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!

A Kitchen Conversion Chart with Cricut

I have wanted to make a measurement conversion chart to hang in my kitchen for months and finally decided to get to work on this wonderful project. I used my Cricut to cut out all the designs which were then applied to a board that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  The board measured 6” x 30” and came plain (sorry I didn’t take a pic). I painted it using some left-over paint that I painted the island in my kitchen with. I only used one coat.

I used multiple designs that I purchased through Etsy to come up with the design that I wanted to use once I determined the layout I was going to go with. In order to have some space on all sides, I decided to keep everything under 4” wide. I used 651 vinyl, as that was all I had in white. You could use 631 vinyl as well. Once designed, then I cut all the piece out, weeded the design and applied to transfer tape.

My tools and vinyl once cut, and transfer tap applied

Blank board after it was painted.

The finished project leaning up against my cabinets.

The finished project on the actual wall.

Having these measurements handy will be a blessing when I’m cooking and baking which I love to do. I wish I had made one of these years ago.

Crafting with a Cricut

One of my favorite things in to make crafts. I love turning an object into something beautiful. I might not always get the outcome I was hoping for, but it was still worth the effort that it took to try. This year I was at a new job with new co-workers and wanted to make something special for all 13 of them. Two of the 13 are my bosses, so I made something different for them.

I have spent countless hours creating and attempting to make my stuff look half as good as what it looks like on Pinterest. When I bought a Cricut I thought it would make it easier. Not sure I have succeeded in that, but I still give it the old college try every now and then. This year was no different.

For my two bosses I wanted to do something a little bigger for them, so I went with a potholder and added a bag of brownie mix and a whisk. My direct supervisor is always bringing in sweets that her young daughter bakes, so I thought that would be something she could also share with her family. I was also thinking the boss boss could do the same as she likes to bake as well.

For the co-workers I went with a painted or glittered ornament with the old red truck design with a Christmas tree and the words, “Merry Christmas” on it. It took a couple tries to figure out how to get the paint to stick to the inside of the ornaments, but once I figured that out the rest was easy. You can find anything on YouTube, and it has become my friend here lately as I watched several videos to figure out the best way to do this while receiving the best results.

I also used my Cricut to design a couple of blankets for my girls. I hadn’t planned on doing anything for children as it is hard enough to figure out what to do for the grandkids, but when I seen someone posts what they had done on Facebook, I had to recreate it and do my version. I think they turned out pretty good. It’s funny what you can do with a $2.50 fleece blanket from Wal-Mart.

Who knows what I will end up making next year, but for now my Christmas gift giving is complete for 2019? Hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Home Sweet Home Project

You would think after weeding that sewing machine project, I would have given up on doing anything intricate again, but not me. I’m a gluten for punishment when it comes to stuff like this. I had wanted to create something original that could be displayed in my house that was a replica of our first sticks and bricks house that we picked out together. I saw where people were taking pictures of people and things and turning them into SVG’s, so I though I can do that. So after lots of research, mistakes and missteps I succeeded in getting what I was looking for.

I took a picture of my house and then used software to turn the picture into an svg that could then be uploaded to my Cricut and cut out of vinyl and used on my reverse canvas project. I picked a smaller frame for this one, removed the canvas and painted the frame black. Weeding the design wasn’t too bad, especially compared to the sewing machine I had done.

Once the weeding was done, I applied the design to the canvas using my iron and then attached the canvas back to the frame. I added the words, “Home Sweet Home”. If you had asked me a couple months ago about doing something like this I would have freaked out, but the more I do these things, the more I like them. I am definitely getting my moneys worth out of this machine.

Signs and boards with Cricut

Once I started working on some projects, I seemed to get on a roll and started doing all types of stuff. Anything from signs for my guest bathroom to signs for the front of my house. The signs for my bathroom were simple to make. I purchased a 6” wide by 8’ long board from Lowe’s and had my husband cut it into six-inch lengths, then I sanded and painted them. Once the boards were ready, I was able to cut out the designs I wanted using my Cricut and then it was just a matter of applying them to the board itself.

For my sign in front of my house, I wanted to have a weenie dog since that is what type of dogs we have. For the O in home, I put a weenie dog. Just like the signs, I purchased a white board the width I wanted and cut it in half so I could get more than 1 sign from the board. I applied the cut-out vinyl design using the spacing I thought was applicable for the affect I was looking for. I added a little twine to the top just for the hell of it and now it was ready to be placed by the front door.

I couldn’t let the master bathroom go without having a few little sayings in there, so for these I bought a wider board for the backs and added framing to the sides to make them look like picture frames. My husband done the cutting, then I sanded and stained them. The designs were cut with my Cricut and applied directly to the board and then hung up on the wall.