Tag Archives: Craft room

Craft Room Carnage

18 Aug

Having my own dedicated craft room is quite possibly the best thing which could have happened to my monster empire. Ask any of my friends to describe me in a few words and I’m sure most of them would include some variation of ‘messy’ ‘disorganised’ or ‘hideous bombsite’. At university I was renowned for my bedroom in our halls being a deathtrap and my reputation has never recovered. That said, messyness works for me creatively – tidyness makes me slightly edgy but in a pigsty I feel my creative juices flowing.

I was limiting my monstering activity after moving in with Mr Monster because I just didn’t want to impose my mess on him, especially as we live in a very open plan loft. Now that I have the craft room which he set up for me, I can monster from noon til night, play music, sing, and best of all….not have to tidy up. Often some of my best ideas come out of a bit of disorganisation. I might throw down a skein of embroidery thread on top of a piece of fabric and suddenly be hit by a colour combination which I just hadn’t thought of, sending me off in a whole new direction.

When I finished Bernie Longbottom on Monday (so-called because he just kept getting longer and longer!) I was totally focused on the job at hand. Once the last stitch was tied off and the last button sewn on I lifted my head to have a look around. This is the sight which hit me.

Not to mention all the debris on the floor and windowsills! How I ever find anything I don’t know.

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The Nicest of Gifts

6 Aug

You may remember some weeks ago that I wrote a post eulogising Mr Monster’s mum’s craft room. Well, I went on about it so much that Mr Monster eventually gave in and I came home one day to find that he had turned our spare room into a fledgling craft area. I was incredibly touched and may have even had a teeny bit of a cry.

As you may have gathered from his blog he is a creative soul himself so we can both make good use of the room which at the moment consists of a bench with my sewing machine and lots of work space surrounded by MANY disorganised boxes and bags full of supplies. Eventually I want to get the whole place organised with drawers and labelled compartments but that will have to wait. For now there is too much crafting to do!

What A Weekend – Part Three

19 Jul

And now for the best bit. After shedding a proud maternal tear at the graduation, Mr Monster and I boarded a bus to the midlands to stay with the monsters-in-law for a few days. I had a really lovely, relaxing weekend in great company and I enjoyed seeing where Mr Monster grew up.

By far my highlight of the weekend was spending sunday with Mr Monster’s mum Linda. While Mr Monster and his dad went fishing, Linda and I spent the day in her craft room. When I first saw the room I felt like I had discovered the holy grail, the treasure of the Sierra Madre and found Lord Lucan to boot. Seriously…hundreds of drawers and folders full of button, beads, ribbons and all things crafty. Heaven.

Linda showed me lots of techniques and tools which I had never come across before. Embossing, stamping, die cutting and so much more.  She helped me make a birthday card for my mum and I have also started one for my dad (which means I can’t put them on here and spoil the surprise!) I’m so pleased with them and now have a head stuffed full of ideas for art pieces using what I learnt during my crafty day. I boarded the bus back to Monster HQ with a goody bag of bits which Linda kindly put together for me and spent the trip sketching ideas in my trusty notebook. I can’t wait to show you all some of them once I get started.

Most of all it was just wonderful to spend the day with an enthusiastic and like-minded crafter in our natural habitat. Check it out, I only wish I could be this organised: