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Entries in Craft Room (5)

Thursday
Mar072013

Craft Room Cleanup is Done!

This past weekend I finally finished organizing and cleaning out my craft room. It took me a few months but I am so glad that it is done. I need to do some furniture rearranging and decorating, but having things organized is a good first start.

So far I moved the grey rug that I used to have in the living room up into the room. For a work surface I set up two white Vika Amon table tops from Ikea that I already had on top of some new Lerberg trestles. That's all I was able to do before we headed on vacation but I am ready to get things looking great as well as being clean and organized when I get home.

Saturday
Jan262013

Craft Room Cleanup Giveaway: Spring Supplies

At the end of October, my craft room looked like this...

A big, embarrassing hot mess, I know. Slowly I have been sorting through everything and purging old supplies that I no longer need. Here is what it looks like right now...


It's slowly getting better and I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I wish that I had made more progress over the last three months but things have been hectic with work, travel and the holidays. Also, to be honest I've been struggling a bit since I had my little incident before Christmas and find myself constantly tired. I'm hoping to figure out what is wrong and be back to my old self soon.

Anyway, as I have mentioned before my craft supply hoarding problem is your gain because as I sort through all of my supplies and figure out what I don't really need I am giving them away. Because it is snowing here and I am yearning for spring this particular giveaway box is loaded up with spring goodies. I've got lots of papers (over 100 sheets) for scrapbooking or card making as well as a bunch of embellishments like buttons, stickers, chipboard letters, etc. I have some items that are specifically spring related as well as some non themed items that fit with the colors of the rest of the box. Below is a sampling of some of what is included.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post telling me a favorite memory about spring or what you enjoy about the season.

You can submit additional entries with separate posts doing one of the following:
Like my page on Facebook (Post what name you liked me under)
Follow me on Pinterest (Post what name you followed me under)
- Pin one of my blog posts to Pinterest (Post a link to your pin)

Only posts on my blog (not on facebook) will count as entries and you can have a maximum of five total entries.

Some Rules:
- To be eligible you must be 18 years of age or older and have a shipping address in the US  (sorry, international shipping for such a heavy box is really pricey)
- Entries will close on Monday January 28, 2013 at 12:00 Noon EST
- The winner will be chosen by a random number generator based on the posts
- I will notify the winner by email and they will have 72 hours to confirm with a valid US address  
- This prize is being provided by Home and Away With Lisa from my craft room stash and I am not being compensated in any way for this giveaway

Updated to Add: The winner for the giveaway is Sharon. Thank you all so much for sharing your favorite spring memories with me. I loved reading them all! 

Thursday
Jan102013

Craft Room Cleanup Giveaway: Travel Supplies

My craft room is still a big hot mess but I am slowly (very slowly!) making a little bit of progress on getting things in order. If I am really honest about things I have to admit that it doesn't look too much better than when I last showed pictures of my craft room.

One thing that I did manage to do during my holiday break was to organize the 12x12 scrapbook paper that I am planning on keeping into a paper rack. I got the rack for $50 from a woman at work who got it from a closing scrapbook store but ended up not using it herself. It is almost as tall as me and holds a ton of paper so I thought it was a great deal.   

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post, as I have mentioned before my hoarding problem is your gain because as I sort through all of my craft supplies and figure out what I don't really need I am giving them away.

This particular giveaway box is loaded up with travel goodies perfect for a vacation album or making Bon Voyage cards. I've got lots of papers (over 100 sheets) for scrapbooking or card making as well as a bunch of embellishments like ribbons, stickers, chipboard shapes, etc. I have some items that are specifically travel related as well as some non themed items that fit with the colors of the rest of the box. Below is a sampling of some of what is included.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post telling me a favorite travel memory or someplace you would like to vacation.

You can submit additional entries with separate posts doing one of the following:
Like my page on Facebook (Post what name you liked me under)
Follow me on Pinterest (Post what name you followed me under)
- Pin one of my posts to Pinterest (Post a link to your pin)

Only posts on my blog (not on facebook) will count as entries and you can have a maximum of five total entries.

