Wednesday, 3 April 2013


Oh it's 200 apparently - obviously can't count!! Welcome to the first WOYWW (what's on your workdesk Wednesday?) of April - though the weather would have us think it's still January.... oh, and I still haven't started my anniversary atc... eek, really HAD better get going on that now!

I promised to try and remember to show you inside the box of stamps that was kind of hiding in last week's post, and amazingly, I did (remember, that is!)

You can probably guess by the amount of stuff that "lives" on top of this box, I don't use these very often...!!
To the left of my computer stool, are two more of these boxes, the top one has all kinds of sprays and flowers and buttons and bits and pieces...

and the one underneath that, has more stamps!! (don't you dare say I'm obsessed.....)

Yesterday was Craft Club, and we were trying out mosaics....

BJ from WOYWW also came this time - I think she enjoyed it - we sat together and nattered - she is lovely, if you ever get to meet her... but we did get to do our mosaic coasters too...
I chose a blue theme for mine and decided not to attempt too intricate a pattern, but went for abstract.... we're taking them back next time to grout and finish off.

Some of the club members, hard at work

This coming Saturday, Lynne (middle, sitting) - my sister in law - and I are going to London Excel for the Creative Stitches and Hobby Crafts show that I won the tickets for, from Julia (thanks again!) Should be a good day out!

I will be getting told off for taking too long, so had better let you go and get round some desks!


Ali H said...

Who would I be with a massive hoard of stamps myself - to comment on your stash !! Do show us how the coaster ends up when its finished ! Have a happy crafty week ! Ali #20

The Taming of the Glue said...

One day I'll show you my stamp collection then you won't feel so bad! Happy WOYWW Pam#14

Janene McAnally said...

I think it is great your stash of stamps...obsessive...nah, just a crafter and we have to have lots of beautiful things don't we lol!!
I really like the mosacis and the colours that you chose, love to see it finished :-). Happy WOYWW.
Janene #13

Ria Gall said...

you sure have a lot of big boxes with well shall we say a few stamps in them. It would be a shame to put things back on top of those boxes, wouldn't you like just a little play with the stamps
Enjoy your WOYWW sunny day today
Ria #33

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That's a lot of stamps!! How do you remember where they all are? Perhaps you'll have to challenge yourself to use one a day to get through them all :). Will you be adding to the stash at the craft show????? Grin
Hugs, LLJ 36 xxxx

kath stewart said...

thanks for sharing your guilty stash of stamps Helen...looks like you were all having lots of fun with the mosaics......Happy WOYWW...hugs kath (22) xxx

Jackie said...

I reckonise some of those stamps in those boxs I may own some of those wooden stamps to
Jackie 8

Queenie Jeannie said...

Trust me, you don't have 'too much' and I'll never accuse you (or anyone else!) of being obsessed!! :D

Lovely tile! Do you have a use for it when it's complete? I imagine it would be lovely in any manner of uses!!

Enjoy the craft show!

Neet said...

Hi Helen

Enjoy the show at weekend! No good my saying not to spend too much!

Hope we see the coaster grouted next time we visit or is that too early for your club.

Take care
Hugs, Neet xx 6

Julia Dunnit said...

I have at one time or still have most of those stamps..I culled ruthlessly a few years ago and although I miss them, I know I won't have used them even if I had them in the shelf! Hope Excel works out well, didn't get to Birmingham, the weather was bad and the police were saying 'no unnecessary journeys' I weighed it up and fell back into bed! How nice to have met BJ, I tell ya, this world is getting smaller!

Eliza said...

Hey Helen, I have some of the same stamps you have in that box, I think you need more. I can't for the life of me get rid on my stamps I still have my first one ever. So don't feel so bad ok.

Hugs Eliza 41
Happy WOYWW 200th post

Annie said...

Really love the mosaic....gorgeous colours.
A x # 46

Bridget Larsen said...

hhahaa I have that same problem with boxes and hidden stuff and piles on top of them, then you discover them and its like christmas again hey
Bridget #47

BJ said...

Not being a stamper, I really can't understand the obsession! LOL. However the dragonfly one would come in jolly handy for Tim's Tag this month. Great to meet you at last last night. (especially as you are just up the road from me) Craft group was great so should be there next month too. My tile has dried flat under a heavy book and my Cuttlebug and I'll probably get it grouted today. Far too keen.... BJ#61

House of Bears said...

We have a similar amount of stamps residing under the bed in a RUB box. We love your coaster, your design is lovely, simple yet effective.

Waving hi from the bears @#69 this week

Heather Alger said...

