Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Whats on your Workdesk (and the floor) Wednesday - TWINS!

Yes I have twin Vagabonds on my desk!  in December of last year I had a huge job to cut 20 kits for Tims 12 Tags for a class that I was teaching in Johannesburg.  On the Sunday 11 December, I broke my Vagabond!  I did not seethe red writing on the shim that says you must not run 2 of the decorative strip dies next to each other or you could damage the machine and negate the warranty... That's because I don't use the shim as I have stuck the labels from the packaging on the dies and therefore do not need any extra thickness...This instruction is not written anywhere else, so if you have one, read everything is all I can tell you.  Needless to say, I had to get the job done and using a hand winding machine was not an option so I had to go buy another one!

Anyway, back to the twins.  Seeing as the I had negated the warranty, my hubby opened it up and had the motor tested which came back fine and then set about replacing the bits on the electronic board and it was the fuse that had blown!

Now I have two fully functional Vagabonds!  How cool is that, I can have a VB party!

On to the stuff on the floor.

I found this cool vintage suit case and am in the process of improvising a rising tray system to be able to store all my Timmy stuff to be able to use on my desk and to take it to classes etc.  The second pizza box lying in the lid will go on stilts too eventually.  Though I am using tongue depressors and brads at the moment, I will be getting some metal to replace them and some proper rivets to hold it all in place, but for now it is a proto type...I am really enjoying this.



Lastly, here is the Advent calender I made from a printers tray, that I found on the same day as the case when I went hunting for bargains at all the second hand shops in my area.  Just folding the boxes took 3 hours, thank goodness I did that at a friend so I could chat through the monotony...I had cut them on my eCraft cutter






Now I am off to Julia's desk where she hosts the world wide desk hop and see what all my friends have been up to in the past week.  See you there!

Thanks for stopping by.

Bella

32 comments:

  1. What fab case and brilliant idea!Loving your advent calenda my youve started early!Happy wednesday and have creative week hugs judex55

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  2. Hi there. Great to have a peek into your crafty world this morning thanks to the wonders of WOYWW! I'm glad you got your vagabond working again! I think your vintage case is fab! Hope the rest of your week goes well too.
    Neil #48

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  3. Amazing case, fab storage, and 2 VB! Enjoy this WOYWW. Zo x 89

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  4. Fantastic idea with the vintage suitcase!! One I may borrow in the future! I have just aquired some old shipping trunks and old vintage suitcases, some are pretty large but there are a couple of small brown leather ones! ... THANK YOU for sharing that super fabby idea !!

    Happy WOYWW

    Jackie x

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  5. What a fab case and I love your advent calender, it looks gorgeous :)

    Have a fab WOYWW and a great week, Karen #108

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  6. oh lucky you, note to self, check fuses first!!
    lovely creative area, xx Happy WOYWW hun, hoping to get to post on blogs this week, as it didnt let me last week!!

    Lou P

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  7. What a post! Fab husband (big kisses due there I think!); inspired use of a pizza box or two and a wonderful Advent calendar! My head is spinning at all this information! Gx
    (ps - did not know about the two decorative strips and will now cease all laziness and do each one at a time - thanks for the warning!)

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  8. You are SO lucky. I don't own a single die cutter, so you have the ultimate there. Great that hubby found the problem, too. What a great use of a pizza box! Happy WOYWW. I'm # 30 this week.

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  9. thanks for this week's crafty snoop..looks like a fun creative space...love all your gorgeous makes...happy WOYWW...hugs kath (63)

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  10. Great that hubby was able to fix the problem, i only own a bigshot so have not ventured into the wonders of an electric die-cutter, great use of pizza box and i love the advent calendar Have a great week Lou @#26

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  11. I LOVE your advent calendar! And that might be the most creative use of a pizza box I've ever seen. :)

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  12. Just love the advent calendar, what great use of a pizza box, clever girl, Hugs May x x x x

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  13. Pity your husband couldn't fix the vagabond before you'd gone and bought another one! Love the suitcase, great idea, and that's a really cool printers tray too.

    Hugs
    Brenda 115

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  14. Uggh that's horrible about the Vagabond. Love the advent calendar--such a great idea.

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  15. What a genius idea with the suitcase, I love it.

    Lin

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  16. Wow what a nice suitcase you found. And 2 vagabonds, you are a lucky girl. (love your ticketribbon on the picture.)

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  17. Now that's such a clever idea, using the rising pizza box inside the suitcase! Absolute genius..and it saved you some money!
    Hugs, LLJ #68 xx

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  18. Looking fabulous! What a pain with the VB though! Yikes! Kim

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  19. Fabulous case! And the advent calendar is amazing - love it! Danielle #22

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  20. Bella you are brilliant! I love that case and fixing the broken Vagabond...priceless! I doubt I will buy one for a while cause I have had so many friends have issues with them. I am still cranking by hand! I am offering up some blog candy so come leave a comment on my blog and get a chance to win! Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Vickie #90

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  21. Love you old case - we use ones like that with our Morris lol - great advent as well - have a great week

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  22. What a great old suitcase...it will be a perfect holder for your stuff.

    i love how it looks like it was manufactured with the vagabond!

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  23. Gorgeous advent calendar and I love what you are doing with the vintage suitcase. Your DH is a treasure to sort out your vagabond.

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  24. Bella having two Vagas is just plain greedy!!
    Love what you are doing/have done with the suitcase. Brilliant!
    And as for your Advent Calender - LOVE IT!
    Pop over to my posting of today, there is something for ya! xx

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  25. oh my, I hope you show your proto type to TH, I think he would absolutely love it! wtg! waving hi from the hills of NC :)

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  26. Beautiful advent calendar! You put a lot of work into that creation for sure. I'm impressed that hubby is handy enough to fix your busted Vagabond. Using unsightly wads of duct tape is as handy as my man gets. I love your prototype carrying case as well!

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  27. is that one for you and one for a friend who pops round ?
    the case is so clever,i hope you cleaned the pizza out first LOL
    the advent calendar is lovely it is a good time to make it . . . without the pressure of other Christmas projects
    thanks for sharing
    janet #6

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  28. Wow! Everything you've done there is fantastic - the case thingy is genius! I've been wanting to make an advent calendar for ages but mine would never look as good as that!
    Doing the woyww rounds, looks like it's gonna take a while!

    Sheena
    xxx

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  29. Great projects. and how fantastic your hubby could fix the vagabond!Have a great week( whats left of it, lol) Shaz

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  30. Hi there Bella ah some smashing things (oops bad pun in light of the first vagabond episode) what a clever hubby and love the suitcase adaption brilliant girl! Hi there, thanks so much for popping over, and for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #21

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  31. Thanks for that tip... glad you got the other one fixed tho! Love that case, tis seriously gorgeous and a fab idea to make it fold out too!! Lovely art, fabby indeedily x

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  32. Lucky you!! Two! love your advent calender, fabulous! Wish I was home crafting too, aw well, maybe next week! Happy Late WoYww
    (Lyn)

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