Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday #69

Actually, NOTHING. It's because, as of late yesterday, while my UK, European, and Asian friends were sleeping, I've been doing some rearranging. And yes, before you ask, I visited EVERYONE for the 7th consecutive week on the WOYWW blog hop last week, although it took till Saturday, due to company, a misbehaving computer, and that dratted Error 503. Not sure what I'm talking about? Go to Julia's Stamping Ground and link up to show your desk, or anything in your studio, just like I'm going to today. We're the snoopiest group on the interweb and we're not going away any time soon!

Do you remember these drawers? I linked this photo from my Studio tour back in June. Even before that, I hated the way my photos looked each time these drawers showed in a photo from my desk. I like drawers that close properly, but since this dresser was given to me, and of course I put the drawers in without giving it much thought, I decided I would see what I could do to change the problem while you all slept. Click on any photo below for a better view.

OK, I didn't solve the problem, but I helped, except for the bottom drawer, which simply will NOT close any further, no matter what I do. I suspect, from a bit of investigating, the grooves that fit in the two pieces of wood nailed to the sides are not cut as long as they should be, or the wood guides are too long. Regardless, the other drawers fit a bit better.

As you can see, I didn't bother cleaning the drawers when I changed them around. This top one holds mostly my crepe paper and a bingo game. The envelopes contain items from previous swaps I still must deal with. Sort of a mixed bag of sloppiness, which I will clean out either today or tomorrow. I'm opting for tomorrow, since our HEAT WAVE is back after one day of lovely weather.

The second drawer (which used to be on the bottom, holds foam sheets, a few little quiltlets I decided aren't finished, carpet samples, and cotton balls. Not exactly items that go together, this is another drawer I'll be cleaning out and reorganizing.

The third drawer from the top used to be the top drawer and it's where I keep swap items. You can see it's empty at the moment, except for a doll I threw in, along with ATC holders I use when I send out ATCs.

The final drawer holds all my stickers in sheet protectors. You can see my Martha Stewart rocking horse stickers because they jumped out of the drawer in order to join the party. I couldn't get these little babies to hide or return to the drawer, no matter what I did! For those of you new to WOYWW, I show one or more of my over 450 rocking horses each week. This week just happened to be these stickers that I don't actually count as part of my collection.

This week I'm spotlighting Voodoo Vixen at Scrap Happens Here. A recent move from Saudi Arabia to Calgary, Canada puts her on the same continent as me, albeit not much closer if I want to play in her awesome new scrap room. Be sure you stop by and say hi to Voodoo Vixen today (not sure she's using her given name on her blog) and see where scrap paper, altered art, and grunge board meet, then turn into some pretty spectacular art. Be sure to check out Scrap Happens Here today even if you aren't a WOYWWer.

89 thoughtful remarks:

Kirsty.a said...

Thanks for the peek at where you craft

Sue said...

Hi hunb
greta piccies, give that drawer a size 5 may fit then! lol, lovely & tidy, i made it round but also got 503 error!have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Ohhh Snap said...

I'm with you on the drawer closing thing. Although I only have 4 drawers in my whole craft room, and they are empty at the moment.

Visiting everyone for 7 weeks in a row is a real feat. I hope your computer is more co-operative this week :D.

Ohhh Snap said...

Back to say the blue pen is a very old, almost dried out Zig Glue 2-way glue pen. It's pretty cool. Use it right away and it's permanent (the way I mostly use it). Wait a bit and it's repositionaable (but repositionable sometimes loosens itself when you don't want it to do so).

BTW say hello to WOYWWendy for me, I didn't see her today.

The Taming of the Glue said...

I've got a cupboard that would match your bottom drawer! Loving all those stickers and what tidy drawers!!!

Susan Allan said...

It is good for the soul to tidy up. At least you know where things are, or do you? When I tidy up, I can never find anything.

I'd love to see some of your little quiltlets some time.

Have a wonderful day.
Sue xx

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Oooooh you got the number one spot :)
Just to check you don't have too much in that drawer do you? or a load of stuff fallen from the other drawers? I know but I had to ask anyway......

Helen said...

I don't know how you manage it but you are always first to comment on my post each Wednesday! Thank you. And I love your drawers! Have a good day.

Chrissie said...

I must admit to liking drawers which close properly even if mine don't always make it shut... as some of my pics this week show. I should have been more careful!
Well done on the sort out!
Chrissie

peggy aplSEEDS said...

how amazing that you can visit all the desks and write out such sincere comments! i am going to do a bit of rearranging and cleaning myself and my drawers are giving me problems too because the drawer guides are too flimsy and my papers and stuff are too heavy!

oneoff said...

