A Craft Station: My Gift to Me
I am a craft fanatic. I love making all kinds of stuff – jewelry, pin boards, bunting banners, activity boards for my kids and handmade greeting cards, just to name a few. I am always looking for a new craft to learn – knitting, sewing, painting, you name it. To me, “crafting” is the art of producing something unique; something that you or someone else considers special.
Crafting as a hobby can also be a very disorganized affair. Having a craft obsession means you are constantly buying crafting supplies, and my addiction in particular, was taking over our storage cabinets. I’ve always wanted a small space to display my ribbons, beads, yarns, fabrics and everything else I have deemed to be pretty. I needed a way to organize my paper craft supplies – scissors, markers, and all of the special glues I just had to have, and I needed a designated place where they could be used. Building a craft station is a project I have had to put off for awhile because I have spent the past five years being pregnant, breastfeeding, and caring for two babies, who are only 20 months apart. My babies are now 2 and (almost) 4, and even though life is still crazy busy, I decided I was going to do something for myself this year. This was the year that I finally carved out a tiny corner space in our home, just for me. Approximately 8 sq ft for a craft station, all to myself.
I found this desk at World Market. It’s perfect because it’s compact so it fits into a small area, but it also came with high shelving, a storage spot for my not-so-kid-friendly supplies. I don’t need my kids cutting themselves with sharp scissors or permanently gluing their fingers up their noses.
I like to organize things by displaying them. I find many of my craft supplies to be beautiful and I enjoy their aesthetic appeal as much as I appreciate their practical uses.
Stringing and hanging your ribbons allows for easy accessibility. I personally think that the different colors and textures of ribbon can serve a decorative purpose as well.
This little carousel rack is actually a photo holder from Pottery Barn. I use it to store and display some of my favorite handmade cards that I’ve created over the years.
I like to be creative with storage by using unique jars, boxes and containers I’ve picked up from antique shops and flea markets. It’s so much more fun than just having rows of the same plastic containers. Here are some examples.
So there it is. My gift to me. I think organizing my craft supplies was just as fun as using them! It might be a few years until I’m actually able use my craft station on a regular basis (like I said, life is still a bit chaotic raising two toddlers), but at least it’s something pretty to look at in the meantime…
Photo Cred: Cleary O’Farrell Photography.
For more about my craft projects, check out my Vintage Fabric Bunting Banner DIY.
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