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How to Transform Your Craft Room in 2018

Hi Everyone! Here are some ideas of how to transform your craft room in 2018!

  1. Gather ideas.
  2. One step at a time.
    1. Be realistic.
      1. Get a buddy.
        1. But dream big!



Gather ideas.

Pinterest is the obvious source for finding sweet craft ideas for your home. Decide what you like, what’s practical, and what’s within budget. I’m also posting friends of Sweetgum Life to steer you in the creative direction.

Intelligent Domestications: Shirley is also into week two. She cleared off a heaving utility table and bought some hanging baskets.

Pam at P.S. I Love You unearthed her craft table and chair. Oh, the clutter that finds a flat surface…right?

Yami posts at the Latina Next Door. She cleared out her whole room and painted! Wow, girl! Like me, it looks like she’s a big Sherwin-Williams fan.

Jolene, the carpenter’s daughter, purged at Create, Pray, Love. I’ve got to do that, too.

Organization was the order of the day for Megan at C’mon Get Crafty.

Erlene has her whole makeover scheduled at My Pinterventures.

And Val at Val Event Gal is well on her way to getting rid of paper clutter.  (I wish she’d come over to my house and help me with mine!)

One step at a time.

If you’re a busy wife and mom like me, your time is limited. Hey, if you’re a busy non-wife and non-mom, I get that, too. I remember being single (ages ago) and flopping down after work, too tired for much else. Point is, if you’re busy, try to do one thing at a time. I settled for just moving my plastic bins out of the craft room. That cleared out a h-u-g-e amount of space in my home. At this point, I’ve got a cozy corner that’s free for home design. Yes!

Cleared out the storage bins.


Be realistic.

Life happens. The tires wear out, the kids get sick…or your computer fritzes out. The latter happened to me yesterday. I had to wait until Lefty (my left-handed, left-brain hubby) got home to fix it. (Operator error, as it turns out. No surprise there!!) So I didn’t get to post this blog with all my craft room makeover blogging buddies until today.

So you’ve got to be realistic with your time, resources, money, or whatever.

Get a buddy.

Speaking of buddies, I’m posting along with a host of other bloggers in this Craft Room Makeover. Accountability = getting goals met!

Dream big!

Again, you’ve got to operate within your budget, but this southern mama is determined to have a beautiful, functional, organized craft room by January 31st! My design goals are to give it a pretty, pink cottage look.

So I hope you’ll join in with me in the Craft Room Makeover! One of my other local pals replied on Instagram that she’s doing it, too. Way to go, B!!!

#craftroommakeover
#confessmymess

Cute corner…This is what I did so far. Stay tuned on Wednesdays for more!

Top Ten Christmas Activities

What are your top ten Christmas activities? I’m listing mine below (in no particular order) and would love to hear from you! Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone! Decorating the Christmas Tree and our whole house for Christmas. I so enjoy home décor, period, but I get so much joy in pulling out meaningful… Continue Reading

Pimentos for Christmas

Pimentos for Christmas Each year around Christmas, I give my husband a picture wish list of what I want from Pimentos. My friend Teresa owns the unique little gift shop, located in Athens, Alabama. Okay, Lefty, here’s my wish list! 🙂 Sold the Farm Ever heard the expression, “He sold the farm?” I think it… Continue Reading

Getting Sweetgum House Gussied up for Christmas!

Hi everyone, I’m getting Sweetgum House gussied up for Christmas!  I went to photograph some local shops for a real estate blog I write for and ended up buying some stuff, myself.  The places that I shop sell unique items, which is definitely what I’m looking for. Check out this sign! I love to shop… Continue Reading

eCo Creates a Sweet Holiday Tablescape!

It’s the holiday season and Erma Sampson of eCompany (eCo) can help get your holiday tablescape ready for the festivities!  Erma owns eCo, a booth at Funky Monkey Vintage Market in Madison, Alabama.  She has enjoyed a sweet life with Funky Monkey since September 2014—practically since it opened its doors to customers who love to shop creative… Continue Reading

Is it Fall Yet?

Is it Fall yet? The calendar says yes, and the temperatures are about 70 degrees in north Alabama…that’s about the norm for us! But I didn’t exactly get the fall foliage I was going for when I went to take fall pictures this morning. Everything but a few sweetgums and maples are still green as… Continue Reading

Young Entrepreneur takes on Fashion Passion

  Good afternoon, Everyone! I want you to meet an amazing young entrepreneur, Courtney Kimbraugh, who opened up a cute, trendy little shop in Madison on May 2, 2017. The 20-something majored in journalism but found a passion in fashion merchandising after taking a post-college job at a Florence, Alabama boutique. She later became a… Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day and a Trip to University Pickers and Lowe Mill

Happy Mother’s Day, dear Readers! And Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom!!! On a pre-Mom’s Day trip, I took myself to University Pickers and Lowe Mill. University Pickers is this amazing vintage store in Huntsville. They have everything from painted furniture, to jewelry, to…you guessed it–Mother’s Day gifts! I met the nicest lady named Josie… Continue Reading

A Tribute to Mr. CQ & Mrs. Jo

When you go, do you think anyone will remember you? If so, how do you want to be remembered? Sometimes, it’s not until someone dies that you think about what a Wonderful Life that person had. At least, that’s how it seems to me. Weekend before last, I attended “Mrs. Jo’s” funeral. I think she’d… Continue Reading