friday archive dive ~ creative places and spaces

archive dive

the other day, tara asked me how i organize my craft space. she was looking for ideas for her dining area, which ends up being the spot where her kids gather for creating things. it’s the same in my home and i sent her this quick photo of the kids’ craft storage next to the dining table.

craft space organization

it’s simple and it works for us for now. it’s just a wooden shelf with small bins. i got it from ikea (corey, stop rolling your eyes :-)). it sits on top of a hutch next to the dining table.

you might remember the printable labels i made and shared here before. (you can click the image below to view those labels for printing).

pdf printable craft supplies

the labels were for the little bins you see in the photo. i like the bins, because they hide the visual clutter, make for quick clean up when mama (that’s me) hollers (i really do) “dinner!”…and since the labels are pictures rather than words, the youngest little crafter can help put things away. that’s the theory, anyways ;-)

the little green tray to the left usually holds scrap paper. there’s also a sliding door beneath the hutch which holds things like bottles of paint, extra paper and some arts and crafts books. the top of the unit, without fail, accumulates odds and ends and i try not to let it make my eye twitch.

i’m in the process of reorganizing where i keep my own supplies. i have a small studio in the basement with my sewing, knitting, paper and painting supplies. yes, it’s a studio. i do very important work there, usually with a shawl draped dramatically over my shoulder and a little black beret perched upon my head. don’t you?

no? neither do i. basically, i try to ignore the washing machine and furnace that encroaches on le studio and hope that the laundry pile does not engulf me when my back is turned. one day, i might share that space here. but i was hoping for this week’s archive dive, we could share posts about creative places and crafty organization. where do you create? is it at a computer? at the table? in a spare room? in a notebook? on the go?

share your links below. if you don’t have a post to share, feel free to comment below about what works for you. i know both tara and i (and maybe a few of you out there) would love to hear your ideas.

have fun, and have a great weekend.

i shared this post with sarah and her readers at thrifty decor chick. great blog full of ideas!


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14 Responses to friday archive dive ~ creative places and spaces

  1. Jane says:

    Well I’m not diving in very deep for this one, but it’s the only post that popped into my head. I love your storage area– especially the pictures. And yes, I totally wear a shawl over my shoulder and a baret perched on my head (though mine is grey) when I’m crafting. :-) Actually I have no space for my own crafts except our kitchen table. My husband and I are talking about converting our guest bedroom into a studio. I dunno. We’ll see if it ever happens.

  2. 'Joyce' says:

    ohhhhhh don’t go there. . . . . lol, it’s rather scary. So ok no photos of my studio, minus shawl and beret in summer, plus wrap, wrist warmers and beanie in winter. I love my studio/dumping ground for all things ‘will make that into such and such later’, space. I love containers, I have lots of containers, and currently there is lots of fabric out of containers piled into ‘going to make that’ soon project. Thanks for sharing your lovely spot. I look forward to seeing where others create.

  3. Corey says:

    I wasn’t rolling my eyes! I was drawn to the Pyrex. LOL

  4. Kristin says:

    I used to have a craft room, but a recent temporary move left me with far less space so I had to think small. Many of my craft tools and supplies are still in storage, but I have enough with me to work on small projects. Here’s the space I carved out for myself in the bedroom:

    http://thecraftyhomemaker.com/2010/09/craft-space/

  5. Tara Benwell says:

    What a wonderful surprise to wake up to! I just adore your labels. Now I need to get my printer working. I can’t wait to read all of the posts from today’s archive. Thanks ana!

  6. Van says:

    Love your craft space, nice storage and I like how it’s flanked with the Giraffe art. I need to download and use those pretty labels of yours soon- I have a lot of craft things I want perfectly organized!

    My dining room table is the go-to crafting area. I still haven’t found the perfect storage solution for art supplies. One day…someday…I will have a studio :)

    Until then we have to clean monumental messes in the dining room, I was up ’til 1AM sweeping up the messy result of making word stones!

  7. I totally wear berets whilst crafting. And flannel nightgowns. Awwww yeeeeah. It’s a pretty hot look when you combine the two elements…and then add in heaps and heaps of yarn all over the place? It’s a wonder anything semi-normal comes out of my crafting endeavors! :)

  8. Dvora says:

    I love the way you have things organized. It is simple and easy which is always good.

    With moving around frequently, I tend to use baskets to keep my things organized. Baskets are typically inexpensive and easy to replace when moving around. It also keeps the amount of things I take with me small. Within the baskets, I love to use Ziplocks and tote bags for ongoing projects and supplies.

  9. googiemomma says:

    ugh…just yesterday, as i spent a good 20 minutes cleaning my “studio” so i could SEE my machine well enough to sew on it, i thought–wow, i could never EVER post pics of my crafting/sewing area on my blog. it’s a hot mess.
    looks like i’ve been called out. :)
    i’ll reserve any and all photographic/blogoraphic proof of my sad little corner of the family room that counts as “my” space until such time as it looks a little more presentable.
    until then, i’ll just enjoy everyone else’s posts…

  10. jess says:

    Can you come organize my kids’ space? It does not look as neat as that space at all!

  11. Alyssa says:

    No diving here, because I haven’t done a post on this yet. Should be fun to look at other though. :) And no dissing IKEA here. It isn’t perfect, but sometimes it’s just what you need to get the job done. Plus, there are tons of cool IKEA hacks out there!

  12. Looks like a lot of really great ideas here. Sorry I missed the link up. Been swamped.

  13. i think that’s great for your kids – my mum would have been all twitchy eyed at that. i used to think we had ghosts because the paper doll books we bought with paper dresses would disappear shortly after being cut out. the eye obviously won! ;D

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