What Have I Been Up To?

Wow! It has been so long since I have posted anything. So here is what I have been up to?

I have been working on trying to further my career and utilize my Interior Design Degree. Currently, I am working as an In-Home Custom Decorator. I assist customers in creating the perfect window treatment for their home including matching accessories. I really enjoy my job and let’s not even talk about homes I go into. Sometimes I feel a tad bit intimidated. I have only been doing this for 3 weeks and it gets better and better. I will gladly share projects that I am working on with you all and feel free to give your opinion.

I have not been painting as of lately because I simply just do not have the time anymore. My new job definitely has given me new appreciation for time management. Once I get really settled into my job, I would love to go back and continue painting to get my Etsy shop, Cre8ive Obsessions, back up and running. I have few ideas that I need to just finish. So be prepared for that and like always feel free to suggest any design that you want to see or request an item for you and/or your family and friends. I will make time for any commission request.

One last final thing, I have been working on a few DIY projects. I can not wait to finish them and share them. This time I will not make them into crazy long post. I went back looking at the Jewelry Box and wondered what I was thinking. I should have broken it up into parts.

That was  quick update as to what is going with me and things to come. So what have you been up to?

~Laverne

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Moved!

So the past month I been busy with moving into my new apartment. It was a struggle to get all the paperwork together, to actually move in, and get things situated (that’s what happens when you deal with an unorganized and unreliable roommate). Let’s just hope the year goes by well, meaning I do not strangle anyone before then. LOL  just kidding.

Anyways, I have manage to finish part of one my planned DIY projects. I will share it with you over the weekend. It’s my Jewelry organizer. Its only the start of it because I realized that I have too much jewelry and nothing can really accommodate it all at once. It will definitely be an ongoing project with several different parts.

I just wanted to give you notice of what has been going on with so you do not think that I just abandoned you guys.

Also, I did not get that Custom Decorator position I had mentioned back in June/July. I have not given up home though. I am going to keep applying to different jobs and keeping you guys updated.

 

~Laverne

Blank Canvas

I am getting ready to move to a new apartment. I am so excited although we have not decided on a place yet. I want to really want to add a little bit of design to it. I have so many ideas that I want to try to execute.

It is going to be terrible though because my boyfriend and I are going to live with a roommate again. So, I do not know how much designing I will be able to get away with and whether they will be able to take care of things. I live with this person now and we bump heads quite a bit and his logic is something else. I am sure I can survive one more year with him, besides the logic thing he can be cool.

Anyways, back to the designing aspect. There are previous ideas that I have supplies for that I have yet to execute and new ones as well. Here are a few of my upcoming projects that I want to do and are very easy. 

 

I simply can’t wait to get these going. I will show you what I have done step by step. I always try to take an idea and see how i can do it differently or better. 

~Laverne W.

Jewelry Organizers

I have quite a bit of jewelry and my collection is not going to be getting smaller anytime soon. Therefore, I have been trying to find a better way to display my jewelry in a visually organized way.

I have tried different kinds of jewelry holders  and have always found a problem with each one:

80-Pocket Hanging Jewelry Organizer

For example, the one organizer to left  (similar to one I have) can be easily stored in your closet. It has several vinyl pockets for you to place you jewelry in. Mine came with labels on the front of each pocket for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc… It is also two-sided.

Believe me it worked great at first but then the more jewelry I got the more of a hassle it became. At one point, I could place each piece of jewelry in each compartment, but not anymore.

Now i am back to my jewelry getting all tangled up. I also have very wide bangles that can not fit inside the bigger pockets. My closet is full of clothes as well so it makes it hard to make space to access either side. I tried hanging it on the wall as well but I got tired of always having to pick it up turning it around. (That probably sounded lazy but when it was in the closet with less clothes i could twist it around.)

I have something similar to this for my earrings because I always manage to lose my studs. It works great for that, but not my dangling earrings. I have some that are very long a stiff and do not work well in the holder above.

I have also had jewelry cases but I do not really care for placing my jewelry in drawers and they do not accommodate really over the top jewelry.
So, now I end up with jewelry placed on whatever surface I end up taking them off at. I end running around looking all over the whole room for where I placed things (thinking I lost it because I can not recall). My boyfriend gets so mad because sometimes it ends up on his desk or when we are trying to leave and I am running around trying to find stuff. I hate being unorganized. It really stresses me out.
Here’s my solution.
I looked up a few DIY projects and there were many that could work for me but there was always something essential missing whether it was a place for stud earrings, rings, or bangles.
So I found a few I like and will be taking aspects from them that I like to create my very own organizer. Once I have all my supplies I will show the process of putting it together.
I am so excited.
~Laverne

Craft Space Organization

The holidays have been keeping me really busy. I have so many ideas and projects that I am going to be working on with the start of the new year. One of the first things I will be working on is redesigning my bedroom. My boyfriend is no help so I am just going to do it and he is going to have to live with it. 😉 Besides he is the one to told me to go ahead and put my Interior Design degree to some use while job hunting.

So first, I am going to be purchasing a desk so I can have some where to work on crafts for my Etsy shop. Its hard living with three other people and not having a decent place to work on things or store them.  It makes me not want to work on anything especially when I have to worry about other people disturbing my things or having to constantly find a some where to work on projects. I have already managed to obtain a double 9-drawer rolling cart with 2 shelves to store my crafts on as well as my beta fish.

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The final idea for my craft area will be to make a hanging paint storage rack. I found this neat DIY idea (below) that I am going to try.

DIY Hanging Paint Storage

To make DIY Hanging Craft Paint Storage, you will need:

  • wire shelving (2 per rack)
  • 3/4″ diameter PVC pipe ( 4 segments per rack)
  • PVC pipe caps ( 8 per rack)
  • Screws, washers, mollies, and nails
  • Drill, hacksaw, and hammer

So far all I have is the wire shelving, and the tools I am sure I can borrow from someone. Here are the INSTRUCTIONS. I can wait to get it done and show you all my completed little work area and the details to redesigning my room in general. Enjoy!!

~~Laverne~~