Hello everyone,

Hope your Wednesday is turning out to be a good one!  Since it is Wednesday, I am sharing some photos of the hell that is my studio with the WOYWW gang (links at the end of the post).

So my desk is (still) a mess, due to all the moving and rearranging and the hard slog that has been/is the brilliant idea that I had to switch the contents of a couple of rooms with each other.  It’s a slow process and it’s been going on for a few weeks now and I am well and truly over it… and yet it still has to be done because there is stuff everywhere, and not a single room in the house is unaffected.  It does not make me calm.  I did comment yesterday about entertaining the idea of opening the window and throwing everything out!  That idea is so appealing, maybe then the road sweeper would just sweep it all away and I wouldn’t have to think about it again.  *sigh*  Meanwhile, life goes on and other things need to be taken care of, so I have to stop and do those things, and then have no notion at all of going upstairs and continuing, but I did trip over something in the dark the other night so it must be done!  It must be done SOON and I need to find places for everything before my head explodes.

Having said all of that, let’s look at today’s ICAD (Index-Card-a-Day Challenge) which is sitting on the only clear space on my desk! This current batch all have a similar feel to each other and are slightly different to previous batches.  They are all using these little watercoloured offcuts from another project, teabags, random orphaned diecuts…

and for the first time, some embroidery floss!!!  I would say that I found my floss but it wasn’t really lost.  I knew approximately where it was, but I just couldn’t access it due to all this other stuff being in front of it.

If you were interested in more ICADS, the Day 1-9 post is here and the delayed Day 10-18 post is here, and I will have another 9 day catch-up when we reach the 27th of June, or thereabouts.  Now back to my desk, this green cutting mat is 30 x 40cm and it represents the only semi clear spot on my desk right now, and it’s not really clear as you can see lol, but it’s the only working space I have at the moment.  On the mat from left to right:  a big spool of Harris Tweed yarn (this is what they weave the cloth from), a collection of found words and phrases, a new packed of Posca pens, my new batch of ICADs, two little bags that I made a while back and found in a box, so I would like to use them for something, not sure what yet.  They are Japanese nesting containers and I have a bigger one in use with all my Sashiko supplies but these two, hmmm, maybe pencil storage, something to live on my already crowded desk?  Next to that is a big jar that I use for paint water, and below that is a 5m tape measure and a 2m wooden ruler for doing all the measuring up when I am moving stuff around in the rooms to make sure they can fit!

The rest of the desk and every other flat surface is covered in stuff.  It makes me think of Marie Kondo and nothing at all is sparking joy in this room lol.  If you haven’t seen her or read her books, basically her method is to ask the person to take all of the problem stuff, be it clothing, books, craft materials etc and put it all in a big pile in the middle of the floor.  Then they have to hold each individual item in their hands and ask themselves “does it spark joy?” if yes, they get to keep it, if no, it gets tossed. Honestly a big pile of anything in the middle of the floor is never going to spark joy which is probably why her method works haha.  Plus remember, the person whose stuff it is has to put it all back if they want to keep it – who wants to do that?  No one!  So take it all away Marie!  Last week, as part of this on-going switch, I had to move the contents of the wardrobes in one room with the wardrobe in the other room, so at one point all the clothing was piled on the bed.  I entertained the idea of opening the window and tossing it all outside rather than finding space in the smaller wardrobe for everything.  I really must stop thinking about throwing things out the window because one day I just might lol.

Anyway, moving on, last week this wardrobe was full of cats lol, well not full, wouldn’t that be fun? but it was empty and the cats were in it.  These wire shelf cube things were outside the wardrobe, free-standing on the floor.  So I moved them inside the wardrobe since all it had was a hanging rail which was no good for craft supplies. I still need to rearrange the contents of these cubes to make more sense of them but I have moved all eight boxes of DMC floss in there and one of my sewing machines for easy access.

This drawer also had a cat in it last week, but now it has all the yarn in it that has been living in the living room since before Christmas as it had nowhere to go.  Now it’s in a new home in these big drawers along with all my hooks and needles, and at the moment, a collection of handmade paper, but that needs to be moved elsewhere, and a recent gift of some very soft baby cotton.  I have no idea what to do with the baby cotton since I don’t make baby stuff so suggestions in the comments would be helpful. Oh and there is also an UFO in there too, a tapestry that I am determined to finish this year!

