Friday, 20 January 2012

A work in progress!

I think this is going to be a long post! The craft room is pretty much done, so I thought I'd show you how it's looking now. Just needs a few finishing touches, and there may be some rearranging done as I see how the layout works, but at long last I have everything to hand and space to work. Space!! What luxury! This was my room in the old house, barely 6 feet by 7 feet.

My stash and equipment were spread over various rooms, and much of it never got used because it took so long to find what I needed. The consequence of that was that I didn't realise just how much stuff I have. Now, with it all in one place, I do! Oo-err!! I think my 6 year old grandson's comment summed it up. "Grandma," he said, "It's like a shop!"

In my defence, I hasten to add that I've been collecting stuff for at least 20 years now, and  there's a lot which I'm very lucky to have been given or inherited. For instance, my mum, bless her, used to make her own duvet covers and various other things, which she trimmed with ribbon or lace. She bought miles of it, far more than she could ever have used in her lifetime, so now I've got it all. I'll probably never use it all either....

Anyway, let me take you on a tour. The new room is 11 feet square. This is how it looked when we first came to view the house.

When I initially moved my stuff into the room, I think the best way to describe it was chaos!

This was my desk at one point. Can't show you a photo of the floor then because you couldn't see it!

The transformation began with phase 1 of the new shelves........

....... which was soon followed by phase 2.

When it came to filling them, well, talk about getting a quart into a pint pot....!

But I did it!

Eventually there will be something to cover the shelves and hide all the clutter,  but I haven't decided what yet. Probably roller blinds.

No longer is my laptop hidden under piles of stuff on the desk.

My unmounted stamps are all neat and tidy in folders, instead of spread around in boxes and bags.

My ink pads are all to hand in smart little drawers.

And this is what I look out on when I sit at my desk.

Which now looks like this! (Although it'll probably never be this tidy again!)

But best of all is the space. Finally I have a room in which I can work comfortably and walk around without having to climb, or fall, over things.

Behold ........... the floor!!!


judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Lynne well done for getting your craft room sorted out. I have vowed to sort mine out this year, as I have enough for a shop, and yes, it does look like chaos in here! It is a serious lack of shelves that is the problem, o everything is on the floor. Maybe I'll show my OH your blog post....Judith xx

Squirrel x said...

Wow hun, this is seriously impressive! Congrats on your new space becoming a craft room you will be happy in - and that view is to die for, how wonderful to be able to gaze wistfully into the distance while inspiration does its thing. Can I come and play now? Hugs Sxx

mamapez5 said...

What a beautiful place to work in! Well done for getting it all sorted. You need a few labels now to help you find things. I would love some of your shelves. My stuff is sorted in a similar way to yours, I have three shelves of folders containing unmounted stamps, and see-through drawers for ink etc, but the over-flow is in the built in wardrobe,
I don't think you will have much re-arranging to do. It looks just perfect to me, and a lovely tranquil view as well! Enjoy getting creative in there. Kate x

lisa said...

Lovely to see you, Lynne and it's great to see that you have such a fantastic, organised room to work in now. I'm seriously envious of the amount of space you have and that view!!!!! I know it's taken you a long time to get sorted but it must be such a treat to have everything to hand again. I wish you lots of happy creative hours in your new space.
Hugs Lisax

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Lynn... thanks for sharing the pics... i love seeing what you have done and your room looks fabulous .. cant wait to see the projects you create whilst looking out on that beautiful landscape
Lisa x

Jules said...

Hi Lynne

Well I am so behind that I have only just spied your new craft space!!


You lucky, lucky girlie!!

Mine is very similar to your old one! LOL!!!

A beautiful view too.

Have fun playing in all that space!!!

Love Jules xx

Janie Printz said...

Lynne, what a wonderful transformation on your beautiful craftroom. Mine looks pretty good until I start making ONE card then it turns into the before picture of your room. I have to pull out 50 sheets of paper & half my embellishments to make a card ...
I too have enough supplies to start my own craft shop but OHHHH what fun it is right !!!
Hugs, Janie

Donna said...

WOW, well jel! Loving the new Craft space and you gorgeous outlook! I have my own room, pretty much the size of your old one. No doubt you will still run out of room now too! xx