Wednesday, 1 February 2012

WOYWW 139

Tra la la!  Look at my lovely neat and tidy desk!  Am I the neatest desk in all of WOYWW-ville?  Well you'll have to go and see Julia to find out.

Of course it doesn't look like that NOW but it did, for a while.  This morning I am having a deep tissue massage on the instruction of my physioterrorist so I had to take this pic yesterday (which is actually earlier on  today because I am actually writing this Tuesday night.. and... oh gawd, I'm confused!)  Anyway...  That pile on the left corner is my Christmas Journal which has had to grind to a halt while I await my photos but at least I cleared up and can now do something else.  The basket on the right is the "something else", a few odds and sods that need finishing up and some DT work for the next challenge at S J Crafts (current one still open).


Just in the background there behind the tea, you can see where I keep my scrapbook papers.  Next to the radiator.  Now some people tell me its fine, others tell me MOVE THEM IMMEDIATELY so I am going for "move them fairly soon just in case".  Except that as we all know, the wonderful Expedit system from Ikea (which sits behind me) doesn't house any of the well known holders.  So I am making my own.
  
1) Take one ex-craft delivery pizza box and pull off one end.  Secure all other sides.

2) Mix a teeny amount of paint with lots of PVA glue.  PVA is not like white paint and it will not dilute your colour much.  (I made an error here and put too much paint in and I need to re-paint the box because I wanted a lighter shade).

3) Get the children to rip up an old book.  Yes the children.  I am far too anal and cannot do "random" in the way it needs to be done for this.  Just paint the paper on like papier mache.  Get the children to stick it on too and then you get a better "random".  

You can see that the pink is far too dark here but this was just a test.  I will be going over the top edge with the paper mix to get a nice finish but this box hasn't been cut yet hence the funny angle.  I hope to do a couple with music print paper too.


And just for fun, while I had the camera out, I thought I would share a pic of my drawers - oo er.  The top drawer contains photos, printer stuff and repositionable adhesive for putting stuff through the printer.  Below that is my draw of punches...


And below that is my drawer of dies (and a random ex-recipe box that needs "altering", forgot about that...)


So come on, show us your drawers!  Because sharing is caring.

Bye for now
xx

47 comments:

  1. I know we're friends, missus - but show you my drawers?? Isn't that a bit above and beyond?? LOL!! Oh ok, will do a show and tell next week :)
    Love the makeover of the pizza box - fab idea getting the kids to join in, so much quicker and I bet they loved helping you too! Look forward to seeing the end result next week :)
    Hugs, LLJ #68 xx

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  2. Today I was going to show my drawers as people keep remarking on how tidy my WOYWW is!
    Be prepared ladies
    Jakxi

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  3. Wow, lots going on for such an empty desk!


    ** Kate **

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  4. Please dont ever shange your table cloth, as soon as I see it I smile :). I was toying with the idea of joking in wows today .... Uumm just might, you know :)

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  5. Wow, that's tidy, Lisa. Mine never looks that good even when I have tried to tidy!!!!
    I love the fact that you get your kids to do random!!
    Love your drawers too, had a good nosey in those. Can't show you mine as I don't have any!!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax

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  6. Thanks for letting us have a nose! Hope you enjoy this WOYWW. Zo x 89

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  7. That certainly is one tidy workspace and the bonus is, I get to see more of that wonderful pink polka dot table cover. Like Sandra, it always make me smile when I see it :o)

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  8. Hi, what a great desk, I really like your table cloth. It's great to have a nosey in the drawers and I can see it's all tidied and organised. Have a lovely Wednesday. Laura

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  9. lovely creative area, xx Happy WOYWW hun, hoping to get to post on blogs this week, as it didnt let me last week!!

    Lou P

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  10. Love your space and thanks for sharing your drawers! Looks like you have a great place to work in.

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  11. You do not wanna see mine. Oh, OK. I'll photo them next week, brace yourself! I think so far gal, you win...that is one tidy desk. Better I think to have your papers near a drying source than in the damp. At least if they're going to 'move'. they'll have done it before you use them, rather than afterward when you've finished something perfectly! They might buckle a bit if you paint or dampen them in the creative process because the fibres will be very tightly shrunken. That's the printers lesson over with!! GREAT storage idea. Of course, painting, and certainly re-painting, probably wouldn't happen here...not patient enough. Probably put you off visitng now!!

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  12. You do have a neat and tidy desk! Sorry to hear about the deep tissue massage, sounds nasty. I have a trapped nerve in my left arm at the moment, so I sympathise :( Thanks for the peep into your drawers ;) Judith xx

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  13. Thanks for your lovely comments, Lisa. The white flowers were clear embossed before I started adding the inks and then buffed up with tissue to remove the ink at the end.
    Hugs Lisax

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  14. Thanks for sharing the inside of your drawers! Love the polka dot covering on your desk...too cute! Danielle#22

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  15. WOW that is a tidy desk and so are your drawers, is it allowed to be so tidy LOL??? Seriously a great post and thanks for sharing - I don't think I am brave enough to show my drawers, my desk tops are bad enough LOL!!!

