My Craft Room is my Favorite Room in the House

When we started looking for a house my top request was that I would have my own office/craft room. There was no getting around this request as it was the main reason we were moving out of the RV. Although this room will probably always be a work in progress I am very pleased with how it looks at this moment and wanted to share.

This a view from the entryway and to the right is where I have my sewing machines and Cricut Maker set up. The tabletops are from IKEA. I bought the cabinets under the tables from Wayfair I believe and had been using them in the RV. I brought them with me as they are perfect for storing sewing supplies and Cricut vinyl. I had wanted to get white tabletops, but the first day I went to IKEA (which is 2 hours away) they didn’t have all three tables I needed in white. As a matter of fact I had a black corner unit and two white tables on each side. Two weeks later I went back for more stuff and they had the black tabletops in stock so I got those, but still used the white legs to tie everything together. I ended up using one of the tables in my laundry room. (Yes my laundry room is big enough for a folding table).

The peg boards are from IKEA along with most of the accessories. I’m not completely happy with my thread organizers and will probably swap them out for something to hang on the wall.

Over in the corner opposite the door is my desk for work as I have been working from home since March 2020 due to the pandemic. I needed space to spread out and this room has definitely given me that ability. I have my work laptop and extra monitor along with my personal laptop and accessories and still have room to do my work. The desk was purchased in 2018 from Ashley Furniture when we lived in a house in Clarksville and then put in our RV when we moved into it for over a year. I love the size of this desk.

You can also see my craft table in this pic where I can do my painting and crafty stuff. The bookshelves came from IKEA. The tabletop is a piece of 4×8 melamine board that I bought at Home Depot and had them cut to the measurement that I needed for my tabletop. The board itself is a lot heavier than you think so it is very sturdy. I added L brackets underneath to hold it to the shelving units. I also added wheels to the shelving units so I can move the whole thing around if I need to get under it. The edge of the melamine board has to be finished with an edging that you literally iron on. It’s hard to see in this pic, but I added a measurement strip to the top that is 60″ (the length of the tabletop) long. It helps to be able to measure my fabric. I have stools on each side so I can sit if I want to. I also made the curtains.

As you go on around the room there is my file cabinet, which matches the desk and serves as a place for my printer. The black laundry hamper (bought at Amazon) houses my AO patterns that I had printed. My mannequin came from Wawak, which is a great place for all things sewing related and more. You should really check them out. The price of their thread is amazing. I have another post about the wallflower paint storage for all my paints.

I love the Kallax Units from IKEA, which is what you see here below the television. There are a ton of options for the shelves including adding drawers, doors, baskets and so much more. I added 8 drawers to the bottom of one side and 4 doors to the other side. I love the ability to keep some of my stuff tucked away and out of sight.

This is just another view of my awesome table, which is the best part of this whole room. It has been used a lot. I’m pretty much already maxed out on the fabric storage so I’m not sure what I will do when I keep buying more fabric because we all know I will keep buying it even though I can’t possibly sew it all in the next month of two. I also have a Billie bookshelf, from IKEA, in the closet that is holding all my interfacings that I buy on bolts.

There are still several things that I want to do in here to decorate the walls, but unfortunately I can’t do it all at once. If you have any storage or decorating suggestions, feel free to comment below.

 

Happy Crafting!

Wallflower Craft Paint Storage made from PVC

When I bought my house back in December I knew that one of the bedrooms would be used as my craft/sewing/office room and I would definitely need some organization in order to maintain an organized space. I had pinned exactly what I wanted to do with my paints thanks to a PIN on Pinterest from Jennifer Maker who created a “wallflower” out of PVC pipe and a duct ring. Until I read her supply list, I never even knew some of this stuff existed.

It took me a few weeks after we got moved in before I headed out for supplies. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make mine as big as hers as she used a 12″ duct ring in the middle and had 9 pedals. I ended up using an 8″ ring and only needed 7 pedals. I have seen many versions of this since I first saw Jennifer’s post a couple years ago, so I knew the possibilities were endless. I did not use everything that she used.

My supplies consisted of the following:

  • Two – 6-in diameter PVC Extensions (these are 2 feet long)
  • One – 8″ Steel Starting Collar (duct ring)
  • Ten – Machine screws (#8-32 x 3/4 in)
  • Ten – 10 washers
  • Ten – Cap Nuts (#8-32)
  • Spray paint (Krylon ColorMaxx Paint + Primer – Gloss Navy Blue and Gloss Sun Yellow)
  • D-Ring hangers
  • 50 lb. Picture Hangers

It took a couple weeks after I bought my supplies before I could get my husband to cut the 7 pedal pieces out for me, then it took another week before I could get it painted as that needed to be done outside since it was spray paint and the weather has been more cold, rainy and snowing than sunshine. I felt like a kid in a candy store once I was able to get this much done. 

