{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


{Crochet} As seen in Mollie Makes


mollie makes magazine 75Check out those super cute Heart Coasters – top right in this months issue of Mollie Makes. I am pretty excited to reveal that those little cuties are mine! That’s right, i am now ‘as seen in Mollie Makes’. Who would have thought that would ever happen? Not me. :)

Issue 75 is packed with awesome craft projects and plenty of inspirational stories about creative types. I know it can be hard to Australia to get your hands on a copy, but you can always subscribe, or if you prefer your mags digitally you don’t have to wait. Head to the Mollie Makes website for all the details on where you can download a copy. Enjoy!mollie makes magazine 75

{Craft as Therapy} Meet the Moderators : @olivesandpickles


crochet hexagons

Ryane is the queen of hexies!!

I am very blessed to have a wonderful group of ladies help moderate the @craftastherapy account on Instagram. If you haven’t heard of #craftastherapy, you can read more about it here. The ladies that run the @craftastherapy account come from all over the world, are avid crafters and give up their time to take turns moderating the account….for free! That’s right, these ladies volunteer their time because they are passionate about the therapeutic benefits of craft.

So, i thought it was time to ‘Meet the moderators’ of @craftastherapy! Hooray!

First up is the delightful Ryane from @oliveandpickles, a crafty canadian with a busy young family. She is the crochet hexie queen and has her own Etsy Store, OlivesandPickles. Ryane was kind enough to answer the questions below so we can get to know her a little better.

#craftastherapy @olivesandpickles

Ryane and her beautiful family

1. Why do you knit/crochet/design?

I crochet to create beautiful useful items for my loved ones and others; mostly blankets and to feel connected to my Great Grandmother and Granny who have passed.
2. What’s your fave project that you’ve made?

That’s a tough question, maybe my first colour block hexie blanket I made for myself or my newest blanket for myself my scrappy granny stripe afghan. It may sound selfish but the things you create for your self are often the last to be made or take the longest to complete so much extra love and dedication go into them because you rarely or never make anything for yourself.

crochet cubes

Just one of Ryane’s recent #wips

3. Besides craft, what are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, taking care of them is so important to me. I also find great joy in music and just being in the warm sunshine. I enjoy photography and baking as well but I am really focused on crochet. Lol
4. Do you have a nickname?

My name is Ryane pronounced Rye-Anne. I haves a few friends along the way call my Rye or Rye-bott but now a days I’m more referred to as mumma, mum or MOM. I would also consider Olivesandpickles to be a nickname my kids point out the pickles and olives sign in the grocery store every time 😉
5. Tell us why you love @craftastherapy

I love the community of @craftastherapy. So warm and welcoming. I felt comfortable sharing stories about myself or my family I hadn’t shared on IG before. I was never judged, the people of this community just offered hugs and compassion. In some cases I felt like they understood what I was going through.

crochet hexie blanket

Just look at how Ryane plans her projects! Amazing!

6.  What’s next on your ‘to make’ list?

This summer I am taking time off of work persay and am tackling my many works in progress. I’m really looking forward to creating an abstract colour block hexie baby blanket for a dear friend. It will be a silent auction item which is part of her Inaugural Rare Finds Gala Fundraiser. Taking place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada my friend is raising money for The Rare Disease Foundation.

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7. What are your dreams for the future.

My dreams for the future are to be able to continue creating and selling my crocheted items, while balancing motherhood and marriage. Balance is such a difficult task; my daughter has anxiety and keeping her steady, while helping everyone else can be a full time job.
8. Tell us something random that we wouldn’t  know about you?

I drink my tea with 3 or 4 sugar in it. I got my sweet tooth from my Grandmother and when I was younger the going joke was “would you like tea with your sugar?” They use to tease her and now they’ve moved on to teasing me. ?crochet project bag

{Craft as Therapy} Your chance to be a guest moderator!


Hello there! Have you been playing along with #craftastherapy on Instagram and wishing that you were able to pick the features? Well, this could be your chance. We are looking for a guest moderator to take over the account for a week, starting Nov 7. The job involves, choosing features, posting inspirational quotes and providing feedback to creative crafters.  As @craftastherapy belongs to everyone, the moderators and i thought having a guest moderator, chosen from our community, would be a great way to involve our participants. Okay – to be in the running you need to post a picture on IG, tag #craftastherapy_guestmod and tell us a bit about yourself. If you post a picture of yourself,  you will get two entries into the draw. So go on, give it a go! Being a @craftastherapy moderator is a lot of fun! The guest moderator will be drawn this Saturday, but until then please enjoy these features and posts from @neverjillian‘s and @smilewithsadie‘s week of moderating.


creativity quote

Image Credit – @neverjillian

crochet doilies

{Top Left} – @raimarie16
{Top Right} – @murphy_and_me_handmade
{Bottom Left} – @hannapopana
{Bottom Right} – @nesimerciger

craft on instagram

{Top Left} – @rarepearstudio
{Top Right} – @crochetspecs
{Bottom Left} – @thehopeanomaly
{Bottom Right} – @suzannemartin

mandala craft

{Top Left} – @knitirene
{Top Right} – @themessybrunette
{Bottom Left} – @locamonica
{Bottom Right} – @maga_instamamme

