Five Ways to Wall Mount Your Tools.

Those living and working in tight quarters will always agree… the trick to making your organization work? Vertical storage.

The same rings true in workshop, basement, craftroom, or garage. Getting your gear onto the walls leaves you more space to work, keeps your spot clean, and provides inspiration and a reminder of all the tools at your disposal. Those clever folks at Apartment Therapy are certainly hip to such a technique, and provide five options to mount your tools on the wall. Continue Reading

Make a Paper Towel Dispenser for Your Workspace or Craftroom.

I've eliminated wasteful use of paper towels in nearly every aspect of my life- except in a few instances when working on projects…if anyone has a better way to clean up oil-based stains or epoxy spills, please let me know.

So, one the rare occassions that they're necessary, they might as well look sharp and be available, so I built this paper towel dispenser. I used wood from my scrap bin, so it didn't cost me anything, but it could definately be built for under $12. Continue Reading

How to: Light Your Workspace

No matter what your skill, medium, or project of choice, you’ve got to be able to see what you’re doing.

Foot Candles: Lighting quantity or intensity is  measured in foot-candles (fc). So states Wikipedia, “The unit is defined as the amount of illumination the inside surface an imaginary 1-foot radius sphere would be receiving if there were a uniform point source of one candela in the exact center of the sphere. Alternatively, it can be defined as the illuminance on a 1-square foot surface of which there is a uniformly distributed flux of one lumen. Continue Reading

My New Craft Room: Completed

It started as a repository for stuff, mostly of the craft variety. The walls were colorless and storage was slim.

After a month or so of consideration and work, my new craft room is orderly, calm and colorful.

All in all, the entire room cost–in new materials–107 bucks. This included the fabric, paint, wood, fabric drawers for the desk, an Ikea Espressivo desk lamp and decorative doo-dads. What it didn’t include was the chair, rug, desktop, baskets, antique spools and chest of drawers, which I had on hand. Continue Reading

My Craft Room: Arty Abacus

What, you might ask, does an abacus have to do with a craft room? Nothing, really. If any ciphering is going on in there, it’s on a calculator. But I digress. The abacus idea came from a basket of antique spools. I knew I wanted to display them more prominently in my new craft space, but how? String them, letting them dangle from someplace? Naw. Some sort of peg board display dealy-bob? Nope. It finally came to me last weekend. Continue Reading

My New Craft Room: How to ‘upholster’ a tin can.


This is a fun and easy way to make an ordinary can look fabulous. All you need to do it is a bit of fabric, a scissors, an iron, a hot glue gun and a can.


First cut your fabric to fit the circumference and height of your can PLUS a couple of inches in both directions. Press the top and bottom edges down/up. Press ONE SIDE of the fabric in. Center your can on the fabric. Continue Reading

My New Craft Room: Wallpaper Triptych

We all know that framing decorative paper is a great way to create economical art, but if you’re looking for art with a defined image, wallpaper borders are a great way to go. This sweet border reminded me of Manet’s flowers in water-filled vases. All I did was cut the individual images apart and framed them.

For inspiration, check out Just Borders, which sells, you guessed it, just wallpaper borders. And don’t worry about buying an entire roll of the stuff; most on-line retailers have the option of ordering samples for a few bucks. Continue Reading

My New Craft Room: Art display track and how to make one

I’m a paper freak. Primarily, I like to fold it and make greeting cards out of it. The problem is, when I complete a paper project, oftentimes it gets slipped into a drawer, only to be forgotten. When planning my new craft room workspace, I decided I wanted a way to display my recent folds and, more importantly, a place to keep my cards until they’re needed.

Inspired by Alltext’s photo wall, but on a much smaller scale, I had MWT rip a piece of 3/4 MDF down to 1 ½” x 48″, which I then painted with 3 coats of semi-gloss latex, again, sanding between coats. Continue Reading

My New Craft Room: Window treatments (and how I made them)

Now that the big pieces were completed, I could turn to the fluff, which included window treatments. I had just enough fabric left over from my chair make-over to sew a simple valance. And I mean REALLY simple.

All I did was measure the interior width of my window and added about an inch to each side and about 4 inches to the bottom for hemming and attachment. HOWEVER, you could easily use a table runner or even a rectangular scarf for your curtain, letting the ‘tails’ hang, OR you could just rip the fabric to size. Continue Reading