Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Craft Room

My Happy Place

I'm really excited to post these pictures, mainly because that means that it is done. It also means I can stop pestering my husband with my ideas that require his handy work. Well. . . at least I'll be able to keep the other ideas brewing in my head quiet for awhile.

If you want to read more about how this room became possible, read this previous post.

Here are the before pictures. If you think they are bad you should have seen the before the before. Those would have been too embarrassing to post.  An interior designer, which if you’re interested in this check out onlineinteriordesigndegree.org, would have had a field day with the initial state of this room.   This room previously acted as a catch all for whatever, and was rarely entered into. It is a tiny room, and we tried to use our space wisely. I'm just grateful to have a room all for me! I hope you are prepared for a lot of pictures.
How a mind was able to be creative in this mess in unknown.
And now after a lot of woodworking from my husband, and late nights, the new craft/sewing room.

I love my new room! Here are some close up's and details of the process.
First I'll brag about the shelves my husband built. They are wonderful and chuck full of room to store things. We covered the back with my favorite pink colored fabric. They are made out of MDF which made them extremely heavy, but affordable. The bottom two shelves were supposed to be drawers, but as you can see, I wouldn't have been able to open them any way.
The shelves store all my fabric, along with many other things.
I roll my fabric and keep it together with elastic. You can store a lot more that way. It's also nice to be able to see all my fabric out so I know what I have. Then again, maybe I won't have as good of an excuse to buy more. The blue bins (bought for 4 bucks at a local grocery store) store scrap fabrics, yarn and other stuff.
The pink bins hold batting and interfacing, and projects that need tackling.
Here are some dollar store bins to house extra thread and binding, as well as some more fabric and such.
These shelves store all my books and resources, pressing supplies, glue, paint brushes, and whatever else in an organized fashion. You can also read this post for more info on my thrifty storage solutions.
The smaller shelves on the far left hold all my paper crafting and scrap booking supplies. If I can stop sewing so much, maybe I'll get to all of that.
The windowsill houses my colorful flowers and buttons. I knew I kept those baby food jars for a reason. I just spray painted the lids to make them cute. I knew that "lovely" scenery needed all the help it could get.
These bar stools used to be hideous things, with only a piece of particle board to sit on. We painted and upholstered them.
I originally wanted peg board to store these items, but that would have cost more than I wanted to spend. The 3 boards were sitting in our garage (from who knows where my husband picked them up.) He drilled holes for the wooded dowels for my home made thread storage. Then we found the cheapest hooks at Home Depot for the rest. I love it!
Here some hooks, string and clothes pins display the projects I'm working on (or want to), or things I like to look at.
My ironing board hangs on the inside of the door, out of the way.
This table serves as a creative workplace for the kiddos. Of course it can raise up for me if it needs to.
Now onto my favorite part of all. The cutting table that my dear sweet husband designed and built himself. My back always hurt from bending over to do my projects, and now that problem is solved.

Isn't she a beauty? My measuring tools hang on the wall right by it. Pattern making paper is directly above it hanging on a dowel. But wait until you see what it can do.
The center lifts out for more hidden storage.
I can store my pressing mat and iron on the bottom.
And it is fold-able! Both sides fold up for easy moving and to allow more room if needed. Isn't it amazing! I couldn't be happier about my cutting table.
Above the table is my project display shelf (also made by my husband). I made the books out of old readers digest novels. The big dice was made out of large wooden blocks (also made by my husband) and hand painted. I was inspired here.
The books serve a dual purpose. 1. To be cute 2. store my magazine clippings that inspire me.
I just glue anything that inspires me onto the pages. One is for home decor, the other two for sewing projects and crafts. If you want a tutorial on how I did this, click here.

Finally, there is an under the stairs closet in this room. Since my girls follow me around every where I go, I knew if I was going to get any work done in here there had to be a place for them.
A cozy corner for books and other quiet activities. The girls love it and it has worked like a charm.

It has a puppet theater and an art easel.
Now they always want to go into my sewing room which I never object to.

