It is WOYWW#194, the international work desk blog hop that Starts here http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/. Julia Host's this blog hop weekly but in the meantime, she also writes and stamps for her blog, which is always interesting and worth the few minutes it takes to stop by!
My work desk tonight is pretty clear, Yeah!!
All of my birthday and anniversary cards for March are made, written out, addressed, stamped and in date order ready to go to the post office. I've got dozens of cards made up for anything else that comes up, they are filed and ready to go for the rest of the month.
I have kits ready for making :
Each of these is for 25 cards
I keep my kits ready for making tucked out of the way on top of this expedite type unit, off my desk out of my way but not out of my sight.
I have stamps and "ideas" pulled for something new I want to try, I found this website lst week: http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/ and I really like the cards posted and I thought I needed to work on my CAS skills. Not only that, but sometimes I just get tired of all the Stuff and color on my cards. I love monochrome and white on white, Kraft with black, it can be a visual rest.
I also finished another batch of butterflies this morning (early in the morning, I am blessed with insomnia and the ability to get get along with 4 hours of sleep a night)
There is another blog I like: http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/ and I would like to start participating there also.
I only belong to one Yahoo stamping group and I love it, lots of challenges, swaps and good conversation and that has been enough until now, now I'd like to stretch myself a little artistically.
I don't want to get so busy that I become out of balance, out of balance usually means out of sorts too. I have always felt that if you can't "keep up" or "take care of your stuff" you have too much. That can mean time, finances, a craft room you can't find the floor in. We all know people that their hobbies overtake their lives and to be frank, that is not healthy. I have a friend I have met through a stamping class, a really nice gal but I can never come over her house and stay for more than a few miniutes. Because, she has so much stamp stuff there is no place to sit in her smallish size house. She has one chair, hers. everything ealse is oxes and boxes and bages and more boxes and bags of stamp stuff. I've known quilters and sewing machine collectors and scrapbookers that their homes are consumed in time and space with these hobbies! Why is that?? Well we know that the industries press people to purchase beyond what they can use in 4 life times, there is always something new and more wonderful out their that you really need! and if you don't need it, well who can resist a good sale. I know of one gal that has over 500 matstacks of paper, in her basement craft room that had a water problem. She said "I just can't stop buying it", and she can't use it because she is too busy moving it around to avoid water and find work space, and she said "I'm afraid to use it because I might wreck a piece and then I wouldn't have another one"!!!!
All this makes me go a little cross eyed. Oh Yes I love my stuff, but I don't want my stuff pushing me into a mode of coveting and or hoarding. I want to be a good steward and have a life of order and balance. I want to produce good things that will be beneficial to the people I pass it on too.
When I teach, I try to stress balance and composition both on the canvas and in real life. If your life is balanced and composed, you will be able to create more freely.
In proverbs 14:1 It says: a wise woman builds her house.
In 24:3-4 it says this
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
I want my home to be beautiful and not so much in the physical but in the total .
I want to use all the resources I have been given to go where they need to go.
I don't want to end up on an episode of "Hoarders"
Thanks for stopping by and have a great Balanced day.
This is your newest blog reader. :) The one who read your whole blog. I changed my Yahoo ID because I am starting a blog and You Tube channel soon. I wanted a clean start.
I love your butterflies. Do you like the Polycrylic better than Diamond Glaze? I would love to hear a review. I am tempted to buy some because I am not crazy about Diamond Glaze. I don't want to add another extra to my room if it is not a good art supply.
I loved your blog post about balance. I am the same way. I just finished my Spring cleaning. I am always happy to be rid of what does not fit in my life. I also love my art supplies but I don't want them to be my life. I agree the industry really plays up on us. There is always a new toy to tempt and lure us into thinking if we use this new toy we will be a better crafter or artist. My imagination makes me a better artist.
Beautiful projects and ideas x
Happy WOYWW Heather # 72
What an amazin craft space, beautiful butterflies.
Your craft space looks lovely and so neat but I must confess that I would feel inhibited crafting there just as you would feel in my amount of clutter. I need the things around me in my crafty space as it gives me a relaxed situation in which to feel creative. In my living room I stay neat and tidy for relaxation doing little.
We're all so different and that makes for an interesting world. My adage is that a home should be clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy and I am very happy, well blessed, lucky and content.
how lovely and tidy and organised I would love to sit at your desk and craft and I take my hat off to you for being so far ahead with your cards
Wishing you a really great WOYWW
Your art studio is beautiful! Not only well organised but done so aesthetically! I love the matching pots and colourful units! I will doone of these workdesk days....my crafting is done in our small overflow room, so I share it with boxes, tumbledryer, all sorts of odds and ends! I agree, don't hoard and I know your words to be truth in action with the kindnesses you have given me from your precious stock of papers, inks, fibres, etc. One day I shall have a stash of cards and be organised....one day!!!!! TFS! xxx
Belated WOYWW greetings - great workspace and some really love projects and things going on. Happy crafting... Gill x #103
I am with you people just seem to push so much into their lives, crafting tools, papers etc and they do it because they have to have the latest and greatest but they can't use it, because it will no longer be. Ha there is the problem. Craft is for fun, I love it and it helps me sort my head and relax, it gives me the relief that my body needs and for this I am grateful that I have found the outlet but it will never consume me.
I love the idea of getting all your supplies ready to create in one big bundle basket and then tuck it away for when you have the time. I am not this organised, I fly by the seat of my pants and what is rambling around in my head. I have a vision and I go with it.....
Great seeing your desk this week thanks for sharing your words and heart, it is also good to know others can sit with you and talk or create, we have this in my home too.
You are so incredibly organised. Can you pop over and give me a hand, please. I still have cards to do for February, never mind March. Not to mention a couple of competition entries, two DR projects to do and a load of stuff still needing to be sorted out. This year is really gathering speed. Have a good week. xx Maggie #42
Wow, you certainly are very neat and organized. Although I don't buy a lot of stuff, I always keep a lot of stuff to upcycle
Your place is totally cool! I love the bunny with the stamps stored in it, and pen/marker storage!
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