Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Floss Organizer

Hello, Hello!
Hope your day is off to a great start!
Popping in to show you something I've been working on the last couple of weeks...
my new floss organizer. *grin*

I knew last year that life was shifting for us around here...
with Haley entering her junior year time was going to be in short supply as her junior year ended and senior year began...
college.
Applications, visits, scholarships...my time would be devoted to getting her started on her future...
so there wouldn't be as much time for crafting/blogging.
And I miss all of you...
I've made some of the most amazing friends EVER with this papercrafting hobby and I regret that I don't have the time to visit everyone like I used to...
but my babies always come first and I know that y'all understand that they just need me more now.
I'm still crafting.
Still making cards and crafts with paper and stamps...
just not blogging as much...
but I've also went back to more stitching crafts lately...
they're portable so I can take them with me wherever I am...
and I'm doing a lot cross stitch and using Erin's stitching dies from PTI so that means I have oodles of floss around here and those plastic boxes...
yeah I don't like them so much so I went searching on Pinterest for a new floss storage system...
here's my favorite idea that I found...


love that the floss bobbins were notched so that when you removed one they all didn't slip and slide everywhere...
but the person who has this said she bought it in Europe years ago and she even wishes she had bought more of them but apparently it was completely handmade and she could no longer locate another...
so I showed it to hubby and he said he could probably build something similar for me...
but along with senior year, ball season is starting around here now and we'll be in baseball till at least June with the baby child and then football starts in July with #1 son so with schedules...
no time till at least November.
And I fully admit that patience is not a virtue I possess so I didn't want to wait...
and came up with a workable solution for now.
Maybe someday...
probably when all the kids are in/graduated from college and life actually starts to slow down a bit for us...hubby will build me a custom cabinet but this actually does work pretty good.
I'm gonna apologize ahead of time for a pic heavy post but here we go...

I started with this cabinet from Hayneedle


but they're also available from Amazon.

I then primed and painted it black with chalk paint...
and a coat of clear creme wax to protect the surface.
This is it now...

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I then bought some lumber strips at Lowe's that measure 1x2x8 and hubby cut them down to fit inside the drawers to create "rows"...
lined the drawers with some cheap felt from Michael's before placing the wooden strips...
and here's what they look like...
along with my felt bobbins using the bobbin die from Erin's Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit from PTI...

felt floss bobbins


felt floss bobbins

Aren't those bobbins gorgeous...all lined up?
Can't wait to have all my floss on them...

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but that's gonna take a while since I currently have 2 1/2 drawers of floss on bobbins...

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along with some not on bobbins yet.
This is a shot of the top drawer where I keep my floss that hasn't been put on bobbins...
floss I'm currently working with on a pattern...
you'll also notice some craft glasses because when dealing with 28-32-34 count fabric for cross stitching...
you have to have something to make the weave larger...
the gingham ones are my favorite. *wink*
There's also beads for stitching...
I ran out of the ones sent with kit really quickly but found some identical ones on Etsy at Bonnie's Bead Barn, etc.
She even sent a sample of silver lined blue beads that are gorgeous and will definitely be used on future projects...
along with some other colors that she carries that I'm ordering...
I picked up a tube of clear silver lined beads at Michael's that I thought would be pretty versatile as well.

With 6 small drawers and 2 large I have extra space for growing but right now I'm also storing some of my cross stitch patterns and projects in one of the drawers...

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These are Christmas ornaments that I need to finish out...

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my cross stitch fabric stored in one of the larger drawers...

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felt in the other.

It works quite well...
and I love it so much more than the plastic boxes all over the place.
I have integrated the felt bobbins in with the others since I store in numerical order...
I just wanted you to see them all together and how gorgeous they are.

I would like to give a few tips if you think you would like to try this or something similar...
one...
buy the drawer system from Hobby Lobby if you want one in black.
I tried to save a few $$ by purchasing a pine one and then painting...
and I did save overall about $50 but the headache...
not worth it.
I could have had this done in a day if I had just picked up the one at Hobby Lobby (we have a brand new in my little-but-steadily-growing-town...YAY!) and saved so much time and energy.
There's also white/cream drawer systems available at Hayneedle and Amazon if that color is more for you.
Two...
line the drawer bottoms with felt.
Not expensive...some that you can pick up from a big box store is perfect...
but it helps keep your bobbins from slipping and sliding everywhere when you remove one.
I left my drawers and strips natural because they seemed to make the drawer too dark when I attempted to paint the interior...
but you can paint if you like.
You can also use a different, lighter color of felt if you like to lighten the inside.
Three...
I spaced the inside strips by the size of the felt bobbins so they're a little large for the plastic bobbins but as I convert to all felt I'll need that extra room in each row or otherwise they won't fit.
If you are gonna stay with plastic bobbins...
you could probably fit another row in each drawer.

