I often think I would love a craft room; a space to call all mine for crafty dreams but in reality I don’t think I would enjoy it all that much. My craft space is situated between the fish tank and piano in the dining room. It is not a fancy dining room that we only use for special occasions either – it is a family room where we eat, do homework and have fun (my kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. You can spin on the spot and pretty much cover all of it!) so it is truly the heart of the home.
I love looking at people craft rooms/spaces big or small and enjoy seeing how they use storage so thought I’d jump into the action with my own tour. I have also just done a massive tidy and clear out of craft products. It was very hard but I can’t take over the whole room, can I?!
I must warn you that, whilst it may look like I’m sponsored by Ikea, I’m not but I do love to shop there.
First is this large Ikea dresser bought years ago sat next to the fish tank. This houses all my ink pads, rubber stamps, big shot, paper, polymer clay – hidden in the cupboard- and more besides. I also have piano and violin music in the pretty magazine files with the bird pattern.
Next is my desk. This is actually an Ikea dining table (Bjursta) which extends – useful for extra dinner guests or when my clay is out. The lamp, hanging rail and shelving are all also from Ikea (I did warn you about how Ikea heavy it is and it will only get worse!) As you can see the hanging rail has craft paint brushes, glues and my extra Polychromo pencils. The shelving has all my watercolour paints and art supplies on the first shelf and the top shelf holds all my bigshot dies.
We then reach the Besta and more hanging shelving (we have reached the piano) from, well I think you have probably guessed it…………. Ikea. This holds a right mixture of things. The hanging shelf thing holds acrylic paint and most other things that come in bottles (glossy accents, Fimo varnish etc). The unit has my printer, Promarkers, sewing machine and the wooden drawer unit on the second shelf has all the jewellery that I have made and plan to sell (next job on the list).
Here are just some of the ways I store my craft supplies. The little wooden drawers (Moppe) have all my ink pads and embossing powders in them, grey boxes (Kvarnvik) have categories of craft products in them so the one in the picture are all my sticky jewels and sequins but I have others with rubber stamps and two others with flowers and various embellishments and cotton wool balls, tools etc and the white tubs holding my Promarkers are Skurar from my forever favourite shop, Ikea.
The last storage to show is this little trolley (Raskog from Ikea – they do various colours of this but not this pretty turquoise any more it seems) which has all my jewellery making on it. It’s great as I can wheel it between my dining room and living room.
This little chap holds the jewellery I’ve just made.
Various notes and drawing from my two children next to my lamp so I can always see them.
Finally, it wouldn’t be my craft space without ……………………………………………………………….ME
Don’t judge the awkward photo – I am really not a selfie person!
Hope you have enjoyed the nosey round The Artisan Duck desk. I’ve been having a play with my Fimo recently so hopefully I’ll be back soon with some jewellery to show 🙂