You know that scene in The Little Mermaid when Ariel is in her grotto looking at all her treasures and sings..
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Looking around here you think
Sure, she’s got everything
I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore
You want thingamabobs?
I’ve got twenty!
That is how I feel when I am in my friend Nicole’s Craft Room. It is one of my very happiest places to be. Not only because she has crafty treasures galore, but because we have lots of fun being silly and artsy in her awesome space.
I am excited to share Nicole’s Craft Room with you and hope it inspires you find a space that you can make your own and get yo’ craft on!
Nicole’s Crafty Story….
We moved into our new house in June of 2012…and I purposely wanted a new home with an extra room that no one was going to use – except me! I like to craft. A lot. And my craft antics were usually spread over the entire house in some way, shape or form! Not anymore! They have their own space!
This is our spare bedroom turned into my crafty sanctuary. I wanted a fun, fresh and bright space to craft my day away…and this room was just the ticket! It has a large window that gets full sun most of the day. Perfect for light and great for taking photos of my crafty stuff!
When we moved in, it had cream walls, beige carpet (this is still there…and it will soon be replaced with dark hardwood) and lovely old brass light fixtures on the wall (sorry there aren’t any before pictures…but I promise, you’re not missing much…it was just empty and simple). Since I wanted a space that was bright and happy…I decided on a simple light gray color for the wall and teal accents. The bright walls reflect the sunlight so well…and it’s perfect for daytime crafting without the use of lamps!
The teal – it’s my favorite! I find it inspires me and relaxes me, so I decided to decorate my space with as much of it as possible. Luckily for me, it is a trendy color and I could find everything from window treatments to organizational bins to wall art and more – fairly easily. A bit TOO easily if you ask my penny pinching husband – HA, HA!
Here’s the run down of my space…
I have a little bookshelf that houses some of my favorite books when it comes to crafting and creativity. I refer to them often, so this bookshelf was perfect for allowing me to keep them at my finger tips!
I also created a few fun wall prints on the computer and put them in frames as decor. One says: “I Make Craft Things All Day” and the other says: “Shhhh, Not While I’m Crafting”. A rather fitting greeting into my craft sanctuary, right?!
I spent an entire weekend working on the closet. Yes, call me crazy. But, I wanted it: A) functional and B) organized. I love organization! The door is now my “gift wrapping station” – I found a door shelving system and chocked it full of gift wrap, bags, tissue paper, cards and bows. If anyone needs to wrap a gift – that’s the place to go! It makes me a very happy, happy girl. The inside of the closet is full of labeled bins of craft supplies: Paints, glitter, ribbons, punches and more! Everything is in labeled clear bins – easy to see, easy to use!
This dresser was a ‘spare’ that wasn’t being used anywhere, so I stole it for my craft space! Each drawer is set aside for something: I have a drawer of stamps, ink pads, and die cuts – for stamping, of course. Another drawer is devoted to stationery. Another is full of wood crafts (like frames, etc.) Remember…I said, I like to CRAFT! When I get in the mood to work on something, I can go to a drawer and all of the items needed are contained in one space. No more digging around the entire room just to finish a project!
This is probably my FAVORITE part about the room! I wanted my ‘most used’ and most treasured crafting supplies out in the open and readily available for me at any time. Over the years of crafting, I tend to grab the same tools over and over again…so these are the items that I want “out” all the time. My favorite paper punches, ink sprays, washi tape, baker’s twine & even my personal die cut machine all sit out on display in this space. When I see them out, it makes me want to craft even more…and the fact that they are all neatly in their own space makes for a less ‘stressful’ space, too!
The shelf area is full of bins with craft supplies: paper, envelopes, party items (balloons, cupcake wrappers, paper straws, etc), paper crafting tools and more.
It’s all ready to be used!
The Desk Area
I wanted a bright and open space that could be my ‘crafting area’. In the past, I had just crafted anywhere I could find the extra space to do so…I wanted this room to have a large open surface that wasn’t cluttered with stuff so I could have room at any time to create away! I love the open, white table top on the desk. I just have a few items on it at all time: my iPad (hello, Pinterest!), a day planner and a few everyday things like pens, stamps, an address stamp and a little desk lamp for night time crafting. Other than that…it’s all open space!
Right next to my desk, I have another little shelf that houses my Silhouette machine and all of it’s supplies. It’s location next to my desk is perfect since it needs to be hooked up to a computer. When I want to use it, I just bring up my lap top and craft away!
Well, that pretty much sums up my crafty space! I hope you’ve enjoyed the little tour! And…it’s open for craft time! Seriously…I’d be more than happy to have some craft companions in this space…the more it gets used, the less “eye rolls” I’ll get from my husband!! He’s convinced that there’s a “mortgage worth” of craft supplies in this room! There just might be….
Nicole is a local Chester County Mom who obviously loves to craft. She’s a personal friend of Sarah, Editor here at the CCM blog, and they have tons of fun in this space! If you have seen it on Pinterest, chances are…they have made it together – or at least attempted!!!