Tour of my Ikea Craft Room !

 

For the last 4 years, we stayed in the newly developed Al Warqa area of Dubai.

We went from a community living in Arabian Ranches to a stand alone 12,000 sqft villa.

Visit here for my craft room in Arabian Ranches.

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 🙂

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Don’t they look organized ? Even the white pots holding markers are from Ikea.
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The large striped boxes as well as the white bookshelf is Ikea.
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These wired racks make it easy to locate ribbons etc
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Different sizes of #Trofast boxes
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The white cookie or cupcake , wire stand is also Ikea.
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This PVC rack was designed and constructed by yours truly !
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Ribbons, twine, yarn, embellishments all stored in the ikea wire racks
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Linnamon study desk ! Notice my delicious pinking shears ! Over the years, I have picked quite a few diecut machines, as you will notice, there’s the Silhouette, Revolution, Cuttlebug, and Big shot !! What ?? Hoarder, you say ???? No way – just moving with time !
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4 Glasholm glass tables !! Every shelf counts as storage !!
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The two drawer racks on the left of my chair, houses all my rubber stamps and diecuts. My throne is the Marcus swivel chair from Ikea
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I picked these white storage boxes from Ikea as well as the Trofast shelf and storage boxes.
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Unfortunately these wire racks have been discontinued by Ikea !! The newer version are not as sturdy as these.

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Trofast storage combination
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This stores my jewelry making supplies

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Most of those colored plastic drawers have paints and glue
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10 Snille swivel chairs.
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My precious books and notes – one of my fav Ikea cubby cupboard
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Felt, fabric and more stored in the Ikea cupboard
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Another Ikea cupboard

Was the craft room a  good idea ?

Absolutely !!

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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New Year ~ New Home.

Feels so good to get all that feed back from all the lovely design team members of all the card challenges, that I join.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me and all your encouragement.

This next card is naturally for a new home. Very simple digital stamp sentiment. Dont you just love that window ?? I do. Those tulips are just adorable. Any color could do justice to them.  The window image is also a digital stamp. I’ve used my new diecut to set the sentiment over. The design paper is also a first time for me. Love the feel of that mustard against a green backdrop.

Here is the card :-

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This card enters the following card challenges :

I know, its whimsical thinking, but I do so hope, I have to give myself this card as, at the rate I am going with hoarding the scores and scores of craft supplies, it wont be long before which, all the rooms in the house are going to have my surplus supplies lying around ! Yeah, thats true, I’m so guilty of having so so many things piled up in the studio these days that its simply impossible to find anything 😦

Thats why, It gives me a great sense of relief and pleasure, that I am not the only crafter who is struggling with excess supplies ! Its such a joy when others are also complaining helplessly about the one to many crafty must-haves they have collected.

Let me stop brooding now and let me bid farewell to you guys for today.

Thank you for visiting me today. While your here, I hope you browse thru some of my previous creative adventures. And if you like something, please leave some love behind in comments.

Rest well this weekend.

Naush

 

 

 

Home & Heart.

This here is the second card that was completed last night. Love the prints, colors and stripes. That owl has been embossed and sitting there for quite sometime now 🙂  Finally he has found his place !

I feel it is simplistic but elegant card and I hope you like it.

This card is entering the following challenges : all or most of the sketch blogs have been kind enough to make it rather easy and non complicated this first week of the new year.

1)anything goes :  http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com/

2) button up : http://digistamps4joy.blogspot.com/

3) anthing goes : http://ladybugscraftsinkchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

4) buttons : http://digidoodleshopsbest.blogspot.com/2011/01/challenge-41-buttons.html

5) buttons : http://doyoustackup.blogspot.com/2011/01/1st-challenge-post-13-prizes.html

6) buttons : http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.com/

7)buttons : http://www.bloglovin.com/m/1490572/161436239/s/0/aHR0cCUzQSUyRiUyRmZyZWVkaWdpdGFsc3RhbXBzLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbSUyRjIwMTElMkYwMSUyRnNwZWNpYWwtZnJlZWJpZS1mb3ItdXMuaHRtbA==

http://www.doodlebuddies.wordpress.com

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A new home !

This is the first time, I attempted the 3D look .. which you may understand (what I am talking about) when you see the close up pics. I really liked it and liked the soft colors used too. Although I feel I could do something better with that sentiment. I mean, it is a congratulations for the new home, but I wish I had stamped it on the card rather than the cutting. Oh well, some other time, perhaps.

Meanwhile I am entering this card for a challenge : The sketch is from  Sketch Frenzy Friday, which you can find at : http://sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/2010/12/sff121710.html

The sketch is :

and here’s my take :

Pot full of posies… for a card challenge.

 

A very simple card.  I only had to work on the coloring details of the flowers and the rest was just so easy to match with a green patterened paper. Love the flow of this card. Simple and Elegant ~ Leaves ample space to decide what thoughts you want to use it for. The challenge mentions a criteria that there should be use of gems,  therefore I have placed mine on the corners of the card.

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This card enters the Pear Tree Designs Blog. Here is their link : http://peartreedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/11/challenge-28-sketch-with-twist.html