Organizing Your Holiday Craft Supplies

Creative Christmas Crafting Organization Tips…

It’s that time of year when thoughts are leaning towards the Holidays.

As a crafter, it’s my favorite time of year to do craft projects.

But, as a blogger, there’s a lot of crafting, creating, and sharing to do.

For fun, I thought I’d show how I organize my Craft Supplies for the

Ultimate Holiday Crafting Season.

Of course, my go-to storage comes from Deflecto.

Disclosure:  “This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

To prepare for the busy season ahead, I like to transition my space with

all my Christmas Crafting Supplies conveniently close.

I like to mix a little old with the new to make it interesting.

I never know what will inspire the next project.

Here a few of the products I used for my Holiday Crafting Organization.

I use the Deflecto Interlocking Tilt Bins* to keep my jingle bells, small

wood embellishments, paints, bottle brush trees, all neatly organized and

easily accessible.

I use a lot of ribbon during the Holidays.

I use the Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* that fits into the large section of the

Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* and add all my favorite holiday

ribbon rolls. As you can see, it holds several.

The small and medium containers hold my glue guns and adhesives.

The Stackable Caddy* is great for grab and go crafting.

The Deflecto Caddy Storage Tray* is perfect for holding my floral embellishments and beads.

Not only is it efficient, but it’s really pretty to look at.

(It fits nicely into the large compartment of the Deflecto Stackable Caddy*.)

I use the Deflecto Stackable Open Cube* to hold the Holiday Dies and

Stamp Sets that I will be working on soon. It’s also a great place to stash

cut cardstock ready to be folded into cards.

I use the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* to hold paint brushes,

scissors, pens, and pencils. It looks great and keeps everything neat and

tidy. (and…it fits nicely into the stackable caddy)

When working on cards it’s great to have my markers organized and close

at hand. I love that I can unfold the Expandable Marker Accordion*

into several different configurations.

It’s a perfect companion to have on my desk.

I hope you enjoyed the tour into my Holiday Crafting Organization.

Now it’s your turn to… Update your Holiday Craft Space and enjoy the difference it makes.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

How to make a Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin

Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin…

Nothing says warm and cozy Fall Décor like Buffalo Plaid and Pumpkins.

Add them together for a cute Fall Home Décor project.

I love using wood slices in projects.

If you’re lucky, and you have lots of trees, chances are you may have a log or two that you

could cut off a slice. If not, with the popularity of wood slices you can easily find them online,

or in the craft department of your favorite store.

Featured Storage:  Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*

If you follow me much at all, you know I love my Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*.

I can easily customize the Caddy by removing the lids, and adding a

Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer* for paintbrushes and glue sticks.

Once I fill my Caddy with supplies, I can easily take it outside to work on a lovely day.

Disclosure:  “This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

Materials used to make the Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin:

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  • To get the color I wanted for the base of my pumpkin. I mixed Orange Twist and Jack-O-Lantern acrylic paint.
  • Paint just to the inside edge of the pumpkin slice. Leave the outer bark showing.

  • Add strips of painter’s tape onto the pumpkin to make stripes.  Rub your finger over the tape to make sure that the tape is securely on the pumpkin and has no gaps.
  • Paint inside the stripes with a thin coat of white birch acrylic paint.  Be careful not to apply the paint too thick.   Only one thin coat of paint is needed.
  • Remove painter’s tape.
  • Allow paint to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

  • Rotate the frame 180° and apply the tape in the opposite direction. Make sure the tape is securely down.
  • Paint additional stripes with a light coat of dolphin (light gray) acrylic paint.

  • Remove the painter’s tape. Allow the paint to dry.
  • Lightly sand the wood slice. Sanding brings out the wood-grain and helps to hide any little imperfections.
  • Wipe with a clean cloth.

  • Cut a small 2″ piece from a tree branch to use for the stem.
  • I also used a “home” wood word picked up at the craft store for my pumpkin.
  • Hot glue the stem onto the top of the pumpkin.  Hot glue the word “Home” on the front of the pumpkin.

  • To give my Pumpkin a little extra support while sitting on my mantel, I hot glued a small wood piece (cut from an old scrabble tray) to the back of the pumpkin.  Because the wood slice is not perfectly round, you may have to offset it a bit.
  • Tie raffia around the stem and hot glue a small button bow with faux fall berries onto the pumpkin.  You can find instructions on how to make a button bow here.

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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.

Disclosure:  “This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

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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Let’s talk about Marker Storage

Happy National Craft Week!

Saturday was National Card Making Day and now we have National Craft Week?

Be still my crafty little heart.   (I thought every week was craft week.)

Since we’re talking all things “crafty” this week, I’d like to ask you a personal question.

How do you store your markers?

When it comes to markers, we all have our opinions and preference on which are our favorite.

Lately, I’ve been curious on how everyone stores their markers and what works best for you.

I started rubber stamping in the mid 90’s and slowly built up quite a collection of Art Markers.

Personally, I have been using Tombow Markers for over 20 years and some markers in my

collection are almost as old.   (and they still works)

Up until recently my marker storage system was just about as old as my collection.

A wobbly little holder (with a slight lean) and an extra basket for the overflow.

It worked but it wasn’t quite as efficient as I wanted it to be.

Recently, I started doing a lot more cardmaking and using my markers again.

That’s when I requested the Expandable Marker Accordion* from Deflecto.

It is the ultimate in marker storage and portability!

It has 80 slots that hold markers, but, because my Tombow and Marvy markers

are skinnier than Copic markers, I can easily put two markers in each slot.

Disclosure…“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided compensation and product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

The Expandable Marker Accordion* comes with a clear lid that easily snaps in place and a

handle that makes it easy to take your markers with you to classes and crops.

It keeps everything secure.

And…depending on your work space

you can use it in a straight line, a U shape, as a cube or in my favorite, a zig zag pattern.

Whatever combination works best for you and the project that you’re working on.

Not just another marker holder…

Let’s talk another option.

Maybe you’re just starting out your marker collection or you need a little more flexibility with

your marker storage, you might like Deflecto’s Interlocking Marker Organizer*.

This little marker holder can be used solo or because it has a interlocking design it can be

connected to additional units making it perfect whether you use it upright or horizontal.

And the best part…

The Interlocking Marker Organizer* also fits into the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer.

You can fit six marker organizers into the Stackable Caddy for the Ultimate Grab and Go.

So many great options to fit your crafting style.

Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!