Some Rules:
- To be eligible you must be 18 years of age or older and have a shipping address in the US  (sorry, international shipping for such a heavy box is really pricey)
- Entries will close on Saturday January 12, 2013 at 12:00 Noon EST
- The winner will be chosen by a random number generator based on the posts
- I will notify the winner by email and they will have 72 hours to confirm with a valid US address  
- This prize is being provided by Home and Away With Lisa from my craft room stash and I am not being compensated in any way for this giveaway

Updated to Add: The winner for the giveaway is Mel H. Thank you all so much for sharing your favorite travels and dream vacation destinations with me. I loved reading them all! 

Wednesday
Nov142012

Ribbon Organization for My Craft Room

So, as I have mentioned before, my craft room is a hot mess and I am trying to do something about it. Unfortunately, it is turning into a bit more of a marathon rather than a sprint, but at least I am slowly making some progress.

One of those organization projects that I have been working on was to figure out a way to store my ribbons. Previously I have stored them in glass Burken jars from Ikea. It looked pretty sitting on a shelf, but practically it didn't really work for me. The ribbons would get tangled and if I wanted to find a particular ribbon I would need to dump the whole jar out to find what I was looking for.

A few months ago I had pinned an idea to organize embroidery floss by wrapping it around clothespins onto my Organization Board on Pinterest. I thought that the idea would work equally well for my ribbons and decided to give it a shot. I picked up a few packs of clothespins (a set of 50 will run under $3) and I was on my way.

Wrapping the ribbons, especially the wide ones, took a little practice to find a good way to make it work, but once I did I was on a roll and got everything wrapped in no time. I would start and the top of the clothespin and wrap the ribbon back around on itself to secure the end. I would then wrap up and down the clothespin, overlapping the ribbon a little bit for each turn around. Once it was completely wrapped I gently pressed the prongs a bit to open the clothespin and secure the tail end between the prongs. 

To store the ribbons I bought some cute wire bins at Target for $2.50 each and then sorted them into warm colors, cool colors and neutral colors. Now it is super easy to find what I am looking for by rummaging through the bins. I also don't have to deal with tangles and as an added bonus it looks cute, too.

Have you been doing any organizing? Do you have any tips for keeping your craft supplies neat?

Tuesday
Jul102012

Shutter Organizer for My Craft Room

Ever since I saw the shutter organizer in Martha Stewart Living years ago I thought it was a neat idea. Since then all sorts of variations have popped up in magazines and the internet and I've always wanted to make my own version.

A few weeks ago when I was at the Ann Arbor ReUse Center I found a really tall and narrow wood shutter for $5 and bought it with the intention of making one.

I was drawn to the shutter because it was so tall that it could be free standing and hold a lot of items. Aesthetically I also liked that it didn't have a divider rail and was just uninterrupted louvers the whole height of the shutter. The shutter was solid wood and all of the louvers were solidly attached. It was filthy and a little dinged up, but I knew it had a lot of potential to be fixed up to become an organizer.

Unfortunately after I bought it life has seemed to get in the way and the shutter has just sat in my back room waiting for me to get around to it. The Pinterest Challenge hosted by Sherry, Katie, Michelle and Kate finally motivated to take my project from a pin on my Pinterest board to real life.

To start my shutter needed a little bit of TLC. I used wood filler to patch up some holes and then sanded it down. I wiped it down with a tack cloth and then gave it a few coats of paint with primer in Martha Stewart Living Plumage with an eggshell finish. 

The shutters that Martha Stewart used had moveable louvers and the tilt bar kept items tucked in the organizer from falling through the slats. My shutter has fixed louvers and thus no tilt bar so I had to add a backing to hold things in place. I had some leftover pieces of foam board from making bolts to organize my fabric stash which did the trick. Using my glue gun I attached the pieces to the back and I was done.

Now that my shutter was complete it was time to put it in place and start organizing. I wanted to add some little pails that I had found for a dollar at the Target One Spot to hold some writing implements and other small things. To hang them I simply attached a bobby pin to each of the pail handles and then tucked the bobby pins in between the slats. This easy method securely held the tin buckets in place and allowed me to fill them with all sorts of things.

With the buckets hung I proceeded to tuck a bunch of my small craft items in the louvers. I like that I can easily see everything in just a glance. Now I am one step closer to getting my craft room in some sort of working organized order. 

Did you participate in the Pinterest Challenge? What did you make? Please post a link to your project in my comments so I can check it out.