Tuesday, 20 March 2012

WOYWW 21st March 2012

it's Wednesday again already????
aren't they brilliant?  Chris found them in Michaels when we were shopping and popped them into the trolley for me.  They look great in the windowsill of my scraproom - I took them down for the pics because the light behind in the window did weird things to my camera.  
This is what my desk looks like at the moment... I am making 7" x 5" circle journal pages for a swap group I am in and I didn't have any envelopes that were that size... so as I happen to have quite a bit of spare 12 x 12 paper sitting in the corner (ahum... quite a bit... read tonnes) I decided to make use of some of it to make the required size envelopes for the pages to be posted off in. 
I think they look pretty good and cost me nothing... and who doesn't like to get pretty mail sometimes?  I have even bought lovely big international stamps from the post office for them... (and why am I telling you this?  because here in Canada if you want to use a postage stamp you pay 5% extra)!!!  Yep... how insane is that?  They always print out the postage at the till and stick this piece of paper on everything... but I really did want some of those pretty stamps and I am sure the swap ladies will enjoy them...
and at the back of my desk is the lovely WOYWW badge that arrived in the post today!!  Thank you so much Julia, I will wear it around town and see if anyone recognises it but at the moment it is sitting on my noticeboard in rather good company with my G45 badge!!
If you are wondering why I am showing your desk... well, I guess someone out there may not have heard of the wonders of WOYWW so just follow this link to the desk of  chief inspectors of desks the world over and check out this noseyness fest of craft desks that covers the entire world.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are linked. Sorry my ISP is so slow. You are #11. I really, really like those envelopes. I had NO idea it cost more to buy stamps in Canada. Here it's the same regardless. Thanks for the heads up on that.

RosA said...

I want those papers. I want those envelopes... maybe I should visit my own mountain of 12 x 12 and make my own envelopes?

I'm always tempted to ask for pretty stamps here too, instead of those printed things, but I'm afraid the mail might be stolen if it looks too nice!

RosA # 25

May said...

Love those envelopes great idea! thats just crazy that it costs more to post via post office, love those signs your DH got you!! O how I wish we had a michaels in the UK, Have a great week, Hugs May x x No9

Bubbles said...

Eugh... don't mention postage costs... it's enough to make me pull my hair out *lol*
Those envelopes are wonderful - you're so right... it'd be lovely for the person who recieves one through their mailbox :)

Happy WOYWW!
aka Sheleen at Patchwork Apples


butlersabroad said...

Love those letter, Andrew never brings me anything from the craft store, but he knows I'm more than capable of bringing stuff home for myself!! Love the papers and the envelopes, how stupid to charge more at the PO, soon no on will go there and they'll close it!

Brenda 2

Shoshi said...

Gorgeous papers! Really mouth watering!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #14

Danielle said...

Those signs from Michaels are great. Awesome way to use that paper to make your own enevelopes. Pretty and practical. Dani32

505whimsygirl said...

Oh, those envelopes look great. What a nice surprise, to get something in the mail in such a lovely package!

Strange about the postage thing though.


RosC said...

That is a really bizarre way to save money - discourage stamp sales. Where are the philatelists?
The envelopes look terrific.
Happy days,
Ros #40

Sue from Oregon said...

These envelopes are lovely! A great use of your extra 12 x 12 papers!

Neesie said...

The signs are brilliant and made me smile :)
As to making such beautiful envelopes well what can I say...I've such a lot to learn :D

Enjoyed my peek at your desk ~ thanks Neesie #37

VonnyK said...

Those envelopes are fantastic but I can't believe they charge you extra for a real stamp.
Love those signs.
Have a great week.
Von #43

Darnell J Knauss said...

Totally love the signs, but adore your handmade envelopes and the fact that you are willing to pay the extra for pretty postage to put on them. Good for you!

Sara S. said...

The signs are hilarious! I think the time is coming that we will be paying the same here in the US for postage. My grandfather and mother both worked for the PO and seeing some of the changes is scary!

The envelopes are lovely, and I agree - pretty mail is fun mail!!

Happy WOYWW!

Sara S. (#27)

okienurse said...

love the signs from Michael's. I was in their new wood department today but didn't see anything like them. Love all the paper I can see in the envies and stack. My daughter says I am a regular paper ho whatever that means. Oh well must be something good. Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #48

kay said...

loving your signs and what a thoughtful hubby,fab pretty envelopes and i agree postage is so dear these days :)

Helen said...

Love those signs! Are you going to alter them or leave them plain?!
Love your handmade envelopes but was surprised to hear you have to pay extra to use proper stamps, what will these people think of next - better not let the UK post office hear of that idea..
Have a great WOYWW, Helen 21.

Judy said...

Love those signs. Hmm "Chief Inspector of desks", haven't heard Julia described like that before..hehe. love this Blog Hop.

Ann B said...

Great idea to make your own envelopes - they are lovely, as are your letter signs.

Ann B

SophieNewton said...

I love those letters, wish we had a shop like that over here!
Sophie no.88

Redanne said...

