Saturday, August 20, 2011
me: the crafting dungeon
I currently do my crafting in our unfinished basement which I refer to as "the crafting dungeon". I blogged about it here a couple years ago during my first lukewarm attempt at craft blogging.
As far as dungeons go its not so bad (and I know that I am blessed to have a dedicated crafting place). There are actually some nice things about working in the basement:
1. I have lots and lots of space to spread out. Two six foot long tables are permanently set up in the middle of the basement for cutting fabric. I never have to take down my ironing board and I have lots of space to spread out and work on projects.
2. I am under no pressure to keep the space neat. Even the most extensive house tour generally doesn't include a stop in our unfinished basement so I am free to throw fabric around and leave Michael's shopping bags half unpacked for months. (These are theoretical examples of course, I would never do that.)
3. The dogs are scared to go down the stairs which are open in the back. I love my little pups, but see number 2 above. My curious pups just love to take advantage of a messy room and a distracted mom.
On the other hand the dungeon can be depressing and cold. I can't get a good radio signal so if my iPod is not charged I end up listening to the same sad Toad the Wet Sprocket CD over and over again while I work.
But the worst part about the dungeon? It's dark. No sunshine except two small little windows. My husband generously hung some overhead florescent lights over my work areas but I still feel like I'm working in the dark most of the time.
So I've been thinking about creating a new crafting place in a rarely used upstairs bedroom. I will sacrifice a lot of space, but gain a lot of sunshine. I will need to be a bit more organized, but will gain the use of a radio and maybe even a television. I will need to be a bit more cautious so that stray pins don't end up in puppy tummies, but will find more inspiration in a more cheerful environment.
Now I just have to figure out how to make it all work. I already have ideas, but creating a craft room that I love will take time and money.
What are your "must-haves" for a dream craft room?