When I decided to join Karen over at My Desert Cottage for her annual Where Bloggers Create party a couple of months ago, I was enjoying my recently redone Craft Studio. Just to show how quickly life can change, our (oh, so briefly) empty nest is no longer empty and my beautiful studio is now my daughter's room once again.
After touring our little cottage looking for a new craft room (and trying to figure out who I could kick out of what space) inspiration hit.
I have relocated to a cozy little corner in my four year old grandson's room. Since he tended to join me every time I snuck in my studio to play, it only made sense for me to take my craft toys to him. He has been around grandma's stuff since he was born and is very good about what he can and cannot touch.
His walls are painted light blue and his room is accented with red and navy. I decided to embrace the color palette along with some splashes of turquoise to add a fun twist and bring in a little femininity without being too girly.
The biggest difference I found when adapting to a smaller space is the greater need for streamlined organization. Plus with limited floor space, find ways to go vertical.
My fabrics used to be folded and exposed in this shelving unit (which was on the floor before) but in this smaller space it was a little chaotic looking so I purchased these fabric totes to store them in and sorted it by line and color. I couldn't resist leaving a few of my vintage sheets displayed for inspiration. I also swapped out my mix matched storage boxes for inexpensive paper boxes in white (plus a few of the blue with pink roses).
I also labeled e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
I rounded up pretty containers for storage since I wanted everything that was left exposed to be beautiful.
Some of my ribbon collection is rolled on round clothespins and placed in these weathered planting boxes. My copic markers and fine tip writing pens are at hand in a planting tin...
I used this pretty floral pot to corral my wrapping and packaging supplies. The space underneath the oil cloth covered tables houses all my batting, yarn and paints. Plus a whole lot more...
My buttons are sorted by color and collected on a terraced stand in a cubby and my vintage embroidered hankie and napkin collection looks sweet in a red tin bucket.
Pretty pots and cups hold my colored pencils, paint brushes and more buttons...
I love using pretty things for utilitarian purposes.
I was over the moon excited when I graduated to a big girl studio earlier this year but life changes and you adapt and find new beauty and inspiration. When the time comes for our nest to be empty again I am sure I will jump at the chance to have my own space but for now, I am just fine sharing what I love to do with my favorite little boy. I wouldn't trade my time with this little guy for any studio space in the world.
Now head over to My Desert Cottage for Where Blogger's Create and so many more wonderful creative spaces and be inspired to make a little space of your own.