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September 24, 2013

WOYWW #225 ~ Revamp Complete and Thank You to Tracey!

Happy WOYWW!! 

I am back from visiting one of my besties and I have finally finished the revamp of the Playhouse, Gloria, Hal, & Lula!!  Since this is a photo-heavy post, I'm zipping my lips and will let the images speak for themselves.
 
Except to say . . . ha, just kidding.
Before
During
After
I think I'm going to like having my paper more neatly corralled in the IKEA drawer units. 

A couple more, coz you know one thing leads to a dozen others: 
During ...
After
As you can see in the last photo above, I rearranged my rotating Art Wall to showcase some of my dear friends' beautiful art.  My most recent joyous mail brought me that beautiful hand-painted hydrangea.  Here is a close-up:
Isn't it stunning?  It's from Tracey Fletcher King, an extremely talented artist I met through fellow desker and fellow talented artist, Vonny K.  Thank you for the introduction, Vonny.  It has been such a pleasure to become friends with Tracey and I'm humbled and grateful to receive her art.  Tracey is battling breast cancer with an awe-inspiring sense of humor and positive attitude. 
 
She also sent me a signed print of her happy and bright blog banner.  (Sorry for the flash.)
Tracey doesn't realize it, but her coffee and tea banner is now framed and absolutely perfect in my blue, black, and white kitchen!
Thank you again, Trace!  I know that all my friends will join me in sending prayers and positive healing vibes your way.  There are a lot of them so you'll feel it!  You might want to strap yourself to that art stool if you climb up there!!  Mwah!

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Back at the Playhouse, we see a rare appearance by the famous Mister.  He's giving you the official WOYWW hello!!  Notice we are quite proper and don't stick our tongues out when waggling our ginfers in our ears!

He and Mr. Mojo are going to have a beverage on the deck while I mess up my squeaky clean space!
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Enjoy your hop around What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW)!  If you'd like more information on WOYWW, our gracious hostess Mizz Julia Dunnit, can provide you with all the details.  As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!  I will return the flavor!!
 
*Life Is Too Short!  

70 comments:

Regina Hamilton said...

You did some serious cleaning and organizing. Love the paper storage unit. Ikea is such a fun store. Waving hi to the mister. happy crafting #5

Deepti said...

OMG tremendous work but the results are mind blowing :) love ur playhouse and I also love ur kitchen. I so wish one day to have a play house like urs :) right now I have all my stuff in the IKEA shelf. Also, ur Mister gave us picture perfect hello :) sweet

Lisa said...

Love all of your organizing improvements!! But Mister peeking in the window steals the show!!

Lesley said...

Wow, please come to my craft space. IKEA is a wonderful place and I love those new drawers. Love the mister too...he looks like my mister... ;)
Awesome work, Darnell.
Hugs,
Lesley

Hannelie said...

Thanks for making me smile so early on this Wednesday morning!

Nicole N. (Nicole's Craft Nook) said...

Wow!!!!!!! Unbelievable!!!!!!!! Please please come to Charlotte & do mine!!! Lol !! I promise it wouldn't be too much work .... Hee hee !!!
Great pics -- & thinking of your friend Tracey !! Sending positive vibes !!!

Love how your whole playhouse is spic & span!!
I love a clean work space !! :))

Lynn McAuley said...

Your revamped craft room looks amazing! What a divine space in which to create!!

Hope your Wednesday is absolutely wonderful!!

Lynn #20

Geri said...

You were a woman on a mission...and MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! I can only dream of such a space to work in - no wonder your creations are always sooooo amazing! That creative energy is going to be ramped up to max now that it doesn't have meander through "schtuff".

Hammers said...

WOW Darnell you have been BUSY..check out my WOYWW #224 you will love what I got up to whilst you were away. Good to have you back. I am sending Happy vibes to your friend Tracy and if you send me her address, I will add her to my 40 for 40 list. I need a rotating wall of art..can't believe we saw the Mister..so rare. Cx

Tenia Nelson said...

LURVE IT!!! :)

Sharon Madson said...

Oh, my goodness! I just took the tour of your playhouse! Wow! And now you are organized again! Love all the Ikea! And the photo of your husband is great! Happy WOYWW!
Sharon
#16

Candace said...

Love the new desk. Just wish I had more space to craft in.

You have some very talented friends. Those framed artworks are amazing.

Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Hugs Candace
#36

Andrea said...

wow you have worked had and it looks stunning .. im sure you will have a great time messing it up .thanks for sharing your fab photos ...ki do love agood snoop !and i love your kitchen great colour scheme,your freind will be as pleased as punch that her work is dsipalyed there..looks ace . glad to have you back and great to hear you had a fab trip hugs Andrea x#42

sandra de said...

Now that was a labour of love and well worth it. Love the pic of your window visitor.
Sandra @12

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Wauuu
wauuu
wauuuu
thanks for leting us in your fantastic home
have a great day
your creative projects are fabulous
hugs Tamara

VonnyK said...

I recognised that beautiful painting as soon as I saw it. Trace is so talented and she is going to beat that nasty cancer, that's for sure.
Love all your before and after pics,Ikea does wonders doesn't it. Now you've had the practise, you can always come over to my place and fix it :)
Have a great week.
Von #41

Pamela said...

Love your revamp!!!! Everything is just so so organized and I'm totally in love with your craft space!! Love the colored drawers too :)

Love your kitchen too.. that art piece is just PERFECT!

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Darnell
Well that's a great transformation must have taken a while but well worth it.
The hydrangea and the teacup are gorgeous I 'm off to visit Tracey now
Janet

The Crafty Laydee said...

WOW1 You ruthless woman you! That hard work paid off-what organisation(you do realise you will never find anything now!)
Your home is as beautiful as your lovely Playhouse-and the picture looks just fabulous on your kitchen wall :)Have a great day,hugs,
Nessa xxx

Jackie said...

All your hard work has paid off and the end result is fab!
Now moving onto your kitchen that looks very nice to and how lovely to put the artwork up in there to match your kitchen.
Bet hubby only turned up at coffee time, that's how they are isn't it! Mines off pottering around then coffee time and he's here at my craft room !!!!!
Jackie 44
Scrapbangwallop

Janene McAnally said...

Lol how I loved reading your post today :-)! Your studio looks wonderful and what a fantastic place to do art/craft in!! Tracey Fletcher King is a great artist and I have been following her blog. I too wish her all the best in her battle with breast cancer. My sister battled breast cancer nearly 4 years ago and won and I do believe that a lot of that had to do with her positive outlook and the prayers and positive vibes that people sent her. Love where you put her print,and your kitchen looks fab! Thanks for showing and happy WOYWW.
Janene #17

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, first up - Trace's work is always stunning, she is such a incredible talent. I really do wish her a positive and speedy recovery.

Now - your room is looking truly amazing, you have done a brilliant job and those new drawers are just the ticket! I just wonder how long you can keep it tidy for...tee hee! Waving hi back to you and Mister. Big hugs, Annie xxx

Linda said...

Hi Darnell,
I always love to look around your craft room - I'm soooo jealous!! It all looks so organised and tidy, not like my crafty space at all. Hugs ....Linda xx

Victoria said...

Well done, busy bee, the Playhouse looks wonderful. Like you say, it's all ready for you to get cracking on your next project. Great to see the Mister's guest appearance too! Have a great day! Victoria no.64

Neet said...

What a beautiful home you have Darnell - well the kitchen and of course your playhouse. Gorgeous remodelling you have done - everything is so bright and neat and tidy and .... well ... utterly gorgeous!
Lovely pictures from Tracey. Perfect for your rooms.
Take care Darnell - Hugs, Neet xx 11

Anne said...

Hi there super post so enjoyed reading!! My best wishes to Tracey. Beautiful art work. The playhouse is WOW WOW WOW !!!!! Also have kitchen envy!!! Hi to Mister as well :-) Anne x ( fighting a cold :-( ) #56

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Love seeing my work in your home... the print is perfect for the kitchen and glad it works so well... not to mention how wonderfully organised your studio is... love an organised space and mine is full of ikea drawers as well... they are perfect aren't they... would love to be siting in your room having a cup of tea and exploring all the wonders you have in there... fabulous... and thanks for the kind words ... you are a treasure xx

Meg said...

Looks amazing. We just sold our house and will be moving in a couple of months, which means a brnd new craft space for me - your revamp has me inspired!!

Jackie said...

The Ikea drawers look awesome and so does the rest of your playhouse! Your friends artwork is wonderful and I LOVE your kitchen!!!

ike said...

What a totally awesome craft room :-) I'd love to have a mess around in there - so bright and airy :-D Great picture of Mister :-D

HAPPY WOYWW 225

IKE in Greece #75 xxxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Hi Darnell! I'm just popping in between trips out to medical appointments with my son and meeting DH for lunch, but I had to say thank you so very much for the moons - you know what I mean!!! Your work space is just amaaazing and that kitchen, oooh! Be-au-ti-ful!!! Isn't that hydrangea fab? Thanks for all you share and all your lovely encouragement of others! Julie Ann xx #35

Sharon Underwood said...

