Shame, shame, I know your name

posted on June 26, 2011 by  |  posted under Organization  |  16 Comments

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My family recently moved across the country. I used to get a little more excited about the hustle and bustle of dealing with moving companies and finding a place for everything after a move, but we’ve moved PLENTY and my enthusiasm…it’s running low. It’s been a few months since we moved into our house. While we’ve figured out most basic areas, a few areas were still big question marks in our heads. The nook in our bedroom was especially perplexing. It’s not huge, but it’s big enough that it deserves a purpose in life! Until we figured out what to do with it we used it as a resting spot for all of our (my, mostly…but I don’t want to talk about it) stuff. Pretty good out-of -the-way spot to hide our shame. Pretty shameful though, eh?

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I can only show you that picture because I then got completely inspired and took it over as my own arts and crafts nook. I love that it’s in my room because the tinier hands in my house are far less likely to go there. We teamed up with Craigslist and just over $100 later we created this:

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Mmmmm, juicy. I’m in love with it! The shelving system was originally an IKEA entertainment center but met my needs perfectly for this area. I know exactly where everything is and where it will go after I use it! Not only that, I have an area TO use it. In this small area I have stored my yarn, ribbon, silk flowers, stamps and pads, glue, paint, brushes, watercolor pencils, papercrafting supplies, fabric (well hidden in shelving under the table), beads, buttons, twine and floss, wire tools, knitting and tatting tools and more, but I’ll stop. AND I still have empty areas for future irresistable purchases and projects!
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I searched for baskets with the look and texture I wanted, but that were a great buy and where did I find them? Lowes. Who knew? 18 bucks for 3! The crate under the shelving is re-purposed. In a moment of weakness I bought 28 pounds of fresh green beans (I know, I’m completely crazy) but they came in that crate and it’s perfect for the metal/wire crafting tools it holds. The cloth totes came from plain old Walmart, but I think the $1 Target pails are my favorite thing. I bought 5 and went back and bought 5 more.  They’re just the right size for a million different things. I decided that I wanted to label them in a way that I could change quickly and easily without leaving a mark. I just used cream cardstock  for the labels and attached them with magnets. Easy and cute, says I!
Here’s a closer look:
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So if you have a nook, a corner, or a room (LUCKY!) hop on and give me all of YOUR best ideas!

Happy Crafting!

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    1. June 26th, 2011 at 11:28 pm
      Caley says:
      That's amazing that you did all that within $100! I love it! Thanks for sharing Amy!
    2. June 27th, 2011 at 8:34 am
      Alison says:
      This is fantastic! I'll be over to use your buttons when I can't find mine!
      Thanks for posting.
    3. June 27th, 2011 at 11:40 am
      Erin says:
      The magnets as labels on the pails are BRILLIANT!!!
    4. June 27th, 2011 at 11:48 am
      Gina says:
      Love this! I am moving August 1st and now am feeling a little more inspired and less dreading the move. I am looking forward to organizing and creating new spaces for my stuff! Thanks for sharing!!
    5. June 27th, 2011 at 1:42 pm
      Dielle says:
      Love the label idea on your cute little metal buckets! nice to have a space that's just yours! Wish mine was as nice and tidy.
    6. June 27th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
      Jessica H says:
      Super cute! Now I have some inspiration when I do get a space for all my crafting accessories. Thanks for sharing!
    7. June 27th, 2011 at 7:56 pm
      Heather L. says:
      How funny - we think alike! I just did almost the exact same thing that I blogged about a few days ago here:

      Love those little metal buckets!
      • June 28th, 2011 at 3:06 pm
        amy g. says:
        We're GENIUSES! I love them!
    8. June 28th, 2011 at 12:42 am
      Katy says:
      Wow! LOVE this room!
    9. June 28th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
      Hollye K. says:
      I must say I am envious of your new spot!
    10. June 28th, 2011 at 1:44 pm
      p.s.phyllis sews says:
      Love what you did! Perfect combination of IKEA and craigslist! You definitely will be inspired to work here.
    11. June 28th, 2011 at 1:56 pm
      Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town says:
      Very cute! I have a spot in our basement that needs this treatment! Thanks for the inspiration.
    12. June 29th, 2011 at 10:08 am
      Wani says:
      I'm so jealous! I want a crafty nook!! ;-)
    13. June 29th, 2011 at 8:13 pm
      Shirbert says:
      Love it ... so what did you use for the ribbon?
      • June 30th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
        amy g. says:
        I used a really heavy twine. Almost like a cord. I tied it where the shelves attached so it wouldn't slip down and used a knot that will stay in place but I can pull to release the knot and add more ribbon spools. I can't remember the name of it. The resident scout of the family (my husband) helped me do it.

        I considered a tension bar or something like that, but the size and strength didn't measure up to the twine.
    14. July 2nd, 2011 at 11:40 am
      Ashley T says:
      This is fabulous! We just moved in march & our office/my craft room is one of the last for me to unpack. I LOVE the metal buckets! (what section did u find them?) & the baskets, containers & all! I am soooooo using some of ur fabulous ideas!!! :) u r awesome!!!
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