A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

MY PLAYHOUSE

MY PLAYHOUSE

Most commonly asked question:  size?  It is 10x 12 (120 square feet).

When we finally relandscaped our back yard after more than 30 years, I got to have a shed for my hobby and my husband got his garage back. I'd been crafting in the garage, with no windows and no insulation, for ten years! 

It's been a little over a year now and the shed has gone through several name changes. The "shed" certainly wasn't going to cut it. My "studio" seemed too, too for me. I settled on my "workshop" until my grandson Adam asked one day if he could go out to my "playhouse." Playhouse? Well, gee, of course, why didn't I think of that?!

Here is my Playhouse!









And inside you will find examples of my OCD, which I prefer to think of as:

Organized Crafting Display/Disorder/Disease ©












Edited to add: The west wall above has been updated as of November 2016. You can find details on this post. It now looks like this:
It's so nice to have things counter-high now!


Unfortunately, this deep shallow drawer cabinet was purchased from a friend who had purchased it at a knitting store that was going out of business.  They are sometimes called "map drawers" or "architect's drawers" (for plans).  I believe new ones are very expensive, but  maybe one could be found on Craig's List or on EBay.  It's the best thing I own.  It perfectly displays hundreds of wooden stamps in those very deep drawers. 

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And, yes, that beautiful desk DOES get used!



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MY ORGANIZATIONAL METHOD

I think the pictures above are fairly self-explanatory, but I've had people ask for details, so I've taken a few additional pictures (below) and will explain how I organized my crafting playhouse.  Perhaps you will like some of what you see and be able to use it, or be inspired by it.  I know I looked around the Web to try and find blogs such as this when I was planning the space.

What I also know is that organization is such a very personal thing.  What works for one person will definitely not work for another person.  Some people can work with a cluttered work space, other people have to have it clean and uncluttered.  To each her own, but I'm happy to have you visit and see if anything at all works for you.

I learned in ten years of stamping that I had a brain that preferred my papers, pens, ink pads, and ribbons to be organized by color and my stamps to be organized by theme.  Now that I am entering challenges, people want to know, for instance, what Stampin Up! set a particular stamp is from and I usually have no clue because I break up the sets as you'll see in the close-up below.  It would give some people hives, but it's what works best for me.

As you can see in the panned shots of the space above, there are several black filing cabinets around the room.  I got these cabinets inexpensively at Office Max, but for years in the garage I used old beat-up thrift store cabinets and they worked perfectly well.  Each cabinet is organized by color.  Here is a close-up of the "green" cabinet, as an example:







So far this has proven to be the most efficient way for me to work.  The bottom drawer containing the paper used to have paper placed simply from light to dark, no matter what brand.  Now I am starting to put the SU papers in file folders by name so I can post the right name of what color I use if it's SU paper.

Here is a close-up of one of the drawers in my main stamp cabinet.  (I also have stamps in the cabinet below and in some of the cabinets above.)  This is my "birthday" drawer:


This just works best for me.  I found that if I left the SU stamps in their "sets," I wouldn't remember that, for instance, a thank you set also contained a flower.  With my poor memory, I make more use of my stamps by putting all the thank you stamps together and all the flower stamps together, and so on. 

Here is a close-up of the 12x12 acrylic bins which hold my patterned paper.  Of course the paper is organized by theme (circles, stripes, kids, etc).  I tried organizing the sheets by color, but found that with the patterned paper, that didn't work for me.  I use them more often now that I've organized them by theme.  The bins are Display Dynamics Perfect Paper Stackable Paper Trays from Scrapbook.com.


And finally, since the original pictures were taken, I have put this sweet cabinet in one of the corners, instead of a bookcase, and it holds a bunch more stuff.  All my reinkers, embossing powders, glitters, Cuttlebug plates, and punches are in the drawers.


Further updates to the inside of the Playhouse in terms of cabinets and storage have been made. They can be found at:

September 24, 2013 (Revamp of 12x12 paper storage and Wall of Art added)

January 8, 2013 (new wall cabinet added)

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I thought you might like to see a picture of me "paying my dues" crafting in the garage for ten years! I started this hobby in 2002; this was taken in 2006.

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The Playhouse was finished in the fall of 2011. This picture of me in the Playhouse was taken in 2012:
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Feel free to email me (darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com) or post a comment if you have any questions about how I organize my crap craft supplies.  Thanks for looking!

Please enjoy!

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Inkyfingers said...

Oh my Darnell, it was worth waiting 30 years for! Gorgeous - I bet you nearly live in there.

Karleen said...

Congratulations on having a wonderful area to create in. I would love to be there also. Good luck

Sharon Jones said...

Wowza!! What a wonderful "playhouse"! You deserve it!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Oh my word!! Your Playhouse is out of this world - absolutely fabulous, and everything is sooooooo beautifully organised.
Sylvia x

Emsworth Girl said...

i'm so jealous of your playhouse it's awesome. What a dream space!!
Lucky you!

Cynthia said...

I just visited your "playhouse". Fabulous! What a great organized person you are! Love it!
Cynthia

elainec said...

Your "playhouse" is a dream.Just fantastic. I need that sort of order.I'm so inspired by it.

Bernice said...

Oh I just love your playhouse - so very organised. I had a little shed for a while, but in the cold and damp of Northern Ireland it wasn't all that practical - so I eventually got a craft room built on a mezzanine inside - much better suited to our climate! Sunny California would be just perfect for crafting outdoors!

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Wow, what a dream house!

Michelle said...

Darnell! I am in LOVE with your playhouse! I want one of those. Maybe the kids wouldn't notice if I stole their cubbyhouse as my craft room? :-)

Jenni's Jems said...

This looks so gooood would love to have this and the organisation is brilliant-I can't work in clutter I have discovered ! x

Rita said...

