Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Girls in Gatlinburg

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2 Comments
Gatlinburg in Tennessee is one of my favorite places to visit.  There's a ton of fun things to do, lots of great shopping, and, most importantly, awesome food!  The best part: it's not a super long drive from here, but it's still far enough to be a nice getaway for a few days.

So, a few weekends ago, Trista, Devin, and I took a long weekend and headed down to Tennessee!

I really wanted to visit during the fall, and it ended up being the perfect weekend to go down!  We rented a really nice cabin and had a really relaxing mini vacation.

We only got lost once....

So sometimes when you're up in the mountains trying to get somewhere, you're GPS will start telling you that four wheeler trails are roads.  This happened to us.  We ended up on a gravel road and our GPS told us to drive off a cliff.  True Story.  This is why maps are helpful, guys.  Ah, technology.

Once we found our way out of the woods, though, we had an awesome time hiking and enjoying the leaves...

...Riding the Skylift (which is one of my favorite things ever!  I love chairlifts)...

...Seeing some lovely views...

...and eating all of the food!!  Pizza from the Mellow Mushroom is one of my favorite things.  It's SOOOO good.  We ate lefts overs for breakfast in the morning. :-) 

We also visited the Salt and Pepper shaking museum, where they had 20,000 salt and pepper shaker sets.  It ended up being an awesome find!

I Love the Fall. <3

Monday, October 28, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

My Craft Room

Friday, June 28, 2013 1 Comments
Hello, everyone!

Today marks a momentous occasion that I'm so happy to finally be sharing with you!

....Drumroll please....

...Today is my Craft Room Reveal!

Finally, right?  It's only taken a few years.  Or well, I guess...about 7 or 8 years of evolution and work to get to what it is today.

Yikes, right?

When I first realized that I needed a dedicated space for my craft habit, I was in High School still living at home.  My supplies quickly started overflowing from my bedroom to the spare room my family was loosely using as a dining room, and over time it evolved into my first craft room.

Sadly though, most of the time it looked like this:

Yep.  I was young.  Don't judge.

This is where my organizing adventure began.  And believe me, it has been an adventure. 

After basically living in a small crafty disaster area, I made plans to move into a two bedroom apartment so that I could use the spare room as my studio space.  When I actually moved into my first place, I decided the master bedroom was actually going to need to be used as this space.  The smaller bedroom just wasn't going to cut it...and hey, I don't need much room to sleep.

So after that horrible initial sorting process and about a year worth of work, I had this: 

The Craft Room: Second Generation
A bit better, yes?  Functional, but a tad lacking in the personality department.  And, the current storage didn't leave much room to expand, which I would undoubtably do.  What can I say...I can't help myself.

So over the four years I spent in my past place, the space started evolving into what it is now.

And then I moved again.

So it looked like this again:

I couldn't even walk through it when I first moved here back in September.  Luckily though, this move was fairly more organized, and it hasn't taken quite a full year to set it up again.

Ready to see what it looks like now?

Tada!  Vast improvement, yes?  I'm kind of in love with it right now.  Doesn't that white table I refinished look awesome in the space?  Can't even tell it used to be orange, and it's a fantastic central work surface!

And now, allow me to give you the grand tour:

Behind the door I have some storage shelves holding miscellaneous things I don't always need at hand but like to have in clear view in case I need them.

Beside the door is my sewing desk.  Important things like scissors and pins are on the desktop or wall, along with my embroidery hoops that are kind of frustrating to store other places.  The green shelf I built holds buttons and other small notions and the bigger white shelf holds zippers and other goodies.

Underneath the desk is where I store other notions, ribbon, and embroidery supplies.  My cutting mat stores nicely up against the wall and out of the way until I need it.

The other side hold three bins of felt, fleece, and patterns.

Continuing to the left we hit my "Create" wall (my "a" is crooked!! OCD Fail...).  I work on smaller projects like jewelry on this desk.

My 8.5 by 11" paper is stored by color in a file organizer in the corner with my Xyron.  Glitter, paint, and other things I use frequently also live here.

Underneath my bead board (which I'll tell you about in another post) lives my very frequently used supplies such as small bags, magnets, my circle punches, and adhesive roller.

This little guy stores my tools, all neatly labeled now.

My 12 x 12" papers are stored by color in this organizer under the desk.

My paper cutters are at easy reach propped up against the side of the desk.  The drawers and the binders I'll tell you about in another post that I'm super excited about.

Next to that desk is this unit I made out of closet maid shoe organizers.  Here, my scrap paper is organized by color, smaller paper is organized by size and theme, and my self healing cutting mat hangs out on top of my collage box.

Above this unit is where my paint and Mod Podge now live.  I outgrew the wire paint holder I used previously very very quickly.

This is my office corner, where I handle everything for Doodleleaf.  The shelves to the left hold my Cricut Cartridges.

The shelving unit under the window is where all my fabric hangs out.  Scraps are in the fabric bins.  My Cricut (and a small stack of fabric that needs wrapping) sits on top, along with a bed for Marvin so he can look out the window.

Rosie (my awesome mannequin) has a home next to the window and right beside the epic wall-o-storage.  Each craft has a separate box (or boxes...), jar, or place.

