PRT Reveal #3

Reveal Part 3

Hi all!  Happy New Year’s Eve! Before I start on the last of my reveal posts, let me wish you all a festive and safe New Year’s Eve and a happy and healthy 2018!

I promised to share some of my organization methods that work and where things are in my Pink Room.  Many of my methods have been prompted by Jennifer McGuire.  Some are based purely on what fits in the drawer.  Others are “I only have one of these and don’t plan to buy more so where can I put it.” So without further ado, here we go. {Let me just say, these are not the prettiest of pictures and there is a reason I wanted cabinets and drawers to HIDE the supplies!}

First off, I’ll start with the boring bits.  In the cabinet to the left of my computer, I hold most of the “office supplies” and tools.

PRT Reveal -Left Drawers

The top is standard supplies – stapler, business cards, tape, ruler {and my gift wrap cutting tool that I couldn’t find for Christmas!}.  The second drawer has various pens and markers – mainly those that I want to hide from others.  Also in there is a keypad for my computer.  The third drawer is my label maker drawer (there’s another under that stack of labels).  I purchased the adapter for my label maker because I didn’t want to plow through batteries.  The bottom drawer holds actual tools — if I don’t “hide” them, they disappear.  Of course, this also shows that my hammer is missing.

The 4 drawer cabinet at the other end of my cabinet wall holds more fun bits.

PRT Reveal -Right Drawers

Top drawer holds adhesives – foam tape, red line tape, Scor-Tape, glue dots, E6000. The second drawer holds my embossing powders, coffee filters, embossing buddies and containers with the commonly used powders (silver, black, white and clear).  The third drawer is shaker containers, beads, confetti/shaker bits and my lone Nuvo Drops.  The last drawer has my glitters, Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  I really need to edit this drawer as many of the Stickles (as well as Smooch) are down to minimal amounts and drying up.  The baskets are from Walmart and fit perfectly in these drawers.

PRT Reveal ALEX left

In one of my ALEX drawers, I hold most of my embellishments.  These definitely aren’t the prettiest of drawers.

  1. I have two of the Darice 82 piece organizers.  I purchased them last year when they were only $17.99 on Amazon. One of them holds sequins and the other holds a lot of small embellishments like brads, flat backed embellies, etc.
  2. I have a small thing with adhesive rhinestones and pearls.  This is my favorite find for organization.  The majority of my pearls and rhinestones are in a LEGO sorter. My kiddos both had these, but failed to use them.
  3. There are a lot of random embellishments in here.  Homemade enamel dots, Flower Soft, googly eyes, rub-ons, washi tape.
  4. Another drawer with some random embellishments or tools — jingle bells, a massive bag of seed beads purchased a garage sale, iron-on letters left over from my four-legged children’s stockings :), etc.
  5. Another drawer of randomness – styrofoam balls, some wood letters, plastic straws, plastic toothpicks, etc.
  6. Ribbon and twine — I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. 🙂

PRT Reveal ALEX Right

My other ALEX unit holds mostly color related items.

  1. Dye inks from MFT, Gina K, and Ranger.  The binder holds my stencils.
  2. Hybrid, pigment, specialty (VersaMark), Distress Inks, Memento teardrops and reinkers.  I love having the Distress Inks primarily in mini form.  They are in a basket that I can just pull out and use.
  3. All of my other coloring mediums from crayons to watercolor pencils to chalk markers to Gelatos and Mr. Sketch markers.
  4. My painting mediums and tools are here.  I have one set of watercolor paints and some acrylic paints.  As you can see, I’m a fan of foam brushes.
  5. Adhesives — lots of hot glue, lots of Xyron.
  6. Craft mats, vinyl, magnetic sheets (I use the vent covers from Home Depot for my die storage.) and foils.

PRT Reveal - 6x6 Paper Cabinet

The middle cabinet of my wall cabinet is my 6×6 paper pad storage cabinet.  These cabinets are only 11 inches deep so there are some restrictions on what they will hold.  Years ago, I had moved my 6×6 paper pads into the plastic boxes PaperTrey Ink used to ship their stamp sets in.  A friend had even sent me a bunch of hers.  As you can see, I had a thing for 6×6 paper pads.  A few crafty friends and I would do paper shares of the new releases.  Some pads were so pretty, I just hate to use them.  WHY is that?!  I also have my envelopes in there. Another organization friend is the Command Hook.  A dear friend made me a color swatch of every PTI color.  The other set is my organization for my stamp and die sets, which I will explain in a bit.

