Pegboard is almost complete!

pegboard collageI have a Ta-Dah for you today!  The pegboard!!!  It just needs a few little shelves to hold paint and patterns and then it will be complete.

the plansHere are the plans – by my wonderful husband.  Drawn on a 2 x 4, of course. 😉

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workin' menThe fellas are working hard!

boardOne panel complete!  The whole thing is 4′ x 6′ – made up of three 2′ x 4′ sections.

paintingWyatt helped me paint the trim.  So glad the hubs suggested we paint it – I really like the accent it gives.

on the wall

Late night hanging session.

in progress

Mid-way through operation ‘out of drawers and onto pegboard’.

almost thereChanged the orientation of the table, added a chair I rescued after Hurricane Sandy and just now got around to painting (matches the pegboard!).  Still have some work to do, but it’s so much better than it was and I LOVE the organization of the pegboard.  Waaaay more than I was expecting to even!  I will have a final Ta-Dah and go through each section of the board once it’s finished.  Until then…

thanks love!THANK YOU Handsome!  You’re the best!  😉

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Craft Space Fix-Up

With some shifting in focus (no more tutus, more dolls, painting and mixed media), some changes needed to be made and space retrieved from unused craft supplies.  Also, I moved Wyatt’s desk into the room so we could work on art at the same time, but each still have enough space and he could sit at the right height.

Here are some before pictures:

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Oh my.  I’ve got some work to do!

Goals:

1) Make sure Wyatt has a useable art/craft area that he can get to.  At the same time, I need to make sure Eleanor can’t get into all of it.

2) Be real with myself and give away/get rid of supplies that I don’t use/haven’t used in a long time.

3) Use the space now available from 2), to spread out or just leave open!

4) Put up a peg board above my table to put that empty space to good use!  Here is a collage I put together of peg board ideas that I like.  I’ve been carrying it around with me for ideas and to make sure we get everything we need when we’re at the hardware store.

craft storage ideas

(I don’t have links or anything and I’ve cropped all the images to fit my needs – they all came from a search for “craft wall storage” on google images)

That’s all I’ve got at this point – a mess of a room and some ideas!  I hope to show off an in-progress and finished Ta DA! post by the end of the week – hold me to it everyone!

Project Life – week 3

Once again, I apologize for the quality of the photos!  Someday I’ll figure out what the rest of you are doing to get them right! 😉

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I used the cards I made a few weeks ago for this one.  SO cute!  These are Yellow Owl stamps (picked up at Home Made!) on kraft paper cut to size.

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Just a simple little watercolor this week since I didn’t have a camera on our picnic (and my phone is full – the silly thing tells me there’s no more room for pictures!)

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I like all the cards I’ve worked with so far, but this feels a bit more like us – not too crazy, but fun – it’s definitely way more coordinated than we usually are though!

Lessons Learned from Project Life So Far…

1. I need to take more horizontal pictures!  This is almost automatic with the ‘real’ camera – but with the phone, almost all of them are vertical just by the nature of the way the phone is set up.

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2. Find better lighting for these kind of photos of full page spreads for the journal.

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3. Touch up phone photos before printing.

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4.  I’m really liking it!

Project Life – sort of…

It struck me, the other week, that we have so many photos on our computer and phones and a few on social media – that we never look at and may not be around for the kiddos to see a few years down the line (what if the computer goes kaput?  And how long is facebook really going to be around??)

So, I decided to go on a quest and print them out and get them into a format that we can enjoy and share them.  I have to admit, it’s a bit overwhelming, but I decided to start now and move forward from here and go back as I can.

I didn’t really want to do the whole scrapbook thing, but I didn’t just want albums with no explanations either.  Enter Project Life.  The binders are cute and the page protectors are exactly what I was looking for, but the ‘core kit’ or all the little papers to journal on, aren’t really us.
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Instead we have a mix of other papers I found at Michael’s, as well as papers I had here at home and some plain old kraft paper that I just cut down to size.

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I’m using our Ikea divider to store everything for easy access (if it’s not easy, I won’t use it!).  It’s the perfect size!

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And I’m really excited about this part – I cut up my big pad of watercolor paper to fit in the slots!  Going to try to do a water color a week and now it will be all ready to go!

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All stored and easy to get to.

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I dressed up some of the plain kraft paper with Yellow Owl stamps I picked up from Home Made.  SO cute!!

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Already got 2 weeks done – wedding album is up next…stay tuned!

Getting My Softie-making Ducks in a Row

Okay, the title may be a bit misleading.  I’m not making any ducks – at the moment – but I am getting myself organized and taking things slow with this new softie ‘relationship’.

Usually, with crafty stuff, I just dive right in.  Sure, sometimes the directions get a glance over, but not always.  Because I’ve usually stuck with things I’m comfortable with – things that I can (somewhat) figure out on my own or at least fake and make up as I go to my own satisfaction.

Softies and stuffed animals intimidate me… that’s why it’s taken me so long to actually even try to make some.  So, I feel like I need to get organized here.

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Along with the intimidation was the ready excuse that I didn’t have enough time, because I’d see a pattern in a book I’d like to try, but then I’d have to copy or trace the pattern and get it all cut out and on and on the excuses went.  Well, I took care of the first step the other night.  I went through these three books from my shelf and traced ALL the projects I wanted to make.

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On the same page I jotted down the book it came from, the title of the project and the page it was on so all the info will be there for me when I get to it!

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Then I put each pattern in it’s own protective sleeve and put them all together in a binder for easy visibility.

Whew, I feel better already!  Softies – here I come!