Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Way To A Crafters Heart...

There is a list of ways to a Crafter's Heart, and one of them is the gift of Space.
And not the Big Blue Beyond type, as some of my SyFy friends would think.
Rather, the gift of a room to call your own for crafting.

The boys have always known that Mom would be taking over a room
 when they went off to college.  It would take my supplies out of the 
"formal dining room" and tuck them safely away and out of sight.

But when the time came to send son #1 off, we opted to hold the camp gear 
in his room and keep the bed for his visits. So 4 years later, Son #2 is off to college
and camp gear is happily in its place. It is my turn to create my crafty place.

This used to be my daughters room.
It was Bubblegum Pink with some black and white touches,
and some band posters and murals.
She is now in the room that the boys each had before.
When she made the request to move there, I was quite happy to
oblige because her room is larger by 2 feet and has more wall space,
 which I did not utilize in the dinning room, since it is an open floor plan.

So that's what we did.  The boys all snickered and said,
"It's not all going to fit!"  To which I replied,
"Oh, ye of little faith, you doubt my skills yet again."
Here is my craft space:

An old desk passed on to us when our work was redoing
 their offices has been in several rooms over the
years and is back again into my space. 

The top was a medium grey and had lots of markings and coffee rings,
paint rings and other unidentifiable smudges and marks so
I gave it a quick scrubbing and then
a coat of paint to clean it all up.

And here is the work station.
All of the Rubbermaid and Sterlite carts have been my
primary storage system for years.  I can now eliminate some 
for more stylish carts like the three tier metal cart
tucked under the desk at the left.

Moving left around the room...
The shelves provide for easy access to supplies that I use
but not often enough to have on the desk.
Under that is my Cricut on a microwave cart.
Reuse, redo, recycle!

A little reading area with my new chair. It's so cute.

And a dresser that the boys will need for a future apartment
and until then it lives here to hold my jars of buttons and
other pretties. Plus its good fabric storage.
And, no, its not even close to full, thankfully.

The space formally known as the closet is now home to
paper drawers, unfinished projects and surfaces for future projects.
All can be hidden by the curtains in an instant.
The curtains also allow for over sized storage items.
Just in case I have some of that.

Here is the FIND of ALL Finds...
this cart was sitting next to a shed house near a
restaurant that my kids wanted to go to for dinner one night.
It had a sign on it that said,
" FREE, please take one or all."
There were other items there too.
My daughter and I looked at each other and said,"OKAY!"
So together we carried the cart to the car. Oh, yeah, NOT my nice roomy
van that I can put the seats down and place in easily.
No, my sons little Hyundai Elantra, because the van was in for
maintenance. Of Course!
The timing could not have been more perfect too. I found this cart the week
before we had planned the room switches.
If I thought I was going to go look for a similar cart to purchase
from anywhere, you know that I would have never have found it.
So how awesome was that to pull up and see.

This wall has an eclectic assortment of hanging storage items.
Some for their intended uses like the wire magazine
racks and others like the coke crate and spice rack that are holding
other regularly used items like inks and embellishments.

The tall table made by my DIY son as a desk for his room,
now is a cutting and stamping station. I'll tell about that at another time.

To the right are metal punch bars.  My handy DH made these for me,
but you can order them at the Little Blue House too.

The back of the door is a remnant of art work that adorned
the walls of this room before I moved into it.
(I didn't show before photos because the girl can be messy. Very messy.)

But, I loved this one and it looked great with the newly painted walls.

This corner is making me crazy.
 This unfinished corner is waiting for a shelf unit,
which is in the attic waiting to be cleaned off. Nothing fancy, just
handy.  But it's still 200 degrees in the attic and I am
not willing to work in that, so when the weather window comes
to my comfort level, we will have a place for those bags, books and kits.

There it is.  A room for this crafter.
It makes me happy to have a place for creating,
and it's sooooo nice to walk into the house and not see my
mess as you come through the front door.  I think everyone is happier
about that one.  

Thanks for joining me for my little tour.

Merry Creating!!



  1. Love your new room! It looks so clean and tidy. Will it stay that way...??

  2. oooo how lucky are you....looks like a super area to work in x have fun Rhonda x

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