A special thanks to my dear husband who made all this possible. He is such a talented man and I'm grateful to have him. Another thanks to my mother in law who serves as my sewing inspiration and who also handed down the majority of stuff that equipped this room. Most of my thread, ribbon, fabric, and many other things were given to me by her. It would be a boring room without all of that! And another thanks to all the weight competition losers who didn't try as hard as me and my husband in the competition. This allowed us the money to make this room happen.

Hope you enjoyed it-I know I will!

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96 comments:

Tiffany said...

Wow. Your room looks gorgeous! Wish I had a spare room to make that beautiful! I LOVE the jars in the window. So stinkin' cute especially with those pink lids! Looks so fun having them all lined up like that! Your husband sure is talented and made you some wonderful stuff for your special room! The nook for your girls is awesome and so perfect. What little one doesn't love a special little space like that?

Thanks so much for linking to my big dice! Yours turned out fabulous and they look great on that shelf next to your adorable and clever books/storage for ideas!

Fantastic craft room! Enjoy!

Frugal Home Designs said...

That looks amazing. So organized and functional. Great job.

Melanie said...

EEEK! I am so excited for you! I love the colors, and the light. For a basement, that is really bright! Have fun!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a great room and I love the little spots for your girls. Your husband did a fantastic job on the cutting table. So inspirational!

Tracie said...

WOW!! Nuff said!

Leanne said...

Your room looks amazing. I'm having my next We're Organized Wednesday linky party on April 28. I would love it if you'd stop by and join the party. There will be a giveaway too.

Jenn said...

aw man, I'm super jealous! What a great space for you. Right now, I have a very messy closet for my goods. You've inspired me to clean it up!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Your craft room is knocking my socks off! What a beautiful place to create! I would love to have the space for one. Great job!

Chris said...

So amazing. I'm trying really hard not to be jealous! Congrats...now you can really create up a storm.

Simies said...

WOW!!! I love your craftroom!!! Good job!!!

Camille said...

Cami it's perfect! Your cutting table is amazing, I usually cut on the floor so cause I hate bending over too. We just moved to a townhouse w/ 3 bedrooms, I've started the pestering husband project to get an amazing sewing room! I expect to see lots of great projects now that you have that room!

Katie said...

That is such a great room! You have done a wonderful job making sure that everything has a place - even your girls!

Yolanda said...

My guest room is my craft room and it looks like your before picture. I am inspired! Your room is fabulous! I could just sit in there for hours and stare - I wouldn't get anything done!
Way to go!

Jen said...

WOW! Those are some great Before and Afters. I love the books. What a loving husband you have too.

kirstin & jordan said...

This looks FABULOUS! I feel like an organized, beautiful space makes work easier and faster... think of all the wonderful things you'll create! :)
We have a Friday Fun Finds party (on Fridays, of course)... If you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up this week!

Scrapity Anne said...

WOW!!!! That is all I can even say. Just WOW!!! You and your husband did an amazing job, you must be so thrilled! I would love a space like that. It;s all so functional but beautiful too!

Monica said...

What more can I say that everyone else already hasn't. THE ROOM IS AMAZING!!! I am so happy that you have a beautiful room to work in and that you are able to still be close to your girls too. The cutting table is....WOW! I would love to see the pattern he used for that. Maybe then I could talk my husband into making one for me as well. ;>

My Slice of Heaven said...

Wow, looks amazing, almost to pretty to actually do crafts in!

Heather said...

Your room looks great! you guy's did a great job on it.

Suzanne said...

What a pretty room!

Pals Place said...

I love it!!! Have fun with it!

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

Great job to you and your husband on your craft room!!! I have a lot of stuff in mine, too. You are the first person that I've seen that has pattern paper, so obviously you make patterns! I used to be a clothing designer so I have a full 54" wide roll. It's so nice to see someone else with a craft room with many different work areas. The little nook for your kids is awesome.
Wonderful job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

I am so jealous!!! your space is awesome!!!!! i work in a basement that is also the laundry room and storage space, but how i would love to have an inspiring place like yours. you did a fantastic job! i am going to save it as inspiration!!! love love love it! hopped over from somewhat simple.

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing with us. Your craft room is fabulous!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Kenzie said...

Amazing! I am so jealous, what a wonderful room to get to work in! I love it!

Kendra Goodrich said...