Darnell, this would have to be my dream craft haven. You are so lucky and having all those goodies to play with too. Enjoy lots of Happy Crafting Days in your new pad. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

marcia said...

Lovely! I break my stamp sets apart also. They are much more user friendly that way!

Sherry Edwards said...

Wow - now I really am speechless .... except to say if I had your idyllic playhouse, I'd truly be in crafting heaven! Thanks for sharing xx

Lynn Holland said...

Darnell your playhouse is right up my street, I love to be organised so I am mesmerised by your space.
In fact yours is the 2nd tidy studio I have seen today.
It's made me feel so much better knowing there is just not me who likes things in the right places.
Haha
Lynn
One I Made Earlier Today

Cindy Coutts said...

Oh I love your playhouse so much! It's so beautiful and fun. Your backyard is lovely and the sitting area you have right outside is just so pretty. I'm going to hunt down where you live so I can come over. This is fabulous and your organization skills are superb. What a wonderful space!

Cindy Coutts said...

Oh wow. Now I'm really excited. I just viewed your profile and you're in Cali, just like me. I'm between San Francisco and Sacramento. Can we schedule a play date?

Sheree said...

Wow!!! I am sooooo jealous! Your hideaway is fantastic!
Hugs,
Sheree

Yolanda said...

Drooooling!

TAM said...

WOW your playhouse is brilliant - I've just turned several shades of green.

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful playhouse, every crafty girls dream. You are so organized.

Morti said...

Finally! Someone like me who organises by theme rather than manufacturer! Yay!

Your playhouse is to die for and is just divine, I'm V envious - but one day, will have something similar, even if it's a room rather than a whole shed to myself. Though that would be just heavenly....LOL Thanks for sharing your space with us!

Lyndal said...

This is one seriously cool playhouse Darnell - I have my stuff organised by colour and theme too ;)

Sharon said...

Darnell,

I absolutely love your craft room. And what a wonderful name that your grandson came up with - The Playhouse. It's so right on.

You have definitely inspired me. We're downsizing and my husband and I were wondering what we'd do with my new-found hobby. Now we have a perfect idea of what we can do. Thankfully I won't have to give up my supplies to make the transition.

Thanks again!

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a jewel box of a craft room! Thanks for sharing the pix with all of us. :)

Jennifer J. said...

I love your space. Thanks for sharing it!

Suzanne Russell said...

I think you should call this your dream house! You are a lucky girL I am in complete awe of your organizational skills as well. I hope you have many, many hours of delightful play in your wonderful playhouse!

Queen Of Toys said...

Darnell,

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, just thought I would check on yours and oh my goodness your little playhouse is amazing, I think you should have a bed in it then you would never have to leave. I just love it.

Eliza

Lou said...

What a beautiful beautiful Graden and playhouse, but OMG inside the playhouse makes it into my dream house it is stunning so well organised and just beautiful, I am very envious and want to come and play! Hugs Lou xxx

SallyB said...

WOW..Darnell...
Your playhouse and garden are amazing! You are soooo lucky! I would love to have a place like that to escape to...My daughters are 14 and 9 this year so I think I will have to wait for the eldest to go move out first!
Thanks for coming to visit me so that I could visit you and find something to aspire to!
xxxx

Marybeth said...

Wow to this amazing kraft home. All of it is so amazing. My brother built one similar for his wife and its her quilting room . TFS your beautiful room , you are blessed!

Asha said...

This is absolutely my dream! You are truly truly blessed, Darnell. Thanks for sharing and thank you for visiting my blog. Your kind words led me straight here ... and I'm so glad I came!

sparkling stamper said...

OMG, what a marvelous playhouse - out of the mouths of babes, they tell us what things really are! Your grandson is a genius. Nothing else could better explain what this little building is! I want one just like it! We bought the 3 acres next door with that in mind! Now I have a plan! Thank YOU! Wish I could come play with you!

okienurse said...

Oh Darnell I love your gorgeous landscaped yard and that playhouse is to die for from the outside! Doing a tour of the inside made my mouth water! I could live so happy in your backyard! Vickie aka okienurse.blogspot.com

okienurse said...

Oh Darnell I love your gorgeous landscaped yard and that playhouse is to die for from the outside! Doing a tour of the inside made my mouth water! I could live so happy in your backyard! Vickie aka okienurse.blogspot.com

Kristin Moore said...

OMG!!! Amazing! From the outside your beautiful building looks perfectly petite, but from the inside it looks spacious and of course perfectly organized! I have a "playhouse" in my backyard too, but it belongs to my kiddos for now (10 & 12) so I am in the dreaming phase of my project! ;)

Sara Jansen said...

WOW...the Playhouse is knock down goregous...!!! Love the landscaping outside, but the inside is just as cool. Great colors, love the glass surfaces and all that white to play off. Must go read more. Color me green...as in a tad bit jealous!! Ah well, I'm thankful to have a room for myself. Hope you're having a good weekend.

SunnysScrapWorld said...

oooooh, a dream this place... love it sooo much!

Emily Leiphart said...

This is like a dream! You are so lucky to have a little studio like this!! It's so cute and bright. I love it!

Queen Lightwell said...

What a wonderful playhouse! I can only imagine how much fun it was getting it all decorated and organized...and, of course, the fun of playing in it, too! Congratulations on having such a wonderfully beautiful and functional space. And you must have a dear of a hubby to have let you steal the garage for so long... ;-)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

OMGosh ! What a wonderful & very organized 'Playhouse' ! I love it and want it ! Thank you for kind words at my blog and becoming a follower as it brought me back to your blog and taking time for a better look ! I will join yours as well & looking forward to seeing your ideas & beautiful creations ! Congrats again on being Showcased, sorry that I 'let the cat out of the bag' ! Have a great weekend, Shirley

Sherry Kushibab said...

Oh my what an adorable and well organized place you have created to stamp in!!! If I didn't have my own place I would be extremely jealous. So glad you aren't in the garage and love your tips on organizing - very nice.

