Thursday, December 6, 2018

Southwest style

I have a very old Pendleton wool navajo jacket that I got at a thrift store years ago.  It has plenty of moth damage.

And I had an even older vest - probably had it at least 20 years.  I love Pendleton wool.  Can't get rid of it no matter what condition it's in.

The very last thing Kerry bought me was a Pendleton Wool blanket in Bend, OR.  It had denim hues to it and we both thought it would look great in our denim-themed art pod.  When I sold the r-pod, I had to keep the blanket.  The pattern is called "star watchers".  Kind of appropriate as we would sit outside and watch the stars at night on that last trip.

I started out with the tan jacket at the top.  When I took the lining out, the inside was primarily black.  I had enough to make an entire pillow and an insert to put on a denim pillow sham.  There was absolutely no moth damage on the inside and you cannot tell that it wasn't the outside.  One of the things I love about Pendleton wool.

And I was able to make a pillow insert from the vest.  I think they turned out perfect.  You can see the front side of the original jacket on the left, the inside is the black pillow and the pillow on the right is the vest.  I've had the bear for years.

I'm trying the bed out as a "daybed" in the event I move into a studio apartment

Think I have enough pillows? Those tan "wedges" in the back also allow me to convert the bed into a recliner or lounge.   They each have 4 possible positions.  We had them in the art-pod as well.

The rug is hand woven - we bought it in Hualtuco Mexico on our last trip there in 2009.  That's the year Kerry had his first heart attack.  I am surrounding myself with memories of places we've been and things we've done.  I really like the pendleton pillows.  Never throw anything out!!

Monday, December 3, 2018

The iKross for my Workbox3.0

I just got an iKross and installed it in my Workbox3.0.  I absolutely love it.  It frees up my workspace and holds my iPad at eye level.  I think it's perfect!

It folds up almost flat against the workbox.  I centered it right under the middle drawer.

 This is the slot that the stand goes in.  It came with 2 holders and I bought 2 extra as I plan to mount one next to my bed, one under a kitchen cabinet.....maybe even on beside the bath tub!  LOL!

You can take the stand out of the holder and use it on your table, or desk, or anywhere.

And it will pull out quit aways from the workbox shelves just in case you want to watch a video up close.  I think I can also use this to create youtube videos.....if I ever get enough time.

It's going to be perfect for watching how-to videos or Hallmark movies on youtube while I get crafty.

Here's a link to the one I bought on Amazon....but there are other versions as well.  Just google i-pad 12" wall holder.

I also cut a Joann's self-healing cutting pad to the size of my workspace just for added protection.

To the left, you will see that I've attached a Tonic Studio's Table Tidy with the 2-pocket Tidy and the Tiny Tidy.   Just some more table height storage.....must keep my workspace clear!

Very happy with today's addition to my Workbox3.0.

To see my scrapmabob makeover click here.

To see my new workbox3.0 chair with heating pad pocket and storage saddle, click here.

To see my review of the workbox3.0, click here.

To see my upcycled denim scrapbook caddy, click here.

To see my paint bucket, click here.  These last 2 items are on the floor and hold tools for everything I need.  Altered to go with my denim themed accessories for my workbox.

Hope you've had a crafty day!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Tonight is Hanukkah

I used to do a video a night on each of the 8 nights of Hanukkah.  You can google this blog to find them.  But tonight, I want to share a different story.  It's the story of "what-if".

What-if Jesus was conceived on Hanukkah because He is the Light of the World?

What-if Jesus was born 9 months later on the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Sukot, because He came to tabernacle among us?

What-if the "inn" was a sukkah- a temporary dwelling that is put up for the Feast of Tabernacles?

What-if the "manger" was a food-storage-crib, the place where food is kept inside the sukkot?   What better place for the "bread of life" to be placed.

What-if Jesus died on Passover because He is the Lamb who died for each of us?

What-if Jesus kept these Jewish feasts His entire life because it was what was commanded of Him?

We know that there was no "new testament" when Jesus was here on earth.  It had not been written yet.  We know that there were no "churches" as they had not been built.  We know that the Hebrews were in Jerusalem and Bethlehem and Nazareth and Galilee at that time 2000 years ago and that there were Synagogues and there was a Temple in Jerusalem.  There was no Christmas, no Santa, no tree lighting.

But there is proof of the Feasts.  Historical proof.

What-if you lived the life that He lived, not the life that's been created since His death?  Be sure to click on the links to read more.

