Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nonna's Craft Corner Tour

Good Evening All!
I hope you have had a good day!
I just wanted to take a sec and say thanks to everyone who has been stopping by to visit my blog, those who are followers and to everyone who has ever left a comment!  You guys make my day!  And just so you know, I read EVERY comment you leave and try to respond when you have questions.

Which leads me to today's post.  Jennifer left a very sweet comment on my "With God All Things Are Possible" post (you can see this post HERE).  She also had a couple of questions for me.  Jennifer wanted to know how I covered my chipboard album with paper (you can see the album HERE).

It's really very easy....just trace the outline of your chipboard onto the back of your paper, cut it out and adhere with some really good glue.  I like to use Zip Dry Paper Glue.  It dries fast, but not so fast that you can't move your paper around while you line things up.  I usually have a bit of paper here and there that overhangs the edges of my chipboard. To smooth out all the edges, I use my little paper-sander and just sort of buff the edges.  Final step...I ink up the edges like crazy until everything sort of blends together!

Jennifer also asked about my fabulous crafting island.  This island is amazing and I can't tell you how much I love it!  Let me give you a peek.....

Isn't it beautiful?
A wonderfully talented friend/wood-worker/cabinet builder/firefighter custom built this for me!
His name is Mark Wells and he is awesome.  Mark listened to everything little detail I told him I would like for my island, told me what would work and what would not....and....ta da!  Mark lives in the same area as I do here in LA (lower Alabama). You can find Mark on Facebook HERE or you can send me an e-mail (tdadams61@aol.com) and I'll get you in touch with him.

One of my biggest requests was shelves on each end to house my ever increasing cartridge collection.
I love having all my cartridges together in alphabetical order so I know exactly where to look when I need one.  These shelves are on each end of the island. (The other side isn't full....yet).

I have lots of nice, deep, pull out drawers (3 on each side).  This one holds some of my punches.

There are 2 cabinet doors on each side of the island and each cabinet has 2 pull out shelves.
These are awesome!  This cabinet holds my nestabilities and the bottom shelf is where I keep layouts that I am still working on or just haven't put into an album.  I love this because I don't have to worry about pages getting bent or messed up if I'm not ready to add them to an album.

In the center of the island, I had Mark put 2 open shelves, these go all the way from one side of the island to the other.  I have baskets for all my paper scraps.  Each basket has a label...so when I need a tiny piece of pink paper to finish that cute little flower, I know just where to look.  I don't know if you can see it or not, but look above the top, right hand basket, just under the middle drawer.  Mark installed a power strip with 4 or 5 plugs so when I need a glue gun or heat gun I can just plug 'er in and let 'er rip!

My Imagine, my paper cutter and my rarely used sewing machine live on this table.

This hold all my fun stuff...paper, ribbon, glitter, stickles, buttons, flowers...you know...the necessities of life!

That pretty much wraps up today's tour!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my little corner and thanks to Jennifer for asking!  Now, I think it's about time for me to get back upstairs and get busy!

Until next time,


  1. Hi Tayna, just found your blog and love the projects I've seen!! Love your craft table and how everything looks very organized. I'm now a new follower and can't wait to come back and visit:)

  2. Wow, I'm super jealous now! Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's crafty space isn't a part of the ten commandments, is it?

  3. LOL...ErinLeigh's comment is so cute!!!
    You have an AWESOME space!!! I am new to your blog from FantabulousCricut...love your creations!!!


  4. Well-first of all I just have to say Roll Tide!!! I lived in U A (upper Alabama) until 1996 so crimsom is is in my blood. LOL! Secondly, love your island. Wow! That's awesome. What a clever design. And thirdly, love your blog too. Soooo very cute. I'm a new follower. Love your work!


  5. Oooh, what a GREAT space! It looks so organized and bright. Your island is a beautiful piece of furniture...your friend Mark is very talented! What do you have cooking up in there tonight? :-)

    ~Sharon C.

  6. I am just so jealous - what a wonderful craft room! And the island is to die for. No wonder such great creations come out of that environment. And thanks for the chipboard tutorial.

  7. Wow this is so beautiful. What am amazing builder!! A work of art

  8. Wow. Now THAT is a craft room! Just a bit jealous here... :) Ok a bit more than a bit. Actually LOTS of bits. But someday I can come back to your blog and show my Hubby EXACTLY what I would like, instead of just a closet and folding table... :)

  9. I love your craft room. And, that desk is gorgeous! I am so glad you shared these pictures with us!!!

  10. Tanya,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to do such a great tour!!! :) I really appreciate it!

    And what a space!!!!!!!! It is just to die for!!!! Too bad I live so far away...I would be bugging Mark already!

    Crafty hugs,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com


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