The last portion of 2017 and the entire 2018 year has been crazy. We bought a 2nd home in Burwell at the end of 2017 (day after Christmas) and remodeled it the first 1/2 of the year in 2018. It is now The Oxford Cottage Craft Retreat House, AirBNB and vacation home…more on that later.… Continue reading Goal Setting and Updates
Since we have moved to Lincoln, I have just not had my craft studio completely unpacked and put together. I have had items in other drawers and cupboards in other rooms and just haven’t been able to finish getting it all organized and put away.
Part of the problem is I came from a custom craft room. I literally was able to be there every step of the way when my custom craft room was built and it was exactly what I wanted. If you haven’t ever seen that room, be sure and jump over to my old blog here and take a look.
This room is much bigger and I didn’t want to do built ins this time…partially because if for some unknown reason we ever have to move, I want to take it with me. Of course, the plan is, we will never move again and it seems that is very likely.
Anyway, I realized I needed help to just get over the ‘hump’ of finishing things off. The base is here and I have a ton of stuff done, but I just need it to be finished, so I can get on to my craft projects. So I hired a professional organizer, Melissa from Solutions by S and S.
A few days before she arrived, I sent these photos to her to give her an idea of what we would be working on.
Melissa from Solutions by S and S is so sweet and professional. I love that she asked me what the purpose of each area was and worked around what I envisioned. She was just able to keep things moving a long.
Things got worse before they got better, but I totally expected that.
4 1/2 hours later everything has a place and I know where things go. I feel so much better and I feel relaxed and able to create. I know I will make messes as I create, but I feel so good to know where everything goes when it is time to clean up. I love that my new custom cabinet is organized and that there is still plenty of room for other items that I’m sure I will find as time goes on. Best of all, everything has a home.
For those in the Lincoln, NE area, I would highly recommend Melissa from Solutions by S and S and for those of you in other places that are ready to get a grasp on your craft areas or any other part of your house, I highly recommend hiring a professional to either get you started or as was my case, help you finish.
Now it is time to decide on paint colors for the tables and to add things to my walls, etc. I can also move on with the idea of teaching classes again, but I’ll save that for another day and another blog.
Last Friday I shared this layout on the Pazzles Craft Room. I just loved the photo so much and wanted to do something special with it.
Okay, so ‘technically’ I was already there. Remember those 3,483 photos? Well, one of those stacks was from when Jeff and I were there in 2010. I have started to scrapbook them. So, theoretically, I only have 3,469 photos to go.
Here are two of the layouts that I did from the first day. We spent a day in San Francisco. For some reason, I took hardly any photos there. I thought we had more, but when I went to print them, this is what I had.
The layouts are fairly simple, but I like the focus to be on the photos and not all of the embellishments.
I created these titles in my Pazzles InVue software. The software makes it so easy to design. I love the editing tools and how easy they are to access.
Anyway, the San Francisco Bridge, Coit Tower, Lombard Street and Fishermans Wharf titles are over at the Pazzles Craft Room in their amazing library. They are available in both SVG and WPC format, so they can be used with most cutter softwares.
So anyone that used to follow my old blog knows about my custom craft room that I had at our old house. I loved that room and it was so hard to leave behind, but I was also excited, because that meant I would have a new room to create and design.
This has been a little harder room to work with for me…because it is larger. I know, I know, that does not make any sense, but for some reason, I have had a hard time with that. The good news is, I’m getting over it and rather quickly now.
One of the things I really miss about my old scrapbook room, was my Big Counter Table. It was a drop down table, because I didn’t have the room for it to stay out. (That was the only drawback of the table).
Anyway, I have been thinking I would build a big table, but then one day last week, Jeff and I were at the EcoStore here in Lincoln and they happened to be giving a way two ping pong tables. I had seen them there before, but hadn’t really paid attention, because in the past they had been a whopping $5.00 for each table. But the FREE-ninety-nine (my favorite price ever) price tag made me take a second look. And that is when I realized I had the makings of my BIG table. I could hardly contain my excitement as we went up and had our name put on them to come and pick back up.
I realize that it isn’t beautiful YET. But I have plans, BIG plans. In the meantime, I’m going to ‘practice’ crafting at my new table. Oh and by the way, I will eventually have both sides of the table in my room, so it will be the BIG GIANT table then. It will be ready for a lot of friends to come and play, so you better get your reservations in.
Have you ever wondered what 3,483 photos look like in one place? Me either. But, I now have the answer that I never even looked for.
New Years Day I was at a crop with some awesome ladies and one of them mentioned a really good special at Walgreens for photo developing. Well, I have been saying I needed to get some photos developed from some of the trips Jeff and I have been fortunate enough to take. (Fortunate that I was able to travel with my job for a number of years and through that, we were able to see some cool places).
The photos here are from our trips to California in 2010, England in 2011 and Australia and New Zealand in 2012, plus our Alaska cruise in 2014. I will start sharing some of the layouts and things that I plan on doing with these photos.
Theoretically, I hope to have them all scrapbooked by the end of 2017….in reality, it will be by….ummm, uhhhhh, ahhhh, yea, I may not have an answer on that one. What the heck was I thinking????