Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Workdesk Wedneday #142--My Big Dirty "Secret"

Last night I kept pestering the cat to go make a card for me and take some pictures of my desk.  The cat, in true cat form, didn't even twitch an ear.  My husband though, must have gotten tired of hearing me as he went and photographed the desk:


He did not, however, make me a card.  What he did do though, is after I told him that I had done something to the camera to make the photos really HUGE file size-wise, is sit around and fiddle with the camera to figure out how to make the pictures normal sized again.  In the process he snapped this photo, which really shows my true crafting colors:
That, my friends, is my living room.  The lower right hand corner shows a cart with a basket of ribbon on it.  My desk is right next to that.  If I were sitting at my desk I would be facing you, the picture taker.  If you, the picture taker kept stepping to your right alongside the back of my desk you would reach our front door.  Yep, when you come into my house, this is what you see.  I always tell people, "If the mess bothers you, feel free to pick it up."  I've had no takers.  It is extra disastrous with stuff heaped on that gold chair, the table, my stool, and the little cart next to it.  Those don't usually exist, or if they show up I pick them up fairly soon after.  But not only have I had no crafting mojo, I have no cleaning mojo.  I just found out I have a sinus infection, so that might explain my lack of will to live. 

Anyway....the heaps on the fireplace hearth.... they've been there for a long time (great insulation, btw).  To the left of fireplace you see a stack of plastic containers filled with paper.  That is my mythical 8-foot stack of paper.  Truly, it is only 4-feet there, but I can pile up a second one with ease.  To the left of the 8-foot stack is the hamster cage on a table with magazines and Club Scrap boxes underneath.  You can see my rolly traveling craft cart, next to that a cat tent that they often fight over.  The gold chair has 2 Club Scrap boxes (one empty), a bag of goodies from Joann's, and a box with my Valentine's presents.  The table has my Cuttlebug, newer Big Shot, the paper cutter, and an assortment of papers, stamps, and assorting crafting crud.  The bookshelf behind it is filled with books with crafting stuff in front of it.  You can see stacks of punches, big lever punches, jars of paper flowers, a basket of more paper flowers and random stuff, and a box of envelopes.  The next bookshelf over is filled with Iris 3-drawer bins.  All the upper bins have stamps, one of the lower bins also has 12x12 paper.  At one point in my life, I would rotate my frequently used stamps into these bins.  I have a closet with the tall Iris carts in them full of stamps too, and the not so frequently used stamps were in there.  I don't bother with that anymore.  Between that black bookshelf and the smaller cart (with the red piece of paper on top) is a pile of Club Scrap boxes filled with craft stuff and several plastic snap together bins of embellishments.  Never fear, there is enough room to walk there and to scoop the 2 covered cat litter boxes in the corner (you can see one in the photo, the other one is right next to it).  That wall you see is 23-feet long, so you can get a feel for the size of the room (23x20).  The ceiling is 10-feet high, hence the heater as one of the walls is almost all windows.  Our house stays chilled which is awesome in the summer when it is 100+ degrees, not so happy in the winter.



So that is my dirty little secret, which never really was a secret, but I just never thought to show it off in all its glory before.  My mom says it is a sign of an illness. 

Here is the card I made because the cat refused to.  It could almost qualify for a snippets card because it was made mostly from things I had lying around. 

The Fine Print: Stamp by DeNami Design, papers by unknown (by not DCWV), border punch by Stampin' Up, florish die cut by Quick Cuts.

45 comments:

Karen said...

Great post although I was sorry to hear that you are not feeling too well. I do hope you start to feel better soon [[hugs]]. I love your card, especially the lovely color combination you have used :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx

sandee said...

LOL, first off tell hubby great job getting up to take a picture for you and fixing the camera! next, never thought to use my supplies as insulation :0 waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Maggie's Crafts said...

WOW love your crafty space. :):)

Great creation!

Thank you for sharing.
Maggie
#145

ScrappnBee said...

LOL! Hubbies are the best! Where would we be without them to fix our gadgets? Love the peek...hopefully the Mojo has now returned. Have a fabulous WOYWW! -Amanda 12x12 or 144! LOL!

Mary Ann said...

So to hear about the sinus infection...nasty and painful. Love your creating space...thank you MR. P.J.P. for the great pic.

