Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Stamp Studio


This is the pride and joy of my new studio. I have always wanted a chandelier but the DH wasn't too thrilled to have one over the tub. I have now found the perfect place for it, right over my stamping desk.




As you can probably gather, I have taken on a Paris theme to my new space. Most of the items have been gifts to make it such a special room of love and kindness. The dress form was a gift to myself.




The room is very long. It is the bonus room up over the three car garage and measures 11' x 30'. It didn't take long before it started to feel small. The white cabinets were a great find on Craig's list including the island. I still need to patch a few nail and screw holes. I also want to add some more trim to fancy up the island.






It was difficult to use all the cabinets because the side walls were so short due to the angle of the ceiling. The guys who put up these side cabinets, called them my "Snookey" cabinets. They are rather low but I really like the extra storage. The table below them can be pulled out and raised if needed. I have my photo tent underneath the table and it sits on the floor. I just raise the skirt and it is all set up with the lights. One flip of a switch and all the lights are on. The table made a perfect place for my coffee maker and 100 calorie treats.




This is a close up of the island and my desk is just beyond it. I had the granite made a little longer on the end so that an extra friend would have a place to stamp.




This shelf was such a find. It was being thrown out at the hospital and since I now all of the maintenance guys, they were happy to load it into my car rather then the dumpster. A new coat of spray paint and I have a beautiful treasure for my favorite wood stamps.



This is where all of my wood stamp sets are stored. A majority of them are Stampin' Up but the others are categorized and stored in extra cases from Stampin' Up. Of course they are stored by category- sentiments, words, flowers, tags, holidays ect.

I put up a curtain and took down the closet door because the door opened in and it took up too much of my storage space. It isn't a very big closet but I was able to get two tall book cases in there as well as a shelf. It has a nice bright light so it is very easy to find things.


This is how I store some of my punches. The edge and matching corner punches are on the shelf along the other side of the room.




This cabinet is where all of my designer paper is. The single sheets are stored by color in the stand up paper holders. The packs of paper are stored by theme and manufacturer.




This cubicle unit is several of the three drawer units stacked on top of one another. The four larger square cubies underneath were another freebie from the hospital. There are two separate units that are on wheels. My paper racks were bolted on top of them and had been used in our ER for their history sheets. At first I was going to discard them but thought it would be nice to have the drawers up off the floor. My DH put a piece of wood across them so they would match the dimension of the drawers.

The four small square drawers are from another cubicle on the other side of the room. They don't actually fit nice and square in the unit, but they work. This is where I have all of my clear stamp sets. I can either finger through them or pull them out onto the island to find what I am looking for. My ribbons are on clothes pins in the candy jars above by color.





This is the area behind my desk. I have two of the Stampin' Up ink pad carousels and I love them. My miscellaneous pads are stored in the CD rack on the right and shelving unit on the left. This area is something I still would like to change. I want a white decorative shelf there but I'm not sure what to do with the misc. ink pads.

You can see my paper storage units underneath the cabinets. I have all of my embellishments in those cabinets and jars of buttons on top of the paper.






This is a view from my desk. It is a desk that I had in my old space and was built by my DH's grandfather. It needs a new coat of paint and I am planning on painting the yellow decorative pieces the same darker color of the room. I already have the new hardware that will really dress it up. I knew I didn't want my desk up against the wall. I wanted to be able to look out the window and skylights while I was working. I also wanted to be able to see the TV.

The rack that is attached to the back of the desk was a hand-me-down that my friend Carol no longer wanted. It is perfect storage for keeping things up off my desk. As you can see, I am hooked on Copics. The little rolling cart on the left side of the desk is just temporary right now until I figure out where to keep all my glues. I have my Ott Light over the desk for detail work. I still don't have everything in it's final resting place yet. I think I will have to work in the space for awhile until I can really know where everything needs to be.

 






My die cutting area is at the left end of the counter. This counter runs 19 feet along this side of the room. I wanted some things to be easily accessible so I decided to put it out on the counter. It still left me with workable areas along the length of the counter.


 


This is a view of the other side of the island. I have my paper cutters in the drawers and the lower cabinets are just a catch all right now. That is another area that needs attention when I know what I want to store in there. I love being able to get up from my desk and move around to the different stations I have created for cutting without having to walk clear across the room.


 


Further down the counter to the front of the room is where I store my Stampn' Up wheels, stickles and dollar stamps. The wheel storage is something my DH made me several years ago before he had his stroke. The spinning storage is from the storage line that Michael's carries. I purchased extra clips and I have the stamps grouped together by category. I find it so easy to find the stamp for that little area on a card that just needs a little something extra. I do have the black one that Hobby Lobby caries but it only has one ring. It does spin so much smoother so I am trying to decide where and what I want to hang on that one.



Next is my Cricut area. This was a limited edition Cricut from a few years ago. My son snagged one for me for Christmas on a Black Friday from WalMart. I have all of my cartridges in the drawer underneath. There are plenty of storage cubes around this area as well as speciality paper storage underneath.




This is my sewing area that was created from the counter top that originally came on the island. In order to use the deep upper cabinets we had to brace them up even though they are bolted to the wall. My DH knows me well and he said there is no way I was going to be able to keep from packing those cabinets full. The table leg on the counter doesn't seem to get in my way at all. I find it rather cozy when I work there. I was able to find a lamp shade that had French words on it and I added some trim for elegance. We still have some trim work that has to finish off the underside for aesthetic reasons. The pantry unit on the left side of the desk was something that I really wanted to use but had almost given up hope in finding a place for it. Due to the height and the limitations I had with the side walls, there weren't many places I was going to be able to put it. This is what I ended coming up with.

I guess the hardest part was having the cabinets and then trying to layout the room so that I utilized most of them. There was still a 30'' and 18'' upper cabinet that I wasn't able to work into the plan, so they will be used in the garage.

It is still a work in progress but I am really enjoying it and I realize just how fortunate I am to have such a place. If you have any questions or suggestions please share them with me.

~Have fun and enjoy!



86 comments:

  1. Spectacular!
    How lucky to have found the freebies and the room is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wow, coming over from SCS. LOVE IT! You thought of absolutely everything! I love the repurposing almost as much as all the supplies!

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  3. Wow! This is really beautiful! The thing I really like is that it isn't pre-fab...you just found a way to make some gorgeous finds look fabulous!

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  4. wow isn't enough of a word for your room, totaly awsome ! love what you did with all your "finds" love craig's list. Love your creations !!!!!

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  5. This is incredible! A stamper's paradise - enjoy your magnificent space!

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  6. This so ROCKS and you've given me a lot of ideas. LOVE that chandelier. You are one blessed lady to have such a beautiful space and so organized with fabulous finds!

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  7. I came here from a link on SCS. Thanks for sharing all the pics of your lovely space. I'm sure beautiful things will be born there. Also read through your blog entries. You have a very nice communication style. I'll be back.

    Annette (BuggainOK)

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  8. That is my vision of a perfect stamp room! So beautiful, and arranged so everything has a place and is easy to find. You have a lot of stuff! Thanks for the inspiration. Cassie

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    1. Hey Cassie,
      I am also a Parrothead, from wayyyyy back.

      I LOVE this room, so many good storage ideas and I so so so want a chandy somewhere in my room.
      Very pretty and well thought out.
      Congrats !

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  9. Awesome room....thanks for sharing it.

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  10. What a fantastic room! Lots of wonderful ideas for repurposing cast offs and arranged in such an organized way to be so calming. Very nicely done. Spent some time looking at previous posts. You have a nice style...will be poking in on a regular basis to see what you are up to.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lu C

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  11. wow, wheres the fridge and microwave. a lounge chair too..love your room!

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  12. OMG, Kim would you be interested in adopting a 39 year old female? I come with no husband,no boyfriend and no children. I am part of a bonded pair though~I could never be separated from my 17 year old long haired dachshund. I do play well with others and DO NOT run with scissors (although I did just run my first 1/2 marathon this past August). Please let me know :)

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    1. I haven't thought about adoption, but I would more than happy to have a new friend. I wonder how our Border Collie would get along with your dog. I am glad to hear you don't run with scissors-too funny!

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  13. Beautiful room! Thanks for sharing and thanks for Pinterest!

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  14. I love seeing photos of other people's studios. Yours is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Drop dead gorgeous!! Love how you store your stamps and punches. May have to steal...errr...borrow a few ideas. :) Found you via pinterest!!
    Blessings~

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    1. Steal away. That was my reason for sharing my room. I'm flattered that so many people love this room, but they can't possibly love it as much as I do.

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  16. Kim, I love your craft room! I love the dress form and the chandeliere and the punch storage. And truthfully, I love the organizational skills! Wish you were close to me and I could trade you for your organizational skills!

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    1. Thank you. I am happy to share with you how I store anything in my room. Just ask! There are still items that I really don't have organized just the way I want them. I figured I have to work in the room for awhile to get a feel for where things need to be stored.

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  17. Tina L from Houma, LAFebruary 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Wow!!!!!!!

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  18. Honestly, I am in awe. So many supplies and so much space to craft. Your husband must be amazing for letting you build such a great stock of supplies :) you are my idol and think you should have a party for all of us who share your love of crafts so we can drool over everything up close!

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  19. Oh my, this room is just Glorious! I've been drooling over the pics and been amazed with every new one... My favorites are the Chandelier and the Great organization You have there.

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    1. Thank you Elina. I have to agree with you on the chandelier. It is my favorite part of the room also.

