Finally, I am crafting in Maine! What I had in Ohio was great. I had a really nice room with slat wall paneling and shelves for every embellishment. I could shut the door and forget about life for a while or teach classes without being interupted (well that never really worked) and I knew that things would stay put until I returned. But since we decided to move and knew with Whitney going off to college we really didn't need a big house anymore. So we downsized. With downsizing comes NO OFFICIAL CRAFT ROOM. Ok I LOVE not having 5 bathrooms to clean but no craft room poses a problem. I had to get creative with my new nook- get it? "Creative" Yes sometimes I crack myself up! Anyway here is my nook.
I now share space with the kids entertainment area in the basement. I wasn't thrilled with my only option- in the beginning. But I have to say I still feel like part of the house which was something I really missed. I did feel "locked in" in the Ohio room. It was great for teaching but I am not teaching here in Maine. Now I can watch over the kids while playing with my goodies, even watch tv myself after school starts. It does help that we have a walk out basement and quite a bit of natural light. Ok I love this the most. I didn't have one window in the Ohio room. I do not have a lot of storage space which is an issue. Funny- I have what I call the Harry Potter closet under the stairs where I can put extra stuff. After Whitney is in San Fran I am going to re-org and get more put away.
My solution was to get Ikea shelving units. Run don't walk to Ikea. (http://www.ikea.com/) They are inexpensive, easy to put together & strong. I already owned 3 Ikea tables, one with adjustable legs so I can stand and work. I bought 3 bookshelves and one cube unit with a space for a flat screen tv in the middle (I put my computer equip there). What I like the most about the bookshelves is that they are tall enough to hold the Cropper Hopper vertical paper holders and strong enough to put them all the way across. I still need to organize them according to theme and season. That will be a huge job. I am slowly re-organizing my embellishments too. I have gone to clear rubbermaid totes for my CTMH stamp sets. Of course- by color. I am currently searching for the best way to store the little things. I can't believe I own that many brads and things! Anyone else have this problem? Oh, that's not really a problem. All I can say is that there is a very fine line between mental illness and a hobby!
Today I started creating from the unbelievable new kit from CTMH - Everyday Celebrations. Ah what a nice kit to get FREE!!!!!! Details are coming soon!
Off to the lake tomorrow. Renting a pontoon boat for the day! This truly is Vacationland.