That's a good sort out. I think I need to do the same with my stickers; they're in a variety of folders and usually end up spread across the sofa so I can find what I'm looking for.

Btw Bleubeard is gorgeous - but then you knew that already!

Wipso said...

Thanks for dropping by to say hello. Yes you are right [and very observant] I do have a new set of drawers under my right hand unit. They now hold my stock of zips but as they are much bigger than the drawers these were in before I have an empty drawer at the bottom....and as yet can't think what to put in it....decisions decisions :-)
A x

She said...

Great tidy space........my desk is tidy for the first time in years.....normally I work in about 2 square inches......got nearly a whole desk to play in today! S x

Lothian Crafts said...

I dont know how you have managed round all the desks for the last 7 weeks well done. Thanks for the nosey through the drawers.
Elaine no 38

Spyder said...

...and the comment box too, that doesn't always open..what tidy draws you have!! I really wish I could be more organised, but I don't think that will ever change..late for work (again) but had to come in and say, Good morning!!

(Lyn)

Pauline said...

Lots of storage space, you lucky thing! I need to tidy and sort my space too, I can never remember where I put stuff!

Morti said...

Morning Elizabeth! Shame about the drawer that doesn't fit so well, eh? Give Bleubeard some fuss from me! Love your sewing machine cover by the way.....

Joanne said...

Firstly, well done on visiting everyone for 7 weeks on the trot. I haven't managed it once yet - but I will at some point. I have some drawers that have a mind of their own too. So annoying.
Luv Joanne xx

Dawn said...

I couldn't possibly visit all the WOYWWers any more once it got past 100 I kinda stopped there so you go girl and I always enjoy a good snoop round your room/desk

Love Dawn xx

Julia Dunnit said...

That's a great way to sum up Annette's blog! Oh my the drawer re-organisation, looks better for sure - if you re-arrange after moving all the drawers will you ever find anything again?! Or are you going to put everything back where it used to be, but the drawers in the new order? I know what I mean! I can't recall seeig you use stickers much - is that why you have a few?!

Sarah said...

I always lose stuff when I tidy up, last time it was a whole set of Stampin' Up! ink pads :( I hope that doesn't happen to you.

Just pull all the drawers out a bit so it looks like a design element :)

Donna: said...

I only have about 3 clear/open square inches on my studio table today. Guess I see my first aRt goal of the day!! Watercolor has captured my aRt attention this last few weeks. Love the water color crayons... Yummy rich colors.
Your desk area is way too neat E.... You gotta get busy and do something.... :) LOL

Neet said...

You are so brave showing inside your drawers - if I was to show my cupboards on the inside I might remember what is in them.
Thanks for sharing. #44

Sarah said...

Brave lady showing us inside of your drawers, am with you on the not shutting properly - it really gets to me

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Thanks for sharing your workspace- I'm SORRY your heat is back! It's really time for summer to be over!

Lorraine said...

Fab pics and nice to see you're getting so organised...

Lorraine #67
xxx

Mandy aka Crafty Angel said...

super organised! great pics, hugs mandy xx

Elliephant said...

well done for doing a bit of "midnight" sorting. I agree that drawers should all shut (when they manage to get shut) and there is nothing better than a good sort in preparation for being messy!

Tracy Evans said...

Oh you have made me smile this morning, I would be just the same, I would have to get those draws sorted they would drive me mad LOL. Love those quiltlets, are you going to make a quilt eventually? Can't believe you even have rocking horse stickers, I would have missed those if you had not pointed them out. You are a woman after my own heart..... ORGANISED! Tracy Evans x

Rebecca said...

Wow getting around to visit everybody is a mean feat. Now you've explained about the Roacking Horse collection I will keep a look out. Well done with your tidying up - looking good.
Rebecca # 61

Gez said...

Lovely to see your workspace as ever. :) Fabby rocking horses. Fingers crossed Blogger behaves this week.. I come to type a comment & it keeps saying this service not available! Have a great week. Hugs, Gez.xx

Stressed Stamper said...

fab drawers and rocking horses....blogger playing up commenting
Sarah #5

Mummylade said...

you've been busy I see =)

Linda Elbourne said...

Lets all move to Annette's scrap room :0) Great reorganisation and you should get a badge for visiting little ole me who did n't play WOYWW last week! It was a real treat to see you ... Thank you X

voodoo vixen said...