The other two cabinets in the wall cabinet don’t hold anything worth photographing.  I have my gift packaging, old calendars, paint, etc.

PRT Reveal - 2 drawer 2 door

The cabinet next to my embellishment drawers holds my “use all the time” tools in the drawers.  My stamping blocks, go to black inks, scoring tools, adhesive remover, etc.  I also have one of my trimmers and my MISTI.  The shelves below are some oft-neglected stamps, my background stamps, storage pockets and some other randomness.  I believe many of these cabinets may have been used in medical offices, which allows for some great depth.

PRT Reveal - Big Shot

The middle and largest cabinet has three doors.  Each door has one shelf that pulls out and I absolutely love that.  Two of those doors hold my stamps, dies and 12×12 paper and scrapbooking materials.  They are not the widest cabinets, but I love having the ability to pull out my Big Shot.  I have the Big Shot Plus, which allows you to run a full 8.5×11 piece of cardstock through.  It’s huge and heavy.  I wouldn’t trust running anything through while it was on the shelf, but at least I can tuck it away.  Underneath it is my trusty Cuttlebug, the plates for the Big Shot and my embossing folders.  I have a few dies I use all the time – namely the frame from MFT’s Blueprints 13.  There’s no point to putting it away!

PRT Reveal - Stamp & Die storage

I store my stamps in storage pockets and InterDesign Fridge Bins.  The top bin is all MFT Stamps and the bottom is mixed. This is the lion share of my stamps.  I have another small bin of standalone dies and some very old PTI sets, which rarely see the light of day.

When I started unpacking my stamps this summer, I wanted to really organize them.  I had most sets already in the pockets, but I could never find anything.  I decided to color code the sets and use colored paper as the background.  My colors are mainly from the Michaels Recollection line — a) the paper is a touch thinner than most cardstock and b) it’s more reasonably priced than using cardstock. Each category has a colored tag on my ring with a label. To further organize everything, I use Evernote to create an inventory.  I attempt to get every stamp set or die uploaded when I purchase it.  I have much to do with old sets, but it is a work in progress.

PRT Reveal - Random Storage

The last bit of organization — I have a test tube rack filled with sequin-filled plastic test tubes.  It’s very pretty to look at — just far more sequins than I could ever need.  Since moving, our closest IKEA is located outside of Chicago (this should be changing in 2018 with an IKEA opening in WI).  ON our last trip, they had perfectly pink flower pots and I picked up a number of them.  They are nice and sturdy and perfect for storing random things.  I have one for my Zig markers, another for scissors and some are waiting to be filled.  My mom has always collected Depression Glass and she gave me that little candy jar (the tiny one) a few years ago.  I picked up the taller candy jar and bowl at a garage sale.  I love the prettiness of the glass.  Finally, the Target Dollar Spot had bright pink oval buckets.  Some of them are divided in half and then in thirds on one side and others are just open.  They are great for markers, tools, stamps that need to be put away that you don’t have time to deal with, etc.  They are great catch alls.

Finally, my second batch of favorite things.

PRT Reveal - Funko Plush

We are big Harry Potter and Star Wars fans in our house.  My Funko Pop characters have a home in my room — everyone has a little collection in our family.  A few years ago, we all dressed as Harry Potter characters for Halloween — I make a damn good Professor McGonagall.  In 2016, we all dressed as Star Wars characters — my son still wears his Poe/Finn jacket — a thrift store find that authenticated with fabric markers.  Then there is that little pile of plush.  Most of those were gifts from my kiddos.  The little I Love You pillow was on a thrift store stuffed animal, my son purchased the animal and the little angel tin and put the heart in there and gave it to me for Valentine’s Day.  The Ewok is wearing my wedding tiara (which I wore to my last round of chemo six years ago!).  General Organa/Princess Leia was given to me by my daughter this year.  All things that make me smile when I look at them because of who I think of.

