To join my To Do List, I made a few more things for the walls of my craft area to help keep me organized.
The magnet board and two small bulletin boards:
The magnet board, up close is below. It used to be the top of a big popcorn tin. I put some sticky ribbon (the kind you can get for $1 at Joann's) around the edges (it's turquoise) and then used some double sided tape to put a pretty patterned paper on the inside. I then attached a circle of paper and a matching button to a magnet to create the magnets.
Then the bulletin boards are what used to be two cork trivets from IKEA. These were way easy - just hot glued a bow to the center and then attached a matching length of ribbon to hang it. I glued buttons to push pins to make it match.
Finally, to begin organizing my paper stash, I cut one of the flat rate boxes from the post office in half, covered it with paper and ribbon and then sealed the ends to get two color-coordinated boxes.
The awesome thing about these projects is that the popcorn top, the trivets, and the flat rate boxes, plus the paper, magnets, buttons, and most of the ribbon were from stash. YAY free organizing projects!
I've seen 'I'm so glad I found this project' left as a comment on many older purses, bags, and wallets, so I figured, as the new year approaches (and apparently, the end of the world doesn't), I thought it'd be fun to look back on some popular projects from years past. My criteria were threefold:
1. It wasn't a tutorial. 2. It had pictures. 3. I also didn't want to choose projects that were featured previously (though not sure how successful I was with this - not all projects were tagged!).
So I went to the This Rocks list and spent some time perusing. It was a ton of fun, and here are our first round of Blasts from the Past.
I claimed the delightful ehinders for felt food for her daughter in the Ongoing Holiday Wishlist Swap. I got some machine embroidery patterns from swakembroidery.com and went to town!
Here's the sandwich and chips. The sandwich includes 2 pieces of bread, a slice of cheese, a slice of meat (mystery meat, perhaps!), lettuce, and a slice of tomato. However, I think the chips and the chip bag were my favorite to do!
And now some yarn spaghetti with marinara. (The marinara is the same file as the lettuce from the sandwich, just in red.)
(Sorry for the rotten pictures. I need to buy myself a camera ...)
After seeing something similar on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it! I used patterned red paper, plain black ribbon, gold paper, white paper, yarn, a gift tag punch, a scalloped edger punch (bunched both sides of a strip) and one of the awesome stamps that jexxican made me in the Stocking swap to make this festive wine bottle decoration. I'm giving it as a gift, so it's all ready for the holiday party tonight!
If you were going to make a bag for yourself, what would you include? I'm trying to decide what purse I want to make - actually one for myself that I won't give away - and I'm waffling between something simple or something that will challenge my abilities. Obviously, I am having some decision-making issues, so any input would be appreciated.
I currently have a small purse, which has its benefits, but also its drawbacks, so I think I'm going for a medium-sized purse. Perhaps with a zipper!
Here are some of the fabulous projects posted to the Purses, Bags and Wallets boards from October 2012-early December 2012, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference. They are in no particular order.