    Have a fab WOYWW and a great week, Karen #108

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  16. I have, biscuit tins, humous pots, yogurt pots to name but a few of my storage system - it all saves money to spend on crafting. #110

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  17. I had to nod in agreement at the inability to randomly rip paper, what happens as you get older? Love this, definitely one to try with the kids over half term, which is looming far too close! :) x

    CraftingUpAStorm.Blogspot.com

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  18. You would really not want to see my draws, well infact i only have one in my crafty area, and it holds glues and sticky stuff, very boring! sorry but had to smile at the 'physioterrorist' remark butsorry your suffering. Hope you have a great week Lou @#26

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  19. Thanks for letting us have a wee look in your drawers, I could not open mine as they are sooooo full (note to oneself) clean up your drawers before next weds, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x

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  20. Not sure I would dare to open my drawers in public, but maybe after a good clear up. Thank you for sharing all those unmentionable places with us this week., and for your visit and kind comments. xx Maggie #112

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  21. Lovely tidy desk, glad to hear it's back in use again though. So, paper pizza boxes for the paper, is that it? And I'll look in your drawers anytime you want to share them dear!

    Hugs
    Brenda 115

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  22. Wow, very tidy indeed - glad to hear it doesn't say like that though :) Love the pizza box idea and getting the kids involved. I am quite jealous of your drawers (!), wish I had some, I might have to try and find a similar place for my punches, I've currently got them crammed into one of those ikea boxes in the background and it's a bit of a nightmare as it's like a jigsaw puzzle trying to fit them back in again after you've used one. Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. Lol with a pink spotty table cloth like that I can only imagine what your other drawers look like!!! thanks for sharing. Have a good week - hope your massage helps.

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  24. great post enjoyed seeing your drawers :) and nice idea with the pizza box x

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  25. I love the idea of the box. My drawers, unfortunately are very dull...but I like what you're thinking.

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  26. I wish my drawers were as nice as yours and as clean he he he.

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  27. OMG! Very nice and neat. I love that pizza box makeover and your drawers are so neat too! Awesome! I am offering up some blog candy so come leave a comment on my blog and get a chance to win! Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Vickie #90

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  28. Yes, I think you have the neatest desk I have seen today! Love your pizza box rehab! Looks great! Thanks for sharing your desk. Tammy #118

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  29. Highly impressive. You can come and do my cupboards now, if you like. Can't be having you getting bored, can we?

    J x

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  30. That is a very neat and tidy desk! great idea with the pizza box too. I also am far too anal and would get the children to tear up the paper for me. :) x

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  31. So neat and well organised. Wish I could get mine the same. Thanks for stopping by. Carol

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  32. I think it's really great that you let your kids help you with your artwork. Now if only you could get them to help you clean up too...

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  33. Showing your drawers is a great idea! I may have to borrow that one for a WOYWW. Looks like you have such a bright, happy craft area, love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sue #142

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  34. I love the idea of sharing what is in your drawers. I'll have to keep that in mind for future WOYWWs, especially those times when there is nothing exciting on the desk to share. I used to use pizza-style boxes to house my papers but I outgrew them and wanted fancier looking boxes. It never dawned on me to DECORATE THE BOXES! (?) I have papers everywhere but do confess to have them near a radiator would make me nervous.

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  35. Love your pizza box make-over and the pale blue drawers and the pink spotty cover. Great post. Loved the views. Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet 151 xx

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  36. Fabby pizza box makeover and I love your drawers - so organised! And what a tidy desk!!! x

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  37. You do look organised - I need some organising for my new beads - but defo not in drawers because then I would not be able to fondle them! Hope you enjoyed your massage. ikki

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  38. Ahhhhh massage..... always the answer no matter what the question was! my own personal theory of course.....seeing as I used to do massage therapy!

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  39. LOL, I can't do random either! No Matter how hard I try I end up over thinking it! HA! waving hi from the hills of NC :)

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  40. Great makeover of the pizza box. I love the show me yer drawers challenge. I will take you on for next week. I will plan on making cards on Tuesday night and then take a pic of my desk and card drawer Wed am.

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  41. Could just do with a nice massage... a gentle one, forget those horrid Swedish massages that hurt!!
    Great tut for the paper holders... random is quite difficult isn't it? I have problems with it when I start making patterns!! LOL

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  42. Ha ha ha....your blog comment made me larf! I love the name for your physio!! Sooo funny, nice to see that you have loads of stash, and a WAY TOO tidy desk......it makes me realise that I really DON'T have enough stash, I must try harder...I must try harder......any excuse to go browsing the craft websites!, I am off to WOYWW blog hop now, belated I know, but better late than never!!
    Have a great day
    x

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  43. A clean desk and a massage. What a lucky girl you are! Fun reading your blog!

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  45. A very tidy desk. Mine doesn't look like that for long!!! Thanks for sharing and for visiting me . Anne x

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  46. It's certainly one of the tidiest desks this week. I loved your tutorial, I'll have to try that sometime!
    I'm working my way through this weeks WOYWW - not even half way through yet!

    Sheena
    xxx

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  47. My drawers are for my eyes only ... I've shown them before but that was then and this is now :) Love your tidy desk, I get to see more polka-dots! Like how you got the kids involved ... as well as more random it's much more fun. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Elizabeth x #78

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