Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 210? The Tip of an Iceberg!

Hello my fellow Wednesday Desk hopper!  Welcome to my desk in a Wintery Cape Town, South Africa!

I say the tip of an Iceberg and I mean that figuratively of ice here!  I was gifted the most amazing gift yesterday by a lady who is moving house and wanted a good home for some of her stash that she has decided to part with.  I am still bouncing off the walls,the ceiling and the furniture at the generosity of her gift and what I hope is the beginning of a wonderful friendship as I did not know her well before a 3 hour natter yesterday...

So the top photo is my desk and the mere "tip" of the stash which I have started playing with...Tim Holtz wooden stamp, original Sizzix dies which you can see the cuts I have made to test and a Tim die too in the front right.

Now the view of my Chaislounge (sp?) where I unpacked the box of original Sizzix dies into categories like flowers, kids, shapes etc as well as 3 x A4 sheets of unmounted rubber stamps and another Tim die and one of his books and 2 more Stampers Anon wood stamps.

Here is the box it all came in which still has that awesome Shadow Box font in it which I have loved and adored, but not been able to afford ever since my first class I attended where it was used 9 years ago!

My dining room...full of books on the floor and 15 paper cubes each full of a lifetimes worth of Scrapbooking magazines and then the most beautiful and useful giant printers tray which I am going to get hubby to put up in my studio for me to put the dies into as the small ones all fit.

Here is a close up of the inside of each paper storage cube to show they are all full of magazines which is how I got them all home

Then I have been getting happy mail from the WOYWW4 swap as I made extras and agreed to swap with some of you...Here is Hettie Crafts (Sam), Ros A, Kim Young and Sandra De's beautiful little creations!
Sorry it is such a long post for those of you who like to "speed desk" but I just had to share my incredibly generous gift with you all.

Now I am off to see your desk over at Stamping Ground where Julia valiantly hosts us all each and every Wednesday

Thanks for the visit



  1. Hi Bella,
    That's a fabulous gift of creative goodies you have there! I hope you get plenty of time to play with it all! And the printer's tray thing looks amazing!
    RosA # 11

  2. How weird is that? We were both swapping comments in cyberspace at the same time, again!

  3. Wow, that is some gift...but the lady knew that it would get used if you had it! Enjoy it :-)
    BTW, I got your 'ATC' off in the post yesterday so it will be winging it's way to you before long!
    Hugs, LLJ 41 xxx

  4. Good morning,
    thanks for the peek into your world this morning. What an incredibly generous gift and one that I am sure you will have great fun using. Lucky to get some TH stuff in there too!
    Hope you have a great week.

    Neil #33

  5. oh my... what a gift. you will be kept busy with that for sure! Helen, 13

  6. What a kind and generous lady! I am in awe of all the lovely things she gave you and hope that this is the start of a lovely friendship! Thanks for your advice about the linking. I tried it out and hopefully it's worked! fingers crossed! #57 Julie Ann xxx

  7. Oh Bella what a great gift to receive :-). The lady knew that it would go to a good home and from how you sound in the blog she was right lol!! I get you will have heaps of fun over the next weeks hehe. Love the ATC's that you have received...just beautiful. Thank you for popping by my blog :-). Have a great week and happy WOYWW.
    Janene #16

  8. WOW, what a massive stash of creative goodies - they will keep you crafting for years to come!
    Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week :)
    no. 3

  9. An amazing gift to someone who truely deserves it. I know that you will share this is your classes again!

  10. Fab storage and I am soo enjoying seeing all the ATCs this week! We are such a far-flung lot that it's taking time for them to make their way home. I figure we have at least a week more to enjoy the sneaky peeks. Your die collection has me envious too :)

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (2)

  11. That is an amazing collection of goodies you have received. Hopefully it came with an extra room. Thank you for the lovely ATC it arrived late after my post. So I will post a pic next week. Enjoy your time unpacking your goodies.
    Sandra @104

  12. Wow!! What a collection; I'd say of historical importance!! Have a blast playing and sorting (sometimes the best part!)
    Have a great week.
    Oh, and that cool shell stamp (last week) is from Judikins; and yes, it is very much like the old PSX; I miss that company!Have quite a few of their botanicals; wish I had them all now!

  13. Hi Bella
    would your new friend like to come and live next door to all of us. Wow what a lovely lot of stuff she gave to you I love how giving crafters are and I think that goes with WOYWW people share inspiration and tips and ideas
    Happy WOYWW and I hope you have a great week
    Ria #42

  14. You must have been a VERY good girl to receive a stash like that. What a wonderful way to meet and begin a friendship.
    Your ATCs are beautiful, the swap was so much fun.
    Thanks for coming by my blog earlier
    Krisha #17

  15. What a fabulous gift, and a new friend to boot! I'd be browsing those magazines for hours as well. I still have some of my old Sizzix dies, they work fine in my Big Shot pro. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #36 xxx

  16. wow, you got a lot of goodies from your friend, I'd be bouncing off the walls too! Thanks for visiting my WOYWW desk, well storage area, lol Waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  17. Wow....Now that is one fabulous gift load. Have fun with all your new goodies. Thanks again for the excel file. It worked out perfectly. happy crafting #7

  18. What a wonderful gift! You'll be there for ages playing with that lot and how generous of your friend. Hugs. Pam#26

  19. Gosh your work desk seems like a very busy place at the moment! Emma 131 (late to the party!)

  20. OMG Bella what an amazing gift and i thought Okienurse had some fab new stash but being given all those dies etc oh my word. Dare I ask where are you going to put them all?
    janet #35

  21. Love the crafty space you have and lovely atc's! Have a great crafty week! thank you for my snoop!! HappY WOyWW
    ((Lyn)) #51

  22. Wow, that is really something, such a generous lady. How nice that it will blossom into a great friendship. Love the ATC's too.
    Have a great week.
    Von #21

  23. Wow that is one amazing stash you got there and just magically givin to you lucky girl !!!!
    Have fun with all your new goodies hugs Nikki

  24. OMG Bella what an awesome gift. Love all the magazines and dies. Have fun playing with all the new goodies! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great week! Vickie #26

  25. oh wow what an amazing and kind gift - lucky you!
    Love your storage and ideas...and beautiful selction of ATCs... Happy WOYWW....Gill x #107

  26. Holy crap that is a stash and a half... lucky lady... How wonderful... I am looking for some friends like that... :P enjoy and show us the gorgeous things that you make :D <3

  27. Wow. That was incredibly generous of your new friend. And I bet she thought you were doing her a favour! At least we all know that they have been gifted to the right person, you will use and use them and so that's a perfect match!

  28. Hello Bella!

    Don't you think crafters are the nicest people? I love that this person found a good home with you for her craft goodies. That is wonderful news.

    And I am loving the printers tray. I can't wait to see how you use them.

    I am slowly getting back to my craft table. Come see when you are free.

    Have a blessed day!
    Namesake (#88)

  29. Wow! What an amazing gift of stash! Cool ATCs. Hey, yours was in my mail today!! Thank you. I love it! It's a Tim die I lust after. :) Happy WOYWW! Nan G #8

  30. Wowzer! Way to go, you made out like a bandit!! What a fabulous gift, you will be in scrappers heaven with that little lot!! Annette #7


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