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Come behind the scenes at Wattlebird and tour Annie's craft room in Detroit, Michigan.




It started out as a pretty basic unfinished basement, so I had the ability to really put my own stamp on it. I'm a compulsive decorator/re-arranger, so it's fun to have a space that I can constantly add stuff to.


Tell us about your space

My craft space is in the corner of a basement, which doesn't sound too exciting, but it's actually pretty perfect for me. I have a small couch opposite a couple of small tables. And I store most of my craft supplies on a rolling cart next to the couch (and stuff the excess under the couch/tables/wherever else I can fit it). I also have a little TV across the room and basically all of my old projects hanging on the walls and displayed in other places around the basement.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?

I display most of my old projects around the room. But I also have lots of artwork, photos and gifts from friends.

How do you keep organized?

I don't! I mean, I try. But my craft space is always a mess. I'm constantly trying new projects and buying new supplies so it's all kind of everywhere. I always seem to know where everything is though - it's sort of organized chaos, I guess.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

My only tip would be to store supplies where you can easily see and access them. If I can see my supplies, then I'm more likely to actually use them. But if I have to search around for something, then I'm likely to just lose interest and move onto something else. Or just buy more supplies. And that means more clutter.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?

I have lots of my creations on display, but I'd say my favorites are probably my collages that I made with photos of my friends and my dog. I also have a huge collection of Instax mini photos that I usually just keep out on the table. But I have some plans for displaying them in the future.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I find a lot of my inspiration online, so places like Pinterest and Tumblr are great for saving ideas. But when that inspiration turns into actual ideas I always write them in my good old fashioned paper planner.

Where do you look for inspiration?

When looking for ideas, it's usually in places like Tumblr and Pinterest. But I also get a lot of inspiration from just watching TV and movies.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?

1. I would want someone else to come in and organize the space, since that's definitely not my area of expertise. If they set up a good system with labels and everything I think I could keep it going.
2. I'd have more space to show off my creations and gifts from my friends. My friends and I have a few holidays each year where we all make things and give them to each other, so I have so much artwork and handmade creations from them and I feel like I'm running out of space for it all!
3. A bigger table space. Right now I have a couple of tables that are great for small-scale projects. But most of my projects usually make their way onto the floor because I just run out of room. And that's fine, but whenever I sit on the floor my dog comes and sits on my lap. So then the challenge becomes keeping Sarge from shedding on everything.


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