The Craft Zone

In an ideal world, I would be queen of all things crafty. I would tune in my inner Martha Stewart and have a craft room that makes a diamond look like those necklaces from my pretty, pretty princess game. Don’t get me wrong, I love my home and the little nook I’ve created for my crafting obsession, but a girl can dream of having a grand craft room filled with every crafting tool and supplies ever created.

My craft space is small, but using a few storage solutions, I was able to turn it into the cozy and joyous area where I spend my nights creating beautiful pieces.  Before I walk you through my crafting zone, I will give you fair warning: my crafty room is always in a state of organized chaos.  Technically, I know where everything is located, so it can’t really be too bad. :-)

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Here is a stamp shelf I got on Craigslist. I was responding to an ad for rubber stamps from an older woman that had just had a grandchild and wanted to give up some of her hobbies. The shelf was hand crafted by her husband. I was purchasing the stamps right when I started The Crafty Accountant; and when I kept commenting how excited I was for these stamps and why I was buying them from her, she gave me the shelf because she “knew they were going to a good home.”  I felt to so blessed to receive such a nice gift from a stranger that ended up donated money in her honor to The Children’s Miracle Network.

 

 

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This shelving unit is from IKEA. At first, I thought it was going to be too big for the space, but it really turned out beautifully and gives me so many storage options. The nice thing about this particular shelving unit is that you customize it in so many different ways, including attaching a desk to it. As you can see, I already have a few doors, drawers, and baskets. This particular shelve is part of the Expedit series and you can learn more about it here.

 

 

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Time to see where the magic happens! This was another IKEA find that I purchased about two years before I turned my office into my craft room. While it is not the most ideal work area, it does the job. The only issue I have with it is that it has a small work area and I don’t know about you other crafty ladies, but I am a sprawler! I love having visuals of my supplies and some of my inspiration. Usually this means that it ends up sprawled on the floor; thankfully I can always close the office door if the “organized war zone” gets to be too much.

 

 

Magentic board

 

The thing I love most about my desk is the magnetic board I put above it. Another IKEA purchase (sense a pattern yet?); I attempted to decorate it using paint.  It didn’t turn out quite as planned, but it was a good learning opportunity.  I found a variety of baskets and holders, mainly from The Container Store, to hold my supplies.  I don’t believe the sell the white baskets you are seeing in my office, but you can see a sample of some of the other ones they offer at this link.

 

Now that you’ve seen my space, tell me about yours!  What storage solutions do you have for your hobby?  Have any other small space solutions?

The Crafty Accountant

Small Business Buddies: EtchyThings

One of my goals in life is the promotion of “shopping small.”  By shopping at small businesses, you are allow people to thrive and live out their passions in life while so finding unique items to share with your family and friends.  I hope that you enjoy the small businesses I feature and take the time to see what they can offer you.
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I came across Etchythings while looking for some unique yoga stamps that I could use for a card I wanted to make.  In addition to providing unique, high quality stamps, Etchythings has other gifts, such as laser engraved chopping blocks, chop sticks, and rulers, that will please anyone on your gift list.  Besides being a great shop on Etsy, working with the owner, Mei Dunlop, is wonderful!  She is a kind woman that cares just as much about her customers as she does about the products she creates.  I know that when I go to Mei with a custom design, she will go out of her way to make my vision a reality and I never have to worry about the quality or timing of my order.  It has been such a delight to work with Mei and she all the things she has to offer.    If you want to learn more about Mei and Etchythings, you can visit her site at http://myogastudio.ca.

Shop opened: June 2011

Why did you start your shop? I wanted to make rubber stamps for my cards and create stamps for those who cannot find it in major craft stores and vendors.

I was laid off in 2009 in a corporate environment I really wanted to get out of.  I had worked there for 6yrs and had enough of the office politics.  When I got laid off I was relieved because I had been wanting to get a Yoga Certification for awhile and never had the time off my schedule to do it.  In Fall of 2009, I became a Yoga Instructor and taught and rented from a martial arts studio.

I met my husband in 2010 where I convinced him Yoga was a way of life and healing, and we were both going to open a yoga studio together.  The universe was not in our favor and we never did find yoga posesthe right studio after two contracts fell through.  That was when I started crafting and became more and more obsessed with stamps.

In June 2011, I opened etchythings and started making stamps that I would love: geeky, cute, wedding and of course yoga stamps.. you just can’t find many yoga stamps out there.  I am so grateful to connect with different yogis from all over the world.  It’s just so amazing when you fall in love with something and you share that with the world, you’re bound to find others who love it too.

What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut? Color.  I take out my copic markers and start coloring and make cards.  Coloring is quite relaxing and meditative.  And then of course, I work on all sorts of other projects that’s on my to-do list.  Yoga (not just the physical kind) always help me grow.

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One piece of advice for other small business owners or fellow crafters: Get passionate about everything you do and if you’re not passionate about it, stop doing it.