Craft Room Organization

Craft Room Organization

article headerMy craft room—yes, an entire room!—is a disaster. I’m in desperate need of some quality organizing, and I have no one to do it but me. So I will. Here are some before pictures after I pulled everything out and stacked it everywhere. In the bathtub, on the floor, on the countertop in the bathroom, on every horizontal surface, everywhere! So you can see the horrendous mess that I have to contend with. But after 3-1/2 hours today just pulling stuff out and starting to go through all the boxes and baskets, I can see some progress. I’m going through every box, every basket, every drawer, every shelf… leaving nothing unturned. I don’t care how long it takes, but expect to spend some long hours this long weekend making hay while the sun shines (actually, it’s pouring down rain right now).
I started with the walk-in closet, because that was where everything was hoarded. Yes, I admit it, when it comes to craft stuff, I’m definitely a hoarder. And the main problem with it is that I have no idea what I actually have, so when I start a new project I often go buy what I need without realizing that I probably already have what I need stashed away somewhere. But where? I have no idea. Just yesterday I bought a roll of contact paper to make a stencil for a sign, and then this morning I found a roll of contact paper in that closet. Oh, well, you can never really have enough contact paper, yes? (I just wish I had bought some patterned instead of clear, as I also found some nice boxes I need to cover for some storage.)
So I’ll take pictures after each day’s work and continue until the room is completely organized, and I’ll post them here, and when it’s all done, then I’ll post this article.
Here’s the starting picture, after I pulled everything out of the closet. The third one is a picture of the bathtub, which is where I temporarily stashed a bunch of stuff. I think you can get the idea.
messmess2mess4 mess3Then I went through every box, every drawer, every shelf and sorted and refolded and threw away… again, you get the idea. Here’s what it looked like when I was done. It’s nothing fancy, but its organized and I have room to craft and that’s what’s important right now.
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All organized. I actually know where everything is, and what I’ve got. Now to design projects that use it!
Pencils and pens in one container, markers in another, sewing tools in a third, shelves and drawers used for folded fabric, plus see-through boxes. A place for everything and everything in its place. In my next post, I’ll highlight some of the storage solutions I came up with, for little or no money. Cause we can all use an extra buck, right? Baskets and boxes are among my favorite things.
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As you can see in the sewing table picture, if you look at the rulers, there is a big sag in the table. My son is making me a new table, and when he does, I’ll paint all the furniture and recover the chairs. Meanwhile, this is fine!

First Aid For Pets: Be Ready For Emergencies!

First Aid For Pets: Be Ready For Emergencies!
What do you do when your pet needs emergency care?

Although you usually can’t anticipate when your pet will need emergency first aid care, you can be ready nonetheless. What you need is a good general understanding of pet first aid. Of course, it isn’t a substitute for veterinary care, but what you do in an emergency may very well save your pet’s life until you can get him to a veterinarian’s office.

How to handle an injured pet.

The first thing to know is that when your pet is injured, even the most docile pet may bite. Take care that you do not get bitten! Here are important steps to handle your pet when he is injured.

  1. Remain calm. An excited owner will only exacerbate the pet’s anxiety.
  2. If the injury or illness appears to be life threatening, take your pet to the veterinarian’s office immediately.
  3. Approach injured pets cautiously. Injury or illness can cause your pet to behave differently than he normally does, and this behavior can cause further injury to the pet or injury to you.
  4. Call your veterinarian for advice and instructions.
  5. Do not tie or tape your pet’s mouth shut! This can cause the animal to be unable to breathe. If the pet is not vomiting, having difficulty breathing, or bleeding from the mouth, a muzzle can be used to prevent biting. Use it with care!
  6. If possible, confine your pet to a crate in your vehicle, or to a small space if not.

injured-yellow-lab-dog-cone-12345877What to do in an emergency.

If your pet is bleeding, apply direct pressure to the affected area. A bandage might temporarily control bleeding.
If you think your animal has broken a bone, gently support the area, but be cautious; pain may cause your pet to bite.
If your pet is suffering from heat-stroke or exhaustion, cover it with a cool, wet towel and immediately get it to the vet hospital.
If your animal is suffering from cold exposure (hypothermia), cover it with a warm blanket and transport it to the nearest vet hospital.
Insect bites and stings can cause anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death. Get to the nearest veterinarian as quickly as possible.
If your animal has ingested something you think might be poisonous, call your vet and follow his instructions.
If your pet is having a seizure, leave it alone until the episode subsides. Remove anything from the area that might cause injury to the pet, and make note of the duration of the seizure.
If your pet is unconscious, attempt to clear the airway by sweeping a finger through the back of the mouth.
Use a towel or blanket as a stretcher and to keep the animal warm (or cool, see above) on the way to the vet.

Basic first aid supplies.

  • Phone numbers for your vet, a 24-hour or after-hours emergency vet clinic, and animal poison control center.
  • Current medical and vaccine history
  • Current list of the pet’s medications, if any
  • Gauze
  • Nonstick bandages
  • adhesive tape for bandages
  • Clean towel
  • Blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Digital thermometer for rectal use
  • Scissors
Vaccines for Dogs: Be Kind to Animals Week

Vaccines for Dogs: Be Kind to Animals Week

Vaccines for Dogs: Be Kind to Animals Week
We are fortunate to live in a day when veterinary care is better than it has ever been.

Preventive care helps keep our pets healthy and makes their lifespans longer, so we can enjoy their companionship that much longer.
One of the most important aspects of preventive care is a regular schedule of vaccines for dogs. Your dog’s particular protocol is best determined by you and your veterinarian together. Some of the considerations that make this determination are the dog’s age and breed, his overall health, and his lifestyle. Do you travel with him? Does she play at public dog parks? Do you live on a farm or in the city? Are there opportunities for your dog to come in close contact with wild animals? These and other questions may be asked by your vet when determining what is the best vaccine protocol for your four-footed buddy.
States each have their own requirements when it comes to vaccines. Nearly all have some sort of requirement for the rabies vaccine, but some prescribe it yearly while others only once every three years. Your veterinarian will know what your state requires.

What are vaccines?

Vaccines contain antigens, which are properties that look like the disease to the dog’s immune system, but do not actually cause the disease. What they do is make the immune system recognize them as foreign invaders, which causes antibodies to be developed. Then, when the disease is encountered, the body already has its ammunition ready. It will either prevent the disease entirely, or at the least make it a milder case.
There is a core group of vaccines that most vets recommend for all dog’s over the age of sixteen weeks. These include canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. Before the age of sixteen weeks, starting at six to eight weeks of age, a series of vaccines is given to puppies that includes a combination vaccine for parvovirus, hepatitis and distemper given in a series of three doses every three to four weeks, with the last dose at sixteen weeks. Many vets do not give rabies shots until the dog reaches four to six months of age.

Are there risks associated with vaccines?

Yes, as with all vaccines, those for animals have inherent risks, just like those given to humans do. The majority of risks are mild reactions, including soreness at the injection site, lethargy, fever, and sometimes hives or swelling. With any allergic reaction such as hives, it is wise to call your veterinarian immediately.