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Tour of my Ikea Craft Room !

 

For the last 4 years, we stayed in the newly developed Al Warqa area of Dubai.

We went from a community living in Arabian Ranches to a stand alone 12,000 sqft villa.

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What was spectacular about the villa, is that it was designed by an Emarati for an Emarati lifestyle. Whats different about Arabic styled houses ?

Well, Arabic style houses generally have two main entrances to the main building, one for the family, and another one for the male guests. The men guest entrance is greeted by a very large hall which is called the Majlis. This comfortable large space is generally where the men of the family entertain their male friends, hence it is lavishly large.

Another significant thing about the villas’ is that every bedroom is ensuite. Which meant, my 5 bedroom home had 7 bathrooms !!! (1 extra for the lounge room and another for the dining room)

Cleaning such a large house is not for the faint of heart ! But Thank heavens for the abundance of easily available part-time help in Dubai.

Another aspect, which we were lucky, we did not have, is the presence of an entire block of an adjoining building which houses the maids and drivers of the house.

Most of the times, the kitchen is also a part of that building block. But we were lucky, our kitchen was in the main building.

That was too much space for a family of five, however, it would benefit, the constant arrival of relatives and feline friends ( fostering that me and my family volunteer for.)

Thanks to alot of persuasion and prodding – We decided to convert the majlis into my craft Studio.

Was it a dream ??

Absolutely YES !!

For someone who started crafting 12 years back from a modest desk  placed at the  corner of her bedroom … here I was, in a HUGE studio with craft supplies and goodies, I could have only dreamt of years back !!

The studio took nearly three months to be shelved, stacked, stored and organized.

As you will notice from the pictures below, 100% furniture and 95% storage items (like boxes, pots ) are from #Ikea !!

I think, for artists, Ikea is a PERFECT !! They cater to each and every need of ours brillaintly and I have NOT been compensated to state so 🙂

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Don’t they look organized ? Even the white pots holding markers are from Ikea.
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The large striped boxes as well as the white bookshelf is Ikea.
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These wired racks make it easy to locate ribbons etc
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Different sizes of #Trofast boxes
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The white cookie or cupcake , wire stand is also Ikea.
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This PVC rack was designed and constructed by yours truly !
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Ribbons, twine, yarn, embellishments all stored in the ikea wire racks
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Linnamon study desk ! Notice my delicious pinking shears ! Over the years, I have picked quite a few diecut machines, as you will notice, there’s the Silhouette, Revolution, Cuttlebug, and Big shot !! What ?? Hoarder, you say ???? No way – just moving with time !
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4 Glasholm glass tables !! Every shelf counts as storage !!
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The two drawer racks on the left of my chair, houses all my rubber stamps and diecuts. My throne is the Marcus swivel chair from Ikea
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I picked these white storage boxes from Ikea as well as the Trofast shelf and storage boxes.
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Unfortunately these wire racks have been discontinued by Ikea !! The newer version are not as sturdy as these.

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Trofast storage combination
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This stores my jewelry making supplies

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Most of those colored plastic drawers have paints and glue
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10 Snille swivel chairs.
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My precious books and notes – one of my fav Ikea cubby cupboard
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Felt, fabric and more stored in the Ikea cupboard
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Another Ikea cupboard

Was the craft room a  good idea ?

Absolutely !!

How long did it take ?

Very long to organize it all ?

what happened next ?

We moved out of this house this January (2016)  !!!!!!!!

How do I feel about it ?

Miserable !! I miss the sprawling length and breadth of that room so much, so dearly 😦

It was perfect in every way and the  best possible gift, my husband could give me !!

Our new home is in the area called The Villa – Dubailand. Its a modern villa and the added benefit of the majlis is deducted in the form of a pool. We have converted the 5th bedroom into the craft studio – but it is still a project under progress.  Will share with you the development in another post.

I hope you enjoyed my craft studio tour and found inspiration in some of the ways in which I manged to store some supplies.

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Allo friends ! So whatcha been up to ??!!

I am in high spirits today. Its been a constructive day ! I am super delighted that Doodle Buddies’ cards will now be hosted at Organic Foods and Café.  What makes it more special for me, is that I have complete belief in their motto and ethics. I am so glad, my art work will be displayed and appreciated at all their four supermarkets and café !!

Allah swt blesses us with just the right amount of encouragement to keep the struggle on.  On 27th January, I was featured in Gulf News’ My Guide, on Arts and Craft. It was totally an honor. I have been featured in a couple of newspapers and magazines before and have one TV interview on Chanel City7 under my belt.  But quite honestly, with every feature, comes a renewed joy and belief to keep up my creative endeavors. Two huge news – I am totally humbled.  What’s more wonderful, is that it came as a complete surprise !!

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And then I had a brush with reality when I entered the studio and realized, I had been putting-off the clean up process for nearly a month.  That room, is in complete chaos and desperately seeks my attention.  So that will be on my priority list now (well, in all honesty, it has been on that list for sometime now,  just don’t remember where I misplaced that list 😉

Okey dokey ! So that’s that about my brand new news 🙂

Onto the 14cards 14days series :-  Today’s card is rather simple yet sassy.

Elements included are  :- Design/pattern paper, bow/ribbon, polka dots, banner diecut , rubber stamp, rhinestone, glossy paper for three hearts.  If your wondering, where did I pick this glossy heart paper from ~ DONT !! I picked these glossy hearts at Ikea in December, I think, they were meant to be Christmas tree decoration, but obviously, I had other ideas !! wink wink 😉

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Hoarding Ikea !

