Bwhahaha! I laugh every time I type or say the word 'studio' for my craft/sewing/work space. I think it makes it seem oh-so-fancy but really it's not. It's just my subtle takeover of our formal dining room that we use twice a year! I was actually planning on taking our 4th bedroom and making it my craft room but then I realized how much I truly can get done during the day if I can actually be in the midst of the chaos of our 3 kids. If my room were upstairs I don't think I'd get up there as much or if I holed myself up there my kids would be wreaking havoc below and so all and all it's much nicer trapsing into the space I have now since it's on the main floor and right off the kitchen!! (y'all trapse, don't ya?)
Anyways, I wanted to post more of my work space organization since so many of you had questions about what I put where and well, I think pictures of things are just so much nicer than me blah-blah-blee-blabbing to you...right?
So, here is a look at my other cabinet...yes, I have TWO...and I love them! The glass doors are truly heaven sent, I cannot say it enough!
The green magazine holders (bought at Ikea along with the cabinets) at the top are where I store manuals for my sewing machine, serger, etc and important receipts...tell me you save receipts too? Those all go into one, the other three holders are split up to hold patterns that I have created and and/or traced out onto butcher or freezer paper as well as smaller applique patterns and instructions for said patterns. Annnd deep breath, whoa that was one long run-on sentence! If the pattern fits I will place it in a large ziploc bag first just to keep all the smaller pieces together...I'm talking to you dress patterns with your many bodice pieces!
This shelf holds my Macaroni Love Story by Heather Ross that my beloved bought me for Christmas **swoon** (over him and the Macaroni!) Can you believe he did that all on his own? Unfortunately the Mac Love is not being printed anymore as it was a limited edition via Spoonflower...boo hoo!
I also have a pile of Ikea fabrics that I bought on super sale at the beginning of the year. I'll just say Dana made me do it...she makes the bestest things out of their yellow stripe-y fabric, plus I love a good pun now and again (she MADE me do it, get it? *snort*)
This shelf holds much of the vintage trim I use for many of the girlie onesies in my Etsy shop. I also love using mason jars to hold my stock of covered buttons and empty spools of thread as well as my supply of safety pins and vintage metal buttons :-)
I use these CD baskets to hold store bought patterns and many of the cute vintage patterns I have found sloshing my way through thrift stores. On a side note, you can find some great old patterns at your local thrift store if you can spend a little bit of time weeding through the piles of sometimes very yucky ones they have and usually they sell them for as little as 25 cents! I love that many of them have handwritten notes on them in that classic old cursive handwriting style just like my grandma had!
I bought these glass candy jars at Walmart of all places, I think they were 5 dollars a piece. They are perfect for showcasing all the bright colors of ric rac and bias tape I keep on hand. They kinda look like candy, don't they?!!
Speaking of ric rac, I wanted to show you how I keep my yards and yards of ric rac under control.
I bought these wooden sticks in the wood crafts section of Hobby Lobby, they are like short paint stirrers if you will.
They are the perfect size to fit in my glass candy jars too...
You can wrap 10 yards (yes 10!) around these babies and they are still not bulky!
**These would also organize your other trim and/or ribbon stash nicely too :-)
Then not only do they help me keep my ric rac organized and untangled, they also help make it look so pretty sitting on a shelf...easy peasy craft room decor!
Ya gotta love these jars for those little packages of bias trim too...
Pretty, colorful and ORGANIZED...
Okay, so that was Craft Cabinet #2.
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