Thursday, January 28, 2010

my creative space :: before, during and ... during


Crazy days of Christmas crafting left the creative space looking a tad ... unloved
(and a wee bit yellow due to poor light - sorry!)

before ...

Inspired by a series on organising your craft space on a recent WhipUp newsletter and aided by the presence of my Dad, who, unlike the Mr always jumps at my suggestions that, "perhaps that would look better over there" (he is, after all, a Virgo), we got cracking on moving and shaking things up a bit ...

before ...

And so after only half an hour of furniture moving but many many more of tossing, arranging, organising we've ended up with this so far:

A space for little people*

studio shake-up :: after


A space for ... stuff

studio shake-up :: after

A space for ... more stuff

studio shake-up :: after

A space for fabric. But man oh man, look a those neglected fabric stacks!

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Enter a rainy Saturday afternoon ...

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Ahhh that's better!

Now to organise a few more corners and clear the sewing table.

Watch this space ... oh but while you're waiting pop on over to Kirsty's for the return of my creative space for 2010!

*What say you of sharing a crafty space/studio/sewing room (should you be blessed with a designated space) with children? For or against? I'm interested in your thoughts ...






19 comments:

  1. No comments re sharing ... but your fabric looks wonderful. So luscious, especially the greens.

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  2. Hooray for your Dad. Your space looks fabulous.

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  3. What a great space! Oh, how I'd love to have a room just for being creative. At the moment we all share the living room & I work out of containers!

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  4. We're sharing in a whole different way. When we were on hols, the boy kid had his own room. Previously, I was working on the theory that if the Waltons could do it, if the Brady Bunch could do it, then my kids could do it. Well. First day back and the Mr and I turned the three bedroom house upside down (it still is). Boy has room. Girls have room. Mum and Dad? Sleeping in the studio. Wondering if a space saving bunk bed signals the end of a marriage? Sigh...

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  5. Very impressive!! I have a huge double room space for my studio & still it gets out of order. To wrap up the last week of the school holidays i've been spending 30 minutes in there after dinner doing a big round up. Looking good, will be perfect by Tuesday when i come home to serious production work & 4 less children happily crafting too. Ahhhh, i'll post, i promise, only AFTER shots, i'm too ashamed. Love Posie

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  6. Great post - I love a good bit or re-organising! You have such a lovely room - ,love the leadlight windows. Nic

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  7. Great looking space.

    I share my 'sewing space'with the kids. Currently the youngest has taken over the sewing room/spare room to have the occasional cap nap (while still ending up in our bed every night....hmmm, not making much sense now as I write it!)

    My kids like to press the button to make the sewing machine sew backwards and they like playing games with the buttons (sorting them or just fiddling with them)

    Now I'm going back to look wistfully at your space again.

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  8. I think you can share with the little ones as long as they are only allowed in the room with mittens on and perhaps tied together. It is funny that my sewing amchine and overlocker are in the dining room and the kids never go near it but the rest of the crafty stuff can't keep their mits off it. I really love what you have done in your space

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  9. I've just reorganized all my fabric in similar fashion. Isn't it satisfying?

    The space looks great!

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  10. Your creative space looks lovely....thanks dad!

    I am getting a sewing table over the next few weeks so hopefully mine will not be on the kitchen table anymore!

    Lisa

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  11. Your space looks lovely - I'd have been good at helping being a Virgo too!! As for sharing, I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to sit with me and craft!!

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  12. Thanks for the honest 'before' shot - love it! The after shots are looking mighty fine though...

    I share my creative space by default because we're in a 2-bedroom flat, so my stash is in the bedroom, and my sewing table/machine/sewing guff are in the loungeroom. I guess if I actually had a studio I would anticipate the boys being in there with me, but I'd probably set up a train track in the corner! Good question to think about...

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  13. So many lovely spaces :-)

    and I think its a lovely idea to have a kiddy space in the sewing room. Hopefully means more time in the sweing room for you.

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  14. Hey you and your Dad did an ace job - it looks fab. I love the kidlins space too. I need to do that but our house is so OPEN and drives me berko. I love those photos of your ballerina and babe. So super sweet.

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  15. Well I share since my 'creative space' is the table which also happens to be our dining table and kids creative space. One day I dream of a room of my own...

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  16. I just spent 2 days cleaning my sewing room and it feels so good to have everything picked up and organised. I can actually work and know where everything (well almost everything) is!
    Kelly

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  17. mel great before and afters ...your space is lovely...and lived in , I think that is important!!

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  18. Ahh, how good it feels to get the daunting job of cleaning the creative space done Mel. It looks great. And it's a big yes from me to sharing space... not just with the kids but Mr too. Because you can always have it to yourself at night, creating together is great.

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  19. Well done! I am a sharer of the space - mind you I also have to defend the line between me and the boy so I don't get taken over!

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