{Creative Interiors} Craft Room Tour and Tips

Craft roomWelcome to my craft studio! All serious crafters understand how difficult it can be to keep a creative space organised and looking good. We tend to accumulate massive amounts of craft supplies and essential tools that it can be overwhelming trying to keep it all sorted. It’s really important that everything has a home, a spot where it lives when not in use. No one wants to spend hours searching for a pompom maker or special ball of yarn. Right? Right. Here’s my top tips for keeping your craft space organised. Pegboard organisation

Since moving into my larger craft studio (which I’m calling the Hen’s Den), I have the advantage of more space, but these tips will apply to any craft space. For many years all I had was a little corner of our family office, so I understand the challenge of organising a small space too.

My number one tip is Pegboard! It’s a great way to keep tools and supplies close at hand and is visually appealing. I’m lucky enough to have the mother of all pegboard in my new studio, but for a long time all I had was a small sheet of pegboard hanging on our office wall. Add hooks, baskets, clipboards and shelves to create separate areas for designated tools and equipment. I keep all of my scissors and notebooks on my pegboard and they always return to their home when I’m finished using them.HensDen10I like to keep my yarn on display! Let’s be honest, although we pretend we’re ashamed of the size of our yarn stashes we love showing them off and having them on display can inspire fresh ideas/new projects. I love seeing a wall of colourful yarn, so I prefer to keep mine in cubes. I also keep a lot of it in clear zip lock bags to protect it from yarn loving bugs. But what do you do with the half used balls? Easy! Display them too. I’ve been winding up my half used balls into cakes to store on my pegboard. Not only does it look good, but I can quickly see what I haven’t used and it prevents me from opening/starting a fresh ball of yarn. :)HensDen8Make sure you have some closed storage for messy items that you don’t want on display. I found some consoles from Fantastic Furniture that work well for me. I store all of my pens and smaller items in the drawers and unfinished ‘wips’ are kept inside the cupboards. I also plan on starting a wip wall, so I can see all of my unfinished projects.HensDen7HensDen9I am lucky enough to boast a seating area and kitchenette in my Hen’s Den. Yes, I know I am living the dream! But I don’t take it for granted for a moment. Having this craft space has changed my creative life!! I feel so happy and ORGANISED. I hope my little tips help you to get organised too.

Mandy xx

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{Creative Spaces} My Craft Studio and exciting news!

 

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My Creative Space Mood Board – created on Style Source Book

The sound of building has been ringing in the air, as construction on my new craft studio has begun. I feel¬†like the luckiest crafter in the world to have a dedicated creative space that is all my own. In fact, i have been feeling a little guilty about have something that is just for me. Lots of exciting things have happened in my life and this ranks pretty high on the list – after marriage and children of course. And there’s something else pretty exciting ahead for me that makes the timing of my creative space just perfect. Can you guess what it is? I will reveal it soon….keep reading. ūüėČ

I have been planning my creative space for such a long time that i know exactly what it will look like when it is finished. Crisp clean white walls and ceilings, a medium toned wooden floor and accents of grey and wood throughout. Colour will be injected with YARN (of course!), crochet cushions and blankets. I will also be including pieces from other Instagrammers, crafters and artists i admire. I already have my little Curlie from Tiny Curl and wonderful paintings from artists Kyah Wilson and Jacinta Haycock.

Okay, enough about the Craft Studio, scroll down for the big NEWS!! :)

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Here are a couple of shots of my shed that is being transformed into the creative space of my dreams!

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The timing of my craft studio just could not be better as i begin work on my first book!! Hooray!! I have partnered up with the greatest publisher MeteoorBooks to create a book about crocheting all year round and it is going to be fantastic! I am pouring all of my creative heart and soul into this book and i am certain you will LOVE it! Check out #12monthsofcrochetwithredagape for updates and sneak peaks on Instagram.

Mandy xx

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{Creatives’ Spaces} Belinda Satterthwaite of Tomolly

Tomolly Millthorpe

I’d like to introduce you to Belinda Satterthwaite, the creative and clever owner of Tomolly, a beautiful homewares and gift shop in the heart of historic Millthorpe. Belinda was kind enough to let me into her home and shop to take a few pictures, so i can share with you her unique sense of style. I don’t know about you, but i get tired of seeing the same old, same old ‘on trend’ pieces in every store. It all gets so boring and repetitive. Belinda has a fresh approach when looking for stock to fill her store. She doesn’t like to fill her shelves with the same thing as everybody else and is constantly on the lookout for something a bit different. She has an eclectic mix of functional, stylish, upcycled and handmade items in Tomolly. It really is a treasure trove!

