Extra Room Re-Do!

As I came up with that title, I realized, “re-do” gives the impression that I’ve done “something” to it at least once before, and unless you consider dumping everything that we don’t want in all of our other rooms “something” I think is really more like the “first-do”.

As I mentioned in my resolutions, this room has run gamut for purposes, but the after the last conversion from Kitty Room to Office/My Big Closet, it has literally become a dumping ground.  When my boyfriend moved in, we had quite a few doubles of furniture, so my old dresser went in, as well as half of my clothes, and his L-shaped desk. Slowly but surely everything else that doesn’t have a “home” elsewhere in the apartment has been dumped in this room.  Have I overused the word dump yet? Am I painting a picture for you?

So here are some before pictures to give you an idea of what I’m dealing with here:

Don’t worry, that is a bag of stuff to go to goodwill, not garbage!  It’s a little hard to see but there is a row of books living on the back of the desk.  We have a ton of books.

One of my nerd projects is to actually paint something into that painting – like a spaceship beaming down or some Do Not Cross tape – as an homage to one of my favorite street artists Banksy.

I looove this old dresser.  My father picked it up at a yard sale a couple years ago for about $45.  Now it houses our extra linens and towels, and some of my gift wrap stuff.  Again – you can’t really see it but  most of the top of the dresser is books that desperately need a home. Also – you can catch a glimpse of my certificate for the star that is named after me! One of the sweetest gifts my boyfriend ever gave me, mostly because he hated the idea of spending money on a piece of paper that says you own a star.  Mine is called Forever Kayla!

So these are my before pictures.  I bought one bookshelf from Target and quickly realized that we stocked it and still had more books and tchotchkes that needed a home so I ordered another one.  I’m thinking I’m going to leave the dresser where it is, and actually pull the L – desk out from the corner and into the room.  This room needs to be functional first and foremost, and then the decorating will come after.  Got any suggestions for me?

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Does anyone remember the company Dozens Of Terrific Stamps?  This was one of those trendy crafting parties my mother and her friends used to throw when I was in elementary school (I googled the company and it looks like they went under in 1992 to give you some perception of time. Damn I feel old).  My mother was always gifted with creativity and artfulness, and although I love these same things, gifted, I am not.  My brother was the artist amongst the two of us (he created some BEAUTIFUL pottery in high school that I wish I had more of).  Anyway, growing up, my mother, brother, and myself went through all sorts of crafting phases and all of the remnants are stuffed away in boxes somewhere in my parents’ house.
So about two months ago when my college friends and I decided to get together to do some cookie baking, I volunteered the idea of making some Christmas crafty stuff as well.  We had originally planned to hit up a Michaels (does anyone in Brooklyn know where the hell else I can find craft stuff?) upstate and get felt to make stockings.  A few weeks before meeting we decided to abandon that idea and I offered to raid my mothers stamp collection so we can all make handmade Christmas cards.  And raid I did.  I would say about 50% of her old stamps were of the holiday variety and she still had tons of printed paper and embossing powder.  $100 later at Michaels and I had 6 new inkpads, cards, envelopes, a 12 pack of crazy scissors, and the Martha Stewart Embossing Gun (the gun is totally worth the money vs. using a blow dryer or toasting oven for safety and efficiency).  I overspent, but I haven’t been in a craft store in so many years, I was overwhelmed with excitement.

So in between baking on our Saturday, we cleared the table to get crafty.  Here are a few examples of the cards we made.

A few nights ago while I was wrapping gifts I realized I didn’t have any tags, so I decided to make some!  A simple picture on one side, a nice holiday message on the other, some tape and some ribbon and I was done!

I tried to emboss the white – but it ended up looking a little flat and translucent. I remember there was some sort of powder that actually puffs up like a marshmallow that I’ll have to get for next year.

I love the contrast of the gold on the teal paper – a little hard to read if you look at it at the wrong angle, but I figure people are only looking at these for a split second anyway.

So about 30 cards and probably 30 tags later and I’m all done with Christmas!!  Happy Holidays!

Do You See What I See??

Well, obviously the hot pink glitter reindeer is AWESOME.  I. Want. One.

But what is that I see? Birch tree wallpaper?!?!  Ahh I’m in heaven.  Love it.

(If you’re curious I saw this in a window at Pink in NYC on 53rd and 5th).