Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio

Hello all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts!  Today I’m here to share Heather Bailey’s studio, The Sugar Shop.  Let me show you why I love everything she does:

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With a B.A. in Apparel Design and a knack for style, Heather has run successful businesses in both women and children’s accessories. She designs fabric, sewing patterns, paper craft supplies, stationery picnicware and houseware. Just click here to hop over to Heather’s shop and all will be revealed.

Now for her studio.  Like Heather’s designs, her studio is calm, serene, modern with a vintage feel and super workable.

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The tall green work-island has a ton of storage, with cabinets and drawers on each side. The cabinets contain art papers, zippers, vintage linens, interfacings, unfinished quilt-tops and stationery. In one of the drawers Heather stores sketchbooks and rulers but the rest she keeps empty for quick clean-ups.

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She repurposed a bookshelf by adding a base unit and repainting the poorly white washed  top part – now it’s a super dooper proper dresser where she stores her art supplies, sewing notions and wool felt.  The yellow boxes above hold less-frequently-used items, like velcro and grommets, linoleum blocks for stamp- carving, elastic and cording.

Most of her furniture is “homemade” – the cabinet,  computer table, sewing tabletop and shelves.

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What I love most is her personal touches. Just Look at this turquoise mirror.  Read all about it in this post.

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And she used grandmother’s old sewing notions to decorate the large frame resting on the ribbon shelf.

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That’s it – Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio!! You can view her original post here and her Flickr photos here.  Please leave her a comment to say thanks for sharing with us.

As this is my last post for 2014, I would like to thank you all for reading my posts throughout the year. Have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. See you again around Blogland early in 2015.

Hazel

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

Hello, it’s Suzanne here with a look at some pretty crafty storage dressers today! These dressers range from minor creative alterations to full repurposing.  I love to re-use and re-purpose what I already have on hand, and sometimes that means using pieces in non-traditional ways. When my son received a new bedroom set a few years ago, we were left with a dresser and nightstand that no one wanted or needed at the time. Desperately looking for extra storage for my scrapbooking supplies one day, I came across the forgotten dresser and decided that this would be a great place to store some of my stash!

This got me to thinking about old dressers, and if others also use them for craft supply storage. After searching through Pinterest, I can certainly say that many of you are also using your dressers for craft storage. Take a look at what I came across for creative storage options…

Dresser for Basket Storage

This dresser had the doors removed, was repainted. and then had the empty shelves filled with roomy baskets. The baskets are easy to see through, and have been labeled for ultimate craft organization.

Dresser for Fabric Storage

This pretty, pink dresser houses a ton of rainbow fabric. Color-coordinated and neatly organized fabric is easy to store and easy to find.

Dresser for General Craft Supply Storage

This drawer organizes an array of craft supplies and accessories. The inserts inside provide much needed organization for such a large drawer. Having like-items corralled together makes it easier to find what you need for your projects.

Existing Dresser with Side Storage Added

This idea is just genius! Can you guess what type of “shelving” was added to this dresser? Spice racks! That’s right, plain wooden spice racks were painted white and attached to the sides of the dresser. You could add your crafting magazines, how-to books, die cuts, etc. What about pretty, colorful ribbon spools, Washi tape, paints, or spice jars filled with small embellishments?

Dresser to Scrapbook Desk

This desk is amazing! It all started with an old dresser, a can of paint, and a vision. A larger top was added to give the desk some extra length and depth from the narrow dresser top it once was.  And, those beautiful drawers remained, offering ample space for hidden supply storage.  If you would like to see additional pictures, there is a nice tutorial on this desk on Nicole’s blog.

Do you have an old dresser sitting around that is just waiting to be re-purposed as craft supply storage? It is absolutely amazing at what some new paint and hardware can do to transform a piece of furniture. And with Pinterest and YouTube at our disposal there is not much stopping us from getting that perfect storage piece we are all looking for!

 

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Studio Tour with Ali Edwards

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiast!!  Hazel here and today we are visiting Ali Edwards. I’m SURE you all know who she is but for those wondering – she is a designer, blogger, author, and mother of two. She has written four books about scrapbooking, authored a popular monthly column for Creating Keepsakes magazine, conducted workshops around the country, internationally, and online, and currently designs digital scrapbooking products for Designer Digitals and stamps for Technique Tuesday. Now for Ali’s room.  She says that her goal is to make stuff and that she doesn’t want to spend a lot of time organizing.  For her stash she wants a selection but not excess.  Sound like a good idea to me. IMG_6217
The two Varde tables from Ikea are back to back. They are the perfect height as Ali likes to work standing up. The tops are nice and big which means that some supplies can go on top and the rest goes in drawers or in baskets below. IMG_6251
Along both walls are Ikea Expedit shelves on wheels. These are awesome on their own but having them on wheels makes them that much more awesome. AE_shelves-500x333
I just love the pull-out Kvissle Letter Trays from Ikea. They are used to store the current kits. Best part is, you can pull the whole tray out and move it to the work table and the move it back when done. IMG_6208
OK. This is my favorite!! Inside the doors of this locker  you’ll find inks, paints, ribbons, sewing supplies, etc. Most of these things Ali doesn’t use every time she makes something. Out of sight but still on hand. IMG_6186
On the opposite side of the room from the lockers, right next to the windows, are the computer desks.  I love the sunshine pouring through the windows and the “interactiveness” of working together. IMG_6214
That’s it from me. I hope you have enjoyed Ali’s studio with me.  Please hop over to her blog to read the rest and while there, leave some comments to let her know that we appreciate her sharing with us. Have fun and craft on.
Hazel