Zippy said...

Wow! What a wonderful playhouse! I have a bedroom which I thought was rather nice but yours is fantastic! Love your garden too! xxx

CreatErin said...

Beautiful! This looks like a dream to me. Right now I have a little corner in the basement and am in the wishing phase until I can get to something like your space :)

BumbleVee said...

Wow. and that pretty much says it all. What an amazing space for you. Well done!

Allisa said...

Love your playhouse!

EELS said...

Hi Darnell - again,
I've just come out of your playhouse, what a wonderful crafting place I love it.
Also, apart from having a likewise desk orientation my organising/storage systems are very much the same as yours and I also cannot abide mess and clutter. I like to know where everything is.
Cheers
Elaine

Ivanka said...

Oh my. I am in love! Your space is fabulous and so wonderfully organized!! Heaven!

Sue W said...

Can I come over and play in your 'Playhouse'????? I promise not to make a mess! xox

Heidrun said...

Wow, what a wonderful organized craft-room

Liebe Grüße Heidrun

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

OMW, what an amazing craft space you've got there although I don't believe you actually do any crafting there - it's too tidy!!! lol

Patty Gorka said...

I wasn't sure if I left you a comment about your 'play house', but I just have to tell you how amazing this is! What a great idea for those of us who do not have a dedicated stamping space or if our house is small and there's no room inside (like my house).

I want to come over to play!!! It's so neat and organized! Beautiful, just beautiful!

Sue from Oregon said...

An amazing playhouse!

Angela said...

NOT FAIR Darnell! You get a whole building for your craft? And you get to have it all organized beautifully and neatly? Wow! I love your space!
Thank you for visiting me so that I can be inspired to organize like you. Just fabulous!

Christine said...

What size is this building (playhouse)? lol

Pauline said...

What a wonderful play room! I'm in awe of your organisational techniques, I'm very jealous lol!

Carole of Brum said...

Oh, I want to come and live in your shed! I won't touch anything, I promise....I'll just sit there and admire the beautiful organisation! Can you come and tidy up my crafty mess for me? hee hee. It's a gorgeous craft space, I really am very envious. CoB

Peggy in Mentone said...

You have everyones dream studio!AND it is in SUCH a cute little house...It appears you also have a wonderful view as you look out!

Your organizational skills are to be admired and I would like to see if your workspace gets as crazy as mine does when "creating"!

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful pictures and idea's.

Peggy in Mentone CA

Laurie said...

OMG! I am moving in with you. How fun is this?!! And I love the OCD thing...I have it too! hehe!

baileyrosy.com said...

I want to come and live in your playhouse, wow !!! What a dream lucky you and tidy you !

Marie

baileyrosy.com said...

I want to come and live in your playhouse, wow !!! What a dream lucky you and tidy you !

Marie

Carol L said...

This is just fabulous, and what a gorgeous view you have! All the comforts of home in your own little playhouse! Who could ask for anything more? I'm so happy for you!

Tania said...

Oh WOW , I'm in love with your "playhouse", everything about it is perfect. I LOVE how neat and organised it is too , I really can't think straight in a messy space, so this would suit me down to the ground. LOVE it !!!! You are very blessed to have such a lovely space, Enjoy!! x

Vicki Dutcher said...

OH MY GOSH I am IN LOVE with your playhouse!! It is so adorable and beautifully organized. It looks just perfect with your house and yard -- WELL DONE!!! :)

RebeccaJaneHoy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments every week. I adore your blog and craftroom.......wonderful! So jealous,

Rebecca x

Lindsey said...

OMG Wow, Wow! What a pretty playhouse - it looks gorgeous from the outside & amazing when you see all the goodies you have inside! In my dreams ....!

Veronica said...

WOW! I'm speechless. This is adorable and eviable and functional. I think calling it your playhouse is perfect. How wonderful to be out of the garage. And now I'll stop feeling guilty about how many supplies I have because I realize it's all relative. Since I don't have as many as you do, I can continue to pretend I'm not an art store addict. : ) Thank you for coming by and visiting my blog.

Lin said...

What a perfectly wonderful place, Darnell! A place all your own, with windows, and fresh air when you want it, a getaway when you want it to be, where you can leave something "in progress" without worrying that it will get disturbed. You are one lucky lady! Thanks for the tour and all your ideas!

Michellem said...

WOW!! Your playhouse makes me very happy for you!! I also LOVE how neat and tidy it is - I, too, have a hard time working in a mess. LOVELY!!

Chelsea said...

This is wonderful for me to find. My husband just finished building my "craft barn" and I have the same size space as you. So many ideas for me to look at. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering where you got the "lazy susan" style organizers that are on the glass table.

Darnell J Knauss said...

From Darnell: To Chelsea:

I get a "cannot access profile" when I clicked on your name to answer your question personally, so I can only hope you come back and see this. The carousels are sold by Stampin Up'. The name is "Stack & Store Caddy." If you do a search on Stampinup.com, you will find them. They aren't cheap, but I had so many brads and eyelets and the like, that they were worth the money to me.

Good luck with setting up your Craft Barn! Feel free to email me directly and I'd love to see pictures!

Scrappekatten said...

Wow, just stunning - and all the space, and the drawers and the scissors on the wall and the....................
Katarina#96

Dortesjs said...

aww this is awsome, what a gorgeous house, so romantic, your so lucky and the view to the garden awsome

Kara said...

This is an amazing little house!! I love it!

Geri said...

Wow! Now it is my turn to say I am glad that Ardyth is our common link! What a playhouse, what a blog!!! My family always jokes about me being OCD....going to use your Organized Crafting Display title from now on!

Seriously, I thought I was well organized until I saw your space!

Love the idea of storing your items in the drawers BY COLOR!!!

Doesn't it feel good though to walk into a tidy space and not be overwhelmed by clutter. Clutter is such bad energy!

I have just signed up to follow you by e-mail and look forward to many more fun visits!

Kath said...

What an amazing crafting space - I'm so envious! Love your OCD ideas.
Kath x

Scrappin4kim said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I will continue to dream about my space! How do you have your PTI stamps organized? Did you break those up too? Thanks!

Terstamper said...

Beautiful playhouse! Caqn I come and play there too?

Ter ;)

Sherry Eckblad said...

All I can say is that I am so totally jealous of you and your playhouse right now. Do you want to adopt me so I can come live there?

Sudmann said...

A dream come true! Congratulations on your beautiful new "home" - it´s amazing how well organized and pretty your playhouse is. Thank you for inviting us in for a lookaround - and for idea-gathering!

Andrea said...

wow what an awesome playhouse I love how neat and tidy it is a dream come true... you are very lucky and I can only hope that in years to come I will have something equally as stunning thanks for sharing it with us ...love the stamp idea x

Sandi McLean said...

Oh what a dream of a "playhouse"! Congratulations! I was drooling as I looked through all of your pictures..

Jojorenee said...

drool!

Sonja said...

What a stunning playroom ! The dream of every crafter ...

greetz from Belgium
Sonja
http:\\scrapadoe.blogspot.com

Renee said...

I wish I was that tidy and organized! Beautiful crafting space.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Darnell, love your super organised playroom - it looks pretty much perfect to me. I have often considered organising stamps by type rather than set but thought perhaps not ... having read your reasoning and seeing that you do just that, I think I there will be a few changes going on in the craft space in the near future. Thanks for sharing. Elizabeth xx

mypapercraftworld said...

This is awesomely awesome ... thank you for sharing, it's to aspire to! Anita in France

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Darnell - this is just gobsmacking brillaint! amazing! now think would freak out doing things the way you do in colours etc but can see your reasoning as am sure it does utilise better... I will have think about it would love to have your cute stamp drawers, Shaz in Oz.x

Sue - said...

Just found your blog! Congratulatons on your wedding anniversary! And I am SOoo envious of your Playhouse - it looks great. Off now to reorganise my very small room!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Sigh! Drool! What a sensational playhouse! How much fun it must be to craft in here! Hugs xxx
Ps ... Came from Kim S's blog ... Great discovery! Xxx

mjbest said...

Love your Playhouse. I too can't abide clutter and mess and have things organized similarly. When one of my daughters moved out, I immediately set about converting her bedroom into my 'playroon'. Now I have so much stuff, I need a bigger space. LOL.

Hannelie said...

I just peeped into your playhouse!
My oh my... that is so lovely! I am green with envy!

Katie said...

Just found this and I'm blown away. I wish your style of O.C.Disease was contagious! If so, I'd be first in line for a big ol' hug. This is gorgeous! Super jealous, and waiting for the day when I have the time/funds/energy to convert my space to something half as wonderful as this, thanks for sharing! :)

Barb said...

What an inspiring space! I wondered why I wasn't seeing your beautiful cards in my blogger friend list...it keeps ditching blogs at random. I love how you organize by color and that your stamps are split up by theme...like you I find I don't use my stamps enough because I don't remember what is in each set...do you use Papertrey Ink sets? How do you organize/remember which stamp is in a certain set? I could use some ideas! ;)

Beanie said...

Oh My Darnell.... this is way above the status of a shed (like mine). It is absolutely fantastic and a crafters paradise. When Jeff gets up I'm going to show him these photos and watch him go pale....lol
xx

YoriとYayie said...

WOW... your playhouse is bigger than my bedroom. I love how you organize your stuff wish mine would be that organized... thanks for sharing

Karen said...

Oh my gosh, your playhouse is so gorgeous. I use two trays, 1 normal size, 1 small on my bed to craft and my eyes are so green seeing this. One day.....I live in hope :-))) Karen x

Tanis Scott said...

OMG, you lucky duck! That is fantastic! That idea wouldn't really work for me since I have a 10 ft. snowdrift in my backyard right now, and wouldn't want to have to shovel my way out there! Luckily I have my own craftroom in a spare bedroom. It's about the same size as yours, but not as well lit, and not nearly as organized. You have me thinking of some ways to better organize my mess.

Maisie Moonshine said...

What a fabulous Playhouse - clean, bright and organised. My craft space is pretty much as it was when I emptied the packing boxes when we moved house two years ago. I still can't find everything - bizarrely I lose my ATC blanks on an almost weekly basis! Your space is inspiring! MM

Bobbi said...

This is just the sweetest place to "PLAY". I just love your little get away Playhouse! SWEET, SWEET, SWEET!

Neet said...

Gobsmacked! Coming over to play! Get the kettle on please.

Hugs, Neet xx

~Sue C said...

Oooooh MY gosh! I am soooo happy for you to have your own oasis! How COOL is that?! It's so pretty and organized and... I WANT IT! LOL! Gorgeous space. Love the deck and trees too. The whole space is beautifully designed.
Sue#126

Beanie said...

Darnell,

just showed my 13 year old God-daughter your playhouse and she is 'lost for words'. She thought I was mad in having a shed... but yours has totally blown her away! xx

Jeanne J said...

Looks like heaven! So jealous here!

Kim M said...

Oh my. I'm drooling with envy here. LOL. LOVE you playhouse. I want come over and play! ;-). LOL!

nwilliams6 said...

I am driven by color too - right now I am so green with envy! Wow - this is so cute and so well done - you are a lucky duck! TFS.

Anna said...

