Sunday, July 8, 2012

Craft/Office Space Do Over

I made some updates to my craft/office space and wanted to show them off!  Enjoy!

My craft room is a really small room which doubles as my work-from-home office.   I used an olive green/brown/vanilla color scheme about 2 years ago and recently decided it was time for a change.

This was my desk which looked very 'office' like BEFORE.

Sewing nook - BEFORE

This is the BEFORE shot of where I store my yarn, papers, ribbon, and anything else I can get to fit!

I got tired of those colors and strolled through Joann's forever looking for just the right colors.  I almost settled on some lovely yellow/gray/tan complimenting fabrics but decided that as beautiful as they were, they just weren't 'me.'  So I chose to stay with a more traditional color scheme.  I took my inspiration from this storage box I purchased at Tuesday Morning.  I especially love the black background with the rose colors.

On to the main event!

Here is my re-done sewing nook sans bulletin board.
I made a new holder for my knitting needles and added some stenciling to the lamp shade.   I also re-covered my small ironing board.

 I painted the S-E-W letters and applied some stenciling.  They are attached to a black measuring tape.  I created a flower with the remaining tape and used a bobbin as the center.  Cheeky, I know!

This hanging organizer stores both my circular knitting needles as well as my straight needles and DPNs.

I made my pin cushion by using a small frame and some remnant fabric.  

Here is my revamped desk area.  I made the ribbon memo board and applied stenciling on the lamp shade.  That pretty 5x7 painting on my desk was done by my sis.  The colors match perfectly with my chosen scheme!

Here is a better picture of my ribbon board.  Very handy for business cards.....

Here's my revised storage area.  I hid the items that didn't match my color scheme behind the burlap curtain.  
Remember that ugly yellow "B" from before?  I covered it with some of my new fabric.  Much better!

Here is a close-up of my lamp shade.  I know you love it!  Got the idea off Pinterest.

Here are the 'hidden' items.  I store my yarn in these black plastic baskets (left).
The right side (behind the curtain) shows a crate containing stencils, stickers and paper scraps sorted by color.  I store ribbon and other scraps in the colored boxes on the top shelf.  

Gotta have some TV every now and then.  
We have one in every room in the house except the bathrooms and kitchen!

Here is my book case.  Nothing spectacular but it is part of the room....

I made this wall switch plate using e6000 and beads, buttons and cabochons.  These are so much fun to make but the glue makes my nose go CRAZY!

I love the scripture below and think it's applicable to everybody!  
Everyone should find their gift and bless others with it!  

Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Now go get your craft on!

Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 Handmade Gift Exchange

Once again, I joined Linda's handmade gift exchange.  You have to check out her blog.  She has so many cute ideas!  This year she used Elfster to pair up exchange partners -  either anonymously or we could contact our partner directly.  Unlike previous years, I crafted a gift for someone else who crafted a gift for someone else (not me).  I have no idea who is crafting for me...I guess he/she decided to remain anonymous...which is fine.  But I can't wait to get a goodie in the mail soon!!

Anyway, my partner likes Star Wars and has a Kindle Fire.  So I made the following cover for her (Hans Solo in Carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back

I hope she likes it!

I used a hardback book and took the pages out of it.  I used gesso to provide a good base to paint on.  The dimensional cover was accomplished using a print-out which I creased in the right spots and then filled from the back using paper clay.  After sticking that onto the book surface, I decided to add more dimension by adding more clay around the edges.  Once it was dry, I painted it.  
On the back, I used cut-out letters and used mini beads.  
A coat of mod podge finished the outside cover.

Inside the front, I used felt so the Kindle screen will not get scratched.  Don't ask me how I accomplished the elastic.  It was hard and I don't have time to try and explain it here!  If you are brave enough to tackle this project, you will figure it out!