Tuesday, October 27, 2015


My sandbox will always be my sandbox. I will always need an outlet for my creativity in whatever form it may come out. As a stamper, the old set-up was fully lined and equipped. However, I am more than a stamper and the changing needs of my household prompted me to repurpose my sandbox so that it yields room for other opportunities. It was a challenging concept especially when I don't have that much real estate to work with. However, that's what I thrive on and so I accepted it.

Life had happened and is still is, but I finally manage to dedicate the time it needed for my craft room to be the room that I wanted it to be and that it needed to be. I had envisioned solitude and calmness in a place where I would either be mesmerized to be lazy or inspired to be creative or just be by myself or with my mini. I believe I have met my goal.

I've always felt a deep connection with vintage so I thought I would make my room with that theme in mind but also reflect my modern minimalistic taste. Yikes!

With my husband at the helm of everything that is construction-related and his fair contribution on design and logistics, we rolled up our sleeves and breathed life into this once-drab room. Countless Pinterest ideas, my own ideas and art that I stumbled upon at least once in my life, I put down on my sketchbook. Some of the pieces, I already have and some I pursued and obtained. Mind you, my pieces are not at all rare that they were expensive. Rather, they fit my style perfectly.

The walls were painted white on all three sides and of course, I had to have an accent wall. I have always been fond of my Real Red, Basic Gray and Pool Party combination so why not put them up on the wall. It was the husband's idea to pick which wall it would be and to continue the colors to another side of the wall. It was quite a bit to take at first, but the combo eventually grew on me. I knew I wanted my favorite poem hoisted in this room so what a better place to put on this wall. Recently, I developed a fond for old typewriters. I got one at the local antique shop that is dated around the 60s. Upon looking for a matching typewriter desk, I stumbled upon a red beauty from the 30s. Of course, I had to have that! It would go perfectly against the backdrop of my color-blocked wall! Next, I needed an old-fashioned display case to house pieces endeared to my heart. And that wall came together. It is my favorite corner.

Then comes the work area. Hubby built in two long shelves for my tools and stamps. The shelves weren't enough so we got a soft-closing drawer cabinet from Ikea for the rest. I had to down-size quite a bit, as this still wasn't enough. This side stayed white with a splash of red. I'm happy with it.

Then came the lounge wall. Ahhh, this is like the biggest & most comfy bean bag ever! It's a sofa modular that turns into a small queen bed. Perfect for lounging around or sleeping in. I am not done with this wall but believe you me, I have my gallery of wall pieces waiting to be hung.

I'm very content and thankful that I have been given the opportunity to put to life the ideas that were swimming in my head. I'm thankful to have the family that I have as they inspire me to chug along. I will do just that. I will be creating soon. After all, it will be Christmas, my favorite holiday.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sandbox Redux Part Deux

For those of you who know me, I've been known to drop off from time to time, for a slew of reasons: to recharge and get re-inspired or life simply happens. I'm guilty of all the above but one thing for sure is I revert back to what I really am and that is being a creator of something, be it my cards, my digital pages, or photography. With that said, I over-hibernated online and have woken up. It was amazing to learn that some of you actually enjoyed my blog and missed my posts. It was touching to hear and I'm humbled and gracious for that.

I have been creating, believe me. In the past year, I was blessed with the biggest canvas (aka, home) of my life and it was all for me to make my own and leave my stamp wherever my heart desired. My hubby was open to the blind challenge I subjected him. Without him, I wouldn't get the most taxing work laid out.

Now that most of the work in the house is finished (to the extent that our pockets can dip into), I now have time to focus on my sandbox. I had focused my energy in each room of our house and arranged according to my heart's mood and my eyes' perspective. My sandbox took the backseat and that was only because it deserved careful thinking and envisioning. Once I got to it, I discovered there was a bit of re-purposing that needed to happen. It's still my sandbox, but I also have to make it a guest room. This called for downsizing and getting rid of my huge craft table that my husband made (**tears welled up as I reluctantly parted with, but happy to say that it found a good home in my husband's workshop**).

I love color and so here's the palette I have chosen. I can't wait for this sandbox to pop with these delicious colors. It's the beginning of something great and awesome. I can feel it! I love progress photos so watch out for those. I love these challenges. It makes me alive and well.