June 2, 2010

on the crafting nook...

crafting nook.

So, I've pretty much been promising a tour of my crafting nook forever. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to taking photos, but here I am! It's surely not the most brilliant space you've seen, but I'm proud of it. It's cozy. It's unusually small. It's decorated to my delight. It is my own space - which is slightly amazing to have, considering we have a rather quaint one-bedroom duplex.

This little nook used to be a laundry room, from what our landlord tells us. But apparently the last tenants set it on fire (I would like to know how this happens, by the way) so, they took out the washer and dryer and left a random little room by the back door. Perfect for a crafting nook. (Or for an eerily small nursery, but considering that isn't happening any time soon, I decided go with the crafting nook.)

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To give you an idea of how ridiculously small this area is, I decided to take a photo from the kitchen. Yes, that's our back door. Yes, it's always locked, so if you try and murder me while I'm crafting I will definitely have time to get a steak knife before you can pounce. (Am I the only person who thinks about these things? Anyway.) As a side note, I really want to get some sort of pretty curtain for the doorway. We'll see if that happens any time soon.

the nook.

Here we have a few books, an adorable lamp shade from Ikea, the top of my sewing machine (which I seriously need to learn how to properly use), some framed scrapbooking paper, and a lovely page out of an Anthropologie catalog

a corner.

Here is one corner of the room. (For the record, I totally reorganized my bulletin board before taking photos. I'm thinking that my OCD has passed the point of no return.)

sweet mercy, could I fit anything more on this wall?

This wall is pretty much my favorite of all time. Usually, when I have to commit to putting a nail into the wall in order to hang something, it makes be break out into hives because I am such a non-decision-maker. But for this wall, since it's something that pretty much only I see on a regular basis, I had no issues with it.

The birds on the wall are an ebay steal, inspired by a project from Love is Blonde (but I have yet to spray paint them). The adorable mini-deer plaque is from Nice, over on etsy (something I bought myself last year because I couldn't handle the cuteness without purchasing it). The camera is a hand-me-down from my parents - it is the first camera they bought as a couple (I don't think it works properly right now, but I'm determined to use it someday).

a wall.

Oh, how I adore this wall. It's true. Especially that tiny vase with two (obviously fake) poppies.

the most simple wall art EVER.

These wall-hangings are pretty much the most simple and inexpensive thing you'll ever make. I feel like I saw something like these embroidery hoops on another blog at some point, so during my last trip to Michaels I decided to pick up a couple of them. (They're under $2 each!) I had a bunch of fabric leftover from projects that I started but never finished, and a mason jar full of buttons waiting to find a good use. It took me about five minutes to make each of these - which I find so delightful.

the wee child that was my father.

I'm kind of obsessed with hanging things from string. This little banner-ish contraption holds a card from a Go Fish set my sisters and I played with when we were little, a list of things to make for the craft show, a photo of my dad as a wee child, some doilies, and a couple quotations. Again, such a simple and unique decoration!

another corner.

I adore these metal wall baskets I found at Ikea! Simple, cheap and a perfect way to hold all my bits and bobbins. I found the metal letters in the dollar bins at Target and borderline did a happy dance when I was able to find both a "K" and "W"! You'll notice that I have a bunch of random baskets holding other crafting items, shipping supplies and other miscellany. And there are entirely too many things hidden (and not-so-hidden) under the table because I kind of ran out of space for everything.

But you're obviously never going to see that, so, let's move on...

bits of thread.

I'm rather obsessed with bakers twine, and have most colors of the rainbow. That, and Japanese washi tape - I would spend an entire paycheck on it. (I wish I was kidding. Or maybe I don't.)

a basket-ish thing.

I spy...a giraffe that is tiny beyond all reason! And some envelope seals from K is for Calligraphy! And a bunch of leftover cinnamon sticks from Christmas that I only now realized are still in that jar (I'm judging myself right now)!

what I've been creating!

