Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stash Dash 2015 - Organize Your Fabric Like a Mini Fabric Store

Do you ever have fabric envy? A few years ago we had dinner at a friend's house, and she was amazing at making hats. They lived on some land and resided in a house that was built onto the original log cabin on the land. It was still a tiny house - but inside she had created a jewel box of beautiful decorating and handmade art. Even though it was a teeny tiny house, she had managed to create one tiny room with nothing but shelves for fabric. She had so much fabric, and much of it was on the big bolts, just like in the fabric store. So that meant it was very organized, efficient, and she could always see what she had on hand.
My fabric, what little I have, has been a mess for too long. I don't have fabric store size bolts to wrap it around, but I did decide I could wrap it around something and organize it like she did. 
So, I destroyed a couple of cardboard boxes and went to work! I cut rectangular pieces of cardboard (my mini version of the bolts), and I found that when I folded even the most unruly cut-up pieces of fabric into some kind of long folded rectangle, it would wrap very nicely around the cardboard pieces, and then file right into a square box, basket or tub.
I tried to keep like colors together, and I am happy not only with being able to actually see everything I have, but the fact that the fabric will stay more wrinkle free now. What a simple solution!
Best of all, I can go shop for fabric, knowing that I'm not duplicating what I already had. And if there's something in my stash that will serve the project, even better. No shopping trip needed!

Click here to see five simple rules in dashing your stash.

We had dinner a few times out at my friend's tiny log cabin jewel box house before she moved into a bigger home. And the way she did things and made things and transformed that tiny space influenced me forever. I will always love the handmade, the created-from-scraps, the hand-of-the-artist look to everything. It holds much more beauty, personality, richness and character than anything mass produced.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WOYWW 295 - The Typist

Happy Wednesday desker lovelies! Click here to visit the brave crafty souls who are revealing what's on their worktables today at Ms. Julia's Stamping Ground. Right now my desk is 30% typewriter, 20% embroidery, 30% bits and bobs, 10% art journaling, and 10% tag making.

Let's see what have I been doing...
1- Making a concerted effort to shop my stash and cut down on my visits to Michaels and JoAnns. (cut down, people...not cut out)
2- Using a sunny morning to have a little photo shoot with my typewriter...typing up fun little sayings I can use on future blog posts and maybe in my crafty book.
3- Working in my junk journal (on the left) I made last year. Want to make another one!
4- Finishing up my second matryoshka doll cross-stitch--still haven't decided if they will be a banner, pillows or an art quilt! I'm just having fun stitching them and watching Downton Abbey. I tend to watch every episode at least twice, because there is so much to look at, I don't catch everything the first time. Love that Maggie Smith...she has the best lines this season! I remember seeing her in The Prime of Miss Jean Brody long, long ago and loved her then!
5- Kind of missing the old days with the typewriter--would love to create some actual book pages with it. A miracle that all the ribbons I bought for this thing in 1990 are still perfectly good.

I hope you are feeling happy, creative, and healthy today.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tag Tuesday Feathers

Today's theme is "Feathers" over at Tag Tuesday - click here to visit and share!
I often enter a drawing for a random box of crafty goodies from an online craft shop, and one week with no notice, a box arrived on my doorstep. It was full of bird stuff! But it was crafty bird stuff. I really had no idea what to do with it all, and included were some feathers, so today I had a great reason to use this pretty feather. It was also a good time to pull out my super cute owl stamp from Unity.

I was in a hurry though, so lucky for me I still have a little stack of tags from a gelli plate painting session, and some diecut hearts and flowers from a diecutting session using food packaging that I cut up and keep for that purpose. It gets upcycled very nicely when you cut it all, paint it, and even glitter it if you like. It's time though to load up my container of pretty diecuts again though, so the Big Shot will be going to work soon.

Anyhoo, visit Tag Tuesday. Make your own art tags - I plan to sell some of mine at a craft fair this spring, so don't forget to add sentiments to them - they also make great cards.

Happy Tuesday!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Monday, January 26, 2015

Scrap Happy with Stash

Click here for five simple rules for Stash Dash 2015

Do you love your scraps? When you make a vow to shop your stash and use your scraps, you start to feel more creative and love what you have! 

I am playing in my junk journal today (photo of my whole junk journal below--click here to see how I made it) and one of the things I love about my junk journal is the use of old ephemera and even old outdated patterned papers that apparently I once liked enough to buy, but now I don't like so much. However, when I use my stamps on them, color them, tear them, ink them, emboss, and smash them together with other things whether it's ephemera or mixed-media, I truly love the whole new piece of art that comes out of it. I am still adding scraps in this journal - I sew in it - I write lists in it - and I stick things in handmade envelopes that were made from stash and built into it.

That's all. Just lovin' those scraps! See you for another Stash Dash post on Thursday about organizing my fabric to make the most of it.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Threads

Show me your ways Lord, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me. For you are God, my savior and my hope in you all day long. 
Psalm 25:4-5

Friday, January 23, 2015

Orange you glad it's Friday...

I couldn't resist...I was drinking a cup of orange juice with breakfast and realized I sat it down right by some orange floss, and the orange part of my glasses. I think I love orange.

I hope you are having a lovely Friday though. Saturday is always my favorite day of the week--I'm either crafting, out shopping, or gardening in the spring and summer! But it won't be long until it's time to start some seeds in February on my greenhouse, I can't wait!

By lunchtime I was in the pink--having a little bowl of noodles and stitching with my little go-bag. Have a great weekend.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wall Pocket Calendar Recycle--Stash Dash 2015

Using my scraps and stash to recycle a pretty pocket calendar
 Every year I get a new pocket calendar for my kitchen--you know, the kind with the spiral bound top, hangs on the wall, and has a handy pocket on the bottom of every month. I also keep them when the year is over, to upcycle some of the calendar pages into other projects. And of course, I have several that are completely in tact and I haven't used them yet. I especially liked the one from 2013, and couldn't seem to find another one I liked that much. Then I got the idea to recycle it! Make it my 2015 kitchen pocket calendar. Why hadn't I thought of this before?
Step one is to add the current year at the top of the pages
These kind of calendars are always made really well, and don't get wear and tear, so why not recycle. I had printed out calendar pages to actually make a scrapbook calendar, but they looked like they would fit my pocket calendar. So I went to work, trimming them down, coloring them a little with gelatos, colored pencils, using stamps, old stickers in my stash, using my wavy scissors, and simply applying each calendar page to the existing page with washi tape and nothing else. Now, I don't have a lot of washi tape, and was wishing I did. But I did use the three spools I do have. The washi tape covers up the seam on each side, but later lets you easily remove the page if you want to recycle it again another year or upcycle it for another project.

-Click here for the free pdf printable calendar webpage-

This was such an easy project--just required some trimming and getting out my supplies. As you can see, I didn't get too fancy because I just wanted to get it done and up on the wall to use. But you could certainly take your time and embellish the pages as much as you want. Leave them fresh and white,  throw some color on them like I did, or print them on colored card stock. That's the fun of it! Happy stashing!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch