Friday, February 27, 2009


Workbench, South end-long leg of the "L"
The big white thing will be tested as a photobox. . . soon, I hope very soon. . .

Workbench, west side of short leg of the "L"

Corner of bench (south window)

End Cap on West End of Bench. . . Rulers are also hung here
Pegboard, frames and endcaps freehand painted with sketchy stylized flowers

Under Bench- West End
6" shelf
small pegboard

see my LAMP. . .I'm so excited. . . a 49.99 lamp for 14.95 from a closing JoAnn's
Turquoise Painted Pegboard
Covering Homasote Board with fabric to go beside the pegboard

Shelves Under South end of workbench
4 acrylic drawers
8 brown cardboard boxes
1 project tray

Acrylic Drawers full of WOOL. . . yummy!!!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

I'm blessed at the moment that my DH is bringing home for me to figure out how to incorporate into my work area; acrylic displays, sign holders, drawers, cubes, cylinders and etc. But I'm also trying to decide what can be used in my craft show booth. Goody, goody. . .

This is from the same place as the torso's (or boobies) that I blogged about earlier. . .

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Final Color Choices & Projects for Work Area

Final Look:
  • Yellow walls (spounged - original)
  • Kraft paper tan counter tops (matches kraft paper storage boxes)
  • Turquoise - main
  • Chocolate - main
    • Apple Green - accent
  • make & mount shelves for acrylic cubes
  • chalk or metallic box labels (cardboard & acrylic)
  • homemade for blotter
  • paper roll wall mounted caddy
    • dispenses rolls of freezer paper onto counter top
  • trim piece
    • clothespins
    • clips
    • hooks
  • tins & jars cover/label with paper scraps
  • claypot twine dispenser
  • felt cushions in jar bottoms (pinked edges)
  • pretty paper tags on the cloth door organizer
  • cover notebooks, clipboards, etc. with fabric
  • fabric for pincushion
  • needle felt pincushion
    • bottle cap bottom
    • velcro on base for mounting
  • color code Needle Felt needles according to sizes
  • pegboard covered with metal paint
  • magnets on plastic jar bottoms
  • fabric on plastic jar organizer bottom (cracked)
  • homasote board with fabric cover (24"x30")
  • glue buttons over screws on homasote board
  • sew scrap bag for mounting on counter top edge
  • galvanized trash can with lid
  • clean laundry tub
  • wash navajo-churro wool (large batch)
  • fabric inserts for apple crates (craft show shelves)
  • make ironing board cover with organizer
  • cut stencil shapes
    • tag
    • dog logo
  • cardboard & fabric lids for acrylic cubes and circles
  • check label maker supplies
  • shadowbox background
    • black
    • white
    • turquoise
  • find wood clay pot hangers
  • decoupage square on top of storage brown boxes
  • brass frog for paint brush drying
  • 2" -3" -4" -5" -6" circles decoupage on counter top for sizing of portraits
    • daisy paper from Joann Fabrics
  • fabric homasote backsplash between shelf & countertop
  • tape measures on counter top edge
  • find clip on lights for light box
  • make wool rack from hair pic
  • make spot for acrylic project trays
  • find coordinating wrapping paper
  • think about rosin paper dispenser
    • family handiman 12/2008 page 32
  • use partially made pendants for curtain valance
    • come up with a shade for window

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Clickable Collection of Work Space Ideas

Hung Up on Storage

A canvas shoe organizer hung from clip-on curtain rings functions as a cool window treatment while storing art supplies. The pocket depth is perfect for colored pens and pencils, paintbrushes, and notepads of various sizes.

Hanging Storage

Oilcloth bags hanging on the back of the door corral blocks, Barbies, and other small toys. Zippers on the sides of each bag let a child open it for use as a play surface.

How to Make It

-- Cut two rectangles (one for facing, one for lining) with a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides. -- Sew zippers into the sides of the bag.
-- To make the tabs, cut a fabric strip 5-1/2 inches wide.
-- Fold the long edges in so they slightly overlap and machine stitch.
-- Cut tabs to fit over rod.
-- Top off with a snap to hold the ends together.

Instant Storage with Old Jars

Transform old jars into handy storage for ribbon, buttons, and tags.

Personalize a Message Board

Make a message board just for you. Glue crystals around the edges of a purchased board and apply rub-on-transfer words across the top. Add memorable magnets by gluing a pretty jewel onto a small mirror and attaching the pretty piece to a magnet.