Oh!! I love your little playhouse!! and all the wonderful organization ideas! I need to bookmark this post as my husband and I are planning to do something similar in our back yard. At the present I have half the living room and there is no way to close it off from the rest of the house and it is hard to organize and open space.
Thanks so much for sharing this!
Anna

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Love it - so bright and cheerful and organised - since my 17 year old decided to live with her Dad all my craft stuff has taken residence in my loungeroom - My house is slowly becoming my playroom... lol... but nowhere near as organised. I think of mine as a work in progress and of course my to live by quote "She who dies with the most wins" is playing a huge part... where to put the new purchases LOL... Mxx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Oh My... I have just fallen in love with your playhouse. It's absolutely gorgeous and soooooo organised. I must put one on my 'wish list' Thank you for following my new blog and for your lovely comments.

Michelle said...

WOW! Your playhouse is beautiful! Literally beautiful from the outside and inside is so organised and neat and clean - my kind of place!!

EjnMOM said...

You have a beautiful playhouse, I love how everything ISO organized LOVE IT!!!!!

ThePurplePlace said...

What a wonderful space and I think "Playhouse" is the perfect name. I'm in total awe of this wonderful place and of your superb organization...! You could make a fortune going around and organizing craft rooms for those of us, who do not have that talent.

I just LOVE everything you have done and also your wonderful creativity in coming up with so many wonderful ideas!!

This is one of the most amazing craft spaces I have ever seen, and I think it's like a dream!!!

ENJOY!!!!!!!

LEG Studios said...

What a perfect playhouse! I love how bright and well-lit it is, perfectly organized, and a beautiful view to boot! Love it!

Gabby said...

What a delightful playhouse you have! It is so cute on the outside and a paper crafters dream on the inside! I have my SU and PTI paper organized by color in my file cabinet. The other papers are stacked and not in good order. :( I also organize my stamps by subject/theme. And yes, some of my SU friend's hearts skipped a beat when they found out I split up my sets. Hee! But my thoughts on the subject, were the same as yours. I would like to have my stamps in sliding drawers/racks/shelves, rather than boxes w/hinged lids as they are in now. Wonder if your stamp drawers are still available and where you got them? Thx for letting me know. It was a real pleasure and inspiration to "view" your playhouse. :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Hi Gabby,

I could not access an address for you via your comment to respond personally. I left a note for you on my blog, but I thought I would answer here, in case you come back looking for it here.

First, thank you for all your sweet and supportive words! I appreciate that very much.

Unfortunately, that deep shallow drawer cabinet was purchased from a friend who had purchased it at a knitting store that was going out of business. They are sometimes called "map drawers" or "architect's drawers" (for plans), but I believe new ones are very expensive. Maybe you can find one from Craig's List or on EBay. It's the best thing I own. It perfectly displays hundreds of wooden stamps.

Good luck! Thanks again! I'll edit my post to put this information right on there, so future readers can have the information. Darnell

Sammy said...

Oh my goodness! I am so jealous!
As the house I have to share with hubs and two kids isn't all that much bigger than your playhouse, I have to make do with a corner of the living room... Said corner keeps expanding, and soon will have taken over the whole room! (Which will probably be when hubby decides enough is enough and orders a skip!)
I'd love to be able to be so organised, but out of necessity I am a "Everything stacked in one huge pile" crafter!

Laura said...

OMG!! Where do I start? I Love everything about your play House!!! Including your Yard!!! STUNNNNINGGG!!! I am so JEALOUS!!!

Marie B. said...

Can I come play in your playhouse sometime? :)

kattera22 said...

Oh my goodness! A dreamy play house indeed!!!! Beautiful space and yard!!! I'd love to play in there! and i know what you meen about finding the right name for your space.. I'm still deciding what to call my room... I hear lots of people say studio, but i don't think it fits me, I sometime say scrap room, but i do way more than scrapping, so far i'm hovering over crafty room/space... Maybe it should just be my playroom/toy room? I did always want one of those as a kid!! lol Thank you for sharing, I'm now going to have to send my mom the link for her to drool over too!!

Craft-E-Place said...

WOW, Wow, WOW!!!!
Elaine

Lynne Robertson Glen said...

Oh Darnell, your playhouse is gorgeous, and very organised.

I had a craft studio made inside my garage, no windows etc, it was always so cold. I now have a whole room in my house. :)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

I am envious!! And a dreamer. I've always loved little sheds, cottages etc and would really love to have one for my studuo. BUT I live in Iowa and the weather would play havok....heating, air, and shoveling snow to get in or out, no running water. So it's a dream in the back of my brain.
Thanks for sharing the organizational aspects of your space . Ideas that can surely help. Love the natural lighting too. Inside and out are all beautiful spaces. Thanks for sharing all the photos too. It is just a fun spot to create.

Alycia said...

This is an amazing space and I want one!! My girls have a playhouse just a touch smaller than this...thinking I might need to take it over. :) I love what you've done with the place.

Sheila H said...

I am absolutely green with envy at your Playhouse. The name is perfect and so is the space. Your organization is amazing!

Sandy said...

What a wonderful craft world you have -- so organized! Beautifully clean ---- a wonderland where you create your magic!
sandy xx

Lee said...

I am GOBSMACKED!!!! OMGosh that is absolutely amazing!!! And you are a genius organizer as well as a very talented crafter!! I'm Pinning this in hopes maybe my hubby can get some inspiration or ideas for something like this on our property!!! Thank you so much for sharing and wishing you much JOY in crafting!!!

Susangail Powell said...

I LOVE your playhouse and the fact that your grandson came up with the name is too cute. You are so organized - I would love to be half as organized. :)

Laura Pizz said...

I LOVE your playhouse and OCD! Following you now, please follow me...Thanks for joining the BBTB2 challenge!
~Laura @ craftychickscreating.blogspot.com

Eva Laney said...

