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Unread 02-06-2017, 02:19 PM   #41
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Oh myyyyyy ....

First ... Big Shot plates, platforms, etc. seem so easy to "disguise"
  • when we are either moving too quickly to get on to the next step in our process
  • when we believe that this new reorganization plan is the cat's meow,
  • or even when we're just blindly laying something down when the phone rings & takes us off-task when we were actually ON-task before the phone call/text. (Ask me how I know .. ... )
Look 'between' the layers stacked in vicinity, even if its scrapbook papers instead of big shot accessories. Look along the "path" you took when going to another area of your crafty zone. Did you go to the kitchen to check on the meal you're cooking?

Second ... OMGosh ... Over the past 15 years? I've lost:
  • at least 1 complete & brand new wood mount stamp set from a convention.
  • the die for letter 's' from an alphabet set. It showed up months later on my studio sofa. really ... Never give up.
  • metallic Krylon paint pen new in package ... If you see it, it's Copper.
  • blank Copic color chart(s)
  • Basic Black ink pad
  • already confessed too much for one day.
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Can you stand one more ring story? When I was in 6th grade my bff gave me a ring. I was playing with it over a heat register and it dropped down into it. Years later, after I had married and moved out, mom and dad did a some remodeling, getting rid of the furnace and going to electric baseboard heaters. Guess what they found in the cellar at the end of that heat register? I still have that ring in my jewelry box to this day!
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Can you stand one more ring story? When I was in 6th grade my bff gave me a ring. I was playing with it over a heat register and it dropped down into it. Years later, after I had married and moved out, mom and dad did a some remodeling, getting rid of the furnace and going to electric baseboard heaters. Guess what they found in the cellar at the end of that heat register? I still have that ring in my jewelry box to this day!
Awww - that is a very sweet story.
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Found it!!! I knew it was with my old platform and extra cutting plates. We went out to dinner, and I just spotted it......In the linen closet, underneath the basket of nail polish. I'm not sure why I thought it was a good idea to store it there. Except that I kept boxes of completed cards on the floor in that closet.
Now, do I put it back there?
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Texasgrammy, I think this falls under your second option: when we think that this new organization plan is the cats meow.

It took me three days to find it, but the upside is that I've done some cleaning and organizing in the process.

Purple Heart will benefit from what I decided to give up.
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Found it!!! I knew it was with my old platform and extra cutting plates. We went out to dinner, and I just spotted it......In the linen closet, underneath the basket of nail polish. I'm not sure why I thought it was a good idea to store it there. Except that I kept boxes of completed cards on the floor in that closet.
Now, do I put it back there?
Noooo! lol But if you tell us where you are putting it, many people will be able to tell you right were it is next time it's lost. ; )
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I lost both of my aprons that I take to LSS's. Then I found them when looking for something else. And now I can't remember where they were hiding, and am not 100% sure I know where they are now.

Isn't there a rule that states that you always find something you gave up looking for when looking for something else?

I lost a tiny stamp custom stamp that just says "made by" and my initials with a little stylized bird. I finally gave up and found it months later when looking for the aprons.
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Unread 02-06-2017, 07:01 PM   #48
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Isn't there a rule that states that you always find something you gave up looking for when looking for something else?
I believe there's a rule which says that the thing you lost will be in the last place you look for it

Or possibly it's a consequence of Murphy's Law rather than a rule.
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Last place you look-That was a David Brenner line (comedian) that I always loved from decades ago. I dont know if he originated it. As I recall...it went: Why is it stuff is always in the last place you look? Because who keeps looking?

Terrific bunch of stories!
No-dont put it in the same place imo.

I put those things in a dry goods food storage container that I take the top off of that is narrow and big enough for them so it is a real "thing" and harder to lose the batch.

Right now I am looking for the gallon bag that has my extra label maker cartridges.

While my signature line in another site is
Two mysterious people live in my house. Somebody and Nobody. Somebody did it and Nobody knows who.

