Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2016 Reading List

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

The Atonement by Beverly Lewis

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Friday, May 27, 2016

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2016 Part 2

This is 97 items, that makes 178 items for the month. I forgot to take a picture of the weight machine and power washer that we purged.

My Purge Pile:


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Felt Crafting Supplies

I spent time today organizing my felt crafting supplies. I was really into felt crafting several years back but haven't done much since. I'm planning to get back into it and wanted to make my supplies easier to use. I'm think of getting into making and selling crafts. 

The rolling cart was being used as a place to store extra fabric crafting supplies. The plastic container on the top was my felt crafting box. I had my in-progress projects stored with my cross-stitch. I had been wondering what to do with the rolling cart. I've been slowly been purging stuff from it and was wondering if it was headed toward donation. Today was the day to collect my felt crafting from their multiple locations and make them have a better home. It's always good to store your stuff in one location so you can find what you need and know what you have. Unfortunately, it takes time to know how to pull everything together and what container to use. At one time the plastic container on top was all I needed.

All the supplies spread out while I make stacks of each color of felt.

The felts that I don't use or need are being donated.

I have 4 unfinished felt projects that were started about 4-5 years ago.

1. Small Scissors Case ( I did complete 5 of them.)
2. Leaf Garland
3. Small Christmas Stockings
4. Bird Garland

I've decide to use a Vera Bradley ereader case for my supplies.

The rolling cart labeled with all my felt organized inside. I put my unfinished projects into the drawers on top of the extra felt based the the main color of the project. The Vera supply case is in the top drawer.

I put the stuff that had previously been in the rolling cart that weren't felting supplies away into my craft office. The plastic box is empty. I'll have to decide what to do with it another day but for now it's back on my craft shelf.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Tea Themed Paperbag Book

My Mary Englebreit inspired tea themed paperbag book is finished. Once I gathered my supplies, it took 4 months. I'm happy to have it completed. I used supplies that I already owned that I collecting over the years at thrift stores and discount stores. I did have a generous gifting of embellishments from my facebook friend in Roanoke, VA. The mix of supplies created a joyful little book. 

The cover.

Page 1.

A quote I have inside the little envelope on page 1.

Page 2.

Page 3.

 Page 4.

 What's I wrote inside the card on page 4.

Page 5.

Page 6.

Page 7.

 The back cover.

 The cards inside the paperbag pockets.

What I have inside the paperbag pocket cards.

What I have inside the paperbag pocket cards.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How I Organize My Papercraft Projects

One thing that has helped me to feel like I have time for paper crafting is to collect t...he supplies for each project together. My having the project in one place allows me to get to work quickly without having to pull out all my supplies. This also helped me to figure out what supplies I could purge because I had no current/future projects in mind. 

If I have a project I can pull out a stack of coordinating paper and put all the embellishments into a Ziploc bag. I do have to add things as I go along and realized what I need but having stuff gathered before hand is a great start. I like to coordinate my whole projects by theme rather than each page by an individual theme. This helps to simplify the project. I used this idea 4 months ago with my tea themed paperbag book that had sat undone for 3 years. It’s now is finished.

How I Organized my Tea Themed paperbag book:

Gathering my papers and embellishments.

My paperbag book that sat undone for 3 yrs.The book before I starting filling it up.

My embellishments bagged up. The main papers were cut and glued into my book.

I was nearing the end and needed a list of what still needed done.

My completed book.