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3351  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Living Room Curtains from clearance Target tablecloths on: January 13, 2010 09:04:39 PM
I made these new curtains a few months ago, but only got DH to help me hang them this week.  I was broke when I decided to make them, but wanted something to look nice, since I host a Craft group here on the weekends.  I found two tablecloths at Target on clearance for $11 each.  They were 60" wide x 103" long.  Not quite long enough to hang the short way, and too long to hang the long way!  So I picked up a piece of home dec fabric on clearance at Joann's for $5, and went about slicing and dicing.  I cut the panels to be 45" wide, and added in the 10" band of green into the bottom edge.  And yes, I used the Golden Ratio to decide where my band was placed...  Don't judge me... I know I'm a giant dork.  Incidentally, I also found the over-sized throw pillows at Target that same day, on clearance for 75% off!  (I actually used the some of the brown scrap to make this Tree of Life Wall Quilt for Pinkleo in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap.)

Anyways, here are the curtains:

(The origami mobile in the corner was made by Pinkleo!)

In the midst of re-organizing the house, we also moved an old bookcase out to our living room, which yes, blocks our non working fireplace.  On the upside, the paisley scarf Pinkleo gave me looks GREAT on top of it, and now will be seen WAY more than if I only wore it in rotation with my other scarves!  
I think for my next project I'm going to replace the old blue fabric on that director's chair to match my new curtains.  (I don't really love the chair, but it is useful when people come over since our living room is so small we can only fit a love seat and oversized chair in it.)
3352  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Craftroom/Office Redecoration & Reorcanization in Red/Black/Tan (Pic HEAVY) on: January 13, 2010 08:42:56 PM
I have *nearly* completed the cleaning and redecorating of our Office/Craft Room, and decided that with so little left, I could get away with showing you all now, rather than waiting till DH gets the last few items taken care of.  

We moved into this cute little house in Kentucky last year, when I got a job down here, but after having been students so long, were not in a place financially that we could do much of anything to decorate much of the house.  (I was seriously too poor to even do things like make my own curtains.)  We have spent the last year and a half here and like it, but know that we ultimately want to buy our own place in the next couple of years once DH finishes school and gets a better job.  So, we'll be here a while, but eventually we will leave.  That kind of makes you go back and fourth over wanting to decorate.  Also, we can't paint the walls, which are tan with white trim.
These last few weeks we've been having "cold" weather down here lately, and had to get a space heater to keep our office warm enough to make sure the hamster doesn't go into hibernation.  Jim and I decided that with some of the money we got for Christmas that it was finally time to reorganize and redecorate the office.  He works at Sears now, and they were having a big sale on all home organizational items right after Christmas, and they gave him an extra discount for the day so we picked up 3 of these black metal shelves.  I'm going to say right now that they were not my first choice in terms of looks, but they do hold a LOT of stuff, and accommodate plastic storage bins very well.  I think after the sale and Jim's discounts we got all three shelves for about $100.  I also got the thermal lined curtains on clearance at Walmart for $11 each, and the rods at BigLots for $6 each.  I like the rods, but I'm thinking of spraying them black to match the shelves.  
Finally, there's the rug.  Anyone notice how freakin' expensive area rugs are lately?!?!  I looked everywhere, but nothing was right.  I wanted something to compliment the curtains and black shelves, but everything I found was either too small or too expensive, or shag.  And let's face it, shag is no good for dropped beads OR pins.  And the rug really needed to be square rather than rectangular...  The rectangular rugs I was finding were at least $300, which was just plain out of our price range.  Finally I found this Awesome Rug on Overstock.com for $112, with $1 shipping!

We spent several days moving things out of the office and into the rest of the house, putting together the shelves, and organizing the items that were going onto them into plastic bins.  I found all the matching bins in shades of tan with white handles at Walmart for $1.50 (for the small tan baskets) to 4.00 (for a set of 2 11"x8"x5" bins).  The red plastic baskets came from Dollar Tree.  


And here's the room from the door:


My desk, which is really a dining table that I got used for $75.  The small quilt at the top of the wall was from karin_.


Inspiration board and the awesome memory board that Ex_Gratia made me(featuring broaches from karin_ and Pinkleo, and HP ornaments from craftypuppymom):


"Cork Board" my mom made me for Christmas.  (I need some new pins and broaches to fill it with.)


Much, but not all of my craft supplies, organized into our new shelves, including, ribbon, felt, yarn, trim, batting, jewelry supplies, scrapbooking paper, pains, glues, and finally fabrics:


Our new thermal backed curtains (not bad for $11 each on clearance at Walmart), Jim's music corner, and the hamster duplex:


DH's side of the room, with his new desk.  On the closet door is a plain old shoe organizer that I've filled with my most frequently used supplies, like pens, pencils, markers, pliers, and hand sewing supplies:


And here's the sad looking room, a big mess when we first moved in:




So the totals come to:
$100 - shelving
$113 - rug
$44 - curtains
$12 - curtain rods
$38 - tan plastic bins
$307 for a Craft Room that makes me feel creative, organized, and warm!


3353  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Postcard Swap Round 8 Signups: 01/01/2010 - 01/14/2010; Sendout 01/28/2010 on: January 13, 2010 05:10:34 PM
When I went to the post office to mail my items for the Bookmark Swap yesterday, I picked up some international postcard stamps.  I can already see a habit forming with Postcrossing...  and now I have some for this swap!

Also, I was thinking gerbilgal, and if we only get to 20, we'd still have even numbers to do groups of 4.  Smiley 
3354  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap sign-ups 1/13 - 1/17, SEND OUT 2/05/2010 on: January 13, 2010 02:17:36 PM
Yay for Valentines Day goodness!
3355  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Is anyone going to organize a smallish feel-good Valentine's swap? on: January 13, 2010 11:16:42 AM
Yay barbolot!
3356  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: 9 January ATCs on: January 13, 2010 10:15:54 AM
As always, your work is stunning.  My favorite is With Love in My Heart.  If you ever want to do a personal swap, or an Invite Your Partner Swap, keep me in mind!  I would love my home to be graced by your art.  Smiley
3357  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bookmark Swap- Rd. 2 SENDOUT DATE HAS CHANGED!!! IT IS NOW: 1/19/10 on: January 13, 2010 09:28:21 AM
As we have had several senders, the GALLERY has been started!  I have also listed it on the first page of this thread, at the very top! 
3358  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for a daycare or a spa? on: January 13, 2010 09:23:05 AM
I also like an outer space themed day care...  and the sand box could be moon dust!  hehehe... 
3359  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Postcard Swap Round 8 Signups: 01/01/2010 - 01/14/2010; Sendout 01/28/2010 on: January 13, 2010 08:44:34 AM
I picked up a lot from going to the Smithsonian, *spent the whole time in the jewelry section of the natural history one  Embarrassed..and I got some neat ones from going to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama..others I got from swaps from Postcardx and such.

Ooohhh, I heart the Smithsonian!  One of our students got to work there this past summer, building exhibits for some national festival.  It was really neat to see his pictures.
3360  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bookmark Swap - Round 2 Gallery on: January 13, 2010 07:52:28 AM
Our original thread can be found here: Bookmark Swap - Round 2



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