As you know I like trees...
If you have been reading some of my April posts you will know that when I saw
Effy's Blog Along I thought I would share some 'diary' posts, along with some of the crafty things I have been doing.
When I saw the Niamh Baly workshop that starts with that tree page I thought I would have to do it...It is an 8 page creation involving paint and lots of cutting. I painted the pages rather a long while ago and put the washi in place. In fact it was such a long while ago I am not sure if the washi will come off now!
Anyway today I started cutting and I have got through quite a few pages.
The figures I used are from BeeArty and the stamps I used are a set by Tracy Scott. Hopefull I will be able to show you a bit further tomorrow...
I was doing this on the dining room table and it got me thinking about craft rooms. Where is your crafty space? We have bought a plot of land and are thinking about the design of our new house - obviously my craft area is pretty important!
I think I only started having a designated craft room when we became expats and I was pretty much retired.
In Hong Kong, our various apartments were pretty small. In fact I cannot have had the large amount of craft materials that I do now! This was when we started eating out a lot of the time - putting on the oven would heat up the whole apartment. I was still working full time so didn't have a lot of time for crafting.
In Abu Dhabi, I did have a room for all my stash but it was storage rather than a working area. I used to use the dining room table. This was where I would have get togethers with my crafty friends and also teach a card making class.
I had two friends in Abu Dhabi whose craft rooms were to die for... I would visit and drool!
In India, I was fortunate enough to have a craft room with space for a large table in the centre, shelving all the way round and spaces for my computer, printer and various crafting machines.
In 2014, we went back to the UK and rented a tiny little house in walking distance of my parents. My craft room was the smallest bedroom and I managed...
We bought a house not far from this and my craft room then was a large bedroom with en suite. This bathroom was so useful for drying things like pours - and also I had the washbasin to hand. The room itself was set up around a central table which was perfect!
Then 15 months ago we came back to Australia to live. Initially we stayed with our daughter - for rather a long time as it happened because Covid hit! I rather took over one area of her living area!
Kevin says I cover any available horizontal surface!
We moved to our current house (a rental) when our shipping arrived from the UK. This was to be my craft room:
A year on - it is not quite so tidy! And I have discovered I have to extend all over the house!! The main extra is my messy area in the utility room - this bedroom has carpet! I was doing the cutting above on the dining room table. Sophie and I often commandeer this, or the kitchen...
And then there is my drying area in the hall...
In the centre you see my spray box, made from some packaging...