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Craft Room Organization: Paint and Lighting

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! I thought you might want another little sneaky peek at my craft and sewing room. Frankly, I couldn’t keep these lights a secret anymore. Check it out:A quick snap of the paint job. It’s a soft sagey, mint green. I got my color inspiration from a blog of all places. Anyone else follow A Bowl Full of Lemons? She recently changed her blog design and the minute I saw her color scheme, I knew that’s what I wanted in my craft room.OK, now that we have color scheme covered – let me just tell you how much I’m in love with the lighting we added. Serious love y’all…serious. There were no overhead lights and the big paper ball light we had in the office in the apartment did nothing to light the space at night, so on a trip to Ikea, I took a walk through their…

How to Make Those Advent Pockets

Hey y’all. I’m back this evening to show you how I made my super adorable (OK, I’m biased) Advent calendar pockets. They are crazy easy. Here’s what you do:Materials You’ll Need:12 x 12 Scrapbooking Paper of your choice – either one sided or double sided – both workTape runner or glue stick (your choice – I used tape runner)Decorations or embellishments of your choice (or none if you so choose)Paper cutterPaper scoring board (optional)Instructions for Double Sided Cardstock/Paper – When using solid color cardstock or something double sided that is not directional you can make a pocket in about two minutes. I do not lie. It’s that easy.First, cut a 7″x3″ strip of paper using your paper cutter.Then, using your scoring board and stylus make a fold line at the 4 inch mark. If you don’t have a scorer, no problem, just use a ruler and mark where four inches would…

Craft Area Reveal

Remember all that talk about me finally getting a craft area? Yet, I never seem to show you do I? Well, I’m so excited because I’m finally going to show you from start to finish where my little corner of the world began and where it is right now. I’m an organizer, so I’m sure at some point it will change, but I am so thrilled to have a little space to move around in and craft and scrap! :) Let’s take a little tour shall we?Here’s where we began last January before my Office Decrapification project began:Here’s what it looked like after I finished cleaning and we added some new furniture pieces from Ikea:It was functional, but also more of an office area than for crafting.After living in the space for awhile we realized we only really needed one desk for office type things and I was usually the…

Where Scrappy Gets Crafty – Pt 1

When I first started blogging (a year ago yesterday!?!) I featured my home office space and mentioned that I had plans for my cork board. Remember how it looked back then? Yeah, well it sat that way until Monday of this week when I decided enough was enough. Here’s the before – cluttered, messy, only barely functional:Well, that’s all over now! I hinted a couple of months ago that I was working on a fun and exciting project. Well, I can’t keep it to myself anymore. I’ve revamped my side of the office as my very own crafting studio! We use The Hubs desk for home office stuff and my side of things is all for me to create and craft! While it’s not completely finished, I couldn’t wait to show you the positive change in that area of the space. Here’s the cork board today:Sorry for the nighttime shot. It was…

Fall Wreath Dollar Tree Style

So while I was working on those flower poms for my dining room table, I thought I’d grab a couple of extra things from the Dollar Tree to whip up a quick wreath for fall. I grabbed a twisted, natural wreath form and some additional flowers and it took all of 10 minutes to throw this together:Here’s a detail shot of the flowers:Basically I just popped the flowers off of the stems and hot glued them to the wreath form. It cost me all of $2.00! Here’s my dilemma though. This was “done” two weeks ago, but I kept wanting to add to it – make it grander, but something told me to stop adding and live with it for a bit. I love the way it looks but something still nags at me. I feel like something is missing. Any suggestions?

Dollar Store Fall Decor

Last year, I spent a lot of time and effort making Halloween decor (that I will show you next week) for our newly annual Halloween party, but this year I wanted something more transitional. I like Halloween, don’t get me wrong, but pumpkins and spiders only go so far between October 1st and Thanksgiving. Obviously, since we’re saving for a house I didn’t want to spend a lot on new decor so I turned to one of my favorite stores – Dollar Tree. I also gave a little love to the Target dollar section. (There’s a reason they put that stuff by the front door and it sucks me in every time!)Check out what I made for our dining room table – all of which totaled NINE BUCKS (plus a couple of things I had already):First, I made these floral poms. Each one is a wiffle ball covered in “silk”…

A Cheap (and I mean really cheap) Storage Solution

Well as promised I decided to give y’all a peek at what I’m working on for my next project. A while back I showed you this picture: It’s a hint to what my newest project is and while I’m not entirely ready to tell you what that is or reveal my big plan, I did want to show you some awesome storage I’ve come up with using the jars you see in the picture. Here’s what I did: As you can see there are different sizes and shapes of glass jars. Some of them are from pasta sauce, salsa and even pickles. We don’t have a recycling program at our apartment complex so I try to reuse what we can and the rest gets schlepped to the recycling center. I chose to use these jars as a new storage solution for the little things that clutter up the area I’m reworking in…

Cheap Laundry Trash Can Craft

Yesterday I wrote my post about how I dug in and dug out of my laundry room clutter and chaos. At the end of that post, I showed you this cute little trash bin that I made to go atop my dryer to catch lint, dryer sheets, etc:I promised that today I’d tell you what it began life as, how much it cost me to make, and how I made it. So here goes:Did you guess what it was? Here’s an up close shot:Well? Any ideas? If you guessed it was a $1.00 kid’s beach pail from Walmart you were absolutely correct! After dragging my poor Hubs around Walmart for over an hour searching for the perfect little trash can to sit on top of the dryer and finding nothing, he suggested we check the kids section and we found this! I figured hey, it’s a dollar. If I hate it, I’m…

Sewing 102 – Pillows and More Pillows

Hey y’all. I’ve been busy getting ready to leave for FL very early tomorrow morning, but I wanted to get one good post in before I left. I’ve got a couple more ready for this weekend so you’ll still see me around, and I’m hoping to take some awesome pictures to share while on vacation. :)So a few weeks ago I wrote about my first sewing class at Joann Fabrics and Crafts. I can’t tell you how stinkin’ excited I am to be learning how to sew. Oh sure, before the classes I could do a little here and there, mainly a straight line, but now I really feel like I can do something. Scrappy Mom would be so proud if she could see me today. :) In the first class, we learned how to make pillow cases and I made this one: It will be going with me to Florida. :)In Sewing 102,…

Freezer Paper Placemats

Edited to add cost for supplies and a few more linkies.Recently, a friend recommended a site called Tipnut. The site is just slam packed with fun things to make and do and create. While checking it out I came across possibly the cutest placemats ever over at bloesem kids. Here are those adorable placemats:They are made from burlap and freezer paper. I knew I had to try it.Now, I’ll fully admit I’m probably way behind on this freezer paper stenciling thing. I spent most of the creativity I had the last 5 years on teaching and working with kids in the classroom. I’ve missed out, but oh man am I going to catch up, so when burlap went on sale 2 weeks ago at Joann’s, I snagged a yard and promised myself I’d make some. I had a coupon so I went ahead and bought the textile paint I would need as well.…