Caravan Sonnet: The Craft Room

3/10/15

The Craft Room

I am so excited to share with y'all a special place that I love to spend a ton of time in. My craft room (or December Caravan's "home" *smiles*) is truly a happy retreat to create in. There are a ton of pictures so go grab yourself a cup of tea before you look! Have a wonderful day friends!
When I first started my shop, I used to work in the extra room in my apartment which then slowly overtook my whole apartment with various projects. *smiles* When I moved back to my parents home to fight for my health my parents patiently and lovingly helped me convert a room into my studio office.
This space (which is right next store to my bedroom) has allowed me to have a very happy retreat to create.
I use half (okay, a little over half as the joke is in our family *smiles*) of the room while my mom uses the other half of the room for a variety of different things. 
In the room we placed two different desks. This desk I use for creating projects, a wrapping station, and for writing handwritten letters to friends and family.
The various storage items in the room came from my former apartment where many things were thrifted or were passed down to me as loving "hand me downs".
Since the space is limited in this room every nook and cranny is used purposefully in a variety of different ways.
It took close to a year and a half to get the room "finalized" and organized in a way that I not only thought was "pretty" but would be practical and functional.
Probably my biggest advice to anyone wanting to create a "crafting retreat" is to make it work for you. There are tons and tons of adorable craft rooms that you can find in magazines and on Pinterest. Making a space work for you is what is key.
Due to my very limited budget I did not have the financial resources to create the room I originally wanted to. I just couldn't afford to purchase expensive boxes that were pretty. *smiles* But I took my time and was very patient and decided to search and search for pieces that I could afford and that would be practical in this space. One of those pieces that the I found was this former "card" rack that was in a old pharmacy that was closing. They had been trying to sell it for months and eventually took it to a thrift store that had it marked for $35. When I went in and asked about the piece I found that it was on sale and they were desperate to get rid of it. $15 later I had the solution that was perfect for all of the flashcards, bingo cards, tiny pieces, etc. that are used in my shop so often.
To be frank I didn't love the "look" completely and may spray paint it one day but when I found these adorable and happy boxes at Target last Spring I love the final look!
The Target boxes were also a surprise gift that have been cute and perfect for the room! I had seen these boxes in the dollar section at Target and thought they were adorable but knew it wasn't practical or feasible for me to spend $1 per box. I bought three but that was it. Well a couple of weeks later we were traveling from New York to the South and stopped at a Target. At this particular Target they had marked these boxes "on sale" for 70% and they were only $.30!! I bought ALL of them that they had and have LOVED them and the "pop" of color that they gave to this organizational piece and the room.
As y'all can tell I love ribbon. *smiles*
As I mentioned earlier I do have two desks in the room. I sometimes sit at this desk and sketch and paint, but mainly this desk gets used as a space for laying out projects that are "in progress". *smiles*
Thank you so much for stopping by and looking friends! I would love to have y'all come over and spend a day crafting! Anyone is welcome!
Have a wonderful day!!







20 comments:

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    1. You are so funny!! You can come and craft anytime! :) Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)

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  2. How can you not smile when you walk in this room? So pretty! The colors, the vibrancy, the inspiration ...so amazing! Beautiful space!

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    1. Aww thank you Anne! It DEFINITELY does make me smile every time I walk in!! Thank you so much for your encouraging words!!!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)

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  3. Ho-ly mackerel! As someone who just recently finally turned my 'extra' room into a 'creative' room, I can appreciate this! I love your holder for your washi tape....now I'm going to keep my eye out for something similar.

    Really impressive. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I so appreciate your comment! Do you have a blog? I would love to see pictures of your craft room! Thank you so much for your comment! I found this holder (I believe it was used as a jewelry stand?) for the washi tape (the silver part) at a thrift store for $.10!! I loved the idea of having the washi tape that I use "the most" within easy reach! The teal holder was a candle holder that I also found at a thrift store (for $.50)! It was originally black but I just used some spray paint to change the color up! :) Good Luck in your hunt!

      Thanks again for stopping by!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)
      p.s. I would love to have emailed you directly back but unfortunately you are a "no reply" blogger. I hope to connect with you more in the future!

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  4. Oh my you have a drool worthy collection and work space! I'm drawing serious inspiration from these pics and can only dream of having something even remotely similar! So amazing!
    Nidhi
    An Unblurred Lady

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Nidhi! I am so glad that these pictures are inspiring!! I hope that you create a space that you love as much as I love this precious space!! It definitely took YEARS to come together to come to this "look" but the wait was worth it all!! Thank you again for stopping by and for your comment!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)
      p.s. I would love to have emailed you directly back but unfortunately you are a "no reply" blogger. I hope to connect with you more in the future!

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  5. Oh I dream of having a place like this someday! It's so pretty! You are definitely blessed to have this space!

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    1. Thank you so much lady!! This space was definitely a dream of mine and has been such a blessing!! Keep dreaming and I can't wait to see your space someday soon!!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)
      p.s. I would love to have emailed you directly back but unfortunately you are a "no reply" blogger. I hope to connect with you more in the future!

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  6. Wow. SO many great colors and textures and patterns! Just like your artwork!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Daisy!! I appreciate your kind and encouraging words!!! :) Hope you are having a wonderful day!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)
      p.s. I would love to have emailed you directly back but unfortunately you are a "no reply" blogger. I hope to connect with you more in the future!

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  7. HOLY CRAFTS! I love it, Its so flu of a little bit of everything. A little heaven of crafts! So cute.
    -Jen <3

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer!! This space is definitely a "piece of heaven" for me!! Thank you so much for your sweet words! I hope that you have a wonderful day!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)
      p.s. I would love to have emailed you directly back but unfortunately you are a "no reply" blogger. I hope to connect with you more in the future!

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  8. Gorgeous! And so meticulously organized! This is definitely a dream craft room, in my opinion! I bet it's a very happy place for you to spend time. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel for your sweet comments!! You are so lovely! It is definitely a lovely and happy place for me to spend time! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment!!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)

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  9. This looks like a dream crafty room.

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    1. Aww thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment! This space is definitely a blessing! Thank you again! I hope that you have a wonderful day!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)

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  10. Oh, my word! This is SO beautiful! Your kind, loving heart shines through in every nook and cranny. I can only imagine the smiles you generate by the things you thoughtfully create here and pass on to others. This is absolutely the neatest, most visually appealing craft area I have ever seen. I could just stare at these pictures for hours!! Thank you so much for sharing. :) God bless you and restore your health to you.

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    1. Cheryl, Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment!! It truly brightened my day! :) Thank you so much for your encouraging words! Truly you have blessed me!! I hope that you have a wonderful week!!
      Blessings,
      Rebecca :)

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