Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Seeds

I found this cute idea on Pinterest. I made up a few for Savanna to give to her teachers tomorrow.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Craftroom Makeover DONE!.... mostly

I started searching for my "craftroom style" a few months ago. The space I was crafting in was out of control. In fact I often called it barbaric crafting conditions. I had so many supplies, but nothing was ever where I thought it should be. The room really went against my "everything in it's place" lifestyle. It was going to be the death of my creativity.
I know I'm very blessed to have a whole room for my crafting addiction.... but I was a very bad steward of the space. I'm more then happy to say that the makeover is DONE, and I've been using the room for a few weeks and it's a pleasure to create in it.

Let us first review the barbaric conditions!
Please note Lauren's microwave from her dorm room on my desk.
The room was the "catch all" of the house.
The below picture makes my skin crawl.
The room wasn't always this barbaric,
but as you can see it was miles away from organized.
The picture below was my inspiration.
I'm very much a shabby chic girl,
and it never works when I try to stray from that.
Even if I like the look of other neater styles.
I had a budget of $0 for my makeover,
so other then paint and some fabric
I have spent next to nothing on the project.
I liked the way this room was a mosh posh of furniture,
which is exactly what I had to work with.

Below is my room.
And I love it!

Paper storage which is a rack for horizontal storage.
It was the very bane of my existence.
So I put it on it's side and I now have vertical paper storage.
It's a little harsh looking in my "soft" looking room, but it works well, and creates a nice space for putting more supplies on top of it.

The bird cage I got at a yard sale well over a year ago.
I put Christmas lights, and an ornament bird in it.
CD rack that I got at the same yard sale as the bird cage.
I've mounted it to the wall, and for now am using it to display
mini scrapbook albums.
It's purpose may change.

Craft magazine storage.
I really don't like my printer there, but I have no idea where to put it.

Plastic pink table cloth, with pretty cream and tan print fabric,
all topped with a clear plastic.
Looks pretty, but it was inexpensive and easy to keep clean.
AND it hides all the storage bins under the tables.
Kissing balls I made, but they are to heavy to hang from the ceiling with a thumb tack.
So I need to get something more heavy duty to hang them in the corner over the tables.
I still have more ideas for the room. I want a wire hanging on the wall so I can display artwork. And I'm sure more banners to hang, because that's my "thing" right now. I also have a large wood CD holder that I'm painting cream. I use it to store all my stamps. I just have NO idea where I will put it.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Creativity Pennant Banner

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these Close To My Heart chipboard banners. Each package comes with 8 chipboard pennants (7"x6" which is a good size) and they are only $5.95. I've been wanting to make one for my craftroom.... because I'm so into them right now. Here's how I did it.
Each package comes with 8 chipboard pennants, and jump rings.

I use a liquid glue to attach the background paper, then I use a sanding block to "clean up" the edges of the chipboard. It's much faster then trying to cut your paper perfectly to fit. You can see in the below picture how the two bottom pendents have been sanded, and look perfect.
I like to use a neutral brown (Close To My Heart Desert Sand) to shabby up all the edges.
I cut the letters out using my Cricut. I cut each letter out 4 times so I can layer them and make them really stand out. I also used the shadow feature on the Cricut to cut the backing for each letter.
I wanted the letters to "pop" off the shadow so I used just regular old school glue and made a bead of it on the back of the letters and let it dry. That made a little lift once I attached the letters to the shadow.
You can see that lift in the picture below.
I embellished with torn paper, ribbon,
and flowers cut with the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I attached the pennants together with ribbon (I like that look better then the jump rings) and just used thumb tacks to hang it from the wall. It's not at all heavy so it's very easy to hang.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011


I guess I've always been cool and on top of the trends... and I didn't even know it.
I've been doing "tablescaping" forever.
Because I'm lazy I normally do seasonal scaping (with the exception of Christmas).
That way it will last for a few months. I recently changed from my summer scape to my fall scape.

I have my grandmother's wall sized mirror that hangs on one of the dinning room walls.
It's the perfect medium to extend the tablescape.

The Halloween banner is the one I made for Stamp Camp.
It's reversible and has a Thanksgiving theme on the back.
(seeee I told you I was lazy!)
"Tablescaping allows people to express their creative side by adding a personal touch. This is often accomplished through the use of prized collections or specialized themes. Themes are especially important when designing tablescapes. Themes can be based around a particular event, season, hobby, or collection. Finding a suitable theme for tablescape displays depends on personal preference as well as the current style of its surroundings."

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