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December 16, 2007

Crafting Away

Filed under: creative, crafts — suzanne henderson @ 9:03 pm


I’ve been busy working on a secret santa gift the past couple days. Today I made the following two craft items:

- Cloth Tissue Holder: This was a pretty straight forward craft. I altered it a bit to add the finished edge I wanted and will post a pic as soon as I get some taken and uploaded.

- Cloth Snap Box: I made this out of some fun flannel that I had laying around. Instead of stitching and turning, I just put some decorative thread in my overlock machine and serged around the edges. I finally got to use my snap press machine to add plastic snaps and it seems like a nice enough toy/box for a little boy.

On Friday, I made four other gifts for the exchange:

- Cloth Grocery Sack: This was a bit different than a cloth shopping bag — instead of the paper-bag shape, this is modeled off a plastic bag and whips up right quick. This sewed up really fast and I might make a couple more just to keep in the car for when I leave my bag of cloth bags at home or for when I just need one bag.

- Bean Frog: This was made mostly just for fun, I wanted to add some sort of fun whimsical items and this pattern was super easy. I used some leftover toile from a previous curtain project and paired it with some wild, metallic gold dot fabric. It seems that this project really inspired Chris somehow and he spent part of today working on some machine tool plushies. While sewing this up, I tried a new suggestion I just learned — draw the pattern on the fabric and sew along the line drawn, then cut it out. This worked really well and I’ll probably try that again on other smaller items.

- Hot Cocoa Mix: I mixed up a batch of this hot cocoa mix and poured it into two caning jars. One is for us to try and the other is for my secret santa gift. She said that she likes dark chocolate so I hope she’ll enjoy this. I was hoping that we’d get to test it out before mailing this out, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I’m just gonna have to trust Alton Brown for now.

- Socks Turned Hand Warmers: I need to get a tutorial up on how to make these. This was my third pair and I changed several of the steps, making it much faster this time around.

All in all, it seems like it’ll be a nice little gift and now I’ve practiced several of the items that I’ll probably be making for some other people for Christmas too.

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October 26, 2007

clean craft room

Filed under: creative, crafts, costumes — suzanne henderson @ 2:50 pm

it’s sad when you’re working on lots of projects but don’t feel like taking documentary types of photos because your space is such a mess. Alex is still working on her book report bag project and I’m having to peel away little corners of space to finish her costume — mine is already done.

As for my costume, I’ve decided that it is way too boring for a burner Halloween party. So, if the table gets cleared off and Alex’s costume completed, I’ll be scrambling to make another costume for Saturday’s party and will wear the first one all day on Halloween instead.

Alex - Book Report Bag

May 15, 2007

Craft Room Inspiration

Filed under: creative, crafts — suzanne henderson @ 4:18 pm

The new house is going to have a dedicated craft room, I’m so excited. Of course, it’s got hideous wallpaper and 50s carpet, but a craft space just the same.

Since I’m a hobby whore, I’ve got lots of crafts that must fit in the space. I need to include room for paper crafting, sewing, costuming, fiber arts, glass bead making and more. For now, I’m collecting links for inspirational ideas:

Country Living: Make a Craft Room: Photo Gallery of craft room ideas along with some suggestions.

Angie’s Itsy-Bitsy Sewing Room: Photo album sewing one seamstress working space. However, I must say that I’ve seen smaller: Closet or Sewing Room.

My Craft Room: Great photos and description of a paper artist.

My New Craft Room: Photo gallery of another crafter’s space. Perhaps an optimistic inspiration since I don’t have anywhere near that amount of space available.

My Scrapbook Nook/Craft Room: Another photo gallery for a paper artist. Chica has some awesome labeling going on, love all the labels. The shelves are packed full but appear to be very usable. I really wish there was a photo of the entire space, not just a full wall photo. I really want to know if it is just the side of a room or what. This is probably more in line with what I’ll end up with, perhaps it feels a bit cluttery, but seems like the best way to sort the crazy volume of stuff.

Dragonhome’s Craft Rooms, a history: Seems that this artist has had several different space for her crafts. Newest Room, Older Room, Oldest Room. Each page includes photos and written description of craft storage items and space.

Craft Storage: Written commentary on craft storage solutions with some low-quality photos. Interesting comments on using a bedroom as craft space.

Another My Craft Room: Photos of the use of wardrobes for storing craft supplies, however, no photos of the actual workspace.

My Sewing Room: Extensive photo gallery of this artists sewing and painting space. Majority of the pictures are of her supplies (if she ever wants to ebay-away everything, she’s all set), but there are overall space photos scattered throughout the gallery.

My Stampin Space: Photo gallery of a stamping artists space. She has done a good job using kitchen cabinets and counters to define her workspace. I think I’ll keep my ears open to anyone demolishing their kitchens and see if I can score some useful fixtures.

Sewing Room: Photo gallery of a quilters work space. I like the use of the bakers rack for materials and the customized ironing board that fits on the bakers rack shelf — I’m considering a similar approach for an ironing surface.

Laundry and Craft Room
: Before and after pictures, with commentary, of a multifunction space. I applaud any and all attempts to avoid uni-taskers, whether it is a room or kitchen gadget. Of course, I want a craft room for craft — but it should be able to manage multiple different types of crafts.

Flickr/Craftroom: Of course flickr would have a collection of craft room photos. There are lots of creative usage and placement ideas there. Check out sewingroom too. There is also a tag for workspaces, but that is a bit more broad than just craft/sewing rooms.

Craft Room Reorganization: A craft room with schematics, love it! Photos and some commentary on taming the crafting beast.

Craft Room Makeover: I’ve certainly been at a breaking point trying to figure out if my space is a craft area or a dumping ground. This artist tackles this question with his space.

My Craft Stuff: I wasn’t going to include this one and then I saw the star stencils on the wall. Just a couple of pictures of crafting supplies tucked into the corner of a room.

The Studio: Looks like a craft room fantasy - this will never happen in my space.

Craft and Sewing Rooms Archive at Design Talk: Great collection of posts, comments, and photos of sewing and craft rooms.

Craft Room Listings
: Someone else has compiled a list of craft rooms.

Craft Room Organization Links: Bunch of links, haven’t clicked through to see if they are useful or not.


Where Women Create: Awesome book showing the craft spaces of some women artists - good for suggestions, but I can’t help thinking that a carriage house dedicated to art/craft space is a bit out of reach (maybe!). I’ll hopefully write up the review soon.

Thats all for now, I need to get moving on to something else (like organizing my sewing space and packing to move!).

January 17, 2003


Filed under: crafts — suzanne henderson @ 5:42 pm

Magnets everywhere. I found online directions and bought the glass marbles, magnets, and silicone sealer. It took me 4 stores to get those 3 items, I suggest anyone just plan on finding the silicone at the hardware store and save a few trips. Although, I read that another popular adhesive in craft stores is the same thing. I’ll have to go look up which one they were talking about. My seven-year-old daughter helped make all of them. She could actually make these all by herself if she wanted to.

photos added 02.17.2003