For a while I have enjoyed watching people reduce their space and belongings in the Tiny House movement, through various blogs and posts on various social media – Pinterest/Facebook, etc. I long to have so few things, but as with any other crafty lady, we know that is far too simple an existence for me.
Since there is not a single craft activity that I won’t try at least once (quilling=YIKES), I have adopted many supplies for the craftpocalypse. Linoleum, epoxy, earring hooks, wool roving, ink, markers, pencils, paper, and other supplies that are more quickly exhausted (fabric and yarn), litter my house and office where I make my real-job money in marketing and graphic design. I have a luxurious IKEA setup called something like püterhoard or machmarspayes… I forget. The desk extends along the entire far wall of my office, and turns the corner where my rotating pen holder and my mac + monitor setup. Within leaning distance, I have a 4′ tall drawer unit that holds paper and a too-large collection of USB devices.
My sewing machine resides on the right side of the desk and is usually workable in the space, but while it’s highly functional, this space is not really inspiring. There are two windows in the room, and it’s pretty cavernous. I love cavernous, but not when I am making jewelry or working with stinky things like metal polish or resin.
After a creatively recharging trip to a retreat in New Hampshire last year, I realized that I wanted to have a messy space where i can make noise with metal, use my lathe, reupholster things and other activities that require earplugs and adequate ventilation. Many of the smaller homes in Houston like mine have backyard sheds and single car driveways and garages. So, the yard tools live in the shed, for now. Soon, they’ll be neatly hung in the garage to make room for my air conditioned shedquarters / craft shack / lady cave.
Deconstruction and reconstruction have begun. Courtesy of Bobby Johnson, builder extraordinaire.
“Hey look!! A window!” The installer and I marveled.
Removing the lower 4″ of old cedar siding.
Phase 1 complete
industrial spray insulation – from a client
Application of Mascoat DTI