A friend was talking about me in front of me and said ‘Lynnes amazing! She does knitting and crochet; writing and painting; silk painting and felting and printing; she designed and painted her own curtains and.. and… and.…’. What I heard was, ‘she has ‘stuff’ all over the house, she’s not the tidiest, if you go to visit it will be a mess and the whole house is her studio’.
It’s rare that I invite people over these days though I am trying to more. Often I’ll have something I’m working on that’s taking over the house. If you’ve been invited you’re one of the few and I’ve probably spent hours clearing away my latest creative idea. Close friends who visit regularly (I don’t tidy for them..) see the ‘piles’ of creativity changing as they realise I’m working on something different than the last time they visited. They get used to it and, I hope, come to wonder with interest what my current creative project is.
Who was I kidding when I said ‘I’ve been sorting the spare bedroom’. As I went through it, yes there was the paperwork, some old makeup in the dresser and even some clothes but mainly, there was the knitting pile, the material/sewing pile; the sketch pads; the writing and painting and craft and photography piles.
Do I have a craft room or studio?
No, the whole house is my studio.. including the garden and sheds. The spare bedroom will turn into my studio now that I’m finally coming to terms with being creatively artistic. (Yes, I know. It’s only taken 50 years).
Do you have a craft room or studio?
Are you creatively artistic?
Oh dear, you were just describing my house! Full of things I’ve made or am making, and ‘stuff’! It’s just as well our friends understand us!
From what I hear you’re ‘stuff’ is much more sorted than mine. My crafts can get messy and big. Painting the fabric for my curtains took over the whole of the kitchen diner floor for 2 weeks+.. Yes it’s a good job our friends and family understand us.
I don’t know how creatively artistic I am, but since my daughters are grown and on their own my wife and I each have our own rooms to use as offices and work spaces. We miss the girls, but it sure is nice to open up more space.
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Thanks Lee. It must be good to each have your own space though I can imagine you miss your daughters. I’m worried I’m doing the A-z before I can even crawl as a blogger but we’ll see how I go.
I have an office, a rather workaday space. It does have a very nice view over the backyard, which backs on to a thin strip of woodland with a wet bit of prairie beyond. But I dream of a studio dedicated to just messing around being creative, with a crafting table and lovely shelves, and lots and lots of framed cross-stitch samplers (all made by me of course) and treasured bits of artwork from other people on the walls and the lovely shelves. My armchair, currently slotted into the only available space between the desk and a cupboard, would have its own special nook, and there would also be a sofa to take naps, I mean search for inspiration, on.
There would be floaty sort of curtains at the windows, and a window seat so I could look out over the even better view, lake or mountain (I would, of course, be at one and the same time in magnificent scenery and yet strangely enough be able to walk out into a stimulating urban environment).
Somewhere I would have a concealed flat screen TV for those occasions (rare) when I feel like watching something. As soon as I walked into my studio, inspiration would hit me like I hammer, causing me to write 5,000 words a day.
On the other hand I’m quite lucky to have an office…I don’t like mess so our living rooms are a bit, well, overly neat. The office is a bit messy because I work here. Oh, and I would have a cleaner who knew how to get rid of all the dust without disturbing the creative ambiance.
Sounds like you’ve got a location for a setting for one of your novels. I love the dreamy way you know what you want.
The front hallway in my tiny house now serves as the craft room or as I call it the “Craftway.” But in order to do any crafts, I have to pull out everything and set up at a table…sometimes in the dining room sometimes the living room. Then I have clean every thing up again! Ugh. Sometimes, when the craftybug hits me, I tell it to go away as I don’t want to clean up anything else!
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ooh Heather, I know what you mean. Tidying away constantly would put me off too but when the craftybug hits it hits…and crafting is wondrous for the soul until it’s time to clear away… (glad you stumbled across me on AtoZ)