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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Craft Room Inspirations

Seeing as I have been bit by the spring cleaning bug, I have started by designing my craft space. I also have been brainstorming for my Mums space too. After combing through article after article and blog after blog of crafty-room-goodness I have come up with some clear facts to follow for room in which you are going to *store* everything and rooms in which you will be sitting and creating.

My room is going to be half a computer office space for my Fiancee (and our bills and such), and half my crafty space and storage. Plus our little rats are going to be living in there too so they have to have a little space for themselves.

So far some main points I have discovered on creating the perfect craft space are...

  • Try to have open storage along the back of desk area but out of "work area" to keep universal items within reach (ex. scissors, pencles, pens, paper.)
  • In smaller rooms use corners and height if lacking in room space. Consider "built ins" to provide a more open feeling to the room.
  • If you're a multi-crafter such as myself, "zone" parts of your crafting area and keep the associated items in that area.
  • A great option is closed storage for the bulk of your items keeps it looking clean and organized when they are closed off.
  • Painting your room an inspiration color and adding matching storage will allow it to blend in and make the room look bigger without appearing to be lost.
  • When doing several crafts consider "vertical slat wall" storage to allow a quick glance to see what you have.
  • For the room that is mainly storage and no real "creative space" consider canvas containers for easy portability and easy re-organizing.
  • When organizing many little craft parts consider jars for buttons and threads or accessories. A good idea for using baby food jars (or other screw top jars with metal lids) is to screw the lid to the bottom of your shelves to allow you to see what you have without them taking up precious desk and shelf space.
  •  Paint creative designs to help create a feel and inspiration to the room.
  • Plants and natural items can invoke a tranquil feeling to your room.
  • Hang inspiration pictures, whether it be family/friends/nature/quotes/works of art.
  • Rails with hanging baskets makes it easy to bring the things you need to you and the ones you don't moved out of the way.
  • Staggered storage shelves create space and eye catching details.
  • Magnetic wall stipes create the perfect way to hold all those metal necessities (and nestibilities) out of the way.
  • In a small room A mirrored wall creates the illusion of more natural light and a larger space.
  • Display colored pencils in a long box to get a good look at the way the colors look together
    in the light. Plus it look pretty!
  • For those of us with "mini crafters" who are usually attached to our hips, Shelves near the floor with baskets containing family friendly craft items make it easy for the young crafters to work with their family. Also a low desk or table with an equally little chair gives them their own "personal messy work space" and also allows them to visit us while we are busily crafting away.
  • For those of us who use glitter in our crafts a great way to store and use them is in salt and pepper shakers.
  • A brightly colored drastic rug in the middle of the room can inspire and bring the color to the room, plus it can bring a much needed sense of creativity to a small space without having to re-paint the whole room.
  • For those who change crafts in the middle of one for a quick change of pace consider a wrap around desk, which allows you to easily move from one craft to the next without having to put away the first craft.
  • Yarn stores much better in open cubicles or wall mounted XXXX (wine-rack) shelving styles
    allowing you to see what the yarns look like next to each other in natural light. Another great idea I have read about was re-using old coffee cans. Decorating them and screwing them into a board onto a wall allows you to fill them with the yarn, and have them within reach and still out in the open.
  • One contrasting color wall is always a creative touch in a room.

So there are some of the ideas I have recently found and read. I am going to begin working on my crafty space soon. I will make sure to get some good before and after photos :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I haven't been around much. I'm Sorry!

In the past few months my life has definitely changed. My daughter, fiancee and I moved from our cramped one bedroom apartment to a wonderful and spacious three bedroom house! While I haven't updated much I have been crafting still while I have still had down time.

Our new house, and my daughter sitting on the steps! You can also see our cat in the right window lol!

For the holidays I crafted many of the gifts we gave our family and friends.
I made tons of bath body scrubbys, event plaid "blankets", a doll, a flower wall hanging, a Yeti, a few scarves, and more. Only thing I used a pattern for was the doll. I created everything else by myself. Which does make me proud!

I also have recently done an amigurumi Pony {See link at bottom of this post} for my daughter. Since she kept asking me to make her a pony to go with her millions of My Little Pony toys that take over the whole house!

I have decided since I have been doing plenty of little crafts I was going to try something a bit bigger. So I am currently crocheting a "Corset" like Dress for my Mum.

I have also had a few more get togethers with the group of family and friends to do our magick workings. Last one we did was the first at my new house. It went well, it was very nice to have my own place to host one of our get togethers. The craft we did that night was we all decorated little purse sized notebooks to hold our special affirmations that mean the most to each of us individually. When I get a pic of my book I will be sure to post it!

I also completed my sketchbook for the sketchbook project. It is currently traveling around and being show. I have received notification it has been read once! I am just excited that with so many books it has at least been seen already!

I know I need to post updated pictures, but since we don't have our own internet here at the house yet it took forever to load the one picture of the house! If you want to see the picture of my pony I did post it on craftster at this link...

My Little "Bigger" Pony