Friday, 15 July 2011

Take a peek

Inside the mess that is ME! - pictures are all clickable...

I have actually tidied up somewhat to take these pictures and filled a box of rubbish by doing so, so it pays to sort every now and then. I also found a samsonite suitcase which didn't lock properly yet I couldn't get it open, how strange...

Anywho, here is my main shelving unit and cabinet within my living room. Both from IKEA, one being the Expedit shelving and the other I believe is a Hemnes unit with glass doors and a drawer at the bottom. You'll see I have many boxes on top and an old hamper that belonged to my nan which holds lace amongst other things.

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The two larger cake boxes hold my knitting wool, needles and crochet hooks. The two smaller ones hold threads and cross stitch fabrics. The purple one has my organza bags and little boxes for my hand-made jewellery and accessories.

As I live in a flat in the UK with my son, space is hard to come by and as I've recently finished 5 years of fashion design, you can probably see that I've accumulated quite a lot of boxes of fabric which tries to hide in the corner and fails miserably. I also have cushions ready for covers and wadding here too...

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This however is not my complete haul of fabric... There is a small 3 tiered cupboard type thing although when I say small it is 1metre high and about 25cm x 25cm with 3 shelves, which is also full of fabrics although mainly fat quarters. My spare cupboard is also home to 2 very large boxes of gorgeous fabrics mainly silks I've ordered from Hong Kong as I just 'Could not resist'.

My parents recently arrived home from a 2 week cruise in the Med and brought back a couple of masks with them which immediately went onto the shelving unit... If you look closely you'll see a red and gold one with my teddy cross stitch on the top and this black/silver one in one of the shelves.

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Other shelves hold cross stitch magazines, jewellery components and my sons crafting stuff too.

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The glass door cabinet holds all of the books I collected throughout my college and university as well as folders of patterns and photos etc. As well as teaching books for the future and the top shelf holds the Trueblood and Twilight books. As you can see I have a lot of cross stitch gifts on display to remind me of my stitching friends...

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Now where do I create all my lovely work??? Cross stitching is done in my lovely round sofa which sits opposite my shelving unit although to the right a bit as the picture is taken from the doorway... Anything else is done at my dining table. It's starting to fall apart really, well the chairs definitely are anyway but then it was there when I moved in... 5 years ago now.

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Also living on this table is my sewing machine, surrounded by fabric as it should be.

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Well that's me... Feel free to look around my blog and thankyou for visiting my creative space.


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19 comments:

Rachael xxx said...

You are more organised than me, love all the storage !!

Pretty Things said...

Jealous of the sewing machine!!!!!

I hope you'll have time to visit my spaces!

earthypawscreatures said...

I like how you have used your space :) It is all very lovely. I really like your shelving with the little displays of treasures here and there :) Thank you for sharing!

~Alli

Tamatha said...

It would be lovely to be able to have all the crafting done right in the living room! All the shelves filled with treasures look like fun! Thanks for sharing! My daughter's name is Maddy too and spelled just the same. Her dad calls her Maddy Moo all the time. :)

Jo said...

You have such lovely things on your shelves! Thank you for the tour.

Rebecca said...

Love all your storage my friend! Fab!

xoRebecca

Claudia said...

You've done a great job organizing everything so that it all works in your flat. Great space.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

What a great stash you have here. I am liking the glass doors on the bookcase. It looks like a Billy from IKEA. I keep meaning to put some glass doors on my Billys but just never seem to get around to it. Anyway, I like your space. Have fun creating! *smiles* Norma

Karen Valentine said...

Thank you so much for joining the party and sharing your cute space with us! It looks very organized and that's important in a small studio!!
Have a lovely week!
xo,
Karen

kluless said...

This looks like a wonderfully inspiring place to create and how lucky for your little guy to be surrounded by your creativity! Thank you for sharing your world with us.

Terri said...

What would we do with out our cubical storage...I also like your glass door-ed cabinet. So nice we have a space dedicated to where we can create!!!Thanks so much for the tour!

Valery said...

Love the cubicle storage, everything looks so organized. Thanks for the tour!

marie said...

Great organization! I'd love to take a peek at all those books and magazines you have there.

Rita Barakat said...

Hmmm I bet you could sit in here for hours and still not see all the treasures you house here! Lovely space TFS!

Creative Grammie said...

Your space is so well organized, very cozy, I love it.
Thank you for sharing your space, I enjoyed my visit.

Susanne said...

'The mess that is me' Hmm, sounds like someone I know. I tend to work the same way just pushing it back and back 'til I'm left trying to create in a little 6 inch (or smaller) space. Hard to through anything out, just might need it some day, right? I trust there wasn't anything in that suitcase that wouldn't open, cause if there was.....
Susanne.

Lynnae said...

Thanks for sharing your space. It's fun that you get needlework from other cross stitching friends.

Renee said...

You have a wonderful space. It's so organized. I love the way you include your son's crafting with your own.

I think its great you have finished a degree in design.

mani said...

So beautiful space.

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