Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Craft Cabinet

Part 1:
This Cabinet has a weird back story. We bought it the same week we moved in (over a year and a half ago). I originally thought we would keep all of our cookbooks in it, but they didn't all fit, and in the end we found a way better spot for them anyways. Then the cabinet lived in the third bedroom for a while. It was housing Lee's remote control car, and helicopter and airplane (geez . . . men! ;).
Finally we installed some cabinets in the garage and Lee moved his "collection" to the garage which left the Ikea Smadal Cabinet empty.
Part 2:
I wasn't LOVING the old dresser system we had going on. The dresser was really OLD and really difficult to get in and out of. The drawers were seriously sticky and damaged.

Okay, so your all caught up on how this change came around. Here's what it looks like:
In the last couple years, you might have noticed, I've taken up sewing, and i'm hoping to take up quilting (at least that's what I keep telling myself when I'm at the fabric store buying yards of fabric). So I've ended up with a lot of fabric! Tons of Fabric!!! I've had a little bit stashed here and a little bit stashed there, I'm so glad to have it all corralled in one spot! Another big bonus is that I can keep my sewing machine in there too, closed up and dust free.
The cabinet is from Ikea, it's called the Smadal. I LOVE the glass doors and I especially Loved the drawer at the bottom it was the perfect spot to hold the gift wrapping supplies like wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon, and gift bags!
I keep my latest knitting project inside the fabric basket at the top. The basket is from Homesense. But what I'm most in love with is the shoe box ribbon dispenser! It's from Jo Ann Fabrics and it's awesome! hehe
I hope you like our little sewing storage station as much as I do . . . I'm in LOVE!
p.s. The bow on the front was leftover from our Christmas wreath, I couldn't stand to get rid of it, so it found it's way around the door knob!

36 comments:

  1. I love it! Beautiful organization.

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  2. Very pretty all tucked inside. You should see the room I am sewing in this week...looks like a bomb hit it. Needs some serious tidying up.

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  3. Even in a small place we can do so much organizing,I love that.Thank you for sharing.
    My cfarts and fabrics(no sewing machine yet) are in a trunk in the living room.
    Love your honest and very funny blog.
    Xoxo
    Lulu

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  4. i'm in awe. by the way, do you ever take a day off and just kick back and relax and slurp a slurpee? ever? :D

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    1. haha Yes sometimes, but then I put my slurpee on the coffee table and Lee kicks it over on to the carpet!! haha
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! It made me Giggle!
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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  5. Love it! Where did you get the wire baskets?

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    1. Thank you!
      The wire baskets are from The Real Canadian Superstore!
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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  6. I love the craft cabinet and all the organization you do for your house!! I live in a small apartment now with one small closet to store whatever I can.

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  7. This is beautiful! I would have just sat there staring at it all day too! Hahaha. I dream of one day having a space to corral all my supplies! Right now their all hustled in bins in the basement and I have to dig for what I want *tear* lol.

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  8. OMG I love this! The colors just make me happy looking at them! If you are ever bummed out, just go into that room and you will be happy instantly! I need one of these....

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  9. oh! and your Lee sounds like my Jeff on his remote control toys! lol

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  10. I have to say this is so cute and inspiring! I hope to grow my craft section like this :)

    P.S. The blue bow is the icing on the craft cabinet cake!

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  11. I love the Smadal cabinet! I purchased one recently and am planning on using it as... a SHOE cabinet! Might sound a little silly but, after realizing how many cute shoes I have that I never wear because I can't see them tucked away in boxes, I found this cabinet and thought it would be a perfect solution. And I especially love the drawer, too! Perfect for my ridiculously large flip-flop collection.

    Yours looks great with all your sewing supplies!

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  12. It looks perfect! Such a great idea to keep everything in one pretty cabinet! You've got my wheels spinning!!!

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  13. Wow! I have always considering my craft stuff to be messy clutter. You have found a way to make even that cute.