Wow, Darnell, you've been busy! The hard work shows and I'm so impressed and inspired! I began clearing out some stuff from my craft room last night because it's so cluttered I can't stand it. I thought about you and your glorious space! Way to go!

Brenda said...

Your playhouse is looking mighty fine!! Making me a little jealous. lol I love your beautiful artwork and sending thoughts & prayers for a complete recovery from this dreaded cancer for Tracy. Hugs!

butlersabroad said...

Ooh! Are we taking bets on how long it'll take you to mess it up again????!! Beautiful art from Tracey, I had no idea she was battling cancer, I'll pop over and say hi again. Your goofy mister and mine would get on like a house on fire I suspect!

Hugs
Brenda 1

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Fabulous! And really, what is the point of cleaning up except to then make a mess again? I love Tracey's art, just stunning, and it goes so well in the room. Have a great time gettin' crafty!

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (6)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnnell, thanks for the before/after tour, I love seeing craft 'studios' and your playhouse looks awesome, so organized and looks like you've made great use of every inch. I like the idea of drawers under the desk, I haven't used that area yet... yay more room for more stash! I'll have to take photos one of these days and also give a 'tour'. The artwork from your friends is beautiful ! Take care, Shirleyxx ps.. Mister looks cute looking in and you are too funny (re no tongues sticking out :)

Dianne said...

Oh my dear, the perfect room for card maker extraordinaire, your studio is fantastic, I like the messy look myself hehehe. Tracy is an fabulous artist, I do admire artist that can draw and color, that tea picture Loooooove it and it looks fantastic in your blue kitchen, love the cobalt blue lights. Awww so lovely to see the Mister and him wanting to play with us, now that's special Thanks for sharing your fabulous room and also always sharing the excellent art of others, Happy WOYWW, big hugs Dianne #79

famfa said...

What a fabulous space and all those drawers. Great kitchen and that art is gorgeous. Funny hubby
Famfa 3

Sandy said...

I so loved all the mess and agree the paper does look much better in those draws.. I am glad I resisted buying some of those other ones now as I thought that might be the case.. Unless you have loads of the same type of paper I cant see it would work for me I like my filing system that works for me great.. If it works don't fix it I reckon. Hi to Mister LOL and love the framed picture on your wall in your kitchen its perfect there..
Sandy :) #29

Karen Petitt said...

I suffer severe playroom anxiety! I wish my workspace was as lovely as this. Trouble is I'm incredibly messy when crafting lol! Good old Ikea - need to get one of their untis that you can store A3 card/paper in. Have a lovely day Karen x

Cindy Brumbaugh said...

Way to Go, Darnell. Great organization accomplished! Love the Mister photo! TFS your fun life with us:)

The Taming of the Glue said...

What a great space to craft in and I'm in love with all that storage. I've got a real mix and match in mine...looks like a jumble sale! Hugs. Pam#34

Donna Wheat said...

love the playhouse! and so organised as well. Thanks for sharing

Donna #53

Mary said...

Darnell......what a wonderful transformation! Absolutely beautiful. Such a wonderful crafty space.

Deb said...

Wow, your playhouse is so beautiful now, so pristine, can I come to play now? Love your pretty artwork for your kitchen too, that would work perfectly in mine!
Debxx

lisa said...

Ohhh I have serious envy, what a gorgeous playhouse you have, love the colourful drawers. Bet you've had a brilliant time messing it all up creating something beautiful.
Love the photo of the Mister, bet he makes you laugh often.
Happy WOYWW
hugs Lisax #58

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hello Mrs swanky pants playhouse lady! It's looking really great and just ready for you to messy up again when Mr Mojo comes in from that beverolage with your lovely Mr swanky pants playhouse husband!

Gorgeous artwork and that framed blog banner - perfect in your kitchen. Please pass on hugs and best wishes to your lovely friend Tracey.

