Monthly Archives: September 2011

Craft Room Come True!

September 30th 2011



My Craft Corner, it has more personality
now and much more stuff too!



 left & right sides have fabric,
the middle & drawers, everything else!






Who doesn’t want their own space to create? Ok, maybe only us artsy and crafty people. I remember decades ago when I had all the time in the world and no money for crafts. Then I started working and looking for a husband (LOL) and had no time.  Finally, as life began unfolding, I took advantage of the pregnancies as an excuse to make baby comforters and crib items; but, once the kids came,  you know how that went. It took 3 years to make the cross-stitch for the first baby, 6 years to finish the one for the other baby. It’s no wonder since Cross-stitching was my “airplane” craft. 
 
Out of desperation and craft anxiety, I started a “hope” closet of craft supplies in case there was a fleeting chance that, one day, I could perhaps be creative again.  It was quite an undertaking to make something because while the closet was organized, I had to dismount and dismantle plastic containers and rediscover what was in them just to get situated with one project. Then, I had to put everything back so we could eat on the dining room table.  My dreams of creating again were dashed and I promised myself that for a year I wouldn’t buy anything else if I wasn’t able to use it.  And I do that periodically, even now.

When we moved, my only request was that I had a place, a corner, a nook or cranny of my own.  Finally, my creative space was a reality , in the best lit spot in the house.  I spent several months searching online for ideas on Flicker, Easy Closet, Container Store, IKEA, and the magazine WHERE WOMEN CREATE, the Mary Engelbreit edition.

Then, I drew and sketched and inventoried my “hope” closet to make sure everything had a special place.  I had it down to specific dimensions since I was limited to a 10 ft. wall and no one sold what I wanted. We  found a cabinet maker who did it to my specifications (mostly) and with a few tweaks from my husband, it was perfect!  My favorite features (below) are the ribbon cabinet (which has 8 steel bars for small spools and 1 bar on top for large spools) and the overhead light feature with multiple outlet just under the glass cabinets.  
I hope you enjoyed my Craft Corner pics and you feel inspired to make your own.  When I grow up, I hope to graduate to a studio.  By the way, if you really want to see what’s inside the drawers, let me know. : ) 
P.S. Of course, Martha Stewart has a craft room too! Her craft room furniture is available here. Although I saw hers after mine was done, I am not sorry, my space is great. I did, however, add one of her pieces just this week. Happy Creating!      ~Elaine

Craft Room Come True!

September 30th 2011



My Craft Corner, it has more personality
now and much more stuff too!



 left & right sides have fabric,
the middle & drawers, everything else!






Who doesn’t want their own space to create? Ok, maybe only us artsy and crafty people. I remember decades ago when I had all the time in the world and no money for crafts. Then I started working and looking for a husband (LOL) and had no time.  Finally, as life began unfolding, I took advantage of the pregnancies as an excuse to make baby comforters and crib items; but, once the kids came,  you know how that went. It took 3 years to make the cross-stitch for the first baby, 6 years to finish the one for the other baby. It’s no wonder since Cross-stitching was my “airplane” craft. 
 
Out of desperation and craft anxiety, I started a “hope” closet of craft supplies in case there was a fleeting chance that, one day, I could perhaps be creative again.  It was quite an undertaking to make something because while the closet was organized, I had to dismount and dismantle plastic containers and rediscover what was in them just to get situated with one project. Then, I had to put everything back so we could eat on the dining room table.  My dreams of creating again were dashed and I promised myself that for a year I wouldn’t buy anything else if I wasn’t able to use it.  And I do that periodically, even now.

When we moved, my only request was that I had a place, a corner, a nook or cranny of my own.  Finally, my creative space was a reality , in the best lit spot in the house.  I spent several months searching online for ideas on Flicker, Easy Closet, Container Store, IKEA, and the magazine WHERE WOMEN CREATE, the Mary Engelbreit edition.

Then, I drew and sketched and inventoried my “hope” closet to make sure everything had a special place.  I had it down to specific dimensions since I was limited to a 10 ft. wall and no one sold what I wanted. We  found a cabinet maker who did it to my specifications (mostly) and with a few tweaks from my husband, it was perfect!  My favorite features (below) are the ribbon cabinet (which has 8 steel bars for small spools and 1 bar on top for large spools) and the overhead light feature with multiple outlet just under the glass cabinets.  
I hope you enjoyed my Craft Corner pics and you feel inspired to make your own.  When I grow up, I hope to graduate to a studio.  By the way, if you really want to see what’s inside the drawers, let me know. : ) 
P.S. Of course, Martha Stewart has a craft room too! Her craft room furniture is available here. Although I saw hers after mine was done, I am not sorry, my space is great. I did, however, add one of her pieces just this week. Happy Creating!      ~Elaine

Dr. Seuss on Canvas

September 22nd 2011
    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!    The more stores I go, the more my stash grows, And the more fabric I stowe, the more things I will sew!!  Elaine:  Confessions of a fabric-a-holic.
Being a teacher/librarian I am especially drawn to fabrics reflecting story elements, characters, books and the like. This gives me an excuse to make something and display it at my workplace, in theory.  I went totally overboard when the Dr. Seuss fabric started coming out, I got it at equilter. (There are tons more available, but I find abstinence is good for the wallet.) While I am not a die hard Dr. Seuss fan, I do love the colors and mix of patterns. This summer I made this for my friend to decorate her kids’ bathroom. It’s a 10 X 10 mini quilt of Dr. Seuss patterns. I used some thin strips of batting I had left over and just did giant crossstiches to bring them together. The fish and kids are fused and appliqued with straight and zig-zag stitch. I quilted the outline of the seams.  I made the edge fabrics 4-6 inches to overlap behind and over the square canvas and hammered it in place with very short nails.  It’s happy, fun and colorful.

Craft planning goes BLOG!

September 16th 2011

Hi. I’m Elaine, the Summercrafter. I always joke with my husband that my job gets in the way of my crafting~ he doesn’t think it’s so funny.

For a good part of the school year, I plan my summer crafts.  I make a list of ideas, crafts and projects that I want to do in June, July and August. (Yes, I pack lots of supplies when I go on vacation.)  Many of them come from Books, UFOs (un-finished-objects) and quite a few are born in the middle of the night and have been in my head for years! 

But I don’t just create in the summer, I also look forward to Spring Break, Winter Recess and any other holiday during the year. The most enjoyable are the unplanned crafts I make as gifts for teachers, friends and family throughout the year. I call those “shotgun” crafts because I make those as soon as they occur to me.  So I hope you will come back and visit and tell your friends too!  I can’t wait to share what I have made, what I am working on and what I am planning for my next Summer of Crafting. Maybe you will start planning your projects too.  Happy Creating!