The smallest room in our home – the room with the most windows per square feet, with the best lighting – has totally not been used to its potential. Disappointing, isn’t it? It’s the dumping ground. In the last month I’ve alluded on the Facebook page to redoing one of our rooms into an actual, usable craft space. (Yeah, we’ve only lived here for 8-1/2 years?) The room was originally earmarked for a shared home office between my husband and myself. I think I had visions of the kids working at the table. That didn’t happen.
I’m happy to report that in the last few weeks I moved a lot of things around, got rid of a lot, too. I lost some momentum last week because I needed to focus on a workshop my husband and I were presenting at our church, not to mention family stuff. BUT, I’m still encouraged that I’ve made a few more papercrafty things in the last couple of weeks just by having this space available to me! It’s actually a room I’m starting to want to spend time in.
I don’t think I’ve ever shared pictures of this room because I’ve been too embarrassed about the state of it… and, you know what? Who cares?! It’s coming around, and it’ll be awesome.
Have a great Monday, and a great week everyone!
Working on: Prepping for Spring Break, Easter cards, my planner pages, more house clean up.
Developing: A lesson plan for a Zen drawing workshop I’m giving this week at a local art center, and hopefully an Easter article for GeekMom.
Contributing: At Monday Mugshots.
Planning: My son’s First Holy Communion reception for family and friends.
Letter writing has been so fun lately. It’s liberating, personal, and gives me
an excuse another way to be creative. As a kid, I would write to friends and cousins. When one particular friend traveled, I would write her “letters from the future” and make up games for her to play while she was sitting in the car or flying. When I started college, pen and paper sort of went to the wayside because we were all given e-mail accounts… DOS, even. No windows-based programs yet.
I thought I would share some pictures of a paper folder I put together for one of my favorite pen pals of all time. She received it recently, so now I can “unveil” it. A little paper, a little sewing, some washi tape, envelopes – all things I love playing with!
Inspired by oh, hello friend…
I love mixing paper and stickers. And I’m totally in love with my retro Dymo labeler.
I folded a 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in half, and used washi tape to strengthen the fold before sewing the other pages in place.
What a fun way to use up bits of paper, postcards and little notes.
Mini-envelopes taped into place are perfect for holding tiny treasures.
No pics today. Although you can see my Monday Mugshot at the Facebook page.
I joined a community today at the Your Turn Challenge blog, and am eagerly waiting for my post to be posted. Every day for seven days there will be a prompt, and people can submit their writing at the Tumblr blog. Pretty cool to think that people from all over are trying this out for very similar, and yet very different, reasons. If you have a Twitter account you can check out the hashtag #YourTurnChallenge.
I just needed a push.
Hope to update with a link to my post soon…
Got a tweet from Winnie Kao. She took the time to answer my tweet despite all the posts she has to manually update… she gets a round of applause from me.
— Winnie Kao (@winniekao) January 20, 2015
The long link to my #YourTurnChallenge post is http://yourturnchallenge.tumblr.com/post/108610578470/why-not
But if you don’t feel like going there, this is what I wrote:
Why do the Your Turn Challenge?
- Because Winnie asked (so nicely)…
- Because I saw it on my Seth Godin e-mail feed… (and I dig Seth’s stuff).
- Because last year was the least I had written on my own blog and I feel like a failure…
- Because I crave community…
- Because I promised myself I would do more, complain less…
- Because I want to get better at launching without being a perfectionist…
- Because I need the push…
- Because I gotta get over whatever block I’m feeling…
- Because others are here and we’re doing this together…
So, why not?
My family and I traveled to Seattle for Christmas and New Year’s! Such a great time with family: losing track of the days, playing late, sleeping in, eating our way through some favorite spots and checking out new places. Coming back was rough only because of the jetlag. I love coming home from a trip, and sleeping in my own bed. And now… the re-entry into our regularly scheduled life. Tough.
I wrote last November about my non-writing. I think that has a lot to do with changes in my focus, and especially with my kids involvement in school and activities. Actually, I just told someone yesterday that I think I took on two volunteer activities too many over the last year. They actually entail big projects, too, so I’m poising myself to step away from them. It’ll be good to release the ideas and work to someone else who can breathe new ideas into the work.
My focus this year will be to continue to share here when I can… showing the progress of projects, workshops and ideas. Still thinking about blog details, but that can come later.
Working on: leading an annual poster contest for our local city hall, social media and PR for my church parish women’s organization, getting my kids to write thank you notes…
Developing: a Valentine’s workshop with a friend, storefront window ideas for said friend’s store
Planning: a cool drawing theme for March (maybe), my daughter’s birthday
I’m happy for the new, clean slate, and hopeful for what 2015 holds. More dreaming and doing, less complaining and procrastination! Onward…
Raid your jewelry box for a little bling on your presents! I have a few orphaned earrings that would make fun embellishments for the fashionistas in my life.
Once in a while, I run out of gift bows (and I don’t feel like running out to the store for the bag o’ bows). I’m probably not the only one… and what’s a gift without a bow or something fun? If you need a gift topper, check out some really cool tutorials and make your own!
A paper bow tutorial can be found at the end of this linked post.
Rosettes, or paper medallions, are so fun too! I make mine like this paper medallion tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous.
Pinwheels are timeless… check out the pinwheel tutorial on instructables.com. I make my pinwheels with 3″ to 5″ squares, and then use a pom pom, stickers, buttons, or rhinestones in the center. Use a variety of sizes as gift toppers.