Hanukkah - because He is the Light of the World.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Adding on to my Workbox 3.0

A couple of years ago I took up watercolor painting.  It's been slow.  The classes have been a blast.  And of course....more crafty stuff to store.  I have one of these over the door paint tube holders.  It works great!

 But if I want everything I'm keeping to go in the Workbox3.0....this just doesn't cut it.

When you open the Workbox all the way out, there is still empty space on the exterior sides.  Way too narrow for the paint tube holder.....but I do have a sewing machine.....

Yep, I cut that thing down to 5 pockets wide and 5 rows.  I did give up some storage, but I managed to get 3-5 tubes of paint into each pocket.  Note - it's important to store paint tubes like this so that they don't leak out.  If you've had that happen once, it's more than enough!

Is that a perfect fit?  For the most part, it's completely out of site....yet easy to get to when I need to refill a palette.  

I took the seam binding off the part I had cut away and used it to finish off the piece I'm keeping.  Hard to tell that it was cut.  Gotta love a good seam ripper!

And for now, I'm using command hooks to hold it up.  5# each hook - it stayed overnight so I think it's good.  But I'll come up with something a little more permanent down the line.  (Time for a run to Home Depot?)

I know that I'm going to be moving.  Maybe sooner than I'm ready (ok, are you ever ready to move?) I have my name on a waiting list for an apartment in a 55+ community.  A whole block away!   It's where mom lived and my youngest sister lives there now.  I told them I'd take a studio, but I know I would then move into a 1 bedroom when one came available.  I've told myself that ALL my art stuff (excluding sewing) has to fit into this Workbox.  When I first said that....I really didn't think I meant hanging from the outside as well.  But it works!

Maybe I should come up with a business designing add-ons for the Workbox3.0.  This is kind of fun!!!  Hmmmm....what can I hang from the other side???


Hope you are having a fun day!

Friday, November 30, 2018

The chair for the workbox3.0

It has been quite some time since I've been office chair shopping.  I decided on this one as it was half off and the arms will lift up.  Bonus - it rocks!  LOL!

But get a load of the back of it!  That is just beyond wierd!

Brand new....but I recovered the arms and seat in denim and made a slip cover to go over the back.  Look closely and you will see a cord coming out the right hand side.  That huge pocket across the front has a heating pad stuck down in it!  There are slits on either side, so I can use an outlet no matter which side it's on.   Added bonus, the heating is in the perfect spot for my back.  Second bonus - the arms flip up so it fits under any height table.

The back side has 2 pockets that hold the controller and the rest of the cord.  It tucks down behind that weird back frame.  I've been trying it out and I really like it.  Comfy enough to work from.....reclines enough to make it great for watching TV.

I also have a couple Walmart student chairs that I recovered in denim.   My sisters need chairs when they come to play.

One of them has it's own heating pad cover just like the top one.  But it also  a "saddle bag" on the seat and I can keep a tape runner down in one of the gigantic pockets and my ATG gun on the other side.

It is so much fun customizing things to make them work better for what you need!  What have you altered lately to meet your needs?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Scrapmabob Plus

While I'm on the topic of's workbox3.0, let's talk about their Scrapmabob Plus.

It's cute, it's clever, it works great.....but it's NOT denim!  LOL!!!  So, of course, I made my own!

Out of the leg of a pair of jeans.  And used the rear pocket to store all my goodies.  Made it a bit longer than theirs.  But I did use theirs as a pattern.

It will velcro on and off very easily so I can wash it whenever it gets dirty.

 I can rotate it so the pocket shows, or so it's plain:

For a liner, I slip a trash bag over the velcro strips:

I like it because it keeps my glass securely off my workspace and makes the trash at my fingertips.  And - bonus....flip it up and the door behind opens easily!  I just closed it so the photos would look better.

Next up - the matching chair!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Workbox 3.0 - my personal review

I first saw the "original scrapbook" at a trade show back about 2005.  I was enamored with it the moment I saw it.....but simply couldn't afford it and had no space for it.  Thirteen years later, I now own the current version of it and just love it!

I suppose that I should explain that I converted the master bed room into a large art room.  I still have some of my go-organize cubes...but I will be downsizing them as well!

I'm on the email list and in September, I got an email about their scratch-n-dent sale.   I live about 8 hours from the plant and made the call.  They had several in the warehouse and I just decided to drop everything and make the drive!  The aspen were turning.  It was a great trip!

