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Monday, March 1, 2010

A Tsunami experience and a view of my craft room

As many of you have heard about the tsunami warning we had here in Hawaii this past weekend, it was an experience for me and my family. We live right up the street from the beautiful beach which meant that we needed to evacuate in case we were hit with giant waves. My family started prepping before midnight packing our necessities and other belongings so we could leave our home when the sirens went off at 6:00 a.m. We were able to go to my sister's home in Kailua. Besides packing clothing and our living necessities, it hit me that I wouldn't be able to pack any of my craft things because there was no room at my sister's house for it nor time to pack it all before we had to leave. I kept reminding myself that we needed to worry about ourselves first; material things can be replaced - so sad. Thank goodness the tsunami was cancelled and we were able to go back home. For me, I couldn't think in a moment's notice what things I needed to pack. You just don't know until you are faced with making these kinds of decisions in a heartbeat.
It was a good thing that we had a pet carrier for Mochiko. She was so upset when she arrived at her new temporary home. I could see the anxiety in her facial expression. Here's a couple of photos of Mochiko when we got home. She was exhausted!
She didn't budge for hours! I think we all slept well that night.
Anyhoo, I wanted to share some photos of my craft room since I cleaned up a bit and had some inquiries as to what my room looked like. It's so hard to keep your room clean when you are constantly creating. Just random shots of my room...This is one of the counters and some of my ribbon bins. On the floor, you can see that I store all of my marvy punches in drawers. On the top two drawers are some of my clear stamps.
Here's one of my shelves holding scrapbooks, raks, miscellaneous sizzix dies.
My drawer full of stamps, mostly stamps by TGF, CC designs, Magnolias, Gorjuss Girls. I ran out of drawer space and am now storing them in binders.
My Sizzix shelf. I sold/gave away a whole bunch of dies, ran out of space! The shelf above has binders of Quickutz dies and miscellaneous stuff.
My ribbon cabinet. I'm still not happy with the organizing of these shelves, but this will do for now. I had a hard time cleaning especially the bottom shelf as this shelf was mom's shelf of floral ribbon. Mom used to make bridal bouquets, corsages and lei's. I spent a good amount of time crying while trying to clean cuz it brought back alot of memories.

Here are some of my loose stamps from various companies. I sorted the stamps by categories. I also have baskets to hold my punches - I was shocked that I owned so many Martha Stewart punches!
Here are all of my SU punches. I think I have all of the SU punches. The reason why it looks like there are so many is because for some of the punches, I own 2 or 3 of them (for classes). My 8 1/2" X 11" paper shelf.
My Big Shot station. I have my embossing folders in a plastic container and all of my nesties and Sizzlet dies are in these drawers.
Here's a view of my work table. My stamp pad caddy and the drawer that slides out. This table was custom made for me when I used to paint t-shirts way back when.
Here's a front view of my work table. Where's the chair?? Here's the wierd thing about me, I cannot sit and stamp/craft. I have to stand!
Thanks for sticking with me for this super long post. I hope you enjoyed your tour of my room. I actually didn't take a photo of my drawers of 12x12 papers! Happy Monday! Can you believe that it's March? I'm working on my March class projects, so announcement and pics of them to follow soon. BTW, if you're interested, the classes will be on March 13 and 14...a formal post will go out soon and I didn't forget about the OCS - that is coming up soon too!


☼ Cheryl* said...

I'm really glad you and your house are ok!
WOW Your craft room is a craters dream!

~amy~ said...

I'm glad that you are all okay....I couldn't begin to imagine what I would take with me if I was in that situation...thanks for letting us take a peek into your crafty world....I really enjoy seeing where everyone creates...although I've never posted pics of my space...LOL...

Risa said...

Thank goodness the Tsunami warnings were canceled and that you are home safe and sound! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your craft room Teri. I really like your custom-made table!


TFS your craft room, Teri. Although you have a fully stocked craft room, at least it's organized - something I have to work on. Yes, material things can be replaced but should learn to use it ... I know I have to and not just save it.

Serendipity Stamping said...

