Organized Work Space

Speaking of school (check out my post here), I decided it was high time to get an organized space going.  Since moving back in the with the folks last spring, my space is somewhat limited.  But with Sister #2 off at college, I decided to commandeer her desk area, and give it a little inexpensive face lift.

Here’s what I started with:

Gotta love the outdated calendar and the Gandhi Poster!

A little messy, since it is full of things she didn’t need at school with her.  I did a little shopping at my go-to spot, Ikea!  I picked up a plain white magnetic board, some fabric – I needed less than a yard, but have plans for the left over fabric! (I loved the blue and white pattern with the small hints of orange – this was my color scheme), magnets in orange and white (they matched my fabric so perfectly, it was unbelievable!),  small magnetic boxes, matching orange and white magazine holders, and a couple paper boxes in the same shade of orange.  Overall I spent just around $50, which I was more than ok with.

Home I went, happy as could be with my organization goodies.  First thing I did was iron the fabric to make sure there were no wrinkles.

Next up, it I plugged in the trusty old glue gun, and let it heat up.

Then, I measured my fabric and cut a piece big enough to cover the magnetic board.  Then I spread out the fabric, put the magnetic board on top and glued around the edges.  Once I got to the corners, I trimmed the sides and wrapped like a present, gluing as I went.

Wrap the corner like a present

 I had decided to prop the board against the wall, rather than hang it, but I took the time to trim off the fabric where the nail holes were incase I decide to hang it on a wall in the future.

If you plan to hang your board, steer clear of the nail holes

Here it is all wrapped and finished.

And the front view, propped against the wall.

Sorry for ALL the crooked pictures…it’s my lack of picture taking abilities, the room is straight!

And now with the matching magnets…I love it!

See the subtle hints of orange in the fabric?

Here is my finished board, covered in the essentials.

Again with the crooked picture taking…ahhh

I added a magnetic box on each side, one to hold things like a ruler, scissors, tape and the other to hold extra magnets.

Because my board is propped against the wall, the boxes are resting on the table, but they have hefty magnets and would stick to the board if it was hanging on a wall.

Then I have a couple pictures, coupons, and a weekly meal planner.

And of course a monthly pad of paper to jot down quick notes and make lists.  Pretty soon I need to go find my February list…yikes!

On each side of the board I added my magazine holders.  I love that the orange and white help tie everything together.  One side holds cooking magazines, like the Food Network and Everyday with Rachel Ray goodies.

The other side holds decorating and household magazines, like Veranda, and Good Housekeeping.

Then I put together and added the cute paper boxes on top of the wooden filing cabinet (sister #2 painted that herself!).  One box holds craft supplies, the other holds school papers.  I still need to label them, but I like the nice and organized way to hide some of my mess.

Here’s an overview of what my small area of the desk looks like.  Much better huh?

And we can’t forget the Easy Embroidery Project I made here.  And the Even easier Yarn Wreath I made here.

Now I just need to get started on some more crafts and school work…yippee!

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Easy Embroidery Project

While looking for inspirations in the world wide blog world, I cam across this gem.  I loved Tammy and Annie’s take, and it looked easy enough, so I decided to give it my own Valentine theme spin.  Check it out!

My finished product, little bit of Valentine’s love!

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and it really was so very simple!  All you need for supplies are an Embroidery hoop, scissors, cloth, needle and thread, and buttons.

All the necessary materials

I started with small squares of fabric, and a flower pot to use as a circle reference.  Just remember that your flower will be about half the size of the circle you cut out.

The top of the flower pot was the perfect size for my circle, so I used it as reference

I put the pot on top of the cloth and traced around it.

Traced around the pot

This left me with a pencil circle. So I knew what to cut out.

Circle ready to be cut out

Here is my circle of fabric:

Fabric circle

Next I used a thicker thread, and tied a knot at the end.  I began by folding a 1/4 inch hem and starting to sew.

Sew a quarter inch hem

I continued to sew around the circle, trying to keep the hem fairly even.

Continue sewing

Here is my complete circle.

Complete circle

Now, pull gently on the end of your thread, the edges will start to bunch towards the center.

Pull on the end of the thread, the edges will begin to bunch

Continue to pull the thread until the whole edge is bunched up.  Do not pull so hard that the thread breaks.

Edges all bunch to the middle

Now, tied off the ends and cut the thread.

Tie off and cut the thread

Now I picked a corresponding button, that was big enough to cover the hole in the middle, and I attached it with needle and thread.

Sew on a button of your choice

 I completed these steps 3 times, so that I had three different flowers, all in different fabrics.

I then took my large piece of fabric (I actually used felt) and put it inside of the embroidery hoop.  I trimmed off the biggest amount of excess felt, but left a good edge around the sides.

Put fabric inside of your hoop

Now I laid out my flowers where I thought they would look the best.

Decide on placement of flowers

And then pinned them down so that they would stay in place.

Pin down flowers so that they stay in place

Next I attached the flowers with needle and thread, starting behind the felt and sewing up through the underneath of the flower.  I tried to only go through the first layer so that you couldn’t see the thread on the front.

What the back of the hoop looks like
Front of the hoop with the flowers sewn on

Next, I took the fabric out of the hook and laid it flat on the table.  With a pencil I wrote out the word that I wanted to embroider underneath the flowers.  Sticking with the Valentine theme I chose to write Love.

Use a pencil to write out your letters for reference

Next I put the fabric back into the hoop, chose a red thread and used a simple cross stitch to trace over the letters.

Simple cross stick over the letters

The final step was to trim off the extra fabric around the edges and hang it on the wall!

Trim the edges and hang it on the wall!

I’m pretty happy with the  way it came out.  The letters could be neater, but I like how it looks like handwriting rather than perfectly formulated letters.

All in all this project was pretty simple and I didn’t spend a dime.  I had all of the materials already at my house, score!

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