{Craft as Therapy} New Fun Weekly Themes

crochet flower patterns

{Top Left} – @samela_moss
{Top Right} -@ivamakes
{Bottom Left} – @crochetbylin
{Bottom Right} – @araniaturuleca

We have introduced a weekly theme for @craftastherapy on Instagram, where each moderator chooses a fun theme and a new hashtag for crafters to use. Keep on tagging your makes with #craftastherapy, as pictures for features will still be chosen from here. The weekly theme is there as an extra challenge. This weeks theme is #craftastherapy_nature which has been chosen by @neverjillian. This theme will run until Saturday, so if you’d like to join in please feel very welcome to do so. Below are some of the themes and features from previous weeks. Thanks to everyone for playing along. :)

crochet icecream

{Top Left} – @supercutedesign
{Top Right} – @withmyhandz
{Bottom Left} – @carolynchristmas
{Bottom Right} – @matuszka_i_jaguszka

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_food theme as selected by @smilewithsade.

granny squares

{Top Left} – @emilie.snaps
{Top Right} – @alegriachaamano
{Bottom Left} – @umdiddle_diddlediddle
{Bottom Right} – @kellykellykellygreen

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_human theme as selected by @bqueencollection.

{Top Left} -  {Top Right} -  {Bottom Left} -  {Bottom Right} -

{Top Left} – @llwyngwril_yarnbombing_project
{Top Right} – @dulcinas
{Bottom Left} – @sabinspeich
{Bottom Right} – @shaula_la_la

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_animals theme as selected by @queenbabs.

favourite craft projects

{Top Left} – @winterbeachbymab
{Top Right} – @thelittleblock
{Bottom Left} – @charlisadesigns
{Bottom Right} – @tinachalks

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_favorite theme as selected by @marretjeroos.

colorful craft projects

{Top Left} -@suanknits
{Top Middle} – @bisukiut
{Top Right} – @joakhui80
{Middle Left} -@ceyhan65
{Centre} -@littlemasih
{Middle Right} – @locamonica
{Bottom Left} – @bymamidk
{Bottom Middle} – @taralee.peace
{Bottom Right} -@maria.c.makeit

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_colorful theme as selected by @maritparit.


{Craft as Therapy} Round Up by @Olivesandpickles

Craft quote

Image Credit – @olivesandpickes

Here is another @craftastherapy roundup from Ryane at @olivesandpickles. Her weekly theme was #craftastherapy_hexies, where crafters were invited to tag their images of crafty hexagons – sewn, crocheted, painted or drawn. Her hexie grid is at the bottom of this post. Thanks Ryane! And if you’d like to find out more about @craftastherapy on Instagram please read more here.

Craft hexagons

Image Credit – @olivesandpickles

Pretty craft projects

{Top Left} – @joykilledthepoet
{Top Right} – @leannesaysitallg
{Bottom Left} – @vilseivirkligheten
{Bottom Right} – _riaparamita_

Styled yarn pictures

{Top Left} – @petalplum
{Top Right} – @nikkioutwest
{Bottom Left} – @crochetgirl99
{Bottom Right} – _deborah.brandon_

Craft hexagons

{Top Left} – @maria.c.makeit
{Top Centre} – @deartomyartcreations
{Top Right} – @yardagedesign
{Middle Left} – @chitweed
{Middle Centre} – @marretjeroos
{Middle Right} – @madewithloops
{Bottom Left} – @mobiusgirl
{Bottom Centre} – @squeeze_cuddles
{Bottom Right} – @ourlovelylittlelife


{Fabric} Vintage Suitcase Makeover

Old suitcase upcycle

Give a vintage suitcase a new life with an easy fabric makeover

Today I’m going to show you an easy and affordable way to make old vintage suitcases pretty by giving them a makeover with fabric and glue. Vintage suitcases make fabulous storage for blankets and craft supplies and you can find them cheaply at op shop or thrift shops. Their vintage brown exterior compliments neutral settings well, but can look old and dirty in bright or modern settings. I have owned these 3 suitcases for years, so I thought it was time to pretty them up and makes them useful in my craft office.

Vintage suitcases

Three old brown vintage suitcases found at my local op shop.

I gave two of these suitcases a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I wanted to cover the third suitcase in fabric. This turned out to be my favourite! Here is a little pictorial guide of how I made it pretty. :)

RedAgape suitcase makeover

I like to start at the bottom. Give the bottom of the suitcase a generous coat of mod podge in preparation for the fabric.

Fabric covered suitcase

Lay the fabric over the top of the suitcase and press down firmly. Don’t worry if the Mod Podge soaks through a little as this will make it extra secure.

Fabric covered suitcase

Pull of corners of the fabric into a peak at the corners in preparation for trimming.

Vintage suitcase makeover Fabric

Cut through the peak you formed to divide the fabric. Cut off excess fabric.

Vintage suitcase makeover

Secure the sides with plenty of mod Podge making sure to press down firmly.

