Sunday, August 24, 2008

My New Craft Room.....

Well, my summer project is finally done, without much time to spare! This room is downstairs is our house. When my Grandma (Omi) lived here, this was her bedroom. When we bought the house and moved in, Cody was 3, so at first it held a lot of boxes, then it was turned into his playroom. He literally *never* used it to play in. It more like STORED his toys. He would go in, make a huge mess, find what he wanted and take it out to the livingroom to play with. Then I would bug him for days or weeks to pick up his toys, and put them away. When he would, they would land in a pile, and I would bi-annually dig this room out and re organize. Well, needless to say, I had had ENOUGH! As soon as school was out, I started sorting, and moving things out. The crib that I had for daycare was given back to my Mom, and the toys were sorted and moved to their temporary home in the livingroom. I intended to store what Cody still wanted to keep out, in the room I used as a craft room upstairs, but it was still full of my scrap stuff until we got this room all painted and ready to move into. See my quandry? So after camp, I finally buckled down, and got the rest of the room emptied out. All those tiny little pieces and parts, packaging, scrap paper, broken crayons, etc. What a mess!! Peter then painted the remaining walls white (we had already painted one with chalkboard paint, and some white years ago) and I was responsible for painting the shelving and bins. Needless to say, I should be kept AWAY from the paint. I have never been a good, or neat painter. I can paint the spots on a ladybug, but can't paint the broad side of a barn. Seriously. Peter painted several walls and didn't get a spot of paint on him. I had painted for 5 minutes and I was covered!
I finally got everything back in order, and moved my supplies down on Friday. I always called my room upstairs, the Scrap Cave. I gotta say, I think I need a new name, cause this room is much roomier, and a lot brighter! I sorted out a lot of stuff that I no longer wanted, and now everything is clean, and organized in my new area! Let me take you on a tour::
This is the little jut-out wall that faces you as you enter. The artwork is center stage, a gift from my lovely cyber-friend, Annie. I am so excited to be able to display this in a nice area, not surrounded by turkey tails...(don't ask)


As you walk in past the jut out, you see the two closets. (hence the jut) One is for coats, one is extra storage for me! It has several shelves in it.
This is the chalkboard wall that I decided to keep from when Cody had the room. Peter helped me put up a few things, but I can still write on it if need be.
The entertainment center was Omi's. It is made to fit in a corner. I put some photos and past creations on top of it. And of course, my work station under the window!
Another corner....
This is the shelving unit Peter built for Cody's toys back in the day. It was raw plywood, but I painted it white. Turned out good!
These are in infamous ink pad holders my uncle made me to mimic the DVD holders everyone was getting at Ikea. He made me 10, so I still have room to grow!
A closer look at the shelves. My SU! stamps have more room, the crates are cardstock, and down at the bottom, the crates are filled with all my Purple Onion and Buzz and Bloom goodies! I know, nothing matches, but I don't care!!
My workstation...Peter brought this table home from a job site just after we were married. The place was getting rid of it. *HE* thought it would be great for meat cutting during hunting season. SHEYA...
Here is my card rack from last years yard sale. It had been in my upstairs hallway. Now it has a home!
My ribbon shelves, made out of old rain gutter scraps.
Here is a shot of the floor. This floor downstairs, and the whole upstairs, are these original 1910 wide boards. Give it some character!
So, that is a tour! Bits and pieces from here and there, but I love how it came out. I am thinking about stamping a few butterflies on the walls. Thanks for looking and sharing in my excitement!!

Keri

19 comments:

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Hello!!!!
How exciting to have a room of your own with space!!! I love the tour and all your organization...
The chalkboard wall is awesome! I can just see making notes/reminders on it!

Makes me want to clean up my area..

Lisa Renéa said...

Hey Ker, your room looks super! I love the floors & chalkboard! I always like the original floors, don't you? You've got some great organization going on here!
Yeah! can ya help me? lol-please?? ps. check my blog for an award for your blog.

glitzen said...

very very cool! love it all. great use of organizers and space...maybe you can inspire me!
I want to look it all over a few more times..hee hee.

PS How is Grandma Omi?

Nancy Maxwell James said...

oh how awesome! I bet you are in HEAVEN! have fun in your new space!

Cris A said...

Looks like you have lots of room to create! Love the ink pad holders!!

Lisa said...

This looks AWESOME, Keri! Everything is so neat and in its place. I don't care if stuff in my scrap/stamp room matches, either. I'm like you - I'd rather spend time working IN it, than ON it, KWIM?

By the way - I nominated you for an award on my blog! http://my-little-ink-spot.blogspot.com/2008/08/another-blog-award.html Check it out!

Hope your Omi is doing alright... still thinking' about her. Hugs, girl. :)

michelle cook infantino said...

OH, I love that your desk is below a window. How nice is that!!!

Happy you have your own space. I bet you love it in there.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it fun to have a place to call all your own. It's great. I love the stamp pad racks. COOL!!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Great craft room! I only wish I could keep my scrap area that clean! LOL! I had it clean a few days ago but, well, playtime in here and it's back to normal! LOL! Have fun in there!

Stephanie said...

great stamping room...

helmet hair 365 said...

It looks great-- I'm jealous! I would love to finish up my basement (it's partially done) and move all the video games, tv and such down there so I can have this room for my own.

I've been thinking of Omi, too, and hope she's doing better.

spikescreativeside said...

Your room is lookin' great!!

xiumaiyuki said...

love that chalk board. you can jot your sketch ideas on there, or stamping supplies wish list, etc., your craft room looks great! I wish I had a spare room. :)

Jackie said...

Yay! On finally getting your room after your long journey...it looks great and so organized.

ScrappinGalz said...

Wow what a great space. You have given me some great ideas to add to my scrap room. TFS

Niki_Meiners said...

Love the wall mounted ink storage.

scrappinmominky said...

Great scrap area. I love the floor! Old wood floors have so much character. The first thing that sold me on my house were the hardwood floors. Even a little beat up and scuffed they are wonderful. I could stand a little less squeeking when I'm trying to sneak to bed without waking my babies though! LOL

Scrubbysue said...

Nice stamp room! and your right...those floorboards definitely add just the right amt. of character. I love it!

Lisa Renéa said...

FAB! This is how I remembered the board! I appreciate you sending me the link! As soon as I find the chicken wire article I'll scan & send it to you.