I finally got to the day that I could put it all together and finally hang on my wall. Although it is not perfect by no means, I am happy with it and to me that is all that really matters. If you’ve been on the fence about whether you can create a wallflower, take it from me, it’s easier than you think and as long as you are happy with the outcome that is all that matters.

I love my craft room and can’t wait to finish everything up so I can share the way it has come together.

Happy Crafting!

My Monthly Project Home DIY Box – Jan 2021

If you’ve looked through my website very much you should already know that I love to do all types of craft projects. I recently found a website…well it actually found me as it was on one of my news feeds and I clicked on it. I keep asking myself when am I going to learn NOT to click on those things as they just lead to me spending money, which is exactly what happened this time?

The ad was for a monthly subscription to Project Home DIY (no affiliation) where you can purchase a box from the past or sign up for a monthly subscription and receive the box that comes out the next month. Since I signed up in January I wasn’t supposed to get a box until February, but once I was on the site and saw what was available in the January box I decided to order one and get a jump start.

The box included the wood for three different projects, two paints, a stencil with several words to choose from, some decorative paper, wood glue, twine and a sprig of cotton along with instructions on how to put together what they showed as an example of what the projects could look like. Of course you could put your own spin on it and go outside the box and create whatever you wanted, which I saw several people do on the Facebook group. In your first box your supposed to receive a starter kit as well, so I assume that will come in my February box since that is officially my first subscription box. I personally don’t think the boxes are worth the price they are charging, but I’m still buying them, at least for a few months.

You can tell the fonts are different on the items below which is due to me choosing to make my own as I didn’t really like the stencils that were included as when I used them they didn’t leave as crisp a lines as I like and I could see the imprint from the stencil itself in my paint. I used my Cricut Maker to create some of my own stencils, such as the dog paw and the word believe.

The rolling pin was not part of the monthly subscription, but something I had been wanting to do for several months as I purchased a half dozen of these back in September and had yet to do anything with them. I hope to do some more of the rolling pins to place in other areas of my home or for different holidays. I think it added to this set up, which is displayed in my living room, so I included it.

The box came with all the items shown below. Full disclosure – the below pic was taken from the Project Home DIY site and they are linked in my article above so you can go to them and see how wonderful this subscription is for yourself. Happy Crafting!

A Blue Dress for My Granddaughter

A few days ago I posted about my daughter asking me to sew a dress for my granddaughter for Christmas, although I was planning on sewing one up from myself. In the end everything turned out for both of us as she chose one color dress and I chose another. I went with a navy blue with dainty flowers using the same pattern as the previous dress. As I stated before this pattern is one of the easiest I have ever sewn. The fabric content was also a little different.

I couldn’t forget about her American doll, so not only did the granddaughter get a dress for herself, but she also got one for her doll as well.

Finished doll dress

Finished dress for granddaughter!

UPDATE: Once Christmas got here and she opened her gifts all the work involved was worth it to see the smile on her face. Notice the cat shoes on the doll…they were so cute and she is a big fan of kitty cats.

Successful gift giving!

Sewing for my Granddaughter and more

My daughter approached me about sewing matching dresses for my granddaughter and her best friend as a Christmas present. In addition, she wanted a matching dress for each of their American Girl dolls. At first I was hesitant as I had already planned to sew the same style dress as a gift from me so I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to doing it, but in the end I give in deciding that she could always use an extra dress and this would be special since her best friend would have one that matched.

The pattern I was using I had sewn for her a couple times last year and she loves it because it has pockets and I love it because of its simplicity. The sleeves are included in the bodice so you don’t have to add sleeves. There are only 3 pieces to cut out: front, back and pockets. However, there is another option to the dress that includes doing the bodice in one color and the skirt in another, so if you do that version there would be 5 pieces. The dress is designed to be cut from knit fabric. I sent my daughter about 20 different choices of fabrics that I was willing to sew and she picked the color she wanted. I made these dresses by taking the girls measurements and determining what size to cut the pattern from. The pattern is from Annelaine Patterns called Clementine and can be purchased online. (I don’t get any kickbacks from this company and just sharing because it is a fun and easy pattern to sew and comes in many sizes). My granddaughter had gone from needing a size 7 to a size 10. I was able to use the size 7 from last year for the best friend. I ordered extra fabric just in case and ended up using it to make another dress for my other granddaughter in a size 4.

The pattern for the dolls is only 2 pieces, front and back. Once you cut out the pattern, sew the shoulders together, then the side seams. All that’s left is folding in the neckline and hem and sew. I done these in a zig zag stitch for the doll dresses.

Both doll pieces

Doll piece just needs neckline and hem completed

One of the girls dresses with shoulders and side seams complete. Just needs neckline, sleeves and hem completed.

The completed doll dresses

The granddaughters completed version

The one for the best friend

The one for the other granddaughter