Meet Our Team!

Hi there CSI readers! I am so very excited and happy to introduce our new (and some fab returning) Contributor Team from now-the end of June!

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Our first NEW Contributor is Amanda Corbet! 

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Hello, I am Amanda Corbet and I am the crafter behind Krafting Kreations. I live in a small town north of Kansas City, Kansas with my husband Bill and our two cats and two dogs. At my day job I am the Design Supervisor at a custom heating element manufacturing company. When I’m at home I split my time between attempting to keep the house in some form of order and crafting.

I have loved all forms of crafting ever since I was a little girl. I also like to skip and hop between different mediums to work with. I enjoy card making, paper crafting in general, jewelry making, some sewing, crochet, stained glass, fused glass, decorative painting, and home décor DIY projects.

I started stamping back in 2003 when my sister took me to a Stampin’ Up! make and take. Then I was hooked. I joined as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in 2009 and have happily been stamping away and growing my hoard collection ever since. Since I have gained such a large collection of crafting supplies, figuring out how to keep it organized in a way that works for me has been a full time job in itself.

Krafting Kreations started back in 2009 and is my little spot of the interweb where I share what I’ve been working on as well as instructions for how you can make something similar. It truly is a diary of all my crafting adventures!

I look forward to sharing my organizing projects with you and challenging you to get your spaces organized so you can be more productive!

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Next, we have a returning Contributor: Cicily Lesher! 

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In the craft world I’m known as the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper, but at home I’m mommy to 3 little ones and wife to my husband of 19 years! I live in horse-crazy Kentucky and love the country life. I’m a scrapbooker, artist, photographer, gardener and all around DIYer. I love shopping and organizing my craft supplies almost as much as the crafting itself. My blog has been up for 3 years now and I’ve been on various design teams, done guest designer spots and organized multiple blog hops. Lately I’ve had multiple layouts published on SG’s Create magazine. I’ve been a CSI contributor for almost 2 years and I love sharing my own craft organization ideas as well as yours!

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Also returning is Hazel Hamman!

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I’m Hazel and I live in Stellenbosch, the most beautiful town in South Africa. I have a husband and two 26-year-old boys. 2014 was a GREAT year at Hamman HQ as our family expanded and we now have a daughter (in-law) as well!!

In my spare time (do housewives have any?) I sew, make albums, paint, craft, cook, bake and read. My husband and I have our own business so I have to “work” as well. Actually, I’m a winemaker and my family owns a small winery on the West Coast. Therefore, we spend a lot of time at the beach house where I keep myself busy by sitting on the “stoep”, drinking wine and thinking up new ideas.

I blog to motivate myself to do more and to record my achievements. My little word is “ENJOY” (because I’m so serious) and therefore I have decided to relax more in 2015. Come on, join me and check out my blog  “Play as u Go”.

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Our next “newbie” to the team is Jessica Frost-Ballas!

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Hi, I’m Jessica and I’m really excited to be joining the Craft Storage Ideas Contributor Team!   I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my husband, two feisty senior shelties, a no-nonsense bunny, and a stubborn tortoiseshell kitten. I am a professional musician teaching harp and piano lessons and freelancing for weddings and other events throughout the northern Virginia area. When it comes to crafting, I am primarily a stamper and a cardmaker although I like to play around with scrapbooking, quilling, and the occasional fabric craft. I write about my adventures in crafting, home décor and DIY, and recipes here on my blog! 

Awhile back I read that astrological Virgos tend to be neurotically organized in most aspects of their life but that there’s usually one area that is a disorganized mess. My car is that one thing that just can’t seem to stay neat but thankfully, my craft room is my organization wonderland! My husband and I built our first home last summer and I was finally able to design and create my dream craft room. I enjoy coming up with new ideas for storage that fit me and my personality and I’m always trying to improve upon my last idea. I look forward to sharing my ideas and tips with you over the next few months!

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Then we have, another new Contributor, Kim Skinner! 

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My name is Kim Skinner and I have been crafting my entire life! My crafting interests are eclectic since I like to do just about every kind of crafting. I started out doing sewing and embroidery as a child, which led me to cross-stitching for many years. I started scrapbooking when my kids were young. Then “it” happened. My sister got me interested in rubber stamping and paper crafts of all kinds. I have been an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and paper crafting blogger since 2012. I am a 2014 Stampin’ Up! Rising Star award recipient and I have been a Design Team Member for the Paper Craft Crew for the last two years.

I am a high school science teacher who was named the 2002 WalMart Teacher of the Year, the 2006 National Honor Society Teacher of the Year and the 2007-2008 RHS Secondary Teacher of the Year.

I have been happily married for the last 30 years to my college sweetheart. We have two amazing kids in college. (Not really kids anymore!)

I enjoy spending time on my blog where I love to share my ideas and projects with other people. You can also find me on YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook!

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Well, I’m next, since I decided to go in first name alphabetical order. 😉

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I’m Noelle, and I wear many different hats. First and foremost I am a mom to 3 active boys (they are 14, 12, and 7) and I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, for almost 19 years now. I have a been involved in theater most of my life, including getting a bachelor’s degree in Theater Directing, and teach acting classes to kids part-time. In my “free time” I enjoy training for and competing in sprint triathlons-swimming is my favorite and I am in the water a LOT. I also enjoy doing DIY home improvement projects, and organizing around my house, you can sometimes find some of my projects on my craft blog, I sneak them in whenever possible. 😉

Finally is my life as a craft blogger. I began scrapbooking in 1997, and making cards and stamping in 2001. I am experienced in many paper crafting mediums and have instructed several classes on stamping techniques and card design through the years. I began my blog paper & ICE in 2010 as a way to share my creations and hoped to inspire others in their own creativity! Since beginning blogging, I have been lucky enough to serve on several Design Teams. I am currently a designer for The Cat’s Pajamas Art Stamps. In 2014, I had the huge honor of being part of the CardMaker Magazine blog team, as well as being published 3x in their magazine. I was one of the first Contributors for Craft Storage Ideas and when founder Rebecca Boyer decided to move on from the site, I opted to take it on with my sister Shelley. We are approaching our 1 yr anniversary as editors here! 🙂

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Next is returning Contributor, Sharon Curtis! 

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Hi there, I’m Sharon and I’ve been papercrafting seriously for about 12 years now.  It started with my sister’s wedding invitations and snowballed from that into an obsession!    Although I’ve dabbled in all sorts of papercrafting, I’ve settled on card making as my ‘thing’.   I’m part of the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog DT, and I also design regularly for Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine.   I live in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in the UK with my boyfriend Andy who lets me get away with taking over the place with craft supplies as long as he can play golf as much as he likes :)   I’m just about to start building my dream craft space in our garden, since I can’t actually fit all my supplies into our spare room! You can read my blog right here. 

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My little Sis, Shelley Walsh, is my co-editor (a.k.a. my life-long partner in crime. 😉 Just ask our mom. )

 

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Hi there! I’m Shelley and I live in northern California with my husband, our two dogs, and a very bossy cat. I grew up in Colorado where I graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a degree in graphic design. I’ve been painting, drawing, crafting, and designing as long as I can remember and have always dabbled in just about everything creative. I’m a huge animal lover and much of my art revolves around wildlife or animals. I’m so excited to be working with Craft Storage Ideas where I get to use my design prowess and learn more about organizing my chaotic studio. I run a small Etsy shop with my best friend where I sell mainly hand painted housewares. You can usually find me painting or writing or sculpting or crafting or drawing in my studio, or out playing with my dogs in the California sunshine!

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And our last (but not least!) returning Contributor, Suzanne Webster-Lowrie!

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Hello, my name is Suzanne Webster-Lowrie, but my friends like to call me “Scrapbooking Sue.” I live in sunny, Southern California with my husband of 21 years (high school sweethearts!) and two wonderful children. I am a Registered Nurse, Educator, and an avid scrapbooker, stamper, card maker, and paper crafter.

Although I have been painting, stenciling, and decorating for as long as I can remember, I began scrapbooking in 1998, after my first child was born. My mother-in-law gave me a simple scrapbooking kit with beautiful printed papers and stickers, and after my very first page, I was hooked! Since my scrapbooking style has changed over the years, and my desire to create additional types of paper art has blossomed, I have moved from a crafting “space” to my very own craft room / studio! Keeping my ever-growing stash of crafting supplies neat, organized, and properly labeled has turned into a hobby of its own.

In 2003, I joined a direct sales company that focuses on scrapbooking and stamping. Although I have been with them on and off over the past eleven years, I enjoying making and sharing the projects that I have created on my blog. Since I love to get involved in social media, you will also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube as Scrapbooking Sue. Come by, say “Hi,” and let me know that you found me through Craft Storage Ideas (CSI).

After being a fan of CSI for a long time, I am very excited to be back for a second term on the CSI Contributor Team! I look forward to sharing with you over the coming months, and meeting you both here, and at my blog!

