Thursday, July 18, 2013

Katie's Surprise

Our oldest daughter, Katie-Bug, turns 12 this Saturday. Where has the time gone?! Katie is our little crafty child.  She loves to knit, sew, draw, paint, make things out of duct tape, make things with beads and make things out of garbage and all kinds of other things. She can teach herself to do pretty much any craft by watching instructional videos on YouTube. She once weaved a basket out of the pine needles that she collected at the park.  She’s really very creative and gifted.  Her 6th grade teacher even named her the “most resourceful child” she’s ever known. 

Along with her creativity comes……CLUTTER….and trash….and half-finished projects and more CLUTTER.  Her bedroom basically looks like something exploded even when she says she has just cleaned up the place.  When we adopted our boys we lost our guest bedroom.  Now her bed is the only one in the house that is a queen size and so her room is also where any guests stay when they visit.  I HATE having such a cluttery, messy room for guests to sleep in, so I decided to do a little project and surprise Katie for her birthday.

I say the surprise is for Katie, but really it’s like a happy birthday surprise to me (3 full months early…haha) because I LOVE having everything neat and organized.  I’ve been working all week on painting and organizing and this is what I came up with for her bedroom.  She is really going to love having a neat bedroom and a place to put all of her craft items and her precious nick knacks (dust collectors).  Best of all her daddy and I will likely earn some cool points with our almost-teenager. It’s an all-around win for all of us! 

BEFORE---Her work space

AFTER--Her work space straightened a little

BEFORE--Her book case, nick knacks on top & her bed

AFTER--Her bed and shelves organized
BEFORE--Her window wall and craft shelves

AFTER--Her window wall & shelves along with her new nick knack shelves


  1. I LOVE it! I really love that little craft studio section!

  2. Wow! That is great. It reminds me of something you would see on a home makeover show. You did a great job. I am sure she will like it. May the Lord continue to bless your family.

  3. I just saw this blog! You did a great job in Katie's room! I love the colors and all of the organizational things. You are a good mama!