Thank You Cards to be Sent…

Thank You Cards to be Sent…

Hello Dear Friends,

Today I am sharing some lovely Thank You cards made with wonderful Stamps of Life dies, stamps, ink and paper pads. I had such a lovely time making these cards and…well just playing!! Such joy to give handmade thanks to those that we love!! πŸ™‚

Enjoy,

k

IMG_20160303_183302108

 

IMG_20160303_183352725

 

 

Supplies used:

IMG_20160303_151645802

IMG_20160303_144701408

Advertisements
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It Is Off To Work I Go…

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It Is Off To Work I Go…

cropped-josephine-hatwomens-hats-2-josephines-silk-flowers-and-lace1.jpg

Hello Dear Friends,

Do you do a major clean/reorg after periods of major crafting?

Today begins early Spring cleaning/organization of my office/studio. You know…keep, give, throw away or move to another space. After all the holiday crafting fun, I need Β a big clean out/reorg. I always have more plans than time to make all the projects each year at Christmas!! As a result I then must clean out, organize and pack away all the supplies not needed….for now. πŸ™‚ I usually have this done by the end of December, but with all the travel over the holidays that went well into January…I am running a bit behind.

Today began the pulling everything out and off the shelves. OK, can you hear crazy serious reorg happening? Tomorrow I will be moving the furniture and reloading/reorganizing all supplies!! I’m sooooo excited!! I love this part!! I literally find goodies I forgot I have!! I am genuinely able to “shop my studio” afterwards!!! πŸ˜‰ This process really gets my creativity a-going!! FUN!!!

I also LOVE to plan the arrangement!! Literally with every move from house to house throughout my marriage, I draw serious diagrams with full explanations. I LOVE THIS!! I am such a nut!! I genuinely LOVE pulling out the graph paper tablet, ruler, tape measure and pencil/eraser!!! I love this part so much that I carry this tablet everywhere I go to think and plan. Like today, when I was waiting to get my hair cut…out it came as I studied the plans. It is so much fun to dream of what it can and/or will be!! Yes, even as a little girl I LOVED to redesign my room!! Once a year my Mom would let me pick out a new bedspread and sheet set. I always was super excited!! It was then the major moving around of all my furniture would take place. All my furniture was very big and very heavy. I still don’t know how I moved it all by myself…but I did!! And I absolutely LOVED the entire redecorating/reorganizing process!! It was fun, fun, fun!! I still feel the same way!!

The main room I change constantly is my office/studio. Mainly because it is a small space that is used daily. I have allot of materials and I am always looking for the most efficient storage and use-ability. It has been a multi purpose room up until today. I am now taking all my educational/teaching materials out and storing them in another part of the house. Therefore…truly studio/office now!! YAY!!! πŸ™‚

For the fun part…today I found these great little baskets at Target in the Dollar Spot. When I brought them home and showed my youngest I shared that they remind me of when I was in school as a little girl. I explained how we used baskets similar in elementary as our make shift storage of our books and supplies and then later in gym class for our uniforms/clothes. Sooooo cute!! Not only will they perfectly fit my shelves , they bring back sweet memories to boot!! πŸ™‚Β There were only so many available and…you know it, I bought all I could!!

20150210_200901

 

(HINT: Always measure before you buy. Sometimes items do not give measurements. For instance, I forgot my tape measure I carry in my purse for project purchases. So I just walked over the office supply area and used a ruler. Voila!! )

Well, it’s time to get back to work!! Keep checking back and when all is set up, I will share pictures of the finished studio/office!! πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful evening…hi, ho…hi, ho it’s back to work I go!! πŸ˜‰

k

Today Is A New Day…

Today Is A New Day…

cropped-josephine-hatwomens-hats-2-josephines-silk-flowers-and-lace1.jpg

Hello Dear Friends,

I just wrote an article and my computer glitched somehow and it didn’t save. So as I rethink the previous article, I see the blessing of possibly something a bit different.

I have been busy, busy, busy working on a family project, finishing up all the new mini album kits in my Etsy Store (KwithJDesigns), dealing with a computer that needs my Sweet Husband’s genius touch for a little repair work, Β helping my youngest with Latin, going through all the new inventory that has come in in the last week or so and well just being a wife and Mom. I have also been researching and purchasing new materials for a new article on my other blog (HealthyLiving4Him.wordpress.com) It’s an organizational article. With so many different things going on in our family as well as in my world of home, property and my little business…I am enjoying the joy of getting all organized.

As you can hear in my writing…we have been busy. Like all of you, we go through the holidays working as fast as we can to get everything done we desire on our list. My list…maybe like some of y’all’s is always a bit long. So after the rush I have stacks of supplies…well honestly boxes of supplies for all my hopes and dreams for Christmas crafting. I am honestly set for the next 5 years of crafting for my family and friend’s gifts if I didn’t buy another thing!! πŸ™‚ But none the less it is all still there. Looking me in the eyes…daring me to try to store it!! And now with all the wonderful Spring/Summer supplies coming in…I now have to do something!!

So “Today is a New Day”!!! It is time to grab that bull by the horns and get busy cleaning up, organizing and getting all working in a much more efficient manner. I need organization at it’s best. With such a small space I need the ultimate efficiency in this room. I am so thankful to have this room…well I kinda commandeered it. It used to be our dining room. It was used on special occasions and as time went by I slowly took the room over until this last Summer I took the table and chairs out (the china hutch had been moved a couple of years prior) and made it my office/studio. In my other blog (HealthyLiving4Him.wordpress.com), I recently wrote about adjusting and learning to “bloom where I was planted” in our out in the country older farmhouse. It is a lovely home and I am so thankful to the Lord for it!! But there are times I honestly miss my huge newly built home that was in a large city. I don’t miss the city except when I need something quick and easy at a store and it’s now at least an hour away. πŸ™‚ And I honestly LOVE the quiet of our little country life. Life seems so much more real here. There is life and sometimes death on a farm that make you stop and realize the Lord’s plans are so much more than our own. And in that blog…I come to the realization I can make this home work and not look back!!

So all this to say, as I look at my challenge before me…Today is a New Day!! And in the words of our Lord…this is the day that the Lord has made…I will be glad and rejoice in it!! So my major reorg begins. My Sweet Husband travels next week for work. We will be tied up as well…so today the planning begins. I will be pulling everything out and clearing everything out…Lord willing. But how exciting to again, find all the gems in the drawers and shelves I have forgotten are in there. To find a better spot for them to be used more readily. And to be the good steward the Lord needs me to be of all these supplies for my little business!! So exciting!!!

I hope somewhere in all this…you can find encouragement in your spaces of your home. May we all be so well prepared for what lies ahead of us that we can be ready at any time to do all as if unto the Lord. That is my goal in preparing this work space in my home. It is a place filled with joy, fun and whimsy!! A place that needs order and easy access so that I may enjoy doing all that is before me and blessing all that come in or receive what comes out of this space in my home!!

So after all the investigation of planning tools…here begins the first planning project of the year!! FUN!!!

May your day and your life be filled with the joy of the Lord,

k

The Sale Has Begun!!

The Sale Has Begun!!

Hello Friends,

My Etsy shop sale has begun!! All wood stamps are on clearance!! πŸ™‚

If you have time…grab that nice cup of tea and come stop by. πŸ™‚

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KwithJDesigns

Each day from now until May 15th I will be adding fun new kits. There are 43 kits of stamps total!! So much fun!!

Let my need to clear out be your gain!! I pray each of you find a wonderful new supply to meet your creative needs!!

Have a wonderful week,

k