Monday, March 14, 2011

Kitchen/Crafting Island

Hi Guys!
Don'cha love it when a plan comes together exactly the way you wanted it to? I sure do! Here's a little something that worked out so perfectly that I'm just tickled pink. Also a quick peek at my new crafty/play room at the new house we've just moved into.

I just unpacked my crafty boxes this weekend. I told my friend that doing so was a little like letting out a breath that I didn't know I'd been holding. As soon as I cut the tape and peeked inside those boxes, it was "ahhh my stuff!" I've missed doing little crafty things the last month or so, I don't think I realized how often I stitch/craft/sew until it was all packed up and I couldn't get at my "drug", hehehe...

See that big wooden box down there? That was the kitchen island in my other, tiny house. I got it at Cost Plus World Market when we bought that little house 6 years ago. My mom and I put it together ourselves. I've used it every single day to cut veggies, knead bread, make scones, sandwiches, waffles, cocktails, pizza, etc. Infinity. It was definitely the hub of my kitchen. It's held up wonderfully for being used daily for six years, and only bears one small stain on the top, a drop of mustard. The ghost of my last sandwich on moving day...

I had hoped I'd be able to use it in my crafty space at the new house, but I wasn't sure it would fit. Happily it does, perfectly!
And still gives plenty of room to move around on all sides.
And holds SO much stuff!

Like all my crafty/stitchy books!
All in one convenient spot!

And best of all...
It's EXACTLY the size of my large cutting mat!! Not a millimeter to spare on either side! Now I can cut fabric and paper on my mat without having to clear off the dining room table. I'm positively chuffed!

I love it! I feel a little like I hit the lotto on this. My faithful kitchen island, is rechristened my faithful crafty island, and will continue to serve me well for many, many years!

I still have a lot to do in my playroom, but as we get more settled I'll share more pictures of the space, if you guys like that kind of thing. I do, I love seeing where other people practice their magic! I can't hardly believe I get a whole room to use for crafting and goofing off, at my other place I had to do all of that squashed into a corner of my guest bedroom. It was quite the cramped, little mess. I'll show you a picture of that sometime too if you'd like, a before & after kind of thing. So excited! Can't wait to be settled enough to actually play in my new playroom!

Hope you all are doing well and surviving Daylight Savings time. I couldn't figure out why I felt so zonked when I got up this morning until I realized that it was not 6am, but 5am! Oy vey!

Have a great day chickadees!
oxo,
Lisa

7 comments:

Becky said...

I am so jealous over here! Your craft room looks perfectly light and airy (a lot of natural light?). Now that you're getting settled you can really start to enjoy the space. Love the storage for the books!

kittykill said...

It's perfect!

Becky said...

I love your new space! When you have time we'd all love a whole house tour.

Bex said...

Oh my gosh, that is so cute! What a great use of space and furniture!

MafiosaGrrl said...

Oh, I love it!! Perfect for a crafting space. Kitchens get enough love with all their gadgets and fun decorations, we need more craft room stuff!!

Jill said...

How did I miss this post?? I love getting a peak into your playroom! It's really coming together well. I loooove the re-birth of your island!! I can not believe that mat fits so perfectly! I noticed that the height of the island will be perfect too. I'm so jealous~ but super excited for you!!

Let's play soon!

Hugs,
Jill

Kira said...

Your crafty island looks so great, now I want one! High five on the cutting mat :) Love it when things just fall right into place!