Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sewing/Craft Room Ideas and Updates...

Hello everyone! Welcome to my sewing room. Grab a cup of your favorite something and spend some time with me. I just love when friends drop by! I've done 2 other posts on my sewing room in the past. The first was when I first moved into my room after a very devastating flood in my basement and the second post was after a big clean up.

Well, this post is about a clean up, a few furniture moves and it also includes links to a lot of the projects I've done on my Tool Time Tuesdays posts since the beginning. All words that are printed in red will be links to a tutorial post!!

Remember I am a thrifty person and rarely, if ever, do I spend full price for any thing. I repurpose, paint and use thrift store finds in my sewing room. So if you think you can't have a sewing room or a craft space, just look around your home and I'm sure you'll find things to paint and put together to make a great work area.

So here is the room all cleaned up and a few tables moved around.




Don't get use to this, because it doesn't stay like this for very long...


Seeing that this is where it came from, I'm sure it won't take me long to go back.


Seriously, it was worse in person.


For some reason, I work well like this!


This frightful picture is in the middle of moving things in and out and changing things around. It definitely gets bad before it gets better when you're moving stuff.


Ok, now we are all back together, let's start in one section of the room and work our way around. This wall holds all my crafting and sewing supplies.
  • The boxes are Sterilite plastic shoe boxes from Walmart...98 cents. I have been collecting those for years. I always buy white so they will always match over time. Each one is label in the front.
  • The frame with the metal in it is from a thrift store...cheap! The small take out cups hold small beads, screws and office supplies and are stuck up there with magnets. Click here for that post

To the left of that cabinet is my Vertical Coffee Can project. I originally made that for spray paint cans, but now I use it for all my strings. Click here for that.


I hot glued a tape measure on one side to measure out the correct length for a project.


The handle at the top holds the scissors to cut the string.


This chair is so old...over 15 years I think. It's great for my husband or the girls when they come in for a visit or just to sit when I'm do some hand sewing. The small table on the side is also a redo which you can see over at this post.


Here's a little peek under the chair's skirt. You can turn any piece of furniture into a beauty with slip covers.


We got rid of the family office space now that the girls are both in college, so I moved all the house paper work and such to my office in my sewing room. Now I really need to be organized with this desk.


2 old window frames with cork in one and calendars in the other keep all the important info right there in front of me. Here is the post for this project.


Can't forget the jumbo button wall decoration above my desk. That post was so popular. This is made from a cheese board!


A 25 cent thrift store find hangs on one of the legs to hold all my reading glasses!


A file for important papers right where I can find them.


The spike paper holder keeps little notes that I jot down very organized.  Here's that tutorial for the spike paper holder.


My grandfather's old ruler and oil can are great picture holders for decoration.


Just twist up a piece of wire and stick it in the oil can to hold your picture.


On the right side of my desk is a double side picture frame. One side is a picture and the other holds all my user names and passwords. See this post for that tutorial.


I have 2 daughters who have grown up way too fast, but I keep their old Slinky's to remind me when they were little. I keep my most important "To Do" notes in there. I miss my girls something awful!


Now going under my desk...every square inch of space is important. This file box holds greeting cards.


These cheapo office boxes are the perfect size for hanging files. Who needs a file cabinet when a cardboard box works just as well.



Still underneath the desk...this is an old TV stand that I added 2 shelves to. The black trays were in a clearance section in Staples office supply. They hold all my different papers for the printer.


Each tray is labeled.




This was a very old china cabinet not being used in the basement. A coat of black paint, glass doors taken off and crown molding added. All the crap up on top...decorative plastic grocery bags, but filled with stuff.


These magazine holders have all the computer and printer information and instructions. The magazine holders are made from cereal boxes...tutorial here.


The handles for them are Pipe Straps found in the electrical section of the hardware store.


3 ring binders hold all my patterns and inspiration pictures.


This binder is filled with those plastic sheet protectors.


All the pages neatly protected and you can easily see all your patterns or important papers.


Each pattern just loads in from the top. See here for a guest post that I did with a lot more tips.


These boxes hold so much too. These boxes are Propel water boxes. I just glued strips of fabric on the outside of the box and used the pipe straps again for the handles.


Holds tape and so many other office and craft supplies.


Hang tags dangle from a key ring.


Next section of the room is my crafting table.
  • cork squares with fabric hot glued onto them are mounted on the wall with 3M adhesive strips
  • hot glue guns are resting on a silicone mat for easy clean up...click here
  • glue gun plugs into surge bar with lamp attached. If the lamp is on...that is your signal that you left your hot glue gun on!...click here for that

Old wooden boxes are label with a galvanized Light Switch plate. Just screw it into the box for a cute label plate.



An old thrift store find is now my tool box.


This wall unit is 3 old cheapo laminate book shelves, painted, thin paneling removed and bead board added to the back for support and crown molding added to the top.

Seriously...crown molding and paint can turn junk into a jewel.


These are just tension rods in one of the shelf sections. All my ribbon is stored here. Easy peasy! There is a yard stick attached to the shelf and scissors tied on with a ribbon, so they are always there.

There is an update on how I store my fabric. This picture shows them stored in stacks in the wall unit. Due to too much sunlight and fading, I have switched to a new system. Still working on completing all the filing, but CLICK HERE to see my new system!!


This was a popular post too. Remember the French Drains I cut up to store all my canning jars of button and my skeins of yarn...click here for that.


