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On The Desk – CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Orange Fabric…

Week 4 of the # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Orange Fabric, Yarn or Thread.

TO SEE MY FIRST POST ABOUT THE #CRAFTROOMINSPIREDCHALLENGE CLICK HERE!
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Now we’re heading towards the end of September, the leaves are turning, it’s somehow immediately turning colder in the evenings, and so, you’re maybe starting to think about spending more time inside crafting? If that’s the case, why not take part in this week’s # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge!

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On The Desk – CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Socks

Week 2 of the # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Old Comfy Socks.

To see my first post about the #CraftRoomInspiredChallenge click here!
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It’s definitely getting more autumnal isn’t it! If you’re seeking out your colder-weather clothing, perhaps you come across a pair of old cosy socks, why not take part in this week’s # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge!

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On The Desk – CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Leaves

Week 1 of the # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Leaves.

Well, thanks to this challenge, I now actually have prompts for my crafting. This month, as well as working on some old favourites, which is becoming the norm lately; I will be doing some Autumn crafts!

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We’re heading for more of an autumn vibe, though I’m hoping the sunny days hold out for a little longer!

This month, for a bit of fun; I thought I’d spend the next few weeks sharing a sneak peek of my preparations for the # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge; using different materials each week, including leaves, twigs, old cosy socks and orange fabric, yarn or thread. The final results will be shared over on Instagram every Sunday.

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You can read more about the challenge here.

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On The Desk – Handmade Disney Cards

I thought I’d share something a bit different today, and that’s some handmade Disney cards!

I make cards as and when they’re needed; but rarely do what I did this week, which is make a few at once!

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I’ve been working through my stash for ages; only buying what I really need, and this is something that I’ve had in a drawer for AGES! This was originally picked up because I (of course) love all things Disney, but it has since just sat there since, pretty much not getting used!

I found the kit in a drawer; while coming up with a card idea I will need soon, but thought, why not make up the rest too!

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On The Desk – Handmade Face Masks

Of course face masks are around everywhere at the moment. I’ve had my trusty black and pink Disney mask for a while; (which I made during lockdown). But now the UK is making them mandatory in shops from July 24th; the time has come for me to have more than one available.

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I haven’t really been out aside from work; or in outside spaces; so I didn’t need more than one mask. They wash up and dry so quickly once I get home from work!

However if I end up working on two consecutive days; and it isn’t quite dry, I’d potentially be left with a problem; and as this is the first week of that potentially happening, I thought I’d make a couple more.

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In the Garden – Upcycled Candle Jars

How to Brighten Up Your Garden When You Rent (Part 3)

When I started on my mission to brighten up the garden last year; I knew I wanted to include handmade and upcycled elements, but this is sometimes easier said than done. This week I share some easy upcycled candle Jars!

In the garden

Because our outside space is somewhat limited; our garden is mostly grass, with some unruly hedges on one side, bordered by high fences. We have essentially a smallish square of decking, where we can actually sit. Therefore anything I do, is mostly to make this small space, more pleasant to sit in!

While I was already working on ideas; I knew I wanted to do something a little different…

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Getting to Know the Cricut Maker*

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut.The opinions and text are all mine.

If there was any craft item on my ultimate wish list. It would be the Cricut Maker, the ultimate smart cutting machine! For someone that does as varied a selection of crafts as I do, it is truly a must-have, for so many reasons.

Getting to know the Cricut Maker

The hard thing for me, is that it doesn’t come cheap, so is it something I could make the best use of? Is it right for me? I don’t really know what it can be used for. I’m sure there are others out there who feel the same way. If that’s you, read on!

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An A-Z of the Craft Room

I had a bit of a tidy up and sort out in the craft room recently, and it got me thinking about how individual a space it is! I wondered how I would go about doing a room tour post, and I decided I would do an A-Z which might give you a little more insight into me, if you’re new to the blog, or just feeling nosy! So here we go and A-Z of the craft room!

