Finally, my small space works!
I’ve been crafting for years and, until a couple of months ago, I just couldn’t seem to find a way to configure my small studio to accommodate my mountains of craft stuff and still leave room for a work table and a small desk space for office work.
Finally, sitting in my studio one afternoon in January, just looking around and thinking, I could visualize exactly how to place every piece of furniture to create the perfect work space. My completely awesome husband, Peter, did all the muscle work and offered some great suggestions to get every piece of furniture to fit, perfectly. He’s so patient and loving and always willing to help me out with my ideas. I’m so blessed! So here’s a tour of my reconfigured, reorganized studio. As with most craft studios these days, it’s pretty much an ad for IKEA…they sure do have great storage ideas!
Here is my work table. It’s counter height so that I can sit on a high stool and stretch my legs out instead of having them bent at a 90 degree angle (not so good for arthritic joints. The table is located right under the window, so I get pure sweet daylight right where I need it.
Moving counter-clockwise around the room you can see my IKEA shelves that house IKEA storage boxes. I made labels for each box so I know at a glance what’s in each one. On the wall above the shelves, are some of my favourite pictures, plaques and framed memorabilia–I think of them as inspiration pieces. On the end of my desk is a tall plant that I am growing from an avocado pit–it’s so neat to watch them germinate and grow straight up toward the sky.
Moving further down this side wall we now get to my IKEA shelves. These are so useful because they hold all my little bottles of buttons, jewels, sparkle glue, and so on. It’s so easy to quickly scan the shelves and find just what I need to embellish a project. By the way, the bottles with the white lids are salt shakers that I bought at Dollarama at three for one dollar. You’ve just got to love the dollar stores for all those bits and pieces. The comfy reclining chair is my favourite place to curl up with Cookie, my Bichon Frise, for a quick nap or to spend some time reading.
Here’s the end wall which features more photos, favourite plate and stars, stars, stars. The storage cabinet, also from IKEA, features shallow drawers that are perfect for organizing stamps and some of my crafting tools. No digging for things in deep drawers! (The black cord is the USB charger for my tablet…doesn’t look good in the photo, though).
Moving around the corner to the doorway, you can see that I don’t leave much empty wall space. I like displaying things that I love. This wall features my beautiful vintage rose platter, my needlepoint roses and my crewel work tulips (which is waiting for me to hang it on the wall). Way up top is a framed copy of the verse from my favourite hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings.” And, last but not least, a couple more my favourite plates and a photo of my lovely granddaughter, Ashleigh.
As we continue around the room, we come to my closet-turned-office work space. It accommodates everything I need: desk space, storage, printer, electronic calculator, label-printer, great lighting and a small dish of my favourite candy to sustain me during those hard days at the “office.” (Notice the Rexall bag–nice touch, huh? It has since been replace with a proper trash can).
And, now, we round the corner back to my work table. On the way by, is my IKEA shelf that holds some of my designer paper (there is tons more in every imaginable size) and computer paper.
So, as my late mother-in-law used to say, “that’s it, that’s all.” There are lots more little organizational details that I will be showing you, such as how I keep my embossing folders and dies organized…but, I’ll save those for next time.
Thanks, so much, for stopping by. I hope you will come back soon.
Happy crafting, happy organizing, happy everything!