Today's post is super special and a first of it's kind for Year of Parties! I'm excited to show off my workspace and partner with a fellow Maker, everglow handmade. I love having a space to craft, and I've been looking for an excuse to showcase it in a blog post for a while... More on all that later.
But first, I invite you join me in a T-Swift dance party. Shake it off, guys.
I have to admit, sometimes while singing along to this song, I change the lyrics from "fakers" to “makers gonna make, make, make, make, MAKE!” Because just like Fakers, us Makers are going to find a way to do our thing and MAKE, no matter what.
I used to think it was selfish to take up space in my apartment for something “frivolous” like crafting. (False.) When I began respecting crafting for the skill and practice that it is, and embracing how great it makes me feel, I knew my supplies needed a home of their own. I am lucky to have a loft area in our current apartment, that somehow Jason allowed me to turn it into my very own crafting room - instead of him using it as a man cave/ sports room. (This is partially because my craft supplies function away from the living space a bit better than the big screen TV does.) I do look forward to one day having a space big enough for the both of us to use, together, for our creative ventures.
I love the space that I have now, because it includes lots of shelves for storage, space on the floor for projects, and a desk for my sewing machine. Something that is also great about the space is, I can leave projects half finished for as long as I need to, and not have them be in the way of our day-to-day lives. Full disclosure, a lot of times I end up crafting downstairs in front of the TV, and poor Jason finds random tissue paper, thread, pompoms, felt, ETC. stuck between the couch cushions and pillows. #crafterprobs So, when I do work up in the loft, it usually includes the iPad for Netflix viewing, or listening to a podcast.
I like that the space is not perfectly organized - and is rarely as clean as these photos suggest - because that means I am USING it. I am using the supplies I have, and I am making things! Because after all, Makers Gonna Make, right?
The banner is so pretty in real life. The letters are hand cut from upcycled pages of Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice" that have been soaked in tea. (heart eyed emojis) I love the weight of the cotton string she sewed the letters to, and especially love that she included lots of extra string, on each side, for display options.
The packaging also blew me away. As you can see in the photo above, Rachel really paid attention to every detail. (A girl after my own heart) I think the little things in life are HUGE, and, even more crucial in crafting. Note the stitching, stamping, and personal note on the outside. Opening up this package and noticing all the details felt like receiving a hug from a friend. I take my snail mail very seriously, and boy, did she nail it.
Inside, the banner was secure in it's own envelope - with it's phrase written on the outside (perfect for storage) and wrapped up in tissue paper.