My Crafty Retreat

Ok, it's not so much a retreat, as the spare bedroom / guestroom / ironing room.  But it's my space for when I am feeling creative.

So, a few words and a few photos to guide you round my Crafty Retreat!

Furniture is all from Ikea, shelves from B&Q, and the metal 15 drawer cabinet from Bisley (an ebay bargain!)

On the top shelf I have some crafting books, alongside PADI manuals (diving was a former hobby), some business books (I always seemed to be studying something), and a collection of Wii games.  The pink Really Useful Box contains my large Sizzix dies (I don't have many).  On top of that are my watercolour pencils, and to the right are my Spectrum Aquamarkers.  A small drawer unit holds my decoupage papers.  In the round baskets I have scissors; all things gluey; small ink pads; felt tip/Sharpie colours.  The square baskets hold large ink pads; stickles, nuvo drops, cosmic shimmer, glitter glues; tapes; and bits and pieces.
All my embossing folders are in the wicker basket - it's the one thing I haven't sorted out proper storage for yet.

I then have repurposed two very large coffee jars - one for twine and one for loose ribbon/lace.
Next is the bit I had most fun with.  Two drawer units from Ikea.  You know the boring plain plywood types.  I distress inked the edges of the drawers and the units.  I then cut paper to size, and distress inked the edges.  I cut some labels out of Xcut self adhesive metallic bronze sheets, and then printed some smaller identification labels on the laser printer.  These units hold buttons, brads, ink blenders, flowers, foils, gilding was, tools/blades, acrylic blocks, feathers, sanding blocks, sticky pads and small mdf shapes.
On top are another two Addis baskets.  One holds my hand punches, and the other holds my 6x6 pads.
I have two sets of 16 mini RU boxes, that hold a variety of bits and pieces.
The metal cabinet holds A4 size sheets, and I have all my different sections labelled up.  There is a mini artist easel stored on the top, for when I have moments that I just want to colour in ... and I can grab that and head down to my summer house, weather permitting!  Next to that is an old champagne box, opened to allow me to store ribbons on each side.  My magnetic dies are in a unit behind the ribbons and my Big Shot is kept next to them.  The iron has nowhere else to go, so muscled in on this photo!
My die unit.  I think I need another one!
A close up of my ribbon storage.
My workstation.  The four drawers in the Kallax unit hold my nesting dies; spare supplies; embellishments; and cello bags for finished cards. The shelf under all the drawers houses my cardmaking magazines.  The big pink box is a recycled box, covered with pink and gold adhesive glitter rolls from The Range.  This houses all my cards that I make to send to relatives, and a list of everyone's birthday/anniversary, etc.  The shelf underneath is home to my laminator, glue gun, ultimate pro, and heat gun, as well as paper trimmers.
Under the monitor, on the shelf I have my Ink Dusters, some more Spectrum markers, a unit holding my distress inks, with some Memeto Inks on top, my Cricut tool stand.
Under the small shelf unit I have two boxes - a pink butterfly box, that has all my current projects in it.  I try not to have too many on the go, as they would never get finished.  The turquoise studded box holds my wooden stamps - again I don't have that many!
To the left of my workstation, is another Kallax unit, which has my Cricut and my laser printer, and my desk lamp is clipped to this unit.
This unit is a work in progress.  The top LH shelf is Wii controllers, and a collection of cables and leads.  The cardboard box holds all the craft items I don't use, and should really put on ebay or give away!  The next shelf has a black and white bag that holds Hunkydory sets and spare A4 cards that would not fit in the metal unit.  Then there is a polyfolder with divided sections - my scrap is colour coded within those sections.  My pink photo album is part of my stamp storage - read more about that here.  And my docrafts storage for stamps.  Below are my 12x12 polyboxes for different categories of paper/card, and to the left is a nice floral storage box that also holds some of the cards I have made. 
In my desk drawers, I have one that is dedicated to my stamp storage system.
Another is dedicated to 7x5 and 6x4 card stock/envelopes.
Another one has all my embossing powders, tray and spare shims.

The bottom drawer is more white card, 6x6 card packs, and 8x8 card packs.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a very inviting crafty space Heather...full of wonderful goodies. Beautiful retreat ....Take care... May

  2. Thanks May. This space kept me sane organising and reorganizing whilst I was off work for 10 weeks recuperating. I love your shelves,and will definitely have to look into something like that if I take up sewing again.