My Own Take

March 2nd, 2010



Well, what do you know? Blogging inspired me to actually make something! (Being sarcastic here. Blogging is what has always inspired me to make things.) I sat down while the baby was happy and crawling around with his toys and the hubby was watching the epic winter olympics hockey game to cut some paper flowers. It was so satisfying to cut little shapes and patterns. The project took me about an hour and a half, which is perfect for a busy mom. I think I have pinpointed the reason (well, one of many) of my recent crafty hiatus: it”s just too messy.

Our house is about 900 square feet with three people and a cat. Our house is an already full kitchen (my penchant for collecting vintage dishes and pyrex, plus necessities), modern-ish living room (that is supposed to be somewhat void of things), second bathroom (the shower is full of now out-of-use baby items. there”s a stroller, baby bath, bumbo, bassinet, you get the picture), our bedroom (that now has to house both of our wardrobes and all our books), and the baby”s room (with all of his things–two strollers! hanging laundry!–and a closet that keeps all my craft supplies). Oh my, I feel cluttered just talking about all of this. And really, I feel like we do a pretty decent job of keeping a tight ship. I purge regularly, but with a small space, it”s easy to fill full. And a couple of items in use, even something like a box of matches, girl scout cookies, and a candle on the table (the current state) make our living room feel messy. Imagine the living room with a craft project! So, yes, this and no time have really put a damper on crafting around here.

Which has me really pondering this whole buying a new home thing. I want in-city and I want a craft space–two things that do not seem to coincide with our budget. I have seen some really great examples of people turning some very small spaces into some really efficient living. And, when they are all nice and tidy and not in use, I think, “I can do that!” But what happens on projects that are in-progress? I”m still figuring this out. So in the meantime, quilting and paper flowers are just my cup of tea.

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  • 1. Emily  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 12:36 am

    The wreath is beautiful. What are you quilting?

  • 2. Daphne  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    We have a little house in Ballard with two bedrooms, a goodly basement and a generous front-dining room and kitchen. I feel tremendously lucky. Now that we also have a baby coming it”s getting trickier. I think for you the key may be creating a small space to stash the WIPs so they”re out of sight when you”re not working on them. I just try to drop craft stuff in the craft room to keep the coffee table clear-ish… but I”m horribly cluttered and only barely starting to approach the clean look I want!

  • 3. Elizabeth Easter  |  March 3rd, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I MISS YOU!! This is the tension I think about all the time… space and order… creativity and chaos… Children and STUFF!! Love and hugs to you!! Beth

  • 4. Sarah  |  March 4th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    It”s so lovely! I can”t believe it”s made out of paper, it looks like felt! I”m so glad to see you are getting some time to craft. We need to have another crafting date to give you an excuse!

  • 5. Aja  |  March 5th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    hmm, yes – Virginia Woolf needed a room of her own and so do you! I too have often not started a project because of the mess it would incur.

  • 6. Wendy Brightbill  |  March 19th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    My home is not so tiny, but I have had to be extremely creative with my space. My dining room serves as my art studio. I used to have art supplies scattered all over my kitchen table, and we could never eat dinner. What I ended up doing was using my baker”s rack to store all of my painting supplies. I also use all sorts of baskets to store things. I think if you can find one piece of furniture, a shelf or a basket, it really helps. If you want to see pics of my space, you can go to:

    Hope that helps!

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