12 April 2012

our creative space . . . 'i give you my sweet craft cupboard'

Greetings all,
I might not be crafting but i'm getting ready to get back into my beloved sewing & designing soon.  Over the Easter weekend i painted the buffet & hutch.  It was SO windy (i was working on the driveway - while the children were playing volleyball in the street, there is pink paint on said volleyball, get my drift, i got hit in the head a few times, ditto the buffet) so i brought it inside before i shabby'ed it up & sanded it back, but it'll do . . . better than "mother crushed under glass buffet clutching sandpaper, an Easter crafting tragedy".
 
 I've spent the week decorating it, playing around, pretty versus practical.  How glorious is the wall paper, even better than i expected.  Also glad i kept it white inside, all pink would have been too much.  I'll keep tinkering too, i really do have some lovely craft supplies.
 What more does a girl need when she has lolly jars filled with lavender, beads & buttons??
 I twirled my favourite ribbons around the pole, there must be 200m of ribbon in this hold all.
 What can i say, i love little suitcases & straws.
 My blue ribbons set against the beautiful bird on the Laura Ashley wall paper.
 The drawers hold my stamps, stationery & other difficult to display supplies.
 The cupboards hold my die cuts & paper craft goodies, like lanterns & my letter press.
 I know i'll add to this craft cupboard, i see pom poms & bunting too.
 Quick tip on wall papering - don't worry about bubbles, they dry smooth, just focus on the joins!!
 So this is how it currently stands, between my cutting table & fabric racks, & stores batting on top.  So want to light up those flamingoes!!
Phew, there it is, done, i'm happy, it's homemade & the final cost . . . $60 second hand buffet & hutch + $15 paint + $20 (from $60 roll) wall paper + $35 on knobs + $10 back board + free child labour = about $140!!  I have left over paint, wall paper & paste, MDF board, so the next project will be free.
It's not perfect, but the children had so much fun painting this, the bits they missed are the parts i love the most - like pulling open a drawer & noticing they skipped the top, makes me smile, we did this project together.  Happy Creative Spaces folks, love Posie

28 comments:

Ellieboo said...

That is fantabulous - I am of the school of thought that you can never have too much pink.

Amelia {Weddings, Babies... Everything} said...

Oh my goodness! That looks so so pretty. Just looking at it each day would make me smile. I love it. xx

littlebetty said...

Lovely :)

Jane said...

Just brilliant, Jennie! Especially as those hands of yours are still recovering (how did you pull up?). Ooh, I adore that little tin with your straws. J x

The Handmaden said...

I actually saw a buffet and hutch in that style at the oppy recently and passed it up, now I regret it (although it was $160 and a bit shabby).
Yours looks great, I so love something that is not just pretty but very functional.

Posie Patchwork said...

Looking at it in the images, doesn't really show how large really is. It's 130cm across, so very handy & sturdy!!
My hands are pretty sore but the children helped screw in the knobs too, they are an endless source of help & ask to help, i don't chain them to the studio!! Love Posie

CHD said...

Wow, I love it. I love the pink. It is what I would think to do, but then go a more conservative white due to lack of confidence. And, your supplies have made me rather jealous. They are delightful. Cx

Down that Little Lane said...

Those ribbons, those stamps.. I am jealous x

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

oh this is a dream of mine, to completely kit out a craft cupboard! i love your inspiration and i love that it was a project that you did with the kids! Why, i would just stand and admire it. xx

lou lou said...

As usual Miss Posie - your work is quirky with such a statement and reflects such cleverness.

hope your hands weave some magic again for you soon.

best wishes

Loulou

clare's craftroom said...

It is just beautiful !

Pip said...

Love it all especially the wallpaper. So great that you all that help with it, a real family project. I think I'm going to be on the lookout for a hutch, so I can do my own makeover.

Coal Valley View said...

it's fabulous. Yummy even :-)

Jan-Maree said...

Serious envy here - pink with envy in fact! Love those slice of fruit suit cases - how cute! Have fun with it!

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Bargain! Love that you all did it together! Love that wall paper too. Great job!

Felicity said...

This gorgeousness deserves a popping of champagne corks - LOVE!

Clever you and it goes without saying that I'm smitten with all your stationery and crafty supplies.

xx

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

This is fantastic, so inspiring for crafting. I am very jealous of your ribbon!
Projects with the kids are so much fun, for everyone.

Mum on the Run said...

Taaa daa!!
Great work - all of you.
So pretty and happy.
:-) xx

Megan said...

I love your displays, particularly those ribbons and the lolly jars. I have my buttons in recycled vegemite jars, doesn't quite have the same appeal!

Bron said...

Great job.....pink was brave but it looks wonderful especially with all those crafting goodies. x

tinajo said...

Looks very pretty and creative! :-)

Michelle said...

I bet you craft even more when everything is so easily accessible and neat and tidy, great job lovey

Tammi said...

That is one stunning hutch, nice work Jennie :)
x

Bean's Mummy said...

That is beautiful! I wish we had the space for one of those. Ahhh, one day! From your new follower Bean's Mummy Chris. x

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Just gorgeous. Glad you are enjoying pottering at filling it up:)

kelly said...

I love it...I love anything pink.. :-)... Great job X

Amanda said...

What a transformation! You've done a great job - I love the handles, so pretty x

Magi said...

For some reason the song Glory, Glory, Hallelujah enters my mind - it is one of those dance of joy cupboards. LOVE the wallpaper - great job!