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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!

Craft Room Challenge

What is the Craft Room Challenge? A bunch of 14 talented craft bloggers have gotten together at the Craft Room Challenge for the month of January, 2018. They’re taking their craft rooms from cluttered to crazy-beautiful! As a busy wife, mom, and writer, it’s hard to get motivated to add something else on my to-do… Continue Reading

Reuse your Christmas Tree

‘Bout time you took down that Christmas tree, don’t ya think? I know, I know…it’s sad to see the tree come down, but here are some fun ideas to reuse your Christmas tree so you can extend your enjoyment into 2018! Bring in the Birds! I got the idea for this Sweetgum Life blog post… Continue Reading

My Christmas Nervous Breakdowns

This is a true story about My Christmas Nervous Breakdowns. And yes, I’ve had more than one over the past three days. Starting early this past week. If you know me, you know how I love to make homemade and creative gifts. Furthermore, I’m a conservative. We recycle, re-use, upcycle whenever possible. So, I was… Continue Reading

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

We’ve got #Shiplap!

I’m such a crazy fan of Joanna Gaines and her shiplap! I had to have some. Unfortunately, I really don’t have an old farmhouse with shiplap hidden under some dated 1973 wood paneling. So I made my oooooooooown! [Picture me singing this last word!!!] Nope! My house was built in this millennia. I’ve got #sheetrock!… Continue Reading

Creative Christmas Crafts

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I haven’t but am determined to do so within the next three crazy shopping days! I want to re-post a picture from last year of good, heavy-duty wrapping paper from T.J. Maxx. This year, I went there straightaway to get mine. Here are the teacher gifts that I made… Continue Reading