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Johannesburg, South Africa
I am mother to four and my wonderful dil Lisa recently blessed us with our first grandchild. I share my life with my indulgent husband, and my love of hobbies

Friday, February 22, 2013

Picture heavy!!! My craft room

 i promised to share something of my craft space with you so i decided since i am probably not gonna be able to craft for a few days since i stabbed myself in my finger with an awl, had to go for a tetanus injection and am on anti biotics AGAIN! i should probably take this lul in crafting and share my untidy studio with you.  Above are my paper stands that i just couldnt llive without, this is certainly not ALL the paper but i put the newest ones on here as i get them so i know what i have, there are other papers stashed away that i go through every now and again when i cant find what i want.
 there is a debate going on about the best way to store ribbon amongst some local crafters on a group that i belong to so i decided to share what works for me.  This was a really fugly bookshelf, minus the shelves, but when i saw it i knew exactly what i was gonna do with it.

 i bought these little brackets, not sure exactly what they called i got them at the habby and normally it think they are used for bathroom curtains
 i screwed them into the sides of the bookcase and threaded my ribbon onto a dowel and then just popped them onto the bracket
 I have two of these large printers trays with all my charms and metal bits in, i find that this is the easiest for all these little bits cos then you can find what you looking for at a glance
 All my pearls and rhinestones are kept in these bottles, my mother bless her, made all the little jam jar covers for them so that i could have a color scheme going on in my space.

 i had a long hard think for my punches, i found a cupboard thingy, not sure what it was originally used for, but i drilled holes in the side panels, threaded dowels through it and mountedit onto the wall so i could see most of my punches, unfortunately there are a few still in drawers, not many though

 My stamps i stamp into a file, then give each stamp a number
 you can see the numbers written in red next to each stamp
 then i have each of my stamps, some of them more that one, in a cd case, i look in the file for the stamp i want, take the number and find the box that its stored in, voila!! easy to find stamps

 these large sweet jars house all my roses and flowers, the jars were around R10 a jar, my mother and a friend of mine Sue made the covers for the lids for me
 here you can see into the jar, each jar has a color, some of the colors spilled over into more than one jar.
 these are my brads, i bought these great plastic boxes that have little partitions that open individually, so if i need to throw out a whole lot to scratch through i dont have to empty the whole box and also the colors dont spill into one another

 i also have anther similar plastic box with eyelets so i know where they are
 these were cardboard boxes that i found a gazillion of, they were flat packed and easy to assemble and just covered with some paper and added a label
 this the sad story of all my embossing folders that  i just had to have and hardly see the light of day, perhaps i need to find a better solution for these so that i would use them more often
 this here is my pride and joy!! i had an old tv stand in my wood workshop, it was calling to me for months before i had one of those lightbulb moments!! i made a frame to fit the top, added pin boards to the frame, then added another layer inside so that i could stick magnetic sheets to it for all those dies that cant hang.
 here you can see the panel that opens with the magnetic sheet on the inside.  this stand, being on wheels can turn and move around, each of the four sides opens like this, so i can store a WHOLE LOT OF DIES!!
 here you can see two of the sides
 this is above my desk that i sit and craft at, these are all my colorbox chalk ink refills and the bottom rows are copic refills and distress ink refills, on the side is another magnetic sheet that i keep my Magnoia dies on so they dont get forgotten
 My diestress ink stamp pads right in front of me while i work in case i need them.  Also distess markers, and memento stamp pads
 more stamp pads
 all my Martha Stewart punches on a crib rail that i picked up at the junk store and mounted onto the wall
 this was some kind of cutlery caddy that my dear friend Moz's husband altered for me so that i could put all my prisma pencils in.  i just covered it with my paper when it came home to me
 My copic storage system, boy this one has been so many things before i found this the best system
 A cup stand that i sprayed an antique white rustoleum, houses my most used scissors and lives on my desk
 these last few pics are an overview of my space.  the table in the centre my husband kindly donated in case i feel like sharing some of my space and time with fellow crafters/ friends.  My children sometimes come and sit here with me while i work
 thats the desk i sit at in the far corner
 Here you can see the junk piling up in the corner next to my paper stands till i have another clean out and find what i want to do with these items,then the ribbon stand with paint brushes etc on top of it, and then the stand that has all my little bottles of pearls and rhinestones.
those boxes that you see at the bottom of that stand were tamato boxes kindly donated by Dale a friend who also has a lot of them in her studio, i painted mine and then put a black chalk board paint strip across the front so i could label what was in each box, i also made liners for them, thats the checked fabric you see peeping out of the box.
I hope that some of these storage ideas will help others.
have a great weekend


