CASology Featured Designer Week 2 – Craft Space Tour

Hi! I’m here today for a post as CASology’s Featured Designer with a tour of my craft space.

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I’d like to dedicate this post to my good friend, Cindy, who introduced me to stamping in 2012. Cindy is the daughter of a career military man, was in the military for a short period of time herself,  and is the wife of career military husband (now retired). Between growing up as a military child and then marrying a military man, she has lived in TWENTY-TWO locations around the world! That may explain some of why she’s learned to be so incredibly efficient and organized. Cindy and I met in Turkey in 2003.

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To me, Cindy is a loyal and true friend.  She is fun and funny and we cry and laugh together a lot. She has swept my floors, corrected my children, cleaned my hairbrush and knows the type of toilet paper we use at my house! She is also the most organized person I’ve ever met. Cindy loves Jesus, is a student of the Bible, and has, many times, given me much needed Biblical encouragement and exhortation. The above photo is of the two of us this past April, when she, by herself, flew from the U.S. back to Germany to visit with little ol’ me for 10 days. What an incredible gift! It was a sweet time.

Thank you, Cindy, for your sacrifices to our beloved country and to your own family and for your loyal friendship to me. I am excited to be seeing this latest chapter in your life which God is unfolding for you. I know that it will be a thing of beauty.

HUGS! ❤

Without further delay, welcome to my craft space!

My craft space is currently in an alcove of my family’s living room.IMG_9190editedfinal

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IMG_9198editedfinalMy table (island) sits directly across from a working wood-burning fireplace.

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 We did not use the fireplace last winter because of the mild weather, but we did use it during the prior one.

I like this spot. I have a big window with lots of natural light.

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Below, please find a slideshow with lots of details about my space, storage and supplies.

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To start the slideshow, please CLICK on the play button on the photo below.

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I love my work table because of its history in my family. I usually work at it standing up. I’d like to share some more about my table with you. It is made from 2 book shelves, a tabletop and some pegboard. This table has a long and varied history of usefulness in my different houses.

I bought the bookshelves for $1 each at a Navy Relief thrift/charity store in New Jersey in 1999. When I initially bought the shelves they were a dark brown sticky mess. So, I sanded them, and painted them white.

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Since 1999, they have been across the ocean multiple times and used in many different ways. I used them as bookshelves in my daughter’s room in N.J..

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They were used to store books in my son’s room in Massachusetts,Map of Belchertown Massachusetts MA

and as pantry storage in my tiny kitchen/dining room in Turkey,

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and then as homeschool book storage in my basement in South Dakota.

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After moving to Germany in 2007, my husband and I bought the table top (unfinished) at a German home & garden store.

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I needed counter space in my kitchen, and so my husband and I sanded and painted the table top white, and attached the two bookshelves as legs on either end.

IMG_0381editedThe shelves doubled as pantry space. Here’s our house, in Höheinöd, Germany, where we first grouped the bookshelves with a table top to create a kitchen island.

Map of HöheinödHere are a few photos of the island at the time.

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Since 2007, the shelves and table top have been taken apart and then put back together many times as we have moved to our new duty stations.  Besides being my kitchen island in Höheinöd, this table/island has been on our patio in New Mexico,

used as a desk in my daughter’s room in Belgium,

and then in 2014, when we moved into our current house, my husband and our friend Jeff (my friend Cindy’s husband) reassembled the table/island in my kitchen.

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Now it has been re-re-repurposed as my crafting table.

I decided that after all of the moving my table needed a little love. So, my husband took it apart and sanded it. Then my daughter and I painted the 3 pieces a nice sunny yellow color. IMG_0384My husband reassembled the table with the shelves in a “T” shape this time. This new configuration (instead of having the 2 shelves on each end, facing outward) created a more convenient set up for my current craft space.

Here is the table, mid assembly, laying on its side. The white upside-down “T” that you see is the top, where the table top is now attached.

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My husband wants to provide something better/nicer for me to use, but I am very attached to my table and am insisting that it stays with me even after we stop moving some day!

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I have to say that I do love Stamp-n-Storage’s products though, and if I did not have an imposed household goods weight limit I’d probably have more of their products.

For now, I love my Stamp-n-Storage ink storage unit!

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Here is the freshly painted and reassembled table.

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My husband did add some pegboard to the back side of one of the shelves. I have attached various baskets to the pegboard for finished cards and other storage purposes.

Most of the time I stamp by myself. Cindy moved from Germany back to the U.S. in 2014 when my family and I moved from Belgium to Germany.

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Too. much. moving.

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(The map above is not an accurate representation of all of my moves over the past 22 years.)

(But it does reflect how I feel. 😉 )

So, now I’m living in the Stuttgart area of Germany, about 36 miles (58 kilometers) from an American Army Post. I have little contact with Americans, native English-speakers or stampers.

The commute to the base/post averages about 45 minutes one way without any traffic problems. One time it took my husband 3 1/2 hours to get home! Stuttgart – the number 1 worst city for traffic jams in Germany. You can Google it!

Der tägliche Stau-Level in Stuttgart liegt nach dem TomTom Verkehrs-Index 2014 bei 32 Prozent – am Abend bei 65 Prozent. Foto: dpa

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Being a country girl, born and raised in Lincoln, Maine, having to live in such an urban place has been tough for me.

