Sunday, February 9, 2014

HGTV............SAY WHAT.....THAT'S MY CRAFT ROOM

IT HAS FINALLY ARRIVED......................


 I have been on pins and needles to say the least waiting on HGTV'S March 2014 issue and now that it has finally arrived, I am in awe..........A huge THANK YOU to HGTV for a once in a life time experience that I will NEVER forget.

warning warning warning............
okay you have been WARNED..........
PHOTO OVERLOAD AT THE BOTTOM

my post today is SUPER DUPER LONG..........I am ever so grateful for the entire process of being featured in the magazine that I want to share it with you all PLUS since I haven't been able to share my ENTIRE craft room with you all there are a MILLION PICTURES at the bottom....so sit back, grab a cup of coffee, cocoa, glass a wine, water or whatever you like and read along.............

September 17, 2013 at 8:45am to be exact, I had a once in a life time experience.

Before I share that awesome day with you all, let me give you a bit of background as to why HGTV came to my home.

Last year my bestie gave me a subscription to HGTV magazine....LOVE LOVE LOVE their magazine.

Anyhoo, back around the beginning of 2013 the editor had a small article in the front of the book about I believe a small scrapping space that she had at home and she wanted to know if anyone else had a space that they loved....soooooooooooo of course I decided to just send a picture of my space to the email address in the book. Didn't really think anything of it.

Well fast forward about 2 months after that. I got an email from one of the editors that wanted to know more about my space. HELLO.........you don't have to ask me twice. I emailed her back sharing with her how I had been in our 3rd car garage for just about 10 years and then my son moved out and I got the room upstairs. I sent her lots of photos of the room as well. Even though the room was only 50 percent done...

Well a few months passed and I never heard anything more..........FAST FORWARD to around the end of August 2013, they contacted me again and said that they loved my room and wanted to feature it in their March 2014 issue.........along with my MUG SHOT.

WHAT THE..................OMG OMG OMG.............I totally wanted to scream............omg omg omg.
I have had the privilege of having lots of my work published in magazines, BUT NEVER MY FACE...........that just takes it to a whole new level...at least for me.

But check this out, after of course I told her YES....duh of course I said yes. I told her that, that was awesome that they were going to have a section in the March issue with scrap rooms..........she proceeded to tell me that...........OH NO, JUST YOU AND YOUR ROOM...........
WHAT THE..........OMG OMG OMG....

She said they had gotten several emails, but chose mine.
Okay the only thing I could think of was that, THAT WAS ALL GOD....I mean really....I have seen so many beautiful to die for rooms on Pinterest and to choose mine..........ONLY GOD COULD HAVE MADE THAT HAPPEN....boy I felt so blessed and grateful.

After this point I was on a mission to get the room as close to 100 percent done as I could.

.............OKAY SO NOW ON TO THE VERY BIG DAY............

SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 AT 8:45AM

4 People showed up: 2 photographers, 1 stylist and 1 hair and make-up lady

Photographer: John Merkl

Oh my HGTV couldn't have sent a more amazing, talented photographer...just check out his web site. His work is simply breathing taking.
John also brought along an assistant by the name of Daniel Hurlburt . They both made sure that all of the lighting in the room was perfect.

Pro Stylist: Marjolijn Reuter 

Marjolijn was so awesome to work with. She was the one to help with deciding what I should wear, but mostly with setting up the scenes in the room for taking the pictures. As in placing this ribbon here or placing stamps here. She also was in charge of putting me in certain places in the room and having me wrap a package, or stamp something etc.......I must say I have a whole new appreciation now when I look through magazines. Well at least HGTV'S magazines. They are very precise down to a piece of string...where it should be placed or not placed.......WOW WOW WOW

Hair and Makeup Artist: Akela Douglass

This gorgeous lady was in charge of doing my makeup and hair....I didn't even know I was going to be having my hair and makeup done. But oh my, I was excited about it because I have never in my life had my makeup done (don't wear much) and the only person that has ever done my hair is my mom and myself. So I was looking forward to having someone make me all pretty. (smile)
She does amazing work.

The team took several pictures of the room..........I MEAN LOADS. I was placed in 3 of the shots. One wrapping a present, one pulling out paper and the last one stamping on a sheet of paper. All along while the hair and makeup lady would touch me up a bit, fix my clothes etc....
IT TRULY WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.

Thank you so much Jaimie Dalessio for choosing me and sending only the best people to work with. You all are in a league of your own.