  1. Hunny, this isn't a craft room - it is a warehouse!! Awesome! Hugs Sxx

  2. Wow Paola, that all looks fantastic...Got one or two ideas from you. Thanks for sharing with us,have a great weekend. hugs, Ursula .

  3. wow Paola... you room is huge and well planned.... i love your die storage system... unfortunately with my 2 grand kids running around... I may find some of my dies in the pool! but I love the idea of having it right at hand... so perhaps I will add my one to the wall above my desk which will make it out of reach. Thanks for sharing...


  4. WOW - thanks for sharing - I love all the repurposing you have done - great ideas!
    love Jen L

  5. Hi Paolo - I've just joined your blog page. Your studio looks absolutely great - I'm green with envy. Blessings from Sharon in P.E.

  6. OMG!! Paola, you've created a magical space to play in, this is a serious crafters delight. Loving all your fabulous recycled projects, those little covers that you Mum made are fabulous. It's been lovely to visit you, I only wish it was in person!! lol. Do you need a housekeeper by any chance, hehehe. Enjoy your new domain.
    Suzi x

  7. WOWZERS!!!!!! You could open up a store with all those wonderful craft items. I can only dream of having so much. Thanks for the wonderful tour.
    Hugs, Rosalee

  8. WOW -What an amazing craft studio you have. I can only dream of having a space like this. You're such a lucky lady!

  9. Your craft room is fab-u-lous !!....loved your ideas for storage....your craft space is the kind of room others dream of....enjoy your beautiful space.Hugs Penny

  10. Sorry about your hand. I remember when this was under construction. Looks as beautiful as ever!!!!!


  11. Your craft room is beautiful. A room like this would be a joy to create in. Enjoy your blessing!

    Adriana :)

  12. Your craft room must be a joy to create in. Enjoy your blessing!

    Adriana :)

  13. Loved reading the comments above Paola. I've so enjoyed viewing all your pics from different angles of the room, as I only get to see just one little section when we Some lovely ideas you have there. Had to laugh out loud at Squirrel X's comment... it is a frikkin' warehouse... As I have told you many times before, you are very fortunate to have such an awesome space. Enjoy my friend and thanks for sharing. hugs Sharon x

  14. Lucky lucky lucky girl!!!
    xoxoxo Eulalia

  15. Oooooh! Envy is a sin, converting is a sin! I'm in pretty deep girlfriend. This is one bodacious crafting room. You are such a marvelous organizer...I think Nissim doesn't know what a Pandora's Box he opened when he gave you the go ahead. You deserve the very best. Should have my new computer early next week. Can't wait to chat BFF in USA!

  16. Awesome Paola, hope to see it in real life soon. xxx

  17. WOW, that's not a craft space, Squirrel is right it's a warehouse! And Barb is also right on when she says that Envy and coveting are sins, but oh my...your space is my idea of heaven! The only thing is you've got to get those embossing folders out...I love mine and use 'em all the time! Thanks for the pic's I'm going to see if I can incorporate some of your great ideas.

  18. Well, m'dear, you have created the perfect place to LIVE!! There's an attached bathroom, right? And...what about a refrigerator? Throw in a litt;e hide-a-bed, and I could move in and never leave!!! Absolutely amaaaaaaaazing, woman!! I am in AWE!! Chat soon. Hugs. Pat

  19. Wow I just love your craft space- it is hard to not want to change all of mine around. I am at a stage where I will be downsizing so only my favorites will stay.
    I love, love how you store your die cuts, that is brilliant sweetie.
    Thanks for visiting my space and sharing yours


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