hi. my name is Michelle, i am 30 years old. Im married to Matt and we have a 4 year old boy called William. i work full time as a paediatric staff nurse at our local hospital.
I started making cards in 2010 as a way to relax after suffering with postnatal depression. My hobby soon became an obsession, lol, and i now spend a lot of time (and; money) on my new love. I have also had a little dabble in knitting and sewing and discovered a crafty side to me i never knew i had!
Ive recently had a little dabble in jewellery making. i know i must be mad, hardly have enough time for my cards, lol. I really have enjoyed it though, and definately plan to make a few christmas gifts.
My original crafty space was a small desk in my old kitchen diner. As you can see, it was very cramped and not very inspiring. Therefore one of my priorities of the new extension was to have my own little craft space, where i could shut myself away.
With everything else going on, it has been a case of throw everything in my room, and organise it as i go along. My hubby has put me some fab shelves up, and its starting to come together!
Its still not the hugest space, so organisation is very important. I thought id share with you what ive done so far. hope you can get some storage ideas, and feel free to share your ideas with me.
As you may know we've had some major building work done on our house. We desperately needed more space, for family life and crafting, but love where we live. So decided to have an extension.
The work started in february, and is almost complete, apart from cosmetics.
Our original home was a small 2 bedroom house, with small lounge and kitchen/diner. We had a large unused area at the side, which has become the new extension.
Our new home has 4 bedrooms (one of which is now my craft room) and 2 bathrooms upstairs. The original lounge size is unchanged, the kitchen has become our new dining room. The extension has given us a garage, utility, wc and large open kitchen.
Well its been a while since i last blogged. Weve been very busy having a large extension on our home, to include my own little craft room (pics to follow). Ive had very little space and time to craft in this time, so blogging has taken a back seat. but im back and feeling very crafty, so watch this space for lots of creations.
card base - CC boxer card cut with spellbinders grand labels
while we are having our building work done, ive moved my crafty stash upstairs. ive packed most of it away to the safety of the loft, but kept the essentials in our bedroom. So i can continue to craft while i wait for my new craft room to be built. However, my 'essentials' seem to be growing by the day, and its slowly taking over our bedroom, lol.
Thought id share the pic for work desk wedsnesday (never entered it before).
Well, things have been very busy here, bulding work has finally started on our house extension. Its very exciting, big changes to our house, most importantly (lol), im going to have my very own craft room.
Anyway, this is a card i created today for the secret crafters saturday challenge, hope you like it.
LOTV stamp - coloured with spectrum noirs (tim holtz - old paper to distress)
sentiment - LOTV stamp
CC centura pearl card embossed with cuttlebug folder
spellbinders - standard square, heart border squares, lacey circles, edgeabilities
I have made this card for my dad who loves fishing. I love making cards for my close friends and family, i just enjoy myself rather than worrying about it looking professional.
i enjoyed making this fun card, as i pictured my dad in his fishing gear, lol
papermania stamp - mens collection
marianne creatables - tree, grass, fence and bird
sentiment - LOTV stamp (on spellbinders- labels 8)
Now onto my ribbon storage......
Did you see my last post with my fab new marker pen storage? Well ive now organised my ribbons. I considered many different ways to store my ribbons, but as most of mine are odds and ends and not on reels, i decided this would be the best option.
It may not look as tidy as having them on their reels, but its very user friendly. The ribbons are grouped in colours and i can easily see what i have, and how much is left. I can now find exactly what im looking for in seconds.
I brought a ribbon storage starter set from ebay, consisting of 30 plastic ribbon holders and a small metal ring. I thought id start with this and then add to it later., you can but larger plastic holders and rings from this range.
However i was browsing in my local homesense store (bit like tk maxx) and found this 'belt organiser'. It consisted of this metal hanger and large metal rings (identical to those in the ribbon storage system, but much cheaper). so i have combined the two and think it works brilliantly!!!