works in progress

So my excuse for not having a great finished project to show off is ... my baby stopped sleeping through the night. Bleh. So I've been going to bed earlier, which really cuts into crafting time. To sleep or to craft? It is my constant dilemma.

Anyway, I've started painting some little wood blocks for Oscar. They'll have letters, numbers, and shapes by the time I'm finished. I'll tell you more about these in a future (hopefully near future) post.

Also, I've been making a little progress putting together a craft nook in the new apartment. We no longer have a spare room, but we do have an extra walk-in closet. Hubby and I debated over whose hobby demanded the space, but he's a softy and let me take it. Gotta love him.

I feel like it needs more color and something pretty. This is my happy place, so I need a good dose of cheer when I open those closet doors. And since I only have, oh, a third of my supplies in here so far, I'm going to have to get smart about more storage. I'm thinking more drawers up on the closet shelf. Any ideas?

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32 comments:

CourtneyKeb said...

Your craft closet beats my craft room TIMES A HUNDRED!!!

and I've been working on some blocks for my daughter too!
Yours are adorable!

Tote, Debby, Sammy and Caleb Jimenez said...

Please excuse me while I drool over your craft space!! In all honesty I do have a space that could be for crafts, but it's in the yucky basement. Maybe one day I'll give it a little love so then I'll actually love it!
What if you put a fabric skirt around the table? That would give it some color and punch.
Anyway, nicely done! =)

Ashley said...

Great space! Everyone needs their own "crafting" space!

Nancy said...

My office doubles as my craft space. My lateral filing cabinet is my work space and my supplies stashed in an armoire. The ironing board is out 50% of the time. Hubby shares the office with me, he's very understanding of my need to create. I wish I had a place to permanently leave my sewing machine out. Your closet looks great!

Lori Beth said...

I have to chuckle b/c my sewing room is in our extra closet as well. It looks great! You could def add drwers up top on the shelves, but you could also add a rolling storage drawer tower. When you are in your "craft room", just roll it oustide of the closet doors to allow you the room you need, but when you are done it rolls right back in and hides behinds the closed doors. There are bunch of different kinds...this page link has examples of a bunch http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=925639

KimboSue said...

LOVE the blocks!

Liz said...

I love your craft closet! We are doing an addition/renovation at our home and that is what I am hoping for as well -a spot of my own. Keep us posted.

Also, just curious how your 6 weeks to a hundred pushups is going/went?

lisa said...

My craft room is really our spare bed room, but when guest arrive I have to cram it all back into the closet. I finally decided to use plastic totes to organize everything in. One for felt, one for ribbon, one for stamps. That way I just pull out the tote I need. I’m not sure if that would work in your closet though, because it might be a little high up to stack. I love your peg board. I would love to do something like that in my closet.

Melanie said...

I did the same colored pegboard thing in my craft closet... that I also share with our clothes and shoes, etc. You should check it out sometime, it will make you grateful for your space :)
Add some color by doing one of those flag garlands, just in miniture form, on that shelf. It would be cheerful and with lots of different fabrics, something fun to look at when you hit a slump!

Chantel said...

Hi Jill- I love your blog! I just saw this fun tutorial the other day on how to dress up storage crates... http://lauragunn.typepad.com/theundercovercrate.pdf . Sooo cute! You could also do some fun fabric panels on either side of your desk. To make them functional, you could even add pockets. Good luck! :)

Country Nanny said...

Hi Jill, my name is Elisa and I am a nanny. I think the quite book is fab as well as all the other toys you made for your child!
Congrat!
Hugs from Itlay.
Elisa

Mommy Mac said...

Bummer about not sleeping through the night, Oscar.

You stay sleepy all the night little guy...mama needs a little rest and a lotta crafting!

I like the drawer idea.

I know this is perk or extra, but you need something that inspires you everytime you head into your nook. Like a covered cork board to through up quotes, pictures, magazine tear outs.

I have one over my cutting table in my studio, and I love it. I feel so happy knowing there is a place for my dreams even if they are cut out and little sometimes.

-rest.smile.

.mac :)

Rebekah said...

I LOVE your craft closet! I so want to transform our guest room closet into a craft space, but I don't know what I'd do with the stuff that's in there! Goodwill? :)

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

It's a cute space! Are those IKEA trivets hanging on the wall? If so, I love how you painted them. I may have to get crafty with my own cork trivets...

Since you said it's an apartment, I assume you can't paint. So, what about hanging some happy fabric on the wall behind your desk for some color? A few thumb tacks or some not-too-sticky adhesive would do the trick.

Looks like you have lots of space on that shelf up above. If you're a shorty like me, you'd need a step ladder, but I have one that folds up flat, so it doesn't take up much storage space.

Your husband is very sweet to give you the space for your hobby. Out of curiosity, what is his?

The Short Mom said...

Oh wow, that looks great so far! I never would have thought about doing that myself. I live in an apartment as well and have been trying to figure out a craft space for myself in our cramped quarters.

Anonymous said...

