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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010


This is my new craft room, as far as we can get before the weather improves.  I am back in my own room, with loads of extra space due to the hot water tank and airing cupboard having been removed.  As you can see, my actual desk is fairly clear at the moment, with only the card for our eldest grandaughter in progress.  I am sure the tidiness will change, and there is one more cupboard to come back in once we have finished sorting out the power supplies for my light, heat guns, Silhouette etc.  The computer, printers and other peripherals have their own surge protected supply, and are running now.  My lovely new printer, bought to print thicker card, does just what I wanted.

As you can see, I am heavily into Really Useful boxes - I just need to reprint all the labels and make sure they reflect just what is really in each box.  My stamps , pens and a lot of other bits are still in my temporary room, as are the files with all my peeloffs, but they are waiting for Geoff to be able to get out and get more timber to put up the shelves for those.  The narrow shelf fitment in front of my workspace still need to be fixed to t he wall again.  They are so useful for all sorts of bits and pieces,craft knives, baby Xyron, ink pads, glitters etc.

As things progress, I will post further photos, weather permitting.  I am so grateful to my lovely husband for his help and support and his clever ideas to give me the maximum useful space.

 This is one reason why my craft room had to be at least partly done. The cupboard with all the Christmas decs in was behind a bookcase behind my temprary workspace.  This little illuminated village goes up every year and we always try to find something little to add each year.  The grandchildren love it and a lot of the grown up children too.  Flash photos do not show it to its full advantage.


Spyder said...

You can type faster that me! I thought, wow never been first before! (more like 51st!) Lovely tidy desk, and I real want your useful boxes!! Merry Christmas!!

Mandi said...

Oh how exciting Looks fabulous
Happy Christmas
mandi x

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Lovely husband indeed to give you all that wonderful organized storage! A blessed Christmas! Patsy from

Minxy said...

Oh lovely a new bigger crafty space, what a great christmas pressie :P I'm sure you'll be settled in, in no time at all.
Happy WOYWW & Happy Christmas too
hugs Minxy #4

Yenni Natalia said...

such a spacious crafting room :)
i bet you dont want to leave that place once you step in :)

Susan said...

Love your wonderful space. It all looks very neat and organised.
Happy WOYWW and Merry Christmas!
Susan xxox #9

Joanne said...

Your new room looks like it's going to give you lots of pleasure. I note you used to have Burmese, just like me.

Helen said...

Looks amazing. Happy Christmas.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful Maggie, a new craftroom just in time for Christmas, that's a fantastic present! Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Brenda 83

Sherry Goodloe said...

Merry Christmas and happy crafting in your space!!

I'm #50 this week. Please stop by and take a look when you get a chance :)

S said...

I love Christmas villages too. Your new space looks - well, spacious. Enjoy finishing it up and using it to the fullest potential. Thanks so much for the snoop. S #31

Twiglet said...

Great craft room and what a gem of a Christmas village! Have a merry Christmas and a crafty and healthy New Year!

oneoff said...

Although it must be a bit of a pain, I think it's great to be able to have everything out and rearrange it. Hope you enjoy using your new space.

Bernie #59

Wipso said...

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and hoping 2011 brings you all you wish yourselves.
A x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

WOW. What a Christmas gift. A brand new and awesome craft room. I hope your heat lasts, too. What a lovely village. Looks like you've been collecting awhile now. Merry Christmas in your new space.

akilli melek said...

the village scene looks adorable.

well done on making ~1 this week!

enjoy your craft room, its lovely

caroline #63

Elizabeth said...

Your room looks lovely - so organised - and love those very useful boxes too. The Christmas village scene is just gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Elizabeth #51

Vicki B in OP NY said...

What a beautiful, spacious crafting room - just ready to get messy after the first of the year! love your christmas village, makes me feel like a kid again. Merry Christmas to you, #1

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Maggie - it's going to be wonderful - talk about organisational heaven! Love that Village - what's new this year then? I think Cobbler Jack's is my fave, unless I can have the house on top right!

JoZart said...

Wow and wow again. your new craft room is amazing. Lucky you! I could come round and give it it's first mess up if you'd like!
Happy Christmas
Love the tiny village too.


My word Maggie - that is one seriously fabulous craft room! What an amazing storage system you have - a place for everything and everything in it's place (until you start crafting that is)!!
Thanks for popping over tonight - have a wonderful Christmas - Sylvia xxx

sandra de said...

That is an amazing craft room and gorgeous little christmas village.
Merry christmas.

Serendipity Stamping said...

What a gorgeous new craft room!! I am so envious. Hope you get some heat soon and the snow doesn't continue until after the holidays for you! Love your little village. #70

Nicky said...

Oh to have a craft you and yours lots so nice and organised I love - Also love the Christmas Village - Have a Happy Christmas ~ Nicky 52

Cardmaking Galore said...

i'm counting the days to start working on my own studio. Isn't it nice to have one's own space.

Marjo said...

Awesome craft room! Thanks for the peek and sharing.

Happy Holidays and creative crafting in the New Year.

Hugs, Marjo #5

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Maggie! I'm happy to see your new craft room in progress. Love the little Christmas village. Have a Happy New Year!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

how wonderful to have a new craft room! everything looks so organized! wishing you a blessed and joyful Christmas! may the coming year bring all the best for you!

Cathy said...

Fabulous new crafting space, and such an adorable Christmas village.
Cathy xx

Tracey Brossart said...

Wow your craft room looks amazing!! I so with to have a craft room like that someday and all the organized storage system, I love it!!

Hope you have a great Holiday! :D
Tracey #94

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Awesome set-up, Maggie, and I am a very bright shade of green down here in Oz!! where it is nice and warm (22C) here. However I so agree with all your travel advice and praying for safe travel for folk over there as well as here (I have family in north UK) and just love your blog's new look too - great colour combo, so much easier on the eyes! well done! and may God bless your family time together.
Shaz in oz. x

Caro said...

What a wonderful craft room...I am green with envy! Have a fantastic Christmas.

Ohhh Snap said...

What a lovely new craftspace! Love your Christmas Village :D. TFS!!

ANewYear said...

Congrats on the new craft room!
I just discovered Really Useful Boxes a week ago. I'm still in the process of organizing my craft room and these boxes are just what I needed.
Thank for sharing.
Merry Christmas.

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Marg, finally got some time to get to the pc, love the pics of your new craft space- maybe between us we should be on commission for Really Useful Boxes, :)