Thursday, October 24, 2013

Craft Room Reveal

Two years ago today, I opened my Etsy shop at Ellie Marie Designs.  I had about four or five items on there.  It took less than three weeks for me to get my first sale.  The little online shop soon grew to 20, 50, 100 items.  Now, 2 years and 540 sales later, I have 175 items in my shop.  

When we moved into our new home, we decided to use part of our living room as my craft room.  It's right by the dining room and kitchen making it convenient for working with Holly on homeschool and keeping an eye on dinner. 

I originally wanted the trendy white that everyone on Pinterest seems to have.  But we decided that since my desk is oak and my dining room is oak that we would make it match.  John did all the work - measuring, buying, building. (Thanks Sweetheart!  I love it!!)

I don't have any before pictures to show.  Before, everything was....everywhere.  Now I have plenty of counter space to work on and plenty of storage for all my supplies.  (We're not quite done yet.  There's a few finishing touches.  John is going to hang up a bulletin board for me and I want to add some pictures on the wall.)

I love my shelves. The cute bottles and storage boxes are easy to reach and just look pretty.

The teapot was a wedding gift some 26 years ago.  I can't decide if I want to sell it in my vintage shop, Ellie Marie Vintage or just keep it for decoration.  

I didn't have a color theme in mind - other than blue of course!  But I found these peacock boxes on sale at Michael's and a theme was born.

And here is my desk.  I spend a lot of time here working on photos and writing up item descriptions.  Sometimes that takes as long as creating the item itself!

I've enjoyed making things for Ellie Marie Designs.  All my profits have gone towards my children's education.  This week, in honor of my two year anniversary, I'm offering 20% off everything in my shop.  All you have to do is use this coupon code when checking out - 2YEARS


  1. It looks great! And congratulations on having such a successful shop!

  2. Everything looks so beautiful. Great job Karen!

  3. It's the envy of all paper-crafters - love how all the scissors are standing in a row, ready for service.

  4. Your workspace is SO beautiful! I agree with sammysgrammy that all paper-crafters would love to have a craft room like yours. I think you should keep the teapot.