IKEA What?-Part III

Dustin has told you about some of our adventures at IKEA along with our purchase of a new dining room table.  Here is a follow-up about the shelf-work station we purchased the same day.  This was also purchased with Christmas money.  I LOVE it!  It is really more for me than for Dustin.

It consists of a wooden shelving unit with sixteen square spaces for storage or display, and a nice wide desk/work area attached.  It is perfect for my new Cricut Expression and sewing machine.  Both fit on the desk, and depending on which one I am working on at a given moment, I can switch positions of the two, so the right one is there before me as I sit at the desk!  And I REALLY LOVE the storage spaces.  I can keep crafting tools, supplies, manuals –everything in them!

Dustin has called the second room the “Woman Cave”!  I can even set up the ironing board and leave it right there for whenever I need it –don’t have to set it up and take it down every time I need it!  I love my little space!

P.S. In case any family/friends are wondering, we have measured it out and placed the furniture in such a way that our queen inflatable mattress still will fit in the room when guests come!  Never fear!  We still have room for you!

My collage wall...decorated with Lindsey's pictures, a calendar, and some Cricut by-products!
Adjacent wall

Cricut Crazy!

Yes, I went cricut crazy!  With my new Cricut Expression, (a Christmas gift), I was excited to be able to cut out letters for my church bulletin board.  Before, I rarely used individual, stand alone letters because I was too lazy to cut each one out by hand.  But with a Cricut, I could use letters without all of the work!  So, I prayed that God would guide me in what message to use for my bulletin board.  Well, being January, I was thinking of snow, and the passage that came to mind was Isaiah 55:10-11.

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11

Well, I tried to trim down the verses, but didn’t think it very possible without taking away from the meaning of them.  So I began to cut out letters…and I cut out more, –and I realized this was going to be bigger than I thought–and I cut out more…and on and on.  Finally I finished.

If the cutting took a while, even with a Cricut, the taping and mounting took a good chunk of time too.  In fact, I had to trim down some of the verse so that it would fit on the 4′ x 4′ bulletin board.  It was quite a project!

Since one of my original ideas was Cricut-cut snowflakes, I did lots of them –white, light blue, dark blue, purple — to decorate the edges of the board.  The result:  A VERY “busy”, but nice board.  I think I went a little overboard on the cut-out-shapes style!  And I think I am going to leave everything (except the borders) taped right on that background paper, and roll it up carefully so maybe I can reuse the board easily after all of that work!  Some projects are a bit big even for a Cricut!  Lesson learned!

Another board in the same room that I usually coordinate with the bigger one.