Wednesday, 19 June 2013

WOYWW - Everything but the kitchen sink!

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven on this WOYWW! Thank you to my new followers for joining me. Thank you so much too, Julia, who makes it possible to link up with 'craft-addicts' all over the world. Click here to find out just how much fun it is! Last week I was working on my key plaque for the new kitchen. Some of the lovely visitors to the Magpie's Nest said they would like to see it installed so here we are! We must now invest in some proper key-rings for our spare keys instead of those pieces of string! It's no good pretending they're meant to be the latest in Grunge (see Julia's previous post on the topic of Grunge!) At the moment the key plaque is not residing in the kitchen, but over the mirror in the hall.
This is because there's not much progress on the kitchen yet; we're waiting for a green fridge! These are apparently very rare and created far away in Slovenia - by a magical band of ice fairies who appear only to those who really believe in them (?) Well, it is manufactured in Slovenia and I'm not sure that I believe it's ever going to materialize!
 My table is what you might call busy - or a mess, if you're being frank! Somehow, I seem to have spread my activities right across the living-room! How does that happen? And it all has to be cleared away before tea-time!
Now as far as I'm concerned Magpieheaven is the cosiest place to be but storage is a problem! There are four of us in one rather small nest and , although we are not large, even for magpies, we each seem to accumulate vast hoards of 'stuff'. I have decided something must be done. I can no longer cram everything into the one little cupboard in the living-room, so in the spirit of 'If life gives you lemons...' I'm going to make some storage for my materials that can stand on a unit and - hopefully - looks nice while taking care of my stash! I'm die-cutting lots of chipboard shapes to go on these storage boxes I bought from Ikea ages ago and always planned to decorate. Fresco paints and Grunge Paste seem to work well on them. Watch this space to see how I get on with this project!

Before you start wondering, I don't use pepper and salt in my crafting - they're still on the table from last night! I must move them before I carry on.  And there are my little purple-handled scissors - will I lose them before the day is out? Many, many thanks to all those kind visitors who stopped by Magpieheaven last week. It was wonderful saying 'Hello' to so many interesting people from here, there and everywhere - as well as those who are beginning to feel like old friends. Do hope you can stop by again this week. I'm off now to see what you've been up to! Happy Creating!


36 comments:

  1. I started on the kitchen table Julie Ann and spread and spread..I am now in a shed in the garden and that has filled to the brim as well so much so that I have to have an almighty clear out!! Your storage boxes are looking very interesting..look forward to seeing the end result.

    PS If you sent me a DM on twitter with your address I will send you a couple of the tins we used x

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  2. Wow what fab makes today....and I think we all like to spread out when we get the chance :-)
    Hugs,
    A x #62

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  3. Gorgeous magazine holder and the plaque is amazing. I found you at #68 this week btw. Thanks for stopping by my desk this week BJ#55

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  4. The key holder looks fabulous as we knew it would... so does the magazine holder.Have a great week, Helen 31

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  5. Your new key holder looks wonderful and I really love your storage box - gorgeous colours! Happy WOYWW, Hugs, Anne x #51

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  6. Hi Julie Ann - thanks for sharing your completed project - it's great. Don't go investing in new key rings - I bet you could make some thing beautiful yourself. Love how your storage box is coming along. Have a great week and thanks for your visit today. MMx #70

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  7. Hi Julie Ann - I love your storage box - the decorations on it are beautiful and I really love that turquoise colour - so fresh and summer. I am also very taken with your key holder - I love the embossed flowers. Thanks so much for dropping by my desk earlier - I hope you have a great week.
    Diana x

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  8. Hi Julie Ann - I love a bit of Ikea storage - perfect for prettying! Love the colour you are working with and the harlequin texture is fab. I agree with Maisie you could make some pretty keyrings to go with your new key holder - Hark at us giving you even more to do!!! Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 78

