Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Carpenter's wheel Patchwork Quilt

So, here I am with my 3rd quilt.....I think it's my third, lol.  It's another Donna Jordan, from Jordan Fabrics pattern.  Here instructions and YouTube videos really are amazing.  They make a new sewer like me feel confident enough to make a quilt like this.  Although, maybe this is easy for most people....but as I said, I'm still pretty new to all this sewing business.  

This quilt is for my almost 21 year old wee bro who is studying for his Masters in AeroSpace Engineering at Queen's University in Belfast.....the kid is a bloody genius, I tell ya!  Did I say he got his pilots license when he was only 19 years old!?  He was the youngest person to get his license in the shortest amount of time.  To say I am incredibly proud of him, is an understatement.  He's so incredibly smart but is such a kind and humble person.....unlike his big sister, when it comes to bragging about him, teehee.  But I'm his big sister...I'm allowed to brag about him.  And when I say I'm his big sister....did I say there is 21 years between us?  So, probably more of an OLD big sister, teehee.  He's my "wee Minkete" (my pet name for him, lol)....even if he towers over his old, big sister and can fly a plane.

So, as this was for my brother, I decided to go with a dark background with really bright pops of contrasting, colourful fabrics.  The fabric is cotton marbled blenders from Fiddlesticks Fabrics on Ebay.  They are based in Ballymena, here in Northern Ireland and also have a website HERE.  I'm not being paid or affiliated with Fiddlesticks, I just love their fabric and they got my order to me in super quick time.  I thought the star type design of this quilt would be perfect for my little star gazer.  So, here it is.

The bright colours really pop with the dark background
And I love the diagonal style border.
I made my own bias binding for the edging just using the same black fabric that I used for the background.
I love the star image in the middle.  And as my wee bro is studying aerospace engineering, I thought the star was a perfect idea for him.
I just need to give it a good iron now and then it will be winging its way to my wee brother.  Fingers crossed, he'll like it.

That's it from me folks.  I think my next project might be a bit more crafty related, than sewing.  But who knows with me.....as someone who changes her mind a hundred times a day, just to keep things interesting, goodness knows what I'll be making next.

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Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Sunday, 13 June 2021

How to make a book - Kettle Stitch Bookbinding

 A number of year ago......In fact.......over 9 years ago (SHOCK!!!) I made a series of bookbinding tutorials, showing how I make a book from start to finish.  I divided the videos up into different sections which meant the viewer had to click onto the next video.  I thought this would be a simpler way of doing the videos however, I have been asked over the years if I could make the series into one continuous video, so the viewer doesn't have to click out of the video onto the next one.

So, it's only taken me almost a decade and quite a few hours of editing, but I edited the videos into one continuous format and deleted some of my waffling....boy I can talk.  It is almost 90 mins long, so please be aware of that.  I am making a book completely from scratch.

I do realise that if you watched the initial series of tutorials, this video is just a repeat and not for you.  But this is for those people who prefer to have all the videos in one place.

That's it from me for now.

Toodles Noodles....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

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Saturday, 6 March 2021

Handmade DIY Wedding Invitations, place cards, favours, menu's etc., etc

I made Wedding Stationery for a family member yearssssss ago and I just realised that I never actually showed anything I made!  And I did all this in 2013!  Shame on you Loops....shame!  Now, when it came to actually taking photos of everything I made, muggins here wasn't the greatest at keeping my blog in mind.  I was so busy and snowed under making it all, that most of the time I forgot to take proper, decent photos.....but I'll share what little (and dodgy) photos I did manage to take.

My instructions were.....simple, modern and elegant.  The Bride didn't want anything too fussy, cluttered, girlie or vintagy.  Bless her.....but she pretty much trusted me and left me to my own creative devices.....which was so trusting and brave of her, lol. I wanted to have everything made using the same style of font, colours, papers, embellishments, embossing etc., for total consistency throughout the wedding.  Being a Crafter, I would know if it was a mis-mash of fonts, embellishments etc., regardless of whether anyone else would notice or not, heehee.  So I was very particular to ensure that all the different bits and pieces I made, matched perfectly.  Anywhoodles, the wedding colours were a Deep Purple with gold and cream accents.  

