I have added notes on the photos to guide you through the mess. Hopefully you won't get lost!
Here is the opening shot of my craft room. As you can see it is very messy and crowded. I have shelves and shelves of stuff.
I had to put shelves up this fall to hold more things. I saved the sugar and flour bins from my grandmother and also found one at a thrift store. The boxes that look like books have the die cut pieces for my Sissix machine. They fit pretty nicely inside them. I inherited tons of ribbon and braid from my grandmother and mom and they are stored in drawer bins all over the top of things.
"I am a material girl. Want to see my fabric collection?" My fabric is stored in 2 hallway closets outside of this room. I inherited my fabric from my mom and grandmother. I have my Dracula memorabilia hanging on my wall. Some friends of my parents brought them back from their trip to Romania. My gargoyle collection is finally in the living room where it should be. My ex hated my gargoyles and made me keep them out of the living room. I have lots of extras of everything, because when my mom and grandmother passed away I got double and triple of everything.
This is my working area on my table. I got a large acrylic cutting board to do my jewelry work on. You can find them used at the thrift store and then throw them away when they get trashed. I also find large ceramic floor tiles at the thrift store for 50 cents and I solder on them and do some gluing on them as well. I love the thrift store and get teacups and sugar/creamer pieces that are vintage pieces and put things in them on my table. They are handy, pretty and usually cost 50 cents there. I got the white lazy susan at Michael's on sale and I keep my scissors and things in it on my table. T. S. Eliot has decided that I work best while he lays on his blanket on my table. The only thing I hate is the cat hair.
More of my table:
I have my heat tool and dremel tool on my table all the time ready to use. I also re-purposed an old spice holder and containers from Tupperware. The lazy susan has all the containers neatly contained on it and they are semi transparent. They are great and can probably be found at yard sales and thrift stores. I found some pretty glass bottles that were missing the tops at Real Deals one day. They were 75% off and I put my paint brushes in them.
A note about Michael's They offer a discount for teachers that is for your entire purchase. Teachers just have to show some sort of ID. Joann's does an educator discount as well as Barnes and Noble. I also bought a small suitcase at Real Deals with a coupon and use it to take my jewelry to shows. I decorated the outside and when not in use at the show I use it for containing some of the jewelry I'm selling. I turn it up on end so it looks like a steamer trunk and hang necklaces down from the end of the suitcase. This is one of the areas I plan to redo and make more accessible in the future. I used to have my sewing machine cabinet here, but it was way too hard to sew there.
Here are my current favs for listening to while I work. I'm pretty much a rebel without a clue and I love hard rock. Ozzy is my favorite singer. That is why I have to have the wireless speakers, the neighbors would complain if I had to tune them up to hear my music in the back of the house. :)
Crafts Are Cheaper Than Therapy!This is my collection area. I collect Ozzy Osbourne stuff. So I have one shelf just for that stuff. I also Love the pictures of Lady of Shallot and that is why she is on my business cards and my Etsy page. My daughter Rachel gave me this print of the Lady one year for Christmas. The drawers all have beads in them separated by color. I keep my resin and inks in the brown drawers in little baskets to pull out when I need them.
I found these big containers on sale at Office Max. They had matching little boxes that fit inside the bigger boxes. I put a lot of my metal findings and specific pieces in the little boxes with labels on top. For example one containers has sun, stars, moons. One has keys, etc. The little square ones have transparent covers on them. The big boxes stack really well on top of each other.
The square containers are pretty handy. I can move them around and stack them up on each other. They were not expensive at Office Max and I used a coupon to buy them.
Some of the containers inside are Tupperware, some are bought at the dollar store and others are from the same company that the big boxes are from. They snap closed and the lids lock on very nicely.
I store a lot of stuff under this table. It is against the wall and I have crates with my magazines and books in them. I have one shelf in the closet that has books on it. It is full. I bought some closet hangers that hang on the rods and put them in the closet. They are like mini shelves inside the closet. Now, if I could get the closet doors opened......
The little rolling cart can be pulled out (on a good day) and it has my glass tiles, scrabble tiles, stamp pads, microscope slides etc. in the drawers. I have my stamps in a bag on the floor for the time being. I need to re-arrange and find somewhere else to store them.
I found the magnetic strips things at the dollar store and hung them on the wall. I went to Cost Plus and found the spice holders with magnetic pieces on the bottom. They work great as long as I don't knock them off the wall. The silver ones are from Michael's, again on sale. The are divided into 4 parts and hold on the strips as well.
Well, this is my Messy Work Space and I would love to hear any ideas of what I could do differently. I don't want to get rid of stuff, just find a way to store it all better. I love my craft room, it is well lit (it was an office for the previous owner) and has florescent lights and a large window. I love spending time in there even when it is as messy as it is right now. When school gets out I plan to do some work on re-arranging and picking up. Let me know what you all think!
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