At the beginning of this year, with our lives in much of an upheaval, I backed off from much in the way of crafting. Let's not go into all the messy details as I'm sure I've covered that before here – Tropical storm, lava flowing toward our home town, moving to rental home, illness. But the big deal for me was that, in January, I looked into the future and figured that, with all that was going on, I should be able to commit to being back up and running with my crafting by May 1st. Guess what? I did it by April 29th! OK, that's just two days early. But I am so glad to be back where I can walk into my craft room and start making cards and other projects with my Stampin' Up! products!
Here is a photo of my craft room shortly after our move back into our own home in early March.
Oh my, you can believe me when I tell you that it was a lot worse than it looks. I had to kick other boxes out of the way to get to this angle. Not only that, several of the storage bins that I use for storing my 12" x 12" papers and cardstock, as well as other products I like to be able to get to quickly, were broken in the move – to the point that I could not use them the way I need to. So I had to order new bins and then add those to the mess. OK – that's enough of those messy details, too!
And here's my craft room work table as it looks today!
Is that not cool?! I am so ready to just make a card – and I'm going to as soon as I finish this update! Those of you wish eagle eyes probably note that I still have my Stampin' Up! Blendabilities out and ready to use. I still haven't decided if I'm going to keep (and use) them. I've had enough going on without making that decision yet. I also continue to use my guillotine-style cutter (retired a couple of years ago) for many of my projects, especially when I'm cutting lots of paper and cardstock for classes. But my Stampin' Trimmers (yes, two; one has the rotary cutter in it) are right there on top of my storage bins ready to use for my individual projects.
So now I'm off to make some cards! You'll be seeing them in a day or two for sure. Thanks SO much for your patience while I've been getting my life back together.
Have a great May. I am certainly doing all I can to make sure that I will!
Update: After this posted, I had a question about storing my 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock. I have a built in set of shelves in my closet for my paper and other craft items (crochet, sewing, etc.). Here's a photo. You can see that it's not decluttered yet. But it's still totally functional. I just ordered a new sewing machine, so it will have to have a home and that's when I clean it up!
I need to store my cardstock where it will not be subject to the sun's rays – and being bleached out! The 12" x 12" cardstock in the drawers in the middle picture have to have a piece of cardboard in the front so that the edges do not bleach out. The old bins had less transparent drawers, so I didn't need cardboard with them.