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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

In from the Cold — A short story

Is it just me, or is anyone else a little creeped out by the Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside?” In my short story, “In from the Cold,” I flesh out the characters from the song and add a context to the plot. Let me know whether you love it or hate it!Merry Christmas! Stephanie… Continue Reading

Back to Jachin

  I grew up in a little community in rural south Alabama. This past weekend, I went back through what initially was called Williams Crossroads, Alabama and then later changed Jachin, named after one of the pillars of King Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:15). My Papa built a general store at the crossroads and sold… Continue Reading

Pin or Pitch — The Dustpan Project

  I found this vintage dustpan(circa around the 1950s) in a thrift store and fell in love with it.   I had big plans, and they were going to be a Pinterest hit. Hit alright, but it was a strike out.   I’m not giving up, though. (Think Thomas Edison and the light bulb!) Here’s… Continue Reading

Global Warming

The weather hasn’t been anything but wonky, lately. One of our local weather stations, WHNT.com, says that we are getting a blast from the artic, sending us winds of 20-30 miles per hour. It’s a balmy 36 degrees right now, but by Wednesday night it will be 7 degrees. That’s 7—as in, one digit! Now… Continue Reading

More Southern Accents

Hi, All! Today I’m publishing more of the pictures that I took on my visit to Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in Cullman, Alabama. I did all I could to try to remove the silly date without altering the integrity of the pictures too much. It’s an amateur mistake. I found an option on my camera… Continue Reading