Wednesday, March 14, 2012

WOYWW? Not a lot, but hooray - a mini giveaway!

Nuffink, zilch, nada! That evacuated corner is all that is to be seen of my desk this week. Freshly painted and already living in fear of a rogue squirt of green Color Wash. Today is the final day of three weeks of upheaval. Amen. I will be reeling off my (s)nagging list today and pointing out the 'could do better' bits. Call me old fashioned, but as a 'hubby at work' damsel, I hate dealing with male builders and cannot face another, "Yes, love..."
Just need to sand the floors, sort through the now widely spread junk, donate half our wardrobe to Oxfam and scoop up the dust with a JCB. I have a make shift crafty space in another room but most of my gear got shifted at one minute to midnight. Crates, pizza boxes, supermarket bags and suitcases... anything with four sides and 'holding' capacity! I feel totally lost, out of sorts and admittedly darn moody. It's "Grin and bear it"... without the grin.
Thankfully, with just a few pots, potions and ink pads, I could rustle up a tag and felt a lot better for doing so. I saw a Go Green theme over at Inspiration Journal so I thought I have a dabble with a colour pallet I don't often use. I used Peeled Paint and Picket Fence Distress Stains with a splash of Lettuce Color Wash too. I added more white splatters with a paint brush before stamping away with my new Tim stamps and a bit of doodling with a white pen. Me liketh green!
Butterflies grunged with a Picket Fence and Rock Candy Crackle mix, then inked with Forest Moss.
A fitting sentiment for this week. Although I felt the urge to scribble 'My craft room' on top of the first four words.
Idea-ology Ball chain connectors add metal detail to the flutterbys, perching gently on stapled string scraps.
Yesterday I just had to escape the dust pit and went shopping looking for big belly clothes. Came back with these! Just a bright set of Funfetti mini stamps and paper from WAMK going cheap. If they're your kind of thing and you fancy them, leave some blurb or sign your name in the dust and next week I'll pick a winner. The second name out of the hat gets to clean my house...! Right I'm off to vent my OCD with the painters...! Head over to Julia's to join in all the desk-hopping antics. Thanks very much for dropping in... Sarah.

70 comments:

butlersabroad said...

I like the "grin and bear it" bit but without the grin!! It'll be worth it in the end, and your tag is just so perfect too. Love green. Cute little stamps, count me in!

Hugs
Brenda
butlersabroad.worpdress.com

Kate said...

Beautiful tag! I love the greens & background. Adorable stamps. I would love a chance at them!
Kate

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have certainly managed to keep your incredible sense of humor through all this madness. I'm wishing you all the best with this remodel. Hope it gets finished soon. At least you had the supplies to make that lovely tag.

Those stamps are SO cute. I suspect I'll be the person whose name you draw to clean your house, but it's all fun, regardless (grin).

sandysewin said...

Ah, the upheaval stinks, but I always say it has to get worse before it can get better.

Your newly spruced up space will be lovely and worth it. :-)

Happy Woyww,

Sandy
www.keepsakecrafts.net

Bubbles said...

Me liketh the green too :)
Gorgeous tag... it's stunning... and an achievement when you think about all the upheaval and those darn "yes love" builders (who seem to take more tea-breaks than a granny at a cafe) :)
Have a wonderful WOYWW
Bubbles

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear of the troubles with the WORK CREW. Hopefully it can only get better and in no time your back to your fun. Absolutely loved the tag. The green is so spring like, making we wonder if it will ever turn spring here. Most of all thanks for sharing those wonderful stamps, so bright and cute. Using them will inspire creative dreams.

jude said...

Morning Sarah Hope the painting ,dusting re organizing goes to plan .Have alovely Woyww .Take it easy with the bump..lolSpeak to you later as off to p/o this am
hugs judex

Bella said...

OH boy, I love that cup cake stamp in the pink! Might have to hunt that down on line! These will last longer than the big belly clothes too...LOL Happy WOYWW145

Neil said...

