Ready to Get Back to Work! Plus check out my new craft room!

It has been about a month since my last post. I feel so out of the loop. But I have had so much going on, between illness (both my family and myself), finishing my new house, packing, moving, OnStage, work, and just everyday life stuff…I needed to take a little break. But things have calmed down, everyone is (almost) 100% back to health, and I am ready to get back to it! 🙂

For today’s post, I thought I would share pictures of my new craft room. This space was four years in the making, and I am so happy to finally be able to use it! For the last four years, my family and I have been living in an in law apartment on our property while our house was being built (LONG story. I won’t bore you with the details of why it took so long!). But we are finally in the new house, and I have spent the last week getting this room all set up and ready to go. It’s about 98% done…just waiting for a wall sconce and one more piece of furniture, but it’s close enough that I can finally share!

So just a little background before I show pics of the finished room. Since we were in a small apartment, we didn’t have a lot of space. I worked out of a cabinet behind my dining room table, as there was no room for me to have a work space of my own. This is what my craft cabinet looked like:

Although I kept it as organized as possible, it was tough. Every shelf was jam packed, at least two rows deep, and every time I wanted to make something, I had to pull out a bunch of stuff I didn’t need, just to get at what I DID need. And since I worked at my dining room table, and my family had to sit there three times per day to eat, I needed to put everything back every time I worked on something. I’m not going to lie, trying to build a business while working like that was difficult!

When we started building the house, and I decided to put my craft room above the garage, I was excited, but a little overwhelmed. The room is 24 x 27 feet in size, so I had a lot of space to work with. I ended up adding cabinets from Home Depot in an L shape along both sides, and added two kitchen islands from IKEA in the middle to make one long craft table. I also purchased a number of pieces from Stamp-n-Storage to store my supplies. Now everything has it’s own place, and it’s organized and accessible. I absolutely love it!

So let’s take a peek at the different parts of the room:

Supply Area

Business Center

Sitting Area

Work Area

Event/Class Space (still a work in progress)

I really love how this room came out, and I can’t wait to start holding classes and doing in person events in my own home! Although I have been stamping for 15+ years, I have never had a dedicated craft space of my own until now. It even has it’s own entrance, which will be convenient when I start classes and clubs this summer. If you are local to Connecticut, I would love to have you join me! 🙂

I will be back soon with new projects, as well as info about the new catalog, new products, and more! There’s a lot of info to get caught up on and share!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

Nicolle