WOW, how wonderful is your playhouse and yes truly the perfect name :) I love it! I hope you can come by and visit my craft room too if you have time. http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com/2014/02/craft-room-make-over.html

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness, I am in complete envy. Your playhouse is absolutely fabulous and you have the outdoors and a relaxing chair right there! Thanks for sharing your special place with us at BBTB2.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Your space is amazing!! So clean... are you sure you craft in there?? LOL! Thanks for sharing! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

Your crafty "playroom" is amazing !!!! I love the design and the way you have organized every single thing !!! This is truly a dream craft space and what beautiful scenery to enjoy as well !! Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us at BBTB2 !!

Mayra DTM
Mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com

Jaren said...

I LOVE your crafty space! What an awesome idea! I could have a lot of fun in there! Thanks for linking up with BBTB2!!

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness gracious!! Your
'Playhouse' is awesomeness for sure!!!! I so love how organized you are. And WOW at all of the space!!! Thank you so very much for sharing your Crafty Space with us at BBTB2!!!! :)

Brenda said...

You know how much I love your playground Darnell! I love how you have everything set up, the drawers you have that keeps everything nicely organized. It is just a dream crafty space!! And to have a whole little house all to yourself is just awesome! I want to come to your playground! lol Thanks for linking up with BBTB2 Darnell;-)

Jayne said...

Your playhouse is wonderful Darnell. You are so well organised. Thanks for sharing with us at BBTB2.

Mollie said...

This is a DREAM!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! SO JEALOUS, but so happy you shared this with us at BBTB2! It has given me a WONDERFUL idea!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Emily
Mollie's Motif

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a wonderful place to get creative! If I had such a place though it would need AC for summer and heat for winter. Not sure that would be feasible for me, but I sure do envy your creative space. It is beautiful!

Petra Swart said...

Hi Darnell.
I'm in the process of working through your wonderful blog so I came across this post with the most amazing craft area any one can dream of!!! This must be one of the most organized crafting spaces out there!! You should see where I do my crafting - a total mess while I'm busy!!! I can just imagine how wonderful it must be to work in this lovely cosy little place!!! Maybe one day I can also have a lovely craft area like yours!!! I'll have to show this to my husband so that he knows exactly what I need!!!!
Thank you for the pleasant time I could spend in the Playhouse!!
PS. I thought I had a lot of stamps, but I think you have a few more!!!! LOL!!

vicki said...

Darnell I LOVE your playhouse! wow! I bet it's so nice crafting away in here especially since you have been in a garage, I love how it looks on the outside and the inside is a dream! I wish I had your OCD seriously your organizing is the best! Thank you for sharing your precious playhouse.
Hugs
Vic xx

Diane Jaquay said...

This looks like such a wonderful place to create! I currently have a space in my living room where I create (we live in a VERY small house!) It "works", but is far from ideal. My dream is to have my own space someday, filled with LIGHT (so important to me), and room to organize to my heart's content. TFS

S said...

I am so completely jealous of the light in your space, and the fact that you actually "get out of the house" to craft. I'm your newest follower too, and I hope you'll pop back by my blog and see my space under the tab called studio. This is fun!

Bente Andersen said...

Hello
Bente from Denmark. Sorry about my poor english...but i have to thank you for your wonderfull pictures of your Playhouse AND because i now, dont feel that i'm alone in the world, who split up my stamp-set. People think i'm crazy when i tell them about my stamps, and how i split them up.
Thank you and happy spring, from Denmark

jintyoo7 said...

MARVELOUS - loved looking at all the photographs!
Well done!

onelayercards said...

Someday, I'd like to have a craft room just like yours, Darnell! I LOVE the Playhouse! Thank you for the virtual tour. I made sure my hubby looked at the photos so he knows what mine should be like hehehehe ;o)

Hugs,
~Shery

Stamps and Paper said...

What a fabulous 'play house' and so neat and tidy.....only wish I had your OCD ....

Anne

Janet McLaughlin said...

Oh, Darnell, this is beyond gorgeous! What a beautiful crafting space you have created! I wish I had your organizational skills! Im more like your "garage" picture! Thanks for the tour!

Janie Printz said...

What a wonderful place to "play in" ... Oh how I would love to have your organization skills. I have taken over the spare bedroom for my craft room & love it but certainly don't have your talent for making it so user friendly.
Love it !!!
Janie

walchowDesign said...

Finally, I managed to get into your playhouse! OMG! It's amazing and so well organised. I can only dream of having one. I enjoyed the tour and TFS, Darnell!

Cindy C. said...

Wow that's one AWESOME playhouse!!

OH Babs said...

Wow what more could a girl want not only a charming doll house but filled with grown up toys and nicely organized. Now that I have read all there is to know about you I can now picture you in your quaint and charming environment.

1CardCreator said...

Wow, aren't you the lucky girl! Your very own playhouse, that is fabulous! I love how you organized it all by color too. I must say I was a little worried about you until I saw the picture with your desk looking a bit more like mine, ha ha! I noticed after I wrote my comment on the NBUS challenge that we share the same birthday, July 2nd, I knew you had to be a kindred spirit! Anyway what a fun place to create! ~Diane

Kimberly Rendino said...

Beautiful!!!! Omg, BEYOND beautiful!!!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Thanks for the house tour, I would like to have a little playhouse like yours, but too bad, guess it is too hot for me to have one in our backyard here in the desert!

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, what a beautiful crafty space!

Hello From Texas said...

Darnell,
I just had to drop you a note about your gorgeous Play House. It's so well organized, bright and probably quiet.
I also noticed in that latest picture of you that you have a Hermann Mille Aeron chair!! Do you like it? Does it make sitting at your craft table more comfortable?
Lastly, I have started breaking apart my old wood SU sentiment sets and placing them in a file cabint of sorts and I found a way to keep tabs on the set it came from. I simply use a Sharpie and write the name of the set on the side.
Thank you for sharing you lovely Play House.
Carole

Sharon Keanly said...

Hi Darnell, I found you via our mutual friend, Petra Swart. She was raving about your blog so I had to come visit and I just LOVE your Playhouse. It must be like heaven playing there. LOVE x3 it so much! You lucky girl! hugs Sharon

Viv said...

