Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gussied up: Desk Edition..

One of our friends writes for Apartment Therapy, a home design website. They always feature such lovely workspaces and nice organizing tips. If I had used half the time I spent admiring other people's clean spaces on the organization of my own work area, I don't think my desk would have gotten so utterly out of control.

Pretty sad, right? Well that space is supposed to be where I organize the family finances, plan menus and shopping lists, keep kid crafts, homeschooling and sewing supplies, not to mention all those camera and cell phone type gadgets that can drive you crazy! I was going to do the cool vintage hunt for fun bins but I needed to get this under control fast. So with a 20% coupon, I made my first ever trip to the Container Store. Lawdy, that place is beautiful! Things to rein in chaos of every kind! I'm not sure, but I think I teared up when I saw their sample display desk. They can be a bit pricey, but with coupon I found their prices comparable to Target or TJ max. All I needed were a few boxes to help motivate me to get organized and boy what a help!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Try to destroy this one, Lyla

Okay, who am I kidding.

When Lyla succeeded in bypassing her crib bumper and getting her arm stuck in the slats of her crib, I went on a quest to find a sturdier bumper. Never found one I liked, so I decided to make one. Of course, I bought foam, cut it up, THEN read the package where it said it is "toxic when burned, DO NOT USE FOR BABY CRIBS."

So I ended up using NuFoam. Not quite as studly as I was originally going for, but it should take Lyla a few days at least to break through to the slats again!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Has anyone here

made an advent calendar? I want to make a very simple one and I could use some pointers.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Kathleen's Krazy Krafts: Safety Tip #1

When using an improper tool such as a steak knife to dislodge a staple from an old wooden frame, don't put your finger in the path of the thrusting knife. You may get injured. I'm just saying.

Christmas prep

I am making this quilt for my mother-in-law. We are on a very tight budget so I am soliciting sugestions for a nice fabric and where to buy it. I think it looks nicer than your average quilting cotton but I don't have a very good eye. Where do you ladies buy fabric?