2013 Crafty Wish List

Last year’s crafty wish list was a hit. All of you had fun dreaming of the things you would add to your craft arsenal if money were not a concern. So now that the holidays are over (and maybe you were lucky enough to find a few craft supplies under your tree!) I thought it would be fun to start a new list for 2013.  Take a peek at my crafty wish list below and feel free to add your top three most wanted craft supplies in the comments! You never know…maybe Santa is already watching!

1 and 2. Power Tools! (I need a few so they’re taking up two spaces on the list!)

Many of you got a glimpse at my power tool wheeling skills in my episode of Craft Wars, but that really is just the start of my love for them. For me, it’s like extreme crafting. When I see a pile of fabric, and in a few hours I turn it into a quilt, it’s so exciting. When I see pile of lumber, and in a few hours turn it into a piece of furniture…that’s like an entirely different level of a crafting high! So this year, I’m determined to stop borrowing said power tools from my very generous family, and just buy them for myself. It makes sense, since at this point, I’m using their tools more than they are!

Side Note: The Bunk Beds!

Yes, we (I have to give my husband and my family credit for helping out big time with this project! Thank you to all of you that helped cut, screw, sand, paint, lift, and assemble!) made the bunk beds (pictured above) ourselves, and our kiddos love them. I drew them up based off of a few designs I found online. The basic design for the beds came from here, but unfortunately there are no specs, measurements, or instructions…those I had to come up with on my own. I was pretty confident in my structural design, except for the steps. I needed help making sure the risers were supported well enough. I used this set of storage stairs from Ana White, but made a lot of adjustments, including getting rid of the “storage.”

3. McKenna Ryan’s Faith Hope Love Quilt

Does this look familiar? This was on last year’s list! I am still in love with it, and am so very close to finishing my current hand applique quilt, that I’m tempted to order this one now. Here’s my thinking, and this will probably sound very familiar to many of you…It’s hard to stay motivated on my Halloween quilt. If I have this quilt, it will help keep me going, right? (Or maybe I’d end up starting it before the Halloween quilt was done, and then I’d have two quilts-in-progress! You know you’ve done the same thing!!)

I can’t wait to hear all of your additions to this list. Just like last year, I’m sure your ideas will spur me to make some additions to my list, too!


Nikki, In Stitches


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4 Responses to 2013 Crafty Wish List

  1. cherie says:

    do you have the measurements for the bunk beds that you made? I would love to have them that would help me out a ton! Love your work!

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Cherie!
      Here are the measurements for the bunks. If you have any more questions about the construction, just ask!!
      Each “box” for the beds is 77.5″ x 40″. (That’s before we put on the decorative trim.)
      Each step is 22″ wide, 10″ deep, and 13.75″ high. (They’re a little steep…it’s a higher step than what we’re typically used to…but it only took my kids about 10 minutes to get used to it!)
      I hope that helps!!

  2. Ashley Gheller says:

    Do you still have the plans you drew up for this? What wood, sizes, etc? This looks amazing!

    • Nikki says:

      Thanks so much, Ashley!
      I don’t have the plans any more, but I can tell you that the entire thing is made from plywood and 1 x 4’s! That’s it!
      Both of the beds are simply just boxes…the 1 x 4’s were added to the front afterwards strictly just for looks!

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