Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We did make one big step a couple of weeks ago. My Daughter came over and we cleaned out the front of the garage finally. I hauled a truckload of stuff to Goodwill and I have a few things I am going to get listed on Craigslist this next week when our weather gets better. I can finally get at all the bins that were hidden clear in the back on the shelves!! YAYYYYYY!!! But, I'm not going to drag them in just yet. I have GOT to get that spare bedroom cleaned out before I do anything else. It still looks exactly like it did last spring when we filled it up. You can open the door but you can't go in.
I will be done with a swap in the next couple of days and then I am going to start pulling the smaller stuff out of the front of that room and dealing with it. My grandkids are out of school after the 18th and 2 of the boys said they would come help me empty all the bins out on one of their days off. They are all going into the garage, thus we had to do the garage first to make room. I bet there are over 50 of the big clear bins in there and tons of the plastic drawers too. We pretty much have it figured out how we are going to put them in the garage so I will have 2 aisles and be able to get at everything I need. I am just praying they will all fit like we planned or I am scrooged...lol. My goal is to have that bedroom all emptied out and cleaned by February 1st. It WAS January 1st but like I said. When you have to wait for help that makes it hard. OK, I am heading into the craft room to work on that swap. Have a great day!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Here are the drawers before I painted them. I had already taken the handles off at this point and washed them down real good. The pictures of the desk didn't come out very good but the whole desk pretty much looked like this.
And here is my finished product!! It turned out soooo good. I just love it!!
And of course since it is going to be my "wet" desk it has to have the "bling" drawer. Of course I have already rearranged it a couple of times. OHHH, and my stickle holder I made!! Stephanie, from the Cricut Message Boards had made one and was courteous enough to share how she did it. I measured mine so it would fit in the desk drawer and I even have room still to expand my collection. I want to make another small one for on my desktop for the colors I am currently using. That way I can still keep them upside down. Plus I want to make one with bigger holes for the Ice Stickles.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
My Girl Mermaid
My Boy Mermaid
Friday, July 3, 2009
They turned out much better than I expected and I am just thrilled with them. I used SCAL to cut them out on my Cricut. I got the files from Dragonhome's Place and since I am so new to SCAL I used a wonderful tutorial for Inkscape from Brandilynn's Blog to take apart the hat so I could piece it. I used a ton of stickles and glitter on these and then I popped everything off the Twinchie except the red fireworks. Next month's swap is summertime tags and I hope I do half as well as I did with these. It feels sooo good to be crafting a little bit again!!
Ahhh, the craft room. I sat tonight and wrote out a plan of action. That craft room has really overwhelmed me lately because there is just so much to do. My main problem with it has been just where to start and I finally figured out I can't really do anything until I figure out just where I want things to be. Right now most of what is on my shelves is empty storage that I will use, but it is just plain taking up space. Everything else is just kind of sitting up there where I set it. I decided I need a desk area ( my desk, office supplies etc...) a wet area ( paint, stamping, markers etc...) a BIG scrap area, a needlearts area ( Crochet, cross stitch, pc ) and a miscellaneous crafts area ( Wire, Quilling, foamy things for the GK's etc..). I have decided now where they will all be so now I really need to basically start over and get the stuff on the shelves more organized and in it's home. I am getting a desk/dresser type thing from a friend and after I get it painted I am going to use it for my wet area. My paint racks will fit on it with plenty of room left for other supplies and I will still be able to work. It's cool because it is like a desk on one side and a dresser on the other so it will have plenty of storage. I am going to put it on the green wall and move the jetmax cubes and possibly my paper drawers to the yellow wall. That wall will all be my scrap storage area. The credenza that is there now is going out the door. Half the purple wall will be Misc crafts and the other half on the other side of the outside door will be needlearts. The peach wall is desk and office supplies. Plus I will have 2-3 craft tables in the middle to scrap/work at too. My E is staying on them. I am really loving my Ott lights too. I got 2 of them when J's had them on sale for 75% off and they are wonderful!! My eyes haven't really bothered me working on the twinchies and I think it's because of them. OK, I am writing a novel here...lol. I am just excited because I have a plan of action. Working on the twinchies really made me want to get this room together more, so I just needed to sit and take a good hard look at it. Now, just to get it done!! I sat and sorted all my wood stampers tonight and they are all organized and on the right shelf so I have begun!! Wish me luck cuz I am going to need it. I promise when I get it cleaned up a little more I will post more pics!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is a view from the kitchen door into the room. I even have space for a couple of friends!! The TV is going on the left end of the credenza that is on the yellow wall. I haven't decided where to put Big Mama, my Cuttlebug, my Bind It All and my 2 printers and camera dock yet. We'll see once the shelves are up. Please excuse the mess.
