Our little art space is up and running and is now the second busiest room in the house after the kitchen. The kids love, love, love this room so much and spend crazy amounts of time creating in here. I didn't buy too many new things, just some new chairs and under the window storage both of which came from Target.
The big wooden storage (that holds all the crafty bits and pieces like coloring books, paints, stamps, pipe cleaners, google eyes and so much more) is a set of 1920's lockers that I bought in London long before I even met Andy. I think I dragged Claire with me to Upper Street in Islington to this shop After Noah and spent far too long trying to rationalize buying it while she waited patiently. Then I dragged it across the Atlantic and moved it into new homes, twice. It was in our dining room for the longest time until I made Andy heave it upstairs to the art room. I try not to get attached to things but this piece is hard to let go.
My sewing space is in the art room too, so the kids and I can hang out and chat. While I type this we are having a conversation about what months are the spring months....a hard call in this town. Definitely not January. Or February. Rarely March, sometimes April. Usually by May, although it has snowed on Mother's Day.
Can you please notice how much stash busting I have done? The white shelves used to be floor to ceiling fabric but through systematic donations, selling and actually using it I have whittled it down to two shelves, still way too much fabric but I am working on it. Ok and those baskets, they are filled with fabric scraps too but I am really trying. The problem is, that having not bought any fabric for about two years there is some really lovely fabric around right now and I admit to feeling a little wanty. My strategy is to come up to this room and see if I have something similar. I usually do.
I just have my Bernina out for sewing but the Pfaff lurks in the background should I ever complete a quilt. The thing is, I love the Pfaff so much more but it just does one stitch and if I am sewing clothes I do need a serging stitch from time to time.
For supplies we have lots of paper (scrap, colored, tissue, tracing, painting, construction, card), pens, yarn, stamping materials, diorama stuff, a big box of small cardboard boxes and bits and bobs for construction, tempura paints, watercolors, oh and honestly so much stuff I can't list it all. Lots of these things were given as gifts over the years, I buy things on sale when I see them and the kids get lots of my cast offs (yarn and fabric) but there is no getting around the fact that we are super lucky to have a room filled with so many resources.
There is a wall filled with the kids' own art which I guess we will change now and then and there are lots of lovely prints and the pretty Liberty bird wall hanging was made by my mum.
We keep the art books in here and the kids are free to look through whatever they want. The laptop and printer are in here too but they need help with them. There are rules in here, which are around the basic idea of cleaning up after yourself and respecting the fact that this is a shared space. The kids and I made them together and then they wrote them out and stuck them on the wall. So far it has worked out really well.
And that's it. We are all very happy in this little room and during the course typing this post, my son has made some photocopies, started a comic, cut out lots of squares to make his own Pokemon cards and my daughter has helped him while making her own gigantic pom pom. Leonard has come in (that big basket under the table is his bed) and tried to eat some tissues.