Of course, there are times when an extra room would come in handy. For example, when we have overnight guests, one of the kids is always displaced; we don't have a guest room. Holiday dinners are always rather informal, as we don't have a dining room and frankly crafting has always been a challenge, because...well, you get it.
I have always sewed, glued, painted and decoupaged on my kitchen table and it was always rather frustrating. I could usually get about halfway through a project before someone wanted lunch or needed to do homework or make a snack. My supplies would be laid out and then gathered up several times a day. Completing a craft was challenging at best. I told my husband it would be dreamy to have a whole room dedicated to me and my stuff, but we have renovated before and frankly, I never want to do that again!
So I told him that I would settle for one of those craft cabinets or desk armoires, where I could keep all of my stuff and so we started to shop...and then we stopped when we found the prices to be in the one to two thousand dollar range. Bummer.
Back to the kitchen table.
A few weeks later we happened to be at a local thrift shop and we saw this beauty for $98.00. My husband opened it up and lo and behold, it was exactly what I was looking for, solid wood, great color, perfect size and cheap!
We brought it home, set it up in the basement and I got to work filling it with my crafty supplies. I love the fact that the doors close up and everything is hidden. It's pretty on the outside, but doesn't have to be on the inside. I do have some stylish containers full of ribbon, but others are just functional (translation: ugly).
The armoire has an electrical outlet inside and even though I have to share of bit of my real estate with the Wii game and the cable box, I still have plenty of room and power for my sewing machine. Big jobs or small, I have a great area to stitch away and all of my notions are at my fingertips. There's already overhead lighting and carpet under foot to make my "office" even more comfortable.
Now, granted my view isn't fabulous, but I live near the beach and I am lucky enough to see the water every day. However crafting in the sand isn't that great. Believe me, I've tried it. So when I want to retreat and indulge myself with a little creative me time, the view of my supplies organized, neat and at the ready is fabulous.
The addition of this piece has also triggered a mini redo of our basement, complete with a new fireplace! That doesn't hurt the view either.
Best of all though, it's my craft space...mine all mine, no one will need to use it to do their math problems or eat their ice cream sundae or paint their nails, that alone qualifies it as dreamy!
Do you have your own dream space?
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