I want this room! Lucky girl, I am in the middle of redoing a little bit of my craftroom/office, you have some great ideas!

Kelly Biggs at My Dear Trash said...

My favorite thing are the books! I have so many inspiration clippings stacked up- this would be a perfect way to store them. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I'll be ready to post my craft room in a month or so and will link up your book idea- cause I'm gonna have to steal it. Thanks again

pamela said...

What a fabulous space. I really like the pops of pink and I am making note of some of your organizational idea. I did my space about ten months ago and I still love it. I'm a geek when it comes to organizing so this was fun for me to see.
Pamela

Tasha said...

Wow. That is seriously beyond amazing. What a huge huge difference. I would never want to leave!! I just bookmarked this because I am inlove with so many of the things you did. I just adore it all! (found you over at Somewhat Simple)

Kasey Hunt said...

Great use of space!! It looks awesome!! Enjoy your new room.

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

OK, my craft room looks like the before picture and we have the same window. I ALMOST DIED. WOW, this is amazing!!! GOOD JOB! WOW
Happy new friend Friday!
I am following you now, come follow me!
Gros bisous
Frenchy

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Lucky, lucky girl! Enjoy your new space! What a terrific idea to make a little space just for your girls.

Twee Poppets said...

Stopping by from New Friend Friday. I'm following you now! Hope you can stop by and follow me, too. :)

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By the way, I'm starting a NEW BLOG HOP!!! It's called Tuesday Tag-Along, and it premieres this coming Tuesday! I hope you'll be there to join in the fun!

Nicole R.J. said...

What a great room make-over! You did a fantastic job, and I love the little nook for your girls!

Kate said...

Awesome!! Someday I'll have a room just like it....I hope.

Just popping in on my Friend Making Friday rounds. Love your blog and wanted to say hello.

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I love your room and the colors are very relaxing. Your husband did an excellent job! Love the dice by the way :)

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I love your room and the colors are very relaxing. Your husband did an excellent job! Love the dice by the way :)

Jane said...

Just stopping by from new friend friday. Tons of cute ideas in there!! I mad=y have to try some myself!

Allison R said...

WOW, very impressive! I'm so jealous! My craft room is the smallest room in my house (including the closets) - I'm constantly spilling out into the formal dining room. I'm visiting from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative.

Denise said...

Your craft room is gorgeous! I am jealous! Following you from The Creative Girl's New Friend Friday! Great blog! I am happy to follow :)

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Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

so cute! Enjoy every minute that you get in it! I jumped over from New Friend Friday and am so happy that I did! I have become your newest follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same! until later...

Simply Stacie said...

I am stopping by from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative.

I am a new follower of yours :)

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Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Fantastic space! I love the colors you chose!

Scrappy Gifts said...

Wow fabulous! Love the pinks and blues. LOVE your buttons and flowers in jars by the window sill. I also love the little quiet corner for your girls.
I'm slowly collecting storage pieces for my craft room and I know I'll probably have to create a little spot for my children while I craft.
I'd love if you linked up to my Scrappy Saturdays: http://myscrappygifts.blogspot.com/2010/04/10th-scrappy-saturdays.html

Star @ A Load Of Craft said...

Ugh I'm soooooo jealous! I love it to death and I want one of my own! I'm showing my husband when he gets home :) Thanks for sharing you lucky lady!

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

How Inspiring..I have a wonderful room but am still jealous..It looks like so much fun is going to be had not to say all the creativity going on...Great job!!Hi..I’m Barb from Fri. Follow. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well.

Bobbie said...

That is great! I have a link party today at www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com and would love it if you could stop by

Laura said...

Wow I am so jealous!! I love all the storage ideas.

I'm hosting a blog party right now and I'd love it if you stopped by and linked up. Hope to see you at Saturday is Crafty Day!

jill said...

That is amazing! I love the nook for the kids to hang out, pretend, and play! Thanks for your inspiration.

{All Thingz Related} said...

All I can say is, wow. I'm in awe. And jealous...very, very jealous :)
Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!
~Rebekah~

Practically Spent said...

Awesome job. Really. And how fortunate to have that little nook for the girls. Goodness knows, I have my own 2 shadows. I'll bet they LOVE IT! Be proud of this one.

