Wednesday 11 May 2011


Well, it's Wednesday again - and the day has nearly gone already - we were up at Guy's this morning for a foot health appointment for John and somehow the time since we got back has gone very quickly - so, it's time for WOYWW 101.

Update: it's nearly Thursday now and I still hadn't completed this post! (I stopped to do my Salt LO for tomorrow - more about that then).

I didn't take part in WOYWW last week because I was in the middle of having a really good sort out of my craft stuff - on reflection, perhaps I should have shown what a muddle I was in then. Anyway, I've had the biggest sort out I've had since this room was fitted out - which, unbelievably, was nearly four years ago - it doesn't seem that long.

Every box etc has been sorted (and I was a bit ruthless with what I kept and didn't some for the grandchildren and some for the charity shop - and some for the recycling paper bin). Everything is now properly labelled.

So, my actual worktop is clear of any crafting atm - a lot of photos to share today, mainly because I want to keep them as a reminder of what this room can look like when it's organised - not that the workspace will stay clear like this - in fact it's already been covered with various items since taking the photos.

This is an overall view of where I sit to craft, including my new very comfortable chair (the old one I had was comfortable, but was bought about 25 years ago ... a new one was needed). This chair will go up a bit higher than the previous one, which gives me a much better position at the keyboard and for crafting, so you will notice there is now a box on the floor to put my feet on because they don't reach the floor with the chair at the right height. Because I don't need to use the pull-out shelf for the keyboard, I've got items on there that are in use a lot, so they are handy when I need them.

I needed to buy a couple more Really Useful Boxes for inside my big cupboard (photo further down) and while I was at Rymans I saw some little folding crates that are made by RUB - only 99p each - thought they would come in handy, but as yet I don't know what I'm going to use them for - you can see them here near my rotating 'lazy susan' with my copics and promarkers etc.

To the right of where I sit there is a couple that has two pull-out shelves - originally to house my printer and craft robo (which I'm going to sell because I don't use it now - have got the large cricut). Quite a while ago I got a wireless network printer, so that sits the other side of the room out of the way. This means that I can use the pull-out shelves for other things, so I've got my boxes of scrap offcuts and inserts at the top and boxes of flowers sorted into colours and types and envies on the bottom shelf.

To the left of where I sit there are four drawers - I've even sorted and tidied them:

And further to the left is a corner cupboard - the door is open in this picture - the space goes much further back in to the left, so there is a trolley and things I don't use often stacked away.

The inside of my big cupboard:

This room originally, of course, was the 'spare' room which housed a couple of put-you-up beds, so they are still in here, covered with a Laura Ashley throw that matches the curtains - this gives me another surface to use. The boiler is in the corner of this room, but I have my back to it while crafting, so I don't have to sit and look at it - and it does mean this is the warmest room in the winter, which I love. You'll notice I also have to give some space to our linen bin and cushions for our garden chairs.

I am very fortunate to have such a lovely space to craft in (especially as our whole maisonette isn't very big). Today I haven't shown much of the shelves above my workspace - where I house most of my wooden stamps. I've now ordered a couple of extra shelves so that will enable me to spread the stamps out a bit and/or get more!

I'm also sharing this on Shopping our stash, a new challenge blog that is asking for us to show our workspace.


  1. Absolutely stunning craft room.Wow just love it all neat tidy.Trouble is once youve had clearout i forget where ive put stuff!But hey ho that could be to do with my grey matter and
    Hope you had fab wedensday and thanks have so enjoyed peeking around your room
    hugs judex 8

  2. What a superb working space. Isn't it great to have everything organised? I did the same recently, and relabelled everything. I now have to keep mine fairly tidy because I have two rescued cats who live in there as one of them doesn't get on with my other two, so every time I leave the room I have to clear it all away or they will have played with it, chewed it, or left paw prints on everything! So I keep a large tray and just put all 'work in action' on it and slot it on top of a shelf so it is all to hand when I return. My husband bought me a shelf unit filled with Really useful boxes at Christmas, and for the first time, all my precious paper is stored properly. I am surprised you are selling your Robo in favour of cricut. I find mine is so versatile, and I love designing my own things to make with it.
    I hope your lovely tidy room survives for at least a week or two! Kate

  3. It all looks very tidy and organised Hazel - a great craft space!

  4. Love your craft space- I am glad to find another Really Useful Box addict!lol. Shaz #106

  5. Wow. I'm in the process of doing the same...very inspirational!

    Have a great week!


  6. I'm sorry Hazel, that is far too tidy! Get some crafting done immediately lol!

  7. How wonderful Hazel - a place for everything and everything in its place..who could ask for more! Thanks for sharing, and sorry to be so late - am guessing that you've been using the new arrangements since you posted this!

  8. Wow Hazel, that’s one big sort out you’ve had hun and I wonder just how long your room will stay that tidy!
    I don’t know about you but I find it a bitter/sweet feeling when I decide to have a clear out. Part of me doesn’t want to part with anything but then again it feels good to have a nice clear tidy space to work in. Someone usually benefits from my discarded items though, usually Lythan’s church card club.

    Happy WOYWW!

  9. that is it all, especially the pullout on the desk to work on...fabulous...thanks for joining in the sos

  10. Oh, my goodness. I am in awe. You may win the Organized and Clean award! :)

  11. Beautiful space & so brilliantly organized. Well done!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely room with us at SOS! Hope to see you next week for a new challenge.

  12. What a great space! It feels so nice to get things sorted, doesn't it? But then I end up with a huge mess again in a short time! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!


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