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WOYWW 1/25/12

Photo 1: Sectioned Fabric Box

It’s time to see WHAT’S ON YOUR WORK DESK for 1/25/2100!

Yeah!  It’s Wednesday again!  So, let’s see what’s on my work desk this week:

We are going to go “off road” today and I am going to show you some of my finds this week.

I am still working on my origination process.  And I found some cool things that might help me out.  So here are my recent finds!

Photo 1:  First off we have this cool fabric box from the Dollar Tree.  It has compartments and is fairly sturdy for a dollar!  I got 2.  They are low enough to fit in a plastic drawer or on a bookcase.  I happened to have some cardboard that exactly matches the box and used it to reinforce the bottom so I could put paint and stuff in it.  I will probably store this on the floor and put the paint I am working with at the time in it.

Photo 2: My Timesavers

Photo 2:  The second photo shows some more dollar store finds that are going to be so helpful to me in crafting!
  • First in line is a holder for cotton swabs. I am probably going to take the cotton balls and pads out and fill the space with cotton swabs. I use these to apply glue and to do some painting when I just don’t want to look around for a paint brush and really don’t feel like washing one out if I did!
  • Second in the line-up is a holder of toothpicks. I have kept having to get up and go to the kitchen for them or dig around in my paint box for one. Now I have them in a handy holder and boy do they come in handy! I use these as teeny tiny paint brushes where you just need a dab of paint or need to get in a small area. I use them to draw features on figures (ex: a gingerbread boy’s face) or to dab a tiny bit of touch up paint on a project. They also work great for applying glue too. Another thing I put them to use for is paint drying racks. When I need something elevated slightly like when the paint has run around the back and I am working on the front, I use these to make an impromptu drying rack so the painted item doesn’t stick to my paper plate. I have also recently acquired about a dozen chopsticks I paid 25 cents for at a secondhand shop. I plan to use these for bigger drying projects.
  • Last in line is a container of bamboo forks. See above for the uses. These are just a little wider and I plan to use them when paint or glue needs to be smeared. They also have two tines on one end and I think they could be used to make cool patterns in paint.

Photo 3: Stackable Embellishment Tote

Photo 3:  The third photo is of a storage “tote” I found at Target for $2.50.  It has 3 stackable trays with a lid.  It also has a handle so it’s “toteable”.  I haven’t decided what I am going to store in it yet.  Maybe my punch shapes?

Photo 4: 25 Cent Storage Containers

Photo 4:  In this photo is another Dollar Tree find – 4 stackable see through containers to store small stuff in!  These are wonderful and for 25 cents each can’t be beat!  They are short enough that they will fit in one of my deep plastic drawers.  Plus they have a see through top so I can just look down at them and see what is in the container.  I got two sets. But I might be back for more.  I plan to use these for all the small craft items that are bulky– like pom- poms!  They also fit in the plastic baskets they have at Dollar Tree (six fit in one) so they could easily be put on a shelf.

Photos 5 & 6:  In the fifth and sixth photos are some nice deep trays that I found at Target for $2.50.  I am using these to store all the items I am using for one project.  I work on multiple projects at a time – I don’t get bored that way – and as my desk space is none existent – I have to move the keyboard to craft –  I keep things on trays that I can stack when they are not in use.  The yellow tray has all the stuff I am using to create my heart shaped magnets (link below) and the red all the deals I have found this week.

Photo 5: Craft Tray With Valentine's Maganets

Photo 6: Craft Tray With This Week's Deals

Photo 7: Storage Box With Listia Auction Items

Photo 7:  In photo 7 are the deals I found for my “Baby It’s Cold Outside” craft auction on Listia.  If you are interested, Listia is a site where you win things for free using credits you earn by auctioning off your unneeded items off.  It is a great place to pick up new craft materials and share some of your excess items.


I also am working on a few other things this week too.

Please Vote For My Project: Also on my desk (well maybe the computer) is a site I just reviewed (link below).    SHinDigZ has a GREAT GIVEAWAY going.  You can enter your idea to “make life more fun” for someone.  Enter it by “liking” SHinDigZ on Facebook and then writing a paragraph on whose live you would like to make more fun and why.  You can win a gift certificate for up to $250.  Of course I have entered and if you could please run over to Facebook and VOTE FOR MY IDEA I’D APPRECIATE IT GREATLY!  You can only vote once in 24 hours. You can submit a new idea every week.  I am hoping to win a gc for my Wednesday night kids group to provide encouragement for three mission families in our state by sending them a party favor packet and handmade (by the kids) birthday card on their birthdays.


Guest Blog: I am also working on a guest blog for February 3, 2012.  Lisa of Lisa’s Craft Blog is hosting, starting January 30th, “A Love-Filled Valentine’s Event” that will run right up to Valentine’s Day.  There will be guest bloggers, tutorials and a special linky party.  Read more about it at the link below.  Sounds great.  Please stop by and support Lisa’s effort.


Cookie Cutter Crafts Series:  I’m still working on tutorials and posting my “Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore” series.  I am more than half way through. Please check out my posts if you love cookie cutters! I have also combed the web looking for uses I did not have yet and have found quite a few. If you Pinterest check out my board “Ways to Use Cookie Cutters” for 100 pins about uses for cookie cutters other than making cookies (I might have a few duplicates, but not many). I will do a wrap-up post after I have posted my last tutorial. This post will give you links to the tutorials I found (did not duplicate any I have or will do) for those that have tutorials and a description of the project for those that I could not find tutorials for.  If you have any cookie cutter crafts leave me the link for your tutorial.  I will be sure to credit you when providing the link.


Thanks so much for stopping by.   Please leave me a comment.  I’d love to pay you a reciprocal visit.

buggalcrafts by Melba


If you aren’t already linking to Stamping Ground’s WOYWW blog for the week, take a few snaps around your craft room, post them to your blog and then swing by and leave the link to your post on her blog (see below for her link).



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13 thoughts on “WOYWW 1/25/12

  1. Great organizational ideas–I’m always in a state of reorganization!!

  2. Wow. You sure know how to hunt the aisles of the dollar store. I need to definitely look for a store in my area. I hadn’t thought of using toothpicks for small detail work — thanks for the tip (no pun intended….).

    Happy WOYWW

  3. Wow some wonderful bargains, Have a great week Lou #82

  4. Looks like you’ve enjoyed shopping for your bargains!

  5. You have lots of great organizational things there. I know the better organized I am the more I play, probably because I don’t waste all my time trying to find things. You found some great bargains. Happy WOYWW!

    • Thanks for stopping by. I know I will be glad when all this is in it’s place. But I keep “finding” stuff I had forgoten about and start crafting with it! That’s why I need the “Organization Police” to keep me from doing that!

  6. Like to think of your artistic swishes and Sploshes being enhanced with wooden forks and cotton buds!

    • Sounds nice. I’ll hve to try that! Thanks for stopping by. I am on my way to see what’s on your work desk!

      • Duh! I thought ur comment said “cotton bolls” – like the cotton gatered from the field!!! And I thought, oh that’d make an interesting pattern! I think it’d be all rough and patterney becasue of the sticks, trash and stems that are always on the cotton boll! But u actually siand “buds” – this is where the English – Americian different terms come to play. We say swabs (or at least in the south we do).

        I’ve noticed a lot of Engilsh crafters when I visit their blogs. It is so neat to see what things are called in England. And you also get to see some neat stuff that we don’t have in America. I think the fact that WOYWW is international is so neat and makes it one of the “funnest” things to do on wordpress.

        I’m going to have to get those bi-focals or a much longer nose!

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