Mary Ann #23

505whimsygirl said...

my dear Princess Judy,

Oh, I love what you've done to your living room! ;-) you certainly have lots to choose from when you are crafting. mine is hidden away (mostly) in two closets but i do have things out on my shelves - some books but other things mixed in there.

yes, i agree about the word verification. i'm glad that Di told me about turning it off. am glad i did and wish more would also.

the yard faces north so the snow will be there until April/May... bummer, especially when picking up after two doggies!

hugs,
kay

fairy thoughts said...

very funny, I like your room , it's what we WOYWW ers aspire to, so dont knock it LOL
I didnt even notice the fireplace until I read it.
have a great day in your 'living room'.
janet #8

Anne-marie said...

Wow love your crafty space so much storage and yummy stuff and I love ribbons have a fab week
Anne-marie #4

Jackie said...

Your desk looks fab!

Di said...

Oh Judy - I almost cried laughing when I saw the photos and read your post. Right, I can come and sort all that out for you anytime - and even help to cart it away :)) What a fun place you live in - so many wonderful things to play with.

And, why didn't you link your card into the playground - it's a brilliant snippets card! Go on, I dare you :) We have pogo sticks now!!

Di xx

RosA said...

Hi there Princess Judy!
For someone with no will to live you've sure got a lot to say, hehe! And such a lot of stuff! Which probably equates to how much stuff I have, but not all in one place, it's spread all through the house ... except for the living room. My husband says "Can't we PLEASE keep ONE room tidy????" Umm, well we try.
And, I'm so pleased that someone understands about the books and the need to buy one that you couldn't possibly have any interest in other than "altering"! Although I am reading a bit here and there as I tear the pages out which confirms my original suspicions that this book deserves to be taken apart.
Love those fur people wearing their jewels!

VonnyK said...

I can't get over the amount of stuff you have, I keep going back to the picture. You could spend years creating in that space and never have to emerge to buy more. All I can say is FANTASTIC, I'm ver impressed.
Have a great week.
Von #38

Barb King said...

Well, you have your priorities right, that's for sure. Thanks goodness for understanding husbands! I have a craft room upstairs, and now have also taken over the diningroom, stacks of stamps everywhere (also have a huge loom in the spare bedroom, from my weaving days). Yep, that's just the way it goes....thanks for giving me a laugh today, and for stopping by my blog. Barb #100

pat said...

Lotta stuff, but hey, every girl has to have her stuff! Have fun.

Marion said...

OMG! I love your dirty - not so - little secret :) So sorry to read your not feeling well, I hop it gets better soon.

sandra de said...

The disease you have is called "faffing" and you are not alone. So from one faffer to another keep up the good work.

Clare with paint in her hair said...

LOL fabulous room!

May said...

(lol) I know these furrballs never do anything they are asked!! love your space in all it's glory, Love the card, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hah . . . I have the same trouble with my chickens that you do with your cats! They point blank refuse to make cards for me when the mojo's gone AWOL!

Fab pictures of your crafing, um, SPACE! LOL!

Can I have a go on the pogo stick now please? xxx

Angie said...

My long lost sister is a Princess! I knew I had royalty in my blood!!! Those dots for the Ciao markers are delightful btw. Love your space, the husband would be most unhappy with me if I converted the living room into my 'space'! Oh and I don't have curtains in 90% of the windows in my house, I live in the woods and if the critters like peeking more power to them!

505whimsygirl said...

Princess Judy
(I just love typing that!)

You asked about my She Art canvases. I'm hoping to get some decent photos taken and sell them on etsy. I've had an etsy account for years but have never sold anything.

I also sell at a local craft's fair in November so will sell them there too. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

Hugs,
Kay

lisa said...

Wow, that's a great room. You have so much stash, I think I need to come and play at your house!!!
Good old hubby taking your photos and fixing your camera, what would we do without them.
Take care
Hugs Lisax #127

Debs Willis said...

Hope you're feeling a bit better today, and you have one well trained cat - just like my little helper!

Love your crafty space and all the goodies on display, makes me want to have a dig around!

thanks for your ocmments on my blog

Debs #92

StampinCarol said...

LOL! What a work space! I have an 8' x 10' room (in our last home it was over 14' x 20'). I'm so crowded. Today (Thursday) I posted my "Clean Work Desk Thursday". I found things lost since August!

Laura said...

