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November 28, 2012


Welcome to Wednesday!
I missed the desk parade last week because I was too busy with Thanksgiving to go visiting many of you, so I'm glad to be back snooping around Ms. Julia's delightful What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW).  Here's my current busyness for you:
What's this mess as you walk in the door?  Cupboards open and pencils strewn about and doors a jar and a sunder?  Containers open with stamps free to walk about?  It cannot be the Playhouse, Shirley? 
Yup, it is!  I'm making a dozen new perpetual birthday calendars which sell like hotcakes in the little boutique in town.  I've got to get them in soon or I'll miss the Christmas holiday gift-seekers.  It's a good thing they sell so well because it's a bit of work and bother pulling out all the various holiday-appropriate stamps to give each month's bare and lifeless page some personality. 

I'd never even heard of such a calendar until a couple of years ago and now I think it's the smartest thing ever.  I'm made quite a lot of them and even have a tab on the top of this page if you'd like to see more.  (The blank calendars are made by Stamping Up!)  I love not having to copy over a year's worth of birthdays and anniversaries onto the new year's calendar.  Of course, the young perples do all their calendaring on their digido smart phones and computers so this may be my last batch.
Speaking of young people, has anyone else noticed that Korean phenom Psy's Gangham Style dancing looks a lot like a dance we did in the 1900s called "The Pony?"  It's terrific that the kids today take it to a fantastic new athletic level.  We just pranced around pretending we were on ponies, without the worry of falling off.  Of course, we protected our massively ratted hair with two cans of Aqua Net hair spray in the unlikely event we did fall off.
On a more serious note, I want my British friends to know they are in my thoughts and prayers as they recover from the severe flooding there. 

Happy WOYWWing, everyone!  I hope to get around to see you and, of course, if you get here first, I'll return the flavor.
Have you ever gone to someone's blog and been unexpectedly surprised to see your own name and read lovely compliments about yourself?  I've had the pleasure a few times and today I would like to thank Geri of Manitoba Stamper for the nice things she said about my zany long-winded blog.  I happily return the love.  Geri's work is extraordinary and it's worth your time to click over and be amazed!  One of the awesome things I love about this community is that we often leave compliments on our blogs about other crafters without even letting them know.  So I thank any of the rest of you, too, if you've been so kind and I didn't even know it!  Mwah!
Finally, with delight I ask you to help me welcome CarysL from CarysL Cards.  Get it?  CarysL, like, carousel!  Adorable.  CarysL is another crafter brand new to Blogland, so I know she will appreciate your visits.
Enjoy your day!   No, seriously, enjoy your day.  Take a second to be thankful you don't have to spend an hour ratting your hair!

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!


Sandy said...

Your calendars are a great idea.. They look lovely. Love your storage for all your stamps I so need something bigger for mine.. Go the pony... Sandy :)#31

Queen Lightwell said...

And here I am without a perpetual calendar or an iphone du-hicky for electronically keeping track of myself! But I am so glad your calendars sell like hotcakes, ummm, hotcakes. Can't lie, I'm kinda hungry right now. :) And it's also really cool to see your playhouse be truly a tad bit messy! Bwahahah :) Hope you had a super fab Thanksgiving, we really missed your wit last week. :) Deeyll #62

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super picture and what great makes! I have coffee & I'm off to snoop! Take care Zo xx 45

Andrea said...

love the calendars and im sure there will always be a market my Daughter has asked for filofax type diary this year..I think some people just like to write whatever there age. I haven't heard of this kind of calendar before but they are super cool I especially like the spotty one on your link . I love visiting and glad you had a enjoyable thanksgiving with family have a wonderful week x #63.

Helen said...

love your cupboards, they look full to bursting. The calendars are great, too.Have a good day. Helen, 8

J said...

Hi Darnell, yesterday I was on SCS, I´m sure it was and I came across a cute playhouse, it was bugging me that I couldnt remember where I´d seen it before, then it came to me, anyway it looks very busy today.
Happy Wednesday.

Annie said...

Love the look of your busy playhouse and those calendars look fab.
A x #42
ps I'm hoping you will 'like' us and share us with your friends. [check out my blog for more info]

Sandi McLean said...

Love the look going on! I will check out your calendars and other references you made this week LOL I remember how thrilled I felt as a new blogger to get unexpected company! Have a lovely week! Sandi #105

Unknown said...

Lots of work there to keep you going for quite a while - I still prefer to use a calendar mainly because I can only just about text and phone with my mobile!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I like the look of your pastel coloured drawers...oooer, that could sound soooo wrong! But they are lovely and full of the most scrumptious things, I bet.
Those calendars sound brilliant, am glad they sell well for you. I write things on mine and then don't check it out. I am the despair of Julia for not making lists either..hey ho, that's just the sort of girl I am :)
Hugs, LLJ #32

Geri said...

