Friday, February 9, 2018

Craft Room/Studio Tour 2018


All week a group of Craft Bloggers (including myself) is sharing glimpses into their creative workspaces with YOU!  Today is the Final day of the tour, and I am so happy to know that you have come along on this expedition.   Link to Angie's Blog: The Country Chic Cottage here to see where this all began and also view a complete list of ALL the Craft Rooms featured on tour.


Craft Room Tours



** I will provide links below to some of the products I used, just in case you are curious.  Please note that there is no obligation on your part as these are affiliate links for which I receive a small commission for any purchases made.**

                             So here is my brand New Studio!



Yes, I absolutely love it, and I know that I am very fortunate to have gotten to this point in my life where this has been possible.  I have created with my hands ALL my life, and I did not need to have such a beautiful space to make stuff.  I have managed with no money and very little space to be creative in the beginning, and I have struggled, worked like mad, and persevered to get to this point.  Creating every day is fundamental to me, and having space where I am surrounded by natural light, nature and my loved ones is all I want.  Oh, and my kitty, I love having her around too.


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Before Designing, building and moving into this space I made do with my basement.  Here are links to some videos of that area.  It is still there as I have SO much stuff to move out!

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Craft Room Tour 2017
                                                           
In my New and current workspace, I have had to adjust to working in an area approximately half the size of what I was used to in my basement.  Ouch!  What an adjustment that is.  So I am making sure every square inch or centimeter LOL is used efficiently.


One of the ways I worked with my contractor on achieving this was to utilize otherwise wasted space to store or display many of the beautiful and smaller sized supplies I work with.  For example these paint bottle cubbies.

Because we have to deal with brick walls, we needed to hang the cabinets onto some heavy duty supports anchored into the walls.  This created a more significant gap between the cupboards around corners.  We designed some cubbies to fill those gaps rather than just using "fillers" as is commonly used by many kitchen cabinet designers.  I am very fortunate to be working with an expert craftsman as well as conscientious contractors!

I am so pleased with how my new crafting place has turned out.  Although the organizing and set up is not complete as if they ever will be! I look forward to many hours of creating in this space.  I wish to thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me.  I do hope that you will return to see more details of how and what ways I use to organize and store things.  Plus, come back to craft and play!

Remember to go check out my friends' and their fantastic craft rooms by following this link. https://www.thecountrychiccottage.net/craft-room-organization/

Thanks again and take care!

*** Thank you to my beloved husband, without whom none of this would be possible, and my family for their patience during these many months.


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Monday, January 1, 2018

7 Reasons Arts and Crafts Are Better than Gyms

It's time I come clean with everyone. 7 Reasons Arts and Crafts are Better than Gym are my own reasons. I love making things, and I hate going to the gym.  I know I am not alone, and this post is for those who are saying "Me too!"

**Post contains affiliate links for which I will be compensated if you click on them to make any purchases.


                                 WARNING:  This post does contain Irony and Sarcasm!

Let's be honest.  Did you make any New Year's resolutions to be healthier in 2018?  To lose weight? To diet and exercise?  Good on you if you did.  I did too, I do every year.  I even bought a Healthy Lifestyle addition for my planner, for 2018.  It's pretty!  Will I use it?  Maybe.  Yes, I should exercise and eat right for myself, and my health, and I do.  I just loathe with a capital "L" to go to a gym.  On the other hand...I do love going to a craft store or a dollar store and walking around for an hour or more.  I figure that's exercise!

So let's have some fun and take a non-scientific look as to what makes participating in Arts and Crafts better than going to a Gym!



Reason # 1.  No membership is required, and it's FREE!  Seriously, why would I give out hard earned money to go into a building once a week or every other day, to exert myself physically and unattractively on equipment used by strangers in sweaty clothes?
At least, when I walk into a store, the people there make me feel like I fit in. I spend, I feel good, and don't need to shower.

