It’s wrong, isn’t it, to admit that my husband and I already have plans for the kids’ rooms when they move out? Especially when the oldest is only eleven? In the meantime, we’ve tried to carve out little spaces for ourselves in the basement. My husband’s is a corner filled with
junk vintage office furniture. I have another corner (by a window, no less!), for a craft area.
We found this at an estate sale — $20 for a solid wood dresser. I’m not a thrifting expert, but my rule of thumb is that if a piece is solid wood, in good shape, and costs the same amount as a cheap particle board piece from Target, it’s a good deal. This is currently holding extra fabric, and about 70 squares of thrift-store sweaters I’ve cut out, because I’m determined to make a sweater quilt one of these days (probably in August, when it’s 100 degrees out.) The file folder (Target) on top holds knitting patterns, and the box (JoAnn’s) has fusible webbing and some patches in it
A Mason jar for scissors and a thrifted teacup for pretty clothespins that make me smile. My straight knitting needles, office supplies, and buttons are stored in glass jars — Mason jars or recycled jam and pasta sauce jars (I once tried a pickle jar but I could not get the smell out and everything in it smelled like pickles. Anyone have a solution? Anyone?)
More jars (that front one has stickers on it, courtesy of the kids). The wooden cigar box stores embroidery floss, and the little white box on the right (also thrifted!) stores plain clips from Hobby Lobby for making barrettes. You can see how I organized my knitting needles (hanging on the wall in the background) here.
This was the best money I’ve ever spent. Two Martha Stewart organizing cubbies, found on clearance at Home Depot last year (I paid $15 each). The baskets hold supplies like glue, extra fabric, ribbon, and other odds and ends. A few cubes function as bookshelves for knitting books and Girl Scout handbooks.
There it is! My happy place. Just a few other notes — this desk (from Ikea, about 15 years ago. Good heavens.) has a bottom shelf where I store the sewing machine when I’m not using it. I re-vamped the lamp — that tutorial is here, and the one for the framed fabric bird is here.
I’m planning to make curtains for that window, and I’d love to get a nicer chair than the black plastic one I currently use — but then again, spaces are never really done, are they? If I waited until everything was perfect to show you, I’d probably never write anything here. There’s a life lesson in there somewhere…
Do you have a happy little spot? Where?