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Create ~ Station

Today I’d love to show you my Create ~ Station ! The place where most of my crafts and creations happen! 

Create - Station

And let me tell ya, it looks presentable now, which wasn’t always the case! During the holidays, this spot was the dumping spot of the house. Everything, from school work to left over Christmas decorations was just dumped on my desk! That’s right, MY desk. Everyone in this house has one, but for some reason they just all love to dump things on mine! I dumped as well, I must admit. But it is my desk after all. So this had to stop! I couldn’t take the crazyness on top of my supposed~to~be~ creative spot. I actually made a photo of it, but then, being in the de~cluttering~desk~ mood, I also de cluttered my phone and accidentally erased the before pic. Believe me, it wasn’t pretty! 

So, this is why I’m only showing you the pretty after pics. The desk itself is a pretty boring, normal desk, I once purchased for $15 online. I had bought a little metal storage cart for underneath, from Ikea, a while back. Great for organizing. The rest of my craft supplies, well, I always just had some on top of it in boxes and some in my cabinet in the living room. Yes, remember, this house has next to no storage and I’m sharing this office with my husband who works from home. So my little desk is all that fits in there. 

But then, the other day, when I started re organizing and de cluttering it, I had the idea of putting my small pallet on top! This pallet is smaller than the usual ones, so it was possible to just put it on top against the wall. Not very heavy. I had painted it white some time before and it was outside with flowers in it, which also looked nice, but I have like 4 more pallets sitting outside to be painted and decorated with flowers, so this small one was perfect for my desk. And this is how it turned out:

The before organizing but after de~cluttering

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After organizing

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I found these metal hooks to hang on the pallet and used them to hook up my storage boxes

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And I used my stencils and marker to write “CREATE” in the middle of the pallet

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This is the little storage cart for my paper scraps and stuff like that…

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And this guy here, well, he’s special to me. Long time ago, my mom gave him to me as a present. He’s hand made, real wood and super heavy. I always loved this clown, he used to sit in a window of a shop we frequently passed by, and we always stopped and admired this work of art! I love everything about him, his pose, his definition, just wow. So one day, he was sitting on my desk when I came home from school. And that’s where he still is! He’s lost a little bit of his foot during our moves, but I don’t care! 

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Create - Station

So, this is my newly organized Create ~ Station . I like that I have everything I mostly use really handy and it looks kinda different and unique even though it’s small, but it’s really all I need to be Kreativ K ! 

Have a creative day friends!!! Thanks for reading and visiting…

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    13/02/2016 at 15:06

    I do like the ‘create’ station, Katrin. Pretty and practical.

    • Katrin
      13/02/2016 at 16:39

      Thanks Amalia, it is very practical, happy you like it 😉

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    10/02/2016 at 20:45

    Such a great use of the crate–love it! Thank you for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

    • Katrin
      10/02/2016 at 23:13

      Thanks, it is very functional now!! 🙂

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    10/02/2016 at 14:26

    What a great create station. It’s such a good idea. I must admit I’m a little bit jealous, especially as my desk is a bit of an untamed mess at the moment!

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    • Katrin
      10/02/2016 at 20:47

      hahaha, you should’ve seen mine before….not pretty! Maybe you find a small pallet… 😉

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    That is such a clever use of an old pallet, I love it! The buckets hanging make this so functional. Great idea. 🙂

    • Katrin
      10/02/2016 at 13:47

      Yes, it’s quite functional! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  • Emily
    06/02/2016 at 03:51

    Your space looks fantastic, Katrin! I love how you used that pallet to create extra storage – so smart 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week.

    • Katrin
      06/02/2016 at 08:39

      Thank you Emily, I’m so happy you like my little, now organized, desk 😉 Happy Weekend!!!

  • Alicia | A Burst of Beautiful
    05/02/2016 at 03:04

    Hi Katrin, what a terrific way to keep your desk organized! Thank you for sharing at Create • Share • Inspire. We hope to see you back tonight. xo

    • Katrin
      06/02/2016 at 08:23

      Thanks Alicia, I’m quite happy too with how it turned out! 🙂

  • Shannon ~ The Recycleista
    04/02/2016 at 18:49

    Great use of a pallet! Love it!