Reason #2. Gym clothes.  Ok, I have to admit I own leggings, t-shirts, and yoga pants...but they are for comfort not for showing off.  Have you been inside some gyms?  I swear some of these places are a fashion show of spandex and skin!  I, on the other hand, feel I need more comfortable coverage when I am working out a craft project.

Reason #3. The risk of injury.  If you do not know how to use that complicated equipment in the gym, you could really hurt yourself!  Whereas when I craft my biggest risk of injury would involve a glue gun, and burning my fingers.  (By the way, it's no big deal...you get used to it after a while).



Reason #4. BOREDOM.  Seriously, how boring is it to run around in circles in the same gym?  Or that you get nowhere even though you have biked 5 miles on a stationary bike? And don't get me started on the treadmill!  I never get bored of making things.  Except having to create 500 of the same wedding favors for a client!!! (Note to self: Never ever make such a cute wedding craft that will entice anyone to purchase 500, and need them in 2 weeks!!!)



Reason #5. Sweat.  Ok, I 've mentioned this one already, but it bears repeating. Sweat.  Especially other people's.  Yuck!  I can spend an entire weekend at a scrapbooking crop with a couple hundred attendees and NEVER have to towel off another person's perspiration from a die cutting machine! Unlike gym equipment!

Reason #6.  Competition vs. Cooperation.  When is the last time you witnessed strangers encouraging each other or helping each other out in the gym?  There is far more of a competitive spirit in the gym than in a room of crafters.  In the gym, people want to better themselves, which is fine.  But, honestly, there are some who want to show that they Are better!  In arts and craft activities people tend to encourage each other, share ideas, and find inspiration from other creatives.  More experienced crafters can often be seen helping out the newbies.


Reason #7.  Judgement.  It's not right, but it happens.  Crafters do not tend to judge other crafters on their clothing brands, nor how fat or fit they are.  I have witnessed the opposite more than once in a gym situation. When was the last time a gym member complimented another member on their homemade running shoes?  In my circle, other crafters would be in awe!

Remember, these are strictly my light-hearted opinions and are not backed by any legitimate research.
If I haven't thoroughly insulted you and you are looking to learn more about being creative and crafty, then please come back to view my posts and videos.

One of my favorite places to get MY workout:

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Say Goodbye to 2017 in Style and Save big for 2018

That's right the New Year filled with new possibilities and adventures awaits in just a few days!  Leave 2017 behind and embrace the opportunities of 2018 with a bang!  Have a party, or make a fun family get together.  Any way you chose, you can celebrate with Dollar Tree and save money!

*** This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking these links.***


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One of the easiest ways to decorate is with using the many glass vases that  Dollar Tree has to offer


              How about the snacks!  Some would even say that's the most important thing of any get-together!



However, you chose to greet the New Year just stay safe!  Don't Drink and Drive, and don't Text and Drive either!

                                                                                May your Holidays be Bright. 

                                                           Happy New Year!







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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Easy DIY Poinsettia Pen Bouquet

Make some quick and easy gifts with a few supplies, within minutes!  Create one blooming pen or make a bouquet.  The following is a practical as well as a pretty present to give or keep these for your list writing.



The supplies I used are readily available at this time of year in many stores.  I will include links to facilitate your shopping experience this Holiday season.  Note, that clicking on any of my added links will pay me a small commission if you buy from the sites linked.




View the following video to see just how easy it is to make the  Poinsettia pens.



Please check all the beautiful projects and ideas for your Holiday Crafting by my fellow Crafty Bloggers!




Supplies:
Poinsettia Stems (Link to DollarTree)
Green Florist Tape ( Link to Dollar Tree)
or Green Electrical Tape (Link to DollarTree)
Wire Cutters (Link to DollarTree)




Instructions:
1. Cut one stem about four inches long.
2.  Attach stem to pen with tape.
3.  Wrap, and wrap tape around pen from top to bottom. Cut tape.




Have fun crafting many pens and other easy 15 Minute crafty gifts for your friends, and family.

Happy Holidays!