I am actually convinced that we have either a tribe of Elves or Borrowers clan (that old movie about little people living in the walls). Elves absolutely LOVE to move stuff around in the middle of the night. I constantly find stuff in weird places I KNOW I didnt put them.

Keys-I leave those in a dish just for them in the hallway. I am too tired of playing around with pants that have kidney shaped pockets so I look for them and then later find them in the other lobe. Now that I tend to wear looser clothes it isnt so obvious when I sit and would have felt them. I drop them in it immediately after entering. I have a fear that I will either lose or have my purse stolen and I dont want my keys in there with my ID. I once left it hanging on a rack in a store while shopping/trying on something in the aisle, and got SO lucky an honest person gave it to staff who called me on the overhead to come get it.
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OT Wave, you so brought back childhood memories - I had the book "The Borrowers." For some reason when I think about it, "The Thing and It" also pops up in my brain. Enchanting. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZSISYE...ng=UTF8&btkr=1

I remember David Brenner. : )
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This may not be the biggest thing I've lost... but the most annoying for sure! I am meticulous about putting my craft things away as soon as I use them - especially clear stamps once I pull them off the block. I make one card that people love and request - a "sorry I've been crabby" card - with a crab on the front and I make a background out of a starfish l stamped repeatedly. I went to make more multiples of the card and the starfish was gone. I was in disbelief and so stressed out - looking everywhere possible - for days. It made no sense to me. I swear I thought about that stupid starfish stamp for months. And I couldn't find one that I liked to replace it. It was one of the clear sets I bought before I started keeping original packaging, so I had no idea who the manufacturer was. Well I moved in October and my sister and I were vacuuming once my craft room was empty and she told me to pick up whatever that was along the floorboard, because it would get stuck in the vacuum cleaner. And it was the starfish clear stamp. I couldn't believe it! My beloved starfish stamp was now back in my life, lol. It was the day before I moved so my entire life was in boxes. So I tucked it somewhere where I wouldn't forget - somewhere safe so I wouldn't lose it. And of course, I've NEVER SEEN THAT STUPID STARFISH AGAIN. I have no idea where I put it to make sure I didn't lose it again!

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Ugh.
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I made a Mother's Day Card for my mom in April of 2012, a really nice one. Could not find it on Mother's Day, had to make a new one. Found card In August 2012.....needed a birthday card for her, so wrapped off the message that said Mother's Day and put on Happy Birthday. Put it on high shelf on left hand side of craftroom. Could not find it two days later for her birthday ....quick made another card. Now it is winter 2014 and we are painting my craftroom and DH is installing crown molding ...he has to move the furniture.....we find this pesky card had fallen off shelf and was not on the floor but the vellum had gotten stuck to the back seam of metal filing cabinet. Vellum was now damaged and Card was very dusty. I fixed Card and took off the thing that said Happy Birthday and Made card say Happy Mother's Day like it was supposed to. Took Card to living room to put some place safe for when I needed it. Could not find for Mother's Day of course I made a new card.......I found Card when getting ready for Christmas in Dec of 2014 and I picked it up and immediately drove to my parents house and handed her the card and we had a good laugh.
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Six years ago we were moving furniture out so we could redecorate the room,including my sewing machine cabinet, I can remember dismantling the foot control and winding the wires around and putting it somewhere. It has never been seen again and it would cost me over 100+ to get a new one from America,I now have a Bernina machine that I now use as a table.
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Another ring story - very old one. My Great Aunt (I am in my 70's) had a large garden and was working in her asparagus patch and lost her wedding ring. The next spring, she found it with an asparagus spear growing right up through it.
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I have lost my koi fish die and I am guessing it was thrown away during a project work day. But my best story is when I lost my gold anklet, a gift from my husband. After looking in the bed sheets, laundry, under couch cushions, etc., I remembered I had been wearing it when I used the riding lawn mower to mow part of our ten acres. Gone forever, I thought. The next time I went out to mow--which is frequently in Florida--I notice my anklet draped daintily across a tall weed by the mower. My guardian angel placed it there for me to find, I am sure. Now if she could just tell me where my koi fish die is....
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Six years ago we were moving furniture out so we could redecorate the room,including my sewing machine cabinet, I can remember dismantling the foot control and winding the wires around and putting it somewhere. It has never been seen again and it would cost me over 100+ to get a new one from America,I now have a Bernina machine that I now use as a table.
Isn't that the worst feeling - when we consciously, on purpose, deliberately, carefully, say to ourselves I am putting _____ right HERE for safekeeping... and then we can't find it?

