My Craft Room – After

craft room beforeOh my gosh, y’all.  I am so excited to share my after pics with you.  To see the before pictures of my craft room/office click HERE.  Otherwise, here is my room after doing a bunch of organizing and decorating!

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I tried pretty hard to use what I had to decorate and furnish the room and really limited the purchases I made.  Here are a couple of links to some of the things I did buy though and am pretty happy with. (The Amazon links are affiliate links but all the others are not!)

While I had a desk that housed my computer and could hold my sewing machine in a compartment, too, I wanted to have a designated space just for my sewing machine.  After looking around a lot for something in my budget I decided that this was the one for me. SEI Laminate Wheeled Sewing Table, White
 My husband put it together for me and it took him about 45 minutes to do that, without a lot of complaining either.  :)

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Ok, so see the funky patterned chair in the corner?  NO ONE I showed it to liked it.  Not my husband when we were in the store, not my sister who saw a pic of it on my phone, etc.  But you know what?  That was ok.  It is going in my room and it only matters if I like it!!  And I don’t just like it, I love it.  It was a STEAL at World Market for $129.  The colors and the pattern are so fun and bold and they really pop in the rest of the subdued decor of the room.  I got the pouf at Amazon and it was also a good deal at around $60.  Cotton Craft – Hand Knitted Cable Style Dori Pouf – Green – Floor Ottoman – 100% Cotton Braid Cord – Handmade & Hand stitched – Truly one of a kind seating – 20 Dia x 14 High

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Oh man, this hutch used to belong to my parents and it wasn’t my favorite.  When you’re young and newly married though and people give you furniture because you have none, you gladly accept it and make-do!  A couple of years ago I painted it white as it was formerly a yellowy-shellaqued pine piece.  Now it feels a bit less like the JC Penney country-piece that it was and I like it.  I painted the backs of the shelves a light blue to contrast with the starkness of the white.  I do not like the purple lamp at all but am planning on painting it and making my own shade for it.  I placed things on the shelves that are special to me.  The goal of this room was to make it my Happy Place and incorporating things that are personal to me was such a big part of that.

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I’m still not 100% happy with the lighting in the room yet but this one light does make me smile.  A few years ago my husband got me one of these paper star lanterns and I just didn’t have a good place to put it.  Now it hangs overhead above my reading chair in this room and I love it!!  At night it looks so lovely all lit up!

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This is the wall just above my desk.  It was key to give myself something fun, creative, and inspirational to look at and each of these things incorporate all of those ideals.

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This is one of my favorite possessions.  My great-grandfather drew this by hand and the intricacy of the work is simply mind-boggling.  He wasn’t an artist by trade, he worked in county government in England in the early 1900’s but he obviously had a talent.  I adore this piece and it is the only thing I requested when my grandmother was asking what she could bequeath to me.  It brings me so much happiness whenever I look at it.

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The window seat was something fun I wanted to include.  I have a great view out that window that looks out towards a very heavily treed park just down the street.  When it snows (however rarely that is) the view out there is breaktakingly beautiful so now I have my own special place to sit and enjoy it.  The base cabinets are two very inexpensive pieces I bought several years ago from a site called Country Door.  These are not heirloom pieces by any stretch of the imagination but as often as I like to switch things up, they were a good buy.  And actually they have held up remarkably well.  They house a lot of things, too.  The cushion was a great find at Overstock.com.  It’s made to go outdoors so it will resist fading while being in the sunlight of that window.  As an added bonus, the cushion zips in the back so I can remove it and wash it when my dog hangs out with me in there, as she is already keen on doing.  LOL  I got the ruffled valance at Overstock, too, just in case you were curious.

german shorthaired pointer window seat

She loves this spot and I just can’t begrudge her the pleasure of sitting there.  <3

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As another fun and whimsical touch, I hung this old stained glass window in there.  When my youngest son was a baby we had it in his nursery so whenever I look at it the emotions I feel are such a mix of happiness and nostalgia.  It’s another one of my favorite things.  Why shouldn’t we surround ourselves with things that make us happy?!

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Now, here is something that I was inspired to do by so many bloggers on Pinterest.  I pinned picture after picture of some truly beautifully done pegboards.  Some that had been painted fun colors, some that had been framed with really cool and ornate frames and all with some really great organizing ideas.  To see the ones that inspired me, just go to my Craft Room board on Pinterest.

My room isn’t quite done and I suspect it will always be a work in progress.  Right now, just have a room to myself is still new and a bit of a novelty so I’m taking some time and getting to know the space and changing things if they need to be changed.  Without a doubt the things stored on the pegboard will change as I get a feel for the way I work in there.

I hope that you read this and are inspired to claim a little bit of your home just for yourself.  This space isn’t big, maybe 9×11, and I have seen people do amazing things with a corner in their bedroom or kitchen.  So take stock of your home and give yourself the gift of space to be free to do something special, whether it’s reading books, journaling, knitting, sewing, whatever tickles your fancy.  Just do something special for you!!

