My Favorite Things – 2012 Part 2

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Do you have plans to usher out 2012?  We will be hosting the 2nd Annual Wall Family Dance Party.  Last year, the kids had a blast dancing around and being goofy.  I think we played Party Rock Anthem and I’m Sexy and I know It far too many times to count!  LOL!

I’m finishing up my favorites for 2012, starting with July.

July
First, I have the thank you cards and upcycled tin can bouquets.  They were so pretty and so well received.  

Next up was Carter’s 5th birthday party invitation.  He had a super hero themed party and it was such a great success and hit among the kids.

Lastly, I have the Passport Stamp Bingo game cards I made for a preschool fundraiser.  This was a crazy amount of coloring, but so cute.

August

I loved the pop of the brilliant blue and red of this card, plus the fun school themed papers.  A sweet back to school card.

September

My favorite in September was my mini-makeover in my craft room.  My fabulous husband made me this fabulous desk.

October

I was so excited to participate in a handful of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoast.  This was one of my favorite cards — the scallop rainbow makes me smile.

I loved the stunning-ness of this black & white card.  It was perfect for an anniversary card.
November

This was another card for the HYCCT challenges.  It called for a chicken image and this French hen image from Bugaboo was perfect.

December


December was a quiet month, but this was by far my favorite.  The snowman candy jars were just adorable and turned out perfectly for teacher gifts.  Definitely a successful Pinterest find!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you enjoyed my end of year wrap up!  I wish you a safe, happy & healthy New Year!

A Pink Room Makeover

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!  My kids are back to school today after being off for Jewish holidays.  Yesterday was a complete wash out — all the way around — we had awful weather, lots of wind and rain and I was sick.  I plopped on the couch while the kids tried to keep themselves busy.  I’m sure they are very happy to be back in school.  LOL!

Anywho, I have a mini pink room makeover.  I’d been having some issues with my desk — half was taken over by my daughter, I couldn’t find the right chair, we were always walking into it, etc.  So a few weeks ago, my husband made me a new desk. Yup, I’m pretty lucky! Now, I liked my space before, but now I LOVE it!

Here’s the before shot:

Here’s the after & now:

Look how much bigger the room looks!  The desk is made of 2x4s for legs and cabinet quality plywood for the tops.  This is actually two pieces to allow for a better ease of moving.  I painted it black and we topped it with acrylic.  The acrylic was our answer to any potential paint stickiness.  I LOVE it!

This is my “main” work surface.  I now have space for my scoring board, my paper trimmer and all of my tools that I need within reach in a nice clean, organized spot!

The other “half” has my Cuttlebug — another tool that never had a permanent home.  Next to it is my 7 Gypsies Library drawer that now holds my dies.  My tins that I originally stored them in couldn’t handle the weight.  We figure the entire desk, including wood, paint and acrylic cost $140.  The paint and acrylic were the main costs.

Hopefully now that I’m almost organized, the creative mojo will start flowing!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

A Tour of my Pink Room

Happy Friday all!  My surgery went very well and I’m recovering at home.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be seeing a lot of my pink room for quite some time.  Having a bilateral mastectomy causes a lot of trauma to your arms that you might not expect.  If you bend your arm at your elbow and go from there to your armpit, that area is pretty much sore.  I’m sleeping in a glider as I can’t lie down.  Typing on the laptop even has to be kept to a minimum.  But, each day is a teeny tiny bit better, so hopefully I’ll be back in the swing of things soon!  And my own bed!

Anyway, two weeks ago, I started to feel more like myself, post-chemo.  I took advantage of it and cleaned & organized my craft room.  It was desperately in need for a good cleaning.  While it was clean and before it became messy again, I thought I would give you a tour.  I attempted a video, but about 10 tries later, I gave up.  LOL!  Instead you get a photo tour.  I had started this post prior to my surgery, but hadn’t finished it.  So settle in with your beverage of choice and sit back for a tour!

My room is one of our bedrooms, but as it leads out to our three season room, it makes the perfect crafting room instead.

This is the front of my room.  My walls are Benjamin Moore Razzle Dazzle.  I love this color!  On this wall I have my chandelier (vinyl wall cling from Target) complete with bling, a Pottery Barn speaker shelf , my TV and crafting supplies for my kids.  The IRIS cart there was my first storage when I started scrapbooking.  Amazingly, all of my supplies fit in that cart!

This is my primary work space.  It is a knock off of The Pottery Barn desk that was all the rave a few years ago.  The legs are two Closetmaid 9 cube organizers.  The top is shelving we purchased at Lowes.  It is 36″ wide — my husband nailed it down to the Closetmaid pieces and then trimmed it out to make it look a bit more complete.  The awesome thing with this shelving is there was no need to paint or prime as it was already white.

As I share my space with my kids from time to time, I wanted to add more space to the desk space.  Again, my husband bought a piece of shelving from Lowes.  He cut “legs” by adding hinges to them and a brace in the middle for extra support.  This allows me to display some personal items on the top and have necessary items right within my reach underneath.

