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Faux Arabic Lanterns

I had a great time turning an old stretched out sweater and a rotisserie BBQ cage into two faux Arabic lanterns for my front room.

A BBQ rotisserie cage I got at a thrift store for 30% off

I cut the cage in half (more or less) with wire cutters and tape to keep the little bits from flying around

This is an Old 4x sweater that got stretched out to about a 6X and I wear a 1-2X now but did not want to waste the material

The sleeves fit perfectly over the cage and I held them in place at the top with paperclips while I painted it

Due to the way the grid was placed the lanterns are slightly different sizes, I painted the sweater material with gold craft paint after spraying it with clear spraypaint to help keep it from all absorbing in too much

I then painted it with gold glitter craft paint

I wired them with the lamp sets from some Chinese paper lanterns and removable plugs (this was an adventure because I was exhausted and kept putting parts on the cords before running them through the top of the lantern)

I painted the small bulbs that were in the original lanterns with glass paint (the color is so much stronger than store bought colored bulbs) one has red and one has a blue green bulb




Upcycling a small bookcase

I found this heavy little bookcase made of some kind of hard wood composite and it was a nasty yellow so to make it fit in with my Bohemian Gothic front room I reworked it a bit.


My Big fear right now

I almost cried yesterday as my husband Alex loaded the boxes of basically sorted art supplies BACK into the studio and into the dining room.  “Be careful honey dont spill them, what if it ends up like before and just gets worse all over again” I said woefully even as he assured me he would not let it get that bad even if he had to sort it all out again.

We host a weekly game on Sundays and because of the holiday season I had 2 weeks where I could fill the living room with boxes and bins and do a primary sort of my couple of hundreds of pounds of art supplies.  Yes everything pretty much needs to be sorted some more, big bins of pencils, markers and gel pens are sorted into Ziploc bags but there are so many colored pencils I am having to make containers to organize them by color and type (watercolor vs plain) and the same is going to happen with markers.  I am hording aluminum cans with the lids carefully removed to create smooth edges and I am planning different ways to mount and stack them to use for storage and organization of supplies

Here are some of the ideas I have seen.

Obviously my big terror is that things will get messy, will get dug through and disorganized beyond easy recovery (not that I am at the anywhere near easy stage yet) I have to stay on top of this, I have to make this work because I feel smothered by the amount of stuff I need to organize and I want to get it done in a way that it wont just fall back into a disaster at the first large project.

I have told Alex that as soon as the Sunday game is over he better plan on emptying out the closet again, I will have one week of being able to use my front room and I need the closet empty so I can start to put things into it in the right order.  We removed the door so now I have a large shoe bag hanging from the wall ready for stuff and I plan to put a small rack of shelves in there soon also (possibly another set of drawers, which ever works best)

I am determined, just seeing the bins in here again is stressing me out, I WANT WANT WANT this room organized!!!

So much still to do in Organizing my Studio

My number one goal for this year is to get organized, the house and most of all the studio and I AM trying, really I am but this is the worse possible time of year for me with seasonal affective disorder and what I think is now a case of anemia (if not than certainly iron deficiency…got blood work Tuesday the 3rd) and I just have NO ENERGY.

I would say I am now about 35% done, I have been sorting the stuff out of the studio into boxes in the front room by types as much as possible but I have so many random things I am not sure how I can possibly organize it all.  I know I have or can make space and I have come up with a few ideas for storage options from searching the internet and Pinterest.

The main thing for me is Shoe Bags I have used them for years and have them on most available surfaces, and soon I am moving the book cases around to have more use of my spare table and also so I can put show bags on the back of the bookcase at the end of that table.  I figure right now I need about 5 of the long clear ones, I just dont really have the money for them right now, I might be able to get one or two at this time.

The door to the closet in the studio was removed to use the swinging space and now it leans against the wall in the large walk in closet (this was suppose to be the master bedroom though it is nearly the same size as our room and I prefer an outside wall to a wall that has a stairwell against it)  We will take it to our garage and store it in the rafters and I will be able to use the wall space it now takes up for more bags.

I am trying very hard not to get dissuaded, I feel pretty awful right now and I still have stuff to sort out and then it has to come back in here to be put away, I am scared to death that it will just end up a huge mess again but I can’t put off the game we play here on Sundays since it has been a month with holidays and people being sick and out of town and this is Alex’s home too and he doesn’t ask a lot but he loves role playing games.

I think some of it is going into the dining room and some is going carefully on to the desks and NOTHING is going to be stacked on top of anything else (toppling boxes had a lot to do with the last big mess)  I really only have til Saturday afternoon since I work Saturday night and so by 5pm Saturday everything has to be out of the front room for Sunday.   This means that we need to move the door and the bookcases Thursday and I need to see about buying shoe bags as soon as I can.

