I was looking at the pictures of my craft room here on my blog the other day and realised that there have been a few changes over the last year. It's the same with anything new, you find things don't quite work for you and so you move things around, add things in and re-organize.
I know from my blog stats and emails that I receive that quite a few people come to my blog just to look at my room so here is a little update that may interest some of you.
I finally got blinds up! Yay, this took me about ten months but it had to be done because crafting or using the computer was impossible during the afternoon because the sun streams in the windows. This is good in one way because it makes the room lovely and bright but it can be blinding particularly at the specific times that I have free time to 'do stuff'!
I went for venetian blinds because they are narrow, look nice and do the job well. It looks quite stark in the photograph but my room looks so much more cosy now, it's lovely.
The most exciting item that has been added to my room is my new scrapbooking island. I had got so used to scrapbooking whilst standing at the kitchen worktop in the years before I had my room that suddenly having to sit down and scrap seemed a bit strange. We had bought a 4 x 4 Expedit unit from Ikea to house the kids craft boxes some time last year so that was already in the room. One day Mark added some wheels to the unit so I could move it around and use it as a work surface and then my step-dad Geoff gave up his Sunday a few weeks ago to make me a melamine top for it raising it to work top height; Viola! I have a place to stand and scrap that I can move into the middle of the room or push back to the wall when I need some space in my room.
I moved the kids boxes onto my larger expedit and used the four spaces in the island for cardstock, stamps and a box of paper and card scraps.
The other side has a little shelf on top which is perfect for holding a trimmer, Martha Stewart scoring board and my tape gun.
A couple of months ago Tesco were selling these really cute little metal drawer units for about £4 each so I got a couple for my desk, they are great for holding all sorts of bits and bobs.
I bought a metal bucket at Hobbycraft for my Prismacolor pencils :) I just wanted to add this pretty picture!
Of course, in true scrapbooker style, one of the additions to my room is a pile of boxes under my desk waiting to be sorted out!
I did have a worktop height area in my room last year but the position of it made it difficult to use so I asked Mark to move it around so that it would be easier to get to. Now I have set it up as a little stamping / die cutting station and I use it all the time!
The little banner hanging from the scrapbook frame isn't supposed to be there. I just need to get some little cup hooks so I can hang it on the wall. It is a Lizzie Kate cross stitch that I did years ago but I think it will look really cute in my room.
Finally, Amy still has her little corner and can be found there beavering away at something (and bugging me to draw a cat / baby / dog) most days :)
Mark has come home from work with Chicken Pox (Chicken Pox at 39!), so although Amy is now over her chicken pox I have Ben, Charlotte and Mark with them! I just hope that I don't get them, Mum informs me that I haven't had them and I certainly can't remember having them. I had shingles when I was ten though (doctor was very shocked about that) so hopefully that will make me immune to the pox in the house. Seriously, I am going to put a red cross on the door until we are all clear!
Have a great weekend!