My Newly Re-modeled Craft Loft!

I feel like I've been waiting forever to share this blog post with all of my crafty friends! Some of you who know me know that I have been working hard on re-modeling my craft room over the past month. When we moved in to our (very aged) home earlier this year, I fell in love with the loft area as soon as you come up the stairs. I knew that this area HAD to be my craft space... just a little problem... there was no way on earth I was moving everything into this space and working around it to re-model and make it my perfect little getaway. I knew this would be a bit of a project and it would take some time, so when we moved in, I set up shop in my bedroom with most of my craft supplies spilling into our foyer. That wasn't the most attractive site, but it had to do because I had big plans for the loft area upstairs and I new someday that I would have it completed! 

About a month ago, I decided to dive in and start the project myself. I took a few "before" photos. I'm thankful that I did because I never realized what a big transition some drywall patch and a few buckets of paint could make until now. 

Here are a few before shots... 
Here's a "work in progress" shot that I took after I pulled up the carpet and started painting the ceilings... pretty much everything was in need of a paint job... especially the floors after I ripped up that disgusting carpet! 

Before I do my big reveal... I will show my inspiration for my room... I'm totally going to plug myself here... earlier this year, I was at a scrapbook convention and a lady was there selling Thirty-One gifts products. Her booth was swarmed with people so I wanted to see what it was all about. Yep, just as I suspected... a new addiction. I purchased a few organizing totes at the show... when I got home, I talked to my cousin who also sold Thirty-one and she convinced me to sign on to sell. Mainly, I did this so I could fuel my new addiction at a discount.
Then the new Summer catalog came and I was in love. The new Minty Chip pattern was it. That was what I HAD to center my craft room around. I've been waiting for the right scheme for a while, and this was it. Lime, teal, all of the pretty brown tones, some grey mixed in there... PERFECT! So I started purchasing little by little and got a few totes to load my crafty supplies in. I went to Lowe's and did a few color matches for paint colors.... and here is the end result... 

If you couldn't guess... I have done A LOT of work to this room! My husband is a carpenter, but he thought it would be cool to "let" me do this one on my own. Yeah. After I ripped up the carpet I wanted to quit, but I knew this would never be my dream room if I didn't keep truckin' along. No more holes in the walls, no more nasty carpet, no more blue ceilings! I couldn't be more happy in a room than I am when I sit in my craft room. It's like my little sanctuary! The colors make me so happy. I sit and look around and cannot believe what this room was just a few months ago and now it's everything I have dreamed of. 

It seems like everything has come together beautifully. I was able to find some fabric online for my valances that matches perfectly. I also scored a few items from a couple of thrift stores.... and now, my Thirty-one bags have a place to sit where they blend in beautifully and become a part of the room! 

One of my favorite accessories to my room... my Authentique paper racks. I love my job and I'm lucky to have this beautiful paper displayed beside my desk to look at every day! 

Another one of my new favorite accessories... this little wire/peg rolling cart thing. I picked it up for $25 at a "junk" store as I like to call it. It serves a nice purpose of holding my spools of ribbons! I was able to find some bowls at the dollar store to fit the metal circle racks, but they didn't have enough, so I'm heading back in a week to see if they have more. I plan on putting little crafty do-dads in there. 

Originally, I bought Reagan this little monster warmer for little wax melts... she calls it the "Monster Smeller" ... but I decided that it matched my room better so I hi-jacked it hehe. I think it's cute. Don't worry, I didn't steal from my 4 year old, I promised to get her a "Princess Smeller" as she calls it... from Scentsy to match her room. 

I had a little "nook" type area left over... I could have crammed it full of craft supplies (literally, I could...) but I decided to make a little "kiddie craft area" for my daughter. I color matched the lime green paint and painted an old table that I found. I need to get a white chair to match, but for now, pink will do!  

I'm not COMPLETELY finished with my room... as you could imagine, I still have to make room to hang some of my crafty creations! I have another small little nook type area as soon as you come up the stairs and I want my husband to build shelves for my mini albums and stuff to be on display. I'm sure I could add a few more things in here and there, but for now, I'm pretty proud of my big accomplishment! 

