My art room is pretty small when you think that we have a six bedroom house. I should have chosen the master bedroom as my art room, but I think that would have been a tad selfish. Maybe? We just moved into this house in October/November and it suits us great. There are lots of things that I want to do to the house but those will all be on other posts. This one is just about my art room.
My baby of this room is my art table. Its precious to me. My dad and I built it when I first got married. This thing is my dream. I designed it on graph paper and then faxed it to my dad six states away. When he came out to visit, we built the thing in my garage in the middle of winter...in Wyoming. My dryer vent went out into the garage, so I turned on my dryer to kick some heat out into the garage. To give you a feel for how cold it was, our pipes burst in our walls the same day. I lived on base housing because I was active duty military, so the repair guys were less than helpful...
That is hardwood flooring on the top and its fabulous. I can hammer on it, stand on it, push it, shove it...pretty much anything that you want to do, you can. Right on the table. Its amazing! I am constantly amazed at how durable it is. I've had this table for almost nine years and it still looks brand new. And the top unscrews from the base so that it's super easy to transport. I'd offer a tutorial on how to make your own, but I don't have the plans anymore. I could probably draw some up for you guys if I have interest in it. This table is also huge. Its 8 foot by 4 foot and fabulously amazing to have that big. Every single house that we've been in, I've been blessed to have been able to always have room for it.
My Cricut is also one of my babies. This is my second one. I had the Cricut Create for about three years and just upgraded last year for Mother's Day. I absolutely love it. I do everything with this puppy.
Here is a current project that I am working on. This is Shine's floor quilt. My kids LOVE to spread blankets on the floor and scoot over them, have picnics on them, and make tents. And I encourage the snot out of this play. Imaginative play is the best thing for kids to do. It teaches them to think outside the box and that it's okay to think differently than the cattle flow of people.
I keep all my office supplies and sewing pins in four ounce mason jars stacked and looking nice and neat. I'm going to make chalkboard vinyl labels for them like I did for my kitchen pantry. Its nice having them on display so that I don't have to dig through a desk to find one stinking paperclip.
My fabric is kept in these totes. I organize it all by collection. So all my Riley Blake Sweet Divinity is all kept in a gallon size freezer bag and then stored upright. So to find what I am looking for, I just finger through them like a file cabinet. I do this for every different collection. And then I have one of scraps. Most of the scraps I have are from fabric that I bought not in a collection. Those remnants are put in a separate tote.
I have these super fun totes that I got at Target and I keep art families in. So like soap making is in one tote, craft punches are in another and then drawing supplies are in different one. It works awesome. Again, I am going to make chalkboard labels for these too.
This basket keeps past Bible studies and inspiration magazines in it. I keep reference books and binders next to it so that I don't have to dig all over the place to find what I am looking for.
I organize all my projects in binders. I love knowing exactly what type of project is in each one and where I can find it. I have sewing, quilting, paper, scrapbooking, crafts to do with the kiddos, and inspiration.
All my scrapbook paper and cardstock is separated by color and theme on a tower. I think I snagged this at hobby lobby at 50% off several years ago.
These two totes hold my smash journal and supplies and memorabilia that I haven't "smashed" yet.
I had a friend introduce me to this little guy several years ago too. This is a cuttlebug and it embosses cardstock for greeting cards. I've made bookmarks and photo dividers and box labels with it too.
And who couldn't use a reminder of your gifts? Those photos are mounted on wooden blocks and then distressed. Super cute!
Future plans for this room means replacing the rickity sporadic shelving for storage cubes and white shelves. It also includes putting wainscoting over the fabulous wood paneling. I really do love my corner of the house. Its not to say that my crafting doesn't overtake the family room, dining room and living room, sometimes all at the same time. Making curtains or pinning a quilt can't be done in this room without spilling over into another one.
So, now you know my art room and how fab my table is! Thanks dad!