We could write it in a notebook. But I'd lose the notebook.

One of these days you'll open a drawer or take the lid off of a box, or move something off of a shelf and there it will be.
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Oh my, this thread is hilarious! When my husband and I were dating in college, he wanted to wear my high school class ring (on a pinky) for a couple of days. You know the story...he lost it, so ended up buying me another one. And of course, the original was found later!
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Stamping wise, it's not the biggest thing but the one that has bothered me the most and that I still miss very much, the "To From" stamp from Winter Post. I loved the font and size, so every Christmas I miss it all over again.

The personal item is a gold necklace my DH gave me after our first was born. It was a thick gold and lovely but I didn't wear it much and now I can't find it anywhere. Can't bring myself to ask him about it.
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I lost an earring the day my dad died. Couldn't find it anywhere. That was 5 years ago. A couple of weeks ago, I cleaned my top drawer in my dresser thoroughly, and there was the earring in the back of the drawer! Have no idea how it got in there.

Yesterday was having problems getting a cling stamp to stick to my Misti. Tried cleaning it--no luck. Tried 2-way glue--just made a mess. I bought some clear vinyl a few years ago to put on acrylic blocks to make the cling stamps stick--you guessed it--can't find it. Doesn't help that I only have one hand to use. Did a face plant on my dining room floor last week and broke my hand, so am in a splint. Maybe I will find the vinyl in 5 weeks when the splint comes off. But I need it NOW!
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I once was working in my craft room deep into my project. I knocked my monster sized oval punch into the garbage can. I vowed to pick it out when I cleaned up. You guessed it, something happened, company or phone or some other distraction. The next morning Hubby gathered the garbage for garbage day and took it to the road. Bye bye punch. Hubby now is forbidden to empty the craft room waste paper baskets, only I do it and I scan them like I left gold inside. LOL Thankfully, dies became available within that year and I replaced it with a set of different sized ovals.....much better in my book.
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I recently bought a bunch of 11 x 15 or so thin foam to use on card fronts instead of pop up tape. Not a small item. And, for the life of me, I can NOT find where I put it! GRRRR
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The Perpetual Birthday Photopolymer stamp set is on 2 sheets and I lost one of them...looked for weeks and could not find it. I finally gave up and ordered another set. THAT DAY, I opened a seldom used set and there was my missing stamps! I really don't mind having 2 sets though. I use that it a lot!
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I spent ages searching my craft room for my box of Zig watercolour markers - could not find them anywhere. I was panicking as they were expensive. Searched again the next day. Gave up. A few days later, I spotted them on the living room bookshelf where all my boxes of CDs live. I'd obviously taken them downstairs to colour in some images while watching TV and then put them on the bookshelf (well out of reach of my naughty puppy who is at the stage of chewing anything and everything!) and totally forgotten they were there. Lesson learned = return supplies to the craft room and put away properly.
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I have loved reading all these 'lost' things. Mine was when I moved my craft room from the basement to upstairs and reorganized everything. I had mini-6 drawer storage unit (which isn't exactly small) that I kept lots of little things in and in the old craft room that unit was accessible when I swiveled my chair to the right and rolled down about 3 feet. The first time I went to look for the contents of the storage unit in my new craft room I must have hunted for about 30 minutes trying to remember where I had put that storage unit. It is now located when I swivel my chair to the left and it is right there at about knee height.
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I once lost the letter "e" from a small alphabet. Even tore through my trash can piece by piece and never found it. It wasn't a large stamp but the alphabet is useless without the most used vowel.
Also turned in lost jewelry to my insurance company after searching for several weeks. The day dh and I left on a 3 month RV trip we received a check for several thousand dollars. On the way out of town we parked on the side of a busy road while I ran into the bank to deposit the check. The RV was attached to the truck and it wouldn't fit in the parking lot or drive through.
Three weeks after returning from the trip I found the jewelry. The insurance company was shocked when I called to return the check amount. They had never had that happen before.
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I am also a flower arranger so need stron snips to cut those silk flower metal stems. My husband bought me a nice ratcheted pair of snips to help me get a good grip. Well, I took them to someone's house to do some floral stuff. Never found them again. The person said they never saw them!
I also lost an unopened glue gun! I looked for several months. Then I began doubting I had never ordered it. Finally found it in something nothing to do with crafting!
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I use to have a couple of Cricut machines. I had quite a few cartridges so I purchased a couple of the large plastic containers that are made to hold a bunch of cartridges and their books. I had it all set up nicely. I decided to get rid of the Cricuts because I got a Silhouette that worked better for me. It had been a couple of years since I had used the Cricuts. When I went to sell them, I had 4 empty boxes (I had saved the originals) that did not have the cartridges or books in them. I have no idea what happened to them! It is possible that I lent them to a friend who has the habit of not returning things. I still have the empty boxes, hoping that eventually, I will get the cartridges back and I can give them away.

