This week we head to Hamilton, Ontario to take a tour of blogger, Love Elycia's gorgeous and trinket-filled office and craft room.

"My favourite thing about my craft space is the wall directly behind my desk. I put photos of friends, prints and paintings I love as well as any little thing that makes me smile. I even have some old Strawberry Shortcake airfresheners stuck to that wall."

My craft space is on the main floor of our home in the back bedroom that overlooks the backyard. I don't know the exact dimensions of the room but I would say that it is a medium sized room, not too big, not too small. The room doubles as my office. It is my favourite place to work from because it gets a lot of light all day long and the way it is decorated keeps me happy and motivated.I share my space with my three kitties. They think they are very helpful while I'm working and like to sit or lounge on top of whatever I am working on.

Is this also your work space?
As I mentioned, this is also my work/office space where I do most of my blogging, email answering and drawing. I really love working out of this room but I can sometimes be found crafting in the living room, on the bed in the other spare room or sometimes at the kitchen table. It really depends what I'm working on, what type of day it is and what else I have going on while crafting. I mostly use my craft space for sewing and I will occasionally embroider, crochet or knit in there as well if I don't feel like sitting on the couch. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
To make my craft room a space where I love to spend time I painted the walls a really happy turquoise-y colour that I am crazy about. I have collected a lot of odds and ends throughout the years and I love displaying some of my favourites in my craft room to keep me happy and inspired. I go crazy for colour so the more colourful my room is the better!

How do you keep organized?
At times I can get a little crazy and become a messy crafter but I have a really hard time staying productive and excited in a messy craft space. Don't get me wrong, I love making a good crafty mess but I prefer to clean it up as soon as possible.  For knitting/crochet works in progress I either keep them in a bag (if it is a portable project) or in my little project basket. For sewing, I like to leave the project out on my table until it is complete and for embroidery I have been hanging unfinished pieces on the living room wall to remind me to work on them. My supply stash is pretty big! I have collected most of it from thrift stores because it is really hard to pass up something awesome that you might someday need for something at the thrift store. I store most of my fabric, embroidery supplies and paint in blue bins on my big shelving unit and my yarn has it's own special box that is buried somewhere in my messy closet at the moment. 

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
If my supplies are especially pretty I like to use them as decorations while they are being stored. My prettiest fabric is displayed out in the open on my shelves and crewel thread that I love the colour of is usually in some kind of bowl on the shelf. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I have a really hard time picking favourites of anything but I really love the embroidery that Lucky Jackson did of me. I love Jen's work and it made me feel very special that she choose to embroider me! One of the pieces on my big wall of art is made my me. It is an embroidery piece of a ball of yarn. Oh and there is a cute little amigurimi bunny that I made peeking out of one of my bowls. There might be more but that's all I can think of at the moment. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I try to write down all my ideas in a notebook because my common attitude of "this idea is so great, there is no way I will forget it" has failed me many times. Sometimes I have a problem remembering which notebook I wrote my great ideas down in but I always find them eventually. 

Where do you look for inspiration?
One thing that I have learned about myself is that I have a really hard time looking for inspiration. It just has to hit me when I least expect it. I get inspired most by colours, beauitful days and good smells so it can really hit at any time, I just need to be ready!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
Wish number one, I would change my furniture from black to white. I really wish I had have bought white furniture.

Wish number two, I would add a few more windows. My craft space does get good light all day but it could definitely use more. You can never have enough natural light!

Wish number three, I would have one of those huge cat tree things that goes from floor to ceiling. I would love to look over and see my kitties hanging out on that!

You can keep up to date with Elycia on her blog »




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