One other thing that has been relocated from the living room is this wonderful handmade yarn container which was a gift from a friend a few years ago.  When it arrived I thought it was an ice bucket lol.  A wooden ice bucket wouldn’t work very well now would it but it seemed like the right size and shape and I couldn’t think what else it could be until I turned it around and saw the little tail for the yarn… ah ha that makes much more sense than an ice bucket, right? lol  It’s so handy and it’s big enough to take really large balls of yarn too, plus it’s really beautifullly crafted, so it’s been a fantastic gift, but it doesn’t need to live in the living room when I am not using it, so I moved it upstairs with the rest of the living room yarn.

So that was a look at the current state of the desk and a peek inside one of the wardrobes (there are two) and now I need to get back to it before I fall over another pile of boxes!

Let me know what you think in the comments.  As always, thanks for reading!


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ICAD – Day 23
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22 thoughts on “Does It Spark Joy? Studio Reorganisation Continues…

  1. Shoshi says:

    Thanks for the return visit, Elle, and for the info – I don’t know how I missed that! Before I order them I’m going to check my existing nesting circles to see if they will do, as the Spellbinders ones are certainly pricey! I’ve been too busy to do anything about it lately.

    Shoshi x

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Yeah I guess you only need them if you plan to cut them out. If you just want to emboss something without cutting it out, then you don’t need them. Or see if one of your other circle dies fit.

  2. Ali Wade says:

    Happy Belated WOYWW. Hope you are getting closer to getting everything sorted. I read the Marie Kondo books a few years ago, and now fold all our socks etc! I went to a capsule wardrobe, which has been brilliant. If it was just me living in this house, it would be a lot emptier and tidier, but at least most of my ‘stuff’ is needed/loved/organised. Hubby is a bit of a hoarder like his parents, and it is a struggle to get him to part with anything. That yarn bucket is fantastic. Ali x #24

  3. Spyder says:

    argH! I can never find the comment box, and by tje time I do. I’ve forgotten what I was going to say! Arg yes! Your pages, with the tree I was thnking it was huge! but it’s quite tiny. I think I like it a whole lot better, tiny! That wool thingymejig bucket is a reallyl clever idea! At first, with a quick look, I thought it was spaggetti! Some thing’s telling me I need new glasses! Stay safe!! Happy WOYWW!? ((Lyn)) #15

  4. Julia says:

    Seems to me that you’ve nomads more progress than you think. And I get it, going between two rooms and having every other room affected does your head no good at all, it’ll only take a final push! Gotta admire that you’re still producing stuff though, I’ve come to a standstill till my room is sorted. As for the baby yarn…make something with it and donate it… hospitals and clinics are always looking for baby blankets or beanies for premature babies. It’ll feel a whole lot better than having it in your way in an unused state! Keep going!

  5. Shoshi says:

    Well now, Elle, I think the tidying and organising bug is spreading across our little community! I am so glad you didn’t chuck all your stuff out of the window haha! It does get a bit much when you fall over it in the night, though. There is something deeply satisfying about reorganising when you get to that golden moment when you get over the hump. It spurs you on to complete the task. I am finding plenty of things that “spark joy” and quite a lot that don’t! The problem is the intermediate ones, that spark something between interest and boredom. Keep? Throw out? Who knows? Unfortunately my task has been interrupted by having to sort out my computer but I’m cracking on pretty well with that and at least it’s useable now.

    Thank you for explaining what an ICAD is! I knew they were index cards but I keep hearing about ICADs and didn’t have a clue what it meant! Love your latest one. Your woolly ice bucket is beautiful. I can imagine how nice it is to use, because it looks so lovely and smooth. It’s a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

    Thank you for your visit, and for the Amazon link – I saw these, but they are the large sized ones. I can’t seem to find the standard sized ones anywhere! If they’ve discontinued them, I think it’s a mistake because they are basic kit and useful generally, I’d have thought.

    I’m glad to hear you like Middle Eastern food and preserved lemons! They are pretty intense, aren’t they! Also granola – I make my own too, and found a recipe with no added sugar or maple syrup – it is sweetened with dates. I have it on my breakfast every morning. It featured as Recipe of the Week in this blog post: https://shoshiplatypus.com/woyww-599-final-needle-book-giveaway-reminder-musical-chairs-plans-for-cooking-and-crochet-and-a-new-old-box/ – I love this.

    Are your kitties related? Ours are twin sisters. I think that makes a big difference as to whether or not they will snuggle up together. Our last 2 were unrelated and never did it.

