7/21/13

Buttons, Bunting, and Cute Labels!

Hey everyone!  Hope you've had a great weekend.  As is typical for me during our "hot season," I've been busy working on inside projects, mainly in my craft-sewing room.  If you've followed me for awhile, y'all know how much I love my "Momma Cave" and that I spend lots of time in this space.  Because of that, I am always tweaking, rearranging, and looking at ways to simply make it cuter.  The rest of my home is rather eclectically-traditional with a hint of Tuscan (my style just doesn't fit into a "particular" category....sigh), but there are no limitations in my "cave."  I'm still very happy with the latest furniture arrangement, which you can see HERE, so I've been simply adding to the "cuteness" factor and just a bit of tweaking in how I store my supplies/tools.  Would you like to see?  Really?  Well, okay, come on in!


With 10' ceilings, there is plenty of opportunity to add cuteness!


"Authentic" is my "One Word" for the year, & you can read about that HERE.  Combining my "word" with these little Mason or Ball jar shapes (they are all over blogland) felt like a great combo.  There are lots of FREE downloads in different styles and sizes, but......

I wanted a larger version than what I was seeing, so I sketched out my own, tweaked it a bit and then printed it on cardstock.  I also gave them a light rubbing of turquoise chalk, but that's really hard to see through the camera.

I know you've also seen lots of the cute cupcake liners being used far more for crafting than for actually acting as the cute holder for some delicious cupcakes!  I cut the liners in half, glued just the upper part to the collar of the jar and added several twists of baker's twine.  I also cut the jar lid separately out of some gray cardstock & glued it on.  Then I free-handed my letters.


 As I mentioned above, there are lots of these cute jar printables & these came from The Graphics Fairy.  I printed them in two different sizes to use for labels on various bins & boxes.



                 

                            I just think they are so cute!

I also used them on Expedit boxes in the closet.  The closet needs to look cute when you open the door, right?

Do you ever feel you have over-organized?  For an "uber" organized person like me, that is such a foreign notion to grasp, but I think I had actually done that in a few areas of my "cave."

Buttons, for instance.  Above is how I've been storing my collection for years -- all sorted into these cute little jars.  But, guess what?  I almost never used them.  Maybe it's a "hoarding" instinct, but when I looked at my buttons in these individual jars, all I saw was that there were not very many and maybe I should save those for something really special.  Has this ever happened to you?  I also think I was limiting my creativity with this "sorting," because I felt the need to use only pinks or greens or blues.  So...... 

         

I took a deep breath and dumped all of my jars of buttons into this rather flat basket that I lined with some fabric (so the buttons would not fall through).  I'm keeping it right on top of my work table and find that I'm using buttons a lot more and in a wider variety of color combos.  I also find this display to be so fun and colorful and much easier to use.

With the button jars removed from the top of my Expedit, I was then able to make some of my other jars of supplies more  accessible & not so crowded.
   

    
 I created this display awhile ago for my ribbons.  I've had this shelf divider-thing for years (used in so many different places) & found that it was the perfect fit to hold my jars of ribbons.

I'm using this cute little wooden tote (thank you Rondell @ Something Nice and Pretty) for my Project Life journaling cards.  It has found its way around my house & has now ended up here -- at least for now!

The Man moved one of my IKEA towel bars over here so I can hang some thickers, stickers & other assorted "stuff" that I use frequently in my scrapbooking or card making.


I brought in this cute little tiered-wire thingy to hold some of my most often used things on my island.  And, yes, it's a good place to keep my sunglasses so I don't forget them as I'm heading out the door.  Don't you just love my cute little kitty cat teapot?

 

And speaking of kitty cats......Abby gets that sleepy-eyed kind of grumpy look when she really wants to get in my lap.  She tries to stare me down, & it usually works.  However, when I'm working in this spot on albums and such, I'm too squirmy for her choosing and she won't stay anyway.  But she will eventually settle for having her own stool pulled up close to me.  Yep, my little "fuzzy" buddy!  

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24 comments:

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love your cute craft room and the bunting is adorable-enjoy:@)

Grammy Goodwill said...

Everything is so bright and colorful. I love your "authentic" bunting. The Ball jar tags turned out so cute. What a fun place for you to display your creativity.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

You've got a great organized space there! Love how you used those cupcake liners. I was happy to see more Abby pics too. :) Have a wonderful Sunday!

Feral Turtle said...

Oh to be so organized! Every year I make a New Years resolution to clean up my act, and every year I fail...lol. I love your woman cave. Such a fantastic place to create!!

Feral Turtle said...

I almost forgot, your mason jar labels are fantastic!!

Blondie's Journal said...

You really are organized! The mason jar tags are just too cute! The cupcake liners are the icing on the cake! I have lots and lots of buttons and have no idea what to do with them! Let me know if you come up with something!

XO,
Jane

Mary Ann said...

Just found your lovely blog... I scrapbooked for years and am just starting again. I think your idea of keeping the buttons out where you can use them is a great one!

Maggie said...

Your 'cave' is fabulous!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful room, Carol. I just love your cave! Someday, when my children are grown and gone (which will be many years, I realize), I'm going to have a cave too. I'm already planning it out!

Poppy said...

Hi Carol,

Love the paint colour on the walls; very similar to what I have in my bedroom. The bunting, but more importantly, its message, is my favourite thing in this refreshing and inviting space. I could sit here all day, surrounded by cute as a button buttons and colourful inspiration!

Poppy

Vel Criste said...

love it Carol! those labels make your organization all the more Cute! And my, your buttons?! I can't believe how you organized them! Enjoy the indoor dear. :-)

happyvballgirl said...

OMG, just LOVE your craft room and am completely jealous (and drooling)!! LOVE It! Stopping by from The Creative Home and Garden Hop!

Christine :)
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com

Tammy N said...

Pretty and organized! What a great combination. Very inspiring.

Traci said...

I'm jealous! To answer your question, no, I'm not at all over organized. HA!

Carol said...

Thanks so much, Vel!

Carol said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment, Christine!

Craftcherry said...

What an amazing Momma Cave! Everything looks so beautiful and organized.

Calista said...

I do love your cute little kitty teapot! I found one almost just like it a few weeks ago and you can see it in my latest post! Your Momma Cave looks like a very fun place to hang out. I like the Mason jar bunting. I am visiting from Imparting Grace.

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Widgy Cat said...

Carol I know just what you mean about the over organizing in random areas of my craft room. I have the same trouble with fat quarters when I organize them into too many categories... it looks like I am running out of fabric in some areas when in fact I couldn't use up all the fat quarters in a couple of lifetimes.

Widgy Cat from catsonthehomestead.blogspot.com

Alison Bayne said...

You don't have space for a lodger do you?! I am V envious of your beautiful crafting space! I really need to get a grip with all my fabrics and papers.

Thanks for sharing your ideas and lovely photos at the Creative Home and Garden Hop. We hope you'll pull up a deckchair and enjoy the sunshine with us every weekend at http://mumtopia.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-creative-home-and-garden-hop-2.html

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Oh, if only I were that organized!!! Such a sweet kitty-cat!
Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!
Blessings,
Cindy

Richella Parham said...

Oh, Carol. Wow. I would love to have a craft space like yours--but even more, I'd love to have your organizational abilities!!

Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home. I'm going to feature you this week!!

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