To begin, I'll show you a picture of my stamp cave that I took a few months ago and part of the reason why my husband was at his wits end.
Here are the before's:
You can click on these to see them bigger if you so desire. We have an electrician friend that came over and put in an outlet so I didn't have to run extension cords out of the closet door anymore - WooHoo! We drywalled and I painted - knowing that this was really just going to be a stamp/storage cave that wouldn't be seen a lot.
Before you duck into the cave, you can see the storage inside the closet. This is where I have all of my ribbon (hate that ribbon spool thingy), some of the designer papers and all my PTI stamps (it is an addiction!). There are also a couple of chalkboards lined up along the floor that need to be hung so the little guy has something to do while mommy is playing! :o)
The back wall is two pieces of 3' melamine board - a nice smooth surface for stamping. We hung 3 under cabinet fluorescent lights under a 6" top shelf for ample lighting. I replaced the bulbs with daylight bulbs. I have them turned off b/c they gave too much shadow to the upper cubbies - I wanted you to see how I used every available area to organize things - see all the Stickles and chalk inks, etc.
Doesn't that row of PTI buttons just make you happy?! I love it. Notice my little tiara? A sweet friend sent that for my bday last year as a bit of a gag, but I'll tell you, when I'm having a hard time with a card, sometimes I put it on and end up making something I totally love!! Plus, the kiddo gets a kick out of making me wear it. LOL
I have to say that I was apprehensive at first about this little space, but once you're in there and everything is at your fingertips, it's so cozy! Leading you on in a clockwise direction...
That's it! My little cave! Hope you enjoyed the tour! Before you go, I have a few really great blog candy offers to tell you about.
Kadie at In My Mind's Eye is giving away a ton of paper and stamps...but only today. I guess it's been on her blog for a while now, but I just ran across it today, so you should jump on over and enter yourself in for the goodies!!
Jen is having a blog candy celebration for her 3 year Blogoversary. Lots of her favorite goodies are going into this as well as a few of her own adorable digi stamps from Wildflower Kids. Bop on over, say hello and get your name in the basket for that one!
Last, but certainly not least, is Motivet. They are having a blog candy to celebrate their daughter turning one month old! So give that one a go too!
Ok, if you stuck around this long, you are a trooper, or you're greedy and just wanted the blog candy links! LOL Just Kidding!! Thanks for sharing in my new crafty space excitement! Have a super day and cross your fingers that my PTI order gets here today...I'm getting antsy already! Jeez! :o) lyss