This is my side of the desk.  I keep my Martha Stewart scoring board and Scor-Pal mat, a dessert tray I picked up on clearance from Target (which holds ink pads and random items) and a trio of bowls, also from Target, that hold my adhesives, oft used tools and dies waiting to be put away within my reach.  My director’s chair is from Home Decorator’s.  I wanted something more comfortable than a bar stool.

On top of my shelf are two lunch box tins.  They hold my dies — I saw this idea on 2 Peas and it works really well.  One is for Spellbinders dies and the other holds PTI and MFT dies.

To store the dies, I used the dividers that come with the Cropper Hopper paper organizers.  I use the holders for my papers, but not the dividers.  I cut them down and glued two together to create a sturdier base.  Then I added magnetic sheets — cut from magnetic vent covers I purchased from Home Depot.  Each divider is labeled with the die set name.

Behind my chair are my Michaels cubes, Making Memories shelving unit and some IKEA storage options.

Here are two of my drawers — one holds my Copic refills, Stickles and Liquid Pearls. The other holds glitters, embossing powders, Smooch paints and Viva Decor embellishments.  Other drawers hold PTI stamps, DCWV paper stacks, envelopes and other random embellishments.

Below the drawers is my cardstock and 12×12 paper storage.  I really like my paper storage.  I separate my cardstock by color family.  Each color is stored in a Uline plastic bag — I got this idea when I purchased my first Gina K cardstock.  The bags are slightly smaller and stiffer than the bag her paper comes in, but it works nicely.  The color families are stored in the Cropper Hopper paper holder.  I use the paper pouches that come with the holders to store my 12×12 papers, each pouch is labeled with the name of the paper collection.

I store all of my 6×6 paper in these cubes.  I repurpose my PTI stamp boxes and put my 6×6 paper packs in them once I start using them.  This way I can keep my scraps with the rest of the papers.  Underneath are magnetic strips from IKEA with mud pans that hold my scissors and other miscellaneous items.  Above these cubes is a tri-level spice rack and on the front step are canning jars that hold ribbon.

The IKEA spice jars are perfect for button storage.  I have two spice racks to hold the jars.  Where would we be without IKEA for crafting storage? LOL!

My other main storage is two Expedit units from IKEA — one is 16 cubes and the other is 8.  I love that they can be stacked on top of each other. The top unit holds many of the items I don’t need on a daily basis and household office items.  In the bottom unit, I have two of the drawer inserts, which hold my punches.

 I was able to get almost all of my Martha Stewart punches in one drawer.  The other two drawers hold my SU punches.

In the other cubes, I have my spooled ribbon storage in trays from Target.  Many of my clear stamp sets are stored in binder boxes.  There are also many boxes (striped black boxes) of cards that need to be sent or sold!  The plain black boxes have seasonal ribbons and the larger striped boxes hold more alterables, etc.

Finally, I have my FABULOUS Copic storage.  I first started with a smaller version of this basket, purchased at Target.  I outgrew the smaller version and moved up to the medium size.  However, I didn’t have enough markers to fill the basket.  I asked my wonderful husband for help and how he worked it out is just brilliant!  Given that my storage space was larger than the number of markers, I wanted to put dividers in to hold up the markers.

My husband purchased dowels and cut them down to create dividers.  He created 15 “bins” for the markers.  In order to prevent the dowels from falling in, he nailed a stopper onto each side — you can see these on the first picture.  The basket is great — it’s mobile, has room to grow and completely suits my needs.

So that is my room!  I hope you enjoyed the tour!  I’ll leave you with one last picture — a little woodcarving my aunt sent to me.

A little motivation and reminder any time I’m in my room.  I send this out to anyone who is also kickin’ cancer’s ass!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous weekend!

Yeah for PVC Pipe!

Why on earth would I say that? Why would be I be cheering for this ugly stuff on a crafting blog?

Well, because it can be turned into this:

Which becomes this:

Isn’t that fun? Isn’t that cool? Are you all as excited as I am by this? I saw this awesome set-up last year on SCS. Since it involved a standard home improvement material, I had to show it to my husband. We both agreed it was an awesome idea and since my Copic collection was growing, a good solution for my markers. On his next trip to Home Depot, he nicely purchased some white PVC piping for me. Then it sat, in our basement, neglected.

Fast forward to this weekend. I was trying to work in my room, which isn’t nearly as organized as I would like and definitely not as neat. My Copic collection has grown (and will be growing some more in the next few weeks) and I was running out of room in my Making Memories carousel. We were discussing how to set them up — my husband was perplexed with what to use as a bottom or backing. As we were talking, I looked at the lazy susan I had on my desk. This was the bottom of a ribbon storage unit I purchased from Oriental Trading and was no longer using for ribbon, but for other things that I like to keep handy on my desk. A light bulb went on — why not put the piping on the lazy susan? The markers would be right where I need them and wouldn’t be in reach of my kiddos.

