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Last year I gave my neighbour a christmas cookie mix in a jar as a Chrissy gift.  She was so thrilled to receive it, because she was having visitors later that week and this would be so helpful to have the mix ready to make a batch of cookies as having a new bub she […]

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  • […] Find more details here on how to make Christmas Cookies in a Jar.  Labels available in my shop. […]ReplyCancel

  • gifter123

    These are terrific! How many cookies will the recipient get out of this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Anything I can use as a substitute for the coconut?ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Could I use a 1 Litre Jar? I’m struggling to find a 1.5ReplyCancel

    • Chloe

      I just wanted to let you know, I have an abundance of Mocconna Coffee Jars. And I filled a 400g one with water and it measures out to be exactly 1.5L! My mum used to pull off the plastic seal and place something xmasy that would fit (like a decoration or little holly thing) into the lid and then replace the plastic seal. She’d fill it with baking or chocs or lollies etc and put a xmasy ribbon around the top. I just run the big jar through the bottom of the dishwasher and the labels peel easily off!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Thank you for the helpful tip, Chloe! That is great.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Firstly, I LOVE your blog! And I love this gift idea! I’m going to make this for my colleges! Silly/random question, but have you baked these cookies before yourself? Is this recipe tried and tested so to speak? How did they turn out? How many does it make approx? Only because I want to make sure my gift turns out perfectly for my recipients. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • I sure have Alicia and I love this recipe, I love any cookie with oats in it!! It makes the same amount as a typical cookie batch a good 30 or so. Hope they love them!ReplyCancel

  • This is going to save me some $$$ on Christmas Gifts. I was going to buy these made online and had to buy a few. So excited to try these this year. Thanks again for another amazing recipe idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Melissa.:) Enjoy making them, would love to see a pic once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheree

    Hi there
    I am in the process of doing a whole lot of the Christmas Cookies in a Jar. I absolutely love the idea. However, I cannot find Christmas M&Ms in New Zealand! I don’t think we have them here. Do you have any other suggestions of what else to use?
    Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sheree, Hmm oh no, no Christmas M&Ms, not to worry. I would still use the normal M&Ms as it will taste delicious and still look just as effective.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi, such a great idea! I’m making these for some of my friends and family. Only problem is that one of them can’t have gluten. I can change the flour to gluten free easily but what about the oats. Is there anything that I can substitute the oats for?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, I would suggest using Quinoa flakes. They are gluten free and very delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Elise

    Love this idea! How long would they last before they have to be baked? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Elise, as long as the jar is sealed and the jar is clean they should last a good couple of months.ReplyCancel

  • […] and Homemade gifts used to be a little humdrum, but they are having a resurgence in popularity. Cookie mix in a jar like the one pictured from The Organised Housewife. Homemade body lotion. Hand crafted gifts or even Christmas decorations. Make a family photo book […]ReplyCancel

  • Martha

    Actually im having a hard time to look for jars for this…Valentines Day is fast approaching. Anything mix for it with out oats, coconuts, nuts.pls?. I like a 1.5 l -2 coz some of my friends mostly have3-7 children.Any idea wher can i find a wtore side howard?.thanks. Have a good day!:-)ReplyCancel

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23 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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  • Bianca

    Hi Kat. I would love to know which mop you keep in your cleaning kit? I generally use a steam mop to do a thorough clean each week, but would love your recommendation for an alternative everyday mop for those areas that get messy very quickly, such as under the kitchen table! Thanks xxReplyCancel

    • I use the Vileda micro fibre mop which you can get at Woolworths, I love it, it glides so easily over the tiles. I have tried quite a few in the past and honestly this vileda mop makes the job so much quicker compare to the sponge type of mops. The mop also has a special vileda bucket you need to purchase with the mop as well.ReplyCancel

  • Christmas 2013 – pt 5 | Nightwolf's Den

    […] Day 21Christmas task: Stock stuffer organisation is underway. Well for 2 people in the house. nothing for mine yet Household task: I’d created a cleaning kit when I did the 20 days organisation challenge earlier this  year so have just topped it back up. […]ReplyCancel

It has been a little gloomy here on the Gold Coast the past few weeks, raining and too wet to play outside most weekends.  So the kids and I made some playdough, which resulted in hours of fun and creativity. I’m going to make up some more and give to my niece for as a […]

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  • Dylan

    Can you possibly share more specific details (brand for example) on the containers you used for the play dough? I am having no luck finding them

  • Sarah Hudson

    Having made many batches of playdough for Playgroup, I have found a new recipe that I really like – it makes a beautifully soft and smooth playdough, and is less prone to being too sticky or too dry.

