Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WOYWW 272 - Organizing Queen or Crafting in a Small Space

 When you don't have a whole dedicated room for your crafting--you don't let that stop you. My crafty corner is literally in a corner of our master bedroom. I actually like it, believe it or not, because I still feel open to everything going on in the house, but I'm still in my corner of the world.

 Here's a photo of my worktable from last night. Happy What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday!
I know, I know. It's ridiculously clean! No creative person would have a worktable this clean! But wait...there's more.
I had just rearranged and tidied up because I was getting ready to diecut a bunch of that cardboard packaging I'd been salvaging. After diecutting it, I embossed everything--so cute. I was excited to paint it all.
I painted the first round of diecutting a fun bronzy pinkish color and added glitter. It's all drying now. Then I'll use some cheap hairspray as my fixative. On a side note, during all this, my cat Joseph wanted me to comb him. (He's addicted to being combed, go figure.) So he hopped up on the counter as we always do, and I gave him a good wet combing which he loves. I petted him, he hopped down. And as he happily sauntered away I noticed his rear parts were a bit sparkly. Oops. Note to self: wash the glitter off your hands before combing the cat's butt!
I'm also cutting teacups out of some of my pretty paper for a little project.
And I'm tearing down some watercolor paper for little paintings and cards.
I've crocheted some necklace cords for pendants out of that Hemp cord I got at Wal-Mart for about 3 dollars--I love that stuff. There are four colors in the package, so I'm buying some more!
I love this piece of furniture right here. It is one of the things in my crafty corner that keeps me super organized--every drawer is dedicated to specific crafty items. I know where everything is because I use all my stuff, all the time.
When I need to be on the go, I love this organizing bag I got on sale at Hobby Lobby. It has several zipper pages inside so that I can fit in watercolors, paintbrushes, markers, art journal, fabric, embroidery floss, scissors, needles, and even a seam ripper! I also have knitting in here. So I could just grab this bag, not even think about it, and know that I have something with me I can create.
It's such a busy time of year, because I picked a lot of tomatoes and peppers this weekend and within hours had canned a few dozen jars of salsa. I love that it's all organic and mostly from my garden. Wooh! My post is toooo long--sorry Julia! Have a wonderful week lovelies.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Organize

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Doodle and a Stitch

 It's important to find your bliss every day. But some days are harder than others...we over-commit our time, we get sick, our kids get sick, and computers get sick! Artists and crafters also need to carve out that time and space, every day if they can, to create. It's an outlet for the soul. Some days I can barely manage a doodle in the art journal, and a stitch of floss onto a little piece of fabric. But if that's all I did today, then that's all I needed to do! Have a happy Tuesday!
Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch Happy

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Art Journal Friday

Well...I didn't have my art journal. I didn't have my art supplies. But I did have a few minutes, a few colored pencils, and my little sketch pad in my bag.
Just felt like being creative in the middle of a busy day. Happy Friday!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Go

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WOYWW 271--Crafty Table Freshness

 Good morning! - or...Good evening...depending on where you are in the world. I am at my crafty table in the USA Ozarks on Tuesday evening throwing my What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday blog together to go up Wednesday morning because I love all these deskers and it's super fun to take that mid-day peek into our crafty lives!
Well kids, it's that time of year in my town when the children go back to school! Vacation is over, the morning traffic is a little more hectic, and I am back to a full week in the office as well. I will do my best to not let my crafty life suffer. The way I do that is I try to line up little projects I can easily work on in spurts. This week I am cutting out things and making a whole bunch of art tags to sell at the fall craft fair. Some of them have stamping, stitching, you name it. They will all have some kind of sentiment on them, and I feel artsy when I'm making them--so that's good!
I'm also making little travel watercolor kits with Altoids tins and packaging from Dentyne Ice gum. They make the ideal paint wells that fit right into the tins! I love upcycling packaging--and my breath is oh so fresh on this project!

I hope you find your bliss and joy every day and have a great week.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Breath of Fresh Travel Paints--Creating on the Go-Go

Now you've got fresh breath and fresh creativity!
I have always wanted one of those super cute Koi travel watercolor kits--but I didn't really want to pay twenty dollars for one. But now I've seen how to make your own travel watercolors all over You Tube and various blogs and I had to try it. I used an Altoids tin, an empty Dentyne Ice gum package and my tube watercolors. I secured the plastic wells down with a couple of glue dots on the bottom. I let the watercolors dry for 24 hours before taking them on the go. The Dentyne Ice packaging lets you have eight different colors of your choice, and the Altoids tin will also fit a travel watercolor brush, a sponge, and even an old credit card if you do some scraping in your artwork. Perfect! This was fun to make, and now I want to make some for friends. I just have to finish decorating my tin!
This will go perfect with my little homemade watercoloring journals made from tissue boxes. (click here)
Then there's a little stitching on the go. I still love this little travel kit complete with variegated floss (so I feel like I'm using more than one color) little precut squares ready to stitch the hearts I use in applique, a needle of course, and my stork scissors. It's tiny and fits into any bag I'm using. Love, love, love.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Paint


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Threads

Your name is permanently engraved in the palms of my hands and no man shall pluck you out.
Isaiah 49:16