This week is the launch of the six week Creative Spaces Blog Hop and I’m so glad you stopped by! Well, until I have to show my messy studio that is…I’m starting to sweat…..
Each week we’ll bring you tips, tricks and out insights into dealing with our studios, organizing and lots more! Let’s start with the incredible line up we have for you. I linked the blogs and days that posts will be up for each designer:
Well, here goes. This week’s topic is Studio Cleanup Before & After. Unfortunately my studio is always a bit of a mess whether it’s before or after. I decided to share with you some slightly mortifying pictures of how I work. My husband would die if he knew I was posting these so let’s not tell him ok? First, let me rewind a few years back and explain why it is what it is. Back in 2013 or so (honestly I can’t remember now because it’s been so long) we decided to start renovations on our house. First tip, never renovate a house you’re living in. Anyway, we made the decision to put a new roof on which then lead to new siding, which also meant it made more sense to change the layout if we were going to invest in the roof and siding. We moved walls, doors and took out windows. My belongings went into boxes and storage. My studio was gone. New walls, windows and doors eventually went up and then the dreaded happened…..one business changed direction and one job was over. Don’t get me wrong, great things came out of our decisions BUT that meant the house was put on hold. That also meant that my beautiful, spacious second floor studio was gone indefinitely and I had to find a new place to sew. That place became the living room. In a corner. On a 4 foot table. Why am I sharing all this? Because I’m honest. But mostly because I hear the same thing all the time from other quilters/sewists: I don’t have the space/my sewing room isn’t great/my house is too small. Well ladies (and gentlemen) I am here to tell you that is doesn’t matter how small of a space you have as long as you make the best use of it! If I can sew on a 4′ table in the living room, you can make do with the spare bedroom you have or the dining room table. In fact if you have a spare bedroom I’m quite jealous. And you have another spare bedroom, can I use it? Just asking….
So here goes, my “studio”
I did technically start in the corner but I have since moved closer to the fireplace in front of the picture window. That’s my ironing board in front.
My messy cork scraps and ironing board. I was embarrassed to show these and almost had a heart attack when I saw what the theme was for week 1. I started to sweat and tried desperately to think of a way out of it. But then I thought, who cares, I can only go up from here right? We are working on getting me am even better studio so fingers crossed for that! And the bonus to being in the living room is that I get to watch the good TV and hang with my dogs more. Oh and my husband too….
This, sadly, is the most organized part of the living room. This is my fabric shelf and while I have no clue what’s on it at the moment, it’s pretty!
So there it is. The most honest craft room you will ever see. Please know that if you’re unhappy with where you have to sew, you’re not alone. We can start a support group if you want….. We can call it S.W.I.S.S. – Sewists With Icky Small Spaces. What do you think? Feel free to leave me a comment if you have a space like mine, a better name for our group or if you enjoyed this post!
Happy Sewing 🙂