Clean up your desk using recycled items.

Hello to all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts.  Once again, Hazel all the way from down under Sunny South Africa. Ever once in a while we get an assignment  “choose a topic”and I’ve decided that mine will be reuse, recycle and repurpose ………………. FOREVER!!!

In South Africa households don’t formally recycle (YES, we don’t!!!!!) so for the past 10 years I’ve been PAYING someone to pick up my recycling and he has a group of unemployed workers who sort and get paid for my unwanted stuff. About 5 years ago someone said to me:  “when it all this going to stop?  I thought you would have given up long ago”.  And I said: ” NEVER”. It is my duty and privilege to recycle because I want to leave the world a better place.  My whole family joined in the fun. It’s worth your while to see how my boys party – HUGE containers for recycling everywhere because they know, if anything ends up in the garbage, I’ll have them sort the lot.

I totally hate an untidy  desk,  so I thought I’d  see what Blogland has to offer to clean up your workspace using recycled goods. Ready, let’s GO!

We all have tins and this stationary carousel is to die for:

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And who doesn’t like jars?

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What about desk bags? Recycle some left over pieces of fabric or repurpose an old garment.

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I use this idea all the time  and it triples up your desk space if all the unneeded items can be stored within reach but not on your counter top. Here you can see my system.

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Use the pockets from all your fave denim garments.  The post shows you how.  I think it would be a great addition to a hallway – to keep your keys, glasses and cell phone out of sight but on hand.  Watch out denim ……………………………. I’m collecting pockets!!!

What about tissue holders? Not only for your stationary but also for storing cables!

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I love to repurpose an old item. Especially a wooden piece.  If I can get my hands on this one …………………………………  LOVE it! And just think about it – you can add 5 more storeys to your desk.

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OK and now my wild card ……………………….. an old telephone directory!

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That’s it!!! My gift to you and mother earth ………………………. recycle, reuse and repurpose those unwanted items to make everyday life a bit easier. I hope you have enjoyed my tour around Blogland. Please leave some comments – I love to hear and see what you do.

Until next time. Have fun storing your crafts!

Hazel

A Tour of {Pleasant Home}

Hey there CSI crafty friends! Lisa here today to introduce you to Jodi of Pleasant Home and give you a sneak peek of her creative space. Jodi is a quilt pattern designer and quilter who has been blogging since 2006. I enjoyed exploring her blog and Pinterest boards, so many beautiful quilts and fabrics!! Next to decorative paper I might be tempted to hoard fabric. I just love to look at it!

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Jodi’s husband built the cabinets specially designed for this room. I like the set of tabletop drawers and the clear glass canisters she uses to organize this work surface. Isn’t the trio of paper lanterns cute!

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Love this playful fabric used to dress the ironing board and the darling robin’s egg blue stool!

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The other half of the ironing board surface holds her cutting mat. There are more handy shelves and storage cubbies here as well.

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Jodi framed buttons and trinkets she has collected over time. A clever idea to organize them as well as keep them clean and damage free!

Her space started out with a different fabric and color scheme, but has since been change to this that she calls “more me”. Stop by to say hello, there are more photos and information about this cute creative space on Jodi’s blog Pleasant Home. Thanks for spending some time with us today!

Lisa

Storage Solution Roundup: Thread it up!

Hallo, it’s Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa here to share with you how to store your thread.  I’ve got a scientific degree and therefore arrange everything according to the colors of the rainbow.  If you do that with thread it can become quite a work of art BUT today we will keep to storage solutions.

Just a quick warning – my friend Pinterest could not supply me with enough ideas so I befriended Flickr.  The down side is that most of the ideas only have pictures attached and no links to blogs.  Still, I think you will enjoy the tour!

Let’s start with the plastics – clean, neat and see through!

A trolley:

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Hop over to Stitched by Me to read the whole post. When she moved house, she had to cut her “behind the door storage unit”  in half just to move again and to put it back together again!! You can find a picture here.

Plastic drawers:

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Plastic boxes:

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These are from Target and from the same Flickr member came this brilliant idea: keep your matching spools and thread together by using pipe cleaners. See it here.

