Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Projected Projects Syndrome

Satisfying my creative need by brainstorming projects I'm going to do.

It's now February and if you live in the North East and aren't a total snow-bunny, you're probably suffering a certain degree of cabin fever. Who's got two thumbs and totally hates winter? This girl.

So, to satisfy my creative needs during these down months, I focus in and usually turn to my handmade crafts. My favorites are crochet and jewelry making, but I'm also looking to get into cross-stitch and sewing.

Only one problem with the crafty thing. All my craft stuff is still in boxes, buried in the catch-all room. Ruh-roh, Raggy.

See, when Tim and I moved in, we were pretty good about organizing and getting everything in it's proper place, but due to a lack of funds and time we haven't been able to get the office in line. So it ended up being (and I'm told this is totally normal for first time homeowners!) the catch all room for all the boxes we don't know what to do with yet.

On the bright side! We hope to have saved enough to completely re-do the "office" in the spring and I will finally have my own space (my own little space!) to put all my crafts together. We've already chosen which wall I shall have for my very own and brainstormed the layout of the rest of the room. So now it's up to me to plan out my itty-bitty craft haven.

I say itty-bitty because my design will have to be VERY space efficient. I only have room for a table, some creative shelving, and some storage in the adjacent closet. Luckily, not everything has to happen right at my craft table (i.e. I can use the dining room for cutting out large patterns, cross stitching on the couch, etc.), but certain things (like the sewing machine I'm saving for!) will need a permanent place to live.

I've posted the blank blueprints below and from now until we're ready to go in spring I'll be posting different possibilities as I come up with them. Click the pictures if you'd like a better look!

I'm always seeing all these Pinterest and Blog posts about space efficiency and I'd love to incorporate those types of ideas into my final layout.

Got any suggestions? Hit me up with a comment! I'd love to hear from you!


  1. i am on the same page, i don't have my own craft space too...i just work wherever there is a space, dining table, kitchen island, on the kitchen floor, whatever works for me for now :)
    goodluck with your planning & hopefully you can come up with a good lay out - space efficient!


    1. Thanks, Rea!
      I'm excited to see the different possibilities! A friend of mine, who is an architect, is working on a sketch for me to consider. It's pretty cool. Will post soon!

  2. I think you could make great use of the window. As long as it doesn't face directly into the sun, put your work space in front of it with storage to the sides. Add some swinging plant hangers on the corners of the window and you'll have a naturally happy and tranquil space to gaze out on the world while you work on your craft projects.

  3. Thanks for the suggestion, Candlemaker! Luckily, the window is North-facing, so I don't have to worry about blinding myself. I love your idea with the plants, that would be wonderful!

  4. Happy Friday. Visit from Friday Blog hop.
    I'm your newest follower.
    I also have a hop going on right now, would be great if you stop by and link up your blog.
    Have a nice day.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Nan! I'll hop right over!

  5. Look at you and your growing comments. I am so proud of you!!! Blogging is more fun with more comments. I'm working my way back so I already have seen that you will be making the most of your space. And, this girl hates winter too :)

    1. Thanks for the kind words, as always, Amy :-) I'm having such a blast! Meeting lots of nice people and swapping some great ideas around. If you ever have any suggestions, please email me! Now off to work on some more writing and reeling in some more followers!

    2. You are already doing much better than I was at this stage in blogging. You are sure to go far. The only suggestion I could offer is to look into becoming a 'reply' blogger. Right now, if you leave a comment on someone's blog, they can't respond to you directly. Believe me, when you become a 'reply' blogger, that's when you really start to get to know people better and have more fun. *That's how I met Rea, your first commenter!