So, I'm one of those lucky (or annoying, depending on how much room you have for crafts) women whose husband is like, "Sure, take the 2nd bedroom and do what you want with it... Our guests can sleep on the couch!" So, welcome to my haven.
What a wonderful thing! I painted the room a light green color (I think it was Honeydew by Baer) and then put up the shelves by myself in a frenzy of "I want to get this done NOW, so I'm not going to wait for said husband to come home!" It really builds up the arm muscles.
My favorite part of the room is my desk area. I got the desk from the in-laws, the chair from an antique store, and the light from Wal-Mart... total: $25ish I make jewelry, so I keep all my findings organized in boxes on my desk, along with my tools. The middle drawer pulls out and hides my bead board most of the time.
To the left of my desk, I have an antique white enameled medical cart that I keep crafty books and my tools on. I also store my wool roving and felted beads on top of it in glass jars. I don't have a good shot of it, but you can see it in the first picture.
I really love the artwork in my room. I found a couple of vintage Russian propaganda posters at a flea market and mixed those with my own photographs... it just feels like home. Above the Russian poster is a picture I took in Vegas while running across the street... it turned the lights into Ls, which is fun for me because my name is Laura.
Even further up the wall, I have 3 handmade ornaments hanging from the ceiling. I found the pattern in a ornament book and went on to make them in every color of bead I had!
Moving right along! Next up is the most wonderful comfy chair in the world. I had my eye on it for YEARS, but it was always just out of budget for me. Until the glorious day when I went to Ikea, and there it was, marked 60% off because it had been the floor model. The heavens opened and light shone on me like never before! One new slipcover later, and it's good as new. Not only that, but the ottoman opens for storage! The black curtains are for winter only, not for dreariness, but because they are insulated and that helps to keep the lower level rooms warm. In the spring, the gauzy turquoise curtains will be back up!
A cool thing about the room is that I've included bits of my past along with the new stuff I keep adding. In the chair is a pillow from Door County, Wi (my home) and a seen-better-days dog that was my dad's when he was a kid.
From there, we head to the closet. I took the doors off because 1. it was ugly brown and didn't match the room, and 2. it got in the way of the craft.
Yes, it is always that organized. I used metal shelving ($10, Wal-Mart) to store all of my scrapbooking supplies, while bins organize the rest of my craft miscellania. The top shelf holds my idea books for jewelry, and plain Christmas ornaments waiting to be beaded.
On the wall between the closet and the chair are two framed pictures of the Virgin Mary, by very different artists. I'm not Catholic, but I find religious drawings of the saints and Mary to be very beautiful. One picture I got in London from a museum, and the other I got in the Southwest... can you guess which is which?
Next up is the hutch where my computer sits when I'm working, playing music or movies while I lose track of time. Inside, I store the jewelry I've made when it's not at shows or on display. Above are two shelves that hold some important things: the bottom shelf holds a glass jar that was my dad's grandma's, a cup and saucer that were my mom's grandma's, and a stained glass cat that I made with my uncle when I was five. I really like to feel like I'm surrounded by people who love me when I'm crafting... it's a good feeling. On the top shelf, I have some knick-knacks from my travels, a picture of the husband, and the all-important Mr. Potato Head collection. I only have two, but they're AWESOME. Darth Tater and Optimash Prime.
The hutch was a free salvage piece that I found in a closet at my in-laws... one sneaky nighttime trip later, and it's mine!
PS They now know I have and are somewhat okay with it.
Finally, (and thanks for bearing with me!) we have the last wall. You can't make jewelry without beads, so here they are:
I love my label-maker! I have a bit of a collection complex... I can't just buy one! The upside of that is, I always have new materials to work with. Above the beads is a shelf that holds my button collection, some jewelry displays, some embroidery floss, and my bigger origami cranes.
Phew. I hope you like it. I do! It's a small space, maybe 11' x 11', but by using shelves and plastic organizers, I got a lot of stuff into it.