As promised, here are some photos of my new craft room. There are still some things that need to find a home, and I have a few more organizational tasks, but it’s functional. I made lots of thank you cards and some cards for Mike to use for real estate closings today. It was so much fun!
This is my new and favorite piece – my stamp table. I love it! My trimmer, blocks, stamp pads, “odds and ends” and Big Shot all fit on the table top, and I still have a large area for stamping. Plus everything business related – logo bags and order forms, cleaners, designer series paper, and more fit on the bottom shelf. (And please note the cat in the patch of sun center right and the blanket bottom left. Yes, I do have lots of company!) I love this table. Mike bought it for me for my birthday, and it’s the best. There are also three huge drawers in the front. The desk in the background was a gift from my parents for my college graduation. Currently, it’s filled with financial information that will be shredded. Once that’s gone, I’ll use it for contact information and maybe my computer.
This came from downstairs. It holds the few retired sets that I’ve kept, some scrapbooks, videos, and cards and kits. It also houses the DVD player and cable box. (Yes, I do have the only modern TV in the house. The others are all dinosaurs from the 90s that my children regularly make fun of. But, hey – they work and we can watch whatever we want on them. And, again – the blanket and a stuffed cat. This cat was a gift from my aunt to Amelia on her 2nd birthday. Aunt Selma buys gifts that speak to her, and this cat said, “I’m Amelia’s,” so she bought it. And the cat was right. Amelia loves it and won’t go anywhere without it or the blanket. If you forget either one when she’s sleeping over, you will make a trip to whatever house it got left at unless you want everyone in your house to be up all night with a crying preschooler.)
This is another gift from Mike. He had this storage system in his office, but he didn’t use it any more. It’s perfect for paper! I need to label the units, but it keeps all the paper organized quite well. The color collections are organized alphabetically by collection – Brights on the top row, then Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles. In Colors are on the next row, because those will change every year. Whisper White and Very Vanilla have their own bins, as do Shimmery White and Glossy White – simply because it’s easier to find them that way. Extra packs are stored in the bottom rows. Don’t look underneath. That’s scraps and five packs of assorted paper that I grab when I go out of town. Watercolor Paper, Window Sheets, and other specialty stuff is on top. The table it all sits on was crafted by my dad. He had an oak tree on the property that fell, and he had the wood planed and whatever else you do to trees so you can make something from them. And then he made this gorgeous table from it. You may or may not know, Mike was a pastor for about 20 years, so this is the communion table Dad made for our church. When Mike retired, the table went with us. It’s probably the most special piece of furniture in our house.
Finally, here’s another piece that came from the “old room.” This is actually for a tool room, but it’s perfect for my stamps, markers, kits, Big Shot dies and embossing folders, embellishments, adhesives, coloring tools, and punches. There are also sponges and sponge daubers and, oh, a lot more. This is a HUGE shelf, and I love it!
A future project is to put another shelving unit in the closet. I want to remove the closet door; Mike doesn’t. I’ll work on that. It will be much easier to access without a door, and, hey – it’s my craft room.
Something you don’t see…When Mike got home tonight, he brought Amelia’s table and chair from the office. She was here when he brought it in, and she showed him exactly where she wanted it. Do you see the little storage unit in the corner in the first picture? It’s right in front of that, so she’s beside me and we can work together. What fun we will have!
Check in tomorrow and I’ll show you another birthday card. Sandy stopped by today with a card and lovely gift – a magnetic bowl to hold smaller Big Shot dies so they don’t get lost in classes. I kind of don’t want to take it to the office, though, because I love it and want to keep it at home. Decisions, decisions! Remember, our Friday challenges are every other week now, so we won’t have a challenge. But you will see a beautiful card that uses some products from the 2017-18 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog – including “altered embossing paste.” So fun!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!