Tuesday, 10 January 2012

WOYWW... An Unholy Mess...

...dear oh dear oh dear oh dear oh. I started off 2011 full of promises to keep the Room of Stash tidy... and I did make it almost through a whole year with it looking relatively clean and tidy and neat. And then disahhster struck... namely a very severe infestation of the worst critters known to man... yes, Messy Fairies. I am hunting high and low for a better excuse so indulge me do lol Anyways, the reason I am waffling on about my desk is because it is Wednesday which means it is time for us bloggers of the craft world to unite in a marathon blog hop... pop across to our esteemed leader, Julia's blog, to see all the deets...




Anyways... mid way through the marathon sample making bonanza and this is the state of my room... I know, it is disgraceful... but I can explain how it happened; ok, so, Christmas was upon us and I had...erm... neglected to make cards... so I grabbed loads of Xmas stash and set about making 50 odd in one weekend... which went really well, except... ahhh, ermmm... I then had to move very quickly onto catching up with the 12 Tags of Christmas... and then Mojo naffed orf and the Room of Stash was out of bounds... and then... well, I am out of excuses... the truth is, I am a messy moobag and I have let things slip!



My desk is a hive of Studio 490 activity - shows on Saturday at 12pm and 6pm - and the rest of the room is being ignored. Actually, it is very annoying in here at the moment because it is so messy... I had mooted the idea of taking my sample making to the Dining Room table... poor Grim turned a very pale shade of grey... so I quickly re-assessed that idea, I don't want to be making the poor lad ill with the thought of my stash ALL over the house do I? **although, he is so easy going he wouldn't mind... well, not much... really... lol**




Anyways... I won't have time to visit any of you this week... well, I might get a few visits done... so... as a thank you for leaving me a comment here I has some candy for you. There are some lovely charms and bits of Idea-ology, some Distress Inks, a Perfect Pearls Mists, a Maya Road chipbook and some ribbons... oh and a tag I made :O)) To be in with the chance of winning the candy all you need to do is leave me a comment here ..oh and you could tell me how you would go about clearing up this unholy mess (all suggestions will be gratefully received... if you have no idea where to start, don't worry... neither have I!!!)


Right then... time for me to get back to the desk... how come I only ever leave myself about 8" to work in? Tis a crafters thing I reckon... we all do it...don't we?? Oh and ... before I go... a very out of focus sneak peek at one of the samples I have made ... it will be in focus on Saturday lol Thanks for looking ... have a jolly day! TTFN

Hels x

117 comments:

Lisa said...

OK, I can make you the proud owner of a clean and tidy room with very little effort. Follow my instructions to the letter.....

1. Get a number of large cardboard boxes

2. Heave everything on the floor or not in it's rightful place into the boxes

3. Seal the boxes

4. Post them to me.

Voila! Well...... a girl's gotta try eh?

Lisa ;)

Neil said...

Good Morning Hels;
I have to say I was kinda pleased to see the state of your room. Made me feel a whole lot better about mine! See what nobody knows is that to sit at my table I have to navigate a veritable MINEFIELD of stuff! I've found that the best way to tidy the room is to close your eyes and imagine your room as it should be, et voila, no mess! I do it all the time..... Thanks for the chance to win some goodies and enjoy the shows this week.
Neil #31

susie f said...

Hi Hels
Music and chocolate are the only accessories that a girl needs to help clear the stash......oh and I've heard willpower helps but I've never been in any retail establishment that sells that!!! Lol!!
Looking forward to seeing all the lush samples that the whirlwind in the room of stash has produced, and keeping my fingers crossed for the candy......a Hels original??? Woop!!! Lol
Susie (mad Northern girl from metal workshop at Stamp Attic!) lol

Annette Goodey said...

Happy New Year Hels - so glad your mojo has returned. I had the very same idea for clearing - oops I mean cleaning - your room of stash as Lisa. I am sure I could make space in my workroom!!!
Looking forward to your Saturday show and also can't wait to find out what classes you will be teaching at The Stamp Attic.
Thanks for the chance to win some super stash.
Best wishes,
Annette

Maggie said...

Your room looks exactly like mine and still you have more room to craft in a whole 8".... I'm down to a tiny square....as for tidying if you do this mundane task eat lots of chocolate and be mindful you will loose things....happens to me everytime. Thanks for the chance to win Candy good luck with the shows have them on record already!!
Maggie H

Dee in N.H. said...

