Mr T often wanders (read "clambers over the boxes of paper stash, stamps, inks, paint, sewing machine, bags of wool, die cutting machine etc until a small space big enough to settle just one foot while the other hovers in mid air, conveniently next to the chair which will aid your balance - see, I'm helpful with my "set up" like that!) into the spare bedroom (aka Craft Zone Central chez nous) and stares wistfully into space and mutters various almost inaudible phrases under his breath such as "this would make a lovely music/guitar room"......"we could have fitted a pool table in here"......"this could have been a perfect man den"....."a home brewery would be perfect in here", before looking around at the scene with a forlorn look on his face, shaking his head, and wandering off whispering about needing a bigger garden with a shed. Bless.
I guess the sight of my ikea-dining-table-come-desk does look a bit chaotic to the untrained eye.....
Any true creative genius will know that no matter how big your work surface, you always end up with just a12x12 working area, clearly marked out by a cutting mat!!! However, this doesn't mean we don't need the rest of the surrounding space (or room) to fill up with stash! Oh no!! Being surrounded by stash soooooothes and inspires the creative brain. Oh yes!!
So anyway, imagine Mr T's sheer delight when I come home and announce that I have a new hobby in mind and have acquired this little load of chintzy booty to help me achieve it:
Let me hear you say
Check out the bounty of embroidery thread! It was actually my grans, I took some when we cleared things from her house, but only about half of all the thread she had!! She was the queen of cross stitch, and lots of craft in general to be honest. My love of making things really must be genetic! I sorted them into colour families last night (to cries of "OCD" from Mr T), with a view to storing them in take-away plastic containers....but there's no way they will fit so i guess a new storage purchase of some kind is on the cards ;)
I felt the photos needed a little scale to show you just how many threads were there, so I popped my mobile phone into the shots:
I began the post talking about crochet and wool, so I'll share my last layout with the February Sarah's Cards Kit, as it is about my Sunburst Granny. I created a sort of "notebook page" to document my strategy to get it done in manageable chunks that I talked about here. A bit different in style for me to have so much journalling on a page, but I wanted it to serve a purpose.
As always, click for larger images!