House Cleaning Challenge #10: Deep Clean the Living Room
So as I shared yesterday, my bedroom and living room are essentially the same, so there really wasn’t much to “clean”. But I decided there was still something I could do, so I vacuumed the edges of the room, dusted the picture frames and mantel, and finally moved the couch to vacuum under it.
But since those tasks only took about 7 minutes to finish, I decided to take a look through my craft storage suitcases and see what all was in there.
And then…just looking at all that potential… I got inspired 🙂 (any other crafters reading this know what I’m talking about!).
Now, these are most certainly not all my craft supplies. No, no, no….no. I am currently forced to stash my tools and supplies in any spare space available in my house: decorative suitcases in the living room, the cupboard and drawers under my son’s changing table, a corner of the closet, a bin (or two) in the garage, a shelf in the hall cupboard. For the most part, it’s pretty organized and I know where to find everything. But one day I will have a craft room all my own and will be able to have all of my supplies in one place. And.it.will.be.wonderful. Until then, I use the pockets of space that I have been given :).
So I have been wanting to do something new to my bulletin board by the back door. I had a system, but I wasn’t in love with it, and I knew I could make something better. I also wanted to create a system that did not include punching holes through every photo that I wanted to hang up.
So here were my inspiration pieces
I used my trusty paper cutter, adhesive, decorative adhesive paper (I LOVE this stuff!), some regular scrap booking paper and a few embellishments for a bit of sparkle.
Enter my hot glue gun and my of course my favourite craft tool: sanding blocks! (Seriously, if you don’t have some, you need some! They smooth the edges of all paper crafts….and just make me *smile*. I use them on everything! ).
I simply covered the scrapbook cardboard pieces with paper and then hot glued my decorated clothes pins to the cardboard strips. I used my sanding blocks to smooth the edges of the paper over the clothespins (before attaching).
Then I pinned the finished strips to my bulletin board using clear thumb tacks (I would prefer flat tacks, but I didn’t have any), and attached some cards and photos.
And voila! A pretty, practical and cheap way to display incoming photos and cards.
It feels good to be inspired (and then actually do something about it it!) :).
And in case you were wondering, Benjamin was busy enjoying a PB&J while I was busy crafting…yikes!
And here’s what I’m getting rid of today…some craft stuff and stickers I won’t use and a bag of stuff that I am donating to the Mom’s group at church:
How did you do today on the challenge??
Have you made anything fun (pretty OR practical) recently? Feel free to leave a link in the comments!