Hope your room gets finished soon, your tag looks fab. Neil #9

okienurse said...

I am sure getting your studio all lined out will be a blessing but OMG! all the hassles we go through to get it done! Love you tag it is so happy and cheerful! Have a great week Sarah. Vickie #4

Beckyt said...

I moved flat a while ago and it was by far the most stresfull thing I have done way worse then exams, new jobs or anything really. I love the green tag super pretty and those stamps are brill would love a chance to win them :)

Thanks for sharing

Becky @3
x

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

ooh congrats on being no 1! and I live with 2 builders who are permanantly not doing my house! grin and bear it.. it will pass :))
Love the tag
Happy woywwing
Jennie #17

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Blimey - your room looks uncannily like mine, all bright and white with no craft stuff in sight!!
Keep smiling, all the hassle will soon be a memory :) Glad to hear the tum is expanding well!!
Hugs, LLJ #26 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw Sarah, the work is a toughie, and I hate it too. I always have dust though, so am use to that...I tell my friends they can write anything except their names; you'd be amazed how that stymies them!! You digressed from the shopping list a bit then>!! Am loving the tag..you know how much I love hwat you do, but I really really love it when you do it in colour colours!

scrappymo! said...

I know what you are going through...When we bought this house, we gutted it and remodeled it all. We had one fabulous builder who was such a blessing.
Luckily my SIL is a counter installer and all his friends are in the trades so we had family friends come in and do the plumbing, cabinets, electrical etc.
Still, it was dusty, dirty, a zillion questions and choices to be made at the drop of a hat...and lots of shopping for items needed whilst answering all the questions.
At the end of it all, I seemed to be washing up the dust from the hardwood floors for months afterwards. Such a fine dust that gets everywhere...even in the china cabinet and cupboards.
It is all worth it in the end and you will be glad that you stayed the course.
Your blog candy is great and would love the chance to win it.
I can't believe you were organized enough amongst all that work to get a tag done.
You go, girl!

Bridget Larsen said...

I'd like to know how you made that top post static and new posts appear below, pretty please.
Oh My you are having the same problem I am trying to get my craft space back in order, well goodluck to us both.
Bridget #11

Redanne said...

Just think how amazing it will be when it is finished. Love your tag, makes me think of Spring!

Rita said...

Just think, things can only get better. I'm sure you will enjoy setting it all back up again and find lots of crafty things that you forgot all about. I love your tag and the greens all work so well to-gether. Great giveaway, love those stamps. Hugs Rita xxx

Annie said...

Really hope your get your creative space sorted out very soon.
Hugs,
A x

CraftygasheadZo said...

Oooh lots happening, bet you'll be pleased when all is done. That tag is fab! Take care, enjoy snooping the oh so many WOYWW desks & have fun! Zo xx 34

Jaki Morris said...

I love that tag, the colours are so fresh and light.

I hate the way builders, plumbers, decorators et al always ask you what they should do, or which you would prefer. I just say, I have no idea that is why I am paying you!
Keep calm and carry on crafting is all I say!
Jakix

Spyder said...

I love your tag and want to 'borrow' your picture and stick it on my wall. It touches everything on all levels at the moment. Must remember the ball chain, great idea..Have a crafty day. Have 'fun; with your builders , put spiders in their tea.
HaPpY WoYwW
((Lyn))

May said...

Your creative space will be fabulous when finished! love those colourful stamps! your tag is stunning!! love it, Happy WOYWW, Hugs May x x x x

SueH said...

Oh Sarah, it’s never easy when the decorators are in and even harder when they don’t seem to be doing things to your own high standards. It’s does sound like you’re nearing the end thought, so you’ll soon be back where you belong, in your own crafty space.
Love the tag you managed to create. Green’s not a colour I use often either but I’ve no idea why because it always looks so fresh and bright.

Happy Crafting!
Sue H
x

jill said...

Loveing the green tag .
Good luck with the decorating , it will be so worth it in the end

Angie said...