Here's a full shot of the wall.  I love all the colors!


I've gotten so much done now that this space is together and organized.  It's so nice to finally be marking stuff off the ole' "unfinished projects" list!  And, I have much less junk lying around!  Hoorah!

My craft room is an ever evolving entity that grows and changes with me (granted sometimes slowly...) so I don't think it will ever truly be finished.  But that's something I really love about it.  Even now, I still have a list of projects in the works to make the space even more functional and even more mine (starting with fixing that "a"...)  And it's still super exciting!

So there it is guys!  I'd love to hear what you all think of my crafty cave, and any organizing tips that could make it an even better and brighter space!

Until next time, see you soon!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Oh, Hai Bloggy Blog

Monday, June 24, 2013 0 Comments
-Blows dust off screen-  Oh, hey there blog!  It's been awhile... I've missed you so!

The last few months have been super productive and lots of fun overall!  I had lots of get togethers with my girls, cleaned far, far too much, and made a trip to Tennessee with my mom.  

While in Tennessee, I did tons of things over those four days that I've never done before.  I rode a horse!  It was so awesome!  I also flew in a helicopter.  I've never flown in an airplane before, but I've flown in a helicopter now.  So.  Much.  Fun!

Also, my birthday happened, and I subjected my fam fam to the Pottery Place.  They loved it!

I was also victorious in cleaning the craft room and getting it photo-ready.  It took a tiny bit longer than a month...but it's done and it's sooooo nice to have an organized space to work in again.  This week will be my craft room tour, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Wren: Part 2

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 0 Comments
Happy Spring Everyone!

I'm still diligently tapping away at my craft room cleaning, and today is so sunny and lovely that I have all of my blinds open letting the sun shine in as I work!  It's wonderful!

Since it is the first day of spring, I thought I'd share a few pictures from my little adventure that happened this time last year...

The wren that laid eggs in my wreath!

This was one of the most awesome things that I've gotten to experience.  The little birds were in my wreath for 14 days before I watched them all fly away!

These are them on day 5.  They're starting to get furry and you can really see their little beaks!

This is two days later.  They're up and chirping lots and lots now, waiting for mom and dad to come feed them!

And this is day 9.  Eyes are finally open!  They can actually see me taking pictures of them now, but they didn't seem to care too much.  If they were chirping, though, they would get a bit quiet when I peeked in.

And this is day 14, the last day in the nest!  They actually have feathers and are walking around (and sitting on each other's heads)!

The next day when I came home from work they were fluttering around and one flew out in my face!  I got to watch the second one hopping around and took a short video I posted over on my Facebook page!  It was so awesome. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their spring!  Maybe you'll have some little birds living on your front door this year too!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Craft Month: Ikea Lamp Redo

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 0 Comments
Happy March Everyone!

If you didn't know already, March is a pretty awesome month.  Why?  


In celebration of the month of crafts, all of my upcoming posts will consist of crafty organizing projects for the Craft Room.  I'll show how I keep my disaster area of a studio space organized and super bright and colorful!

At the end of the month, I'll post the dramatic reveil of my space and give a tour.  Should be fun!  And hopefully encourages me to keep it clean for longer than a few days...

To start the month off, here's a simple lighting project I whipped up with one of my Ikea finds.

Image Source: Ikea
This is the Kvart wall lamp from Ikea which can be purchased for around $10.  It used to come in other colors, but these days it's just plain old black and silver.  That's all good and dandy, but I like color.  So after a quick trip to Lowes, I busted out the Painter's tape and a plastic bag and headed outside.

I snagged a white version of the lamp when it was still available, but the silver color would still be easy to do as well, it just might take and extra coat or two of paint.  I was really careful with my taping job so that I wouldn't end up with paint everywhere, but other than that this was a super fast little project.  A few coats of some satin finish green spray paint and I had this:

The perfect, brightly colored task lighting.  The satin finish ended up being extremely important with this lamp, because it doesn't even look like it's been painted.  Just be careful with the spray and it'll turn out great!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Pottery Place

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 0 Comments
Tuesday evenings have become "Girl's Night" for me and the awesome ladies I work with.  It's so nice to get out with them and do fun things around town while laughing and eating food.

Our first outing last Tuesday was the best...

We went to the Pottery Place!!

Basically, the Pottery Place has pieces of bisque ware on a shelf.  You choose a piece to glaze and they fire it for you in their kiln.  Then it's ready to pick up in about a week.

They have lots of cuteness to choose from, including seasonal goodies for the holidays.

The glaze is stored in bottles numbered on the wall along with instructions for how it works, so you don't have to know a thing about Ceramics to create a piece.  It's also an awesome place to take kids, because glaze washes off extremely easily!

The chart above shows what the colors look like once they've been fired and has recommendations on how many coats to use to get the desired color.

The staff sets you up a table while you're making decisions and then it's time to paint!

I chose a sugar bowl and decided to paint it purple to go in my room.  I hadn't intended on so many swirls, but I think it turned out nice.

And this is it a week later, all done! 

(PS, do you like my new glasses?  I love them!)

It is so much fun!  And will probably be the staple of our Tuesday afternoon adventures.

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