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Let's Talk Eliminating The Excess

Hello, everyone! Yesterday I did a little purging in "The Cave". As I was sorting through 
things that I've had for years, literally, I realized that crafting can become more about
purchasing supplies and less about the actual craft itself.  I know from first-hand experience.
When I first started crafting, four-plus years ago, I would buy anything that was on sale. I mean, why not? Look how cheap it is, surely, I can use this for something. Here's the problem with that thought process, more than sixty percent of my purchases were brought home, placed on a shelf or in a drawer and never touched again. Yes, they all look so pretty lining my shelves but just think of all the supplies I could have bought and USED! For instance, the picture below, the left side of the bookshelf, third shelf up, Martha Stewart Punches that I purchased for $2.99, $3.99 and $5.99 Let's guesstimate the cost. On the low side, $200. Really, Lisa? I could have spent that money on usable supplies.

Fast forward to four years and this is what I now know about my crafting. I have two crafts, making cards and creating with my Silhouette Cameo. My card-making is CAS with bold, bright colors and white or kraft cardstock for the base. I wish I would've figured this out sooner, I could've saved myself some money and, perhaps, discouragement. Now, I find I want to eliminate all this excess and only have what I need. I'm finding by eliminating the excess my creativity is blooming. They say, clearing the clutter clears your mind, I'm finding truth in that statement. So today, I will be giving away more of my excess. Who knows maybe my excess fits your craft style and if not, please, pay it forward. 

Being organized is a must, The Cave is small, but it's, oh so, perfect for me!
 I'm so grateful every day I walk in here.

And please keep in mind some things are new and some are lightly used.
I will be giving away 4 boxes. So for a chance to win some of my excess leave a comment below. 
I will announce winners February 15th. The winners will have one week to contact me with info. I will have a redraw for any unclaimed boxes. 

(I try to divide everything up evenly)
Here are a few items included in the giveaway:
6 x 6 paper pads ( American Crafts, My Minds Eye, Kaisercraft, and Nicole) 
Embellishments (Jillibean Soup, Pink Paislee, Jolee's, Pebbles, and more)
Stamps (Stamp It Australia, Inky Antics, StampWorkz and more)
Flower Soft (1), Melt Art Embossing Enamel(1), Dylusions Stencils(2)
Smooch Pearlized Accents(8)


  1. Love how organized your cave is. I keep wishing for a room for my stuff. I hide it all in the corner of the dining room....LOL

    1. Thanks Teresa. I'm very blessed to have this space and I love being in it.

  2. Your cave is so pretty! ANd so very organized! You are so sweet to share!!

    1. Thanks Jean. I love sharing with all my crafty friends, nothing makes me happier.

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  4. Your cave looks awesome! So neat and organized! I think the purging has worked! I would love to have some of the goodies that you're getting rid of - I'm on a very tight budget so your trash is my treasure! Thanks so much! Wishing you a joyful day!

  5. I love your organization! I definitely like to have my items in their own certain place too. You are such a sweetheart to be sharing your supplies with so many other. Have a fantastic day!

    1. Thanks, Beth. I actually have a 6 month rule for my house. If it hasn't been touched in 6 months it has to go.

    2. Thanks, Beth. I actually have a 6 month rule for my house. If it hasn't been touched in 6 months it has to go.

  6. Replies
    1. Tanya, I will work for coffee and I know you have coffee.

    2. No kidding!! I was thinking the same thing Tanya!!

  7. Lisa, I just LOVE your space! I had items that I purchased years ago because I got them on sale and wasn't even sure what they were! I donated many of those items to the local elementary school as well as some of my crafty friends!

  8. I love your crafty cave!!!! Enough space and It's so organized too. I finally have a lil spot but its still small. I still feel blessed to have what I have though.

  9. Wow your space is looking fantastic I would love to be included into your giveaway thanks for sharing this with us all hugs Nikki

  10. Your cave is SO ORGANIZED Lisa - WELL DONE!!!
    Please don't include me in your prize draw, I'm international, just wanted to congratulate you on your de-cluttering progress, it is so easy for things to get out of control :)

  11. Love your space. I need a room just for crafts. I keep getting more lol.

  12. I just want to uproot your "Craft Cave" and replace it with my hot mess craft room!!.. But since that is not going to happen and I have been looking for a new computer desk as mine is super old I think I am going to take your drafting table idea and see if it fits into my current layout.. Thank you for sharing your cave pictures and the chance to win some of your excess..

    1. Hi and thanks for stopping by. My table can actually be made to fit almost any space. I made it using two closet maid shelves, galvanized pipe and flanges(short screws), and a white laminate sheet. I bought my white laminate sheet at Home Depot and they cut it for me, you can pick up closet maid shelves at just about any big box home improvement store along with the galvanized pipe and flanges. It's very easy to assemble. You could also make it shorter but I knew I wanted my work space higher. And I'm actually glad that I did it that way, I stand a lot more now. And we all the benefits of standing compared to sitting.

  13. Going to start following your blog! Maybe your organizational skills will rub off on me! I love happy surprises! I've also had trouble with CAS cards, so maybe I can learn a lot from your style also! :)

    1. Thank you. My sister in law makes fun of me because I'm so organized! I find it makes clean up so much easier and who doesn't love a quick clean up, right?

  14. Wow Lisa, you have really maximized your "Crafting Cave" space so wisely.I so like that you shared your space with us, seeing it had given me a few great organizational idea.

    I SERIOUSLY am loving your drafting table, do you happen to remember when you purchased it at? Also, I'm just curious.... would you notice if I swapped your awesome drafting table for my so blah folding card table? lol..

    It's truly generous of you to share some of your excess craft goodies with fellow crafters, have fingers crossed that I might be one of them.

    1. Thank you. LOL, If you were close I would help you build your own table. I was just telling another follower that I actually made the table using Closet Maid shelves(2), a piece of white laminate sheeting(bought at Home Depot), galvanized pipe and flanges. You can customize to your liking. If you have any questions feel free to ask, I love sharing.

  15. I can so relate, but can't stop the hoarding, laughing. What I don't use I pass on to my nieces and they love it. You're space is awesome, makes me want to go reorganize! Thanks for the chance to win!


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