OK...my after pictures.... I guess the challenge wasn't a total fail....
Books, after... sorted by theme....on the bottom shelf are my babies....the first 5 years of Mother Earth News.
This is my homesteading, herbal stuff, travel and DIY bookshelf...
These were the books before...they were all in my bedroom, now they're in my tiny room that's not a closet but not a room either.
The most organized part of my craft supplies...
And on a frugal crafty topic...this container was made from a tea container that my supervisor gave me. I used an exacto knife to fit one of the peg board things into it. It makes a great container for markers, and look purty.
Some scrapbooking/paper stuff. This is on top of my craft book bookcase which is, unfortunately, blocked by boxes right now. Blythe looks scared...poor thing has been ignored lately.
And the ubiquitous No!Kitten! picture. My scrapbooking tote is her favorite place to perch lately. And yes, that is a box of Cheerios near her. My daughter munches them everywhere. She's 15, and still munches Cheerios.
Well...it's a little better!
On the sock critter theme...here's one I made for a swap recently. Misha gave me grief for hours.."Mom! I can't believe you make sock rabbits in your free time. Why can't you just be normallllllll?" She has named him Awkward Bunny.
OK...I promised before pictures of my disaster of a craft area. The final treatment was yesterday, so now I get to unpack it all and declutter. On the plus side, I have sold 2 sets of old rubber stamps in the past 2 days, in preparation for decluttering!
Here it is.
and here's an obligatory picture of No!Kitten perched atop a stack of stuff. She's safely at Tim's house, having been poisoned last time they treated the place. Poor No!Kitten. She is fine now....
Speaking of decluttering, that trunk is gone now. It was too big for my place anyway....
I did not, however, get a picture of my most organized craft place. My mom got me a peg board system for my birthday last year and I LOVE it. My coworker gave me a really pretty container that once held tea, and I retrofitted it to stick on my peg board. It's the perfect size for markers. See? Frugal and decluttering. I'll try to get pics up tomorrow....
Here's one of my before pictures...sorry it's sideways, I will upload them all unsideways tomorrow....
Now, to be fair. I have a major before/after advantage, if you can call it that. Because I have had to box everything up and pile it into the middle of every room and either live like this for 2 weeks, or move it back and then move it again. I chose living like this for 2 weeks. Tomorrow is my last treatment, so I am looking forward to regaining some form of control and sanity.
But this is my craft area. I really don't know how big our apartment is...I am guessing 400 square feet, maybe a little more. Misha and I live here.... it's tight, and she hates it, but it's all I can afford in this area. Anyway, craft area lives in my bedroom. We have no "living room" and I don't even remember what one of those is. I just entertain in my equally tiny kitchen!
OK!! Here are my pictures, finally!! I misplaced my camera like an idiot. Found it under a box of fabric (?). *sigh*
Anyway....rottenlittleboys sent me the nicest package and note. She really really though things through and her package brightened my day/week/month!
So...first up...this amazing lunch bag with a dala horse type fabric. Gorgeous print!!! And she gave me the leftover fabric....so pretty!!!
Next up...a really awesome plastic bag dryer! I have actually been wanting one, and after this swap was thinking of making one! Love it!!!
Then, some crocheted dish cloths. Handy, as I have a massive pile of dishes I should be doing as we speak! Such nice colors too!!! They make me wish I could crochet more than just a straight line!!! The colors remind me of crocuses....I think it must be mid-February....
A cutey little cross stitched bear for my new niece!!! : ) Zoe will love it, and I am putting a parcel together for my sister right now...
And a great coupon holder which will work MUCH better than the piles of coupons all over my house. now they have a place!! And finally, some AMAZING flame patterned polar fleece. I am a fire spinner (for fun, not profit) and have with a ton of fire spinning people all up and down the east coast! These will make gorgeous wick covers for my hoop, so the wicks don't get my car all sooty! And make awesome covers for my boyfriends poi! and...and...and.... I'll get a LOT of use out of this!!!
She's been a wonderful partner and was just so thoughtful. She's also been super supportive during my various meltdowns!
I sent mine out to Nesse yesterday (01/19/2010), sent PMs to verify....
I received my package last week, sadly my computer died a tragic death, so I spent the weekend trying to get a new one!! But I have the pictures here at work do here they are! My sender was Oops Creations and she sent a big box crammed full of papers, GREAT little heart confetti (it'll be great for resin fun), awesome glittery alphabet letters, punches, scrapbooking goodies, stencils, and more fun! here are the pics:
Thanks so much for a fun swap...and for help me clear out my craft stuff a bit!
CraftyMcCrafterson was my partner and she sent the best, cutest, jar of whimsies ever. Including some great handmade goodies. Thank you soooo much. Sorry I haven' gotten these posted earlier, I'm pretty sick and feel like crud. : (
Here's the jar!
A cute little jug and a pillow:
AWESOME button hair clips!!! How cute are these?!?
Oooohhh...all my goodies. Check out that cupcake paper... how cute is that!?
And look at this honey little pin. It is so cute. I love it.
Thank you so much! This was a fun swap. I love it.... I'm just getting start with resin jewelry, and these are going to be perfect additions! Hugs, and back to bed for me... Amy