Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Craft Room

One thing I have wanted for years was a place to craft.

This past year we did a little remodeling in the house. I thought that would be a great time to claim a space. The bonus room had been everything from a TV room to an extra bedroom.. so why not a craft room? I did a lot of research on how to set the room up and store all my junk crafting items, and my sewing supplies in one room.. I had one HUGE mess. Everything was in boxes and bags.. spilling out of closets and drawers. I didn't know what in the world I had for supplies.. I couldn't find or get to a lot of my supplies.. After a lot of thought, I decided Ikea would be the most economical choice. Also, it would be the fastest and easiest way to go. So one Sunday me and one of my daughters, took the  3 1/2 hour trip to Charlotte.. We took my hubby's pick up truck... not one of those regular size pickups.. noooo, one of the small Ford Rangers.. Holy smoke, I still don't know how we got all those boxes on that cab! Honestly things were hanging off the sides and the back... we keep looking back on the ride home to make sure everything was there.. In addition to all you see here on the blog, we had an extra chair and bookcase in that cab! Squeezed those suckers in that cab like sardines packed in a can.. The guy who helped load a little and I mean a little, kind of had the attitude of .. well if you think you can get all that in that cab, more power to you...  We showed him! Funny what a woman can figure out when she needs to, right?  Just glad hubby wasn't there, he would have told me no to that packing job.. his favorite thing to say.."Beverly, you can't do that, it won't work, we'll get it next time". 
Anyway.. on one side of the room I put all my sewing supplies.. looks neat huh? Not anymore, that didn't last long.. although the storage does keep everything pretty organized.. see my buttons up there?

I can actually tell if I have what I need know.

Don't judge.. I know that is a lot of fabric.. actually there is more now.

This is the old island from the kitchen
I plan on giving it a little "Martha" redo in the near future.. some silver pulls.. and maybe a coat of paint.
The storage is good
This granite counter top is awsome for the glue gun and cutting .. no worries about messing something up.. the glue peels right off the granite when it dries. The chairs work well for me and my granddaughter when we have craft day.. she loves the room.. so do my dear daughters.
The serger table.. 
Speaking of Martha... that little craft holder turns kind of like a lazy susan.. that is Martha's, from Michaels. With a 1/2 off coupon was a great purchase. 
The sewing table.
I put the printer on a table that I got at Ikea for only $5 !! I'm telling you.. you can really stretch your dollars there. I have got to hide the hanging is for a larger long floresent know when you get older you have to have extra light? By the way, the sunlight I get thru this window is great. The computer sits on this desk because my embroidery machine runs off it so it needs to be close to the machine. Do you see my baby's bed under the computer? My little poodle Gidget always joins me when I craft or sew, so I HAD to put a bed in there for her.
I need some window covers and art.. the Graphic Fairy has some good vintage sewing prints... huh?? be thinking. What about the windows? 
Here is the craft side.. these bins hold sooo much stuff.. stamp pads, ribbons, fabrics, adhesives, paints..on and on.. so nice to have everything out of site. 
The stamps, beadings, and the paper supplies in the shorter storage. The drawers slide out so easy and holds a lot. The stamps fit perfect.. I can see the tops so I know what design I have.. no more digging around hunting for a particular stamp. I know I have a lot of stuff.. but keep in mind...I am old.. I mean, mature. Lots of years to collect.

Thought I would hang some vintage art to go with the spools and threads...something like this from the Graphic Fairy, any other suggestions of places to get graphics .. she is great and hers are free.. I like that price.
 I have a lot of old patterns that have lovely art work.. any ideas on using those? You guys are so creative. It's like going to school.. I love it.
I robbed Mom for some of those threads.. I love them because she has had them since I was a kid.. whew.. I meant before I was born.. hee, hee 
Thanks for stopping by.. I can't wait to hear your suggestions

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emilysnan said...

hiya beverly , what a gorgeous craft room , i am sooo envying , your serger and embroidery machine ! i love how you arranged all your different stations , those ikea drawers are on my wish list as i have the cube storage ones a( in dark brown) with fabric in like yor i hae hiding my gorgeous fabric away and i find if i can see it i use it ? i love the graphics fairy too and visit it a lot another one you might like to try is the vintage moth you will becone a fan straight away i just know it x lucky you with you gorgeous vintage patterns and spools of thread , yum yum , one of the patterns could be used to alter a picture frame , you could cover the whole frame in the pattern and then age it and make some hand made flowers too , oh oh i am rambling , hope you visit the vintage motha nd let me know what you think , i will keep in touch about my craft room (ie serger , embroidery machine drawers get the picture ?lol) x see you soon

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

What a wonderful and organised space to work in . I bet you are going to produce magic in there! Have a lovely day. X Sharon

Becca said...