LOL! I would love to help you on the great tidy operation but if you saw my room at the moment you would know that I need to start tidying up myself first! I'm very good at the old "stack it up" method. Of course you could always just send me the mess and I will sort it! ROTFL!

snazzyoriginal said...

Love your messy Room of Stash, makes mine seem only marginally worse than yours so, no clearing up OK.

Rosemary said...

If you really want to tidy it up you could pack it all in a box and send it to me LOL. Mind you mine p rob ably looks worse than that anyway.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Sample on your desk s looking good, LOL how's that for ignoring the mess, I went straight to your desk and ignored the floor. Must admit my floor is getting fuller by the day. Will look out for your shows. Tracy x

Bernice said...

I have no idea how to tidy up a craft space so please don't ask me. However there's an amazing series of blogs this week on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog. Fabulous candy. Please pick me. Can you see me jumping up and down and waving!

meta said...

The tidy faeries are one option. Mostly I find organizing one group of items at a time, leads to finding lost treasures. Love your art!

Helen said...

Your room looks fab as always. How about an "open house" and we'll come and help you - ahem - tidy it... Failing that, put on your red shoes, click your heels and....
Love your candy - thanks for the chance to win!

Dawn said...

Those fairies visit me from time to time too, I find the best thing for me no matter what I am making right is seperate and catagorize first, stamps with stamps, cutting tools with cutting tools, etc... then go back and straighten and organize that area, and if I break it down into sections , instead of tackling a whole room work on a section at a time, if I stay in one place to long I get burnt out and nothing gets done, and by the way, all your creations are amazing

Jacqui said...

Sadly there is only one way - get on with it :-)) - though it'll just all come back again so not to be undertaken too often - the floors of most craft rooms are - i suspect - health and safety hazards - mine certainly is - but usually hidden from view in all photo shoots

Judi said...

It's so good to see that someone else has "stash" all over the floor too! It makes me feel so much better. I too tried to have a tidy up over the Christmas period but time flies by too quickly - I got visited by the time fairies as well as the messy fairies! I usually end up working on my lap as the desk is so cluttered - Good luck with the tidying but can't offer any solutions. Have a great year.

inkypinkycraft said...

Well, I think you need a cleaning fairy now the messy fairy has left, not that they fly by here very often, or get a huge box scoop it all in, makes it seem better somehow until you need something then, voila mess again!!draftees need mess, all to do with creativity ...I THINK?!happy woyww hugs trace x..
Fab fab candy!!

Viv's Visuals said...

Wot a nice tidy room Hels! I tidied my space and tidied away my mojo with it... so keep the mess is wot I say cos otherwise u won't be makin'anythin'! Alternatively, you could try leaving the lights off and wearing night goggles to navigate to your desk. Once sat in your chair you can just turn your back and then you won't see it....take night goggles of, turn on lights get creative. When bed time calls place said night goggles back on, give the SAS a ring (cos they're very good with ropes and extracting people from bombed areas) and they can come and rescue you.
Happy Days! x

betjunroe said...

Hels--looks like a job that needs the help of a friend, some music and a reward of goodies when it's all done. I like to change things around once in a while to perk up the old Mojo. Good luck. Bette

Elizabeth said...

Hi Hels, as you are partly responsible for my quandary today - i.e. not enough Wendy stuff in my artillary - then you could simply box it all up and send to me ... I'm not even as subtle as Lisa :))

However, being a neatnik, I can't help putting some suggestions forward. Firstly, give yourself a weekend or a 2/3 day window in which to do this ... that means scheduling it deliberately ... nothing else will do.

1. Take three boxes marked as (a) use frequently (b) use sometimes (c) rarely use at all

2. Place each item into the appropriate box until desk, floor, etc., is totally clear

3. Take a damp cloth, wet wipe - whatever - and wipe down all surfaces

4. Starting with box (a)put each item in its rightful place ... and that may not be your workdesk, it could be a drawer or shelf ... it is definitely not the floor! If you can't immediately think of the right place for it DO NOT JUST PUT IT ON YOUR WORKDESK ... no, put it in box (b) ... this works, believe me :)

5. Do the same wit the contents of box (b) and again if you can't find a home for an item place it in box (c)

6. Finally on to box (c) ... treat as box (a) and (b). Anything you can't find a home for, you probably don't need at all ... give it due consideration and then either throw it out, make a candy out of it, or, and back to where I started, toss it in my direction :))

If I didn't live so far away in Scotland I'd offer to be an organising fairy for you :)

Your candy is gorgeous and I look forward to watching your next TV appearances. Elizabeth x #96

Ellie said...

Just start somewhere. First think of how you would like to reorganize it, then see to it that you get the right cupboards, drawers etc. and just start. Maybe you should first put everything in boxes, and then work through a box one by one.
If you've really got too much, I wouldn't mind putting some of it in my drawers!

Sarah said...

I don't think either of use will be making the glossy pages of 'Where Women Create' this week. Their studios are usually the size of my house and clean enough for open heart surgery! Last time I had a huge sort out I just simply got stuck in... Starting on one side of the room taking one area at a time into the spare room. Dumped it on all the bed, sorted out the crap/misfits - putting them to one side, tidied it all up, wiped it all down and put it on the floor on the 'sorted' side. Eventually you get through it all and have an empty craft room which is then a doddle to clean. Then it all goes back. It's also a good way to do an inventory of your stash. I did it in one day - took from early to quite late but it saw me through the last 6 months. Time for another one...as said, you just gotta start and good music definitely helps! Just get this weekend all done, no point being tidy now... and then it's Operation DeFuzz. Will do you the world of good... x Sarah.

Lynn W. said...

If it makes you fell any better Hels, my craft room is much much worse (I can't actually get in the door anymore)! Trouble is I need an inkpad that is about 8 feet away from me but I don't think even Chris Bonnington and a dozen sherpers could reach it for me now! I think I need to follow Elizabeth's tips as I am currently a terrible warning rather than a good example. Besides I need to make room for all the new stamps I am trying to buy from a certain ebay seller!
Thanks for the chance to win some lovely Helsness.
Lynn Wild

sandysewin said...

Gee, Hels, I think you're too hard on yourself; it doesn't look that bad, really!

I would just call it "creative chaos" and walk away confident that wonderful things will emerge from the mess. :-)

Happy woyww,

Sandy #107

Karenliz said...

What lovely candy! Do many fun things I can do with all of it.

As for your mess, my craft room is small. So when it's a mess I pull everything out of the room that is on the floor or anywhere. Then I start with the pile and bring in the stuff and put it away. My clean craft room only lasts about 30 minutes because in the pile of stuff I find new stuff that I've never used!

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Oooh Isn't Elizabeth's method good! Personally I think you are just not making best use of the stack and push back method. Definitely not enough piles or high or teetering enough!

Redanne said...

It is not really all that bad, the only way I can find things is if my room is a mess, when it is tidy I can't find anything. But, my New Years Resolution was to tidy too, I parcelled up load of magaaines and gave them to a crafty friend, put all the mess in boxes and put the boxes where the magazines used to be - sorted! Now where did I put that new cardstock................? Regards, Anne Rx PS - love everyone else's ideas and thanks for the opportunity to win some candy!

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Well, I will come and help you clean up your room, if you come and clean up mine ( which actually is in a relatively tidy stete for onece! so that would easy! LOL
xx

Kaz said...

Love your Mess Hels......Dont tidy it just ignore it.....it works for me!

If it gets worse just give me a call and I will come over, I can bring cheezy cheetoos and giant cadburys buttons (My must have) we can then stuff our faces and compare messes, I love being messy.....its an art dont you know :0) xx

Kazxx

sandra's crafty corner said...

hi hun

it looks very similar to my craft area lol, and im told its un natural to be a tidy crafter lol
thanks for sharing at woyww,
hugs sandra (81

Shazza said...

oh my Hels, you messy tike!! All in a good cause though :0)
I would go about tidying it by having me a house guest who could help tidy and then play in said room heh, heh, heh!!!

Diane.W. said...

Hels,you make me laugh!!! ( even with my poorly-sick shingles!!!)
That is 1 great big bomb-site,LMAO & the only way to make it all go away is to lock the door & don't go back in there again,just find another room & start again!!! :D x

Sam said...

Hels 8" to work in?!!! For most of us it is about 6" so count yourself lucky!
If you want to make a chocolate cake with all the trimmings Myself and Clarissa will pop over and sort your room out for you. There won't be nowt left so it will be lovely and tidy! YOU know how big Clarissa and her boot is!! LOL!!
Have fun doing your shows Honey!!

Erika said...

