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Well, I must admit that one of the biggest selling points to the house we just moved into (for me!) was that it had a HUGE mud room. I can’t explain how excited I was when we first walked in it and saw how big it was! I went from pretty much standing in a closet to do laundry to being in a room as big as a kitchen. So, one day I asked my husband if I could “Girlie-Up” the mud room and he said that was fine. I think he was a little nervous when he saw the color I wanted, but he was a good sport and the painting began! I picked out “Purple Dragon” from Pittsburg Paints. These photos don’t do it justice. lol It is a pretty, lilac color. What was going to be just painting the walls turned into a full-fledged (well, almost) room makeover. He ended up changing out all of the window casings and floor boards to white boards with grooves in them and the square flourishes in each corner. Talk about fancy! I stitched together some curtains out of black and white toile fabric and the re-do was complete! I LOVE my mud room and I even love doing laundry in it. The best thing, of course, is that I have a lot of cabinets and a counter to work on. I like to stand while I work (a habit from working in a school workroom for 6 years standing to work on projects!) so having a counter top like this works great for me as a workspace. I do have a tall chair that I can use to sit on, if I feel like it. I am still working on how I have things in my cabinets, but here is a look as to how things are, so far…….lol

Yucky before photo of my mud room during unpacking & just plain being messy.

Yucky before photo of my mud room during unpacking & just plain being messy.

Washer side of mudroom.  There is a shelf behind the washer/dryer full of junk.  What a mess!

Washer side of mudroom. There is a shelf behind the washer/dryer full of junk. What a mess! Yucky green curtains, old mini blinds and very old casing on windows & floor.

entrance to mud room

The entrance to my mud room from the kitchen. I *LOVE* the split door! Talk about a little country in the city!

Big window, Coke crate holds magazines (being sorted by Doodle) and side of pantry.

Big window, Coke crate holds magazines (being sorted by Doodle) and side of pantry.

Cabinet area (left side of room) a.k.a. my scrap heaven!

Cabinet area (left side of room) a.k.a. my scrap heaven!

washer/dryer & big sink.  I keep my laptop here and printer/scanner- I don't want to put it in the basement, so it's here for now!

Right side of room: washer/dryer & big sink. I keep my laptop here and printer/scanner- I don't want to put it in the basement, so it's here for now!

My BigShot, ribbons on a flea market find shelf, and all sorts of embellies and goodies in the drawer unit.

My BigShot, ribbons on a flea market find shelf, and all sorts of embellies and goodies in the drawer unit.

Another drawer unit of goodies, green drawers have 2" square photos (Photo Freedom idea), white drawers are my Category Drawers (Photo Freedom Idea), Pampered Chef carosel for often used tools. Basket has some fun stamps in it that I use a lot.

Another drawer unit of goodies, green drawers have 2" square photos (Photo Freedom idea), white drawers are my Category Drawers (Photo Freedom Idea), Pampered Chef carosel for often used tools. Basket has some fun stamps in it that I use a lot.

Upper cabinet holds sewing projects (top shelf), scrapping idea books & 8.5x11 card stock

Upper cabinet holds sewing projects (top shelf), scrapping idea books & 8.5x11 card stock

Upper cabinet holds binders w/ templates & clipped ideas from magazines, 3 old cassette holders full of ink pads. Lower shelf has foam letters, basket of photos, pail of deco scissors, glitters in tubs, adhesives, marker set & colored pencils in jars.

Upper cabinet holds binders w/ templates & clipped ideas from magazines, 3 old cassette holders full of ink pads. Lower shelf has foam letters, basket of photos, pail of deco scissors, glitters in tubs, adhesives, marker set & colored pencils in jars.

Pantry holds all 12x12 patterned paper. Disc case altered to hold sketches, drawer unit holds all stickers/die-cuts organized by type.

Pantry holds all 12x12 patterned paper. Disc case altered to hold sketches, drawer unit holds all stickers/die-cuts organized by type.

Two drawer units hold all paper scraps organized by color and speciality papers.

Two drawer units hold all paper scraps organized by color and speciality papers.

Upper part of pantry is full of stamp sets.  Way too full!  This cabinet is 24" deep. lol More stamps in tubs on top.

