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Old 03-11-2005, 02:51 PM   #1
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I'm almost to the point of tears... My stamping stuff has been beautifully displayed (in an organizational pattern only I would know...) in our dining room since the beginning of January. I could walk by anytime I wanted to admire my collection. The dazzling diamonds would twinkle at me, my prismacolor pencils (the full set, bought on sale for a miraculous $36) would "pop" out of their tin, and my stamps would call to me - putting me at ease, regardless of what pressures may be present at the time.

But now, all that is over. We're hosting a bday party for my mom tomorrow and the dining room is needed for "food". I'm slowly stuffing all my beautiful things into drawers, plastic containers, and shelves...

Will I ever experience joy again?
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:00 PM   #2
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Send the party goers home early and dig it back out again!

I ended up moving to a permanent location at the foot of our stairs, outsdide the laundry room and I can admire everytime I go to do the laundry. Sometimes I stop and make a card while I'm there - well, a gal has to wait for the rinse cycle!!!!!!


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Old 03-11-2005, 03:00 PM   #3
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I understand. Maybe Sunday you could put it back? I have been in the basement trying to organize mine. I wish my stuff was closer to me.

Maybe someday ... I long for a craft room.
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:00 PM   #4
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I hear you, my sister. But think of the joy you'll experience as you lovingly pull out each piece again. It will be like Christmas revisited...
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Ooooooh, I feel that pain!!

I am hosting Easter dinner, and if that's not enough...I have a birthday party for an almost 11 year old coming up.

Oh the inhumanity of it all. Sigh.

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Old 03-11-2005, 03:07 PM   #6
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I know how that feels. I used to have a office in my other house right next to the bedroom had a small tv, table, desk with computer and a phone and shelves for all my stamps and a closet for everything else.
Now in this house it is here and there and no place to leave my stuff till I get back to finish it. Maybe I should make the boys share a room and take over one of theirs.
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:00 PM   #7
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I believe the underlying problem here is that you did not weigh your priorities properly. What's more important, your mother's birthday or stamping? Come on now, your mom has had many birthdays and will most likely have many more. What if a great card idea came to you just this one time and all of your stuff was put away? It could be gone forever.

Also, if you'd left it all out, you could have done make and takes during the party and sucked your family and friends right on into your addiction with you. Think how much time you could have saved if everyone made their own party favors!
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:21 PM   #8
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You can always do what I am....build an extension on your house ! My family thinks that our new upcoming expansion is to gaina larger kitcher, but little do they know that the soon to be old dining room will now be MY stamping room !!!
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:24 PM   #9
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You can always do what I am....build an extension on your house ! My family thinks that our new upcoming expansion is to gaina larger kitcher, but little do they know that the soon to be old dining room will now be MY stamping room !!!
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I believe the underlying problem here is that you did not weigh your priorities properly. What's more important, your mother's birthday or stamping? Come on now, your mom has had many birthdays and will most likely have many more. What if a great card idea came to you just this one time and all of your stuff was put away? It could be gone forever.

Also, if you'd left it all out, you could have done make and takes during the party and sucked your family and friends right on into your addiction with you. Think how much time you could have saved if everyone made their own party favors!
I like your way of thinking!!
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:30 PM   #11
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I would cancel tha party!!!
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Bringing it all back out will be like Christmas! And, you may just find something that makes you say "hey! I forgot I had that!"
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Maybe I should make the boys share a room and take over one of theirs.
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It's all right - we no longer have a living room, but I have a KILLER stamp room now!!
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It's all right - we no longer have a living room, but I have a KILLER stamp room now!!
I have cleaned off my table exactly 3 times in the past year. Easter, a going away dinner, and Christmas.

Is there actually something wrong with this? Not in my opinion!
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Well, the party's at 4:00 and I'm counting the hours until I can take everything back out again. DH said he'd help me (it took a LONG time to squish everything into the little corner of the den), since (he said) he likes watching me enjoy myself - PLUS, eveything is out in the open so he knows if I've bought anything new

The next time we'll need the dining room (that we know of) will be in June - so I can have it until then!!
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Wait a minute, wait a minute!

Certainly lanelson's mom's birthday is so much more important than being able to make a card at a moment's notice. Shame on all of you for suggesting otherwise!

However....

There is one flaw in this set up. Lanelson has not made the discovery that I did a couple of years ago:

Restaurants are perfect places to have birthday parties! Someone else cooks! And, more importantly, someone else CLEANS!!! It's ideal!

And you don't haff ta put away your awesome very attractive stamping supplies. Now, isn't that the answer?
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:43 AM   #18
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I have had to do that 3 times now! Last Easter, This past Thanksgiving, Christmas, and going to have to for Easter again. Only good thing is, I am getting a Craft Amoire I ordered from a store called Pat Cattans, and it's nice cause the thing has all these shelves in it, and the table rolls out, and when you are done, you can close the doors! I can't wait to get it!
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When company wants to come visit, I want to say NO NO NO! My guest room holds all my treasures! When the inlaws came to visit, I didn't get to see my "babies" for 7 days! It's been six months and I still have nightmares that they want to come back!
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Oh how lucky I am. All 3 of my sons have moved out. We have 3 bedrooms now to use as we please....one is my dh's, although he says it's not really his, cause I always bring stuff in there. (My last get together, we took all his stuff off his table & moved it to the middle of the room to work on ). The second is for the grandbabies (bed, clothes, toys, etc).And the third (& largest, btw) is mine, mine, all mine!!!!!
I have stamps, scrapbook supplies, jewelry making supplies, my sewing machines & 2 (yes 2) tables in there!!! Oh what joy.
My best friend said I would cry when my kids left...ha ha ha. She came over & cried when they moved, not me!! I love my house now!!!
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barryswife, got any suggestions on how to get my oldest daughter to move out? I guess it's immoral to suggest the ones under 18 go--although I don't understand why they can't just share rooms so I can have a stamping space!
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It took a long time to get them all out. I told them I was changing the locks on the doors when they left.
My youngest needed the most pushing, but he moved in with the oldest so that made it easier for me.
Tell them you have done your job ...NOW GO!!!!
Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, but I am soooooo glad it is just me & dh & the two chihuahuas now.
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I feel your pain - I generously gave our going -off- to-college son a couch and tv that were occupying a corner of our basement family room. He was very pleased, then I told DH "wouldn't it be nice to have a table in that space? we could use it to read or have a snack' After he bought the table and 4 nice padded chairs, he went to work and I moved all my stamps into these great little colorful carts from Costco and turned the whole corner into my stamping place. I do read my stampin up catalog at that table and I often have a snack, but there is never enough clear space on the table for anyone else but me! Iknow it was sneaky but I do so love my space!
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You guys are a hoot!!! EVIL!!!!

Ha ha ha

Well, I sympathize, because I also took over the formal dining room for my stamping. Before that, everyone in the house used to just DUMP stuff in there.

So, a couple years ago, after a leak necessitated painting the room, and *I* was the one that had to put it all away and clean it up, I said NO MORE. I took it over, and only have to put EVERYTHING away for major holidays.

Fortunately, all of our families live on the east coast and we're on the west coast, so we don't have those pesky family celebrations. LOL
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