The Crafting Box

To make a little extra money during the recession I sewed and sold embellished onesies, Ts and burp cloths.  Here's a little of what I did:

The business took off before it even started and I got busy and burned out so quickly that I had to stop.  But I love doing it in small doses and I have missed it so much.  I have been wanting to sew a gift for a birthday, new baby or just for fun.  But that's been an impossible wish because my sewing supplies have been in shambles.  Ha!  Last time I tried to sew I had to use the Spanish Owner's Manual to refresh my memory!  It would take me all day to set up shop just to sew an initial onto one T-shirt.  But last month I did a little organizing...

And when I found this Purl Soho Crafting Box from West Elm I could feel my heart sing!  I didn't even know I needed it until I stumbled onto it:

This simple lacquered box has 3 levels that stack and unstack as you need.  Each level is divided in a different way.  Take a look at it in action:

I can store it in my trunk with the sewing machine most of the time.

And if I want to do a project, I can now easily pull it out and unstack it on top of the table.

It took me a while to find all the supplies and I'm still missing a few measuring tools and patterns, but now that I have most everything gathered together in one spot, I'm excited!  I can now set up shop in less than 5 minutes with the Crafting Box!

The box could also be used for jewelry making supplies, a rainbow loom, knitting supplies, ribbons and embroidery, it is so very useful!

Great news, the Crafting Box is on sale and right now West Elm is offering an additional 15% off markdowns AND free shipping, tell it to your neighbor!!!  Use the code SNOWEDIN until Valentine's night at 11:59 PT.  Then after the free shipping ends on Friday night, you can still get 15% off markdowns with the code PREZ15 until Monday at 11:59 PT.

Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day!

PS - A few of you asked about furniture.  Here are links to the actual items or if it wasn't available, a similar item:
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  1. I love your craft area--that looks great. I just redid my sewing area too--Martha Stewart makes some great craft/sewing furniture. Jason was nice to put it all together for me!
    What brand of burp cloths did you use? I find those are the hardest things to sew and applique...

    1. Thank you! That was very nice of Jason! I think I used Gerber Premium 6-ply and I think I could only find them at Babies R Us. Those burp cloths were hard to figure out! A LOT of trial and error. I'll see if I can find my first one and send it to you, hilarious!

  2. Looking at your January blog, that one quote reminded me of the "original" quote that someone must have added to and made a sign out of. The original quote says, 'Be kinder than necessary;everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.' It is SO TRUE!

    Cate <><