Lg shelving unit Ikea Expedit, Baskets something from Ikea (all FREE from the neighbors who were getting rid of them ), Bins are Itso from Target
Sm shelving unit is also Ikea...the powers-that-be would not let me return it even though they told me this particular unit was bookcase-depth....NOT! Meant for DVDs...........or in my case spools of ribbon and tulle and various other bow-making notions
The bins and baskets hold the stash of yarns I think I am super-attached to...the rest of the yarn I am hoping to sell off (9 giant totes worth...EEK! are still in the garage awaiting new homes). The train case is an antique I use for my sewing box. Then you see the 'babies' (2 sewing machines and a serger...all Brothers LS-1217-my first, an XL-3750 then the 1034D) and books. The pile in the cube on the lower right is a bunch of UFOs.
The hook to hold longer length WIPs....we're into making clothing over here now and sometimes have multiple things on the dress form or machines at any one given time. I have another hook for smaller WIPs over the desk. The black 'wall' is a card table for extended workspace and craft fairs, etc.
What's hiding behind the curtains?
Ribbon and bow-making notions! Sorry for the blurriness! I am not a photog (OBVIOUSLY LOL). I used tension rods to hang 'curtains' that I made to hide the innards so it wasn't looking like a giant pile-o-crap out in the open. Said curtains are made out of 1/3 of a black twin-sized flat sheet where I sewed the raw edges (only 2 sides on each while folding over/pinning so you wouldn't see the raw edge) then a fold-over for a rod casing...I then used grosgrain ribbon to trim the bottom and to tie the color scheme into the colors of the Itso bins on the bookcase.
View from the front door....I didn't feel like clogging up more space on the shelves with my fabric with the leftover piece of twin sheet, so I basically sewed a giant pillowcase to cover the blue elephant in the room (dress form) and then sewed two pieces of the grosgrain ribbon from the curtains to cinch the cover at the waist. It's not perfect but looks better than a giant blue dress form in the middle of nowhere in there
The DESK! My awesome DH refinished this desk (and the chair) with spray paint and new hardware. The desk was painted this horrid 70s yellow and cream theme with scrolly-looking hardware. The desk was $24 and chair was $6 at a local thrift store. The cost to refinish, down to the cushion (which I did) was prolly around $50 for absolutely everything. The drawers on the left hold trims/elastics/etc, thread/cutting mat/ extention table for sewing machine, foot pedals/sewing patterns...the drawer on the side where I sit are my scissors/cutting implements, pins, needles, etc. The lamp was only $8 (including bulb and tax) at Ikea (sense a theme?) and swivels all sorts of ways...it works as an awesome craft light and I didn't need to spend a fortune for a craft lamp....that has to be my favorite find It puts a great spotlight right on the needles when I am sewing. The picture looking thing is an 8X10 acrylic frame covered in fabric and 'pouches' so you have an easily accessible place for tools when you're working on a project. Besides my Edward Cullen voodoo pincushion, this has GOT to be my all-time favorite item received in a swap from here
Alternate angle of above
Closeup of the desk and chair
"Now get in that foyer and make us something mommy!"
Thanks for looking! We're (DH and I both) proud of having just gotten the foyer cleaned up amidst the first year of our twins' lives and the 'crafty engineering' of baby girl #3. We're always downstairs, and this provided me with a place to do make some crafty goodness with the girls in close proximity. Hope you've enjoyed looking and have gotten as much inspiration for yourselves as much as I have from stalking this board for as long as I have. Oh yeah, and thanks for overlooking my pregn-emotional long-windedness