As I mentioned recently, we have been working on many home projects this summer and one of them was fitting our arts and crafts things and former studio into what was once our living room. While it's a space well-suited to sewing and painting and all sorts of creating, it is also a room full of windows and two large doorways, plus a stove, and no closet, plus I had to accommodate the guinea pigs in this space, so as you might notice, I had little wall space to work with. This is why we decided to float the work table (that also serves as my office) in the middle of the room.
My plan is to whittle away at my overly large fabric and wool stash this fall and winter, and it would be great to get some painting and drawing done as well. I also imagine we'll decide we really don't need quite so many glue sticks or rubber stamps or silk leaves or any number of supplies, as my now teens return to crafting, so we'll happily part with materials we no longer need at that point. New to our crafting space, too, is Olivia's sewing machine, which now sits beside mine, ready to use (and next to that sits the to-be completed basket, with the quilt Adam started, in it). While there is certainly an abundance of clutter in this space, it is organized clutter and I've tried to make everything accessible, so that there's no excuse for putting off creative endeavors. Most importantly, this family art room is now connected to the people and animals living in this home, and to the other active spaces, the kitchen and garden, for instance, and with that, all the creativity and inspiration emanating from those spaces, as well. Now that I finally have the room squared away and organized, I've already noticed the kids (and cats) gravitating to this space, people strolling through, picking up books, sitting in chairs, deep in thought, or simple deep in pleasure, because it is a pleasure to sit in a chair in your home surrounded by the comfort of art and books, knowing that you can pick up a brush or pencil or glue stick or needle and thread at any moment and make something.