Friday, June 9, 2017

Craft Room Reveal


We've been in our house for a little over 10 months now and I have been using half of the bonus room as my office/craft room.  It worked great except for this little spot...the sewing table.
It was functional and all, just a bit crowded.  I had my serger set out on the hinged table top and always worried that it might give way under the weight.  And since about November I have really gotten into quilting.  (This is a whole other post in and of itself!)  So I decided I wanted to re-do the whole space.  Here is how it was set up before (don't mind the fabric laid out on the carpet...I was mid project):



Now this process was not so simple, as things tend to be with me.  I am definitely an over thinker.  My poor husband is the most patient and kind man alive and had to put up with a lot of my mind changing.  I thought I wanted a wrap around desk in either a U-shape along the walls or a T-shape in the middle.  I combed through Pinterest for days trying to find a  setup that I both liked and could afford.  You see, I'm cheap.  About as cheap as they come.  Finally I decided we should just go to IKEA and put together a humongous U desk.  It's about a 90 minute drive each way and then we spent a couple of hours at the store picking things out.    The next day we spent a few hours putting together drawer units and cubbies.  We set things out and guess what?  I didn't love it.  We had spent about $500 on all the stuff and I just didn't love it.  So back it went to the store (all except for a huge picture for the wall) and I went to plan B.

I had a farmhouse rectangular table that I had bought off a classified add for $25.  I was planning on refinishing it for my dining room but changed my mind. I then found another very similar rectangular table at the thrift store for $15.  $40 for two desks was sounding a whole lot better than $500.  The tables each started out as 36" wide by 59" long.  My amazing neighbor cut the table tops down for me to be 28" wide.  I sanded, and sanded, and sanded those tabletops like mad and then stained them with Kona color wood stain.  I only needed two of the legs for each table because we mounted the back of the tabletops directly to the walls using 2x4s screwed into the wall studs.  I painted the legs with the white paint left over from the baseboards and doors in our house.  These two desks left me with a big space in the middle to fill.  Remember this table from the office in my previous house?
It was time to bring her out of hiding in the unfinished basement and spiff her up with a matching stain/paint job.  Here are my new twin desks!
I didn't want there to be too many cords visible, so we drilled a hole in each table top and mounted a power strip to the 2x4 to plug things in to.

 Here's the whole space from a couple of different angles.  I tried to do photos with the shades up, because I have a truly amazing view of the mountains, but the lighting was a bit difficult.


The hutch is still on the same wall but got moved over a bit.  I also decided to repaint the blue to a brighter shade of aqua, but I could not convince myself to repaint the whole thing in a matching bright white, so the majority of it is still a distressed ivory color.
The shelves are filled with all my pincushions, fabric bundles, DVD to watch while I craft or sew, and a few other vintage goodies.

I had to size up on my fabric cubby.  The cassette holder just wasn't cutting it.  I am telling you people, the fabric addiction is VERY real!  This beautiful wood cubby is made my Pottery Barn and I picked it up at the thrift store for $10.
Above the fabric cubby is my 75-cent yard sale Coke crate filled with thread, a couple of mini quilts I have made, my vintage doggy figurines that I got for $3 for all, and Prudy the Pig, whom I fell in love with for $1.



Next to Prudy is an IKEA frame that I found at the thrift store for $4.  I spray painted it teal and framed a piece of thin batting.  It is now my idea/project board for quilting.  I can just stick my squares up there while they are in process or waiting to be turned into a quilt.
This white shelf is from Michaels and is perfect to store and display cute craft supplies like ribbon, buttons, twine & brushes.  I got the shelf on sale for I believe $30.  The cherry tin was 50 cents from the DI as well as the strawberry ceramic.  The glass jars are from Hobby Lobby and were on their wonderful 50% sale for $1.49 each.
On the wall behind my sewing machine I have a magnetic knife strip that I got from Wal-Mart and hang my scissors on.  I have no idea with the original purpose of the wood thing was, but I painted it and use it to store some of my bias tape and trimmings.

The metal rotating organizer from Harbor Freight got a new red paint job, and my table shelves now house the printer and a stack of quilt squares for my Farm Girl quilt.



We built a shelf that runs the length of the wall above the windows.  We just used 6" pine boards and precut corbels from Lowe's.  It's where I display my vintage toy sewing machines as well as a few other vintage tin toys I have collected.
  Yes, there's also fabric up there.  A quilt kit and a couple of yummy fat quarter packs.  The white colander I bought as is at the thrift store for $2.  The blue one was $1 and I spray painted it that color.
I have a white metal three-tiered cart on the "office" side of the room that I got from Michael's.  It is full of vinyl, patterns, and other crafting goodness.


