Friday, January 16, 2015

Taming the Craft Room




I promised to show how I used boxes to store my embroidery, lace, ribbons, elastic, etc; I just didn't expect it to take so long!

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS AND YOUR PATIENCE

And finally, as promised:

First, get your family together every night for a month (or three) and get the boxed wine for them to drink. For me, it took 5 to 9 family members and a birthday to get me enough boxes for what I need.

Enjoy the wine and family. Once it  doesn't pour through the convenient spigot, pull out the bag that held the wine through the little spigot hole in the box keeping the sides intact. Make sure they finish whats left in the bag - there is usually quite a bit left over and can pour the rest into a glass or two ;)

(Would you believe I absolutely cannot stand wine????)
 

Use a razor to carefully cut where the black line is.


(I can never cut straight!) The original handle for the box will still be used as a handle and the hole for the spigot you use to be able to open the flap easily. I left about an inch or so inside the edge so that as they are stacked the won't collapse inside each  other. But these are seriously sturdy boxes, so it is not too much of a concern.
 



Fold the flap you just cut back to crease a "hinge"



I spray painted my boxes because I cannot cut straight and it would aggravate me to try and cover squiggly lines with fabric or paper! And... I am LAZY.


I then eyeballed the measurements inside and cut foam board to make "drawer dividers" to keep things in line.



Once I find the box that has my gazillion and one glue guns I will glue them down!

You can stack the boxes or set them sideways, I use them both ways

Hey!!! There is my box of glue-guns! Haha

I found the Alice In Wonderland labels online here: http://www.familyshoppingbag.com/img/thumb/jump/1569/Gift_Tags_Alice#.VLXUY7A3Pug
I am a huge Alice In Wonderland nut. (If the Pinterest Board (11 boards!) and tattoo wasn't a clue!)



I also use these boxes as magazine holders! See - I can't cut straight :)



And my craft "wall". I am still, and lets face it, ALWAYS, tweaking my craft "storage" I do not like having to move things out of the way to get to anything. I just want to reach and grab. Like I said... I am lazy.

All my fabric is on a shelves in the closet (which I will not show right now... it's BAD) But I have a storage "system" for that too.:)

EW

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I Am Back... Again!

So much has happened, but I will just hit the highlights: My son, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter moved to another state in the hopes of better job opportunities; I have moved (AGAIN); my computer died a horrible death and my family all got together and bought me this new computer for Christmas!

I have a JOB. I only average 12 hours a week, but it is what I can handle and still be able to function (after a nap), the bosses are extremely family oriented and understanding if I cannot come in. I am loving it.

It is not glamorous, or probably even interesting for most people. I work in the laundry of a hotel, washing, drying and folding sheets and towels. I don't have to deal with people, no one is standing over my shoulder (haha - it's fairly obvious if I am slacking on the job!) And best of all the job makes me feel good, I am providing a good service to those who are traveling, and I am earning a paycheck. What more could I ask?

I MISS MY GRANDBABY THOUGH!   Don't try to adjust your screen; yes, my hair is blue/green. I am asked by kids in the grocery store if I am a mermaid. When I wear my red scrubs I look like Dr. Seuss' Thing1 or Thing2. It's a lot of fun, and my granddaughter loved it.



This is my new home and that is Mr.Chubbs coming to me from the porch. A LOT of work to do with the yard!


My housemates;
 
 Mr. Chubbs and Roadkill
 
Boo
 
 Maui
 
Sweety


Well, that's my catch up. My next post will be what I had promised before.... My craft room is just now in a different room! So get to redecorate.

EW

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Apology

Dear Blog-land, this attack hit much harder and was more difficult to recover from this time around. There has been absolutely no progress made on any crochet or craft projects at all.  I will try to pick up where I left off and find my routine again.  I miss this.

EW

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Taming Embroidery Thread

Efelants & Woozles
Wild Embroidery Thread
Do you use embroidery thread in your crafting? I do, and I inherited a bunch of embroidery thread from several places... And it is a mess! I have 2 boxes like this left to "tame" and thought I would share with you what I am doing.

First I need to explain that I go as cheaply as possible in organizing my (our) craft supplies. But I still want a pretty, organized, inspirational, craft room. I had looked at the stores and online to see what I could do and there were all kinds of nifty things out there, that I could not afford. So I turned to my trusty 3"x5" index cards. I am a firm believer in index cards, I have panic attacks if I am out!



3"x5" index card





I folded it in half, short end to short end.









I cut on the indicated lines.








Then folded the flaps inwards. I didn't cut them off as I felt it gave it more stability.







Wrap your embroidery thread around the center. I also added the color information and brand, etc.









I included any washing instructions on the "back" and cut a small slit at the top to secure the end.






And WOOT! I have beautifully tamed embroidery thread that I can easily see. Once all of it is finished I will organize it by color.




I will tell you about my containers in the next post!


Love to all,
EW

Friday, April 11, 2014

Week 6 of The 52 Week Crochet Challenge

Red Berry's 52 Week Crochet Challenge has been so much fun! It is not just crocheting something, it is challenging you on so many levels. Some of the challenges have been "Start a crochet notebook, journal, scrapbook, or blog."; "Who taught you to crochet?"; "Celebrate Spring by crocheting a flower, or make a project that has a flower motif or theme".

I look forward to each weeks' challenge and it keeps me focused at a time that my brain feels like I need duct tape to keep everything in! Lol.

This week's Challenge is Spring Cleaning! Normally I avoid anything that utilizes the word "cleaning", but the challenge is a little more detailed... "Spring Cleaning. This week it is time to organize your yarn. How do you do it? By color, type, weight?"

I am OCD - I sort it by all those examples!

My daughter-in-law and I are in the middle of moving into our craft room, so at this moment all the yarn is on cheap plastic shelves with boxes. And that works just fine for now until we work in there for a while and figure out what our "style" of working together is.



The yarn is sorted first by type/weight (in our case mostly Red Heart 4 ply worsted), then by colour.



Kristy likes to use what I call "the fun yarn". (the bulky yarns on the left)



           And I macrame, so that is on the same shelves too, in smaller boxes.






WIP's and frogging projects are on the bottom shelf. 


Here are some of my WIP's, in baggies, boxes, baskets, or clear plastic bags.

Yo-yo's to use up the smaller pieces of yarn.
"Scrap" granny squares

Crocheted towel toppers. This is in a basket so I can just grab and go.




I used to store my yarns in socks, it made them easier to take places and kept dust, hair, etc off them. It also took care of the "tail" for me - I would just tuck it into the fold. I need more socks though.








What about you? How do you store your yarn?

EW




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Craft Room Update

Some progress has been made on the craft room. Of course things are subject to change. I think we have rearranged the room  and changed the furniture at least twice!

View from sliding glass doors.

View from sliding glass doors towards the kitchen.

From the sitting room/kitchen area. Can see the sliding glass doors on left. This is Kristy's "work station".

From sitting area looking towards the fireplace. My desk with my sewing machine.

My yarn stash (and wheelchair) - I had to have a pic of my - oops OUR yarn ;)

And this is why Kristy needs her own area to work...

Sorting through my craft stuff is VERY distracting! I have to keep myself on task, but am not doing very well - hehe. So much fun. And I haven't gotten to the boxes in the garage yet!


What have you all been up to this weekend? I love hearing from you :)

EW



Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Peanut

This is my grand-daughter, her favorite show is Scooby-Doo.

Efelants & Woozles
"Oh NO! Scooby tripped into our trap!"

She is such a character and so much fun to watch!

EW