Craft Room Design Ideas to Boost Creativity

 Any serious crafters will know that they need to have a craft room that means business! If you are a keen crafter, then it isn’t just the dream; you will actually have so many supplies and materials that you need to store them all somewhere. This kind of hobby does need to have its own dedicated space, and as a bonus, it can be a way to decorate just how you’d like to and have your materials and supplies organized just as you’d like to. As any creative knows, having a blank space for something can be quite alarming, as there are just so many options. So how about trying out some of these craft room ideas? It would be great to hear what you think.




Organized Space
If you are a keen crafter, then you will know that nothing can beat an organized system. If things aren’t organized, it can mean projects take longer as you try to remember what is where and have to look through boxes and boxes of things to get what you need. You could consider custom storage to create space right where you need it. You could also think about getting plenty of storage with drawers so that everything can be in place and labels can be attached so you know exactly what goes where.


Adjustable Shelving
Your current craft loves may be cross-stitch or scrapbooking, but what about in a year’s time? Will you have moved onto another craft? It can be a good idea to prepare your craft area for your different interests, and you can do this by using shelving that is adjustable. Then you can make the spaces wider if needed, to occupy larger boxes, or make the shelving closer together if you need to free up space underneath.


Comfortable Environment
Having a craft room that is comfortable is another important aspect to the design. You want to enjoy your time there, and will no doubt, be spending a number of hours in there too. The table and chairs that you choose play an important part, as well as other aspects like the lighting and the temperature. When you have natural light, as well as lots of bright light from lamps, you will be able to craft in there late into the night without your eyes having to strain. Getting the temperature right is key too, especially in the summer months. That can be why having the number of a 24 hour AC service on-hand can be a good idea, just in case anything needs repairing quickly. Your craft space should look good, but also be comfortable and desirable.


Use All Surfaces
Crafting queens can have a large amount of materials to store, and when a project is in full-swing, you can need a lot of space. Make sure that you use all the surfaces that are available in your design. A pegboard or noticeboard could go in a corner of the room to pin things too, as well as the floor being used for storage units. Tabletops can have organizers on, as well as machines like computers or sewing machines. Use all the space that you have and you won’t be short on space.

Spring Break with Elevation Pictures (Digital 3 Movie Giveaway)

 With Spring Break being around the corner and with the new Stay At Home lockdown restrictions in order, we’re still going to be at home for the week while the kids are on a break from school. No surprise there, since we’re still in a worldwide pandemic. So it’s time to start planning out some fun staycation activities we like to do with the kids and one of the main things we love to do is an outdoor movie night. We set up our outdoor screen, projector, blankets, comfy seats, and snacks and watch a movie outdoors. It’s not the same as the big screens in the movie theatre, but hopefully one day in the near future we’ll all be able to enjoy a movie in a theatre again. 

We’ve teamed up with our amazing friends over at Elevation Pictures, once again, to keep your family entertained during the break. Currently, right now you can find a few of their rental titles on sale for 99 cents on Apple TV or on Itunes only until April 13th! We’re offering one of our Canadian readers a chance at winning three family titles to enjoy in the comfort of your home or if you’re like my family, if the weather is nice enough, switch it up with an outdoor movie. 

Enter below for a chance to win all three movies on digital, The Breadwinner, Missing Link & Shaun the Sheep.


Receiving a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all.


Mr.  Link is the altogether lovable and hilarious title character in this globe-trotting comedy-adventure.  Hugh  Jackman is  Sir  Lionel  Frost, a  brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is no one else seems to agree. He sees a  chance to prove himself by traveling to  America’s  Pacific  Northwest to discover the world’s most legendary creature. A living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link. 

Zach  Galifianakis is  Mr.  Link: the slightly silly,  surprisingly smart, and soulful beast who Sir  Lionel discovers. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Together they set out on a daring quest around the world to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. 

Along with the independent and resourceful  Adelina  Fortnight  (Zoe  Saldana),  who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster ride of a journey. On their journey, our fearless explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril, stalked at every turn by dastardly villains seeking to thwart their mission. Through it all, Mr. Link’s disarming charm and good-humored conviction provide the emotional and comedic foundation of this fun-filled family movie.