And the final piece is a cutting table.  I have been cutting fabric on the floor for years and my knees and cutting mat were ready for a change!  I got the six-cube unit from Michael's for $35, turned it on it's side, added some legs from Lowe's and a piece of plywood as the top.  I still need to touch up the stain on the sides of the table top, but haven't gotten around to it.  There is a disclaimer with this design....it will tip forward if you push down on the front edge of the table top too hard.  The overhang is just enough for me to fit my knees under, and I am pressing down on the center of the table as I cut fabric, so it has worked just fine for me.
The shelves are full of the vintage sheets I have been collecting from thrift stores.  I have used a few of them to make Easter dresses for my girls and also as backs on quilts.  They are just so soft and such beautiful florals that I can't pass them up.  Especially since they are usually priced at $2-4 a piece.
 A jar of Tasha Noel fabric is enough to make this girl happy any day of the week!
I attached a wire thingy on the side to hold some pattern books.  I got it from Homegoods for $14
Up top are my cutting mats, some of my favorite quilting eye candy books & gorgeous stack of charm packs.  This table faces the TV on the other wall, so I can cut fabric and watch my favorite shows.

The barstool just might be my favorite part of the room, although it's hard to choose.  I wish I would have taken a before picture of it, but I did not.  It was a beigy/brown color and the seat had some tears in it.  I painted it a bright shiny red and covered it in one of my favorite fabrics.  I love how it turned out!
Thanks for taking the tour of my new space :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Harry Potter Party

So this post is a FULL YEAR late!  hahaha.  The pics have just been waiting patiently in my folder to be posted.  Little S wanted a Harry Potter party for her 8th birthday (yah...she's 9 now).  Here's what we came up with.

DECORATIONS:  I tried to create a bit of an atmosphere for her guests as soon as they arrived.  I mad this platform 9-3/4 door cover with gray paper off the roll from a part store that I stamped with a sponge dipped in brick red paint.  A bit time consuming, but effective.  I also put my Broom Parking sign from Halloween out on the porch.

 Inside we had the shelf above the fireplace decked out with more Halloween decor as well as some of the party favors that I will go into more detail on later.
I borrowed a few things from neighbors, including this hand-painted sign, on old trunk, a cardboard cutout of the HP gang, and a Hedwig.  I wrapped her presents in brown kraft paper to try to make it look like they were packages from Diagon Alley ready to be loaded on the Hogwarts Express!




As each guest arrived we gave them each a Harry lightning bolt scar with an eyeliner pencil and a pair of round glasses.  Once everyone had arrived, it was time to sort!   Another neighbor came to the rescue with this official Sorting Hat and my husband had a recording of different house callouts on his phone that he played through the bluetooth speaker once every child had been seated on the stool with the hat on. 


 Once they found out what house they were in, they grabbed a scarf out of the old suitcase and sat with their houses.   I sewed these together out of fleece and just cut the fringe at the ends since fleece doesn't fray.


GAMES/ACTIVITIES:  It was time to go to class!  We headed outside for a Quiditch match.  My husband made some hoops and we basically just turned it into a relay where two houses faced each other in a race (on broomstick of course) to throw the quaffle through the hoop.


Next class was potions, which I unfortunately did not get any pictures of.  If I remember correctly, we had put different colors of food coloring in the bottom of each glass and let it dry.  Then the potions teacher gave them a concoction of Sprite from a beaker to add to their cups.  Everybody's drink turned a different color and they all enjoyed a little refreshment.

On to Care of Magical Creatures.  This was the craft portion of the party.  I helped the kids cover little notebooks in fur and we glued on googly eyes, teeth, and tongues.  They were super cute!

We ended with a round or two of Beanboozled



Everyone got to take home a goody bag that included wands, pet owls, and gold coins from Gringotts.  I'm super mad at myself for not taking a picture of all of the wands.  My hubby and our two older girls made them by taking a chopstick and covering it with hot glue in assorted patterns.  Once the glue dried and set up, they painted them all different. They were amazing!  I made the wand boxes out of card stock.  They had a label on the end of the box that said the makeup and size of the wand as well as a sticker on top from Olivanders.  It printed them on my computer using blank Avery labels.








It was such a fun party!  We love Harry Potter at our house!  And last but not least...the cake!