Wednesday, 28 May 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 360? 5 year Celebration ATC swaps!

Hello fellow Desker and welcome to my desk in Cape Town, South Africa on this auspicious occasion of our 5th Birthday!  Thanks must go to Julia our intrepid organizer and the mind behind this world wide phenomenon of Desking every week!

I have received ATCs from Shaz in Oz, Nikki C in Canada and Sandra de also from Australia!  What fun it has been to do the extra swaps and receive them early too!
On my desk today you can see me building storage for my Distress inks which normally lie in my vintage suit case at my feet, but I thought it would be easier if they were actually on my desk where I could see them.  I designed it using 5mm and 2.5mm foam core board.  The only glitch is that I did not realise that I had run out of 2.5mm which are the shelves I have scored in the 5mm to the shops for me later today I guess!  So for now this is a mock up for you to see where I am going.

You can also see the old spice rack that I have now finished painting with the Annie Sloan chalk paint and found some jars for storage which have ready made blackboard squares on to write the contents onto!

Happy 5th Anniversary to you all!
The graphic is courtesy of Nikki C



  1. Oh I like the foam board ink tower great idea and so glad it all made it there in time. Thanks for swapping with me and I know Julia is later then normal I won't be able to stay up to much longer even with caffeine to help I think I'll wake up with a keyboard face lol
    HAPPY WOYWW 5 and enjoy the button
    hugs Nikki no # yet

  2. Oh how superb is that Bella that storage .. wonder if I could manage that.. mm thinking thinking ... mind you dont have that many!! great to see the atcs on show great swaps ... thanks for swapping with me too...
    Happy 5WOYWW no number yet, Shaz in Oz.x

  3. That's a clever way to store your distress inks, but I'm wondering if it will be hard to get them out. Do they slide in and out easily? Is there a way to grab them without having to grip them to get them out? Curious minds would like to try something similar if it works well for you. Great use of that spice rack, too.

    Loved those ATCs. They are all lovely. Happy, happy 5th Anniversary from #22.

  4. I love you elephant ATC...I've seen it on a few desks...would you care to swap? Be well Carole #68

  5. Happy Anni Bella! I already have your ATC...will share them next week.
    Your desk looks suspiciously tidy today. Scary!

  6. Happy 5th!! I love your idea for the ink tower...and I've been looking for spice racks at yard sales for a while now...truely a great idea to use chalk paper labels!
    Have a great week! (and if I forgot, thank you for the ATC, it made it last week, and I love your card! With luck yours should be there Friday)

  7. Hi Bella , you always have an amazing knack for creating clever storage. Glad to see the ATC arrived, have a lovely week.
    Sandra de @67

  8. Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary.

    Love the spice rack.

    I hope you have a good WOYWW. Sue 59

  9. Love your spice rack and the ATCs are soooo cute! Happy WOYWW Fifth Anniversary! Sandy Leigh #85

  10. Hi, Bella, I really like your newly painted storage rack with the blackboard labels -- very clever. Happy WOYWW anniversary! ~ Laura #103

  11. I was thrilled when Ali H presented me with the envelope from you at the Crop - thank you so much for the card, ATC and the cutlery pouches which are FAB!! I am really touched by that and want to say thanks as well for all the support and friendship over the past five years. It really is much appreciated :-)
    Happy 5th WOYWW,
    Hugs, LLJ 1 xx

  12. Hi Bella,love the ATC you sent to Julia to pass on, cameras were very much in evidence that day!
    Its amazing what you can do with the foamboard, isn't it? and how strong it actually is. Happy 5th, Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #72 xx

  13. Love the ink pad tower! and the tidy desk and my ATC from you! Yours is in the mail
    Thanks for the snoop around, Happy WOYWW 5th!
    robyn 24

  14. I love the spice rack and the ATCs you have received are stunning. Thanks for sharing and joining in the anniversary fun! Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary. Caro x (#43)

  15. Hi Bella
    I made DI holder out of foam board a couple of years ago it has held up quite well but some are just starting to break down now with the side pieces breaking off.... handyman is supposed to be making me some from MDF but I'm still waiting, but we have had a wedding to plan.
    have fun with the ATCs
    and happy hopping
    janet #13

  16. Great storage ideas, Bella! (yes, the case has wheels!!) The crop was great, shame it was a bit far for you to come. Helen 7

  17. How Inventive are you building racks! You could have been an engineer with your spacial awareness! I have the swap stuff ready to send you but don't think I will get to the post office before the weekend. Will send as soon as I can! Love Ali x

  18. Those ATC's are great and your DI storage is going to be just the job when you can get more supply's lol. I love what you have done to the spice rack too with all its pretty bottles.You seem to be very well organised! I have emailed you my addy.
    Lottie #64

  19. Hi again you must have been commenting at the same time as me .... Spookey just to let you know about the shoes ...... We had to prize Erin's of her kicking and screaming .... She adores them, they have little roses across the front too..... Adorable

  20. Hope you are having a great WOYWW anniversary week.
    Happy crafting, Angela x # 40

  21. Great job on the spice rack and those cute little bottles, Bella! Your desk is a treat to visit!! Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary! Hugs, Darnell #26

  22. You are on form today Bella, love the storage for the ink pads and the spice rack is now a gem indeed! Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary to you, hugs from Annette #3

  23. O do like to see a clever bit of storage!Happy Anniversary Karen #101

  24. Sorry I haven't gotten to the PO yet - DSs girlfriend made a surprise visit down from Scotland and I've been crazy bust the last few days! I have it packaged up and ready to go!
    Love the spice rack - did I say that last time? I must like it then LOL!

    Blogger is being difficult this morning. I hope this shows up...

    Happy 5 year WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (2)

  25. Great makes and renovations on your desk Bella.
    Happy 5th Anniversary for WOYWW - Hugs and Thanks for visiting me earlier - Neet 11 x

  26. Hi Belinda - great use of the spice rack there - I must look out for something similar. I also love the retro telephone on your desk - does it work, I wonder? Hugs, Chris # 15 xx

  27. Hi Bella,

    Thanks for popping by and saying hi already, sorry I missed you this week. I am really loving that spice rack, it has really come up a treat and talking of treats we do have some awesome Aussie Artists in the land downunder, you are getting one brilliant collection of ATC's.

    Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary
    Hugs Eliza & Yoda #8

  28. belated anniversay wishes what fab storage solution hope you get the bits you need to finish it.. I lov the spice rack and those cute little glass storage jars . it is great to receive so varied and wonderful ATCs from around the world those are ace.heres to the next 5 years and to friendships old and new crafty hugs andrea #91

  29. Belated happy 5th WOYWW anniversary! The week has gone by so quickly and I am still trying to visit for last week! Wow, your desk looks so nice and organized! I wasn't able to make my ATCs early enough to swap early. In fact, I am still making some more ATCs!
    Blessings and hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS


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