    I like to add glitter to mine, and you can add things like essential oil or flavoured essence to add an extra sensory dimension to the playdough. My most recent batch was rose pink with white glitter, and scented with old rosewater that I’d purged from the pantry 😉 – perfect for Valentine’s dayReplyCancel

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  • Amanda

    Does the colour come out of the play dough onto surfaces?ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly Polizzi

    is it possible to get the spelling changed to playdoh?ReplyCancel

  • Jules brazier

    Can’t be called playdoh as that is a brand name trademarked and copywriter laws apply..ReplyCancel

  • Janinka Francki

    … by the way … play dough freezes really well & defrost to be as good as new on the next rainy day. Just an FYI. I’m a grandmother so I only require the play dough intermittently.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much for the tip, Janinka! Very handy to know.:)ReplyCancel

  • […] and yummy meals, we’ve found a smooth and long lasting playdough. You can see the recipe HERE with thanks to “The Organised […]ReplyCancel

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  • Mrs Finnelley

    Hello Kat!

    I love your recipe! It’s so much nicer than the cheap store-bought playdough I have been using. : ) I teach kindergarten and I’ve just made a green batch with peppermint essence so I can tell the kids it’s giant chewing gum! I was wondering if you could share some tips on getting the dough out of the Thermomix? When is best? When it is still warm and sticky? I did this and got it stuck to everything! Or should I wait for it to cool? If so, how do you go about getting it off the blades? I tried whizzing it but ended up pulverising the last few dribs.

    Thank you for your time and advice! Love your blog! xReplyCancel

    • Mrs Finnelley

      Also, is it best to wait for it to cool before putting it in the containers? Will this have any effect on the consistency, etc.? Thanks again. : )ReplyCancel

      • Kate - Kat's Assistant

        Hi Mrs Finnelley, Ooh i love the sound of adding peppermint essence to the dough! I am sure the kids will love it.:)
        Getting the dough out of the thermomix can be a bit tricky. I have found the best way to do it is to tip the thermomix upside down holdind the thermxmix and give the blade a spin for the outside, it comes away a lot easier and not so messy. I wait til the playdough has cooled before i place it into containers just so it doesn’t sweet.ReplyCancel

Snowglobes have always had that magical feeling, shaking them constantly to watch the glitter fall.  My youngest daughter and I made this snow globe last week together, it was so much fun and in particular she loved to see how it is made. What you will need Jar – I used a small mason jar […]

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My Miss 10 wanted to make something for her uncle, who loves lollies and all kinds of food, and this is a sugary treat that he just loved, as well as a perfect table centre piece when we visited him recently. You will need: foam Christmas Tree (I found ours at Kmart) 2 packets of […]

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A few years ago my hubby’s Aunty sent each of the kids a gorgeous handmade sequin bauble.  Over the weekend my little girls decided to make their own sequin bauble as it was such a beautiful handmade craft idea. All you need is a bag of sequins, a foam ball, shirt pins, beads, bead wire […]

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I was shopping recently and saw some really cute christmas decorations, sadly they cost a pretty penny.  I put on my creative hat and my little girls created their own version, I think I love these more!!  These are a great gift to give grandparents, extended family or keep for your own tree. Below is […]

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While we were away on a family holiday recently my lovely sister-in-law visited our home daily to feed and care for our beloved cat. Instead of giving her a box of chocolates, I added a gorgeous thank you label to a glass jar, decorated the lid with ribbon and filled it with chocolates.  She loved […]

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  • gemma

    I am lucky enough to have some wonderful grandparents that knit beautiful things for my daughter and lovely neighbours who will often drop little gifts into her “just because”. I’ve started buying little boxes of chocolates and printing a photo of her wearing or playing with whatever they have given her to stick on the front. Nice way of showing appreciation xxReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    That’s a very cute idea Kat. I think they’d be great for teacher gifts too!ReplyCancel

Now that our (yes not mine, my girls are taking over, lol) craft room is complete these holidays my girls (the boy is not interested in crafts) and I are looking doing a few projects.  Here are some ideas I have found. School Holiday Fun – Kids Craft Ideas Easy Abstract Paining Rock Monster Craft […]

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  • Debra

    Cute ideas for my grandkids.

