Here with a different type of post today. It is my turn to share my Craft Space with you as part of CASology’s Design Team Craft Space Tours.
By now, you would have had the opportunity to see quite a few different craft rooms and styles belonging to my teamies. I, for one, have thoroughly enjoyed ‘sticky-beaking’ through everyone’s space, and am very excited to be able to share my little patch of paradise with you!
In a nutshell:
- My space is multi-purpose
- I don’t have a lot of stuff
- I love to recycle / ‘upcycle’
At a glance, here it is:
It serves as a play space for my three sons, an office, a music room, and occasionally (when the toys can be shifted), a sitting room.
Over to the left of this room, the space is, more often than not, devoted to ‘play’, and has been known to look like this:
Yes, that is a lot of Lego, and picking it up is nowhere near as fun as tipping it out… But fortunately for all of us, this isn’t how it looks most of the time.
Let’s all take a deep breath and swing back to the ‘craft side’, shall we?
Ok, so my desk is where I store the majority of my colouring tools. I do have some watercolour pencils and paints in a drawer, but what you see here is the bulk of it.
My late grandfather made this printer’s tray upon which my glitters, embossing powders, ink re-fillers, etc sit. It used to hang in my room when I was a girl, containing an assortment of mini-trinkets. My dad kindly attached an mdf backboard to it, to prevent any items falling out the back.
I am a big fan of ‘upcycling’. Most of what you see displayed began life with a different purpose. My favourite disposable coffee cup is perfect for holding my 6 rolls of washi tape. My son’s broken Tupperware lunchbox holds my inking sponges.
My inks fit (somewhat precariously) into these collapsible fabric IKEA boxes. They boxes were originally purchased to hold stacks of disposable nappies and wipes, creams, etc, under my sons’ change-table, but mercifully those days are over, so the boxes got ‘re-purposed’.
My markers, adhesives, embellishments, scissors and acrylic blocks are all contained in the stacked clear plastic containers that sit next to my inks and are in easy reach.
Stamps that I am currently working with often sit alongside my craft mat. They fit neatly into a velvet-lined wooden lid that broke off a gorgeous wooden gift box years ago.
Most of my cardstock sits in those Ikea cardboard magazine holders next to the marker boxes. As I don’t have heaps of cardstock, I store each colour in an A4 sheet protector within the magazine holders. That way, I can keep the scraps with the appropriate colour cardstock. As I don’t have a lot of patterned paper, the majority of it sits in a 12 x 12″ polypropylene paper holder at the edge of my desk.
And now, onto my stamp and die collection. Here it is in all its glory! It’s a small, but special collection of stamps and dies, which sit in four folders on top of my bookshelf, and across half the second bookshelf. Each of them are very dear to me!
The stamp/die cardboard folders were made following this handy tutorial. A few loose wooden stamps sit in the basket next to the clear stamps. The remainder of my wooden stamps are in my printer’s tray on my desk. The white rattan boxes hold punches and ribbons, respectively. I also like to store envelopes, Christmas patterned paper, home-made cards, craft magazines, fun foam, 3D paper project templates, and other bits and pieces I use less often, in the shelves.
And then there is this poor old beautiful piano that my husband inherited from a late great aunt. It gets played occasionally, but in truth, gets used more often as a place to store my cards, some computer paper, and other special cards that bloggy friends have sent me.
And that’s it!
Thanks for visiting! Tracey will be sharing her craft space with you tomorrow, so make sure you check that out!
Bye for now!