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Craft Corner up Close

November 9th 2012
My Craft Corner has evolved somewhat, it’s got more personality and inspiration. It hasn’t looked this neat and tidy for many, many weeks, unfortunately.

Craft Room in it’s early years, really this was it and a closet full of stuff, crammed into plastic containers. Original Sears Kenmore Sewing machine inside the cabinet
 (does more than 45 years make it vintage?) They don’t make them like that anymore! Yes, it still works, my mom got it when she came from Cuba to make us clothes. It was handed down to me practically brand new, almost 25 years ago!

New Craft room set up, early stages.

craft room details
 



To the left of the book area is a ribbon cabinet I designed with 8 bars for small ribbon
and one for large spools.

 

craft room work area
 
This is the center work area. It’s filled with photos, quotes and insprational words. On the left side (see below) there is a ribbon board I made for pictures and other inspirations. (details below) As you can tell, it’s full of motivational quotes and verses.



 

ME illustrations
 
craft room details
 

More Mary Engelbreit Art.
 


Mary Engelbreit letters

I hope this will inspire you to go and make yourself a fun little work/play space.

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