Here is is with the work surface all ready for me to start work. The cabinets under the counter, with narrow drawers were a Homebase find, one has cardstock in, and the other holds wood mounted and acrylic stamps. I was going to have some custom made, but these are the perfect size, and this has always been about functionality not appearance.
I used over the door clear hanging pockets on the inside of each of the doors to take punches, coluzzle, adhesives etc. There is a deep recess on the opposite end of the worktable, which I am having fitted with shelves to take pots of primas, buttons etc. I also have some storage ideas for the blank wall above the worksurface. I am planning to put some poles there to take spools of ribbon.
Debkendra off the Cricut message board posted a link to a blog with this idea. Thanks Deb. I have lost the link, so can't credit the original genius who thought of this as I should. I got Mike to screw a tin baking sheet to the underside of the first shelf, then added a little piece of magnet strip to the bottom of each bottle of stickles. They hang upside down perfectly, like mini stalactites, which will eliminate bubbles, and also mean that I can get the last drops out. (It reminded me of the time we were on a boat tour around some underground lakes in Greece, the tour guide kept talking about stalactitties, which had my two boys, then aged 15 and 11 laughing so much that they almost fell out of the boat). So here are my multi coloured 'stalactitties', and very pretty they look too.
The whole idea of this was merely to give me a dedicated crafting space, one that I could shut away when necessary, hide the clutter behind closed doors, free up space on the dining table so that we can again eat in a civilised way, and somewhere where everything I need is within arms length. I haven't worked here yet, and I know that I will have to be disciplined and organised in my work, but that can't be a bad thing. I just know that this space is going to be great. What do you think?