Plastic popcorn buckets are a cute way to store fabric and scraps!


Wooden plate racks can hold quilting rulers or your accu quilt cutters.


Here is my mom's old pot rack. Keeps my old quilt collection and miscellaneous projects close at hand.


Having an electric pot in my sewing room is great too. Boils water in just a few seconds.


Join me for a cup of tea?


This is my sewing table. Very low for me...I'm a shorty at 5' 3" or maybe less now...haven't checked lately!! I made this with 2 old side tables painted black and a hollow core door from Home Depot for $18.00. Click here for that post


This is an old toothbrush holder for my small gadgets next to my machine. The pin holder is from the automotive store. It a magnetic car parts holder, but great for pins.


An old tool box holds all my thread.


Golf tees with flower glued on top will keep the matching bobbin with the right spool of thread. Also don't forget the little hair scrunchy that keeps your bobbin from unwinding.


This stand is from the office supply. Holds paper while you're typing...but for me it holds pattern instructions when I'm sewing.


My sister bought me a bunch of these yard sticks...


I think I might put them on the edge of my sewing table.


Here's a little small desk painted black to match. An extra spot when the girls are in here sewing with me.


This is my cutting table in the center of the room.


The cutting table is elevated higher than the other 2 tables, for ease of cutting...you don't have to bend over as much.


Just add finials to the bottom of your legs. See the white line I added so you can see the extra piece that makes the table higher.

You can also use the plastic bed risers that you can buy in Walmart for $8.00 for a set of 4.


Here is a picture of the only drawer on my cutting table. It holds all my quilting rulers. I'm showing you this for the handle idea. I changed out the knob for a spool of thread...click here for that idea.


On top of the table...I lined up metal boxes and labeled them to hold all the scraps that I cut down to size as I am cutting out a quilt.


Each box holds squares or strips from 1 1/2 inches all the way to 4 1/2 inches. Keeps your scraps organized and you don't have to cut them down later if you do it as you are sewing.


This is an old mug tree (holder) that I now use for my scissors and rotary cutters. Keeps them off the table and not buried under fabric.


Big metal galvanized tubs from the hardware store hold batting and fabric that isn't 100% cotton. When we have family functions, I also use these to hold soda, water and beer bottles.


and lastly...I mounted curtain rods on all three sides of my table. They hold freezer paper, Heat and Bond and other rolls of paper. Easy to cut off, always easy to find and not wrinkled.



Hope you enjoyed the tour. I just love sharing tips and tricks and especially, inexpensive ways to make your space work for you.


*UPDATE…click HERE for the link to the post with new ideas and project in my sewing room. Pop over for a look!!

Hope you will stop by again and have a cup of tea too,
~Karen~

429 comments:

  1. Just saw bookcases on pinterest and had to come see what else and I just love your room. Full of VERY clever organization and repurposing. What a great room!

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  2. Just came across your sewing room. What inspiration for me as I am in the process of organizing two different areas. One question tho where did you get your metal boxes on the cutting table? Would love to copy this idea as I have alot of fabric I just throw away after cutting.
    Thanks
    Sheryl

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  3. Just found your craft space via Pinterest. It is amazing, beautiful, and so many awesome organization ideas. I may have to borrow a few. Thanks so much for sharing your space.

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  4. Awesome craft room!! Thanks for sharing.

    I would love to know where you got the metal boxes you use for quilt pieces that sit on your cutting table.

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  5. I just found this post from Pinterest, and holy moley! I am so impressed and amazed and grateful to you for all the awesome ideas of things I had never thought of before! Thanks!

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  6. You have such an inspiring craft room!

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  7. Like so many others - this is the most amazing, creative, inspiring and wonderful crafting space I've ever seen! Kudos on the great work, and thanks for sharing all the tips and tricks with us!

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  8. You gave me so many great ideas! I've never had an entire sewing room; but one day...
    In the meantime, there are a few things here I can use now. The mug tree for scissors; the paper holder so I can see my patterns as I sew, and the binder with sheet protectors to keep patterns in! I just lost the instructions to a pattern I was planning to use to make a bag for my sister. If I use a binder, that won't likely happen again ; )

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  9. This is such an inspiring room. Thank you for sharing this with us!!!

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  10. I am utterly flabbergasted!! I am working on my craftroom right now. Thank you for SO many ideas! I'll send you picture after it's finished...whenever THAT will be!!

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  11. Thanks so much for such a FUN tour of your amazing craft room! This is the best blog I have come across for new ideas as I plan my room! I'm "SEW" excited!
    I do floral design out of my home as well as all kinds of sewing and crafts, so I am thrilled with all the new ideas! Visit my blog if you'd like! It's love-ilies.blogspot.com which is an idea gallery for brides and pages for my floral design and rentals!
    Thanks again!

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  12. This is truly inspirational. Love all the clever uses from ordinary, everyday objects...!! Looking forward to building up my new Craft/Hobby room...

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  13. I love how you created a beautiful craft room! You have inspired me to get things organized and to make a lovely space to work in. Wondering if I could have the nitty gritty on how you made the book case from 3 cheapo book cases. Did you screw them together? Spray paint or roller paint? I love the way it looks, and want to do something similar. Thank you for some motivation!

