Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday, Monday

So after waking up with a killer sinus headache, I took some Tylenol extra strength and spent the morning and the better part of the afternoon working on my studio. The photo above was taken after I had been working on it for about 20 minutes. I had to focus on one thing and one thing only, otherwise I would've gotten too overwhelmed and just said screw it.

I actually started on the desk last because I was using it to pile all of the other crap I was going through on it.

I decided to take down the Ansel Adams prints. They had been up for so long and I just wanted something different. I also stripped all of the cork tiles.

I used to work at an environmental lab a few years ago and we used these 40mL vials for samples. We had a box kicking around that hadn't been preserved so I ended up with them. They are PERFECT for storing beads. The only downside is that when they're all nicely stored in the box, I can't tell what is in each vial. Problem solved. I went down to Lowe's and purchased some trim that I'm going to spray paint white, cut to size and nail to the wall, kinda like a little shelf for the vials to sit on. That way, I'll be able to see all of the vial and their contents.

Seriously love these things.

Ribbon time! I found these plastic containers at Staples, which I got on clearance for FIFTY CENTS! And they work perfectly for my ribbon collection. At some point in the future I plan to move them over to glass cookie jars (or at least that's what I call them.)

I tackled this sucker first thing after my Tylenol kicked in. I ended up going through all of my paper. Whole pads and whole loose pages are in the slots on the left. All of my scraps are in the slots on the right. I need to go through all of my scraps and organize them somehow. I saw on a blog how one lady purchased an under-the-bed storage bin with wheels and she put all of her scraps in that. Great idea, but for the moment I don't have anywhere in the room to put it. My yeti ended up in a Christmas mug on the bottom shelf. :) The white plastic basket and blue container on top hold all of my embellishments (stickers mostly, but also die cuts, chip board, brads, rhinestones and sequins.)

The photo boxes I snagged at Michael's ~ 3 for $5.00. The top one holds my Cricut cuts. The bottom two hold my rubber stamps, acrylic stamps and ink pads. I used an old sauce jar to house my buttons. I also have my Prima flowers, my soy Pomegranate candle, a crapload of mini scrapbooks that need filling and my Nantucket basket full of more supplies.

My Cricut is now on my desk, within easy reach along with my cartridge boxes. It came with Don Juan and I picked up Celebrations at Wal-Mart. After doing some browsing on eBay, I think from now on I'll buy from there. So much cheaper! You can also see all of the ribbon containers hanging up. Also, please excuse the lighting. I need to get a shade for my lamp :)

And finally, the end product. Well, the end for now. I've run out of steam and am in need of a cup of tea! I hope I've at least inspired some of you to get off your rear and get in gear!

Happy organizing!

Sunday, May 30, 2010


So I'm sure you're all wondering why I've posted photos of my incredibly non-organized studio. I thought perhaps by sharing them with the world, it would shame me into cleaning things up a bit. I usually tend to have a few things going on at a time, which is clearly the case here. Somehow I've managed to get tomorrow off so I think I'm gonna get up a little early, throw on some Gaga and get to work. You can head over to my Flickr account and see all of the notes I've placed on them :)

Updated photos coming soon!

Friday, May 28, 2010

We've Been Featured!

Marni, over at Madebymarni created this freakin' awesome treasury! I am SO ordering one of those necklaces from orangyredink! This just rocks my socks!

Jenny, over at jennyhoople created this lovely treasury, inspired by Father's Day, which just happens to be a measly 3 weeks away! I love the pin up and poker pillow!

A big thanks to both of you ladies for featuring my Dad Fridge Flair Magnets!
Click on either photo for a full size version or click the link to visit the treasury.

If this wasn't great enough, Tara over at Boutique Karma blogged about the magnet set in her Crafty Friday post! I am feelin' the love and it feels great!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Movie time! Again

I rented Dear John and It's Complicated from RedBox the other day and finally got around to watching them. I wanted to go see Dear John when it first came out but somehow never ended up going. The movie itself was really good but I was kinda disappointed at how much they changed from the book. I won't give away any details though, in case some of you haven't seen it yet. I'm a big fan of both Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried as well as Richard Jenkins who plays John's dad and Henry Thomas who stars as Tim. I've got Monday off so I think I might pop into the theater and see Letters to Juliet, also staring Amanda Seyfried. It's Complicated was also a good movie. Hell, any movie with Meryl Streep in it is good. (Did you see Julie & Julia?)Anyways, if you've been living under a rock for the past few months, here's the trailers for both of the movies.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch

My darling of a man got me the new Bamboo Pen & Touch by Wacom for my birthday.
Not only did it come with the tablet but it also came with:
Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0
Corel Painter Essentials 4.0
Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0
26 tutorial videos
A pretty good sized digital craft embellishment library
One year subscription to Scrapbooking & Beyond
Free premium store at Cafe Press
Free digital class from Digital Scrapbook University
One free 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly

I've never used PSE before so it's taking me some time to get used to but I really like it so far!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Reads

I picked these two up today when I ran to Wal-mart to get some snacks for work. I saw the preview for Eat, Pray, Love on Youtube and it looks like it's gonna be a good movie. Naturally, I wanted to read the book first. I love Julia Roberts and the filming locations are an added plus.

My cousin Libbey recommended the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (HBO's TrueBlood is based on these books, which I have not seen.) I ran over to the library to check out the first book but it was already out. I have this bad thing about waiting for books. If I want to read a book, I want to read it now and not put my name down on a waiting list. That's why I usually end up reading two or three books at a time. Oh well, what's another few books to add to my collection?

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I am so exhausted, all I want to do is climb into bed and sleep for a few days. I had to work last night until 11 and by the time I got home and got settled it was after midnight. Add some tossing and turning for 2 hours and there you have it. I had my alarm set for 05:30, but this asshole decided that 05:30 was too late and woke me up at 04:30. Thank you Fatty.

So now I have to make the decision to take a nap and possibly be up all night or just suck it up and be tired for the rest of the day.

Decisions, decisions...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Free Music 2 Digital Kit!

Ali has been kind enough to feature this giveaway on her blog this weekend. This totally free downloadable kit from 300dpi (the makers of DCWV) comes with:

* 12 digital papers
* embellishments
* a full alphabet set
* a full number set

Head over here to place you order. Use check-out code Ali-52010.

The offer code is good through June 30th, 2010!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Need Some Help?

It's almost summer! Bring out those vibrant colors! I personally don't think I could ever pull off this look, unless a late girls night out maybe. Julie walks you through the whole process of creating tons of different looks, step by step. Want something a little more reined in? She's got it. Ready to go all out Gaga? She's got that too. Check out Julie's YouTube channel for tons of her great cosmetic tutorials.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Vicente Guerrero Gimeno

I was uploading some stuff to my Flickr account and decided to do some browsing while they loaded. I found these photos by Vincente and instantly fell in love with them. All of his photos are so breathtakingly beautiful they make my heart ache. Seriously gorgeous photography.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Weekend

It's official.

Tomorrow marks my 31st birthday.


I'm excited and kinda depressed at the same time. But enough about that for now.

How freaking awesome is this cake? Seriously. If someone got me this cake, I don't think I'd be able to eat it. Cut into it and destroy it's awesomeness? No way! I grew up with The Muppet Show. It's a classic! It would be cool to have individual cupcakes made with each of the characters too. For more unbelievable goodies, head over to Cake Wrecks.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and if you're out, have a birthday drink for me!
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