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Making The Most Of A Tiny Craft Space

This is how my space looked in 2018! I love my little blue fold away table – It’s great for the sewing machine

I’ve been living in my flat for 3 years this November. We live in London which means it’s not really a flat…but one room…but we make it work. I’m grateful for the space we have. London is crazy pricey and the first place we lived in wouldn’t even fit my sewing machine. One day I would love my own crafty room but right now I love that I can even have dedicate space in our cosy little room.

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Xmas 2018 haul – a butt load more thread, sewing kit, cross stitch, felt, NEW SEWING BOX!

It might not be a studio but we have a coffee table in our room which I’ve claimed for my crafty space. As the years have gone by I’ve picked up new hobbies (hello beading) and each January I find myself reorganising after my lovely family get me new things to look forward to playing with!

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So here we go! I wanted to journal my new crafty space for 2019. To start I literally emptied all the boxes and bags I own full of anything I use for creativity. This looks like a huge mess, which it is haha, but I tried to put everything into sections: beads, cross stitch, charms, stationary, paints etc. It was more than I was expecting!

I also only have space for my fabric in one box which is the perfect size to fit under the coffee table but as you can see its overflowing and I really have to stuff it under there 😦 I went to a few craft fairs last year and bought lots of fat quarters. I was also gifted a bunch of beautiful charms which I was so excited by so bought this very extra looking tool box…It felt real nice to get everything out and see what I actually have hiding away in all these boxes. I even found a bunch of paint brushes I didn’t know I had which got me feeling inspired.

So here was the final result! These four boxes were my pride and joy haha! and with a bit of Tetris skills I got everything under the table! Yas!

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Moving things around got me feeling super refreshed and ready for the new year! I managed to get all the charms into a box I used to have all my threads in and organised into little baggys. My super extra teal tool box is now FULL of my beads! You have no idea how happy this makes me! Before they were in a tote bag and it was a pain. Now i can just pick this up and get going. Urg I love it! My two sewing boxes are now organised into one for cross stitch thread and the other full of anything else sewing related. Again, it’s so great to have it all in one place. Finally, the fabric box. As this year I’m doing less plushie stuff I bought some vaccum storage bags off amazon in hopes to make more room…It definitely looks a lot neater but still just about over flowing…Guess I better use some of it all up 😀

So now everything is nice and tidy and has its place – Tidy space, tidy mind. Lets get creating!!!!

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Hello 2019! #The100DayProject – Beads by the Butt Load

Haro blog! Happy new year! I’ve only ever posted finished piece here but I’m mixing it up. In 2019 I’m setting myself some obtainable goals and would like to use this space to get my thoughts out.

Near the end of last year I was searching for a smaller craft, something that doesn’t take up too much space or time like my plushies do. I was going to jump back into cross stitch but I ended up going to London Craft Clubs workshop for beaded jewellery and BECAME OBSESSED! Move over X stitch! (I joke, I still love you)

In 2019 I am going to attempt to create 100 beaded charms

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I created these in December for practise

Every year I think of possible new years resolutions like: be more creative. Something I’ve been reaching for since I’ve  struggled a lot with motivation and confidence…but simply being “more creative” isn’t really something I can track. To build up this confidence I’m setting myself this challenge! S.M.A.R.T goals yo!

#The100DayProject has always interested me since I started following bookymargoof on instagram but I’ve always found it way too daunting. If you don’t know what it is you can find more info at the100dayproject. Basically it’s an Instagram challenge where participants create something new based on their creative theme or work on something creative for 100 days straight.

Now I know I can’t do this no matter how hard I try! I put way too much pressure on myself and would be way too hard on myself if I missed a day.

So to ease myself in, my take on this will be to create 100 little charms by the end of the year (and if I make more then hell yea!). There are 365 days in the year (well minus 9 now) so I am sure I can do this with a bit of motivation!

I did think if I should create 100 unique designs as I plan to create duplicate charms for some jewellery sets. I worried it might be too easy if I make the same ones a few times but you know what? This is my challenge! While I want to challenge myself I also don’t want it to feel too over worked/stressed. I know my limits and it’s meant to be fun as well as challenging. If I can do this then maybe I’ll set myself more difficult goals in the future.

 

Here we go! In December I created a few designs, sewed some practise pieces and kept a huge list of things that inspired me. Expect a lot of video game, pop culture and animal inspired pieces.

Wish me luck! x