Now, if you have ever dealt with PVC, you’ll know they print the UPC bar code right on the outside. Plus a bunch of other writing and it is quite mucked up. Who would care since it is likely going under a sink or in a non-visible location? I was trying to think of what I would do to make them pretty while DH was cutting them. He came in the house, frustrated because cutting them with a hack saw was not giving him straight, clean cuts. (He was also balancing the pipe on our garbage can to saw, while keeping an eye out for our kids, which probably didn’t help.) He filed them down, but was not happy with the results. He was ready to throw in the towel on the project.

When I looked at them,I liked the sloped cut and imperfect heights. I was planning to put paper around them, but this could get tricky with uneven cuts, so I figured I would cover the top edges with ribbon. While I was trying that out, my husband suggested using ribbon to decorate them instead of paper. What an awesome idea! We went to Michaels and I bought ribbon in 5 colors, with a complimentary pattern of the same color.

While watching the Olympics last night, I wrapped the pipe with the ribbon. I put a strip of Scor-tape on the top and bottom of the inside and then put 3 pieces all the way around the outside. This allowed for a nice smooth line and no bubbling/gapping. After I wrapped them, I added a piece of the solid color on the inside, over the edges of the cut pieces at the top and bottom. This made it just a touch neater. They are Super glue’d to the lazy susan.

For a few specifics, the pipe is 3.5″ in diameter. My husband cut them about 4 inches tall. I wanted the cap of a Sketch marker visible. I can get 21 Sketch markers or 25-26 Ciaos in each pipe. Obviously, I’ll need to add more (I have another lazy susan), but I love this!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Mommy’s Pink Room

I am very fortunate to have my own crafting space. It was our office, but since my husband has moved his computer to the basement, it is now “Mommy’s Pink Room”, as named by my daughter. Unfortunately I haven’t been seeing a lot of this room lately, except for to go to the kids play room, which is right off of my room. I’m hoping to get more time in there soon — especially since my “to-do” list is getting longer.

My desk is a much cheaper, DIY version of the famed Pottery Barn Bedford Project Table. I already had the “legs”, which are ClosetMaid from Target. My husband bought white laminate shelving from Lowes, which was cut to order. Buying the laminate shelving took out the additional step of priming and painting plain wood. He added some trim to the sides and voila, a fantastic desk space.

Behind my desk are the storage cubes you find at Target and Michaels. In the drawers, I store my PTI & Gina K (cd case) stamp sets, Nestabilities, envelopes, ribbon by the yard, various embellishments and acrylic blocks. I store all of my 8.5×11 and 12×12 paper in the other cubes. I use the Cropper Hopper paper holders (with dividers) for my paper. Although it is a tight fit in those shelves, it does keep my paper from curling and getting warped.

Also behind my desk is my ink storage and some cubicles for other storage options. My ink storage is one of the Napa Valley cassette holders. I bought mine on eBay and painted it white. The cubicles hold my mat stacks, PTI patterned paper, embossing materials, glitters, etc. On top of the cubicles is an expandable, two step spice shelf, which holds glues, cleaners and Stickles — basically anything I really don’t want the kids to get into. Underneath are the Grundtal magnetic knife rack from IKEA. I purchased watchmaker tins from Lee Valley and added a magnet to the back. Underneath the magnetic strips is a rail from the Grundtal system, which holds 3 shelf spice racks from IKEA as well. I love the little glass spice jars from IKEA — I hope to fill them with all of the fun & yummy colors of buttons from PTI.

The other side of the room is my Expedit from IKEA. Almost all of the crafting spaces I loved had one thing in common — the Expedit. I love this piece. I love that I can store 12×12 paper in here. The space is just fantastic. I lose a bit of space due to the little fingers that get in to things, but this is a really great organizational tool.

We do still have a computer in this room. The shelf is from Pottery Barn – we purchased it on clearance. It has speakers built in and we eliminated the need for separate computer speakers by using these. The “desk” part is a small kitchenette table with stools from Target. This table has a “leaf” that can come up for additional work space. My favorite part of this is the lamp — also from Target. I think it is the perfect light for this room.

There was a very small closet in this room. Our house was built in 1930 and a prior owner installed central air. The central air duct is in this closet and takes up a huge part of the closet, making it minimally useful. We put in a tall bookcase from the Billy collection from IKEA. I store my stamp binders with my larger Gina K sets in there, as well as some random embellishments. I also have some of the “office” related things that need a home in there.

This room is really my happy place. I love the color, which is Razzle Dazzle by Benjamin Moore. It is such a wonderful space, which I am so happy to have. Now if only I could get in there more often and contain the tornado that blows through when I do get in there. Oh, and if you are wondering, no it does not normally look like that. LOL! If you see something you like and I didn’t mention it, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

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