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a FABULOUS space you created! I love the colors and how you organized! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance ~ Hope you are enjoying your weekend! My favorite is the jars against the window...I can only imagine how happy you must be!! Happy Crafting!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That is such a gorgeous creative space! I love the little hideaway for your girls!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

Chocolate Sundaes said...

wow awesome job! I really want a craft room, happy crafting!!! I'd love for you to link this up to here http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/2010/04/sundae-scoop-link-party_24.html

Rebecca said...

What an inspirational room! You have thought of everything! I'm planning to turn my dining room into my craft room this summer and you've given me lots of great ideas!

Kaysi said...

Wow that is amazing!!! It looks so clean and organized too!

lindsey@junkstyle said...

I love what you did with this room!! I'll be getting a craft room of my own eventually! Hope I can recreate some of your ideas in mine :)

Cheryl said...

So very nice. That cutting table is fab. I just finished my craft room and it is an incredible feeling to have an organized place to work on your projects - enjoy it. Thanks for linking up to Craftastic Monday!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hi Cami,
I just love your new happy crafty room! What an amazing job and I love that you did it all in such a thrifty manner! Would you like to stop by my blog and link up for our Spring Studio Spruce Up challenge? I posted a progress post on Saturday and would love it if you wanted to show your space too. You have some great storage ideas I'm sure my readers would love to see! Thanks for sharing!

Anna

Sandra said...

That is one sweet craft space. I love all the colors and storage and the cutting table your hubby made. Fantastic.

Jenni R. said...

Yeah! I'm celebrating with you as I've just finished up the main new part of my craft area--now to pretty up the other part! Way to go on completion! And everything bit of yours is wonderful! Congratulations!

James and Chelsea said...

Cami, please come design a room for me. We have the same problem...too much fabric and no where to put it. I'm jealous. Enjoy your beautiful room!

Jessica Hills said...

Your craft room is so cute. Thanks so much for posting this on Favorite Things Friday!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is a work of art! Love it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com because you got the most views from last weeks WGW party! Congrads!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

Wow! That looks fantastic. I love all the details. Those books are darling too. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

Alisa @ The Tidy Nest said...

Looks great and so functional!

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

Looks great! And reminds me of mine.. I just posted a picture of mine and I feel the SAME way about it.. Luckily my bf just mentioned yesterday night that I need a more organized crazy ness so maybe I'll have a cute room too!

this mum' s world said...

Drool-worthy room!!
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coutrymom said...

Great Job! Could you post a plan/instructions for the cutting table? I would love to have my hubby build me one of those!

NORMA said...

Oh geez, I would love to have a room like this, it is FABULOUS!!!! GREAT JOB!!

Nora said...

Cami:

Absolutely beautiful!!!! I was wondering if your wonderful husband wouldn't mind sharing tha plans for the awsome cutting table?? I love the thought of having a table, but the real estate that it takes up is to much, so a folding table would be perfect!!!!

N

Cami said...

For all those wanting a plan for the cutting table, I will get my husband doing that. I'm pretty sure he made it up as he went, so he will have to write up something. Check back soon!
Thanks for all your wonderful comments. They make my day.

Laura said...

What a cute room! Where is your sewing table from? I am looking for something small like that to house my new machine. Thanks!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

WOW!
That is an amazing room! I am sooo jealous! I will be trying to make a craft room this summer, after I finish moving my youngest son into his older brother's room so I can have his room. :) You have provided a lot of inspiration. Amazing! I know that took a lot of work. Kudos to your wonderful hubby. What a gem!
Thank you for linking this fabulous DIY project to my party.
Blessings,
Traci
(Sending out a tweet about this room!)

Forgetfulone said...

I love your new sewing/craft room, especially the pink accents, and the little play/quiet area for your daughters is darling, as are they.

treasuringthemoments said...

I'm definitely wowed. It appears you have thought of everything. Your husband deserves a big hug for all the work he did. He must really appreciate your crafty talents.

Elisabeth

Family, Money and Stuff said...

Be still, my beating heart! That is one awesome craft room! Wanna come decorate my house? :D

Thanks! G-R-E-A-T ideas! Yay. Yay. Yay. :)

Trish said...