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  9. That Ikea storage looks super painted up and decorated. Afraid mine are plain painted. Mind you they are 'rammed' in a bookcase so wouldn't stand decorating. Am envious of yours though as they are so pretty and a lovely colour.
    Your key holder is fabulous, looks so good up there but what is this about a green fridge? Have a word with Dolores who lives in Slovenia she might be able to go and hurry them on a bit with its construction LOL.
    Thanks for visiting me earlier - Hugs, Neet xx 16

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  10. Awesome project! Hope you get your green fridge soon! Happy WOYWW! Tammy #118

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  11. LOL at the magical fairies that make green fridges!! Hope it arrives soon... I am still waiting for my two sofas and a chair from LazyBoy... they say they arrived in Oz last week... so you never know! Love how your key holder turned out, it is gorgeous! You need to find yourself your own wee bit of nest... I would hate having to put stuff away to lay the table for dinner. LOL Happy WOYWW from Annette #9

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  12. I laughed at your green fridge fairies!! Hope the fridge arrives on a cloud of fairy dust very soon! And that storage is fab, love the turquoise colour and all the embellishments!
    Hugs, LLJ 43 xx

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  13. Your really should try using salt with paint or dye it actually does give a good effect to the dye. Silk painters use it to make their work blend, I saw this when I was in Malaysia last year and was totally fasinated. Thank you for commenting on my daughters Mask, she is tickled pink with it and we have many more to do through the year as a growing art assignment. I do hope she gets a good grade for it as it is her final year in high school (year12) and she needs a good grade.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 25
    Happy WOYWW

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  14. We believe in ice fairies, they have a backlog of green fridge orders right now apparently. We love your storage box btw.

    Thanks for visiting the bears already today

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  15. Hi Julie Ann
    I love that key hook you made it is an amazing piece of art that is a one of a kind and something we would all love to have hanging in our home
    Have a great WOYWW and enjoy the rest of your week
    Ria #47

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  16. It does seem to be a problem. I'm also working in the living room, but I'm afraid my stuff keeps expanding...and I'm only at it for roundabout half a year... We'll see where it leads me. Your storage solution lookes lovely. I love that color...ow and btw...I'm intrigued by that green fridge, love to see it when it arives.

    Thank you for leaving such sweet comments on my blog and video =)

    Have wonderful week, Happy WOYWW. xx

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  17. Ooh now Magpie gal, dont move the salt and pepper, you need to work round them just so the others can learn to eat around you!

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  18. Having trouble commenting,orry! Love the key rack, that came out so well..and the colour you're using on the mag holders is really nice!

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  19. Hi Julie Ann I have noticed you have signed up to follow my blog - I would like to send you my on line tutorial - could you email me:
    thecraftproject.helen@gmail.com

    Thank you x

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  20. Perfect, perfect, perfect, you have my feather flapping, hard to type :O). I love the the boxes they are looking gorgeous, your nest looks so homey I love it. Oh you better put those scissors up or they'll get lost, I'm always losing everything in my nest LOL..Your key holder looks fab,, a GREEN fridge, on my goodness I'd love on of those, and yes I believe in those fairies, I see them all the time in the tree when I'm flying around, and when it arrives you will know it was worth the wait. About those key rings, funny I happen to have got a umm a few that I wanted to alter, fancy that.. So if you like I would love to make a few for you and send them to your nest. Let me know :).. Your shelving unit with your designed boxes is going to be the BOMB. Have fun today,Thanks for sharing.
    Big hugs Couz XXOO
    Dianne #119

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  21. The magazine holder is looking great. Pretty and practical is so the holy grail of us crafters and you've totally reached it.

    Thank you for stopping by.
    Happy WOYWW.
    Cheers, Rachel #57

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  22. LOVE your key hanger, that's awesome, and the storage holder is looking spiffy...I have used salt when crafting btw, lol Great with distress stains! Thanks for visiting my "floor of shame today", lol Waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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  23. Does anyone EVER have enough storage? I honestly believe that the more space you have the more your "stuff" expands to fill it! LOL!
    Anna Leisa #144

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  24. Love the color you are using on that storage holder. I have a bedroom as a craft room and it STILL doesn't seem like enough room. Brigita #147

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  25. Love your storage box, so bright and pretty and the key holder is just fab. Nothing worse than having to wait for things to arrive, hope those fairies hurry up.
    Have a great week.
    Von #27

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  26. These are both amazing Julie, there is never enough storage is there. As we seem to be sharing the same children it must be your turn to do their washing and ironing lol. Good luck with the fridge fairies xx

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  27. Hi Julie Ann, wonderful view of Magpie heaven.. so you have magpies.. we have lovely ones here and their warbling is lovely indeed, but they dont always play nice.. I crafted on the dining room for years and have had a craft room for about eight months, so hope you get your storage as it will help so much..
    thanks for popping over, happy WOYWW Shaz in OZ.x #29

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  28. Love what you're doing with the storage...I started on the dining room table but have now been banished to a craft room at the end of the garden. Make enough mess and you get a craft room!!!
    Happy (late) WOYWW. Pam#38

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  29. Gotta love that key holder. Green fridge? How cool!

    I hope you find a bit more craft space so you can spread out a bit further than the table that has to be cleared each day. Have a super slightly late WOYWW from #17.

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  30. I started on the dining room table and gradually overflowed, first into one box, which rapidly became a pile of boxes. Then, my very kind husband built me a Craft room in the smallest bedroom. This is now overflowing and requiring a good sort to allow me to get in there. Thank you for your visit this week and I hope you have a productive time. xx Maggie #13

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  31. Can't wait to see the finished unit with the storage boxes...looks l ike a fun project.
    Is there room in your dining room for what we call a Buffet and Hutch? You could paint it to match your storage unit boxes and then custom fit the inside to hold stash. There is a lady in OZ who built and old storage shed into a scraproom and used old hutches...it is really fab...(on pinterest).

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  32. A green fidge from Slovenica? That should be something special!!! I LOVE how you use the entire area to spread your stuff in.. now I don't feel that alone anymore, ha! Thanks for your visit the other day (and yes, you spied well... the face of Maya Angelou was in my collage...) Happy ~ very belated ~ woyww and a hug from Holland. Marit #70

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  33. Me again...found a photo of that lady in Oz...I can't get on her blog to show you the building the shed 9it was derelict and was missing a wall! The whole room is huge and has tons more furniture than you can see here. I have it bookmarked on my computer at home but we are still up at the lake. She shows how to paint it all and custom fit the hutches.
    This is fairly elegant but could be adapted to any colour scheme...grunge, shabby chich. modern depending on the style of old hutches you can pick up.
    hope you don't think I'm stalking you with the hutch idea!

    http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/saycheese/projects:ee7f1dc3-59b6-422b-9833-67641e602983:5d4f68848340469483280f0a0213a79a.jpg?width=600&height=600

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  34. You are adorable, Julie Ann Lee! I don't do such arty and fantastic work myself, but I love what you've done! I also turned a shed into a craft room if you'd like to visit me and my "Playhouse." It isn't as artistic and original as Shaz in Oz, but you might get some ideas. Enjoy the rest of your week and happy belated WOYWW! Darnell #20

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  35. Of course, I saw your comment, I cherish them all! You, also, are doing great for a new WOYWWer with lots of readers! Please follow me, too, if you'd like and I meant to say earlier, welcome to Blogland! It is THE best fun in the world and the friendships you will make will be amazing!! Hugs! Darnell

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  36. Hi Julie, yep I know this is last weeks woyww, I'm catching up lol. I'm afraid my back is so bad that I can't walk very well so I'm late with everything. But no worries by special injections are due in 1.5 weeks so in 3 weeks time I shall be jumping around lol. I so love the plaque hanging on the wall and I really love your new storage, it really is super gorgeous. Hmmmm pepper and salt, well I love chucking salt onto dylusion sprays but I don't think pepper will work as well lol. Happy woyww :-) hugs Kezzy xxx

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