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25 April, 2012

WOYWW No 151

Good morning Wednesday desk-hoppers.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who left comments for me last Wednesday and in the days to follow. Regrettably, I don't manage to get to everyone and certainly not on Wednesday or even Thursday. I really enjoy meandering and visiting a few folk at a time so it takes a while - bear with me. I will get around sooner or later.

A couple of people wrote about their systems for keeping blending sponges so this week I have a photo of my system, be it ere so 'umble as they say in the classics. I just made some cards to fit a clear plastic chocolate box and filed the sponges in alphabetical order. If I buy any more colours, they won't all fit!

By the way, if you wonder what is the deal with the desk, hop over to Stamping Ground to find out more. Just collected my March copy of Craft Stamper from the newsagent. Great to see you were Blog of the Month, Julia! Jeez it peeves me that it takes sooooooooooo long to land my copy of that most excellent magazine.

Aged mahogany to worn lipstick
Next thing to notice is the little drying rack I bought at Paperific from Lesley at Little Bits. It's so simple and very effective. She has an older gentleman who makes a few such things for her shop. You can see the stamp that I used in my post from Monday. 

Drying rack and a few alcoholled backgrounds.
Finally a bit of ideas work with the butterfly stamp from last week. I've certainly got a butterfly thing going at the moment. I like the half punched butterfly which adds something different with Stickles on the wing that's folded back. Then it needs to have a matt behind the hole left by the folded wing... potential for something interesting.  
Colour wheel handy, Liquid Pearls, bird and butterflies, ubiquitous 4-colour BIC .
We've had quite a lot of wind and rain, and more is promised for today which is ANZAC Day, so the dawn services around the country will be somewhat dampened.

Miles of smiles,
Ros.

42 comments:

Bridget Larsen said...

Love your work and I love your card stand, I have one too but slightly different but works the same. Have I met you? Your name looks familiar but I cant place your face. I used to live in Melbourne before I moved to Canberra. I was so surprised to be #1 this week, never had that privilege, am always at work when it goes up.
Bridget #1

Neet said...

Hi there Ros

What a lovely simple idea that drying rack is. Not that I could make one, so not so simple.
Love your idea for the sponges but I have too many to do that with.
Happy Anzac Day.
Hugs, Neet #3 xx

Neesie said...

Hi Ros, you're desk looks so well organised and full of interesting things.
I've got such a lot to learn! ;D

I hope you're keeping cosy today.
Enjoy WOYWW Neesie #45

Lynn Holland said...

If I ever get into using blending sponges, and I think i might try it, your system is the one I will follow for storage. Its great.
Have a good week
Lynn 31
One I Made Earlier Today

Queen Of Toys said...

Hi Ros,

Yes today Anzac day has been horrible weather wise and my daughter and her grandfather marched in it. I will be posting about it later I think.

Love the card thing from little bits, a really inventive idea.

Eliza #26

Sarah said...

Great storage there - that rack is a real gem.... love the colours you are playing with too. Have a creative week, a great ANZAC day and happy WOYWWing... Sarah at 12!

Tuire said...

Beautiful cards, and the drying rack is just brilliant!
Happy WOYWW!
Tuire #40

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Th best things are often the simplest and the drying rack and sponge storage are brilliant!! Why have something more convoluted when they work well?? I hadn't noticed the photos on your sidebar of your cats sleeping in various containers..lol..my two do the same :) I was given a recipe for Anzac biscuits by my Aussie visitors recently, think I'll have a go today :)
Hugs, LLJ # 33 xx

Redanne said...

Liking that drying rack a lot, great idea along with the way you store your DI pads. I managed 140 + last week but it does take a very long time (but like you say it is fun). Anne #61

MrsC.x said...

love drying rack my hubby made me something simular.

tfs happy WOYWW have a fabby week Mrs.C.xx #65
http://craftylittlemoos.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/woyww-april-25th-2012.html

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Great idea for your blending sponges. After I use mine I clean them with water and a little soap. Your drying rack is a 'must have' too. Love the beautiful butterfly stamp you used on your card. Hope you have a crafty week with not to much rain and wind. Bye, Franka #9

Karen said...

Great desk with lots of fab projects going on! I love the idea of your drying rack, very clever :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx #75

JoZart said...

The rack is a great idea and must be so useful.
I love ANZAC biscuits and have made them but they are in UK supermarkets too!
Thanks for visiting
Love JoZarty x

Julia Dunnit said...

Morning Ros! Your butterflies are jsut lovely. Im married to my drying rack maker, so won't refer to him as elderly just yet...it has been a marvellous tool I must say. I like your sponge sorter...more useable for me than some of the books wtih velcro and stuff...funny how we're all so different. Seems to me that your season changed suddenly...but take heart, we've had the wttest April on record since this part of the country was announced to be in drought!

Astrid Maclean said...

Love how you store your blending foams and that drying rack looks nifty too! Great looking cards and backgrounds as well!