Unfortunately, a lot of the items that I bought back in 2013 are from shops and sellers that are no longer open or available.  So if you see something I've mentioned and it's link is not below, it is because the shop is no longer operating.  I have tried to find alternatives for you.  I wasn't sponsored by anyone or given anything for free.  I bought EVERYTHING myself.  In fact, the stationery was my gift to the couple.  I'm merely listing the craft items used in case you want them yourself.  
Here is just a couple of the boxed invitations I made...there were a lot more, lol
I made all the boxes myself, no template.  I used my good old Hougie Board for all the box making.  The purple and gold ribbon was wrapped all the way around the box and was the closure.  The label is from Spellbinders, details below.  Seriously though, making all this stationery would have been impossible without my Hougie scoring board.  It was an invaluable bit of kit that was used pretty much in most of the stationery making process.
Sorry the photos are bad.  The ribbon is in fact a deep purple and then a gold ribbon under it.  The recipient simply had to make a little cut along the bottom of the seam where the box lid and base overlapped, to open it without damaging anything. 
To be a tad more frugal with supplies, the top part of the box is made using pearlescent cardstock and the base was using plain cream linen cardstock.  This helped keep me to keep the cost down...ever so slightly.... and made the box a smidge lighter for posting.  When you opened the box up you were greeted with the invitation neatly protected in a piece of tissue paper.  I added this tissue paper in case the invitation got wet or damaged in the post somehow.  I wanted to protect the actual invitation as much as possible.  So this extra tissue paper might seem a bit overkill, but I needed to make sure the invite was protected.
And, as if one layer of tissue paper wasn't enough, the actual invitation was wrapped in the most beautiful deep purple mulberry tissue paper and sealed with a little "Our Wedding" sticker
I am so disappointed that the deep purple colour is not showing in my photos.  Again, I was so swamped, I barely had time to take these photos.  The purple colour was very hard to photograph and tended to look like black on the photos....but I assure you, it is a deep purple colour
When you finally get inside to the invitation, this is what you see.  I think the colour is a bit clearer here.  I used dark purple cardstock.  I stamped decorative hearts all over the invite in a deliberate random pattern ( I hope that makes sense, lol) using a clear embossing ink pad.  I then dusted over all the stamped images with gold mica powder.  I used an acrylic ribbon slider and glued a flatback pearl into the centre, as the closure.  I also added flatback pearls along the ribbon front.  Product details below
I designed these invitations myself, so there is no template for it.  It all came from my wee noggin, lol.   In fact, this design shape is the same one that I made for my own wedding, although these invitations turned out nicer than my own, teehee. This was the personal invitation I gave to the Bride and Groom so the layout is a little different to the actual invites.  I used gold pearlescent paper and printed the wedding invite details onto it using my laptop and printer.  
I embossed some lovely swirly heart details along the edge.  I think it set it off just perfectly.  Product details below.
Unfortunately, in this photo, I forgot to add the wee pearls along the ribbon on the inside..Doh!  But wee flatback pearls were added along the inside ribbon too, just like the outside.  This bottom half of the invite housed the RSVP, Menu, Wedding itinerary, directions to the venue and Gift details.  It worked so great.
I also made these pretty little favours boxes for all the guests.  Again, the photo is terrible and not showing the beautiful purple cardstock....Grrrrrr!
I made the gift boxes using a Bigz die from Sizzix.  Using the same purple cardstock, I embossed it with the Sizzix Embossing Folder, the same one used on the wedding invitation embossing.  I used gold ribbon with gold and diamonte ribbon sliders.
I made 2 Wedding Photo albums using, as usual, the purple card stock, gold and purple ribbon and flatback pearls.  The lettering is gold peel-off's.  I covered it with textured bookbinding Skivertex and it was bound using my Zutter Bind It All and Antique Gold coloured 3/4 inch O-wires. .  The little label is a Spellbinders die.  If you want to see more details about the album, go to my post here and for a video tutorial showing how I made the album, click here
Here are the menu's I made, sorry its a wonky photo and shiny cutlery glare, lol.  As I'm sure you can imagine, Wedding tables have a lot of stuff on them. So I didn't want to clutter the tables by having loads of menus on it.  So instead, I made a triangle shaped menu with menu's on all 3 sides.  I used the purple card to make a triangle shaped dome.  The frames on the menu matched those on the Seating Arrangements Canvas too.  Details of the die and products used are at the bottom of this post.
Here is the menu from the side view.  Obviously there were 3 sides...but that's impossible to photograph.  Each of the gold frame sides actually touched, like they were holding hands.  They turned out so lovely.  It all looked so much prettier in real life, lol.  But I was in such a rush, that taking photos was the last thing on my mind.  Sorry the photos are a bit rubbish!
The beautiful table layout.  You can just about see the Table Name Cards I made for each table.  Numpty here forgot to take photos of the Table Names when they were just made!!  But you can just about see the wee Table Name card beside the candelabra. 
Here was how I made the Seating Arrangements Board.  The couple wanted the table names to be named after Cocktails, rather than just numbered tables.  The colouring is awful on this photo, I'm so sorry again.  But the purple card was used, with pearlescent cream paper and then the frames were cut from gold pearlescent paper (same paper from the invitations) using the Ornate Oval Sizzix thinlit die.  I used wee flat back gems on each corner.
This was the layout we went for.  Sorry the photo is such a disaster (you're gonna hear that a lot!).  The actual layout was not wonky at all....but my photography definitely was, lol.  I bought a large canvas from The Works, and laid the names and tables out onto the canvas. The Wedding Venue provided the beautiful gold stand for the canvas.
The placecards were again made using the purple cardstock, that was embossed with the same embossing folder used throughout.  The same gold ribbon and gold and diamante ribbon slider was used here too.