There you have it!  The complete and total reveal of the Pink Room.  Oh, one other thing – I personally find my craft room quite fabulous, but apparently so do a few others.  I submitted photos to PaperCraft Inspirations and they published a photo a few issues ago.  Also, our local ReStore ran a contest for Project of the Year.  I submitted photos, not having any idea what other people would submit.  Well, we won!  It feels so good to have hard work pay off — not only when you love it or a goal was reached, but also to have others love it. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures and I hope you’ll pop on back when I have more craftiness to share with you (which will hopefully be soon!).

Have a wonderful New Year!



PRT Reveal #2

Reveal Part 2

Hi all!  Grab a cuppa and join me for reveal post #2 of my new Pink Room. Today I’ll be sharing the room in it’s put together state.  As I mentioned in my post yesterday, we purchased cabinets from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  After refinishing them all, they joined my old IKEA Expedit cabinets and ALEX drawer units to create a fantastic space.

PRT Reveal Panorama

Here she is in all of her finished and CLEAN glory! This is a panoramic picture, so it appears a bit odd.

PRT Reveal - From door

Looking in from the door, you see my island and a good shot of the floor.  The flooring is Shaw vinyl flanking in Dublin Pine.  I love the color.  It is a floating floor installation, which was a bit tricky to get, but once we figured it out, we were able to get going.  Of course, there are a few little spots here and there that made it difficult, but we worked them out.

My island was created with my IKEA ALEX drawers.  When we moved from NJ, we got rid of a lot of furniture.  Either our stuff was 13 years old (how many years we were in the house) and falling apart or too big to consider the space in a moving truck and further storing.   We took apart my Expedit cabinets and kept the ALEX drawers.  They were pieces we knew would be used.  My ALEX drawers were my “craft room” in the apartment in our closet.

My husband built bases to raise the drawers up to island height (36″) and attached the ALEX drawers to them.  He then covered the bases with beadboard.  The island is 8 feet in length.  The counter surface is laminate, which we purchased at the ReStore.  They were selling white laminate sheets in 4×8 foot sections for $10.  This saved us so much money.  Because there is a bit of an overhang where you sit, my husband added a board to strengthen the counter.  Because the laminate needed to be cut, we had cut edges to cover.  They sell a tape that you iron on to the edging and it seals it.

PRT Reveal - island lights

The lights above the island were also a DIY feature.  I wanted something sparkly and pretty.  Unfortunately, anything I liked was either too big, too expensive and/or the light bulbs faced up, which wouldn’t provide enough light over the island.  During probably the 10th walkthrough of the local home improvement store, I saw these black pendant cages.  I spent TV time beading a stiff steel wire with pale pink and clear beads. They aren’t as sparkly as I had hoped, but they worked out well.  We used daylight LED lightbulbs to provide the best lighting possible.

PRT Reveal - Door island lights on

Here you can see the lights on.   The brightness of the daylight bulbs does drain the color from the beading a bit, but I think the light is actually more important than the beading. All of the overhead lights are on dimmer switches.  One switch for the pot lights and another for the island pendants.

What you also see here is the wall of cabinets we made.  We took three of the trio cabinets and stacked them.  My husband built a base again for them to sit about 15 inches off the ground.  These were likely above the refrigerator cabinets so they required some sort of lift to be able to open the doors.  You can also see my daughter’s sewing station. {I do NOT sew.  I cannot sew.}

Across from the cabinet wall is my large Expedit.  If you’ve ever contemplated taking apart your Expedit, but worried if it will go back together, I can say it will.

PRT Reveal - Expedit

My Expedit holds all of my cardstock.  The black fabric bins hold mainly sewing related things – fabrics, batting, etc.  The two door cubes have some various glues and my Ott lights and enough empty space to hide Christmas presents. 🙂 The drawers hold plastic sleeves for my cards and various packaging materials, adhesive dimensionals and fun foam cut to card base size, card sets I’ve made and note cards.

PRT Reveal - To TV

Looking from the other end, here you see my wall of cabinets and the work space.  Like I mentioned yesterday, my cabinets were all various sizes.  Some were taller or deeper.  To create the cohesive line of cabinets and a surface that didn’t dip down every three feet, my husband had to shim and build out most of these.  They are definitely not perfect, but it doesn’t affect the usage at all and it definitely isn’t worth the additional $$$ to get new cabinets.

