A Little Space to Call My Own
About a month before I found out I was pregnant I decided to turn the nursery into my craft room. I mean no one was using it right? Adalaide had moved out a year earlier and Josh and I weren’t planning to expand our family for at least another 6 months to a year so I figured why let the space just sit there empty and unused. Thankfully I did have the foresight not to make any big permanent changes so when baby boy Kelley arrives I can pretty easily convert the space back into a nursery. All though I love it so much as my craft room I’m not sure I’ll be able to give it up! Our boy may have to share his room with my sewing machine!
When I first decided to use the empty room for my craft space I just piled everything in all willy nilly and tried to function and create in the chaos. Pretty soon I realized that in order for this neat freak to get anything truly productive done, I needed far more organization, order and beauty in my space. I turned to Pinterest for some ideas, enlisted Josh’s help, and pretty soon I had the craft room of my dreams. Well maybe not my dreams but I’m pretty damn happy with it!
While looking around the small room and taking an inventory of my supplies and needs I created a to do list. I was using a sad old folding table from the garage as my desk and it was not nearly stable enough for my heavy desk top computer. It also lacked drawers and shelves that I could use to store pens, papers and my printer. A large attractive desk with plenty of shelves and drawers went on the list. I knew I needed clever storage options for my sewing and crafting supplies since there was not a ton of available shelf or counter space in the small room. I had repurposed some simple wooden cubbies my mother no longer wanted and did my best to separate and organize things between them but they weren’t ideal. By stacking them on top of each other, I had made it close to impossible to access the things I needed when I needed them. Better, more accessible storage went on the list. I also desperately wanted to beautify the space. Since I had been spending so much time in the craft room and had embarked on this blog writing journey, I really felt I needed some visual inspiration and personal tokens to get my creative juices flowing and to bring some beauty, peace and positive energy into the room. Creating an inspiration board and gathering and purchasing some personal tokens was the last thing I put on the list. Once I felt like I had a plan I got to work.
The first thing I did was get Josh to build a couple of these fantastic Giant Peg Boards for me. We picked up the supplies we needed from Home Depot and Josh got right to work. We were able to buy the peg board and frames in white so there was no painting necessary. I also purchased peg board accessories while I was there so I could be sure I had everything I needed to create a perfectly organized space. Once the board was done I hit World Market and picked up a few of the bins and baskets from their Modular Kitchen Storage System. I absolutely love how they turned out and figure that if I can’t find another space for the baby and do have to convert the room back into a nursery I can use the peg boards to organize baby supplies instead of craft ones!
While I was at World Market picking up the bins and baskets I found this great desk for a reasonable price. It had all the storage I would need and I loved the rustic look of it. Once I got it home and put together, I went on Etsy to find some fun personalized tokens I could purchase to not only brighten the work space up but bring a little style to it. I found this fun and colorful mouse pad, these personalized pencils that I had “Heavenly Days” monogramed on, pretty pushpins for my inspiration board and a cool vintage mail wall organizer for my peg board.
My inspiration board is a collection of photographs, notes, cards and art work that inspire and delight me. I have a tendency to save anything I deem meaningful, which is pretty much every note, card, drawing, or invitation ever given to me. My intention is to put together scrapbooks for myself and my girls. Perhaps one day I’ll get around to making them, but for now I pulled my favorites from the stash and pinned them up on a giant fabric board I’ve had for awhile but never put to use.
One of the last things I felt the room needed to feel complete, was a cute dog bed for my constant companion Gracie Lou. She loves to chill with me while I work away so I wanted her to have a comfortable yet pretty spot to call her own. I decided I wanted to knit something and keep the crafty theme going. I did a little pattern hunting and found this great kit on Loopy Mango, but it was for crochet which is not my forte. It was too perfect however and I had been wanting to learn to crochet so I decided to go for it. I went into one of my favorite local yarn stores in LA, The Little Knittery, and had their wonderful owner Kat teach me the pattern. It was the perfect project to learn on because once I got the hang of it, it was a total breeze and I had it done in hour. It was so easy I may just crochet up seven more for the rest of my furry friends!
By doing a bit of rearranging, making some smart purchases and getting a little pinspiration I was able to transform the nursery into a beautiful, inspiring, well organized place to craft, write and think. One day I may be able to manifest the craft room of my dreams but for now, this little space to call my own, will more than do!