Craft Table Clean Up and Makeover!

Hi friends! I have been feeling like I was loosing my crafty mojo lately. I’d walk down to my craft area and nothing was inspiring me. At first I thought it was the weather (it’s hard to be inside when it is hot and sunny since we only have 2 months of hot and sunny in Maine and I hate to waste it) but even on rainy days my craft room was bringing me down. I needed to clean and brighten things up and I had a full roll of white shelf liner at my disposal!

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I had always intended on painting my table top (which is an old hollow-core door) white but it had never sat vacant long enough to do that so I decided today I would take everything off the tables and cover them with shelf liner and re-evaluate all the stuff on my table while I was at it. You can watch the process in the video below. If I can do it so can you!

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All you need for today’s project is a bit of ambition and some shelf liner from our sponsor Papermart!

Many times all we need is a bit of inspiration to improve our mood and surroundings! I hope I inspired you tonight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crafty storage on the cheap!

Hi friends! I don’t know how it happens but sometimes I walk into my craft room and I swear that someone has ransacked it…then I remember that it was me not putting stuff away. So, today I went downstairs to work and I needed to clean the place up because I couldn’t think straight with all of the clutter. I did not really have the time to organize but I needed to and then I was very productive the rest of the day. I owe it to these inexpensive bin boxes that I found at Papermart:

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Here are some ideas for the bin boxes. If you are going to store your marker pens in them I suggest you flip the boxes on their sides and stack them for storage but you can transport them to your work space and use them upright like this too!

They are meant to hold “parts” like wing-nuts, bolts and screws (hey, if they are meant for wing-nuts they are perfect for me!) so they were plenty sturdy for the craft supplies I needed to corral and because they are rectangle I can put a bunch on a shelf. I was having some issues with the “jewelry department” and whenever I pulled out satin cord or my box of findings I had to use my elbow to keep other stuff from being pulled off the shelf too. I love that I can grab a flat box off the stack and fold it up into a divided bin and I only have to make them as needed. Watch the video to see what I mean.
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You will have to keep your eyes peeled for the new boxes I added to my shelf today (I filmed this video yesterday) they look pretty darn good for cardboard I must say! I actually ordered the boxes to make some decorated storage gift boxes for father’s day and I still intend too (fancier than my washi tape decorating LOL!) but for now they are making short work of my random bits and bobs that do not have a home in other containers I own. These containers work out to be about $1.21 a piece but they come 50 to a pack so if you do not need that many or you don’t have a friend to split an order with you could save boxes and make something similar. I used to save the boxes that 3 half gallons of soymilk came in from Sam’s Club to use as 12″x12″ paper storage until I could afford a better solution. Take the idea and run with it!  I hope you found this useful and til next time happy crafting!

Thanks Guys! I Won Best Papercraft Tutorials! {and how I store my paints and brushes}

Hi Friends! Still sick here but better than yesterday. Luckily the basketball tourney games were rescheduled so I didn’t have to go anywhere or miss them. I barely have a voice today but I shot this paint and brush storage video the other day for you.

What do you think of the way I reorganized the brush area? I like being able to pull the little caddy around to hold my palette and water buckets. I took the drafting table that used to be there and brought it upstairs to my office to be able to work in the heat for the winter!

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I also wanted to tank you so much for voting for me in the Craftsy Awards! I got 1st place in the Papercrafting Tutorials category! Thanks so much guys! It was really nice news to wake up to this morning! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

How to Store It Series! Today: Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies!

Hi Friends! I recently mentioned that I was going to do a craft/art room organization series with you in lieu of a craft room tour this year. I will have all of these videos (along with other storage videos and craft room tours) on this YouTube playlist. I decided to kick of the series with how I store my beads and jewelry making supplies. I might have a lot more, or a lot less than you have but I think this video will give you many options on how to store your stash:

Here is a list of some of the items I showed you:

  • The red and clear cubes are by Ultamate Stacker
  • The test tubes and holder are from Shot Wizard but I got the other ones in the basket from Sam’s Club, they often have them around valentines day for party favors, just empty the gumballs and use the containers for beads!
  • The yellow box is from Harbor Freight.
  • The clear tackle box I use for wire is by Martha Stewart but Plano make a similar one.
  • The tic-tack boxes came filled with low quality beads from Joanns for about $6 but I have seen the boxes empty on Oriental Trading and Wal Mart for $4 empty.
  • The white cardboard box that I have my findings in is by Making Memories but they are out of business, maybe you could use a jewelry box or chocolate box as a similar solution.
  • The clear containers stacked up with paper beads and other odds and ends in are from the Dollar Tree, they are really durable and have useful sized compartments. They seem to always have them in stock too.

