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Friday, February 15, 2013

Fun with Chipboard

Over my Christmas break, I was able to spend a little time organizing and re-organizing some of the stash in my studio and I have found that not only do I have too much "stuff" in general, I have too much "stuff" I'm not using and have no plans for. I am an organization freak so seeing it all before me when I had just a little too much extra time on my hands for it to bother me, got me all worked up. I started putting all of this extra stash in a box and one of my New Year's resolutions is to deal with it.

The first thing I "dealt with" were these really cute chipboard letters I had from K & Co. I bought them because they were pretty -- how many times do we all do that, right? But then they sat in a drawer for probably 2 years if not more. I decided to place them all before me and see how many words I could spell in order to use the most stash. Here are two samples.



Not bad, right? And really, so easy to do. The paper and the letters themselves do all the work. It made me feel good to check off these chipboard letters from the virtual checklist in my head ---- until I realized that now I have leftover letters that basically spell nothing. Any ideas?? :)

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Collection of Cross Stitch Boxes

I mentioned earlier that one of my New Year's resolutions was to really focus on using extra stash in my studio that has been laying around forever taking up space. Included in this stash is a collection of vintage wooden boxes I had bought with the intentions of finishing them with cross stitch patterns. These boxes came in 6x6 and 8x8 sizes and take up a whole lot of room all together, so I really buckled down with the intent to get these things completed and set aside. Here is the finished collection, give or take a few I've already shipped out.









 I've had people tell me they've used them for button boxes, keepsake boxes, pencil boxes and even recipe boxes. Apparently I'm not creative enough myself because if I had heard about some of these uses earlier, I would have probably bought more and kept a few for myself. That's always how it goes, right?

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