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Easy Cricut Made Holiday Decor


Craft and create beautiful and straightforward Home Decor with your Cricut.  With any Cricut and access to Cricut Design Space™, you can do thousands of projects; See all the Free Projects in Cricut Design Space!  I thought you might like to make something that looks like you spent a lot of time, effort, and money to decorate your home for the Holidays, without paying much and minimal effort.  What do you think?


**Sponsored posts by Cricut, I blog for them.  Also, Includes Affiliate links that pay me when you buy something from them.

I love this project when I saw it on the Cricut Design Space™ Design Space site; it is a Make it Now project which takes only 30 minutes to make, with few supplies.



The pieces I made are a slight variation of the project on the Official Cricut Design Space™ site, but I wanted to show you how you can work with the proposed projects and make them work with the materials you already have.



All I needed to make these (Besides my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine) was some cardstock and a few frames from the Dollar store! Easy peasy!

 I link up my laptop directly to my Cricut with a USB cable only because the wifi in my house is unreliable in my current office.  If you own a Cricut (any Cricut) that is wifi compatible than you can connect wirelessly as well.  Otherwise, use a USB cable.  All the Cricuts New And Old work with Cricut Design Space™.



 I link up my laptop directly to my Cricut with a USB cable only because the wifi in my house is unreliable in my current office.  If you own a Cricut (any Cricut) that is wifi compatible than you can connect wirelessly as well.  Otherwise, use a USB cable.  All the Cricuts New And Old work with Cricut Design Space™.




The Cricut does all the fussy cutting for you within seconds!  What a time saver!


You can make this too, and all you need to do is go to the Cricut Design Space™ search for Holiday Decor ideas, scroll down and pick a project.  Then follow the directions included. Place cardstock on a mat, load into the machine, and press Go!  Some assembly is required to put your project together, but does not require a fancy tool!

Hope that you enjoy preparing for the upcoming Holiday season, and find many ways that crafting with Cricut can make life easier!

   Happy Crafting, and Happy Holidays!




      



Monday, October 30, 2017

Dollar Tree Ornament DIY With Annmakes

Make the cutest ornament for the candy lover or the mason jar fan in your life with this ornament.  View my video below for more information.  Shop for the Holidays at Christmas at the Tree on DollarTree.com



I was compensated for this post and video.  Affiliate links are included and will pay me a small commission if purchases are made from these links.

                 



Supplies used:

Plastic Pint Jar Ornament (in store)  DollarTree
Candy
Ribbon

These are very easy to make and inexpensive.  All one needs to do is fill the jar with candy.  Tie a ribbon bow to the top.  Make many and give!  Make a lot of people happy, or decorate your tree with a dozen of these!  Fill them with anything!

They are fun, original, and will bring a smile to everyone.  Look for many other Holiday DIY's, and ideas on  Christmas at the Tree on DollarTree.com.

Enjoy the holidays!  Happy Crafting.



DIY Snowglobe for the Holidays

Make a cute snowglobe quickly and inexpensively with supplies bought at a dollar store.  I recently found all I needed to do the project below, with items I purchased at the  Dollar Tree.
Check your local store, or visit Christmas at the Tree on DollarTree.com (shipping to the USA only).

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Supplies Used (with links to affiliate links which pay me a commission for your purchases made)
Small toys (my own)
Shatterproof Plastic Snowglobe (in store)
Ribbon
Glitter
Hot Glue
Foam (recycled from packaging)



Instructions:
1.  Cut foam into a circle to cover the base of the seal.  Cut a second piece of foam with decorative scissors.
2.  Attach foam band to circle.
3.  Sand seal base lightly.
4.  With hot glue adhere the foam pieces to the base inner seal.  Glue the toys.  Let set 24 hours.
5.  Add some glitter inside the globe.  Pour in water.
6.  Seal base to globe and screw lid on.  Glue piece of ribbon to the rim.

Make your Holidays Happy with  Dollar Tree, find so many gift ideas, wrapping, cards, candies, and so much more.  Happy Crafting, and Happy Holidays!