About three days after my initial tooling around post, I was f-r-e-a-k-i-n-g out. I have no tools!
What am I going to review for you? The world will collapse and it will be all my fault! And then Tara cut my panic attack short by pointing out that I can’t make something from nothing so, odds are, I have some manner of tools.
Oh. Right. I do.
First, I have the one tool that should be at the top of every maker’s wish list: I have a space in which to create. We’re not talking a two by three foot nook off the kitchen. I am lucky enough to have a whole 12- by 10-foot room; more if you count the now doorless closet.
Yeah, that isn’t it. But wouldn’t it be awesome?
My room actually looks like this:
Insert trombone slide.
This photo is a frankensteined photoshopped panorama of my room, but it is also a pretty good representation of my workspace. Kind of blegh, wouldn’t you agree?
After a week of moping around, feeling inexplicably blue and uncreative, I realized my space was bringing me down. Here I have a whole entire room to work my magic and I HATE being in there. It is uncomfortable, cramped, dim, and messy. This is certainly not what I had in mind when I first envisioned the “Never a Plain Jane Space for the Production of Pure Delight.” In fact, that space up there is undeserving of such an awe-inspiring title.
But let’s focus on the positive: I have a whole entire room in which to create.
Why is that important?
- Spaaaaaaace. I can spread out and really see what I am working with.
- I do not have to drag all my supplies out each time I want to work. It is all ready and waiting for me. Sometimes it actually calls to me which leads me to bullet point number three:
- I can shut the door. This means I can shut myself in for uninterrupted time with my creative genius and I can shut myself out when it is time to be with my family.
- I can shut the door. Yeah, I already mentioned this, but that door is crucial. If I have a project all laid out I can shut the door and nobody will see my mess. No first-grader hands will be tempted to touch the silky fabrics. No fatally curious kitties will play hockey with my collection of beads.
I have this super long list of things I think I need in order to excel at making and selling wedding garters: laptop, Gingher brand scissors, Go Cutter, shelving, sewing machine attachments…but I cannot make the money to invest in my business if I don’t feel like creating.
The time has come for me to make my space inspiring and comfortable.
I can’t believe I didn’t see it sooner. At least I can show you the light, and in case I didn’t make it perfectly clear:
Yes, your workspace is a tool. Make it work for you.
Here’s some advice from the pros (okay, maybe they are just my idols and would never actually call themselves “professional,” but they’re pros as far I’m concerned):
post edit – You can see more of Ronda and her fabulous scraproom at her blog Help Me Ronda.
There are probably a thousand photos of fab work spaces on the web to inspire longing and jealousy, but how would you do it using only what you already have? What about with a budget of, say, $150?