Blank space to craft space pt 1

Hi and welcome back to my blog. As always welcome to my new readers and subscribers. Today blog is going to start a series about my journey to decoration. I told you before how I need to set up a craft space in my bedroom. I finally started the process with up cycling a table I got table that was purchased from a thrift store. I finally set up the area where I will be working on my craft projects, decorating my planner as well as writing my blog. Previously I would work on a table in my solarium,but now I can sit at my craft table and look out the window and be as creative as I can be. Before I show you the process, I wanted to show you where my sewing machine and my cricut maker use to live.When ever I wanted to sew I would have to put it up somewhere.This is where my craft area will be located,but before I set it up I put on some carpet refresher and vacuumed the floor. Thats the white stuff you see on the floor. The pet crate is in that location and remain there. The box next to the crate will be place in another location. After I vacuumed the floor , I place the table in the area I wanted it. I did a lot of adjustment and I finally found a good area for it.The area I have it don’t block anything and when I place a chair (coming soon) in the area I get to use the daylight and look out the window(I live in a gated community so there really isn’t anything to see, but I get to use the daylight never the less. So here is the finally set up.I like the way it looks and I decided to just keep my cricut maker and my sewing machine on the table. I will be able to set up my laptop and printer in another area, but I will be able to use my laptop at the table when I need it. For the time being I can use my maker and my sewing machine.At the end of the day I like this set up and I just want to sit here and craft my heart out. So I will be bring this blog to an end, but like always I want you to

Keep crafting.

Coffee Time

Hi and welcome back to my blog, and welcome to coffee time. Coffee time is the time were we sit down with a hot cup of coffee(or tea if you prefer) and review what I did this week. So This week I shared two projects, both tables. One was a side table I made for my daughter to put her candles on and the other one was an upcycle from a thrift storeThis is what the finished project looked like, and to add a little decor I added twinkle lights,(not shown)My other table was from the thrift store. It was originally from IKEA. I took this table and upcycle it into something I cant wait to set up in my craft area.You know when I set it up I will share with you.

This week I did do something with my blog I never did before, and that’s to share some books I was reading. These books I borrowed from the local library,but one of the books I decide I would like to have my own copy. So what I have coming up this week. I hope to be able to show you the beginning of craft area set up. On Friday I went to goodwill and I will share with you the books I purchase.Also want to share with you hauls again. I have been going to Dollar Tree, but most of the items I purchase was household items and a few crafting items that I didn’t bother to share.I do plan on doing more crafting shopping soon.

Well I’m coming to the end of this blog and my coffee. I will be here again and until then

Keep crafting

I was crafty when crafting wasn’t cool

Hi and welcome back to my blog. I’m back today with a project that Ive been talking about,my craft table. As I mention in a previous blog I like to go to thrift stores to find stuff that I can repurpose. On Monday my daughter and I went to a thrift store we discovered in our travels, and I found this table. The table originally was from Ikea which I research this desk, which is sold as a table top not including the legs for $24.99. My daughter brought it for $10.00.This is the table on the ikea website which included the legs which was sold separately.This is what my table look like when I brought it home. I had to remove the legs so I could walk it back to to my place. As you can see there are scratches and nicks on the table and the legs are dirty but I can fix it. I have the technology,I have the skills to redo this table.Being the crafter that I am I gather my supplies and got to work.To start, I brought some wood filler and a paint scraper,and got to work scraping off loose particles. Once that was done I use the wood filler to start filling in the scratches and nicks. The only thing about that is I took time to dry and harden.After the filler dried, I had to sand it to become smooth with the table. That was a job within itself because it requires a lot of arm power.After sanding the wood filler as close to the table as my arms allowed. Then I put some white paint to cover the wood filler.I would have brought wood filler that was close to the color of my table, but what you expect from dollar tree. The white paint was just to cover the wood filler so I can paint.

