28 November 2012

A Colourful Mess...

A few weeks ago I felt a little overwhelmed. The work/craft area in my room was becoming a mess. I like to pour over photos on blogs and Pinterest of craft rooms. Everything is on display, books, fabric, wool and other bits and bobs. They seem like relaxing rooms full of colour and inspiration. 

My little area became a disorganised mess. I had all my fabrics hidden away, my books weren't fitting on my book shelf so they were pilled up in the corner.  Let's not even mention my wool stash from my new love of crochet....

Ikea seemed like the only answer. I am a sucker for Ikea. It's only a 20 minute drive from us and they have some fairly priced storage. Luckily they had a solid wood shelf structure for under £20 so I was a happy bunny. I would of liked to have painted it first but that will have to wait till next year.

We spent a whole evening sorting through everything and I am so happy with the finished look..

The fabrics are individually wrapped around cardboard. That took a while!I didn't realise how much I had.

My books now live on a shelf too. I think cooking and craft books should be displayed. They add pops of colour and interest to any book shelf!

The top shelf is dedicated to my little bits and pieces. A wicker basket of plain fabric off cuts and one for the more colourful fun fabric. My small button collection and some ribbons are displayed in pretty jam jars.

I thought i'd finish off with one of my favourite prints.Again it adds colour (the picture doesn't do it justice!) and an element of fun. 

My wool is now in a cute wicker basket. I had been looking for one like this for ages. My parents came across it in an antiques shop and it's been mine ever since. I was thinking about lining it with fabric. What do you think?

I know it's just a shelf with a few of my things on it and a basket but I find it all very inspirational. I'm hoping the shelves will be able to go in an actual craft room one day - I can dream!

Happy Wednesday.

Gemma xxx


  1. Looks really lovely Gem, I agree craft and cookery books are too nice to hide away and should be on display!

  2. It looks like a little piece of heaven and a very neat one too.

    X x

  3. Your craft area looks great! I love Ikea too. They always have the answer : ) It's great now that you can have things organize and also on display at the same time. Some are too nice to be tucked away. Seeing them is inpiration! I would definitely line your wicker wool basket. It will make it even cuter than it already is. Just seeing all those colors makes me want to sew something!
    Enjoy your new corner ~

    Danielle xo


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