Craft Room Challenge

What is the Craft Room Challenge?

A bunch of 14 talented craft bloggers have gotten together at the Craft Room Challenge for the month of January, 2018. They’re taking their craft rooms from cluttered to crazy-beautiful! As a busy wife, mom, and writer, it’s hard to get motivated to add something else on my to-do list, but I’m always up for a challenge! It’s like a triple-dog-dare-ya to me!

One of the biggest motivators for meeting goals is to have accountability. I don’t know about you, but I need to have someone to answer to when conquering a project that is less than fun. Be sure to see my video on my @Sweetgumlife Instagram account.

I’m not an organizer by nature, unlike my good friend C, an art major from Auburn University. Back in our single girl days, I’d go over to her house, and she was always finding creative, artistic ways to organize her art and crafts space. She is my organization role model! The Craft Room Challenge is right up her alley!

Stack of tubs–who knows what’s in those!

How to Participate in the Craft Room Challenge

So what you do, is organize and makeover your craft room to post on Facebook. My friend Shirley at Intelligent Domestications lists 4 goals in her post: function, organization, a pretty place to work, and a wall dedicated to organization and aesthetics.

I would suggest that you start out with your goals…keep them simple, because you only have until January 31st for the challenge.

When to Post in the Craft Room Challenge

Post every Wednesday, beginning in the first week of January. Okay, so I’m a little late joining the party. (Sigh!) But that’s okay. I’m starting t-o-d-a-y!

Sweetgum Life Craft Room Challenge goals:

1. Functional2. Aesthetically pleasing3. Organized (move everything but art, diy, home décor, and crafting supplies to the guinea pig room*)

That’s all I can muster for now with my time constraints. When we moved to Sweetgum House in summer 2016, I planned to have a craft room for me, a playroom for Princess Buttercup, and Lefty could have the garage.

Then we got the guinea pigs for Princess Buttercup. Those things stink! So, the “playroom” has henceforth been known as the guinea pig room. (Anybody know how long those things live???)

A mountain of craft detritus.

I challenge you to the Craft Room Challenge!

How ’bout you? You wanna join me as an accountability partner? Just send me a little message in the space below. I’d love to hear from you, and best of luck!

Craft Room Challenge Bloggers

I will list more as I meet the 14 crafters.

You guys! I seriously need organization, yes?


Beautiful Stoneridge Homes


The Meadows, model home.

Yesterday I met and interviewed Jim and Kim Wright, owners and builders of some of the most beautiful homes in the Tennessee Valley.


Great room.

I will be writing an article for them for one of my freelance writing jobs.

I got to tour one of their Stoneridge Homes in a planned community appropriately named The Meadows.


Jim’s trim.

I thought you all may like to see some of the pictures that I took. What do you think of the trim work?  This is Jim’s specialty.


Ducks at The Meadows.


Construction site with mountain views.

The Light Touch…

Chandeliers galore!

Chandeliers galore!

Really, how often do you think of lighting when considering home decorating?

I didn’t, but our realtor asked us to place lights above our bathroom sinks to lighten the room. So after years of procrastinating, Lefty (my left-handed, left-brained husband) and I drove to a local home-improvement store to find wall sconces for our bathrooms.

We didn’t find what we were looking for since the stores didn’t carry many in stock, and we’re in a dashing hurry to put our home on the market.

So I drove into Huntsville and tried Richard’s Lighting, a home-owned and operated store that has been around since the 1960’s. Our realtor told us that they are having a h-u-g-e sale, with savings up to 80% off.


I opened their door and was in awe at the huge selection of merchandise. Fortunately, Brad Lapidus was on hand to help me quickly wade through the large volume of lights to find the perfect choice. Not only did he help me to select the best design for our bathrooms, he also helped me to stay well below my budget.

Although the store was incredibly busy last Saturday and I hated to take him away from higher-paying customers, Brad assured me that all of their customers are important. Brad very nice and helpful, and I found out that he attended the University of Alabama back when I was there. Roll Tide! RTR_lamp_finial

The sale goes on for two more weeks. Be sure to tell them that I sent you!

Note: I did not receive compensation for this blog…I just guessed, however, that you all would enjoy the photos and this little piece of life in our state.glittering_design2

Lamp finials.

Lamp finials.


Chandeliers galore!

Chandeliers galore!

How cute is this tea pot lamp?!

How cute is this tea pot lamp?!

Can you guess what these are???

Can you guess what these are???