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Craft Room, Part 1 – Beginnings

Over my last track out I kept myself very busy: weddings, vacation, oh and redoing a room in the house. I had been planning on turning the guest bedroom into a craft room/office for a while. Track out gave me the time to get it all done.

Before and after Amy’s wedding the guest room became a dumping grounds of sorts. From wedding presents to my school stuff it was a mess!

After I got back from Savannah I promptly moved everything into the hallway and got my paint on. Let it be known that I am not a professional painter by any means. I don’t have mad painting skills. But I got the job done and I did it all by myself!

I painted the room the same old tan that is in our living room. While my bedroom is much more colorful I wanted a neutral slate that I could accessorize with different colors and patterns.

That’s the beginnings of my AWESOME craft room. Stay tuned for the reveal!


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Crafty Party

Last Thursday night I hosted a Crafty Girls Get Together. Some friends came over and we made yarn wreaths while listening to old classic love songs on my TV music channel. It was a blast!

Though I’m a self confessed neat freak I love it when the table is full of materials and friends are gathered around.

Sybil focused on making her flowers.

Of course Lori was there to tell us all stories and basically cause excitement. She’s fun like that!

I’m glad Rebekah was able to come for a little bit!

Sybil and her finished wreath. I think she did a fabulous job!

Amity’s turned out super cute too!

I made a turquoise wreath but since I was helping everyone else I didn’t make the flowers. I’ll post a picture when it’s done.

I’m hoping to host more crafty get togethers in the near future. It was too much fun and a great excuse to make all of my friends come over! 😉 If you live in the Raleigh area and would like to come post a comment with your e-mail and I will send you details about the next one.



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Spring Decorations Tour, Part Deux

Since I posted my Spring Decorations Tour I’ve added and changed some things that I thought I would share!

Michael’s was having a good sale this past week along with a 25% off your entire purchase so I took advantage of it. I started by getting supplies to make a yarn wreath. My cool friend Katie posted hers on her blog and I knew I had to give it a try.

I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! It takes a while to wrap the yarn but I did mine while watching a movie so it wasn’t too bad.

Here it is hanging in the front entryway. We don’t use our front door so I decorated inside it instead. The rug was the inspiration for this little area! I told my mom it’s definitely a girlie area but I am a girl and I LOVE it!

I found the cute yellow bird at Michael’s, I’ve had the pink tulips for years and the wooden chair was on the porch.

There was a whole collection of shabby chic spring decorations that I had been admiring for a while at Michael’s that finally went on sale. This sign was too precious to pass up.

My mom came over and helped me arrange these flowers in this blossom bucket. I wanted them to be short and right above the jars but Mom said that if they were taller they would add height to the fireplace. I let her give it a try and she was right, it works great. Mom’s tend to be like that. 🙂

I stole this idea from Katie as well. All I did was super glue a dollar store candlestick and vase together to make a pedestal. I then filled it with the brown filler from the dollar store as well. That’s only $3 for the whole thing. It was super easy and again it adds height to my very large mantel.

Recognize the flowers? They are from my best friend Sybil’s wedding in December. I love them and am still using them!

I had to get this cute little bunny from the dollar store.

I’ve never done this before but I thought it would be fun. Feel free to link up a post about YOUR spring decorations! Make sure the link goes directly to your post. I look forward to seeing what everyone has done!

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Mary Engelbreit

As I mentioned the other day I love all things Mary Engelbreit! I began exploring her website the other day and I was in for a treat!

There are coloring pages! I’m thinking I”ll need to color the birdhouse one immediately. Coloring isn’t just for kids, people!

She also has free desktop backgrounds! What a fun idea! I downloaded “Irene’s Flowers”. It’s fun and fresh and very springy!

There is a recipe section. I think I may have to try the Silver-Dollar Crab Cakes. I have a thing for Crab Cakes.

I liked the Take a Tour page. It was cool to see where Mary and her team work and how homey it is! I want to work there! Oh wait, I have absolutely zero artistic talent. Darn!

And of course there is The Shop where you can buy all sorts of Mary Engelbreit things. I should probably stay far far away from it!

I do have some of her children’s books which are tre adorable!

Queen of Easter

Queen of Hearts

And I also have a lot of her classroom decorations, some of which I got for a great price at a yard sale.

When I first started teaching I knew I HAD to have the cute READ banner.

Mary Engelbreit’s website is a fun place to visit!

What artists/designers do you love?


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domestic divas and crafty catches

I’m blog stalking again these days. What that really means is that I’m reading all sorts of blogs when I should be doing homework. Ooooops! Motivation to do school is running super low after being in my friend Lauren’s wedding. I really only need to get it back for two more days and then it’s fall break and I’ll be home for a bit longer!

Anyways I have found some awesome blogs that have to do with crafts and cooking and around-the-house tips. A lot of them are mommy focused, which does not apply to me currently, but I love the creative ideas and recipes all the same. If I had all of the spare time in the world right now, here’s what my creative to do list would look like.

1. Make pumpkin spice muffins from flipflops and applesauce

2. Make cute magnetic bookmarks from flipflops and applesauce

3. Make these super cute i-pod earphone holders from stitch lounge

4. Remember making pumpkins in elementary school out of paper bags or something? I want to do that. My roommate says I will be a good elementary teacher. You think?

5. Make an apron. I don’t know if I can do this or not, I have no pattern or anything, just a desire for a stylish, feminine, flirty apron. Is it wrong for an apron to be flirty? I sure hope not. And maybe if I have a fun apron I might try to have some fun cooking in the kitchen.

6. Order this kit from Rick Rack Queen to make my own adorable lunch box.  

Okay that’s enough procrastinating for now. I’m back to the grind. 😦

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