I have my iMac here, as well as my printer hidden away.  I have a Roku TV, which is awesome because it doesn’t require a box to watch TV.  My husband hardwired my iMac for good internet surface.  Being in the basement doesn’t always lend itself to good signals.

My stools were a find at a local thrift shop.

I found four stools for $12 each.  We have a bar in our kitchen and I’ve been looking at stools for a long time, but I was very well aware of how expensive stools are.  I was thrilled to find these.  I purchased shiny black vinyl from Joann when it was on sale at 50% off.  The stools were recovered quite easily.  To finish it off, I wanted to add nailhead trim.  I purchased the nails from Walmart for $2 per package and nailed them in.  I loved being able to add that trim, plus it allowed me to actually finish the stools with a complete look and no sewing.

At the far end, you will see my half Expedit and my Raskog carts.

PRT Reveal - Window

This is the wall we created to close in the room.  Because of the position of this room, there is no natural light that comes in.  My husband had an idea to add a window and put a light behind it, providing some faux daylight.  The window is covered in some privacy film, but when we added the light, the light was blinding.  I discovered that I like the look of the privacy film with just the bit of regular light coming from the other room of the basement.  The film gives off a really nice prism effect and it’s pretty.

I have my half Expedit here, which houses my scrapbooks, extra binders of various things, my card stash and works in progress (in those gorgeous black & white floral bins from Target from a number of years ago).   The cabinets and drawers hold my stash of adhesives, fillable ornaments, and some additional card kits.

On top are some of my favorite things.  I found those fantastic lamps at Hobby Lobby.  They are wonderfully sparkly, blingy, glitzy and jiggly.  My knick-knacks are all favorite things:

  • a little, blown glass fish bowl that we purchased on our honeymoon in Venice
  • the box from a set of NYC cards I purchased, which were photographed by a photographer with the last name of Coburn, my maiden name.  The cover says “Coburn’s New York”
  • the Eiffel Tower — a tealight burner from my husband
  • a mixed media canvas I made at the MFT Retreat
  • “Before I was a Mom” – a lovely shadowbox I made at the MFT Retreat
  • flowers from my son
  • a pair of castles from my dad

On the wall are two fabric hearts my kiddos made for me for Valentine’s Day in 2012.  I was recovering from my mastectomy and my mom helped them sew flowers and butterflies cut from old curtains onto the hearts.

PRT Reveal - Dry Erase Raskog

In this corner, I have my Raskog carts from IKEA.  They used to be aqua.  I spray painted them and they turned out great.  Funny story — I posted a side by side of the aqua cart next to the pink cart on my Instagram feed.  This is my most liked photo EVER. It has 232 likes.  Apparently, IKEA and Raskog are hashtag GOLD on IG.  On the second cart, you can see some hooks on the top bin.  Those are heavy duty magnet hooks I purchased from Harbor Freight.  They were dirt cheap and are mighty.  We have a number of them on the side of our fridge for holding keys.

Above the Raskog is the one big fail of the room.  I wanted to do a dry erase wall.  As you can see, it took and I was able to write on the wall.  To make sure I stayed within the confines of the dry erase paint (I used Rustoleum and it comes in a pint.  It covered that amount — it doesn’t go nearly as far as they claim.), we framed it out with some decorative white trim.  Mommy’s Pink Room is what my kiddos used to call my room and that was how Pink Room Therapy was born.  Anyway, the marker does not erase.  It does to a faint degree, but I can still read everything I’ve written on the wall.  I googled ways to erase it and tried 90% rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, toothpaste — all of which failed.  I also tried to write on the wall and immediately erase to see if it was a time element — that didn’t erase either.  I was also using Expo markers.  So that is now a project to fix and I’ll share my fix when we complete it.

Touches of bling — I like bling. I like things that sparkle — not necessarily expensive things — pretty things.  I especially like achieving that pretty sparkle at a lower price point.