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Thanks for stopping in to meet our team! We are so pumped to bring you fabulous content over these next 6 months! We will begin a special month long feature on Wednesday, so be sure to stop back in.

Noelle

 

WE ARE HAVING A CONTRIBUTOR CALL!!

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Craft Storage Ideas is having a Contributor Call!

 

Calling all crafters, knitters, artists, seamstresses & photographers!

 

Do you have great ideas about organizing your craft room/studio?

 

Do you love sharing those ideas with others?

 

Is creative storage a passion for you?

 

Would you like to have fun, great exposure, and be part of a fantastic contributor team?

 

If so, then please apply for our Contributor Call. We are seeking artists, crafters, and more to share their own ideas & find fresh new ones.

 

Requirements:

Must have an active personal blog about crafting, design, or art. We are seeking all different kinds of creative artists, so please don’t shy away if you’re not a paper crafter!

 

Must be able to commit to writing 2-3 posts a month for a 6 month term (January 2015 – June 2015).

 

Interested?

 

Send us an email at craftstorageideas@yahoo.com

 

Please include the following information:

Name

Email

Telephone

Mailing Address

Blog URL

Flickr account (if you have one-not required)

Plus links to any other sites you design for or are a Contributor for.

 

Then, tell us a little about yourself!

 

We would also like to know why you want to be a Contributor for CSI, and tell us what would be the title and a short synopsis of your first post for us.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Noelle and Shelley

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Our New Contributor Team!

Hello! I just wanted to share our new team! We have two wonderful new members and two returning members as well as Shelley and myself.

Our first new Contributor is Suzanne Webster-Lowrie! 

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A little about Suzanne;

Hello, my name is Suzanne Webster-Lowrie, but my friends like to call me “Scrapbooking Sue.” I live in sunny, Southern California with my husband of 20 years (high school sweethearts!) and two wonderful children. I am a Registered Nurse, Educator, and an avid scrapbooker, stamper, card maker, and paper crafter.

Although I have been painting, stenciling, and decorating for as long as I can remember, I began scrapbooking in 1998, after my first child was born. My mother-in-law gave me a simple scrapbooking kit with beautiful printed papers and stickers, and after my very first page, I was hooked! Since my scrapbooking style has changed over the years, and my desire to create additional types of paper art has blossomed, I have moved from a crafting “space” to my very own craft room / studio! Keeping my ever-growing stash of crafting supplies neat, organized, and properly labeled has turned into a hobby of its own.

In 2003, I joined Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant. Although life had me take a couple of breaks to return to school, I have enjoyed running a business that focuses on memory preservation, and the long history I have had with this company. I am back in the swing of things again and started my own personal blog, dedicated to paper crafting, earlier this year. You can find me blogging daily here. Since I love to get involved in social media, you will also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube as Scrapbooking Sue. Come by, say “Hi,” and let me know that you found me through Craft Storage Ideas (CSI).

After being a fan of CSI for a long time, I am very excited to be part of the CSI Contributor Team! I look forward to sharing with you over the coming months, and meeting you both here, and at my blog!

 

Next we have Sharon Curtis! 

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and here is a bit about Sharon;

I’ve been papercrafting seriously for about 12 years now.  It started with my sister’s wedding invites and snowballed from there into an obsession!    Although I’ve dabbled in all sorts of papercrafting, I’ve settled on card making as my ‘thing’.   I’m part of the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog DT, and I also design regularly for Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine.   I live in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in the UK with my boyfriend Andy who lets me get away with taking over the place with craft supplies as long as he can play golf as much as he likes 🙂   I’m just about to start building my dream craft space in our garden, since I can’t actually fit all my supplies into our spare room! You can read my blog here.

We are also welcoming back Hazel Hamman! 

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….and Cicily Lesher!

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Of course you have the sister/editorial team of Shelley Walsh…..

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…. and, yours truly, Noelle McAdams. 🙂

 

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We are looking forward to bringing you more fantastic content from July through December!  We will back to our “regularly scheduled programming” next week after Independence Day. And, we hope all our Canadian readers had a fabulous Canada Day yesterday! 🙂

Noelle

Our New Contributor Team

I can’t believe it’s time to announce our new contributor team already.  I think you’ll agree with me that our previous team of contributors was absolutely wonderful and I already miss those who have stepped down. But, our new team is going to be awesome!  So, without further ado, here they are!  They’ll each introduce themselves a bit more when their first article goes live!

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Noelle and Doris are our returning contributors!  Please help me give them all a warm welcome!  More soon.

