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craft room tour

craft room tour

For almost four years, from January 2020 to October 2023, I mourned my beloved craft room in town. A little sunroom off the side of the original half of the house, nothing more than an enclosed verandah, it was flooded with light and kitted out with a wrap around desk, stacks of shelving and storage. It took weeks to sort and declutter and pack up ready for the move, in a way that made it possible for me to access the most common supplies while they were in storage. When the house sold in 2021, cleaning my craft room for the final time brought me to tears. For almost seventeen years, that room had been my own little corner of a busy household; it saw me through the years of study, the early days of motherhood, the rediscovery of old hobbies and this blog from its very beginning. It saw years of kiddo crafting and creative self discovery; it saw us through six months of renovations, packed to the rafters (literally) with bookshelves and the washing machine with the hose running out the back window. For a little room, it packed a big punch, and it was hard to let go, especially not having anywhere that was “my space” in the cabin. Even when it was tenanted, the thought of there being “my room” somewhere out there made the cabin time fell transitory. To let go of it meant accepting the cabin was IT for the immediate future. Which would be fine, if it wasn’t for the constraints it put on my crafting life.

The upside, of course, was that these constraints pushed me to work on and with what I already had. Between the space and the pandemic lockdowns, it generated a major shift in my creative process. I learned to roll with the punches, sometimes with grace, sometimes with tantrums (it’s the 2020s, raging against the world is to be expected). Two years into the twelve months we were living in the cabin while we built – oh the naivety of January 2020 me – I accepted my fate and set up a storage system in the shipping container. It made my life so much easier, and it also gave me a good base to start planning my space in the new house. A space that is, to put it mildly, somewhat controversial. When I was designing our house, I made a big, rather unexpected, decision.

I don’t have a craft room.

Starting from scratch allows us to be very intentional, and I put a lot of thought into how we would use the various spaces, how we live, how I used my previous craft room, and what our life in this house will look like long term. Eventually I will have a room once the small folk start moving out (a time that is coming all too fast for my mama heart to cope with, to be honest). In the meantime, I have a sweet little nook behind our kitchen fitted out and set up to make the most of the space and harness the lessons of four years of tiny house life.

Come and take a look around.

For a small space, it’s surprisingly functional. It is a true joy to potter away in my little corner of the house. I will confess it clutters up really quickly, which is both frustrating, and also really good at making sure I keep on top of keeping it tidy. Having spent some time sorting and organising pays off in those times; I’ve never spent more than an hour or so bringing it to rights. The craft room at the town house, at its worst, could take days to clean and organise. In that space, I was trying to work around existing shelving; in this space, the joy of starting from scratch means everything is designed to be fit for purpose.

The main fit out is IKEA IVAR, using four of the 50x226cm frames. Originally my plan was to have two sections of the 83cm shelf, and then in the third section, get my dad to cut them down – three full sections was a frustrating 6cm too wide for my space. As an interim, I got a set of the 42cm shelves to at least get set up. Turns out that leaves a gap at the end that’s ideal for wall mounting mats and screens and rulers, while leaving a space for a folding chair, step ladder and tripod, so that’s how I’ve left it.

As well as the shelves, I added two drawers for my fabric, and a rolling basket for yarn (both of these seemingly discontinued sadly). The basket only comes in a 30cm version, but by lucky coincidence, it left enough space behind it to store my comic book box full of sewing patterns.

On the shelf between the drawers and my standing desk, I used some little roller drawers from Bunnings with dividers (that I can no longer find on their website) to create storage for stamps, inks, pencils and markers, paint and tapes. Then there is a standing desk section with a vision board kit from Stampin Up to use as an inspo board, and on the narrow section, a coat hanger neatly fits hanging off the shelf above to clip up ongoing projects.

On the right hand side, I added a folding table. Again, the IVAR table only comes in a 30cm version, but with a bit of wrangling and tweaking, I was able to replace the included 30cm top with a spare 50cm shelf. Underneath, we shaved the front off a 50cm shelf to give me two shelves worth of storage for my cameras, sewing machines and spinning wheel. This section also has a peg board (from Bunnings, and cut to size by my dad on his table saw), and a hanging basket off the side of the frame to hold my Selphy and a few other bits and pieces.

Which brings us to the storage! The large white boxes are a mix of all three sizes of the Tjena range (I swear I’m not sponsored by IKEA, it’s just their stuff is great for small spaces!), and the bamboo are the Uppdatera (again, a mix of both sizes). I also have a couple of plastic scrapbooking containers for cardstock and papers that I picked up at the cheap shop.

Then, to finish off, I needed labels! It’s one thing to have everything sorted and stored by category, but what is the use if I can’t easily locate it? I grabbed a copper vinyl to match the feature metal sprinkled through the rest of the house, and got to work labelling all the boxes. And yes, of course I used the font from my blog header, a craft blogger must have an on brand craft space!

It has come together beautifully; it’s so satisfying seeing the vision come together almost exactly as I’d hoped. Now if only I could keep it looking like this all the time!

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