Speaking of shoe bags I have had a set next to my desk under the window and had my makeup there for ages and when the heater goes on it tends to get hot so I am removing it, (I dont wear much anyway) I have a drawer for it but mostly I intend to weed through it, toss or give away stuff I dont use and then I will do this project higher up over my desk with just the items I do use.

After i move everything out of them I will use them for a combination of random things I use on my desk and pencils and the type where I dont have to worry about the heat effecting them.

So as I start to fade it looks like another nap for me and then I will get up in a few hours to give it another go…. exhausted insomnia (you can’t sleep or sleep in only small bursts but have no energy) is really driving me mad.  I am only a few bins away from being done and then I need to empty some sets of drawers so I can put stuff back the right way. The moment the game is done I am hauling the bins out into the front room again and putting stuff away one bin or box at a time.  For now I am too tired to think so wish me luck where sleeping is concerned.

I WLL be organized by Feb 29th come hell or high water

So for the last ……ummmmm…. damn at least 7 months I have been planning on organizing my craft room and in the process of pulling stuff out and trying to sort it then being forced to put it all back in to the room in a rush when guests come over it has simply gotten WORSE.

Not like oh it’s a bit untidy or oh no there is a mess in here but OH MY GOD WHAT DID YOU DO IN HERE SET OFF A BOMB????

And now I am paralyzed by the sheer mass of stuff that needs doing and I feel as if I drowning.  Every time I go to get started cleaning I panic and the room just gets worse and then I panic more.  I am this close to tossing everything (not really I love my supplies I just want to access them)

How this happened, about 6 or 7 months ago (early summer of 2011) I decided my some what messy and disorganized room needed a full make over and foolishly decided the best way to do that was to pack everything into boxes and take them in the front room and sort them.

The idea was I would be so annoyed at the stuff in the front room that I would be forced to clean up.  Problem?  My wonderful and very CDO (that is OCD in the right order I am informed) Sister in law decided to put all the boxes in lovely stacks out of the way and well for a few MONTHS I just lived that way slowly getting in the boxes and making everything a total mess.

Then came the day we had to get it out of the front room so a guest could stay over and all the now disorganized boxes got shuffled and in some cases spilt back into the art room, on top of the bins that I was suppose to be sorting but hadn’t.  If you are getting the idea I am a procrastinator you are right on the button (one of the few craft supplies I don’t have making a mess in my house actually)  I am also a hoarder and I am trying to break both habits but failing though lack of cash is helping to hoarding a lot, that is til I discovered sites on upcycling, now I have even more stuff to deal with.

And now every time I walk into the now even more disastrous craft room I want to cry and since my main computer had to have most of it’s memory stripped due to virus and my SAD lamp is in there not to mention my vitamins I have to go in and work but I am crafting away from home a lot or in the front room then bringing stuff back in and making a bigger mess.

Part of the problem is we have a weekly roleplaying game at my house and I have to have the front room cleaned up each week… well this is the one week we don’t have so I have from today, Thursday the 29th of Dec to Saturday the 7th of January to get a serious dent into the mess since right now I need to again haul stuff out into the living room and sort it out into smaller boxes, label stuff and This time PUT IT BACK WHERE IT GOES.

If I can even get it basically sorted and put together I would be happy and it would be a big start, also if I can get the basic part done now I would be able to actually use the art room as a place to do the actual organizing once the sorting into types is done.

I figure Leap Year Day is a good enough goal since it is in fact a BONUS day right?

Here are pics from mid summer:

And now:






Halloween wreath

I made this out of the flowers that were left from the centerpieces we had at our handfasting.. they are made like this and then I dip them in RIT dye.

I will be making a Xmas one with different shades of dark red (WINE and SCARLET RIT dye) silver embroidery floss and a beaded spider with a white/silver marble for a backside hanging in the middle, I have to get started on making the flowers though I can dye some of the lighter ones I have left as well.

Here is the close up on the skulls and bats and you can see the way the flowers look


Going on the Craft Shopping Wagon for 2 months

I am a compulsive crafter but worse than that I am a compulsive craft supply shopper, there was a time this blog was going to be named “So many Art supplies…so little time”

The problem is two fold, my art room is a disaster, that desperately needs sorting and organizing and yet I keep getting new craft supplies and then there is the fact that I am BROKE… money is tight and I spend way too much on crafts so until I establish a secondary form of income I just can’t afford to be buying $50+ a month in supplies no matter how great the sales are.

I am not giving up crafting, the whole problem is I have tons of supplies, so many I am often finding things I forgot I had so the goal for August and September is to continue to craft with just what I already have.

I plan to use up some of the canvases I have stacked in various places, the beads and the dice, the scrapbooking paper and the kids puzzles, hell maybe I will get our wedding album done.

I will be posting the art I do this next two months on here and hopefully keeping up with the blog better.

Here are some pics of the craft room to give you an idea what I am dealing with though to be honest these pics are not up to date and it is much worse….