Morning Elizabeth (and a smooth for the gorgeous Bluebeard)... I am flattered beyond belief that you would pick my blog, thank you! :) Your drawers look so neat... I have one that doesn't like to close in the master bathroom and it annoys the heck out of me... so I feel your pain!! :)

Janetlynne said...

getting around to everyone 7 times in a row, is wonderful...... I have 3 drawers....the first one I use just for scraps.....the other two....hmm I don't know, maybe it is time to clean them out. Have a great week

Cardarian said...

What a tour through the drawers - you will be busy doing all you say you will be doing! I think though your drawers are quite tidy! Love those little rocking horses stickers! How cute is that??? Loved the snoop!
Hugs,
Cardarian

MOLLYE said...

how can you be so neat and still create????????????? Amazing!

Carolynne said...

Thanks for the snoop. Fancy coming to my house and tidying up....seeing as you are in the mood

x

Alix said...

i'm sure i spend more time tidying than i do creating...yet its always a mess here...i need to take a leaf out of your book i think!

Cheryl said...

oh great pic hun I too love drawers that close properly too,as I am a bit of a tidy freak,he he although my paper is not always tidy,but love your chest,drawers I mean,hugs cheyrl xxxxxxx

Lou and Mel said...

Now thats tidy!!! When you've got a moment - mine needs sorting!

Twiglet said...

Oh to have such lovely tidy drawers!! I have lots of untidy ones in my house!!! Must take a leaf out of your book and get super-organised.

Candace said...

Thanks for letting us look in your drawers

Thanks for sharing & enjoy your week

Hugs Candace #86

Sanna said...

Nice drawer. :)

Thistleblue said...

Good afternoon Elizabeth! thanks for sharing all your fab drawers! Have a wonderful week!
hugs
Michelle
x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, thanks for a good snoop inside the drawers. Good job on fixing most of them anyway. Now, what will you use the carpet samples for?
Sorry to hear the heatwave is back :-(
Anne xx

Dianne said...

you are so much more organized than I...well done. love the rocking horses that "wouldn't go back in the drawer!" => I definitely would love to have more drawers & shelves instead of the plastic bins I am currently using. just not conducive to finding things quickly...enjoy your day. hope cooling fall weather arrives soon. the leaves are starting to turn here in Ohio...colorful inspiration!

airing cupboard crafts said...

Thanks for letting us see inside your drawers they are very organised. x

BethanyR said...

My first time visiting your blog...very neat!

sasa said...

Good work going on - nothing like a good sort ou to fire you up - hope you get some you time soon to enjoy that fab space. Thanks for visiting me and the whole world! Sarah (Sasa 27)

Dragon said...

You are right of course!!! Drawers, in theory, should shut!!! Tee hee. Glad they mostly do now... Happy woyww today and congrats on pole position and 7 weeks full visiting!!!
Hugs
Frankie
xx

joey said...

ooooh That error thing drives me mad grrr! you are so good getting around to everyone every week, I just cant seem to manage it, draw re-arranging arrrrgh a pet hate of mine I dont envy you loooool, well actually I do I wish I had the inspiration to do it. Joey.x

Li'l Pidge said...

ooh, very organised, thanks for sharing. I find that I have good intentions to sort out the craft room but usually get distracted and end up making stuff, so well done you on cracking on with it-a nice clean space

Shirley Pumpkin said...

wow.. it all looks great... Plus you are #1 today... GOOD Job.. I still have not uploaded my pic yet... lol I hope to have it up sometime today.. thanks for the Peak and all your really nice comments on my blog.. Hugs to you!!

Shirley Pumpkin

Daniele said...

Hiya thanks for visiting my desk this week and letting me have a crafty peeek at yours
hugs

Hels Sheridan said...

Cor, lovely drawers hun! I know what you mean about the Error 503, have had it on every post I have done today! TTFN x

Marilyn Rock said...

As much as I try and try; re-organizing just doesn't seem to work for me. I am in awe of how you can do this so beautifully and logically. I'm constantly in a state of chaos. xxoo Marilyn

lisa said...

You have been busy while we were snoozing!!!!
It also sounds like your weather is ten times better than here in the UK. Wet Wet Wet and going to be wet AND windy by the weekend, typical British weather. Send us some of your sunshine pleeeease!!!
Thanks for sharing your lovely space.
Hugs Lisax

Scrapcollectr said...

E-
I thought drawers didn't close because they were too full! That's sometimes my problem. In that case, I just take out the minimum to shut it again. Clean it out? What a concept! lol
Happy WOYWW.
Linky #124

triciasconfetti said...

Haven't entered my desk this week but thought I would have a blog hop at WOYWW nevertheless. its always fun sorting out the desk isn't it as you find allsorts of things you had forgotten about.
x Tricia

nerllybird said...

