At long last, here is a look into my “finished” craft room! (you can see more details about the rest of the room in THIS post)
A couple months ago, my lovely husband gave me a large portion of a day all to myself so that I could finally get my room settled. Not only did I get all of the extra stuff that had been waiting in the unfinished “storage” side of our basement, but I was able to finish up a lot of little ends of projects (like finally sewing up the crab pillow cases…and mending toys and sewing on missing buttons). The end result was that my craft room was the tidiest it might even be in years! Haha!
So here are some more pictures–especially focusing on my (dream-come-true) standing island/table.
We made it big enough that I can cut fabric on it– for quilts, for garments, whatever! My rotary cutting mat only takes up part of the table top (it’s the pink area in the photo above– the other side of my mat is a lurid lime green, so it rarely is in view). When I’m not focused on a large fabric project, the Project 365 album for my son is open and ready for work on the other side of the table. And there is still room for my big paper trimmer and random piles of stuff, too! Woo hooo!!
The island is based on the one that Christine made: it was through her blog post that I learned of the melamine shelving that we used for the tabletop, as well as the Martha Stewart “storage cubes” that are the perfect height so that I can stand and work comfortably.
The one downside to the storage cubes is that they are just too small to fit a standard office binder (and obviously too small for any 12″x12″ storage). However, I have managed to find plenty of things to store on my shelves!
On the side closest to my sewing machines, I’ve stored my jars of thread spools. There is a shelf for mini-albums, and a shelf dedicated to storing the Project Life supplies for my son’s 365 baby album–easy access for when the album is open on top of the island. In the middle row of shelves, I have some supplies for my PhD ornaments, as well as some really old scrapbooks I made in high school. The bottom left cube is holding my cake decorating class supplies for now.
On the other end, nearest the closets, I’ve stored old journals and boxes of photos and memorabilia, as well as my stationery and ready-to-mail cards.
The closets are as organized as I can get them for now. I think I might need to figure out some more shelving or bins of some sort in the future. But at the moment, they are working okay. On the right, I have an almost-empty plastic drawer unit and my bags for Bible study and for when I do crafting elsewhere. (And do you see the fancy turntable cake carrier that I splurged on? It’s great for cake decorating).
On the left, I have miscellaneous sewing materials and tools– fabric, naked pillows (I really want to make some more throw pillows for our living room…), and old sheets for making muslins (test garments).
I can’t express how incredibly happy it makes me to have this room. Putting it together and tidying it up unleashed a flood of ideas for finishing projects I’ve started and of course for new projects I would like to work on! It’s so exciting.