I wasn't going to have my handmade stamp anywhere on the Stationery as I thought that might be a bit cheeky but the Bride insisted and said that I should put it somewhere so people knew who made everything, lol.  So we decided that the place cards would be the best place. For details of the products used see the section at the end of this post.
I was overjoyed with the Guest Book.  I think it turned out so well.  The Bride didn't want anything too detailed.  Just elegant and modern.  I think I achieved that ok.  After much Pinterest browsing for some inspiration, this is what I made for them.  I used my Zutter Bind-It-All to bind the book using Antique Gold coloured 3/4 inch O-wires.  
Again, the same embossed purple card (using Sizzix embossing folder) and Ivory pearlescent paper with a hint of gold in it.  I printed the purple hearts motif to either side of the "Guest Book" section from my laptop, as that motif was also a running theme throughout the Wedding Stationery.  This was covered with white Bookbinding Skivertex. See below details.
The inside page was simple and again kept to their colour scheme and heart design.  Again I'm sorry the colour is so bad on the photos.  I used the same deep purple cardstock. I decided not to add gems or pearls to the corners of the thank you note as I didn't want them restricting the albums ability to close properly, so the inside cover was not embellished at all.  All product links below.
I added this beautiful Guipure lace down the side, along with some flat backed pearl trim.  I added all the individual flat back diamontes onto the front of the book also.  Although they were self-adhesive, I was aware that this book would be handled a lot throughout the wedding day and beyond. So I didn't really trust the self adhesion on the diamontes.  Therefore, I added a little bit of Glossy Accents to them also and those gems were going nowhere, lol.
 To protect the first writing page from smudges or marks, I added a piece of light purple vellum to the book.
Again the Guest Book carried on the heart theme and the same font was used throughout the wedding.  I kept the actual book very simple with plenty of pages and lines for people to write on.  The pages are actually 300gsm super smooth cardstock that I purchased on Amazon.  I have intentionally not given a link to the cardstock supplier on Amazon simply because the price has nearly tripled from when I initially bought it and I think that is very exploitative.  I feel I cannot promote it as it appears to have fallen victim to its popularity and the seller has taken advantage of this and inflated the price dramatically, unfairly in my opinion.  
The Bride bought these wee gold boxes on Ebay and I decorated them very simply, but that was for a very good reason.....  I didn't want to add any diamontes or pearls to the box, as they were being given to the Children at the Wedding.  So I was very aware that wee hands might put said diamontes and pearls in their wee mouths.  And I didn't want that!  So I simply typed up their names, added the gold and purple ribbons.  The purple ribbon I used was not the correct width I needed, so I worked around it by adding 2 lengths of ribbon, side by side and then stuck the gold ribbon right down the middle.  This meant I got the width of ribbon I needed and the join was hidden by the gold ribbon.  Then I added the embossed purple card to matt the name layer.  The photo is making it look like the ribbon is unbalanced but its just the photo perspective.  The gold ribbon was evenly laid across the purple ribbon, lol.
I made a simple little sign for the Wedding Guest Book.  Again keeping with the Purple and Gold theme.  I used the Purple Cardstock and matted it with the beautiful Gold coloured pearlescent paper.  The font used is the same font that was used throughout the Wedding Stationery.
This is the wee sign I made for the Wedding Card Post Box.  Its such a shame you cannot see the gold pearlescent sheen from the cream paper, it really is gorgeous in real life.  But the camera just wasn't playing ball with me in any of these photos, so my sincere apologies.  Everything did look amazing....you'll just have to take my word for it, lol.