Now that I have the magazine in my possession...........I can now share my space with you all...a few things have changed since the photo shoot but not many....I still have a few more odds and ends to do to the room, but over all it's just about 100 percent done........ 

WARNING  WARNING WARNING..............
PHOTO OVER LOAD............

I decided to just share photos instead of doing a video like many others do....me and the video camera are not always the best of friends........LOL

 YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO MAKE THEM LARGER....if you have any questions, feel free to email me..... fabriccutups@prodigy.net

in the beginning:

 few different room views:
 

updated photo




 

I was using this cd tower for a rubber stamp display (still need to remove the bottom ones), but I don't use stamps that often, so since I love all kinds of ribbon, trim and lace, I have decided to fill the spots with all sorts of NEW TRIM that I buy (smile).

this 9 drawer holds more ribbon that is wrapped on cardboard - the drawers are marked with a heart indicating the color of ribbon in the drawer

then i have more ribbon in 7 of these jars.........all color coordinated

 I also love some tall vintage spools.....need to put something on the tall empty one.....


 Random shelf with more ribbon, trim and misc items....
 

Random close-up pics

12 by 12 paper
8.5 by 11
  
Holder I made out of a lazy susan, cake pans and candle holders
 from my bestie ....love it

 glitter, beads, embossing powder...

 some items that are in drawers


the shelves on this island have like my cuttlebug, cutting board etc...the bins on the bottom shelf are paper scraps....each labeled with a heart indicating the color of scraps in the bin.




 sewing station

  memo board that i redid from bestie

 jars jars jars
 stamps are now on a ledge (picture ledge from Ikea)


sprayed this a pretty yellow - .99cent thrift store find
wrapping paper station


 iron bench - this bench actually folds up....love it...made all the pillows and seat cushions


 Well that's it everybody....
MY ROOM HAS CHANGED SOME SINCE THIS PUBLICATION - YOU CAN SEE THE LATEST PICS OF MY STUDIO HERE.
On another note, many people have asked me what do I do in my room or what kind of crafts I like to make....I pretty much love making cards and little bags and boxes to hold goodies but mostly I design a lot of project samples for my business - THE CUTTING CAFE.....COME BY AND CHECK IT OUT.

ALSO if you want to see the article online click here.
and last but not least a little campaign to make us all think...i put this little note in all of my correspondence......
thanks for stopping by...........hugs

76 comments:

Szetorri Porter said...

I just want to die and go to Heaven right there in your craft room! I have an honest question! When do you find the time to organize your room? You create and I know you had the whole photo shoot going on for the magazine, but do you have the organization issues that most of us as crafters have? I LOVE IT, Regina! My idol! I want to be like you when I grow up!

Regina Easter said...

Thanks Szetorri, you know before I moved all of my stuff from out of the garage that I was in for years I had already in my mind decided that I was going to purge A LOT OF STUFF....that way when I moved into my new space I wouldn't be overwhelmed...I had so much stuff that I never even looked at for YEARS...PURGING a lot of stuff really helps me keep my room organized....before, it was just plain o ridiculous..so now I try to only buy stuff that I plan on using NOT UNLESS IT IS RIBBON........lol HUGS

Jeri Moody said...

Regina that is awesome!! You so totally deserved this once in a lifetime experience!!!! I love your room, it's come such a long way. I remember when you were in your garage almost 7yrs ago now...phew can't believe it's been that long since I met you through crafting and because such an admirer and fan!! And then when you moved into the extra room, and wow has it changed from bare walls!!! Awesome job my friend!!

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness Regina, this is totally awesome!! I have been watching for the issue with you in it every time I go to the store and wouldn't you know I didn't look yesterday... I will be there tomorrow and will hopefully find it. What an awesome experience! Your craft room is AMAZING! GOD IS GOOD!!!!!!

DeeDee said...

WOW! So awesome! What an exciting experience girlie! I'm so excited for you! I'm in love with your room! CONGRATULATIONS sweet lady, you deserve it!

Chaun Lee said...

This room is the AUTOMATE CRAFTER'S DREAM!!! Very well organized, bright and cheerful and EVERYTHING has a home!! I LOVE it!!

Chauntelle

~amy~ said...

I'll be right over to play :)
Congrats Regina! Your room is AMAZING!

Jessica Wilson said...

SOOOO awesome Regina!!! I am so excited for you!!!!!! Your room is just as beautiful as you are my friend!!! Hugs!!!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Regina this is just awesome, awesome, awesome! Your room is absolutely fabulous! I remember your posts about being in your garage for so many years . . . I would say that you deserve this amazing room! Your ribbons and trims are AMAZING! You look beautiful! Just wonderful! I will be looking for this magazine in a book store . . . I'm thinking I need to own it! ;) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

bumblebee creations said...

oh my goodness, girl!! NOt only do I want to grow up like you like Szetorri says....I want to come live with you!!! WHat a gorgeous room!!

Kathleen Schriber said...

never a doubt in my mind you would be famous one day! your creativeness not only shows in your work, but your designing skills as well. your special place makes me feel like the sun in shining in there. what an awesome place to be creative. congratulations! you and your room are beautiful!

Brenda said...

This once in a lifetime experience was well deserved Regina! I love your crafty space, so beautiful, so organized!! You have an amazing room! I loved looking around and taking it all in and I know many will in the magazine too. We are all drooling!! lol I also love your ending quote and wish more good was reported. Hugs!

Carole Beath said...

Oh my dear Regina, your room yells Regina. You are one of the most talented ladies I know, the best mentor and "leader of the band". I was absolutely walking on air the day that you put me on your BBTB design team, and the Cutting Cafe design team as well. I admire you so. Your room is THE most wonderful room everrrrr.
Carole
PS, I felt glee looking at those wonderful ribbons you use. You are the ribbon queen.

Lori said...

Absolutely awesome - your craft room and the magazine spread! So fun to see all the pictures. Your room is just fantastic and inspiring!

Bernadette Bliss said...

Beautiful lady, beautiful room. Congratulations Regina. Your room is way over the top and so organized. May the Lord continue to bless you, your family and your business.

Donna Idlet said...

Regina, thanks so much for sharing the pic so your craft room. This is everyone's dream to have a room like this!

Angi Barrs said...

Woo Hoo! What an honor Regina! I'm an HGTV addict. I must go pick up this issue. Your craft space is amazing. I'd stay in there all day if I had a room like that! :)

jessica said...

WOWZERS Girl!!! Your room ROCKS!!!!! I LOVE all the storage, the colors, the LO....this is a scrappers DREAM!!!
Congrats on the mag spread! You look AMAZING!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing all these AWESOME pics...I am just drooling at all this beauty!

kdnkdd said...

What an awesome room. So happy for the blessings God has bestowed on you. Isn't He Good. So happy for you, oh I said that. lol

Bella and Aidees Mom said...

Regina, Oh my! You r amazing my beautiful friend:) I could stare at this room all day long:) You have truly been an inspiration in my life from day one. You r truly the most well rounded, talented crafter I know:) I have told u before, but I am truly blessed beyond words to call you my friend:) Love ya, Krista

DebC said...

OMG Regina I am so happy for you and why wouldn't they pick you!! You are the sweetest, beautiful person and your space is AWESOME to say the least. I redid mine not long ago but it is honestly peanuts compared to yours. People will get a great deal of inspiration from yours! It is so well planned out and just beyond beautiful. I can't imagine I would ever leave that room. PS You are ribbon obsessed girl! Enjoyed your post and big congrats!!
Hugs
Deb C

Lisa M said...

So...I'm assuming that pretty much solidifies the fact that if your son moves back home for any reason,he'll be residing in the 3rd car garage??? LOL! Your room is beyond GORGEOUS Regina and I'm truly SO extremely happy for you. Your creativity, generosity and wonderful personality have rewarded with you a magnificent experience. It was such a pleasure looking into the room where you create such inspiration for us all.
Congratulations again and hugs to you!!

Sharon R. said...

Regina your room is so cheerful and organized! A great space to inspire you to creat your wonderful works of art, a space that shows your personality, organized, bright, meticulous but not fussy with a great since of style. And fun to be with.! So proud of you. Big Hug!

Gloria Stengel said...

Wonderful! I love your room, but love it more that you had a feature in HGTV mag! What a fun experience! Well done, you!!!

mickeydee said...

Oh my goodness my sweet friend, your room is amazing! My hubby is out buying the magazine right now!Your room is beautiful, and so are you. Your room looks so sunny and bright and a wonderful place to create your designs for http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/
I'm so blessed to call you my sweet friend.

Sparky said...

Absolutely awe inspiring, Regina! And exactly as I knew it would be. It is totally "Regina style". Beautiful!!! Congratulations!
~Kris~

tmorrowstreasuresblogspot.com said...

