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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap - Gallery of Matchbox Goodies... on: December 19, 2014 04:10:16 AM
Wile E Songdog, I see you are the type to tear into packages! I had fun painting the snow leopard, glad you love her.  I can post pics of the covers when I find them on my camera.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 19, 2014 04:06:07 AM
Have fun redesigning your room. It took me a lifetime to give myself a room to create in. Moving my messy craft hole from upstairs to downstairs made a big difference. Besides gaining more space, I can walk in anytime and create, or check the progress on drying paint.

Light and tables and storage are the big keys! Enjoy. And don't forget to hang fun things on the walls.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - DECEMBER 2014 - Gallery on: December 18, 2014 04:17:26 PM
I love the zombie and the stitched "bleeped" word. And the ukelele takes me to the islands!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 18, 2014 04:11:08 PM
Before pics:

After link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432837.msg5184127#msg5184127

The shelves were pine from an unfinished store and had been sitting around for almost 10 years waiting to be painted and installed. Whew. A lot of thought and rearranging and gathering of stuff went into this room and a year and a half later, I still love it, but need an extension on the house! Too much stuff. But I keep adding shelves and wall decorations:


Old drawer:

Mantle piece shelf:

Shelf organizers:
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 18, 2014 12:04:45 PM
Oh, I like the the one about using your kitchen for crafting (handy sink for wash up and fridge for snacks!). Just move a microwave and an electric kettle to the craft room or living room! Cool.

Now, can I sell that to my sweetie? She's doing woodworking in the living room right now...he he.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 18, 2014 09:52:53 AM
I too tend to use anywhere to craft. But since we built out a room for sewing and crafting, I work there most the time.

So take a hard look at your craft room. Do you like being there, or is it just habit that takes you to another room. What might be getting in your way of working there?

Are all your toys (craft items, pens, xacto knives, fabric, glue, etc.) convenient to use? It may take some rearranging to get everything as you like it and you may change your mind over time. I rearranged the storage in my craft room after a year. Well, I had pretty much destroyed the original configuration anyway. It works much  better now. Gather all your crafts and craft tools into your craft area. Use lots of bins (clear is best) and boxes (shoe boxes are great). I have several cans of pens and tools. I used an old medicine cabinet for craft paint. Add shelves and bulletin boards (several layers of cardboard or rigid insulation covered in fabric work well.)

Is there enough light. Get more lamps, string holiday lights, lay a few more extension cords and power strips.

Do you have enough counter space? Look for an old table, card table, desk, board on file cabinets or saw horses. And is the counter space the right height. We installed a 6 foot piece of left over counter at standard counter height. It's my favorite place to craft. I can stand, move about and it gave me lots of bin storage underneath.

Are you lonely there? Invite your kids, spouse, pet, someone, to keep you company. Or turn on the radio or tv or stream some music on your computer.

And sometimes you need to use that kitchen counter or dining room table. Just remember to clean up after.....that's the hardest part!

PS: Or, you could use that handy room to store all your stuff when you are not using it elsewhere!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 17, 2014 09:53:45 AM
cmouse01: "I haven't updated in a while, but I think this brings me up to 57 projects for the year.  Yippee!"

How can you even count? My math skills go out the window when I craft. I'm so focused on the project and finishing it that I just go on to the next...no counting! Though, I'm pretty sure I'm at or over 50...see not counting makes estimating so much easier.


18  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Winter Ninni Swap - Send out January 15, 2015 on: December 17, 2014 09:48:12 AM
I hate it when the casting folks have a "type". Then all the men or the women in a pic look alike. Argggg......

I wish I looked that good with straggly hair and a beard (oops, I better pluck those hairs again.)
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Hamstergurumi Cuteness comes in a tiny size...FREE PATTERN on: December 16, 2014 01:22:16 PM
This would also make a cute cat...pointy ears or a teddy bear or a....

Thank you for the tut. Very good instructions and amazing that they are your first English instructions. Very nice!

I need some for my Christmas tree.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Weeping Angel Bag on: December 16, 2014 10:09:20 AM
That is wonderful. I love the monotone treatment. Beautiful!
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