No More Baby Wipes! Minimalist Monday/Konmari Craft Room Series

Hi friends! A little over a month ago I ran out of baby wipes in the craft room. I used them to wipe ink and paint off stamps and tools and to wipe down my table after I was done a project. After one really messy project I realized I had used about 8 wipes and suddenly I felt like I had a problem! When I reached the end of the pack of wipes I decided to see if I could go a month without them. Find out what I learned in today’s Konmari craft room video!

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I learned that it wasn’t just about the baby wipes, it’s never just about the stuff. It wasn’t about the price of the baby wipes ($1 a pack at the dollar tree) but it was about the COST of buying the baby wipes.

  • The environmental cost, think of 12 bricks of wipes going into the landfill.
  • The time cost-I have to go to the store and buy these.
  • The additional cost of the other things I impulse buy (or my kids impulse buy) when I am in the store. By not buying the $1 pack of wipes I am saving $20 on the other crap I (or my kids) would have picked up without thinking and these unimportant items would be thrown away or break soon thereafter.
  • The storage cost- Hey I’ll grab a few packs so I won’t have to return as often but I must have a place to put them…oh and if they dry out I’ll have use water with them and in that case I might as well use a rag.

I took a couple of weeks to not reach under my table for that pack of wipes. But now I barely think of them. I keep a spray bottle of water under my table and several small cloths hanging from the side. Using a cloth is now second nature.  If I need a stronger cleaner I use 1 part simple green to 10 parts water in a spray bottle for wiping my table or rubber stamps or 1 part baby shampoo and 10 parts water for clear (or rubber) stamps and it works better than wipes. You just need to change the habit. Notice I said “change” and not “kick.” We are not depriving ourselves, we are just being more mindful of our consumption.

I don’t think baby wipes are bad and that you shouldn’t use them. It wasn’t really about the baby wipes remember? Getting in the habit of looking at the things we use and the real cost of the item will save you not only money but time, effort and stress. Let me know what you think in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

PS “Konmari” refers to the Konmari Method from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It was the framework I used to declutter my craft room and home. I found a great deal of value from it. I have also started listening to the Audiobook How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie and am finding value in that as well. Links above are amazon affiliate links where I earn a small commission of the sale at no cost to you. You can also likely find these book from your local library for free.

 

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Got UFOs? I can help!

Hi friends! Are you a crafter plagued by UFOs? No, not the flying variety, I mean Un Finished Objects! Not to be confused with WIPs, Works In Progress, that are currently being enjoyed. UFOs are those “lonely only” socks and mittens you started with the best intentions but lost interest before the other one was made (I have that problem so I knit them 2 at a time!) or the extras you make thinking “I love this card design I’ll make 50!” but poop out on the job after just stamping and coloring 10 images. Do not fret, Lindsay is here to help in this weeks vlog:

Don’t you feel better knowing that you are not the only one? I sure do LOL! Do you have any advice for those pesky UFO’s? Let us know in the comments section. You guys have the BEST ideas! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ask a Crafter 39!

Stop the world I wanna get off! LOL! Hi Friends 😀 Whew, the end of the school year certainly sneaks up on you doesn’t it? Between running to baseball games, softball practice, finishing up projects and enjoying the small scraps of springlike weather we have been blessed with year I feel like I am a spinning top (with a screw loose!) I think I would forget my head if it was not attached today. Oh well, now I get to chill out and relax for the evening, and you can too, while enjoying this weeks episode of Ask a Crafter:

Reminder: Next week is our last episode until September so if you have questions get them in or you can ask over on the Facebook group anytime during the summer and someone will be there to help, we have a wonderful community of over 2000 crafters and the more the merrier I think! I will still have lots of video tutorials of course so don’t worry:) Sorry to keep this so short tonight , thanks for watching and for all the great questions (you can leave them in the comments for next weeks show.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Paintin’, Cleanin’ & Curbside Shoppin’

Howdy crafty folks! It’s time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday! I FINALLY managed to bring some order to my crafty chaos this week. I even vacuumed! I dug under the scary table where I cram stuff and purged and organized and I am not ashamed to show you my room. Even with my projects in progress out it still looks pretty good:)

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Doncha love this shelf? I found it on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it! Free! Can you believe what people get rid of? I had my husband hang up the shelf then I used ribbons, scrapbook papers and beaded tassel trim to change it from “blah” to “ohh la la!”