Congratulations and your room is fantastic....please come and organize mine. Just kidding. I would love to work in your just once. Nicely done and again contrats on the magazine spread.

Sankari W. said...

SO amazing!!! I love how you put your heart and soul into your room - it really shows!!! So happy for you sweet Regina!! Big hugs!!!

oscaralley said...

Congrats Regina! What an awesome experience, one that was well deserved!! Too many pictures?....No way! I loved everyone of them and could have looked at more! I can't wait to go get my issue!

Jeri said...

SO AMAZING!!! SO DESERVED!!! I'm so happy for you and so proud to personally know how sweet, wonderful and talented you truly are.
Hugs, Jeri

Lisa Davis said...

Congrats Regina, love your beautiful, crafty, vibrant studio and looking forward to purchasing this edition of the magazine!

Rose said...

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE your room girl :)

Sharon Caudle said...

NOBODY, and I do mean NOBODY deserves this more than you do, Regina!!!! I'm soooo excited for you and happy for you and PROUD of you!!! You worked for YEARS in your garage, and I'm so happy that you now have such a beautiful crafting room!! I can't help but drool when I look at all your amazing details!! A huge CONGRATS!! I will have to get a copy and have you autograph it for me! Love and hugs!!

Sharon said...

Greetings from South Africa. Your craft room is absolutely amazing. This is what a dream craft room looks like. What a blessing Regina. Beautifully laid out. So nice and neat and organised. Enjoy your beautiful room. Will stay a while to read some more posts as this is my first visit. Cheers for now.

Christina C. said...

OMGgggggggggg...the most amazing craft room I have ever seen!!!!!!
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Misty Morgan said...

OMG Congratulations, Regina!!!! What an amazing craft room and exciting experience. Good things come to special people and your on the top of the list. Your so talented,kind and inspiring. I'm so privileged to have been on your design team. You are truly "Amazing", girl!! Hugs

Sharon said...

This room is to die for Regina. So bright and beautiful - so much gorgeousness.
Congratulations on the magazine article - very well deserved. I understand why you were so excited,. I am going to be featured in a magazine next month and can't wait.
Hugs Sharon. x

Gail said...

Wonderful room, great layout and fabulous goodies to play with. Well done, Regina, and if I remodel the garage area you worked in, can I come and live with you and play in this room every day...promise I'll clean up after myself. Hugs, Gail

N2ScrapN4Fun said...

OMG Regina... So happy for you!!! Can't wait to get a copy of this HGTV issue. Your room is absolutely AMAZING!!!

BIG CONGRATS!!!

Vivi Casale said...

how cool!!! Congrats Regina, this is pretty awesome!!
xx

Craft Me This said...

What a great story and a great room.

Julie Odil said...

I loved reading your story, Regina. Thanks for sharing it with me. I'll be over tomorrow to play in your space, LOL.

Rene said...

Sis, every time I'm in your room, I feel I can do anything....until I get home and see my room I'm like whaaaat!!!! Beautiful Sis Luv Ya!

Harriet Ford said...

Congrats Regina,I am so proud of you cousen-you are the Best!

Harriet Ford

Anonymous said...

Wow! I had sent a few pictures of my craft room to the editor as well. But after seeing these great photos, I am so glad they chose your craft room because it is fabulous! Mine works for me but is minimal compared to yours. Thanks for all the ideas. I am going to try to make the cake pan organizer you created. Great job!

Lisa Young said...

WOW!!! Fantastic craft room, Regina!!! Congrats!!! I would LOVE to have a craft room and supplies like your's!!! Hugs!!!

Jean Cross said...

AWESOME!!!! So very cool! BEAUTIFUL room. Congratulations. Glad to "know" you!

Cindy Gilchrist said...

Holy Cow! You deserve this!!! That is simply amazing!!! Best Wishes!!

Jo said...

Congrats Regina! That is one amazing craftroom!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I'm just now getting to reading all of this! WOWZERS!!! This is amazing! I love it and what a fun place to be creative.

I am going to have to make one of those cake pan/candle holder things!

Daniela Dobson said...

I was admiring this when you first posted on facebook. I was on my ipad and now on the big screen looking at every single detail. It's just beautiful. I just wish I had a clean room right now. Congrats!

Lisa Gaines said...

