Tuesday, 14 September 2010

WOYWW 67

I'm in the process of having a blog maker over so you'll notice various sudden changes over the next few days. Really exciting for me! I'll be having some blog candy to launch the new look, when it is all complete, so keep an eye out!


Well it's WOYWW 67 today and it comes faster and faster, each week and I'm amazed where the days go? 
Here we are again, as voyeurs, amongst the manic messes of the creative world, (and the orderliness of some), to snoop on desks around the world. If you wonder if I've gone mad, then take a visit to Julia's (our Majesty's) blog at Stamping Ground to find out what it's all about.
I did tidy my desk before I started messing around again with inkiness. At the back you'll spy some jam jars which are standing ready for my pickles, when they are made very soon. 
There's a Pepper Pig which is a new stamp toy for my grandees. 
On the left are some lacy cake wraps which I had the idea to use as stencils and you can see some of my WIP experiments in the foreground. I laid the "stencil" over the top, as it is now coloured, and it will look good adhered over the background. 
My 4 new wood mounted stamps were bought really cheaply from a garden centre craft area. Yes! I know one of them, the biggy, is a CH*****as one but EEEK! I couldn't possibly use it yet. It was a real bargain so I couldn't leave it there. 
I acquired the old box with 9 compartments for £1 in one of Lady Heys Antique Shops. It used to hold the numbers for hymns and the guy wanted to sell me the hymn board too but as you can tell..... I have enough junk!!!
This is my cutting station "before"( it's on the top of my washing machine)....
..........I tidied! Now isn't that better?
GREAT TIP 1
If you spot these hand sanitiser sprays (below) in your £1 shops, usually at 3 for £1, remember that once empty, they unscrew and make great misters and are far cheaper than buying a certain other range of mini misters. 
GREAT TIP 2
The lubricating pens, above, also can usually be found in £1 shops or elsewhere in hardware shops. 
I prefer the 3M branded ones but they are all great for removing Stazon, for cleaning stamps, for removing sticky gunge from scissors and guillotines etc., and for making scissors non stick before cutting rubber. I get mine for 47p from Home Bargains shops.
Off to make a coffee and snoop a while....... so keep messing!

41 comments:

Pam said...

We have a couple of the same stamps, I love the papermania christmas one but its so large I may have to play around with it this year and see if I can cut it down a bit. You may know thi s already but your link on WOYWW is going to the wrong place you missed the 'o' in blogspot. Hugs Pam

Dotpat said...

You are still tidier than me Jo he he

olive said...

some good tips Jo, and I love Lady Heyes great place to shop... will have to save up for my next trip. Ciao

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Oops just noticed your new link :-)
Forgot to say love the Peppa Pig stamp
Anne xx

Sue said...

Hi Jo
great piccies lovely goodies on your desk, luv the cutting station, i couldnt get on your blog from your link hun, had to click on your name from your comment on my blog???
have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Jan said...

It's always good to see a desk that's busy :)

Bluefairy4U said...

Morning Jo, well what a good idea using cake wrappings for stencils. They have turned out lovely. Your desk is nice and tidy though. That large stamp is gorgeous, I too wouldn't have left it behind either he he. Thanks for the tips for the cheap misters and the
lubricating pen, must say I have never seen them. I will have to look out for them. Have a good WOYWW. Hugs Jo.xxxx

Claireliz said...

love your busy desk, my blog is begging for a makeover but I can't seem to find the sort of graphics I want
C
xx

Toucan Scraps said...

have fun on that cutting station. I love the inking experiments.

(WOYWW linky 101)

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there, love your creative space so much going on and tidy, really. The new stamps will be fun, I love new stamps, they spur me on! Thanks for the info on the lubricating pen, I've never seen them before I'll look out for them. Have a great day and thanks for letting me peek:0)xx

Maggie's Crafts said...

Love the work in progress with swirly things. :) Thanks for the peek this week.

judith@poppy cottage said...

Thanks for the tour today and your top tips. Lovely to see your works in progress, Judith xx

Lou and Mel said...

Great tip about sanitiser containers - hadnt crossed my mind!
I love the background to your blog its fab - is this a recent change?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

First, your LINK doesn't work on Julia's blog. It sent me to a blgspot.com site, not your blogspot.com site.

Second, I have never heard of these pens. Something new to keep in mind the next time I'm out and about.

Third, you clean up GOOD (grin). Well, your cutting area, at least.

And "D" (grin), that is the same Rocking Horse candy dish in both photos. I just moved it around a bit and filled it with all the candy. Happy WOYWW.

