One way to do that is to get my porch cleaned up so I can use it as a staging area. I needed some easy curtains so I decided to make them out of canvas drop cloth. It's cotton, it's cheap; $15.98 for 4' x 15 yards. I also saw a fabric outlet that sold red burlap webbing for about 80 cents a yard. So I decided to combine the two. It's not perfect, largely because I didn't really measure anything but it will look fine for the party and I can add a different border later on. I think this works out to about $4/curtain. So for 9 curtains $36, not bad.
I cleaned out my refrigerator and it is beautiful. So nice, in fact, that I don't want to put anything into it.
And after I finish a difficult task (i.e. cleaning) then I reward myself by doing something crafty. I have further refined the little log boxes. I figured out a way to use a wooden disk at the end. Just glue a strip of cardboard and the disk. Glue one end to the toilet paper roll. Make the top disk a little larger so you can get it on and off. I drilled 2 tiny holes in the top to attach the acorn. I plan to do a tutorial on log boxes probably after my party.
I've been making some really cool things that I am very excited about. I'll post them later too.