Tips and Benefits of working at Home

Now that more and more people are working from home, I wanted to share a few tips for

getting organized, creating a neat desktop and benefits of working at home.

One of the first steps in creating a working environment is your workspace.

It doesn’t have to be fancy or stylish.

My desk/work surface is an old Sunday School table that I purchased at a church rummage sale.

Start with a clean desktop.  It’s the one thing I like to do to help control the chaos in life.

Find useful items to keep you organized.

I use a variety of new and vintage items to organize my craft/office space.

On my desk, I like to keep it as clutter-free as I can.

I found the Deflecto 12″ x 12″ Stackable Storage Trays* is a great way to corral my paper

clutter.  I use the first tier to hold the items I reference most often.

As a paper crafter, I use the second tier  to hold my scrapbook paper and future projects.

Also on my desk, I used the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* to hold my everyday

items.  Of course, it’s also perfect for holding your markers and other crafty items.

It’s interlocking, which means you can add multiple organizers.

And best yet…it fits inside the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.

As a member of the Deflecto Design Team for the last 5 years,

I’m partial to all the craft and office storage items that they have.

You can check out their website here.

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Make it Personal.

It doesn’t matter if your space is temporary or permanent,

make sure it reflects your personal style.

Choose Good Lighting.

To help your eyes from getting tired, choose a light fixture to brighten up your space.

I chose an inexpensive desk lamp in my favorite color of red.

If you have room, place a favorite family photo on your desk.

It’ll remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.

One of my favorite benefits of working from home is Cute Co-Workers.  

Don’t let the cuteness of this scruffy puppy throw you.

He’ll steal your supplies the moment you turn your back.  (sometimes right in front of your face)

Below is a short list of benefits I discovered while working at home.  (in no particular order)

10 Benefits of Working from Home

  1. A Short Commute:  My son has to be at work at 8:00 in the morning.  He said he can get up by 7:55 and still be there on time.
  2. No Traffic or Crowds
  3. Every day is Casual Friday:  (really, really casual)  Shoes optional.
  4. You don’t have to make small talk with your co-workers.  (that is unless your co-workers are really small and also home)
  5. Less annoying co-workers.
  6. No boss breathing down your neck.
  7. Save Money on Gas, Coffee, and Lunches
  8. You can eat when you want.  (Heck, you can drink wine while you work.)
  9. Throw in a load of laundry during breaks
  10. More time with your Family

(There are definite disadvantages of working from home, but, for this post, I’m choosing not to focus on those.)

This is one corner of my Office/Craft Room/Studio.

It’s where all the real work happens.

I’ve been working on this space since last Spring when I moved into my son’s old bedroom.

This room is a much larger space than I had previously.

With a fresh coat of paint, a ship-lap accent wall, it’s turning into my favorite room of the house.

With additional purging, picture hanging and organizing, it’ll be ready for a full studio tour

in no time.

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Spring Farmhouse Tiny Book

If you love making mini albums you’re going to love Eileen Hull’s NEW Tiny Book Die from

Sizzix*.  I do believe this is the smallest mini album I’ve made so far.  (measures 2 ¼” x 3″)

The tiny book was made using Eileen’s NEW Tiny Book Die* and the Spring Farmhouse paper

collection from Simple Stories.

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Directions:

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  • Cut apart and use the small squares from the Spring Farmhouse 12″ x 12″ Element Sheet to decorate the inside and outside of the tiny book.

There is also another NEW die that Eileen created that works perfectly with the tiny book die.

It’s called the Tiny Book Case Die*.    (see link below↓)

It’s adorable.  The perfect size for storing your tiny book.

Add a gift card for the perfect gift combo.

Sizzix 664423 Tiny Book Die*

The Tiny Book fits perfectly in Eileen’s NEW Tiny Book Case!

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Creating a Mini Greenhouse for Starting Seeds

I was searching online for Mini Greenhouses when I came across an image of a container

for starting seeds that reminded me of the containers found in the

Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.

That image sparked an idea for creating a moveable mini greenhouse.

Because everything’s a little better when you add vinyl…

I decided to personalize the containers.

I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* to create and cut the flower

names out of Ruby and Apple Green Polished Metal adhesive vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

Using the weeding tool, carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.

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I also cut and weeded 4 graduating sizes of ruffled flowers using Yellow and Orange Polished

Metal Adhesive Vinyl and leaves made from Apple Green Polished Metal Vinyl.

Stager and layer the vinyl flowers to create a marigold looking flower.

To apply the vinyl:

  • Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the words.
  • Lay transfer tape over the words and give a gentle rub using scraper tool.

  • Use the transfer tape to apply the words onto the container.
  • Rub over the transfer tape with the scraper tool to help the letters stick.
  • Remove the transfer tape.

The Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* comes with three clear containers; small, medium

and large.  I used the two larger containers to plant my seeds.

I took the lid off the smallest container and used it to hold my garden tools and seed packets.

  • Add a layer of potting soil in the bottom of the clear containers and sprinkle the top with seeds.
  • Add a thin layer of soil on top the seeds and water.

The containers create a humidity dome which is great for keeping seeds moist and protected.

The seeds will start to sprout in a 5-10 days.

When the seedlings mature, I will transfer them into pots and then into the ground.

My Mini Greenhouse Seed Starter is easy to move around so I can take advantage of the best

sunshine.  A great project to do as a family.

