You know, the life of a craft product reviewer and blogger is busy- and messy- one. New products coming in, packaging things up for our #TeamCTD reviewers, tutorials in process, and then piles and piles of things that need to be put away or discarded.
I took the bull by the horns and had a crafty yard sale last week. It felt great to thin out my shelves and sell off extra machines, tools, paper and kits. But then I was left with an even bigger mess. So for the past two days I’ve been trying to reorganize the studio AGAIN (does it ever really end??) and make new, more efficient spaces.
I’m not totally done yet, but here’s a peek as to how it’s looking so far….
NOW. Before you all start commenting with how bad it still looks….have pity on me, okay? I’m trying hard here.
This is my main work area. The card catalog to the left holds sprays, inks, dyes, stamp pads, gelatos, punches, and more. On the main table are a set of markers, papercrafting tools, adhesives and ephemera. The table to the right is my cutting station and there is also my stack of stamps. I still love rubber stamping!
Just beyond my main desk is my secondary workspace. It serves for my sewing, polymer clay, and resin area. It’s also my guest table. In this photo you can see my AFS daughter Cristiana (from Italy) working on blinging out her prom shoes. They don’t have prom in Italy, so it’s a new thing for her!
You can also see my daughter Bailey- or at least her back- in the new card table I put in. This effectively makes three stations in the studio!
I’m excited to have a space for Bailey back in the studio. For the past year or so she was in another room and frankly that just wasn’t much fun. I’m hoping to keep the table clear so that I can use it as an Operation Write Home station, too. You can see boxes of cards up on the radiator that I’m slowly amassing to send out.
Then we come to the die-cutting station. The blue table previously held my Cricut machines and all of my carts. But now that I’ve gone digital, I’ve repurposed that space for my manual machines. I’ve been keeping my dies on magnet sheets on the closet doors, so it just made sense to “rezone” the space.
By the way, behind those doors is a treasure trove of additional machines, paints, adhesives, mediums, and “kits” – boxes that contain my quilling, metal working, foils and films, wire work, mold-making and more. But we’ll leave those photos for another day!
For now, I’m glad to have the floors cleared and table space reclaimed. The next project is to thin out my copious paper hoard and to sort some more of my “piles”- items that don’t seem to have a home or category. I’ll make sure to include that in Part Two.
Before I go, I’ll ask you this- what is the most challenging thing for YOU to organize with your crafting? Please let me know that I’m not alone……