Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekend Project: The Craft Closet

Good Monday Morning my friends!

The weather this weekend was lovely!  It was so nice to open all of my blinds and let tons and tons of sunshine in!

Thanks to absorbing the energy from the sunshine, I made lots of progress with my spring cleaning.  One of the bigger projects this weekend was tackling the closet in my craft room.

It wasn't too terrible, but I had several seasonal items I needed to add to storage, and that space is very, VERY tight.  I was extremely happy to be a small person working in that very small space.

The corners of the closet are used for items I don't need to access easily.  The pink and purple boxes have seasonal craft things stored in them, so I only need them around Christmas Crafting time.  The white totes and green box have random odds and ends that are a bit easier to get to in case I decide I want to craft with them.  The clear totes have all of my memorabilia I've kept around to scrapbook. 

I added a shelf to the empty space below the main shelf.  It holds boxes and baskets ready to decorate for gifts.

The back left side of the closet holds my scrap wood pieces and my work table.  Cheap Ikea bag holders keep my wrapping paper organized and easy to grab.  In front of that are my two travel totes for crafting on the go.

The right side of the closet is still a little mismatched.  The top shelf isn't bad and holds more miscellaneous things. I don't need often.  Including a tote of pink faux fur. :-P

The floor on the right side has my buffet tables I drag out for random events buried underneath all of my artwork from collage that needs organized.  It's also the home to a lot of my larger papers.  Still needs some love on this side.

This unit holds most of my scrapbooking things, as well as a few mixed media goodies.  It's a newer addition to my space, so I'm still getting it organized in the way that's the most practical.  My scrapbooks live on top, and there's an over the door organizer on the door that has room to grow left.

It's a good start, and looks a ton better than it did.  I hope everyone has a lovely and productive week ahead of them!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Etsy Roundup: Busy Bees

TGIF, everyone!

I've been a busy little bee as of late trying to get my spring cleaning on.  Yes, there is still a ton of snow outside, and yes, we just had an ice storm...but I'm still spring cleaning.  And hoping that spring will take the hint and pop in to say hi sooner than later.

Since I've been a busy little bee, here's an etsy roundup of all the cool little bee things I've found when I probably should have been cleaning.

Also, I love bees. :-) 

From left to right: 1) Stained Glass Honeycomb by BespokeGlassTile 2) Sweet Like Honey Print by theWheatField 3) Bee Tarot Print by CorvidStudios 4) Honey Bee Toy by Armadillo Dreams 5) Note Card Set by witandwhistle 6) Vintage Bee Coin Necklace by roxcraft 7) Bee Ceramic Dish by MadgeDishes 8) Bee Happy Print by MayFrenzyDesigns 9) Sweet Honey Bee Charm by Miraposa Miniatures 10) Bee Crochet Pattern by Yarnington 11) Art Nouveau Bee by Kirimothdesigns

I'm absolutely in LOVE with that bee coin necklace.  I'm in love with everything, actually...but that might be my fav.

Happy Sort-of-Spring Cleaning, everyone!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Snow Place Like Home

Happy Winter, everyone!

It has most certainly been a long one this year.  Here in the Tristate area of West Virginia we've had a ton of snow and constantly below freezing temperatures.  Not fun to drive in by any means, but it's awfully pretty. :-)

The Boys Really Love It.

I don't typically mind winter (it is my last name, after all. ^_^).  I don't love the cold, but I can live with it.  The one thing I can't stand about winter is the constant lack of sunshine.  If I were a superhero, my power would come from sunlight.  I NEED IT.  I can't do anything without sunlight.

So of course, ever since winter started officially I haven't done much of anything.  Except for sleep.  I've definitely caught up on that sleepy time.

I did manage a couple of creative things over the last few months.  I played around a bit in Illustrator:

The end result is framed in my craft room.  I might make some prints available on the shop at some point. :-)

The girls and I also had a pre-Christmas visit to the Pottery Place.  Always a good time.

Christmas with the Fam Fam is always a good time, and this year was no different.  Silly Christmas movies and card games are always fun.

I also added a ton of nerdy Pokemon and Sailor Moon jewelry to the shop.  I'm thinking about doing a few Anime conventions later this year so I'm beefing up my inventory.  It could be lots of fun! :-)

I just wanted to pop in and give you lovely people a quick update.  Now that Spring is inching ever closer, I'm ready to come out of hibernation and get back at my pile of unfinished projects.  Should be exciting! :-)

See you soon!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Girls in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg in Tennessee is one of my favorite places to visit.  There's a ton of fun things to do, lots of great shopping, and, most importantly, awesome food!  The best part: it's not a super long drive from here, but it's still far enough to be a nice getaway for a few days.

So, a few weekends ago, Trista, Devin, and I took a long weekend and headed down to Tennessee!

I really wanted to visit during the fall, and it ended up being the perfect weekend to go down!  We rented a really nice cabin and had a really relaxing mini vacation.

We only got lost once....

So sometimes when you're up in the mountains trying to get somewhere, you're GPS will start telling you that four wheeler trails are roads.  This happened to us.  We ended up on a gravel road and our GPS told us to drive off a cliff.  True Story.  This is why maps are helpful, guys.  Ah, technology.

Once we found our way out of the woods, though, we had an awesome time hiking and enjoying the leaves...

...Riding the Skylift (which is one of my favorite things ever!  I love chairlifts)...

...Seeing some lovely views...

...and eating all of the food!!  Pizza from the Mellow Mushroom is one of my favorite things.  It's SOOOO good.  We ate lefts overs for breakfast in the morning. :-) 

We also visited the Salt and Pepper shaking museum, where they had 20,000 salt and pepper shaker sets.  It ended up being an awesome find!

