For those of you who can't bring yourselves to "destroy" a book, try using old magazines or catalogs. I've made trees from magazines and painted them green -- the effect is different than lovely tinting boadicea and DawnsTrees achieved, but it sounds like a magazine and some spray paint is the lazy craftsters version of this! And I? Am occasionally a lazy craftster.
I want to thank you, athenamat, for the inspiration. I was struggling with a friend's birthday present idea, and your design helped me figure out that the trick with transfers is in the design.
I wanted white letters on a dark shirt, so I used Taylor Art-Wear Iron-On Design sheets. When I saw the Rock, Paper, Scissors design, I was like, Aha! So, I borrowed heavily, which I assumed would be ok because you made the design generously available.
Your skirt is super cute! The first time I saw the panels at Joann's, I talked myself out of buying one because they were too expensive. Recently, I saw them on the clearance rack, and talked myself out of one AGAIN because I wasn't sure how it would look. But you've inspired me to go back and pick up my own $4 skirt panel! Three cheers, indeed!
I didn't get the clap, but I'm happy with Kiwi's cheer. Just you wait ... I WILL get the clap.
I say every step is progress! Sometimes progress comes from baby steps, right? I have secured my sister as a "cleaning buddy" for Wednesday. I have decided how I'll rearrange my furniture, and what to use as my sewing table.
This is kind of cheating, but as it's storming like mad outside, I've decided to spend the day inside finishing projects instead of running errands. I did manage to pick up some paint samples for the spare room, so when my sister gets here early Wednesday morning, we can pick a color and buy paint and hardware for the bedframe in the room all at once.
I can't find the original post, but someone shared "after" pics that included a little ironing board. While picking up paint chips at Wal Mart, I looked around for one of those little guys. Instead, I found an over-the-door fold-down ironing board. I'm thinking I'll use that to keep my sewing machine on. I think I have a way to make it low enough to sit comfortably. Thanks for the inspiration, whoever you are!
I've had excellent success with the apple cider vinegar trick. I poured some into a vase, and rolled a piece of scrap paper into a funnel. Stick the funnel into the vase opening. Apparently, gnats can get into small holes but can't figure out how to get out, thus the funnel. I just leave it sitting out and change the vinegar occassionally and I have no more gnats, ever!
Y'all have inspired me. I haven't actually done anything yet, but I took my before pictures and started a very specific to-do list that will get me started. I have tomorrow off from work, and my plan is to enlist help from my sister for my next day off, Wednesday. Unfortunately, the craft mess explosion is merely a symptom of a bigger problem, but I have to start somewhere.
I know everyone who struggles with space is going to want to hurt me when they see how much space I have, but believe me, I KNOW how good I have it. (I live alone in a three-bedroom duplex.) I beat myself up all the time about how lazy and messy I am regarding care and organization of my projects and crafts. I need some major rooting-for and accountability!
I posted my before pictures and to-do list on my journal so I can update my progress regularly and with detail without hijacking this thread. See my embarrasing mess!