It’s finally here!!! part 1

Well it’s finally here!!!  The post you all have been waiting to read is finally here!  Our new craft studio is finally ready for some crafting magic!

Let’s start with the reminder of what it was before the transformation.

photo4 photo3 photo2When I first moved into our new house, the craft studio was just a storage room for unpacked boxes.  Well after several months of unpacking, we finally were able to empty it.  It took us a few weeks to get it fully painted.  My daughter and I did the painting.  I also went around the room before painting, taking out all of the nails and repairing the holes that were left behind.  It took so long to paint because the walls were made of wood paneling and it really absorbed each layer of paint.  We ended up painting three layers of paint because of this. 

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First we had to clean the walls and repair any holes left from taking nails out of the wall.

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And the painting begins!

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BEFORE

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AFTER: One layer of paint.

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My Roxy wanted to even help! Awwww….she is so darn cute!!

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Please…please…PLEASE! Can I help!!!

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AFTER: Three layers of paint! Nice and solid pink, just the way I wanted it!!

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I don’t want this to be too long of a post, so I am going to end this one here.  Not to worry, the second part will be coming up soon with even more picture!

Thanks for reading this post and if you want to see more pictures or see some of my bloopers, check out my Facebook page and you will get to see special pictures that I won’t post here!

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Its finally here!!! part 2

If your just landing here from the internet, you can read part 1 of this 2-part post here.

In the first post, we talked about the painting process.  The room is painted and now we move onto the furniture.

It took me about a month to actually purchase the furniture items that I wanted in the craft studio with the exception of one dresser.  This dresser is a hand-me-down piece.  It originally belonged to my husband’s step-grandfather.  His grandmother had it in storage at her home and when she had passed, we inherited this piece plus two more that we have put in our bedroom.

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Dirty with no doors!

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Cleaned and I put the doors back on!!

I really struggled over whether or not to paint it to coordinate with the other furniture in the room, but in the end I decided against it.  Besides being a paper crafter, I am a also a genealogist and have an affection for all things that hold a story.  As you can see by the close-up pictures I took, this dresser has character.  It has years of grand kids running around, family coming over, and just a lot of love and memories.  I just couldn’t paint over that!  So it sits in the craft studio, in its original condition.

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My husband and I purchased several things, most were from IKEA (the desk, bookcase, and cubes), filing cabinets and table from Micheal’s, and another dresser piece from Orchard Supply Hardware, where my husband works.  I put every single piece together myself with no help from my husband and that is just the way I wanted it to be!  My husband is such a sweetie and he let me handle this myself.  I did borrow one or two of his tools, ask him for ideas on a problem or two, but other than that, I did it all myself!

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Dresser from Orchard Supply Hardware

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Bookcase from IKEA.

It is a small room and I barely squeezed in three people for my open house a few months ago and that is with me standing at all times!  It has already been lovingly used by my daughter and myself in several crafting sessions together and we both love it!  It is our own creative studio.  I love that everything has a place but it still needs work too.  The windows need to be re-surfaced and re-painted, but that is a project for my husband at a later date.  The one thing I don’t have up yet is my wall decor.  I had planned on using my Cricut machine to cut out a saying on vinyl, but I have yet to come across a saying that I feel needs to be on my wall.  Any ideas?  Comment and let me know your suggestions.

Also if you want to see the behinds the scene photos of me putting the furniture together,  check out my Facebook page.  I will be posting my blooper photos and things there, that you won’t see on my blog, so make sure to like my page to get the latest!

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The Craft Studio is Almost Ready!!

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The craft studio is almost ready!!!  I can’t show you anything yet.  I just have the last few small furniture pieces to get and I have that shopping trip planned for next Tuesday.    It is all coming together and it is looking good so far!  I can’t wait to show it all to you here.

It has been a long hard journey, a journey that I surprisingly enjoyed taking.  I put my heart and soul into the design of this room and I really love how it is coming together so far.   There were a few detours, but it was brought back on track and was push forward.

So in the next week or two I will try my first video posting and (crossing my fingers that it comes out good) and will post it for you all to see.  So until then, have a wonderful weekend!!

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2 Days left for the Mystery Hostess drawing!!!

There are two days left for the Mystery Hostess drawing!  Don’t miss out on possibly winning the Mystery Hostess drawing.  If you are picked you will get all of the hostess benefits without having to do the work of having a workshop in your own home!  Another great benefit is that when you place an order online, it is shipped straight to your home.  Your order does not go to a hostess or to me, but straight to you!  How awesome is that???

