Lately, I’ve been walking into my craft room with the intention of cleaning and organizing it. Each time, I find some supply that I had misplaced or forgotten about and that distracts me from the task at hand. I’ve been trying to find a way to use the forgotten supplies as I come across them.  This sort of counts as cleaning it out.

Over the weekend I found the end of a pack of magnets that were completely in the wrong place. Then on Monday I read a blog post by Eyeballs by Day, Crafts by Night featuring some fantastic magnets that were made from buttons, birch discs and puzzle pieces.  That started the wheels turning. When the temperature hit 95f/35c I knew I wanted to work on something that did not involve yarn or fabric.  I dug through my button tins (which were in their correct spot) and found a few pretty single ones and decided to dress up my refrigerator with some new button magnets.

I used pliers/nippers to cut off the shank of the buttons that had them to give them a flatter back, then with a little bit of hot glue, the magnets were secured. I am one of those people who cover their fridge with photos, recipes and cartoons, so I can always use a few more magnets. Plus, one more item out of my stash has been used and does not need to be put away. Sometimes having a bit of clutter in the house means you get to have a mini treasure hunt whenever you start to try to sort it out.