This is just my big file cabinet and my loose paper and cardstock drawers. They are just the 12x12 drawers you can get at Walmart. I have 12 sets of them here with room to expand. I think I am going to go ahead and pick up 3 more this week "just in case" they quit selling them or something. Plus I am not sure this is all my paper yet so I "might" need them...lol. The big file cabinet will have all the 8.5x11 paper that was in the smaller file cabinet, plus i have files of crochet patterns etc to go in it too. Plus whatever else I decide to stuff in it. Hmmm, maybe those DCWV stacks will fit...hmmm. LOL, I am still undecided about a lot of things and will probably change things around a million times before the room is all done.
This last one is just a closeup of my Jet Max Cubes. I have my DCWV paper stacks in them and they will be full of all my "junk" when I get putting things away. Nothing is organized yet. That was all just stuffed in them in my bedroom and my grandson just carried them all into the craft room full. I have to get the drawer handle back on that one drawer too. I forgot about it until I just looked at this picture...lol
OK, now I am off to find my surge protectors and some cable cord for the TV hookup. I also am in a stamped images swap with some girls on the Cricut Message Board so I am going to try to get them done today and mailed this week. You all have a good day and leave a comment and let me know what you think!! Hugs, Pam
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
I have been a shopping fool this past week. I got my tax return back last Friday and it's been spend, spend, spend since. I got 3 more jet max cubes from Michaels which gives me a total of 15 now. I just love those things!! I also got a bunch of their little $1 bin stampers and ribbon. Walmart loves me this week too. I got a bunch of stuff I have been putting off, plus I got 2 more of the Sterlite 12 x 12 drawers for my paper. Now I have decided I need 2 more and hopefully that should do it. I also bought a blue Bind It All from an online friend. It should be here soon and I am so anxious to try it. One of my first projects I think will be to make my Mom a book with pics of all 5 of her grandkids and all 5 of her great grandkids that she can show off. What else did I buy? I placed 2 seperate orders from Joann's. I think I got 7 new DCWV paper stacks all together, not all the new ones but all are new to me. I also ordered 2 Ott Lights for my craft tables, some Disney Princess paper and some cute mini stamps. Other places, I ordered some house mouse stamps, 2 12 x 24 mats for my Cricut Expression plus the Wild Card cartridge, and some O wires and covers etc... for the BIA. Peachy Keen Stamps is having a sale Saturday so I am going to order the Animal Kingdom Faces and the Doodlecharms Winter Faces then. I can't draw to save my life so I NEED these stamps..lol. I am on the fence about an ATG gun too. I have TONS of adhesive already so it's up in the air. I have to curb my spending after that because I still want to get a new computer. I haven't decided if I want another laptop or a desktop to put in the craft room. I am keeping this laptop too so I will have portability no matter what. Decisions, Decisions...lol.
OH, I ordered A Scrap Rack!! And it should be delivered today!! I am watching for the UPS man to come. I just ordered the base unit with 7 spinders to start with to see how I like it. Remember all those green PSB Binders on my bookcase? I am hoping to empty all of them onto a scrap rack eventually. It is kind of pricey but I need to get all that out where I can see it and then I will use it more I think (I hope). I also think the dividers and pages I have in the PSB will fit the Scrap Rack so it will just be a matter of transferring everything. What I like about the scrap rack is that it is expandable and you can expand it a little or a lot at a time. I just ordered it Saturday and it is due for delivery today so their shipping is fast too. I will definately let you know how I like it. Well, one thing is for sure, if I ever get this craft room done I will have plenty to keep me busy. I have been playing some in Design Studio and actually pulled out the Expression and made a few cuts from it so I know it works...lol. I also downloaded Inkscape and the trial version of SCAL. I LOVE SCAL!! I have almost 20,000 fonts and it was WONDERFUL to be able to use any one I wanted. I am going to get the full version as soon as I find a little time. Now Inkscape is another story. I used Paint Shop Pro X when I had a signature tag group over on Yahoo, and Inkscape looks pretty similar, but I was not very good at vector graphics even after taking some online classes. I think it is just overwhelming me a bit and I need to take some time to sit and play in it and figure it out. I will also look for some tutorials for it. Doing helps me a lot more than reading about it. Wish me luck!!
