About a year ago, I spent oodles of time organizing a little space to craft in. Find that here. At our other house, I had three utility shelves for storage. But in that house, my craft area was in the basement, so I didn't mind utility shelves down there.  In this house, I really didn't want utility shelves juxtaposed to the beautiful hardwood floor.  I did find the two pieces that I refinished that helped with some storage.  But, even with the fabric stored elsewhere, I have too much stuff for just those small pieces of furniture. 

I've had an envelope with cash marked "hutch" for about a year now. I've been looking for an inexpensive hutch for the craft area to improve the storage and hopefully give another table top surface.  I've looked every couple of weeks for the last year, but hadn't found anything reasonable or local.  Finally,  something popped up. A hutch close enough to home for only $60. 

Storage, I love thee...

And organization. I love walking into this space and seeing less mess.

I just collected some random things to organize.

Not perfect, but better than it was. It's soo much easier to find things. I'm not sure if I'll paint it or leave it as is.  Thoughts?
And of course, like all things, my littles were 'helpful'. He was fabric shopping.
 They were drafting patterns.
 And this chair is their house, which you should know in case you want to come over.
And something else I organized through this process....PATTERNS....SQUEEE!!   A dear blog reader generously sent me a HUGE box of patterns (THANK YOU!). Not just any patterns, but little girl dress patterns!!!! I think she gifted me 53 of them (many vintage!)....and each pattern has 4 or so options, so many choices! I'm excited just writing this!   I totally squealed when I got them and I spent hours just holding them and looking at them.  And then another blog reader left a pile at our breadstand. And then add those to the all the ones I have. I have a lot. Okay, that's an understatement. I have a pattern shop right in my craft area.  How lucky am I?  While I do have the skills to create patterns, it's soooo much less time consuming to have printed ones. And there's so many options. I'm a lucky duck. 

This reorganization of the craft zone has lead to a delay in making/posting the monthly dress. I know it's only my personal deadline and not a big deal, but rest assured, I'll have that post for you soon.  And now....the choice, which pattern will be dress # 10 of the year for sweet girl? Choices, choices.


  1. Looks great! I love all the buttons and things in the mason jars! So organized!

  2. I love your organization ideas. And don't paint the hutch, the wood has great character. :)

  3. What a haven!! I'm incredibly jealous. I really need better organizational skills.

  4. Love it! I say leave as is. It's beautiful :-)

  5. Love your craft room! The hutch, the storage baskets, mason jars.....everything! :)

  6. What a deal, and looks great in your home. I wouldn't paint it myself, but that's me. The wood looks very fitting there...



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