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Barbie Craft Room: Moving IN!

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Good weather finally hit in Chicagoland, so we were outside. I'm not fully moved into the basement craft room, but it is beginning to look like a real work/play room. This is just a preview, as with all new spaces you have to make 'friends' with it. Everything will eventually find it's 'space'.

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The huge table is the BEST for sorting items. I did get tired of walking around it for two days while I moved things around in circles, LOL.


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The sink still isn't hooked up, saving that for a rainy day. 

We added two IKEA corner tables for work stations. We opted for the tables for their work surfaces instead of cabinetry. The left one will be for painting, small assembly, and paper work. The right one will be for power tools, (dremel, sawing, jewelry, and hot gluing.) 
During this photo, I'm still sorting.

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The pegboard rings hold plastic pots on the wall for storing pens, pencils, brushes, etc. I do have some for sale in my Etsy shop. They take a 7 1/2"-8" pot. IKEA has some perfect white metal pots that fit, but they are $5.99 each, so I'm making do right now with Dollar Store pots, and a couple of my own ceramics. 

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I will eventually put up hooks for all my tapes, adhesives and small tools. A few pretties have been added. The bag was from a TJMax/Homegoods store. Just love the photo....great for a backdrop or I may frame one side.

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I really had a lot of stuff to sort through and organize. I couldn't believe I had stuff stashed everywhere.

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My Etsy Shop storage is below. Five of those bins are full of goodies I have to list.

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Here is my collection of baskets, I probably have 7 or so more of these. 
They will be used for storage and eventually specific projects. Labels are temporary until I decide of something more attractive. The baskets will slide under the tables for easy access. 
This little corner to the left will be slotted for a permanent Vickie's Vintage 
and the new second floor addition. 
I hope to install shelves above for standing doll display, if I ever find my doll stands.

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We've found that the doll houses aren't sitting level despite propping up here and there on the small tables. Everything is wonky and wobbly---as the floor is uneven, mostly higher at the walls. So, some rainy day the empty doors (raw wood you see), will be secured to the wall by sitting on an installed small ledge. Then the front will be on supported by adjustable legs so we can get the entire surface plumb and level.


The Grand (she's five now) Moved everything back into the houses. And she designed the back yard. 

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(Seems the old garage was taken down during the move...so now the yard is larger.)
We have yet to reinstall the decks. I will wait and do that when we redo the support doors. All the clothing and accessories have been sorted and labeled in bins below.

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Vickie's townhouse was enlarged by a second matching house I found for $4.99. This will be fun to rework, paint and really decorate. The garage will be enlarged when the new bases are finished.

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The pegboard above will be flexible for storage and/or display. Quick shelves can be put up for lighter items. 

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Here is the holding corner for projects. The lower shelf left is the stranded on the island set, above will be Joe's apartment. Parts of Vickie's Vintage shop, the bowling alley, the cabin in the woods, the bar setup from the Halloween setting, are all here along with extra dolls.

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This eight-foot long banquet table will be perfect for setting up temporary dioramas, having art/craft parties, and sorting through my antiques for the Etsy shop. Come on over and have a cup of coffee or some iced tea and have fun with me.

NEXT: Plumbing and Lighting


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6 comments:

  1. Your room is coming together so nicely Sandi. The baskets will be perfect for storage! Loved seeing where Barbie and friends hang out. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann. I think of you often and hope you are doing well. Sandi

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  2. Hi Sandi!
    I am impressed and extremely envious of your basement. We don't have basements in our houses in Australia and when I see the basement or attic rooms the doll collectors in the US have, I drool! I think my hubby would love it if we did, because there would be less dolls intruding on "his space". LOL!
    Big hugs,
    X

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    1. Well, he did this because he wanted to eat at the kitchen table, LOL...and he has a huge garage workshop---so it evens out! LOL...I do understand. Thanks for stopping by...we still have to get water in there...still waiting, lol. Sandi!

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  3. Ok, so I made the mistake of not starting out on this page. Everything is still in the "new and organized" stage which is how ideally, I'd want to keep things. BUT....I know how it is... you get started on a project then you move to something else before you've finished the other thing, and then another and another..... And before you know it.....it's 2019! Your workspace is sooo cool!

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    1. Aw, thanks, I had a lot of things in storage, and they got sorted and moved in. Plus, I have my families antiques/and goodies in there also...hopefully it will get thinned out a bit, when I start selling. When I found a deal, I bought it whether I thought I personally use it or not...that's why there is so much. I do love the two workstations...when doing multiple media on on project, it's great to move back and forth and not have to clean between. Hugs, Sandi

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