craft room progress.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hello and happy new year to you!  So far, 2017 has proven busy.  We've been overbooked every weekend (lots of birthdays in January, including mine!) and my house is in dire need of some cleaning, not to mention getting all the Christmas Crap organized.  Why does that take so long?

Speaking of Christmas Crap, before I get into today's post, I have to tell you about my Deal of the Century.  I'm apparently into capitalizing random words today.  ANYWAY. :)  So, S1 and I decided that after Christmas this year, we would look into getting an artificial tree to use next year.  Not only would it be so much easier, but we think having a real tree was causing us to have allergy problems which we don't really have any other time of the year.  So, the day after Christmas, I started scouring stores and the internet for some super-mega-clearance sale on trees.  We needed a 10'-12' tree, which, apparently, costs a literal arm and a leg.  Like, you have to sell a kidney in order to afford one.  Like, over a thousand dollars.  For a tree.  Mmmmmnothanks.  We found one at Lowes for a measly price of $400 (comparatively) and considered it for a minute, but after opening the box (because it was no longer on display) and inspecting it, it just looked cheap.  I couldn't get down with it.  I remembered that I had seen a 10.5' tree at Target during the holidays so I went by there to see if they still had any in the store (they weren't for sale online) and my Target was sold out.  Bummer.  At this point, I was giving up, like whatever, we would just have to figure something out next year.  A couple days later, during my lunch break, I thought, I'll just run back over to Target and see if, by chance, they would sell me their display tree.  It wouldn't have a box, it might not even work, but it's worth a shot.  So I walk back there and all the display trees have been taken down and there was only one aisle of Christmas Crap left (for 75% off), but lo and behold, my 10.5' tree was there, in the corner, still fully decorated, with no signage or anything on it.  So I found an employee and asked him if they were selling this display tree.  He radios back to the manager and she said that if someone was there and would take it on the spot, she'd sell it ornaments and ALL for $80.  ORNAMENTS, TREE TOPPER, 10.5' PRE-LIT TREE AND ALL.  I started undecorating it right there, with help from a couple employees, and they hauled it to the front for me and I felt like I was stealing it.  We're talking a huge tree full of beautiful ornaments, plus the tree itself.  I've been telling everyone about my Deal of the Century ever since.  Stuff like this just doesn't happen everyday!  I'm already SO looking forward to next Christmas!

Okay, now onto today's post.  (Sorry for the sub-par photos - this room is hard to photograph, plus I wasn't paying attention and had my ISO up too high... grr)

I spent the day after New Year's finally unpacking and organizing my craft room.  In case you forgot, here's where my craft room is in our basement.

Remember what it looked like for an entire year?

And now I've got all my craft supplies out of boxes and on the shelves!

Here's the view before from the other direction:

And now - much better!

I haven't done any actual decorating, although my plan is still the same.  I do have the curtains and just ordered a curtain rod today, so yay progress!

The worst part of this whole room was the closet.  All the boxes of craft supplies were stuffed in there and it was chaos.

Now, there are still boxes, but it's much more organized!  I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with all my fabric so I just left it in the box, and the other boxes are decor/frames that I had in my old craft room that I probably won't use in here.  I got those little bins to organize like items (for 75 cents each at Target at the same time as my Deal of the Century) and labeled them all and the angels sang hallelujah.

There's definitely still work to be done, but all of my stuff is finally out and I know where it is and I can use it, and really, that's all I can ask for. :)

We had this wood drop-leaf table in our storage room in the basement so I drug it in here to add a natural element and a place to set the TV and I'm loving it.  The yellow trash can will go bye-bye, but it's serving a purpose for now.

Okay, so that's my craft room all organized!  Sometimes I just stand in here and look around because it's so glorious.

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