Plastic CD storage bags:

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Mount it on the wall:

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Need a whole cupboard??  This one was custom made for China Marks. Read all about it here.

 

What about some wood?

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Drawers:

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And for my vintage enthusiasts: a Printers tray:

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That’s it, some storage ideas for your thread.  If you want to make your own, here is a tutorial and if you want to buy, I came upon this one which looks like fun.  In the end it doesn’t matter what you use – the idea is to arrange your stash so that you can easily get hold of what you need.

If you want to see how I arrange mine, you can hop over to my blog and see for yourself. I’m a no dust, no fuss kind of girl so I used containers from the local hardware store. Just click here.

I loved talking to you today. Thanks for visiting Craft Storage Ideas and please check back as my fellow contributors and I have lots and lots and lots more to share. Have a lovely day!

Hazel

Craft Studio Tour ~ In My Creative Opinion

Hi CSI friends, Lisa here today with a craft room tour for your viewing pleasure! There are many, many craft rooms out there with a lot of bells and whistles and then there are craft rooms that are slimmed down, perfectly organized and serve their purpose to the max. That’s just what I have to share with you today.

My very dear friend Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion shared her craft room on her blog last month. I have a glimpse of it to share with you today. Feel free to visit her blog for the entire tour!

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There is definitely something to be said about neutral tones in a work environment with lots of natural daylight streaming in! Tracey has fitted her craft room with products from Ikea including “Galant” birch veneer table tops and bookcases along with “Alex” drawers.

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Separate work stations for die cutting, paper trimming and coloring make creating easier.

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Drawers with plentiful room for organizing your stash is a must. I love seeing the rolls of felt all lined up!

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Isn’t this wall of bookshelves wonderful? Neatly organized and pleasing to the eye make for an uncluttered craft space. The white storage that’s used in various places lets your eye flow easily over the unit.

You’ll find individual storage and organizational tips for paper, dies, stamps and more on Tracey’s blog. Stop by to say hello, you’ll enjoy your visit!

Lisa

All About the Furniture {Unexpected Storage}

Hi to all of you. It’s Hazel from Sunny SA with you today.  My post is “all about the furniture”. Normally, at Craft Storage Ideas  we would take one piece of furniture and show you how to utilize it in many, many different ways but today  I want to show you a lot of different “unexpected” places to store your goodies.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a designated craft area but maybe if you look at what I found, you can store more without adding an extra story to your home.  My ideas are not specific for storing crafts but you can adapt an idea to open up a closet more suited for your crafting needs.

First, we will look around living areas:

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Under stairs:

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And around utility rooms:

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As always, I try to look for the unexpected possibilities in my home as well. I just love white canvas bags – everywhere! My picture is of the DIY ones  in my craft room but I have some behind doors, inside cupboards and on my office desk.

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I think I’ll do a follow-up on this post as I still want to look behind doors, into closets, up the ceiling and under beds.  Please check back to Craft Storage Ideas as I’ll be back with more pictures and ideas.  If you have any ideas of your own, please leave a comment.  I would love to see and hear what you do.

Hazel

 

 

 

 

Craft Room: {Inspire Lovely Studio Tour}

This wonderful craft studio belongs to Debee Campos, who has graciously allowed me to feature some of her photos in my post for today.

I love how she chose to keep the main color scheme white, because it really makes the other splashes of color POP!

Check out this nook she created using some pieces from Michael’s and IKEA. I love that she’s been able to make use of every square inch of space in such a small area!

There is so much to love about this next photo. I love, love, love the cubbies – along with the goodies in them – but I ADORE the mismatched knobs she’s used on the dresser below.

Thanks again, Debee, for allowing me to feature your studio in my post today! You’ll want to be sure to check out her blog to see even more amazing photos of her studio, and for more detailed info on how she pulled everything together.

Doris

 

Storage Solution Round Up: {Craft Vinyl Storage}

After purchasing my Silhouette Cameo almost a year ago, I began the process of “collecting” craft vinyl to be able to make some of the adorable ideas I’d seen in Facebook groups and on Pinterest. It’s very addictive stuff, that vinyl! Here’s some of the ideas I came across for storing vinyl, including the way I ended up storing mine.

This first idea is simply amazing. Be sure to check out the post over at IHeart Organizing to see her complete tutorial on how she created this pretty little storage cabinet!

Here’s another nifty idea that utilizes pieces of PVC pipe to keep everything tidy and organized. Just look how many different levels she’s able to keep in one centralized area!

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This shoe-cubby-turned-vinyl-storage holder is easy to create, if you follow the instructions provided at the blog, Measure Once, Cut Twice. 

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And, in case you missed it from my craft room tour, here is how I chose to store my vinyl. A $20 over-the-door shoe organizer from Bed, Bath and Beyond was just what I needed to keep my ever-growing collection stored neatly and out of site, yet visible and accessible when needed!

I hope you’ll share any of your storage ideas…I might need to expand my current set up – ha ha!

Doris