I think your room and my room would get on right fine....mine is equally as organised. Have attempted a wee tidy today but hasn't even dented the sides....oh to have a neat well organised craft space.
Erika.

Lin said...

Hi Hels

I think the only thing you can do is tackle a little bit at a time...give yourself an hour a day or so until it is all nice and tidy and clean and shiney

I must say you always make me laugh out loud the way you describe your antics...i have just got home from hospital with my boy and reading your post has cheered me up no end...so thank you:)

Crafty mop said...

Your right Hels it is a right mess hehe but no messier than mine ......just think when you go to clean the delight you will have on finding things that you have forgotten you had ......it's like going on a shopping spree in your own stash .....happy days ...so with that in mind sleeves up ..shopping bag at the ready .....head down and enjoy !!! .........no .....ok it sounded good !!! Lol ....hope it doesn't take you too long x

jude said...

Thanks for chance of candy ,and can't wait for show will go time it now...lol
My unholy mess i sweep into a box by side of my chair than go through that which is everything lying around on my desk!Then i tackle one surface at a time hey prestow by time ive done that my desk in a holy mess so off we go again round and round in circles ...
But i do have great throw out of all those odds sods you think you may well use which hubby thinks junk anyway..
My other secret never show your floor!!!!
judex8

Michelle said...

I have those pesky messy faeries around here too! I am hoping that one day there might be a magical spray to take care of them. Until then I just have to deal with them, lol! I am afraid I am no help when it comes to cleaning up the stash. Mine is pretty out of control too. Happy WOYWW! --Meechelle #114

Barb Cady said...

Hi hels, your room looks tidier than mine, all I can say is that I have been considering a vast industrial hoover to suck everything up so as to start again, but your room doesn't look that bad to me! I shall look out for your shows, enjoyed the last ones xx

Ann B said...

Always cheers me up when I see a desk/workspace more untidy than mine so thanks for making me feel good. Still, I have no suggestions for tidying as I just go out and close the door on my mess.
Thanks for offering blog candy
Ann B
#38

Glennis said...

As long as you can see a wee bit of desk - what is the point of tidying! It wastes valueable 'play' time. Thanks for the chance to win

Copying Kirsty said...

Bet you know where everything is though!

prutsels said...

It is easy, add a room on or re purpose dining room.Just kidding, I get a little overwhelmed and I am afraid if I followed Elizabeth's good advice everything would go in box A.

lesleyanne said...

well it shows you have been busy and mr mojo has returned lol

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Caz said...

I have 100% guaranteed successful method to get Trash Room tidy again....... leave it till 20th and a nice kind friend will come over, load all the offending trash into the back of her car and dispose of it for you!! Will even bring polish and duster to shine up all the empty shelves for you!
Good Idea?????????
Nice candy BTW!!
If room was really tidy and everything put away, we would all be worried 'cause that would mean you weren't creating.....
Hugs ;-)

Katina said...

You make me laugh so much Hels - you write so brilliantly! I absolutely can't wait to see the shows on Saturday and, no word of a lie, I have someone lined up to buy my Cricut machine so I can buy some Studio 490 stash and whatever else you'll be showing. I was so taken with what you demonstrated last time and have been hankering after it ever since. The Cricut just has to go ... I need the dosh, lol!!
Good luck on Saturday - you'll be fab!
xx

Miriam said...

I find that if you close the door to the room that you can forget about it!!!

Andrea said...

it seems a lot of these here ladies are jealous of your 8 inches Hels, a lot would like 8 inches you know LOL I to have 8 so am guessing we are the lucky ones and your floor is a discrace Mrs, you need a tidy minded friend around to clean for you, well you have a good excuse and all the best for your shows on Saturday xxx

M said...

I do all my crafting on the living room floor.. it essentially means that either the flat is a huge tip or I can't do any crafting because it's all tidied away! Rubbish! So I feel your pain! M x

sandra de said...

I think all our rooms are bit similar. If you leave it long enough you tend to get used to it and everything finds its home. Thanks for the chance to win your lovely candy.

JW said...

Hi Hels. I think we all have a messy crafting area like you and it's part of being a crafter!! Keep putting your stuff on eBay and we can all help you tidy up! Looking forward to seeing you on C&C on Saturday. Jill x

505whimsygirl said...

Hello there Hels,

Hmm, to tidy up. I would love to fly on over to visit you and all the other UK bloggers I've met and would love to help you tidy up. I'd start on the floor and work my way up. Of course, we'd have to take breaks for tea and cakes. Perhaps some of the other delicacies I've read about.