I needed 17 drawer/door pulls in various sizes.   I couldn’t find anything blingy in the store and when I looked online, they were mostly European sized, meaning they wouldn’t fit the pre-drilled holes in my cabinets.  As I was doing this AFTER painting all of the cabinets, I certainly was not gluing and repainting old holes.  I found plain pulls for a somewhat reasonable price on Amazon.  I purchased the 12 inch adhesive rhinestone strips from Darice (available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann, etc) and cut the requisite strips of bling to adhere to the pulls.  This worked out so well and makes me happy!

I sprayed my outlet faceplates and light switch covers with a glitter spray paint.  It wasn’t as blingy as I would have liked, so I used additional rhinestones from the Darice strips and outlined each cover.  These did require a bit of hot glue to make sure the strips stayed on the covers.

On the wall of cabinets, the side was ugly particle board that wasn’t painting nicely.  I purchased some glittered shelf liner — it’s glittered, but not glittered that it comes off — and just put it on the side.  I can stick things to it — there isn’t the gravelliness of glitter.

Finally, I swapped out the plain old silver pulls that are on the drawers and doors of the Expedit.  I purchased some pretty glass drawer pulls for them and it makes a big difference.

PHEW!  That was a lot of pictures!  Tomorrow I’ll share what I store where and some of the organizational things that work for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you are enjoying the pics and hope to see you again tomorrow!


So Long 2017… PRT Reveal Part 1

PRT Reveal Card

Hi all!  2017 was an interesting year on so many different fronts.  We lived through yet another crazy real estate transaction — I hate real estate transactions — my husband and I are magnets for drama and people who want to be jerks.  However, the result was moving into a house that has been wonderful so far.   The house, a ranch, was added on to by former owners, resulting in LOADS of space in the basement and a stunning living room and master suite.  Because of that addition, the original “family room” of the basement became my pink room.   Since we had a lot of moving and unpacking, my actual crafting time and MOJO took a hit.  I don’t have a normal New Year’s tops post of my projects because there weren’t that many this year.  So I thought I’d share photos of my Pink Room.

PRT Reveal - old base

The lovely green shaded area is the old “family room.” The upper part was popcorn-like texture.  We removed the trim piece and drywalled right over the top of it all.  We also created a doorway (between the support beam and the stairs) and closed it off at the other end.  The great thing about that concrete floor was that I was able to draw directly on the floor and map out the room.

In order to do this project without breaking the bank, we purchased cabinets from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  (If you aren’t familiar with Habitat, you can read a bit about them HERE.) All of the cabinets were different finishes, different widths and heights.

To just show a difference between them, here are a few of the cabinets.  The dark drawers were covered with a very odd finish.  The trio cabinets were so heavily varnished.  I spent many hours sanding them.  However, it was really worth all of the work.

PRT Reveal 1st coat

I wanted white cabinets — a big gamble given the differing finishes.  I used Sherwin-Williams Pro-Classic in Extra White.  It had everything all in one.  There was no need to top coat, for which I was so grateful.

My wall color is the original Pink Room color.  I was looking through paint swatches from multiple places and just not seeing the color I wanted.  One day, while in the library, I was flipping through the color issue of HGTV’s magazine.  There on the one of the pages was a swatch of Benjamin Moore’s Razzle Dazzle, which was my original color.  That settled it!  The biggest drama with the room came from this paint color!

If you’ve ever purchased paint, you have likely been told that the paint person will not mix a color from company ABC into paint of company XYZ.  I know I have.  Well, when I went to get my Razzle Dazzle, I was attempting to use a coupon at an authorized dealer of Benjamin Moore paint.  After waiting 15 minutes for the person to come to the counter to help me (red flag #1), I asked for a gallon of paint & primer of the Razzle Dazzle.  I guess you’d call it a retro color because they didn’t have the paint swatch, so I had pulled up the color on the BM site to give the code to the employee.   He looks at the color  and then informs me that he can’t mix it on the BM machine because they are waiting for some piece.  He then tells me he can mix it on their machine with their paint. (red flag #2 and a fog horn that should have been going off  in my head!).  All in all, it took me 45 minutes to get one gallon of paint (seriously!).

