Monday, June 16, 2008

perfect or not here i come

The Nester issued a challenge to show off our imperfect homes. She is a big believer in the idea that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. I'm a perfectionist by nature, so sometimes if it can't be perfect I don't even give it a try. I'm trying to let go of that. Remember the things I hung on the wall, perfect or not?

Anyway, my craft area was a total mess. I didn't have enough room to store my supplies & projects. It was getting so out of control that I was beginning to not enjoy crafting. To be able to scrapbook I had to move stuff off the area to have a 1 foot square area to work in. To be able to paint I had to move all this paper over to the scrapbook area to have a small painting space.

For my birthday my mother-in-law helped us buy shelving and my sweet Greg put them up for me. I have always been intending to post pictures of this project, but the after area isn't quite perfect yet. Most of the stuff has been put away and organized. I have even been enjoying crafting in my new area. But I haven't thought it was picture ready. Well, perfect or not, here they are. Don't judge me with the before pictures. It took a long time for this disaster to happen!

Before:

Check out the floor. No room to roll. No room to paint on the table either.

The scrapbook area had already improved somewhat even without the shelves since I put away my oil painting that was not destined to be finished anytime in the near century.

I look at this now and wonder how I ever functioned in here! What a disaster. It gives me anxiety and makes me want to scream just looking at these pictures. 

After:
Look at those lovely shelves! Like I said, this isn't perfect yet, but it's so much of an improvement! I actually have room to roll my chair around. I also have lots of room to do my many projects. You can see that I have a couple laid out and in progress. I have room to be in progress now!

Greg commented that the shelves aren't full. Well, two things: 1) Like I said, I still have a little more organizing to do. 2) I don't want them completely full or else I won't have room for anything else. What would I do with the bargain canvases I bought if I didn't have a little bit of room left on the shelves?

Tons of room to do scrapbook projects. 

So there you have it ~ not quite perfect, but working for me.

16 comments:

The Nester said...

I think most people would give up their internet access for a room like that! Even in it's before state.

My craft room is always a mess and right now it is about 18 inches deep from the door all the way through. WHY????

thanks for sharing and it looks so ready to create something wonderful!

Marie said...

I found your link on the Nesting Place...

Your 'before' pictures look like a few rooms in my house. lol I love that you posted those pictures. It makes me feel a LOT better about posting MY pictures. Whew. LOVE that craft room... I'm so jealous!

sara's art house said...

I love your craft room! You look like you have fun in there!!!

Susie Harris said...

I think I would give my left arm for that room. Sorry I have drooled all over it but it's my dream room! just beautiful!!! Susie H

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Look at all the space you have!! Fantastic!!

~ Sarah

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

Oh I want all that space to create and be messy in...and then share with the internets. LOL!

Debbie said...

I love it!

Bella said...

Fantastic Room!

My Three Girls (The A girls) said...

Love all your crafty stuff. Messy or clean you have a room just for you and your design wares that is beautiful to me.

proudgrits11 said...

Wow, you're so normal!!! :) I linked back to the post about hanging stuff on the wall and the part about your husband seeing himself in the mirror as he comes down the stairs--I read it twice and laughed out loud both times!! fun blog--I'll be back!
-Tabitha

Songbirdtiff said...

Wow! You have an amazing selection of supplies. And a WHOLE STINKIN' ROOM FOR CRAFTING?! You are one lucky girl. :)

Andrea said...

You all are right, the room is quite large. But it's not only for crafting. Our computer, book case, etc. are in there too. There's also a table for the kids (complete mess) and a place for me to photograph my Etsy things. We are fortunate to have such a large room. We couldn't give it to one of the kids because there would have been tons of resentment resulting in adult therapy for the person who got a smaller room. :)

Brian and Staci said...

Wow girl! Your craft room is awesome! Way to go! I stopped by from The Nester's place! I'm sooo jealous of your shelves! Good luck with the rest of the organization...but it looks great!

Kris said...

It's a great room even in the before pictures! All that room to be creative? I wish!!!

Bonita said...

Looks like an artist's paradise to me, messy or not. My husband always says that a messy workplace is a sign of a highly creative person producing.

Andi said...

Wow what a scrapbooking room that is. Where can I get one like that...haha! I used to scrap book all the time, if only I had time to get back to that. Thanks for sharing your blog.