Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A sticky situation...

Hi everyone!

I decide to do a couple of projects for two of my children's teachers to give a little back for all their support and help in preparing my children for a successful future. I was altering a couple of cigar boxes (which I will share when I have them complete) and was about to remove the adhesive backed stickers the way I learned to do it from my grandma. I thought, "Why not share so that others will learn a time saving technique." I paused in my task to make this little video to share with you. Hope this helps someone who might have had a little sticker trouble in the past, whether it be on a craft project, something around the house, or even removing a pesky label from a gift that they are giving.

I have to point out that in my example I was removing a sticker from wood and was able to use my heat tool (It just happened to be handy.) You can use a hair drier to do the same thing, it just may take a little longer. I would not recommend using a heat tool on any kind of plastic and when using a hair drier don't keep it on one area too long because it can warp or potentially melt the item or packaging.

That being said, here is the video:

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Words of wisdom from my Nanni

I ran across an old post of mine on myspace (which I don't use anymore, lol). It is something that my great grandmother (Nanni) had written in a card to me when I was a child.  I thought I'd share it with you.

Learn to laugh; a laugh is better than medicine.
Learn to mind your own business; few men can handle their own very well.
Learn to tell a story; a well-told story is like a sunbeam in a sickroom.
Learn to say kind things; nobody ever resents them.
Learn to stop grumbling; if you can't see any good int the world, keep the bad to yourself.
Learn to love other people; in this you open yourself up to be loved.
Learn to place yourself in the other person's position before condemning; it might change your whole outlook.
Learn the great lessons of the bible; no greater lessons can be learned.
(The bible is a treasure trove of lessons that can be applied to everyday life (Even if you aren't a religious person).  Read and learn from them.  I doubt you'll regret it.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Oh my! Now that's a messy desk!

Okay... lol.  Yes I am sharing my amazingly messy crafting area/desk.

I have a very small area to fit all my crafty goodness and unfortunately it seems to be spilling over into the floor and into other rooms of the house.  At the moment I have my big shot and my paper cutter on my kitchen table because I have no room on my desk to use them.  I wish I could figure out a better way to organize it.  If anyone has any tips or tricks to share with me I would really appreciate it.

I do tidy up my desktop (usually before doing a video or starting a new project) but it just ends up back like this.  I think a lot of it is due to having so many unfinished projects (because I don't usually sit down and do one start to finish) and all the tiny little things that don't have a designated home.  I don't have any extra money to go out and buy storage solutions so I am forced to make my own.  I've reached a brain block as to how to go about doing this.  I've saved mason jars to put things in but am not sure what I should put in them. I even saved some of the nice clear plastic containers that my daughter's favorite candy comes in.

I would really like to get this cleaned up and organized because I believe it may be a cure for my recent bout of "crafter's block" and I've heard that a clean area can promote calm.  (If you're like me you need all the calm you can get.)

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by and watch my video and read my ramblings.
Have a wonderful day!