Being Creative

I don’t consider myself to be a creative person but some of my friends disagree because they point out all my knitting projects. Yes, I can knit, crochet and spin but knitting a garment entails reading a pattern and I have a logical and ordered mind (most of the time πŸ™‚ ); this is reflected in the work I do: administration and budgets. But I don’t write patterns or knit freeform. I still stick rigidly to following a pattern. I admire people who can create such wonderful patterns for me (and others) to knit. Now they are really creative. One thing that I have discovered is that I do have a knack for using the spaces in my home quite ‘creatively’. Warning: this is a long post so you’d best settle in with a cuppa!

It started a few years ago with this little area under my internal stairs which I call the Book Nook. This is usually a difficult space to utilise because of the slope of the stairs but I have made it into a functional space.

DSC00556aAnd then it progressed to this area that is directly under the overlapping kitchen shelf and quite hidden away.

11CD DVD shelvesThe shelves now home all my CDs and DVDs. They’re out of the way but more importantly, I can see all of them!

13CD DVD shelvesMy biggest challenge recently has been to try and bring some sort of order to my growing fibre and yarn stash as I was slowly (or should I say quickly) running out of room. So after a lot of ‘creative’ thinking I realised I actually had one room in my home that I didn’t even use!! So I moved a few items into this room and it’s the new place where I can comb wool during summer (as my outside back courtyard is simply too humid). I have even moved some of my fibre into this room. It has a tiled floor so it’ll be easy to sweep up the dirt from any fleece. Okay, enough teasing; here’s the room I’m talking about.

Bathroom 01Yes, it’s my bathroom of all rooms!! I only use the ensuite so this room is really wasted. Here’s where I’ve stored some of my stash.

Bath 01How cool is that idea? The polystyrene box (which holds some alpaca) just rests nicely on the inside ledges of the bath. Perfect!

Bath 02I bought this old telephone table (which also came with a chair) for $20 and it’s perfect for clamping on my two sets of wool combs. These ones are Alvin Ramer combs made in Canada which I bought recently from a member of the Australian Handspinners and Knitters group on Facebook. And of course, there’s also my Valkyrie wool combs that I bought from Karen Severn. Karen is the Australian distributor. (The combs are in the bag on the bathroom vanity and the block is clamped to the table.) You know me, I can’t just have one of anything πŸ™‚

Bathroom 02The chair that came with the table was quite yukky – dirty vinyl on the top and the chip board base was very flaky.

Chair 02-tileSo I thought ‘creatively’ and bought myself this bread board for $8..

Chair 01And screwed it to the chair frame and voila I now have a new chair which can also be used as a small table!!!

Chair 05Chair 06It will be easy enough to get a small cushion, sew on some ties and tie each one to a leg to make the seat a bit more comfortable. I won’t be doing much sitting in this room as wool combing lends itself to standing.

Chair 07The seat still sits right under the table despite the bread board being slightly larger than the original base. I have considered buying two more of these bread boards and making a new table top as this one is also chip board underneath and it keeps flaking and dropping onto the floor.

Chair 08I even have a small vacuum cleaner which will be ideal to quickly vacuum up those bits of dirt once I start combing.

VacuumNow to my new craft room. I actually have two spare bedrooms and they were both being used as storage rooms for my stash. I really needed a working craft room rather than using the dining room downstairs which was fast becoming overrun and unsightly. So I got my thinking cap on. The main thing that I needed to change in one of the rooms was to get rid of the single bed which was being used as a large shelf and it took up a lot of space in the room.

Single BedAnd to replace it with some type of table. So one day while I was looking on Ebay for a table (as you do), I came across this one.

Trestle tableHow perfect is that? A table that I can fold up if ever I need to and it’s easy to store. Here’s my new table which I absolutely love!!

Craft Room 02That’s my sewing machine on the left hand side. I can actually use it now!! Every bit of space has been utilised even under the table. And you know the single bed I was talking about? Well I put the mattress up against the wall as well as the bed frame. As I looked at the bed frame I had another ‘creative’ thought and came up with this idea.

Craft Room 03Lots of hanging baskets to pop little bits and pieces into πŸ™‚

Craft Room 04I was on a roll! My next idea which I copied from someone on the Addi King Loomers and Knits Facebook group was to purchase this workbench from Bunnings for $25 to put my two Addi knitting machines on. It’s fantastic as I just turn it around depending on which machine I want to use. And the space directly under the workbench is not wasted as this is where I store the yarn I’m using to make my hats.

Addis 01Addis 04The rest of this craft room is stacked with stash.

Craft Room 07 Craft Room 08 Craft Room 09What I love about this room is that in summer it’s on the shaded part of my home, there’s a large window and the breeze pours through it. I spent most of yesterday in my craft room and even settled in with a pot of tea! Utter bliss I must say.

Pot of tea 02This picture gives you an idea of the size of the window.

Craft Room 01My other stash room is looking neater now that I’ve tidied it up a bit.

Blue Room 01 Blue Room 02 Blue Room 04I’ve even managed to clear this little table so I have a small workspace here too if I need it.

Blue Room 03

I don’t live in a house but rather a townhouse but I am blessed to have three bedrooms all to myself πŸ™‚

You could say I am quite pleased with the ‘creative’ ways I’ve found to use my limited space. Now the trick is to stop buying any more yarn and fibre!!!

Until next time…

Melanie

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10 thoughts on “Being Creative

  1. You have been very innovative! Love it! In case you are looking for ideas on how to display your stash, I bought two bookcases from the local Warehouse stationery store that have cube compartments – looks just like the yarn store display cabinets, and now I can see all the stash and not guess what is in which bag!

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    • I would love those types of bookcases however I don’t have any wall space left!! Quite often when looking through my bags of stash I come across surprises as I’d forgotten I had some particular wool πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi Mel If you just read my last message ( 2 mins ago) you must be wondering where I have been. Silly screen jumped and I foune your report on camp, din’t now how long it had been there, but I only just read it!! Anyway, better late then never. also enjoyed your latest NattyKnits, always something fun to see. Love your cupboard under the stairs, much better to have it open, when you build them in and keep “stuff” in them, they become a repository for all the rubbish that you intend to sort, one day! Cheers, Jan Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:20:15 +0000 To: arfnjan@hotmail.com

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