When I arrived the next morning after spending the night in a local hotel, I was greeted by "Jennybox".  Immediate new friend!  She took me to the warehouse where I think I swooned!  I wanted them all!  LOL!  But in my mind, I wanted a plain white box.   The "ergo".   They had to pull some out to see what was behind others, and they found one.  It was simply a no brainer at that point!

A scratch-n-dent model.  I could not see a single scratch or dent on it.  Half price off of a new model and it was assembled.  My hotel and gas were less than shipping.  I did buy the overhead panel/light and a wonderful young man expertly packed it in the back of my F150....filling up the truck bed, the back seat and the passenger seat.  I could still see out the rearview mirror for the drive home.  I think we were done by 10 am and I was back home by 8 pm that night!

It was set up the next day, but it took me a few days to get it loaded.  I bought sheets of wood plywood and covered the carpeting as the casters just will not roll on carpet (medium pile) when it's loaded.

I am thinking about moving into an apartment and know that I need to downsize my craft stash.  I also know that my future space will be limited.  I'm keeping my watercolor painting supplies, card making/die-cutting/stamping supplies, some embossing stuff, all my copic markers/airbrush.....ok, who am I kidding?  Downsizing?  LOL!!!

Here's my review:

Sizzix makes 5x6 storage envelopes with magnetic cards in them.  They are perfect for storing stamps and dies and fit nicely into the bins in the center slots.  I have unmounted all of my stamps and every die/stamp is now in these envelopes - the drawers are sorted by type so I can easily find what I want.

The best stamp/die storage system I have ever had!

The plastic divider trays that I had purchased from Michaels and used in my "go-organize" cubes fit perfectly inside the 12x12 trays and still serve their purpose of organizing small things.  This is my glue/tape/undu drawer:

I did mess with the light a bit.  Velcro'd the switch to the underside of the drawers and the power outlet is velcro'd to the back rear center of the opening.  This makes it really easy to turn the light on and off....and I don't have cables anywhere.

Hope you can see the light switch on the top and my outlet in the bottom back.  It has 2 usb ports and 2 power outlets so I can charge my phone, iPad, etc.

Kerry had the 12" iPad and I'm keeping it because it sets nicely against the drawers and I can watch my youtube videos while I work!  Yep, that's home page on my screen right there and I'm looking at it from about 2' away.  I'm sure in some future rendition they will include a drop-down frame to put your iPad into.  Oh dear....maybe I'll have to make one!  Hmmm....

I purchased the right side door frame.  I did not like the little velcro bags because if you put anything heavy in them, and then velcro them on, the back wall bulges outward.  This works for me.....but I did save all the bags and am using them in other spots!

I had a Karen Foster Seat Tote from 10 years ago and it came with this velcro back file insert.  It happens to fit perfectly onto the velcro in the lower left hand side.  Yep - no more file cabinet!  Love how this worked out!

It has velcro closures on both sides but it does open out and you can see some manilla folder in it.  Starting to think I don't even need those....just drop my receipts down between the dividers.

After I had had it for a couple of months, I re-did the shelves.  I think when you start out, we all just follow the directions.  But that doesn't always work.  In this slot, I have my Misti and to the left of it are my card making supplies:

As you can see, I have little card storage packs labeled so I can tell what's inside.  This works perfectly to grab and go to crops or classes.  I precut my dies, pre-emboss backgrounds, pre-color images and at crops, all I do is assemble.  Makes chatting with the gals so much more fun!

I truly love the tiny little long bins:

My alcohol inks are in one, my distress oxide reindeers in another....and I can pull each bin out and put on my table while I work.  Everything at my fingertips and I can also grab these to go to a class or crop.

I even have most of my stamp pads in these bins.

What works for me may not work for others but that's the true beauty of the workbox - you can put the shelves/bins anywhere you want them.  It will hold 1200 pounds and I'm pretty sure I'm at the max weight!

When I drop the table down, it folds into a 30x33" cube which is such a small space.  Here's their video:

which pretty much says it all!

Would I buy it again? Yes!  In fact, I didn't have room for any of my sewing stuff and really think I need the sewing box....but that sort of defeats my intent of downsizing!

or maybe just the EZ has an elevator for the sewing machine!

If you decide to buy one because of this review, just let Jennybox know that JLo sent you!  :)

Best get back to selling more stuff on ebay so I can buy one of the sewing boxes!