At one point in our last home, I got tired of not having a crafts space and got an idea to incorporate it into my tiny office nook. It ended up turning into such a bright and happy multi-use space, perfect for crafting and office work. Jenny Doh featured the space in her book, Signature Styles. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my favorite ways to re-purpose kitchen, household, and often overlooked objects for use in the space, as I shared in Jenny’s book.

Sprinkles in a jar are perfect for holding pens:

Pages from a vintage textile and ribbon sample book become artwork for the wall:

Pretty fabric should be displayed for added happiness. Twine is easily accessible in a clear jar. Cakestands are great for housing an array of supplies. A vintage baking dish holds rick-rack. A disposable plastic Christmas tablecloth is better utilized as a shelf liner:

A colorful old flour sifter is the perfect size for holding a big cone of baker’s twine. Sturdy cupcake liners work as vessels for small objects such as twist-ties.

The entire feature, as well as My apron pattern and instructions are available in the book.

Special thanks to Jennyfor creating such a beautiful bookand featuring so many creative women, and to Christina G., who photographed this story. All images seen here are by Christina G.

The sprinkles, cupcake liners, and twist-ties are from Bake it Pretty.

The cakestands are from Martha Stewart for Macy’s.

The disposable plastic Christmas tablecloth is from Martha Stewart Crafts.

My desk is from Pottery Barn.

The oilcloth covering on my desk is from Cath Kidston.



In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!