Here is a list of most of the main items I used to make everything.
Some of the item links, particularly those that I bought on Ebay, may not be the exact buyer as they are no longer listed but, I did my best to find you alternatives.

Wedding Invitation Fonts - Algerian and Lucida Calligraphy
Wedding Invitation Gold Peel Off's - I purchased on Ebay but cant find them now.  These are similar, on Etsy
"Our Wedding Day" Envelope Seals (used to seal tissue paper on Invites) - Ebay
Hougie Board (I bought mine on ebay years ago) -  This was an integral piece of equipment when making everything for the wedding, from Invitations to favours and place cards.  It would have been very difficult to make everything without this board.
Fiskar's SureCut A3/A4 Paper Trimmer 4153 - Here Ebay
Spellbinders Label 28 die - Spellbinders
Sizzix Swirly Vines with Hearts Embossing Folder - I can't find it on Sizzix UK site, but can be found on Sizzix USA Here or try on Ebay Everything Embossed was done using this folder.  All the Invitations, place cards, favours etc.
The flatback pearls and diamontes were bought from a shop that is no longer in operation but these can definitely be found on most craft shops, Amazon and Ebay.  Here is a quick search link on Ebay
The purple ribbon and gold ribbon were again, bought from a seller that is no longer in operation.  But ribbon is a pretty easy find.  
12x12 300gsm Cardstock Colour: Aubergine (well worth the money spent, for the phenomenal quality of this card) - Here (PDA Card and Crafts)
Pearlescent Paper - Here Ebay
Ivory Pearlised Cardstock - Here (Papermill Direct
Wedding Boxes Lids - Ivory Pearlised Card 300gsm Cream Cardstock - Here (Papermill Direct)
 Wedding Box Bases - Rich Cream Linen Card - 255gsm - can't remember where I got it, sorry, but search the details online and I'm sure you'll find it somewhere
Heart Stamp used on Wedding Invitations - Here (Debbi Moore Designs)
Bookbinding Skivertex in Grained White, bought from Ebay - Here
Zutter Bind It All - Amazon
Zutter Antique Gold coloured 3/4 inch O-wires
Ranger Perfect Pearls Powder - Here on Ebay  I used 2 whole pots!!!
Purple Mulberry Tissue Paper (wrapped around invites) - Here on Ebay
658268 Sizzix Movers & Shapers Bigz L Die - Pillow Box W/Labels By Tim Holtz - Here on Sizzix. On a personal note: A massive Thank you to Susan from Country View Crafts for finding me this die.  I couldn't have made these favours without her incredible help and service.  Awesome Company.(Countryview Crafts
Gold Buckle Sliders with Diamantes, 22mm.  I couldn't find my original seller on Ebay, but I found similar ones in silver from this site, called The Button Shed
Large Canvas from The Works
Guipure lace was bought from an Etsy seller, no longer selling but I'm sure you can find the same if not similar, online.  Here is a quick search link for Ebay and for Etsy
Frame die - Sizzix Thinlits die, Frame, Ornate Oval # 658949 - Find it on Sizzix
Double Sided Tape (of which I used hundreds of metres!!)  I used both Redline tape and Scor-tape.  The Redline tape I bought at the Craft Fair in Belfast but can be bought Here at AffixItCraft. I originally bought the Scor-Tape from Blitsy in the USA but they are no longer operating.  You can probably try looking on Ebay for this adhesive, try searching under its brand name of, Sookwang tape.  Honestly, Scor Tape/Sookwang tape is THE best tape I've ever used.