Next I paint the table turquoise. My original plan was to paint the top turquoise and paint the side pale blue, but once I put the turquoise I like the white on the sides and the legs.The one thing I forgot to mention is I did purchase some stencils from dollar tree. I wanted to have live, laugh and create. I later decided that the love.laugh and love stencil was all I needed.As you can see the stencil came out nice. The next step which was a last minute thing because I found out that you can scratch off the paint easy, was to paint the table with Mod Podge used for furniture. It helps to harden the surface, as well as set the paint.The last touch was to add light blue sponge marks to give it a cloudy polka dot look. It turned out to be really nice for an item that came from a thrift store.So what have I learn is don’t ever pass out a thrift store, because you never know what treasures you will find.

And now I will end my blog like I always do

Keep crafting.

Too many ideal not enough time

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Today I have a small craft project that is a revamp of a previous craft I shared with you. Remember the small table I made for the solarium. Well I was watch a you tube video. The you tuber named is Life at 50 and beyond. I notice how she did her side table and liked it so I decide to try it for my daughters room. She always talks about having somewhere to place a candle on and I like the table so I decided to try it.So let look at the first table I complete.I like the way this table came out, and I will in the future make another one to put in the other corner. The items I used for the new table are as shown.Other items that I used was E-6000 and a hot glue gun. I follow the same procedures as in previous blog but I had to paint the wreath form white to match the baskets.I glued the baskets together using E-6000 and hot glue. I did that because I didn’t have have the time to sit and wait for the glue to hold. It take 24 hours for E-6000 to fully bond and the hot glue holds it so you can move on. So I painted the form and once that was dry a glued it to the top of the trash cans with hot glue and E-6000. The only thing that is different about this one is I used a charger instead of a pizza pan. The charger sits within the wreath form and can be switched out. The other thing is you can add flowers twinkle lights, any kind of decoration within the baskets to change the look, because with the attached wreath form there is a hole which gives you access to the basket. Here is the finished side table ,Shown before and after the charger is placed on it.Here is what the item the table look like with items on it. I think is came out great and I cant wait to see what it looks like with different decor.

Well I hope you enjoy this blog and please stick around to see all my projects and see how I pull it all together in my new apartment. And I will leave you like always,

Keep crafting.

What spare time: I have craft time

Hi and welcome back to my blog, If you are new here welcome. Today blog will be different from my other blogs because I want to share with you where I’m getting my inspirations from. I’m in the process of decorating my new apartment, and because funds are low I’m going to thrift stores and finding stuff that people leave outside . You know one man trash is another man treasure. So I went to the local library to look for craft books. So I picked 3 books and my daughter borrowed one book for me. The book that my daughter borrowed for me was the get started sewing,which I enjoyed so much and learn so much from I decided to purchase my own copy. So lets get into my books. The first book is Creative Juices by Cathie Fillian and Steve Piacenza. This book show you how you can take items you may have in your home and recycle them into something new. The book contain 45 redrafting projects to make with recycle stuff. I really enjoyed this book and will probably renew it because I seen a lot of projects that I can feed off. The next book is 150 plus quick and easy furniture project. A better homes and garden book. This book show you can revamp old furniture and give it new purpose. I picked up this book because I do go to thrift store and if I see something interesting I try to figure out how I can use this for my needs. I recently received a craft desk that was purchase from a thrift store and wait to you see what I did to it and how it looks in the space. The next book is crafting the resistance. This book caught my eye because of the title. The authors of this book is Lara Neel and Heather Mariano. In this book to my surprise contains projects from recycle items, sewing, crocheting and knitting. It gives you step be step instructions for those individual who want to do a craft but dont know how to start. Not only that, but it gives you projects to work on to get you started. The last book I mention first is the get started sewing. I borrowed this book because I want to make cushions for my shoe storage set up. I want to make a store storage so when we come home we can just put the shoes in a crate and be able to sit down to put shoes on. This set up will be at the door so we won’t have track marks on the carpet. This books teaches you have to sew and sewing supplies needed from hand sewing to sewing machines. To do cross stitch to embroidery. Its a good reference book to have. It also contain projects and patterns to us. This is a good book to add to your reference library. So I hope you enjoy this blog. I hope to share with you any other books I find interesting. So stick around because you will never know what surprises I have in store unless you are here.And as always Keep crafting

A lady never discuss the size of craft stash.