Shaun's a clever, mischievous sheep who lives with his flock on  Mossy Bottom  Farm,  under the nominal supervision of The Farmer, and Bitzer, a well-meaning but ineffectual sheepdog. Despite Shaun’s best efforts, life on the farm has got into a bit of a  rut,  and  Shaun concocts a  cunning plan --to have a day off. But be careful what you wish for.  Events rapidly escalate out of control and  Shaun’s mischief inadvertently leads to the hapless farmer being taken away from the farm. With the flock’s help, Shaun must leave the farm for the first time and travel into the Big City in order to rescue The Farmer --and failure is not an option. But how will the sheep survive? Can they avoid being recognized as sheep? And thus avoid the clutches of a fearsome animal catcher? In the course of an action-packed adventure, they experience a host of wild, funny mishaps. And Shaun meets a little orphan dog called Slip who makes him realize that having a home and a family is not something to be taken for granted.


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Spring Break with Asmodee Canada (Review & Giveaway)

With the days in quarantine seeming to be endless, my hubby and I have been making game night a regular occasion. With Spring Break being around the corner, and with the new lockdown restrictions, we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to try out a few new games that caught our eye from our friends over at Asmodee Canada, and we didn’t regret it. We were sent Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, Catan: The Dice Game, and Spot It! Collector.



Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers is an adventure board game where you and your fellow players work together to build a vast land that includes rivers, lakes, forests, and grasslands. During this process, you collect points for completing areas, hunting animals, and fishing the waters, with the objective being collecting the most points after the last tile is placed.

This game is extremely interesting to us because you’ll never play the same scenario twice, as you place and put each tile down, the lands you form will always be different, making a unique experience every time!

We absolutely love this game. It’s a great mix of strategy and competition, and each turn keeps you on your feet against your opponents. We would absolutely recommend this game to anyone that enjoys a nice family game night. In fact, we played this game with the in-laws and they loved it so much that they ordered it that night, while we were finishing our game up!



For the families and couples out there looking for an exciting dice game, that’s not only fun but quick to play, Catan is the game for you. The version of Catan we had was the miniature dice game, where the object of the game is to collect as many points as you can within 15 turns. Points are granted by building roads, settlements, cities, and knights, and each one carries a different point value through the progression of the game.

Catan is played with 6 dice that have resources on each side of them, and per turn, you can roll 3 times to make certain recipes that build things on the map. It is a game of strategy and risks as going for the hardest recipes will grant you the most points, but falling short will end up with you losing two points.

My husband and I loved this game because it’s one we can fit in at any point of the day. The game only takes around 15 minutes to play, so we can get a few games in before dinner, bed, or when our son is napping. Whilst being a relatively quick game to play, it’s a great strategy game that benefits with a stroke of luck when rolling the dice.

We would absolutely recommend Catan to all of our friends and family, and anyone who is looking for a new and exciting game to throw into game night, or as a break in a busy day. It has definitely become a game night regular in our house.



Ready to test your eyes and your reflexes? Because Spot it! Collector is the game that will put everything you know about quick reactions to the test. We were so excited to give this game a try, and it definitely held up to our expectations.

Spot It! Collector is a game of matching and quick thinking. One of the things we loved about this game is that there are actually 5 different versions of the game to play, so you can play a few then switch, and the game stays upbeat and fresh! Each card has a set of symbols and has one match with every other card in the deck. To quickly describe how to play, I will use the mini-game Tower as an example. Each player is dealt one card face down and the remaining stack is placed face up in the middle. At once, everyone turns their card over and has to find the matching symbol between their card and the tower card, and once you find it, be the quickest to grab that card off the top and add it to your hand. The game keeps going like that until the tower is cleared, and the person with the most cards wins. Each game variant has a similar style, with a different twist to keep it exciting.

This game not only is great for the entire family on game night but can be super fun with friends and some drinks for an adult version! Spot It! Collector has definitely become a regular for when our friends (that were in our social bubble before the latest lockdown) come over for game night, it brings out the competition and the laughs to go along with it. This game is also great for small groups as well, my hubby and I play with just the two of us and have lots of fun with it! We would definitely recommend Spot It! Collector to anyone looking to throw a fast-paced, competitive card game into their party night or family game night.

GIVEAWAY:
I'm excited to team up with Asmodee Canada to offer one of our Canadian readers a chance at winning one of the games we mentioned above. All you need to do is comment below which game you'd love to win and that's it! For more information about the games mentioned and many others, head to Asmodee Canada.



Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above-mentioned games at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


Wonder Woman 1984 Blu-ray Review

 


Diana Prince lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s -- an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts, and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.


MY REVIEW
My family and I are huge superhero fans. Although we're team Marvel, we still love DC and their heroes. We were such huge fans of the first movie, Wonder Woman, that I just knew we had to watch Wonder Woman 1984. As much as I wanted to love this movie, I just liked it. 

When we open up to the movie we are in Diana's past where she is a young child back at the hidden island Themyscira, home to the Amazons, women warriors created by the Olympian gods to protect mankind. We see her compete against other women warriors with obstacles coming her way, she almost wins, but is stopped by General Antiope because although she was about to win, she took a shortcut due to an obstacle during the race and that would be cheating. I absolutely loved what General Antiope said to Diana, which proves to be true when we fast forward in time to 1984. 

"You cannot be the winner, because you are not ready to win, and there is no shame in that. Only in knowing the truth in your heart and not accepting it. ... Like patience, diligence, and the courage to face the truth. One day, you'll become all that you dream of and more."


Set in the '80s, I have to say they did an amazing job with set and wardrobe designs from the way things were back then. The first scene of the '80s is the mall and it literally looks exactly like the '80s. It definitely felt a bit comic book cheesy but in a good way. that fits the movie perfectly.

We see Diana living her life quietly going to and from work at the Smithsonian and helping civilians in her spare time but in a low profile way. Although she is kind to co-workers, she doesn't appear to socialize with any of them outside of work. When we see her in her apartment, we see that there are pictures and items from her loved ones that are no longer with her. One of the main ones being Steve Trevor, the love of her life who sacrificed himself to save others in the first movie. There's a photo of him along with his watch he gave Diana. We can tell from this scene that she is a bit lonely and misses Steve greatly. 

Back at the Smithsonian, we are introduced to Barbara Minerva, a shy woman who seems to be ignored and invisible to most. When she drops her briefcase and has papers flying everywhere, the only person to stop and help her pick them up is Diana. She immediately likes Diana and tries to invite her to lunch. Diana, not being very social, respectfully declines, and says maybe some other time. 

Barbara is a geologist and gemologist and receives new artifacts from the FBI, including the mythical Dreamstone. It's rumored that the Dreamstone grants you one wish, but with every wish, there is a price to pay. Barbara thinks the Dreamstone is a fake, so when she shows Diana, not knowing that it's real, Diana wishes to have Steve back.

We're then introduced to Maxwell Lorenzano, a struggling businessman famous for his infomercials. He tries to flirt and charm his way with Barbara to secure the mythical Dreamstone that he's been searching for, forever, but Diana knows that something is off with him. She decides to go out to dinner with Barbara and they have a great time. On Barbara's walk back to the office she is harassed and attacked by a man and Diana is there to save her. When she's back at the office she has the Dreamstone in her hand and wishes to be more like Diana. 

Little do both women know, their wishes are about to come true, but at what price? Steve is back but in someone else's body. Barbara is more confident and is noticed by men, women, just about everyone when she walks into a room. So when she interacts with Maxwell at a company party, he manipulates her into giving him the Dreamstone, which he then wishes to be the Dreamstone and turns into Max Lord. The greed is overwhelming and Max continues to grant people's wishes and in return, he takes power, money, soldiers, and anything else to make his life feel richer. While he's doing that, his son just wants to hang out with his dad. 

As Diana and Steve try and stop Max Lord from taking over the world, they realize that the consequence of having Steve back is that Diana's powers are draining and she isn't as powerful or strong. We see Barbara team up with Max Lord because she doesn't want to go back to how things were, but one thing she is losing is her humanity. Diana has to take on both and in order to do that she must denounce her wish so that she can get her powers back fully, which also means she has to say goodbye to Steve again. 

