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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Rapunzel Yarn Swap Gallery!! on: January 31, 2011 02:33:30 PM
Everyone's scarves are looking so pretty! even seeing the difference in tension in the braids makes the look so different. They are all so pretty!! I'm thinking of making one for my boyfriend's daughter, she's 10 but she's still shorter than me (barely), so thinking of making it 5 ft of yarn instead of 10, lol.

I can't wait to get my final package and make my scarf! I've been in the process of slowly going through my apartment and decluttering because my son and I are moving in with my boyfriend, and its a long friggin process to combine 2 households with 3 kids and 3 pets and yrs of accummulation on both ends, and I haven't MADE anything in over a month, so I can't wait to make this scarf and let out a little bit of creative juice! Smiley I am a little worried about how long its going to be as I'm short at 5 ft 1 in, and I'm even more worried about tangling (I have a cat and a small hyper dog who also loves to play with string like a cat, my boyfriend calls him a catdog lol), but hopefully all will be well! Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Moving in with boyfriend, completely different styles! on: January 25, 2011 06:13:15 PM
First off, the boyfriend lived in this house with his ex-wife, and he told me that he wants me to feel like this is MY place, that he wants me to be comfortable and feel at home, and so he told me aside from his living room furniture, his bed that he bought after his divorce (king size) and his wardrobe armoire and 2 bedroom dressers, anything else in the house I have free reign to get rid of paint, walls paint, decorate, whatever. I ask him what he likes and he only tells me that its up to me, if I want to re-arrange the way he organizes the kitchen, then do it, but he cooks more than me so I'll leave that alone, but he really is being very open. I tell him I don't want to pick colors he won't like or a style he doesn't like, and he said he will tell me if he doesn't like something to the point he can't live with it, but otherwise he wants me to make my mark on this house and make it mine.

Also, he is country, like country country, like hunts, grows his own veggies and can live off the land. I'm a city girl, not big big city, but city girl compared to him. The things I see that he likes seem to be opposite of me, lol. I'm also 1/2 Japanese and like to have some asian influence things around my home.

That said, here are my questions/issues:

1) I am 37 yrs old and have ALWAYS lived in apartments where you can't paint or put holes in the walls, so part of me REALLY wants to paint, but the other part of me thinks maybe I shouldn't do it till after we've lived together a while, ya know, in case it doesn't work out, lol. Opinions? and I dont even know how to begin to pick out paint.

2) The boyfriend is a country boy, and (please forgive the animal lovers, please no bashing) has a deer head mounted...IN THE BEDROOM! He only has the 1 deer head, but he's proud of it, and its in the friggin bedroom. He said if I want it out he wil take it out, but I really don't want it in the living room, and he is proud of it so I don't want it tucked away where he will never get to see it. Any suggestions how to decorate around a deer head? lol.

3) Any ideas how to merge a 3 bedroom house and a 2 bedroom apartment? I've never done that. When my ex-husband and I moved in together, neither of us had much so it was easy.

4) We are also merging our kids, 1 girl and 2 boys. The girl and boy of HIS are twins, age 10, and my son is age 9 (our boys are the same grade and best buds). Its a 3 bedroom house, so the boys are going to share a room. They already know this and have slept over many times, but we all know that's not the same. There are weeks that my son and I will stay with them for 2 weeks in a row, but he knows he has his own bed to go back to, so I know once we move in it will be different. We do not want them to feel like they are giving up personal space, so how do we do that with the 2 boys? Only thing I can come up with is loft beds for the boys, one on each side of the room, but no other ideas. Any suggestions? Luckily they both also love Star Wars, so we are going to surprise them with star wars themed bedroom to help make the transition seem special, and of course the daughter will also get her room painted so she will not feel left out of the 'special" changes.

I think that's everything. I have NO IDEA how to truly decorate as I've never painted, and have honestly rarely ever hung stuff on the walls due to apartment rules, so I have no idea where to begin.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you organize a small craft storage space?? on: January 25, 2011 05:45:55 PM
KimmyLynne82 - I wish you luck, too! My boyfriend was gracious enough to clear out his wardrobe armoire, but I have SO MUCH MORE craft stuff than that, and I hope to not have to get rid of so much that I will be dreading it, lol. I actually JUST measured the boyfriend's bed underneath to see if I could fit an under-the-bed storage. I have one in my apartment that holds gift-wrap, and it is so snug that I at least know I have to look for something a little bit shorter. It fits, barely, but I can get 4 under his king size bed, he has 1 already and its full of his memorabilia stuff, so I can use 3 more, lol. Unfortunately, his bedroom is chock full of furniture already, and we are having clothes storage issues. He and his ex-wife lived in this house, and he had the wardrobe for his closet (old house, small closets) and his ex-wife had the regular closet just for clothes. He said for several years he's had the wardrobe just holding junk, which is why he let me use it for my crafty goodness. Smiley he is sweet because he thought of that for me. I heart him. Smiley

margiej - The boyfriend and I actually are going to rent a storage unit for a while to store furniture of both of ours that wont fit in the house when we combine, some of his stuff, some of mine, mainly the stuff of mine that I dont want to get rid of just yet so if it doesn't work out I won't have to start completely over, lol. So you're right, I will have that space, and will have a little while to really figure out what I use more often. I'm thinking if I do that I will have to make a list of what is in storage so I don't forget what I have and buy duplicates or whatever, lol. That actually makes me feel less stressed about it. I have a few months before we even get to the point of getting a storage unit right now, so I have plenty of time to get stuff organized into what I use more often for now, too. Smiley

