Friday, October 22, 2010

Where I Create (craft room)

             For Cindy's SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY!
                      My Romantic Home!

Here's the story and I'm sticking with it: For The Wedding we rented truckloads of items, first the tent itself, then chairs, tables and so much more.  We rented 15 large round tables for eating but I decided I could save a little money for the other tables (food, drinks, etc) by using tables from around here.  One day I was up in our shop and I saw this nice, big, heavy, oak table leaning against the wall.  Nothing was on it, we had pulled off the hinges and knob years ago.  I helped Mark attach some of those legs that are on folding tables and voila!  A perfect table for the wedding.

We put layered some pretty tablecloths on it and put it in the "Candy Shack" for gift.  (I'll have to talk more about the candy shack another day....delightful!).  Nice table, right?  Oh, the gift card MAILBOX might be another story, I made that, too, from an old beat up mailbox I found years ago in a dump pile. But by the end of the night you couldn't even see that cute mailbox, I should have made sure it stayed in front somehow! 
(The "Candy Shack" was in our little barn!  So was the gift table and more!)

Once the wedding was over we had to put everything away.  We started to load up the door-table when I had a light bulb moment.....wouldn't this BIG table be nice in my craft room?  My already full craft room?  My craft room which is a bedroom in our house?  Yes!  Mark is so sweet, he just said, show me where we'll take it and away we went with the solid-core-heavy-oak-door-now-table....up the stairs into the second floor of the house!

So now that you've know "how I turned a door into a table" I'll go ahead and show you photos of the craft room as it looks this very moment! Keep in mind I'm working on a lot of things, and I tend to have everything out and open all at once.  Yes, I realize my craft room (in this state) will probably never make the cover of "Where Women Create", but I thought some of you might like it. I'm keeping it real!

I put a white tablecloth on the table-door.  Probably not a good idea, you know how quick that white is going to have paint, markers, soldering burns and more on it?  But for now it's fine. 

(Notice the tote, I've tagged it as "Heidi's Tulle Box"!)

REMEMBER, you can click on any photo to SEE IT UP CLOSE and see all the details (mess) better!
Now, on to the photos.  Pour a mug of coffee or make yourself some tea.  Click on the photos and have a visit with me in where I create!  There are SO many things in here from my blog friends, look around you might see something you made! Tell me what you see, okay?

(I don't have any curtains, drapes or shades on the window, only the deer can see in anyway!)

(In this photo notice the light fixture. I made it from an old light, painting it white, wiring it in the ceiling and adding the beads and garlands.)

(Notice my soldering tray on the floor, I need to put that away!)

(This is inside the closet where I store a ton of stuff.  I took off the original closet doors and added the shelves.  It's packed)

(Notice another tote on this sewing table.  Whenever I see them at garage sales I always buy them, take them home and paint them white.  I love totes!  One time a seller wouldn't sell just the tote, I had to take everything in it.  That actual turned out good, Mark was happy for the nails, screws and hardware--all for $2, not bad!  There's another wood tote or two under the big door-table.)

(Here's my second buffet-hutch. The other one is now in our entry way.  Notice I have a mess everywhere?  I work best like this, don't you?  I wanted to add some appliques to the front doors of this hutch after I painted it but just never got around to doing that. I love wire baskets, too.  There's one now with cookie cutters in it.)

(This is just half of a huge bulletin board I have up. Instead of painted it I just covered it with a real shear fabric.  Notice the vintage picnic basket?  I use that to store my larger sheets of paper. In no order, but you've already guessed that....I don't have a whole lot of order going on in this room!)

(More projects on the wall, everywhere!)

(I built this corner shelf a long time ago for Jessica, when she had this room as her bedroom.)

(This is my motto out here in the country, there are no stores nearby: 
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.")

(This couple on my windowsill keeps me company.)

(Good view of the table  in this picture.)

(Notice my "Heidi's Tulle Box" tote! Notice the nice view of our property outside the window?)

(Mary Engelbreight signed this just for me!)
(Take a quick look inside the hutch-buffet here.  The one I kept in the craft room, the other one is now in the entry way, see last Friday's post for that one!)
Now that I've uploaded all these photos and are looking through them.....I'm thinking maybe I need to send a day organizing.  What do you think?  Nah, you're right, if it were all clean and tidy I couldn't create!

If you've made it this far.....Thank you so much for visiting me in my craft room.!

Blessings!  Heidi

JFF (JustForFun), I'm also linking to Design it Chic's


Carol said...

Wow, I'm envious! Looks like a great place to craft. Stopping by from the Blog Hop.

Rebecca White said...

It looks wonderful! And funny enough I have a little couple just like that on the shelf above my desk! :-) Glad I found you through my romantic home, Becky

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

I am envious that you have a craft room and it is so pretty! I agree that it is hard to create when everything is too orderly :) Unfortunately for my husband I craft all over our living room. What color are the walls? I love the color.

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

What a fun place to create! If my craft room (which is more like a little craft corner...) looked like that I would never leave! Love that chandelier too!

mimi said...

OH Heidi I loved seeing where you create!!! Such a fun and beautiful place. Filled with creativity. I have a large farm house table in the center of my crafting room. Sometimes it becomes so cluttered I find myself working in a tiny 6 x 6 area. I usually have stacks of paper and books all over the floor. I recently had friends over to use my Cricut so I had to do the quick clean up just so they could fit in the door :) I also work best when things are just a bit untidy. That's MY story and I am stickn'to it :) Have a Wonderful Weekend

Shannon said...


I adore your creative space! I would love to share a day of crafting in your awesome room!


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Christina said...

Heidi, I'm in LOVE with your craft room!!!

Scrap for Joy said...

This has been great to see the place where the magic happens! I love all of your touches to this space. (I have that same ME grandmother it!) All of your repurposed pieces are amazing and don't you love having all of the swap momentos close at hand for inspiration? I can just imagine you here...painting or sewing away!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

It certainly looks like you have a lot of fun creating, Heidi! I love your special space!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Heidi-

I just love how you set up your crafts room. I especially love how you placed your desk by the window. What a special piece of art for your wall a signed ME. I wish I could draw like her. Thanks for the tour.
My best- Diane

Cheryl said...

Such a large studio space! How lucky you are!

Lea said...

(squeal) HOW did I miss this?
Ohmystarsngarters. I LOVE your room.
It's very very HEIDI. ;)
I enlarged every picture and took it all in..... total eye candy. NOW I'M REALLY REALLY inspired.
ESPECIALLY with your chandelier!!!! IT IS THE BOMB Heidi!

Scrap It Girl said...

beautiful.. I have a huge tool box like the one on your table. but it is huge and heavy.. it's in storage.. maybe I'll have to paint it white and find a spot on the floor for it! thanks for the idea. .love your space.

Jasmine Tea said...

Oh I love your creative space.Especially your light fixture, so elegant ! hugz and cookies...

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