Monday, January 16, 2012

My New Craft Area!!!! Almost Complete!!

My husband and I have been working on our new crafting area this long weekend.  I am moving my craft stuff from a basement room upstairs.  Last year, disaster struck our house in the form of termites. We had self-treated our log and wood frame house but had never professionally exterminated. Boy did we learn a lesson the hard way! A 20 foot section of our front living room wall had been eaten away before we realized it!!  This was October of last year.  We worked away to tear out the wall, replace it, get professional extermination, all before cold weather attacked. I had always wanted a fireplace, so we used this opportunity to lay a beautiful stone fireplace.  I never knew I could lay stone, but its really alot like icing a cake.  The results were phenomenal.  I was ever so pleased with the results and we have really enjoyed the fireplace's warmth and ambience during the cold,dreary months.   My husband also started doing leatherwork last year.  He had a small countertop set up on the back side of our living room.  He really enjoys leathercrafting near the fireplace.  I soon had the desire to move my craft space closer to his and the fire!! We moved a set of kitchen cabinets that I previously used in my basement sewing room.  My handyman husband built us a custom crafting island with storage under one side and on both ends.  There is an inset area for barstools on the other side.  My Cricut cartridges fit perfectly in the built in shelves on one end of the island.  I put a small desk near the windows, which I just outfitted with wooden blinds, for my sewing maching.  I like to sew and embroider on my Bernina and the natural light is wonderful.  I had recently bought four Jet Max cubes for paper storage.  I place two stacked, on each side of my desk.  My cabinet drawers neatly store all my wooden stamps, Cricut accessories, fabric, and sewing notions.  I have extra storage in the baskets and bags on top of the wall cabinets.  I brought my new Expression 2 from my office space and placed it on the countertop with my Cake and Imagine.  I'll keep my trusty, original Expression near my desktop computer where it will stay hooked to Design Studio.  To finish today's work, we mounted a cork board, shelf for my Cuttlebug and Texture Boutique, and a ribbon shelf above my crafting countertop.  Our next step is to install two hanging lights above our center island and some outlets along the top of the countertop itself.  I think I am going to love my new space and crafting by the fireplace!! Thanks for stopping by!!! Patty

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful space! It looks like you really put a lot of thought into how to make it fit your needs. Everything is so nicely organized! Sorry about the termite problem, but I guess it all worked out in the end. The fireplace looks amazing! Enjoy your new "playroom"!