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Saturday, May 9, 2015

My craft space

I thought I would give you a sneak peak into my "studio".
When we built this house 8 years ago, I came from a big "playroom" that I shared with two young daughters and lots of junk!
It was hard to know what I needed or how much of this or that I needed!
My work space was an old door with filing cabinets at the end and that was it.  A lot of things were in those plastic storage bins...you know the 6 drawer kind that rolls (which on carpet, it doesn't roll very good if at all!) or the bigger 3 drawer kind that sits on a desk top.
My new room is right off the kitchen, so a pot doesn't boil over very often!  And a sink with water is very close!
The room is approximately 10 x 15 with a 2+ x 4 feet taken out for some mechanical 'things'!
Since I have 6 grandchildren, I did think that at a time or two there might be more than just me in this space!  And I have a BFF who comes down twice a year and we "play" in here for hours at a time!  So I knew I needed a long counter so at least two or three could sit and create.  I used Ikea products to hang all my pencils, scissors, etc to keep them off my desk work space.  The metal buckets at one end are strictly for the kiddos...like crayola pencils and markers and their decorative scissors.  the cabinets were all from Home Depot and I went with open shelving
 I can sit in my chair, look at the computer, swivel to sit and work.  The drawers in the middles hold all the ink pads, dimensional adhesive and lots of other misc. things I use regularly. I try to keep everything within an arms reach that I use most often.  The other end of the counter is used for guests or my kiddos or when I need to spread out!
 This rolling wire rack from Costoc really holds a lot of things!  I had a really neat rustic bookcase in here originally, but you know I went with practical rather than looks...this holds way more of my 'stuff'.
And this counter is opposite my chair, the counter is a bit higher, so it is easier to cut paper, run through the Big Shot and even take pictures.  I store all my paper in the rolling carts so I can always bring it right over to me.  One cart has all PTI paper, watercolor paper, clear paper and glittery paper.  The other cart holds Michaels' paper that my kiddos can use, along with some 12 x 12 designer paper.
And my flooring is all hardwood!  Mesquite to be exact and I love it.  I can roll anywhere, I can find things that fall and my carts with paper can easily roll with me.  And if there is a spill...no problem, easy to wipe up!
So that is it folks.
I am linking this up to Live * Love * Cards blog where Darlene is creating a new craft space in a brand new home!

thanks for taking a look!

6 comments:

  1. I love your crafting space and especially your floor! I am still trying to roll around on purple shag carpet (my daughters old room). Your loooong work space is fabulous too...I know that must be great for when Lin comes to visit and of course when the grandkids come to play too! Definitely going to have to think about that when Addy gets a little older! What kind of paper cutter do you use Colleen? I have a SU! one that I have a love/hate relationship with and an old Fiskars one and not really happy with either. I noticed you had a larger one in your last photo, and just wondering what kind it is? Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Mother's day weekend! :0)

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  2. I love getting to see where your create all your fabulous cards Colleen! I wish my studio was big enough for others to join me! Envious of that long countertop. So glad I stopped by tonight! HUGS!

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  3. Wow! What an amazing craft room! Awesome counter space and open shelving...lucky you!!! I'm sure you have lots of fun creating in your wonderful craft room!:-)

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  4. What a wonderful space you have, I just love it! I think my little room would fit in here about four times or maybe even more! lol

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  5. Your space is lovely. Lots of counter space and light. I like the hanging pails to keep things tidy. The shelving unit holds a lot and I love the bright baskets. It is an inspiring place and room for visitors to craft along with you. You planned it well.

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  6. Your space is lovely. Lots of counter space and light. I like the hanging pails to keep things tidy. The shelving unit holds a lot and I love the bright baskets. It is an inspiring place and room for visitors to craft along with you. You planned it well.

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