A – Alice in Wonderland

I’m a big fan of Alice in Wonderland, and she’s found her way into the craft room more than once! Both handmade by me, handmade FOR me and other gifts too! alice in wonderland - kay at home

B – Books

I don’t read as much as I used to. There are more shelves out of this room, but I do have a couple of shelves in here for some of my more “random” books, as well as craft books of course! bookshelf - kay at home

C – Craft Cupboard

I did a whole post on the upcycled craft cupboard, this is a really upcycled and repurposed space and I LOVE that. This cupboard is home to a lot of my craft supplies, from cross-stitch supplies and kits, my scrapbooks, some papercrafting bits and pieces, crafty tools and yarn. You can read the post here. craft cupboard - kay at home

D – Disney

I’m a BIG disney fan, and this shelf has become a bit of a feature over time, complete with my Minnie Ears from our Disneyland Paris holiday, a Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Tinker Bell Tsum Tsum and even a traditional Czech Pinocchio style puppet from Prague. There are of course some other random things here too. A couple of years ago Stu even found a close match to the plush Minnie Mouse I got on my first Disney trip when I was 7. I’m also a BIG collector of Snow White things, and I love my Animators Collection doll! disney shelf - kay at home

E – Everything to Hand

When we made this space, and it really was made, I really tried to think of how I can have things I need to hand, This little drawer unit (which I want to replace at some point) holds all my pens and adhesive, and in front of me as I sit at my desk, are lots of little things I need to hand. The ink pads DO need to move though. I need to sort that…everything to hand - kay at home

F – Favourite Things

This room is very much somewhere for a lot of things to live. But among the crafting, there are some personal mementos, like this picture which was drawn when I was about 7-8 years old:drawing - kay at home

My Thumper cuddly toy, which I’ve had since I was 10 (clothing added at some point later), and my Hard Rock Cafe Paris bear: favourites - kay at home And photo albums from the day I was born onwards!

G – Gorjuss

A recent (ish) love of mine is Gorjuss by Santoro, I have a few things here in the craft room, like my The Hatter clock, which also ties in with Alice in Wonderland, and of course my Gorjuss stamps, and even a little mug which holds those little random bits until they get put away properly!

H – Hammock

I collect cuddly toys, on days out, holidays etc. Though I now have the sense to (mostly) pick up smaller keyring size teddies, I do have this hammock, to mostly hold them all! teddy collection - kay at home

I – Inspiration

It wouldn’t be a craft room without being an inspiring space! I have books, and cutouts in a folder, as well as notebooks filled with all manner of project and blog post ideas! Then of course there is all the fun stuff that gives me ideas at random!

J – Just Me

This is my room. While the door is rarely closed (unless I’m trying to keep the cats out!) it’s very much my personal space, and it’s really nice to have somewhere I can come and sit and just get on with things sometimes. Though I will admit, I do most of my crafting sitting on the sofa watching something on the TV.

K – Knitting

Of course, when you do a lot of different crafts, like I do, it’s important to stay organised, while I have bits and pieces stored in the cupboard, I do also have a project bag, which is always to hand, purely devoted to my current knitting project.

L – Lighting

This can be quite a dark room, but I have some alternative light sources in here, this reading lamp is so great for working at my desk, especially at this time of year, I love that I can move it around. While function is important, I have some more fun lights too, including a USB lamp, a light up K and my light box!

Desk Image, The Craft Room and Beyond

M – Movies

I’m a huge movie fan, and that has of course spilled over into the craft room! You can spot all kinds of things in here, here’s just some of what you can find on the bookshelves, notice that many of the books seem to have a movie theme too…

N – Notice Board

This was a really fun project, which you can read about here. I needed somewhere to keep things, though at the moment it’s still pretty clear, as I’ve tidied. I also think it’d be great for photography potentially, and it’s far better than the notice board being sat in a corner not being used! I also love how upcycling it with a bit of paint brightens up the room!notice board - kay at home

O – One Day

Because this is very much a handmade and upcycled space, there are bits that aren’t finished. This corner is something I really want to tackle this year! And I’d love to find some sort of cupboard or unit to go here, as opposed to my printer living on an old cupboard door!

P – Paper Crafting

My paper storage is something I got for Christmas years ago, simply because I wanted something big enough for 12×12 scrapbook paper. It’s got a good number of drawers and means all of my crafty paper is in the same place.

I did buy the white unit a couple of years ago, which sits next to the plastic drawers. It’s a great size for moving around the room if necessary, and is just where I keep those odd bits that don’t really have anywhere else to go. Though the bottom drawer has become home to smaller paper stacks, just because they fit nicely in here! paper storage - kay at home

Q – Quiet.

