My creative side was slow to show itself, or maybe I was just slow to let it out, because I thought I'd NEVER be a crafter like my mom. But at the very beginning of 2011 I thought scrapbooking might be a good idea. So I bought a few very basic things to scrapbook about my children... I created 5 pages and decided I wasn't really much of a scrapbooker. I won't share them on here... the main reason being how absolutely terrible the pages are! I literally slapped some pictures and stickers on a page (and originally though, oh not bad! YIKES) and that was that. I could probably do better now- but for the most part scrapbooking isn't much of a draw for me. Then, one evening I just started doodling and writing out some Bible verses with my fun gel pens on some fun colored flat note cards I had and though those first little doodled cards were nothing fancy (nor very good), they inspired me. I kept creating cards and started falling a little in love with Etsy and craft blogs and at all the awesome handmade things out there, gathering inspiration. I started out crafting at the kitchen table and my beginning craft supplies were contained in one (large) shoe box that only held two pads of paper/cardstock, a box of flat notecards, 5 pairs of fun scissors, 12 colored gel pens and a gluestick. And now, less than one year later this is my craft room (I share space with the spare bed, and it's not done yet but I'm still excited about it!)...
|The main work area. My husand's computer desk from before we knew each other, that had been in the basement since we turned the "office" into a nursery!|
|My shelves in the closet which hold fabric, project supplies like jars, notebooks, boxes, frames, bags .|
It's been (and continues to be) done on a very small budget so as you can see I'm using a lot of odds and ends like pickle jars and coffee cans as well as some nicer Goodwill finds. Someday I'll get around to making them pretty (covering them in pretty fun paper) but I haven't yet. I hope to add a dresser next to store more items, (including my baking stuff that doesn't fit in my kitchen and all my gift wrapping stuff) and have another flat work surface that can double as a place to iron (once I get into sewing more!)
I love pretty much all things crafty... so far my favorite projects/craft areas include cards, tulle flowers, rolled fabric flowers, clothespin picture frames, jars filled with Bible verses and/or quotes, bookmarks, gift bags and gift tags. I also have metal stamps on the way as I plan to start making stamped silverware plant markers. My mom has a greenhouse and I thought they'd be a cute addition...and will hopefully satisfy my desire to do metal stamping without spending a lot on jewelry supplies as you can find silverware at thrift shops for like 10 cents a piece. Above, you also see a picture of a sewing machine and a pile of sewing materials on the shelf... Sewing is the hardest of all my craft areas for me to get to (or learn), because my craft room is next to my son's room and I don't want to wake him up so I must wait for some Mama time when he is not sleeping (doesn't happen very often at all!). My current favorite supplies include clear/cling rubber stamps (especially Inkadinkado Clings, ribbon, acrylic paint, buttons, brads, paper flowers, notecards, my Fiskars Deckle scissors, my Fiskars Rotary Trimmer (the 3rd rotary trimmer I tried!), stencils.
So again, welcome to my blog, I hope I can live up to (and eventually work up to!) some of the fabulous blogs that have inspired me to join the craft blog world! I hope my crafts and projects will make others as happy and inspire, just as many of the craft blogs have given me excitement and inspiration to try something new!