I also have a problem with losing die cuts. I have a space in my closet where I do my cutting and die cutting. Sometimes, I will take the die with the paper still in it, to my desk. When I go to put it away, I can't find it! I might be under a pile of junk on my desk or under a pile of junk in my closet...I get involved in so many things at one time that I always have too much junk, everywhere. Who knows what is in or under the piles!
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I once lost my heat gun. I searched my craft room. No heat gun. I asked my friends if anyone had borrowed it. No heat gun. Many weeks later hubby was clearing out the ensuite vanity for a plumber. He came out with a hairdryer and a heat gun. He remembered putting it in there because he thought it was my hairdryer which I rarely use and never use in the kitchen where the heat gun had been plugged in!
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Not craft related but I lost the diamond in my engagement ring. I was grilling and it got caught as I closed the lid. Crawled around the patio with a flash light for 30 minutes. Never found it. Took 2years for hubby to buy me a new diamond ring. Sad but true.
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Not craft related but I lost the diamond in my engagement ring. I was grilling and it got caught as I closed the lid. Crawled around the patio with a flash light for 30 minutes. Never found it. Took 2years for hubby to buy me a new diamond ring. Sad but true.
I've been married 31 years, and last year I was crafting in the kitchen and suddenly realized my diamond was gone. We crawled around, swept and went through the dustpan, didn't vacuum for a week. Then I suddenly remembered that prior to crafting, we were eating storebought cole slaw. There was something gritty and something hard in my slaw. I set it on the side of my paper plate, and eventually threw it away.
An hour or so later, I realized my diamond was gone, and a full week or two later, I realized I had thrown it away. ☹️💍
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I was organizing my craft room and wanted to put my stamp pockets in the same drawer with the magnetic sheets for my dies.... can't find my magnetic sheets. I bought them at Lowe's so they are the size of the heater registers on the floor. I searched and searched and then decided to ask the husband. He put them on the refrigerator in the kitchen because they stuck to the side. White magnetic sheets...white refrigerator...
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I dropped a gold knot earring in the powder room. It popped up and under the sink. We looked and looked. Hubs took the heater vent out and everything. Finally figured out where it was. Couldn't get it out without tearing out the sink. told him forget it. I came home a few weeks later and he was in the basement. He had my earring. He had cut a hole in the floor under the sink, got the ring and replaced and patched the wood. Now That Is Love!!
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Just this week I lost a whole (clear) garbage bag sized bag full of shredded/crimped cardstock that I wanted to use for filler in my Valentine treat holders. It is a really big bag full with different colors, for different holidays, and should have been easy to see. It was not in the usual place I put it, and since its quite large I can't imagine where it could be.
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Not a big item but a PITA. I lost one of the house phones. We have 5 so it wasn't a huge problem but we just bought the set a couple of months ago. I tried calling it but the battery must be dead. I've been looking for 2 weeks. For 2 days I've been cleaning my stamp room because I was sure it was in that mess and hadn't found it yet. The very last thing to do was to dust my black leather office chair and viola - it was under my pillow for my back so for 2 weeks I've been sitting on it. I'm not going to say my behind is too big...but I do wonder. Now I'm wondering if the battery hadn't been dead it might have been fun....