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife
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  • Will definitely be adding these to our School Holiday Ideas Jar :) Thanks Katrina!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There are some really creative ideas.:)ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Cintia, from My Poppet It’s incredible how quickly kids grow out of clothes, fashion goes out of style or your needs just change, so it’s a good idea to regularly review the contents of your wardrobes. It’s great to donate unwanted items to charity, but what do you do […]

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  • Jacqui

    Love these upcycling ideas! So inspired right now! Thanks for the post!!


    • Cintia :: My Poppet

      Thanks, hope it inspired you to try some upcycling :)
      cheers CintiReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Your braided rug is ab fab. Well done :-)ReplyCancel

    • Cintia :: My Poppet

      Thanks Merryl, glad you liked it.ReplyCancel

  • Alice Stevert

    The post really inspired me for reuse of old garments. From now I would also be able to add some life to kids clothes. Thanks a Lot!!

    Home Decor TipsReplyCancel

    • I love the rug idea and your idea with kids clothes, could be really cute!ReplyCancel

My kiddies are so sweet, each year for Mothers Day they buy me the same gift, new slippers and winter PJs.  Perfect cause its starting to get cold around that time. This is going to be a hard mothers day, the first without my mum.  I nearly didn’t put up a mothers day post, I […]

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  • Hi Kat, I lost my mum four months ago. like you this is my first mother’s day without my mum. the next day is my birthday which was also the day mum was diagnosed with cancer. My last birthday I spent with mum was also mother’s day. This year is going to be hard. I will celebrate the best I can with my children however I will be sad too. I love your mother’s day ideas and I will do some with my kids so they have something to look back on. I will be thinking of you. xxReplyCancel

  • I lost my mum a month ago and I hate getting all the junk mail celebrating Mothers Day! Not too sure what I’m going to do on the day but I have a feeling it may involve a big bottle of champagne- to toast my wonderful mum but also drown my sorrows…..hugs to all of us who are mummy’s but have lost our mummies xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My Mum just passed away too – 1st April 2013, so it has only just been over a month. I have made a photobook of photos of Mum, and I am planning to give that to Dad on Mother’s Day, so I will still be celebrating the wonderful Mother that she was.ReplyCancel

  • {Little Hands in the Hunter}

    Such beautiful ideas Kat, thank you so much.
    Sending you warm thoughts on Mother’s Day. Well done for making the decision to be strong for your kids ((hugs)) xx

Here is a collection of amazing craft room storage & organising ideas. Isn’t this one below gorgeous! image credit – Bubble and Sweet image credit – unknown image credit – Mommy By Day Crafter by Night image credit – Nicole Samuels Scrapbooking, dresser transformed image credit – unknown image credit – unknown image credit – […]

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  • Thanks so much for including me in your round up of beautiful spaces. I really like some of those ribbon ideas – I totally need a pretty ribbon detangle solution :)ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    I miss having my own craft room. Maybe I will again one day. In the meantime it’s a foldup sewing table and a 2×2 Expedit on opposite sides of the family room. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • We never intended on having a craft room in the house, but we converted what is meant to be a formal dining room into half man cave and half craft room. I find I’m more inclined to do crafts when there is a space already to go. Hope you find something her to inspire you to create a room one day :)ReplyCancel

    • Olivia

      I would like that mix, I find I prefer crocheting to other crafts because I can sit on the couch and watch a movie with the hubby while I’m crocheting. My sewing machine/craft desk is tucked ‘far away’ in the laundry room.ReplyCancel

      • I used to cross stitch Olivia, I agree it’s relaxing doing it while watching TV, crafts like that doing really need a dedicated space. It wasn’t until I started scrapbooking that I realised I needed a permanent desk.ReplyCancel

      • Norma

        Mine is in the laundry room too.ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine_Mands

    I don’t have a craft room but would love to do my study like the top one, though I would need a bigger desk LOLReplyCancel

    • I love the top one too, it is gorgeous! Your right, it would be perfect as a study desk.ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    I would love a dedicated space for craft, even just for my laptop. My craft and office space is my dining table. Our house is way too small for anything. All my craft stuff is sadly packed away in my bedroom cupboard. One day! I keep telling myself. One day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh one day i hope you get your desired craft space Molly!ReplyCancel

  • Laila

    I was wondering if you have any storage ideas for a scrapbooking/card maker with no craft room and no office. I have a computer table in the lounge room and a dining table and this is where I isuallly spread out. My supplies are are a box in my bedroom cupboard and it gets so messy. Any ideas would be appreciated!!ReplyCancel

