Sometimes in blog land things seem too perfect. Everyone has picture perfect projects, houses, children, outfits and craft rooms. Craft rooms. ROOMS! Whole entire rooms!
I would love for all my readers to think that I too have a beautiful craft space that would look ideal to be photographed for Home Beautiful, sort of like this:
Sourced from Pinterest. I tried VERY hard to find the original source, but I couldn’t. This image is on many websites.
But I don’t. And to allow you to think that I do would make me a big fat FAKE. We live in a modest three bedroom home in suburban Melbourne. I love our home, wouldn’t swap it for anything, but it isn’t picture perfect. It is very lived in (ie. toys, kids clothes and books strewn across many surfaces, crumbs on the floor, laundry piled up) and with two children, all available bedrooms are occupied. There is no study, so there is no sewing room for me. The dining table is where the sewing magic happens.
I love being a bit of a sticky beak, so I thought you might be too! So here is a peep inside the cupboard where my fabric stash and other crafty things are kept.
This is my Chinese cabinet, a piece of furniture I’ve had since I was a teenager. It sits in a corner of our living area (and if you look closely, that’s a picture of Trev & I standing on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge).
When you open the doors – ta dah! Fabric! (Apologies for the bad photos – the dark wood makes it quite dark inside the cupboard.)
OK – it’s a bit of a mess. I like to think of it as organised chaos.
On the left side, I keep quilting cottons and linen / cotton blends. On the shelf above are tins where I keep buttons and different sizes of elastic. In front I keep a couple of containers that have lots of different spools of thread.
On the right side, I keep more quilting cotton, home decorator fabrics and on the shelf above I keep polar fleece fabric. In front of that are large scraps.
On the shelf area in front of the fabric I keep things that I am currently using, or it becomes a place where I shove everything when I need to have a quick tidy up. There is another shelf below where I keep knit fabric, vintage sheets, patterns and books. It is not photogenic in the least so I didn’t even bother!
There you have it. Definitely NOT the stuff of a Pinterest dream board, but it’s mine, its functional and it keeps everything somewhat tidy and out of the way of little hands.
Are you lucky enough to have a room for your craft pursuits? How do you keep your stash?