I had this idea brewing that I could maybe create a space of my own. Since adopting the practice (or attempted practice) of sewing, I have had an accumulation of stuff. My knitting has always been contained to boxes on my wall, artfully displaying my stash and reminding me what i need to use before going trolling for more. It was starting to become overrun by fabric, bits and pieces, fat quarters and felt...alll jumbling up what once used to be unadulterated wool and fiber. I started to feel antsy, our room no longer sancutuary, but messy hovel.
Plus the sewing machine sat on our table, in the way, tangling up with the oddments of life and fruit and whatnot. The occasional stain on fabric and the boys constantly pulling the plug on me in the midst of a seam attempt prompted me to dream...could I carve out a space for me? For my craft?
I should remind you I live in a multi-generational communal home with lots of people around. My parents, the twins, the last of my teenage brothers getting ready to take off to college (that is the plan, anyway). So, there is not a lot of me space for anyone. It felt a little selfish but I went and claimed a corner for myself....and I have never felt better.
It was a fairly simple endeavor...shelves from Ikea, a few containers purchased at Ikea and JoAnns...the desk an abomination of particle board (found at BigLots for 30 bucks, my husband literally shuddered as he put it together but I refuse to spend more as the plan is for a row of built in desk spaces and he can build them all for less than the cost of a finished desk....he just has to find the time). And in a day or two, I find I have this space.
It has helped me clear a very fuzzy head, a head full of too many ideas with no where to put them. A head that has felt tired and beat down by the difficulties that come with all the joys of parenting twin boys. Now I can glance over there, or quickly find a book or fabric swatch to look at. I can toss stuff up there out of reach of graspy little fingers, and I can find things without searching for precious minutes.
Doesn't mean my projects will get better. That just takes practice. But at least I have a place to put the practice in. So many projects I want to do....look at this swatch.
Cicada Studios, etsy seller. Found her shop via Soulemama and had to have this linen. Not sure for what quite yet...any ideas out there?