WOW! What an awesome craft room ... many gals (including myself) will be envious of this great space! *Becca*

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

I just love it, Beverly, everything is so perfect and lovely! I would love to have this type of arrangement at my house. Your fabric collection is wonderful and I like that you have a spot for your dog (I'm a dog lover, myself). It's great you persevered and brought everything home you wanted. Really, really looks great!

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

P.S. I'm following now!

Babs said...

Beverly, you have an awesome craft/sewing room and just proving that women can "get it done". I don't do a lot of crafting or sewing, but I'd still love to have a room like this. Well done!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a fabulous room. I absolutely love it. Everything looks fabulous and the storage is unreal. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! How pretty and inpiring is this room Beverly. Gorgeous decor' throughout. Lovely!

I featured your blog on my latest post. I hope it's okay with you.

Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That is one fine craft room!! I am green with envy! Love it! Visiting by way of Melissa's blog! Blessings ~ Tanna

Made In The South said...

What a fantastic room! I know what you mean about cramming as much in as you can in a truck. My sister and I do that every time we go to Round Top, TX.
You could color copy your favorite old patterns and frame them. I have some from my grandmother and I have been wanting to make prints out of them.
Can't wait to see what kinda art work you come up with.

Erin said...

What a fantastic room!!! So much organization and so much room to do's great! :)

Beverly said...

Thanks so much! I appreciate the compliments and suggestions on how to decorate the room. You guys always have the best ideas.

All About Vignettes said...

I am so inspired by your room. I need to get my sewing off the dining room table and organize a space. You thought of everything.

Mary said...

I love it. I also love your wine glasses you found, that's why I'm featuring them on my "Top Ten Fav Picks" at Boogieboard Cottage. Have a great weekend! Mary :O)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...
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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Beverly! Sorry about deleting my comment. My fingers typed faster than my brain works and my comment was a mess. You have created a wonderful craft room and I love that you are using the island as your work table. Ikea is the best for buying things to get organized. Thanks for having my party button on your sidebar.

Beverly said...

Thank you Mary and Sherry. I appreciate your link parties. Mary thank you for featuring me.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Wow! What a great room to craft in. I'm sure you all looked like the Beverly Hillbillies driving home with all your treasures. lol. Someday if I get brave enough I'll share what I call the war room... trust me it's nothing has great has your room. This certainly makes me want to jump in and redo it... after all the painting is done upstairs that is. Speaking of painting, I'm off to finish the dining room.. hugs ~lynne~

Miss Char said...

That is one fantastic craft room Beverly. We sure think alike, I've been using IKEA to "outfit" a dish room in my husbands old office. One last 2 1/2 hour drive to the other side of the state next week should finish it off. Your room looks perfect and now I want to go back into my craft/sewing and make it beautiful and organized like yours. Thanks for sharing and great inspiration.

Beverly said...

Oh thanks so much guys! Your comments made me smile and I needed it on one hectic day. I sure hope you show off your rooms when you are done. I am looking forward to seeing them.

Cindy said...

Wow! What a wonderful storage, craft, sewing & puppy sleeping room Beverly! You did an amazing job!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Beverly said...

thank you so very much..

At The Picket Fence said...

This is an absolutely amazing space! I think your idea to use the kitchen island in there was pure genius and we are so glad that you came by and linked up to Inspiration Friday!

Chino & Milo's Thrifty Gems said...

Wow! It looks great. I love love the buttons.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Your craft room needs no suggestions from me!
You have it just perfect!
So nice that part of your collection is your mother's. I have some of my mom's old tins full of buttons and some of her trims too. I doubt that I will ever use them since they were hers. :)