    • Katrin
      06/02/2016 at 08:19

      Thanks so much 🙂

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    Very nice project! It’s amazing what all can be made from a few pieces of wood. Definitely need to try this.
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    • Katrin
      06/02/2016 at 08:19

      Thanks so much Denise! I’m happy you liked it!

  • Laurie
    04/02/2016 at 05:13

    Wow! Love It! I would love to do something this functional and pretty with my create area! Mine happens to turn into a dumping ground too from time to time. Thanks for sharing! Pinned and tweeted 🙂

    • Katrin
      04/02/2016 at 09:38

      Oh, I know, mine was horrible, no more dumping now! Thanks Laurie, I appreciate your visit 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Beverly
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    Your create space looks great. It’s so much easier to be productive when we have a clearly defined area for creativity. The clown is awesome! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

    • Katrin
      04/02/2016 at 09:33

      Yes, I agree! I need to have it organized, no more dumping on this desk! Thanks Beverly 🙂

  • Marjan
    03/02/2016 at 19:25

    A very creative for a creative space! Like the way you found a solution to organize everything.
    And love the clown as well!

    • Katrin
      03/02/2016 at 22:26

      Thanks Marjan, I’m happy you like my creative spot! 🙂

  • Carlee
    02/02/2016 at 17:37

    What a beautiful way to get everything organized! I could use your help in my office!

    • Katrin
      02/02/2016 at 19:07

      Hahaha, that would be fun!! Thanks Carlee!

  • Christine
    02/02/2016 at 17:36

    Hi Karin, this is adorbs…what a great idea and soooo much personality!

    • Katrin
      02/02/2016 at 19:06

      Thanks Christine!!! So easy to find everything I need now… 🙂

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    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      01/02/2016 at 13:19

      Thanks Chris! 🙂

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    • Katrin
      01/02/2016 at 13:14

      Thanks Marie! I really like how it looks on my desk and love to make stuff there now. 🙂

  • Sherry@savvyapron
    30/01/2016 at 19:27

    This is such a smart way to repurpose a pallet plus it makes a perfect organizing station. I have a small pallet that would be perfect for this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Katrin
      31/01/2016 at 08:47

      Thanks Sherry! Yes, its quite nice to have everything I need right there neatly organized!

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    30/01/2016 at 16:36

    Great idea, Katrin! Your creative space looks beautiful, clean and organized. I love those storage boxes. They are just perfect.
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    • Katrin
      30/01/2016 at 17:16

      Danke Julia! Wie schoen, dass es Dir gefaellt! Ich mag’s alles gern ordentlich und kann so viel besser basteln und werkeln…:)

  • Pili
    30/01/2016 at 10:33

    Your create station is so cool, Katrin!! I love the metal hangers and how the baskets look suspended, it is also functional and it saves a lot of space!

    • Katrin
      30/01/2016 at 17:11

      Thanks Pili! Happy you like it, it is super functional and I like having everything ready to grab!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
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    I love your work area, mine’s not really very big either, but it’s just enough for me! I love it being clean and organized, it let’s my brain be creative. I’m not worrying about the mess when I’m there, I’m able to concentrate on work!

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    Now, I love the way you think, that little palette is so perfect for holding the bins and your supplies, it’s different and fun. You did a great job and I really enjoyed seeing where the KreativeK magic happens!

    • Katrin
      30/01/2016 at 09:33

      Good Morning! Yes, i agree, it doesn’t have to be very big, just right! The pallet really helps organizing and it looks kinda different too. I love my clown and yes it’s a special treasure! Thanks Nikki!

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    Oh my gosh, Katrin. I love love LOVE this! It’s so amazing! I love the colors and your whole organization around the pallet. It looks absolutely adorable. I want one! 🙂 I love organizing and looking at other people’s desks. I think this is a fabulous create station. Now, I really need to step up mine.

    • Katrin
      30/01/2016 at 09:32

      Thanks so much sweet Gina! I love organizing and it was fun setting this up! It sure is fun to make stuff here now too! 🙂

  • Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage
    30/01/2016 at 02:11

    A very clever idea!