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I’m thankful for Skype though, and have been able to keep in close touch with Cindy since she’s moved back to the U.S.. I was so blessed to have her come and visit me from Tennessee this past April.

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Cindy made a photo book for me after she moved away. You can see the book in the wire basket on the top right pegboard side of my stamping island.

 Here are some of my favorite supplies, storage items, tools and other good stuff: (for your convenience please click on the individual photos for more information)

Avery Copier Tab Dividers, Unpunched, 5 Tab, White, 30 Sets (20405)undefinedRÅSKOG Utility cart IKEAMainstays Organizer Rack, White

 

 

Bulk price – $1.85 each

Product DetailsReally Useful 9.0 Liter Box, Clear

 

 

Really Useful 3.0 Liter Box, Clear

Avery Elle Stamp and Die Storage Pockets, Clear, 25-Pack

Some of these storage ideas and super tools were inspired, at least in part, by a variety of resourceful people. I want to acknowledge Cindy, along with Jennifer McGuire, Laura Bassen and Ashley Newel for some super inspiration!

 

 Before you go….1 more thing.

These are the magnet sheets (photo below) that I have used for my die storage. Honestly, I don’t think they work especially well.  I have even tried doubling up the magnet sheet, but the dies still slide or fall off too easily for my taste. I purchased the sheets from Oriental Trading Company. Oriental Trading Company does not seem to carry them anymore, but I believe that this is the exact same type that Amazon carries.

I would like to improve this situation and want some stronger adhesive magnetic sheets.

Have you tried this type of magnet sheets below?  These have better reviews on Amazon.

I hope you’ll come back next Friday and visit me for my next CASology Featured Designer post. It’s a fun post, dedicated to one of the most special people in my life. I’ll be sharing some of my own drawing and painting and some inky-messy stuff too. 🙂

Well, I think that is all from me today. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Please feel free to ask questions and share any of your favorite tools and storage items. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Also, I’d be happy to have you as a follower. Please see the sidebar for the multiple options of following my blog.

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Thanks for stopping by! I’m very glad you did.
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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21 thoughts on “CASology Featured Designer Week 2 – Craft Space Tour

  1. Melissa that was such a nice tour of the world through your shelf! By the way we don’t live so far away from each other. I’m in Ulm so if you ever want to get together and craft, i could drive to you or if you want to come to a nice small town, you can come over! I also know another crafter blogger in Munich who wants to craft together.

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  4. What an awesome tour! I want to do it again! (I might) I love your cozy craft area. Great to have it in the open, it does motivate to keep it tidy! I love how you organized your papers (so nice of Cindy to help you)…and how nice to dedicate your post to such a wonderful friend. Some people never make a friend like that in their lifetime…you are both very blessed! Amazing to read about your travels…great pictures, great descriptions! Even the travels of your furniture…amazing! 😉 It is so great to learn more about you as our featured designer at CASology…can’t wait for your next post!

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  6. A lovely craft space Melissa…..love the story of your desk. Having just moved for the 4th time since 1988 I don’t envy your lifestyle, thankfully I didn’t have any weight restrictions! Hoping to share my new craft space soon once I’ve got it all sorted. Carol x

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  7. Wow…what an incredible journey for you bookcase and I love your sweet craft space. What a wonderful post and you are very blessed to have such a sweet friend, love your photos.

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  8. Small world! I nannied for my sister whose family were stationed in Schweinfurt in 89. It was an amazing time to be there with the wall coming down. I’m so glad you shared your craft space–you are one creative recycler! As for magnetic sheets, I use magnetic vent covers that work a treat with dies. I hope you can find them there. http://www.lowes.com/pd/Accord-3-Pack-8-in-x-15-in-White-Magnetic-Mount-Plastic-Vent-Covers/3260659

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  9. Thanks for the tour of your craft space. My head is spinning looking at the number of times you have moved and all the different places you have lived. How glamourous and exciting. I have lived in my current house for 20 years–I admire you for being able to pick up and create a home so many different times and in so many different places. Look me up when you move to San Diego! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at CASology this month.

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    • Thanks, Joyce. 🙂 I’m envious of you and your 20 year home! I really dislike change, so it’s been a tough ride for me. It may sound glamorous, but wow, I won’t share all of the ugly underbelly! We did go to the San Diego area (drove from N.M.) on a family vacation in the Spring of 2011. This East Coast girl loved the area! Too many people, but the beaches, fruit, flowers and the food (sushi and burritos) were amazing. My family and I often talk of going back. We’ll see. I’d be happy if my next plane ride was my last!

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  10. WOW! Impressive tour and a wonderful picture of your moving adventures. I can see why you’re so attached to your table and since it’s now my favorite color, I want one, too. Unfortunately, i have no place to put it.

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  11. Such a lovely post Melissa, I loved reading about your moves, I do move a lot, thankfully have managed to stay put for last 9 years at one place. Your craft area is fun, thanks for sharing, where you create your wonderful projects. Sorry I didn’t visit last week, when I saw you at CASology, I am not doing much blogging nowadays, need to catch up on all the visiting!

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