Why yes, I got seriously inky today, but I can’t show you any of that. Yet. Heheh 🙂
Instead, I thought I’d give you a little tour of my craft area, considering that I promised you that a good couple of weeks ago… always something else to post instead! Grateful for days like these, and for a couple more ‘fillers’ that I’ve got handy for such occasions. Fillers can be quite yummy too, just sayin’… *wink*
Anyhoo, nothing fancy here I’m afraid… if you’re looking for a Martha Stewart living quarters lookalike, turn around now. Considering that until recently I only had a small, crowded and rather dark & gloomy space for myself, I consider that a major upgrade. The best part? Sitting by a big window with a view directly at our bird feeder, so I can listen to the birdies’ cheerful racket pretty much all the time. Bliss 🙂
What you see is a modified second living area that we previously used for a home library. We own lots of books… they now reside comfortably elsewhere, while the room itself got revamped with white furniture. I’m partial to the big desk (assembled from IKEA parts, apart from the embellishment shelves in the foreground) that we share with hubby pretty much every evening. I do my stuff, he does his, and we can do so while chatting away. We had that for a while at the old house, I dearly missed having him around while I’m crafting 🙂
Here’s my side, to the right of the desk. We picked the storage units in the hardware store (Bunnings); they’re almost the exact copies of IKEA’s Expedit line that we initially considered buying, but they proved 1/3 cheaper. Shut the front door!
I store majority of my stuff on these; all of the handy things that I reach for often are within my reach. You can catch a sight of the monitor on the desk, that’s where I sit.
…annd that’s what I’m talking about. The shelving behind me, in front of me a craft mat & Silhouette, to the left a paper cutter. It was a relatively cheap purchase in Aldi, believe me or not… but this big, sturdy, heavy piece of equipment with both guillotine and a roller cutter, makes my heart sing. I can’t say it’s perfect, it does have minor flaws, but goodness me, for the price I paid for that thing I’d do it all over again without hesitation. Score!
The drawers to the left of my seat store paper scraps, adhesives and other handy stuff. On the windowsill there’s a wee little caddy with scissors, pens and such. That might have to go a bit higher, once we’ve got a curious crawler in the house 🙂
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the heck that seat is… well, I’ve got spine problems and using regular chairs has been known to give me nasty surprises. On the other hand, this chair is pure magic.
Back to the shelving. That’s what’s directly behind me, when I’m sitting at the desk. Stamps, embellies, inks, Grand Calibur. Cardstock is just below. The ink storage is courtesy of hubby. You can catch a glimpse of the Cropper Hopper expandable stadium, that I store my stickers and die cut sheets in. You can also see a large ‘fishbowl’ container that I use for my washi tapes. Sooo convenient and purdy, that thing.
Another view of the storage, at the bottom there’s cardstock, in the corner you can see a messy looking thing that’s a Pull-EZ bag that stores most of my ribbon. The rest of it is in the b&w box with black lid. To the right of the picture, you can see some black magnetic sheets (A5 size) that I keep loosely in wicker boxes – they store my non-Spellbinders dies. Spellbinders dies are in A5 filing folders directly above.
The magnetic sheets I bought on Ebay (Australian seller, link here), $23 for 10 A4 sheets with free postage. They’ve got adhesive back, so I adhered them to pieces of bristol for sturdiness.
At the end of the shelving unit, I keep my sewing machine (had to make a little pedestal for the pedal to rest upon), and to the right you can see an IKEA Alex drawer unit that I use to store my 12×12 cardstock and papers. On top of it is where I have my photo corner. You can see some props, as well as wooden & white boards for the backdrop.
…and back to the first view, only lower this time. That’s where I store some of my small embellishments – buttons, embossing powders, spray mists, glitter, brads…
We picked some wooden shelves in the hardware store, rounded the corners, painted them white and attached to the desk.
For a balance, this is where hubby resides. Some of the books that didn’t make it elsewhere, made it to this Billy shelf.
I’m sure many of you would consider this space too clean & boring… I did clean it before tasking these photos, it’s usually messier but I admit that I can’t exist in an ‘artistic mess’ so I keep it in relative order. It’s actually a pretty cheerful place and I love working here.
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek, as much as I did sharing it with you! If you’ve got any questions, leave them in the comments and make sure you subscribe to the replies as I often try to get back to you this way. Cheers!