Two important aspects of any crafters life is inspiration and storage !! And somehow both these two aspects seem to go hand in hand. Although I “think’ I breeze through, even in a cluttered chaos, I know, I would be much more productive in a more organized set up, where all my tools and supplies are easily accessible.
I am a visual person – I need my tools to be seen, so as to be able to use them. A punch which is tucked away in one of my bins, generally does NOT get played with – AT ALL 😦
So these past weeks, i used up most of my “recyclable stock pile” and made a few desk organizers.
I hope you enjoy this pictorial and find some inspiration to use up those cans lying around in the kitchen.
Decide in which order, you’d like to place the cans.
And there you have it !
I love how all my promarkers, copics and paint markers are all now easily accessible. Its such a huge relief and joy.
I’m inspired to make a few more of these to house my scissors and paintbrushes etc.
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Recycled objects :-
lid from cookie tin.
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What was spectacular about the villa, is that it was designed by an Emarati for an Emarati lifestyle. Whats different about Arabic styled houses ?
Well, Arabic style houses generally have two main entrances to the main building, one for the family, and another one for the male guests. The men guest entrance is greeted by a very large hall which is called the Majlis. This comfortable large space is generally where the men of the family entertain their male friends, hence it is lavishly large.
Another significant thing about the villas’ is that every bedroom is ensuite. Which meant, my 5 bedroom home had 7 bathrooms !!! (1 extra for the lounge room and another for the dining room)
Cleaning such a large house is not for the faint of heart ! But Thank heavens for the abundance of easily available part-time help in Dubai.
Another aspect, which we were lucky, we did not have, is the presence of an entire block of an adjoining building which houses the maids and drivers of the house.
Most of the times, the kitchen is also a part of that building block. But we were lucky, our kitchen was in the main building.
That was too much space for a family of five, however, it would benefit, the constant arrival of relatives and feline friends ( fostering that me and my family volunteer for.)
Thanks to alot of persuasion and prodding – We decided to convert the majlis into my craft Studio.
Was it a dream ??
Absolutely YES !!
For someone who started crafting 12 years back from a modest desk placed at the corner of her bedroom … here I was, in a HUGE studio with craft supplies and goodies, I could have only dreamt of years back !!
The studio took nearly three months to be shelved, stacked, stored and organized.
As you will notice from the pictures below, 100% furniture and 95% storage items (like boxes, pots ) are from #Ikea !!
I think, for artists, Ikea is a PERFECT !! They cater to each and every need of ours brillaintly and I have NOT been compensated to state so 🙂
Was the craft room a good idea ?
How long did it take ?
Very long to organize it all ?
what happened next ?
We moved out of this house this January (2016) !!!!!!!!
How do I feel about it ?
Miserable !! I miss the sprawling length and breadth of that room so much, so dearly 😦
It was perfect in every way and the best possible gift, my husband could give me !!
Our new home is in the area called The Villa – Dubailand. Its a modern villa and the added benefit of the majlis is deducted in the form of a pool. We have converted the 5th bedroom into the craft studio – but it is still a project under progress. Will share with you the development in another post.
I hope you enjoyed my craft studio tour and found inspiration in some of the ways in which I manged to store some supplies.
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