It’s March, and my thoughts are turning towards Spring. Spring makes me think of opening up the windows & starting my Spring Cleaning. I’ve made my lists of things that I want to change. One major area that need an overhaul is the office area. My desk isn’t as organized as I’d like it to be. (wow, is that an understatement.)
I was using a flat ‘in/out’ tray for my mail for a while, but it just wasn’t working for me. Since I’m a visual person, I need to see what needs to be done. Although the trays are nice, I couldn’t see what was right in front of me. I found some black metal mail sorters made by Rubbermaid. I think these will work well for me. They are nice on their own, but you know me… I need some sparkle to motivate me. Here’s what I came up with:
I’ve been making these little Bad Hair Day Pencils for years. They are easy enough for children to make, make cute additions to Valentine’s Day parties or an Easter Basket, and can keep the little ones busy for a long time. They’ll also bring a smile to your face in your home office.
When I showed this to my 22 year old son, I asked him if he remembers them. He smiled & said, “Yes, I still have one”. Needless to say, that made my day!
Lately, I’ve been reorganizing things in our home. I’ve been trying to do one section of a room a day/week. It’s amazing how things can get out of hand if you don’t stay on top of them. My office desk drawers did just that. I’m in those drawers constantly. It not only houses my pens, post-it notes, computer vacuum attachments & stationary, but my camera battery charger & the equipment I need for uploading my pictures.
I realized that I was stuffing the cords to my camera supplies into the drawer before I closed it. That’s a good way to ruin them.
As I’ve said before, I’m a very visual person. And I’m always getting ideas for new projects. I have a huge stack of index cards, full of ideas. But they’re filed away in a file box. I’ve found that when I have an idea that I want to get started on right away, putting the index card on a memo board keeps me on track. When the idea is filed away in it’s ‘proper place’, I can forget about it. Because of that, I’ve made 2 memo boards. One by the sewing machine, (this one has a side that is metal to use magnets & the right hand side is cork) and one by the crafting area of my room (all cork). Besides that, plain brown cork just doesn’t go in my sewing room.
And I’m not a fan of brown. Purple or lilac is what it had to be to go in my sewing room. (Remember, this is for my room. You can chose any color that goes in your home)
I was playing around with thumb tacks today. Since I’ve recently made a couple of new memo boards (tutorial coming soon) I wanted to make the thumb tacks match them rather than the plain white ones available in the stores. Since the theme to the new sewing/craft room is in white, lilac & purple, I wanted the thumb tacks to blend in. And naturally, they had to have some sparkle. These could be used in a home office or kitchen as well. Continue reading →