    Jeanette

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  14. i found your blog browsing the net and from crafty storage, well let me just say i have sent a link to all my crafty friends in South Africa and have spent the last six hours reading through your blog, i love it and am coming back for loads of inspirational ideas. I love that you have the tool Tuesday thingy as i am a tool junky, not just crafting tools, power tools and handyman tools as my husband cant do a darn thing so its up to me. Thanks so much for a wonderful blogf and for sharing such amazing ideas
    smiles
    Paola

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  15. i wish you had more detailed pics and tutorials of how you make things like the large bookshelf made of laminate shelves. it sounds easy to you, but i have no clue what youre talking about. i need pictures and description. i hope you do that in the future so we can try our hand at what you make and not just admire it and scratch our heads ?

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  16. I just love your craft room, I keep coming back to it and admiring it!! you are so awesome and creative!

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  17. Can I come live in your craft room? I just love it!

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  18. I absolutely love people who are creative as well as organized and know how to re-purpose an item for something else. Great job!

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  19. If you want to come and do a studio and a room and make them look like this, you will have tea, drink whatever you wish, eat like a queen, and you will be loved forever by my family. My stuff is like a mold - it just keeps growing and spreading everywhere. :-)

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  20. Karen -
    So inspired by your bookshelf upcycle - going to give it a try with my own boring set of 3 - you can see a glimpse of them (before upcycle) in my latest project post.

    http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com/2011/10/oversized-mirror-frame-recycled.html

    p.s. don’t miss your mention under inspiration credits in the post.

    Michael

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  21. Please come and organize my world!! This room is amazing and WAY beyond my abilities! Great Job!

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  22. I am DYING...I love, love, love all of your clever and thrifty organizing ideas!! I stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest, and I was just amazed!

    I wish I could visit such a gorgeous room (even if it doesn't stay clean for very long!) and have a cup of tea with you. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful room and great ideas. I'm excited to follow your adventures!

    Abby

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  23. Wow!! So many great ideas, I don't know where to begin. I want to copy all of it! I wanted to know, on the 3 bookshelves.....did you attach the crown molding across all 3 of them? What if you need to move them? I have a 3 bookshelf Ikea unit that I hate and I think this would be a great idea! Mine is a laminate surface, just a good primer should do the trick right?

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  24. You are amazing! I'd love to have you come organize my home. :) This is beautiful!!!

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  25. You have just created my DREAM craft room! LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. They are adorable but thrifty.

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  26. I love your sewing room!It is so well thought out to help keep you organized. You have inspired so many! Thank you for sharing. I would like to share another motto with you, "Creative clutter is better than idle neatness." Enjoy being creative in your new room!

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  27. I found your beautiful sewing room entry through Pinterest while browsing organizing ideas. Moving to a new home and have to rethink everything. You gave me some thrifty, crafty ideas! Your room is gorgeous!

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  28. I. LOVE. THIS! I found this through pinterest and pinned it saying that this is my ideal sewing room...nice table space, LOVE the organization, and a nice soft chair for ripping stitches :D

    ~Susannah

    http://pinterest.com/7farmgirls/

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  29. Just found your blog. How wonderful! Love all the tips. I have 2 daughters too but mine still at home. When one leaves I will get a sewing room...hehe. In the meantime I need to use the kitchen and find space in the garage and linen cupboard for storage. Great tips I can use. Thanks.

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  30. almaschultz@hotmail.comOctober 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    I am inspired...you are amazing! Thanks ever so much for sharing wonderful ideas with us!

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  31. Love your ideas, the slinky,the measure on the wall etc.I do not have a whole room dedicated to crafting/sewing, just a corner-but im trying to do my best with it and find the best ways to fit it all in,just bought a cloth shoe rack for my fabric.

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  32. You are my hero! I'm just beginning my craft room and now I have so many ideas to help me save money! Thank you for sharing everything in one post. I am your newest follower!

    Leigh Anne The Queen Of Iwasgonna

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  33. How do I add finials to a too short table?

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  34. This is so creative and well organized. I appreciate your attention to detail when describing everything. How large is this room?

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  35. These are great ideas..I am working on a sewing room in my basement. I also shared these with my husband for garage storage ideas. Rita

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  36. You are amazing!! I have a crafting space but I tell you, yours is FABULOUS!! Thanks for all the tips, hope your enjoying that room!

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  37. Hi Karen-

    What a great room - size wise and your organization. WOWOoooH!!!! I have been inspired and will be adding the roll of paper to the end of my work table. I have two grown daughters, too. Being an empty nester does allow lots of time to create.

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  38. This has got to be the best craft room I've ever seen. I love all your original ideas on how to organize.

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  39. I'm in LOVE with your sewing room! Organization is my "next project". This has given me inspiration and motivation! Thanks!

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  40. Thanks so much for linking up to craft spaces... so many ideas here :)

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  41. Wow, wow wow. I love all the neat ideas for remaking everyday things to use for craft storage. Bookmarking this to come back for ideas.

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  42. Your sewing/craft room is fantastic.
    It makes me want to start sewing again. I sewed a lot when my 3 girls
    were young. Then I went back to teaching and my sewing slowly disappeared. Now that I am retired I may begin again.

