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Friday, July 10, 2009

photostory friday: ch-ch-ch-ch changes

this all started when i sent the hubs out to buy some new shelving for my cramped 'creative' space in the corner of our dining room.

all of a sudden he came up with the brilliant-beyond-brilliant (name that movie) idea to turn our dining room into a scrapping room!

after all, the caverous back of our large rectangular lounge was being under-utilised by a sad, lonely, cobweb-infested exercycle, and an even sadder and lonlier ironing board.

see cramped scrapping space on right
hereinafter to be referred to as the 'before' shot
before you could say 'fetch my rubber gloves', we were washing down windows, drycleaning curtains, vacuuming areas of floor that hadn't seen the light of day for many a-year, and generally having a good old clean up and clear out.

three crates of christmas china (who can resist a december 26 50% off sale at macys, right?), silver mini goblets and oddly shaped vases later, the room was looking very different.

that's the back of lounge (tv and sofas to the left out of shot) ready to welcome the dining table - oh, and we sold that coffee table this week too
small child was loitering, so i put her to work...

lounge with dining table
fits pretty well don't you think?
hubs got the desk off trademe (like ebay) for $20 (although the trailer to collect it cost more - DOH!), and the room really started to take shape.
miss 11 (my little crafter) took one look at it, and said "can i do some scrapbooking on your desk?" i immediately saw where THAT was going, so ran right out and bought her a $30 desk from the local warehouse stationery.

red tick is my 'inspiration wall" that will get covered once the curtains are back from the drycleaners.

red arrow is where i blue-tacced an idea i'm using for a 6 x 6 album, and will ultimately be the spot for my 'inspiration wall'. the hubs found an old cork board that i'm going to do this to.
other red arrow is miss 11's crafty desk (which we have since tidied together!)
hubs has wired me up for wireless so i can blog, surf and computer journal without leaving my desk - yay! those white trays under the desk will be replaced with 12 x 12 drawers on wheels, and i also want to find a 12 x 12 frame that i can use to display my layouts.

check out that sun and light!

jealous much???

fast forward a week or two, and the curtains are back from cleaners and i have a laptop and speakers! now if i could just move these two along.....

PhotoStory Friday
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Carmel Keane said...

Hi Sue:

Great seeing the photos of your new scrapping area. Wonderful to haev the window to work under. Great light! Looking forward to seeing it for real tonight.


Elizabeth said...

LOVE IT! What perfect timing too - my friend Jodie just posted about her new craft room and now I am on a mission to convert our dining room into a more useful room. I'm going to take it slowly, though. That way I can plan it out instead of mashing it together.
Here's a link to Jodie's post:

But one thing you did in your craft room that I don't know I could do: you COVERED THAT BEAUTIFUL WINDOW. What a great view that is!

Chris said...

YOU are a pampered woman!

Robyn said...

Awesome!!! I love having my own scrap space I can see you are already lovin' yours.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Wow, it looks great! What a fantastic hubby too! I miss scrapping. I have so much stuff, but when I had my kids I stopped scrapping and went strictly photos. have fun in your new, awesome space!

mandyb said...

I see it in blogland.... but today i got to see it in REAL LIFE- quite jealous... will drool again tonight while decorating cupcakes and drinking cosmos!!!! mmmm

auntiegwen said...

I want you to adopt me, how many times do I say that ??? Please ? I'm not gonna stop asking you know xxxx

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Jealous bet! I have a small sitting room off my bedroom that I aspire to one day turn into a small witting/reading room. I have my eyes open on the weekend for yard sales and the occasional trip to goodwill for an appropriate desk and selves to help facilitate the transofamtion.

I know you will enjoy this space.


Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

Your scrap space is wonderfully warm, bright, and inviting. I'll pop right over...put on a pot of tea and I'll bring the cakes. Oh what fun we'll have scrapping the afternoon away :)

kaye said...

how nice :) Here’s my photo story. happy Friday!

Emily said...

What a great new room...looks like you'll have hours of fun ahead of you!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

What a great space..... now to reclaim it! :)

Grand Pooba said...

That's awesome Sue!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

What a great space you've gotten for yourself! Love before/after pics.

Stopping by from SITS to say hi. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful spot! You must love it.

skoots1mom said...

can you seen a little of my green permeating through the computer screen?
wow, what a great place you have to create!! love it! congrats!!

Multiple personalities.. said...

Your space looks great! All that hard work paid off. Finding space for all my scrapbooking/crafting supplies is a challenge for me to. It was nice meeting you via SITS!

Anonymous said...

That is AWESOME!!!! I'm so jealous! Can I borrow your husband??

Cafe Mommy - said...

Totally jealous of your window! So tidy and clean! You rock! What a great area to have for yourself :*)

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Melinda said...

Go You with your new scrap space!!

Jaina said...

Wow, lucky!! That's so cool! You've definitely got a great hubby ;)

Lisa @ This Mommy Works said...

I am so jealous! I have to pull all of my scrapping stuff out of the garage every time I want to get crafty. I guess that's why I only do it once a month when I get together with my girlfriends!