Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Happy Place!

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing a little update on my craft room, otherwise known as my happy place! I love to get in there a couple times a year and clean things out, organize, tweak, & move stuff around. Come on in and take a tour.....

We'll start in the sewing table corner. I made a new chair cover for my vintage sewing chair. The fabric was from a pair of curtains I made for my classroom year before last.

This sewing box was one of my redo's from a while back.

Here's a closer photo of the chair. The seat cover comes off and there is storage underneath. The sewing table was a vanity and the hubby added shelves to it for me a couple years ago. I painted it with homemade chalk paint and love it! It was an almost free project!

Moving to the right, you can see my $5 wooden file cabinet which of course got a makeover after I bought it home. On top of it is an organizer drawer unit I bought at Michael's. Hanging on the wall above is my blog friend bulletin board. I display correspondence from all my blog friends here for a while. When it gets too full, I move the cards, letters, and such to  my memento box, which you will see in a bit. My ticket stub jar and a photo of my sister and I when we were little girls sits atop the unit.

Moving on around is one of the shelves that holds my glass desk top. It holds a variety of things, from stationery to my hot glue gun.

Here's the desk top. Almost every item on it was thrifted.

Here's the other shelf that holds the glass top up. It holds mostly paper for the printer, and paper cutters and punches. It is easily reached when I am sitting in my desk chair.

You may have spotted the black and white polka dots in the above photo. This container holds all my yarn and looms and my printed sits on top. I sat it on top of a frame with casters from a chart stand I used to have in my classroom. I can easily roll it out when I need to use it.

This unit was a great thrifty find last year. It holds a variety of things, but mostly my Crayola collection.

Moving on around the room you see my basket unit (another thrifted find) that holds all my stamps and ink pads. On the wall is a blue magazine file and white shelf...both thrifted. The little blue box on the shelf is my memento box that I mentioned earlier.

The window looks out at my front yard. The table beneath the window was one of my first thrifty finds. It is painted aqua blue but it's hard to tell in this picture. On top is a tray containing my 12 Valspar paint samples I got for $0.99 each a few weeks ago. I used several of them on a project today. I'll be sharing soon!

In the right corner are two shelving units which I have placed in an "L' shaped configuration. They hold tons of craft supplies, from paint to fabric!

Here's my other big desk which is a vintage mail sorting case I bought from the post office where I used to be a substitute mail carrier. It is actually going to live on my front porch when we get it built. It will serve as a buffet on the porch. I will replace it with lots of shelves.

On top of one of the corner shelving units are two baskets filled with printed burlap and vintage sheets. On the left end of the post office desk are my cardboard boxes I dressed up with washi tape and a few other things.

Here's a view of the back side of the shelf. I put contact paper on the back to make it pretty. The painting is one I painted when my friends and I got together for a paint party. The white revolving tiered unit is from Harbor Freight. It was grey when I bought it but I painted it white. It holds a ton of stuff! My little vintage ladder is painted aqua blue and holds a few jars and things.

Another view of the top...vintage sheets and paper straws.

And the right side holds another washi decorated box and my scrap basket.

The left side.

The middle...love the happy colors in this shot!

The right side.

My Raskog cart from Ikea holds a variety of things. I'm actually working on it right now. I'll share when it's finished.

The other end of the room...near the entrance is a closet and a vintage thrifted record cabinet that holds lots of stuff. 

The metal card catalogs on top are among my favorite thrifted items. The wire basket on top holds upcoming project stuff. A thrifted medicine cabinet turned chalkboard is mounted on the wall above.

And that concluded our tour. It's a small room, but I have managed to store everything in it quite  nicely. This room has transformed many times over the past three years. It is truly my happy place and it just gets better over time. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask. I'll do my best to answer. 
Hope your week is going great so far! Today is the hubby's birthday and he took off work to finish the laundry room. We went and bought our new washer and dryer last night. While we were out, I took him to Chili's for an early birthday dinner. We had a nice time. I hope to share the laundry room with you tomorrow...even though all the little details won't be quite finished. 

As always, thanks so much for visiting and leaving such sweet comments. 
Until next time.....


  1. Wonderful room...love all the happy, bright colors. Your sewing chair cover is wonderful!

  2. I think a person could spend a lot of time in that space.. beautifully done! Such a fun room.
    Thanks for sharing. (my craft space is a big yikes right now)
    Have a great day and Happy Birthday to your hubby.

  3. I love your craft room! Colorful and fun! You make me want to get mine much more organized!

  4. Love your craft room. The chair is cute, but I love your sewing machine cover. Sooo....cute.

  5. Oh, I do miss having a single, organized creative space.

    Have fun in your space.

    You need to join the Where Bloggers Create party at My Desert Cottage. I think it is about July 12 this year.

  6. Vicky, there is something very wrong with your happy place.
    I'm not there playing with you:) Truly your space is gorgeous!
    I love everything. All the organized containers and all the very
    happy colors. You would have to be extremely sad, to not be
    wearing a huge smile, while crafting in that space. I love seeing,
    this whimsical bohemian side of you :)

  7. If I had that craft room I would either ...1) never get behind on a project or 2) never accomplish anything because I would just sit and drool at it's beauty. I love the organization and the shabby chic creativity. Bravo!!!

  8. LOVE your craft room!!! It is so organized..mine is a mess right now...enjoyed seeing yours.

  9. Wow, you have a lot of stuff! Great stuff too! It all looks so organized and pretty. Makes me want to come in and look around closely at it all.

  10. I hope your hubby had a really nice birthday! How sweet of him to work on the laundry room. (I peeked at that post and it looks wonderful!) I LOVE your craft room. It's all about having a place for all of our supplies and a good surface to work on. I wonder if I should put shelves up above my desk. Right now I have little shelves for pretties but I have trouble keeping all of my craft things organized. I'm getting ideas from you. Enjoy your weekend! it's HOT....so I'm sewing today! Hugs, Diane

  11. What a wonderful creative space to create, Vicky! I love how colorful it is :)


  12. Oh Vicky...what a treat to visit your happy space today! Your craft room is gorgeous, and I know it is such a wonderful place to be creative! I love how bright and full it is...you've inspired me to consider redoing my crafty space...although it is just a corner in my bedroom, I know I could do something special to jazz it up!
    Thank you for the lovely tour, Vicky!
    Sending you big hugs and oh! So much love...you are a very dear friend in this blogging world:)


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