Oh my! Dee , I hadn't got around to visiting this part of your blog until today. I am in love with your fabulous playhouse now!I have my own room and it's sort of organized but I am hoping to design a better one when we move house. Now I have some lovely tips so thank you! My daughter has OCD too so that might prove very useful :) I will get her to help me organize it as I am moving closer to her (method in my madness).Wow and how much stuff do you own ? when I look at just your green section I think I know lol:) Now I don't feel so bad....although mine is increasing by the minute. Happy Birthday for today too mwah :) Vee xx

LauraJane:) said...

Happy Birthday Darnell... I stopped by via Laura Bassen...just HAD to see your PLAYHOUSE!! LOVELYYYY!!!
I think one might just bring a sleeping mat and live in there ALWAYS:)
Thanks for sharing your creative space with the world:)

Riette said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! I am a committed new fan! Your playhouse is a dream! I have a tiny little corner in my boy's bedroom so I'm always a bit jealous of people who have a dedicated space but you SO deserve it! I just LOVE the idea of the little playhouse (oops, I almost called it an outhouse). My kids are still little so they take up more time and space than crafting allow but I try :D.
May you have a blessed day!
xxxx
Riette
www.redcardcorner.blogspot.com

Super Stamp Girl said...

OMG, Darnell, how can I say this with so much excitement. . . I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR PLAYHOUSE! I am so jealous. It's beautiful, the playhouse itself, the beautiful landscaped grounds, your window view and your organizational skills. You are so lucky to have such an inspiring place to work (and play!)

Laurie Clayton said...

I love it! My sister and I were just planning to put one of these in her yard! Can you tell me where you got your cute little shed at?

Darnell J Knauss said...

Laurie, I don't usually reply in a comment because I never know if the person will come back to it, but your comment name is "no reply" and I couldn't leave a comment on your blog because I am not a Goggle+ person, so I hope you see this here.

My shed came from a place in Fremont, CA called "The Shed Shop." They have a website so you can get an idea and then see if there are similar companies in your area. You can get different sizes and everything from unfinished to as finished as mine is. I have a window a/c for the heat and a space heater for the cold, but you get way colder in Illinois than we do here, so that could be a problem. If you have any other questions, you can always email me directly. My email is on my profile page which you can access on the link under my picture text. Thanks for your visit and your interest!! Hugs, Darnell

Bev said...

Darnell I am green with envy, your little shed is to die for! I know that if I had one such as this, I would never see my friends or family as I would never want to leave it!

Bev x

Cara Malmrose said...

Hi Darnell ... Thanks for stopping by my Blog. I am following you now and I have to say I love your "Play House". Definitely a grand place to play and create! (Hugs) Cara

jeannine said...

holy smokes what i wouldn't give for a space like that!! if it had a bathroom too i'd never leave it!! except it would also need heat here in the NY winters. gorgeous space!

very_inky_fingers said...

What a beautiful space! Love your organization.

Karenladd said...

Oh my, I am just in love with your little Playhouse! Not only does the building itself look wonderful, but your deck and sitting area out in front make it look so cozy. No wonder you grandson thought it was a playhouse!

oldpunca said...

I am speechless! Wonderful place, wonderful organized. It has to be a dream to work in such a nice room! :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Jasleen said...

Oh Wow!! Such a splendid playhouse!!! It's exactly how I dream about my own crafting place. Right now, whatever limited crafting supplies I have are stashed neatly inside a small suitcase, and everytime I craft, my dining table becomes my crafting place. Oh, i really love this beautifullly lit, brilliantly organzied and planned happy place. :)

Vikki Ryan said...

OMG Darnell, my friend Robyn told me to come and take a peek at your Playhouse....it is fantastic! I love it and I love how organised you are.

artful-notions said...

Hi Darnell! Just had to add my 'love this'! My craft room is inside the house (son's old room), and NEVER neat and tidy. I seriously try to be organized, but it gets in the way of being all things to this craft. You're and inspiration! Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I now know where to come to calm and refocus!

My Card Attic said...

Oooh, I'm SO jealous Darnell! I want a 'playroom' like that! You are so organised, you should see my attic room . . . on 2nd thoughts, maybe not ! Hazel xx

Nannie4 said...

What a beautiful playhouse!! After looking at it, I have to get busy cleaning mine again. It was tidy for Christmas, but then I started crafting and well.......
Thanks for sharing it. It is inspirational. :)

Lucy said...

I LOVE it!!!
I hope to have a new craft room sometime this year (depends on when my handyman, a.k.a. Tired husband decides it's the next project!). I have been going over it in my head how I want to store things and have always come to the conclusion that sorting by color would suit me the best. I LOVE color, and many times use it to guide my crafty mood. I have not been on, nor have any plans in the near future to be on any Design teams, since I work pretty much full time, so it wouldn't matter if I mixed things up a bit. I do participate in challenges, so I guess it may matter for those. Anyway, I definitely like your method and hope that I get to start my own sorting soon! Thanks for sharing :-D

Karen Schroeder said...

I absolutely love your playhouse! I want to come in and play! I wish I could get my craft area organized, so thanks for all the great ideas!

Polka Dot Rosie said...

I absolutely LOVE this more than I can express in this comment box! I must have a playhouse of my own some day, but living in the midwest, winters can get awful cold so I'm not sure if I would want to walk outside when creativity hits. Hmmmm.....maybe some day! I do love all the windows and natural light. I have none in my current craft room. Thanks for sharing this!
Cheers!
Sara
www.PolkaDotRosie.blogspot.com

Katherine said...

so January seems to be "get organized" month, so I had to check this out.. GREAT space.. Oh I have a lot of 'ganizing to do for my little space to even look half as well designed! TFS!

Willeke said...

Hi Darnell,
WOW your craftroom is so organized ! I love it,
greetings from Willeke

Rema said...

