3/20/12

craft room follow up

I am so excited to write this post. My craft room reveal post has been really popular, and I am so flattered by all the great feedback I've received. It has become clear to me over the past year or so that I have left quite a bit of information out. Time to change that. This is going to be a looong, picture heavy post, so get ready. 

Lets start with what my craft room looked like about a year ago. 





 These were taken literally days after I finished the room. Translation: I hadn't made a mess yet. I shared here how my room normally looks. As much as I try to be, I'm just not an organized or tidy crafter. I make messes, jump from project to project, and then when I'm done, I turn off the light, shut the door and ignore the mess. Lucky you, I cleaned up for this update post. 

One of the most common questions/comments I get is Where do you store everything?

Good question. One of my favorite snarky comments comes from Pinterest and goes a little like this: "It's a pretty room, but where does she store stuff?" Let me show you. 



My biggest storage area is under my long, tall desk. The shelves are mismatched, cheap ones from Target. The counter rests on top of these shelves and is also bolted to the wall. When I am ready to hide my hoard, I slide the curtains closed, and it looks pretty and clean again.

But wait, there is more storage.



Under my other 2 desks, I have cabinets where I store various junk. The cabinets are from the kitchen cabinet section at Home Depot. They are kept in stock at the store and are unfinished, which is exactly how I left them. I like the blond color of the wood, and more importantly, I like that I didn't have to sand/stain/paint, etc.

You can see in this picture that I have even more storage in the form of a shelf by my door. 


The shelf houses some of those fabric bins from Target, which adds tons of semi-organized storage. 

Another Pinterest commenter said that she thought I had my storage behind the curtains you see in the picture above. 


Nope. It is another small "room" I created by closing it off with curtains. Anderson has his stuff over there and there is also a bathroom at the end. (Time for a shout out to my husband who graciously let me have a whole room in our small house devoted to nothing but crafts. He's alright.)

Notice anything else different about that picture above? I added a piece of furniture. - that pretty blue cabinet. 


 I keep my embroidery supplies, yarn, and Aida cloth in this baby. I didn't buy this cabinet specifically for my craft room. I've had it for a few years, but decided to move it down to my room after I realized I have a lot of craft junk and needed more (yes, more) storage. 


 That takes care of the storage question, I think. There is lots of storage in there, so no worries all you Pinners who think I have a pretty yet nonfunctional room.

Onto the most popular question I get: What is the paint color? 
 It is Behr Tide Pools. Also, I don't get asked this, but I thought I would share anyway. I always always use the paint + primer in one. It is more expensive, but totally worth the extra few dollars. 

My next most popular question: Where did you get those bookends?


I got them last spring at Target. They are by Umbra (I think), and I have not seen them since I bought them. I hate that I can't help you out with this one. I have done google searches and come up empty handed. If anyone knows anything else about where to find these, leave a comment and I will update this post.

That is about it for the most common questions. Have any other questions/comments/etc.? Leave them in the comments and if there is enough interest I can do a follow up to the follow up post. 

Onto what else I want to share. Are you still with me?

As lovely as my perfectly staged craft room was, it has become a bit more "real" over the past year. I've filled up cork boards, added trinkets, and just made things a bit more homey. 

Lego Harry Potter. Because apparently I am five years old. 


 Jars house my most used supplies - like glue sticks and baker's twine.

 The original Pin board.

 Basket-o-junk.


 I hoard pretty cards and bits of ribbon. I throw stuff in baskets when I don't know what else to do with it. I have a Harry Potter Lego figurine happily sitting right next to a ceramic rose vase. Does it all "go"? No, of course not. But it makes me happy, it inspires me, it makes the room mine. That's what a studio should be. So even though I wish my room always looked like it came from the pages of a Home Decor magazine, it just won't. Now, it looks like me, and that's just the way I like it. 

I still have some things I would like to do to make this space even better. I want to come up with a good storage option for my growing collection of craft books. 

  
Right now, they are taking up a lot of room on my desk, so maybe a new bookshelf is in order. 

I also need to file this ugly pile of pictures, patterns, and other various bits of inspiration. 


I keep putting it off, but I just need to buy a file box and take an afternoon to sort through all that paper. 

I'd also like to eliminate every spider within a 100 foot radius of our home. Since my room is in the basement, I get spiders. Yuck. Maybe I should be happy though, because they take care of the ants. Yuck. 

In all seriousness, I can't with good conscious complain about anything. I would have to say that one of the most popular comments I get is that I am so lucky to have a room like this all to myself. Believe me, I do know it. I feel so blessed that I have this special, pretty space all my own. 


Like I said, if you have any other questions, I would love to share. Just leave them in the comments.

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15 comments:

  1. Love the craft room! This is my first time seeing it, and I'm so jealous! I'm moving into a two bedroom apartment soon and am hoping for a great craft room in there!

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  2. Are those squinkies on top of that bulletin board?! I have squinkies in my dungeon craft room.

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  3. I love your craft room! It's so beautiful, and I love that it's got all sorts of little touches that don't necessarily belong there, but they keep it very realistic and "you." I'd sure love to have my own craft room someday. I think your craft room post was the first one I ever read, now that I'm thinking about it!

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  4. I had to giggle. I'm sitting next to Harry Potter legos in my home office/craft space myself.

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  5. Love this craft room to bits. It's perfect! And like you said- you are sooo lucky to have a craft room like this!

    Love the color of the room- oh, and I also love that you have harry potter legos.. you're awesome!

    -Kendall
    {songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com}

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  6. I am not sure how this is the first time I am seeing your craft room since I regularly read your blog, but it is! I love it. It is so pretty. And I love how you have all your stuff tucked away so it doesn't have to look like a big mess when you don't want it to. I share a craft/hobby room with my hubby so my space is limited, but I am forever grateful to be able to shut the door from little people with grabby fingers (I have a 5 and 2 year old). I love that you have a Lego Harry Potter. That is awesome! :)

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  7. Oh my! How gorgeous! Ok. 2 things....1.)are those squinkies on top of the pinboard? 2.) I get spiders in my craft room too! UGH!

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  8. I still love your craft room. :) I always knew it was super-functional. I mean, how could a crafter as amazing as yourself design a studio that's not functional? Not possible.

    I'm looking to do things a little differently around here, so thanks for showcasing how you arranged your storage. If only I had some more *space* in here...

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  10. WOW!! OM! Honestly the room turned out amazing! I love how there is multiple seating locations, great time with friends can be had in there!! The bookends- pinned them and having my hubby make some soon!!
    Love Love Your Blog!
    Jen @ f5

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  11. I love your craft room! Looks so great! I wish I had the room in my tiny house for one.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. Your craft room is amazing! It makes me want to kick my husband out of his office;-) You are definitely making me think about how I can create a small space for just me. We plan on buying a new house in the next 2-3 years and one of the new requirements is that there will be a craft room for me! lol You did a beautiful job!

    PS: Where do you find your embroidery hoops? Do you just pick them up here and there?

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    1. I usually pick up one or two every time I am at JoAnn's or Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I keep a few of each size on hand, just in case. Overkill, maybe :)

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  13. I found your blog through pintrest and your craft room is gorgeous! I'm so jealous cause I only have part of the living room ^^ But I have to ask, where did you get those tiny Disney figurines above your sewing machine? I love Disney and they are so cute!

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