Also, here are their blog addresses:

Cicily Lesher

Melissa Chipperfield

Laura Silva

Hazel Hamman

Noelle McAdams

Doris Weeaks

My Little Corner of the World (Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE)

Hi there! Noelle here with a tour of my own Studio space today, I hope you like it. Not a big shocker that the walls are blue, I bet! Lately I’ve been thinking of repainting more of a robin’s egg blue, though. I just don’t want to deal with the mess of clearing it out so I can paint!  It’s my happy place, my own little corner of the world where I can get lost in my latest creative venture. Of course, like all crafters, I have a wish list a mile long! 😉 I wish it was bigger, that I could have custom built-ins, and that I had a room all to myself.  Also, a door to close would be nice for when I get into a creative frenzy. But I’m sure that many of you have similar issues that you are struggling with. Maybe I can help you with some of that, so come along with me to check it out!

This next shot is taken from the OUTSIDE of my craft room. That blue door on the right is actually my front door, so you can see how very much in plain sight my space sits. You can also maybe tell that there is no window to the outside in it (which means no natural light). It’s a very open space that everyone who comes over to my home can see. Budget has definitely been a consideration with this room in every configuration it’s seen since we bought this house nearly 7 years ago. Many of the containers I use are from the Dollar Spot at Target. I have a lot of open shelving, and that is great for being able to store all kinds of supplies, as well as change containers to suit my latest needs.

 

Here’s another challenge: see that GINORMOUS computer desk on the left hand side of this wall? That’s the computer my kids use, and our home office filing has to fit in this tiny room as well (I believe the dimensions of the room are 11’ square, pretty small for a room that serves so many purposes). The open shelving on the right was put up by hubby for me when we bought this house. They are just particle board shelves painted black and trimmed out with some decorative trim. The baskets with the little chalkboards are from Lowe’s. And I love that generally you can’t see what’s inside, so if what’s in the basket is a mess, no one will know! 😉 Since it’s Christmas time you are getting a peek at a few of my snowman collection on top of the desk.

Here’s my desk where I do all my projects. It’s not huge, so I usually have to clean up between every project so I can find everything and it doesn’t get buried. I have some problems with my back, and hubby bought me this nice ergonomic office chair to sit in for my birthday last year…. Shhh, don’t tell him that I thought it was ugly, though he does know I recently slipcovered it! 😉 It is very comfortable though. That black shelf that sits on the desk along that far wall is a piece of an old bookcase wall unit I took from my Gramma’s house years ago. I just painted it black and it fits right in, while providing more shelving. It’s very shallow so it doesn’t suck up too much precious flat space. On that shelf I keep my punches that can fold flat, my most-used tools, and all my supplies for embossing and glittering things.

My desk has 3 shallow drawers where I store most of my embellishments in clear compartmentalized boxes.

On my desk you can see this cool vintage train case that I use to store all my stamp pads. It cost me less than 20$ at an antiques place. It’s smaller and holds a lot more pads than my old inkpad organizer did. The pads on the right are current colors, the pads on the left with the red dots are retired colors, though I think I may have a few more I need to mark. The little drawer in this case is perfect to hold my Copics and Memento inkpads. On top there is a mini loaf pan holding a few things that I never used, and an old candy dish that I store all my fancy pins in. Both the candy dish and the loaf pan cost less than a dollar at the local thrift store. The blue tin holds my one set of Stampin’ Spots (tiny 1″ stamp pads).

Also on my desk the tiered organizer I recently showed you how to make.  I sure have LOVED having all these things out in plain sight (thanks again for this great tip, Valerie Mangan!) I have used a lot more of these bits and pieces since I have been able to see them!

This tall skinny shelf is where aaaaaalllllllllll of my stamps live. This used to be two shelves in our old house. There was never really a good home for them in this house, so I had hubby cut the curved top off one of them and attach them together in the back with metal plates. This has been such a great place to store my stamps, right in reach of my desk. It’s also relatively shallow, and I love that it doesn’t suck up too much floor real estate in the room. All the big oval silver buckets that hold my clear and cling stamps are from the Target Dollar Spot. I even managed to make a wee bit of room for my collection of “N’s,” my washi tape and watercolor pencils. I also have a few vintage metal drawers on the top shelf where I keep all my Inkadinkado stamps. I have a lot more of those than other brands since I won a lot of prizes from the Spotted Canary. The decorative stack of boxes on the floor to the right of the shelf hold some more, less used Stampin’ Up! sets.

There are cool little drawers in this shelf, too. They hold all my other pens and some of my smaller tools.