That tag is amazing ...and the colour is beautiful....xxNo 70

GLENDA BROOKS said...

It will be wonderful when all finished. Love your tag...beautiful greens!

Von said...

I'm so with you on the craft room bit :( mines all over the house as well at the moment and vreating with what I can lay my hands on lol
Love your green tag fabulous work :)
Von x♥x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Oh I FEEL your pain, I have decorators back again on 10th April, oh joy. I love your comment about having to deal with the builders, I so dislike it, oh and the making brews too, feel like a waitress. As my house was a tip anyway I made the big mistake of deciding to clear my craft room, so desperately needed sorting. One of those jobs you wish you had never started and now at the stage of just stuffing things anywhere in desperation. Love love your green tag, the white highlights are fabulous as are the butterflies. Try to GRIN, it will all be over soon, that's what I keep telling myself. Tracy x x

Jacqui said...

gorgeous tag!

Ohhh Snap said...

What a gorgeous tag! I was fully commiserating about all the disorganization and then I was completely smitten with that tag! I hope you have your regular workspace back up and running soon. I'm not sure you'd want me for house cleaning. I get terribly distracted lol. #86

sandra de said...

Go girl ... once it is all complete you will be thrilled. I also love what you can create with a few pots,potions and ink pads. Gorgeous.

April said...

Hope your room gets finished soon! Your tag is great, love the butterflies perching on the string. The stamps look great, how kind of you to think of a givaway at such a busy time! x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Sarah, I so feel for you! I've just been through the same experience, right down to the donation of unwanted clothes to Age Concern, and I've survived it, just! Want to see if it's worth all the angst then pop over to my place, you'll see photographic evidence - I love it when a plan comes together :)) Love your tag - green is my all time favourite colour, butterflies are beautiful, and that sentiment is just fab. Hope your day improves and your room shapes up very soon. Elizabeth x #11

Misty's Mum said...

I love that tag - I think colour themes are great too. I could also do with starrting my craft room from scratch but hey ho - one day.
Take care of your bump
x

Twiglet said...

Fantastic green tag - so beautiful. If you have any clean T shirts you want to get rid of - I am making boys shorts with them - having a break from dresses!! They will go off with the dresses so that the little boys don't feel left out as we "Dress a girl around the world". x Jo

fairy thoughts said...

You have definately got the 'grin' factor here, it's amazing what you can do in a small space if you're desperate, the tag is lovely, esp the butterflies.
I like your piece in Craft Stamper too. Good luck with the decorating and we can never have too many stamps npow can we?
janet #25

B. said...

Stapled string between the butterflies. Nice touch. Going to try. Would love to win the stamps. No one ever has too many.

B.

Gabrielle said...

Oh I don't want to leave a comment 'cos I'm bound to pulled out second and have to clean your house.... So instead of commenting I am merely reflecting that I have stopped by, acknowledged your incredible tag, patronising builders (It's the law with them btw) and then flitted off to admire other WOYWW desks! Happy Wednesday x

Helen said...

Hi Sarah I admire your crafting spirit - in amongst all that chaos you can still find time to create beautiful art! And you were first on the WOYWW too - I'm impressed.

Deb said...

I am so impressed, your tag is amazing with or without minimal supplies! So glad your upheaval is almost over! Look forward to seeing it all finished!
Happy WOYWW, Debxx #112

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

I hope you had success with the painters today! The tag is quite nice - I don't work with greens much either but really love the color in general.

Cheers,
Susan

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sarah,

Looks like your room is coming along nicely! I can imagine just wanting to get it done and have the men gone so you can get back to playing!

Your tag looks great. I like the little pops of white. Very nice.

I'm not participating this week but wanted to take a peek. And is this two weeks in a row at number one!?!

Hugs,
Kay

lainey said...

love the tag, the colour is ace!! love how you perched the butterflies on the string!! :) lainey x

Wendy said...

Love your tag. You did wonderful with a colour that you don't use much.

