Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My First Craft Room - Circa 2007

Since I'm confined to the house for being sick, I started looking through old pictures on my computer and came across my very first craft room that I then called my "Scrapbooking Room" from 2007.  Hard to believe that it has been 6 years since these pictures were taken.  I thought it would be fun to share with you these "NOT SO GREAT QUALITY PICTURES".....Enjoy..

Let me take you back in time to 2007!  We had recently relocated from Baton Rouge, LA back to Houston, TX when the idea hit me to turn one of our spare bedrooms into a "scrapbooking room".  Our son was young and I was really getting into paper crafting and documenting our lives as a family. 


I chose a yellow, black and white theme....

 I saw a craft table in an edition of Creating Keepsakes and immediately called my Dad to see if he could recreate it. (Stupid Question)  When he arrived in Houston, he and Chance (our son) constructed it.  hehe

I LOVED this desk because it had so much storage available because of the upper shelf unit.  Dad installed a light under the shelf that came in so handy.

Dad then constructed the craft island that I still use to this day.  I couldn't craft without it because it is what I use as my work surface.  We got the idea from Pottery Barn and tweaked the plans a little.  We installed 20 shelves that fit 12" x 12" paper.

Dad then built this....a huge bookcase....

The room had a tiny walk-in closet that I made into "Chance's Office".  I'm still trying to find pictures of it because I painted it with chalk board paint and it was so cute.  

We moved from Houston to Dallas in 2010 and the buyers of this house requested that the built in table stay in the room for their two daughters to have a place to craft and do homework.  I was so glad that it was going to remain in the house and be used for it's purpose.

To View my pictures of my craft room in Dallas, click HERE and HERE

My Dallas Craft Room

Now that we are in Calgary, I am currently working on my craft room here (last priority).  I hope to have something to show in a month or so.  

Thanks for stopping by and taking a trip down memory lane.....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Personalized Kleenex Box.......

I've been a little MIA lately due to all kinds of sickness in our little family and not to mention my latest and current episode of SHINGLES.  If you have never had it, count yourself lucky because IT IS NOT FUN.  This is actually the second time I've had it.  I had it as a young child and who would have thought you could get it again...not me.  

With that said, I thought it was a good time to go into the most used bathroom in our home and remove this.....

With all of us being sick we were just washing our hands so much and probably just spreading our germs back and forth to each other.

I decided to replace it with this....

I thought it would be a smart idea to use the disposable Kleenex Hand Towels..... 

but I didn't like the way the plain box looked in my bathroom.....

so I decided to add a small touch of decor to the box.  Let me show you how I did it.....

I started by measuring the width of the box with my handy measuring tape on my table (no searching for a ruler) to know exactly how big to cut my vinyl design.....

After I knew how big to cut my vinyl, I was able to find a scrap piece and cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo.....

I then added my monogram "A" in a pretty sky blue color.....

I like it so much better than the boring white box.  Don't You????

The cost for this project was $2.50...and that was for the Kleenex Towels because I was able to use my scrap vinyl.  I know you are probably thinking I'm crazy, but if you felt the way I did it's the little things that make you feel better.

Since I bought several boxes, I was thinking (while lying on the couch) of what else I could do with it and thought I'd share my ideas.....

Place these boxes in the bathroom area or kitchen area where guests will be washing their hands (instead of everyone using a community towel)...

Birthday Party - Personalize with the name of the birthday boy or girl and place in the bathroom or kitchen area or simply just add the age of the person.

Graduation Party - If you have a special someone that will be celebrating graduation in a couple of months, why not add a cap/gown/diploma with their name.

Easter - A bunny rabbit or carrots cut out of vinyl would be adorable.

Get Well Soon - If you have a friend or loved one, decorate it and give it in a gift basket along with other goodies for a get well soon surprise.

Teacher Gift - Wouldn't the teachers love these in their classroom with their names or classroom name on them.

Washi Tape the box with some cool designs

Let your kids decorate one with scrapbook stickers

The possibilities are endless, just use your imagination and stay well.

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