  • […] My Craft Room Overhaul – as I mentioned above I have just recently changed my craft room around which I will share with you all the new details soon. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kirra

    I love some of these ideas! I have just finished painting and moving furniture and supplies back in there but its a bit of a mess and i have lost my motivation. i dont know what i want to do for storage baskets Ect. Thanks for sharing this for ideas and hopefully i can get it back under control in the 20 day challenge coming up :)ReplyCancel

Over the school holidays I had the crazy idea of giving my craft room an overhaul, I say crazy because it took longer than expected.  I had been procrastinating about it for some time.  For a few reasons: I inherited some of mums quilting and craft supplies which didn’t fit into my already full cupboards […]

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  • Julia

    Fantastic. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those craft carousels recently on eBay ReplyCancel

    • Quite possibly Julia, I tried to find a link to somebody that sold them here in Australia, but couldn’t find any.ReplyCancel

  • love it! thanks so much for the before and after pics. love the carousel and it is the only thing no longer available! I love ikea, i have a few items in my craft area.ReplyCancel

    • Have to keep it real Richelle, reality is this is how the room became. The carousel is great, holds so much. It was suggested by another reader that you could possibly pick some up on ebay.ReplyCancel

  • stacey.hobbins

    love the besta, have never considered it before. I have expedits but agree they go from looking fab to looking so messy if you don’t completely put everything back tidy – and don’t always have the time!!ReplyCancel

    • The great thing with the Besta is there is so many different design options and you can choose doors, drawers, no doors. Options are all up to you.ReplyCancel

  • Good on you Kat! I am an interior designer & so it’s a little embarrasing that my study/craft room gives me the exact same feeling :( It used to be my home office too and I have never fully dealt with it after I moved that part of my life into new premises. I should send you a photo – it would make you feel better about yours. Everyone comments on how my house is like a display home but – it is the one and only room of my house that is out of control! An overhaul is required (but in the mean time I just shut the door – because I can :D). I definitely think you should ditch the green wall because your storage/shelving units are not the same height and the colour behind highlights this. Love the extension table!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Jefferson

    your room looks great. i have to invest in a few pieces of storage to set up the study, and really like the look of the ikea units. Thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

    • they would work really well in a study for extra storage, you can change the unit around, even have a few open shelves, no doors.ReplyCancel

  • I love your overhaul! We are building a new house, and I have been looking for ideas for my craft room that will make it look pretty, but also be workable! I think I’ve just found what I’ve been looking for! Thank you for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

    • Your welcome Tanya, have a look into the Pax system as well, I would of like this but just didn’t have the ceiling height to install it. I liked the Pax because of the different alternatives to drawers you can have, wooden, wire and deeper plastic drawers. Have fun planning!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I love the green wall, it looks really nice against the crisp white cupboards!!ReplyCancel

    • A friend was telling me the same Danielle, to leave the wall green. For the time being it will stay, one day I’d like to make it a fresher colour, but would have to be something that would suit the other half of the room which is hubby’s man cave.ReplyCancel

  • Nice job and thanks for sharing the pics and ideas! I just did a craft room overhaul as well and feel so much better for it, now everything has a space I am so much more likely to put it back and keep everything clean.ReplyCancel

    • That’s right Linda, when you have a dedicated space for everything, its easier to not be lazy and to put it all away. I love looking into this room now and seeing it tidy and fresh white. Have you blogged your overhaul, would love to see it :)ReplyCancel

      • Hi Katrina, you were actually already kind enough to share it on your craft room round up on the 25th, it’s the white room with pastel folders from Bubble and Sweet, although my before pictures are waaaaay more embarrassing than yours :) There is also a write up in the latest issue of Tickle the Imagination with some different pictures and I’ll be posting my new kitchen pictures plus a wrapping paper solution soon as well. Although my craft space was mostly custom built I used lots of Ikea stuff as well, In particular I loved the spice racks for my sprinkle draw and the plate rack for display:

        • Ooh yes, sorry I thought you meant there was more than what I had already seen. I love how you are displaying some gorgeous ornaments behind the glass doors, it’s such a beautiful space. Look forward to reading about your kitchen!!!ReplyCancel

  • charmaine

    It looks sensational! Great effort, I love it…….im a sucker for aqua, i have an expedit that i love but the rest of my furniture in my craft room is wood, so im not quite sure where im going with my room, however i want the aqua to pop from behind the expedit:)ReplyCancel