I ended up swapping rooms a couple of years ago, as this room is on the adjoining wall to the neighbours house. It’s a room I try to keep fairly quiet, while I’ve been known to play music on my laptop, I’m not usually in here very late.

It’s nice to keep it as a chilled space too.

R – Rocking Chair

I wanted a rocking chair for years. I don’t even really know why!

For a long time this held onto a couple of large dolls, but now they are gone, and this is one of my big plans for the year, I want to revamp the cushions, probably in Alice in Wonderland fabric, and really make the rocking chair useable, instead of being a bit of a dumping ground! It also hides all the sins in the corner, so it’s dual purpose! rocking chair - kay at home

S – Sewing

I keep my sewing bits in a box on top of the cupboard, (along with Christmas crafts and some mementos etc) and the sewing machine lives on my desk, simply because, if I need the room it’s easy to move it, also I actually use the dining table to sew, as there is more space! boxes - kay at home

T – Tea

There are several mugs in the craft room. And there’s usually another one on the desk! I’m never too far away from a cup of tea! my desk - kay at home

U – Upcycled

I love the upcycled nature of this room. It’s functional, but quirky and is in itself an inspiring space. That being said, it means it’s always a work in progress! And of course there are parts of the room which are bought for purpose, and there will probably be more, but so much in here is incredibly functional considering it’s not it’s original intended use! From my pen holder, to my desk!

V – Versatile.

The idea when creating this room, was that it is a versatile space. As you’ll see when you get to Z. Most things in the room are mobile, and can be swapped or moved around (even the craft cupboard could be spliced back into two cupboards if it was necessary!) The thing with doing so many crafts, is that I have no single focus, so this space needs to work for many things, and at the moment it’s perfect for that, and though I want to move some things around, it’s a really workable space whatever I’m doing!

W – Wine Racks

I love my purple cubby holes, and in fact they are wine racks! Saved from skips, I have two, which are slightly different heights, both laid on their sides. They are the perfect size for various crafty storage, like my peel offs boxes, and even my ribbon jar! stickers - kay at home

X – X-Stitch

My cross-stitch supplies used to be in one big box, and it’s been gradually condensed to a couple of shelves in my cupboard. It feels SO much more organised, and I know where everything is now!

I swear by these boxes, which are sorted by colour at the moment, though not by shade. Maybe eventually!

Y – Yet to Come

Plans, plans plans! 

I have a few things I want to do in here this year. I’d like a shelf or two, and that will mean I can rearrange things slightly. As I said earlier in this post, I’d like to replace the grey plastic drawers by my desk, but they would need to be the right size. I also want to sort the corner and the rocking chair out too. I would LOVE to have a unit for the printer to sit on, though I wonder if that’s a bit ambitious for this year. So that may have to wait!

Z – ZzzzZzzzzz

So… what is under the blue sheet?

A bed. Well, a fold out bed. This is why I’d like a unit put in. Ideally a cupboard which the fold out bed can sit in. This will mean it doesn’t have to be covered with a sheet! And will make the room look nicer generally! The cupboard could then double up as storage for any guest staying in the room! hidden secrets - kay at home

This room doubles up as a spare room, on the very rare occasion we have a single guest. We do also have a sofa that folds out too, but it’s nice to be able to give someone a space properly, so if it’s only one person I move things around a little bit and this room becomes a quite nice guest room. I’d have done it, and taken photos, but yeah, lazy!

I hope  you enjoyed this little tour of the craft room! DO let me know if you are reading this at a later time to original publishing, if you think I should do an updated post! This is always very much a work in progress! Feel free to ask me anything if you want more information, I can try my best ot remember where things are from etc!!

Do you have a crafty space? What would your dream space be like?

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The Crafty Lass ADVENTure – Craft Advent Calendar – A Recap

Throughout December on Instagram, I shared the wonderful craft supplies advent calendar which I was gifted by The Crafty Lass.

I thought I would share each photo of The Crafty Lass ADVENTure together here, from each of the 24 days. The Crafty Lass ADVENTureThe advent calendar itself was 24 individual small boxes, each numbered and containing a crafty surprise for every day! It came beautifully packaged, and even came with a lovely note from Paula!

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