Creating can be a messy, messy process. My little craft corner in the house had grown and grown into a monster since my last post about it. Printers, books, supplies, food, toys, finished and unfinished projects literally covered my table. This is what I am talking about…
Lately, I have just grabbed whatever I needed from this mess and took it over to the coffee table or kitchen table to have room to actually craft! I got some christmas money in December that I have been saving to help organize this area! I have been scouting pinterest and stores for ideas and slowly have bought a few things to try to help me. Although, I had started this updo process, I had not given it the time it needed.
I read one of my favorite blogs the other day, DIYonthecheap. Erin is trying to decide what she wants to do in her creative spot-which is a gorgeous space!! I’m so jealous of her little workshop! Her post was the little spur I needed to get back to my project! Haha it is May after all! This is not a task that should still be going on five months later! I have been so excited about this process, yet I have been afraid to do anything! There are so many possibilities that it has been over whelming and paralyzing. That is my excuse at least! Here is a another shot of my mess.
Such a mess. I love that my favorite purple cup is right there. That is my little sidekick and not ever very far away:). In this shot you can see some changes that I had started since that post almost a year ago. I put a wire note board on the far side of the door way. Shhhh Secret! I am slowly oozing my space further into my living room. Also, I bought those cute little hanging buckets from Ikea. I have been throwing just random stuff into them. They have not been the “home” to any particular item. Another Ikea purchase were the four cute spice jars on the first shelf. The last change that I have added so far is the square cork board to the right of the doorway. I still have some things I want to do, but I started by cleaning it up!
There is now a “home” for everything. I LOVE the new little Ikea light next to the computer screen. I’m all about “mood” lighting while I craft. Oh! One thing that is not captured in these pictures are the bins of fabric and other goodies under this table, and I went through those too! Success! I’m kind of limited with what to do in this space because of it being in my living room, but my goal was to get more organized. I’m getting there!
Scissors, hole punchers, glues, and feathers now live in my four metal buckets from Ikea. The only thing that should EVER be stacked on top of my three drawer organizer is my current project. That way the project can sit there out-of-the-way of grimy, sweet kid hands on the table until it is being worked on. The current project resting there is a rag quilt for MY bed! I am so excited! Caleb’s quilt inspired me to redo my bed! Hopefully, I’ll finish it soon and can post pics!
I love color and have tried to eliminate some of the almost empty bottles of paint, but I can’t bring myself to throwing any out! I always think “it doesn’t take much paint on certain things!” Might be a little hording? That is a possibility. I want to think of it as resourceful. 🙂
I have most of my fabric stored below the table in bins or in a cupboard on the other side of the room, but I keep my favorite hair bow fabrics out in that wire basket. I think they are pretty, and I use them too often to have them buried. Also, in one of those spice jars is the home for my snaps. I go through those like crazy between all my superhero capes and making bibs or something like that. Snaps are one of my favorite supplies to have on hand!
All my felt, ribbons, buttons are stored on this top shelf. I love the little frame that holds a picture of my three cuties labeled as “my inspiration” because they really are. Some of my thread is stored here too. I really need another thread “store-er” but I don’t want that stack to get higher and cover up the beautiful painting my sister, Joni, did for me as a graduation gift from KSU. Crazy that’s been 5 1/2 years.
Below the cork board I want to put some kind of hook board. Maybe like the bird ones I have made before…
For those of you wondering about my CA jar. It is still out on my craft table, but I have booked my ticket to CA to see my best friend for her birthday! I can’t wait! I’ll be leaving
on a jet plane June 8.
Now being real, I actually moved some items for that last picture. Here is the current state of that area…
The hair bows are out to take pictures of and put on etsy. The cork and hook board was a possibility to go under my current cork board, but I think I have ruled it out. The three spice jars are going to go to the left of this board…
I also want to embroider some cool, creative quote onto a piece of fabric and hang it in an embroidered hoop for this area. (Next post will be whats clipped to this board)! I think after those few additions I will be pretty much done, but can you ever be fully be done as a creator!? I think not! I’ll be done until I get bored or something else catches my fancy!
Please check out my friend Erin’s post who has examples of LOTS of cool ideas for a craft room! I hope you enjoyed a small tour of my creative spot!
Erin Spain says
Thanks for the shout out Erica! Love your organized craft space!