12 Must Have General Craft Tools and Products

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Happy Friday to all of you! Time for the final Must Have Tip post of the month, full of more of some great crafting items we love to use! Allison here again and it is time to share my favorite tools and craft items with all of you. I, like Michele, am a general crafter so I use a little bit of everything when I work on projects. 
 
 
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I’ll start with some of my favorite tools.
 
I love a good self healing cutting mat. You can use them for so much more than cutting. I have quite a few of these 12×12 Martha Stewart cutting mats that I use for various projects. I love all the lines on them to use for measuring. There are a few other size options as well, I have a large foldable mat as well that I’ll pull out for larger projects.
 
I love to have a mini tool kit on hand because you just never know when you may need a screw driver, some pliers, utility knife, etc. I keep mine directly on my work table so I can easily grab it. This one from Allied Tools is great and compact so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.
 
I think Michele shared these Cutter Bee scissors too but you guys, these things are so awesome! They are crazy sharp, cut great, and love the cap so you don’t accidentally stab yourself.
 
I love this File Set from Basic Grey. I used to scrapbook but I use them more now that when I did. I love to use them if I apply paper to something and it is hanging over the edge a little. Just file it off and you are set to go. They are also great to use when distressing a paint treatment, such as on mason jars. I use these all the time!
 
 
 If you don’t have a cordless glue gun, get one! It is a game changer! It is so much easier working on a project when you aren’t fighting a cord. I also recommend a multi temp gun like this one from Adhesive Technologies because some projects you will need low temp glue, and others are better with hot so this way you only need one gun instead of a few.
 
I love this Revolving Organizing Tool Carousel for all my storage needs on my desktop. Mine is full of scissors, pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, and probably way too many other things! It sits on the corner of my work space at hands reach so I can easily grab what I need.
 
If you have a lot of ribbon, washi tape or other small items you use all the time, the Snap Storage kit is pretty handy to have to keep all that organized. I MAY be slightly biased about how great it is because my husband did invent it, but it really is an awesome way to keep things organized and you can view exactly what you have.
 
 
Now onto a few of my favorite products.
 
I love Mod Podge. It can be used for so many different things and there are so many different types that you can for sure find the one that is perfect for the project you are working on. 
 
As I mentioned earlier, I used to scrapbook and when I scrapbooked I would use these Stickles all the time to add a little sparkle to my pages. Well I don’t scrapbook as much as I used to but I still love Stickles! There are SOOOOOOO many color options to pick from and they are so great to just add some glitter to any sort of project, and I like glitter, without all the glittery mess. My daughter loves to use these as well. 
 
If you do hand lettering, or even like to do other drawing/doodling, these TomBow Dual Brush Tip Markers are so amazing. They have a wide numerous of color options, they are blend well together and the colors are vibrant.
 
I like to keep all sorts of glue on hand but these glue pens from Martha Stewart are nice and handy for paper crafts. There are three options: Ball point, Fine point and Wide Tip. I have all three and keep them in my carousel to pull out whenever needed. 
 
Another product that I used to use with scrapbooking but still love to use for any other type of paper projects are these ColorBox Chalk Inkpads. I use them when creating anything out of paper to add a little dimension. I’ve used them on coffee filter wreaths. And I even use them on the edge of some painted wood projects. There are a ton of color options for to go with any project.
  
I think I will stop there! What are some of your favorite tools or products? 
 
Stay tuned for next month when we start a whole new set of tips and we start holiday tips! :) 
 

  
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Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas with you. I love a good upcycle or repurposed project and I love a pretty, organized craft room. Let’s check out these unique solutions.

Upcycled Furniture

I love taking something ‘old’ and making it new and fresh again. Especially furniture! Just add some elbow grease and lots of love, and you can turn any dingy piece of furniture into a focal point of your room. Here are a few of my favorite furniture transformations that are perfect for the craft room. Some are used for storage and others are used for work spaces. 

Upcycled hutch  to craft storage

Upcycled hutch to craft storage and work space

Upcycled filing cabinet craft storage

Upcycled sewing table to desk

Upcycled Projects for Organization and Decoration

You would be surprised what you can use for organization and decoration. An old baby crib, a vintage crate, tin cans… So many options if you open your creative mind on alternative ways to use ordinary things. Let’s check out some of my favorite up cycled projects for organizing and decorating your craft room.

Upcycled baby crib to craft storage

Repurposed frame to chic pincushion 

Upcycled Crates to craft shelves

Upcycled tray to magnetic board

Upcycled bed spring to craft storage

Repurposed tins to pencil holder

Repurposed frame to thread holder

 

Such great ideas! Most times that I upcycle or repurpose something, I save money doing so and I love it so much more because of the effort put into it. Do you have any upcycled projects or pieces in your craft room?

Join us next week for more tips on using upcycled ideas in your homes! 

