Come behind the scenes at Peony + Ink for a #CraftRoomTour and see Cassandra's craft room/living room/dining room in Seattle, Washington.
Two of the windows are french doors that open up to a Juliette balcony and I love having both of them open during the summer. It's very peaceful to sit in front of them in the morning, and if the breeze is blowing the right way, you can smell the salt water.
Tell us about your space
My craft space is also the living room, dining room, office, kitchen, video game room, and puppy living space all in one large rectangle. Anything you see on my blog was created in this space and it's not unusual for my husband to come home and I have resin curing on one part dining room table and watercolors on the other, foam core and paper covering part of the living room floor, while I'm standing there trying to get out the glitter that I've managed to glue into my hair. While it would be nice to have a space where I can keep my craft supplies out, I like that I'm able to work while still being in the same room as my husband and two frenchies.
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Books. Lots of books. I once described our apartment aesthetic as "Mid-century modern with a splash of hoarders and the really messy section of the library at Hogwarts."
I love the warmth that our collection (aka random piles everywhere) books bring and if I'm ever feeling stuck on a project, I can grab a book that looks interesting and see what happens.
How do you keep organized?
Clear plastic bins. I have them separated by types of supplies, one for watercolors, one for beads, one for resin, etc. I store all of the bins on shelves in our laundry closet and it makes it easier to find what I'm looking for and know it will all be in that container 85% of the time.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Find a way that fits with how you work. I like to work on multiple things at once and will tend to spread out on every available surface. Having the plastic bins helps keep everything contained and switching between projects easier.
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
Some of favorite possessions are items that belonged to my grandparents. I have my grandmothers Underwood typewriter, and a drawing my other grandmother did that I framed and hung in the living room. I also have four or five colored glass insulators that came from the house my great grandfather lived in.
I wouldn't say we have anything I've made for my blog on display, but we definitely use things! The neon glitter magnets are on the fridge, we use the copper flake coasters, and the glitter ring bowls are on the dresser. We do have the felt awesome sauce banner up, and some of the garlands I've made are decorating my desk at work.
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
Pinterest and my Passion Planner. The Passion Planner is great because unlike a blank notebook, it has prompts to keep my ideas contained, but it also isn't as rigid as a traditional planner.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest, again. I love the search engine capabilities of Pinterest because I can type in any of the random things I'm thinking about and get images in return. For example, I've been playing around with some ideas involving glitter and desserts and after seeing what pinterest brought up with those two words, I came up with a Galaxy Brownie recipe.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1. Unlimited glitter and sprinkle supplies.
2. A one-touch espresso machine.
3. A vacuum that can get the glitter and sprinkles that I will inevitably spill everywhere out of carpet AND off hardwood floors.
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