Mad Mod Podge Skills

This weekend I spent a few minutes discovering that there is some skill required to glue paper to boxes with satisfactory results. Up until now, I was under the impression that I had mad glue skills. Turns out, not so much. The good thing is that I invested 50¢ in the box, the paper was free (paper grocery bag), and the ribbon was left over from the last project.



There are some wrinkles and it’s not glued perfectly. However, it is vastly improved from it’s previous look, cost practically nothing, and was fun to do.

I also recycled some TP rolls to make additional spools to hold ribbon and trim. Simple scissor and glue project, makes finding the ribbons so much easier.




And the end result, a sewing room that is beginning to look organized and purposeful.


Dad received his package, word is everything was greeted with delight. Perhaps they will send photos.

A Package for Dad

I should really do this in the other order, but I’m testing the theory that my dad actually reads this. Spoiler Alert! Dad, if you want to be surprised when your package arrives, stop reading right now!

Oftentimes, when making garments, it’s just as easy to make two as it is to make one. Fabric can be stacked for cutting and the project becomes rather an assembly line. I would make simple knit pants and tops for my daughter three and four at a time. It’s fun when all the pieces are so small. So, Dad, after waiting all this time and dropping such clever hints, you have not one, but two shirts coming your way.


Of course I couldn’t forget Chris, so I whipped up one of my favorite projects, the quilted tote. I carry a huge satchel with me to work everyday as a combination purse, lunch sack and flight bag. A ring on the outside to attach keys so one doesn’t lose them in the bottom. This bag is made from the remnants of a shirt I made for my daughter a few years ago.


So I’m off to the post office today. You should see these by weeks end. Hope you love everything as much as I do. Love to you as well.

How does the closet look after my crafty organization and all of this production? The change is now very apparent. It is motivating!


Inspiration Strikes!

I have been inspired this week by some clever people. Beautiful and organized shelves creating an inviting workspace.

To improve my organization and make putting my hand on things easily I headed to my favorite fabric/craft store with ideas aplenty and coupons in hand. Photo boxes are so inexpensive and much cuter than the plain cardboard boxes or plastic tubs.

I found several boxes as well as some clever little ribbon holders. Next a trip to Goodwill for some additional storage containers. Some of these will require a little creative covering, but for a dollar our less, I couldn’t pass them up.

At this moment I’ve made more of a mess than anything. I’m sure it will get better shortly.  Sorting through the boxes had been interesting. Pretty sure there will be some discards here as well.

Of course I was at the fabric store, so, of course there was just one little bit that had to come home with me. Just one piece, and the webbing and thread needed to finish my latest project.


Airplanes. You know I couldn’t resist. I have just about finished a great project to mail off to my Dad. More photos to follow.

This is the condition of the boxes to sort out, this is the before picture. When I’m finished with this sorting project the closet will look amazing. Stay tuned.


Sorting Things Out

The closet seems to have lost some of it’s magical properties of regeneration. It is true, fabric that has been stirred up takes much more space than neatly folded. It also hides those sacks from the fabric store with a great project tucked inside (that I completely forgot about.) So in my spare time I’ve been sorting things out in the closet.

I’ve discovered a couple boxes left over from moving in (that was years ago), a fair amount of office supplies, and projects started but set aside for some reason or another. With things more organized it makes it easier to choose the next project.


And so I have two projects on the table. This could be why I don’t finish all of my projects. Huh. Well I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.