Wednesday, 31 December 2014

WOYWW 291 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all, hope 2015 is a happy, healthy and creative one. I hope you are sitting comfortably, because I've had a bit of a tidy up... sorry to shock you!

I had Christmas at home on my own this year and decided I wanted a bit more space to sit in, so as I was off work from Christmas Eve, set to then...
look at all that space round the sofa! (I also turned the fraying rug round to hide the ragged ends) My space on the floor is tidy, too - the MDF chest I painted over the weekend is still there as I haven't decided where to put it yet. (see previous post for more info about this)
(the scraps box has been purged and tidied, the two boxes stacked, next to the craft mat holding 'essentials' has been stripped of unused and useless contents and also tidied)
 Had a very lovely pile of presents to open on Christmas Day - savoured them and spread out the opening over the day!
 and what a lovely pile there were - the handbag, scarf and the day's photography course (at the local adult education centre) are from my very generous boss)
 this gorgeous box (Prima - my sister in law knows me well!... she knew I'd want the box too!







contained a lovely pile of crafting goodies...


















Now, you probably know from previous week's reveals that this newly found space means a lot of things had to go somewhere....

the dining room!!!  EEEK!
This is the view from the doorway (which, due to my Christmas Eve clear out, also included a couple of bags of clothes for the Charity shop, means I can get through the doorway, without ducking, which is nice!)  That IS a dining room table there under books...)

As you can see from the first picture, I haven't brought back all of the stuff that I moved.. I will probably not either, but will try and sort out some of the piles in the other room, before too long... or at least next Christmas, lol!!

Well, I haven't been short and sweet, but hopefully Julia will forgive me... now, you have other desks to visit, so hop on over to the Stamping Ground for the rest of WOYWW and see what you can see - I'll catch you there soon. Oh, and if you like my photos from Kew, there is a post on the other blog from Monday, when I visited (click the picture of the fountain at the top of this blog)

38 comments:

Cardarian said...

Hi Helen!
Thank you for all your comments on my blog, you have done a very nice tidy up and I love all your wonderful goodies! Enjoy your crafting and photography and I hope to see you in 2015!
Happy New Year!
Lots of hugs and love,
Cardarian

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah you sound so like me Helen I frequently rearrange rather than throw out as I should do!!
great crafty goodies from your sister and love the bag!!
every blessing on your 2015 and happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x #15 I think

Lynda Beazley said...

Hi Helen
You have had a very busy Christmas! I like all your new crafting goodies and the prima box is lovely. Excuse for me being dull… what's an embedded comment? Happy new year!
Lynda B 16

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Saturday 16th May! I hope you haven't double booked....it wouldn't be the same without you!!
Well done for having a good sort out, I love throwing things out/repurposing....find it quite cathartic!
Thanks for being such a great supporter over the past year, it means a lot :-)|
Hugs, LLJ 14 xx

Virginia said...

Helen I have no idea how you find it all when you need something, I struggle and mines in two cupboards! Loving the clear area and the Prima box is gorgeous, fab gift from your boss too!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

A Happy New Year to you Helen. Thank you for all your comments in 2014.

Fiona #18

craftimamma said...

What a thoughtful gift from your boss .... the photography workshop I mean.... and the handbag & scarf are beautiful. Your sister in law chose so well, a box & goodies to delight any crafter. You have worked really hard sorting your fabulous collection .....would you like to come and do mine now? It's only one room ;-).

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Annie said...

Hi Helen. Thanks for calling by at mine already and for your love and support throughout the year.
Well done you with the sort out and tidying.
Wishing you a very happy New year filled with many creatived times and lets hope it's a happy and healthy one for us all.
Hugs,
Annie x # 22

Judys Fabrications said...

Helen- a woman after my own heart.I have hardly any paper crafting gear, but my sewing stuff looks like this.Great job.very cathartic!! New follower!
Judy #9

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Be very careful as I overtook another room in just this way. I did a clear out and suddenly I couldn't part with anything and it just stayed...nothing like two craft spaces!
Glenda #24 PS: Finally did get back into one room, but it was a huge effort!

sandra de said...

Love the feeling of a good sort out and it looks like you have been super busy. Wishing you a joyful 2015.
sandra de @31

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Hi Helen! Girl, you need to move into a bigger house, LOL! Your crafting space looks cozy though and yay for the floor space! Lovely presents received. You must have lot of self-discipline to be able to spread out the opening of the presents throughout the day! Very admirable! Have a wonderful New Year! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #26

Twiglet said...