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  43. First of all, wow, so wonderful to see your lovely room. Secondly, any idea how long this room has taken to come to this point overall? I always see these beautiful rooms and wonder how long it took to get to that point, and hope it wasn't just a quick weekend thing and there's no hope for me, LOL. Thirdly - the "cabinet"? w/the Sterilite boxes - did you purchase it? If so, would you mind sharing where? And, do the Sterilite boxes fit just right on those shelves or stick out a bit in front? Thanks for sharing your room!!! Also, how hard is the adding crown molding bit? We currently have 3 of those type bookcases side by side, w/books, but after seeing your room, I'm dreaming of spray painting them black - my preferred furniture color...wonder what my husband will think when I mention doing so...and adding the crown molding would be awesome...only issue is that 1 of the 3 is slightly taller...wonder how that would work.

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  44. I never would have thought to add finials to the table legs to make it taller! There's an old ding table at my parents just screaming to be a cutting table someday & now I know how I'll make it taller.

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  45. I have been reading yr blog for the past two hours now.. you are amazing... I love yr craft room...

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  46. Question. Where did you purchase the slip cover for your chair, or did you make it?

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  47. As a professional organizer, I loved seeing the creative way you recycled items to make your craft room not only organized, but beautiful. I shared some of the photos - I was so impressed!

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  49. Just found this - BRILLIANT!!! Thanks for sharing this with us - great job and excellent ideas!

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  50. You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing all of your creative fabulous talents. I love following your blog!

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  51. Amazing! You have given me the incentive I need to start putting together a room of my own. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  52. This is the first time I'm finding your blog (from Pinterest - my addiction!) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I've seen already in just one post! You are brilliant and I love your inexpensive ideas.

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  53. OMG! I never wanted this blog to end. Your sewing/craft room is my version of heaven! Some day I WILL have a room like that! :) Thank you for posting all of your great ideas!

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  54. i wanted to stop back by to tell you i love you room. it was what i needed to start my own craft space. your blog was filled with wonderful ideas that i used with a little of my own ideas put together. you helped me figure out what i wanted and for that i thank you. my room is on its way to being my own space of creation. thanks

    rebecca

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  55. Love, love, love your blog!! It's amazing. Can't wait to use so many of the great ideas you've posted! Thanks from TX. :)

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  56. I so love your craft room! It is amazing! ah i need to spend the time to do that. This summer perhaps! Thanks so much for sharing with me... us..

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  57. Ack! I am in love. Oh my, great tips. WOW. Your ideas are brilliant! So inspiring! thanks.

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  58. Amazing ideas! You have 'sew' many terrific ideas and I appreciate you sharing! Thank you!

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  59. What a wonderful, wonderful room! I love it, and I love all the useful hints and tips. 'Twas a very enjoyable tour! Thank you!

    ~Sarah Lynn~

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  60. Great Ideas! There is so much to store I got overwhelmed!

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  61. This is an amazing blog - I love so many of your ideas. I will definitely save this link! Thanks for the great tips!
    Linda

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  62. Where do I begin? This is absolutely the BEST article I've ever read on setting up and organizing an office/craft/sewing room, bar none! I love it all, but especially the three laminated bookshelves you painted and connected with crown molding. I've been wanting to do that to the three I have but don't know how to go about it. Do you have a tutorial on how you did yours? Thank you so much for sharing.

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  63. Hi love your blog!, there are some great ideas in here for re-porposing things, I begin my studio revamp today and have been inspired by your post thank you :)
    Yvonne

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  64. This is awesome so many ways to organize that I would never have thought of you give new meaning to the word crafty!!

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  65. I am in awe! So many great ideas all in one place. So many things i want to use someday when i get my craft room!

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  66. I just dropped by after seeing a pin of your dresser on Pinterest. This is the most amazing sewing/crafting room I have ever seen!! I am in love with this room. You have so many great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing. Totally amazing!

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  67. Where have you been all my life? So many uber cute, cheap ideas for organizing! I don't really sew much, but our playroom will be reaping the benefits of this awesome post!

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  68. WOW! Love your room, bet you spend more time in this room than you do in your kitchen! I love it!

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  69. Wonderful room and such clever ideas! Can't wait to put your ideas to work in my space.

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  70. Amazing. Simply Amazing. I love it!!!

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  71. OMG that is the craft room to make all other craft rooms jealous! I though my Mum's was amazing, but now it's been taken down a notch!

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  72. Awesome Ideas. I'm in the process of organizing my woman cave/craft room and have posted a link to this on my blog! Happy Tuesday

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  73. Amazing. I love how organized everything is. Only one thing, and it may have been mentioned in the hundreds of comments before mine, but the quilts in front of the window might fade from the sun. If they're vintage or very special, you might want to take that into consideration.

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  74. When I first saw the pictures of your craft room, I thought there was no way that I'd be able to recreate something like that on as small of a budget as I have. You have officially showed me up and made me realize I *CAN* turn my craft area from the modge podge mix of stuff I have into something classy and fun on just a few bucks. Some things will have to wait until I find it on sale/second hand, but all in all, it's given me a great way to start out organizing my craft area, which I'm starting on this weekend. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING! :)

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  75. I am saving this post to look at forever! you are amazing to come up with all these ideas! :)

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  77. Your room is amazing. I am thinking about making a slip cover for an old chair and ottoman that has outdated fabric but is still in good shape (except for the bite in the ottoman cuchion my dog enjoyed). Would love to read a how-to or be pointed in a direction of how to get started. I found some fabric on clearance really have the itch to go for it. Thanks!

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  78. I have a couple of cork boards covered with fabric...when I tried mounting them on the wall with 3M adhesive the corkboard fell right off! they wouldn't stick a bit, just left the little adhesive tab alone on the wall. must know how yours stay up!

