Saturday, September 22, 2012

Boosting our Creativity - Reorganizing the Craft Room

This past month, we took all of our craft supplies outside and reorganized our craft/music room! A daunting task, but one that has freed up space and created an energy flow, giving us a "boost".

On a daily basis, we are in this wonderful room, filled with art supplies, fiber arts tools, musical instruments, and a work table that Rick built years ago.

There is even space for a silk fort!

Now, our craft magazines, music, patterns are in files. We can quickly locate yarn by color. Art supplies are organized and easy to reach. 

We can find what we need for fiber arts workshops, lessons and sales. The room has a sink and a door to the backyard...both practical elements for painting and dyeing.

To keep from spending a fortune on this endeavor, we spent $30 at the local thrift store, getting baskets and magazine holders. We pulled out old food jars and wood bowls. We did splurge on chalkboard labels from Bradens Grace on Etsy to label the nooks, baskets and jars, and love that we can reuse them over the years.

We love this hanging fruit basket that we found at the thrift store.  Perfect for little balls of yarn!

Bits of leftover roving get their own space and baskets and can be used for felting or carding batts for spinning up Junkyard Fairy yarn.

And, we finally have a place to put our works "in progress".  It is much easier and neater to grab a basket full of supplies for the doll that we are sewing or the gnome that we are knitting when the supplies are all together.  

Space for the drum set and keyboard, various guitars, as well as our work desk and computer was carved out. There was space for one spinning wheel, but not our floor loom or second wheel.  So...perhaps the ultimate room would need to be an entire house for just crafts, music and art?  


momto5 said...

wow, you had alot to organize. lol looks wonderful. i really like those black labels. are they the "chalk" labels?

Tan Family said...

Yes, lots to organize! It was good to take it all out of the room and put outside to breathe, allowing us to do a thorough cleaning and completely re-organize. The wonderful labels are from Bradens Grace on Etsy and are considered chalk labels, although we found that the chalk pen worked much better than regular chalk. Bradens Grace carries the chalk pen, too. :)

slim pickins said...

um...can i come over and play???
we are slowly doing this to a small backroom that is becoming the "art room", but it also houses the dress-ups and some toys...slowly but surely, as the girls get older and more into the textiles, maybe!!! it's lovely to have a place to keep works in progress, and your room looks beautiful!!