Craft Storage Ideas: Does Your Creative Space Help or Hinder You?

Craft Storage Ideas: Does Your Creative Space Help or Hinder You?
Creativity comes from many places, including where you create – is your creative space an asset or a hinderance?

I saw this Economist article on famous artists’ spaces and thought y’all might enjoy reading it.
The Economist: Artists’ Creative Spaces

And, not only reading it, but thinking about whether or not your space enhances creativity, or diminishes it.

Could this quote from the above article describe YOUR space: “These spaces feed into a mythology of the workspace: the artist is not just a creator, but is surrounded by beauty so that he may create it.”

Or, is this a more apt description of your creative space? “Today’s studios are far less opulent: Jeff Koons’s studio features numerous Lysol cleaning spray bottles for polishing and fluorescent-hued cartoon paintings of a very different aesthetic era.”

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Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love
Craft storage that shows that I practice what I preach! 

Hello, it’s Hazel all the way from sunny South Africa with you today to share the latest addition to my craft storage – My Locker Love!!!

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Lockers (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Lockers

Remember that you hopped around the interwebs with me to see what other Bloglanders did with their lockers???

OK, if you forgot what I shared or missed that post, just revisit my Craft Storage Ideas Locker Love post and you can see what I shared.

Between you and me, this post was my fave!!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture (image)
Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

Let’s start with a bit of background…

My husband and I ended up with a house too big for us after both our boys left.

As we live in Stellenbosch (a university town) and flat rentals are a very good source of extra income, we converted 2 “unused” rooms into a self-contained flat.

Perfect, BUT…I ended up losing 2 BIG cupboards that had been invaded by my fabric stash over the years.

My Craft Closet is filled to the brim, so I had to think out of the box (No, out of the CLOSET!).


After I did the Locker Love post, I came up with the brilliant idea of adding a row of lockers to an unused space between our garages and the house.

I would have loved to use some recycled lockers, but as I wanted a rather uniform look, I opted to buy new ones.

To my fellow South Africans, I found these lockers at Just Steele, bought them online and four weeks later they were delivered to my door!!!


I chose this one:

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker

Just Steele 12 compartment Locker

This one is “slimmer” than the rest of the range and I wanted LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of cubbies.

I chose the two-tone cream and beige color as I thought the grey would look too industrial.

In hindsight, I should have chosen the grey.

My taste is rather industrial.

BUT, in the long run, I plan to have them spray painted fire engine red or with a black chalkboard finish.


In the meantime, I’ve transferred my fabric stash from our extra bathroom to the 
cubbies.

Here is a “before” pic.

Who can spot the bath???

Craft Storage" Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - My Fabric Stash: Before (image)
Craft Storage” Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – My Fabric Stash: Before

I sorted the fabric in groups of dress fabric for summer, plain and printed; dress fabric for winter, plain and printed; curtain; upholstery; sheeting; and, haberdashery.

Want a peek inside?

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies

I’m still working on a system of labeling the cubbies and making it SUPER easy to find something at a click of a button / turn of a page, so you’ll have to come back next month to see what I’ve done.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas,
please leave me a comment or share a link.

I would love to see as many ideas as possible
before I make up my mind.

I’m off to get the truck load of patterns sorted that arrived from my mother (and grandmother before her), but that’s a story for another day.

Thanks for looking at My Locker Love.

I’ll be back next week with GREAT ideas for traveling with crafts to keep your little ones busy.

Please check back and all will be revealed.

And when you have a moment, please swing by my blog – PlayAsUGo – and say hello!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman

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Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage
Craft storage ideas for quilting and sewing rooms!

Hello,

It’s Amanda again!

I’m here to share with you a quick solution that I use in my craft room to get those precarious piles of fabric out of the closet and out in the open where my collection can inspire my creativity.

First, I ordered some comic book backer boards from Amazon.com, similar to these Ultra Pro Regular Size Comic Boards.

Of course you could use cereal box cardboard, or regular cardboard, if you’re patient enough to save up enough pieces for your stash.

I’m not that patient.

Then, just fold your fabric into a width that is slightly smaller than the height of your cardboard, and begin wrapping the fabric around the cardboard.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards

To secure the end of the fabric to the mini bolt, use a sewing pin, or a clothes pin if you’re worried about poking fingers later.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin

For storage, simply line up your mini bolts of fabric on a shelf or bookcase.

Super simple!

It looks like you have a mini craft store right in your craft room and the fabric is out where you can see it.

Just seeing all the pretty patterns together makes my fingers itch to turn it into a beautiful quilt or to sew up a cute stuffed animal!

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, On A Shelf (image)
Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, On A Shelf

(This is Steph: I don’t even sew and I’d love to have this kind of inspiration in my craft room! Great idea, Amanda!)

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)
Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet