First, this is LONNNNNNG, long, long!.. I KNOW!!...
So PLEASE just skim through, read what you want, and skip the rest... I just hope you like what you see, or that you can get to know me a little better... one way or the other!
This all begins with just a thought to maybe someday turn a walk-in closet into a craftroom, for both workspace and storage. However, NOW the biggest question was, "Just how much can I really fit into that tiny space?... AND still have room for ME to work in it?" Well, I was determined, and the first thing I knew I needed was a desk, in just the right size. So, Dear Son and I were walking the dog one afternoon, and saw one setting out by the trash on garbage night. It was perfect! I called Dear Son-In-Law to help me bring it home, and thus was the beginning of a beautiful dream!.. Well... still in the making... But won't you come in?
Hung on the door is a 24-pocket shoe organizer. This is where I store my paper punches, and just a few other odd-lot items. I'm happy with it, as it treats the door as a 4th wall; real estate, unwasted, and that makes me happy!... Well, here it is.. Ta-dah!! What do you think?!
Now, bear in mind that this is just a basic set up, like a rough draft. Please excuse the tools all over the desk. And the walls are in horrible shape. They need to be painted, but I needed to set things up first, to clearly, without a doubt, confirm with myself that this project was even possible... After all, this room only measures 61" back, and 54" wide! Friends and family had their doubts, but just look, look, look!!! It CAN be done!.. Well, as I look at this picture, right away I think I'd like to paint the chair... So help me out. You think in white, or in a bright color to coordinate with the polka-dot drawers atop my desk?.. What color walls?... Decisions! Decisions!
Well, you can learn how to fancy up your Sterlite storage drawers too, right HERE, at Kinder-Craze! I made up a pattern, with printer paper, since I didn't have any waxed paper on hand.
I still have to do the tops on ALL of them, but I think they look so much cuter already!... Now, on top of the the two Sterlite drawer units, I placed a wooden shelf; and on top of that shelf I placed two more plastic drawers, and other various organizers... the whole kit and kaboodle holding stamps, inks, papers, card-making supplies, paper bags, post-its, more embellishments, etc.; etc... On the bottom of this same shelf, I plan to place an under-the-cabinet work light (like this one). They seem to run anywhere from approximately $11.00 and up, from what I've seen, so that's not too bad an expense.
To the right of the door, I've hung storage trays for storing odd-lot types of items, such as string, fishing line, glitters, beads, etc.. Below those is a mailbox-tin, which was a Christmas gift, filled with girl scout candy. (And I thought they just made cookies!) Well, now I'm using it to hold my embossing folders! I only have a few; but there's room for at least 3 or 4 more, if I want to add to my collection sometime.
On to the right-side wall, I've hung a wooden shelf unit for holding paints and related supplies. On the upper shelf I've set up tiny plastic containers, perfect for storing tiny supplies and embellies!.. Just below, is an old end table. I took out and threw away the broken down drawers, and now just store a couple of sewing projects in the hidden space, underneath the tablecloth... On top, I have my radio/cd player; but uh-oh.. I see wasted space! I may want to place a storage box of some sort (probably to store laces), which the radio could still sit on later. Next to the radio sits my new Sears Craftsman tote! I LOVE this tote, which carries MANY of my most used tools and supplies, and which can be carried 'round the house, or 'round town, whichever I feel like doing!
Moving in counter-clockwise fashion, we now come to a metal shelf unit of sorts. It's about 30" wide x 32" tall, and fits just PERFECT in the space that was left after placing the desk in its place! I simply added a wooden shelf to the top, where here you see, setting atop of an old cigar box, I keep an altered Rolodex I've been working on. It holds a combination of addresses, phone numbers, and then photos of friends and family!
Next to the Rolodex, on that same unit is a table lamp, which either needs some "altering", or out it goes, for something a little more stylish!... Next to the lamp is my Big Shot, easily accessible for whenever I need it...
Above the Rolodex, you see my calendar, and then where I store my hole punchers, and decorative scissors.
I used two hooks and an old ruler to hold my hole punches; and I decorated an old metal kitchen utensil holder with some lace, to hold the pairs of scissors.... Above the Big Shot, you just catch a glimpse of where I hung up more shelves, to hold a few small books/booklets, and then plastic boxes and organizers, pretty much all for flowers and embellishments.
HERE, thanks to Jennibellie!)
Moving on to the back wall, I'll just share a close up of what's on my desk...
My Hello Kitty Purse Tin holds small wooden block-like stamps, most being letters and numbers. I used a vintage Southern-belle-like planter to hold some markers. I decorated aluminum cans with more polka-dot paper, to match the drawers. (HERE's where I got my paper.) The beautiful tissue box should look familiar to Debbie, at Debbie Dabble!! She was so nice to give it to me!
Crochet with Tamara; and then a digital photo keychain, my name spelled in Scrabble letters, and then one more very important necessity... a portable little dvd player!... because I always need some kind of show or movie to keep me company while I'm crafting! Just above this shelf, I've hung a bulletin board, which I just painted pink, and made white polka-dots with the eraser end of a pencil.
Heading round to the left side of the room, I've hung up a couple of old spice racks, which hold my ink sprays, Stickles, embossing powders, etc., etc... I hope to paint these to better match the room.. or maybe the chair.. All in good time, I guess... Baby steps, right?!
Next to the spice racks, I hung up my paper trimmer and a couple of my bigger quilter's rulers. Now just above these, is empty space where I intend to keep my spools of ribbons.
rain gutters to place them in! Cool, right?!!.. But at the height I'll be placing them, I think I'd prefer a way that I can SEE them better. So-oooo, I think I will probably go with the tried and true hooks and dowel rods to hold them all, and I'll share how that looks when I get to it... But first I'll want to paint!
From here, we're gonna start looking upward. Yes, I'm happy to say I've got MORE space to use, but as you can see, I'm already using it in a very cluttered and unattractive way! Ew.. YUCK! I just try not to look there for now!
My plan is to invest in some medium sized, solid-colored, no-see-through, plastic bins, and to double-stack them if necessary. I've placed a few of my Cabbage Patch dolls in here, 'cuz you know I love my dolls!... But if later I need the space for other things, then I'll just move them to a better place. 'Round to the left wall again, where there is no shelf, way up, I hung up a few more things... handmade looms, metal wreaths and rings, embroidery hoops, and wooden hearts...
Finally, we look below! Under the desk I have a small garbage pail, a plastic bin of paper scraps, and another plasic bin, for... well... I don't know yet! Inside the desk you see my score board, some notebooks, my Sizzix dies, and then my paper.
On the metal storage unit I have some empty jars, a huge jar for chunky stamps, a plastic box to hold my stencils, etc., etc....
Now, did anyone think for a moment that I could ever fit this much into this size of a room?!.. Honestly, I surprised myself! I never did like empty spaces, and I sure know how to fill them up!... Everything's subject to change, but I'm so happy with it already!... And I KNOW I'm not the only one with limited space, longing for that crafty place to call her own! There are so many great YouTube videos on the subject, but here are a couple that I thought were great, for those of us with limited space. Check HERE, and HERE, just to point out a couple. I certainly hope that those of you who are facing similar challenges, will find my post today at least a little encouraging, and that maybe you liked an idea or two...
Where there's a will, there's a way to make it happen!
And thanks to YOU for stopping by today!