Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday …the Tuesday edition!

My craft room remodel continues to teach me patience. We finally got the cabinet problem solved and are now waiting for the carpet. I still have craft supplies in three different rooms but hopefully I will be in my room soon.

A special thanks to my husband who has put in long hours to finish this project. And I am so grateful to the expert cabinet installer who finally came up with a workable solution. Needless to say, we have learned many lessons along the way.


I love this idea of using a tension rod to store tape and ribbons and I am off to the store to give this a try.



To date, I have tried three different label makers and love the Brother PT-1880 one from Costco. In fact, I love it so much that I am going to make a video as soon as I am back in my craft room.

The price is $27.99 and comes with the following:
  • 1 - 0.47" (12mm) x 26.2' (8m) Black on White laminated "TZ" tape
  • 1 - 0.70" (18mm) x 26.2' (8m) Black on White laminated "TZ" tape
  • 6 - AA batteries, user's manual

I have made over 210 labels and love this machine! It even comes with batteries. And even after 210 labels the batteries are still working!

Thank you so much for your continued patience and I hope to be able to get back to crafting soon! I can’t wait to share the after photos with all of you.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.


A special thanks to my sister for sending me this link. Dianne uses art squares for this clever die masking technique. Click here for detailed directions. I am so going to try this technique!


I can‘t wait to try some of these mouthwatering recipes. The grilled corn looks so yummy!


I have a serious case of spring fever and fell in love with this stunning tag made by Kari Sallee. It is gorgeous. Click here to see more photos and a supply list.


If you are looking for creative ways to use peg board check out this post from BHG. I love the idea of using peg board in your kitchen.


And you can even peg board on the back of your door for more storage. Click here for 10 more ideas!

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday …the Tuesday Edition!

My craft room remodel is teaching me patience; something I obviously need to learn. We are three weeks behind schedule, mostly due to challenges with our cabinet installation. I promise to share lots of photos once we finally get them installed. The good news is that our carpet is scheduled to arrive on April 30th and, hopefully, I will be able to use my craft room soon after that if all goes well. Today I thought I would share with you one of the many lessons I learned the hard way.


I originally posted a link to this very helpful post in February, but have since learned a few things that might be helpful if you are choosing a new paint color. Click here to read her entire post.

I followed her advice and now I am the proud owner of tons of gray paint chips and many small bottles of paint samples. Now for where I went wrong; I painted a small swatch of what I thought was the perfect gray on one wall. Big mistake! It looked wonderful, but when we painted the rest of the room, it literally looked like a hideous shade of lilac. I strongly recommend painting as large a swatch as possible on several walls to see how the paint really reflects the lighting. It would have saved tons of time had I done that!

After five trips to Home Depot, we finally got it right and repainted my room. My color of choice was Behr Classic Silver and I totally love it! It is a very neutral gray and works well with our lighting . I can’t say enough good things about Behr paint. It was so easy to work with.

Thank you so much for all your patience! I hope to be able to get back to crafting soon! I can’t wait to share the after photos with all of you.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.


A special thanks to my sister for sending me a link to this gorgeous post.  Gabrielle from Such a Pretty Mess is a remarkable artist.  For more inspiration, click here.


Sam from Pootles has created another clever box.  I am a huge Burt Bees fan and I am so happy she made a box to hold their Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  By the way, it is the best cuticle cream I have found!



Thanks Sam for another great video!


I am in love with this Apron Box and mini album created by Ginger Ropp.  Click here for more information and to watch a video.


If you are loving spring, you may want to check out these free do-it-yourself spring gift tags designed by Craftaholics Anonymous.  Thanks Linda for the adorable tags!


Click here if you would like to create your own printables using your Silhouette.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Anna Griffin Card Kit

Anna Griffin just finished a new card kit that you are going to love!


According to Anna Griffin the Playful Pieces Card Making Kit will help you create 20 precious cards layered with lions, tigers and penguins oh my! The sentiments in this kit are really fun too, with sayings like “Hip, Hip Hooray,” “You Are My Sunshine” and “Happy Birthday Honey!” This is  perfect  for the children  in your life and I can’t wait to order it.



For more information on her latest releases, be sure to watch the video!

We are still working on the craft room and I hope I have more to share soon! Needless to say, I am learning lots about remodeling.

Have a great day!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday and Make it Minutes Monday/Craft Room Update

Our remodel has hit a mega snag involving our cabinets. I am sure someday we will laugh about all the challenges, however today it seems a little overwhelming. At this moment, my crafting supplies, computers, cutting machines, and printer are located in three different rooms and my craft room is a total mess.

A special thank you to all of you for hanging in there with me while I take more time to complete the remodel. And to my friends for listening to me whine!


If you are looking for a simple project to organize your plants, click here for more information. Stacy used her Mason jar wall planter for house plants, but I think it would be great for an indoor herb garden. I like the idea that you could mount this planter out of the reach of my two cats!

