Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting a Studio Spotlight link up this week. I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s creative spaces and I’ve particularly enjoyed that everyone has gone to such lengths to tidy up their studios to photograph them. Not me, honey. You are getting an unfiltered look at the chaos in which I work. It’s Sarah’s sewing rooms unplugged.
Please don your hard hat and keep your hands at your sides. Safety first! As we enter the sewing room, the first of my two rooms–I know, I’m so lucky–we have the ironing board on the right and the sewing table behind that. I cannot for the life of me keep the ironing board clear of crap. I try and I try, but stuff just appears there.
So let’s look at this from another angle. You can see I have lots of thread hanging there on the wall. Those shirts were bought for a project idea I had about four years ago. I’ve gotten right on top of that one, obviously. I’ve got some storage under the ironing board. No wasted space.
This is a shot of the other side of the room. Oh dear. Things are looking bad over there. Real bad. The cutting table is off to the right. The work bench is meant to be an extra work surface as well as storage. In truth, it’s a crap collector. All that stuff on the floor is stuff I need to find a permanent home for. Honestly, I probably won’t do that until I can no long walk in there. It’s how I roll.
Don’t be jealous, but I have a design floor. At least, I have a design floor until all that crap takes over and I can no longer walk in the room.
The reason I’m forced to design my quilts on the floor is because I’ve covered what wall space there is with thrift store art like these disturbing big eye harlequins. I don’t know why I like them, I just do. Plus, they are so scary, I’m convinced they keep evil spirits away.
I even have a creepy big eye Siamese cat. Meow.
Finally, in this room, is my goody closet. Oh, the wonders you will find in here. Beads, notions, sequins, embellishments, findings, trims… too much to name!!! It’s like Oz for crafty people.
Ready to check out the second room?
I call this room the Crafateria. It houses all my fabric–and I have lots of fabric–and my quilting frame. (And let me apologize for the lighting; closing the curtains and using the flash was worse.)
The other side of the Crafateria holds other craft supplies, mostly paper crafts. (Again, sorry about the picture quality.) Not pictured is the closet in this room which is another wonderland of strange and fabulous crafty things. My favorite thing in there is my giant box of plastic crap. You know, things like old gumball machine prizes, Barbie shoes, and Polly Pocket accoutrement.
I have so much crap, I even use the space under my quilting frame for storage. Two of the bins are boxes of boxes. And I use those boxes all the time!
So this looks like a big giant mess, but it’s my mess and I love it. The thing is, I know most of you wish you could have a mess like this too. I don’t have a lot of vices and the rest of my house does not look like a Hobby Lobby that’s been hit by a hurricane so I don’t sweat the chaos in these rooms. I make art here and I’m proud of that.