Clutter Simplified in the Craft Room

Out of clutter, find simplicity. – Albert Einstein

Today, I am excited to show you how I organize my craft space. This space can get messy really quickly because I use it to sew, paint and create. I love the simplicity of jars and baskets that display my craft supplies. And by putting my supplies on display they become part of the décor of the room. I think the colors of buttons, thread, and washi tape add to the charm of my craft room.

Over my sewing machine, I display colorful thread on a painted wooden spool rack. Having the thread and scissors within reach make changing out my thread easy when I start working on multiple projects.

Wooden Spool Rack

To store other sewing items like buttons and safety pins, I use baby food jars. I simply painted the lids to match the colors I am using in the room.

Organized with Jars

I use wire racks to store and display my paints and scrapbook paper. A wire basket holds washi tape, ribbon, and an assortment of mod podge. A small vase holds and displays my markers.

Craft Room Organized

I use a shelf unit to organize craft books and baskets on the shelves to organize other craft supplies. I also use an old wooden dresser to organize paint supplies, jewelry making supplies, wood supplies and more. I know it seems like a lot but a crafter can never have too much. We never know when we will need something.

So these are a few ways that I organize my craft space because when I start crafting, my workspace starts to look like this

A Crafters Work Space

Be Inspired,

Dena


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Fight Procrastination: Just Do It

Today is Fight Procrastination Day and I am not going to put off what I should have done yesterday. Before I sat down to write this post, I didn’t think of myself as a procrastinator. However, writing this post has made me think of plenty of things that I should have done. In order to get me back on track, I have found several tips to help me fight procrastination and just do it.

Time management is important in combating procrastination. Use a calendar to list everything that needs to be accomplished. Prioritize items and set deadlines for accomplishing each task. Use mobile apps to set reminders.

Just do it as soon as you arrive at work, school, or home. Putting off tasks only makes them harder to start. I can relate to this, can you? When I get home from work, I want to take a minute for myself by sitting down and unwinding. Big mistake because then I get comfortable and don’t want to get up to tackle my chores. Instead, I need to keep going when I get home and use the momentum I have to accomplish my chores.

Large jobs are too daunting. Instead, divide those large jobs into smaller more reasonable tasks. The feeling of accomplishment when I finish a smaller task is a great motivator to continue working to complete the whole project.

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting

Let’s not procrastinate anymore! Make the most of today and just do it!

What will you get accomplished today?

Be Inspired,

Dena


How to Improve Your Pinterest News Feed

The Pinterest you fell in love with has changed and your news feed just doesn’t hold your attention like it once did. Pins that don’t interest you keep popping up in your news feed and some pins show up multiple times. Pins from months ago are showing up at the top of your news feed showing you past holidays. It seems to be happening to all of us but we can change our Pinterest news feed with a little bit of cleaning.

I know that to see pins we need to follow people and boards, but when we follow too many our news feed starts getting cluttered with pins we don’t even like. So what I am suggesting may be upsetting to some bloggers but it is what is best for Pinterest news feeds everywhere. UNFOLLOW!

1.  Unfollow boards that do not interest you. I am not a cook. I do not enjoy being in the kitchen. Therefore, recipe boards are the first boards I stopped following. While looking through my news feed when I came across a recipe pin, I clicked on the board name then choose to unfollow. I also picked out some of the pinners I was following and looked at all their boards. Some pinners had multiple boards for recipes so I unfollowed those boards. Don’t get me wrong, I still have recipes that pop up in my news feed and I even have a board to pin food, but I am no longer overwhelmed by food pins. So get rid of what you don’t like. Maybe you don’t want to see pins about sewing or pins about remodeling a room. It’s alright to unfollow those boards and free up your news feed for what interests you.

2.  Get rid of group boards in your feed. Group boards are great for sharing ideas or planning a trip. Our family has a group board for planning a wedding. However, when the number of pinners to a group board starts getting into the double digits, the pins on this board can take over your news feed. And a lot of these group boards share the same pins you have already seen.

 Group BoardThe icon with three people indicates that the board is a group board.

I once again picked out some of the pinners that I follow and looked to see if any of their boards were group boards. I unfollowed the group boards that I had no interest in. Some of the group boards I will continue to follow, but if I find these boards are taking over my news feed I will unfollow them too.

3.  Let Pinterest know what you want to see. Pinterest is now posting pins to your news feed.

Picked for you

Look for the “Picked for You” pins. To remove, hover over the lower right corner and an x will appear. Click on the x to delete the pin. Another box will pop up where the pin once was, click on that box to tell Pinterest why you don’t want to see it. Pinterest gives you three choices – is it not interesting? Did you already see this pin? Is it offensive? Let Pinterest know so that your feed keeps you inspired.

I changed my Pinterest news feed with these three steps and now I am enjoying Pinterest again. I see what interests me and not what everyone else wants me to see. My news feed is now back to a more chronological order. I guess with so many pins hitting my news feed, Pinterest just didn’t know how to show me everything. I even see more pins from my close friends, I had almost forgotten they were out there pinning what inspired them too.

Be Inspired,

Dena

Craft Room Treasures

I have been working on setting up a craft room. I have been enjoying organizing my supplies and hanging items on the walls. I have been going through boxes of items that my daughter had and some of it was from my grandmother. I have come across some precious treasures.

What has captured my attention are two pincushions. One is homemade and the other is just a unique find. The homemade pincushion was made before Pinterest and probably before the internet. I do not know if my grandmother made it or if it was given to her. But I imagine she made it, probably at a class that she attended.

Mason Jar PincushionThis pin cushion was made from a Mason jar lid. It has gold ric rac around the lid and the bottom has a piece of cardboard covered with fabric. It is a stand-alone pin cushion that could not be put back on the Mason jar. I have found several tutorials on Pinterest to make your own. Click here for a tutorial that I found.

Chair PincushionThis pin cushion is just a unique find. I do not know where my grandmother got this one. It is so ornate with pearl beads on the legs and lots of detail.

I have not been using these pincushions but do have them on display in my craft room.

Do you have little treasures displayed in your craft room?

Be Inspired,

Dena

What I Forgot

Summer break has come and gone. I no longer have kids in school but I took a break from blogging to spend time with my grandson. I still had to work but the whole family was able to take a week of vacation together and we went camping twice. It has been a great summer, one I will not soon forget.

This summer has been a reminder of things that I once knew but forgot somewhere along the journey of life. I probably forget these small unimportant things because the joys in life are more important than a few aches and pains or moans and groans.

I ForgotI forgot that when you are on a hike your destination is back where you started. On one of our camping trips, my husband and I decided to take a walk. My husband said we should stay on the path and what he meant was that we should stay on the paved path which would have been a much shorter walk. Well, I stayed on the path just not the paved path and took off on a hike. We went rather far and I probably would have kept going because I was feeling good and not tired in the least but he thought we were getting lost. So we decided to turn around and head back to camp. I don’t even think we were half way back when I started slowing down and getting tired. I didn’t think I was going to make it back to camp and had to sit down and rest while I moaned and groaned. I forgot that I had to get back to where I had started and am so thankful my husband made me turn around. I hope I remember the next time I take off on a hike to only walk half as far as I think I can then I’ll have enough energy to get back.

denainspired.comIt has been 21 years since I’ve had a two year old, I forget how much a toddler can wear a person out. How did I manage when I was a mom? Oh yeah, I was younger and had more energy. I love my grandson but he makes me tired just watching him. He has so much fun crawling up in my lap and then down hundreds of times and it makes me ache all over. Up and down, up and down, up and down. You get the picture. I’m not as young as I once was and I have aches and pains without a two year old crawling all over me. But I love him and he has reminded me that a two year old is a lot of work. I will try not to forget this so that if I have another grandchild I won’t let him/her wear me out. Right, even if I remember I will still let them crawl all over me because grand-kids are the greatest joy ever.

So even if we forget little things over the course of life, we remember the important things that bring us joy. We remember the time spent together on a hike talking and enjoying the view not how we couldn’t make it back to camp. We remember sitting in front of a campfire and breathing in the cool night air. We remember the smile and laughter of a little boy when we sit down to play and not the aches and pains.

Be Inspired,

Dena