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  79. Hi I found your room photo on Pinterest.. loved the photo loved your post and all your detail even more. THANKS for sharing.. I would love to sit in the chair and chat it up with you while your creating... Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  80. Your room is very nice. Lots of great ideas and ways to utilize unusual items for a sewing space. I am moving the end of the month and my sewing space will increase by about double, so am looking for clever ideas of how to make it look and feel like a real sewing room instead of a space I share with my extra bedroom. Very excited! I may just steal some of your great ideas!!!!

    Sue

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  81. Wow! That is the most awesome craft room I"ve ever seen. So innovative.

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  82. Wow, not only organized, but so creative in finding fun and inexpensive ways to store things.

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  83. This was full of great ideas! Thanks! I'm just getting ready to start putting my craft room together. I'he been gathering things from around the house & your ideas are going to be a lot of help! Thanks!

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  84. I have wanted to make my spare room a craft room forever. Haven't done because of the expense. I now have another idea,streamlined the cost and it will be great. Thanks for showing these ideas.

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  85. Awesome post, so many great ideas and I will be using them, to improve my studio. You are a very creative gal. Found you thru Pintrest, will be bookmarking and following. Thank you for all the great ideas.
    Gail

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  86. Wondering if you made your chair and attoman cover. Looking for a attoman cover.

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  87. Oh my goodness! Nan, from 'Mom's the Word I Love To Hear' just introduced me to this posting via something she pinned on pinterest.

    I had to come see the whole room. So-o glad I did!

    I in turn pinned a bunch of stuff to a board. ;-p

    Thanks for sharing!

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  88. You are my hero! I love the sewing/crafting room. Would you be willing to share the color of paint on the walls and brand of paint.
    Thank you!

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  89. Ok, you have motivated me! I'm painting my old mis matched furniture!

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  90. Can you come re organize the Kiddo Tag office!

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  91. Goodness gracious your creativity is astounding! I was actually talking to the screen as if taking a tour with you..."That's brilliant", "Well, isn't that clever", "Oh! Look what you did with that!" ...wow...its a shame you don't get royalties from all the ideas we're all going to replicate! ;-) thank you for sharing!

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  92. Your room is on Apartment Therapy today. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sew-organized-fabric-stash-storage-solutions-165664

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  93. Hi Karen!

    I'm new-ish to blogging, and just featured this post in my blog. I wanted to make sure that was okay with you (I'm not sure protocol :)). I did give the link to the post and mentioned how much I admire you. :)

    From a new blogger, to an inspiration,
    Kim

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  94. oh no!! I wanted to give you the link. If you want me to take it down, please just say the word!

    http://humorinhumdrum.blogspot.com/

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  95. I can't tell you how many times I have come back to this link... I love, love, love you studio !

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  96. YOU are my hero! This is awesome!

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  97. On the table in the center, those metal boxes, where did you get them? Love them! (: and LOVE your room!

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  98. That is the most beautiful room, I am beyond jealous!!! I love all your ideas and just about pinned the whole blog post!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!

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  99. Beautiful! I have been racking my brain on ways to (inexpensively) organize my studio and now you have the answers for me! LOVE THEM! As much as I love and want to create when I get in my studio it takes so much out of me just hunting and searching for just that thing I know I have SOMEWHERE IN HERE. LOVE the drain pipe/yard idea, what a hoot! Thank you for opening up your home to us. :) Nan nanmcdonald@live.com

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  100. Beautiful! I have been racking my brain on ways to (inexpensively) organize my studio and now you have the answers for me! LOVE THEM! As much as I love and want to create when I get in my studio it takes so much out of me just hunting and searching for just that thing I know I have SOMEWHERE IN HERE. LOVE the drain pipe/yard idea, what a hoot! Thank you for opening up your home to us. :) Nan nanmcdonald@live.com

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  101. Beautiful! I have been racking my brain on ways to (inexpensively) organize my studio and now you have the answers for me! LOVE THEM! As much as I love and want to create when I get in my studio it takes so much out of me just hunting and searching for just that thing I know I have SOMEWHERE IN HERE. LOVE the drain pipe/yard idea, what a hoot! Thank you for opening up your home to us. :) Nan nanmcdonald@live.com

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  102. Like many others I am so glad I found your wonderful ideas. God has diffinately blessed you for blessing others. I want to use every idea you have. My basement is so bad a picture would call on the horders tv show..lol. Maybe soon my basement can come out of the closet....Thank You!!!

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  103. This room are very functional. All things are organize and in place. I like your seat cover it is colorful.

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  104. Im rooting for this. It would be the best among the rest.

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  105. I Love how i feel by seeing your blog... do u have youtube blogs???

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  106. Thanks so much for sharing so many ingenious and creative tips on making a great sewing room. I'm in the process of moving my down to our finished lower level because I have out-grown the spare bedroom. I will definitely use some of the tips. I love how you put the curtain rods on the sides of the tables. That will work perfectly with large rolls of stabilizer.

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  107. I Love how i feel by seeing your blog... do u have youtube blogs???

