Wall of Shawls

One of my new year’s resolution for 2015 was to create the “wall of shawls” in my bedroom.  The goal was to get all of my handknit shawls and scarves out of a plastic bin and on display so I could see them in all their glory and hopefully wear them more often too.  First, we had to paint the bedroom (a nice shade of burple – right in between blue and purple).  Then I had to decide how I wanted to hang the shawls.  We thought about a big piece of lattice.  I searched high and low on Pinterest and only found displays of a couple shawls at a time.  I thought about a lot of different options from Amazon.  I finally stumbled on a coffee mug wall rack.  Great price and long pegs for my shawls to fit on.  Perfect.  Two of these hold up my wall of shawls.  I have already ordered a third one for the second bedroom (a mini wall of shawls for guests to admire).  I unveiled the wall of shawls to my friends on Wednesday night when they were over for knit night.  There should almost be music playing softly in the background.  It is a stunning display and I love it!

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My New Craft Room

After seven months of living in our new home, I think it is time to share the craft room with you!  A couple of things had been holding me back.  First, it took awhile to get the space set up the way I want it.  The new “room” is in one part of the unfinished basement and my options were almost unlimited on how I wanted to arrange my massive amounts of stuff.  And then it has just been in the past couple of weeks that I found the perfect little containers to store some of the messier items.  The colorful buckets and baskets you see are from Dollar Tree and Target.  I also had to remind myself that this is the year of flow and my craft room is constantly evolving.  There will never be the perfect set of photos, especially because the walls are cinder block in the background, but I love my room all the same.  As a reminder, here is the blog post about what my craft room looked like at the old house.  You will see many of the same things here of course.

And now I have an entire wall of shelving!  The previous owner used these shelves for storing her canning jars.  Now they hold most of my crafting supplies and give me easy access to materials.  Now that we have carpet, I used our old rugs to create the feel of a room here.  Maybe some day I will get a big rug for down here.  All of my crafting books live on the black shelves.  And the dog gets a bed for just downstairs as you can see.  Although he would much rather sit in my lap while I am crafting.  Here is a close up of one of my favorite shelves:

Next to the shelves is a fake wall created by the book shelf and plastic tubs.  See that grey plastic tub in the far right corner?  That’s the yarn tub.  Yes.  Full of yarn.  And there is yarn on top of that and in the buckets next to it…Now you know why I have to monitor my stash!  You can also see that one of the shelves is full of wedding invitation supplies.  The other shelves hold most of my 12″ by 12″ paper collection so I can sort through it quickly.  And I bought an old Singer sewing machine that lives the original (dirty) carrying case, that is what is sitting on the ground there.

Then turning the corner, this area should look familiar!  The pegboard lives on!  My table is full of card making supplies here in this photo.  Well let’s be honest, it is usually covered in supplies of some type!  The white filing cabinet holds all of my stamps in the top drawer.  On top of the cabinet is a simple shoe shelf from Target.  I use it to store some of my bigger tools and rulers.  And on top there I have the supplies out for making my bridal veil!  You cannot see it in the photo, but in the ceiling I have outlets to plug in the glue and embossing guns.

Then my sewing area is next.  The leather chair rolls between this station and my desk (next photo).  Behind the sewing machine is a serger that needs fixing before I can use it (bought it on Craigslist for a steal).  To the left are my rolling totes for scrapbooking.  I need a better way to organize my thread for sewing.  Some of it lives here and the rest is over in a plastic tub on the main set of shelves.

And here is my desk area.  This desk used to be in the front room at our old house and it was where I worked when I was home.  Now I do not need an official desk at home because everything is at school.  So this desk is a crafting desk!  My Cricut lives here.  I could put my laptop here if I brought it downstairs.  There is a loom on the desk because I am thinking about trying it out before it has a permanent place on the main shelves.  I also consider this my mailing station.  I have my address labels and envelopes here.  To the right of the desk is a sewing machine table that flips open.  Yes, another sewing machine is inside.  I went through a phase where I could not resist the Craigslist deals, clearly.  And my ironing board is permanently set up next to that.

And on the back of the desk hangs all of my finished cards.  The idea to use a plastic shoe hanger is from my friend Pam.  These are loosely broken up into themes of cards like “happy birthday” and “thank you.”  It is so easy to grab a card this way.  And I love having so many options!

Those are all of the photos of my craft room!  That is only about 1/4 of the space in our basement.  The wall with the shelves is actually a dividing wall within the basement.  If you were standing in my craft space and turned to the right, you would see T.’s desk area and more shelves for him.  Then in the other part of the basement we store other household stuff.  This winter the basement has seemed cold (55 degrees F) when I could be sitting upstairs in front of the warm fireplace, but I am sure this summer it will be a nice retreat from the heat.  Thank you for taking a look at my evolving craft room!

Coffee Bar

Decorating our new home was not a hobby I expected in 2013, but it has definitely taken up a lot of my crafting time.  Our house was built in the 1970s and was never really updated…ever.  So we are taking it one piece at a time and upgrading.  Most upgrades are not photo or blog worthy (e.g., “Wow!  A programmable thermostat!”), but our latest finished project is my coffee bar area.  I love to make coffee in my Keurig and I have quite the k-cup collection.  We bought the kitchen island from IKEA and I quickly filled it with mugs.  I found the clock and coffee poster at Hobby Lobby (half off original price, of course).  And the Owl Print is hard to see in the photo, but is actually made up of coffee beans and coffee mugs, a piece I found on Etsy.  The wall is part of a long accent wall that extends into the living room.  I am very pleased with how it all turned out!  Just some of the beginnings of our own decorating.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

If you spend any time on Pinterest, you have probably seen at least one pin about making your own laundry detergent.  I jumped on this bandwagon a few months ago and have been steadily working my way through the detergent I made from this recipe.  I liked this one in particular because it added the OxyClean and requires no measuring.  Just add all the ingredients together.  The “hardest” part is grating the soap.  Will I make it again?  Probably.  Has it changed my life like other bloggers claim?  No.  But it is pretty cool to say I did it!