    Your hard drive woes sound awful! At least I only lost a few photos and videos – I can get the videos again if I can remember what they were but those 5 or 6 photos are gone for good, I’m afraid. It could have been a lot worse. Once, I deleted my entire music folder, thinking it was backed up on an ext. HD which it wasn’t. I invested in recovery software and got it all back – brilliant.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi x #12

  6. Carolyn Staton says:

    Loving your ICAD – I have just made the plunge to join in again this year (better late than never!). Good luck with the sorting process – the in between stage is horrid, but I know you will get there in the end! Happy Belated WOYWW. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#23)

  7. Susan Renshaw says:

    Very impressed with that ICAD! Love all the different elements and the colour scheme. My next set of 9 or so is coming soon…
    Good luck with the sorting process.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Susan #20

  8. Angela says:

    Lovely wool bucket, I am still thinking of a wardrobe full of cats 🙂
    I love your ICADs and the theme you have, such a clever idea. Angela #9

  9. Lynn Holland says:

    I did have a good chuckle when you said about the wardrobe being full of cats. It’s painted quite a picture in my mind. Fabulous idea to put the shelves in their.
    We did the same some years ago with all our business files, rather than have them on shelves on the wall. It made the space much more pleasant to work in.
    Have a lovely crafty week
    Lynn 14

  10. Sarah Brennan says:

    Well done for managing to keep up with ICAD despite allthe tidying and reaaranging Elle. You are ver closer to finishing the task. Love the yarn bucket! Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

  11. mary anne says:

    LOL at the ice bucket! I used an old teapot as a yarn caddy, with the yarn coming out of the spout, but then to get the ball out for any reason you have to snip the yarn. Now I tend to us a binder clip and thread the yarn thru the silver arm, which you can squeeze and remove if need be. I am all about the low tech, not very pretty solution, DOH! And I see A LOT to spark joy on your desk, esp. the ICADs which are lovely and colourful. I adore found poetry and want to say welcome to the TidyUp Brigade. So many of us seem to be in a real Spring (Summer, but it sure doesn’t feel like it here) Clean. It’s be worth it and trust me, Joy will come!

    Catching up – Happy WOYWW on Thursday!
    Mary Anne (3)

  12. Angela Radford says:

    Hope you get your craft stuff sorted soon but I had to smile when you said every room was affected as it sounds very familiar. Your ICAD page is lovely and a great way to use up left-overs. It does look as though you are getting things organised. Hope you are having a very happy and creative woyww. Sending hugs, Angela x17x

  13. Neet Hickson says:

    Oh dear Elle, I can empathise with your problem of changing rooms. Was it really only two’ish years ago that we had a new fitted bedroom? That meant that everything had to be taken from the room (and I am a clothes hoarder) and put into another room and then put back when the new room was completed.
    Prior to that we had had a new bathroom and my craftroom had had to be dismantled in the process. Well, two ‘ish years ago (bedroom remember) I decided to finally attack the stuff that had not been put back in my craftroom before that.
    Why am I telling you this? Because please do not beat yourself up about this room change taking forever because forever probably won’t stretch to as many years as my stuff did.
    Love the icads and that yarn bucket is beautiful – what a lucky girl you are to have that in your stash.
    Hugs, Neet 10 xx

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Wow years would really do my head in lol. A couple of months has been bad enough. I am also a bit of a clothes hoarder but maybe I just have a hoarding personality lol

  14. LLJ says:

    So many beautiful things to look at today – the Icad is fantastic, I adore the colours you’ve used and the floss is the perfect finishing touch. Good luck with the rest of the stash sorting, it’ll be a good job done when you finish.
    Hugs LLJ

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Thanks LLJ, I am intending to part with some of the stuff but for now I just need to get everything in the right rooms and off the floor so I don’t break my neck lol

  15. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    Wow, organizng seems to be the key to this week.s Wednesday posts. Others seem to be doing the same. I have a friend who bought one of those cubes. She may not have assembled it correctly, because once she put something on it, it collapsed sideways. She threw it in the recycle pile and didn’t try to fix it. I laughed because I saw it as it tumbled.

    As always, I enjoyed your latest ICAD. They are SO beautiful and so layered. I hope you don’t run out of colors before the end of July. Happy WOYWW from # 5.

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Thanks Elizabeth, don’t worry I have enough paint colours to last till the end of the ICAD challenge. I checked before I started when I thought of the idea. I was going to make it harder on myself and only do single pigment colours but I have given in to use some of my favourites lol. These wire cubes are fantastic, I think they are supposed to be for guinea pig runs or something but I used to take them to art and craft fairs since they were easy to transport and quick to build. They have always been stable for me and can hold quite a lot of weight too, it’s unfortunate your friend threw hers out.

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