Wow! You're gonna be busy! I'm thinking that the people that are purchasing your calendars will be doing so for those that they feel will truly appreciate the time spent preparing it.

Thanks back at you for the nice comments. I already have had a visitor from BC who came calling because of your post.

...shrinking our world one blogger at a time!

SandeeNC said...

Are the birthday calenders something to write other peoples birthdays in? I am so glad they sell well and I know what you mean about trying to get your stuff in before the Christmas rush, I'm doing the same thing over here. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Words and Pictures said...

Great to get a peek inside the cupboards - looks just as organised in there as what's on display... I think you're excused a little mess when you've got that many projects on the go at one time!! Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

okienurse said...

great looking crafting spot and I love having doors open and seeing thing inside the cabinet! Great idea the perpetual calendar. I enjoy making the calendars too! Thanks for visiting my desk and leaving such a nice comment. Have a great week! Vickie #3

Anonymous said...

I thought you were going to say that the Twinks had run riot and you couldn't be bothered to clean it up! I'll have to have a look at your tab cause I don't know what a perpetual calendar is but id sounds useful! I saw my name on a blog just today! ABC Christmas challenge aksherly, I was a surprise top 3 pick, always makes my heart flutter!

Brenda 94

scrappymo! said...

I will have a click on the upper link as I have not heard of these before but just popped into see your desk (I think it is very tidy indeed) and to tell you that I live in Canada so that is the Canadian deadline for overseas!

Unknown said...

mmmm I may need a calender I always forget Birthdays! I so love love your workspace! I see you have your heater and cardi out and ready!!

505whimsygirl said...

Look at your playhouse! I actually opened the link to get the entire tour! I absolutely love it. Is it one of those "Tuff Sheds?"

I haven't broken up my SU sets but I did tear apart my paper stacks so don't know which designer paper came from where. I haven't entered any challenges so luckily don't have to come up with the maker of things.

I really like how organized you are!

Thanks for visiting me already.
Hugs, Kay #108

Spyder said...

wow....that's a shop! fabulous! Can't wait to get home and back into mine! Thank you very much for my snoop! happy WOYWW
(Lyn) #21

Tracey McNeely said...

Your calendars sound fantastic Darnell, are you going to share a snapshot of your beauties. More importantly are you going to make a video doing Gangham Style just to help me remember the "Pony" it has been a while since doing that one???? ;)

Ali H said...

lways fun to see into the playhouse ! The calendars sound a great idea ! Do show us a close up when they are done ! Hope you get them on sale for the Christmas rush ! Have a fun crafty week Ali #24

Bobby said...

I don't know what "Pony" you were doing but I don't remember it looking like Gangnam. They do a lot of sideways stuff, like MC Hammer. How about posting a pic of what the inside of your calendars look like. Sounds like many of us don't know what they are.

Sunshine Girl said...

Lovely calendars hope you get your Christmas cards started soon too - thanks for visiting me.

Di said...

Here in the UK we have things called birthday books - similar I guess, so long as you remember to check the book at the start of each month. My guess is that the calendars would hang up and therefive be much more in your face so to speak?! Cool idea!

Belated Happy WOYWW and hugs, Di xx

Rita said...

Oooo Darnell, I'd love to come and have a play in your super trendy craft haven. Love the idea of the perpetual calendar too. Hugs Rita xx

Nan G said...

Fab calendar idea! I will be clicking on the tab after I comment! Love the dance pic you painted...2 cans of aqua net had me rolling in my chair (off actually) :D
Oh! How lucky you are...you have a crafty house!!! I'm so envious...and it's so organized! Hugs Nan 114

CarysL said...

I love the calendar idea :) And thank you SO much for your kind words :) It means a lot! x

Ann B said...

I love your craft room and the coloured drawer fronts are beautiful.
Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, wish we had something similar over here as it is a great idea.
Thanks for visiting yesterday and I'm sorry I've only just got round - been finishing one of the boxes on my desk - will blog it later.

Ann B

Daniella said...

Thank you so much for your well wishes on my blog. You are awesome!!!
Your calenders sound awesome!

Kim Heggins said...

I love your little craft play house...so organized and fun! So many wonderful supplies too and those calendars look amazing too. When is your little boutique in town? I would love to come by and check our your fun looking goodies.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Darnell - ah such a busy time of year.. love the desk!
Surprises like that are great.. :D Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #1

HeARTworks said...

What a great idea abt the calendars and I don't think it will go out of style! I still like writing things down. Have not got the hang of using my phone for appointments and such. Nice that you can keep making and it will all get sold! Patsy