Doone said...

hee heee Blgspot - heehaaa your comemnt to me, har har Elizabeth - sorry I'm lughign too much to speak _ such a Joy to Woywwer with you lot!!!!

see you inthe week,

Dx ( 49 but you have been there worn the t shirt etc)

hahahhhaaaa

joey said...

Hiya Jo

fab piccys, and thanks for the tips. like the look of this blog backing a few blogs I have been on this past week have been experimenting with backgrounds

Joey.x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Jo, that PIGGY is WOYWWendy! She would NOT be happy to hear about her new piggy status. She was definitely laying down on the job today!

The Taming of the Glue said...

Thanks for the great tips. Love that box for £1..fantastic!

butlersabroad said...

Great bargains Jo and that cake lace stencil looks absolutely fantastic. Well done too on winning over at The Stamp Man, I saw that you had been picked as the well deserved winner.

Hugs
Brenda

Helen said...

Love the new blog look so far! Thanks for your nice comments, oh ageing lady!! (should that be aging? suddenly can't spell... now they both look wrong.)

lisa said...

I've had to enlarge to have a really good nosey, Jo. Is that frightening. I just had to see what you were doing. Love your backgrounds, is that a stencil?
I had to laugh at your cutting station. I get fed up of my guillotines falling over as they are balanced against a set of drawers and I keep kicking them over.
Great tip about the hand sanitser but I can beat you with the cleaning alcohol. I get mine for free. Hubby uses it at works and brings me a bottle whenever I run out. It certainly is great for cleaning up sticky scissors isn't it.
Hugs Lisax

Sarpreet said...

lots of lovely stash. i also have a guillotine, fab workspace,Happy WOYWW! Thank you for sharing your workspace (Linky number 19)

Twiglet said...

Thanks for the tip!

Phree said...

Fab desk, love the cutting station. Thanks for the tips about the misters and the lubricating pen.

Dragon said...

Hi honey... Great to see you and your stomping ground!! I am doing this spying on my new toy - an iPad!! Mustemail you again tomorrow when I finally set up your thingy!! Can't do it from here though as the piccies are on my picasa on my lappy.. Will be in touch really soon. Love your tidy cutting space... Nice to see it's not always like that!!!
Hugs
Frankie
xx

craftimamma said...

What a wonderfully interesting desk. Lots of things to like on there! Thanks for the tips especially the lubricating pen which I've never heard of or seen. Going to Home Bargains tomorrow so must have a look.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

peggy gatto said...

I love your blog design, fabulous!
Also you have some great papers to use!!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

love that old box with compartments! and your desk is looking nice and creative today. good job with your clean up, now i can admire those paper trimmers!

Sarah said...

Great tips - thanks

Serendipity (Christine) said...

Thank you for those tips - my scissors have got so sticky - up till now I keep buying new ones - very wasteful!! :-) Christine (Link No.5)

Ciara said...

Well, aren't you a resourceful crafter! Thanks for all the ideas :-)

That's some serious paper trimming equipment you have there!

Do I spot a drumstick lolly on your desk? yummy!

Ciara
xx

PS - I like the bicycle stamp best

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Love the background experiments and thanks for the hits and tips. I'm off to buy some hand sanitizer!!

A.xx

Chrissie said...

Great tips and lovely WIP. Well done on the tidy up!
Chrissie

Anne said...

Great desk shot! Using the lacy wraps as stencils is inspired, the results look really good. And your tips - brilliant! I can't understand the prices charged for those mini misters and the "tiny attacher" - surely just a mini stapler?!

The best thing though is your bargain compartment box - I would definately definatley have paid more than £1 for that, it's just my sort of thing - so you've got a bargain there!

Rachael said...

What would we do without Home Bargains!! My friends down south dont have one and get very jealous when I tell them I everything I buy there! Thank you for the blog comment and unfortunately the BF is having none of your idea of hiring him out to do crafty makeovers! Heres me thinking I could have some extra pennies to spend on MORE craft lol!
Rach (84) xx

Kim Dellow said...

Wonderful peek! Love looking at your craft space and thanks for the tips. Kim

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Hi there, wow great desk, loving all of your stash. Thanks for the lovely birthday message you left me, hugs Heidi xxx

Neet said...

Love the backgrounds on your busy busy desk Jo. Need to come to L'pool soon for some pickle and for a change I think you need to take me round some of the shops where you find those great things like your hymn thingie.
Can't believe you tidied your cutting area so well!

Julia Dunnit said...

Your blog is already looking gorgeous - love this background. Great great tips, will certainly be looking for the lubricating pens..brilliant. I'd have bought the hymn board too. Don't even try to work out why, no reason at all!

Alisonw30 said...

Wow lots going on there today! Can I have the Drumstick? ;-)

Tigs said...

Love the blog