What a Fab collection of stamps :0)
love your mosaic tile, looks fun to create. Have a lovely week
Happy WOYWW Heather #71

Cardarian said...

You have shown us quite a lot of lovely stamps and other stuff - he, he everybody is obssesed - it is this business of crafting that makes us that way! :-)
Have a lovely time at the show and I am looking forward to seeing you at ally pally!
Lots of hugs,

Spyder said...

ohohoo you have so much hidden stuff! I want to come and play!!! sorry about my post, it was late when I typed it and I was really t
elling myself to go to bed..shoo last it was only 3.30 and not 7.30 in the morning like last week!! So, ohoo succinct, me? ohoo (quick Lyn go look that up) Nah, I AM a bit peeved off though as I wanna show my surprise but can't , been waiting for three months and now the flipping magazine is a week late coming out, I know it's out because one of my digi's is selling like hot cakes! (It should be in the mag!!)

((Lyn)) happy WOYWW

I will put a smiley face on my post later!

tuesday afternoon said...

Excellent, I love a nice stash! You can't have too much crafting material. Happy WOYWW

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Helen, thanks for stopping by. Personally I think that stamp addiction is quite healthy ... well there are worse things!! Thank you for the reminder about the anniversary atcs - must get cracking myself! I will be at Excel on Fri, unfortunately I have to work Saturday. Only problem is it is too close to Ally Pally - if I go mad I won't have time to save up again!! Happy WOYWW, Cindy x

Anonymous said...

Having recently reorganized my stamps I am getting more use out of them than ever I have. I just need to step away from the sewing machine and back to the paper soon or I'll be so out of practice it'll take me ages to get back into the swing of things :)

Happy WOYWW!

MA (1)
and would usually gladly trade the #1 spot for the ability to sleep for more than about 5 hours a night :)

Angie said...

How wonderful it would be to have a nose through those boxes....but the mosaics caught my imagination ....I have always dreamed of doing it ....there is even a nipper thingy somewhere in this house.
I dreamed too big ....a table top ....but maybe a coaster would be a good starting place day. xx

Dianne said...

Love looking at your work area, I too have thing on top, always moving things:):). I looooove mosaics, Senor Goudia the king of mosaics, I love to make them, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day..

Nan G said...

Nice looking mosaic piece! Oh what are all those sprays? Do you use them? Happy WOYWW! Nan #19

Anonymous said...

What a great box of goodies! Love the mosaic piece. It's wonderful that you have a craft club. Wish we had one here.
Hugs, SueC#94

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, that's quite a collection of stamps! I peeled all mine off the wooden blocks and mounted them on EZ mount when they got too bulky to store - they take up a fraction of the room but it's a bit of a chore to do!
Have a good week and many thanks for stopping by my blog - much appreciated!

Hettie said...

I don't think any of us dare say you have too many stamps. One can never have too many!
May I come and rummage at some point though? Pretty please?
Have fun at the show! Are you doing Ally Pally?

Pallavi said...

I love your stamp collection I have a bunch as well though my clear stamps are growing at an exponential rate! I wish I could hop on over and dig through your boxes of goodies :) Hope you are having a wonderful woyww!

Gill Edwards said...

thats a lovely stamp stash you have there x

mamapez5 said...

That's not am obsession, just an interest. Challenge yourself to use something from the bottom layer now and then and it will remind you why you bought it! I have to say I have one or two in my collection that have never seen ink, and I have no idea what motivated me to buy them. The cladd looks fun. Nothing like friends to natter with when you are crafting.
The coaster reminds me of all the little tiles we buy to repair the swimming pool!
Kate x

Gibby Frogett said...

Hi Helen, what a great post - like everyone else I loved seeing your boxes and wish I could reach into the photos and have a good rummage and nosey. Loved your mosaic too, beautiful colour choice - will lood forward to seeing it finished. Have a great time on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by earlier too.... Gill x #93

susibee said...

It's important to remember that a girl can NEVER have too many stamps !!!!

Your mosaic is going to be lovely when it's finished.

Thanks for visiting my desk earlier.

Happy WOYWW. Susi #58

SueH said...

A Stamp Obsession, if every I saw one!
That’s some collection you have there Helen. I spy some rubber stamp tapestry ones there too, which reminds me, I haven’t used mine for a while and must dust them off.
Loving the colours of your coaster too. I often look at the mosaic stuff in Hobbycraft if I’m passing but have never given it a go myself.
Thanks for stopping by this week.
Happy Crafting!
Sue @ 72

Anonymous said...

Obsessed? That would be the pot calling the kettle black for any of us to accuse you of that wouldn't it!!???! I love the thought of hidden boxes of stamps to rootle through though!


