CRAFT ROOM {BECKY’S VINTAGE TRAILER}

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts. Once again, it’s Hazel, all the way from Sunny SA here to share a “craft room” with you. And what a goodie this is!!! Get a cuppa and let’s head over to Becky from Blue June’s “craft trailer”. No joke. This gal got herself this:

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And then she started crafting and renovating. It would be unfair not to share a few “work in progress” pictures with you. Here is the link to where she did the “red cupboard” and the decoupaged “chest of drawers”. She used pages from a Child Craft book from the 70’s for her funky decoupage.

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The “chest of drawers”:

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Here you can see Becky’s workspace:

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And a bit of peace and quiet to read a book or just “chillax”:

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Have you spotted the decoupaged “walls”?

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I first met Becky’s craft trailer on Flickr early one Sunday morning and I have to tell you this – I spent the whole day on my iPad reading back to January 2013 when she started this project.

I’m a HUGE trailer / caravan fan and would love to own a space like this. So, be sure to expect the unexpected from IMPERFECT ME. I will be back with some more.

In the meantime, have fun reading Becky’s posts. You can find her Flickr gallery here. Her original reveal post on her blog, Blue June here and I’ve also spotted her here  at Roomzaar.

Thanks for joining me today. Remember to leave me some comments and when you visit Becky’s posts, tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you and thank her for sharing with us.

Have a GREAT day!

Hazel

A Cozy Studio {Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner}

I’m so happy to introduce you to Jenny Grotherus of Kottens Corner.

Jenny lives on the countryside in Sweden with her husband, baby and a spoilt cat. She started scrapbooking late 2007 and has been addicted ever since. She works as a Marketing Director at the Swedish vintage brand Maja Design. She shares the love and care for vintage, coziness and colours that makes the brand so unique. It clearly shows in her scraphouse that was built with coziness and functionality in mind.

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We moved into our house nearly six years ago. It was really tiny and there was no room for my scrapsupplies. I had been saving for years to be able to get myself a dream crafter space when we bought a house, but problems are there to be solved. I literally built myself a scraphouse. I had a carpenter who helped me out with some construction, otherwise I did it all myself. . I have spent countless hours trying to plan what my perfect scrapspace would be like. There isn’t a single window that isn’t there for a reason. I even built the house around my beloved picture rails. J

I’m an over-organized person, so I have divided my scraphouse into different areas. A clean area, a paint area, a sewing area and a working area with a computer. I’ve also got a standing work area that I use a lot. All the needs for the different areas are then organized with the supplies needed. Even if the house was built for crafting I want it to feel welcoming and loving, not overwhelming due to tons of supplies. I also wanted to be able to see what I use the most and have everything at hand. That was a real challenge…

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Here’s my standing work area. Perfect for punching, die-cutting and binding books. The cabinets makes it easy to both hide supplies and keep them on display. I keep cheap paper flowers in glass jars in the glass cabinets, beautiful lace as well. Paper is stored in Cropper Hopper vertical solutions so I can see them easily but it still looks discrete. I keep dual tip pens in the corner and tools in the carousel. I inherited tons of IKEA KASSETT boxes that I have used to organize everything from PanPastels to punches. They are all stored in the cabinets.

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Here’s an example of how I’ve organized Prima flowers. According to colour or collection. Labels, labels, labels… I think I have about 80 KASSETT boxes so they need to be carefully labeled.

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 Here’s my true little corner. The black bench contains some of my 12×12 ring binders. The drawers contains finished mini-albums since I can’t have them all on display. I keep different pens in the white cutlery holder. I really want people to feel at home in my house, scrapper or not. So this is also my little Fika corner. Cookies, biscuits and I also have lemonade. :) My coffee machine is still situated in the kitchen, but I’m seriously considering moving it to the scraphouse.

I have two clip it up’s. One that I keep bling on and this large floor model where I store everything from rub-ons to letter stickers.

The cute IKEA HENSVIK shelves contains small glass jars with lace and projects on display.

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More 12×12 binders. I also keep cardstock in this inherited IKEA EXPEDIT shelf. The small chests contains toys for my son to play with when he comes to visit me in my little house.

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My long desk contains from the left: embellies area, paint area, my sewing area and my working area. (You can see my rebuilt kitchentable in the foreground that serves as my clean area). As you can see I have eight IKEA HELMER bureaus that I bought on sale. That makes 48 drawers in total. They can hold A LOT and are also designed to be labeled so you know what’s inside them. The four HELMER bureaus under the long desk are packed with Idea-ology stuff, trinkets, ribbon, shabby embellishments, chipboard, paints, brushes, embossing powder, glitter, anything you can think of. The three ones by the kitchen table are filled up with paper roses. I bought tons of ANTONIUS inserts that are supposed to be used in the laundry department. With some help from scissors they fit perfectly in the HELMER drawers.