When I started painting, which I know with fresh drywall is a whole other thing, it was awful.  We had primed the drywall with two coats (and half of that was on me!).   The non-Benjamin Moore paint was not covering for anything.  The air was blue because I was cursing!  I ended up going to another dealer and getting the Benjamin Moore paint and repainting.  Moral of that story – trust your gut and get the paint you want!

PRT Reveal - Door & cabinets

Like I mentioned, we created a doorway when we closed off the room.  When I was growing up, our house had Dutch doors on two of the bedrooms.  I loved it.  On one of our trips to the ReStore, I found a solid wood Dutch door.  It has to be one of the heaviest things I’ve ever lifted.  There was some damage to the bottom, but nothing sanding couldn’t help.  I painted it Glossy Black with Rustoleum Black Satin door paint.  This is another thing I would potentially change — there was a fair amount of tackiness and stickiness on the door after painting.  Because it was oil based, I’m sure this played a part in it.  The top half of the door has still not been hung because we need to do a bit of trimming.

I’m going to leave it here for today and will have more for you over the next few days.  I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


My Favorite Things – 2012 Part 2

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Do you have plans to usher out 2012?  We will be hosting the 2nd Annual Wall Family Dance Party.  Last year, the kids had a blast dancing around and being goofy.  I think we played Party Rock Anthem and I’m Sexy and I know It far too many times to count!  LOL!

I’m finishing up my favorites for 2012, starting with July.

First, I have the thank you cards and upcycled tin can bouquets.  They were so pretty and so well received.  

Next up was Carter’s 5th birthday party invitation.  He had a super hero themed party and it was such a great success and hit among the kids.

Lastly, I have the Passport Stamp Bingo game cards I made for a preschool fundraiser.  This was a crazy amount of coloring, but so cute.


I loved the pop of the brilliant blue and red of this card, plus the fun school themed papers.  A sweet back to school card.


My favorite in September was my mini-makeover in my craft room.  My fabulous husband made me this fabulous desk.


I was so excited to participate in a handful of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoast.  This was one of my favorite cards — the scallop rainbow makes me smile.

I loved the stunning-ness of this black & white card.  It was perfect for an anniversary card.

This was another card for the HYCCT challenges.  It called for a chicken image and this French hen image from Bugaboo was perfect.


December was a quiet month, but this was by far my favorite.  The snowman candy jars were just adorable and turned out perfectly for teacher gifts.  Definitely a successful Pinterest find!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you enjoyed my end of year wrap up!  I wish you a safe, happy & healthy New Year!

A Pink Room Makeover

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!  My kids are back to school today after being off for Jewish holidays.  Yesterday was a complete wash out — all the way around — we had awful weather, lots of wind and rain and I was sick.  I plopped on the couch while the kids tried to keep themselves busy.  I’m sure they are very happy to be back in school.  LOL!

Anywho, I have a mini pink room makeover.  I’d been having some issues with my desk — half was taken over by my daughter, I couldn’t find the right chair, we were always walking into it, etc.  So a few weeks ago, my husband made me a new desk. Yup, I’m pretty lucky! Now, I liked my space before, but now I LOVE it!

Here’s the before shot:

Here’s the after & now:

Look how much bigger the room looks!  The desk is made of 2x4s for legs and cabinet quality plywood for the tops.  This is actually two pieces to allow for a better ease of moving.  I painted it black and we topped it with acrylic.  The acrylic was our answer to any potential paint stickiness.  I LOVE it!

This is my “main” work surface.  I now have space for my scoring board, my paper trimmer and all of my tools that I need within reach in a nice clean, organized spot!

The other “half” has my Cuttlebug — another tool that never had a permanent home.  Next to it is my 7 Gypsies Library drawer that now holds my dies.  My tins that I originally stored them in couldn’t handle the weight.  We figure the entire desk, including wood, paint and acrylic cost $140.  The paint and acrylic were the main costs.

Hopefully now that I’m almost organized, the creative mojo will start flowing!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

A Tour of my Pink Room

Happy Friday all!  My surgery went very well and I’m recovering at home.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be seeing a lot of my pink room for quite some time.  Having a bilateral mastectomy causes a lot of trauma to your arms that you might not expect.  If you bend your arm at your elbow and go from there to your armpit, that area is pretty much sore.  I’m sleeping in a glider as I can’t lie down.  Typing on the laptop even has to be kept to a minimum.  But, each day is a teeny tiny bit better, so hopefully I’ll be back in the swing of things soon!  And my own bed!

