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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Karen L K said...

Wow super cool. So very nice to have your space like that and look out into a beautiful backyard. I am lucky I have a room to myself. However mine is a little bit messier than yours.. always. It is organized in some ways too.

Fiki said...

wow!
love your playhouse!
I want to come and play :D
its gorgeous!

hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ
≽ܫ≼

Ina G said...

I'm coming to play Darnell! I WISH. What an awesome playhouse. You have way to much SCHTUFF my Friend.

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