Hi everyone! I am doing my best to get back on the blog on a regular basis. I won't lie - it's not easy with working + 2 little ones at home, but I'm trying! I have been able to get back into crafting a bit lately - it feels SO good! When we moved, most of my stuff got packed away and I'm sad to say most of it had been sitting in boxes up until a few weeks ago. However, I've decided to take over the spare bedroom as a temporary crafting area - and get myself situated in there. Eventually we will finish our attic and turn it into a true crafting room - but for now, I will just make do
If you follow me on Instagram, you can get a glimpse into my unpacking and items that I've been working on. Here are some pics that I shared of my crafty organizing thus far. I'm getting there!
I took a trip to IKEA to grab some essentials for organizing. I picked up an Alex drawer unit to house a lot of my smaller items. I really do love it...can't wait to get more, ha!
that's it for now - stay tuned for more projects! I just finished up a felt Advent calendar that I made from scratch and I'm pretty proud of myself. I definitely want to share that with you all! Thanks for reading!
Kristina had a super cute post on her blog last week about Messy Crafters uniting! I am late posting this...but better late than never, right??
If you all thought that my room looked like THIS all the time, you were sorely mistaken
For the most part, when I'm done a project I do put the room back together and have it cleaned up nicely. I will say that having all that organization from IKEA allows me to cleanup relatively quickly.
But when I'm in the middle of something? Oh, it's a mess. I simply cannot keep my desk orderly when I craft. But that's OK - the cat doesn't seem to mind too much:
Tuxedo Black ink to go along with my Tuxedo black kitty. Perfect.
This is where he says "Ok Mum - enough is enough. You've been at this desk for FAR too long and I'm not gettin' any rubs. Time to pack it up & come lay down with me."
Hi everyone! I was finally able to complete the new room and get some video & photos of my new crafting space. You may remember this post where I said we completed the attic renovation? Well, we moved our guest bedroom up there, as well as my craft room.
I was excited to do this because as much as I loved my last craft room, it was very much "pieced together" with various tables and furniture. It was never really planned out as a functional space. There wasn't a lot of places to put things away behind closed doors - and it was starting to overwhelm me. Having everything in sight was starting to make me feel suffocated and I was losing my stamping mojo. I also felt like I just had *too much* - I needed to cut down and really keep out only what I truly use.
This time I decided to get some inexpensive cabinets at IKEA. They have worked wonderfully so far. I'm still figuring out where I want everything, but for the most part things are all put away. I also took the time to do a LOT of purging during this transition - which helped quite a bit. I recommend a good purge at least once a year for all you crafters out there.
OK so on to a LOT of photos & 2 videos that give you a tour of the room. I hope I don't make you sick in these videos - it's a little hard to crawl around with a camera & a big giant pregnant belly
Here is the room when you walk up the stairs - it's a shared space of guest bedroom & my crafting space:
row of Jetmax storage cubes...
Items stored on top of storage cubes (please watch video for full description)
Cardstock & paper, etc.
New crafting area - this is where I sit. All new cabinets & counter top.
Closer view of where I sit:
Ribbon, marker & other tool storage:
Laptop, Silhouette, etc.
Cardstock scrap storage drawers:
Drawers w/ inks & other supplies
Baskets to house clear blocks & adhesives
Spinning Desktop Organizer w/ all hand tools that are commonly used:
Lots of ribbon...
Spice jars holding lots of colorful buttons:
Cabinet w/ printer, scanner, cables & cords for electronics, etc.
Clear stamp storage
Another view of my new room:
Video Part ONE:
Video Part TWO:
Now onto some helpful links & info on where everything is from:
Cabinets & Countertop: IKEA
Towel Rod/Railings: all from IKEA. They are called "Bygel" rails. They are super inexpensive. You can see all things available in the Bygel collection here.
Wire ribbon baskets: IKEA - you can find them here.
Plastic storage containers: IKEA - you can find them here.
Plastic sleeves for storing clear stamps (on my Clip it Up): these are from Office Depot. See Jennifer McGuire's post about it here.
Plastic storage bin drawers (for my cardstock scraps): Target
I am sitting up here now enjoying the room as I type this. I love the room, the light and all the fresh new stuff in here. I've been working on some sewing today and I'm really just liking the new setup. Even the cat likes it - he's up here with me I know that crafting will take a back seat this Spring, but I look forward to eventually being up here with our little one and getting creative. (Even if I don't get nearly as much done as I used to...!)
Phew! That was a really long post. Hopefully I answered most questions in the section above - if not, feel free to leave me a comment. I will try to get to them as soon as I can.
so I haven't really mentioned this much on here, but...I am losing my Craft Room...!!
No worries though. I'm getting an upgrade
Right now, my craft room is sort of a room that you have to walk through to get to any other rooms on the 2nd floor of our house. (gotta love old homes & their horrendous layout "charm".) With the baby coming, we had to move some things around. We knew we were going to relocate our guest bedroom to our attic, and turn the guest bedroom into a nursery. Pete's been working on the attic (among other things) for quite a while. During this renovation, we decided that it might make sense to also move all my crafty stuff to the attic - after all, there's much more space and privacy up there. (maybe he's trying to tell me that I'm a messy crafter and he wants me to hide it all where no one can see?)
Either way, we decided that the guest bedroom-->Nursery and Kerry's Craft Room-->Playroom. Maybe not right away, but just a few months into our little one being here, I'm sure we will have all kinds of toys & large baby play things that will need a place to hang out. So that's the plan.
Last weekend the attic was finally complete with the installation of wall to wall carpet. I won't scare you too much, but here is a general pic of what the attic *used* to look like:
And here is what it looked like once the carpet was installed on Friday of last week...! (kudos to my wonderful husband for transforming this space!!)
