I need a new workspace

So, Im loving my new silhouette portrait. Ive spent hours coming up with prototypes for card designs, and Im hoping to maybe open an etsy shop in the next couple of months.

A few examples:

happy birthday slider card

paper nesting dolls

opening iris card

This last design isnt mine. You can find instructions for it here.

I even came across this amazing find.

letterpress starter kit

$26 down from $70! The amazing thing is that I had JUST been looking at this exact kit, but I couldnt find anywhere online that had it in stock Im wondering if its maybe been discontinued. But I got one! And I got it at a GREAT price. I just ordered a Cuttlebug* to use it with.

*Side Note: Oddly enough, when I ordered my Cuddlebug yesterday from Amazon, it wasnt eligible for prime shipping, and it also wasnt $69.99.  It was $53 with $10 shipping. So while I saved a few dollars, I could have had it by Tuesday if Id ordered it today, but instead Ill have it sometime between the 20th and 25th. I dont know how I feel about saving a couple bucks vs having to wait longer. Im not that patient of a person.

But back on topic I need a new workspace.  Ive got all these new supplies, and Ive been spending a couple hours a day either designing on my computer, or paper crafting, but this is the the area that Im working in

floor work area

computer work area

My living room is a mess. Its impossible to keep anything organized, and hunching over to work all the time is killing my back. A few days ago I asked on the FB spouse page for our base if anyone was selling a desk, and I found two that met my needs and then they both ended up not selling the desks. So now Im trying to decide what to do. I dont want to spend anymore than $50 on a desk, which pretty much leaves me with the options of finding one used (which hasnt worked out so far), buying a flat pack one, which probably wont be great quality, or making my own.

As far as making my own goes, it wouldnt be anything too complex, because I dont have the tools or the know how for that. But Im thinking about doing something like this

Not Donna Reed Desk

from So Not Donna Reed or similarly, this

bookcase craft table

from Organize and Decorate Everything

I think Ill probably head out today looking for options and hopefully find something. If I do, my next post will be a cleaning up the mess that is my living room and (possibly making and) organizing my new workspace post. Otherwise my next post is going to be a how to frame trading cards with a side of oh, my aching back.

If youve got any ideas other than the ones Ive mentioned for a decent workspace, please let me know. Likewise if youve got any pro tips for using my new toys (Silhouette, letterpress kit and Cuddlebug) leave me a comment, and Ill love you forever. Actually, if you just read my blog Ill love you forever but comments make me happy.

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Joe Sorren Trading Card Kickstarter

If you follow me on twitter then you probably already know how excited I am about this.

card deck instagram

old town shops mural with trading card

I actually got to trade for this card the one night I was in Flagstaff, so I had to get a picture of it up next to the original mural.

Series A was pretty cool all by itself. Joe Sorren is my all time favorite artist, and being able to actually own pieces of his art, even if they are just 2.5×3.5, makes me incredibly happy. Ive already collected almost all of the first series. Once a few trades come in, Ill only need two more cards to complete series A.  And once I get those,  I have a fun trading card display/framing project planned (all the supplies are already purchased). But this kickstarter, I am so  freaking excited about this! Theres going to be a plushie! And that scarf! Oh, and, you know, way more trading cards! Im going to get up early Friday morning, and just keep refreshing becauseoftoast.com until they post the kickstarter link and then Im going to spend too much money though probably not as much as Ill want to.

Side Note: From what I hear, Joe is a super cool guy. I personally have never met him the one time I was in the same room as him I fangirled so hard that I had to go hide in a corner, but hes played music with my dad, and back when he was an unknown artist he did a piece for my stepmoms shop, and I know about a dozen other people who are buddies with him. In other words, if you like cool art, and cool artists, but youre on an art budget, you should totally check out Joe Sorrens trading cards.

Blog Note: I dont want to get too personal here, but Ive been struggling with some health issues, and I found out today that Ive apparently been fighting off an infection for the last few weeks, so the house related projects and blogging are suffering a little bit. To be completely honest, my house is a wreck, and Im lacking the energy to do much about it. Im not quitting, or even taking a break from blogging, Im just a little slow right now, so please have patience with me while I recover and get back up to speed. I love making stuff and blogging, I just happen to love lying on my couch and/or sleeping slightly more at the moment.

Once again, thanks for caring enough about me, or my house, or my ideas, or my blog to even be reading this. It gives me the warm fuzzies, and I need those right now.

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Throw pillow cover from pillow case

I intended to make an envelope pillow case like this, but I like to wing it. That usually works for me. This time, not so much. I did end up with a decent usable pillow, but Im probably going to need to add a few buttons to keep it closed all the way. So this is not a tutorial do not do what I did. Go find a tutorial and follow it, and youll probably end up much less frustrated than I was. Having said that, heres what I did.

king sized pillow case

I took a king sized pillowcase

ironIroned out the wrinkles

measure and markMeasure and marked

made my cuts

Made my cuts

iron and pin

Ironed, pinned and sewed the raw edges, then sewed up the one open side seam.


Flipped back the extra flap of fabric, and sewed it to the side seams.

put in pillow

So heres how it works: you put the $3 DIY pillow insert (which you recently made) into the pillow case, making sure that the bottom corners get stuffed in there right.

pillow flap

Then you  take that flap thats sewn on the inside, and bring it up over the top of the pillow.


Ta-Da. This is where Ill probably make an alteration.  Ill add a couple of buttons to make sure that theres no gaping.


Luckily I can just turn the pillow upside down, and have the opening facing towards the back, and no ones the wiser. Again, this is NOT the best way to do this, but luckily I was able to make it work. Im thinking I might actually follow some directions for my next pillow. Speaking of, exactly how many pillows do you think a large sectional like ours needs? Im thinking a whole lot. A DIY throw pillow roundup may be in order this week.

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