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I’m baaaaack!

It’s been a while since I’ve been here or shared anything new. ¬†Life has a way of getting in the way sometimes ūüôā

Working on making some life changes and trying to find a way to make a living while doing something that I can be passionate about.  Not so easy to do!

I have been crafting. ¬†At times it’s what keeps me sane (and the only thing that does!!!). ¬†I’ve had 5 baby blankets that needed to be completed (so many babies arriving this fall!) so that has taken up much of my free time.

Photos of some of them are here……Links to the patterns to follow soon. ¬†All are gorgeous and so easy to work!

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My Crafting Space

It might be small but it is awesome.  What stared out as a tiny closet has become my oasis.  My dad wired up the electrical and with a tabletop from IKEA, some organizing bins from Target and some inspiration, it has becoming my crafting room Рmy own space where I can store my supplies and create

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It’s an over the door shoe holder! Now home to crochet hooks, knitting needles and other crafty items.
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Ribbon – tension rods make the best ribbon storage!!

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DIY Laptop Desk

Have you ever had a lot of random stuff lying around and suddenly a lightbulb goes on and you figure out a way to put them together

to make something really cool?  That happened to me the other day and the result is my DIY Laptop Desk!  All you need is a bulletin

board slightly larger than you laptop, crib-size batting, 1 yard of fabric, and a glue gun!!!

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Next, fold the crib size batting into the size of your bulletin board. ¬†The batting will be the “pillow” that sits directly on your lap.

Once you’ve done that, wrap the board and batting as you would a package or gift with wrapping paper, hot-gluing the edges as you go.

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Once all of the edges are glued you have a cute little Laptop desk!  Easy, right?  Give it a try!!!

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My ETSY Shop is up and running!

I’ve had so much fun getting my ETSY shop up and running. Tons of new items can be found there, both cross stitch and crochet. Check them out! Hope you like what you see!!!!

A special thank you to Maria, my model in the photos!

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Exciting Stuff Coming Soon!

I’ve been working hard on finishing some new projects and can’t wait to share them with you.

Look for them soon in my Etsy Store!!!!  You can find me here.

Here’s a little preview! ¬† ¬† ¬†craftybirdONLY

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My Crafting Buddy

This is Jack.  I think he enjoys yarn as much as I do.  Maybe for different reasons.  He is the Dirty Bird in my house!

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Mastering the Bobble Stitch

I’ve been busy with a new project that is all about the bobble stitch. ¬†Until now it was probably one of my least favorite stitches. ¬†This pattern from 5 Little Monsters Crochet changed all of that.

I started with this pattern and then ventured out to make  one of my own!  The red and light grey dishcloths are made using the 5 Little Monsters Pattern (I just added a few more rows to make them a bit longer).  The third dark grey version is my own Dirty Bird Crafts creation using my now favorite bobble stitch.  Check them out!!

I love how they turned out!!!

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Building an Empire

It started out as a humble little closet. ¬†A coat closet really, off of our living room. Barely big enough to stand inside the door. ¬†I’d like to say that the “before” is before any cleaning but this was after TWO HOURS of cleaning it out. ¬†It was full of clothes, yarn (go figure), old toys, and items that hadn’t seen the light of day for years.

The “before”:

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With the addition of 3 small shelving units from Target, a table top and storage bins from IKEA and Target (the super cute grey ones are the bins from Target), and an amazing Dad who took an entire afternoon to bring light and working outlets to my space, my happy place, AKA Dirty Bird command center, was born!

It allows me to organize supplies and work on projects without having to clear them off of the kitchen table in order for my family to have a meal together. ¬†It allows me to be inspired. ¬†It is mine. ¬†The first time I’ve had my own space since my children were born.

Can you believe that this is the same space?

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And a little girl I know is enjoying it as much as I am….

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Such a fun place to get lost for a little while.  The perfect tiny space to create, dream, and let my Dirty Bird show.

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