And in case you want to know, my printer was AWESOME throughout this whole wedding process.  It took a lot of abuse and a crazy amount of printing to make everything perfect for the big day.  My exact model is no longer available but you'll find something similar in the Pixma range.  Its awesome.
Canon Pixma MG6150 - Here (Currys PC World).

Phew!!!!!!  Sorry that was such a big one and for taking 8 years to share it.  I'm a numpty.  I'm so cross at myself for not taking better photos, particularly when it came to showing the proper colour of the invites cardstock etc.  So frustrating.  But I do remember at the time being completely flat out, trying to get everything made on time.  So the photos were an afterthought.  Well, that's it from me folks.  Maybe I'll have something new to share on my next post or maybe it'll be some ancient old project.....you just never know with me, lol.

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

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Saturday, 13 February 2021

Craft Room Tour 2021 - Meet our new creative space

It's been a long time coming and goodness knows my messy craft room stopped me from creating for far too long, but finally, my room is now a functioning space.  It took some work to finally get to this spot.  My craft room had become something of a nightmare where I bought craft supplies and just quickly opened my craft room door, chucked them in and swiftly closed the door again before everything could spill out.  I was utterly ashamed of how I had let my room fall into total chaos.  I hated the deep pink carpet that was there when we moved in and the awful peeling pink wallpaper and the furniture was just way too big for a smaller than box room.  

So, on the 1st of January 2020 (yes...a year ago now, lol) my lovely Scrubby said "Right, I'm taking to that room and everything is being pulled out.  It needs a fresh start".  I've never loved the man more, teehee.  We donated the over sized table and 2 chest of drawers and we knew that the carpet would need replacing and the wallpaper removed.  But the beginning of the "Art Studio" transformation had to begin somewhere.  It started with the over abundance of craft supplies I had.  Honestly, it was completely sinful the amount of supplies I had, and I would have needed 3 lifetimes to be able to use it all.  So I Konmari'd all my stuff and I'd say I sold two thirds of my supplies on Ebay.  Such a weight was lifted once those supplies left my house, figuratively and physically, teehee.  And thank you to all the ladies and gents that bought items from me.  I hope you are getting many hours of joy from the items you bought.  It took us quite a while to sell everything as there was so much and we did it in batches so we wouldn't get overwhelmed or make mistakes.  But we finally got everything sold that we wanted.

Once we donated all the big and bulky furniture, it was time to take measurements and decide what furniture, flooring, paint etc., that we wanted.  Thanks to my recent Ebay sales (and my Scubby sold a lot of his hobby stuff too), we had enough to buy wooden laminate flooring and new furniture.  I was finally getting close to the type of room I always dreamed of.  Although, the room is pretty tiny, 9Ft 7" (297cm) by 6Ft 3" (194cm).  In fact, the room didn't have a straight wall in it given that the width of the room was 6ft 3" (194cm) at one end and almost 6f t 5"(198cm) at the other end.  That made measuring and putting down the flooring a great jigsaw piece.....but I had nothing to do with that, teehee.  

