About 11 years ago, I took a few art-for-non-Art-majors courses, & ever since have been shopping for & hoarding craft supplies with a fever like never before. I’ve always been a strong believer in retail therapy & have always done my part to stimulate the economy, but these classes are truly what has kept my wallet empty & my (craft) closet full.
Even before that, the hoarding force was strong with this one; a trait passed down from the maternal side. It’s a terrible habit, but I am determined to, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without,” even if most of what I have was purchased & not passed down.
That saying has been passed down on my mother’s side for the last five generations, at least, & I may be starting a little late, but at least I’m finally starting!
At the beginning of this academic year, I was excited to trade in my tried & true black & white classroom decor for something more subtle to decorate my permanent room on a new campus. After a few months & more than a few reasons later, I moved out of my classroom & now have all my decor left unused.
Fortunately for me, I have a small guest house, turned defunct craft room, in need of new life. This life has to be unlike any other, though. This time, this house needs to be used for crafts, teacher-on-break storage, blogging, business, & who knows what else. The biggest challenge I’ll face, besides figuring out what to do next, is how to organize & use all the things I’ve amassed.
During my pregnancy I purchased too many craft supplies with the intention of DIY-ing the ever-living-soul out of that baby room. Those dreams did not come to pass, & so many supplies were left behind. Let’s just blame it on pregnancy fatigue (which I sometimes suffer from to this day, three years after giving birth), and the absence of time to spare.
After rummaging through the multitude of supplies I’d hoarded, I surfaced with a few things I thought would create the softer farmhouse vibe I was looking for. Ribbon & some artificial flowers became the inspiration for my frames. Two cans of pastel spray paint meant for the little one’s rocking chair that she overtook with a box of crayons, a few yards of unused fabric, & a diaper box later, my frames were born.
First, I spray painted frames meant for wrapping with canvas (from my painting for non-Art major days) with the pastel pink and purple paint. While they dried, I came in and glued together the flower pieces with the ribbon. A few dots of hot glue, & a few cuts of fabric later, a farmhouse style frame was fashioned.
I hot glued some fabric over pieces of cardboard from a diaper box to attach against the back of the frames, & then hot glued a spray painted clothes pin to the top of the frames to use for displaying notes, or work by my little super hero. I picked up a ton of clothes pins at the Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, a dollar, so this project ended up costing pretty much nothing!
Though this process (of actually using up my supplies instead of collecting) was new to me, I found it very therapeutic. It felt somewhat like a pantry clean-out for me, & that is something I’m pretty dang good at by now.
You know what they say, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!”
Let me know what you think!