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Old 06-27-2013, 09:04 PM   #16
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Follow me on Pinterest. Denise Lareau. Check out the dream studio board. Lots of ideas
Found the dream boards but I can't find you to follow. I'll keep looking. Exactly what are "dream boards"?
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:27 PM   #17
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I've always found it easiest to get my feet wet in a new craft by locating a class for it. Usually Michael's and Hobby Lobby offer various classes.

If you're interested in a specialty, also check out stained glass supply stores, yarn stores, scrapbooking, quilt shops, bead shops, fabric stores for sewing classes, etc. in your area. Everyone usually offers some kind of beginner's course - we all had to start somewhere!

Throughout my 60 yrs, I was a craft queen Learned to sew in middle school, took a drapery making class, did machine quilting, jewelry making, decoupage (back in the day) , polymer clay beads, dried & silk flower arranging, stained glass, oil painting, painted t-shirts (when those were in vogue), counted cross stitch, crocheting...and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few.

Good luck & have fun exploring!
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:16 AM   #18
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Look at Joanne Fabrics, Micheal's or your community center for crafting classes.
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:54 PM   #19
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely look for a class. I am going to spend a lot of time on Pinterest this weekend too.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #20
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Enjoy your craft room but don't get like me. I could open a craft store with all the stuff I have.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:04 AM   #21
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We just finished re-designing a spare bedroom into a craft room. I have a small desk area, 9 cube drawer book/craft supplies case, an iron board. I will need to buy supplies. I did purchase a label maker because my first project is to label a photo album (pictures so I will remember what they are).

My questions are:

1. What supplies should I purchase as general must have supplies?

2. What crafts to make? Not an artsy person at all.

3. Are there other organizer things I should have? I will also move my sewing repair stuff into the mix.

4. Is making bead jewlery hard or expensive?

5. What are the "in" crafts right now?
As someone who has way more crafting supplies than any one person should have I will explain the secret of how I did it. First find a project. Buy the supplies. Make the item. You will have a few supplies left over to store. Repeat over and over again over a number of years. Eventually you will have more craft supplies than your little room can contain.

Bead jewelry is fun and easy. I bought a great ebook off ebay that tells you how. You can also get good ebook a on youcanmakethis.com.
It can be expensive as you let it get. There are people who get sucked right in and start using precious and semi precious stones. That can be pricy.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:06 AM   #22
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Goodness, people. She put a storage piece and an ironing board in a room. She didn't build a new room or "renovate".
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:13 AM   #23
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I forgot must have supplies....


A good pair of scissors(CRAFT ROOM scissors that don't disappear!)
Spray adhesive
I stock up on paper when it goes on sale
For me a must have is Glitter, but I know not very one feels the same way about it(a friend calls it the herpes of the craft world)
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #24
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I forgot must have supplies....


A good pair of scissors(CRAFT ROOM scissors that don't disappear!)
Spray adhesive
I stock up on paper when it goes on sale
For me a must have is Glitter, but I know not very one feels the same way about it(a friend calls it the herpes of the craft world)
Got it! (The supplies that is )
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #25
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Beading can be pricey, or it can be inexpensive. I taught my Girl Scouts some basic jewlery techniques, they had fun and it wasn't too pricey. Mostly they made earrings and charms for their backpacks/cell phones. Micheals has some into classes and with sales/coupons the supplies can be inexpensive. If you want "real" gemstones, silver fasteners, etc the price goes up.

I do papercrafts (love my Cricuts), some sewing and handwork. I had Dh install some pegboard. I bought shelves/baskets/hooks from Staples that I can re-arrange. Lots of stuff hanging on the walls.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:59 PM   #26
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Beading can be pricey, or it can be inexpensive. I taught my Girl Scouts some basic jewlery techniques, they had fun and it wasn't too pricey. Mostly they made earrings and charms for their backpacks/cell phones. Micheals has some into classes and with sales/coupons the supplies can be inexpensive. If you want "real" gemstones, silver fasteners, etc the price goes up.

I do papercrafts (love my Cricuts), some sewing and handwork. I had Dh install some pegboard. I bought shelves/baskets/hooks from Staples that I can re-arrange. Lots of stuff hanging on the walls.
Ooohh, pegboard is a good idea! I love stuff hanging.
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We just finished re-designing a spare bedroom into a craft room. I have a small desk area, 9 cube drawer book/craft supplies case, an iron board. I will need to buy supplies. I did purchase a label maker because my first project is to label a photo album (pictures so I will remember what they are).

My questions are:

1. What supplies should I purchase as general must have supplies?

2. What crafts to make? Not an artsy person at all.

3. Are there other organizer things I should have? I will also move my sewing repair stuff into the mix.

4. Is making bead jewlery hard or expensive?

5. What are the "in" crafts right now?
Quilting. Based on other things you've said, you already have a sewing machine. Take a class and get started. If the bug bites you, before long your studio (we quilters aren't using a 'craft room' these days, we use a 'studio') will be overflowing with projects and fabric and you'll need to take over an extra room in your house (one for the stash storage, and one for actually sewing in!).
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I have a craft room/office (half is office, half is craft room - no overlaps).

I like to make cards, wrap creatively, paint, scrapbook, etc.

I have loads and loads of supplies, such as:

Paint (spray, good acrylic, cheap acrylic, watercolors)
Paint brushes and pallets
Decorative paper
Gel pens
Stickers
Die cuts
Stencils
Laminater
Paper cutter
Various scissors
Various glues and tapes
Brads and eyelets
Paper punches
Grommet tools
Wreath forms
Ribbons
Glitter
Washi tape
Fabric


That's off the top of my head. There's tons. Go to Hobby Lobby and see what strikes your fancy
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:35 PM   #29
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As someone who has way more crafting supplies than any one person should have I will explain the secret of how I did it. First find a project. Buy the supplies. Make the item. You will have a few supplies left over to store. Repeat over and over again over a number of years. Eventually you will have more craft supplies than your little room can contain.

Bead jewelry is fun and easy. I bought a great ebook off ebay that tells you how. You can also get good ebook a on youcanmakethis.com.
It can be expensive as you let it get. There are people who get sucked right in and start using precious and semi precious stones. That can be pricy.
SO very true!!! The walk in closet in the guest room is my "craft closet" and it's bursting at the seams!!!

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I forgot must have supplies....


A good pair of scissors(CRAFT ROOM scissors that don't disappear!)
Spray adhesive
I stock up on paper when it goes on sale
For me a must have is Glitter, but I know not very one feels the same way about it(a friend calls it the herpes of the craft world)
ha ha ha

OP - I would also suggest going to a local knitting store. There are 2 here in my area that I can think of off the top of my head that are terrific resources. And no matter the time of day you stop by (when they are open!), there's someone there hanging out working on a project. One of them also holds a "sip and stitch" night at a local winery once a month. In addition to the owner/purveyor of the shop, other patrons are also wonderful resources for learning a new craft, method, or pattern.

I taught myself how to both crochet and knit with books/ pamphlets and youtube videos. When I needed help following a pattern or didn't understand something, I brought my project to the local yarn shop and the ladies there helped me out and taught me what I needed to know. I love doing both these crafts because they can be very nice gifts - hats, blankets, etc.
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Just signed up for a bead jewelry class at Michaels. They tell you everything to buy for the class beforehand. I also have coupons to use for those supplies. So excited! Thanks for all the suggestions.
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