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Today is share day for me. I wanted to share with you where I store my craft supplies for now, as well as the area I planned to set up my new craft area. So I think I mentioned before my craft area will be smaller than my previous one because I do have less space.I will make the best of what I have and make it organized enough to work on my crafts and have room to maneuver in my space. I’m still looking for a desk that will fit my space and have enough room to set up my cricut maker, sewing machine and printer with room to sit and work on my planner. So let me show you where I have my craft stored.So now that you see it let me explain the mess you see. I have a walk in closet. Sitting on the floor I have multiple storage boxes containing assorted craft supplies. These supples includes fabrics,paint and misc craft supplies. On the shelf I have my craft tools organizer my mint and circut machine including my mats. Also I have my tool box (for all my nails wrench’s screw drivers etc). I also have my sewing boxes containing all my sewing supplies.Next is my chest which contain supplies that I dont really use on a regular basis and some larger items I couldn’t fit in the storage crates. Under my craft tools organizer I have my printer as well as a cabinet I use to store planner supplies. (It was damaged in moving, but nothing a little sanding and paint can’t handle) Also lets talk about the old cassette holder. I use that now to store all my plug for my machines, but will be recycling it to be something useable hopefully.

Here is the area I planning to set up my new crafting space. I will first show you an overview of my room.So this what my room look like now not including the area where I’m setting up my craft area. I have my own bathroom so that’s another reason my room is smaller and the walk in closet. This area is where I’m going to set up my new craft area. I will get good light from the window and I will be able to sit, work on crafts and have space for my bed and other items. You know as soon as I set up my area I will share it all with you. I hope you stay around to see how my journey ends.

Until then,

Keep crafting

Crafty Life

Hi and thank you for returning to my blog. Today I realize that the hardest thing to do is decorate your own space. For years Ive lived with my mother and I had a room. That room was were I slept and my craft haven. Since Ive moved(Yes I have roommates) its been hard to decide what we need for our space. I also have the job of creating a craft space for my room,so i can move my stuff out of the closet. For now all I can do is some small decor item. I know that’s backwards but as soon as I get my craft desk I will have an idea what kind of decor I want that would be use for both decor and storage. I want my decor to be multi purpose. So what that being said this is the item that I completed.Once again I need to remember to take more before pictures. As you all know Micheals have this section in the store that’s called create it. They have different mixed media items to personalize. Items such as clothing, metals,ceramics,so on and so forth. I picked up a ceramic pineapple.I had it but didn’t have any ideal what I could use it for so I just left it.I finally decide to paint it and will probably use it as an catch all for my desk supplies. So before I show you some of the process I used acrylic paint in the colors of carrot and grass greenThese two colors was the closest I could get to a pineapple color. I painted the body with 3 coats of the carrot, letting it dry in between coats,After that finish dry I painted the crown of the pineapple with the grass green.(Once again I forgot the pictures). I only put one coat of the green on the crown because I wanted it to look natural. Now looking at it I should have added a little of the yellow on the crown to give it that look as if the leaf is turning. Here is what the finish project look like.I liked the way it turn out, I wanted to draw on the spikes that pineapple have but I didn’t want to mess it up so I decide not to. I cant wait to add this item to my desk. I will share with you how all these come together in a future post, so stay turned.

As always I will leave you with this

Keep crafting.

