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These are a few of my favourite things!

Please tell me that you sang the title of this post, I’ll be so disappointed if you didn’t!

I set up my little desk fan to dry my coloured doily and it struck me how many of my favourite things were all clustered on my desk together.  I’m still fine-tuning my desk organisation after my recent big studio clean out and I think I’m pretty close to having it work for me the best it ever has.

So anyway…what are some of my favourite things… we go!

  1. Little plastic drawers.  They’re not all that pretty but they’re so functional I can’t resist having them on my desk in full view.  They hold things like dimensionals, rhinestones and pearls, post-it notes, tape refills, pencils and erasers, photo paper and some of my tools.
  2. Desk fan.  Most commonly used for my comfort, I actually find it better for me than the ceiling fan in the the room.  It is super handy also for drying off paper that I’ve watercoloured or things like this coloured doily in the donut lid tray (see this post for more information).
  3. Epson PictureMate 235.  I don’t think they’re still available but I have found this to a game changer in how I scrapbook, especially with Project Life.  I have also used it heaps for school assignments.
  4. OTT-LITE True Color lamp.  This is true to daylight type light so your whites are white and your creams are cream.  It is absolutely brilliant, it means that your late night crafting will look how you thought it did once the daylight comes!  Also keeps your crafting longer as your eyes won’t get as tired.  It unfortunately will not protect you against excessive wine consumption.
  5. Typo travel mug.  A much loved gift from my sister from an very fun store.  I can’t tell you how many times I look at this and feel inspired, therefore it has to stay on my desk in full view.

So there you have it.  I have so many other great organisational items that work for me and I will continue to share them with you, maybe you’ll find something that works for you too?  Please add your own favourite things here in the comments or join us on Facebook, we can be such an valuable community for each other, which is why I love craft so much in the first place.

Workspace tip!

I’m delighted to once again have some time in my studio this morning.  While crafting I remembered an awesome accidental find of mine.  While helping out in our school tuckshop for a “red day” (when the school holds a fundraiser and for that day is able to sell foods not usually permitted) we were unboxing the donuts and I found the plastic lids to be the perfect size for full card fronts.  They are perfect for the shaving cream technique as they are big enough and flat and yet also have a raised edge to help keep your work surface clean.

One of my daughters (and her friend)  had some time in the studio yesterday and they made some cards as pictured, this technique is a massive hit with this teenage age group, they still can’t resist getting the shaving cream all over their hands when they’re finished 🙂

My next step will be colouring this doily and I’ll need a lot of water, so once again this tray will be perfect.

So go forth and get a six pack of donuts from your local Coles.  If you need any help to get rid of the donuts you know where I live! (Donuts are my absolute favourite thing ever).

A boy’s room makeover!

My son’s room was a disgrace….I did actually bribe him into giving me his bookcase for my studio which made things significantly more messy.


It took days but I sold the big chest of drawers (it wasn’t easy for him to use and was dominating his room) and with the profit I purchased a bookcase from Kmart and a couple of items from IKEA.


The good news is that he loves it and he is playing with his lego and matchbox cars again, it’s wonderful what happens when you can see the floor!

There’s even a spot for his school bag!

Hopefully it will stay this tidy!

What have I been up to you ask? Here’s a preview…

It seems to be a firm tradition of mine to rip our home apart in the time between Christmas and the early new year.  The lead up to Christmas combined with all of the end of school year events tends to stretch me very thin and our house always looks like a bomb has hit.  I wouldn’t ever say that I’m a great housekeeper, however I do try and I adore home organisation.

IKEA is certainly a much loved resource of mine (my husband doesn’t agree, he does not love a trip to IKEA like I do).  I had the idea to organise a heap of my supplies into these little boxes, they have saved a huge amount of space and should make a massive difference to my crafting.


These are the ones that I have…

I will be labelling them all up of course. You’ll see them when you next come along to a class.

I have lots of other things to show you….but I’ll be spreading it out, I hope you check in here often!

I hope you get some time to create soon!

What you can expect if you marry an IT guy…

Remember the days of having a telephone on the wall?

I don’t…

IMG_2984It had gotten so far out of hand that there was only one thing to do….head to the thrift shops….

I found this…

IMG_2908And although it was nice the way it was it needed a makeover to fit in with the room…

IMG_2985Neat and tidy!

Happy Stampin’

Punch storage

Punches are such a wonderful tool but can be a bit of a pain to store.

My favourite way to store punches is on Ikea towel rails, however I change around my room so often I end up with too many holes in my walls.

I did have a board that I had rails on, but I wasn’t happy with that either.

I had the punches in a basket, that didn’t work for me.

Here is my current solution…a big shot area and punch storage in one (but you have to look at the before photos first)…

So this is kind of how I started out, I was trying to give my class participants somewhere to use the big shot….


Then I found this unit at a thrift shop and I liked the storage underneath, even though it was a little ugly.  I stole the bookcase from my husband’s shed with the intention of painting it…????????I then found this awesome product which meant I was going to be able to paint the laminate around the same time I found the cute little hutch for the punches…

IMG_2913I then got painting…

IMG_2945And did a little sewing…


I have put some plastic on the top as I think it will still get a lot of wear and tear from the Big Shot action.  I have yet to put it into use at a class, it will be interesting to see how it goes…I do think that the punches are going to need something to stop them moving about, we will wait and see!

Happy Stampin’


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