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  108. Karen, your space is totally amazing! I plan on using some of your fabulous ideas for my own Home Office/Sewing Room Remodel, thanks for taking the time to share it with us...you are awesome! I shared your post on Pinterest b/c I thought it was so great! :-)
    Hugs,
    Melissa

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  109. I have a question. I just saw this old blog post on Pinterest today. You have a very BEAUTIFUL room! I see that you put finials on your cutting table to raise it higher. I have an old dining room table of my grandmother's I'd like to do this too. How did you attach the finials to your table and how steady is the table? The old dining room table (because of leaves) is I'm sure heavier than your table, plus it will hold a lot more weight from dishes, etc., than your table probably does with material! Do you think it would be safe for me to try this? (Because of the leaves and also the ornamental decorations on the sides my husband hates this table because his knees always hit it!! That's why I'm wondering if we can raise it :) Thanks for your input!

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  110. I have a question. I just saw this old blog post on Pinterest today. You have a very BEAUTIFUL room! I see that you put finials on your cutting table to raise it higher. I have an old dining room table of my grandmother's I'd like to do this too. How did you attach the finials to your table and how steady is the table? The old dining room table (because of leaves) is I'm sure heavier than your table, plus it will hold a lot more weight from dishes, etc., than your table probably does with material! Do you think it would be safe for me to try this? (Because of the leaves and also the ornamental decorations on the sides my husband hates this table because his knees always hit it!! That's why I'm wondering if we can raise it :) Thanks for your input!

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  111. WOW! I. AM. SPEECHLESS!!! I LOVE your sewing/craft room.

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  112. I want this room I think this has been a very inspiring visit and I'm going to turn my little corner to craft in my dining room into a little corner to dine in my craft room !!!

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  113. I want this room inspired me no end

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  114. I think you have Martha Stewart beat in organization. I love love love this room. I want to retire there, oh wait, I am retired, guess I have to set up a room similar in my home. So many wonderful ideas. This is one of the best posts I have ever read

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  115. I think you have Martha Stewart beat in the organization dept. I love, love, love this room. I want to retire there, oh wait, I am retired, guess I need to create a room in my home using your so many organizing ideas.

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  116. i don't sew, I paint and create. Your office made me drool. great job!

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  117. What an awesome room - my favorite black and white! Thank you for the wonderful detail on how you got to the finally room. Truly inspirational.

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  118. Awesome! Soooo many terrific ideas! You are so creative and so generous to share your genius with us!

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  119. Oh Karen, just found this on Pinterest! Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful and inexpensive ideas, your room is just beautiful! I needed a post just like this!! I only wish i had the space you do!!

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  120. Love your room! Where did you get the cabinet that hold's your sterilite boxes?

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  121. I know you wrote this post eons ago, but it makes me super giddy! :) Can't wait to make my own elastic/twine holder!

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  122. Wow. Just Wow. I am going to try so many of these ideas when we get our own place! (Yes, I am new to your blog but you will be hearing lots from me from now on!!) xx

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  123. Oh my gosh! I found a picture of this amazing room on Pinterest. It is amazing! We're moving to a new house with a huge bonus room that I've already claimed as mine! (I never had a toy room when I was little so now I do. lol) And this beautiful room is going to be my inspiration!!

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  124. Just discovered this post. You are my new hero! I love this room!!

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  125. For real... I can't decide if I love you or hate you (not really). WOW! Can't even stand it... My wheels are a-turnin', my heart is a-poundin', my house is a-too small... Dang. Maybe I'll slowly work my way up to your amazing-ness!

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  126. OMG! Words cannot express how cool I think your room is. So creative, I absolutely love it. Are you available to come do my office?

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  127. WOW what can I say that hasn't already been said, I love it! You have utilised every inch of space so well, how lovely it must be to enter into. Despite the industry which goes on it oozes calm and peace, I'm espcially in love with your chair, it's simply to gorgeous, I could see myself sat on there, stitching in hand, drink by my side..........mmmm . That's until I moved to get something, it would then be descended upon by my 8 little munchkins (Shih Tzu's and Lhasa's) who love to flatten cushions, no matter how artistic they look, and lay on top of them and each other! lol

    Beautiful!!

    Peg x

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  128. I've been thinking about making me a sewing/craft room out of a bedroom that is now empty. Your room has given me a lot of inspiration and ideas. I love what you have done in your craft room.

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  129. Are your tables just old dining tables????

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  130. SO very glad I found your blog. Amazing room. I don't sew but it makes me want to start!! New Follower!!

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  131. I'm visiting from Quilting Gallery where found your nut and bolt thread holder - love love love your sewing room and all your fabulous tips :)

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  132. Thank you very much for sharing you much good, practical idea. Surely I will take further some of these ideas.

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  133. Found this on Pinterest this morning. Thanks for all the great ideas and tips!!

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  134. I want to just live in this room forever! so much inspirational organizational things. I definitely LOVE and adore your table idea with the two side tables and the door. Just brilliant! So jealous, but you've inspired me to take a go at my craft/sew room, anything seems possible now! haha

    Ann
    http://artsyfartsyannie.blogspot.ca/

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  135. Wow!!!
    You have a very organised and inspirational space for all your crafting... It just goes to show if you have the will you can definitely find a way, and boy do you have a way with ideas.
    I just simply adore your space please enjoy it for the rest of us who are not lucky enough to have a designated space for ourselves.

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  136. I love your craft room! Thanks for all the great organizing tips! The tea station is brilliant--definitely something I'm going to incorporate into my craft room. Your room is so cozy-looking; I'd love to just stop by for a visit!

