Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Some more Craft room

Good Morning!

Hope everyone is having a great week! The weather has been bee-u-ti-ful here. It could stay this way till May and then get nice again. I wouldn't mind. Really.

Amy is still not feeling the greatest but I believe she is on the mend. Last nights lack of sleep probably isn't going to help much. Her dog Kallie got sick all over her bed at 3 this morning. She brought her in to me to watch while she was changing the bedding and poor Kallie then got sick again..... on my arm. Nothing like warm vomit to wake you up! At least it wasn't on the bed, I only have one pair of sheets until my new set arrives this week sometime!

Here's a pic of the little sickie this morning. I don't think she's feeling quite up to par.

Today's tour of the craft room will begin with my scrapbooking paper storage. A couple of years ago when the girls started scrapping also, the paper requirements went through the roof and the previous storage solutions just weren't cutting it any more. I couldn't afford to buy a system that was already made since I was spending a small fortune on supplies, so I threw myself on Dan and begged him to design and build me something. The man will do practically anything if you give him the right incentive. Lucky for me I know what that incentive is! This is what he came up with.

I have slots for all the different colors of paper and then slots for patterned paper plus a few extra slots for things like pages in progress and kits that have been bought. The unit hangs on the wall above the tables.

When I was trying to decide what configuration I wanted to put the tables in I started with an L shape. We set the tables up and by the time we put the computer, printer and silhouette cutter on the table, I lost one entire table of work space. Not good if several are scrapping at the same time. I pondered on the situation for a while, and thought perhaps we should buy another table, they aren't terribly expensive and I could then put them in a U shape. After some measuring though, I decided that another table was going to be too deep and I would still lose too much work space. Pondering again brought me to the conclusion that I needed to throw myself on Dan once again and have him build a narrower hanging shelf/table. And it needed to match the tops of the other tables that he had put laminate on as the paper crap they cover them with peels off easily and looks bad after about a month. This turned out to be an easier fix than we anticipated. While at Lowes to buy supplies, he found a ready made counter with the right laminate in the damaged section and picked it up for a song. He then cut the back off of it so that it would be the depth I needed (17") and voila! I now have plenty of work space and the computer and printer are handy but not interfering in any way.

See that nice wood laminate flooring? That's all new. We previously had a light colored laminate in there that Dan had dribbled and dropped super glue and enviro tex all over when he was using the room for his business. I tried for 3 hours to clean a little 3 x 3 inch spot on the old floor before I gave up and said we needed to install a new floor. This floor, while it looks nice, is very, very, very, cheap. If I was the only one that was going to be down there it wouldn't be a problem, but I'm not. The other night Abby was down there scrapping and she called me down to consult on a page she was doing and proceeded to push herself off of one table and roll over to the other table. Then she did it again in the other direction! This is so much fun mom! You should try it! Now I'm sure it's fun to do, but it's hard on the floor and I can already see scratches on it. I'm going to need a rug or something to protect it from a 21 year old daughter who sometimes acts like she's a 5 yr. old !

This is getting long again so I'm going to stop with the tour, give you a couple of cross stitch pictures and call it good.

Here is the November Cup O' Tea from Just Another Button Company. I still need to add the buttons though.

and my Chatalaine as of last night. Sorry the pic isn't very good but I didn't want to take it off the q-snaps as I plan to stitch on it today.

I need to get moving now. I want to decide what I'm taking to retreat and make a grocery list so I can get the food I will need for this weekend also. Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping in and commenting!!


nima said...

Nice to see your cross stitch progress and beautiful craft room

MommyDearest said...

Okay, exactly what is it that you offer Dan?? Maybe that's the problem..I'm not offering the right thing to my DH to get him off his butt and do something...anything!! LOL!!
Hope both of your sick ones will be better soon.
I, too, have to decide what to take to stitch and what to bring for food, drink etc. any ideas??
See you Friday!

Deb said...

Julie, your room looks great and I like all the things that you're doing with it! Still love that floss box holder!! And I love your Barbie dolls too - it's nice to see someone else that collects them! But your workspace is really great and you're going to have so many great hours of crafting time down there.

And love your Alhambra too - that's a really great piece and is so stunning when it's finished.

Hope that Amy and the puppy are doing better today. Ugh, warm vomit. Definitely not something you want to feel all over you.

idontknow said...

Somehow, I knew I shouldn't be eating cereal (mushy by now) when I was reading this... Noting that for next time.
Your room is beautiful, and that Dan sure can work for "food" ha ha.
Your stitching is beautiful as usual.
And I hope everyone is on the mends now.

Jan said...

Hope your daughter and her pup are feeling better soon!!

Love seeing your craft room pics! Beautiful stitching too!

Meari said...

I was going to ask how the laminate floor holds up to scratching. Not very well?