Deflecto Storage Solutions for Crafting and Kitchen Needs!

Hi Everyone!
 Deflecto has once again proven that their office supplies are craft worthy!
I'm simply loving this  Carousel Organizer!

I'm using it for my most used buttons and trim. I love how I can clearly see what I have and how much! Plus the lids act as a convenient tray to hold what I need as I add to a page, card or home decor.

 The carousel rotates nicely and takes up very little room on a craft table or shelf..

You can even add more containers and stack as high as needed!

Another fantastic find from Deflecto is this mountable Grab-A-Card business card holder!
I placed a few strong magnets onto the back of the acrylic housing and put on my fridge for all to see.
This will come in handy next time my husband calls from home asking where some of my business cards are to share with a friend.

 Deflecto storage containers are not just for the craft room, but can also be used in the kitchen too!
Here I used a 4-drawer Stackable Cube to hold loose and miscellaneous spices.
Most of these spices are ones that I buy sparingly because they are extra special or have been given to me from fellow cooks.

The top shelf  holds whole cinnamon sticks and dried chilies from a friends garden.

 Here's another Deflecto Stackable Cube but with X Dividers.
I have it storing my favorite alcohol inks.
You can purchase these cubes in clear and black.

Thanks for coming by!
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Succulent Mini-Planter. Before and After.

Here is a before and after of a Succulent Mini- Planter I made!
It's a 1 month difference.
Pretty cool, right?

You can see the DIY here.


Winter Miniature Swap!

The premise: To make or buy 15 "Winter Holiday" Faerie Garden items to swap.
Idea's and updates about this swap will be post here on this blog and on our  Charms and Faerie Gardens FB group.

See current participant list here. 

Everyone participating will receive a Christmas tree for their mini (indoor or outdoor) garden from me.
Here are some ideas of Winter Holiday Faerie Gardens.

All swap items MUST be postmarked no later than November 1st, 2014. 
4 months should give you enough time to make or order your swap pieces!
I have a 3-strikes and you are out rule. 
 If you are late with your package too many times, you will not be included in future swaps.
I also require a email address to keep swap participants updated by a group mail. If you sign up but never check in as requested, you'll removed from the swap.
Must include money for return shipping, check, cash, or by pay pal. .....$13 for the U.S. Priority Mail, or I will bill you via pay pal before shipping.
Please no pre-paid postage.
(International will have to be discussed).
I will be using priority mailing for all packages and will send Tracking #'s.

 What to include with your Miniatures
  •  Please individually wrap or place your miniatures in small zip lock bags  or ATC bags along with your name and contact info. 
  • Please design a ATC  to go along with the theme of the swap.
 ATC's are  2.5"x3.5" or 64x89mm. 
ATC's usually are made of a sturdy chipboard backing to ensure safe mailing. I like to recycle cereal and cracker boxes for ATC bases. In the past I used to score and cut each card on my paper trimmer. I went through quite a bit of blades this way! But then I discovered this die by sizzix. It's a life saver if you plan to make a lot of cards. I have also made my ATC's with painted vinyl, soda cans, fabric, .....
Craft stores carry a line of Trading card sleeves, envelopes and baggies meant to keep them safe till swapped.
Thanks for coming by, Hope you can join!
Please email me your name and mailing address to participate.


Home Decor -A Pink and Black Classy Wreath!

Welcome to a special Designer Crafts special Home Decor challenge!
We are featuring three wonderful products today.  
Kunin Felt, Beacon Adhesives (Fabri-Tac and Felt Glue) and Buttons Galore & More. 

I hope you will enjoy my project and leave happily inspired!
Pink and Black Classy Wreath
 Supplies Used:
 Beacon Fabric-Tac and Felt Glue
Shocking Pink Zebra Fanci Felt
Black Classic Felt
Pink and Black buttons from Buttons Galore and More
Twig wreath
White spray paint
Gold floral wire
Needle nose pliers
Bamboo skewer
Paper clips
3D flowers die

 Begin by spray painting just one side of your twig wreath with white spray paint, outside.
 I used a old box to contain most of the spray.
 While the wreath is drying, run the Pink Zebra felt through your cutting machine with the flower die.
Make as many flowers as desired.
 If you do not have the 3D flower die, you can cut circles from the felt, then cut them into spirals.
Place some Felt Glue onto the outer end of the spiral and use that as your starting point to twist inwards until you get to the center.
 Attach center with  Felt Glue to the bottom of the flower.
 Press firmly for about 30 seconds, then leave the flowers to set for at least 1 hour.
This glue is non toxic and drys clear.

 To make the leaves: you will need to cut leaf shapes from the Black Classic Felt.
Add some  Felt Glue as shown up and pinch close.
Secure leaves with  paper clips until the glue has set.
Then using the  Fabric-Tac in a well ventilated area, adhere leaves randomly to the wreath.

 For the buttons flowers:
Pair hot pink smaller buttons with larger black buttons.
Cut 6" of the gold wire. Fold the wire in a uneven half.
Thread through both buttons and twist to secure.

 Use your pliers to turn the shorter piece of the wire into a little spiral.
Wrap the remaining wire onto a bamboo skewer then slide off.
Make as many as you wish and adhere to the wreath with Fabric-Tac.

 Here is a easy way to make ribbon from felt!
Start cutting along the side of your felt and when you are near the top, stop and turn the square then keep cutting.
Do this carefully around and around until you have reached the center.

 Here is a continuous pile of versatile black felt ribbon!
Figure out where on your wreath you want to hang your protect.
Attach one end of the ribbon with a tight knot and a little bit of a tail.
Then gather the rest into a manageable ball and wrap around your wreath, twisting the ribbon as you work to give it some personalty.
When you get back to the top, tie onto the starting tail to complete your hanger.
Make some extra curls made from the wire and bamboo skewer.
 Attach these to the twig part of the wreath.

 Now you have a beautiful wreath to display!

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How I Preserve my Summer Memories

The theme this month for the Designer Crafts Connection group is "How I preserve my Memories".
So I am showing you how I have been preserving our Summer Memories.
It all starts with this keepsake box I made. I keep it on a book case in our kitchen. Its the perfect holder for mementos and daily souvenirs.
I keep some glue and journal cards in the box and once a week I sit down and put everything into one of those Smash Books by K&C Company. The summer memory book is 12x13. Pretty big! Comes with all sorts of colorful pages and pockets.

The next 3 'woodsy' pages I decorated so they would be ready for the last summer road trip before School starts. You can see how I made these pages here.

Other pages are filled with the favorite foods and new things we have eaten this summer....

Places we have visited....

Of course we have Lego land passes, so I dedicated a few pages just for that.

4th of July and summer BBQ's....

Then there was the Demolition Derby at the County Fair. Super fun!

You may have noticed that there are no photos yet.
That is a project all in its self. I plan to add those"memories" after School has started. (Sept. 4th).
Thanks for coming by, have a great day!


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