I Love the Fall. <3

Monday, October 28, 2013

Shop Update

Hey guys!  I've added some fun new items to the shop!  Check it out!

Friday, June 28, 2013

My Craft Room

Hello, everyone!

Today marks a momentous occasion that I'm so happy to finally be sharing with you!

....Drumroll please....

...Today is my Craft Room Reveal!

Finally, right?  It's only taken a few years.  Or well, I guess...about 7 or 8 years of evolution and work to get to what it is today.

Yikes, right?

When I first realized that I needed a dedicated space for my craft habit, I was in High School still living at home.  My supplies quickly started overflowing from my bedroom to the spare room my family was loosely using as a dining room, and over time it evolved into my first craft room.

Sadly though, most of the time it looked like this:

Yep.  I was young.  Don't judge.

This is where my organizing adventure began.  And believe me, it has been an adventure. 

After basically living in a small crafty disaster area, I made plans to move into a two bedroom apartment so that I could use the spare room as my studio space.  When I actually moved into my first place, I decided the master bedroom was actually going to need to be used as this space.  The smaller bedroom just wasn't going to cut it...and hey, I don't need much room to sleep.

So after that horrible initial sorting process and about a year worth of work, I had this: 

The Craft Room: Second Generation
A bit better, yes?  Functional, but a tad lacking in the personality department.  And, the current storage didn't leave much room to expand, which I would undoubtably do.  What can I say...I can't help myself.

So over the four years I spent in my past place, the space started evolving into what it is now.

And then I moved again.

So it looked like this again:

I couldn't even walk through it when I first moved here back in September.  Luckily though, this move was fairly more organized, and it hasn't taken quite a full year to set it up again.

Ready to see what it looks like now?

Tada!  Vast improvement, yes?  I'm kind of in love with it right now.  Doesn't that white table I refinished look awesome in the space?  Can't even tell it used to be orange, and it's a fantastic central work surface!

And now, allow me to give you the grand tour:

Behind the door I have some storage shelves holding miscellaneous things I don't always need at hand but like to have in clear view in case I need them.

Beside the door is my sewing desk.  Important things like scissors and pins are on the desktop or wall, along with my embroidery hoops that are kind of frustrating to store other places.  The green shelf I built holds buttons and other small notions and the bigger white shelf holds zippers and other goodies.

Underneath the desk is where I store other notions, ribbon, and embroidery supplies.  My cutting mat stores nicely up against the wall and out of the way until I need it.

The other side hold three bins of felt, fleece, and patterns.

Continuing to the left we hit my "Create" wall (my "a" is crooked!! OCD Fail...).  I work on smaller projects like jewelry on this desk.

My 8.5 by 11" paper is stored by color in a file organizer in the corner with my Xyron.  Glitter, paint, and other things I use frequently also live here.

Underneath my bead board (which I'll tell you about in another post) lives my very frequently used supplies such as small bags, magnets, my circle punches, and adhesive roller.

This little guy stores my tools, all neatly labeled now.

My 12 x 12" papers are stored by color in this organizer under the desk.

My paper cutters are at easy reach propped up against the side of the desk.  The drawers and the binders I'll tell you about in another post that I'm super excited about.

Next to that desk is this unit I made out of closet maid shoe organizers.  Here, my scrap paper is organized by color, smaller paper is organized by size and theme, and my self healing cutting mat hangs out on top of my collage box.

Above this unit is where my paint and Mod Podge now live.  I outgrew the wire paint holder I used previously very very quickly.

This is my office corner, where I handle everything for Doodleleaf.  The shelves to the left hold my Cricut Cartridges.

The shelving unit under the window is where all my fabric hangs out.  Scraps are in the fabric bins.  My Cricut (and a small stack of fabric that needs wrapping) sits on top, along with a bed for Marvin so he can look out the window.

Rosie (my awesome mannequin) has a home next to the window and right beside the epic wall-o-storage.  Each craft has a separate box (or boxes...), jar, or place.

Here's a full shot of the wall.  I love all the colors!


I've gotten so much done now that this space is together and organized.  It's so nice to finally be marking stuff off the ole' "unfinished projects" list!  And, I have much less junk lying around!  Hoorah!

My craft room is an ever evolving entity that grows and changes with me (granted sometimes slowly...) so I don't think it will ever truly be finished.  But that's something I really love about it.  Even now, I still have a list of projects in the works to make the space even more functional and even more mine (starting with fixing that "a"...)  And it's still super exciting!

So there it is guys!  I'd love to hear what you all think of my crafty cave, and any organizing tips that could make it an even better and brighter space!

Until next time, see you soon!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Oh, Hai Bloggy Blog

-Blows dust off screen-  Oh, hey there blog!  It's been awhile... I've missed you so!

The last few months have been super productive and lots of fun overall!  I had lots of get togethers with my girls, cleaned far, far too much, and made a trip to Tennessee with my mom.  

While in Tennessee, I did tons of things over those four days that I've never done before.  I rode a horse!  It was so awesome!  I also flew in a helicopter.  I've never flown in an airplane before, but I've flown in a helicopter now.  So.  Much.  Fun!

Also, my birthday happened, and I subjected my fam fam to the Pottery Place.  They loved it!

I was also victorious in cleaning the craft room and getting it photo-ready.  It took a tiny bit longer than a month...but it's done and it's sooooo nice to have an organized space to work in again.  This week will be my craft room tour, so stay tuned!