Wow! It feels like forever since I’ve posted- and truly, it’s been over 2 weeks and that’s the longest I’ve ever gone without posting since I started CraftTestDummies in 2008. But in those 2 weeks, we have packed up our home in Ohio, loaded a huge truck and schlepped it all to Manhattan.
So I’m going to share with you my journey in becoming a New Yorker…but maybe even more importantly, I’m going to share with you my journey in setting up my new craft space.
For you video types…this 2-minute video is for you! 🙂
As you all may remember, I had a pretty good size room in the third floor of my house…
AND I’d just rented a warehouse space so I could make better videos, too.
I’m not gonna lie, I REALLY miss that space. And that lighting set up!! Now I have to squeeze my studio and my video production into one SMALL space. Here’s what it looked like before we moved in:
Yup, it’s THAT small- it only fits a twin-size bed and a chair!! There was a closet with a dresser in it OUTSIDE of the room. The total size is about 12X9. About HALF of what I had before at home in Ohio.
But you take what you can get, right? so I’m lucky to have a space at all in Manhattan. I started by putting in one 47″ IKEA desk. (It’s the Linnmon, if you are interested.)
And then I decided to add another to make a longer workstation.
Then I decided I needed one more across the window, as it’s the best lighting option for videos.
So that makes three tables in all.
My son and I also installed a Kallax unit from IKEA. This one as 25 cubbies and measures just over 71 inches high and wide! Lots of room for storage.
AND… there is still 2 feet of storage on TOP of it.. The ceilings in my brownstone are *really* high. So I’m happy about that.
I also have my retail spinner from home, that I will be filling up…probably with some paints and such. (you can see it on the far right of the photo above.) But it’s such a sad off-white color that I feel compelled to paint it something bright and cheery first. So I’m debating what color to go with for an accent. I love the idea of teal or red for a “pop” of color.
Now… I did bring my on of my library card catalogs, so I’ve got 72 drawers of craft happiness there. Actually, a few less…because some are EMPTY! Can you imagine? I’ll be reorganizing and filling them up soon, tho, no doubt.
And allof my Creative Options boxes stack nicely on top- so I don’t need to fit them into the Kallax unit, after all. They can stay right there!
I still have one more wall to work on… it’s the angled wall near the door. I’m planning to put up picture ledges or a nail polish rack to hold more of my smaller paints. I’d also like to hang a rail with clips for my stencils. And of course, I have a little pillow for Ginger, my cockapoo. She needs here little spot too!
So that’s what I have done so far. Since we moved, I had six days to set this much up, shoot a video for Just Add Imagination (I’ll share that this week) and then we spent a long weekend in Atlanta for a family reunion.
I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog and follow along on the adventure!
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