Are there any CSI fans here? If so, you’ll probably enjoy hearing a bit about my creative space. But first, I need to give you a short history of my house.
My husband and I did what every real estate show warns against—we chose a house using our hearts rather than our heads. After several months of a frustrating search, we came across one of those freebie real estate booklets and happened upon this house. It wasn’t in the town or even general area where we had been looking; it was on a busy street and it needed a LOT of work. But with our thick rose-colored glasses, we saw plenty of potential. In hindsight, I think we had watched one too many episodes of This Old House. We couldn’t believe our luck that it was priced so low, yet still hadn’t sold after months on the market, and we thought we had hit on the deal of the century. It wasn’t until we had been living here for a few years that we learned the reason why.
“Oh, you bought the murder house,” said my new friend and town matriarch, who at 90 years old knew everything there was to know about our town.
“The what?” I asked, sure that I must have heard her incorrectly.
“The murder house,” she continued, “where the sisters were killed back in 1860. Everyone knows about that.” She seemed genuinely surprised that I didn’t know. Guess the realtor had forgotten to mention it.
Shortly after that conversation I was given more information from the town’s historical society, including all the grisly details, such as the fact that the autopsy of the second sister had been performed right here … in the very room I had turned into my craft studio.
I try not to think about it too much, especially when I’m working here late at night. If you would like to read more about it, I found a copy of the trial transcript online HERE.
We originally had the room set up the same way it was most likely used since the house was built, as a more formal living room or “parlor.” Even though the color isn’t ideal for crafting, I didn’t have the heart to tear out all the wallpaper we had painstakingly installed shortly after moving in.
Most of the furniture is from IKEA, including the Expedit unit that is a real workhorse.
There isn’t a lot of other storage space in the room itself, so I commandeered an adjoining closet. (Have I mentioned what a great guy my husband is?)
My favorite storage pieces—and biggest splurge—are the two triple drawer towers from First Choice Products. You wouldn’t believe how much they hold and I love that they only take up a 14 x 14-inch square of floor space.
These are great for wood-mounted stamps, stickers, die cuts, tools, all sorts of embellishments—you name it. I love using it for ribbon because it is easy to pull out a drawer to find what I need, and then pop it back in when I’m done.
A few of my other favorite pieces include these old crates that I found at a junk store for around $5 each. Hung on the wall, they make great storage for wood-mounted stamps and ink pads.
Over the years I have tried several systems for storing and organizing clear stamps. I’ve been using this one for about two years and it is my favorite by far. You can find more info on this HERE.
I love having everything so organized and a label maker is one of my favorite tools. However, in the spirit of full disclosure, I feel like I need to show you what my space looks like more often than not.
Just keeping it real. Thanks so much for letting me share my space with you.