Great Do It Yourself Craft Space {Teresa Jaye}

I love to look at craft spaces. More like drool, but you get my meaning. A well organized space is wonderful to work in, lovely to look at, and, for me at least, a something that makes my heart go pitter patter.

I am quite the organizer. Or OCD if you listen to my husband. I once moved my bed 1/2″ so that it would line up with the nap on our Berber carpet. Sad but true. So an organized craft space is a must!

My friend Teresa Jaye has a lovely space. She even decorated hers – something I will admit I don’t do. Love her matching curtains and chair covers.

Here is a look from the door into her space.

She has made her space fit her needs, dividing it up into zones according to how she works. She has space for scrapbooking, sewing and a section set aside for her computer/photo printer as well.

There is an abundance of natural light supplemented by well placed artificial light for crafting at any time. I really like how flexible her furniture is, she will be able to rearrange it all if her needs – or her mood!- change.

I love this wonderful glass cabinet that she keeps her embellishments and such in – no dusting!  Please stop by and take a look at her wonderful  studio. I am sure will take away some ideas of your own.


Studio Tour with Connie Mercer

Here’s a big CSI welcome to Connie Mercer.  Connie is a design team member at Vintage Street Market, lives on a ranch in Texas and loves being inspired by her five grandchildren.  Enjoy this  tour of her very vintage studio.

I am so excited to show you my crafty space here on Craft Storage Ideas.  I have always loved old things and the process of finding a treasure.    If it has a story with it, I love it even more.  I started feeling like I wanted to surround myself with “old stuff” after taking an online class with Jenni Bowlin.  She opened my eyes to vintage storage.  Using old salt and pepper shakers for glitter-I loved that idea!!!  It all started with that class.   I have been collecting all my life, so I had lots of vintage cabinets, boxes, bottles, jars, pottery to organize my craft supplies in.   I started by getting rid of as much plastic as I could, and started bringing in items that spoke to me, that inspired me, in my craft.

I used to scrapbook on a plastic fold out table, so when I found this old work table at an antique store, it was loaded up and I think I started looking at things differently that day.  One thing Jenni would say is surround yourself with things that you love and that is what I have done-it is a work in process!  But one thing for sure I love my space , I love how my supplies are stored and I’m inspired to create when I’m in this room!!

Vintage Worktable
A view of the entire studio
More unique storage

1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

I didn’t really start out with a number in mind, just a plan to surround myself with vintage things that I love, that will inspire me to create ” vintage style”. I counted up what I have spent and it is less than $500. Friends know I love vintage items and I’m given cool stuff all the time.

Tool chest embellishment storage

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

To remove all the plastic containers from my space. I would love to have all vintage storage (that I can afford) and have a place for. I’m still looking for a storage solution for 12×12 patterned paper that can be organized by manufacture.

A muffin tin holds button flair

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

I think I’m constantly on the look out for something better to store my supplies in but still meet my expectations of having a vintage inspired space. I love to go junkin’ so the hunt is on!!

Vintage jars make good storage, and are pretty, too!

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

I scrapbook by manufactures and rarely mix the brands ( but I have) ~ I would love an old store counter that had shelves underneath that would hold my 12×12 paper and had room for the extra embellishments also. I presently keep all my embellishments in separate bins in my closet. I would have it all at my finger tips and that would be perfect for me.

Repurposed Dish Drainer
Paper Storage
Built-in Storage


Connie has done a fantastic job of mixing vintage pieces with new, built-in storage.  Thank you so much for sharing your studio!  Please be sure to visit Connie on her blog at

Vintage Post Box Lovely {Vintage Junky}

I know there are so many of you who love using vintage items in your craft rooms, so I just couldn’t resist showing you this vintage post box transformation.  Michelle of Vintage Junky didn’t refinish, sand or paint – she just added her craft supplies (using baby food jars for all of her itsy bitsy things).  Call me crazy, but to me, that addition made this box absolutely beautiful.

Vintage post box for craft storage.
Ribbon storage

Has anyone else out there put a post box to use in their craft room?  If so, share a link with us!

For more photos of Michelle’s very vintage studio, click here.

A Jeweler’s Studio {Maureen Mae}

You are going to love today’s studio.  Seriously.  Major gorgeousness.  Let’s get right down to business.  Maureen Mae makes beautiful jewelry.  And who wouldn’t in this space?

Custom shelving


Candy jar storage


A multi-tasking desk


Inspiration board and stamp storage


Alex storage

I think I just added about a dozen things to my craft studio wish list!  What about you?  To see more photos and descriptions of Maureen’s studio, check out her Flikr stream.  And to see what delicious jewelry she creates here, visit her Etsy shop.