Let there be light

Hi and welcome back to my blog. I hope you had a good crafting weekend.I had a good weekend and I started some projects that I will share with you. I have to keep you coming back. So today project comes with a short story. One day I was watching you tube and I saw a video on how to make a mason jar lamp. I was so intrigued with this I order a light kit from amazon, purchase another light kit from Home Depot and found some mason jars that I had around the house. In the video the person show how she cut a hole in the bottom on the jar, thread the cords thru, put the light kit together and she had a lamp. I didn’t want to do all of that so I found a light kit where the cord connects to the side of the housing for the bulb. I later found out my kit was a 3 way kit. So anyway I drilled my hole into the top of my mason jar, connect my light kit and hold and behold I had a lamp. Fast forward now I’m in Florida and I found that I have a new favorite drink which comes in a very nice bottle.(wait for it ).Stick with me its coming. So you are asking what do that have to do with making a lamp.Well I just love this drink and the bottle is so nice,and I love making lamps,( I made 3 so far). I guess by now you can see where I’m going with this. Yes I made a lamp with this bottle. I repurposed my former lamp kit and made a new lamp. This lamp took me around 20-30 minutes because you have to drill a hole in the top, attach the light kit and make sure the bottle can handle the weight of the light.In the picture above I show how I measured the hole on the new top from my previous lame and drilled a hole in the new top. I also add gems to the bottle to give it some weight.Here is my finished project. I’m using it now just so I have a lamp to read in bed with, but as soon as I get my craft area set up. I will be adding this to my desk.

So that it for today. I hope you return to see what I do next. Always remember to

Keep Crafting

Looks what’s back:Coffee Time

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Once again I want to thank all of you for sticking around for my return. I also want to thank all of my new subscribers to my blog. I hope I don’t disappoint you. So today I’m back with coffee time. Coffee time is the time I sit down with a hot cup of coffee and just fill in you and catch you up. So as most of you know I moved to Florida and I didn’t have the opportunity to blog much. I’m still with Michaels, but my role at this store has change,so I dont have a steady schedule and hours. So I now have to take the time to make an actual crafting and blogging schedule. But like everything else it will take time. The good thing is I have a blank canvas(my apartment) and I have a lot of decorating to do,and you will be right there with me. One of my biggest projects will be setting up a crafting area in my bedroom. My new bedroom is much small than the previous one,but this one I share with Pebbles(my fur baby)only.Right now all my stuff is in my closet and If I want to work on a project, I have to go to the closet ,get my supplies and bring them at the table( the kitchen table) to work on them. So now I’m planning to either buy a table to set up my craft items or make one. I think I’m going with making one. I cannot find a table that is long enough to hold all my crafting items. I would like to have access to my Cricut maker as well as my sewing machine at the same time.I also have a printer and a lap top. I need to have all those items in one area so I can just sit down and craft. I did complete a smaller crafts this week, as you probably saw by now. It was my little side table. I still haven’t gotten the supplies to make another one,but as soon as I do I will show you the space.This is what the table look like but I haven’t decided what will be placed on it yet. My daughter has a plant that will go into that pot, but I dont know if it will get enough light so we will see. My other option is that white lantern. I got them from five below for 2.50, so I did pick up two. Well I will bring this long blog to an end for today. I hope you stay around so see what’s coming up. And as always Keep crafting.

Getting back into some kind of groove.

Hi and welcome back to my blog. Today I have a small project I complete this week. I made a side table for my solarium. I have two empty corners between on large window, and I throughly I need to add something in them. Sorry I didn’t take picture of them before but did take pictures of the process. So let me tell you about this table. It cost me $3.00. At first I want to make it for my daughters bedroom because she wanted some where to place a candle on,but after I placed it in the corner, I decided I will make two more. So let me tell you what they are made of. Two mesh trash cans and a pizza tray. Yes all from Dollar Tree. And all I had to do was a little painting and glueing.

The first thing I did was take all the labels and tags off the items and painted the pizza tray black. The tray comes in a silver.So while the tray dried, I started to glue the trash cans together.and let the dry. After they dried a bit and I could handle them without them coming apart I glued the pizza tray to the top of the trash cans and let all the components dry for six hours. I forgot to mention I also used some Fix all glue from Dollar Tree. I didn’t have my trusty E-6000 but it worked just as well.And here is my finished project. Them items on the table is for display only. I haven’t yet decide what will be on them , but as I said I will be making another one for the other corner, and you know as always I will share, all my projects with you and as I finish an area I will show you the completed space. I’m working with a new blank canvas. So I will end this blog here and remember Keep crafting.