I have had many of the things I use for storage for years but if you are creative I’m sure you can find similar storage items around your home or you will hopefully have a good idea what you may want to purchase to make your storage dreams come true LOL! 😀 I know I don’t have the most elegant craft room (it’s a corner of my basement for goodness sake!) but I enjoy it so much because it is cheerful and organized. I hope to help you make a fun place to create too. Let me know if you have and questions and stay tuned for more craft storage and organization videos all month long! Oh, and for those of you wondering how I made out at jury duty I was only picked for 1 case and it should only take a few days in February. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fabulous DIY Colored Pencil Storage!

Hello friends! I recently mentioned that I had put all of my pastel pencils, watercolor crayons and colored pencils back in the tins they came in. They were previously in a pen rack I picked up at a scrapbook store for $5 when it was closing and I liked having them all out within reach but I got a really nice bar stool from my sister for Christmas so now I like to sit at my high table and work and I can place the tins on my shelf behind me, I have a heater under the table as I explained in my craftroom winter mode video.  Also I wanted them to be portable in case I want work elsewhere, like say upstairs by the fire.  All of my pencils had tins except for my Prismacolors, I got my first set of 60 when I was 5 (my art teacher insisted) and replaced used up ones through the years then got a 144 set 15 years ago and as they would get used up I’d replace them as well. I’d say I have about 175 pencils. So I made a plan and asked my hubby to make it:

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Want to see it in action, have a look:

Now, I’m not a woodworker but I did measure my box and noted the sizes and materials for you here, I hope it is helpful, if the measurements are odd it could be due to sanding or using up what was on hand.  The removable dividers are 1/4″ plywood while the top and bottom are 1/4″ Masonite, I’m pretty sure you could use all plywood or all Masonite.  I love the Masonite for the lid because it make a really great surface to color on, talk about portable!

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Use this a guide to design your own. I have some room to grow but if I was going to travel with this I’d put some bubble wrap in ant empty spaces so the pencils would not bounce around in there. Tomorrow I will share a tour of my craft room so you can see how I store other stuff! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Kids, Dogs, Rolerskates & Chaos!

Christmas is a week away and it looks like a snow-day for Wednesday, so much for an extra Christmas shopping day but I have to say I love padding around the house in my slippers, watching movies and making cocoa for the kids when they come in from playing in the snow. Besides, I have a whole week to shop right? Right? Anyway, it is time for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday and I have not participated in over a month because I did not want to just link up if I did not have time to desk hop myself (a snow-day is perfect for desk-hopping!) and here is what my desk looks like today:

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Pretty clean with a couple of wrapped presents. I wish the rest of the house looked this good. I did catch up an all the laundry yesterday though so I feel good about that! Of course if I have all the kids home playing in the snow all bets are off LOL! Since most of us are getting ready for Christmas this week I thought I’d share some quick and easy wrapping and tag tips as well as tips for removing sticky labels and price tags and making your own bow maker cheap! I’ts all in the video:

The supplies I used are from Papermart, I love the way the burlap looks over the plain brown boxes and I like getting the doilies, ribbon and shipping tags in bulk so I always have them on hand. Papermart even has a heavy duty heat gun if you don’t have one but I’d keep it on the low setting for craft use, don’t burn your hands off LOL! If you want to see more crafty desks besure to visit Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

How I Store my Yarn Stash & Make a Center-pull Ball!

Happy Sunday friends! It is snowing this morning Maine, teeny tiny little flake that melt as soon as they touch the ground but it’s snow all the same! It really makes me want to bust out the winter crafts like knitting and crochet. I was getting a bit aggravated with the snarl of yarn that was forming in my travel bag and home storage rack so I spent some quality time this week untangling, sorting and winding the mess into submission. I thought you might want some yarn storage tips too so here is a quick video on how I store my yarn and I’ll show you what is in my yarn tote I bring with me to class.

If you are a beginner you might want to keep a list of the sizes of knitting needles and hooks you own, that way if you happen upon a sale you can pick a few needles and not duplicate. I have to say I think the Denise interchangeable knitting needles (while a bit pricey) are a great investment because you get every size from 5-15 in strait or circular needles and it is so compact. I saw on their website that they have a crochet set too…I know what I am asking for for Christmas! After I posed my yarn storage video I had a couple of comments from savvy knitters who did not know how to make a center pull ball so I made a quick tutorial for that too. Winding those loose floppy skeins of wool into neat tidy (and useful-non rolling) balls is a space saver and makes your yarn stash look so pretty! I am still in the process of winding loose balls but it is a good project to pick away at when I am not feeling inspired. 😀

I used to store my yarn in metal grid cubes, the trouble with that is I could not see what was buried in the back. By using these shallow baskets on the upcycled library paperback rack I have all my yarn visible and within reach. You might not have an old paperback rack kicking around but see what you do have and make it work! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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