Tuesday, February 2

Motivation & Time

Where have I been?? You can see, I haven't blogged in over a month and I don't have a good excuse! Everyday I tell myself, "I HAVE to blog today!" and then the next day comes...
Yes, motivation & time are partly to blame - I'm not too motivated lately and I have no time!
I don't have any excuse for taking so long to post something; for me, the trouble is deciding what's interesting enough that you'd want to read it! As always, I'm open for suggestions.

Something that has kept me busy over the last few weeks is organizing my craft room! After BANG!, it was a disaster and I didn't know where to start. There was no room to walk without stepping on or around something, and no place to work because my craft table was covered with brads, ribbon scraps, paper and other debris! It took a lot for me to show this, (I'm only able to after my mother sent me these pictures), but here's a before picture...


That's just one view; you're unable to see the floor....trust me, you don't want to!!

At first, I was just moving stuff around & creating organized piles. Then, after a few late-night, several hour-long cleaning sessions (the only time I get anything done), I started to have some hope....

And here is a during picture....









Once I got the desk cleaned off, it began to look like a place to create, rather than just a storage room. Note all the piles on the right! Someone saw these pictures and described it as "a nice juxtaposition of super-organization with real-life piles"! I thought that was a nice way to put what my husband sometimes refers to as my "crap" room.

And then I FINALLY got most things put away & in the places I want them. I added an old dresser that we were going to get rid of, as well as taking advantage of the space under my work table. By the way, the dresser is full already! What did I ever do without it??


I still have several "piles", but at least they're not on the floor. I can't describe how good it feels to walk through my craft room freely, without watching where I step!

Like my life, my craft room is a work in progress. There are still things I need to go through, condense and organize further. Now I'm able to work, walk & find things easily.....until my next project or craft show!!



                 (**Pictures are from Mel Stampz**)

34 comments:

SCRAPPINGJOL said...

Hi girl,
Looks great your craftroom (after cleaning up LOL)
How are you my friend??
Hope you're just fine.

Hugs,
Jolanda

Karen said...

Hi Alfie!
I love your craft room.....well worth the effort I'm sure - but don't get too used to being able to see the floor....or the desk....or anything else....it's always a work in progress!
Miss you. Got my package today.....and i love it....talk soon.
Karenxx

Simone said...

Well done !!

Love the blog design/background

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Evelyn said...

Your craft room is a dream! I love your blog and the theme is just lovely.

Peace,
Brnwebgrrl -;-)

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Batmamma said...

Hi Batmamma, now following you in Follower #2.

I can so relate to the no motivation and no time for blogging aspect :D

Tam Hess said...

I love organizing! I end up doing it before I start a project and then I don't get around to the project..that's not good! Your craft room is awesome, wish I had one. I have all my "stuff" in black wash bins on shelves.

TangoAlphaMike from swapbot here!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Wow love your craft room! Following from swap bot. scentednights2002

Chas said...

My craft room is a disaster right now and I need to spend some quality time towards it to get it organized again. I love seeing other people's craft and studio spaces. Thank you for sharing. One Woman's Haven from swap-bot.

Ariel Bouvier said...

Cool blog design...it makes me smile. I can so relate to this post. Everytime I walk into my studio I attempt to organize it. But I see a blank canvas and start to paint.

peace & love,
Ariel17
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Michelle said...

Hey lady, you're following me from swap-bot but I just had to pop by and say hello. Most of the graphics on my blog are from shabbyblogs.com Check the out if you're looking for something new. Also... you have made me so envious of your craft room...

Jealous to the core.

xoxo,
Michelle

Queen Elisheba said...

i dream of a craft room!!! I have a craft corner right now...but it's slowly growing and taking over the corner. I'm following you from swap-bot.

your background is soo cute btw!

Rochelle said...

It is a never ending battle in the craft room. Supplies just seem to multiply. I am now a follower of your blog. stampkrl from swapbot.

Vivian said...

Love your craft room. Now only if I had the same motivation as you... :)

-Vivian
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Sarah Riley said...

Your craftroom looks great now that it is organized :) I recently cleaned up my sewing room and understand how time consuming it is. One thing I do to stay motivated to blog is to always carry a small notebook with me...I never know when something will strike me as interesting and I can jot it down for later.

I'm e2java from Swap-Bot's "I Want More Blog Followers" and I am now following your blog.

Mara Spires said...

WOW, wish my craftspace was this well organized!!!

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Vicky said...

Organizing stuff give me headache, haha! I should find some time to organize my bookshelf too.. lack of motivation..

This is Vic5ive from Swap-bot. And I am now following your blog too. :)

Ellen said...

Hi – My name is Ellen and I’m following your blog through swap-bot. Hope you’ll follow back. My info: scentednights2002

Five Little Crafty Birdies said...

Here via swapbot! great to see your woerk! Love it!

Kay B.Elle said...

I am so impressed!

KBL from Swapbot now following :-)

Abigail Leigh said...

Your craft room is AWESOME....I wish I had a room just for crafting!!!!! And I love your blog header.

abigail20 from swapbot

Coleen said...

I have a nice size studio that I've wanted to do this with, but I don't think I"ll ever get it clean up enough to do so.
Coleen Franks from Swap=Bot
http://vintageterrace2.blogspot.com/
http://franksukraine.blogspot.com/

Canndy Pan said...

I totally feel you. I just post my organized room on my blog, I am crossing my figures that this room will stay the same for over a month.
papacancan from swap-bot

squareby said...

Wow. Wow. That is a magnificent craft room. Sheesh, and I thought it was hard enough keeping my few boxes of stuff organized. Looks great! Now following you - squareby from SB.

better than naked said...

great motivation!!! you really took care of business! swap-bot, betterthananked

Susan said...

Hi, first time here. I'm susan from swapbot (luv2swap)

Enjoyed your blog, it's very nice.

Thea said...

It looks super organized now. I especially like your ribbon holder... I'm fibrous from swapbot, and I'm now following your blog.

Agnetha said...

Agnetha from swap-bot is following you now!!

Katy Sauer said...

Congratulations on getting all that done! It's simply amazing what you did. Now hopefully I can draw some inspiration from it and work on my own. This is K8ty from Swap-Bot for the I Want More Blogger Followers swap.

Laoch'Rione said...

Now following from swap-bot!!
LaochRione

MelonFarmingBabe said...

I'm the same way with my blog! I need to discipline myself more! Oh well I'll keep trying.

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MelonFarmingBabe

The Stitch Sleuth said...

I have a room that looks a lot like that! Mostly the "before" picture. We are lucky to have a whole room to devote to our crafting. Carry on!

Paper Lady said...

Heh Alfie, it's June!!
Where the heck are ya? Hopefully you're too busy crafting to blog! Pop in some time and say hi.

Zilliah said...

Your "before" picture is cleaner than my room right now :P

Also, I'm so jealous of your stash of craft supplies! And of the amount of space you have! My crafting just gets a corner in my room....sigh.

zilliah (from swap-bot!)

Jessica said...

OMG!!! Your room looks amazing. I love to see others crafty spaces. It always makes me feel wonderful after cleaning up my spare room and scrappy corner. It looks wonderful. Great job!

Jessica (J3ss1ca: Swap-Bot)
http://myscrappycorner.blogspot.com/

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