Although a slow start, I did appreciate the storyline for what it was, I wish there were more action scenes that gave me as much excitement as I had from the first movie, but I did enjoy Wonder Woman 1984 and absolutely loved the bonus scene after the credits. I won't spoil that for you, but a special someone makes an appearance.

I also love how the movie showed how much women were sexualized in the past. How we had to deal with cat-calling and men just walking up to women just because they found someone attractive and because they could, even if it was not mutual. I love that we're in 2021 and how this is not acceptable behavior anymore. It never was for women, but now more and more women and men are coming together as allies and calling other men out for behavior like this. 

Wonder Woman 1984 is out on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD today, March 30, and has been out on digital for you to own or rent since March 16. For more information about  Wonder Woman 1984, check out their Facebook Page.



Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received  Wonder Woman 1984 on blu-ray at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

John Hughes 5-Movie Collection Blu-ray (Review & Giveaway)

 


Five essential John Hughes classics arrive in one fantastic Blu-ray Collection on February 23, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The JOHN HUGHES 5-MOVIE COLLECTION includes the beloved favorites Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, as well as the Blu-ray debuts of She’s Having a Baby and Some Kind of Wonderful. The Collection also includes access to a digital copy of each film.

Originally released on February 28, 1986, Pretty In Pink celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2021. Produced and written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the film stars Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy. Andie (Ringwald) is a high school girl from the other side of town. Blane (McCarthy) is the wealthy heartthrob who asks her to the prom. But as fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure

Howard Deutch returned to direct 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful, which was also written and produced by Hughes and makes its Blu-ray debut. Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson and Lea Thompson star in the affecting story of young love in which Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith (Eric Stoltz), run deeper than just friendship. When Keith gets a date with the most popular girl in school (Lea Thompson), the girl's old boyfriend is unable to let go of her and plans to get back at Keith. 

Also celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off continues to be enjoyed, quoted, and revered 35 years after its theatrical debut on June 11, 1986. Matthew Broderick stars as a delightfully charming high school student who, with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best bud Cameron (Alan Ruck), ditches school to enjoy one perfect day as a kid with no responsibilities.

Produced, written, and directed by John Hughes, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles stars comedy greats Steve Martin and John Candy. The uproarious classic follows a businessman (Martin) who is struggling to get home for Thanksgiving but burdened by one travel mishap after another, as well as the company of an annoying traveling salesman (Candy). Filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth, the film also features appearances by Michael McKean, Edie McClurg, and Kevin Bacon.

Hughes wrote, directed, and produced the romantic comedy She’s Having A Baby, which arrives for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, the film follows an aspiring writer who must face up to the responsibilities of marriage and fatherhood despite his persistent doubts and unfulfilled ambitions.

MY REVIEW
I am a huge fan of movies from the '80s. I remember watching so many different movies on television when I was a tween and most of those movies that I ended up loving so much came from John Hughes. Some of his movies brought together misfits and "popular kids," and gave others a perspective that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

So when I had the chance to review a 5 movie collection from John Hughes, I knew I was going to love it. Not only does it include two of my favs, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty In Pink, but it also includes three other movies I hadn't seen in years. So it was nice to take some time to sit back and relax, grab some popcorn and a few adult beverages and head back to the '80s. Since I recently watched and reviewed Pretty In Pink, I started off with Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful, She's Having My Baby, Planes Trains, and Automobiles.

It was great to go back in time and watch some classics and introduce some movies to my teenagers. They've both seen Pretty in Pink, so I had them watch  Ferris Bueller's Day Off and they both absolutely loved it. They can't wait to go back to school in person and one day, maybe, have a day off like Ferris did, minus "borrowing" a vehicle.

All five movies brought back so many memories and left me reminiscing on the past, but glad it's behind us and that I now have these movies in my movie collection to watch whenever I feel like back to the '80s. This 5 movie collection is now available on blu-ray as of February 23, 2021.

GIVEAWAY
I'm excited to team up with our good friends over at Paramount Home Entertainment to offer one of our readers (Canada Only) a chance to win a copy of this 5 movie collection. To enter, all you need to do is comment below and share which of the five movies you would watch first. 


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received  John Hughes 5-Movie Collection on blu-ray at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.