On the home front, my oldest grandson is wrestling in the State Wrestling Tournament up in Denver this weekend. He took 1st in his weight class last weekend at Regionals and my sophmore took 5th, just missing states by 1 place. My oldest grandson is ranked #1 in the state in his region and weight class right now. I am hoping like crazy he wins 1st place this year. He is pretty determined after his 6th place finish last year, and when that kid makes up his mind to do something it is pretty much done. I wish him all the luck in the world.
For those of you that don't know what a Scrap Rack is click HERE to check it out.
OK, I am going to go stalk the UPS man and the mailman both to see where some of my stuff is...lol. You all have a good day and I will update again real soon!! Hugs, Pam
Monday, February 9, 2009
It's hard to believe we went from this (view from the kitchen doorway);
To This (same view from kitchen doorway);
And this ( view back to the kitchen doorway);
Did I say I was excited!!...lol. ( Edited to add; I think I set the date on my camera wrong...lol. )
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I feel so honored!! Thrifty Granny over at Granny's Thrifty Scrapbook Blog thought enough of my blog to tag me...lol. Check out her blog. She has a lot of wonderful cards over there. From what I understand, when you are tagged, you are to go to your pictures and pick the 6th folder and then the 6th picture in that folder. Post it and explain what it is all about. So here is my 6th folder and 6th picture!!
This is my 9 year old Grandson Dre opening one of his Christmas presents at my house Christmas Eve. I am just glad it wasn't the 5th picture because he had the present in front of his face in that one...LOL. He is my 4th grandchild of 5 and a definate charmer. They were all here that day/night and we had fun baking runny cookies and cake that didn't rise and then we ate pizza and Gramma's Creamy Cheesy Hammy Potato soup for supper. The soup is a tradition I think now because they always ask for it. Our baking skills were definately lacking because we forgot the high altitude adjustments...lol. Now I remember why baking cookies at grammas house is slicing the ones with the pictures in the middle and baking them...lol...
So now it is my turn to tag 6 well deserving bloggers that I love. I've chosen Amber, Okie, Nilda, Glenda, Alex and Alice. I follow all their blogs very close and every one of them have tons of learning tools and ideas. Check them out!!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
As you can see we did make some progress.
View from the kitchen door
The bookcases. We haven't packed them up yet.
The wall of bins is gone. Now you can actually see the door outside.
Not much change here yet.
What a mess!! More boxes to be packed and more junk to pack in them...lol.
There's that file cabinet!! I knew it was back there somewhere!!
And there is the little file cabinet that is full of paper!!
Almost all of the wall of drawers are gone too!
These really aren't good pictures but they give you an idea of what my spare bedroom looks like right now...lol. These were taken from the doorway. Everything is stacked wall to wall and pretty much floor to ceiling. That is the ceiling fan light in there and it is solid boxes and bins all the way back to the walls.
Thanks For Looking and Please Leave Me A Comment!! Hugs, Pam
Friday, January 2, 2009
My goals for the New Year are;
1. Finish Craft/Scrap room redecorating. Paint, shelves etc..
2. Unpack & Organize my tons of scrap and craft supplies ( packed for room redo. This one will take months...lol )
3. Stop COLLECTING supplies and actually use them...lol.
4. Learn to make cards
5. Learn and use Cricut Design Studio more.
6. Explore the different uses for my Cricut Expression - etched glass, vinyl, making embossing folders etc..
7. Organize my pictures and do more LO's
8. Buy and learn SCAL
9. Keep track of my crafting expenses for the year. ( not sure I really want to know this one...lol )
10. De clutter and organize my house more. Get rid of my HOT SPOTS!!
11. Go back on South Beach Diet ( I lost 44 lbs in '08 - Long way to go yet but I LOVE this diet )
Leave me a comment and let me know what your goals are!!