Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How much do you really need?

At what point will you stop buying stuff?  At what point do you stop, look around and think gee, I’ve got all this stuff but don’t use over half of it, I should give it away?

For me several years ago I read something that stopped me in my tracks.  Paraphrasing here, but basically it followed the lines that you have all this stuff and you keep buying containers to organize the stuff, but you spend more time organizing the stuff than using it!   So you store it, forget you have it and buy more stuff. 

I confess I was a container junkie.  Boxes, bins, baskets and totes galore.  We had installed shelves on almost every wall in my craft room and we installed cabinets and counter space in the closet to store, my stuff.  When I realized what I had been doing I stopped cold.  I tore my craft room apart that day.  Pulling down all the storage stuff and getting rid of a lot.  The shelves came down to and it felt like a weight was lifted. 

A seed was planted that day, one that would continue to grow and every so often a new leaf would burst out and I’d get the urge to purge, again.  Soon, I was purging from every room in my home, not just my craft room.  Each time stuff went out I felt better, lighter and less cluttered.

Here I am again, purging the craft supplies.  It is truly amazing how much stuff I still have, how much I don’t use.  It isn’t easy to purge, because that ‘what if’ hangs around all the time.  Thing is, I know what I make, what I won’t ever do and what products I love to use.  There is no reason to keep anything beyond those items. 

I can honestly say, I want less stuff.  I only want to keep stuff that I love, that I enjoying using.  That feeling applies to everything in my home, not just craft stuff.

Happy purging…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #436

I am in some sort of ‘change it about’ mood.  It happens at least twice a year, sometimes three.


Thus my desk is currently holding the contents of most of the drawers and one an a quarter of a cabinet I emptied out.  I’m in the ‘do I really need this?” mindset again.  I mean truly I have so much stuff that I just don’t use.  It is time it goes to a good home!  So on the off chance you want to see more mess…


The grocery bags are full of things to be rehomed.  All the upper cabinets in the closet are empty, most of it sitting on the counter in there.  The lower I haven’t touched yet.  One side is full of Christmas card making supplies, the other general crafting stuff. My ultimate goal to get all that I really need in my craft cabinet and desk. 

I think I better keep purging.  While I suffer, you go have fun with Julie and the gang at The Stamping Ground.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #414


My creative spirit has been in the garden ever since temperatures allowed.  We’ve already rode the seasonal rollercoaster here in Maryland going from no winter to speak of, to 90’s in April to torrential rains and now frost in May! I’ve really had enough of that, I’ve weeds to pull and plants to move and mulch to spread. 

I’ve also had cards and gifts to make so the 30’s in the morning led me to the warmth of  my sun filled craft room.  So on my workdesk you will find today a completed card for a friend who is due to have her first child very soon.


I’ve limited baby stamps to say the least, this stamp as well as the paper is from my days with The Angel Company.

The next card is an attempt at watercolor.


The stamp is PSX again very old and I used my watercolor markers and a waterbrush.  Not awful but a few spots look more like blobs of color then actual leaves or flowers.  I’ve convinced myself that watercolors just look like that…right?

Well that’s it from here.  Off you go to Julia’s at the Stamping Ground to see what other deskers are up to!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #396

Happy New Year fellow deskers!  I ambled up to my room that has now been mostly returned to its prior self with the gifts I received in tow and a plan to make some thank you cards.


So off I go to put these away and get to those cards and off you go to see other desk in action!  If you get lost just find your way back to Julia at The Stamping Ground and she will happily direct you to some other desks.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What’s on Your Workdesk #392


Good morning fellow deskers, another Wednesday is here and I’m following in the footsteps of my fearless inspiration Julia from The Stamping Ground, to share with you the disaster that is my desk.


It has become the proverbial dumping ground for all manner of things, a book about log cabins (aptly called Cabin Porn) that I got for Christmas last year.  The basket of rock eggs and some sheep made from wool that I got at a church Christmas sale in Williamsburg, VA many, many years ago.  Some glue dots that I used for some Christmas decorating. Oh and off to the far paint some red and white paint and 3 pieces of blank wood that are supposed to become Christmas decorations in the near future.  I’m in the middle of decorating the house and so all work stopped in the craft room.  Of course I’ll be back to finish cards and projects soon…I hope!  Happy Wednesday!