Anyway, two weeks ago, I started to feel more like myself, post-chemo.  I took advantage of it and cleaned & organized my craft room.  It was desperately in need for a good cleaning.  While it was clean and before it became messy again, I thought I would give you a tour.  I attempted a video, but about 10 tries later, I gave up.  LOL!  Instead you get a photo tour.  I had started this post prior to my surgery, but hadn’t finished it.  So settle in with your beverage of choice and sit back for a tour!

My room is one of our bedrooms, but as it leads out to our three season room, it makes the perfect crafting room instead.

This is the front of my room.  My walls are Benjamin Moore Razzle Dazzle.  I love this color!  On this wall I have my chandelier (vinyl wall cling from Target) complete with bling, a Pottery Barn speaker shelf , my TV and crafting supplies for my kids.  The IRIS cart there was my first storage when I started scrapbooking.  Amazingly, all of my supplies fit in that cart!

This is my primary work space.  It is a knock off of The Pottery Barn desk that was all the rave a few years ago.  The legs are two Closetmaid 9 cube organizers.  The top is shelving we purchased at Lowes.  It is 36″ wide — my husband nailed it down to the Closetmaid pieces and then trimmed it out to make it look a bit more complete.  The awesome thing with this shelving is there was no need to paint or prime as it was already white.

As I share my space with my kids from time to time, I wanted to add more space to the desk space.  Again, my husband bought a piece of shelving from Lowes.  He cut “legs” by adding hinges to them and a brace in the middle for extra support.  This allows me to display some personal items on the top and have necessary items right within my reach underneath.

This is my side of the desk.  I keep my Martha Stewart scoring board and Scor-Pal mat, a dessert tray I picked up on clearance from Target (which holds ink pads and random items) and a trio of bowls, also from Target, that hold my adhesives, oft used tools and dies waiting to be put away within my reach.  My director’s chair is from Home Decorator’s.  I wanted something more comfortable than a bar stool.

On top of my shelf are two lunch box tins.  They hold my dies — I saw this idea on 2 Peas and it works really well.  One is for Spellbinders dies and the other holds PTI and MFT dies.

To store the dies, I used the dividers that come with the Cropper Hopper paper organizers.  I use the holders for my papers, but not the dividers.  I cut them down and glued two together to create a sturdier base.  Then I added magnetic sheets — cut from magnetic vent covers I purchased from Home Depot.  Each divider is labeled with the die set name.

Behind my chair are my Michaels cubes, Making Memories shelving unit and some IKEA storage options.

Here are two of my drawers — one holds my Copic refills, Stickles and Liquid Pearls. The other holds glitters, embossing powders, Smooch paints and Viva Decor embellishments.  Other drawers hold PTI stamps, DCWV paper stacks, envelopes and other random embellishments.

Below the drawers is my cardstock and 12×12 paper storage.  I really like my paper storage.  I separate my cardstock by color family.  Each color is stored in a Uline plastic bag — I got this idea when I purchased my first Gina K cardstock.  The bags are slightly smaller and stiffer than the bag her paper comes in, but it works nicely.  The color families are stored in the Cropper Hopper paper holder.  I use the paper pouches that come with the holders to store my 12×12 papers, each pouch is labeled with the name of the paper collection.

I store all of my 6×6 paper in these cubes.  I repurpose my PTI stamp boxes and put my 6×6 paper packs in them once I start using them.  This way I can keep my scraps with the rest of the papers.  Underneath are magnetic strips from IKEA with mud pans that hold my scissors and other miscellaneous items.  Above these cubes is a tri-level spice rack and on the front step are canning jars that hold ribbon.

The IKEA spice jars are perfect for button storage.  I have two spice racks to hold the jars.  Where would we be without IKEA for crafting storage? LOL!

My other main storage is two Expedit units from IKEA — one is 16 cubes and the other is 8.  I love that they can be stacked on top of each other. The top unit holds many of the items I don’t need on a daily basis and household office items.  In the bottom unit, I have two of the drawer inserts, which hold my punches.

