Crafty Corner: Before

It’s been a while since I’ve made good use of my crafting space. For months it’s waited for me to enter again and use it for sewing. As of late it’s been the catch-all corner for the clean laundry waiting to be folded and put away. It’s also become my stamping storage space. Yes storage because I’ve not been making cards or stamping lately. My son’s electronic piano sits unused and pillows rest beneath it.

It’s a mess…

The general splendor of the Crafty Corner

But since I’ve decided to buy a new machine with some of my tax refund, I’ve decided that cleaning up my corner is necessary. And sooner rather than later. The first to go will be this weird metal cubby holder. With the build in bookshelf currently holding my fabric stash in the corner, I’ll move my stamping equipment there and repurpose this metal shelf to the garage where we’ll store our shoes and rollerblades.

Stamping gear waiting for a place of their own

I plan to also repurpose a shoe cubby in my closet for my fabric stash. It’s the perfect size to fit under my cutting table and it’ll be a cheap fix. No need to buy anything new when I have storage options around the house. With the metal shelves in the garage and my stamping things on the shelves, using the shoe cubby as my fabric storage makes sense.

Or at least it does in my mind’s eye.

The hidden machine under a pile of bits and pieces

For now, this small sewing table will do just fine. Someday I’d very much like to have a proper set up for all my sewing needs. So far this is the plan for now and I’ll work on cleaning up and reorganizing the room this weekk. Crossing my fingers I can find the energy to get it done.

Java Stash!

My stash has grown some in the last couple of months. And my latest additions were very themed. I was working on some mug rugs for Mother’s Day and decided what better way to make a mug rug than to incorporate some java and cafe fabrics.

Oooooh Java!Oh la la!

Lucky for me, Moda makes a great set of java inspired fabrics. And I splurged and got the BIG set. When that thing arrived I let it sit for awhile and just stared in awe at its beauty. It was so well organized and there were so many inspiring patterns! And it was so pretty I hated to open it up to use them while at the same time I couldn’t WAIT to cut into some of those great coffee bean patterns.

The bottom fabric is a Deb Strain for Moda in the pattern Bistro. It was PERFECT for the little rugs because if you cut it just right, the wording can stand out like a picture framed.

Using the worded border.

See? Doesn’t it look like I embroidered the words on it? Everyone asked if I had and were pleasantly surprised when I said that no, I had just cut the material perfectly to fit into the rug and make it look like I had hand printed the words espresso and latte.

Oh la la!

And, I added some French Cafe styled prints! I love black/red/white themes so I had fun with this one. And I didn’t even get to cut into the red Eiffel Tower print or the flowery black and white fat quarter on the end. Those I’m saving for another mug rug in the future.

I will say this, picking a theme in fabrics for a project that I am working on helps to encourage me. Working with the java/cafe theme for those mini quilts made to be used under a coffee mug powered me onwards to see what I could come up with using the fabrics I had bought for just this project.