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I love making messes with my sister on rainy days!  But I don’t like cleaning it up…..

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Today we are talking about all things Japanese masking tape!!  Have you seen the wonder and beauty of this product??  The patterns are amazing and the colors…..anyhoo I’m going to post to some crafty links using this fantastic product and where YOU can get it and start having fun!

Over at The Red Thread, there is an awesome tutorial showing you how to make a mini bunting.  I had just as much fun reading the tutorial as I did looking at the pictures of all the tape stacked up!

Lacy Easter egg

Even though Easter is over, Family Circle posted a whole tutorial on how to decorate easter eggs in different ways.  One of those was this lovely creation using the tape!  Even though Easter has passed, these would be great for breakfast in bed for your sweets or your mom (hint hint).  I think any time of the year, this would be a gorgeous idea to spruce up any day.

Japanese Washi Tape and EntertainingElizabeth over at To Be Charmed has really outdone herself!  She has multiple pages of pictures and directions on how to use the washi tape in different ways.  There’s cupcake flags, how to cover plates, vases, serving dishes, the list goes on and on.  You will be lost in the sea of awesome ideas she has on this tape (and a lot of other things I might add-you could get lost on her blog in general!)

So!  Intrigued?  Loving this washi tape?  Here are some links on where you can get it so you can start making away!

Pretty Tape : the title pretty much says it all but there are other great supplies to check out here!

Nothing Elegant : lots of cute kawaii stuff too!

Downtown Fabrics : there’s a sale going on right now on lots of things and they ship from the USA if you’re worried about postage (and you can’t wait that long to play with your tape!)

Washimatta : ok, seriously, they have Hello Kitty! Liberty of Japan fabric…what?!

Cute Tape : has a ton of other things besides tape that you will want to spend ALL of your money on.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Well, I hope these links will get you inspired to try something new and create something fun with tape of all things!

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Ok, so, my crafting area went through a bit of organization and cleaning this past weekend and I’m pretty pleased so far.  I have a lot of things to get rid of and more sorting/putting things in their place to do, but it’ll work!

I also came up with two impromptu organization ideas during my clean up.  First, is I have a lot of scraps of lace, longer pieces that I don’t like putting in a box because I can’t tell what I have.  So I had some napkin rings left over from some pincushions I was making and I wrapped the pieces of lace around those!  They look good lined up in my drawer and it really keeps them sorted.  You can pin them on the insides so that they don’t unravel after you’ve wound them around the ring.

The other thing was that I found an old recipe file folder that I’m sure I was intending to put recipes in but never got around to doing.  I also have a lot of little bits of paper that I like to save to make cards, pieces of random paper with ideas on them, and other bits of fabric that I can’t part with but I need to organize!  You can get a lot fancier with it then me, just writing over the original file categories, but I was in a rush and just wanted all the cleaning to be over with so the crafting could commence.

So, there are some of my little tips I discovered.  Hope you enjoy!  Do you have any great organizing ideas for me that you’d like to share?

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Yikes!  You only really realize how messy your space is when you take a step back and take some photos….wowsa.  Needless to say I need to get some serious organizing/cleaning done.  I swear I have good organization ideas and strategies….I will slowly get working on this space and check back and give you some little organizing tips.  I feel like if I revealed them now you wouldn’t believe me….so I’ll wait.  Until then take a look at my destruction!  Do you keep your spaces  nice n tidy?  I don’t think I’m alone, at least I hope not!

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