Thanks for the ideas! Huge help!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Rapunzel Scarf Yarn Swap Rnd 7 SU CLOSED SO Jan 21st on: January 24, 2011 12:10:56 PM
Slingmomma, I also do things like that all the time! I even purposely leave things by the front door so I "won't forget" them, and sure enough, I forget them! lol. Can't wait to receive! Planning parties is fun!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Rapunzel Scarf Yarn Swap Rnd 7 SU CLOSED SO Jan 21st on: January 21, 2011 12:05:13 PM
I sent mine off today to my 3 partners, hope they will get there in a decent amount of time! Smiley Can't wait to receive my other 2 packages so I can get to braiding! Smiley My boyfriend is also one of those that doesn't understand the swap thing, lol, especially with me having to DOWNSIZE my stash of stuff since my son and I are moving in with him and his kids over the next few months (hopefully completely moved in by April is the goal, spring break for the kiddos), and I told him I'm getting rid of some of my stash, and have a scarf planned for the stuff coming in, so its not going to be coming in to sit in my craft supplies boxes, its going to be made immediately...he still doesn't get it but loves me anyway, lol.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Rapunzel Yarn Swap Gallery!! on: January 18, 2011 01:35:22 PM
Ok, I received from Spidermom about a week ago I believe, but have been unable to find my SD card for my camera, so I took pics, but took pics with my cell phone and just found out there's a Photobucket app on my smartphone, lol, so I'm going to try to send the pics using my photobucket acct, lol. Here goes nothing! I can't wait to get the rest and start my scarf! Love what I've seen of the completed scarves so far!

Here's the yarn, and even a small extra! Thanks Spidermom! Pretty shades of purples and blues! My boyfriend's daughter will be jealous, she loves blue, and I love purple, I'm sure I'll have to fight her for the scarf! hehe. I love the light blue one that you can't tell from the pic, but its soft and shimmery. Smiley



and the little extra  Smiley

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you organize a small craft storage space?? on: January 07, 2011 07:19:53 PM
Oh, and I'm trying not to buy anything new until I know for sure there will be room for anything more, as far as storage units/bins/etc. I have quite a few already, and after the boyfriend goes through his own stuff and downsizes to make room for me, and we get everything in, we'll see what we need to get from there but I want to try to keep my crafty supplies limited so as not to take over my poor boyfriend's bedroom, lol.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How do you organize a small craft storage space?? on: January 07, 2011 06:54:50 PM
I have searched and searched for craft organizing ideas! Everything I see seems to be for craft rooms or really large spaces, but I won't have that kind of space. See, I'm moving myself and my son (plus a small dog and a cat) over the next few months into my boyfriend's house. He has 2 kids and a small dog. We're moving into his 3 bedroom house, so all the bedrooms are already claimed. There is no basement, and the living room and dining room are already pretty much claimed. (he's lived there 10 yrs, so its pretty much fully furnished, lol).

I'm downsizing from living in my 2 bedroom apartment which was small, but filled with my own stuff, lol. I had my bedroom all to myself (where I craft) with a long closet that went the length of one wall (about 8 ft long) that 1/2 was used for craft storage, plus an old particle board desk, old small dresser, 3 18-gallon plastic tubs and a small bookcase (about 4 ft tall) filled with all my crafty goodiness.

I'm going to need to reduce it to probably 1 small dresser OR bookcase, 1 plastic tub, and my boyfriend is giving up his armoire/wardrobe for my craftiness that's in his bedroom.

I have NO IDEA where to begin! I've joined the destash along and 50 projects in 2011 so I can start to use some stuff up, and I know I'm going to have to get rid of other craft supplies. I haven't gone through what I have for so long that I don't even know what I have anymore, so I know I can get rid of some stuff, but wondering how I can fit the rest into the space available.

Our bedroom that we will share will have 2 dressers, the armoire and my work desk (I work from home) which will double as my crafty space. He has a good sized room, but its a pretty OLD house and the closets are SMALL and he also has a king bed that takes up most of the space.

ANY organizational tips/advice, any pics/inspiration for small organized craft spaces would be awesome! I do all kinds of crafting, learned to knit, learning to sew, scrapbook, and all kinds of odds and ends in between! Smiley

Thanks in advance!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: January 06, 2011 12:03:53 PM
Is it too late to join the destash-along??? I've never done these, so not sure how they work, but seeing as I'm going to be moving into my boyfriend's house in a few months (a house that is already crowded with himself and his 2 kids and small dog, and I'll be moving myself, my son and our small dog and cat in...) well it will definitely be a full house and I'm going to have to downsize my stash, so what a great way to do some of the destashing! Smiley Smiley The bf is kinda scared of my crafty hoarding, lol. he is emptying out a wardrobe armoire in his bedroom just for me to hold my crafty goodness in, but I'm downsizing from a desk in my bedroom and half of my 8 feet long closet plus a few 18 gallon plastic bins to one wardrobe, lol. It will be a challenge, but definitely looking forward to trying this! I hope to get more than 1 project done, but at the same time I'll be downsizing rest of my apartment and helping the bf make room for my son, pets and I, so this is a real challenge for me! Smiley But, hopefully will keep me motivated too. Smiley
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Rapunzel Scarf Yarn Swap Rnd 7 SU CLOSED SO Jan 21st on: December 30, 2010 07:55:14 PM
Yay, can't wait!  Teeheehee!
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