I was glad you all were safe and out of harm's way this weekend. I can understand your distress in packing as I have had to do it during the Mississippi River floods and also living in Florida for all the hurrican warnings. Not fun, but the most important thing I grab first are all my photo albums and they are always packed in a wooden carton so it is always ready to go. Those are irreplacable of all my childhood, my children, grandchildren.

Joy said...

so many pictures of a well known place for me. I can just close my eyes and see where everything is! I know that it's sad, but human nature loves material things, otherwise we would never buy anything. so glad everyone was safe! hopefully it was a good day to hang with family...Mochiko is too cute! so exhausted from her little excursion! hahaha! have a good Monday...as it's back to the grind!

Brenda said...

I am glad that everyone was safe from the Tsunami. Sad to hear that you had to pack up and evacuate. I love the pictures of your craft room! Wow... if only I could have a room for all my craft stuff. Looking forward to seeing what your March class will be!  TFS!

1LuvnMama said...

Holy smokes! You sure have the world in your craft room! :) Well, at least you have one . . . I wish my kids could share a room and that'll free up space for my stuff, but no chance! TFS Teri!

Ilissa said...

Glad to hear your family was safe and sound and that the tsunami did'nt come after all. OMG..a crafter's HEAVEN!! I would not come out of my house/room, only to eat something...TFS!!

mst822 said...

I'm glad you & your family are safe. Gosh, mochiko is so cute! OMG! What a great craft room! Unbelievable! Luv it!

Jenny said...

Hi Teri,
I was so worried about you and your family! Glad to hear everything turned out OK. I don't know what I'd take with me either. Probably my stamp binders and Copics!

TFS your craft room with us too. Its so challenging keeping craft areas organized so you can find stuff!

Jenny (from Hilo)

joni h said...

good to know that you were in a safe place. I thought the same as you, what to take if we really had to evacuate. What a tough decision! My kids sighed when I said that I guess it would be them first! LOL! Love all the pic of your craft room, what a collection!
I prefer to stand when crafting, too! Take care!

Miura's Party Things said...

Thank God you are all safe and sound and so now you can keep on using all of your wonderful crafts in your WONDERFUL craft room. Your craft room looks so neat and spacious compared to mines. I'd post it on my website once I take it. Hopefully it won't blind you.

Miura's Party Things said...

Thank God you are all safe and sound and so now you can keep on using all of your wonderful crafts in your WONDERFUL craft room. Your craft room looks so neat and spacious compared to mines. I'd post it on my website once I take it. Hopefully it won't blind you.

donna mikasa said...

I didn't know where in Waimanalo you lived, and was hoping you and your family were safe--especially Mochiko!

Thanks for a great tour of your stamp station! I think it's so cute that you stand and create--and you're such a tiny little thing!

Cami said...

Thank heavens the tsunami was not as predicted and everyone could relax after that, and especially with your family living so close to the beach! My goodness, your craft room is like a store! I don't know what you DON'T have, but I know you PLENTY! Don't ever feel guilty because I know you make good use of everything in there and you're always creating something wonderful! I could live in there forever! Cami

Colleen said...

I am glad to hear that your house is okay. It would be very hard for me to choose waht to bring in such a hurry.
Thanks for sharing pictures of your craft room. It looks like a very fun place to work. So organized too.

Joy said...

WOWZA!!! I can't believe how organized it is!!!! Nah, nah, just kidding! No slap me! You did a great job though!! I can't wait to see it IRL!!!

Glad that you and everyone is SAFE. That's the main thing. :)

Love ya,

Jenny V. said...

Hi Teri! I'm so glad it went well on Sat, I did a bit of cleaning and crafting too. Wow you sure are organize with your craft space. TFS!

Jodi said...

Oh Poor Mochiko! So glad that all of you were safe Teri!! These are great pics of your craftroom, so glad that I got to see it IRL!
Jodi =)

Kyoko said...

Wasn't that SO STRESSFUL ... I'm so glad it didn't come!! OMG Teri, you have SOO MUCH STUFF ... I would have been so mental trying to figure out what to take! You are so organized ... LOVE IT!


Rita said...

I was so happy to hear that all of you are safe & the tsunami didn't hit you guys. You all must have been so stressed out, I can't even imagine. Poor Mochiko is certainly glad to be back home where she belongs.

Luv your craft room Teri & it looks so neat!!! If only it would stay that way ha?