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  137. You are so creative! Thanks for the awesome ideas - they will come in handy as I am re-doing my sewing room!
    April from AR

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  138. Wow I'm positively drooling after reading this post! A friend has sent me here because I'm re-doing my bedroom which is also going to be part craft room/office place and she thought I might pick up some ideas and I think I have!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. I don't have nearly as much space as you do, but you use yours in an excellent way! It makes me happy to look at the pictures :D

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  139. This post is a great post and i am just impressed.I am very much inspired by reading your posts.I have also one blog named TELEINFO.Hope you would love to visit my blog.My blog is about latest technology news and this will give you information about telecommunication

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  140. This is a sewing room unlike any I have ever seen! You are a master of organization, I love the simple expansion rods that hold your ribbons! I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  141. YOUR PLACE IS A DREAM!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, IS WOOOONDERFUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLL

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  142. I may have missed it somewhere, but the cabinet w/all the white lidded sterilite shoe boxes - would like to know where you found it b/c those boxes fit just right in there! Please share! Thank you!!!

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  143. Thanks for these valuable guidelines,these are very helpful for me.


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  144. Wow! Amazing how organised everything is!

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  145. Thanks for all your ideas and tips. Found you through Pinterest. We must work pin a similar fashion. I like having all my stuff organized/labeled--but in view. Love your ideas.

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  147. Karen, what a wonderful place to create in. Organization makes the process so much more enjoyable! My studio is smaller, but there is a place for everything. I am your newest follower... I have just finished my [new] favorite quilt = stop by http://www.piecedbrain.com/2012/06/new-favorite-quilt.html and let me know what you think. Maybe you can follow me, too! Have a fun weekend.

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  148. Absolutely fabulous room, love all your creativity and re-purposing items,
    just great! It was a joy to look at all your things in this room.

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  149. Would you mind if I use some images from your blog with a link to your page? My friends would love your ideas.

    Thanks

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  150. You are absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing

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  151. It's just a great job what you've done here! But i'd like to see more of these ideas. You're so creative!
    http://craftanddecorate.blogspot.com/

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  152. Your room is a real inspiration. I am about to organize my craft room and I will use some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    mamanazadatku.blogspot.com

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  153. Your room is a real inspiration. I am about to organize my craft room and I will use some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    mamanazadatku.blogspot.com

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  154. My man and I just had this HUGE fight today over the "condition" of my sewing/crafting space which is in the basement. I,like you-- have issues with too many WIP's -I call it creative ADHD. Anyway I have been visiting your blog via Pinterest and shazam...there are so many ideas. So today I did a major overhaul and got the space cleaned out and purged and NOW I am ready to put your incredibly BRILLIANT ideas to work. I am trying to start slowly and think through it all but I am so excited..the fight just lit a fire under me so it was a good thing...I have to say thanks so much.. BTW Hubs is from RI.. we live in GA now though until we return to NE someday.

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  155. That was an awesome tour, thank you! I loved all your tips and tricks! I need to go look at your fabric storage post now! Thanks!

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  156. I just saw one of the photos on Pinterest and I come to this fabulous post WOW! Thanks for all the wonderful storage ideas and making it look so cute too! I am definitely going to try some of these out for my office/craft room!

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  157. This is such a wonderful sewing/craft room, Karen! I came across this post via Pinterest, and am definitely inspired by you. I'm new to blogging, too, and am so glad to have found your blog. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! - Trisha
    www.trippalukastyle.com

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  158. I just love your studio and I am using some of your ideas. Thanks for such a great example of what we can do with a little creativity.

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  159. I hope I can do just as good with my own twist.
    Thank you
    Dezinequeen

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  160. I hope I can do just as good with my own twist.
    Thank you
    Dezinequeen

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  161. I saw your picture on Pinterest. This is so inspirational! I want to use your tips in my workspace. Love it!

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  162. Just wondering if your cutting table is an antique or is it new? I love it.

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  163. WOW! The kind of space most of us only dream of. Love the way you customized the cutting table. In fact... I love the way you did the entire room! How do you ever leave such a wonderful space?

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  164. Thank you for this wonderful post!! Was just looking for some unique ideas to organize all the kids craft supplies and am now inspired in so many ways.

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  165. You made it look so elegant. Everything is in right place.

    2 bedroom house plans

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  166. Wow, what an awesome room! I'm new to the whole sewing thing, and don't have my craft area set up to sew yet. (Sewing at a low kitchen island) I've been trying my hand at a few simple projects.
    Check them out,
    amyndewitt.blogspot.com

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  167. I cannot thank you enough for posting your room. I use black in every room of our house and absolutely love black and white. I have been pouring over inspiration for my new sewing studio and knew that I had to have my favorite color in here as well! I already own almost everything you used in your room I just needed the inspiration to put it all together. It had to be neat, lots of black, organized as I'm a perfectionist and not cluttered. You incorporated all those points in your well thought out room and have inspired me on how I can pull this space together into my dream studio. Thank you for blessing all of us with your beautiful post and description on how we can all accomplish and organize our room and budget friendly to boot! Thank you!!! Hugs :)

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  168. whew i made it! so many fab responses here i couldn't get to comment! ^_^ i am recently changing our office into a guest bedroom for my son, and my sewing room to kids bedroom. when they leave i will have joy using some of your awesome ideas!
    thank you for helping me!

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  169. I am totally in love with your room! I am not into sewing (ok, starting a little bit), but into papercrafts! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Anne-Marie

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  170. Amazing craft room! Thanks so much for sharing! I love your magnetic bead board!

