Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ferrellgraph-x Craft Room Tour & Organization Tips


When you first walk into my craft room you immediately see in front of you a large window flanked by bookshelves and a daybed. I sewed the cover and made the matching pillows for the daybed. The book shelves hold books of course lol! Plus a ton of past issues of Close To My Heart and Stampin' Up! catalogs, magazines, photo albums, dies, embossing folders, etc.
When I bought the chair, I was originally wanting to spray paint it black and add some type of Halloween inspired fabric. Something that would scream Edgar Allen Poe.
 I found the vintage metal filing cabinets for a steal at $35. The filing cabinets hold things like my Tapeswell collection, paint brushes and paint, glitter glue and adhesive, reinkers for all my ink pads, polymer clay, alterable items like chipboard pennant banners and sketch books, etc.
I totally lucked out on finding this antique Royal Typewriter for $60.
When you look to the left you can barely see the beautiful desk Chad Built me. I've been thinking about posting pictures of my office for a long time. I kept thinking I'd clean it all up to make it look orderly and perfect. Heck, I'm always working on some sort of a project. Then I get inspired to make something else, and leave a huge mess on my desk. It certainly helps having a desk that's 6 feet long. Even if it's covered up all the time lol!
The very top shelf holds all my chipboard houses that hold boxes of Kleenex.
The baskets below them hold fabrics, large spools of ribbon and twine.
The white binders hold the majority of my stamps and thin metal dies. A few of my favorites I left as the original wood mounts and display to the right. The left hand side has some pre-made card kits.
The bottom shelf is a true hodgepodge of stuff! I have all sorts of markers, embellishments, adhesives, scissors, and other crafty nonsense things.
Sitting directly on my desk to the left is a plastic box full of embellishments, then a bunch of my inks pads, a couple of tools, A wood & metal box full of mini ink pads, then a tray I try to contain my work in progress. I'm not very successful at that.
 I bought a couple of Marker Towers from my Close To My Heart Rep. I bought all the Stampin' Up! markers and several from Close To My Heart. Then I discovered Copics and intend to buy many, many more! I just had to have all the colors of Sharpies too.

Chad built this tower for me to hold all my stamp pads. I bought all my favorite colors of classic ink pads from Close To My Heart and Stampin' Up! SU! discontinued the craft ink and I've found I like it better. It may take a little longer to dry, but it's easily used in heat embossed images, and coats a stamp better to give a clearer crisp impression every time.
I think in colors. Shoot, I wake up in the morning and think what color do I feel like today.
For lack of a better more visually appealing solution, I use a couple of banker boxes to hold all my
 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.
Several years ago I decided to pull apart all my wood mounted stamps. I used EZMount Cling Foam and Stamp Storage Panels from Crafters Companion. I organized the stamps in my binder system by theme. All my Christmas stamps are together, Halloween, stars, hearts, nature, etc. I know several people are probably thinking OMG! You pulled apart the sets, Yup I sure did. When I want a star for a project, I can simply flip to that page and pick the perfect star. It makes it easier to find the perfect sentiment too! I can quickly pick the perfect "thank you".
I store my thin metal dies in the white binders too using EZMagnetic Storage panels.
The wall to the left of my desk has all sorts of ribbon stored in an old cassette tape holder. I saw the idea on Pinterest and had to have one. It took a long time to find one, and cost a pretty penny! Chad built me the punch organizer for me too. I'm loving the flat designed punches. So much easier to store and see. I have a couple of wine theme serving trays I hung on the wall to hold little bottles of things like glitter, flocking, brads, eyelets, etc.
To the right of my desk is a shelf Chad built for me. Yes, the man is pretty handy and talented! The top holds my Epic 6, sewing machine, and a basket full of patterned papers.
 Below that is my Silhouette and Cricut machine. I like both, but I love having punches to the left of my desk. I can simply reach for them. No Machine to plug in and try to get the size right the first time on whatever shape I'm needing.
The next shelf holds my Teresa Collins Stamp Maker, Cuttlebug, Label Maker, and printer. I hate buying ink, so the printer rarely gets pulled out.
The bottom shelf has a couple of accordion files that hold paper scraps organized by color of course lol! A few plastic boxes holding more patterned papers, and a Gingerbread chipboard house in progress. The "suitcase" boxes hold all sorts of beads,  jewelry findings, and tools to make jewelry.
I can't decide on how to arrange art on the wall. Eventually I'll get something hung.
When you walk in my office to the right you can see an area for a dormer window that holds my treadmill. Several of my paintings, stained glass pieces, and other art work that I need to hang line the walls on the floor. The mannequin has yet to inspire me to actually exercise lol!
My waterfall dresser holds all sorts of stuff! A ton of envelopes, more stamps from Close To My Heart and Stampin' Up! (in the newer DVD cases), tissue paper, wrapping paper, etc.
The door next to the dresser goes to the closet that holds all my stained glass equipment and supplies. I keep the glass in the closet to prevent Parker from getting into it and cutting himself.

My Haunted House is still a work in progress.
It's done for the most part. I'd like to find the perfect "wallpaper" for the inside and get some furniture for my house. I gotta tell you that I won't ever build a dollhouse from scratch again. OMG it took a week straight before I could even begin to paint!
Well there you have it!
I still want to take some pottery classes.
And I have no desire to knit or crochet. Chad will be glad to know he won't need to build me something to hold yarn lol!