As an ardent crafter, one of my favorite places to shop for storage, furniture for the studio (or house) or even fabric, has always been Ikea. Everything about their concepts, design, simplicity and sophistication, fascinates me ~ as does half of Dubai !!  🙂

When Bilal was just a baby, I would take him in his stroller over to Ikea, which was then, in Deira City Center. I remember spending longer time in the coffee shop in the premises than shopping !  Loved their selection of meals and their coffee too. You know, suddenly, I just realized, this sounds like a promotional script for Ikea ~ Ok I promise ~ I havent been paid by them for reminiscing my beautiful memories !

Why dont I just return to 2012 !! Well, with more work order comes more mess naturally ~  and what does Naush do ???  Storage boxes/buckets/baskets etc ofcourse !  I couldnt have picked a better time ! I just know fate was favoring me or maybe hinting at me 🙂   You’ll never believe what I landed up with !  A huge load of these white, black, orange and green boxes had just arrived in the ” as-is ” section.  Naturally I took a deep dive and stacked as many I could on two trolleys. Hey, lets just face it, a mom and a crafter can never have too many storage boxes, right ??

Its been 3 weeks, all the boxes have found homes on the different shelves very systematically however, surprisingly, none of them have become homes to any of my crafting goodies ! Yes, I know what your thinking 🙂

A hoarder ! I think, there is a genetic connection between artists and mess. No matter how hard I try, my studio can remain pretty and presentable only for like a week and then, it breaks down again. I know, alot of you face the same predicament.

Truth be said, I think, I have a super large job ahead of me in cleaning, organizing and maybe even refurbishing the studio and perhaps thats why I dont want to open the pandora’s box just as yet.  

I do hope to fill these beautiful storage boxes and maybe even alter them alittle bit but for now, they are still waiting.

Here are my precious boxes.

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Tips & Ideas for displaying products in a Craft fair or Window display.

For those of you who enjoy cultivating a hobby or business in crafts, the following ideas may come in handy when preparing for a craft fair or displaying your wares on a store window. No matter how beautiful your creation is, I cannot emphasis the importance of having a simple yet eye-catching display.

I wanted to share a few ways how everyday items as well as simple showpieces can be used inorder to display our craft stuff in a fair.

Ofcourse, for those of us who can afford them, nothing like the good’ol wire racks on wheels. They are a true blessing for all fair participants. However please note, it is important to know which rack can accomodate what size of objects. I have been known to have picked a magazine rack for my cards !!! (since that was the first time, I steped into a display store, I’ll just have to forgive myself for that silly but expensive mistake 😦  So yes, there are different sizes and its best to keep one of your items at hand when you are out shopping for these wire racks to know, which suits it best.

Here a just a few of those which I have used in several fairs :-

One of the most important tips would be to have things looking organized, making sure the table has a clean table dressing or skirting or a large piece of material which covers till the floor so that, any additional boxes or cartons etc can be hid underneath. Keep your items preferably at eye level.

I think this above wire rack was one of my most excellent investments. Not only becoz its on wheels but becoz it totally dismantles, (although the process is alittle painful to do so ~ but thats where hubby chips in. ) But also becoz there are several sizes of hangers that you get to place on these, which can accomodate different sizes of items, longer ones and larger ones too.

Again, I picked the above black rack mainly coz it was a triangle, meaning could hold on both sides which is exactly what I need.

This above wire hanger too, is excellent coz the items can be placed on both sides. It saves space and quite high, giving alot of area to hang larger items too.

For the on-top-of-the-table displays, here are a few suggestions :

There’s a good reason why I am called the Wicker Queen !!!  Naturally baskets are one of my favorites. I have over a 100 baskets in various designs, shapes, sizes and textures. For the huge heap of cards, I generally like to use the different kinds of baskets.  Although it is a good idea, to have  several sizes of baskets for different items or even to compartmentalize different occasion cards to make it easy to browse thru them.

A different type of wire basket :

My all-time-favorite table easel is perfect for hosting cards, frames and several pieces within those dimensions. I think, I have more than 30-40 of these and each one is used brilliantly when I am participating in a card-only fair.

Also another easel :

Ofcourse for the table top display, traditionally, I prefer to mount items over larger boxes going over eachother as a pyramid. Notice the use of several boxes to add space and height.

Also seen here is the jewellry hanger from Ikea which is serving the purpose of hanging double sided tape in my case :

I am sure, many of you, already have this kind of a dish display unit ! Well, get it out and use it if your participating in a craft fair.

Ofcourse, I havent spared the toast stand either !

And why should the microwave grills not be used to add height to my display :

This little table top, chinese room divider is actually a display stand for some exotic show piece, ofcourse I had something else in mind for it.

For the smaller items like beads, buttons and tiny embellishments, I prefered to stack them in these little compartments, I got from Daiso ~ the Japanese store.

Ikea is a great source of inspiration for me. There are several kitchen items that can be upcycled in a craft fair display. You just have to broaden your horizons when viewing them.

I hope and trust, you found these ideas creative and helpful. Please dont hold back and use innovative ways to best display your work of love. Why should creativity be limited to your canvases or cards only, why not be creative and systematic in displaying them too !! Remember, There’s a good reason why large stores spend huge sums of money, in hiring merchanizers just to portray/display their commodities in a most attractive way.

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Thats it from me, today. I hope you will return and we can share more functional and creative things here. Till then, stay safe and keep those creative energies running !

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Naush