Upper part of pantry is full of stamp sets. Way too full! This cabinet is 24" deep. lol More stamps in tubs on top. Stamp collecting. It's a sickness. It truly is!

Drawer holds cutters, rulers, embossing gun, & crimper.

Drawer holds cutters, rulers, embossing gun, & crimper.

This drawer has eyelets (in plastic pill holders), hand punches, & adhesives.

This drawer has eyelets (in plastic pill holders), hand punches, & adhesives.

This drawer has ink pads, acrylic paints, Radient Pearls, Pearl Ex, & some stamping tools.

This drawer has ink pads, acrylic paints, Radient Pearls, Pearl Ex, & some stamping tools.

chalk pastels, oil pastels, water colors, water color pencils, regular colored pencils & a calligraphy pen set.

The last drawer has more painting supplies: chalk pastels, oil pastels, water colors, water color pencils, regular colored pencils & a calligraphy pen set.

Now, I have bottom cabinets that are full, but totally unorganized and not too pretty to look at right now. One side has boxes full of printed photos that I’m trying to organize and go through. More Photo Freedom business. lol There are also 2, 8.5×11 drawer units under there that hold all of my punches, die-cut attachments and dies, and some odds & ends things. The other side of this cabinet has all of my sewing supplies in it, including cross-stitch supplies and patterns.

On top of the upper cabinets I have baskets of various things: letter templates, tins and other things that can be altered, ribbons, and foam stamps.

So that’s it for now! I am so proud of my new room and I will be tweeking things often!

God Bless!
~d

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Here’s a jar that I altered. It’s a jar where I toss in as much of my weekly allowance as possible. We are on a very strict budget so that we can have our children in private schools and so that I can stay at home with little Gracie. I’m glad that I have an allowance. I’m sure that some people are appalled at the thought, but it’s the only way to keep me in line with my spending and especially with my scrapbook supply buying binges that I can go on. I admit it. I’m a binge shopper when I’m stressed and I’ve really been under a lot of stress lately. It’s taken every ounce of my will power to not go out and buy scrapbooking supplies. Anyway, I was given a gift card to Archiver’s for Christmas and I held onto it until the middle of January. It took me that long to decide on what I wanted. How silly is that? But, I didn’t want to blow it on paper and items that I could only use once. I wanted a tool or something that would last and get my money’s worth out of. After lots of thinking and lots of researching on the net, I decided to get a Big Shot. First of all let me just say that I LOVE MY BIG SHOT!!!! Plus, the one I got is pink and black and I’m all about anything that’s pink!  It even has some bling on it! lol  It also came as a kit with the adapter so that I can use other companies dies. The main reason why I wanted one was for cutting letters. I have been hand-cutting out my letters from plastic templates for years. So, now that I have this new, totally cool toy, there are alphabet dies that I want to buy and they aren’t too cheap. That means that I have to plan and save and wait for coupons, which is fine because it gives me time to really think about what I want and decide what I will use the most. Well, saving meant that I needed some place to keep my change and so I decorated this jar. I just can’t put my change in something plain! I just had to alter this jar to hold my pennies! Needless to say, I used all scraps and papers from my stash. That flower paper is probably 10 years old! Toss in some buttons, foam letters and flowers, lots and lots of ribbon and some old alphabet stickers and here ya go: My Scrap Cash Jar!

Oh, and if you’re wondering if I’ve been able to buy anything yet with my scrap cash………..:-)

Here’s what I got this weekend thanks to a 30% off coupon at Archivers:

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So, I’ve had this idea for this project for several days now, but it took me FOREVER to get to work on it! My little one just hasn’t been too thrilled with any idea of Mommy time, so I haven’t been crafty for over a week. I was finally able to start working on this Friday and I finished it today! I’m so thrilled….. silly, I know. I thought of this idea because my DH leaves before I get up in the morning and a lot of the time I have no idea if he’s fed my little Shih Tzu, Sophie. So, about every other morning I have to bug him and call him at work and ask, “Has Sophie been fed?” Well. No more. Well, unless DH forgets to turn this to the right side. Anyway. Just lots and lots of scraps used here. Even the ribbons were bits and pieces that I had saved because I couldn’t throw even the cut off end pieces from making bows away. I also dug out an old Stampin’ Up stamp set for the dog house, doggie and food bowl. They are colored in with chalks and a blender pen. 🙂

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