Where I Create


Karen at the “My Desert Cottage” blog has created a great big blog-hoppin’ party where bloggers have shared pictures and thoughts about their creative spaces.  I’m a day late to join (it started this morning) but better late than never.  So here’s the link to the round-up and here’s my “space”.


I call it my “crafting corner”- having taken over a corner of my boy’s playroom.  He doesn’t seem to mind and I love playing in my space while he’s playing in his.  I also kinda took over his little table, after giving him a much bigger table for his Legos/cars/Skylanders/whatever else he wants to use it for. Sitting in those little chairs seems to somehow get the creative juices flowing- maybe it takes me back to childhood a bit.  (I’m going to be in trouble when I can no longer get up out of them, though.)  Oh yeah, that’s a wedding picture of me and my wife on the wall.  I’m the one with the dimples.  🙂  (We LOVED our photographer:  http://proofs.halechannel.com/about)Image

This is a little canvas I started a while ago and just haven’t quite finished, along with some other things that I know I want to do something with but am not quite sure what.  I tried experimenting with using old spices as glitter and paint pigment a while ago, but kind of stalled out with that.

I love this little roll-top desk that a friend rescued from a curb and bestowed upon me.  I didn’t do much other than clean it up, fix some of the loose joints, and add new knobs.  It’s perfect for my sewing machine when it’s not in use (and the roll top doesn’t really close all that easily, anyway).  Next to the machine is a little birdhouse I’ve been working on.  I saw this idea of using hardcover books as birdhouse roofs at a local artisan’s gallery several years ago and have made several since.  They’re so fun!  As you can see, there are a couple others waiting in the wings.


I don’t love all the plastic boxes on my shelves, but I do love that they’re labeled AND see-through- it helps inspire me, I think.  But I just made this new box for the ICADs I’ve been working on for the past month and a half.  They’d been just collecting dust on the corner of my table, and I’d seen all these cute ways other crafters had started storing theirs, so I decided to try my hand at making a box.  I used an album jacket that I’d been saving until I found a new life for it (the record having long since been melted into a bowl) and just figured out how to fold and cut it to make a box.  Then, I decoupaged strips of paper scraps and washi tape for decoration and reinforcement.  My favorite part is the little beads I used to make the closure.  I “sewed” them on with some wire I had pulled out of a roll of wired ribbon.

So, that’s my “space”.  Thanks for looking.  I can’t wait to start gawking at everyone else’s spaces on the blog-hop.  I’ll be sure to add links to some of my favorites here.

12 thoughts on “Where I Create

  1. Amy says:

    Oh my stars and garters; what a great space full of all kinds of creating goodness! I must admit that I am envious of how organized your shelves look… I may have to dedicate a day (or two) to organizing my own space a little better…

  2. Your craft space looks as tiny as mine lol. Love the wedding photo!

  3. I love looking at peoples creative spaces. It is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment. It means so much to hear what others think. Have a great weekend

    • craftymadre says:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, as well! I get so many great ideas just by looking at other people’s creative spaces. I can already tell your blog is going to be a new favorite. I’m a “collector”, too. (Much to my wife’s dismay.)

  4. Lorrin says:

    So THAT’S where you keep it all… The roll top might close easier if you take the sewing machine off first.

  5. dawnsrays says:

    I love that you have a space combined with your son’s. It’s nice to have a space of one’s own but there is something to be said for sharing it with someone you love, too. Great photo of you and your wife. You both look great! happy and loved.

    • craftymadre says:

      Thank you! We have a whole other room in the house that I could use, but the last thing I want is for my crafting to take me away from my family. I keep hoping he’ll want to join in, but even if he doesn’t I think it’s good for him to see me doing something for me- adult self-care is so often overlooked when you’re a parent. (And thanks for the comment on our photo. It was an amazing day and I still feel way every day.)

  6. Seeing all these great creative spaces on wordpress and on other blogs makes me want to get my own space in order : ) I have my work cut out for me though!

    • craftymadre says:

      It’s totally worth it! I’ve been able to do so much more having all my stuff in one place. Before I made this space I had things in random corners and on high shelves all over the house. It took more time finding the supplies I needed than it did to actually make something. You should totally make the time to get your “space” together. And then post it!!!

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