Hi, what a great desk and craft room, it is filled to the gunnels with what looks like fantastic stash. I laughed when I saw the empty cat bed and them huddled round heater, it must be a little chilly. Your card that the cats did not make is super and I hope your sinus gets better soon, you will have such a headache with it. Have a great day

kay said...

wow,so much craft stuff,i would be in heaven playing with it,love how your cats hog the radiator,hope you feel better soon,x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

LOL! That's about the only 'cleaning' offer I get--I'll come take it away for you. The stamping stuff is part of hubby's master plan in case I die. He plans to bribe a new wife with, "Look at all this stamping stuff I have to offer!"

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Darn those chicken, anyway!!!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Keep the bathroom tidy and have that as your one room. Hubby has his own room and always says I get the rest of the house... I'm lucky!

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

I so loooove the idea of taking over the living room with the crafty stash - you are my ultimate hero!!!! Happy woyww! Hugs, Joanna

DottyA Cards & Things said...

As usually I'm running late getting around to visit this week.....
But so glad I'm stopping by to see all the STUFF you have stored so nicely.... how do we get sooooo much STUFF... I have know idea... it seams to grow all by itself....
Thanks for your kind words you left on my bolg...I enjoyed my visit!!!

Katie said...

I love the card! I think its so funny that your husband took the picture for you!

One day, I'll share a picture of my living room...furniture placement was designed around my scrapbook stuff :)

Happy WOYWW (on Thursday!)
Katie #14

Morti said...

ROFLMAO

That is too funny! Especially the way you write it! What a long suffering and kind husband you have - or does he craft too?

Hope the sinus infection gets better soon hun! Thanks for stopping by...

Gabrielle said...

Sorry it's taken me a while to visit - seem to have been in a timewarp this week! I really chuckled reading this - we have have the same secret - we just haven't been as brave as you! Maybe we should start a 'How big is your secret' blog hop.... but then I guess we'd all start ruining the myth that we have tidy desks!!!! Thank you for sharing this week - I loved it!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Thank you for sharing such a fab space, you've some fab goodies. Hope you enjoy this week's snoop around the creative desks for WOYWW. I'm still nosing, I know it's Friday, but I will get to everyone! Take care Zo xx 81

Princess Judy Palmer said...

The hubby insists he does not have a crafty bone in his body. He has made a couple of cards under extreme pressure though.

Becky said...

Hope you feel better soon! I had to look twice to see if that was really a fireplace back there! Ha! Great card! :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Judy, your Mum is seeing the world very differently from me...one of us has a craft coloured lens...I see your fabulous lounge space and the very controlled collection you have. Oh em gee it's fab!! I must try that camera trick with my DH...might distract him from wanting to watch football one evening!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, my goodness, Princess (never typed THAT before), you are one lucky girl for sure. Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a comment so I could return to visit you. (I haven't managed to see all the linkies yet on WOYWW.) I enjoyed your post and I've read all the comments and ... well ... okay, I'll just have to be the first person who says your style completely gives me hives!! Completely (my playhouse pictures don't lie) and so now you know MY dirty little secret: I can't work if there is too much stuff at my elbows and out of the corner of my eye. But you know what, who cares? I love that we all respect each other's different styles, talents, and spaces! However, I am jealous that my name is not Princess. You rule there.

SueH said...

Oh dear Judy, that really is a sight for sore eyes!

I count myself very lucky to have a room that is dedicated to crafting, so I can just come out and shut the door behind me and no one every knows (except you lot on a Wednesday) the mess it’s in. My lounge usually has the remnants of an evening’s stitching laying around though. Bits of thread all over the floor and material and bobbins all across the sofa.

Thanks for stopping by this week.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Lexi said...

Thanks for visiting me, Princess Judy! You have a huge stash, I'm envious! And I love reading your post, so fun and witty. :))

Janiel/ janny said...

What a fun work space........ I see you are also in AZ but you are south of me. :o)

Beautiful wheather up here today and I am thinking it should be there also today..
Happy weekend to you.......

Bernie said...

Oh My Gosh I am in tears laughing at this post. So funny! Love your space, DH wont let me take over the living room which is why I craft in a closet. Cleaning mojo? Never heard of it certainly never experienced it. LOL! Great card! Love the colors. Hope you'll be well soon, those infections are no fun.
Blessings Bernie

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Your post made me smile for sure! A true crafter, I see! Love your space and no matter where it is it's a good one! I've joined your blog and plan to follow!

Laura said...

Your clean-and-simple card came out well -- the cat might not have done so well :)