Sewing/Craft Room – Pattern Organization

I love these cabinets.  They hold so much & keep the sewing area of the sewing/craft room organized.  We searched for a long time for a  54″ overhead cabinet, but they were either too expensive or didn’t come in white or the size we wanted.  We went to home improvement stores, IKEA, and searched on line for several months. We actually found exactly what we wanted at Walmart.com http://www.walmart.com/ip/SystemBuild-54-Wall-Cabinet-White/17470884

We had it delivered to our home for a very small fee. When it arrived it came in a large, flat box.

It only took a couple of hours to put it together.  Much faster than I thought it would.  Getting the doors on was probably the most frustrating for me, since they rely on pictures, rather than words to explain what to do.  I fought with those doors like crazy.  Then hubby came in, took one look at what I was doing, and fixed it in about a minute.  Now they’re hanging over my sewing desk & they hold more than I thought they would.  I’m so happy with them!

What’s inside tells the whole story.  The far right hand cabinet holds most of my patterns, both bought & my own.

The middle part of the cabinet holds the rest of my patterns, shoulder pads, & all of my zippers.

It’s so nice being able to open up two doors & see all of my patterns at a glance.

And finally, the left hand side of the cabinet holds all of my little drawers & boxes for sewing.

And there’s still some room for another box or two!

The cabinet is organized, easy to see & get to.

We still have to add a shelf underneath to hold my DVDs, but that will come a little later.

Hope you enjoyed my organized sewing/craft room cabinet!

Sewing/Craft Room Desk Organization

I’ve had this desk for years.  It used to be my daughter’s when she was little.  It’s the perfect size for my sewing machine and all the things that I need while sewing.  (Including my purple TV)  Now that the Sewing/Craft room is almost complete, I’ve been spending lots of time organizing everything.  The desk was no exception.

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Glitter!

I love glitter, especially the fine glitter.  I can’t help it, I’m hopelessly addicted.  I’ve tried to stay away from it, but the sparkles just call to me.  To say that I was excited when Walmart got a new 12 pack in, is putting it mildly.  The colors are glorious. I’ve already used the green for the St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt!

This is what I found:

12 pack of glitter

I was immediately in love when I turned the box over.

12 colors of glitter

There was purple, lilac, pink, red, blue, green, black, white, turquoise, gold, silver & copper.  All in a fine texture!  I had to have it! Continue reading

Winter Emergency Kit – part 2

In the previous post, I told you about my Winter Emergency Kit that I keep in the back seat of my car and how I organized it.  That one is kept there to make it easily accessible in case of emergency.

This is part 2.  The Winter Emergency Kit for the Trunk of the car.  I’ll show you what I keep in my trunk all Winter long & how I organized it.

What I use:

Salt (in case you’re stuck on ice)

Shovel (mine is a small folding shovel that can be found in the camping section )

De-Icer  (I can not tell you how many times my doors have frozen shut, but my trunk will open)

An ice scraper (not only does this scrape the ice & snow from windshield, but will help to make a ‘channel’ around the door for the De-icer to do its job)

Fix-a-Flat (Emergency Flat Tire Repair)

Reflective Triangles (or road flares)

I put the bag of salt into an empty kitty litter container to keep it dry & I’m always afraid that a plastic bag will tear & spill.

(I also keep one by the front & back door of our home)

     

And for the crafty section:

Empty Cat Litter Jugs (I have cats, so I’m always looking for new uses for the empty containers instead of recycling them).  If you don’t have a cat, I’m sure you have a friend or neighbor who would be more than willing to save theirs.  (or you could use a box, bucket, tote etc..)

Cutter (Razor Blade or Exacto Knife)

Ruler

Sharpie Marker

Empty a cat litter container & Remove the Label:

 

Now, lay out your supplies to judge the height that you want the container to be:

Mark the container with the Sharpie Marker.  Measure the height that you’ve chosen all the way around the container using the ruler & Sharpie.  Mine was 5 1/2″ high.  Connect the dots all the way around.

 

Using the razor/cutter, cut the container on the solid mark you’ve just made.  The cutter is sharp.  Please be careful.

 

Label the container, if you wish.  (I’m a little obsessive, so I label it)

 

Pack the container:

It’s an easy kit to put together & something that could keep you safe or save your life. I honestly think that every vehicle should have one.  (There is also an extra blanket & a set of booster/jumper cables kept in the trunk)

Winter is beautiful to look at, but can be dangerous. Stay safe out there.

 

Happy Creating everyone!

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Winter Emergency Kit

When I made this Emergency Kit for my car, my son laughed at me.  He wasn’t laughing when he broke down in 7 degree weather and his car had no power for heat.  At 21 years old, boys men think they’re invincible.  It could never happen to them. It was going to take AAA 3 hours to get to him.  Luckily, his Dad made it in 20 minutes.  By the time his Dad got to him, he was already seeing his breath in front of him. Organization is key to your Winter Emergency Kit…. I’m making one for him.

Winter Emergency Kit for the Car

Winter Emergency Kit

This box stays behind  the driver’s seat, on the seat, so it is easily accessible.  There is also a universal cell phone charger kept in the glove compartment.

This is what I put into my kit:

Plastic Tote (to put everything in)

Hat, Gloves, Scarf

Fleece Blanket

Mylar Emergency Blanket (keeps the warmth in & the cold out)

Flashlight, Glow Sticks (in case the batteries die out)

Whistle (to alert passerby’s if the car can’t be seen)

Hot Hands & Hot Hands Foot Warmers

Red Bandana (to tie to outside of car)

Knife (God forbid that the seat belt gets stuck)

Hard Candy & Power Bars (to keep energy up)

(we always carry a bottle of water with us when we travel anywhere)

The supplies for the Winter Emergency Kit

Close up of extra scarf, hat & gloves

More of the supplies used for Emergency Kit

Blanket & Bandana for the Winter Emergency Kit

Hot Hands & foot warmers

Whistle, Blanket, First Aid Kit for Winter Emergency Kit

Completed & Organized Winter Emergency Kit

The one that I’m making for my son will be in a back pack. A tote isn’t as ‘manly’ as he would like.

I also have a small Emergency Kit for the trunk, which I will post tomorrow.

Snow is beautiful to look at & walk in, but winter can be very scary & deadly.  Stay safe out there & be prepared.

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