Your space is absolutely ADORABLE. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and Congrat's on the magazine layout...such a wonderful blessing.
Hugs
Lisa
www.hopechestbride.com

Cheryl B said...

Regina, love your story and your room! The pictures were super, and enjoyed it all!

Janice said...

OMG! Saw this on FB and thought how amazing,,,, then saw your name!!! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

OMG - what an awesome room. Congrats on the being featured with HGTV!!! I would never ever leave that room....a scrapper's dream come true!!! Enjoy your new found fame!!!! Again, what a great fantastic room!

Jill Norwood said...

Regina - what a beautiful article and experience and dream come true!!!!! I have just met you but am so very happy for you! And your room is so very beautiful!!!! What a blessing that it will be shared with so many in the magazine! I am going to try and buy a copy at the store tomorrow! I am so excited for you! Congratulations!!!!

jacqueline said...

Congratulations Regina! I subscribe to HGTV mag and saw you and your craft room in that issue. Had no idea you were a SCS "junkie" too. How exciting! Enjoy crafting in your awesome room.

Jan Rude said...

Need a copy of room size, where you purchased cabinets, detailed list would be great of where you got everything! Just love this room. Would love to have this room. Maybe I'd get something done.

*Beatriz Jennings* said...

OH!!!!!! I love your scrap room Regina!!! it is sooooooooooooo beautiful! :)

Georgiana said...

Wow! I so hope I get my own craft space when the kids move out and can make it look half as good as this! Your room is gorgeous!

Pam said...

Regina, Regina, Regina.....girl that is amazing! Congrats, I love it!!!

I SO miss talking to you and serving on the Design Team with you....we are going to have to have a little tel conf to "catch up"!!!

Hugs, Pam

Caro said...

Wow! I'll go take a look at the article -- if I can ever tear my eyes away from these fabulous photos. How marvelous for you!

Cricut Crazy said...

I love the whole room!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Can you tell us where you purchased the main furniture? Shelving, cabinets, tables in the center of room? etc.
Thanks!

Kathy

Gina Howe said...

Your post came to me via facebook today. I LOVE your room! My studio is a work in progress and I need to purge the stuff that doesn't belong in there! Where did you get the gift wrap organizer on the back of the door? I could really use that!

Anonymous said...

I just bumped into your blog while researching on Facebook. Your room is awesome, this is by far my favorite out of the hundreds I've seen. I wanted to ask you what size is your room? The layout of your room reminds me of my craft room layout but I don't see all the space your room seems to have. Thank you for sharing your room.

Kelly said...

What an amazing journey for you! And you can't beat that kind of advertising for your company. Congratulations!

I don't think I've seen pictures of a studio this nice outside of 'behind the scenes' from paper companies or Tim Holtz. Just amazing.

Creative Blessings in your digs!

Lindah said...

I've looked at a lot of craft rooms on the web but this is hands down my fav. WOW! I love everything from the curtains to the floor and all that craft storage. What a beautiful room.

Barb said...

Oh my goodness.....I am guilty of envy! What an amazing room. If only I could have one just half as nice as yours I would be happy. Enjoy it. And, thanking you for sharing it with all of us.

PinkGlitterLadyBug said...

Your room is Amazing! Thanks for sharing all of that eye candy. That really inspired me!

Leslie said...

I love your Craft room. really well organize and very pretty all the fun colors. Congratulations!

Loretta Rodger said...

Beautiful room. I love the bench great idea and practical. Congrats on getting published. way cool!

MelanieR said...

Regina, You are a lovely lady! I am such a fan of your designs. You are truly blessed to have this beautiful space in which to work. (I am a seamstress and paper crafter and have only a closet to store my things.) What an amazing experience to be in HGTV magazine.

Julie said...

Hi Regina, my hubby and I are researching ideas to set up a craft space for me and my daughter. I just came across this article about your craft room and I LOVE IT! I showed the pics to my hubby and told him that your room is what I want ...exactly...

Do you kind if I ask where you purchased the countertops, cabinets and other furniture?

Thank you for being an inspiration!

Angee Wells said...

Wow! Congrats! I think you have every color of ribbon/seam binding in your craft room. Lol. AWESOMENESS!

Ann Min said...

What did you use for the shelves for the 12 x 12 paper? Are they in an IKEA shelving unit?

Regina Easter said...

hi ann, yes the shelving unit is ikea and i used those clear racks from scrapbook.com...they fit perfectly...
https://www.scrapbook.com/store/dd-st-011.html