Thursday, September 17, 2009

Magazine Craft Room versus Reality

Creating and Crafting is what I enjoy. Join the Hooked on Houses Friday blog party to see what everyone else likes!

I'm starting with a lovely photo of a craft room from Country Living, March 07. Looks too good to be true, doesn't it?

Do you think anyone who actually creates in a craft room has it looking this picture perfect?
I have shown you pictures of my craft room (cleaned up). My supplies are there and I do sometimes work there but the picture below is the REALITY.

My rocking recliner in the living room (next to hubby B's chair) is where I like to sit and sew! I can watch the news or be with B while he watches ball games. One cat sits on the back of my recliner, another at my feet and one in the chair beside me. The gas log stove is a few feet away, a glass wall is in front of me and the kitchen is only steps away so B can bring me snacks and coffee! My mother always had so much around her favorite chair we called it her nest. So now, following tradition, I have a nest!

This is my sewing "basket." Pin cushion, lace, ribbons, buttons and thread are close at hand.
This is the tray I hold in my lap to be my work surface. Scissors, beads, wire, an antique ice pick and more are there.
This is what I have to show on my latest project. On the right are the gift bags I showed you last week when I told you where I was working. On the left are the brooches I'm sewing.
This is a close up of my brooches. Each one is made of fabric, buttons, lace and other odds and ends. The materials are vintage, recycled and new.

It's time for snack. Here comes B with a bowl of strawberry shortcake and a cup of coffee for me! Do you get such great service when you create?


DesignTies said...

A craft room should look like a place where lots of creative & fun things happen. The bigger the mess, the more creativity and fun there must be going on!! :-)


Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

I have overflowing baskets as my craft area...too funny. Love your photos!


Maya said...

Good point..., I think as long as one finds everything, it can be as crazy as it can be. That's part of the fun, right!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I have to say that my room looks a little more like yours and a little less like the one in the magazine.

Robin said...

I had a craft room in my old house and it definitely looked nothing like the one in the magazine photo! What fun is it if it is too neat and tidy? Nest away!

thanks for stopping by my blog!

arkie said...

I love your little nest! I am a nester too! I especially love to nest in the fall and winter! It is so much fun to craft away preparing little special gifts for family and friends. Your brooches are so very pretty!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

If you craft room is neat, you don't REALLY craft! LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to do the same ting you said, find items at thrift stores and tear them apart and create new things out of them.
Have a wonderful day!

Pat said...

Luckily I can hide my sewing in a walk in closet.

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

Your photos look a lot more like my reality! But I guess we can all dream!


Jenny Kerr said...

I try to keep mine as organized and picked up as possible, but when i'm in the middle of a project it's like the aftermath of an earthquake!

Cristin said...

I don't have a craft room, but try to keep all my crafty items organized in a closeet. The downside is that i don't like to drag it all out and I sometimes forget what I have even when labeled. And I am a prof organizer!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Neat brooches!!! I love how you are honest to show us the *real* crafty stuff. ;) Mine's all stuffed in a closet. ;)

Thanks for the visit. I do love my Chick Flick Club, and I love the idea of a lunch date!

Deana said...

I do alot of sewing and no matter how hard I try there are always pins on the floor. When I have a big project going it usually looks like a tornado hit my sewing room; thread and fabric everywhere and I can never find the sciccors because they are usually hidden under the mess. Thats my reality.

Struggler said...

Ah yes, reality and magazines are distant universes I think.
But I'd rather work in your room, if it comes with strawberry shortcake courtesy of a fab husband ;)

Jane F from Atticmag said...

I am mesmerized by your sewing basket! I think those say so much about a person. Love your colors.

C. Stuart said...

HOW do you keep all the kitties from playing with or eating your supplies?
And you're right! Your chair looks just like Grandmommie's nest!!