I know I sound like a broken record (is that colloquialism even meaningful anymore? Should I say a skipping CD?), but I l.o.v.e. my job. L.O.V.E.
I also love the color green. A seemingly random factoid completely unrelated to loving my job, but it will make sense as you scroll down. Trust me and hang on for the ride.
Back to my job. Paper and card-making, buttons and ribbon, these are a few of my favorite things...I was over the moon to find out that there is a day set aside each year just to celebrate how they come together to connect paper crafters all around the world. No kidding. It's called World Card Making Day.
Last year I used World Card Making Day to start getting organized, since I had only started my job about 5 weeks beforehand and had to get back into the swing of making cards. I had lots of stuff from my 18 year history in stamping, but almost all of it was.....well, uh, purgeable.
I'm an editor. I make up words sometimes.
So I swooped in on the room in the house that had the most potential: our living room/office/piano room.
Disaster, no? I had some of my stuff just piled in boxes to keep it out of sight, but a lot of it was downstairs in safekeeping. So I started bringing it up bit by bit.
At the end of the day (World Card Making Day...the motivation for this little transformation), I had a nice little workspace with plenty of room to grow.
I was happy with my little space -- I could sit and make cards while my daughter played the piano or used the computer in the office space adjacent to my crafting area.
And then my stash started to grow.
addiction dream job of mine, you know.
And GREWsome more.
It didn't fit in my cute little space anymore.
Besides, the builder-beige on the walls just wasn't juicing my creativity. I love green. I needed green. Just like my office at work.
So my eight little cubes...
Became 25...uh, little cubes. And the walls got painted green. Shocker, huh?
I love how the new desk set-up works with the piano. It's my great-grandmother's piano, so it's pretty special to me.
Most of all, though, I love that THIS is the vignette I see as I sit at my craft table.
Especially the part of it right here.
Because our family? They're my ultimate inspiration.
Want to know what ISN'T my inspiration?
You may have noticed that in my little craft area expansion (if I keep telling myself my craft area is little, I might just fool myself into thinking I still need to build my stash) involved swapping sides of the room.
Which meant that the ugly office could become....
...kind of a pretty office! I actually like to sit there and pay bills now.
Really though? The best part of this whole project is knowing where to find everything, then sitting down to get creative, and coming up with a few things that make me smile.
I had a blast with Cosmo Cricket's new Earth Love collection when I did this one.
And I made these invitations for a Minnie Mouse-inspired 2nd birthday party for a friend's daughter:
When I look back over the past year, from World Card Making Day 2008 to World Card Making Day 2009, it sure does make a meaningful set of bookends to an even more meaningful 12 months.