christmas tree countdown ~ craft room tree

My favorite room in the house is my craft room. We did a total remodel of the room in 2008. Down to the studs and back up again. The room had been a second story porch at one time, then turned into an enclosed room. The room below, on the first floor, is our kitchen. We had used the upstairs room for an extra bedroom. After our sons had gone to college, I used one end as a craft and scrapbooking area and the other end was left as a bedroom for a sleeping space when kids came back home to visit. I decided to put some cabinets in for crafting and the project got bigger and bigger, until we were remodeling the entire thing, including new siding for the two-story addition. Made a world of difference and gave me my own wonderful space!

Renovation pictures, with explanations of what is being done, can be seen on my flickr site. To go there, click this link: Scrapbook Renovation

The Christmas tree in this room is a slender seven foot tree. It displays the ornaments I have received from the Christmas Notebook exchange.

Christmas Notebook Christmas tree

I have ornaments on this tree dating back to 2000.

exchange ornament

exchange ornament

exchange ornament

This mitten is one of my favorites.

exchange ornament

The ornament tree is also in the craft room.

Christmas card ornaments

The ornaments are decoupaged, using pictures from Christmas cards.

decoupaged ornaments

decoupaged ornaments

To the right of the ornament tree is an old table that came from my parents’ home. The terrarium belonged to my mother. The painting was done by one of my mother’s cousins.

table in craft room

As you walk into the craft room from the upstairs hall, on the cabinet end to the right, hang vintage framed Santa and Mrs. Claus paper dolls that Older Son and his wife gave me a few years ago. I love these. So cute!

vintage Santa and Mrs. Santa paper dolls

Click this link for a free printable of the same paper dolls on Altered Artifacts. Santa and Mrs. Claus paper dolls

On the cabinet end to the left, as you enter the room, hangs a flower pounding that my friend Liz made for me. She pounded a fern leaf and decorated it as a Christmas tree. Beautiful! Learn more about flower pounding at this link: Hammered Leaf and Flower Prints

flower pounding

I don’t count this little tinsel tree as one of our decorated trees. It is usually on display in the craft room, though it has moved from place to place over the years. The Putz houses in the picture were made by my dear friend Marsha. We went to high school together, but didn’t get to know one another until we discovered we were attending the same college. Eventually became roommates and then life-long friends.

craft counter

On the counter you’ll find this vintage lighted, musical, Sears nativity. My sister Genny found it in a thrift shop. It is in pristine condition.

1970 Sears nativity

This picture was taken last year. And, no, my counters are not that clean most of the time!

after...much better

I’m sure you can see why this is my favorite room. I do crafting, scrapbooking and genealogy here. Also lots of blogging and other computer work. A fun place to spend my time and it has a wonderful view of our back yard.

snow's melting

I’ll be glad when that view includes daffodils and redbud trees blooming!



  1. grandma lise
    Posted December 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely craft room. I clicked on the “Scrapbook Renovation” link and was delighted to see how you organized your cabinets and drawers. On your counter, I particularly liked how you organized and labeled your pattern scissors, also your pens and scissors. I also have metal wire racks for paper. I don’t have cabinets so I cover mine with a heavy, woven fabric to protect the paper from light damage. They’re wonderful!

    I have a 10 x 10 craft room/office that’s used more for storage than a craft/work space. It will be a huge undertaking, but my goal is to slowly restore it to it’s intended purpose. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas!


  2. Sande
    Posted January 2, 2015 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Love your craft room. If I had a room like that I would never leave. Great use of space and super organized.

    I am lucky that I do have a room and don’t have to use it for anything but creating. It’s a small second bedroom but with some creative thinking I’ve managed to make it work…for now. But as us crafters know there is always room for improvement or making something different work.

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