Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Lamps and Books {office touch up part two}

It might sound silly, but have you considered how a few great books and a couple of lamps might cozy-up your office? I bought two matching lamps at Old Time Pottery, and brought my grad school books into the office. Just adding these lamps and books added such a nice personal, warm feeling to the office.

Here is one of the lamps I bought – a little bit retro, but definitely classic!

And, my small but solid collection of grad school books. Any ideas for what else should go on this bookshelf?

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

The Window {Office Touch Up Part 1}

Well, today is my first day in my new position! I am a huge dork and want to make my office feel like a cozy, warm work space. So I sneaked in over the weekend to start to think about what to do. First step was just to add a little curtain. It might not seem like a lot, but it’s a great way to frame my beautiful view of campus. One of my office walls is dark yellow, so I picked a blue and white curtain for the window. I just tacked on half the window and pulled it to the side. I opted out of doing two panels, because while I want a good accent, I don’t want it to look like a living room window, and I don’t want too much darkness surrounding the view.

SO, here’s what it looked like when I first came in:

And here is my view with the curtain!I know you can’t see the color of the curtain very well, but I was ready to get out of there. More to come!

What do you think? Do you dig it?

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Crafting Monday: Desk Space Makeover!

So, when my mom was in town a couple weeks ago, we decided it was time to clean up, reorganize, and cute-ify my desk space, making it an ideal place to do both school work and crafts.  Everything we did was easy and cheap, and it made a world of difference!  Let’s take a look…

Here is the before picture:


And here is the after…


Three floating shelves from Target
Three coordinating fabrics
New ribbon
Scrapbook paper
Four embroidery hoops

With all this, plus what I already had, I:
-recovered the seat of my chair
-made simple curtains for my little shelves next to the desk
-covered my silver magnet/pin board with fabric
-put paper in embroidery hoops for the wall
-“ribboned” some jars (and will soon be covering the lids with fabric)
-laid cute piles of fabric and ribbon on my new shelves
-and you may notice, I switched the two side cabinets. Not a big difference but it worked out better for what I wanted (moving the printer farther from the entrance and making more space for the lamp and other items on the left)

Here’s a shot of the shelving section..sorry the lighting was bad!  It was at night but I just had to get some shots to share!