Ian and I have never been the kind of people who eat dinner at a table, so when we moved into our apartment, we decided to put our dining room space to good use. We bought a long table from the library and I made it into my first-ever craft station. This was super exciting for me. I had just received my first sewing machine for my birthday the month before (thanks Ian!) and I was ready to hit the ground running on all kinds of projects. But, quickly thereafter, my cozy little creativity corner turned into a collecting ground. Not for Ian, but for me. I would use the table as a reciprocal for envelopes, boxes, crape paper, dishes left behind by friends after potlucks, and every other piece of paper that enters our house. It was getting out of control and I rarely sat there to do any of my crafting. Instead I'd carrying all of the necessary supplies into the living room and sit on the couch. My table was just to unwelcoming.
So, last night, after I finished work, I decided enough was enough and I tackled the problem head on. I tore into every nook and cranny. I took every item out of every basket, box and cup and I got real. "Will I ever find a use for six paper towel rolls? Will I even use one?" You get the picture.
I honestly didn't realize just how much stuff I had accumulated in our apartment. I have collected and collected and collected to the point where I have every single box from every single package I've received in the last year. It seems, somehow I thought that boxes were a necessary item to hoard. Boxes, bubble wrap, crape paper, packing peanuts, cellophane, you name it, I've got it!
So, as I started going through things, the mess only got worse...
But, I persisted. I was so totally determined to get through this project (mostly because now that I'm doing Project Life, I want a place where all of my paper, scissors, stickers and stamps can happily live on a permanent basis.) So, after three hours (from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. or from daylight to darkness) I slaved over my table. And, now that it's done, I'm happy to report I couldn't be more pleased with the results!
|That's right, you're looking at the opening spread in my Project Life binder! I'll show you more tomorrow.|
I think the best part of tackling my craft table is that now I know what I have and where each item is hiding. I honestly had no idea how many cool bits and pieces I had tucked away. I have a Ziplock bag just overflowing with amazing scraps that will be perfect for Project Life. It's also really great to be able to see the table and to see what I have. I honestly cannot wait to sit down and craft my little heart out this week. I have some finishing touches I want to do to some of my PL pages (I caught up! I did seven weeks worth this weekend.) and I want to give a simple sewing project a go. I'm thinking a t-shirt bag or something.
Yay for organization!!
Are you working on any craft or organizational projects right now?