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A silly one from many years ago: DH and I bought our first home, moved in and got married all within a few days. One of our wedding presents, given to us ahead of the event, was a kettle. I unpacked it, tested it and then packed it up ready for the move. When we unpacked in our new house, we couldn't find the power cord anywhere. So for the first few days we were boiling water in a saucepan on the hob to make our tea. Eventually DH thought to look inside the kettle, and sure enough, there was the power lead!
I do generally lose things in logical places, which somehow makes it all the more annoying.
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This may not be the biggest thing I've lost... but the most annoying for sure! I am meticulous about putting my craft things away as soon as I use them - especially clear stamps once I pull them off the block. I make one card that people love and request - a "sorry I've been crabby" card - with a crab on the front and I make a background out of a starfish l stamped repeatedly. I went to make more multiples of the card and the starfish was gone. I was in disbelief and so stressed out - looking everywhere possible - for days. It made no sense to me. I swear I thought about that stupid starfish stamp for months. And I couldn't find one that I liked to replace it. It was one of the clear sets I bought before I started keeping original packaging, so I had no idea who the manufacturer was. Well I moved in October and my sister and I were vacuuming once my craft room was empty and she told me to pick up whatever that was along the floorboard, because it would get stuck in the vacuum cleaner. And it was the starfish clear stamp. I couldn't believe it! My beloved starfish stamp was now back in my life, lol. It was the day before I moved so my entire life was in boxes. So I tucked it somewhere where I wouldn't forget - somewhere safe so I wouldn't lose it. And of course, I've NEVER SEEN THAT STUPID STARFISH AGAIN. I have no idea where I put it to make sure I didn't lose it again!
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A silly one from many years ago: DH and I bought our first home, moved in and got married all within a few days. One of our wedding presents, given to us ahead of the event, was a kettle. I unpacked it, tested it and then packed it up ready for the move. When we unpacked in our new house, we couldn't find the power cord anywhere. So for the first few days we were boiling water in a saucepan on the hob to make our tea. Eventually DH thought to look inside the kettle, and sure enough, there was the power lead!
I do generally lose things in logical places, which somehow makes it all the more annoying.
Yes, I hear you! The hardest things to find again are when I put it in a special place so I will be sure to remember, lol.
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Ok a car is big but not really a craft item! Hee hee! I lost my Cut and Press board which is about 24x18"! That's pretty big! It's a cutting mat on one side and an ironing and lace shaping board on the other. When I found it I could have sworn I looked in that place at least 5 times.

I lose stuff all the time and I'm ok for a while. But then I start to feel insane and berate myself which quickly turns into a panicked state almost like a panic attack. Or maybe it is a panic attack. I'm normally very stable emotionally but something about this makes me insane! I absolutely detest losing things. I used to look for way more stuff until I started to catalogue my craft room using My Stuff Pro. It's like a souped up more professional version of Evernote. I love it!
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Yes, I hear you! The hardest things to find again are when I put it in a special place so I will be sure to remember, lol.
I keep a list of all those 'special places'. I've recently had to put a lot of things away that have rubber, latex, adhesive or can fade so they don't become degraded by the light in my craft room: paper, cardstock, stickers (especially epoxy) washi, adhesive, pencils (the eraser hardens), brayer, stamps of course, embossing mat, even a glue botttle fell apart in my hands because it became brittle! So I have many things tucked away in places away from the light and also out of eye sight. IKWYM!!
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