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Come behind the scenes at Anykind for a tour of Jesse's work room in Norfolk, VA.




I love how open this room is and how much space I have. My work spaces before this room were a closet office type room and then a corner of our living room. So it's really nice to have enough room and surface space to spread out and work on a few different things at once. I also love the windows and natural light.


Tell us about your space

This room is our apartment's second bedroom. I'm lucky enough to have this space as my work room. It's too noisy to be a bedroom since it's closest to a busy street and sidewalk.

I do everything for my business in this room - designing, cutting, sewing, photography, shipping, and getting ready for craft shows. This is also where I do any other crafty things that I end up doing.

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

One of the first things we did was add the floating shelves on the wall. I love to switch out which decorations and things I have up. That really keeps me inspired, and the shelves make it really easy to display different things and pictures. Displaying things that have good memories inspires me. Having a few plants on the windowsills makes it cozy, too.

How do you keep organized?

I have a collection of baskets, containers, and little shelves that I find at thrift stores, antique malls, and estate sales, so I always have options when it comes to organizing. For example, next to my sewing machine I have an old, tin breadbox to keep my sewing supplies all together.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

I like to switch up my organization, too, like my decor. It helps me keep it tidy and clean. Also I try to think of new ways to use things.

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

Some of my favorites are the Betty Boop bank on my floating shelves (from my grandmother) and the drawings my husband has sent me while he has been away with his job in the Navy. One of my absolute favorite possession is my 1950's sewing machine, because not only because I use it for my work, but it is beautiful and my dream machine.

I have a few collages I've made on the wall in front of my sewing table.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I always keep a notebook going of sketches and ideas. I'm also a big Pinterest user and have several boards I use for inspiration.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I get inspired by vintage fabrics - the patterns, colors, and textures. It's mostly what I use to make my bags and bows for my business, so searching for and finding awesome fabrics is a huge inspiration for me. I also get inspired by taking a break and going somewhere and seeing new things.

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

1. Perfect fabric storage. I'm not quite sure what that would look like, but the shelves I use now make it really hard to look through fabric and get what I want.
2. Have all the screen printing equipment and space I need to make my pattern screens so I don't have to use so many makeshift things - and do a lot of it in our small, dark bathroom!
3. More hidden storage space - especially for big craft show equipment.


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