My very first attempt at Topsy Turvy and also my very first time making/using fondant.  I am not a fan of traditional fondant - I don't like the taste at all.  I found a recipe for marshmallow fondant and decided to give it a try.  It's super sweet, but it's not bad.  I might try adding butter flavoring to it next time.

I am pretty pleased with the results. The bottom tier is strawberry and the top tier is a white cake that I tinted the batter purple.




I want to incorporate some positive (and some humorous) quotes into my new workspace.  There are so many that I love so I decided to use the wasted, pretty much unusable, space next to the door as a quote wall.  I considered putting the quotes directly on the wall (printed on paper and then taped to the wall somehow), but decided against it.  This is what I came up with.  I plan to make a second one to hang below the light switch.  I'm pretty pleased with it. 

I have decided to move my craft room from the unfinished basement upstairs into what was my master bedroom.  I moved myself to a smaller bedroom so that I could have the largest (but still not big) bedroom for my craft room.  I had unlimited space in the basement so this is kind of a challenge to make it all fit.  Actually, I'm sure a lot of my surplus supplies will remain in the basement until I need them.  I will also be leaving my sewing supplies and my painting (I am attempting to become a "painter") in the basement.

I have most of the heavy work done.  The only piece of furniture that still needs to come up from the basement is my work table for the center of the room.  Then the fun begins - bringing up and organizing all the "stuff."  I don't have a lot of wall space left for decorating, but I do have some ideas. I can't wait until it is all done. It will be so nice to have it more accessible than it was in the basement.  I also like that it is in a finished room so it's going to be more inviting - and it has much better lighting.


The first project for my new craft room.

The hutch started out on the wall opposite the closet,
but had to be moved to make room for all the bookcases.
I wanted all the bookcases to be together.

The new location for the hutch.

All five bookshelves are in the room now.
I've collected these bookshelves one at a time over the years -
$25 each at Wal-mart.


Still things to clear out of the room and more things to add to the room.


I built the shelf between the hutch and the floating
shelves several years ago for canned goods. It has adjustable
shelves and is perfect for my ink pad holder that I got from
my sister. The floating shelves to the left were built to hold
my stamps - I plan on adding a few more. Eventually they will all
get painted white (I really need to have a paint day).  The Minnie Mouse
on the shelf was a gift to my daughter when she was 4 or 5.

I made the small floating shelves for my stamps. Definitely need to make
a few more. They were easy and cheap. I could probably fit 4 or 5 more there. 
I will never own that many ink pads so I may end up taking out some of the
dividers and storing some of my stamps on the ink pad shelf. The stamps
on top of the shelf are all Christmas stamps. I would like to be able to put all the
"like" stamps together - i.e. holidays, birthday, baby, thank you,
friend, flowers, etc. This is years' worth of collecting.

The closet.  I took the doors off so I could have the extra space.
I had planned to have all my paper racks in the closet, but had
to make room for this cabinet so one of my paper racks
(my stack of paper drawers) had to come out of the closet.

All the heavy work is done.  You can see the
stack of paper drawers sitting just outside the closet -
got these at a garage sale last year for a steal.  I think
each 3-drawer set cost me $2 - $3 - there are
6 of them stacked there. Wish I had more so
I could replace the icky wire shelf in the closet.

Not sure my cricut will stay where it is once the room is complete.





 
Over the years I've had various (unsuccessful) craft businesses, with various names.  No name ever seemed to be "the right one" so I would end up changing it.  Some names were too specific (Fairy Wings and Things, Brandy's Boutique), some were too juvenile (The Crafty Castle), some I got bored with (Heart's Creations) and some were just boring (Page 2 Design).  Recently I thought of a name I really loved (K Renee), but it was already taken and has a pretty strong online presence (a clothing line I think).  I tried to come up with a variation of it and temporarily settled on K Renee Design, but finally came to the conclusion the name was still too similiar to yet another (similar) business I found online.  Back to the drawing board.  About a month ago I settled on She Who Creates, which I thought was "the one."  I set up my etsy store, changed the name on my facebook (company) page and went about settling into the new name.  I don't know if it's my ADD or what, but I never could completely settle into the new name.

Over the weekend, while working in my craft room/basement trying to organize and clean so that I can start working on things for an upcoming craft show I thought to myself "I must make things."  That's it.  I've tried giving up crafts in the past, but I'm not happy if I don't include them in my life.  I love to make things.  Not one specific craft, but a wide variety of things.  I think the comment "jack of all trades, master of none" could apply to my style of crafting.  I like to dabble in different things, and I frequently get bored with what I'm making, but I always like making things. Sewing, paper crafting, painting primitive signs, etc.  So, Must Make Things it is.  Unfortunately, the name must make things is not available on blogger, so for now my blog address will stay the same.  And, for now, my etsy store will stay the same and it can be reached by going to MustMakeThings.com.
I've listed several items in my new Etsy Store.  Please stop by and have a look around! 

I finally got an Etsy store and it's open and ready for business.  Woo Hoo!  Please check it out. (I've also set up a second online store because I changed my name and will be closing the She Who Creates store once my listings expire. Check out Must Make Things)







My 2 yr old grandson absolutely loves Mickey Mouse.  We recently replaced our striped earthtone shower curtain with the shower curtain pictured below.  It is adorable and he loves it.  We also have the bath rug shaped like Mickey Mouse's head and a few accessories, but didn't have anything for the walls. 

I made these pictures to hang in the bathroom and love the way they turned out.  So simple, but so cute.  The picture quality isn't the greatest because of the glare and the angle, but you can get an idea of how cute they are. I really need to get myself back into my craft room - there are so many things I want to do. 




Of course, we had to have a few Mickeys for the boys' bedroom door.

This is a wedding cake I did for a family friend's wedding back in October.  It came out really well, I was pleased with it. It is probably one of my favorite cakes that I've done.  (I started to post this a long time ago, but apparently never finished the post).


Attending my first Crop-a-Ganza hosted by Scrap Funattic in Wichita, Kansas.  Looking forward to a great weekend.  Arrived about 10:00 am this morning and finally got myself all set up about 12:45.  I brought too much stuff so had to haul part of it to my room (actually took all the paper to my room and will just bring it down a little bit at a time.  Now to select which pictures I want to start with and get busy.  (I will try to upload more pictures later - my connection is really slow)