Those drawers would drive me a bit nuts too, well done for sorting them out. What's in them looks fab, which is of course what really matters! Helen (46)

kath said...

thanks for the snoop and I was all set to kill Mr Bloggy last week with that irritating Error 503...seems to have gone but he is now on a go slow uploading pics....grrrrr...hugs kath xxx

madebyKarla said...

Nice drawers! they fit so much stuff and they look great! So what did you get your degree in? If I had to guess I would say art? Am I close?
Thanks for the fun snoop and for visiting my blog :)
Karla #11

Sherry said...

Great job of your drawers shuffling! Hope you sort the bottom one out too. Your chair looks lovely and comfy - arms are a necessity I think. You've been doing so well getting to visit ALL the desks - there are so many of them!

Happy crafting this week!

Sherry (104)

Lizzybobs said...

Hi loving those drawers - thanks for sharing lol ;o)

Ali H said...

No 1 this week - do you not sleep ? Great to see the secrets in the depths of that drawer unit ! Hope you find all that tidying inspires you to have fun making something new ! Ali x #40

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

yeah REALLY this ERROR 503,,,,,what the heck is this THING!!! I gave up trying to leave comments today...I want to know what is the "dirt" situation by now:)

Flip-Flop Creations said...

Awesome space! Great job with organization ~jeni :) *106*

Sheila said...

7 weeks in a row! You're a superstar!!

Linda C said...

Great pics. Everything is nice and tidy for you to "mess up"! Have fun creating and I'll check back next week to see your rocking horse. Linda #125

Terry said...

Thanks for the peek! I'd love to have drawers of my own. *sigh* Very impressive that you've visited EVERYONE. You rock!

Terry #127

Cynthia Eloise said...

it's funny how drawers that all look the same each fit differently. so what time was it when you posted? you made it first on the list.

Kaz said...

Wow you are very organised....so wish I could be, sorry about the shock when you visited my blog......the music is a fright when you not expecting it so I am very sorry :) Have a lovely week xx
kazx

Rosie said...

Thank you for the NICEST comment on my art journalling I've ever had - made my day!! We had a chest of drawers like that,which sort of slumped in the corner rather than stood there - it drove me CRAZY! Thanks for the rummage in your drawers, always fascinating to see other people's stuff and how they organise it.

Caro said...

What a wonderful work area you have...love the drawers and neatness.

Sunshine Girl said...

Thanks for the snoop - those stickers are very you! I would have to fill that one drawer up though - I am not able to keep an empty space for long! Well done on visiting everyone again - I managed 70 and unexpectedly went out for the day on Sunday so couldnt get round anymore desks.

The Paper Princess said...

Ooh, it's always fun to peek inside everyone's drawers! Of course the last one was my fave - nosey me, I enlarged all of the photos! :-) I missed being #1 this week (by a LONGSHOT, lol) but it has been too hot to hang around the computers.

Have a great weekend!
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Milliesmarvels said...

Great workspace and your drawers are so tidy!
Jane
x

Halle said...

I definitely need to do some organizing! I have even more stuff in my artzone now that I'm building miniatures. I have too many projects going...I'm overwhelmed at times...not knowing what to even work on.

Katie said...

What a great space :) So messy! I'm sure you have fun there!

Heather x said...

Oh its good to hear I'm not the only one having trouble with error messages, I hardly commented at all last week because of the error messages...and worse ones was me writing all the comment out just for a "service not available" error coming up and wiping out what I had wrote!
Great workspace pics babe, very therapeutic having a tidy up :)
*hugs* Heather x

minnie_mac said...

Thanks for the guided tour of your chest of drawers. Very tidy indeed.

Marilyn

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh I wish your organizing would rub off on me darn it #1 WOYWW girl!!!

akilli melek said...

Don't worry about drawers not shutting...it's just your stash reminding you that they are there to play with! caroline

butlersabroad said...

Finally I've made it to #1, I'm 95 this week and have worked down commenting as I go, now got to turn around and work up! I'm seriously considering a re-org and tidy up myself..... maybe this weekend.

Hugs
Brenda

Aisling said...

I feel like I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar... You are very vigilant! I cheated a bit and I took my pic for WOYWW during the weekend. But I'm sure my secret is safe with you! ;-) Thanks for visiting all of us every time!

nnalorac said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and wow all the others, no mean feat!! Did I know what I was letting myself into, yes 20 mins was an understatement! been good fun snooping, hope to cross paths again soon. nnalorac.xx

Dragon said...

Well done for getting round everyone all those times and I love your tidy drawers... Very jealous as my stuff is getting more untidy by the day!!
Frankie
xx