Here is how you enter the drawing:

TO ENTER MYSTERY HOSTESS DRAWING:

  • Step 1: Place an order in my Online Store (min $25)
    now thru September 7, 2013
  • Step 2: ENTER HOSTESS CODE:

                 E4PDKMNY

    in the shopping cart at check out

REMINDERS:

  • NOTE: ORDERS OVER $150 – DO NOT ENTER CODE You will automatically get Stampin’ Rewards – $25 Free (and up) with orders over $150
  • Winners will be drawn on July 8th, Via Random.org and announced here on my blog and on One Creative Mom’s Facebook page.
  • Each $25 order placed in my online store using the Hostess Code will be automatically counted in the drawing.
  • For each $30 in hostess benefits accumulated using the Hostess Code listed above, I will draw a winner.
  • There may be multiple winners, making your chances of winning higher!

REMINDER: Orders over $150 should not use the hostess code
This way you can be your own hostess…no need to await the drawing for free stamps. Take advantage of your own freebies with your order.

Stampin’ Up! News and an Update

Hi all my crafty friends!!

I just wanted to let all of my digital crafty friends know of some Stampin’ Up! news.  Every week on Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! releases new digital downloads for their My Digital Studio program.  If your wondering what you can do with My Digital Software, take a look at my header and the “Shop 24/7” and the “Save 20%” buttons.  I created these with My Digital Download.  Stampin’ Up! even offers a 30-day trial if you want to try My Digital Studio before buying it.  To find out more about the software program, click here.  To see what the latest digital downloads are, click here.

I also wanted to give my crafty friends an update on my craft room.  Well today is shopping day.  I go and buy an IKEA Expedit shelving unit, a desk, a craft storage base, and some office/desk accessories.  I put already into the craft room, one of the vintage dresser that belonged to my husband’s step-grandfather.  I love the character that this dresser shows, all of the nicks and scratches.   It really shows the life that my husband’s family has lived.  As soon as I get the items built and put in place, I will be taking more pictures and will post them here.

Have a great day everyone!!!

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Changes, they are a coming!

I’ve been home sick today and I had time while I sit against a heating pad, to work on this post.  I just wanted to give y’all a heads up that there will be a few changes around this blog over the next few weeks.  A few days ago, I signed up to be a Stampin Up! demonstrator.  About 5 or 6 years ago, I was a demonstrator for a while but I wasn’t able to stay with it due to unforeseen circumstances.  This time, after talking it over with my family, I decided to rejoin.

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I have always loved Stampin Up! products and still have many of my inks and tools that I purchased.  Plus, my two other sisters were demonstrators as well and when they were no longer demonstrators, they gave me all of their tools and supplies.  So a lot of my stamping and scrapbooking supplies I have were mostly from Stampin Up!.  I will have a Stampin Up! ordering website, but I will also have some Stampin Up! items here on this blog as well.  I will still be posting the same stuff that I have in the past, but I am now adding Stampin Up! posts as well.

The changes will come slowly,  you will see a little here and a little there and it may come in waves.  However, I do plan on having an official on-line launch party when the blog is done and am looking into getting some free goodies for my readers.  So keep returning to see what new changes have taken place and to find out how to get your free goodies when the new blog launches!

Happy Crafting!

Tricia

Update to Craft Studio!

So, I wanted to give you all an update to my craft studio situation.  It has been moving really slowly unfortunately.  It was not due to any specific reason, just life getting in the way of our plans. Before we moved into our house, we had to move my mother-in-law’s stuff into her new home.  We had the craft studio emptied and it just needed a good cleaning and vacuuming.  Now that we have moved in to the house, it is now the catch-all room for boxes.  This is how it looks now:

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Yes, we will haven’t unpacked everything.  Here are some more pictures of the other side of the room.

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And my computer desk looks like this:

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Since these pictures were taken, we have emptied all of the kitchen boxes and they have been taken out of the craft studio and its a little bit more empty.  We haven’t done any more because for the longest time, about a month or so, we have been looking for the bolts that we use to put our bed together.  They were last seen in the craft room but have been missing for a while.  We have the headboard, footboard, and the supporting boards (its from Ikea) in the craft room.  Just today, we found the bolts for the bed so now my husband will be able to take out the headboard, footboard and the supporting boards and put our bed together in our bedroom and we will be able to start painting in the craft room.

So that is the update for now.  Thank you all for reading and following along.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!