I recall writing a post before moving into this house way back in 2012 saying that the one thing about the house that disappointed me was the fact that i didn’t think i could create a space to craft in. Now that we have lived in the house for a while we have found places that feel comfortable for us, and that has enabled me to create my little piece of crafty heaven.
I can’t express how fantastic this trolley has already been in the week i have been using it. I am so much more organised and really want to spend time crafting in the space.
The baskets and drawers are i think going to be ever changing as new items come into the mix, but i do like that i have a spot for stickers and stamps that i can easily locate and they are sorted enough for me to visually see what i have at a moments notice. This has enabled me to want to craft more.
Here are a few items i have come across or already had for storing things in.
(This is on the 2nd Trolley) These black boxes are from Kmart, Angel brought it for me for my birthday, and i struggled at first to figure out what i was going to do with it, and then it hit me that my 12×12 paper’s fit in it. I generally don’t buy this sized paper any more, but had a couple of paper packs i brought when i was doing the smash books. (i had to move one of the shelves from the trolley as the paper where too high). As you can see there is plenty of room to add more.
When we brought the Trolleys from Kmart we also grabbed these from the Kitchen storage section, at the time again i wasn’t sure what i would be able to fit in them (i got this small one, and also a large one). As it turns out the small one is a fantastic size to put my #100happydays and #onelittleword books in (as well as my Amy Tangerine Embroidery kit that i got for my birthday). As i only use these two books a couple of times a month i still like that i can grab them and add to them and then put them away quickly. The other Large basket i have on the opposite side of the first trolley and have a bin bag in it, its fantastic to just swipe it all into the bag, and makes clean up so much easier.
I like that the top of the trolley fits my Project Life Album so well. (a sneak peak of Week 13
I have had this for a few months now, brought it from our local cheap shop, it’s meant for a bathroom, but i liked how it can still see what i have in there (the Bookplates are Martha Stewart ones from OfficeWorks that i got at the end of last year, i just wasn’t sure what i would eventually use them for, they work really well on here, and i am able to go straight to what i need). On top of the cabinet is two of our printers (our business one and my colour printer). I also have the Canon Selphy for printing photos from my phone.
Top shelf is assorted embellishment, pen, and stamp jars. A small box of christmas ephemera, Canon Selphy refill cartridges and photo paper, small tins of old stamps, old drawer of 6×4 Project Life Cards.
Shelf two holds this large crate which is full of 3×4 Project Life cards, Smash/la-de-dah books, finished and unfinished albums.
Shelf three has photo boxes, that i have sorted out into the right order, so its easy to just grab a box and start adding photos to my family Project Life Album.
My Shutterbug Camera Bag that i got at the end of last year, this generally moves around the house, but since i have had this space its found its way in there. I of course have other camera bags that i keep in my room.
I brought this swivel bookcase last year, and i am kicking myself that i procrastinated so long about it, as it was the last one left and they had no more of the larger ones which would have been ideal for my Albums.
This is where my Project Life Boxes go to live, and as you can see i have run out of room for them. It’s also a good spot to keep mine and Angels My Life Story books as well.
I have had the box of drawers about ten years now, and recently only just painted the front, this is where i have always kept my various stamps and even though i have put some stamps in the basket in the trolley and also in the cabinet i still have the Old Wood Mounted ones and the very early SeeDee’s cling stamps.
On the sides and back of the bookcase is 3 wooden Hooks, a chalkboard and a pin board.
If its possible for me to grab another one of these small shelving units i am going too, as its proved already to be so very handy.
I adore the look of Twine and have had the Red one for a while now, The Blue, pink and Yellow i found in Woolworths with the Easter Variety Items.
These little paint pails are also from our local cheap shop (LCS), i had several already from before christmas when we had our movie night, and grabbed some more, as they are so cute for storing glitter in. (glitter is also from same shop).
Once upon a long time ago we lived in the same city that had an Ikea, and i brought a zillion of these spice jars (i see after i found these that LCS and Kmart also sell them). I did have Brad’s and small ephemera in them until i put them on a small bowl on my table.
This little letter tray was found by Angel for $4.00 at our local market and she grabbed it for me last year. so hand for old sticker and bits and pieces. I have spray painted it white but it needs another spray.
This is the Secretaire Desk that Jack brought for me last year off a friend of his. It is so handy and fits so much in it.
- Assorted small books that i like to keep handy.
- Two Biscuit Boxes that i got from Office works – These hold die cut pieces and assorted tags.
- Chalkboard jar from Freedom in Hobart – i was going to put things i have collected from this year in here, but havent added anything in it so far this year.
- Egg from Woolworths
- Baskets from Bunnings (See pic below of twine), other basket has my Selphy in it.
- Mason look Jar from LCS. (i have a heap of these in all different sizes stashed all over the house, and i continue to grab more of them as they are so handy and i end up using them for a variety of things). Plus at christmas time they look so pretty with fairy lights in them.