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  171. Wow, what a organize and well set sewing and craft room.Simply amazing

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  172. Wow! I can't even comment on a favorite, everything is awesome! Even though I don't sew I can use some of these ideas for my scraproom. Thanks for sharing.

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  173. WOW, this is amazing, I love all your tips and your creativity.
    I sew and craft, your ideas are wonderful
    I am going to incorporate these ideas into my area
    I do have a 5th bedroom that I think I will change over to a sewing/craft/wrapping room. I like to have a wrapping section for Christmas, where all the kids can go and wrap their gifts, and everything is there for them and for me
    Saving this post ~ Cheryl

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  174. Very nice and very colorful craft room. Wish I have that too, and I wish I know how to sew. :)

    Nebraska Pheasant Hunting

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  175. Hello,
    I really like the idea of using wooden finials as risers for a table or bed (risers are so ugly). Does anyone know where I can get some finials that would support a bed?
    Thank you.

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  176. Wow! I had followed a link from Pinterest to here expecting to see just the old dresser without the drawers, and now I'm in total overload!!! So many awesome ideas for storage!!! Thanks for posting this! I now have the inspiration I need to put all of my stuff away properly!!! :D:D:D

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  177. you have AMAZING ideas!! i can't wait to put some of them to use in my sewing room! i am starting it from scratch, so it will be nice to get some of these great basic tips in now! :) thank you thank you thank you!

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  178. This is just SEW... Sew... Sew... I can't even find the WORD to describe my feelings when I see this room! Full of inspiration... and memories, old and NEW! I'm trying to purge my junk, and suddenly I am sick at the things I could have re-purposed. You could make MILLIONS helping people transform their craft rooms! Thank you for giving the HOW-TO on every little detail... and for being honest and brave, and showing us the clutter as well!

    My daughter just moved out this year, and is worried that her bedroom will become my sewing/craft/office space... and after seeing this, she might be right! Luckily, there is an alcove in the wall, and she can still sleep up there... but I'm going to try to convert her closet into a huge shelving unit...

    Oh Heavenly DOOZERS - my head is spinning with joyful plans! Is Christmas over yet?

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  179. This is the best post on a craft room I have seen for two reasons: 1. You did it without spending your retirement and 2. You posted on how to organized the "details" of a craft room. I had been scouring the internet for how to organized my newly acquired hobby of sewing with not much luck. You gave me so many ideas on organizing the "details" that is the thread, scissors, bobbins and all the stuff that comes with the turf. Thanks so so so so much!

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  180. I have a neat and organized craft room, but I am JEALOUS of yours! Cuz yours are BIGGER, and each table for a purpose! :) I only have ONE table for EVERY purpose. Anyway, the finials, where did you buy that from? I need that for my boys' beds to make them higher so we can make handmade trundle underneath. I LIKE that idea than a set of ugly plastic bed risers. Arrghh!!!

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  181. hallo hoe heb je dat in godsnaam gerealiseerd.
    Kan je mij soms zeggen waar dat je die producten gehaalt hebt.
    Dat is echt een kweetnie hoe leuke ruimte voor een grote knutselfan zoals ik.
    ik zou dat ook wel willen maken of willen he

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  182. ik zou dat ook wel Illen hebben zo een hobby knutselkamer.
    Hoe heb je dat gerealiseerd en waar heb je u gerief gekocht.
    Die bak is ook zeer leuk waar dat je kaartjes inzitten die je gemaakt hebt of zitten er daar alleen blaadjes in van het thema of zijn at departement die je al gemaakt hebt die erin zitten.
    Waar heb je die bak gehaald of gekocht.

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  183. Hello Karen,
    I just found your blog,so happy indeed.
    this room such amazing craft room....OH MY..a dream craft room!!
    when will i have a special room like this? ;)
    Just Beautiful!
    compliments
    have a nice day

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  184. the way you have organized your craft room is amazing.great inspiration.thanks.

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  187. Wow, so many incredible ideas, my mind is whirling trying to apply them to my craft room needs. My space is so much smaller, but with some of your ideas, I can see a future that will work for me! Thanks and I'll be back often to see more!!!

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  188. You would not believe how long I've been searching on Google, Pinterest, etc. looking for ideas for a sewing room makeover. Most of them are really cute photos at first, but then as you look closer you realize that they are not functional at all -- hot pink or neon green walls? How could you possibly screen that out when you're trying to put colors and fabrics together for a quilt? Cute little vintage end tables just big enough for a sewing machine with a sassy red METAL chair -- maybe if you only sew 5 minutes a day, and all you make is doll clothes! Then you see these crazy Horn and Koala cabinets for thousands of dollars and next to nothing as far as storage is concerned... So your sewing room was such a breath of fresh air, and a wealth of inspiration. I'm printing this post so I can take notes, AND I'm bookmarking it so I can click through all the links to see how all of these projects came together. Thank you SO much for sharing your beautiful room -- it must be a dream workspace for you!

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  189. Karen...I just found you from a PINTEREST pin...your ideas are THE BEST I've seen anywhere. So do'able and affordable...I hope I can sleep tonight instead of thinking through all the ways I can do to my space some of what you've done in yours!! I'm blessed to have a fabulous room, but not blessed w/ the organizational gene...so thanks for letting us into your world, and for inspiring us to create a space that feeds our creativity more efficiently!
    --Kim in Indiana

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