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Working on my attic craft space

Working on my attic craft space
Working on my attic craft space

I got to the Container Store last week, and the undershelf baskets I bought there fit great. The one in this photo holds a box that once held nailpolish and manicure tools. It now holds beading needles.
 The pink box holds beads and jewelry components. I hope to move them to clear containers where I can see them eventually.
The small white shelves were brown when I found them at an antique shop years ago. I bet I had them 5 years before I painted them white and mounted them on the wall. I got them after reading a tip about scouring antique and thrift shops for items that could be repurposed for craft storage. Because of the proximity of the stereo, I had used them to store cassette tapes. I found a better box for the tapes this week, and I hope to fill this one like it’s partner:
I assembled the double storage cube from Foremost, turned it on end and added it to a row of others. The brown cases on the bottom hold cross-stitch and crazy quilting supplies. The brown one on the right also held cassettes till I took the divider out of the bottom and lined it with felt. The pink cases on top hold
thread, seed beads and jewelry tools. I love that I can pick them up and head to the couch downstairs or out to the porch or anywhere I want! 
The little picture rail shelf below is from Ikea. I like it better than the ones from Michaels because it’s more substantial, and it attached to the wall more securely. It was only $9.99, but doesn’t come with hardware. I found 2 screws and an anchor all by myself. I used my studfinder (what a great tool!) and put one of the screws in a stud and used the anchor to secure the other end in the drywall. I’m getting pretty proficient with the drill, too! I plan on buying some more of these “Ribba” shelves, but of course, they’re not available online. That means a trip out to Ikea (storage Disneyland) in Charlotte some time!
 I’m not a very “pink” girl, but I’ve repurposed alot of furniture from my daughter’s old room. This pretty music box is hers:

This sign, though, is all mine!

Storage Cubes

Storage Cubes
Storage Cubes

I got my storage cubes for the attic craft space assembled. Two of them are these open cubes I turned on end and left the backing off. That way they “frame” my speakers and I don’t have to cut holes for the wires. They are by Foremost and I ordered them from Staples. I like this brand because they are light enough in the carton for me to carry them upstairs, they are easy to assemble, and the particleboard is soft enough to drive a screw in with a normal screwdriver if the drill battery is dead. The drill sure speeds things up, though.
Unless I’ve mismeasured, the Container Store has shelf baskets that should fit nicely above the speakers. I hope I can get by there this week!

While we’re talking trash…

While we’re talking trash…
While we’re talking trash…

<I love these rectangular Gerber Baby Food containers for bead storage. Peter James is eating all table food these days, but I managed to save and wash several while he was in the baby food stage. (It’s also interesting that http://www.monarchwatch.org/ likes to use these containers for housing caterpillars and hatching their butterflies!) I’ve been doing a little organizing of my primary craft space, today, and I am also glad I purchased this umbrella-photo-keeper-thingy at the Container Store. I couldn’t find it on their website, but here’s one at Amazon: www.amazon.com/Umbra-Fotofalls-Metal-Desktop-Holder/ It’s great for clipping up parts of an upcoming jewelry project!