Friday, September 30, 2011

My Memories Suite Giveaway!

I have been trying to decide what I wanted to do on my blog to celebrate my one year anniversary as a blogger.  Just when I was about to give up on the idea of doing something special, I received an opportunity to host a giveaway!
I have always loved to scrapbook, but am never organized enough to plan out what I want to do before going to the store.  In the end I would end up with a bunch of mis-matched pieces and papers and in frustration I would just stuff it all in a bag and place it out of sight.  When I was contacted by My Memories to review their digital scrapbooking software and host a giveaway, I was thrilled.  My head began swimming with all types of projects that I could do with the software.  Just to get myself familiar with the software, I played around with some pictures of my nephew and great nephew.  Here are the results of my first creations: 

Also, I have always wanted to get all of the old family photos together and have a genealogy book made.  Guess what??? I can now do that thanks to this amazing software!  Here are what a few pages might look like in my book: 

I found the software easy to use and I liked knowing that there are instructional videos available in case I got stuck. I mean they literally have their own YouTube channel!
Since my blog is primarily focused on things I make for my home, I decided I would use the software to make a little Halloween decoration.

I am going to print this off and decoupage it onto a canvas! There really are so many ways you can use this software and I plan on continuing to show you ways that I am using it over the next few days!
Anyway, as I mentioned before....This is a GIVEAWAY!!!!One lucky person will come away with their own My Memories digital software! So, how do you enter?
There are a few ways!
1. Follow me and leave me a comment letting me know!
2. Go to the My Memories website and pick out your favorite kit. Then, leave me a comment letting me know which one you picked so I can check it out too!
3. "Like" My Memories on Facebook and then leave me a comment letting me know you did so. (By the way when you "like" their page they send you a coupon for a free kit!)
That is a total of THREE chances to win! I will randomly draw the winner on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.  
If you get to looking around and and decide you can't wait until the drawing, or your name did not get drawn there is still hope.  Just go to and use the special coupon code STMMMS76968 at check out to get $10 off the purchase of the My Memories Suite digital software (the software comes with a $10 coupon for the My Memories store- for a total savings value of $20!)

Thanks for stopping in and GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dingy Old Cabinet Door Reinvented

I thought I would share another peek at a project I made for my workroom.  I feel like I am trying to run up a hill of quick sand when it comes to getting everything completed in my workroom.  I wanted to have a place to put all of my completed jewelry as I work to build up an inventory, but I realized I did not have anymore surface space.  While looking at the walls for the answer I noticed an old unused cabinet door that was leftover from the kitchen.  I decided that old door would be the answer to my jewelry display issues.  In my usual excitement I did not snap a shot of the door before I painted it.  Here is the process...

As you can see, I painted the cabinet door black.  For the center of the door, I decided to use part of an inexpensive lace tablecloth.  I cut out a piece that was a little bigger than the space.  I then used some spray adhesive to affix the lace to the door.  I was careful to smooth out any air pockets and to get a nice snug fit around all of the edges.  Once the adhesive dried a bit, I took my handy dandy Xacto knife and trimmed up all of the edges.  I left the hinges on the door so I could easily hang the door on the wall.  I used sterling silver flower earrings I made about a year ago to display on my new storage piece.  I actually plan on making more of these earrings to sell once I get my jewelry business up and running.  Now I really can't wait to make more pieces to proudly display and hopefully sell in the near future!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Storage for Workroom

I really wish that I had before pictures of my latest project, but I had actually started the transformation before I started blogging and taking pictures did not occur to me at the time.    It was a small coffee table that looked liked old leather books stacked on top of one another.  Unfortunately, when I was home sick one day our Corgi who was a puppy at the time decided to use the edges of the table as a teething toy.  It was not pretty but I could not be mad at Sadie because I did not put her up before I entered into a cold medicine induced coma.  Anyway, instead of just chalking up the table to being completely ruined, I decided I would repurpose it. I know....big surprise....NOT!  Ok, so I guess I will stop blathering and just post some pics of the table.

I started by removing the faux leather from the table then painted a coat of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Dazzle.  I used an old lace tablecloth to paint the design on the front of the table.  I cut a diamond shape out of cardboard and traced the design onto the sides and painted the diamonds with an all purpose acrylic yellow craft paint.  Once the yellow diamonds were dried, I traced the outline of the diamond template.  I painted the lines red to add a nice argyll pattern.  I accented the pattern with some silver furniture tacks and acrylic flat backed rhinestone beads.   I painted the edges and feet with liquid silver leaf and sat back to admire my handiwork.  I have not quite decided what I want to do with the top of the table.  I am thinking about adding storage shelves on top, but am going to see what storage I will still need after I finish getting my workspace set up.  I am going to use the drawer to stash away my small fabric collection.  
Has anyone else transformed anything lately? If so, I would love to hear about it!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Craft Room Organization

I have been working on getting my craft room cleaned up and organized this past week.  I did not realize how bad it really got until I started pulling everything out and really looking at everything I have.  My bead stash was in the worst shape and it literally took me DAYS to get all of my beads sorted out and reorganized in individual containers.  Since I am still not finished with my craft room, I figured that I would share some pictures of lovely organized craft spaces that I found while browsing Pinterest. . .
I really like all of the colorful elements in this room.
Again, I love the colors and the dress form.  Someday I will own a dress form of my very own...
I love the chandelier and the wall storage.
I really love the way the thread is displayed on the wall.
I love the use of the wall space through shelving and decorative jars.
There are so many more inspiring craft rooms pictured on Pinterest.  I just typed "craft room" in the search box and spent more time than I would like to admit marveling at them all.  I hope to have some pictures of my own workspace to post next week.   Hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!