Category Archives: Craft Room

Fun office accessories

I have had a great time putting together some useful and fun office accessories. I thought I would share some of my favorite finds. Surrounding yourself with things that are colorful and useful helps to promote creative work.

1. Custom engraved pencils

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2. A pretty candle

 

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3. Markers and colored pencils

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4. Inspiration journal

5. Dowel rod for scissors. Use S hooks to hang up things.

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6. Phone stand

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8. Sewing machine cover (no sew)

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9. Grey tweed bins (Threshold Target)

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10. Planter that holds large rolls of fabric. Old door into gift wrap station.

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12. Useful Art Cart ( I promise to have the tutorial soon on this )

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When you are putting together a space that is supposed to create inspiration it is essential to be surrounded with items that will promote that. I think when you create a mood for a room…it makes you want to spend more time in there…and helps you to do your best work.  Also, I really love that these beautiful pieces have a purpose…things have a place to go…which helps me stay organized and happy :)

 

Buying guide: pencils // candle is Homegoods //  Journal // Phone stand was from Homegoods about 2 years ago // Grey tweed bins // Planter from Homegoods// ‘>’>’>Chalkboard Contact paper

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Using old trim to create a valance (DIY valance)

Hi friends! We made it to Friday! Hope you have some fun plans in store for this weekend:) Maybe you will have time to make a cool vintage valance like this one….

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I was struggling a bit with this window in my new office space…I really wanted to keep it as open to light as possible…but yet I also wanted to add a punch of green with some fabric. I can up with something that is still clean and open…but yet adds just the right touch of character to the room.

I rummaged through my favorite place to search for old treasures…(architectural savage, I’ve chatted before about it here) I found this fabulous piece of old fluted molding..just $14! Perfect old gray color…all I had to do was clean it up a bit and cut it to 8.5 feet to be a nice fit above the window.

We predrilled some holes on both ends.

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To hang it up, we cut a block using a 2 by 4. Found the stud and drilled the block to the wall. After I stapled the panels to the back, we drilled the trim piece to the blocks. I placed it all the way to the ceiling to create some nice height.

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I will chat more about how I went about making the panels soon….(pattern is Waverly Williamsburg collection: Garden Clover)

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The tie backs are simply 1/4 yard of decorator fabric, cut in half. I folded and ironed and glued shut the seams. A bobby pin holds it in place. These panels are just for show, so no worry about opening and closing.

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Love the fresh burst of green!! More soon….Here are the other post on this space…

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Office/Craft Room Reveal

It is kind of like giving birth….taking a room from blah to ahhhhh….that is the only way to describe it. It is always a process writing a post like this. Recalling all the things I have already shared…and trying to remember what I haven’t shared. Bare with me ;) I will be talking about this space for many weeks to come….but I wanted to reward you with some fun pictures..thanks for your patience friends.

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There are a few things left to do….but you get the gist of it…

Here is where we started….

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Oh my…in the words of my blog friend Chelsea…Capitol H…. Hot Mess…. Moving on….

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And let’s go back to how we look now….

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The white paint on the walls and trim made this built in look brand new. I really wanted to keep what I could…and this entire wall of shelving was built by my honey about 7 years ago. The desk functions really well….nice a long with sewing at one end and computer at the other. The wall paint is Simply White by Benjamin Moore in flat. The trim is all semi gloss. We had a piece of glass cut to fit the super long desk.

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The light is from Overstock.com…perfect mix of classic and modern. I will chat more about the window panels in a bit…the “valance” is an old piece of trim. It was already this perfect shade of gray. Panel fabric is from the Waverly Williamsburg collection.office craft room reveal at cleverlyinspired (4)

I shared on Instagram this mantle that has been in my garage since last summer….it has found it’s permanent home. I was thinking of painting it a nice charcoal…but I am loving this stained-beat-up look too. For the inset of the mantel I used a fun new product called Air stone. I am so pleased with the results. I will do a post on it very soon. Such an innovative product. Also, above the mantel…I will be framing my Traveling Artwork. The reading chair, framed chicken wire, blanket, pillow, side table, desk chair, lamp and planter are all from Homegoods. Love me some Homegoods :) The large print that is sitting on the mantle right now is a poster I made on Printsagram (96 instagrams all on one poster;).

The faux fireplace is such a nice feature to this room. I ended up white washing the Airstone….more of that soon…. Of course…the fun upcycled door that became my gift wrap holder…love that!

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Everything came off the shelves and I reduced and reorganized. All the small items were placed in large jars. I love the chalkboard contact paper. You can cut it any size, and stick it on. Perfect for so many uses! More post coming soon on the desk accessories;)

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The grey bins are Target’s Threshold brand….love them!

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Grey patterned desk chair is from Homegoods. (shocker I know)

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We made this “art cart” to a size that would work nicely in the room. It is on wheels and the top is Carrera marble tiles…yum:) It holds all my photography backdrops and has shelves on both side for pretty baskets (still looking for a few containers to finish it off)  Tutorial soon….