So, there you have it! The elusive crafting nook. The place where the magic happens. The place in which I was hiding most of the weekend in order to complete all these items for the tiny craft show.

Sometimes I have to stop and think about how lucky I am to have this little crafting space. It's all I need, really, and it is definitely inspiring and cozy. Someday I'll have an entire room to paint blue and line with bookshelves and hang bright curtains and such - but for now? I'm perfectly fine with the nook. It's been good to me.

72 comments :

  1. Simply adorable! I love the space and all your little crafty touches.

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  2. So adorable. I just love it, it just screams you and looks as if it really inspires you and brings out your craftiness.

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  3. You? Are the cutest. And the craftiest K-e-r-r-i Kerri I know. : )

    (Oh, and I was totally in your old neck of the woods this past weekend!)

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  4. It's so cute, I would never be able to keep a tiny places like that organized. Heck, I can't even keep my craft ROOM organized. Oh well. Btw, I have those hangy basket things from Ikea in my kitchen :) Love it!

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  5. Oh man, I adore your crafting nook! I wish we had a little space like that in our tiny little apartment.

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  6. swoon, swoon, swoon. i'm in love. LOVE! can i come live in there? i make my bed & i don't snore. i'm sure there's a bit of room under that cute desk. :)

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  7. I would give my left tit for a room like that! Can I come over?

    I was at Ikea on Monday and ALMOST bought those hanging baskets...I'm starting to regret it.

    You have done an amazing job in such a small space. So lovely!

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  8. I've got 698 sq. feet you should come decorate.

    Pretty pleeeeeease.

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  9. I absolutely love your style! If I had a room of my own it would be a copy of yours :-) If only I had the time/money to be more crafty. I think the first thing I'd purchase would be a sewing machine just like yours. Uber jealous.

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  10. This is so SO cute! I love how you decorate anything. Seriously if you ever want to take over my apartment decorating responsibilities, be my guest! My favorite parts are the tiny giraffe and the card you used to play with. It's so sweet.

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  11. LOVE THIS NOOK. So cute, so you! I'm so impressed with what you've done with this space.

    Will you come organize my office/crafting room/closet?

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  12. Oh my goodness, this space just screams loveliness. I am loving those birds!!! And pretty much everything. Hahaha.
    But, I am one for hanging things on twine as well. It just looks so classy and inspiring.

    PS: I am excited for you about this craft show. You must post about it!!! And, I also think about if I am going to get to the steak knives before killers/stalkers/rapers too. You are not alone!!!
    :)

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  13. Cute! And I so have that sewing machine...so easy and so complicated at the same time.

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  14. This is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. I love all the details. There is so much to discover!

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  15. This is beyond gorgeous! What a beautiful place to sit, create and think (I would totally just sit there and be inspired.) I love the birds on the wall and the quotes, card, pic of your dad and doillies on the string.

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  16. So, you should take pics of the craft show! I am so excited to hear about how it goes! I miss you chickadee!

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  17. I love the way you use your space! I'm definitely going to have to revisit this when I get my own place (much smaller than what I have now).

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  18. thank youuu for sharing ! your crafty nook is so adorable as the owner is, I totally enjoy your pics , I totally need (want) my own crafting nook !!!!

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  19. Love it. I also love your eye for blending neutrals with pops of color. I have a whole room where I store my miniature library & art supplies, but I have the opposite problem, it's so big I don't know where to put anything!!

    Also... washi tape = love. I just bought my first pack and my art journal is covered in it.

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  20. You. Are. Too. Adorable.
    Can I come visit now!?

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  21. I'm not sure if I've ever commented here before, but I'm a long time reader (lurker?) coming out of the woodwork. This looks fabulous! Makes me want to whip out a sewing machine on the spot.

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  22. OH! HAI! You've inspired me to make my office/sewing table/unused room SO MUCH PRETTIER.