Oh, yes, I'd love to come help tidy up!!!

By the way, the tag you made is beautiful. After seeing what you can produce in that mess (oh, I mean work area) I don't think you need to pick up at all!!!! ;-)

Happy WOYWW
Kay
#45

Val Rich said...

Dear Hels,
So glad you will be back on the telly at the weekend. Don't worry about the messy spots, in between are the unmessy spots, concentrate on those. Come on, every one knows you can't trust a tidy crafter.

Love Val Rich

Charli said...

Gosh, those darned messy fairies have been through my way too!! Whatever can we do about those blasted imps?! Lol, such a fab excuse I have had to borrow it.

How lucky that mr mojo returned in time for your sample making. Will be tuning in, especially as I have now discovered I can watch catchuptv on my phone....in my cupboard under the stairs!!! Yay.

Love the look of the sample beautiful colours.

As for the mess Hels, if the patented 'push-back' method won't work for you then I'm afraid a constant stream of tea/coffee and a monster box of maltesers is in order to clear the mess!!!
Charli x

Val said...

Happy New Year Hels - so looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Really pleased your mojo is back otherwise where would we all be with no decent crafty shows to watch.

As for that room, get those naughty fairies back in to tidy up - you are far too busy to do that. I can't even get the hooever in to do my floor at the moment - had to hop over two piles of stuff to get to the 'puter !

Fab candy - just what we all need at this time of the year.

Hugs
Valxx

RosA said...

Oh dear! I don't think I can be much help, as I've already been driven from my very own room by a huge mess of my own making and am now on the kitchen bench. But, please don't tell anyone else! I just call it a workspace, as per WOYWorkspace Wed, so that sort of covers it. I could agree with Lisa though, except you should send half to me! Hehe!

Pixie Camembert said...

Hi, Hels.
My method of organizing/straightening/cleaning is very simple. I go buy MORE stuff. I didn't say my method works...but it's my method and I'm sticking to it!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Sally in California

anna christensen crafts said...

Make and distress a REALLY BIG Grunge paper screen and decorate it with anything you consider to be a mess -
if there is anything left - hide it behind the screen - anything after that... send it to me and I will look after it for you - though it may get a tad inkyish

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

It's easy...STOP worrying about it :-) Years ago I saw a sign that said " A messy studio is a sign of creative GENIUS". Why fight it? Continue being a creative genius and enjoy it :-)

~Tonya said...

Hiya Hels

Isn't it amazing how you can start off with a fairly large area to work with and by the time you are finished, you are down to a little 6 x 6 inch area!

How to clean your room...
Lets see (scratching head) if you clean it, it will just get messed up again and again. If you make it tidy, it will stifle your creativity (happens to me every time)! You can just make a path through the pile, so that you can at least walk through and around the stuff so that you can still find what you need (smirking ear-to-ear).

I haven't got the slightest idea on how to clean/organize your room. I just know that you are always creating and I would love to be able to create as much as you.

Thank you for the chance to win such wonderful goodies.

Cheers,
Tonya

L00py's Craft Creations said...

I'm seeing how many I can get round this way.then when I have finished I'll come back again, that is if I can STOP reading all the posts first Happy WOYWW

LOu P
ps ignore all those who say a nice clean desk lol,

Joanne said...

Sorry I din't make it to yours yesterday but I'm here now. I read the next post before this one and have decided that to make the amazing samples you have made, your craft room has to be a mess, so I am just off to chuck some stash around in mine in the hopes that inspiration spills out too.
Hugs Joanne xx

Artyjen said...

I have nothing on on Saturday apart from a hair cut early morning! (how sad!) Will look forward to watching the 490 show ;)
As to the mess? Not one suggestion from me I'm afraid.....I'm the world's worst, although I am trying to put stuff back in it's right place as soon as it's in my hand instead of picking it up and putting it down somewhere else!! :(
Thanks for the chance to win btw. :)
xoxo Sioux

Karen said...

Hi Hels, well your projects are wonderful I love the way you use colour on your creations!
Why oh why do we get so worked up when our creative space is a mess? If my working area is spotless I can't seem to create. I have to have some supplies and tools near at hand all the time. As for the rest I'm afraid it's very very dull - clear boxes with lids and labels on the side! Dull as ditch water but it's the only way I can keep the not so necessary supplies in some sort of order! Thank you for the chance to win superb candy hugs Karen x

Tuire Flemming said...