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The floors….oh my the floors….I love these floors. They are light, slightly modern and chic…and warm all at the same time. I absolutely love them. We hired out for the floors. Basically, white pine wide plank, sanded 3 times, white washed (Bono professional brand) and poly (in Satin) (3 coats). I will be putting an area rug down eventually….More on that later too….yall know I don’t like to be too wordy in one post;)office-craft room @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

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I think what I am most pleased about is that this room functions now. Before….it got messy really quickly because there was no order or method to where things belong. Now…scissors get hung up…glue is contained…paint swatches are all in a bin…I love that I know that everything in this space is useful. When I started this room…I went through everything and asked myself…Do I really need this? A pringles can from 2 years ago?…. Loads of fabric scraps that were barely big enough to sew with….glue that had about an ounce left in it….point is…I got rid of 4 large trash bags of stuff. Ahhhhh…..(I think the hardest part is getting started.) But when you tell yourself….I am going to just fill up one bag today…then by the end of the week you have a much clearer vision of what the space can be:)

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I’ll be sharing more soon….what is your favorite part? Oh Please tell me:) I would love for you to share this post with friends too…xoxo!

Here is quick look at my inspiration board for this space:Pictures12_thumb

 

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Have a marvelous weekend friends!

 

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Gift Wrap holder (repurpose an old door)

I have told you a few times about my friends in Cincinnati…they live in this gorgeous old home. Chris had these really old pocket doors that she found in the cellar…and was at a loss for what to do with them. I have had them in my garage for about 2 years…no joke (hubs has been super happy to have them in there too…or not…) Any who, I knew they could be something purposeful again…I just wasn’t sure what it would be…until now….

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The door I used (actually, we aren’t sure if it was used as a door or window…it is an odd length) it was perfect size to lean against the wall. You could find an old window and hang it on the wall…or a door…just look for something that has a nice sturdy wood frame. You will need to drill into the sides to screw in the cup hooks. I stabilized the door to the wall with command hooks that are velcro. Worked like a charm. You don’t want to skip this step—otherwise when you go to remove some wrapping the whole door may come with it;)

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I used cup hooks and attached them every 4 inches on both sides of the frame. Then I measured the dowel rods and cut them to size with my miter saw (handsaw would be fine).

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I attached a hook for scissors too ;) My gift wrap was a little bit long…so I cut that with my miter saw too…yeah, that is the first time I cut gift wrap with my miter saw. It was interesting…but worked great!gift wrap holder @cleverlyinspired

 

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Hey Chris, I think I hear this old door singing again….or maybe that is Sophia? ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY overhead projector (how to paint an image on the wall)

I try ideas sometimes…not knowing if I will like the outcome or not…but I need to get it out of my head (know what I mean?) This was one of those ideas. I love this quote…and I really wanted it up on the wall.

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“Life whispers. Listen closely.”

Short…to the point..and so true. I went about painting it on the wall…and then a week later I painted over it. It just wasn’t what I had in mind…and after I found an amazing old mantel for the wall (in my new office) where the quote was written…I went about a whole new idea. I call it a “creative process”…you may call it something else (maybe, half box of crazy?….moving on…;) Please excuse fuzzy picture…the Hubs photography skills at work…;)

Any who, I wanted to show you how I went about making this cheap DIY overhead projector. Through some trial and error….I found a set up that worked great. This projector would be fabulous if you are wanting to paint an object on the wall (like a picture…or words) I would caution to not pick a font that is too crazy…words are difficult to transfer…a picture would be much easier. If you want to  do a short quote….make it a simple font. The font I used was Courier New size 36.

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To print my words, I used a sheet protector (cut the sheet protector at the seams so it is just one piece of plastic). You could also use a printable transparency sheet—I was using what I had. I used an adhesive roller and pasted the plastic to a sheet of cardstock so that it would go through the printer. Worked like a charm. Be sure to print a “mirror” image. You will need to trace over the words (or image) with a sharpie. Make it as dark as you can.

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You will need a box…cut out one side and tape your printed image to the opening. The only light that worked for me was my smartphone light. Most smartphones can be flashlights (did you know??!) Sometimes you have to download an app. I tried all sorts of flashlights, lamp lights, halogens….nothing was as bright as the smartphone light. You may have better luck…but what I do know is that it has to be super clear and super bright to transfer to the wall.

 

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Before I traced the words….I lined up some painters tape on the wall so I could see what was level. Then I lined up the words with the tape….I used a pencil and traced the words on the wall. Then I used an artist paint brush to fill in the lines.

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Thing you will need:

Print in bold, mirror image.

Box

light

razorblade

sheet protector

cardstock

printer

adhesive roller

fine tip sharpie

large level

colored chalk

 

Good luck!

Monday…the big offce/craft room reveal (it’s mostly done….so I’m going to share what I have.) Hope you are not tired of hearing about it yet ;) Have a great weekend!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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