Sunday, 13 March 2011


 I recently discovered a blog called Full of Great Ideas by Stephanie who is one very creative lady.  She recently set herself the challenge of a $0 spending month other than for things such as bills and essential food items.  As she loves to create and decorate, she is looking at what she already has in her craft room to use.  I am fascinated by what she is creating and how inventive she is becoming.  I've been encouraging her because I think we can all fuel our passion to create and decorate without spending, especially if you have a well stocked craft room like me.

Can you identify what this is?

It's supposed to be a CD holder.  It's a useless piece of wire that doesn't function as as a CD holder.  Check this out.

CD's spilling out all over the place.  We don't have room for CD towers due to limited floor space and besides they are so ugly.  So what to do.  Light bulb moment inspired by Stephanie, dig out a cardboard box from the recycling bin and make something.

Cut box in half and glue top and bottom flaps and reinforce the bottom with some heavy card saved from some other packaging at an earlier date.
I've used curtain fabric samples to cover the boxes with.  I used craft glue as the hot glue gun just wasn't doing it for me.  (All tips on how to get a hot glue gun working properly would be greatly appreciated.)  The fabric has been tucked away for years (given to me by someone who had a shop) and while it's not my favourite fabric, it serves perfectly well for this project.  The boxes aren't going to be on display after all.
I have white card strips also tucked away and I stamped them with fancy alphabet letters for a bit of whimsical nonsense.  Can't have CD's out of alphabetical order now can we?

Here is the second box covered in outrageous fabric.  Can you imagine curtains made from this fabric about 10 -15 years ago?  Of course I used the same outrageous colours to stamp the alphabet letters on the card strips for this box.  My stamping skills leave much to be desired, but hey, out of sight again.

This is a slight improvement on what was there before. 
I just have to tackle the cassettes now.  Yes, I still have cassettes and until I find some way of converting them to CD's, they are staying put.  I probably could have used plastic boxes to store these in, but plastic is so ugly and I would have to go out and try and buy something to fit.  This was so much more fun and it cost me zilch as everything I used was in my craft room.  As a side note, the blue box contains classical music (hubby) and the big circle box is for contemporary, boppy music (me).  :)

Enjoy your weekend and if you live in Victoria, enjoy your extra long weekend.

Anne  xx


  1. Great idea Anne and I think they are a big improvement on the CD rack, it looks alot neater.

    Good way to use bits and pieces that you have had tucked away for years.

    Will have just have to go and visit Stephanie's blog and see what great ideas I can utilise.

    Looking forward to a day with my boys tomorrow. I think lunch out, is on the cards. Hope you have a great long weekend too.

    Claire X

  2. Oh yes, they look much better.
    I really love that blue fabric.
    Now, what are you going to turn that old rack into?

  3. I had the same thought as freefalling. I'm sure you will come up with something! Dust and wire racks seem to go hand in hand.

    I love your new boxes. Totally agree with you about making the most of what you have. Necessity is the mother of invention. Its too easy to go into a craft shop and buy a quick solution. Limited supplies always makes me think harder.

    Off for more inspiration at Stephanie's. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.(PS the brussel sprouts were yummy!)

  4. What a great idea Anne!
    Thanks also for the link to "Full of Great Ideas."

    I confess that I haven't any hability to crafts...


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