Sunday, November 20, 2011

New table makes me happy.

When I first started crafting for Etsy, my sewing machine took over the kitchen table. The storage of my supplies was a large pile (or two or three) in my living room, and I even had a handy hand-sewing station set up on our coffee table. It was a mess. Thankfully, our move to the upstairs apartment back in August provided me with a dedicated craft room! One of the first things I did after we finished moving all of our things was to head out in search of furniture. Unfortunately, this was the closest thing to a craft table I could find under short notice with no searching online ahead of time:

There was definitely not enough room for me to spread out all of my craft mess on this one. Plus, it was kind of a temporary folding table so it rocked when I tried to use paper punches. Luckily, it was cheap and I can still use it as a sort of drying rack or a place to put things I've finished making until someone buys them. So on Friday, Matt and I went out to Ikea and bought the pieces for a create-your-own table system they have. I doubled the biggest, greenest, smoothest tabletop they had. And it is wonderful.  

I can spread out what I'm working on as much as I like and I don't even have to cut out fabrics on the floor anymore. Also, whatever material they made the tabletop out of is perfect for crafting. I was really against just picking up a regular old dinner table because I would just be messing it up, and this one feels like it's meant for making crafty messes. Another issue was that I didn't have a good chair that can be adjusted based on what level I need to be for each specific craft. I was using a stool before and my back was killing me after less than an hour of work, so a good chair is definitely important.

Luckily, they had a bunch of awesome desk chairs to choose from so I picked one of those up as well. I spent six or seven hours working on plushies for the holiday shopping season yesterday in that chair and didn't get tired or uncomfortable at all! Also, it rolls and spins and let's face it, that is fun. I was able to have everything I needed within reach. Once I finish organizing all of my supplies and materials I'll have room to roll all the way around the table if I need to. I did start organizing though, thanks to these awesome storage cubes I picked up at Michael's on sale a few months ago:

They took forever to put together but having all of these little compartments for my fabrics and craft books and yarn and needlefelting stuff is fantastic. I'll eventually get them completely filled up and labeled so I can find things even quicker.

Now I know at least a few of you guys were peeking at what I was making when I took the pictures of my new table. I haven't been the most dedicated to this Etsy shop of mine (which is all lonely and empty as I'm typing this blog), but I have time again and now that I have a comfortable workspace, you can bet there will be more things to buy and cuddle in there very soon. If you've been paying attention to my shop in the past, you can probably guess what my first project was this weekend, but just in case, here's another hint:

Do you guys have a specific place where you craft or store your supplies? What do you need in your workspace to keep you motivated and comfortable? See you in the comments!

Thanks for reading and I hope you're all having a lovely day!


  1. IN LOVE with the storage cubes/ organization! So perfect! Looks like a great space. I'm looking forward to keeping up with your crafting adventures. Have fun :)

  2. @tesstyler They're so awesome. I highly recommend them if you need craft storage! Thanks for the comment. :)

  3. The first few lines reminded me of my house at this precise moment. My girlfriend is doing crafts and getting very involved in the whole thing. Networking online and craft fairs and just everything. The house is one big craft factory. :)

    She makes jewellery and felt owls and such. Shameless plug here Check her out at

  4. Your craft room is incredible! I definitely know what you mean, I like working all in one space. It turned out wonderful!

  5. @Wyatthaplo I'm not gonna lie, as much as I try to keep that from happening now, there's something fun about turning your whole living space into a big craft factory. Though if we did that now, our cats would destroy everything, haha.

    Awesome! I'll check it out.

  6. well what I like having in a craft space is neatness and organization. I find that if the area that I'm working in is messy I just don't have fun working on the crafts I do. Love the table though!