A few weeks ago my co-worker showed me a list of the expenditures of a Merril Lynch big wig who revamped his office for a mere million or so. One of the things that sticks in my mind is the commode he bought for about 30 grand...truly amazing!
I had to laugh, as I had just completed arrangement of my craft room - on a dime! And I love it so much.
My little room measures in at exactly 99 square feet and has room for everything I need. I furnished it with a bunch of leftover furniture I either already owned, bought cheaply or borrowed.
The architect's desk is a remnant from my college days. It has a newish top wider than the original, but it works great. It gives me a wide plane for working and because the smallest side is up against the wall I can work sitting on my chair and then walk around to the other side to work on something else, which I do quite often. One of my rotary mats works great right there on the desk top where I can easily measure out a length of thread or fabric and cut with a rotary wheel as I please. The lamp I bought at Walmart for $20. I bought the lap loom from a friend who owns a quilt shop for $60.
Behind the desk sits a chest of drawers purchased from my quilter friend for $50. In it I store my fabrics and the top holds some UFOs, including a king size quilt headed, hopefully sooner rather than later, for my bed.
Here is my little corner where I can iron, sew and serge without having to get up.
It took me a while to put this ensemble together, but it works great. The bookshelf is also a leftover from early days. The Babylock sewing machine was a gift from my mom for 8th grade graduation, I think, or somewhere around there. I've had it forever. The serger is at least a decade old, but still seems new to me. Nothing you see here has been newly purchased.
I am particularly proud of this number, our old entertainment center that was headed for the curb but, as you can see, I gave it a new life as a storage unit.
I wasn't sure if it would work for this purpose, but, surprisingly, it really does. The big gaping hole where the tv sat holds this three-drawer plastic chest really well, with room on the side and top. I bought the chest at Walmart for $23. I'm also proud of myself for organizing its contents: the top drawer has embroidery thread, the middle holds carded ribbons and trim and the bottom drawer holds laces and appliques.
I really love the space on top which holds a nice bright lamp and my computer and speakers. I am in absolute heaven when I can stitch while listening to a book downloaded from the Kansas library. When I have a story going and needle and thread in my hand I am in a state of bliss in which the hours fly by and, really, the entire world melts away.
The relationship between my craft room and I has been a marriage of the best kind. So, it seems fitting that I also have something borrowed that also happens to be blue.
This glider was sitting in my mom's garage and she kindly let me borrow it. I wasn't sure if it would fit, but I scooted the entertainment center...excuse me, storage center....over and it slid in just fine. You can't see the little drink stand, but there is one. I like to sit here with a longish project. And my stitching books are conveniently located to my left on the bookshelf.
So, let's see what it actually cost to set up this room.
Desk: free (equals already owned item)
Chest of drawers: $50
Sewing machine: free
Iron and ironing board: free
Entertainment/storage center: free
Plastic chest of drawers: $23
Total cost of room? $153
Value of having my own space to create where I can shut the door: PRICELESS!!!
If you'd like to see more details of my lovely little craft space head over to my flickr
account for a looksee.