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I spent most of the day painting and working on a new beginner watercolor tutorial for my shop. I finished the BBC series Being Human so I decided to start on the American series…hmmm, tv is so much better with British accents….

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I also varnished some new paper beads, look at that clean table!

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And surprise, I got an advance copy of the December issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and my artwork is on the cover, the whole entire cover!!!

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A clean craft room, artwork on the cover of a major stamping magazine and a free shelf. It’s a pretty good day. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Craft I’m Scared of…

It’s true, there is a craft supply that scares me: Resin. I have read resign blogs, watched videos and read the instruction on the large bottle of resin I bought (BTW I bought the Polyester stuff which is more of a challenge than the typical 1:1 ratio epoxy stuff) and the more I read the more confused I got! There are so many variables for error with resin: The room temperature has to be above 70 degrees, my studio is unheated and I live in Maine (I’m sure I’ve whined about that before) so the only months my studio is warm enough is July – September if I am lucky. But the humidity needs to be low, well when it is warm enough the humidity is high. Also the amount of drops if hardener in the resin I bought varies with environmental conditions and thickness of cast piece. I could go out and buy the other kind of resin but it is too late to return what I have and I morally need to use it before I buy more. I only bought the big jug of resin because I had a coupon and no plan…damn those 50% off coupons LOL!

I decided to dive right in with the resin experimentation!

I decided to dive right in with the resin experimentation!

So made a plan. Step 1, Clean molds. Step 2 Spray with mold release and let dry. Step 3 collect papers I want to encase (they need 3 coats of mod-podge, even the paper edges need to be sealed, man this is getting to be more like cooking with each step, ugh, PS I totally skipped the mod-podge, I’m a rebel ha ha!) Step 4. Gather inclusions. Step 5. Cover work surface with a silicone mat and make sure I have a plastic frame use as a dust dome nearby,

So resin fumes are toxic as I understand (when did that ever stop me?) and I want to do this at the end of the day and preferably when my kids are not around but since I only have a warm enough studio in the summer I have to do it now. I am hoping the fumes do not travel from my cellar studio to the rest of the house. That would stink…no pun intended…OK pun intended! 😀

Also resin has a shelf life, It was expensive and I don’t want to waste it but I don’t want it to go bad while I think about what I want to do either. I love the look of resin jewelry, I hope I can make some good pieces.BTW before you judge me on the excessive amount of beer bottle caps I asked my niece to save me hers and she got friends to do the same, no intervention needed LOL! I’ll let you know how these pieces come out after they cure, wish me luck! So, are there any crafts you are afraid of? Til next time happy crafting!

Star Card How-To {it’s easier than you think!}

Howdy folks! This week at Oriental Stamp art the challenge is to make a star card:

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These are so fun and easy and I made a quick video to show you how to make them:

Here are the measurements to remember: use a 12″x10 3/8″ piece of cardstock. You will have three 12″ long sides. Mark the 6″ point on each side and score mark to mark. The second set of score-lines are 1 3/4″ from the first. Trust me, it makes sense when you watch the video!

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The butterfly stamp is by 7 Gypsies and the pansy collage stamp is by About Art Accents and it is on sale for $5!

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I hope you give this card a try, it is easy and fun! I think if you made them smaller they would make a lovely Christmas card, add a ribbon and a photo in the middle and it becomes a keepsake ornament! Thanks all for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cute Little Berry Boxes & Sandwich Board Cards!

I hope you are enjoying summer. I am! I wanted to have some little berry boxes to use in projects but it was hard to find ones that were not stained by berries (and I didn’t want plastic ones) so I made my own:

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To make them sturdy I used a sheet of kraft cardstock and a sheet of printed cardstock to make the box!

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I have been loving the trend of chalkboard art (not that I’ve mastered it) so I wanted to try stamping some. I made this card that looks like a sandwich board that would be on display on a sidewalk in front of a cafe:

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You can get my printable templates & SVG cutting files here. I designed the printables to be printed right on your good cardstock so you don’t have to trace. You get two cards on one sheet of cardstock (2 different sizes) a box and tags. The project makes up in minutes perfect for summer crafting!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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