Long ago (in a galaxy far, far away – or so it feels), I had a room of my own. To sew, to craft, to write, to store my stuff. It was a gift for my birthday and I loved it so, so much.
As our family and our needs changed, I first moved my stuff into another room and then lost that room completely because we broke out a wall. But I still had a table to craft on when I wanted, so all was well.
In this house there’s a lot of room, but not a lot of rooms. I can’t just claim a whole room of my own. Well, I’d like to claim the (currently unused) upstairs room, but we agreed to clean it up and use it as a guest room/office, maybe even adding a small kitchen and a bathroom in the future. That would free up the room we now use as a guest room, but it will take time.
So a few months ago, when I tried to get back to sewing, I put a folding table in the entry room, brought my sewing machines to that spot and… left it like that. Needless to say, it quickly turned into a mess, collecting everything we needed to drop… somewhere.
When we returned from The Netherlands, I added a whole lot of yarn to it and it’s been sitting like that ever since. But… no more!
Two weeks ago I started by organizing my yarn into one of those plastic drawer organizers. It may not be beautiful and instagrammable, but it does look so much better!
Noticing how well this worked (I can actually see what yarn I have!) made me realize I needed another one of those organizers for my fabric and sewing things (because this solution was getting buried under my other stuff). So last week I finally bought one and it got to it right away.
And that freed up enough space to actually be able to use that table.
After (ignore the hole in the wall, this room is still very much on the to-do list):
Of course, I’d rather have a nice table and a beautiful cupboard for this (like the one we have in the kitchen) and I’d like to paint those walls and hide that hole. But that will come. Some day.
For now, I love seeing this every time I walk into the house.
Or actually, most of the time I see this:
Yes, I am actually sewing! Being able to take stuff out, work on it a bit and then leave it out until I have time/want to sew works like a charm!
6 thoughts on “Dreaming of a craft room”
That makes all the difference in the world. Having steady access to your sewing and knitting keeps progress happening! I have had rooms, then no room, then a room, back and forth, but when I had no designated room my sewing stopped. The knitting still happened, but it's so much easier to take out and work on wherever you are.
I love that you have your space now. I had a lot of my stuff in the guest room but then I had to put away all of the yarn because Holly will nibble (grr). So happy for you!! You will be crafting away now.
CONGRATULATIONS, it looks great!! I have plastic boxes from Ikea and ALDI for my yarn, and they might not be beautiful, but they are so good to at wool protection. The tidied space looks great! And it will all come together, I think, you have started your furniture quest now, and I guess that once you start looking, word will get around and who knows what might turn up next! 🙂
It does make all the difference! I'm really sewing again. This room is also the best one for it, since it's more like a hallway, leading to the bathroom and the bedrooms. I'm still right in the middle of things, instead of hiding at the back of the house or something like that.
Ha, cats! In The Netherlands I had to keep them away from my stuf. The one we have here isn't interested in soft spots to sleep. Too hot, I guess. When he hides in our bedroom, he sleeps under the bed 😉
Thanks! And yes, I'm hoping to find a better table soon 😉