A Somewhat Funny Story:
The first place my man and I lived was a total dump, but I was just fine with it. In fact I picked it, because I wanted to save up every penny of our meager income as quickly as we could to get into a house. So that meant there were a few holes in the wall of the shabby (not shabby chic) basement apartment we called home. I am not down playing this here, it was scary, but it was ours and we were together so that was all that mattered to me. The kitchen was small and had only a foot of counter space. When I was working projects (which was all the time) it meant the kitchen table was all consumed. I was studying Industrial Design and had a nice supply of random materials, leather, wire, fabric, foam, glue, plastics and on and on. So when my husband’s watch band broke (and we didn’t have a dime to spare) I took it upon myself to show him what a resourceful lady he had married and began to craft something out of my scraps. I pulled out the piece of kangaroo leather I had been saving, and then my trusty can of carpet glue (that’s what shoemakers use) and set about making a new and hopefully cooler watch band.
I finished up just before he got home from school. And boy was he bowled over, that is by the smell. My nostrils and sensors had already been desensitized from my early days of using liquid nails and Bondo in confined spaces so I was not prepared for his reaction. I had essentially fumigated the entire apartment with the lovely aroma of carpet glue. I was not aware till this moment how effected my spouse was by smells and how it would cause his air ways to close up. Like it was, he couldn’t stay in the apartment and still breathe. From that day forward I vowed to not use toxic chemicals/spray paint/bondo/spray glue in the house/kitchen ever again (what normal person thought that was ok?). And if my husband wasn’t already on board with saving up for a house with space for my creations he was definitely on board after that.
Here’s a pic of the old shop garage (complete with dead mice) that I used to work in growing up. Hey at least my parents were willing to let me have my space!
I have had many different kinds of craft spaces over the years. Ranging from the corner of my bedroom, to the old stinky shop garage (with dead mice), and finally a warm, clean and inviting space all to myself. I always dreamed of having a large table with a huge cutting mat that I didn’t ever have to put away. I could now still always use a little more space but I am loving my current set up anyway. I still do all my gluing and painting outdoors, but at least the rest of my projects have a permanent home.
Craft Room Set Up:
1. Cutting Table
2. Ironing Table
3. Fabric Storage
4. Tool Storage
5. Sewing Machine Table (I keep mine on the one end of the cutting table)
I set up my space into zones. That’s what they did on TLC’s Clean Sweep (truly inspirational and help me sort through my hoards of collected items).
My tool storage is separated into several sub categories such as:
Office Supplies, Sewing Supplies, Ribbons, Threads, Notions, and Misc. Tools.
It makes it so much easier to find things when I need them.
This my original thread storage design. I wanted something easily accessible that could double as decor.
Here are the details for how to make this design:
This Ribbon Holder is made out items easily found in the Curtain and Dining Sections of any store.
RIBBON HOLDER INSTRUCTIONS – CLICK HERE