Danielle said...

Love that you created something even admist the mess. The tag is beautiful and not just because green is my favorite color. I hope they are finished soon.

Robin Panzer Art said...

It's great that you were able to take a few minutes to create among the chaos, it can be so calming to the spirit. Your tag really turned out gorgeous! Happy WOYWW! ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33 #130

Sara S. said...

Your tag is very nice....love the shade of green. Glad you had the chance to make something - even with everything in upheaval!

fairyrocks said...

My husband says when someone talks down to me I have a look...give them the 'Look' next time they try to pat you on the head.
It feels good to donate, I have a pile waiting to go to our Salvation Army. Love Love your tag.
Keep smiling and creating

Ana K. said...
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Ana K. said...

Great tag you made in the middle of your mess! You know i will be happy also if you pick me for cleaning!!

kay said...

seeing as i am such a tidy freak reckon i would tidy up for you for nothing....lol,am impressed that you made your gorgeous tag from a few bits here and then,have a great week and hope order is restored soon,x

Peggy said...

love your tag
Have a fun WOYWW.

Judie savage-lovell said...

That tag is just gorjuss, my fav colour as well, bet you cant wait to come and play again properly xx

thanks for the snoop
hugs
Judie xx

Yours Artfully said...

Hi Sarah,

I bet you can't wait to get your artsy room back. When you've got all your supplies moved back in there, you'll think it was worth all the "yes loves"!!!

lisa said...

Oh, Sarah. I don't envy you. It's a nightmare being decorated isn't it, still you've got a man in to do it, I usually have to help himself DIY, not sure which is worse. I hate mess!!!
You made me laugh at being able to rustle up an amazing tag with a few bits and bobs. This would have taken my entire craft room and still not looked half as good. You are so talented.
You'll soon be back in your lovely new space, hang in there.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #80

Marjie Kemper said...

Just beautiful! Definitely squeezing in some art is a sanity saver. Love the way you've put the b'flies on the twine. Good wishes for order soon!

Jay Hollis said...

I always look forward to your blogs, you make my heart giggle and put and smile on my face !!! and I really love the tag as always.

Sophia said...

Your gift tags are wonderful! And loving all of your work space. :)

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I feel your pain Sarah, being in the same bot myself! Hope we are both back to normal soon.
Fiona xx #166

Serendipity Stamping said...

You will be very happy to have a nice new space in the end all will have been worth the mess. Cute tag you just whipped up. #148

Barb King said...

You did really well for not having your craft space available, love the tag! Barb #90

karen said...

Gorgeous green tag you have created! I love how you used the twine and also the ball-chain! Your room will be gorgeous when finished and it sounds like you have made it through the worst now!
xoxo Karen #175

Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer said...

I love your pretty green tag!
Happy WOYWW!
Aeryn @ #179

Dragon said...

Sorry to say I don't want to clean your house!!! Sorry too you have such a messy lot of stuff to deal with but great to see your lovely green tag
FRankie
xx

sandra's crafty corner said...

ooooh cant wait to see the finished room hun,happy belated woyww,
hugs sandra xxx

Deb's Pen Pot said...

Such gorgeous work - looked at your blog, and I'm loving all of your work! Have a fab week and hope you pop by my Pen Pot - best wishes, Deb

Jeremy and Samantha said...

Happy Woyww (a little late for my peek) can't wait to see the remodel done but your bookmark is awesome.

Kathleen said...

Love your blog, you are so talented. Would love a chance to win the cute stamps.

Kezzy said...

Love the little stamps they look fab, I would love to have a chance of winning. You poor thing, having no craft room and having to put up with a load of 'yes love', it really irritates me when the male species feel like they can call me love as if I know nothing about anything lol. Be careful if your doing the floor yourself, actually it's really bad me saying that, as there is nothing worse than when your pregnant everyone saying 'you shouldn't be doing that in your condition'. lol. Hope your feeling well, love the tag stunning. Happy woyww :-) Kezzy xx