Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vintage Floral Case Bound Journal

Today I finished this little case bound journal. I am in love with the fabric that I used to make the book cloth. It is a beautiful linen.  Who doesn't love a vintage floral print! :)

For the cover paper I decided on a bit of my hand marbled papers.

The paper is Mohawk superfine. I love this paper! It is hand torn by me so it has a nice soft edge.

So happy with how it came out. I know I have said it before but I really love bookbinding. I hope this little book brings as much happiness to it's new owner as it has to me.:)
Do you have a craft or hobby you are passionate about? If so by all means share. I would love to hear about it!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013 !!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Hi all and welcome! My name is Ashley and I am joining the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom! I am so happy to be a part of such a wonder gathering of blog goodness. I partied along last year as well and met some wonderful new people. So a little about me....Well this years marks a new for many things including my blog. So of you may have know it under a different name. My blog up until recently was known as There is no place like homemade. Recently I felt the need for change and for a new chapter with my blog which included the name change. Not that I didn't love where I started from but things change and we change.:) My family consist of one Mr. Wonderful and two cute, crazy little boys, K & E. I am a stay at home mother who loves to craft in her spare time.  Spare time is hard to come by here but when I can I love to sew, book bind, crochet, dabble with paints, get the picture. Haha! A lot of crafts! We are boarding a new adventure as well. Homeschool is on the horizon so you may see some post from time to time on our path through the in & outs of a newbie homeschooling mom and her two boys. Hope you enjoy reading! Here's to new bloggy friends!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Craft Table and Mini Craft Room Reveal !!!

Hi all! I know i have been promising a craft room reveal for a long while now. I think over a year to be exact. Honestly it still isn't finished and I am not sure that it ever will be. It is ever changing with my ever changing adventures. Haha! I did take some pictures so I decided to share a peak. These room pictures weren't intended for a room reveal so please forgive the fact that everything still isn't perfect.
I was in need of some major storage so Mr. Wonderful decided to give me a crash course with some power tools. Now I know how to use most of the but to completely honest the ones with blades scare the bejesus out of me. :D He helped with the top and the rest was done by yours truly. I was so proud of myself when it was finished. Of course I still asked him a bazillion questions but I did all the physical work. It is no where even close to perfect but I love it! I may have cut the shelves wrong and put them in backwards or messed up a pilot hole or two but I got the job done, finally. Oh and this table was based loosely off of the craft table on She has tons of amazing plans. I plan to practice some more with my woodworking skills and her wonderful plans.
Because I am such a newbie to working with wood I purchased two small bookshelves. I found these at target. While they weren't in the plans exactly they worked for me.  I wanted things open and easily accessible so I left the front shelves open and added extra support underneath them. It is wonderful to have such a large work surface. it will come in handy cutting fabric and using for my bookbinding. The shelves were more than sufficient for my storage needs. One side is dedicated to fabric and the other my bookbinding supplies. I need to make spool holder for the embroidery thread and then that shelf will be used for bookbinding supplies. Oh and did i mention Mr. Wonderful surprised me with an Embroidery machine!!!He really is my Mr. Wonderful.:)
I found these cute tiered stands at Walmart on clearance for 3 bucks! I knew they would be perfect for storage so I snagged a  couple.:) I found the adorable little buckets in the dollar section at Target. I couldn't resist them and bought a few for me and a few for the boys. 

Everything was moved around to house the large table. My sewing table found a new home under my pretty Cocoa Cola ladies. You can also spot a certain little someone trying to convince me to take the gate down so he can meddle.

I still need to find another solution for the computer/book station but this will work for now.  The table is quite short. Maybe some leg extensions.  I was marbling excuse the mess in the floor.

And last but not least I bought a folding table to house the new embroidery machine. I have shared it before but you can also see my scrap storage on the back wall. Shoe cubbies are wonderful for scrap fabric.:)

Here is a blast from the past of my humble sewing beginnings. I started in the closet in the room. It was the spare room with a craft closet.  Fast forward 4 years and it is a craft room with a spare bed.;)

Excuse the mess in this pic....I am sure I was mid project and we all know how messy creativity can be.:)
Hope you  enjoyed reading and  found some inspiration for things on your to-do list!

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