 

 

susan - February 5, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Oh, Evie, I can’t believe how beautiful this room looks! And cozy. You did such an incredible job – I don’t think I’d ever want to leave that room.

Evie - February 5, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Thank you, Susan!! I have been enjoying it ever since!!

Cassadie - February 9, 2015 - 5:11 am

I really, really love that chair.
And I’m thinking it’s high time I carved out a corner of our house to claim as my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

Evie - February 9, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Cassadie, you should TOTALLY do that. It’s so peaceful to have some space just for you!! And thank you for telling me you like the chair, too. :) It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

bobbi - February 10, 2015 - 5:59 pm

What a wonderful space you have! I’m very envy of everyone who actually own an entire room just to make things. i used to have one too, but now that my mom came to live with me my studio became her room…and i ended up sewing and drawing in one little corner in my bedroom, like when I was a teen and still lived with my parents. but it’s ok as long as there is a tiny corner where i can do my things, right?

Evie - February 10, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Thank you! Yes! I think the biggest point is just for each of us to acknowledge that we all deserve SOME space that is ours and ours alone. The world is so crazy some days that we all need somewhere to escape from that and indulge in whatever passions stir us! Thank you for your comment, Bobbi!

Natalie - February 17, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Evie, it looks great! What a fun crafting space.

My Craft Room – The Before

Do you have a space in your home that is devoted to something just for you?  It doesn’t need to be a whole room, just a space that can be where you are free to be creative, do some work, do some reading, something that is all yours.  Well, recently, I worked on creating a space like that in our home.  See, I live with my husband and our two sons so there isn’t a lot of opportunity for me to decorate with pink or frilly things, which I admittedly would love to do somewhere.  So I took over our extra bedroom and repurposed it as my craft room/office.  It isn’t quite done yet but I am SO HAPPY with where it is today versus where it was when I started this project.  Here are photos of the room before:

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You can see that there was a lot to be done because this room had become a magnet for anything in our house that didn’t have a true place.  The first couple of days working on my space was just sorting and throwing away lots and lots of things.  It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate and it boggled my mind when I saw some of the things I had been holding onto for some unknown reason.  Once the room was cleared of all the junk, I started thinking about how I wanted to use the space and what kinds of things I wanted to surround myself with so I started pinning things to my “Craft Room” board on Pinterest.  Don’t you just love Pinterest??  Anyway, it was then that I was able to really get a feel for what I wanted in my space and little by little it started coming together.  I will post the AFTER version in my next post so you will have to come back and see how it turned out!!  I am really happy with it and feel so at peace every time I walk by it and especially when I go in to work on a project.

In other news, are you following me on Instagram yet?  If not, you should be!  CLICK HERE to follow me.  In February I will be posting pictures daily until the 14th that are Valentine’s Day-themed.  I did this a few years ago on my professional photography blog and had a lot of fun with it and am feeling like it would be fun to try it again.  I’d love to have you tag me and use the hashtag, #whimsicalvalentine!  It would be fun to see what you come up with, too!!  Please think about it, won’t you?  :)

I hope all is well in your world today!!

My Craft Room – After » A Whimsical Life - February 3, 2015 - 5:23 pm

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Beauty in Gray Days

rainy day

Seems like all we’ve been having here lately are gray, gloomy, rainy days and it might sound like I’m complaining but, I’m not.  My favorite kinds of days are ones like these when everything seems to slow down a little.  We stay inside, snuggled up under blankets reading books or watching our favorite shows.  Today our yard, which has been carpeted in brown, crinkly leaves, seemed to be moving.  When you looked closer, it was full of tiny brown-flecked birds scavenging for whatever bugs had crawled up to escape their water-logged homes.  They were so cute, running around, pecking at the wet ground oblivious to the rain that was gently falling from the sky.  They had friends, too.  Several pairs of cardinals were in the yard and I tried to grab a couple of pics but none of them came out well.  We used to have a cardinal who came to our yard every year and I know it was the same one because he had a very peculiar head, like a benedictine monk!  It would make me smile every time he would return.  Sadly he hasn’t been around the last couple of years and I wonder what happened to him.  Maybe the cardinals we see now are his offspring?

Anyway, as I sit typing this post we are supposed to be getting a real downpour and I cannot wait.  When it rolls in I’m going to fix myself a hot cup of tea and settle in on the sofa and do some needlepoint or some crocheting.  I got a pattern from one of my fave people, Nicole at Follow the White Bunny (I actually have several but have finally chosen one to work on!) and am planning to gift it to my husband this year for our anniversary.  I think he will like it a lot.  Another thing I’m working on is an afghan pattern that I bought at Posie Gets Cozy.  I actually did start it a couple of days ago but my novice crochet status is holding me back a little bit.  The first part of the instructions have been difficult for me to follow but I’m not giving up just yet.

I hope you enjoying your world today and seeing the beauty around you, whether the sun is brightly shining or rain is falling.  :) I know I am!

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