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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Craft Room Organization on: March 20, 2017 02:36:50 PM
I posted the following in the Nerd Games Craftalong, and I just found this board. So I'm just copying and pasting the post from there. I'm keeping the project header up because there's a little bit I wrote under the "brief description" of the header.

Research Project Name: Craft Room Organization
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: EPIC!
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Holy cow. This project took a long time, and traveled partway across the country! Back when I proposed this project in September, I had no intention of moving from Washington to Arizona. I started to sort through the mess that was my craft room because not only was it totally trashed (it looked like a tornado had ripped through the room!), but I inherited a few items from my grandmother when she passed away that I wanted to get into the room. Please don't judge me for the original mess!
Project Picture:
I'm so embarrassed by these first two photos.. :/

After quite a few hours put in cleaning, untangling yarn, and just some general organizing and purging, I started to get some semblance of order happening...

Soon after I started making headway in the room, we decided we were going to move to Arizona to be closer to my sister. So all of my hard work, plus all the work I had yet to even start, got shoved into boxes and were put into the unused den of my sisters house. We started looking for our own place, and after a few months, everyone agreed that it financially made sense of us to all continue living together, plus it allows me to be close to my sister and niece. So we rented a storage unit and began clearing out the den. As we began making a dent in removing all of our boxes, my sister and I decided we needed our own craft room. So we slowly started organizing the room to fit our needs.

The den has no closet space, so the hanging organizers I had used in my WA craft room weren't going to do me any good. I had two 3x3 cube shelves that I stacked to use for storage for my full skeins instead of using them to hold the small fabric totes full of rolled yarn balls.

That wasn't nearly enough storage for me (I know, I have a ton of yarn!), so I ended up scoring a white bookshelf from Goodwill for only $5. It has some water damage and it was filthy (it too me 30 minutes of elbow grease and a lot of Clorox wipes to clean it!), but once it was cleaned up, it fit the purpose I intended it for. It holds all of my pattern books, a few fabric totes to hold some of my cross stitch supplies and other notions, and we ended up putting our DVD collection on the shelf since the shelves are so deep we could fit two rows of DVDs on one shelf.

I ended up buying another bookshelf brand new, this time in brown, because I needed even more storage. This shelf holds 10 fabric totes that are all FULL of wound yarn cakes. I have to give a super special THANK YOU! to QueenHobo for helping me wind yarn cakes. I feel like she deserves a special medal for helping me out. She wound more than 3/4 of that yarn, and spent enough time on it to have submitted it for a research project on its own.

I never got a chance to fully go through all of the drawers in my grandmothers old sewing table, so after getting it put where I wanted it to live, I went through each drawer. Holy cow, there was a ton of stuff inside! It took me over 8 hours to go through the drawers, reorganize, and find new homes for some items.

I also spent a lot of time hanging things above the sewing table. Here's a close up:

I spent quite a bit of time going through buttons she had stashed in the drawers. Those buttons along with my own took me forever to organize. I used an old spice caddy to organize my simple buttons, and put most of hers into a jar. I pulled some aside to put in a special jar because they're so cool, and I wanted easy access to them.

And lastly, I hung a bunch of pictures and other crafty things I've made around the room. I couldn't get a good shot of my corner of the room, but I was able to at least get a shot of my two cross stitches I hung above my sitting area.

I think that's everything. Yes, my obsessive side came out a little in the organization of the yarn. It's sorted by color, ROYBGIV, and I love it! I think it's pretty. Smiley I'm sure I'll find other small things to do around the room now that it's set up (such as hang my Hannah cross stitch once I finish it... I'm hoping to do that soon!), but for now I'm very, very happy with our craft room!
32  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dinosaurus Rex! on: March 12, 2017 05:05:14 PM
I just finished making a very cheerful looking T-Rex for my sister, QueenHobo, in bright yellow and hot pink. But before I made the yellow dino, I made a few others. I wrote the pattern down in a notebook, but I never got around to typing it up. Then I couldn't find the pattern anywhere... until last night! As I was trying to finish unpacking my stuff in my craft room, I came across the notebook! So I typed it up and got it added to Ravelry. It's available as a free download. I hope you enjoy! If you make it, I'd love to see what fun color combos you come up with!

33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Minnie blanket on: March 10, 2017 05:46:49 PM
I just completed a Minnie blanket. A little girl is going to be very happy Smiley

The worst part is weaving in ends.

And in case you'd like the chart to make this yourself, here you go Smiley

34  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Poppy the Troll on: February 27, 2017 01:28:57 PM
I just finished this troll for a friend. I wouldn't really consider it an amigurumi as it's 18 inches tall, and amis are supposed to be small with over-sized eyes, but I guess it fits better here than under the other project category. Smiley

This took me well over 20 hours to finish. The hair alone took me more than 6 hours. Here's how you start the hair:

Once I finished attaching all of the strands of yarn, I used a dog brush to make it wispy like pictured below.

Even though it took FOREVER to do, I think I'll use this technique on some of my future dolls. I really like how it turned out. I have a special request from my niece to make a troll doll for her, so I imagine I'll be making this again soon.
35  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fire Truck C2C Blanket on: February 12, 2017 05:27:03 PM
I recently created a chart for this fire truck and crocheted the blanket. It's worked in C2C, or corner-to-corner. You can download the free chart and wheel pattern here:

36  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / ASL Blanket on: February 12, 2017 05:24:01 PM
A few years back, I decided to make an ASL ABC blanket. I had to create each chart from scratch, plus crochet each square. It took me two months from start to finish to complete this blanket. It's massive, but I love how it turned out!

I am hard of hearing. I was inspired to create this when I had a hearing test done and discovered I needed a hearing aid. Not knowing that I would need a hearing aid at some point in life, I took a bunch of ASL classes in my late teens. I took ASL 1 & 2 in high school, then in community college I took ASL 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. I also took a Deaf Culture class.

This was a labor of love, and I've received so many kind words from hundreds of people. The free charts can be downloaded here:

37  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Googly Eyed Squid on: February 12, 2017 05:16:47 PM
Midway through 2016, a new squid species was discovered. I fell in love with it as it's just so darn cute! I decided to create my own crochet pattern for it. Here's the link to the free pattern on Ravelry.

38  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pink Owl on: February 12, 2017 05:12:36 PM
This is another owl keychain I made. I wrote the pattern myself, but I need to type it up before I can post it as a free pattern to share with everyone.

39  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Grey Owl on: February 12, 2017 05:10:59 PM
This little guy will actually fit in the palm of my hand. I chose to make it into a keychain. It's a little on the big side if you like to put your keys in your pocket, but it fits just fine into a purse! Smiley

40  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pink haired mermaid on: February 12, 2017 05:07:53 PM
I love how this mermaid came out! It's based off the Lalylala pattern I found on Ravelry.

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