Well... when I now turn around, and look my room... your´s not so bad at all!
My younger daughter has a good excuse:
"It wasn´t me - and besides, it was an accident..."
So, go creating :)
Tuire #33

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wow! That really is quite the disaster isn't it. I think you have your work cut out for you to tidy it since you can't really access everything right now. You'll have to do it the same way you eat an elephant: one bite at a time.

My thought is to start piling like things together off to the side until you can reach your desk and other bins and then start putting them away. One bite at a time!

Rhea said...

Here is my solution: embrace the mess and close the door! Next time you mojo goes into hiding, then you deal with the super stash...this always helps Mr. Mojo back, and your things get organized in the meantime. Cheers!

JoZart said...

I have the perfect solution to clearing up your mess. Post me your key and address and tell me when you will be out. I will have the room cleared in 5 minutes flat ( I did win a supermarket trolley dash once so I have good experience in speed) and then I will go home happy to peruse all I've tidied, oops, I mean robbed.!!!
One gal's mess is another gal's treasure!!!!
JoZarty x

craftimamma said...

Who am I to give advice on tidying your Room of Trash, lol! Mine looks just as bad and I have no idea where to start on the piles of stuff that are in danger of sliding of work surfaces to join the stuff on the floor!!!! All I can say is good luck next week ............. after the shows for which you don't need any luck. You have more than enough talent for that!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

MaggieC said...

I love Elizabeth's method, but i don't have enough room for three boxes in my room. I did manage to find my desk top today, and labelled up all my ink pads - I don't have very many so that was not too bad. I still can't see the printers though - a job for tomorrow, maybe? I do want to find enough space to play in, and improve my brayering, and to do cards to enter in all the interesting challenges around at the moment. I need help too, Hels. When the tidy fairies have finished in your place, can you send them over to me. Maggie #105

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I love Lisa's solution. Unfortunately, I'm in the same situation as you are. And the cleanup and organizing is just overwhelming. Once it's all clean and everything has a place (which is the key), then it's not so hard for me to keep it that way. My problem right now is that not everything has a place. Thanks for a chance to win.

A Scrap-a-Teeny Girl said...

This is just too funny! I have been bouncing around a ton of blogs & everyone is in the same boat!! I just cleaned mine up today after all the crazy Christmas projects that threw-up all over my studio!! I work in sections of the room & basically create smaller, more organized piles & then tackle those into where they belong! Lisa's is still the BEST response I've ever seen! :D Becky in Denver

Maria said...

how funny. I think all of us crafty women have plenty of messes as well as art. Thanks for the chance to win!

Gerrina said...

Well; I got my room cleaned up in a week! And thats after the Holliday/Cristmas mess and all the new stuf I (lucky me) got for Christmas and my birthday that were still laying around 'cause I first want to use them and then stack them at there place... Idid that by just getting ill and have to stay home and not feeling up to create anything, but want to do something...
Thanks for a change to win this great candy! Greetz, Gerrina

Maria said...

Gorgeous Candy, thanks for the chance to win!

With regards to your craft-room, I totally agree with Lisa - Number 1, just box it up but have a random draw for the address label! I have to say though, when I've tidied up, I can never find what I want for weeks!

Good luck

Maria x

Chrizette said...

I love messy tables! It is a sign of the creativity of a person - so don't clean up too much! I am visiting from WOYWW :)
Celestial Things

Tigs said...

Mmm, I haven't got any tips as my craft space is rapidly shrinking under the mountain of stuff that needs putting back in its rightful place! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Enfys said...

Sorry I'm a day late, but lovely to see a nice busy desk! (call it busy, sounds better than messy :)
hugs
Enfys

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have not seen your room look this bad since you moved. I was SO proud of you and your efforts. But I know things happen when you fail to return things to their rightful spot as soon as you have used it. That is when you have to take at least a day, take in-progress photos for encouragement, and get things put away neatly and in their proper place. And remember! It always looks the worst right before everything comes together. I know you want to get this mess cleaned up because I applauded your comment that it was hard working in a messy room.

bohemiannie! art said...

OK - get several boxes and start sorting. This alone will do wonders! And have fun touching everything!!! And send me some candy. And boot those bad faires out!!!

Carol said...

wow just realised that I'll be able to see you on C&C this time and really looking forward to it.