Her home decorating is very unique too. Belinda’s floors, walls and skirts are all white, providing a crisp¬†blank canvas on which to decorate. Most of the items in her home are found, collected and often upcycled. The house is perfectly curated and completely original. I love it! Thanks Belinda for letting me into your creative space!

You can find Belinda and Tomolly online here –¬†Facebook¬†¬† Website¬†Instagram

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{Creatives’ Spaces} Janelle from @awhitestyle

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Today we are taking a look into the creative space of @awhitestyle. This feed is one of my current favourites on Instagram – Janelle from @awhitestyle. I have been following Janelle for a while and i must say that i really LOVE her style. She shares pictures of her daily life everyday on Instagram. Her interiors are beautiful mix of classic, real and warm.

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I love Janelle’s style simply because it feels so effortless. There’s no overstyling or obsessing about perfectly placed cups – well, at least it doesn’t appear that way. All of her images feel like real, unedited snapshots of her life‚Ķ..and it’s a beautiful life!

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

She recently shared 20 facts about herself on IG which confirmed why i love her feed so much. She’s a real person! yay! You gotta love authenticity. She loves to knit, crochet, DIY, bake and craft. She’s a cat lover, coffee lover and WINE lover.

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Janelle shares the most divine images of her cooking creations on IG and shares her recipies happily on her blog – www.awhitefarm.blogspot.com.au And while i kinda hate cooking, i do love eating and her bakes looking particularly inticing. I’m almost inspired to take up baking.

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Baxter and Lolly the cats star pretty heavily in her Janelle’s feed. They are seriously living the dream! Lolly in particular is Janelle’s little furry shadow. So adorable.

cute cameo kitten

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I highly recommend a visit to Janelle’s blog and her IG feed. If you love real, white and clean interiors, you’ll lobe Janelle’s feed.

Cute fluffy kitten

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

 

{Creatives’ Spaces} Shani Nottingham from Rare Pear Studio

collage butterflies womanI’ve decided it is time to pay tribute to the wonderful woman in my life that not only encourage me creativity, but inspire me on a daily basis with their talent and creative interior styling. Today’s creative space belongs to ¬†Shani Nottingham from Rare Pear Studio.

australian artistI had been following Shani for a little while on Instagram, before I approached her about photographing her home for Central West Lifestyle Magazine. Her IG feed is a visual feast, bursting with creativity and colour, so I was confident her home would be equally as interesting, and i wasn’t disappointed!cosy reading nookShani is a collector, gatherer and curator. Her home is both warm and fascinating. Everywhere you look there is a conversation starter, which is why I spent 5hrs visiting her home…..we talked and talked and talked. It was astounding how much we had in common and I left that day knowing I had made a good friend.

collector coloured glassShani’s collects glass with a passion and it is displayed lovingly throughout her home, adding a rainbow of colour where ever you look. Her pottery collected from op shops and secondhand stores, sit proudly on display atop thrifted or gifted cupboards. There is an abundance of eclectic objects that you don’t expect to be grouped in one room, but it works, and you feel some understanding of how Shani thinks – like a little glimpse into how her mind works.

collection of german potteryKill that Man! The painting over the fireplace was a gift from her husband, before they were married, ¬†and has been to every home they have lived in. It’s large, blue and proudly takes pride of place in the centre of the room.
pop art blueThis painted beauty is an original Rare Pear Studio piece, that ties in effortlessly with the rest of the room.
rare pear studio original artAnd she paints, draws, makes collages and excels in photography. So much talent wrapped up in one lady! She is allergic to mushrooms, but she is fascinated with them and has mastered capturing them in pencil, ink or paint.
mushrooms art on book pagesShe blogs at Rare Pear Studio Blogspot.¬†There you can enjoy her varied and entertaining posts. Trust me, you won’t get bored. You can follow her Facebook page if you prefer.

nest drawingHer photography is unique and moving……subjects captured with so much care. You can follow her beautifully captured images on Instagram.
succulent photographyI must say though, it’s her collages that get me! Right in the heart! They are perfectly composed and visually intriguing, so much so that you can’t look away. This one is called Enchanted Forest. And some exciting news – Shani has just launched her website www.rarepearstudio.com.au¬†Pop over for a visit, it’s definitely worth it. xo

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