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  20. Your craft haven is heaven. Congratulation on designing a gorgeous room in an unusual space. It's beautiful

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  21. WOW!!... Will you be my new best friend?...lol
    Your room is magnificient! I love the white cabinets and white walls and everything is so organized. My room looks like a tornado has gone through it.
    Lori

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    1. Of course I will be your new BF. There are days my room looks like the same tornado went through it. Thanks for commenting.

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  22. Beautiful work area..thanks for sharing the pictures. I found you on Pinterest...I put you on my blog.

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    1. Thanks Janie for viviting my blog. I am always thrilled to have new followers (or peeps as they call them).

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  23. Wow! It is super gorgeous and super functional. I know I'm lucky to have the small 8x8 space I have, but you are truly a lucky duck!!!

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    1. Thanks Naomi. I do realize how fortunate I am so I do not take it for granted.

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  24. This is heaven. I have a small area. It is organized, but your organization is amazing. And this is so spacious. Love the desks and work spaces too. And this space would be amazing for workshops. Where are you? I would come just to drool. I will be watching for amazing things to come out of this space.
    ~ R Wallace

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    1. I live in Port Huron, Michigan. I will have the paper towels ready for you. I hope you enjoy what is to come but more than anything I hope it will inspire your own creativity.

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    2. I was in Port Huron this past Wednesday. To know I was so close to you gives me goosebumps. You are my idol. Diane in London ON

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  25. Great use of space!

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  26. Oh my goodness, what a "to die for studio" So glad I found you on pintrest! Your studio is my new favorite one! :-)

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  27. I don't even stamp, but I could definitely get into it in a room like this!!! LOL Gorgeous!!!

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  28. Amazing room and organization. You did a super job. I could move right in there and get to work! Awesome room :)

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  29. Could you please come organize my rooms.. love it!

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  30. The chandelier is gorgeous! Where did you get it?

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    1. Thanks Bethany, I have to say the chandelier is my favorite part of the room along with the granite island. I got the chandelier at Overstock.com

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    2. Thank you Kim, now is that white trim that sorrounds the chandelier available on overstock.com too? If not where do you suggest me looking for similat trim at?

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  31. Deb - moonpie11 on SCSFebruary 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Heavenly room! So many things that I adore. You have done an outstanding job with the entire organization - and making everything fit. Thank you so much for sharing. I already see lots of ideas that I can use. The only thing you need in this room is a bed - I'd never want to leave. LOL Congrats on this amazing space and hope it brings you many years of happiness.

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  32. Love your room! What are the punches hanging from on the side of the cabinet?

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    1. Thanks. On the right side, the upper rails are Martha Stewart single image punches and the lower rails are the deep edge punches. I also have the same amount of rails on the left side of the cabinet that hold my SU punches and some EKSuccess.

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  33. OH MY GOD. AWESOME!

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  34. Hi Kim,
    OMGosh I think I'm in love! I have a wonderful studio and I love it but your space is to die for!!! I think I am so taken with it because my 2nd floor is shaped the same way. I've always wanted to put in skylights and I'd move my studio in there in a snap. Great use of space and it's beautiful too.

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  35. OMG I just drooled all over myself! I love your space.

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  36. Wow, what eye candy! Love your single stamp storage, and how you store those thumb punches! Are you sure you can't find room for those extra cabinets? Love all of your work areas! And you get an A+ for organization! I am forever trying to organize my craft room, but your room gives me inspiration! Thanks for sharing! Deb M :)

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  37. Awesome room.! Can I come over and play?

    Ter ;)

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  38. What a beautiful room, Kim! thanks for sharing your ideas with us. I hope to some day convert my basement space into just a papercrafting room. At this time it is office, exercise room, craft room and some storage. A big dumpster to toss other things into and some beautiful cabinets like you have, and I would be about set *wink* maybe some day when the kiddos move out.

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  39. Oh my heavens! This room is a true delight! I hope you enjoy every second you spend in there!

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  40. Beautiful, just beautiful!!! And you have everything soooo organized! I hope to work on getting my craft room a LITTLE organized tomorrow (we have spring break), but the space I have is teeny tiny! Wouldn't you like to come for a visit, and work on a real challenge? Anyway, I am going to use a few of your ideas tomorrow - so thank you very much!!!

    Hugs from Michigan (St. Joe actually) - Diane

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  41. YOU have inspired me Kim!
    Love your organized brain power...your beauty in both style and recycling!
    I have on my craft wall~ WISH~DREAM~BELIEVE~SMILE~GIVE. I see ALL of that in your sanctuary!
    Enjoy your days of creating~and thanks for sharing your ideas with me!
    love from,Texas&Judy Ball

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  42. Love your craft room. When I retire from work (7-8 yrs from now) my craft room is my project. I'm collecting my machines, paper & crat supplies now so when I retire from work, this will be my part-time job. Just love it! I do cards, scrapbooking, crafts now and enjoy it!