Redanne said...

Hi Helen, I have got that beautiful mask stamp in your box, haven't used it for ages either. Love your mosaics and also that you got to meet the lovely BJ too. Thanks for visiting even though I did not get the chance to join in today (yes, we did spend a lot...). Hugs, Anne x

Debs Willis said...

Stamp obsession is a healthy obsession - only pain you will feel is in your bank account, and no increase to your waistline, only your storage needs lol!!

Thanks for your visit

Debs #63

craftydebs said...

I still love the feel of a wooden block stamp don't you? There's just something about it, bet you've got some treasures there! Bye for now! Debs x

Almo said...

Hi Helen, Thanks for your visit sorry im late again! You have a lorra lorra stamps or maybe it just looks that way because most are on wooden blocks or they are clarity which takes up a lot of space.(trying to make you feel better here can you tell?) Nice for you and BJ to meet up and have a natter and your mosaics are lovely. Hugs Mo #32

Angela Coles said...

my kids would love to play with all those stamps, I might too actually.

Looks like craft club was fun, and the mosaic is pretty - where are you going to put it?

Anne said...

Ah you're Helen :-) have already visited BJ and read about her meeting 'Helen' Love your mosaic - my colours, and other work ( have popped back to some of your previous posts. Thank you for visiting me. Anne x #50

Claire said...

what a stamp stash you have! i'd like to try mosaics too - it looks such fun :)
and thank you for dropping by already and leaving a lovely comment!
happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week :)
no. 2

MaggieC said...

Oooh, I have enjoyed myself today, diving into those lovely boxes of treasure. Thank you for showing them to us. Thank you for your visit today and kind comments. I hope you manage to get to the show and that the weather is kinder than it was for the NEC show. xx Maggie #16

Sandy Leigh said...

Helen--that is a beautiful stamp stash you have!! I hope you have a wonderful time at the craft sounds absolutely delightful and fun! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #98

Elizabeth said...

Hi Helen, such a shame that those stamps don't get used much ... I bet you have some beauties buried in there - thanks for sharing, though - your brave to bare all :) Have a great time at the craft show. Hope you've had a good day. Elizabeth x #95

Maisie Moonshine said...

It is always fun to have a nose in other people's storage boxes! You've got some fun looking stuff in there. Thanks for your visit MMx #73

Lin said...

I'm not saying anything about an obsession about stamps lol...bit like the pot calling the kettle black!!
Looks like you had a lot of fun at your craft club..lovely mosaic, wish we had one near to me :(

Minxy said...

H E L E N.. If you keep filling all these boxes with stash you'll run out of floor space to put them and then where will you craft lol
Thanks for stopping by my blog,Look forward to seeing ya at AP xo Hugz Minxy #60

Debbie said...

Hi Helen...enjoyed my visit here and would love to play with all your stamps!!!

I'm new to the WOYWW gang but sure am having fun peeking in on (I hope) new friends!!!!

Have a blessed day!
Debbie #140

Fandhmum said...

We all need one or two stamps to play with, and one or two to look at and a few for back ups and who am I kidding we all have lots and we love them.
Have a great time at the show.
Rosie x

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Helen I think we could all say you are obsessed... but there is nothing wrong with that... we all are it's what makes us crafty! I for one would love to have a rummage in there. he he. I did send you an e mail about excel, so I may see you there.. I will have my WOYWW badge on
janet #27

Karen Ives said...

You can't have too many stamps.
Karen #192

KatzElbows said...

Almost all my stamps have been in storage for two years. I long to get them out and play, but it does mean I can't even raise my eyebrows at your box of unused ones!

Can't wait to see the coaster.

Cheers, Rachel #34

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Helen ah stamps yes think Julia is right, need to cull but still keep buying, why is it so??

... ah well do use them mostly, just not all a once the mosaic..

happy 200 WOYWW thanks for popping over, Shaz in oz.x #9

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Twiglet said...

You do seem to have a stamp surplus there girl!!! I love the mosaic idea - the colours are fab. x Jo

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Helen,

Ha! Now I see why a round table would be so hard for you.... tee hee O.k. I don't think it's an obsession --- it's a COLLECTION!

Have fun at the upcoming show!

Thanks for visiting me already!

Kay (12)


Hi Helen
thanks for dropping by my desk for WOYWW. Its only my second week doing WOYWW. I'm late as I have had two huge busy days and just had no time to get to the computer. I too shall show you my stamps one day and as I have been paper crafting for 21 there are LOTS! Love your birdy project above too. Have fun aat the craft show
Annette In Oz #74