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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Crafting Cubby

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great day!
You may have seen my crafting cubby before, but thought I would share with you again, since I've been busy sprucing that area of my craft room up!
 You know how one project can lead to another that you weren't planning on, and another, and so on?
Well, it all began with a pair of new pendant lights that my handy hubby recently hung for me about my workstation.
Prior to that, I had a pair of awful clip on lights, the kind where you can bend their necks.  Not only were they very inconvenient (I was always having to adjust them, as they liked to droop down), but they looks pretty tacky, and didn't put out the best lighting. 
So I am thrilled with my new lighting!  I can finally see what I am doing:)
But, that meant I also could see how badly my cubbies needed repainting.

 Oooops, keeping it real here!  I totally forgot to remove my black anti fatigue mat.  It may not be the prettiest, but it really saves my feet and back!
So a few weeks ago, I emptied out all of the contents of my cubbies.  I have 12 cubbies on each side of my work station, each holds crafting supplies, as well as goodies that are in my Etsy shop.
Of course that meant going thru each and every box, getting things cleaned out and  organized.
I couldn't believe what a difference a fresh coat of white paint made!
So then, my pegboard was looking a little sad and tired, so I decided to paint that as well!

Wow, that was quite a job!  First of course I had to remove everything from the pegboard.
Everything!  All of the shelves, supplies, and little hooks.
I then repainted it a slightly lighter shade of moss green (my very favorite shade of green!) than it was before.

 And the next afternoon was spent rehanging and reorganizing everything!
I really love my pegboard!  I am fortunate to have a large craft room
(You can take a tour my entire craft room here.), and this is only one corner of it.
But, if you are short on space and really would like a dedicated area to create, consider adding pegboard!
You could line the inside of a closet with it, or even the interior a large entertainment center.
I don't know about you, but I work best when I feel organized, and everything looks pretty, too!
Having the cubbies as well as the pegboard is super convenient!
Everything is at arms length, and friends who come over say it looks like a little store!
Glass jars (which formerly held jams, bruchetta toppings, etc) are perfect for holding bits and bobs. 
I spray painted all of their lids black for a neater and more cohesive look.
A few milk glass pieces from my collection are handy and hold things such as my business cards.
I am so happy that I tackled this project. One of the best parts is that I already had the white and green paint on hand, so the only cost was the new lights!
I also really love this little wooden cabinet, that I found when we lived in Washington State.
Of course I had to paint it my favorite creamy white!
It holds tags that I've created, as well as my glitter stash.
 They don't call me the "Glitter Queen" for nothing!
 I've also been on the hunt for pretty little clear glass vintage salt and pepper shakers.
I just love the way they look filled with glitter!
Yes, it's true, I am addicted to Martha Stewart's glitter!

Cute little wire front drawers are the perfect place to stash crafting supplies, such as these silk flowers!

 You can find the hooks for pegboard at pretty much any hardware store.  They usually come in sets.
Pretty tired wire basket that I picked up at a thrift shop, makes for handy storage.
The side of my cubby is also covered in pegboard.  
I've hung a little wire organizer from it, as well as some frames from my shop.
Hubby hung the pendant lights so that if we do move (no luck so far selling our home),
I can take them with us.  So that is why you see the electrical cord hanging down, he didn't want to run the wiring thru the ceiling.
I want to hang something above the pegboard to conceal the cord, 'cause it's not all that pretty!
So now when I tell you I've been playing in my craft room, you can picture me here!!


Susie said...

donna, I really like your crafting area. Those peg boards are wonderful. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Joyce Mayer said...

Very nice. My room is a disaster right now, putting finishing touches on my craft show on Saturday morning. But, it is almost time for the transformation into Christmas Wonderland and all will be tidy and neat.

Enjoyed the tour.

NanaDiana said...

Your craft room is amazing, Donna, and this corner of it is no exception! I love how it looks all painted up and re-organized. It is a perfect place to craft and create things.

I started laughing when I saw your glitter collection. What a surprise..and I think I gave you that title---The Glitter Queen! lol You SO deserve it! xo Diana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Okay, just stop. This is too organized and fabulous. My studio looks like a tornado hit it. LOL

peggy gatto said...

Divine, awesome, fun to see!!!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I love seeing where the magic takes place. Such an organized and beautiful space, Donna.

PS. I'm sorry that your home hasn't sold. Although I always enjoy knowing you are here and can sympathize with our MI snow/winter. Hugs!!

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Donna! You did a great job organizing your corner! Peg board is something I'd like to have in my room. I really like the the 'glitter' shelf! Thanks for sharing with us! Blessings from Bama!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am in awe with your craft room...this must be great inspiration. That peg board is something else. You had better get moving, dear! We want some Christmas ideas! :)

Jane xx

Junkchiccottage said...

I love your craft room. How sweet is this space for you to create. Just fabulous.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Donna, you really did an exceptional job on your craft room. Everything is so organized - my craft space in the garage is like a hoarders space. I really need to get in there before Christmas so I know what I have.
When the weather is hot I cannot work in the garage, but you have really given me some great ideas.
Love all your glitter - i think you have every color.
As Jane commented, what the hot decorations for Christmas?
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs to Katie

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna,
You sure have been busy and your cubbie looks fabulous in a fresh coat of paint. Love your pegboard organization. The pendant lights your handy hubby put up for you are great. Your glitter shelf is an awesome piece. I use shakers too for glitter and love them. You are the Glitter Queen and your collection is perfect there.
Great floor mat. I think I could use one of those.
You sure did a great job on your paint fresh up. Looks beautiful!!

Bente said...

Hi Donna. Love your craftingroom. A great place where you create all your pretty things.

Hugs from here

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Yes, I was thinking my self that it looks like a store. So neat and clean. Love the green on the peg board, and what a pretty way you have everything at arms length.

Karen said...

Hi Donna.....Your crafting space looks wonderful and so very efficient.