Monday, January 14, 2008

my new creative space

Welcome to my creative space! We are moving our daughter into her own room so I had to move my stuff out of the spare room. I had no idea how I was going to store my things until my husband decided we should design and build a desk for me to use. So, this desk and shelving is all our design and construction. This is the first wood working thing my husband has built and it turned out amazing! We took my supplies and designed shelves around them. I have shelves of varying heights that work perfect with my stuff. The little light colored table on the left is for my kids to use when they make things with me.

Here is a closer shot of some of my shelves. We designed the bottom shelves with cubbies for my ink pads and various other small things that I use frequently so they are within reach. The second shelves hold my CTMH embellishment things and jars with buttons. The other side holds my stamp cleaners, double scrubbers, adhesives, and nestabilites. The third shelf holds my ribbons on the spools. My husband designed holders for dowels to hold my ribbon. The fourth shelf holds some of my flowers. Miscellaneous things on the fifth shelf and magazines and books on the top shelf. Throughout moving my stuff, I realized I have a thing for ribbon, flowers, and chipboard! lol
Here is a close up of one side of my desk. We designed it so that my Cropper Hopper paper holders would fit. I love having all my patterned paper right there within reach. On the other side, I have my things that I use often in the top cubby, like my Cropper Hopper embellishment box with my brads and other embellishments and my new Janome Sewing machine that I got for Christmas.
I have 4 Crop in Style cubes that I had before we made the desk. They work so nicely for storage. I have chipboard things in the top 3 drawer (yes, I have too much chipboard! lol). The bottom 2 drawer holds my stamps. I have two rows of stamps in each drawer. The drawers work perfect with CTMH stamps in their envelopes and my Papertrey and other stamps in their cd cases. They aren't full so I still have room for more stamps. *wink* I have miscellaneous things in the other 3 drawer cube and the 4 drawer cube is shown in the next photo. The cardstock holder on top of the cubes was something that I found at a yard sale. I paid just a couple dollars for it, painted it white, and it works perfectly.
Here is a photo of the 4 drawer Crop in Style cube. I store my ribbon that is not on spools here on the Cropper Hopper 4x6 ribbon cards. I really like storing them this way because I can see what I have at a glance. I had ribbon jars for awhile and I loved how they look, but I couldn't see what I had. The 4 drawer cubes work great with this storage method because the 4x6 ribbon cards fit perfectly in each drawer. I use 2 drawers for ribbon, one for rub on alphabets, and the other for miscellaneous sewing things.
I'm sure I'll ending up moving things around and finding places that work better for some things, but I'm so ecstatic with how this turned out! My daughter gets her own room and I still have a place for my things. Thanks, Honey!

12 comments:

Melissa said...

This is awesome!!

Rosella said...

WOW! This is a great place! And everything is so well organized! Enjoy working here! Looking forward to your creations!

Stacy said...

Great space! Love how you store your ribbon!

Lori J said...

This is an awesome desk. I may have to ask my DH to design me something like this for my birthday. I think he could have it done by then (Nov). :0)

Have fun creating in your new space.

JazzyH said...

That is great. Boy you are organized.

Velta said...

Niki ~ This is Such a Great place to work...I can hear the SBS's oooing and aahhing over this. Thanks for sharing with us :)

Marilyn said...

You did an amazing job with designing such a great workspace! How nice to have a hubby that can help you with the design and creation!! Mine doesn't get anywhere close to my creating space!! Anyway - congrats and happy stamping in your new spot!!

Maria said...

This is amazing! Great space.

Stampin' Meg said...

Oh my- this looks fabulous!I totally want to play in your ribbon drawer- sooo pretty!

Kerry J. said...

Oh my stars!! It is beautiful and so cool that you designed your own furniture to meet YOUR needs. That is awesome! What a great hubby you have!

mariafiscella said...

Niki - I love the custom shelves and the tips for ribbon storage. Thanks for the detailed pics and info - I was thinking about the cookie jars myself and you confirmed my fear about not seeing everything. I, too, like to be able to see it all!

Giulia said...

Your blog is very very good!
I like it ... I adore your scraproom too!

Giulia