With regard to the clearing up -sorry can't help, mine is just as bad, if not worse!! rofl

Debbie said...

Absolutely gorgeous candy Hels. If you can't get those fairies to help with the tidying up, you could always gather that 'Unholy Mess' and send it my way....where I could find it a very welcome home...can't promise it would be any tidier mind but it would have a change of scenery.
Hugs Debbie x

Claire said...

Good luck with the shows Hels, i'm off to set the recordning thingy up now. No idea about the tidying up, I don't believe in it lol. A tidy craft room is the surest way to send your mojo off on his travels, they thrive on mess and heaps of stash where they can hide so I'd leave well along
Claire xx

Sue said...

As a creative person you cannot be expected to clean up "mess". Just ignore it Hels eventually it will level out.

Loving your work.

P'tite Plume said...

Ma méthode pour ne pas voir le désordre de ma pièce : JE FERME LES YEUX! LoOol!!! In English : I close my eyes (??? good translation???)

pearshapedcrafting said...

You are doing a brilliant job on C&C! As for help with your tidying I am soooo the wrong person to ask! I'm trying to downsize EVERYTHING to move to a flat and I'm on about week 12!!

Cardgenie said...

Just watching you on the telly - OMG how good are you. Thanks for the candy chance.

Jean

ElizabethR said...

Room looks good to me Hels lol. Fab blog candy xxx

lyn said...

Oh, don't clear it yet, Hels, at least until you have entered the photos for the Turner Prize. Your messy craft desk looks a whole lot better than Tracy Emin's messy bed so I'm sure you'd win the next one.

Failing that, just use your forearms and shove it up a bit to give you room to work!

Love seeing you on TV today - first time, but won't be the last.
Lynda x

Georgie Horn said...

I think it's time for you to destash! Blog candy, you need new stuff anyway!
http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2012/01/its-2012-yall.html

Elaine said...

Have really been enjoying watching you this lunchtime. Pity you didnt have more time for your project though! I will watch again tonight! Your room of stash looks a busy place - what naughty fairies, I think they must be breeding everywhere because they have really been at my shed too. I did think of blogging a pic, but it is just too shameful by half! The big boxes for sorting out someone else mentioned sounds a great idea - I may have to try it myself. Great candy too! Elaine

Bee said...

a-maz-ing show today Hels, what stunning samples.

Lucky girl to have 8" square to work on - am currently crafting on my lap.

Sending my personal cleaning fairy your way and hopefully she'll get some kind of order for you, or at least kick those messy fairies out.

xx

whyducks said...

Absolutely nothing wrong with the room of stash, it is just like mine! Wonderful samples Hels, I wish I had all the ideas you have, my poor pea brain doesn't have much going on in it at all, so it is wonderful to see all you get up too!(Crafterly I mean!)

Stacey said...

I have just found this wonderful bloghop! I love the idea of seeing what everyone is working on! My craft area is out of control, I am planning on straightening it a bit today, In between making meals and tending to children with fevers.....who am I kidding, I will be reading blogs all day! I really love your blog, it has made me smile this morning!

jac777 said...

Bit late here but I've just watched you on c&c earlier & tracked you down, Hels. I'm just living your blog. Thanks for such tremendous inspiration :)
If it's not too late can I please go in the candy draw?
Jac x

Carole RB said...

Wow makes me feel relieved; I'm not alone with a messy craft room. To help you; humm, I don't have a clue. But I'm willing to take your stuff to my room.....hehehe. Thanks for the opportunity to win your beautiful blog candy.
Now I have to find out if I can have the craft TV channelyou mentionned.

Have a great weekend

Karen said...

Wouldn't be crafting if it was tidy. Caught you on create and craft ealier, fantastic show and samples were amazing.

Judi said...

OMG! I didn't realise that other people's craft rooms were as messy as MINE!!! I've been thinking it's time to tackle it, but like you, I don't know where to start. I was reading some hints and tips the other day, and one idea was to attempt a drawer or box at a time, that way there are no excuses about not having the time. In theory it sounds good, but I'll let you know ............. when I get time, lol.

Hugs

Judi x

SannaS said...

what a delicious candy, thanks for the chance!! =)
hugs, SannaS

Dawn said...

I'm going to show Hubby your pics, I'm sure he thinks I'm the only messy person HA! Loved your demonstrations today, well done!

Christine said...

I know what I do--I wait until all the stacks drive me in sane and then I have to take an hour or so and clear them up!

