Craft Room Envy

Firstly I should just come right out and say it, I need to be banned from Pinterest! No good ever comes of me going on there, I either disappear into a black hole and only emerge hours later having spent my entire time looking at eco dyed fabric or I come away sulking because I have to share a house with other people and can’t just paint everything white (never really a practical colour where children are concerned) , have crochet throws all over the place or shun the white walls in favour of some boo/ Bedouin tent inspired bedroom.

My current bout of sulking is all about my craft room. Initially I got very excited when we made the big house move as it meant I would once again be able to have a craft room rather than having to squeeze my crafting supply into my oldest daughters bedroom. I had grand visions of a room perfectly organised, beautiful to look at and easy to find everything I needed. A quick search of Pinterest threw up images of the kind of thing I was after. For some reason I can’t insert the images I found but just head over there and search for craft rooms/ craft storage and a whole sea of beautiful images awaits you.

This on the other hand is what my craft room actually looks like, warts and all!

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Not all my craft supplies are in here yet either, I still have a few boxes in storage and a couple of bags of fabric in the garage. Classy and stylish it certainly is not, please note the supermarket carrier bags to illustrate my point – you never see those on Pinterest!

In my defence this picture was taken shortly after we moved in when I hadn’t yet had chance to organise the space properly, this in itself will take months even if I didn’t have to fit it in around battling with toddlers it would be no easy task. It hasn’t changed much since, at least not on the surface and I suspect this is pretty much what it will always look like. So how do I quell the craft room envy that grows inside me? A starting point would be to remember these key things;

  1. In order to paint all the walls white I would first need to move all the junks that is in here!
  2. This room is the size of a shoe box not the large open plan studio space of my dreams.
  3. I have way more stuff than any of these storage ideas ever seem to have, spread across a significant number of crafts.
  4. On none of the Pinterest images does it appear that these fabulous craft rooms have to serve dual purpose with the coat and shoe storage, children’s toys, the ironing pile and a range of “as yet uncategorised unpacking”

Please tell me there are others of you out there with a craft room that looks like mine rather than the organised, stylish images in crafting magazines and on Pinterest.

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About themanyknitsofnadine

Interested in all things crafty, I knit, spin, sew, crochet, quilt, grow my own and bake (although the baking these days is all allergy friendly) and I try and blog about all these things. I also host a bi-weekly podcast on incorporating slow living into all my crafty adventures
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4 Responses to Craft Room Envy

  1. 78thStitch says:

    I long for a dedicated craft room! I am far too embarrassed to share photos of how my “string” (as my husband refers to it) is stored, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say that yours looks well organised by comparison. I do, however, have a fairly good idea of where everything is, with the sole exception of my set of Tunisian hooks. As I don’t have a dedicated craft room, my “string” is stored throughout the house: in my stepson’s bedroom, behind the speakers in the living room, in plastic storage boxes in the kitchen, piled in the utility room (although why it is so-called is beyond me; there is no plumbing – or room for – a washing machine) and in various spots near and behind my armchair and “desk” (for desk, read small coffee/end table piled with patterns on my to do list). Maybe one day I will find the courage to share photos of the monstrous mess that our home has become as a direct result of my crochet addiction, but for now I will just try to keep it under control!

    • Ha ha, thank you for sharing! I too am very familiar with bags of projects scattered about the house. Once I’ve rounded all those up I may well discover the craft room is even smaller than I thought, along with discovering where all my 3.5mm needles went!

  2. salpal1 says:

    mine looks a whole lot like yours, and it is a big space with storage 9 not enough, clearly) but I still have yarn throughout the house and crafting supplies everywhere…

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