You can see on the left side of that same shelf I have attached some Command Adhesive hooks, and hung some more mini Dollar Spot pails. These hold all my gems and spritzes.

This is my die cutting area, under that window type opening that overlooks the living room. I have this rolling cart that my Cricut sits on. I love that I can roll it over to my desk so I can hook the machine up to my laptop, and for the times I use those BIG 12”x24” mats that need a lot of clearance in the back of the machine. In the box directly underneath the Cricut there is my Cuttlebug, and all the Cuttlebug pads. The polka dot bag on the floor to the left of the rolling cart holds all my cartridges, overlays, and booklets. There is a cup hook behind the rolling cart. On there I hook all my mats, and a current list of cartridges, so I don’t have to rifle through the bag every time I want to cut something. The black and white tins with lids on the bottom shelf are where I store my embossing folders.

This cool filing cabinet was given to me by a friend. The top three drawers hold all my 8 ½” x 11” Stampin’ Up cardstock, here’s a pic to show you how I organize that. The bottom drawer holds empty tins, boxes, things I might like to give a makeover too, and other craft supplies. You can also spy my cutesy apron hanging there that I use when I go to sell my wares at craft shows.

On a recent post, I showed you my hanging bar where I store these bags of themed items. It’s actually a curtain rod that was mounted upside down underneath this shelf. There is a giant Hefty slider bag for every theme, and also I have a bag for each of my 3 sons to store their report cards, school photos and other keepsakes that I like to scrapbook. This makes scrapbooking really fast when I’m working on a lot of Christmas pages, I just pull the Christmas bag. Some other themes I have bags for are: School, Sports, Animals, Autumn, Halloween, Boys/Brothers, and Alphabet Stickers. They are big enough to hold 12″ papers and sticker sheets. I use pant hangers to hang the bags from.

Under the hanging bars are the old suitcases I took from my grandparents home, they are the same color as all my favorite things, blue. 🙂 They are another great place for those “extra” items like extra pant hangers for my hanging bags, cookie sheets that I like to make into message boards and more random things.

I store all my wafer thin-dies on these magnetic knife bars from Ikea. I have one down lower, by that die cut center/rolling cart, where I keep the dies I’m currently using and the rest go up here above the filing cabinet. I only have 2 dies that are not this thin metal kind, so this pretty much covers it. I like how I can see all the dies at once.

These are my Itso cubes from Target. They sit on the end of my desk facing the doorway. (Gee I bet you can’t tell I buy almost everything at Target, can you? LOL). I mentioned here on my own blog that I had to cut my old Cropper Hopper paper pouches down a little bit to make them fit in here, but it worked fine. The paper has plenty of room, as you can see.

No space could possibly be wasted in my teeny room, even under the desk some things are stashed, my tool kit, my sewing machine and my vintage egg basket that I use to store all my non-Stampin’ Up! scraps.

These decorative shelves above my desk are handy and I love that they are metal so I can use a magnet to stick things to them! The little metal rectangular boxes (also from the Dollar Spot, I know, I know….) hold all my 6” paper pads nicely.

I also have this cool old milk crate that I use as sort of an extra shelf. On it you can see one of the vintage muffin tins that I use to store some of my favorite buttons, embellishments, and other goodies. It sure is nice having older kids now, that I can keep something like this within reach! 🙂

I have no closet in my room, but there is a little coat closet in the wall right outside my space. On the inside of that door, I have all my “old-school” chunky punches in a clear shoe container. I love that I can see them all at a glance.

Well, that is all for me today! I hope you like my space. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

 

Getting to Know You Better…

As I’ve said before, I’m really excited about our new contributor team, and they’ve each taken a moment to introduce themselves a little further.

Deirdre Smith      Glittered Roses

My name is Deirdre Smith and my interest in organization began in 1993 when I discovered paper crafting, tools and embellishments. From there I have always been interested in beautiful craft spaces. I retired from the United States Navy and I currently live in Northern California with my two children.

My Favorite Organizational Tip:  Closets are a great place for scrap supply storage, consider using multi-tiered pant hangers for storing your ribbon spools.

Anita Scroggins      The Flamingo Chronicals

I am a wife, mom, crafter, baker, gardener, and homemaker. I have spent the last two years remodeling my house, and I am now beginning the task of redoing my large yard. Both of my beautiful daughters are grown, so my hubby and I are enjoying the freedom to travel more.

My Favorite Organizational Tip:  I always clean up after every project, putting everything back in its place. Starting a new project with a clean table makes me more productive!

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Stay tuned for more intros tomorrow!