Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Come on in for a visit.

Today I would like to invite you to spend some time in my Craft Room. When I bought my house almost 7 years ago (!!), one of the many things I loved about it was the sun porch in the back. It needed some work, but I always envisioned it as my craft room. Then the break-in happened. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember I mentioned once that my house had been robbed. They came in through the sun porch window and it was there that I realized someone had been in my house. For a long time after, I didn't like to go into that room. Pea moved in quickly, and we piled a lot of his junk belongings in there. It was a huge mess for a long time.

Last spring I finally got over my aversion to the sun porch, and one weekend Pea and I Clean Sweeped it and my craft room was born. It is now one of my favorite rooms in the house. I wish I had thought to take some Before pictures . . . but I never think of it until half-way through any project. But here are the after pictures.

Come on in and look around!

Click on any picture for a larger view

It's a very tiny room so it was hard to get pictures, but this is a basic look around. I had planned to paint clouds on the ceiling, but I'm not really sure how! I always knew I wanted the room to be bright. I tend to gravitate toward neutral colors (as you may have noticed from my knitting spot picture) but the little sun porch seemed like a great place to "go wild" and use some fun color. I thought about colors at the seaside . . . the bright yellow sun, the blues and greens of the water, and a sandy colored carpet for the floor. The curtains and all of the furniture is recycled from Pea's old apartment, except for the table with the lamp on it. That is actually my mom's old sewing machine, which no longer works. It was neat to use it as a table though, and fits right in with the crafting theme. I can't tell you how therapeutic it was to take back my room - it's no longer "the place where the bad men broke in". It's now my knitting and crafting sanctuary, and I think it almost looks like a room from one of those decorating magazines. So that's my Project Spectrum yellow (and orange on the bench pillows) for today!!


Lynda said...

I love it! I love the sunny color, and LOVE the seating area. I have a sewing machine/table that looks exactly like that! - it was my Grandmas!

What a great room!

Noey D. said...

I love your craft room! The yellow is so bright and cheerful!

Stephanie said...

Love it!! Is that woodwork painted or is that the natural color? Either way - Ilove it!! What a great room.

(I am SO pissed off to hear about your break in. That is SO WRONG!!!! I hope whoever did it gets back the crappy karma tenfold!!!)

Ok - a little calmer now. :)

Jenn said...

What a great room! I'm so jealous of all of your windows! And it looks very cheery and comfy - a nice sanctuary.

Anonymous said...

Yay for taking back your space!! (burn some sage in there too to get rid of the bad juju) ;o)

It's a beautiful room!!

Is it Saturday yet? *grin*

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful room! Bet you will enjoy every moment in it!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and bright room it turned out to be! I love the yellow painting you used for the wall! I sure can imagine how reluctant you were after the break-in to even step into that room, but fortunately you got over that with the time and have such a wonderful and comfy room now! And gosh, it's so tidy! I can only imagine how a craft room of mine would look like - oops, I do envy you for your tidiness :)

Sonya said...

What a wonderful craft room! Very bright and sunny. And I love the paint color. I'm glad you've reclaimed it. And so tidy! (Note to self: become a more tidy person.)

Elizabeth said...

That is the perfect yellow! The shelves and wicker baskets look so organized - I'm inspired to reorganize my craft bookshelf - haven't figured out how to get an entire room yet. First step is to get more wicker baskets - the few I have are overflowing, so just look messier.

Thanks for the tour!

Ragan said...

I love the yellow! It is so bright and cheery! One of these days my children will be old, and I too will have a craft room.

Kym said...

cool craft room- man is it nicely organized! i'm so jealous :)

Ya-Ya said...

Hi Karen,

I love the bright sunny color of your room. It is so nice to have a place to put all your stuff and actually find it when you need it. My house is full of color, I can't help myself! Good luck with your pending tag sale. I did one and was dissappointed, but I live in the boonies. Nobody came! Make lots of yarn money for yourself!

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