Yesterday I mentioned that today I was going to make a real effort to clean up my craft room so that I would begin the New Year with a clean slate. Finally, a bit late in the day, I’m just about done. There are a few things still hanging around my computer table that need to be filed. But other than that, I’m ready for my next Crafting Day, which will be Thursday.
This is my main crafting table, stacked high and wide with products from Stamp-n-Storage. There are even more organizing products over to the right of this photo, but the picture just isn’t as much fun as this one with my view out into my Hawaiian garden. Oh, OK, I’ll share it with you.
I just bought the marker storage over to the right of this picture to hold my new Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers, and relegated my Copic Markers to the older marker storage case. Both sets seem to be happy enough. Down below and to the center is the box in which I store my Embossing Folders (all put away!) and then at the left is the box in which I store my Sizzix Framelits and Thinlits (also, all put away and no pieces are missing!)
The bookcase with my stamp sets is just inside the entrance to my Craft Room, and the space can’t handle anything much wider than the DVD bookcase shown here. Besides, having one bookcase means that I’m forced to get rid of retired stamp sets when I “have to” buy new ones every six months (at least).
For the most part, I do my creative work standing up. I get out all of the materials I plan to use for a project and work to try to organize them to see if I really can create the project I’m thinking of. For one-of-a-kind projects, that’s really the only place I work.
But when I’m going into production (as in a swap or when I creating a lot of cards for a holiday mailing), I take all my supplies over to this table and sit to do the work. When I was dealing with a broken foot, with orders not to stand on it much, I also did most of my creative work here, too. This table is pushed up again some storage shelves to give me more room in which to walk around. But, when I have a class in my Craft Room, I can easily pull it out away from the shelves and there’s plenty of room for 4 or 5 of us to work. For larger classes, I have to adjourn to our great room.
And here’s another not-so-exciting picture. It’s part of a set of shelves that I have built into the closet in my Craft Room. I’m just NOT taking pictures of the rest of the closet because, well, it’s a closet. Nothing pretty there AT ALL! But there’s a reason I had this done and that’s that I live in sunlight just about every day of the year. So when I first set up shop in this room and put my papers in contains on my work table, I found that a good percentage of them had their ends bleached out by the sun in no time at all. So, for the most part, I keep my closet doors closed. When I’m actively designing, the doors are open so I can quickly grab papers (and put them back! – New Year’s Resolution!).
So that’s my life as a crafter as I start 2018. I did make one last project before I started cleaning up, and I’ll be sharing it with you on Wednesday when I show off what I made for our bi-weekly Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge. Come back then!