Home Sweet Home.

Y’all, I am in love with my 2800 square feet of house. I don’t know how I’m going to adjust once we move to a normal-sized house. I don’t know how I’m going to MOVE, frankly. The thought fills my entire body with dread and foreboding. I have a fantasy where our landlady decides she likes the extra income of renters and decides not to sell after all but my dreams were well and plenty dashed yesterday when she e-mailed to ask if a potential buyer could stop by and see the house. Wah. I have an irrational impulse to pitch a todller-sized fit while screaming “My house! Mine! MINE!”


One of the best things about the house is the little breakfast nook that I’ve appropriated as my craft room.

It’s right off the kitchen, adjacent to the room where the kids’ toys are, and although they’re not quite secure enough in their new surroundings to play down there without me being with them I hope that they will eventually, leaving me to putter around in the craft room. It’s such a luxury, having all of my supplies and projects out so I can’t forget about them.

There are so many drawers…so many drawers. If you are a craft supply hoarder as I am, you know how lovely drawers are. Four of the drawers in this built in wall are more than three feet wide, making them perfect for my rolls of art paper.

And it is so nice to be able to have my projects on a shelf in plain view. I can’t tell you how many things I found while we were moving that I completely forgot that I had. Ridiculous.

In order to fully take advantage of this awesome little craft nook, I’ve¬†instituted a Wednesday craft night. My nieces have come over the last two Wednesdays (their mother has had a lot going on lately but I hope she’ll be able to come next week) and we’ve had a great time working on various projects while listening to the soundtrack of the London stage version of Les Miserables. (Sidebar: I went to a 10 pm showing of Les Miz with these nieces right after Christmas; neither knew anything about it, and I was really worried they would be bored. To my great delight, they LOVED it. My oldest niece now knows more about the show than I do and is making her way through the Victor Hugo book.) I told them we have to listen to something happier next week. The little “Home Sweet Home” print was my project from last night; I’ve stolen the Silhouette back from my Mom and am in the process of putting together some little prints for possible sale in my booth. Experimenting right now, mostly. I found a thrift store that sells their frames super cheap — like around a quarter and fifty cents (Samaritan Shop in Rogers, FYI) — and brought a bunch home to work with. Last night Alex worked on notebook covers for their new classes this semester and Taylor etched some glasses with a vinyl stencil we made with the Silhouette. That was the big hit of the evening and we are destined to do many more etched glass projects, I have a feeling. With all the emotional turmoil of the last few months, it’s nice to have something to look forward to and even nicer to have motivation to¬†rejuvenate my creativity.

January 18, 2013 - 9:14 am

Kate Just found your blog by way of Monkeybox blog. I am completely in love with the way you put your rooms together. I too love and collect vintage/old furniture and items. I also have a booth in an antique mall, so really it gives me more license to seek and buy all kinds of wonderfull thing! However, I have to say I don’t display a lot of my things, I don’t really have a knack for putting it all together. Kudos to you! Looks awesome! At the risk of sounding like a total weirdo, I was looking at a couple of your previous posts and I LOVE that wack a do monkey wedding portrait! It is insane funny! Have no idea either why you would ever commission someone to do that, but god love whoever painted it and whoever thought of it! Glad to have found your blog!

January 18, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Lara Jo Hi, Kate! Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you for your so-sweet comments. You do not sound like a WEIRDO at all — you sound like a kindred spirit! Where’s your booth? I’m so nervous about starting a new one. I’m tempted to ask for a 2X2 space so I won’t bit off more than I can chew.

Thanks again for visiting!