But wait... Did I stop there? NOPE! My daughter's room is connected to my craft room (with a door)... her room was also just as bad! So as my treat, she now has a beautiful pink girly bedroom! I don't have photos right now, I'm still waiting to finish a few things, but photos will be coming soon! 

Annnd here's my plug to myself....If you're interested in thirty-one products for your craft room, make sure you check out my site! I promise, you will love it! https://www.mythirtyone.com/emilylanham/

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my crafty space! 


Sweet Stamp Shop New Release Blog Hop Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of Sweet Stamp Shop's October release! If you came from the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, you're on the right track! 

For my project today... I decided to dig into my stash of embellishments. Have you ever ordered one of those warehouse boxes from a manufacturer and got all of these cool embellishments and then look into the box and don't see any coordinating papers? Well, this has happened to me a few times, so instead of tossing out the embellishments, I decided to make something with them and pair it with one of the new stamp sets! 

Today's new release set is called "Holiday Sentiments".... so I paired an appropriate sentiment with the Pink Paislee Snow Day ephemra from the warehouse box that I got over the summer. 

Super cute, right? I love sentiment sets because you can pair them up with pretty much anything and the possibilities are endless! 

I originally wanted to make a tag album... but as I was searching the Silhouette store, I found a crayon box and got an idea... so I stretched the box a little to fit the tags that I had in my stash. 

I left the tags blank so I could add some winter photos this year of the kids playing in the snow... if we actually get snow this year! 

Be sure to stop back by  for each day of the hop! We have some great project inspiration and some prizes to give away! Now hop right along and see what Laurel has created today! 


Sweet Stamp Shop New Release Day 1!

Welcome to Day 1 of Sweet Stamp Shop's October release! If you came from the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, you're on the right track! 

Today's set is really fun. I ran into a little trouble because I didn't have any patterned paper that really worked with the idea that I had... so I decided to try a whole project using dylusions ink sprays. Yep, these are now a new love of mine! 

I decided to try an altered wood door hanger with the new "Chemistry" stamp set. Since it's wood, I also used StazOn inks to stamp on the wood. Take a look! 

This was much more fun then covering the wood with patterned paper! I got to get messy and it turned out really cool! 

This would be great hanging on the door of a little boys room... but my daughter said she wants to keep it... hehe 

For the word "Warning" I used the super cute Sweet Alpha Doodles stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop. This set is so versatile and can be added to any other sweet project when you just can't find the right lettering! I love it! 

Be sure to stop back by  for each day of the hop! We have some great project inspiration and some prizes to give away! Now hop right along and see what Misty has created today! 


Halloween Sweet Treats!

With Halloween right around the corner, I'm sure you have either already established a way to give out treats, or, if you're like me, you wait until the last minute! 

Today I wanted to share these adorable little treat tins that I made. They are the perfect size to fill with candy or other treats and give to your kids or friends. They also make a great little home decor piece! 

I found these adorable little tins at Michaels... the only thing about them that I didn't like was that they were monogrammed  Not really my thing. Altering them was a MUST!

I used the "Bewitched" Stack from DCWV along with the Halloween combo embellishment flip pack that coordinates with this stack. I love the whimsical look of this paper, and the colors in this stack are fabulous! 

These sweet treats wouldn't be complete without using some of the adorable Halloween Characters from Sweet Stamp Shop

Thanks for stopping by today! 


Authentique & Unity Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 1 of the Authentique Paper & Unity Stamp Co blog hop! If you came here from the Unity blog, you're on the right track! Make sure you hop along with us today and tomorrow (leaving unique comments along the way) for your chance to win some Authentique & Unity prizes! 

For my project I paired the Life is a Verb itty bitty from Unity with Authentique's Lively collection. This is probably my favorite collection to date from Authentique. I love the colors, and the overall theme of the collection just makes me happy. 

I used a photo of Sam (Authentique Paper's fearless leader) and myself from this past summer at CHA in Chicago.  I wanted to make a little altered canvas that I could display in my craft room. 

Now hop right along to see what the fabulous Eryn Hagen has in store for you! 

In case you get lost... here's today's hop order: