Category Archives: organization

A new desk for my craft space

A new desk for my craft space
A new desk for my craft space

I ordered this from the Container Store. There’s one in Charlotte, but I didn’t want to load it, lug it 90 miles, and unload it. I had it shipped. I did have to maneuver the top up the attic stairs to the bonus room. I was really proud of myself until I opened the carton and found damage. My stairs are thickly carpeted so I think this happened during shipping. It wasn’t too bad, and I surely wasn’t going to wrestle it back downstairs. Gravity would’ve helped, but still… I sealed it with some white glue the best I could and left it to dry.


I decided to tackle assembly on Friday. The online video was very helpful.

The first two legs were a piece of cake.


The second set was a drawer frame. It was a little bit harder, but I got to pound it together with a rubber mallet. This would’ve been a great afterschool activity when I was teaching!


I had to wait till yesterday for Kent to help me set it upright. It’s very heavy.


Ta Da! The stained glass was a gift I bought myself as an act of faith during a recent health scare. I have a weird tumor in the marrow of my right thigh. It’s benign (PTL!) so sure enough, I’ll get to enjoy looking at my little stained glass window a while longer!

While we’re talking trash…

While we’re talking trash…
While we’re talking trash…

<I love these rectangular Gerber Baby Food containers for bead storage. Peter James is eating all table food these days, but I managed to save and wash several while he was in the baby food stage. (It’s also interesting that http://www.monarchwatch.org/ likes to use these containers for housing caterpillars and hatching their butterflies!) I’ve been doing a little organizing of my primary craft space, today, and I am also glad I purchased this umbrella-photo-keeper-thingy at the Container Store. I couldn’t find it on their website, but here’s one at Amazon: www.amazon.com/Umbra-Fotofalls-Metal-Desktop-Holder/ It’s great for clipping up parts of an upcoming jewelry project!

An attempt to focus on and finish things

An attempt to focus on and finish things
An attempt to focus on and finish things

I created this database to help me keep track of all my UFO’s (unfinished objects!):

I saved the database as a template and tried to change it to a pdf with no luck at all. It was not among my list of supportable files. If anyone knows how, please let me know. I tried to post it here to share, but that didn’t work either.

It’s easy to copy the fields, though. Most are self-explanatory, but ECD stands for Expected Completion Date. (I wish I could remember whose blog I got that idea from so I could give them credit.) Anyway, that helps me set a goal for finishing. It’s alright if I don’t make it. The craft police don’t come after me, and I don’t beat myself up. It’s my database, and I just go in and move the date up.

Somethings I may never finish. My grandson, PJ, is walking now, so felt baby shoes are ridiculous for him and maybe a little dangerous. I had an idea to stitch the brown ones I started for him so they’d look like little footballs. I might do that as an experiment, and if they turn out okay, give them away. I started to say I planned on deleting that record, but I think I just changed my mind!

I made myself a couple of rules: No more than 12 active projects at a time. I can start a new one when I finish one. (There’s my motivation!) When I have 24 records, then I delete the 12 I’ve finished and start again. I need to be sure and congratulate myself for completing 12 things, maybe with a trip to Michael’s, or even better, Beadlush! I’ll have to blog about that little shop later.

So, I’m off to see if I can email my database template (since I can’t post or pdf it!) Later.

Light Saber!

Light Saber!
Light Saber!

I think I’ve posted this before, but the very best tip I ever got from watching Tipical Mary Ellen was this:

Save the tube from inside a roll of wrapping paper. Cut a slit in each end. As you take lights off a tree, slip one end of the string in the top slit, then wrap the lights around the tube. Slip the plug in the bottom slit. They’ll be tready to unroll without tangles the next year.


So, I took the autumn leaves and the string of orange lights off my door-side tree. It looks like a Christmas tree, again, and the string of lights made a great light saber!