 

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Folding Chair Makeover

Last year I shared my Craft Room Reveal as well as my Two-Tone Chair Makeover for my desk and I am still just as in love with these projects as I was the first day. My daughter and I spend A LOT of time in the craft room. This is where I work on projects for the blog, sign orders from my shop, and it’s also where we homeschool most days. That being said, I needed more seating in this room… rather than having to drag another chair in from the dining room. And because I’m cheap frugal, I decided to use what I had already. Let’s bust out the spray paint and do a Folding Chair Makeover!

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She’s so pretty, isn’t she? I promis you that she was NOT pretty at all before…

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Ew, right?! All I did was grab a few cans of my favorite colors of spray paint, a damp rag to clean the chair up, and a drop cloth to put the chair on while I painted it outside. 

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I used Rustoleum, which has a primer in it, but if your paint does not have a primer in it, I highly recommend primering your chair first. This while ensure that the paint on your chair will last much longer. 

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After I painted the entire chair twice and allowed dry time, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a vinyl heart. I applied it to the chair and painted the inside (by hand) pink. Because well… pink hearts. 

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There’s one more folding chair out in my garage that I’m planning to makeover as well. Pretty much nothing is safe from pretty paint in my house. The after is just SO much better than before, you can’t help but #paintallthethings.

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Do you love to paint as much as I do? What’s your current favorite color?

Two Tone Chair Makeover

Hi friends and Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going well so far…it seems to be flying by for me. 

A couple of weeks ago I shared My Craft Room Reveal with you, and in case you are wondering- yes, it’s still my favorite room in the house. And if you remember, I still needed to paint my desk chair but was having a hard time deciding exactly what to do. Well, I finally decided how to paint my chair… Here’s my Two Tone Chair Makeover. 

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Do you love it? I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® on the chair… Old White and Province. I really love the two tone look. 

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Here’s a BEFORE photo so that you can get a better idea of what I was working with. This is the chair I did all of my junior high, high school, and college homework in. I’ve had this chair since I was in 2nd grade!! This will be the 2nd time I’ve painted it and by far the easiest. 

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As I mentioned in My Craft Room Reveal post, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is so easy to use and you have minimal prep time. I painted my chair with two coats of Chalk Paint® and then I applied the Soft Wax with my special Annie Sloan Wax Brush, the very same technique I used on my desk. 

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I love that the brown peeks through the Old White and the Province. Gives it a pretty, shabby appeal. 

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I added a strip of vintage floral fabric and tied it into a bow… everything is prettier with a bow on it. Am I right?

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And now, I am happily sitting in my pretty Two Tone Chair typing up this post. I’m so happy to be utilizing this space! Thanks for stopping by my friends! I will see you in a couple of days for Pinterest Feature Friday!

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*Find full details on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in My Craft Room Reveal post. 

My Craft Room Reveal

Annie Sloan Unfolded provided me with materials for a furniture makeover, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

Oh friends…it’s been a long time coming. I’ve needed to clean, reorganize, repaint, redecorate my work space for quite a while now. And today, I am so excited to finally share My Craft Room Reveal with you!

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The biggest part of this project was the makeover on my craft desk that my husband built me. It needed lots of love after I pretty much trashed it. Here’s the before picture of my area. Did I mention I haven’t worked at that desk in over 2 years? Yeah. Wasted space. 

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It’s a bit embarrassing. But the after is so good, that I just have to show you the before. Here it is all cleaned out and ready to be painted. 

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And here is my pretty desk after I painted it. Isn’t it beautiful?! I am so in love. I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color Provence in addition to the Clear Soft Wax.

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This is by far my favorite paint to use on furniture (although it can be used on many more surfaces). It’s so super easy to use and goes on like creamy butter. 

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I painted 2 coats of Provence on my desk and cubbies, allowing dry time in between, roughed it up with some sand paper, and then finished it off with the Clear Soft Wax. Isn’t the color gorgeous?? I’m obsessed with it. #paintallthethingsprovence!  

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Usually when I use wax on furniture, I use a rag to apply it. This time I used an Annie Sloan Wax Brush and it was AWESOME! I love this brush, and I am pretty picky about paint brushes. This brush made it so easy to get into all the little nooks and crannies. 

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My favorite part about this Chalk Paint® is that you don’t have a whole lot of prep work to do prior to painting. Annie Sloan makes it so easy for us DIYers… she’s the bomb diggity in my book. 

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And look how much it brightened my space! I need a happy place to work, and now my craft room is just that…happy. I added lots of special pieces to this space to make it a joyful place… including lots of goodies and items from my creative friends. They inspire me, encourage me, and love me. Even miles away through a computer screen. 

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We got a few organizational pieces of furniture to help clear up the floor space in the room. My daughter helped us put everything together and she also helped me clean up and organize the room. She provided plenty of compliments along the way, letting me know that she approved of the space too. ;) My helpful 6 year old. 

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I love using mason jars, baskets, boxes, and small buckets to store things in. I was also sure to label things so I would have an easier time finding things and putting them away. 

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I’m also diffusing Annie Sloan Provence Fragrance in my craft room…and it smells so clean in here! I love it. I think it’s so fun that the fragrance I chose ‘matches’ the Chalk Paint® color I used!

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So what do you think? Big improvement, right? I still have a bit to do in this room. But for the most part, it’s finished and I couldn’t be happier with it. 

