mess central

The previous post includes a photo of my craft room/office.

The Little Sis of My Sister’s Pantry left this comment: Thank you for showing your REAL crafting area – i.e. one that looks like you actually work in it instead of one that you just finished redoing for Pinterest. So many craft areas that I see, I’d be afraid to cut anything for fear of getting little pieces on the perfect table.

I laughed out loud. And laughed some more. Because she spoke true. And the sisters are hilarious.

Which leads me to the question that had been gnawing on my mind for many years now. A question about what I’m doing wrong (or not doing, for that matter) because my house never looks like the ones shown on other blogs, Pinterest, or magazines. I am aware that these photos show 80% styling and I guess I can try harder in that department. But in my world, functional trumps stylish. Whether by accident or through sheer laziness, our flat will never be picture-perfect. It can only be lived-in. And I guess I’m okay with that.

I’m also okay with showing you more of my craft room/office.

When you enter my craft room and look to the right, you see this:

  • This is the top of a shoe cabinet that I use to store supplies. Most of my dollhouse items are inside this cabinet.
  • Items with double asterisks are basically trash. I simply still hold on to them because I have convinced myself that I can still use them for a project.
  • Not labeled are the two piano pouches in front of the boxes. They will be included in a future giveaway. Soon, I hope.
  • The necklaces to the lower left will be posted for sale on the revamped online shop.
  • That other yellow bowl has random stuff: paper clips, feathers, a box of matches, a small ceramic saucer.
And right beside the cabinet above is the sewing table:

  • Anything labeled “project” is something that I am trying to finish at the moment. I guess doing many projects at the same time is the reason for my perpetually messy office.
  • The keyboard deck of this table contains stationery, paper doilies, stickers, patterns, paper bags, wrapping paper, a cutting mat,  felt sheets, etc.
  • I store my rosette supplies inside large coffee containers.
And this is the wall behind the sewing table:

  • Look, I have giant paper clips!
  • The sunburst mirror by the upper left corner is FROM THIS DIY POST.
  • The dreamcatcher is made of felt. It’s a work in progress; future versions might end up posted on the shop.
  • The silver Christmas decor might or might not be transformed into fascinators. We’ll see.
And to the left of the sewing table is this wall:

  • The boyfriend helped me set up this narrow shelf and I haven’t gotten around to painting it.
  • Do you see the necktie hanger (right)? It’s perfect for holding spools of thread, too.
  • The scissors from left: 6-inch fabric shears, pinking shears, thread/small items scissors, metal fabric shears, 8-inch fabric shears, metal fabric shears turned all-purpose scissors.
From the door, when you turn left, you’ll see my general work area:

  • This corner has both office and crafting supplies.
  • I actually have more spray paints than shown here (I make sure to buy a can whenever I’m at the hardware store) but the boyfriend most probably used them.
  • Yes, I have girly makeup stuff and colognes here, too. Sometimes, I bloghop while getting ready to go out.
  • I am thinking of spray painting the juice boxes… Or not. Again, we’ll see.
  • The snack: sliced apples and pineapple juice.
  • My tablet is an old Wacom Bamboo model.

Now it’s your turn. Invite me to your craft room/area, please? I want to see photos!


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21 thoughts on “mess central

  1. Oh, this is so fun! I’ve not been brave enough to do a true down and messy post of my craft room. I definitely tidied up for my craft room post. (I blame Pinterest for that too…lol!) Maybe one day I’ll get the courage. Despite the lovely ‘worked in’ feel, your area looks so organized. I like how you hang your scissors. I’m still trying to find a storage system that works for me.

    P.S. Love that guitar bag. My husband got a guitar for his birthday. I have no musical talent, so I could use a guitar bag instead. ;)

  2. True :( I feel inadequate and slightly sad whenever I look through other people’s photos. Why do they have amazingly shiny places? *lol*

    BTW where did you get that white frame? ^-^v I’m trying to design a gallery wall for our living room but I can’t find intricate designs like that.

    1. You are right about the shiny part. Haha

      That is a very old frame that I got at Gaisano Countrymall. I got it around 9 years ago, I think. Try SM Department Store; they have new and intricate frames that are on the cheap side :)

    1. Haha! It’s much too big for my dollhouses and now it’s just gathering dust here. It’s too cute to be thrown away, though…

  3. Ah thanks for showing this! I like the blue walls. It’s a great mix between scruffy/functional, BUT there is beauty in the pictures, and it’s not “staged” like other craft areas. Hanging your scissors up is a grand idea. I’m afraid my workspace still consists of me balancing a laptop on my knee whilst quaffing tea that’s gone cold, and trying to stop the gluepot from toppling off the rickety old dressing table that serves as a desk. Ah well!

  4. LOL. I’m glad I made you laugh; I was afraid you might think I was calling you messy. As others have said your crafting area is WAY neater than mine. ;-) And I love the color – very motivating that shade.

  5. Your craft room looks fine! Totally lived-in, which is perfect ;) I especially love your cute yellow serger! Where can I cop one for myself! All the little pretties make me SO excited to shop for supplies next time I visit the PI!

    Btw, I would love to do a mail exchange with you :) I’m from California, is that alright? Please do send me an email if you have time to do this, if interested! Let’s be pen pals!

    Not much more than a store website at the moment, but you can find some of my work on Instagram: “VIADRIENNE”. Hope to hear from you soon!

    1. Your works are beautiful! But gosh, I think I can only do swaps with crafters within the Philippines. Shipping fees are insane :/

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