Happy WOYWW #34

sandra de said...

The drying rack is a very clever and useful idea ... Love the butterfly cards and I know what you mean about having a butterfly thing happening. Can't resist butterflies.
Sandra #17

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Great space and some lovely creations! Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

What an very good idea for storing your sponges..like it lots. The butterfly makes are lovely.
I love butterflies and I am just about to try to knit one:)
xx

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Who doesn't have a "butterfly thing" going on? :) Can't decide if it is because we all decide to love them at the same time or because we see such fab work with them we get sucked in. No matter, your's look interesting. And that drying rack? Genius.

Mary Anne 18

Judy said...

Hi Ros, thanks for visiting my desk this week.Thanks for the nice comments.
Love that simple, but very effective sponge storage idea, and very nifty card drying rack.What a great idea.Just saw your two "possums" on the sidebar.Aren't cats funny the way they like to be scrunched up when they sleep.In Winter oir puss has a blankie over her, and we tuck her in.
Oh dear!!!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh that drying rack is a good idea isnt it. Love the card you are making. Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl No. 20

CraftygasheadZo said...

What a fab storage system and that drying rack is perfect! Am using my WOYWW snooping as an excuse to munch my way through a bag of mini eggs! Take care Zo xx 77

May said...

Love the storage of the ink sponges.... and lovely cards on your desk this week, Hugs May x x xNo10

Laura said...

What a great idea that drying rack is!
Laura #111

Victoria said...

thank you for the look around your crafting space today
adoretthe dryign rack
vicky #104 woyww
http://angeldrummer.blogspot.co.uk/
Ps I also have saturated canary candy on my blog

Elizabeth said...

Hi Ros, I'd be niggled if I had to wait so long for my eagerly awaited copy of Craft Stamper too. Great storage ideas - like the sponge one in particular - looks really manageable. Butterflies are big in my craft room too :) Your weather sounds much the same as ours here - windy. Hope you have a lovely creative week. Elizabeth x #113

Danielle said...

I am in love with that drying rack. Cute butterfly card! dani138

sandee said...

Are those all ATC's you have on your drying rack? If so, wow! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina #139

Hazel said...

Some good storage ideas - like the little drying rack - it might have given me the idea to use a toast rack that we never use for toast - (Hazel, #173) x

Sophia said...

Your cards are great. I love your butterfly! :) And what a clever idea for drying. Wow!

142

SusanLotus said...

I love your beautiful little cards!
Beautiful work.

Happy WOYWW!
Susan, nr 92

Tertia said...

Thatdrying rackis such a great idea, I think I should show DH. Your caards look great.
Happy WOYWW

Serendipity Stamping said...

Such a gorgeous butterfly card! That drying rack is special. Have a great week and thanks for the visit. #58

Peggy Cain said...

Running a bit behind on my visits. great rack for dying!Have a great WOYWW!

Serendipity Stamping said...

I know I posted a comment earlier today,but it must be off floating in space. Anyway I love the drying rack and the gorgeous butterfly. Thanks for your visit. #59

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I've seen similar "drying racks" used to hold name badges up at seminars, so for people who don't know wood workers, that may be a way for them to find one. It is a brilliant idea though, that is for sure. I like your sponge storage idea and the comment that if you get more they won't fit. I can relate to that. I but storage and then immediately fill it all in.

Sherry Edwards said...

Hi Ros, don't you think we ought to get a free box of those choccies for advertising their other uses on our blogs - lol! What a great organisational system you have going on there.

Thanks for already coming to see my desk this week x
WoYwW # 28

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm getting around late. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful cards and distressing and all the systems you've set up! Fab! Darnell (184)

Shoshi said...

Very interesting post. One advantage of your clever blending sponge storage is that you have to eat the choccies first. I like projects like that. Your drying rack is cooool! Very nice indeed! Love all the colours on your desk.

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog about my knitting - you obviously know what you are talking about! I have done multi-coloured knitting for many years and just make sure I spread the stitches on the needle as I weave the yarn behind, and this prevents it getting too tight.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #90

BumbleVee said...

hee hee.....I was having a good laugh at the Gardener's helper and the office manager over in the sidebar.... I like to snoop further than desks a lot of the time..... nosy parker me....

RosA said...

Hi Ros,
Thanks for visiting! I simply can't get around to everyone on Wednesdays, it's not humanly possible. I've just got that Craft Stamper too. Fabulous eye candy in it always. I've stopped getting Cloth Paper Scissors, the UK mag is far more useful, I think. (BTW, the roses were from my mother in law's funeral last week which is also why I had to do a serious tidy up.) I really need to try and keep the art mess under control, and hopefully move back into "my room" one day! Love your drying rack idea and the butterfly card below is gorgeous!

Spyder said...

I want to come and joion in, haven't got any inky things, but they are on my wish-list! Catching up, from no being here to even losing my blog!! (just for a bit!) Happy VERY very late woyww!
(Lyn)