. One, the plastic box beside the label maker - I think that needs explaining. It contains a rather gruesome looking damp cloth - it's for cleaning stamps during the cataloguing marathon (still ongoing). Two, the very pretty card featuring cherry blossom - from Lynn, aka Linby. I got myself all confused but, happily, Lynn has put me right, so thank you Lynn.

We are going through the second ice age here and as I don't do ice, I'm staying in and keeping warm today. Which, hopefully, means plenty of time to peek at a goodly number of workdesks - well, that's the plan :)

I hope it's rather better wherever you are - well, warmer anyway - and if it isn't do take care and mind your step.

Happy crafting,


  1. Hullo there Elizabeth.. ah you were missing last week- wondered at some stage why had not visited you lately now I know why - mm snow could send you some of our warmth not to oo hot but just right over here and loving it ..and well cataloging know all about that too!
    A great creative space today, love the layouts!
    Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #no number yet

  2. He he I have to laugh as I've got so many stamping blocks all ver my desk too! Happy WOYWW, Rebecca #57

  3. Love your new brighter area to craft in Elizabeth and really hope things warm up soon for us all.
    A x # 62

  4. Well how many blocks can a girl need... several more than I have it seems! Have a great day - I love your desk!. Helen 8

  5. Now that reminds me i must clean my stamp blocks. Creative desk Happy woyww Jill #15

  6. Love the light you have now, and your blocks are looking clean and fab!! Hope you mess them up soon! Ha ha. Love to see you layouts you're working on, am always inspired. Enjoy desk hopping. Take care Zo xx 87

  7. Your layout is lovely, can see you have your laces out to add to it.. The stamp blocks are all tidy and clean nothing worse than getting a bit of ink the wrong color on a project from a dirty stamp block..
    Sandy :) #9

  8. Hi Elizabeth, great desk, and I love your double page layout. I spy a cute little wooden cupboard with what look like chooks on?? Cute :-)

    happpy woyww in the new ice age :-)

    debs #85

  9. Don't know how I missed you first time around, I looked for you and Rita and saw neither.
    Love those clean acrylic blocks, sad to say mine never get a god cleaning but I do wipe off if I see something.
    Nice LO's on the desk, hope we get to see them in more detail soon, and the cherry blossom cad looks ever so pretty.
    Keep in and warm (and safe)
    Thanks for the visit - Hugs, Neet xx 2
    ps give Bonnie a gentle hug from me x

  10. Oh a window! lucky you! pppssst, I keep my damp rag/wipey off thingy in a coffee cup. Nice looking LO. Happy WOYWW! Nan #3

  11. your page layouts are looking really good and I am glad to hear I am not the only one still ploughing through indexing my stamps. I am about half way through now but what a mess my fingers get in to!
    Wishing you a very Happy WOYWW
    Ria #44

  12. Hi Elizabeth, I can send you some warmth from down under we have plenty of sunshine to share. Love the layouts on the desk and such a crafty desk it is, full of fun things to play with.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza 24

  13. You always look so well organised in your crafty space. Hope the weather soon remembers its the first day of Spring tomorrow! x Jo

  14. I've really been having to drag myself outside this week, Elizabeth. The warm house pulls when this cold weather won't go away!! I had to laugh at the second ice age!!
    Love the look of your layouts and that cherry blossom card is so pretty.
    Have fun messing up those acrylic blocks.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #71

  15. You must be pleased with your blocks they look like new
    Well done on all that cleaning
    Jackie 17

  16. You have a lot of block. Enjoy your brighter work desk, and try to stay warm. #110

  17. Ooh Elizabeth your desk is looking very interesting! Happy WOW day. Jill x

  18. such shiny stamp blocks - they look like new! and what a lovely spot to scrap :) i'm working up to a double-page spread of M&D's wedding reception photos - wish me luck :)
    and thanks for dropping by already and leaving a lovely comment - i really appreciate it!
    happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
    no. 7

  19. Those blocks are amazing...I only have three and they are a total disgrace! I love the look of those layouts..can't wait to see them in more detail. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro xx #81

  20. Hi Elizabeth
    great looking desk, the LO are interesting is it a costume museum or something.
    have a good week
    janet #28

  21. Hi Elizabeth, your desk is looking so very productive this week. You have reminded me that my blocks need a good clean so thank you - I think! I had a closer look at your pages and they are really lovely. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #34

  22. Hi Elizabeth - thanks for stopping by ! Hope the snow isn't too awful - but at least you are trapping in with all your stash !! It's a ill snowdrift that blows a crafter no good !! Stay warm ! Ali #22

  23. Love the layout. Will look fab on completion.
    No WOYWW for me this week, just catching up when I can.

  24. oh i never have stamps or blocks needing cleaned. Normally I'm a messy crafter but I'm a bit OCD about cleaning my stamping stuff. go figure! Pity that doesn't extend to housework lol.

  25. Love the light coming in your room. A big window is one thing I'd love to have in my space... but will never happen. Like the layout. And clean stamp blocks are important. The speak to you better... okay screaming at you... Pick me! Pick me! LOL Creative Blessings! Kelly - not playing this week, just visiting the neighbors.

  26. belated WOYWW Wishwes ,my you have been busy and those blocks look as good as new the scrap pages look ace and I spied some very pretty lace and doily's too great craft space and good luck with the cataloguing, you've given me and idea re window s I face a wall and have a window to my right behind me never thought about turning the desk ! may need to give that some thought.hope you
    have a great Andrea #20 .

  27. Oooh your blocks look great all clean! :)
    Happy (belated) WOYWW!

    StampinBoots x #144

  28. I'm impressed with the clean blocks : ) and much nicer to be facing the window (even if we haven't had the best Spring weather yet!). Thanks for sharing and Happy belated Woyww Liz @ 80

  29. Hello Elizabeth,

    I'm still doing the rounds and just received your lovely comment, thank you. Our cats are on a strict night curfew too, and generally they only go outside to keep me company in the garden.

    Great to do the cleaning jobs so you can use the blocks easily when you're creating. I'm sure it's lovely to have the daylight coming onto the desk too. The layout looks pretty, soft colours.

    Wise to stay indoors if it's so cold out. From what you say, this is rather unseasonable? Hope it breaks soon and some Spring flowers appear. :-)

    Ros #47

  30. Squeaky clean I say! Missed you! Stay toasty! I bet you,will love all that new found light!

  31. Well, doesn't your desk look better facing that way? Lots of lovely natural light :) the hearts paper is really beautiful, so soft and romantic and I like that cherry blossom card too! How I wish the real thing was here instead of the snow....sigh.
    Thanks for dropping by!!
    LLJ xxxx

  32. I cannot believe that I have missed you so far this week. Your desk is so tidy, especially compared to my bomb site. Mine was quite good on Thursday morning, but then I had to make a special card for a friend's birthday in a rush. It involved stamping, masking, stencils (Clarity Skyline mask), brayering, Angelina film and fibre etc, with the result that everything exploded. I tend to use Clarity mounts for all my unmounted stamps and only have one other block. Hope your snow is not causing you too much of a problem. Take care and keep warm. xx Maggie #32

  33. Belated WOYWW greetings, thanks for visiting me too. Great desk, your stamp blocks look brand new..cleaning stamps has got to be the worse job in the world - needs someone to invent a self-cleaning stamp - that would be heaven. Have a good week.. Gill x #41


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