 I was able to get almost all of my Martha Stewart punches in one drawer.  The other two drawers hold my SU punches.

In the other cubes, I have my spooled ribbon storage in trays from Target.  Many of my clear stamp sets are stored in binder boxes.  There are also many boxes (striped black boxes) of cards that need to be sent or sold!  The plain black boxes have seasonal ribbons and the larger striped boxes hold more alterables, etc.

Finally, I have my FABULOUS Copic storage.  I first started with a smaller version of this basket, purchased at Target.  I outgrew the smaller version and moved up to the medium size.  However, I didn’t have enough markers to fill the basket.  I asked my wonderful husband for help and how he worked it out is just brilliant!  Given that my storage space was larger than the number of markers, I wanted to put dividers in to hold up the markers.

My husband purchased dowels and cut them down to create dividers.  He created 15 “bins” for the markers.  In order to prevent the dowels from falling in, he nailed a stopper onto each side — you can see these on the first picture.  The basket is great — it’s mobile, has room to grow and completely suits my needs.

So that is my room!  I hope you enjoyed the tour!  I’ll leave you with one last picture — a little woodcarving my aunt sent to me.

A little motivation and reminder any time I’m in my room.  I send this out to anyone who is also kickin’ cancer’s ass!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous weekend!

Yeah for PVC Pipe!

Why on earth would I say that? Why would be I be cheering for this ugly stuff on a crafting blog?

Well, because it can be turned into this:

Which becomes this:

Isn’t that fun? Isn’t that cool? Are you all as excited as I am by this? I saw this awesome set-up last year on SCS. Since it involved a standard home improvement material, I had to show it to my husband. We both agreed it was an awesome idea and since my Copic collection was growing, a good solution for my markers. On his next trip to Home Depot, he nicely purchased some white PVC piping for me. Then it sat, in our basement, neglected.

Fast forward to this weekend. I was trying to work in my room, which isn’t nearly as organized as I would like and definitely not as neat. My Copic collection has grown (and will be growing some more in the next few weeks) and I was running out of room in my Making Memories carousel. We were discussing how to set them up — my husband was perplexed with what to use as a bottom or backing. As we were talking, I looked at the lazy susan I had on my desk. This was the bottom of a ribbon storage unit I purchased from Oriental Trading and was no longer using for ribbon, but for other things that I like to keep handy on my desk. A light bulb went on — why not put the piping on the lazy susan? The markers would be right where I need them and wouldn’t be in reach of my kiddos.

Now, if you have ever dealt with PVC, you’ll know they print the UPC bar code right on the outside. Plus a bunch of other writing and it is quite mucked up. Who would care since it is likely going under a sink or in a non-visible location? I was trying to think of what I would do to make them pretty while DH was cutting them. He came in the house, frustrated because cutting them with a hack saw was not giving him straight, clean cuts. (He was also balancing the pipe on our garbage can to saw, while keeping an eye out for our kids, which probably didn’t help.) He filed them down, but was not happy with the results. He was ready to throw in the towel on the project.

When I looked at them,I liked the sloped cut and imperfect heights. I was planning to put paper around them, but this could get tricky with uneven cuts, so I figured I would cover the top edges with ribbon. While I was trying that out, my husband suggested using ribbon to decorate them instead of paper. What an awesome idea! We went to Michaels and I bought ribbon in 5 colors, with a complimentary pattern of the same color.

While watching the Olympics last night, I wrapped the pipe with the ribbon. I put a strip of Scor-tape on the top and bottom of the inside and then put 3 pieces all the way around the outside. This allowed for a nice smooth line and no bubbling/gapping. After I wrapped them, I added a piece of the solid color on the inside, over the edges of the cut pieces at the top and bottom. This made it just a touch neater. They are Super glue’d to the lazy susan.

For a few specifics, the pipe is 3.5″ in diameter. My husband cut them about 4 inches tall. I wanted the cap of a Sketch marker visible. I can get 21 Sketch markers or 25-26 Ciaos in each pipe. Obviously, I’ll need to add more (I have another lazy susan), but I love this!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!