Desk Organizer

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I work from home, so my office is in my living room. I love it because I can be with my daughter while I work, but having all my business stuff in our living area isn’t always pretty. I have been trying to make it both functional and beautiful. I recently┬á got a desk that is big enough for both of us (YAY!), so my daughter can do schoolwork or coloring next to me. Then I found this great organizer on clearance at Target.

On clearance for $5 at Target!

On clearance for $5 at Target!

I hit up my craft stash in the basement. I found some great fabric I bought years ago to make pillows and thought it might dress this plain organizer up.

I set the organizer on the fabric to measure the right size and used hot glue to attach it inside the biggest compartment, from the back.

I set the organizer on the fabric to measure the right size and used hot glue to attach it inside the biggest compartment, from the back.

Then I wrapped the fabric around the back, underneath and pulled it tight.

Then I wrapped the fabric around the back, underneath and pulled it tight.

I cut lines in the fabric so it would fit in the separated front compartment, then hot glued it in place.

I cut lines in the fabric so it would fit in the separated front compartment, then hot glued it in place.

I did the same thing on the sides, cutting it to the right height for each level.

I did the same thing on the sides, cutting it to the right height for each level.

I LOVE the finished product! It adds color and life to the desk and keeps everything I use often at my fingertips. It is even big enough for my binder!

I LOVE the finished product! It adds color and life to the desk and keeps everything I use often at my fingertips. It is even big enough for my binder!


Sleepover!

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I love spending time with people. I think we were all created to be in community, but some of us were created to just LOVE being around other people.

One of my aunts and I were recently talking and suddenly the idea of a sleepover came up. I have no idea who thought of it, but we both lit up. I can’t remember the last time I had a sleepover for fun, not because it was too far to drive home. So we jumped at the idea.

It was awesome. So very fun. We had dinner, made Christmas gift tags, talked, laughed, shared. Got some sleep so we could be up with the little one. Had a great breakfast. French toast, which I have never made before, but loved growing up. I mentioned it to my aunt and she delivered! Complete with powdered sugar on top.

Then we got to work. When my ex-husband’s grandmother died (the one who made me my quilt), my mother-in-law brought me a box of her craft things and told me to take whatever I wanted. I found these wonderful vintage ornament kits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love these ornaments and the sparkle they add to the tree. I remember similar ornaments from grandparents’ trees when I was growing up and always admired them.

Wow. They are a lot more work than I expected!

Separating all those pins, beads and sequins by color and shape took hours.

But the pieces were so much more manageable once they each had a compartment. I love using vitamin organizers for beads. The compartments are small enough that there isn’t a ton of wasted space and often the bottoms are curved a little, which makes retrieving tiny beads easier.

That day, we managed to finish 3. My daughter helped for about 45 minutes before losing interest entirely. She did keep checking our progress, though!

With just the ribbon and cording on.

One stack of beads at a time.

Ta-Da!

 


Craft overload

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I LOVE creating things. I have tried so many different crafts and projects and have the leftover supplies to prove it! And I keep finding more things I want to try! I have been wanting to make myself a pretty way to hang my necklaces; something I could make and enjoy as a functional art piece.

Just now, I was wandering a friend’s pinterest craft board and stumbled on the most wonderful handmade necklace hanger. If it wasn’t 10:23 at night, I would be running out to the store to get supplies. ­čÖé I can’t wait to try this out. I may even add it to my etsy page, which is quickly becoming the excuse for me to keep creating more art.

I’ll be sure to post pictures when I finish it!