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21  cleaning up - for the reals (pic heavy) in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by CraftyDiem on: November 20, 2010 08:12:59 AM
So...I'm kind of hoping to motivate myself into cleaning up/organizing my craft space through both support here and by embarrassing myself by showing how out of control the craft space is.  I didn't get pictures of everything before I started organizing (yay already motivated!) Smiley

OK...

This is pathetic because I work from home and this is supposed to be my office - not my craft space.  I'd like to say that because of the holidays stuff is creeping up here but I don't think that's the whole truth:



The overly pink (like that when we moved here 2 years ago) craft room.  As you can see I've already been through and cleared a whole aisle that you could walk through to actually reach stuff.  Not crafty usable yet but...


Cubbies for fabric - and how do you organize your scraps???  That is a big question for me.  I have colors sorted in ziplock bags but those are not big enough.  Up on top of those shelves are all the things that will require further organization - notions, elastic, velcro, buttons, paints, other crafts...  stuff!


Another look at the cubbies.  You can see I've attempted to organize before!


Evil closet of doom.  Holds my Superquilter that I haven't even figured out how to use.   Cry Also boxes of stuff - some I don't even know what's in them.  Plus a cool find of bamboo poles from the floral center of our grocery store on clearance!  I see outdoor tents and play spaces next summer...


The craft room is so full of stuff that the things I am currently working on are out in our downstairs family space (much to my husband's dismay)




Last night's progress!


I put my yarn in a tub to keep it from getting dusty.  Also it was taking up a lot of shelf space.  This is pretty...



Thanks for looking!  Encouragement and ideas for organization are WELCOME!!  So is commiseration.  Smiley
Emily
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22  Matryoshka Dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by CraftyDiem on: November 18, 2010 11:41:24 AM
I found this fun pattern here:
http://www.maizehutton.com/matryoshkadoll.html
for super cute little felt matryoshka/babushka/Russian dolls.  Hers are cuter than mine but I might try again..



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23  3 year old's first sewing! in Needlework: Completed Projects by CraftyDiem on: November 17, 2010 01:07:35 PM
I've been working a lot on Christmas gifts around here and some of them involve hand sewing.  My 3 year old daughter, Ariel, has been watching with interest.  Yesterday she found my secret stash of buttons and claimed a handful for herself.  I think she was wondering if she could get away with it when I asked her if she wanted to sew those buttons onto something.  She was really excited and sat with the project until we discussed that some of those buttons would make excellent plates for her dollhouse!

I didn't take any in process photos because I didn't want to spoil the moment, and by the time she was done she was way too involved in the doll house to look proud and kept giving me "cheesy grins."  Anyways I wanted to share it with my crafty's! Smiley



And they made pretty good plates but they fell off the table so easily that she became frustrated quickly. 



It was a lot of fun!  I look forward to years of sharing craftiness together!!!
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24  3 year old's first sewing! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by CraftyDiem on: November 17, 2010 12:44:58 PM
I've been working a lot on Christmas gifts around here and some of them involve hand sewing.  My 3 year old daughter, Ariel, has been watching with interest.  Yesterday she found my secret stash of buttons and claimed a handful for herself.  I think she was wondering if she could get away with it when I asked her if she wanted to sew those buttons onto something.  She was really excited and sat with the project until we discussed that some of those buttons would make excellent plates for her dollhouse!

I didn't take any in process photos because I didn't want to spoil the moment, and by the time she was done she was way too involved in the doll house to look proud and kept giving me "cheesy grins."  Anyways I wanted to share it with my crafty's! Smiley



And they made pretty good plates but they fell off the table so easily that she became frustrated quickly. 



It was a lot of fun!  I look forward to years of sharing craftiness together!!!
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25  Reusable gift bags in Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. by CraftyDiem on: November 02, 2010 12:03:20 PM
Hey there - I tried to search this and I'm not seeing a lot so here ya go:

Every year I cringe at the ridiculous amount of wrapping paper cleaned up after we open gifts.  This year I was thinking about making reusable gift bags that we could at least use within our family.  They could be shared and each year I can add some more. 

I haven't seen a lot of tutorials on this so it seemed like it might be a fun challenge.  I think something reusable that is a bit beyond a tote bag...but hey, a cool tote bag could be great too!!


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26  Another Death of Rats... in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by CraftyDiem on: October 14, 2010 01:48:22 PM
If you haven't yet discovered Terry Pratchett you are in for a treat!  This little guy is a character in his Discworld series:





The pattern was free on Ravelry.  Smiley
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27  Super easy baby gift! in Quilting: Completed Projects by CraftyDiem on: October 12, 2010 06:09:41 PM
I have a few friends who are all due in early December so I needed a quick and easy project and based on this tutorial:
http://www.aprettycoollife.com/2010/07/rainbow-bunting-baby-quilt-tutorial.html

The color of the photo is kind of washed out but...


And you'll never get away with easier quilting!!
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28  Laptop sleeve... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CraftyDiem on: October 12, 2010 06:05:51 PM
Using this tutorial:
http://www.crapivemade.com/2010/07/zippered-laptop-sleeve-tutorial.html

I first made incorrectly and then unmade and then made again this laptop sleeve:







The best part is that the lining fabric was given to me ages ago and the flower fabric was a find from goodwill on a half price day!  I got two or three yards for about a dollar!  This was my first zipper and, well, let's just say that I hope next time it's easier.
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29  Re: One Tiny Book Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by CraftyDiem on: October 03, 2010 11:39:46 AM
Ok - prepare for some wonderfulness!!!

Things I love include children's books, rainbows, quilting (fabric), little monster guys and especially this book!  I'm going to carry it around with me everywhere I go to keep that little happiness close by.  I can't tell you a favorite page - just can't!!!  I bet you will have trouble picking too!!!  (Although I do wish I had rainbow hair...)



























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30  Re: One Tiny Book Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by CraftyDiem on: October 03, 2010 10:09:56 AM
I have to say that when I sent my little book off I was not sure why people did swaps - I mean I spent all this time and then sent it to a stranger who might not even like it but would be too kind to say so!  Well...when I got my amazing, beautiful, fantastic piece of art I was like - OOHHHHH!!!  Because do you ever craft something that is just for yourself that encompasses all of your favorite things??  Well I never do.  I'm always making things for family or friends but rarely for myself.  Those projects seem to sit on the back burner.  OK - so I will take and post pictures of my fabulous book later today.  Since Pioneer9 doesn't have a camera she asked me to take and post pics for her of the book I made and sent.  Here you go!  (I don't know how to do fancy photo stuff like make them smaller or bigger so I'm afraid this will be pretty pic heavy)   OK - I will do thumbnails of the text pages and big pics of the pictures.  If you want to read about each monster you can click the thumbnail.


The cover:



Sock Monster:





Bogey Man
(not easy to find a Latin translation for bogey!!)  Also a hat tip here to Terry Pratchett and the discworld series!





Dust Bunny
(You might want to read up on this guy - did you know it's dangerous to keep your house TOO clean??)





Book Worm:


FYI - I was originally going to poke the book worm through the book - but once I had made it I couldn't quite bring myself to rip a hole into it!  Even just made up books feel sacred to me (at least when they have poetry) and another note - Pioneer9's favorite poet is the person I was named for - Emily Dickinson!



And the back cover which explains some of the choices I made:


All in all I have to admit that I'm not quite the artist that a lot of people here are - including my partner.  Mine looks really simple in comparison.  I will say though, that I loved participating and put a lot of thought and heart and time into my book and it is truly made especially for Pioneer9!  Thanks for being a great swap partner!!!

Emily
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