Where did you find the blocks?

MizAngie said...

I think I would paint the wooden shelves under your sewing machine brown on the outside and light blue on the inside. I would install cubbyhole type shelving above your head where you could store clear storage bins or rolled up fabric and/or paper (which would add more color). That size space will force you to be organized, which is fabulous. My stuff is strewn all over the room!

R said...

I'm the one who won the EZ view desktop- (love it by the way THANKS again!) and I see you got one too. I was just wondering what you used to put under it? Are they crates? I can't tell but would love to know, I found some cheap table legs from Ikea but not sure about them.... my email is rawtruegrit@hotmail.com. Your craft closet looks magazine picture worthy!

anArtistandDrummer said...

Your site is one of my new favorties, Jill! You make such cute things and I love your crafting closet! I wish I had a space like that in my apartment. I think the idea of the skirt on your table is a great one. You could make two, one each for over the shelving on each end. You could also paint the walls to add color or use some fun wall decals with a fun phrase to motivate you. Uppercase Living makes great ones. To increase storage you could use some bins with labels and stack them on your shelves. Ikea has some cute ones. Good luck! Looks great so far!

Anonymous said...

Jill;

I am writing from the FAR north (Yukon, Canada). My father taught me a great idea for storage in tight quarters - save your clear food jars, screw the lid to the underside of your top shelf, fill the jars and screw the jars back into the lids. The jars hang from their lids from the bottom of the shelf, you can see what's in the jars at a glance and they are easy to access and put back in place... and as for your lack of sleep, now that the last of five children has left home, I can safely say, I'm envious. You'd never believe how disappointing all that time you wish you had really is when you finally get it!

Glenda

Thrift Store Mama said...

Only you could make a closet look this good!

christi said...

i love turning closets into something fun! i just turned one of ours into an office

http://lifeisdancingintherain.blogspot.com/2009/08/cloffice-part-2.html

i used a bunch of the ikea storage boxes and LOVE them ... the huge ones fit on the top shelf perfectly and are tall enough and deep enough to fit my craft stuff. the label is perfect too!

Kim said...

Love this! One idea, you have the type of doors that hooks can be slid in between the slats and used for hangers. This worked well in our bathroom. I had a tough time finding hooks, some I used were for over the top of doors but worked, Then I made a few from metal coat hangers, leaving the hook intact and cutting the coat hanging part and sliding that through the rungs and wraping them down. They do have white!!

Kim

Deborah said...

Jill,
It looks fantastic, I laughed when I came across your nook b/c I just finished the same thing at my place. I was sowing on an ottoman before because I hated being stashed in a room away from others. I took over a closet in our family room and I ended up usesing old cookie tins and charlie chip tins for notions.

Laura Judd said...

you could always paint the shelves that the desk is mounted on possibly yellow or blue to match those circles that you have mounted on the wall. It looks like the desk itself is plastic or metal so probably don't want to paint it, but depending on the material it could even be spray painted possibly.

stephanie said...

Jill, check out this link to a Real Simple article I read last month about transforming closets: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/closets/closet-makeovers-00000000019683/page2.html

Holy long link, sorry about that. Anyway, I love the wrapping paper in the closet - such a great pop of color. Also, I love the idea for holding wrapping paper.

I'm so happy you have your own craft nook!

stephanie said...

Wrapping paper ... silly me. I meant wallpaper the first time around. I'm sleep deprived right along with you. ;)

Karen said...

Jill,

Love your blog and your craft closet! Currently I only have my kitchen table so you have me beat! I think I have closet envy. Your projects are wonderful. Thanks for all the information.

Karen

Heather said...

I realize this is an old post, but I've just discovered your site...love it!

for added colour and a little bit of pretty - why not cover your magazine folders in a pretty fabric to match your peg board and polka-dots?
storage? maybe line some baskets with that same fabric for the other side of your over-head shelf.

rebshabur said...

Like Heather, I just discovered your site and I'm really enjoying it.
Hopefully you read this before you've done drawers high up on a shelf, or you'll need to buy a stepladder too. Drawers aren't the most useful when you can't see into them!
Wish I could have even a tiny craft closet. We only have 2 small closets in our entire 3 bedroom house. I guess I get hundred-year-old house character and molding in exchange for dining room table crafting!

Pnutbtrcup01 said...

Jill,

Not sure if you answer your posts but it's worth a try. Where did you get the folder holder?? i got one similar at IKEA but not a big fan because it's huge and only has 3 spots for folders. I really like having more than three but I can't find one like that anywhere. Also another question, I started a blog on here and it says anyone can view it but when people try to view it, it says you much be a reader. Not sure if you had a similar problem when you first started but just thought I'd ask. thanks!!

Jessica Pnutbtrcup01@gmail.com

Jill said...

My folder holder is also from IKEA, but I bought it several years ago. I think it was actually from the kitchen section, and may have been a pots and pans lid holder.

As for your blog question, I'm not sure why people are having trouble accessing it. I would check your settings and make sure it is set to public. Good luck!