Sorry for such a long post...
if you were able to stick with it...Thank You! 
If you have any questions please feel free to ask away and I'll gladly answer if I can!
Hope you have a wonderful day and till next time!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

12 Kits...Song of the South

Surprise!
Marybeth was so sweet and asked if I would like to join in this month with 12 Kits...
and how could I refuse?
I was supposed to be able to work on this when most of my kiddos were on spring break a couple of weeks ago but 2 of my kids headed out for NYC and it was just the little guy and me so...
of course I didn't get to work on it like I had planned.

Marybeth sent such a wonderfully fun kit full of goodies...
and as always I have LOTS left over to play with later...
especially since I LOVE livin' in the South and right now we're headed into spring...
everything is blooming, greening and growing and I have one word for you...
aaachoo!!!
Actually...
say it about 40 times and you'll know what I've been up to.
Allergies.
So here's what I was able to come up with so far...

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Marybeth...thank you so much for inviting me to play along.
I can't wait to see what everyone else was able to come up with using this fabulous kit...
and make sure you head over to the 12 Kits blog HERE so you can see what all the girls were able to do!
Plus...Jeanne is giving away a kit for May and you don't want to miss your chance to get it! *wink*

Thanks for stopping by...
hope you have a wonderful week!
Till next time!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Some Quick Stitches

OMGoodness!!
It's been over a month since I've been here...
how time flies!
I knew going into this year that I wouldn't be posting as much as in the past...
the kids are growing so fast and there's just so much on our plates...
but I really didn't mean to go this long.
Maybe I should change the name of the blog to "When I Remember"...*giggle*.

3/4th's of the kids have been on spring break for the last week and 2 of them headed out early (VERY early) last Saturday for NYC with our church youth chorus...
and while waiting for them to come home Thursday night I finally broke out some of the new dies from Erin's new Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit at PTI.
I love that the dies from Erin's kits will eventually be sold in the store as stock...
that they aren't a one time deal...
but after growing up in a household that could never find my mother knowing where a pair of scissors were...
I knew that I wanted to make her a scissor keeper and needle book for Mother's Day so I ordered the kit so I would have everything in time.
Plus I really liked the sentiment in the little stamp set and can see using it for various handmade gifts.
So anyway...
I decided to start with the scissor keeper...
and have now made 3 of them they're so easy to put together!

The first one is mine...
I didn't have the floral cluster centered like I thought did so I'm looking at it as my "learning" one...
double check placement at all times! *wink*

Navy Quick Stitch Scissor Keeper

This one is made out of Midnight Blue and lined with White both from Felt on the Fly/Etsy...
the floral cluster uses Winter Wisteria, Lavender Moon, Royal Velvet, Simply Chartreuse and Spring Moss all from PTI

Here's my 2nd one...
floral placement much better...

Grey Quick Stitch Scissor Keeper


This is made from Slate Grey, lined with Smoke Grey and floral cluster is composed of Thistle, Baby Pink and Light Blue all from Felt on the Fly...
the leaves are Simple Chartreuse and Spring Moss from PTI.

And this one is probably my favorite...
I love the folk art feeling with these colors...

Black Quick Stitch Scissor Keeper


This one is True Black, Lined with Vintage Cream and the floral cluster is Ocean Tides, Terracotta Tile, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse and Spring Moss...all from PTI.

Next up...
needle books to coordinate with the scissor keepers!
And then trying some new color combos!

And I've got some other things coming up so maybe I'll manage to make it back before another month passes.
Till next time!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

PTI 8th Anniversary...Metallics

Hello!
Almost all my crew headed out to the gym for Judo and working out...
just Hunter and I were left at home and I think it's because they want me to have dinner ready when they get home...
but I was able to sneak into my craft space and whip this up really quickly as soon as they left.
Today's challenge is using metallic's to celebrate PTI releasing some new metallic papers and this card came together so quickly and easily...
seriously...
15 minutes to get this done...
and that's including taking pics!

