Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Craft Room

I belong to a wonderful web group - CricutLovers - on Yahoo group. The ladies and gents are the best around and are incredibly helpful with any question we have whether it is cricut related or not.  They are also some of the most creative individuals I've seen in a long time and I envy the talent each of them possess.

Anyway, there was a thread today about how best to store a Cricut.  For those who are not in the know - Cricut is an electronic die cutting machine.  I have the Expression model so it's quite large.  It took me sometime to find a home for it but I finally did.  My craft room is also my office since I work full time from home.  I have an Expedit bookcase/desk from Ikea which is a must have for any crafter.  However, there was a space between the bookcase (a little behind my chair) and the wall that I needed to put a shelf of some kind.  The problem was I had specific requirements - the width could not be bigger than the existing space, the height perferrably needed to match that of the Expedit, the back needed to open for plugs/cables, and the depth had to be deep enough for the Cricut mat to pass in and out.  It was definitely a challenge since on top of all those requirements I refused to pay hundreds of dollars.  My husband is really handy and is capable of make a custom shelf but after the massive flood we had in Sept 2009 his woodworking shop is not what it once was.  So the search continued. 

We found ourselves at the neighborhood Wal-mart and low and behold they had a chrome 3 tiered shelf for $20.  At first glance it looked like the right size.  I took it home and it was PERFECT!  The only problem it wasn't tall enough.  But the instructions said you could call Customer Service and they would mail you a kit to stack two together - for free! So I ordered a kit and went back to Wal-mart and bought another shelf.  I could not have designed this unit any better had I done it myself.  Here's a link to the shelf at Walmart just in case you're interested. 

Here are the photos of my craft room - it's not a dream room but it's bigger than a corner in the living room I had before!  The room was originally a goldish color but I repainted it lavender/purple to give me more mojo.  Let me know what you think!!


  1. Great room Hope and your spinner card is precious too! Welcome to Copic Crafters! :)

  2. Awe your room is pretty LARGE compared to mine. I have a little office room, but... VERY little. I've used EVERY inch of floor space. LOL But... least I have a room I can call my craft room!

  3. Wow, what a wonderful scrap space you've got going on. I need a tv like you! Then i'd never come out! lol
    Happy Friday~

  4. your space looks awesome Hope! Fun to see!
    Pam Going Postal

  5. Love your card and thanks for sharing.

  6. Newbie to all of this but just stumbled on your blog (from Jacques one) and have to say I know JUST what you mean about envying talent as I've equally gotten utterly obsessed with Bev Rochester's work and now investing an utter fortune I really can't afford to switch my cardmaking from decoupage to stamping. Love your craft space - SO organised and now I'm going to envy you too for that LOL. Spend all my time repenting to no avail :(