What a great room!!! And so inspiring! We're moving to a new home in about 3 weeks and I will finally have my very own craft room. I'll definitely be looking to this post as I get it all set up. Nice job!

Cook Clean Craft said...

What an inspiration. I've just started really getting into crafting (sewing, felt and crochet in particular) and am starting to set up my craft space in our spare bedroom. There is so much inspiration there. Thank you!

~*yOuNiQuE727*~ said...

Hi Cami,

You are so lucky to be so crafty ~ I've always wanted to sew and make things but never took the time to learn. You and your hubby did a great job in this room ~ keep creating because you are one talented lady! God Bless You :)

Norma
younique727

a-completed-peg-board-for-my-sewing-area said...

Cami,

Just thought I'd let you know (even if you are on blog vacation LOL) that I completed my own peg board. I love how it looks and hope I find it just as useful. Thanks for the ideas. My brain is popping with how to turn my small area into a more usable and organized craft/sewing area. Have a great weekend!

Elisabeth

ReMemory Designs said...

Wow...so impressed! Just another idea that I've seen used is the magnetic tins with the clear covers. Work great for organizing little pieces of this and that and you can always find them. You can purchase the tins at most craft or tool stores. Use on regular sheet metal or I actually have fabric magnetic boards on my website that can be custom designed to your colors but you certainly wouldn't have to have those to use the tins.
You have given me inspiration to clean out my craft room.

Darleen said...

I am wondering about plans for the cutting table. You could certainly sell them.

luvinthemommyhood said...

Wow! What a craft room! that cutting table is to die for!!! Wow! Thanks for the heads up on the thread holder..not sure if my hubby could even figure that out..hahaha.

Crystal said...

Oh my what a beautiful craft room. I love all of the storage and the little spot for your girls. Thanks for all of the organizing ideas and have fun in your new space.

Jeanne and John said...
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radn said...

I dream of a craft room like this!

Powers Fam said...

I love the nook for your little ones. What a great idea! What a great space.

Creative Escapes said...

I adore this!

Becky said...

Love the jars, love the shelving, love the whole space...but the cozy corner for the kids is what really makes this place awesome! Love that your kiddos love going in there, too, as you probably get a whole lot more done that way. Lovely space.

Anonymous said...

I REALLY love your room. I'm in the process of converting a closet into my own sewing area -- wish I had a little space for my girls. I loved that about your room. Very cute. And overall I love your blog and crafting ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anika

Michelle Olson said...

I just stumbled upon your room as I was looking for solutions to my mess of supplies that are literally spread out and divided between 3 rooms in our house. It makes me want to cry its so nice!!! You've thought of everything! I don't even know where to begin with mine. Best of all...I love it that your sweet husband built all that. That's true love in my book!!!!

bakin_mama said...

Hi I just stumbled upon this page! WOW. I am looking to re do my baking room. Would your hubby share the how to for the table? It would be great for my fondant rolling and then can fold up. How creative!

bakin_mama said...

...and the spool holder, did you just push the dowels into the holes? I see icing tip holder....

Cami said...

In response to the last comment. I couldn't find a way to reply to you, so I hope you see this. As many have requested plans to the table, the husband has said he will come up with them and I should be posting about them in the next couple of weeks. The wooden dowels were simply pushed into the holes he drilled in the board. Glue wasn't necessary, so far. Please email with any further questions.
Cami

Maria Wicks said...

Oooohhhh I SOOOOO want your sewing/craft room!!!! I'm gonna come and steal it one night, lol. Just kidding of course, but I really do love it.

Just found out about your blog from my favorite blog ever (Make It and Love It) and decided to pay you a visit. Awesome blog you have here. Got you added to my top 10 blogs that I check out every day. I know I will be spending a lot of time here, I guess partly because I also have three girls and one baby boy (congratulations on the new baby by the way), and mine are very close in age to yours, actually all of mine are about 1 year older than all of yours, lol. And mainly because your blog looks like it has a lot of the type of things that I would be interested in, especially the kids sewing and crafting tutorials. I'm glad that I found out about your blog from your guest posting on Make It and Love It today. I love those 'Frozen' capes and will definitely be making some with my girls. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!.

By the way, when was the new baby born?