Come behind the scenes at The Creative Night Shift for a #CraftRoomTour and see Sannu's studio in Lapland.
Even though I live in a small apartment it is possible to modify the space according to current projects. When I am quilting it occupies the whole apartment. This summer every surface plus floor was covered in fabrics.
Then about a month ago I decided to make an advent calendar to my blog and social media and this small apartment became a studio for the project.
Tell us about your space
My apartment is 38 square meters and 100% of it can be used for craft and DIY projects. It is a complete lifestyle :D Mainly I craft on my kitchen table. Sometimes I move the table around the house to get a better light for working and taking photographs. Mainly my projects are DIYs with thrift store materials, quilting and sewing plus cooking and baking. I also do the writing for my blog here.
In this apartment building we also have a common craft room downstairs. It is a place where I do all my furniture makeovers and other projects that need a bigger place.
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I use lots of color in my home decor and I have many plants to make indoor air better. Also the wonderful view from the window inspires me daily. I like to decorate according to the season and new season usually inspires me to make new projects.
How do you keep organized?
In a small space this is always a challenge and keeping organized is essential to get anything done. When the chaos goes too far there is no creativity. I have a cabinet for fabrics and sewing haberdasheries. In a smaller cabinet I have furniture paints and yarns. I have bought plastic boxes to store small stuff like stamps, beads and small paint tubes.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Transparent plastic boxes that you sort by theme or technique like painting, paper crafts etc. Old cabinets and drawers are also great for storing. Old furniture is usually very functional and well designed.
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
A pink yarn/paint cabinet is one of my favorites. An old handmade wooden bed is very dear to me as it is from my grandmother's childhood home. Colorful quilts store summer memories and bring energy to dark winter days.
Some craft equipment and old craft books have passed through the generations and are important to me. I collect craft supplies, equipment and books and buy when I find something affordable or special. This collection is a source of inspiration.
My projects are mainly home decor and the ideas usually come from a need to have some new decor to my home. I might for example see some trend coming and then create it myself to fit my personal style. This is why I have most of my latest creations on display.
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I keep a Bullet Journal where I take notes, sketch, plan and schedule my projects.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Social media and blogs give me inspiration every day. It is inspiring to connect with creative people around the world and share projects and life. Nature, books, movies and culture in general inspire me.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I would like to have
1. a more effective storing system.
2. better lights.
3. table with adjustable legs.
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