So I decided to participate the best way I could today with a "tour" of my mobile craft room. This will likely not change for a while, but I'm okay with that. So here it is...
Heheheh, yeah. Here's how it is: My 10yo boy and 12yo girl and I live in a one bedroom apartment on the second floor of my mom's house. Their father and I split five years ago and until I graduated from college last month, I was a FT student and PT employee. Now I'm on the hunt for a position in education (need a teacher anyone? Anyone?). I've done a pretty good job of supporting us with child support, student loans and meager paychecks, but yeah, if we rented anywhere else, we wouldn't have gas money.... or car money for that matter, lol. (Long Island's price of living is outrageous, but I can't/won't move them away from their dad.)
In the spirit of intimacy (why stop now, huh, ladies?) I'll share how I keep things under control in our very cramped quarters. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. The above photo is of our living room. Behind me is our "computer room" (aka table with pc and printer) and the kitchen. Behind my DS, the photog, is the T.V. and closet space, and to the left is the bathroom and our big bedroom. Thankfully, it fits 2 loft beds, my bed, 2 dressers, two IKEA wall units, a good sized closet, AND floor space. When the kids are home while I'm making cards, I use the kitchen table so they can us the T.V. or Wii if they want. Sometimes Kay (DD) will craft with me, too :). When they're not home (at their dad's), I like the couch... I watch a lot of movies. The packet on my left is the pdf packet of OWH Sketches to keep track of my year long goal to use each sketch at least once. The plastic box next to the trimmer holds my 3D flowers and butterflies from swaps in the Scrap to Treasure group, and the blue photo album next to me on the couch is where I keep ready-to-use dies, borders, and layered sentiments. The box in the bottom left holds pre-cut card fronts (plain, patterned, and dry embossed), liners, and card bases. It is sitting on this (see below), whose home when I'm not making cards is right behind the couch:
|Drawers hold the bulk of my supplies|
|Yet to be used 8.5x11 and larger paper, DP stacks, 3D embellies|
|Ribbon, floppy stamps, stamp pads, ATG, embossing powder, trimmers|
|Paintbrushes, scissors, Modge Podge, spray adhesive, heat tool, dimensional foam, a few ATG rolls, other misc and rarely used supplies|
Next, I also have a carrying case of smaller stuff that I keep in the bedroom closet:
|Wood stamps, punches, brads, hole punchers, stamp ink|
This is my favorite craft storage thingy-do. Nothing slips through the cracks into the next compartment when I hold it vertically and it keeps all the little stuff that I use so often right next to me on the couch. Next we have the scrap drawer, which comes from another plastic rolling drawer thingy-do. The other two drawers hold off-season stuff and ATG rolls.
Here's a page from my blue book, which will need replacing soon.
I'm a bit rough on the pockets and some of them are starting to be less of a pocket and more of a flap. I couldn't do without this thing. Going in the pre-cut direction helps a lot, especially for die cuts, because I'd go crazy if I had to drag the Cricut out every time I sat down to craft. Taking the time to do a slew of cuts at one time gives me the freedom to still choose the cuts I want, but not have to create the cuts on the spot. There are exceptions to this, of course, but generally, that's how I roll.
What's next? Oh, my Cricut...
|Cricut, OWH box in progress, envelopes|
Am I forgetting anything? I don't think so. Garbage scraps go in a brown paper bag that gets tucked away like everything else when it's not in use, so other than that, I think I've covered everything. I rather like the way I have things set up right now; I don't really need a place to "get away" in the house because the kids go to their dad's most weekends and I get (too much) alone time then. Things might change, though, when my BF and I move in together. There will be three kids, another adult, and few hours a day (if any) that I'll have the place to myself. I'm sure then I'll need a getaway spot, haha.
Do you have an unorthodox craft room or area? Anything specially made or adapted for organizing your stuff? I'd love to hear it! Thanks for visiting and Happy Wednesday!