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Here are a few of the drawers with paper roses that have all been organized by colour…

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I love my picture rails. They can hold so much stuff it’s unbelievable. And no. They do not get that dusty. :) I’m constantly rearranging these cuties to keep what I use the most closest by hand. In general I keep a lot of paint, mists, glues, sprays, re-inkers and texture pastes of different kinds here. To the left you can see my Distress Ink pad storage and below the picture rails are my Distress Ink tools. They have been organized with a little help of a drilling machine and a leftover crossbar.

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Here’s my sewing area. Fabrics in the cabinet to the left and threads, buttons etc in the HELMER bureau to the right. I also keep a lot of buttons in the spice jar holder that you can see on the window sill.

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Most of my time is probably spent here, in my working area.

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I have placed our old kitchen table in the middle of the room. It was collecting dust in an old barn so I rebuilt it to include shelves on one side and chairs on the other. People think that I’m nuts, but I actually saw a bunch of cute baskets on my way home from work in the display window of a department store. So I bought them and rebuilt the table to fit the baskets. I painted it white and put some IKEA HELMER bureaus under the leaf and my clean area was all done! It fits three scrappers or more if you remove the HELMER bureaus. I usually sit on the side where the baskets are when friends are coming over. It gives me access to both the paint area and the clean one without having to move around.

I used to keep Prima flowers in the baskets but grew out of them pretty quickly. Nowadays I store what mom would call junk. I like to call it highly usable stuff. :)  

1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

Since I built an entire house, quite a lot… But I love to create my own storage solutions since they always turn out to be the best. The distress ink tool storage is superb and was completely free. I used an old leftover crossbar that I just drilled some holes in. I’ve also used a lot of old furniture that I have rebuilt or just painted. The IKEA HELMER bureaus are a blessing and very cheap. So is picture rails and glass jars. If I didn’t build a house I would have had a very limited budget.

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

The greatest challenge for me was to create a welcoming house with lots of light that everybody, scrapper or non-scrapper, would just love to enter.

I also need to know exactly where everything is stored. Since I have a rather large scrapspace it’s impossible to find something if it’s not where it’s supposed to be.

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

Your needs always change. In my opinion you really can’t just sit down and think it will work for years to come. Six months later you’ll always discover that your needs has changed, you have tons of new supplies and that perfect organization no longer fits you. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-organized my space.

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

I do miss a proper bookshelf. No matter how much you oversize your storage solutions you always discover that they are too small. I would have gone for the largest IKEA Expedit shelf where I could fit all my albums and Cropper Hopper Storage Solutions. But there’s simply not room for it.

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And there you have Jenny’s beautifully organized room!  More than anything – it’s so cozy!  Don’t you agree?  Please check out her her blog and her Pinterest page here!

Sugar Sugar Studio – My Flikr Fave

Welcome to Craft Storage Idea’s special feature…Flickr Craft Rooms!

This is Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper and I actually signed up for Flickr to work out this post. I have to say that I’m actually glad to be signed up. There’s nothing more frustrating then trying to follow a link on Pinterest and have it end at Flickr and not be able to see more. Problem solved!

Well on to the craft room that caught my attention, Sugar Sugar Studio.

If you could take spun cotton candy and frosting and turn it into a craft room you’d get Sugar Sugar. So aptly named. While lacking a full room shot I love all the bits and pieces that certanly make this room unique.

 

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This cabinet has been with her for a while, but to coordinate it with the Sugar theme, she painted it white and Mod Podged patterned paper pieces to the back panel.

 

 

Every corner and shelf is a treat with all the unique storage containers like these old cupcake tins.

 

 

These jars are re-purposed garage sale finds that have been painted to look so sweet.

 

You can see the whole Sugar Sugar studio set here.

Hope you have a sweet tooth!

Cicily

 

Studio tour: Boxwood Cottage

Good morning to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts. Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa with you today. This is my first post for  2014 and I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. We are already in Week 2 ………………… if you haven’t started on your New Year’s resolutions, now is the time!!

Talking about resolutions, if you haven’t fixed up your craft space,  join me in a tour all the way to Germany to see Carola’s Boxwood Cottage Studio.  Just the motivation you need to get going.  And if that weren’t enough – we’ve got a giveaway at the end of this post that can help you get organized!!  Seatbelts fastened? Here we go.

Carola has been blogging since 2005 and it started out to be mostly about her garden and home interior.  Since then she has discovered Mixed Media, Altered Art and the art of soldering. She has a rooftop studio and this is the view from the last step of the stairs:

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And this is her white table. She has 3 more tables in her creative space and this one is used when she has friends over.  Hop over to her blog where she tells all about it.

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 Not only 3 tables but 3 HUGE double attic windows as well:

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Like me, Carola is a collector of all things beautiful and “vintagey”.  I love how she used the suitcases for extra studio storage.