    Actually, can you just come over and do it, because I'm bad at this stuff.

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  23. I would love to have my own crafting space. At this point it is sadly, not possible. I'm in a townhouse with 4 boys, none of whom would appreciate my girly style. I try not to let that aspect run wild. So for now I will stick with two shelves of crafting items and my desk as my workspace, though there's hardly any room.

    This tour was so much fun! I love getting a look at crafting spaces. There are always so many wonderful ideas. Maybe I'll have to post something about this...

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  24. This is so adorable. I wish I had as much creativity as you do! You decorated so beautifully and it just all works..Please come to PA and redecorate for me? :)

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  25. I'm insanely jealous. Gorgeous!

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  26. your crafting nook (I love the word nook-- it implies delightful things, don't you think??) is ridiculously adorable and lovely. And so you!! If I had seen these pictures in some random place, I would have instantly thought "this looks like Kerri". All those sweet little touches... LOVE love love it. thank you for sharing your space with us! I'm inspired! (my own little crafting area is a sad place right now... not even deserving of the term "nook". Boo)

    also, I would just like to add: things on a string?? Yes please!! I adore things on a string!!

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  27. Now come decorate my new place! Pretty please?

    PS: I also plan exactly how long it would take me to access my gun (or the nearest weapon) at all times. I have a perpetual fear of being murdered. I blame my mom, who loves to forward me those scary urban legends.

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  28. What a lovely & inspiring space! I know I'd want to craft with a nook like that :)

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  29. I didn't get a chance to say hi to you in Vegas. :( Bummer!

    Thank you for this post! You gave me some really great ideas. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with some cute and different wall decorations for my hallway and guest bathroom. The framed scrapbook paper? GENIUS! Something I never would have thought about. So this weekend, that will be a project for me.

    Also, I've seen those baskets from Ikea on several blogs about design, and every time I vow to hunt them down and forget. Thanks for the reminder.

    You have great style. Plus you're adorable!

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  30. Come decorate a crafting nook for me, pretty please?! Or just buy me a plane ticket so I can come play in yours. Deal?

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  31. Very inspirational, my dear. I love the fact that I've always admired your sense of style and then BAM! I see we have the same Ikea lampshade. Makes me feel a little stylish, too. :-)

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  32. File this under "Adorable Beyond All Reason" + "Things That Make Me Wish I Was Crafty" + "Inspiration For the Day I Get Around to Decorating" simultaneously. Love it! And best of luck with your craft show :)

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  34. Cutest space I've ever seen, looks like something right out of a fabulous magazine!

    I love your blog, and your writing on some of your past posts is so honest and elegant, I love it.

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  35. I love your little nook. It's so clean! And your photos of it look very professional.

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  36. I am insanely jealous of this crafting nook. It may just be small but it's perfect. I wish I had somewhere like this to call my own.

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  37. i'm pretty sure you and kyla are crafting twins and you really live in a real simple magazine because ohmygoodness it is so cute and i love it!

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  38. Adorable! If you don't mind sharing, where do you get your colored bakers twine? I have thought about ordering from Whisker Graphics on etsy but it's just so much twine per spool....

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  39. omg, I need you to seriously come and style my house pronto. you decorate so perfectly!

    PS: I have those little hanging wire baskets from Ikea for my spices in the kitchen! :D

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  40. You are just the absolute cutest. I really actually need you to build me one of these. I suck at crafts but maybe I can like...put my Wii in it.

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  41. I LOVE it! I'm lucky enough to have an entire room to crafting and sewing but it's no where that cute!

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  42. Your crafting nook? Is ADORABLE. (As are you!) I love it. When I have a house w/ extra space, can you come design a nook for me?

    Also - your style reminds me so much of my friend Chase - I can spend HOURS wandering around her apartment just looking at everything!

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  43. Please come decorate my house. I'll clean it first, I promise.

    and I think we have the same sewing machine :)

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  44. Wow your little crafting nook looks beautiful. I love how you transformed this small space into such a creative and inspirational one.