As time marched on, it was tough going as shops were starting to close for the first lockdown in March 2020. We just about got our laminate flooring.  It was, thankfully, delivered a few hours before lockdown began.  However, we weren't so lucky with our furniture. 30 mins before our delivery was due, we received a text message from Ikea saying they had cancelled our order as deliveries needing 2 delivery people was being suspended.  It meant for over 3 months, the room just sat empty, without furniture.  So getting the room finished took much, much longer than either of us anticipated.  But there were more important and urgent things going on in the world, so me not getting my desk from Ikea was not a priority.  But thankfully, we did eventually get everything we needed and boy do I love it.  The room looks incredible now.  My Scrubby (Scrummy Hubby) did such an enormous amount of work and I couldn't be more proud of him.  
Here is what we did, what we bought and where you can find it.
Please don't judge me.  I know it's a mess.  But this was during the packing up stage.  You know the old saying...It gets worse before it gets better....well, this was awful....but it does get better, teehee.
Sorry this is a dark one, but there are brighter ones below.  It's a very small room, but this is what we are working with, lol.
This was the old carpet.  Excuse the wallpaper trimmings but we weren't trying to keep it tidy as it was being pulled up, lol
This was the old carpet.  Excuse the flecks of wallpaper trimmings but at this stage we weren't trying to keep it tidy as it was being pulled up, lol
Wallpaper is starting to vacate the building.  This wallpaper was so old, that when my Scrubby started to remove it, it all came off in sheets.  This was here when we moved in but we just kept it at the time as this room wasn't seen by anyone other than us, lol.  There is nothing more satisfying than seeing wallpaper come off in one long, continuous strip.  
The wallpaper is all stripped and Scrubby preps the walls ready for painting.  It's a South facing room so although it is a teeny, tiny space, it gets a lot of light.
The wall colour is called Boudoir by Johnstones and is a grey/taupe-ish colour.  I love it.  It really freshened up the room and again makes it look so much bigger.  Sorry the photo isn't great.  It's extremely hard to get a good photo of a greyish wall, teehee.
There is a built in wardrobe in this room which is actually quite big as it goes right over to the left of the door.  But it's a bit of an awkward space to keep as a wardrobe....but we have plans for it.
This was what we found underneath the carpet once it was pulled up.  We also decided to remove the curtains completely and we will be replacing them with vertical blinds.
Excuse Scrubby's leg there, teehee.  I'm so happy with how this floor looks now.  It so incredible!  We decided on flooring from Martin Philips and the floor we decided on is called Harbour Oak Grey.  It's such a gorgeous floor and really brightens up the room and makes it feel so much bigger.  It's incredibly easy to keep clean too.  You would not believe the amount of pins and hot glue strands that were weaved into that awful old pink carpet, teehee.
I'm sharing the space with my Scrubby but his hobby doesn't take up as much room as mine.  He wanted his furniture to be very minimal and not bulky.  So, for his desk he franken-monstered a desk.  We originally were planning to have the desk, wall mounted, so the leaf could be placed down whenever it wasn't in use.  But we quickly realised that the wall the desk was meant to be affixed to, was a complete nightmare to drill into.  So we scrapped that idea.  Instead, we bought 4 table legs from Ikea and added them to one of the leaves from a Norden kitchen table, making it a stand-alone desk.    And it works great.  We then bought 2 of the Ikea Skadis Pegboards and the accessories to go with it and his little painting station is ready for use.  Ikea Pegboards, Accessories, Desk top,Ikea Norden tableIkea Table legs
I needed a bit more storage as I do so many different crafts.  I had watched a video on YouTube from The Crafterpreneur who redid her sewing room and added an Ikea fold down Ivar desk to her room, see video.  I immediately thought that it would be perfect for our room, as it could fold away if we needed to use the room as a spare room.  So my Scrubby got to it and built the Ivar.  It was incredibly easy to make and is a perfect piece of furniture for all my crafty needs. Ikea Ivar foldable table.  The vertical blinds were made to our specific dimensions and were purchased from Kingston Blinds Limited on Ebay.  We bought the black out blinds so the room could be darker, if needs be.  You can buy them here