Another view - where that cabinet is sitting right now is where I will be setting up shop for my crafts. Going to install some IKEA cabinets & countertops to work on. Should be awesome. Look at all that space! *swoon*
Here is a view of a room in the attic, which we will be using for storage:
So, that's just a quick look at where things stand for now. This weekend I am hoping to get those IKEA cabinets put in so that I can move all my stuff up there & get organized. We've already setup the guest bed up there so that part is done. The nursery is now clear & ready to be painted. So exciting!
I thought about moving my craft room as a later stage to this project - but then I thought that doing anything after this kid arrives is going to take twice as long and take twice as much energy...so we might as well do it now!
Hopefully I will be back soon with new craft room pics to share with you all. Thanks for looking.
yea, mine does.
Usually when I get going on a project...I don't stop. I go & go & go - and then usually move on to another one until I have virtually no space left on my desk to even place a piece of paper down. It slowly closes in on me, and then I'm left with this:
I can usually recover & put away enough stuff for the time being, so that I can move on to another project. But by the end of the day it gets a little out of control
WARNING: the contents of this blog posting are somewhat scary. Yikes.
This weekend I knew I had to start tackling my re-organization project. See, there's a guest bedroom off my craft room - it's a great room. The problem is that it's been sort of a catch all for my crafting CRAP. In other words: this past season on Craft Fair Madness was NOT kind to this room. LOTS of things were dumped here. Various unfinished craft projects, craft mistakes & disasters....unused boxes...shipping boxes that I *might* use someday...random unused craft materials, etc.
This shelf was the worst. It was where most EVERYTHING got thrown. To add to the madness, I still had Christmas wrapping paper & accessories sitting in this room - just hadn't gotten around to lugging them back up to the attic. ARGH.
So this weekend I tackled the beast:
So, what did I do? Well, here are a few tips that I can pass along from my weekend:
THROW THINGS OUT. Seriously. Are you going to use that? Have you touched it in the last 6 months? Take a long hard look at that crafting project that you THOUGHT you could salvage. Chances are you should cut your losses & move on - it will allow for a new spiffy project to make it's way into your crafting life...
Boxes - do you really need them? I was saving some empty boxes for potential shipping purposes. But really - all they do is take up LOTS of space - and looks really ugly. The Post Office has boxes - so why am I saving these?
Wasted space: certain items were taking up silly amounts of space - simply because I didn't have them sorted properly. I took all of my "Craft Fair" type alterables & materials & placed them all together. I grouped them into baskets & boxes so they are all in one place. Now I know what I have - and they are easy to find. (ex: wooden purses, little clay pots, chipboard books, etc.)
Sell old items you no longer use. I have a whole box full of stamps & other crafty tools that I no longer use. They were great - but I'm ready to make room for more new stuff. I hope to post them on here soon so if any of you are interested in a good deal on stamps - check back soon!
The above strategy produced A LOT of trash. This is just a small sampling...
And after all that...I give you...the newly organized shelf that I so bravely tackled:
TA DA!!! - I'm so proud!
I really hope to keep it this way. You do not want to even know how many bags of crap I really had. There was a lot more: so much more that we couldn't fit it all in this weeks outgoing trash. LOL. (in my defense - what started out as my one shelf turned into my shelf, plus the closet...plus the computer desk, plus another closet....Pete got into it too!)
So there you have it. I cannot believe I'm actually showing these photos on my blog - but at the same time I want you to know that I'm a real person & my craft space does NOT always look clean (in fact, clean is pretty rare). I don't think it needs to always be 100% clean - but it does help to have some organization.
While we're on the topic - I thought I'd share this again. I twittered about it last week but wanted to post here too in case you missed it. The lovely ladies over at the Crafty Storage Blog have a great thing going. They feature all kinds of creative rooms & ideas. I've seen some really neat things on there. They were kind enough to feature my space last week. Be sure to check them out & leave 'em some love! (my FAVE was this idea that I saw HERE.)
Thought I'd just do a quick update on my craft room (which happens to be a bit of a disaster lately, yikes!)
This is how I film my videos. It's super sophisticated ehhh?? Basically I just attach my Flip Camcorder to my Tripod & angle it downward onto my work surface. I film the video & then I use iMovie 09 to edit. I have to flip all of my videos around so that you aren't watching me work upside down...!
Sometimes I have enough natural light when shooting a video so I don't need any lamps. But mostly I use 2 desk lamps & just angle them down so they are giving me enough light for the video.
(notice all the CRAP surrounding my work surface?? Yeaaa....that's mostly how I roll. I've convinced myself that I'm just so darn artistic that I can't be bothered to put stuff away as I craft...yep, that MUST be it!! )
And here's where I shoot 99% of the stuff that I make. Normally I have my Cricut on this table & do all of my die cutting here. When it's time to shoot photos, I just take my Cricut off the table.
It's the best spot in the house - mostly because there's lot of windows in this room & lots of natural light. I almost NEVER shoot with artificial lighting - photos always turn out best with natural light. See that shade that's half down? I usually pull that ALL the way up - as high as it can go - letting in as much light as possible. (sometimes I forget to close it though, and it's a little creepy b/c I'm sure my neighbor can look in & see my disaster craft room...so yea, I try to remember to always close it! Privacy is key people!)
That black cloth is just a black sheet that I threw over a board. (the board came out of the back of a large poster frame - so it's almost like a hefty piece of chipboard that's roughly the size of a poster). This makes for a decent backdrop - one that I can lean most anything against, such as matching designer paper, etc. If I don't find anything that I like for matching paper I simply stick with the black.
Oh and that project currently sitting there being photographed...? That's a Valentine's Day project that I created - I haven't shared it with you yet...so ssshhhh I will be sharing soon. They are fun & cute for kids.