Tuesday Tour: The Office

The day our stuff was delivered there were few things in our office. By office I mean the room formally designated as master bedroom. It has a large window that lets in a ton of bright light in the morning and perfect light in the afternoon. Perfect light for taking photographs. Made more sense to us to use it as an office than a bedroom.

 

As I was unpacking a few things made their way in there.

The next day I used some of the book boxes to “make” storage “shelves”.

Some craft and art supplies were in our shipment and I needed some way to contain it for the time being.

 

 

 

There’s too much cardboard all over the place and too many white walls.

I felt the need for some color on the walls so made some chevrons.

Currently, this is how it looks. Yep, really messy. I didn’t tidy up before shooting these photos. You know, just keeping it real. Eventually, I’d like to get better storage for all the supplies (maybe a few of these?). Or maybe do something better with the boxes. In any case this room is nowhere close to done.

If anyone is wondering, the furniture is all from IKEA. The metal wastebasket (or rubbish bin) was found in the garden section.
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Someday and trying new things.

I’ve been holding on to this cross stitch kit for at least 5 or 6 years. Possibly more.

I received it for free at a craft store (in Ohio while visiting family) for buying something else. I can’t even remember what the other stuff was. This little kit has been moving around with me. From Ohio to Philly. On to Baltimore and Santa Cruz. Now it’s here in Brisbane. I even brought it on the plane in my carry on bag.

This kit has been moving city to city with me because “someday I want to try making this”. Someday.

This week I finally said enough. I opened it and read the instructions.

Someday finally happened this week. Enough with the “someday”. Why not now? What else was I doing? Browsing Pinterest? (I love Pinterest but it’s such a time suck.) I’ve never tried cross stitch before. I thought this would take lots of time to learn. This kit? Super easy. It’s actually very relaxing and almost meditative. Needle in, pull through and repeat.

I have no idea if there are “rules” for cross stitch. There probably are. But they don’t matter to me right now. I’m learning something new. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

I’m almost done with the kit as I sit here writing this post. My “someday” turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be. This weekend I’ll be trying something else that’s new to me. Can you believe I’ve never used Sculpey?

Simple stamps

I had an extra wine cork or two floating around and saw a tutorial somewhere around in the blogverse about making them into stamps.  It’s pretty easy to do and doesn’t take too long to make.  A marker, x-acto knife, wine/beer cork, and cutting surface are the only supplies you’ll need to make the stamps. (Of course, some sort of pigment and surface to stamp on are also needed!)

Draw your design. Simple designs are easiest. I made a star and a heart.

Cut away the extra material.  Either inside or outside the lines. (Yes, do be careful with the sharp knife, and keep your fingers away from the edge that you’re cutting. It’s easy for the knife to slip and cut your fingers instead of cork).

cork cut from the outside of the heart

I tried to make sure that enough cork was cut away for good definition.

side view...

Stamp away! I tried some calligraphy ink, which worked ok if I used a paintbrush to apply it to the stamp.  Acrylic paint was faster and provided more intensity. I just used what I had lying around (as I’m trying to use up some of the stuff I’ve had for a long time). Have fun trying out whatever you have on hand.

heart stamp with ink (applied to stamp with paintbrush)

heart stamp with acrylic paint

star stamp with acrylic paint

As you can see, the star stamp was made by removing the cork from inside the lines, which was a bit trickier.  This left the outside as the original circle shape. Of the two, this one is my favorite. 😉

Another use for fun fur.

The place that I currently works allows us to listen to personal music players whenever we want.  When my ear buds died I found a pair of bright pink replacement ones.  I decided that since they were already an attention grabbing color I’d make them stand out even more.

ear bud cozy

This ear bud cord cozy was quite simple to make.  Some fun fur along with a strand of #10 crochet thread  single crocheted around the cord. At the Y junction split into two and continue crocheting however far up you want.

Split into seperate strands at the Y junction.

A simple weave in of the ends and you’re done.  Simple, easy, and gets lots of comments.  Most people think it’s cool (at least that’s what they say to my face).  I originally made it with the thought to use up the fun fur in my stash (it’s not that much stash but it’s hard coming up with projects to use it in so it’s been hanging out in there a long time).

It’s actually proven to be kinda useful as it cuts down on eliminates the weird cord rubbing against clothing sound these things tend to produce. Also it’s softly fuzzy against my skin (I can’t be the only one who runs the cord down the shirt to the ipod in the pocket, those cords can be really long, and it just needs to be out of the way).

Anyway, like I said, it’s simple, easy use of the horrible horrible fun fur.

Simple autumn decoration for my staircase.

I’ve been wanting to use up my art supplies.  Some of them I’ve had for close to 10 years.  My acrylic paint has been hanging out in my art bin for around 9. Way, way too long.  So what to do? Make a paper chain of course!

Super simple and something that I haven’t done in ages (I think everyone makes these in elementary school, which was most likely the last time I made one).  Not only does it liven up my bland staircase, it did use up a fair amount of paint.  Just the results I was looking for.