Gosh darn I love your little place! Where's the roll away bed?

Kamila R. said...

oh my gosh!!! on the outside it looks fantastic but on the inside I lack words to describe to you how amazing, dreamy and sensational this space is!!!! I am so jealous haha After years in the garage you totally deserve it it is beautiful!! If one day I will be at the point where I can have my own playhouse I will definitely look back at your organising Darnell!! Thank you for sharing!

Diana said...

What a fabulous playhouse! I'd need heat for MI weather :-). I'm envious...my space is only 7.6x9 and I'm still trying to organize it. I may be copying some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy B Designs said...

Where do you live so I can move in with you? I can cook very well, clean better than a pro and your toilet will get a toothbrush daily.

What a fun playhouse you have! OMG you are so blessed but i but you deserve every single square inch of that baby. So lovely and something for me to dream for one day. It never hurts to dream!

Hugs!

Broni said...

Your Playhouse is awesome and oh so organized!! I want to come and play too!

Tina Riddle said...

Oh my I adore your playhouse! I have to show my hubby this tonight! Thanks so much for all of the organizational tips too. Oh and thanks for being a new follower of mine. I followed you back! :) Hugs! Tina

Tracey said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your playhouse Darnell :o)
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Marilyn Shannon said...

I wish I could come play in your playhouse!

janice stone said...

Om goodness , I just found you and I'm speechless . You are amazing and your playhouse is to die for--- no not really die . You have a fab sense of humor . Thanks so much .
One day I will join a challenge and I'm having GREAT difficulty with blog land , I'm lost bald -- no not reAlly . My 68 year old brain can't take it and is yelling at me that it is going to explode . It's a journey and I'm having fun ( I think ) . Joy now ,jan

Damchy said...

OMG, is that a dream house full of candies? What a great organisation with all that great stuff you have inside. It really is a dream house. I wish you a lot of wonderful creations. Hugs. Damjana

Dottie Seubert said...

Wow What a wonderful Idea to turn a shed into a play space.I was in a Walk in closet for a long time but with me growing with more and more things, My hubby wanted to build on to it then said you are in that room with all that stuff ! and I have one full bedroom just for my computer so he said he would take the walk in and for me to move in the Bedroom / scrap room now.No arrangement from me so I got busy emptying each place painted them both so they would be nice and clean and fresh. (yes I have OCD) drive him crazy LOL.. I finally got to become a follower, at first it would not allow me to but I kept trying and got it. thank you for following me and I am so happy to be following you. We are In Florida, where are you ?
Have a wonderful Weekend and enjoy your 2 grandsons mine are mostly grown up now just have 4 that are young, ages 2- 10.and 3 beautiful Great grand children but sadly I do not see them. we need to keep in touch.
Blessings
Dottie

Sue Reynolds said...

Amazing...this looks like a full time, wonderful job. I like to work in a clean area; but within one card construction, my desk can look like a tornado hit it. I keep organizing and changing, but I don't have as many supplies as you do...and probably in the rest of my lifetime won't, hard to use what I already have. Your idea of NBUS is great too. Looking forward to that in the future. Love your blog, so interesting. Wow, just looked at time, I've been on here over an hour...I have to get back to making some cards, but I'll be back.

ThePurplePlace said...

I could look at these pics a million times...LOVE LOVE LOVE Your Playhouse and YOUR amazing organization!!

A little bit of "Heaven on Earth".....

Happy creating..and enjoy your wonderful space....

Irene Grau said...

I am jealous of your playhouse! It's gorgeous, outside and in. But where's your Mt. NBUS? lol

Lisa Tilson said...

Oh such a lovely play area! Really well organised, I was interested to know where you keep the mountain of NBUS? I have a large M&S biscuit tin which contains my unused goodies (holds quite a lot of stamps/dies/stencils!), but I suspect you might need a few of those and you probably have a box somewhere :)

Leanne said...

I wish I could play with you in your lovely playhouse!!!

Janneke de Jong said...

Ow I want this too .. thank you for sharing ;o)

Misty Elam said...

N O W A Y ! ! ! ! This is UNBELIEVABLE!!! WOW, what an amazingly awesome craft room!!! What??!! I can't even!! This is the coolest craft room I've ever seen!!! I would live in this, if it were mine. I gotta show my hubby this.. Way cool Darnell.

Cindy Boney said...

What an adorable 'room of your own'! I love this space...it looks so charming and peaceful! I'm in the process of reorganizing my space...again, so I love your inspiration! Thanks for sharing!!

Mary Smith said...

Hello and Happy New Year, Darnell ♥ I just wanted to comment on your wonderful little play place for all the crafting that you do.... wow! Is all I can say. :) You are much more organized than I. And I don't have as much as you. :) One day I hope to get all of my things up and in their proper places. I am inspired by the pictures you have shared. Thank you.
I tried to "follow" you on your blog...but the internet must have slowed down. Well, when the blog allows me to follow I will. Thanks again! Have a wonderful create-ful day!
http://createfulheartcards.blogspot.com I hope its okay for me to share my blog with you. ♥ Mary

PJ said...

I just found your sweet blog because you entered the snow challenge at retro rubber, and being the guest designer I get to comment on everyone's cards.. so imagine my delight when I came to your card then took a tour of your blog.. I am loving your playhouse. It's the most adorable space ever. A place I can only dream of, a bit of heaven on earth if you will a sanctuary. I have my craft room in the front of our older (and I mean OLD) home.. and we are on 4 lanes of traffic with a train yard nextdoor. Not exactly peaceful, but the porch was enclosed because of said traffic/train noise and so my porch is my "playpen" and Book/Bible study room. Works out ok, but I'm so showing my husband your playhouse.. he'd probably build one just in hopes I'd stay out there. *wink Any ways I enjoyed your blog as well. Lovely to look at and so sweet to read.

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