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  43. Found your room on Pinterest and I had to come see everything you had done. Am just starting a craft room makeover and am trying to decide between cabinets or craft furniture. Starting off with some painting and a new floor, hopefully will have some decisions made soon. Thanks for sharing your beautiful room, you have inspired me to step it up!

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  44. I love your craft room. With my son moving to the basement, I now have his room as my craft room/office. Question--what did you use as the bars for your punch rack? Towel bars? Is there a specific size that works better than others?
    Thanks!

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  45. I am having craft room envy, but you are so gracious to share the room with us. I am a peep, I guess, and found you on Pinterest today. You could open a store as you have more than Hobby Lobby in your room! I would be the first customer if you'd let me in. I have a room dedicated to my crafting of cards and made over 27 scrapbooks so it is well used. However, whenever I try to organize things I end up losing track of where I put them. So far I have lost the Christmas cards I made in August and my sewing machine accessories! Guess I will just stay messy so I can find things. haha

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  46. This craft room moved me to tears. This is the best thing I have ever seen, at least in a while. I am still in awe-shock. THANK YOU for sharing!!!

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  47. I'm SOOOOOO Jealous!!! You have an AWESOME craft space!

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  48. Your whole room makes so much sense. The best part of it is that it is organized but also beautiful. The cabinets make the space. I am working on my craft room in the place my oldest son and I are renting together. It is the dining room, ao it is not that big. I am now using my old entertainment center for mostly paper storage in Cropper Hopper and Scraprack paper holders. I do have an awesome big craft table with a hutch that goes on top of it but I am going to start looking for cabinets at restore or craigslist. Thanks for letting me see your beautiful room.

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  49. Hi Kim,
    I found you via pinterest n your organization is amazing. Can you please tell me where you found the rods you use for the punches...I have to use this idea...
    hugs

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  51. That's pretty neat. I want to have a room for my crafting and maybe someday I will. I have some ideas, but your room looks great and seems really organized.

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  52. A beautiful space to be creative in!

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  53. Your craft room is totally awesome. I have a room above my garage too, but it sure dose not look like yours. What I wouldn't give to have mine look like that. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful craft room.

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  54. Love your room!!
    It's great, can u do a YouTube video of it??
    Will love to see it.

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  55. WOW! What a wonderful craft room. Looks like you have really made great use of the space that you have. Love all the storage.

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  56. This is the most beautiful studio I've seen. Wow. I'm in awe of your organization! I have a 22x22 space, but not laid our like you have. Inspiration!

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  57. I would never leave this room!

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  58. I have a 13X13 space if I had your space I would add a bed and TV and then never leave it!!!! LOL

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  59. I love all the space you have I gave up a two story 16 x 24 craft building when we started full timing in a 40' motor home. Hope to find some way to reorganize to have more room for all my "stuff".

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  60. This is just beautiful! You did such a fantastic job!

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  61. I absolutely love everything you did here!! I am struggling in a smaller office space now that we've moved from AZ to TX. I'm a beader and still have bags of beads in the closet floor, etc. Shelving is so nice!! You did a sparkle-riffic job! www.sparklebymonica.com

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  62. Thanks for sharing Kim! Beautiful! I am also blessed to have a dedicated craft room and I've come along way on organization. My issue is my DSP. I just can't seem to figure out how to sort it, colours? Print? I'm just not sure lol. It will come to me I guess. Anyway! I found you on facebook and I'm looking forward to checking out your blog. Happy stamping!

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  63. I think this is gorgeous! Very jealous, but in a good way! :) I have a question. When you store the stamps out in the open do you find they tend to dry out? Thanks! Enjoy your space. Have you changed in much in the years since you posted this?

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  64. Beautiful place to create Kim! Look how I created my studio space her and let me know what you think. http://kimberlycb101.blogspot.com/2012/10/dyi-craft-roomoffice.html?m=1#comment-form

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  65. My first thought was beautiful, and then it just kept going, and going, and going... My second thought was either she has a well-stocked art studio for her job or she has an art supply hoarding problem. So many supplies... It looks like the craft supply store. Do you really use all of those supplies?

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  66. I enjoyed your tour, nice use of space. Love the chandelier too. Keep on Crafting!

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  67. This is just what I would of wanted, love your craft room very much. I am in the process of designing my craft room now, I am looking at a group to come out and make my closet useful for crafts and a small section to hang close if I should move out of this house, been her for 39 years so I am pretty sure I will be here until I die and go to heaven.

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  68. WOW! What I wouldn't give for a space like this! It's beautiful.....I love the white. I could finally FIND all my goodies and do some sewing and crafting!

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