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  45. These pictures are beautiful! What a great little place to escape to!

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  46. I'm pretty sure this is the cutest room I have ever seen. You've definitely inspired me to be more creative in my future decorating attempts. My favorite is the string banner. So adorable!

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  47. What a clever idea - I love how cozy and decorated is - and love the birds, ala Janet. Gorgeous!

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  48. your crafting nook is adorable!

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  49. I just love what you have done with that space!

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  50. LUV those little bags with the party garland on it!

    The space looks great too!!!

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  51. just finished reading all of it and not just staring at the most-inspiring images of your nook miss k. lovelovelove every little detail and ever little decoration from your parents' camera to the hoops to the little birds (which look wonderful as they are btw, no need for painting!), EVERYTHING. thanks for another lovely, inspiration filled post kerri. <3 <3
    - L

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  52. oh and the little page from the anthro catalog? AWESOME. and i love those hanging silver baskets too, i'm gonna have to search ikea for those now, hehe. :] and don't worry whatsoever on the bulletin board, i'm the EXACT same way when it comes to having mine perfect to be photographed and whatnot. <3
    - L

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  53. Oh my gosh. Most organized crafter ever. I'm in love with you.

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  54. Kerri!,

    Your crafting space is divine! I wish I had a space like that in my house. I'm so glad you mentioned where you got the wire hanging baskets. I saw them in a magazine not too long ago and loved them, but it never mentioned where they were from. Glad I know now! I have some of those Martha Stewart craft boxes too, aren't they awesome?! Thanks so much for sharing with us, pretty girl! ;)

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  55. This is absolutely amazing! The photos are beautiful, the way you decorated your little nook. I'm beyond jealous at all the loveliness. You are so talented with your photography, creativity and just everything! xx

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  56. that is so cool! love this. :) it looks so cozy and you are insanely talented decorator! <3

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  57. I'm want my crafting nook to look this good. You have really inspired me to do something great with my creative nook along with my office. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  58. Wow. Number one, I've never seen a blog get so many comments so quickly. Number two, I want your crafting nook. And, three, after reading over the last couple months of your entries, I can't believe how much we have in common. Okay, I can...but it's just funny seeing it all written out.

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  59. wow- looks amazing!! i feel inspired. ohhh and i have that kerri smith book too, it's soooooooo wonderful!
    lovely blog!
    -kellie

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  60. I love your crafting nook. It's warm and inspiring!

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  61. Holy Rachael Ray, why are you so darn cute?!

    I'm flying you to Texas and I will set you to work on every inch of my room. Your ability to get everything just right in your decor amazes me.

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  62. It is just so lovely and perfect. I love the whole vibe, and your birds too. Yours look so much better unpainted than mine, I might just keep them that way for awhile (or ever).

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  63. So cute!! I love how you've personalized such a small space and kept it functional too. And just for the record I too would worry about a killer coming in the back door :)

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  64. your crafting nook kind of rocks! a lot.

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  65. oh, I love it. and I've decided that this is the inspiration for our office/playroom that I want to re-model/decorate/paint. any suggestions on how to make one room function as two different spaces?

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  66. You are da bomb. So much style, like 10,000 times more than me in your one little pinkie. Want to come and do over my house?? Pretty please?

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  67. What a beautiful space! Thanks so much for sharing!
    XO Piper

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  68. Love your crafting nook - so cozy and adorable!

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  69. love your crafting nook! :) it's given me some ideas on what to put up, but yeah, i'm totally ocd about nails and such too... it's hard for me to poke something thru the wall, but now that i have my own place, it's so nice to just do it and know that it will be there as long as i want to look at it.

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  70. I LOVE it! In my tiny apartment, I have a small nook in the corner that is currently the home to my dresser. I have the idea of moving my dresser into my closet, in order to make a crafting nook...

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