Sunday, January 15, 2012

Super Smart Rock Star

Have you ever had an idea, one you know lots of people probably already have had... but that you haven't actually seen yet, so that when you come up with it you can't help but feel like some sort of genius rock star? This was one of those ideas for me.

A couple weeks ago Tim Holtz (or Ranger?  Honestly I can't remember what I had for breakfast today so don't expect me to remember this) on FB had people posting different storage ideas. I saw quite a few people using refurbished old spice racks and thought it was a cute/good idea for storing stickles & alcohol inks, then I actually counted how many I have... remember I told you guys I <3 me some stickles. Well I wasn't going to find a big enough spice rack. So I started thinking of what else I could do and then this brilliant idea popped into my head. Oh I'm not even going to tell you, just look!!!

EEEEEEEKKKKK!!!!! How freaking awesome is this? No really, IT IS AWESOME (and if you don't think so, well poopoo on you).

It's an acrylic wall mounted rack that they sell for nail polish, which just happens to be the exact right size for bottles of stickles and alcohol inks. Ohhh just look at them all there in their rainbow sorted awesomeness. It would also be perfect for those smaller vials of glitter that come in the packages (ie Martha Stewart or similar) however um.. I counted mine and um... I'd need another whole rack (at least) for my current stash. Those will just stay in a drawer where DH doesn't really know they exist and we'll keep their insane number between you and me mmmmkay?

Another thing that would fit perfectly is your twine wrapped on wooden spools. I'd also totally do this but I have another idea for my twine which if I get off my tush and make I'll be posting soon! I bought my acrylic rack on ebay, I'd imagine you can also find them in larger beauty supply stores... I think amazon might even sell them. Can you see a whole wall done with these, with stickes, alcohol inks, glitters, twine :::SWOON:::: oh and if you store your eyelets/brads in tictac containers they will not fit to sit flat inside the sections but they will balance perfectly on the edge so you could also use one for those! Every time I look at this wall I smile :)

*edited to add: this is the 60 bottle size, they also come smaller and larger... and yes I do wish I would have gotten a bigger one :)

** I've had a few people mention they store their stickles upside down. I just checked and if you hang them by some velcro from the bottom (or the side I suppose) you have plenty of clearance to remove them easily.... so this would still work as a nice way to organize & display them.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chug Chug Chugging into a New Year

Santa is on his train heading back to the North Pole (you did know that he takes the train back right? I mean those reindeer are tired from all that flying <wink>) 

3d set created with files from Lettering Delights, I fully intended to embellish the heck of out this thing but since it's already going into the 2nd week in January I figured I better just get some photos and save it for next year). I also have no good photos since it's too darn big... I might try making a mini version next time. I can also see this as being adorable for a birthday party or baby shower... or even as a room decoration on a shelf or the top of a dresser for a little train loving boy (or girl). It goes together super quick and if you're only going to display one side you don't even have to decorate the back! I used one of my favorite tricks to get the look of hammered metal on the wheels, run your shape through a xylon and then apply metallic embossing powder, heat up and there you go.

I still have no idea how the holidays have already come and gone, I swear I was just sprinkling some marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving and now the tree and menorah have already had their time and been put away. I think it would feel more wintery around here if we'd get some snow, I'm not really complaining but I feel bad for my daughters who want to use their new sleds and go outside to play in it. I'm sure come April when we still have snow I won't feel so bad LOL 

I hope to get back to more regular posts, I admit I haven't even crafted one single thing since before Christmas though. I do have some fun organizing posts to photograph and write up though, look for those soon! I'm also going to be redoing my reef tanks, and will likely share my efforts here too since before I had crafting I had my tanks for all my creativity. 

Happy New Year everyone!