Happy Tuesday! It’s been one project after another around here and I’m not doing a very good job of keeping up with posting about them! Today I’m excited to post about our shared-craft space! We didn’t do much to this space besides organize, and one day we may paint, but for now, it serves us well! The moment I saw this house, I knew I wanted this space to be a craft area. Not only does it function as my creative space, but the kids’ too! I love that I can be working on my projects in the basement and they can either sit at their table working on things, or play in the toy/tv room close by. Come on down and take a peek!
You may remember from the house tour post what the area looked like post move-in:
Well…here’s what it looks like today!
Since the space is big enough for more then just my craft things, I wanted the kids to have a space to have the opportunity to craft. I thought about putting their things in the spare room behind the kid table, but I like that room to be ready/available for guests. Plus, the laminate floor is much better for play-doh and other mess 🙂 The kids table can be easily moved into the spare room or the toy room if it they aren’t using it. Lil’ miss was creating necklaces and bracelets for all her horses while I was taking these pics <3 The table and stools are from Ikea.
Their craft items/learning toys were fairly easy to organize. The cube unit is from Target, as well as the shoe-box size boxes with aqua lids. The large green bin (that houses all the Play-Doh) is from Big Lots. Vintage metal baskets on the top shelf hold flashcards and coloring books/paper. I love the cube storage and small boxes. If we buy/receive a new puzzle and it doesn’t fit…then it’s time to get rid of one. I think this size storage really helps pair down on toys and craft items.
The bottom level holds puzzles and lace cards.
The mid level holds magnetic toys, fine motor skill items, beads, scissors, glue, and craft supplies like pipe cleaners and craft sticks. They know they cannot get out any craft supplies without permission…and so far they’ve never tried!
I didn’t get the entire top row in the picture (sorry!) but it holds Play-Doh tools, Aqua Doodle, paints, markers, dry erase supplies stamps, crayons, and stickers. I used my Dymo LetraTag to label the boxes. Love me some labels 🙂
To the left of the cube is the sensory box, smocks, drop cloths (aka old top sheets and plastic shower curtains), and to-go caddies. I like those caddies to use on long car trips for crayons, stickers, and paper.
That’s about it for the kids crafty stuff. On to mama’s crafting space 🙂
You should feel special, I cleaned it up just for you friends 🙂 Usually I have my machine and cutting mat out…along with fabric, scissors, thread…and other odds & ends. The door to the left is to the laundry room and unfinished part of the basement. Everytime I go into the laundry room, I make my craft table a little promise, “I’ll be back for you later!”…usually doesn’t happen, but it’s the thought that counts, right? Besides…walking past the space just makes me happy anyways. I love it down here. The one time we had a tornado warning, I was just a tiny bit happy, because what else could I do but be right here? I was forced to craft, darn it. 😉 I also keep my slippers down here because it’s always cold in the basement! I also always find at least two spiders while I’m crafting that need to meet the bottom of a shoe. 😀 Enough nonsense…back to the subject.
The button tin has various sewing supplies like Velcro, zippers, and GASP! buttons! All of which I have no clue yet how to use when sewing. (I signed up for my first Craftsy.com class which I plan on watching this summer on vacation. It’s about how to use button feet and fancy things like that when sewing. I.think.I.can.) The metal bucket holds pens, pencils, hole punches, tape measure, and various other randomness. The chevron folder has a few patterns, measurements, and instructions for some of my favorite projects.
Back to the craft table.
This is the shelf unit to the right. On the bottom shelf: the white box has stamps and ink pads, the green box has ribbon and various other embellishments. The pink metal bin has my work-in-progress items or to-do items. The mid shelf: the straw basket holds fabric. The metal locker basket has fabric scraps. The top shelf: to the left is a notebook, sewing machine manual, wood block and embroidery hoop. In the loaf pan (which I love and am always looking for another!) is various craft items: glitter, beans, pom-poms, shims, clothes pins, markers, craft sticks…you know, the usual things people
hoard have in their craft supply.
The left side…was hard to photograph. But I did my bestest 🙂
On the right: felt, pennant banner triangles, and scrapbook paper. On the left: bottom shelf hold my iron, a towel, and some wipes. Mid shelf has a metal tool caddy that holds various glues- glue gun, modge podge, glue sticks, craft glue, tacky glue, etc. Top shelf is thread.
On the table I keep some frequently used items and small tools. I got the small drawer bin at Menard’s. By the way, West Coasters…you’re missing out on this store. I had no idea what I was missing until I came here. I’m sorry West Coast. Your loss. Also, I love my little white lamp…it’s from Target.
This…well these just happen to be some things that bring a smile to my face and reminders to pray for people, ministries, and organizations who are in the business of reaching out and sharing the gospel. There’s also some reminders of truth from dear friends here too. Just good stuff 🙂
I usually have my iron out when I’m finishing up a project. If there wasn’t any kiddos around, I’d have it over where the kids table is. Someday when the laundry room is pretty and organized, I’ll have a fancy fold down, full size ironing board. Until then…this works 😉
Well, that about wraps it up! Here’s the official before and after!
Thanks for stopping by our little creative space! Next time bring your coffee and your current craft project and stay awhile 🙂
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