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  14. The cabinet looks adorable with all your colorful fabrics & such. I love the glass doors!
    CAS

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  15. That looks really good! No wondering you were sitting staring at it yesterday morning! :)

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  16. Hi Ashli, Very nice cabinet. Love reading your blog. However, there's one thing I wanted to let you know is that all the pictures that you post are very beautiful but way too bright. Perhaps lowering the brightness will make it look better as that extra brightness sometimes does not do justice to the beauty of the picture.

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  17. Love it Ashli! Right now my craft supplies/fabrics/sewing machine are sharing a room in the basement with our big dogs and their crates, ugh!! They bring in so much dirt, seriously!!! However, next year we will have more empty rooms then we know what to do with with both girls gone. We now have a TV room upstairs and one in the basement...hoping to change that and make the room upstairs my room!! We'll see. Thanks for the inspiration. Love that cabinet.

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  18. LOVE it! Looks really great...I would have never thought to organize craft supplies in a pretty way like that. And amen to the dust-free sewing machine...mine always gets a little dusty in our storage area in the basement.

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  19. I love it. How beautiful. You're very creative!

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  20. Looks great! I did something very similar but in our walk in closet with part of the closet system (since I got booted from my guest/craft room after baby #3 'surprised' us with his arrival :) ). Not completely unrelated-have a question for you: I'm following your cloth napkin sewing tutorial and wanted to know if you wash the fabric first or is it okay to make them and then wash? Thank you in advance!

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  21. I am drooling over here all over my keyboard. Holy crap, I am in love with all of your goodies inside that lovely cabinet.

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  22. It looks great, and that bow just makes it. It is the cherry on top of the ice cream.

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  23. Love this - colorful and organized what more could you ask for! and it fits perfect in the space!

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  24. I mean... you know you're the luckiest woman alive with this cabinet, yes?

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  25. I love your cabinet, Ashli! I could use a place like this to stash all my crafty supplies.
    Recently, I was inspired by One Thifty Chick's method for organizing her mom's sewing fabric. She wrapped fabric (a la fabric store style) around cardboard cut to fit each shelf and lined the shelves with the fabric 'cards'. It looked great and I immediately imitated her idea.
    My fabric sits for long periods between projects so I decided this would work better for me inside a drawer to keep the dust off.
    I love it- it actually takes up less room that it did neatly stacked but also, now, I can see the whole selection and can take out the fabric I want without disturbing the remaining stack.
    I highly recommend this method for accessibility (& frugality)- I grabbed a few cardboard boxes from the grocer & cut a bunch to size to fit my drawer. You should check it out- your ikea cabinet would be perfect b/c it, too, would kept your fabric dust-free.
    http://onethriftychick.blogspot.ca/2012/04/this-weekend-has-been-so-wonderful-and.html

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  26. I want to be you when I grow up and learn how to be organized!! Seriously, the offer still stands to come to Calgary to do my house when you run out of perfection at yours!

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  27. Very nice!! And I second the comment above about mini-bolts for fabric yardage. I have my larger pieces of fabric on them in a bookcase & it really is nice to be able to see everything at a glance. There are plastic boards on the market, but comic book boards also work well.

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  28. I'm sure I've seen a Martha Stewart tutorial to make a ribbon dispenser just like that from a shoe box. You made holes, added grommets (is that what they're called?) and the used a piece of dowel to hold the rolls of ribbon. Great idea!

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  29. At first I thought this was a photo from a magazine...and then I realized I was reading a blog. Fabulous!!! I love the cabinet! Oh the color and organization...gorgeous. :)

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  30. I am swooning - looks just like it belongs in a magazine, yet I know it will be oh so functional! Great job as always! Makes me want to put our studio project in gear!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  31. OMG, that is EXACTLY what I've been looking for!! I can almost cry right now, IKEA doesn't carry that cabinet anymore... :( I've been searching for weeks, I find what I've been looking for here on your blog, and now there's nothing I can do about it. (sniffle, sniffle)

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  32. OMG, this is EXACTLY what I've been looking for!! I could cry right now, IKEA doesn't carry this cabinet anymore... I've been looking for weeks, I FINALLY find exactly what I've been looking for here on your blog, and now there's nothing I can do about it. (sniffle, sniffle)

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