So we’ve begun the decluttering that precedes moving and I have to tell you, there is nothing like moving to highlight all the areas in your house that are just not organized. You know what I mean?
That top shelf of the coat close? The deep dark back corner of your bedroom closet? That one drawer you never even open anymore? And why exactly do I have tools in three different places in one house?! And then you have to do it all over again and find places for everything at the new house.
The only upside to all this? Spouse sanctioned trips to the Container Store!! My happy place! So today I’ve found you 20 amazing craft projects to help you stay organized. Please click through and pin from the original sources!
O has always been really interested in my sewing machine. The minute I turn the light on it’s mesmerizing to him. I
mean, when you think about it, it totally makes sense, a sewing machine is totally made of things little kids love–lots of buttons, moving parts, sharp things…
Of course we have lots of talks about how he can’t touch it because it’s sharp and dangerous, but a couple weeks ago when I had it out, for the first time he asked me when he could use it.
I don’t think he’s quite ready to do it even with complete supervision, but hopefully we can try soon. (Although I think I said he could do it when he turns 5 because I didn’t want him to think when I said, “maybe when you’re older” that I meant tomorrow and then have him ask me five million times…)
Anyway, of course the next thought was that he needed his own sewing machine! And if you’ve been reading for any length of time, you might know that the ultimate holy grail of crafting for me, is to make something awesome for as cheap as humanly possible.
So I have something to admit. I have kind of an embarrasingly large fabric stash. I’ve decided I’m not allowed to buy anymore (unless it’s a crafting emergency!) until I a make dent in what I have. Lucky for me there are a gazillion ways to use fabric. There are so many beautiful sewing projects but there are other great ideas too and today I’m sharing some great No-Sew Fabric Projects with you! Please be sure to pin from the original source!
So who else is a fan of Target’s Dollar Spot? It’s seriously my happy place. I don’t actually buy things from there all that often because mostly it’s stuff I really just don’t need. But for whatever reason I LOVE looking through it. And every once in a while I find some great things. They’ve had some really great stationary/office supply stuff lately, for example. So the last time I was there, I found a simple square wood tray with slatted sides. I have an unnatural obsession with unpainted wood. There’s so much potential! You could do anything to it! So this little tray came home with me. I think it was actually intended to be an Easter item.
You know, aside from the little Etsy widget in my sidebar, I don’t spend very much time here talking about my shop. If you are new to Little Red Window, I create hand-drawn printable prints. They’re available for instant download straight from Etsy. I have a lot of prints that are perfect for nurseries and little ones’ rooms but I also have some for the home and for holidays. If you want to know more about why I sell printables and why they are awesome, read this post!
Anyway, today I’m starting something new where I share some of the new art I’ve recently added to my shop. I’ve been happy with the shop so far but I’d like to see more growth. So hopefully you can handle a little bit of shameless self-promotion (not one of my strengths!). And if you like something, click on over to Etsy and can you buy it right then! Or you can heart it or pin it for later!
5 Little Monkeys Printable Print by LittleRedWindow on Etsy
I was singing this song to O the other day, you know, “5 little monkeys, jumping on the bed! One fell off and bumped his head! Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, ‘No more monkeys jumping on the bed!'” O likes to say the doctor’s part himself while shaking his little pointer finger. It’s super adorable. Anyway, I’m working on doing more nursery rhymes and kids songs and these cute monkeys are a great addition!
Baa Baa Black Sheep Printable Print by LittleRedWindow on Etsy
Did you know I draw all of these printables by hand? No rulers, no tracing, it’s all hand-drawn by me. Then I scan them and add colors in photoshop. The great part about this process is that I can almost always customize colors! Want these sheep to be in front of a pink background or wish the text was yellow? Just let me know!
Kitchen Utensils Printable Print by LittleRedWindow on Etsy
It’s not all for the kids; this collection of hand-drawn kitchen utensils is one of my all-time favorites. It would make a great house-warming gift. And printables are the best because you can buy them totally last-minute, print them out, and pop them in a standard 8×10 frame and you’re all set!
Please Remove Your Shoes Printable Print by LittleRedWindow on Etsy
Chalkboard prints are definitely my best sellers! And I loooove making them! This one was actually born out of necessity. We prefer to be a shoe free home (let me tell you, when you live in a downtown urban area and actually SEE dogs peeing on the sidewalk all the time you start to realize what kinds of things you step in…) but it’s always awkward when someone new comes over and you have to either ask them to take theirs off or just ignore it. A polite sign takes the guesswork out of it!
1st Corinthians Printable Print by LittleRedWindow on Etsy
And finally, I’m branching out a little and doing a few new prints appropriate for weddings and anniversaries. This chalkboard print with the first line of a reading from the bible that I’m sure you’ve heard at many weddings, would make a sweet gift for a bride and groom or a perfect anniversary present for your significant other. It works for Valentine’s Day too!
I may have mentioned, I caught more than one cold this winter and I had a little more down time than usual. And what’s better when you don’t feel well than a cup of tea, some knitting and a movie? In my opinion, not much! And while O is still at an age where he actually likes the things I made him, I thought I’d take full advantage of that (and a big yarn sale at the craft store!) to make a couple cute new hats for him. You can never have too many hats for a preschooler. Don’t they always get left in the car, shoved down deep in a bag, stuck in a coat sleeve or dropped in a wet puddle?
And I always marvel, when I search the internet, how many amazing knitting patterns there are out there. But often there is a hole for some of the simpler ideas. Which is how my Baby Bear Hat came to be. I wanted a simple baby hat with plain ears and I just could not find a pattern for it! Same goes for a dog hat. So this time I came up with a cute little Puppy Dog hat with floppy puppy ears that I think even a newer knitter could handle. Another simple idea that’s cute and easy to make! Scroll on down to get the FREE pattern!