Like many urban crafters, I have limited space. Since moving in with MC about 2-1/2 years ago, I have been trying to figure out the perfect crafting space. Last week, with a few days off, we reorganized into something workable.
We started by clearing out this cool and weird bookcase. It was custom made for someone, but the measurements were incorrect so they ended up throwing it away. MC was able to save it for us. It does have extremely odd corners (it isn’t rectangular on the edges like most bookcases but actually curves outwards). It also has very deep but relatively short shelves, so many of my books don’t fit straight up and had to be turned on their sides.
Anyway, in this section you can see:
My famous button box inherited from my grandmother, along with my extensive lotion collection ,
My CYC certified instructors program binders for knit and crochet,
Bubble wrap protected art, some packing materials, and crafts magazines,
My quilting, sewing, embroidery, and “random” craft books,
and my absolutely favorite crafting gizmos: my Boye electric yarn winder and my ChiaoGoo table top yarn swift (both purchased this year with major support from awesome holiday and birthday gift cards!).
My computer books, drawing supplies, and my notebooks and reference materials from (and for) the Pet Product Design and Marketing program,
My knitting and crochet books,
and a mysteriously placed drawer which is actually to prevent my cat from hanging out with the power strips. I also have embroidery supplies and a massive collection of personalized crochet hooks and knitting needles for my classes in the drawer.
As we get closer to my computer desk, you can see the bins where my FOs for sale are stored as well as craft show vending supplies. There is also a file box with a Star Wars pillowcase (thanks DG!), which is one of my cat’s perches. He likes to hang out there and watch me work (or complain about wanting more food).
Behind my desk you can see much of my yarn collection. Now that I teach and design more than I have in the past, the computer is a big part of my craft area. I write up my handouts and patterns here (as well as most of my blog posts).
On top of my desk, I have office supplies. I also have a rolling plastic set of drawers under my desk where I store all of my crochet hooks and other craft and office supplies. My desk is up against an armoire, where I keep my crafts business records, my knitting needles, and my shipping center.