I am soooooo blessed to have my craft room!
So, SO blessed!
…And believe me I count those amazing blessings daily!
My “Happy place” has become one of the most used rooms in the house. Not just by me – the kids love it & in the evenings when Neil is home he quite often joins me in here too to do his electronics “stuff”… (don’t ask me what that involves cause I just smile & nod 😉 ).
I love that we’re now such a family of creative peeps, it has become a great place to spend quality time together as a family and evenings in front of the tv are mostly a thing of the past.
But for quite a while now the set up of it has really been driving me crazy!
My drawers with sewing stuff in were spread out between 4 drawer units. Likewise so was my paper craft stuff, stationary & cutting machine stuff.
In other words everything has been looking relatively tidy on the surface, but really it has been disorganised shambles if you opened the drawers. There was soooo much stuff that I never even looked at taking up valuable space of the stuff I use lots of but had run out of storage for.
It was just not working for me, yet I’ve just been too busy to do anything about it!
But since I have intentionally reduced my work load already for the summer, (so that we can enjoy more family time together and prepare for the holidays) and I’m no longer manically busy, (just ordinarily busy) it was high time to get it all organised!
So yesterday that’s what I did…
Inspired by my friend Bec (who has a brand new blog so go say hello to her ) I was ruthless and culled a whole lot of scrap booking paper from before I started sewing that I knew I’d never now use.
I also completely rearranged and tidied every single one of my drawers (boy oh boy you should have seen the mess during the process of that!).
When all said and done I’d made myself 3 empty drawers. Yes – love that free space to fill heheh Don’t panic Neil – probably just to organise works in progress 😉 😉
I also designated Hannah her very own drawer. Into that went all of the stickers, glue, scrapbookpaper, stamps, ribbon, embellishments etc… etc… that Hannah is allowed full descretion with for her craft time. She is absolutely thrilled to bits to have her very own drawer within my office!
I figured that since it has become our habit for her to spend a couple of ours crafting with me every afternoon while Abbie sleeps (and I was becomming increasingly frustrated with her helping herself to some of my things) that it would be beneficial for us both for her to have her very own drawer.
She has already been heard to say “Mum! What are you doing in my drawer!”
Don’t worry, we had words!
So today I have been able to sit and admire the organised space. Not that I’ve felt like creating anything in it (I’m a bit sick of the sight of everything after yesterdays mammoth tidy if truth be told) but I really doubt that will last for long!
This is what is now looks like:
Hannah proudly guarding her drawer
In front of her are my magnetic whiteboard and “her” workdesk (aka the one I have sacrificed to have pen etc all over) and behind her are my cutting/computer station or secondary sewing station, depending on what I’m working on at the time.
Oh yeah – and then of course there’s my fabric & book stash behind her too. Sadly I didn’t get a chance to
play with tidy that yesterday *sigh…
|That funny machine to the right is my heat press for sublimation & t-shirt making in case you were curious….|
But I did tidy the actual sewing part. And finally hang some of my swap quilts on the wall! (They have been hung in random places up until now – all it took were some 3m hooks sheesh, not even that big a deal!)
My favourite side of the room obviously
I now have some of my latest treasures right around my sewing machine…
|new pincushion, mini quilt & mug rug all from recent swaps|
The rest of my cherished swap items are all dotted around my sewing room also. Including my shelf full of pretty little purses all received in swaps:
Thank you to Erin, Sylvia, Traci, Jeannie & Meg for these!! They all house various sewing notions.
And finally I must show you a couple of my favourite drawers to dive into. Since they took me the longest to
play in tidy as well
My drawer full of thread, handsewing kits, purse frames & small rulers:
My drawer full of precuts and “special” scraps:
|oooh la la! My favourite!|
And finally – the drawer that really DID take me the longest… my drawer full of lace & ribbons:
(previously a huge mountain of chaos)
|oh the time I spend winding that all on card etc…!|
So there you have it: my newly organised & yummy happy haven for the crafter!
Hope you enjoyed your little tour.
Hmmm…. I wonder how long it will all stay tidy!
I probably should have saved all of this for our nosey parker in the neighbourhood features in Jan/Feb, but it will probably be all messy again by then!
Elisa Black says
Hi Kat!! I’m in the process of reorganizing my stash and sewing/crafting supplies (which is in the guest bedroom– my actually sewing space is along one wall of our dining room). Let me just say that it is a process– and mine is still in progress. But I’m excited about re-organizing. Your space looks great, and I’m so glad that you’re happy in it (and that the rest of the family is, too!) Enjoy! Perhaps I’ll post photos of my reorganization over the weekend (although I really should have taken “before” photos)
Katy Cameron says
Oooh, love the look of your happy place! I need to clean mine all up, and get more storage in, but that’s a plan for after the Christmas bonus from work comes in, and the annual New Year tidy up…
Taylor Made says
I can’t close my door on my happy space so it will be a New Year job to have a massive cleanup I think….yours looks to tidy to mess up!
Great job you’d done on your space. It is very satisfying getting it done isn’t it? I love the treasured scrap/pre-cut drawer! Something lovely about having all your treasures in one place!
Quilting Mom says
I love your craft space! Congrats for organizing everything!! I love my sewing room and sometimes just look in on it before I go to sleep because it makes my soul smile…:)
Enjoy creating and Happy Sewing!!
Wow – now you have in deed everything in order and it will be so great to start to sew again! Enjoy your creative space!
oooh, I love your sewing room-beats my conservatory (or my kitchen at the moment as its too cold and dark in the conservatory at the moment!
Jamie Lee says
This was a really interesting post! I love your mini quilts on the wall and really wish I had my own of me.
Last week I went to the Salvation Army and bought a chest with glass doors to store fabric. I don’t really have a “style” per se, but I have that piece (it’s black) and a modern print for a bespoke boutique that I hope to get framed for Christmas, so I am going to use those two pieces as inspiration when I move into my new sewing room. Right now it’s in a separate master bedroom that the girls will be moving to once we get them bunkbeds. It will be nice to have an organized space because right now it is the home office/sewing room/junk room! Yours looks great!
Patchwork and Play says
What a great room you have! I hope to have something like this one day! Very satisfying getting it all sorted too!
Great job. Your happy place looks like the kind of place I;d like to be !
I love organising and tidying and getting things exactly where I want them. It makes me feel a lot more creative. In fact re-organising my sewing room is on my holiday list .Im going shopping for new furniture and everything.
Love your re-vamped space Kat!
Great job – all ready to get creative in!
Wow, I have sewing room envy lol