Lots of lovely goodies there Helen! Thanks for a good yearful of snooping round your crafty activities on your "desk". All the best for 2015. x Jo

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Helen! You could open your own shop, lol glad you found the time to sort your stash.

Happy New Year xx

fairy thoughts said...

Hi H I was on the train when I first read that you'd tidied but lost connection before I could see and had to wait until lunch to get a proper look. Well done on the tidy up, call me weird by why don't you use your table as a desk? .. Just asking ... You've probably already told me before.
Anyway Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments through out the year, they really mean a lot.
Happy new
Janet @11

Kim said...

Gratz on the tidy-up! And you received some wonderful gifts!! I hope you have a very Happy Crafty New Year!

Artatag said...

Rearranging is always good. I mostly find interesting things I forgot about. It is like a shopping tour!
I wish you and your family a very happy and successful New Year!
Hugs
Gabriele 25

Shel C said...

A photography course..what a great gift! Love the stash of crafting supplies in the prima box too :) Best wishes for the upcoming year. #39

Neet said...

What a lovely boss you have and how well she knows you by the sounds of things. The day course is such a thoughtful gift for you. Love your latest photos.
Cannot get over the tidy up. Wow Helen.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful 2015 with all you desire coming to fruition.
Hugs, Neet xx

My name is Cindy said...

Wow Helen! What a lot of space (unfortunately I bet that will just encourage to fill it up with new stash....).Lovely gifts too. Wishing you a wonderful 2015, Love n hugs, Cindy x

Anne said...

Lovely presents ! I have have a good sort out throughout the house. Happy New Year Anne x #28

Sarah Anderson said...

I've been sorting too! Your space is looking great. Happy New Year!! xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

I love the results of your rearranging, it looks great. And you got fantastic gifts, that bag is gorgeous.

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Helen and may today be the start of a wonderful year. Great you've had a tidy up - oh yes I know all about moving things during a tidy...to another room/space, just can't part with some things. Enjoy your gorgeous gifts. Cheers RobynO#35

Hettie said...

Now Now Helen! The idea of tidying I am sure is not to pick it up and dump it elsewhere....that is my Hubby's idea of tidying!!
Well done anyhoo! There must be something in the air for tidying.
Happy New Year to you and see you at the next Crop!
Hugs
xx

Karen said...

What a busy creative bee you've been! Have fun with your new toys! I've got some too which will help raise more funds for kidney research. Happy New Year to you and yours. Love Karen xx

Angela Radford said...

Happy New year to you too Helen, hope it's a good one, Angela x 23

Nikki C said...

Helen your space looks great and you'll have lots of room to create not sure about formal dinners anymore lol Happy New Year all the best in 2015 hugs Nikki 4

Robyn said...

good luck to tidy on NYE!
Happy New year!
Robyn 1

craftytrog said...

Happy New Year Helen! xox

Belinda Basson said...

Happy New Year to you from a hot and sunny Cape Town. Thanks for all the banter during the year, it has been fun. I am impressed with the amount of space I can see on your floor. As for your gift, it is really quite a box of treasure! I have one of those Prima boxes too and hang on to it cos it is so pretty!

Lisca Meijer said...

Doesn't it feel good to have had a good tidy up. I must say it looks impressive. You have done a lot of work there. Start the New year with a clear floor!
I love your handbag! You have a very thoughtful boss! Especially giving you that photography course. And I love that box too! (Never mind the contents...they are great too)
Thank you for stopping at mine and for the lovely comment,
Happy New Year to you and yours,
Lisca#45

Kyla said...

Ah the classic lift and shift sorting technique!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New year and look forward to catching up at the next WOYWW crop
Kyla #5

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow! Sorry I'm so late, but life has been a bit busy! I am so impressed with your tidying, Helen! What lovely presents you received too! I hope you will have lots of fun playing with your new goodies! xxx

Carmen said...

Uh... wow! Firstly at all that space... and then at the dining room. You do make me laugh. Lovely pile of pressies too.

MaggieC said...

That photography course sounds good. I could do with something like that to get to grips with even a fraction of what my camera will do. Thank you for your visit this week and for your lovely comment on my canvasses. It is my first venture into Grunge working and I am still very uncertain about what I am trying to do. Fun trying, though. Have a very Happy New Year. xx Maggie #50

Julia Dunnit said...

Late!
The thing about tidying or clearing is exactly that..you move it to another space and can only part with it when you realise that because it wasn't within arm's reach...you haven't used it for yonks! Am greatly admiring of your industry. And your erm, library!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Great work Helen! It you are like me you will be ready for another sort out before to long!! We were away and couldn't take part again! Chrisx