    • Aqua and white are a great fresh colour combination, I think that’s what I don’t like about the green. it’s just not a lively fresh colour. Worked really well when I first painted our wall, but it just feels a bit dull now.ReplyCancel

  • Olga

    Love it! It looks great – I can but dream of such a lovely room. And I have recently discovered the WE R MEMORY KEEPERS albums, they are so lovely.ReplyCancel

    • Olga

      And can’t wait for IKEA to come to New Zealand. Visited the Brisbane one and loved it!ReplyCancel

      • I’m surprised there isn’t one in New Zealand, are there any plans for one. I hope you get one there too, the range and price is brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • they really are aren’t they Olga, and great quality too, I love the strength of the plastic pages. No matter how many times they are turned they will always stay looking good 😉ReplyCancel

  • Looks fantastic Kat!! All crafts need loads of storage unfortunately, but you’ve managed to make it look good, and still remain functional.
    btw – when are you coming to a scrapbook retreat with me??ReplyCancel

    • I’m loving it Lisa, I’m about to go in and do a little sewing! I haven’t scrapbooked for so long, but your retreats look like so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • sorry…you are just tooooo neat and organized…where are your working projects? don’t tell me that you have finished them? lol!ReplyCancel

    • I’m not currently working on anything as the room was such a mess, but hopefully soon I can start something. Usually it does stay on the table until I am finished.ReplyCancel

  • Sooo pretty! love tons of space! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • […] My craft room is still a work in progress (I need to organise the drawers and cupboards better), plus need to overhaul the other half of the room (the boys man cave).  Bit by bit I am organising particular areas.  I’ve just finished putting together my gift wrapping station.  This will be a permanent set up on a shelf in my craft room, once Christmas has finished I will replace it all with general gift wrapping supplies. […]ReplyCancel

  • sylvia

    i think i am more an organised chaos lover when it comes to craft rooms but so many of these ideas are fantasticReplyCancel

    • as long as you know where everything is Sylvia and enjoy your space, then it’s good enough xReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    Wow that was a big job, it looks brilliant. We are in the process of doing our whole house room by room. After having new carpets put in everything was moved out of each room. It is a big job. My craft/scrapbooking room is the last one. Like you I am putting it off. I will definately be doing it next week. Great job it gives me hope…lolReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Thank you so much for fantastic ideas, you are so inspiring. Unfortunately Ikea don’t deliver up to North Qld, so many of us wish they would. You have given me some great ideas and I will be on the lookout now for similar cupboards/shelving.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Mott

    Hi amazing. I’m looking at organising my room. And have fallen in love with one of your cupboards In the revel 3rd photo down. Do you by chance remember what this is called. I’ve had a look but can’t seem to find it. Thank you. ReplyCancel

  • Denise Van

    Love your craftroom katrina. I wish mine was like this. Was the end result expensive ie buying all the units?

  • Great post about craft room organization and your craft room also looks great!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Petti.:) My kids and i love using this area. It is fresh and bright.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Barrand Young

    Looks amazing! Thank you, I think I might buy the Besta units for my daughters room as a wardrobe!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Hi katrina the room looks amazing!! Just wondering where you got the white boxes with the lids on???ReplyCancel

  • […] all work in the one office together it has become really cramped, so we are moving the office into my craft area, craft area into the man cave and the man cave into the old office.  Big move, but I am looking […]ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    Love the relaxing green wall. What colour is it please? I realize you have just painted over it! Lovely room. My studio is a bomb site, I’m going to try this. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I can’t remember the name Fiona, I painted it this colour to match a couch we used to have in here. Yes we painted over it recently and wow it has made the room so much brighter. Didn’t realise the dark coloured wall made the room so dark within.ReplyCancel

  • Meemaw 3

    I love this room..My daughter has lived in Prague, CZ and Berlin, Germany and have been in their Ikeas but never one in the US :o)) I love what you have done with your craft room. We plan to move in the next year and I am going to copy what you have done because I want to do it too. Like you my Mom was into crafts and painting which I treasure. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and sharing so gererously the resources.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We have just changed the room around a little, but I love the freshness of the white furniture and being it’s modular it’s really easy to change it around.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristy Booth

    Looks fantastic!! Want to come do my craft room?!? Lol!! Was wondering how much it cost to do your room? I’m just trying to work out a budget and not really sure if it will be way more than I think. Totally understand if that’s not something you want to divulge :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Lots of inspiration and ideas. I love the fact that you are ‘real’ and showed your craft room, warts and all! Looks like my spare room!!ReplyCancel