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Ten Things Tuesday- Things I Love in My Craft Room!

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For my first installment of Ten Things Tuesday, I bring you 10 craft supplies that I love. Something you should know about me, I use what I have on hand. When I have some money to spare in my craft budget, I go out and buy some things. However, when times are tight, the craft budget is among the first to suffer. So, I make do with what I have.

 

My 10 favorite things in my craft room, in no particular order.

  1. My Computer.  For the first time in almost 10 years, I have a desktop computer. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVED my laptops. However, I dropped a bowl of milk (post cereal) on the last one. And, well, the computer just did not like all of the milk fat and cereal sugar up in all of its parts! So, we raided my cash stash, which we had been saving for something else, and purchased the most computer that the $400 could buy. And, when it comes right down to it, $400 buys a lot more desktop than laptop. So, here I sit, with a desktop computer. I have discovered that I rather like having the keyboard again! And the USB ports! Without adapters, I can plug anything I want into my computer!
  2. My craft table.  I was using a drafting table for crafts, but I also had 3 kids trying to do art projects and homework around it. I desperately needed a bigger table. So, I grabbed my Bestie, and headed off to a school auction. I could easily catch the auction bug. It was my second trip to a local auction. I loved it. I got this table. It is 4×4 feet, and folds up practically flat to the wall to make floor space. The best part? I paid less than $25!

    Folding Table

    Old school cafeteria table became my new craft table!

  3. My TV. I have this completely old TV. It is a Sanyo, and I rescued it when my parents sold their beach condo. It serves a decent purpose, in that I can watch craft / home shows while I work. Or, I can just have something mindless on in the background!
  4. My Dremel. That little tool has drilled more holes and buffed more pieces than I care to think of! I love it!
  5. Sewing Machine. I am a crappy sewer. I would love to learn to sew, but classes are just not in the budget right now. One day, I will learn. In the mean time, I sew very basic things. I have hemmed pants and curtains. I have made a couple of basic tote bags and purses, and a bunch of little plush monsters and dolls. Most are ugly, but I love that I am finally able to travel down a road to making some different things.
  6. Nail scissors. Yes. Nail scissors. I have probably spent hundreds of dollars on scissors over the years. Especially when you consider all of the ones I purchased when I thought I was going to scrapbook our wedding and honeymoon. For the record I did one page, and wanted to pull my hair out! I might have been a stress case back then!! Ha! But, I digress. Nail scissors. They cut itty bitty precise little cuts. Try them. You will love them! Dollar store nail scissors work great for me!
  7. Binder clips. Bulldog clips. Whatever you call them. I use them everywhere. I use them to bind things, hold glued things together, hang things, I even use them as picture holders!
  8. Fabric stash. Like I said, I do little sewing. But I use fabric in so many crafts. And, frankly, I just think the colors are pretty and inspirational, sitting there on the shelf!
  9. My wand. I have a wand, inspired by that magical school we all know and love so well. When I am having brain block, I pick it up, and wave it around. It helps me remember that imagination has gotten people past their worst blocks. And frankly, sometimes, it is fun to pretend like one of those spells could actually happen!
  10. Label Maker. Because, seriously, who doesn’t like to label our stuff?????

What are your favorite things in your craft space???

 

Craft on!

J.

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Craft Space

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I finished the new craft room a couple of months ago. But, as my life is settling back down, and as I have decided to try to blog again, I figured it was time to share it.

When we first moved into our house, my craft room was the FROG. There were some pros and cons to that being the craft room. There was definitely more floor space. Almost twice as much!  I had finally worked the room into work zones. I had 4 different work surfaces. It was nice. But it was HOT. Our garage is not fully insulated. So, it did not matter how low the AC was set. Even adding a window unit did not help on the hottest days of summer. And it was COLD in the winter. Though, I liked it that way…so that was OK. The worst part of that room was the 5 foot high walls. Virtually no vertical storage.

Then, Hubs and I traded rooms. Our computer modem is wired in that room. And he wanted it. So… we traded. I got a smaller room, but with lots of tall shelving. Loved it. Even though I lost my zones, and had only my desk and one drafting table. Then, I took on babysitting 3 kids in my home every day. 3 kids and I can not really do art, or anything else, around my small drafting table. So, I set to begging Hubs to be OK with me swapping the art room and guest room. The guest room was a little bigger. I could get a bigger table in there. He said yes… but he wasn’t helping. Ha. I did negotiate him helping me move one shelf. It isn’t heavy. But it is awkward to move alone.

Then, I headed to a county school auction (my second one-  I love them!)  and bought this AWESOME table. For about $25.  That price included the tax and the 10% premium. It is a 4′ X 4′ folding cafeteria table. Which means three things- 1- folded up, it takes up very little space (1′ X 4′.)  2- It is a cafeteria table. It is STURDY.  3- It is super easy to clean.

 

That fabric on the wall behind the table is my most loved owl fabric. I got about 5 yards of it from the clearance table at Hancock Fabrics for $6.  I LOVE it!!! I covered my drafting chair in it. It is also on a couple of places of the wall in the art room now. And the blue was the inspiration color for the desk.

I love this chair for many reasons. The most is that recovering it is about a 20 minute project. So, whenever my ADHD kicks in, and I need a change of scenery, the chair usually gets changed too.

 

 

 

 

So, here is the new craft space. Things do get moved around, from time to time. But, this is basically it. There is now a shelf above that TV, and the owl fabric is on that wall. This shelf on the left holds: Photo albums that have not been disassembled into new photo storage, my Dremel, and collage materials (read that scraps and miscellaneous pieces of other stuff.)

 

 

 

 

Shelf on the right is all sewing, all the time. I had to get rid of a lot of my fabric to make this shelf work. I gave away two trash bags full of fabric. It was hard to take a realistic look at all of that great stock, and just keep those I was most likely to use. The rest went to a daycare center and a church.

 

 

 

Here is the table open. I also bought four lab stools at the auction, for $2.50 each. The entire purchase was just under $40.  Can I just say again how much I love auction!

 

The desk wall. Left side- The boxes hold craft supplies, glues, tapes, glitter, sealers, Mod Podge, etc. The baskets all hold Disney VHS movies.

The right side is computer tower, printers, etc.

The desk- This is the secretary desk that I got at Goodwill. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

 

 

This is the awkward shelf. It is another auction find, though, my Dad picked it up years ago. For $3.   🙂 What better place to organize all of these craft supplies? Tons of paper, markers, crayons, and everything else under the sun! On top is sorters and a small wood shelf that my Mom built when we were kids. I display stuff I made and love on that shelf. The shelf across the top is actually the side and bottom of another book-case that fell apart. It makes great extra storage. School supplies are in the boxes up there.

 

The closet is almost entirely dedicated to the kids that I babysit. Sadly, they will be leaving me soon, and I will have to go back to looking for a “real job.” Some of that stuff is mine, and will get boxed up until I am either teaching again, or until I have my own kids to use it. The rest of it will go home on their last day.  Closet also holds all of my paint, photos, and everything else that I keep, but rarely use. It will get an overhaul in a couple of weeks, and stuff will get spread out a little.

My craft room is super crowded, but there is very little in here that does not get used on a regular basis. My crafty inspiration bug left me for a while. But it has come back. And brought friends. (Thank you Pinterest!)  I look forward to sharing the wonderful creations that happen in this room!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

J.