Fabric-Covered Boxes

Store your stuff in style. Whether for your sewing room, bedroom, or home office, create custom storage with a personal flair.


Don't forget to dress your accessories in personalized designs. It took just five minutes to wrap this journal with a paper belt and a few seconds more to slip a leftover paper scrap into a photo pocket on the album.

Spunk Up Notebooks

Give cheap notebooks a designer look with a quick coat of crafts paint. Apply circle stickers randomly and paint over them, covering the entire notebook; let dry. Remove the stickers to reveal circles in the journal's original color. For another look, stick an adhesive-back stencil to the notebook and paint; remove the stencil and let dry. For a little sparkle, glue crystals to the design.

Terrific Transfers

Paper just isn't practical for some purposes, such as soft and comfy throw pillows. Enter heat-transfer paper, which allows you to tattoo your favorite paper designs onto fabric. A copy center will reproduce a paper image onto an 11-x-17-inch sheet of transfer paper for less than $4. Transfer the design to fabric using an iron and following the paper manufacturer's instructions. For an eye-catching change of scale, the patterns used on these pillows were enlarged by 250 to 400 percent before being copied to transfer paper.

Monday, February 16, 2009


65 above zero:
Floridians turn on the heat.
People in Michigan plant gardens.
60 above zero:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Michigan sunbathe.
50 above zero:
Italian & English cars won't start.
People in Michigan drive with the windows down..
40 above zero:
Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
People in Michigan throw on a flannel shirt.
35 above zero:
New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Michigan have the last cookout before it gets cold.
20 above Zero
People in Miami all die.
Michiganders close the windows.
Californians fly away to Mexico .
People in Michigan get out their winter coats.
10 below zero:
Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Michigan are selling cookies door to door.
20 below zero:
Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in Michigan let the dogs sleep indoors.
30 below zero:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Michiganders get upset because they can't start the Snow-mobile.
40 below zero:
ALL atomic motion stops .
People in Michigan start saying...'Cold enough fer ya?'
50 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
Michigan public schools will open 2 hours late

Friday, February 13, 2009\

How the “pit bull” is now discriminated against by the United States military

By Lynn Ready, Best Friends Network Volunteer

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ribbon Storage

cool idea from JoAnn's Fabrics. . .

Marie Osmond developed the Elite Essentials Designer Storage line as a way introduce her life-long passion for sewing and quilting to a new, creative generation. Elite Essentials products are designed with the busy, and organized sewer or crafter in mind. In addition, they are designed to travel well and keep everything together while looking beautiful at the same time.

This creative organizer is a fantastic; easy; secure and inexpensive way to store ribbons. Featuring black painted rack with a sliding ribbon guard; and convenient notches for stacking metal rack with a sliding ribbon guard; and convenient notches for stacking units as high as you desire; notches for mounting on wall; cabinet or closet door.


We've all seen the emails but could use a reminder!

The Invisible Mom
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'
Obviously not ,no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it? I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel? I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, and she’s gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it. And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies. Then she hand bastes a turkey for three hoursand presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'you’re gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Great Job, MOM!

Share this with all the Invisible Moms you know (those who might not be Moms yet but still have theirs)... I just did.

The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

To my dear it unto the Lord...God bless you and be encouraged in what you are doing.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Photo Transformed into Sketch by Computer Program

Bailey picking on my daughter. . . (note: checking this on my work computer and it looks horrible/at home on either computer it looks great. . . good luck)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Work Area Is Started!

Electric is run above where my work top will be mounted and the shelf is covered with kraft paper.

The brown boxes are the storage boxes that I'm so excited about and to the right of it is the acrylic drawers and cylinder containers I want to use.

Decided to not make my husband miter the corner of this shelf and am mounting a corner accent instead. The frames and shelf on the right(waiting for mounting), are dark brown and I added some cool turquoise flowers.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Craft Area colors

Must decide what fabrics to use (most of the retro colors are from my deep dark stash from Mom) . . . my storage boxes are kraft paper brown with dark brown accents . . .

Shelf & worktop area is covered with sealed kraft paper. . .

I like the distressed brown (matching storage box accents) frames in the top of the picture that I'm painting and the brown & turquoise frame is my dry erase board. . .

Walls are sponged shades of light yellow, I'm just not sure that I'm going to add the bright yellow, pinks and green on the right side of this picture. . .

Not too sure about the floral turquoise, brown & rust at the bottom either. . .

Need ideas folks! Please help. . .