Hugs MMx #48

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I had to laugh, I almost thought that first "during" photo was going to be your after.... like you'd thrown in the towel. I mean, I could totally understand if that is what you did. Anyway! I love the revamp and am jealous over your IKEA drawers. I have been pondering replacing plastic drawers with more furniture like options. I love what you've done with the place. It is truly an inspiration. I hope you've gone and messed it up already.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Do you know what, Darnell? I LURVE your new storage...is it wrong to admit that I adore it when everything is in its place...it's so satisfying and appeals to my inner (and outer) OCD ness which is getting worse the older I get! I'd really like to come and have a furtle through yer drawers!!!!
Lovely prezzies from Tracey, that picture couldn't be more perfect for your kitchen....
Hope you are keeping well and happy....I must admit, I'm nadged after clearing the house...a quiet couple of days are in order.
Hugs, LLJ 33 xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Well that's looking fab! Great storage there. Take care Zo xx 95

Laura said...

Looks great Darnell
Laura 102

Carole said...

Woweee Kazoweeee You've done a fabulous job of it Darling, shame you can't hear my accent.I just love a spruced up space. A pleasure to sit and ponder what to reach for first. So happy to see Mr. tell him howdy...and happy trails from me okay?
Be well and snoop on. Carole #99

mypapercraftworld said...

Ooohhhh, Darnell ... your beautiful Playhouse is restored to it's calm and delicious style ... it's simply a joy to see! Anita :)

Julia Dunnit said...

OH my word. Look what you've done! it looks amaze balls , and I bet it works really well. love it. And your kitchen, btw. Sending the official wave to your nearest and dearest, how nice to meet your one. I'm with you over Tracey FKs work, and am definitely going to nip over and make my vibes look like words too.

Lea.H said...

The framed banner goes perfectly in your kitchen :)And I love that unit. Lx

Nan G said...

Love the revamp! So bee-u-tee-us! Have fun messing it up. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #7

Karen B said...

Whoa there Dippy - that was a serious bit of tie dying up..........the playhouse looks amazing. Love your hand painted hydrangea; it's beautiful and what a lovely gesture.........positive vibes being sent over the internet as we speak. Waggy fingers back to Mister - what a lovely happy face (sure that's got something to do with being married to you!)

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

April Story said...

Your room is looking great. And what beautiful artwork. You're a lucky gal. April #21

Kim Ferguson said...

I love your craft cottage. You have been blessed by such beautiful artwork from your dear friend. Happy thoughts go out for her. Kim #31

cm said...

One of the best posts EVER! Love your playhouse, tidy or messy; love the artwork (and how thoughtful you are to showcase it); love your kitchen! Wow! Prayers, combined with warm healing vibes heading to Tracy! Your Mister: hahahahaha! What a handsome man and yes, how gentlemanly to wiggle only his ginfers! Tooooo funny! You are AWESOME!!
C

Shaz Brooks said...

Totally with you on being an IKEA junkie! Love all your pics. Nice to get it all tidy, trouble is mine doesn't stay that way for long, lol. Have a great week, sorry I'm running late this week, Hugs, Shaz #27 xx

Kathyk said...

Your craft room (and kitchen) look just fabbylicious - your makes ain't bad either!!!!

Happy Thursday, Darnell

Kathyk

April Story said...

I really do work part time at a craft store. Both my girls are grown and instead of just sitting around and watching television - I applied for a position at a craft store. I only work about once a week and I haven't made a dime! LOL April #21

Marie B. said...

Darnell, Darnell, Darnell....you have more energy than I do! Well done! :)

Kim S said...

I love your space!! Messed up or tidy - it's fantastic!! And Mister's picture convinces me more than ever that our hubbies would be best buds.

Laura said...

Waving hello to your Mister. He's famous now. :) Wow, did you ever do a great job reorganizing! You probably made some WOYWWers feel faint with all that wide open space on your desk, too. The white cabinets for the paper look amazing. Happy WOYWW. ~ Laura #89

Karen M said...

Love your reorganization Darnell - your playhouse looks amazing! I always think of it as the Tardis.....it looks so small from the outside but huge on the inside and it's so cute too:) Hugs xx

Craftychris said...

It looks like you worked so hard! The playhouse looks amazing! xx

505whimsygirl said...

Holy moly Darnell! I'm shamed to say that I haven't really done any more in my closet except run around in circles trying to figure it out!

Your area is so organized and put together! Wow. I love the artwork from Trace. You couldn't have asked for a better piece of art for your kitchen too! Love the blue sconces.

I hope your week goes well. Thank you for visiting me!!

Happy WOYWW
Kay (25)

Laura B. said...

WOWWZA!! What a fabulous tour! You have an amazing craft space/playhouse! Love seeing a peek at your gorgeous kitchen, too! So sleek! And the Mr. peeking in the window? too cute!!!