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And why not use your chandelier to show off another collection?

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I have to confess, I used pictures from two of Carola’s posts.  I just loved the detail  SO much. Here is the link to her 2011 post and here you can find the 2013 one. There is a health warning on these posts: the pictures are SERIOUSLY beautiful and addictive and I counted more than 50 of them!! Get a cup of tea, sit back and ENJOY!!

Before I go, I want to thank Carola for sharing her Boxwood Cottage studio with us.  Hop over to her blog and leave a comment to tell her that Craft Storage Ideas sent you. While there, remember to check her Christmas décor posts as well ………………. it’s beautiful!

That’s it from me. I’m off to my Craft Closet to do some serious vintage storage.  Thanks for visiting the Craft Storage Ideas blog today and please leave me a comment – I love to hear and see what you think and do. And OH, before I forget …………………………….. let me know how many collections you spied in Carola’s Boxwood Cottage Studio – we will have a guessing game and then ask her for an answer afterwards. Come on,  join in the fun!

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Need a little help organizing your craft space?  We are excited to giveaway one (1) seat to the Big Picture Scrapbooking Workshop called “Organizing Fundamentals”.

Organizing FUNdamentals
6 weeks to a fun & functional scrapbook space

Do you spend more time collecting than crafting? More energy searching through supplies than actually scrapbooking? Then it’s high time you cleared out that clutter, streamlined your stash, and put a tried-and-true organization process to work in your workspace!

Whether you have a closet or a craft room, Organizing FUNdamentals will help you take control of your stuff and transform your space into an organized haven where you know what you have and can actually use it.

In six stash-busting weeks, instructors Wendy Smedley and Aly Dosdall will walk you through their proven organizing process step-by-step, sharing helpful handouts, printable questionnaires, case studies, video chats, and more. Apply this process to your creative space or any other cluttered, confusing, and stress-inducing area in your home.

Bonus: If you’ll stay engaged and motivated through all six weeks of class, you’ll be rewarded not only with a fun and functional creative space, but also with a top-secret incentive that your instructors have lined up for you and will reveal on the first day of class. Organization awaits!

Want a chance to win?  Just comment on this post with what part of organizing your craft space is the most fun!  We will announce the winner on Wednesday!

 

Hazel

 

 

Craft Studio Tour: Handcraft Your Life (Lia Griffith)

It’s Cicily with an amazing Craft Studio, Handcraft Your Life, from Lia Griffith. I found her blog and studio space while browsing on Pinterest. Once you see her amazing photography, you’ll see the inspiration for her talent and if you’re like me, you’ll spend oodles of time perusing her blog.

This is the picture that caught my attention. I love so much about it and all together it’s amazing!

I love all the work surfaces she has. Look behind the desk. She removed a door, added a hollow-core door and painted it with chalkboard paint.  Oh and look up! Through the doorway is her office. I envy her all the natural light coming through her windows!

Here’s some of her creative and decorative storage ideas.

I hope you follow the links to check out Lia’s blog. You can see more of her office and studio on this tour here!

Cicily

Product Highlight {Spools}

Hey there, it’s Lisa here on this crisp November day! Have you ever purchased an item for your crafty endevors but never got around to using it? I know silly question right ~ we ALL do that!!! I have a jar of wooden spools that are about to be rescued. Today I’m sharing a variety of ways to use them as a storage solution.  First up are these gorgeous shabby chic memo spools. A great way to use up snippets of favorite ribbons or trims and a pretty place to store notes or ideas!

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Turning a spool into a sweet little pincushion keeps fancy pins and sewing needles close at hand. I see something like this in my future!

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A perfect way to store delicate or vintage trims can be seen at the Paper Doll Girl!

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Ready for a touch of  happiness in a jar? Even a small spool can hold yard after yard of twine then be tucked neatly into a jar.

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Larger vintage spools that can be found on Etsy, Ebay or specialty stores work beautifully for buttons or wrapping twines as well as hemp cording and jute. I love the idea of pretty scissors placed in the spool ~ decorative and handy!

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Altering one end of the spool to be removable is a cute way to store and color coordinate your Washi Tape collection.

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This is a delightful way to store ribbon! Neat, tidy and easily accessible!

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I’ve been inspire to put my neglected spools to good use I hope you have too! Don’t have any spools? Most stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Joann carry them in large and small quantities. Archivers and other scrapbook stores usually stock Maya Road and Jenny Bowlin. And if you have a fondness for the vintage variety try Etsy, Ebay and antique stores they offer a great selection.

Thanks so much for your visit, we appreciate it!

Lisa

Craft Room Reveal {The Cards We Drew}

Hi crafty peeps! It’s Noelle here today with a great craft room to share with you! This room is Abbey’s at The Cards We Drew blog.

