Last week I told you about my re-organized and consolidated crafting doo-dads. It’s easier to find things now, a lot more portable, and the whole setup fits easily on a shelf instead of taking up way more than its fair share of real estate. But an extra bonus is that sorting through all my tiny craft supplies reminded me of what I have, and inspired a little project that I did last week.
Two of my girlfriends have birthdays in April, and I already got them some neat little pieces of jewelry. I had been thinking of ways to wrap up the gifts, and I had a little cardboard box that had come from a necklace someone had given me last year. It was very plain looking though, and I wanted to spruce it up. My little craft supplies provided just the inspiration I needed to turn my plain little box into this, in less than five minutes:
All I used were little paper flowers and tiny brads, both of which were leftover from my paper scrapbooking days (I don’t scrapbook anymore, other than one album each Christmas for my MIL – and I do that one digitally now. But I kept one cabinet full of crafts supplies that I use to make cards and other little crafty things). I just poked holes in the box top with a thick needle and then used the brads to attach the flowers to the box top, pushing them through the holes I made and securing them on the inside of the box top.
It’s the perfect little box for the vintage ring I found for my friend!
The next day I was in Goodwill and happened to come across a bag full of little cardboard jewelry boxes, for two dollars. It was perfect timing, because I had been wishing I had several more boxes after I finished this one. Now I can make pretty little boxes for all of my friends’ gifts this spring!
Completely changing directions now, I wanted to share a few good links. A lot of you have probably been reading 20 Something Finance for ages, but I just started reading his posts over the weekend, and there’s a lot of great material over there. Check it out if you want to get your financial house in order.
The Nester has a really good article about how her family paid off $150,000 in debt (mostly business-related) in five years.
And if you have – or will have soon – any preschoolers in the house, the Bundle of the Week right now is all about preschool activities. Five great e-books for $7.40, and this week they’re all about making the most of the time you have with your preschooler.
Enjoy, and Happy April! No pranks around here – we’re just happy that spring has sprung!