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We head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to tour Jordan's cozy craft area in her dorm.


"My favorite thing about the space is the blank wall above my desk on which I paste photos and other odds and ends that inspire me!"




Tell us about your space?
My craft area occupies a small corner of my dorm room. So not only is this space for crafting, but it's also where I sleep, study, and get ready in the morning! The total dimensions of my room are about 12ft  x 12ft, so my craft space is just a small portion of that. I work on things for my blog here and do my schoolwork, as well as use it for crafting. I mostly do paper crafting and jewelry making in my craft space. Since my space is so small, I take big projects into my living room to work on (but I don't do this too often since I have to share it with my roommates).

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Since my dorm room is where I spend a huge amount of my time, I really worked on decorating it to make it as inspiring and inviting as possible! I hung up string lights around the room and put a lamp on my desk so I don't have to use the fluorescent ceiling light. I use the wall above my desk as an inspiration wall and post pictures or stickers or magazine cut-outs that inspire me. My other walls have various decorations, like vintage hankies, a world map, and a dream catcher. My windowsill is lined with knick-knacks that make me happy to look at!

How do you keep organized?
Since I have such a small space, organization is very important! I keep all my craft supplies in drawers and boxes. I also have a small metal cart beside my desk that I keep crafting essentials in- like pencils and pens, scissors, glue, and various art tools.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I think photo boxes are perfect for storing craft supplies because they look lovely stacked on display while keeping all your materials organized! Recycled glass jars are also great for storing craft materials. I have several around my room that I use to hold my washi tape, sequins, and paper scraps.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My favorite possessions are the pieces of artwork that my younger sister created for me. She knows how much I love cats, so she gave me several drawings and a handmade kitty figurine that I adore! I don't have many of my own creations on display, but I did make a few decorations for my walls, like a dream catcher, a few drawings, and a some strands of paper garland.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I keep a sketchbook to write down or sketch any ideas I have for projects! If I come across inspiring ideas online, I bookmark them on pinterest.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration! Also, I love looking through Japanese craft books for new project ideas.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
My first wish would be to have a bigger craft space (ideally, a entirely separate room!). Second, to have all my materials perfectly organized so I never waste time searching for something that I can't find. Third, to always have lots of natural sunlight filtering in my room (perfect for crafting and photographing!).

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helen.caplain
helen.caplain · Wigan, England, GB
What a great use of such a small amount of space. I'm limited to keeping my crafting stash in bags dotted around the house, Here's to separate crafting rooms for us both in the future!

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