Crafty Chris said...

Was watching the show fantastic ideas and the samples are just stunning, Thanks for the chance at the lovely candy.
Chris x

Margie said...

I'm afraid I have just relocated to the dining room and left the mess behind hoping it will sort itself out. Problem is, son and daughter are coming round tomorrow for dinner - yikes! I'm sure there's a dining table under that lot somewhere. Wonder if they'll mind having lunch on trays or perhaps they'd rather craft than eat?? Love the candy by the way.

lorraine (classylady) said...

Oh Hels what can I say saw you on C & C today and loved everything you did, so had to have a look at your blog......... best thing I have done recently as I now can see I am part of
"normal crafters
anonymous"

who have rooms as bad a mine. So now I can go to bed and think this room is normal......


looking forward to your nest shows

regards
lorraine
xxx

Pauline said...

Love your desk ! I could sit down and craft straight away ! Have a good week end !

Lesley said...

I personally don't see whats wrong with your room! Looks pretty normal to me!! Or is it all the tidy peeps out there that are normal? Goodnes knows!
Top banana shows Hels.x

Pamela said...

Isn't a messy room, surface, desk, floor, part of the creative process? Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it! and besides that, if I put it away I will never find it again;)

emilysnan said...

hiya lol lol lol i am on the floor (messy craft room floor ...see you are not alone ...) reading your post rushing and crafting and everything in between oh and just one more thing ...lol well i am so glad i came by your blog , via julia watts inky fingers zone , i was watchig a repeat of crate and craft julia was on it and when i went to her blog i fould your s eh vola here i am on the floor ( messy craf....ok i said that before ! ) anyhow if you would like your craft room cleared up ( seriously why do we bother ???? oh yes to find our stash we had forgotton about ...lol ) i will come round and help u get a head start on your christmas cards for 2112 and avoid the rush on 20th december ...lol and while i am doing this i will tidy... (... make my own cards for the whole year ) and your room will be un recogniseable ( unless your visit my blog and watch my craft room tour ?? ok ok ok time for bed . thanks for sharing your creativeness
happy (messy the best way to craft ) crafting
xmaggiex

CraftyMonkey said...

Emilysnan I have heard of being organised but making cards for in a hundred years time is ridiculous! LOL Hels I loved your demo's on C&C and found your blog, as a result of that. I am the last person to solve your dilemna, I seem to spend more time tidying than crafting. The problem is, when I tidy things away I can never find them, so I spend ages trying to find stuff. Yet when my room is a tip, I know exactly where things are. I think the moral to this story is don't waste your time tidying.

Debbie Tinks said...

not to good at cleaning my craft room,
so don't have any tips
but watched your show on cc and your demos are great so if you have a untidy craft room it means your a good crafter
from Debbie

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

It was great seeing you on the telly yesterday - the shows were great and you did not look nervous at all! The samples were amazing!!!

Well, I wouldn't try to do anything and would let the good House Fairies do the job for you ;). Perhaps with a helping hand/paw of Alfie Cat, just like my Kropek does...?

Lovely candy - thank you for the chance to win!

Hugs
Joanna xx

Joanie said...

At first I thought someone had sneaked in and taken a photo of my room!!!!!

Problem is would rather craft than tidy! To be honest it is the only untidy room in the house so I don't feel too bad after all its only me that goes in there!

Looking forward to your workshops at Dawns in March. See you then.

Joan x

AnneRD said...

Loved your shows this week, so full of inspiration. Re your room, I would love to rummage in it - it looks like an Alladin's cave!
Anne

Lorraine said...

Some really great ideas for cleaning up the crafty mess ! lol. I ususally ignore it until I feel like crying - and then I start the big clean up. Naturally, while sorting, I discover stuff I bought and haven't used, so I start playing...and playing, and before I know it, I'm crafting instead of soring, and so it goes.

Thanks for a chance at some stash. :)

Karen said...

I absolutely cannot speak on the crafty mess front so I won't attempt to advise!
I did catch the 6pm show though: Great stuff, well done Hels!
And thanks for the chance to win some candy !

Jenny, said...

Thax for 2 fab shows... hope there will be more of you on our screens in the coming months xxx

Morti said...

ROFL - shame on you, you messy moobag. For not joining the club sooner.




Don't think I'm ever destined to catch you on Create & Craft - Panto got in the way this time! Oh YES it did!.....

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