PTI Anniversary Metallics

I heat embossed the largest polka dot from Polka Dots Basics II in gold on True Black cardstock...
trimmed to size and then cut a small section off the bottom...
placed a small strip of metallic gold cardstock from a big box store in between the panels...
and then die cut Thanks from Wet Paint Cuts in True Black and adhered it onto the gold strip.
All of this was adhered onto a True Black cardbase...
and all done!

Hope you're having a great week...
after the gorgeous weekend we had we now have some seriously cold weather coming and this Southerner is REALLY disappointed.
I'm ready for spring...
have tons of outdoor projects I'm wanting to get to...
not to mention I just love sunshine...
and heat! *giggle*
Off to start dinner...
thanks so much for stopping by and till next time!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

PTI Anniversary Tag and Bag Challenge

Hello again!
WOW! This is the most I've posted in months...
and I'm just as surprised as you may be. *giggle*

But back again for another PTI 8th Anniversary challenge...
today is Tag and Bag and par for me...
it's quick and easy.

PTI Anniversary Tag and Bag

I made a batch of mini loaves homemade beer bread...
I used my friend Amy's mothers recipe that she shared with me...
it SO easy and the bread comes out so light and airy...
melts in your mouth and just so incredibly delicious...
the hardest thing about this recipe is keeping hubby out of the beer before I can get a batch made. *wink*
I hope she won't mind but I'll share her recipe below...
you won't believe how easy and delicious this bread is.
But I used PTI's Canned, Everyday Treats and Foodie Tag for the tag...
and on the inside...


PTI Anniversary Tag and Bag

instructions on reheating.
I make up a couple of batches at a time and freeze so that when in a rush all I have to do is pull out and pop into the oven to heat and it tastes fresh from the oven every time!
But after making the tag I placed a loaf into a glassine bag and then finished off with a ribbon.
This would make such a great little gift along with some flavored butters...
honey, herb, etc...
and so quick and easy!

Amy's Mom's Beer Bread

2 cups Self Rising Flour (sifted)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 warm 12 oz beer

Preheat oven to 350.
Lightly whisk ingredients together until well mixed...without overwhisking...lumps are ok.
Pour into slightly greased loaf pan(s) and bake till slightly brown on top.
Butter top(s) and serve or freeze.


Thanks so much for stopping by and till next time!






Friday, February 6, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary

Hello! Hello!
Long time.
I've got so many projects going on and my day is busy from the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning till I finally get to climb back into bed at night there's just not a lot of crafting time these days...
but it's PTI's 8th Anniversary so I'm going to try and sneak in a little time to join in as many of the festivities that I can.

Today is about welcoming Maile back to stamp designing...
I love her fresh, modern style and am excited to see what she has in store for the coming year...
and the challenge for today was to create a project inspired by one of Maile's projects...
I took the easy route and just CASE'd her with one of my favorite sets and one of my favorite cards...

Maile Belles


PTI 8th Anniversary CASE'ing Maile


I hope you have a great weekend...
we're going to be in the 60's with sunshine here and I'm planning on enjoying it as much as I can.
Till next time!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12 Kits of Occasions...Baby, It's a New Year!

Hello! Hello!
I'm late.
I forgot that we were supposed to post on the 30th instead of the last day of the month given that tomorrow is a big day to party so...
I'm late.
Sorry about that.

But I'm here now and WOW!!
What a kit Cathy sent this month...


look at all those incredible goodies!
And Kara does such a gorgeous job of highlighting how incredible our kits are each month...
thank you, Kara!

And I have had one busy month...
I think we all have and as much as I absolutely love Christmas and look forward to it every year...
phew...
I'm glad it's over for now...
but not a lot of time to really work with this incredibly amazing kit so I've got LOTS to play with in the future but here's what I came up with for now...

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And since I'm late...
you all ready know all the other girls have already posted over on the 12 Kits Blog so make sure to pop over and see what they were able to come up with using this incredible kit!
Cathy, Thank You for so many fun goodies...
I've got enough supplies to make baby cards for the next year with this kit!

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year...
and that 2015 will be filled with all your wishes coming true!
Till next time!

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