Monday, February 14, 2011

My Craft room and a little inspiration

When we bought this house we originally planned to use the extra basement room as "the bat cave" for my hubby to sleep in when he worked the night shifts at the hospital.

But, we were surprised to find that a large closet off the hall would fit a queen size bed and would be a much quieter place for him to sleep.

So, that meant we had an extra room we hadn't planned on...
you can imagine my excitement when my husband surprised me a few weeks ago and took me to Home Depot to pick out "stuff for your craft room."

I literally couldn't sleep for days after.
I would lay in bed and imagine what I wanted to do with MY CRAFT ROOM.
I've never had one before... Just a bunch of boxes in a closet that I had to pull out every time I wanted to craft anything and I have a CRAFT BLOG so you can imagine how often I was digging in that darn closet! So here is what my craft room looked like a few months ago...

It looks very different today

but I'm waiting for a few major items before I show you the "AFTER" shot.
I've been searching the Internet for inspiration and I thought I'd share some of my favorite craft rooms with you.

Sandra from sawdust and paperscraps MADE everything in her craft room with her own two hands! The island is my favorite. Beautiful.
She is currently doing a house tour on her blog.

You have to check it out. You will be amazed by her talents.

Ever wonder what Martha Stewart's craft room looks like?

I did, so I looked it up and here it is. Very simple and VERY clean and organized.

A little too perfect for my taste but lovely none the less.
This craft room comes from one of my old Kentucky friends, Melissa at The Polkadot Chair.

Melissa has amazing talent. I have been in her home many times and I swear every corner of it is beautifully decorated. I love that her craft room is busy with all the things she needs out in the open. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this room gets used every-single-day. She is always creating something new and wonderful.

Yep, Heather Bailey's studio. Breathtaking isn't it?!

My craft room will NOT look like this but a girl can dream right? :)

I can't wait to show you what we've done.
Here are a few hints...

We've been busy.
I don't think I have EVER been as excited about a room before.
It's like a dream come true!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Cookie Bouquet

A few years back my sweet friend Lacey brought me a cookie bouquet for Valentines.

I'm still kicking myself for not taking a picture of it.

I can almost guarantee it was cuter than this one that I made.

Everything Lacey creates comes out beautiful.

Anyway, I thought I'd make some this year to give to the people I love.

All you need is:
A bucket
fudge striped cookies
gum drops
gummy hearts
shredded party paper stuff ;) (refer to picture below)
and ribbon (optional)

Start with an upside down gumdrop and cookie...
Top that with another cookie and a heart shaped gummy...

Make 5-7 of the cookie flowers.

I also made some hearts and attached them to skewers...
my silhouette did most the work. ;)

Place your Styrofoam in the bucket and poke your skewers in to create the bouquet look.

Fill the bucket with the shredded paper and tie a ribbon around the bucket.
All done!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Master Bedroom

It's funny how you can start out with an idea for a room but end up with something
totally different...
(since my husband does have an opinion and my budget does have a limit)
and still totally LOVE it!

My original plan for the master bedroom was to collect items of furniture separately to make it look like it had come together over time and give the room added personality.

My hubby wanted it to match.

For a bed I wanted something with curves... probably in a white or cream. I showed picture after picture to the hubster and he just shook his head. :( No go.

Then one day I walked into a furniture store I hadn't visited yet and I walked around the corner and ran into a bedroom set that took my breath away. It was made of solid mahogany and was very strong and masculine which I knew would be a great balance against the somewhat feminine painted wallpaper in our room.

But most importantly I loved it and I KNEW Trevor would love it.

When I took him to the store I purposely walked right past the set and was thrilled when he stopped right in front of it and said, "Wait! What about THIS one."
I smiled.

We looked at the price... it was too expensive but the salesman informed us that they were selling the floor model because it had a few dings in it and we could name our price and he would ask the manager. We negotiated back in forth (I left for that part... I'm not a good negotiator, it's so awkward!) and came up with an AWESOME price! Go honey!

Enough text already! Here are some pictures...


The headboard was so high I felt it needed something so I covered a straw wreath with soft fuzzy white yarn and a sparkly snowflake broach.

I LOVE the nightstands... They hold sooo much JUNK!!!
kleenex, chapstick, books, hand lotion, list of things to do tomorrow, glasses... everything that used to clutter the table top

On the opposite wall...

It's NOT white and it is definitely a "SET" but I love the contrast and richness of the dark wood and the cleanness/ calmness of the matching pieces.

I gave my husband a hard time for having so many opinions (that's MY job! lol) but in the end we have a beautiful space and we are both happy!

Yay for compromising with the one you love! ;) And YAY for "scratch and dent" prices making this all possible!!! haha

PS I was fighting this little guy off the whole time I was taking pictures.
He couldn't wait to jump on the bed and mess everything up.
Things don't stay clean and pretty for long around here...
and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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