I already had the Ikea Hemnes cabinet previously and I wanted to keep it as it was a fantastic storage unit. As you can see its stuffed full of cardstock, laces, alterable boxes and tonnes of fabric.  This cabinet is a beast and can hold so much, lol.  Sadly I can't seem to find my exact model on Ikea anymore, it must have been discontinued.  But here is something similar, if not larger, in the Ikea Hemnes range
The next issue I had was storage for all my dies, templates, paints, stains, mixed media supplies etc.  I didn't have the room for another big unit, so I decided to think small....as in, the size of the items I needed stored, and I decided on buying 3 of the Ikea Gnedby units.  These are probably used for dvd and cd storage...but not in my house, lol.  They were perfect for my dies, paints etc.  Plus the height of each little cubby can be easily adjusted to make room for whatever you are storing.  
I was taking advantage of height this time around.  These units are 202cm (6Ft 6") tall but only 20cm (7 7/8") wide which is fantastic for a small space.  If you don't have much floor space, take advantage of the height of your room and store up.  They have worked out so great.  I love them.  Plus, as well as being secured to the wall, they have little hooks on top so you can hook your shelves together for added stability.  And being able to adjust the size of each little square has been fantastic for my much larger dies.
I already had the wee Raskog cart from Ikea.  I think every Tom, Dick and Harry has one of these.  But if you want the link, here it is....Raskog turquoise trolley.  It's a fantastic little cart.  I keep all my tools, like scissors, pencils, paint brushes etc., on the top.  That way I don't clutter my desk with tools and I can just roll it next to my desk if needs be.  The other sections, I have stored fabric that I just wrapped around some chipboard.  It holds a surprisingly large amount.
Sorry about the dark photo, but it's dark under my desk, teehee.  I also had the little metal drawer unit previously.   It fits perfectly under my desk and supplies me with surprisingly, a lot of storage. I did not add the feet to this cabinet, as it would have made it too tall to fit under my desk.  Here is the link to it, in case you want one.  Ikea Helmer drawer unit.
The only other thing we did was add Ikea Hyllis shelving to our built-in cupboard.  I don't have photos of it, but there is a built-in wardrobe in our room.  It's a bit of a weird shape, as it has the door into it, but then the cupboard goes quite far back to the left of the door.  It was always awkward as a wardrobe as the clothes would get stuck away at the back and were hard to access.  So, we did a clothes clear out and decided to utilise the wardrobe as a walk-in craft storage space.  We added 3 of the Hyllis units which are incredibly cheap!  Just £10 each for metal framed shelves.  I'm pleasantly surprised at how much weight they can hold because when my husband first built them, I didn't think they'd hold much.  But they really do.  So we've made the build-in wardrobe into a sort of walk-in craft storage cupboard and its working out so well for us.
We wanted the light in the room to be perfect, particularly for my husband when he paints, so we added a daylight bulb to our main room light.  The daylight lamp that is between my Scrubby's desk and mine was bought from Amazon.  It's clamped onto my desk and can swivel in all directions, so it can be moved over my desk or his.  It also has a magnifying lens on it which is perfect for him painting his miniatures.  It's an Ex-Pro long Reach professional illuminated lamp with magnifier and can be found on Amazon.
My desk area obviously has a tonne more stuff, lol.  And although it looks busy, it is organised chaos, lol.  I added some pvc sheeting type stuff under my chair so that the rollers on the chair wouldn't mark our new floors. My chair was bought second-hand on Ebay because I wanted to have a really well made, perfect for posture and comfort kind of chair which meant for me was a Freedom Humanscale office chair.  Now, these chairs are incredibly expensive to buy from new.  But there are a lot of them on Ebay and other sellers online that sell them second-hand.  A lot of the second-hand websites I saw sold them refurbished with new fabric added.  But I found one that was practically brand new and spotless for a fraction of the full retail price.  And the seller was willing to send it from Manchester to me in Northern Ireland for free, which was incredible of him.   

Well, that's the room finally complete.  And now it's time to have fun.  Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions about anything I've shared, pleased don't hesitate to ask me in the comments or contact me directly through the blog contact form at the top right of this blog.

Toodles Noodles......Lee aka Loops xx

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