Great envelopes, how lovely to receive one of those. Love, love the letters from Michaels, they must bring a smile to your face every time you look at them. Regards, Anne #66

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

The signs are lovely and those envelopes are really special... the stamp think made me laugh because usually it is here in Australia that weird things like that happen...glad it was somewhere else for a change...happy woyww... Trace #50

Annie said...

Love the big LOL and OMG. What fun.
A x
ps I've acheived my aim and managed to get both babies down for a nap so I'm managing a bit of blog hopping :-)

Doone said...

Isn't it lovely when they bring back the right kind of tat?

cannot cannot cannot wait to meet you badge to badge,
one day....

the envelopes are delighful, Often I am accused of giving better wrapping than presents (so now I give early so they can admire the wrapping before the disappointment of the contents...)


craftymonki said...

Beautiful envelopes! Who wouldn't be overjoyed to receive such pretty mail? Thanks for the peek :)
Zoe #78

CraftygasheadZo said...

What wonderful envelopes! Thanks for sharing this WOYWW, let the snooping commence! Take care Zo xx 22

Gourdess said...

Oooh LOVE the OMG & LOL! The envelopes came out beautiful too. :) Happy WOYWW - Tracy #34

Clare with paint in her hair said...

fabulous envies! so cool

Cardarian said...

Lovely envelopes - don't tell our post they can do that - for now they don't but if word comes around...I like to send my mail with stamps too so that would be a down for me!

Shazsilverwolf said...

Those letters are fabulous- very envious! Your envelopes are great too- what a joy to have those drop through your letterbox!. Happy WOYWW, hugs, Shaz #108

misteejay said...

Those signs are fab - are you going to leave 'as is' or will you alter them?

Love your pretty envelopes.

Toni xx

sandee said...

I use to make envelopes but haven't done that in awhile but I might have to again after seeing your pretty ones you made! I agree, people like to get pretty mail! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Sophia said...

Wow, I'm really loving what you have here. Very creative, girl. And totally love the OMG and LOL. haha

Happy WOWW! #38

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, from memory I should tell you that I've sent about a dozen badges to Canada, so that narrows the field!! No really, three to Calgary for sure...anyway, enjoy..just sorry it's not HOOGE like the G45 one! I think the Canadian post office is run by fascists...you shouls see the hops we have to jump through to send stuff..return addy and label in the right place or it gets rejected...blah blah..
Love the envelope idea. Strike me, you have paper to spare? *cough*

Minxy said...

Super sign'age, and what a delightful selection of paper envelopes, i like the papers you used.
Happy Woyww'ing
Minxy #23

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Roflmao! Love the OMG and LOL. IMO, they are the best thing I've seen today, they're Gr8. BTW, those envelopes are pretty too.
I'm worn out by all this teen speak, your stuff is fab!
Hugs, LLJ #68 xx

Morti said...

LOL - indeed! Those signs are FAB.

Brilliant idea to use the paper as envelopes - I shall have to bear it in mind for the future!

Morti #123

karen said...

OMG! Those signs made me LOL! (sorry, I couldn't resist)
They are fun signs!
I love your envelopes! I am curious as to how you made them exactly as I have never made my own envelope.
xoxo Karen #169

Neet said...

Sorry I am so late in posting but I had one or two computer bloopers to sort out yesterday.
Love those big letters you got - fab! But not as fab as the envelopes you have made - what a lovely idea and how nice to receive one - bet the ladies who know they are in the swap are all excited about the postie coming.
Hugs, and thanks for commenting on my blog.
Neet xx #4

Sam said...

WOW! Lovely envelopes you have made there and they shouldn't fail to cheer peeps up - or at least me anyway! Wishing I was in your circle now!!
Sam (110)

fairyrocks said...

Nice peeps, thanks for sharing, I didn't know about the surcharge on picture stamps....Hmm and I do ask for them at times too.
Thanks for sharing, keep smiling and creating

Princess Judy Palmer said...

We had a student at work the other day who kept saying the letters: Oh Em Gee! Really? I have to actually PAY for my classes? Oh Em Gee! No one told me that! Oh Em Gee! After she left we Oh Em Gee'd ourselves for the rest of the afternoon. Oh My Gee the copier is out of paper! Anyway... great find and great that hubby enabled you to get them. How fun. I love the homemade envelopes, such lovely colors you've used there. I have a ton (tonne) (extremely large amount) of paper too. I don't scrapbook (cards only) so I use the large patterned or weird patterned paper for envelopes from time to time. I haven't done that in quite awhile.

Li'l Pidge said...

Some lovely envelopes there....stunning colours.

kyla #58

peggy aplSEEDS said...

those are great signs! and your envelopes are gorgeous. they'll brighten the day of both the postman and the recipient! happy WOYWW and thank you for sharing,
hugs, #26 peggy aplSEEDS

Elizabeth said...

I'm so late this week, blame my dentist, but determined to visit you. Love your envelopes, they are so pretty ... but did they really cost nothing? Love the OMG & LOL finds - isn't your husband lovely to get them for you :) Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Elizabeth x #73

Lyn said...

What a great way of using up spare papers - very pretty. [Note to Self: - Must file this one away for future use!]