Perfect Ideas For the Studio

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How adorable are these Storage Pods from Love From Beth on Craftsy. They are on my Studio Ideas board in Evernote which I shared yesterday.  I really like the Craftsman style look so this Kubbis hook from Ikea for ~$9 fits the bill for the Pod holder.

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The picture with the pick table was featuring DIY instructions for making the table. The picture ledge with buttons is what caught my eye (see the yellow arrow). I recognize that Ikea Mosslanda picture ledge for about $9. I’ve already been sorting my buttons by colors and storing in small Mason jars so this shelf is perfect. The small jam jars I’ve been collecting can be glued to the bottom of the shelf. norden-gateleg-table-white__0104381_PE251365_S4 (1)

This is the reason I don’t need the instructions for the DIY table. I am already the happy owner of this Ikea Norden Gateleg table which was purchased a few years ago. After seeing this table at Ikea I had to have it. You could not ask for a handier cutting table or craft table for a small area! The table has a total of six drawers, three on each side. When closed the table is 10 1/4 thick and 31 1/2″ wide. With one side open it is 35″, open both sides to a large 59 7/8 inches! The table sells for around $200 but it is worth every penny! One of the top drawers hold my cutting scissors and rotary cutters, easy access for when the cutting board is on the table. I’m thinking of having The Hubs put wheels on the bottom for even more maneuverability.

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See the arrow in the picture above pointing to the rail? What a perfect solution for hanging all of my quilting rulers and quilting templates. Another good Ikea purchase for $3, the Bygel rail. No, I’m not getting a kickback from Ikea! I LOVE that store and The Hubs hates it! Go figure. Maybe it’s because I’m always finding great stuff there and over spending?
Tomorrow I have a DIY I’ve tried and totally LOVE! So, stay tuned.


Have a totally wonderful, crafty day!!! Q

Happy Charm Packs

Charm Pack Holder

Charm Pack Holder

As mentioned, I’m on a sewing frenzy! That means I have been rethinking my studio to make it more sewing friendly. My studio was my daughter Darcey’s bedroom (see the violet wallpaper). I love that wallpaper so I took over the room for my studio (not sewing or crafting room, art happens here) when the kids all moved out and we were empty nesters. Besides sewing and craft supplies, the room is also where I store a lot of my genealogy research, a true multi-purpose room. I’ve moved out all of the crafting supplies (see yesterday’s blog), and am now reshuffling all of the fabric so the space works better. A wonderful, new set of quilts I’m working on requires a lot of 4″ by 4″ squares. It was aggravating shuffling them around, putting them in a plastic shoe box to store, etc. Not to sound as if I’m bragging, but I’m a good problem solver. What to do? Eureka! Realizing that I had not touched or used any of the cd’s in the cd holder in well over 2 years my problem was solved. I removed the cds, stored them in a box in the garage, and put my lovely fabric charms into their new home. Look how lovely! As a sorter, I put them into cubbies according to my uses. This had made my projects so much easier! See the pink box in the middle cubby? Those are the center squares for my latest series, easy to just pull the pile out. Notice the top middle cubby, those are the pieces I’ve cut for the bowtie quilt. This is working so much better that shoe boxes. Stay tuned for tomorrow when I share another new sewing helper I’ve found.


Until then happy, crafty day to you!