    • Katrin
      30/01/2016 at 09:31

      Thanks Carol!

  • Lynn
    29/01/2016 at 23:44

    Your create station is fantastic and so well thought out. I can see you doodling away with your metallic markers in my mind’s eye. And that clown! Wow, not only is he special on his own, but how your mom gave him to you makes him all the more special. What a wonderful memory.
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    • Katrin
      30/01/2016 at 09:31

      Yes, I love my desk now! Hopefully it stays that way and there’s no more dumping… Thanks Lynn!! XO Happy Weekend to you!

  • Jessica
    29/01/2016 at 22:32

    I love the hanging baskets, but I think the clown is my favorite part! What a special story to go along with him, too! I bet you think of your mom and smile every time you look at him.

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 23:39

      Yes, the baskets are perfect for the spot and my clown, well, that’s his spot and yes, I like having little memories of my mom around 🙂 Thanks Jessica!

  • Keri
    29/01/2016 at 19:38

    Katrin, love this pallet organizer on your desk!!! It’s always helpful to have things organized when creating. I might need you to come to my house next. 😉 I love the baskets and how creative of you to hang them up on hooks!! Your clown is lovely and a true treasure indeed!! I also like your pictures abovery your desk!! Everything looks fantastic in your creative space!! 🙂

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 23:37

      Thanks so much my friend! I’m so happy with my spot and love it organized! Before was a mess and now its just ahhh!

  • ilka
    29/01/2016 at 17:51

    What a practical idea Katrin ! For a creative person like you it’s so essential to have your own work station at home! Great job! Keep creating!:):)

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 23:36

      Yay, thanks Ilka! I’m quite happy with the desk now! All mine and I will keep on creating 😉

  • Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart Made
    29/01/2016 at 17:32

    This is awesome Katrin! Love this space to unleash all your ‘kreativ-ity’!♥

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 23:35

      Thanks Michelle, yep, this is my space now… hope I made that clear to everyone around me here 😉

  • Lindsay
    29/01/2016 at 16:42

    Oh my goodness, how clever and CUTE is this? I love this and I love that they’re hanging and you could easily move this if you moved homes or wanted to move locations. Very cool hun! 🙂

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 23:34

      Thanks Lindsay! You’re right, this is easy to change up or move around! we are renting so I always prefer not to hammer around too much! 🙂

  • Pamela Smith
    29/01/2016 at 16:33

    Looks great! I love the smaller pallet! I’ve been trying to come up with ideas to organize mine a bit better and I have been thinking I will have to go up! Like hanging stuff on the wall, but I like the pallet better. Great job!

    • Katrin
      30/01/2016 at 09:41

      Thanks Pamela! Yes, same here, I couldn’t go anywhere but up, too little space. But this pallet really helped me out! Happy you like it!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    29/01/2016 at 14:33

    This is so cool Katrin! That pallet repurpose is pure genius! The white paint really pulls it all together and it looks so pretty. And all of your stuff is in plain stite but organized. I love those small little baskets that you are using on the pallets. Where did you get them from? Now you’ll have to put a cute stencil sign on saying “KreativK only”!

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 16:32

      Hahaha! That’s an awesome idea Mary! Let’s see if they learn! I got the little baskets long time ago at the dollar store in Canada and always just had them on my desk and when I found the hooks I knew what to do! I love being organized! Thanks friend, always appreciate you stopping by 🙂 Happy Weekend!!

  • Patty
    29/01/2016 at 11:28

    Very Kreative! lol. I love it and how organized you are. And I finally know someone who likes clowns! Seems like everyone I know thinks they’re scary which I could never figure out. I think he’s cute.

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 14:18

      Hahaha… I think this one doesn’t look scary at all, but I can see that some clowns maybe do… not to me though either. Thanks for stopping by Patty, I’m glad you like my creative spot!!!

  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits
    29/01/2016 at 06:06

    I just LOVE your create space using the pallet!!! BRILLIANT idea!!! I’m in the middle of finding my desk again too and this has just given me more inspiration to get it done!!!
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Katrin
      29/01/2016 at 14:13

      That’s great that you got inspired here…I love when that happens to me! Thanks for stopping by Sam!