Turning a Magazine Rack into a File Organizer / File Tote

Turning a Magazine Rack into a File Organizer / File Tote

One of my craft room organization conundrums is stencil storage – how to organize and store all my vinyl stencils that accumulate over time. Finally, I had an upcycling idea (or maybe epiphany) – what if I upcycled a magazine rack / magazine holder into a file organizer or file tote? And use file folders to hold my smaller craft stencils?Read more ›

How to Make Craft Paint Storage in Upcycled Old Drawers

How to Make Craft Paint Storage in Upcycled Old Drawers

One thing that all crafters have in common is dealing with craft room organization (or the lack thereof). We have so many materials (lots of them little and spill-able), and for me, craft paint storage or paint storage in general has been a huge problem.Read more ›

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

A couple of years ago, I made a simple repurposed clip board for our gardening/work gloves– both of us had a bad habit of flinging them off in the garage and struggling to find them the next time we needed to wear them! And let me tell you- having the clip board has been a life (and glove) saver! So, when I found these outdated bucket sconces at a thrift store, I decided make something similar for my gardening hand tools.Read more ›

Smoke Rings: Cigar Box Ring Holder

Smoke Rings: Cigar Box Ring Holder

So, if my memory is correct, I’ve made a Bracelet Holder…a Necklace Rack…and a Brooch/Pin Holder so far. Obviously I needed to work on something for my rings, so here we go!Read more ›

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

People tell me constantly that they have no idea how to “get into” upcycling- and they ask me how I come up with all of my ideas. I wish I could tell them that I’m the Sorceress of Repurposing, but the truth is, I’m not- I just enjoy finding a different use for something, regardless of what that “something” is.

And yes, upcycling is trendy and hip and all the rage, but really, we’ve been doing it for generations. Did your mother ever store leftovers in empty margarine containers? If you grew up in a cold climate, did she ever slip plastic bread bags over your feet before stuffing them in your snow boots? That, my friends, is upcycling in its most simple and purest of forms.

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Wine & Pie Message Board

Wine & Pie Message Board

A quick glance through Restoration Hardware’s website (or a stroll through their store) will show you just how sublime the “industrial/rustic-chic” style of home décor can be. And it will also show you just how much money people are willing to spend on that style.Read more ›

Stuck on You: DIY Magnets and Crafting Tips

Stuck on You: DIY Magnets and Crafting Tips

After I posted my cookie sheet magnetic memo board blog post, I was tickled by all of the response to the magnets I used. Not that folks didn’t like the memo board, but they were definitely curious about the magnets.

So, another blog post was born!

DIY magnets are old-hat for crafters like me. They aren’t difficult to make and there is an endless supply of options to turn into magnets. But, I’ve made them often enough to not only have some favorite crafting bits but also some helpful tips. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

I have to admit, this project is a play on an idea I saw on Pinterest. The original idea involved an antique oil can, with a large industrial spindle slid onto the long spout. Then, rolls of jute were pushed onto the spindle- and ta-da, a pin holder!

I loved the idea, but I was a little concerned about placing an old oil can on my dresser. Sure, I have a handful of them- but they’ve stayed untouched because I’m not overly excited about finding a way to clean them…and possibly drain them, as needed.

But I did need something to hold my brooches, so I decided to improvise. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Craft Ribbon Storage from an Upcycled Paper Towel Holder

Craft Ribbon Storage from an Upcycled Paper Towel Holder

So here I am again with something that can barely be called a “craft”. BUT, all of us DIYers and crafters need a little help in the Craft Room Organization struggle, right? And this form of craft ribbon storage is just the trick we all need.Read more ›