Monday, January 23, 2012

A New Outlook on Crafting

I finally finished one of the many projects I have laying about my craft room - and in my opinion, it was the most important one!  I found these great vintage boxes at Mimi's Antiques & Uniques last week and I knew they'd be a great addition to my craft room.  I stacked them up on the corner of my sewing table.  Instantly better, I promise!  But, the bottom box was a little tall - I needed to add a shelf.  How to do this without damaging my precious new box?  Well, I am full of ingenuity, and the  box was full of holes - together, we made some magic.  I took some string (you can see it in the picture of the bottom shelf) and threaded it through the holes in the back and around the slats on the side.  Then, I wrapped some upcycled cardboard in pretty scrapbook paper and set it on my "shelf trusses."  My (much handier) husband probably will laugh when he sees my version of shelf manufacturing, but I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!  

The bottom shelf holds my bobbins, a couple of fat quarters, and a pretty cup to hold bits and bobs as I'm sewing.
 I love the middle shelf - it might be my favorite (maybe because I made it!!).  The cool sewing print is from a great store in Bemidji, MN called the Yellow Umbrella.  One of my dreams is that someday, I'll have stuff at the Yellow Umbrella.  I also have a great turquoise stamp featuring my latest craze - pennants!  Got that out of the $1 bin at Michaels.  And, my trusty measuring tape (it needs to be out of reach of little people, or I lose it for weeks at a time).  The two cups in the background are failed projects - not nice enough to sell or give to others, but they'll work for my work space :)
 The top shelf is one whole box on its own - I didn't secure it in any way, so don't sit at my sewing table during an earthquake.  The Yellow Umbrella provided me with yet another amazing sewing print - I just LOVE that store.  I keep my pins up here because they have proven irresistible to the kiddos. I rolled up the feed bag until I can decide what to do with it, and I made myself a little sachet of my own to sweeten the air as I sew.  That great metal bin on top holds the three fat quarter bundles I've got all picked out for my 3 FQ Patterns.  It was only $2.50 at Hobby Lobby - they are having a great clearance sale this week!
It makes me SO happy to sit down and SEW now - not that I didn't enjoy it before - I love sewing.  But this view is so much better than what I had going on before...
Have you made-over any areas in your home?  I'd love to hear about your successes (and your failures - hey, those can be funny, too!).

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  1. I love your little homemade shelves - they look fantastic!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Hi there...I had to remove your link for today, as it is a MAGAZINE copy cat challenge, NOT the newbie party. See you next week for the newbie party.

  3. You did a great job!

    ~Mrs. Delightful


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