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Lucky Number 3

Lucky Number 3

When you’re as cute as this kid…

When you’re the third brother, the third grandkid, the third grandson and…

it’s  your birthday and you’re turning three.  (it’s a really big deal)

You’re “Lucky Number 3”.

I decided to make him a special shirt for his birthday.

Making a special shirt for a special occasion is really easy when you have iron-on

embroidered letters from Joy.

Directions:

  1.  Set iron to cotton setting, approx. 350°, or follow garment care label.
  2. Remove letters from sheet.  Position letters with shiny side down onto the t-shirt.
  3. Cover letters with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure, iron cloth over the letters for 30 seconds.
  4. Turn t-shirt inside out and iron the back of the letters for 30 seconds.
  5. Allow to cool for 1 minute before handling.
  6. Turn shirt inside out when washing.

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How to make an Egg-stra Special Shaker Tag

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How to make a Egg-stra Special Shaker Tag

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  • Stamp the chick image with black ink onto white cardstock.
  • Stamping on non-porous white card-stock helps the markers blend easier.

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  • Color in the edge of the chick with the light ochre marker.  Use the pale yellow marker to blend and fill in the rest of the chick.

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Counting the Nesting Tag dies as 6 being the largest and 1 being the smallest…

  • Using the largest (#6) Nesting Tag Die, and the 4th largest Nesting Tag Die, center and tape the two dies together to create a tag frame.

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Shaker Tag pieces:

  • Cut a large (#6) “blue skies” tag from the largest nested tag die.
  • Cut a large (#6) green dot tag.  Cut a wavy line die on the bottom of the tag using a wavy line die.  (From the MSD209  Some Bunny Loves You Stamp and Die Set.)
  • Adhere bottom of the wavy cut tag onto the blue skies tag.
  • Cut a acetate tag from the 5th largest nesting tag die.
  • Cut a large purple gingham egg, a floral cracked egg and several small eggs from coordinating scrapbook paper.

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  • On the back of the tag frame, add a thin line of adhesive around the inside opening of the tag.
  • Remove the protective coating from both sides of the acetate and place it on top of the adhesive.
  • Cut thin strips from the double-sided foam sheets.  Remove one side of the protective layer from the foam strips and place around the inside edges of the tag.
  • Add shaker bits inside tag.
  • Remove the second side of the protective layer from the foam strips and adhere to the blue skies layer on the inside of the tag.

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  • Glue the small floral cracked half egg onto purple gingham egg.
  • Add foam to the back of chick and egg and add to front of the card.
  • Punch a hole on the top of the tag using the crop-a-dile, add purple and white twine.
  • Adhere ribbon bow to top of the tag.

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How to make a Ribbon Flower Wreath

Learn how to create ribbon flowers to embellish a small 6″ grapevine wreath.  

A great little Spring decoration.

Ribbon Flowers looks great on bags, gifts, wedding decorations and hair accessories.

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to make the Ribbon Flower Wreath you’ll need:

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How to make a Ribbon Flower Wreath:

  • Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon.
  • Use the ink applicator to apply purple ink to one edge of the ribbon.

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  • create a running stitch down one side of the ribbon.

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  • gather the ribbon and tie thread ends in a knot.

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  • glue small vintage button to the center of the flower.
  • to create leaves:  fold a small strip of green ribbon and glue to the back of the flower.

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  • Glue flowers onto wreath.
  • Optional:  Glue small sprigs of flowers on each end of the ribbon flowers.

Did you notice?  I used the Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* to organize and hold my ribbon.

The Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* also fits into the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*

Hang your small wreath on a doorknob or decorative window and Enjoy.

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Some Bunny Loves You Spring Card

How to make a “Some Bunny Loves You” Spring Card

Send a little Love and Encouragement to someone special using the Some Bunny Loves You

Stamp and Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Directions:

  • Stamp the bunny image onto a 2″ x 3″ piece of white heavyweight acrylic paper.
  • Start coloring the edges of the bunny with the saddle brown marker and blend the colors together using the light sand marker.  ( Stamping on non-porous white card-stock helps the markers blend easier.)
  • Highlight the bunny cheeks and inside of the ears with the baby pink marker.

  • Stamp a “heart balloon” and “small banner” onto a piece of  “Sunday dress” (purple) scrapbook paper.  Stamp the word “hugs” in the center of the balloon.  Stamp the words “hopping you all the best” centered inside the banner.
  • Align stamped heart image with the heart die and cut using the Crossover II*.
  • Cut the banner image using scissors.
  • Cut a 2 ½” x 3 ½” piece of “baby bunnies” (small flowers) scrapbook paper.  Cut the top of the paper with the wavy die and the Crossover II*
  • Adhere the small flowers layer onto  a 3 ½” x 4 ¾” piece of “blue skies” scrapbook paper.

  • Cut a 2 ¾” x 3 ¾”striped layer and round the corners of the layer using a rounded corner punch*.  Adhere onto the small layer onto the previous layers.
  • Add 3-D foam mounting squares onto the back of the bunny and balloon and adhere to the front of the striped layer.  Adhere the small banner using the tape runner to the lower right section of the striped layer (overhanging the edge).
  • Glue small hearts onto the front of the card using craft glue.

  • Adhere the layers onto a thin turquoise layer and then onto a 4″ x 5 ¼” piece of “Sunday dress” (purple gingham) scrapbook paper.  Adhere onto a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white card-stock card folded vertically.  Tie a sheer ribbon around the top of the card.