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My next project will be painting my brown chair… I haven’t decided how yet. I’m thinking of using Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint® on it… stay tuned for that project. 

Just for fun, let’s see the Before and After comparison one more time…

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If you are considering painting furniture, I highly recommend Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. This is a great product for beginning painters and the pro painter. The prep time is reduced to merely wiping down your piece of furniture. And once you apply and buff the soft wax, the surface of your furniture is just that…soft! 

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Thanks for stopping by to check out My Craft Room Reveal! Let me know what you think and be sure to pin your favorite parts! 

 

My Craft Room Makeover {part 1}

Hi friends!

The other day I shared some of our favorite bloggers’ creative spaces. I’ve been busily working on my creative space and I’m really excited to share what I’ve done so far! Want to take a peek into a corner of my craft room?

I was really itching to get something on this bare wall in my craft room.

I started with 2 of my favorite signs from my shop then added the fun fabric hoops to the mix (thanks Wholeport for the hoops!). I had the “R” on a shelf already and I feel like this is a much better home for it. Then I added the cute yellow frame and mini print my sweet friend Michele (The Scrap Shoppe) gave me at SNAP conference, and I painted the wooden frame (Poppy Seeds Projects) aqua and stuck the Rhonna Designs print I received in my swag from SNAP. We’ll get a closer look at them in a minute.

Let’s back up a little to see more, shall we?

Well hello there aqua craft cart. Fancy meeting you here…

Are you as in love with this cart as I am? I actually swiped this from my husband…want to see the before?

I took that bad boy outside and showed it a thing or two with my aqua spray paint. Now my craft cart rocks!

And another look at my pretty wall…

Here’s a close up of the yellow frame…

And the aqua frame…

I love this corner of my craft room.

It’s pretty, organized, and inspiring.

So what do you think of my craft room so far? 

I have so many more fun plans for it.

Do you have a craft room? I would LOVE to see it! Leave a link in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by today friends!!

Have a great rest of your week!

20 Blogger Creative Spaces

Happy Monday, y’all!

I hope you had a great weekend. We sure did! It was full of Mexican food, family time, Home Depot kids workshop, and working in the backyard.

I have been working on my creative space recently…organizing and decorating it. It’s always fun to be inspired and get ideas from other creative minds. So today, I’m sharing 20 Blogger Creative Spaces!

Have you ever wondered where some of your favorite bloggers work?

What their space might look like where they create the beautiful things they share on their blogs?

Be prepared to be inspired to start organizing and decorating your creative space…or simply to designate a space to be creative in *wink*

Be sure to click on the link to visit the original sources…lots more pretty details to be seen.

Little Miss Momma

Tatertots and Jello

Raising Up Rubies

Cleverly Inspired

Lolly Jane

Dreaming n Color

Cleverly Inspired

The Scrap Shoppe

The Happier Homemaker

TaylorMade

Homework

Rae Gun Ramblings

Crazy Little Projects

Our Thrifty Ideas

Craft-O-Maniac

A Next For All Seasons

A Little Tipsy

Mom Endeavors

DIY Inspired

The Country Chic Cottage

Some of us have entire rooms dedicated to our crafty space. Others of us make due with what space we have, whether it be in a closet or the corner of our living room. The key is to make your creative space work for you. Find ways to organized and decorate so that you are inspired to create in your space.

Thanks for coming by today!

Do you have a creative space? Share a link with us in the comments!

I’m off to organize more of MY creative space.

See you tomorrow for Tot School Tuesday.

Framed Greeting Card Art

Hey there!
It’s September! I am decorating the house for fall today…hoping it will bring cooler weather and crisp, fresh air. When do you usually decorate for fall? I’m so anxious for it this year!
I’m stopping by for a bit today to share a fun and frugal decor tip with you that you are sure to love. If you’ve been reading MFTM for a while, you know I LOVE to be organized. But I also love to make my organizing look pretty. I know…so high maintenance, right? *winks*
We have a command station in our office/craft room that we use ALL OF THE TIME. It’s one of my many saving graces for our crazy schedules. Only problem is…it was a bit dark and dreary. I needed to pretty it up a bit, but didn’t have any money in my budget to do so. Lucky for me, Michael’s had some ADORABLE greeting cards for $1 each that I picked up a few weeks back. So I spray painted a couple of frames I already had on hand and popped those cuties right in there.
A little birdie told me… go on an adventure.
And here they are hung above the command center. 
LOVE the pop of color. And I LOVE that I spent $2 on it.
Here’s another wall in the office/craft room that I added some color to. Notice that beautiful piece of hoopart?!
Can we say GORGEOUS?!
No, I did not make this beauty. I participated in a HoopArt Swap on Instagram that Miss Mandy from Mandipity organized and a very talented IG friend made this lovely piece for me. It’s one of my most favorite pieces of art in our house and it is absolutely the perfect HoopArt for me. 
There you have it…
Frugal decor tip: Frame some pretty and unique greeting cards to brighten up a wall without breaking your bank. 
See you next week, mis amigos!