Fabric covered vintage suitcase

Press fabric firmly against the Mod Podge to secure. Trim away any excess and secure the corners that you trimmed previously. Fold the top of the fabric over and secure it inside the suitcase.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ensure that any joins in the fabric are well secured with Mod Podge

Covering a vintage suitcase

Cut carefully around any obstacles (latches, handles etc) with a blade. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Vintage suitcase makeover

The vintage latch revealed provides a rustic contrast against the pretty pink fabric. Repeat this process for the lid of the suitcase. I found it easier to work this two pieces of fabric – one for the top and one for the bottom.

Mod Podge covered suitcase

I secured fabric to the inside of the suitcases too, to make sure they were as pretty as the outside.

Mod Podge suitcase

When the entire suitcase is covered with fabric, give it all a good coat of mod Podge to protect and seal the fabric. This will dry clear.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ta Da! All done! Now you have pretty and practical storage for your blankets and craft supplies

{Craft as Therapy} Round Up by @redagape_styleanddesign

crochet mandalas

I was pretty excited to be back hosting the @craftastherapy page on Instagram. The handle has grown so much since i handed over the reins to a fantastic group of moderators. We are now closing in on 10,000 followers and over 12,000 images under the #craftastherapy tag! Whoop whoop! Anywho, here are some of my features from my week of hosting. We also have introduced a new weekly theme – mine was #craftastherapy_mandala and the features are at the end of this post.

yarn supplies

{Top Left} – @philo010282
{Top Right} – @07irene07
{Bottom Left} – _houseoflane_
{Bottom Right} – @anfloclay

crochet cactus

{Top Left} – @sunshinebychannon
{Top Right} – @chalieanslana_
{Bottom Left} -@kberlew
{Bottom Right} – @crochetspecs

crochet patterns

{Top Left} – @murphy_and_me_handmade
{Top Right} – @poppyandbliss
{Bottom Left} – @pate_and_birdie
{Bottom Right} – @crochetgirl99

blue crafts

{Top Left} – @thedizzylimits
{Top Right} – @craftbritabroad
{Bottom Left} – @umdiddle_diddlediddle
{Bottom Right} – @joykilledthepoet

craft ideas

{Top Left} – @alittlevintagedoll
{Top Right} – @masalsidusler
{Bottom Left} – @rubyjaneslane
{Bottom Right} – @poa_and_pod

crochet mandalas

{Top Left} -@nesimerciger
{Top Centre} – @bymamidk
{Top Right} – @anfloclay
{Middle Left} – @kellykellygreen
{Middle Centre} – @millefleurs13
{Middle Right} – @mammalanie
{Bottom Left} – @papatyayshem
{Bottom Centre} – @lcs_girl
{Bottom Right} – @goes.id.handwerk

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Mariana from @winterbeachbymab

inspirational quote

Image Credit – @winterbeachbymab

Here is the #craftastherapy round up from last week – hosted by crochet queen, Mariana from @winterbeachbymab. It was a brilliant week with @craftastherapy reaching over 6000 followers. And it’s growing everyday. Please have a little read here to find out more about #craftastherapy and how you can join in. Here are some of Mariana’s picks for the week.

amigurumi japan

{Top Left} – @ecembayarozturk
{Top Right} – @surisuriami
{Bottom Left} – @colouredyarns
{Bottom Right} –@vanessakind

crochet cushion designs

{Top Left} – @07irene07
{Top Right} – @makingpolly
{Bottom Left} – @mumakaro
{Bottom Right} –@pronkenpruts

handmade bags

{Top Left} – @_christacoal_
{Top Right} – @hobizamanim
{Bottom Left} – @squeeze_cuddles
{Bottom Right} –@bymamidk

simple craft projects

{Top Left} – @madebyjossan
{Top Right} – @chelsea_crochet_photography
{Bottom Left} – @crochet.etc
{Bottom Right} -@solo_un_sogno

instagram crafts styled

{Top Left} – @creativelife_happylife
{Top Right} – @joakhui80
{Bottom Left} – @merriweatherc
{Bottom Right} –@steelandstitch

inspirational quote

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Jill from @neverjillian

craft as therapy

Image Credit – @neverjillian

Another fabulous week has passed over at @craftastherapy where the fabulous Jill from @neverjillian took the reins as moderator. It is hard to believe that she was initally apprehensive about jumping on board as a moderator – her posts so clever, inspiring and creative. Here’s some of Jill’s posts and featured pictures from last week. Thank you for doing such a great job this week Jill. xx

crochet cactus

{Top Left} – @jo_quittenton
{Top Right} – @momma_tiff4
{Bottom Left} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Right} – @joyfulfour

inspirational art quote

Image Credit – @neverjillian

pretend play food

{Top Left} – @caterpiyarn
{Top Right} – @marbergna
{Bottom Left} – @deartomyartcreations
{Bottom Right} – @sunshinebychannon

creativity is contagious

Image Credit – @neverjillian

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @knot_katy
{Bottom Left} – @pearliebirdy
{Bottom Right} – @sulphurcrested

crochet motifs

{Top Left} – @yarn_house
{Top Right} – @solstrikke
{Bottom Left} – @flo_and_dot
{Bottom Right} – @joakhui80