new year, new me …

I remember a time when New Year’s Eve was a big deal.  A big deal that included a lot of advance preparation.  Tickets to  favorite clubs were purchased weeks – even months — in advanced.   There was always a brand new outfit.  Typically black.  And tight.  With sparkles.  Or sequins.  Paired with a brand new pair of pumps.  And black panty hose …


The day of was spent primping and plucking and shaving and styling and achieving ridiculous Guinness World Book record-breaking hair heights.  And while my friends and I always looked fabulous with our sparkles and big hair and sheer panty hose, sometimes those celebrations weren’t quite so stellar.  It’s a night fraught with too much pressure for single-in-their-twenties-girls …


Thank goodness I found my Mike.  Now I don’t have to worry about all that plucking and shaving and styling on New Year’s Eve day.  And while all those fabulous-in-their-twenties single gals were busy primping, I got a jump start on my New Year’s resolutions …


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In the form of tackling my craft armoire.  Let’s just say, this space was a mess with a capital M.  Spools of thread were spread out far and wide in bags and baskets … among other places.


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Acrylic paints and brushes were “stored” in so may different locations that I often found myself purchasing the same colors again and again … and again.  I’m counting two oranges, two reds, and three blues …


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Instead of applying glitter to my cheeks, I corralled mine into chalkboard topped jars.


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Everything got a label.  Even the most obvious of items.  Which made my husband laugh.


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Can you say aahhh …


Oh, and if you’re wondering what my craft armoire looked like way back in 2012, here’s a glimpse …


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And yes, it’s a blur.  Because that’s how it made me feel …


But now?  Now it feels fabulous to have my first project of 2013 completed.  Before 2013 was official.  And all for less than $40. Oh yeah.  2013 is going to be a fabulous year for casa it all started with paint …




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  1. can you imagine doing this with a hangover?? I too remember those days and ….. quite frankly don’t miss them. Now I can’t even stay up till midnight! Happy New Year.

  2. Impressive, my friend! Happy New Year!
    –Elena :)

  3. It looks great! I need to tackle my craft closet as well…. Happy New Year!!

  4. Yay! I wish I had a craft closet. I have a craft ROOM. And I just throw $hit in there and close the door real fast. Because that’s how we roll here at Brandywine. Happy New Year!

  5. I’m with you on the partying thing. Glad those days are behind me! I was in bed at 930 this year and happy about it!

  6. Ann Drake says:

    Looks great…I love the touches of black!

  7. Great job! I have several similar situations that are demanding attention! I know you smile every time you open the doors now, and makes getting creative that much more fun! I agree about New Years Eve too, I went to bed at 10, got up at 6, feeling great and ready for the New Year!

  8. It looks fantastic and I am totally jealous. I certainly have some organizing to do around here!

  9. Nice job! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you come up with in 2013! Happy New Year Linda!!

  10. Oh good for you! It looks awesome. Doesn’t a nicely organized craft closet just make you want to create? I have more than a few places around the house that could use some organization. Ugh. And I’m with you…I would sooo much rather stay home and get some things done, and maybe even go to bed early on New Year’s eve than anything else. Are we getting old?? :)


  11. I wish you a ☆ :: * Happy-New-Year * :: ☆ From Japan.!! God bless you during 2013!
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

  12. I remember the years when New Year’s day was pretty much a lost one, spent recovering from the night before. While I miss some things from those 20something years, I don’t miss that! Was great to be able to enjoy yesterday’s sun. Know just how you feel about getting a space organized. Am just a wee bit envious of your lovely armoire. :-)

  13. WOW. That is impressive. I am sure the 2013 Linda appreciated all the efforts 2012 Linda made to get organized.

  14. Finally, someone who sympathizes! Organization feels great when you look at the finished product. Great job – the armoire looks fantastic.

  15. Awesome Linda! I love it! Nice job. Now you can be an organized craft-o-maniac!

  16. Oooh AND ahhh! It’s so organized, I love it! I might need to upgrade my craft cardboard box with no lid to something a wee bit bigger:)


  17. WOW!!!! it looks amazing!!!! i am impressed. and i need better thread storage i think. i think i just need your armoire, actually, k?

  18. Three words. You. Go. Girl!

  19. The blurry pic is hilarious. You rocked this craft armoire! Now, come do mine please!

  20. Awesome! I need an armoire – it’s been on my NEED list for a few months now. You did a great job organizing yours! And I really like the way you blurred the before pic – cause yes, it does make you feel exactly like that when it is un-organized!

  21. Oh man…. you just raised the ‘copy you’ bar really high for me. I do have an empty armoire however. I’m thinking on it…..


  22. Good for you! You should see my sewing room right this minute. It looks like a tornado whirled around in their for hours. I’ve got to do something about that soon!

  23. I remember those days…but now..I love a quiet “early bird” dinner and home by 8pm!…Love your craft armoire…looks fantastic crystal clear!….Happy New Year Linda!!

  24. Dang!! You didn’t waste any time getting your 2013 game ON — kudos, Linda! And happy New Year!
    xo Heidi

  25. I rung in the new year in yoga pants and a flannel shirt. And didn’t even make it to 10:00.

    Poor D.

    I should have been doing what you were doing instead! But it feels good to get some sleeping done too. ;)

  26. a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Organization is a wonderful thing. It makes crafting and DIY so much easier. Well done.

  27. I desperately need to be doing this. so. desperately. I would need LOTS of armoires though.

  28. meredithandgwyneth says:

    Linda, you are so funny! Love that your NYE outfits included sparkle AND sequins. A girl after our own hearts! Love your craft armoire, and we can’t wait to see the rest of your projects this year!

    Meredith & Gwyneth

  29. Great job..happy crafting!!

  30. Great job, this is awesome! Much more rewarding than partying :)

  31. Linda,
    First, pinned on to my Organization board, cuz you’re my hero.
    Heroine. Whatever.

    Next, my husband gave me a Brother P-Touch labeler for our first Christmas.
    No joke.

    I really like what you’ve done :)

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