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I love Abbey’s happy, bright color scheme, and her upcycled solutions like this desk she made from some old filing cabinets. Look at all that awesome flat space she has created to work with by building a corner desk instead of a typical rectangular one.

The pops of yellow and bold pattern in this room make me smile. I love Abbey’s chevron rug!

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And yet another blogger is showing the use of an IKEA rail system in their room! I really need to get one of these-it’s affordable and such a fab use of wall space, don’t you agree?

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For lots more amazing pics and details on how Abbey created this confection of a studio on a budget- please visit The Cards We Drew.

Thanks so much for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas today! We appreciate you visiting!

  Noelle

Storing Project Life Goodies

A very good day to you all.  It’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa and I’m back to share ideas to store your Project Life goodies. I must admit, I’ve officially been a Project Lifer for the past two years but for the first year I only stared at the little 3×4 pockets. It was very intimidating. So, I renamed my PL system to MY LIFE, MY WAY and now everything goes.

I love it – you can add as many or little pictures as you want and it still looks full, pretty and finished, overall it is much cheaper as the paper pieces are smaller. You can also fill some of the pockets with memorabilia which would normally have ended up in the dust bin.

I know that a lot of  Project Lifers still store their stash in 12×12 plastic bags and if it works for you – keep going but I decided to downsize on storage.  After looking around Blogland, I know that a lot of other crafters do the same. Today, I’m showing what I found out there.

 Plastic containers:

I do love this one as you can see everything at one glance.

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I totally hate dusting – this container can be closed and stacked – much more my style.

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This is a combination of a tackle box and some other repurposed storage items.

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And now for my “fave” part – repurposed items!!!!

I like this one as it takes up less space and is still easily accessible. Pinterest is my source but I would love to get the original link as I’m curious if this a shop bought unit. If any of you know – please leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my post. And thanks to Sandra  we now have a link. Just click here.

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And a divided wooden tray!

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A wooden caddie:

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A Printer’s Tray:

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An old silverware box:

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An old vintage tray and a cupcake tin: 

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Apparently this used to be a vanity organizer. If any of you know where I can get my hands on one of them – leave a COMMENT!!! I would love to have it and I think so would a lot of other storage enthusiasts.

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Yes!! This is my firm favorite but until I can lay my hands on one (or convince someone to make one for me),  I’m sticking with the “plastics”.

This is a rather long post but I wanted to give you a good idea of what’s out there therefor I didn’t include a picture of my own.  If you want to see my system, hop over to my blog and “all will be revealed”.

That’s it – weather you are a Project Lifer or a normal scrapbooker or cardmaker – these ideas will surely zuss up your craft space. Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today. Please check back as we have lots more to share. Have a great day!

Hazel

Small and Efficient Workspaces

Hallo to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts.  Once again, it’s Hazel from Sunny South Africa here to share some of the ideas I stumbled upon while hopping along Blogland.

Not every crafter is privileged enough to have a whole craft room and I actually love to work where I can be part of my family and share in their daily lives. If you read my blog, you will see that I do most of my creative work at a table in the middle of my living room.  But this post is not about me – I asked my friend Pinterest for ideas and here is just a few that caught my attention. Sit back and ENJOY.

Clean, calm and serene:

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The perfect combo – a pop of color and a lot of personality:

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A white table, some shelves and a pretty  wall color:

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A bookcase and some storage boxes:

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I can’t  resist a bit of vintage:

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Minimalistic:

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I can’t help it – I just love these small and efficient spaces.  If you don’t have a designated craft area yet, why not look around your home for that perfect corner to turn into a craft heaven. All my ideas came from Pinterest and there are lots and lots more ………………………. this post is just an appetiser. Hop over there and check it out for yourself  if you need more inspiration.

Thanks for looking at Craft Storage Ideas today.  Please leave me a comment if you have an idea of your own. I love to hear what you think and do. Have a great day and please check back as me and my fellow contributors will be back to share some more craft storage ideas right here.

Hazel

Just 1 Tip {Repurposed Kitchen Items}

Hallo to all my fellow crafters looking for storage ideas that are pretty, cheap and works. Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa and here today to share a few ideas for repurposing kitchen items. Most of us either have them, they can be bought at yard sales for next to nothing and they do give a “vintagy” feel to any space.

What about cake tins or jelly molds?

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On your desk or a shelve:

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And  what about baking sheets?

On the wall:

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In a drawer:

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And of course, I wouldn’t recommend something that I haven’t tried – my brad storage system:

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What about a cupcake stand?

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or a mug holder?

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A flatware caddie?

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That’s it! Why throw away or buy new items if you can reuse, recycle or repurpose?  Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas today and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots more to share right here. If you have ideas of your own – we would love to hear and see what you do. Please leave a comment or hop over to my blog and contact me there. Have a great day!
Hazel