Have a great week and I will be back on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Magnet Bag Tutorial

Last year, thanks to a wonderful video by Sam Hammond, I made an adorable box using my envelope punch. Guess what? Sam has come up with a super cute bag and all she uses is her scoring board. Very clever!


These are perfect for spring party favors or a cute little gift. Click here to see her entire blog post.



And she even did a video on how to make this project!


Here is the bag I made last year using the envelope punch. Click here to see my entire post.



Hope you enjoyed her videos.

We have hit a little snag with the cabinets for my craft room, so the remodel will take longer than expected. I can’t wait to have it finished. More photos will be coming soon. Have a great day!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Make it in Minutes Monday and Craft Room Update

Welcome to Make it in Minutes Monday. I thought it would be fun to feature quick and easy cards or projects that take less than 10 minutes to make, but look like you spent more time making them.

Bill and I have been hard at work remodeling my craft room, but it is a far larger project than we anticipated! Yikes! The first time we painted the room, the gray turned a lovely shade of lilac. The second paint job is looking much better. Who knew grays could be so hard to work with? And for fun we decided to paint all the trim and doors white which took tons of time and several coats of primer and paint.

Now for the last project I completed before we started the remodel.


I love this quick and easy Sticky Note Holder ( Silhouette on-line file # 73106) designed by Jamie Cripps. I added some flowers from one of my Anna Griffin kits and was done! Now if only I could find my craft supplies.

Thanks for your patience as we work on this project and there will be more photos soon. Wish us luck as we have lots to do!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.


I wish we had an IKEA in Montana! These IKEA votive holders could be used for so many different projects. I love how the Blog Market spray painted them to use as pen cups! Clever!


If you are loving spring, you may want to check out the Lush Garden Set designed by A Little Hut!


Joanne Bain’s Graphic 45 audition projects are not to be missed! Wow! Click here to see the top 25 finalists for the Graphic 45 Design Team.


Making soap is one of my favorite hobbies so I did my happy dance when I discovered this post on how to make homemade bath bombs! Click here for a complete tutorial!

If you are looking for several quick and easy ideas on how to dye Easter eggs, click here to see several clever videos.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Guess What We Are Doing?


We are in the middle of remodeling my craft room. I have moved all my crafting materials out of the room and into our family room and bedrooms. I had no idea that I had so much stuff! Bill just finished removing the closet shelves, doors and carpet and now he needs to remove the old carpet pad. It took me an entire day just to move all of my crafting materials. We are so going to be at this for a while!


The vintage TV is going too! We purchased new doors for all the closets and we will be painting the doors and trim white.


This is a photo of our other closet. Please stay tuned for more crafting projects and photos of the remodeling.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.

Today I would like to share some ideas thanks to Who What Wear on how to pack to make traveling easier. And the tips are just in time for spring break!


I love this tip!


This idea is my favorite!


I am so going to try this! I have a lot of straws left over from crafting projects.

Click here to read 9 more clever packing ideas.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.


Samantha Walker created another paper cuckoo clock file and it is adorable. Click here to order this file to cut in the Silhouette or the Cricut Explore. Amazing!


Click here to learn how to marble paper using shaving cream and ink. Wow!



I was in search of a few new healthy chicken recipes and I found these posted on Iowa Girl Eats. Yum!



If you love to decoupage, be sure to click here to see over 20 innovative ideas from Martha Stewart. My favorite is how to make decoupage eggs using paper napkins. How does she think of all these great techniques?


Looking to DIY your workspace then click here for all the details! I love the leather file folders.

Have a great Fab Five Friday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shadow Box Cards

I did a happy dance in my craft room when I discovered this new shadow box card file (#76690) in the Silhouette On-line store. Carina Gardner designed several shadow box cards and I can’t wait to make more of them.


We have two black cats named Jackson and Bridget so I decided to use black card stock for this project.  I think this card is super adorable and the cats look like ours.

I used pop dots to get the perfect amount of dimension. The card was so easy to make!

Have a great day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Make it in Minutes Monday

Welcome to Make it in Minutes Monday. I thought it would be fun to feature quick and easy cards or projects that take less than 10 minutes to make, but look like you spent more time making them.

My Silhouette Cameo was feeling a little neglected so I decided to make a fun set of Print and Cut cards.


I purchased both files from the Silhouette On-line store. The card on the left is #75927 and the card on the right is #75926. The great news about this file is the designer, Emily Dryer created a bleed for you, so the cut turns out perfectly every time. I think I will make several of these and bundle them for a gift. I love the bright spring colors.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.

Today I would like to share some ideas on how to turn your traveling trailer into a craft room!


I love how this trailer is painted the perfect shade of blue.


The interior makes me smile!


Here is the before photo.


And the after. Wow! Click here to visit Becky Kay Designs for more photos of her makeover.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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