Category Archives: craft room

Craft tools and gadgets

September 30th 2014

My dad has a tool shed. Well, he has three now. His favorite store is the Home Depot. He has everything ever made to do anything and he can tell you where it is, how many he’s got, who borrowed it and what projects he used it for. Heck! He probably even has the receipt, really.

Well, as I look at my craft corner and sort and reorganize, I too have accumulated many tools of the trade that I could not live without. Because as my dad says, “you never know when you are going to need it!” So this post is dedicated just to showing you some of the gadgets I have and use often. (Like father, like daughter)

If you are a hot glue gun user, this is one of the most useful investments you can make. It’s called a Hot Glue Gun Helper’s kit  it comes with these set of tools to avoid glue gun burns, you can get it on amazon on that link above. It comes with tweezers, a heat safety mat, finger protectors (like rubber thimbles) and pressing tools to save your finger ends. It’s all made from silicon and is heat resistant! For more glue gun safety tips you can  visit Pretty Handy Girl‘s blog.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Is this little kit below familiar? This great kit is a companion to the Cricut. You Scrapbookers will know what I’m talking about. It has these great “dentist” type tools to pry and press small pieces of papers, scissors, rulers, extra blades, a folder and a smoother/scraper (?) I still haven’t quite used everything in there yet.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I can’t live without these below. The air gun is for quick clean-ups of thread and lint in the sewing machine. The basting sprays is for smaller projects too cumbersome to pin and the lighter is for those ribbon ends that like to unravel.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Below are my hand tools, labeled for your convenience.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Some of my most recent acquisitions are for quilting. The binding clips help keep the binding in place while hand stitching it to the quilt and the larger clips I just started using when prepping a quilt for quilting.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I use the binder clips to attach all layers to the craft table, then I pin or spray and I didn’t have to get on my knees. See a video of that here.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This is one of my oldest tools. For years, I have always felt the need to keep sheet or pillow case bags they come complete with zippers, why would I throw these out?  I use these for scrappy ribbons, loose spools, batting strips, just about anything that you can imagine.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

As I was taking pictures for this post, I realized that all my glue guns have been given to me by great people who thought I would get much more use out of them than they would. Thank you!  And I have put them to good use indeed. But I think it’s time, that I should buy my own, I am thinking about a cordless variety or a designer style that’s decorated and that would mean that I could also get a cute glue gun stand. That’s the next gadget on my list. This one below has a tutorial so you can make your own.

hot-glue-gun-stand

or maybe you prefer this style, below tutorial here.

gluegun

Or  if you are not wood handy, like me, you may prefer to buy a similar one on Ebay over here.

Decisions, decisions…

 

Making Room and some eye candy!

May 16th 2014

A sort of transformation has been taking place over in my Craft Corner. It’s more of a defining of sorts, actually.  I finally realized what I “DON’T” want to do which has helped to define my future job track. Due to my affinity with fabric, I have noticed (and you have too, I’m sure) a natural gravitation towards quilting. Don’t get me wrong I still love to craft and draw, felt and bead, but quilting has taken preference. So the next logical step was to reconfigure my space to accommodate that.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Since its inception the solid doors of the Craft Corner were to store fabric to protect them from the sun. But now door number three is housing Fat Quarter and half-yard bundles.  I simply added cardboard to the inside of the frosted glass to keep the light out!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

And here are some of the bundles I recently purchased strictly for business purposes as I design new quilt patterns!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Here are some scrappy bundles!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I tied these together to remember they are a collection.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I know what some of you are thinking but mixing fabrics of different quilting quality is not a good idea. I’ll use that other fabric over there for other projects. No worries!

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