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Photos of my craft room

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These photos were taken on August 3 after a few weekends of quilt block piecing.

From the doorway:

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From the opposite corner:

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Got it! Crazy Aunt Purl's book!

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I had fun getting organized Saturday morning! I unloaded the photography stuff that was in the storage cabinet onto the floor of my home office, then loaded up the cabinet with yarn grouped by dye lot (if applicable), type, and color. The 3 drawers of the lateral file cabinet were re-organized so I can now see what types and colors of yarn I have.

The 3-drawer plastic storage unit on top of the lateral file cabinet has drawers for miscellaneous crochet tools, 4-ply scraps, and 3-ply scraps. There is also a drawer in another storage unit to store small yarn ends removed from projects after hiding the larger part of the end - these can be used as stuffing.

Look! All of the cardboard boxes are gone! Well, except for the 4 empty boxes I'm saving for future use, and the one that contains Sayelle yarn for a project I pulled out a while back.

A few months ago, I organized my collection of single pattern sheets and pattern leaflets / booklets into binders. The last photo above shows the labeled binders and larger crochet pattern books stored on two shelves of the bookcase in my office. There are a lot of patterns!

The photography stuff was put away Saturday afternoon. I'm not quite sure what to do with the small TV stand (complete with VCR but no TV) so it's taking up space in my office right now. And, there are 2 plastic tubs (one empty, one filled with office supplies) I'll probably end up putting in the craft room, under the yarn-filled tubs.

It's so nice to walk into the craft room now and not feel cramped by 12 copy paper boxes! And, big reason for the reorganization: I can now see my yarn stash!

Now this is what I call an organized craft room: Doodle-head's (aka Melissa) Craft Room Reorganization photos, complete with a layout planning map! Hmmm, I thought I was detailed!

Melissa's sense of organization also shows in the sidenav of her cross-stitch projects page. Oh, and, checkout her The StRIP List: Stash Reduction Implementation Plan chart!

I'm in awe. (This is not sarcastic! I really am impressed.)

I have many more large tubs of yarn and a smaller (much smaller) collection of patterns and miscellaneous craft materials (which I consider separate from my photography-related materials). In the past week or so, I've been itching to figure out how I want to better see what I have. Current ideas are:

  • Get more large, clear plastic tubs to replace the copy paper boxes and not-clear tubs; then, use the not-clear tubs to store "done" lap blankets before donation
  • Label tubs, boxes, drawers of yarn
  • Use open shelving with boxes/squares built-in or squares of wire shelving (but I'm concerned about cat hair and dust)
  • Group yarns by type (done a while back, but new stash means doing it again)
  • Group yarns by type and color
  • Group yarns by purpose
  • Get large and medium and small clear plastic zippered bags (like the ones bedspreads and bed sets come in).

I'm very satisfied with my pattern book organization method: 3-ring binders (appropriately labeled) containing patterns organized by type (for example, Holidays, Wearables: Sweaters, Wearables: Other, Toys/Other, Babies/Children). Pattern books use 3-hole 12-inch or 11-inch "bookkeeper" or "magazine" tabs, and individual patterns use 3-hole heavy-weight sheet protectors.

Frequently-used crochet hooks and related tools (snippers (scissors), yarn needles, stitch counters, markers, safety pins) are kept in a 4-inch wooden box on our livingroom table next to my crocheting workspace. All other hooks and tools are currently stored on top of the lateral file cabinet in my craft room. I'd like to move them to a small clear plastic tub if I can find one long enough for the double-ended crochet hook.

Since Mom wasn't using it anymore, I snagged the wooden box from her one afternoon - it was one of the wooden boxes she used for storing her craft tools etc. while I was growing up.

[Updated 5:15pm]

Now that I'm home... Reality strikes!

There are 12 copy paper boxes. And 4 large opaque (a better word than "not-clear") plastic tubs. Not very cost-effective for replacement: I estimate 10-12 clear plastic tubs would be needed (assuming about 2 copy paper boxes to a tub), at approximately $8.00-$10.00 per tub is about $100.00.

So, I'll probably just organize the contents of the boxes and tubs and tape a label to the outside.

(Seen in the weekend newspaper ad...) Office Depot currently has a sale on plastic storage carts with 3 clear plastic drawers ($9.97 instead of $24.97). Depending on their size, one or more of these may handle the tools and smaller amounts of specific types of yarn.

[Update 7:17pm]

We just got home from Home Depot and Office Depot. I've definitely decided (for now, anyway!) to keep the boxes and opaque tubs, but reorganize the yarn by type, color, and project and then label, label, label. I did buy 3 of the plastic 3-drawer storage carts - the long double-ended crochet hook fits with room to spare. I hope to have the desire/energy this weekend to tackle the organization project!

[Update January 12, 2005 7:00am]

At Bill's suggestion, I've decided to replace the photography materials now stored in the steel cabinet in the craft room with yarn. The cabinet has adjustable shelves, as well as doors that can be opened so I can see what's there. Most of the photography materials will be moved onto a pair of white wire shelves in my home office, and the stuff that's on those shelves now will be sorted into discard and keep piles; the keep pile will be stored in one or more of the 4 opaque plastic tubs. Whew. Lots of work to do!

Proper spelling of cross-stitch

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Because inquiring minds want to know - and this inquiring mind was in doubt... According to, the correct spelling is:


Yes, with a hyphen. When capitalized, it is:


Date: Late 2000.

(OK, the finger tips in the photos bug me. I may try to take these photos over again - without finger tips in the way. Or maybe not.)

I took a book-making course as part of the requirements for the Digital Graphics option of my undergraduate degree. This was my final - and best - project.

It is an accordion book containing a poem called "New Beginnings" I wrote in April 1999.

The front and back covers are 1/8-inch illustration board covered with Garden Fern paper (purchased at The Art Store in Berkeley). The images are rose petals scanned into Photoshop (the rose petals came from roses a neighbor let me cut from her rose bushes). Overlaid on top of the rose petal images are binary 1s and 0s of the words in the poem. I printed the pages onto Rives BFK Off-White paper using the Epson Stylus 600 Color inkjet printer I had at that time.

The poem is:

New Beginnings

An empty nest
is natural.
Growing up
to be
on your own.
My job
is done.
Another life
for me.

A note inside the back cover says:

The poem is about new beginnings after my son went to college. The imagery represents the merging of my technical and creative talents in the new phase of my life.

I made 16 limited edition copies of the book to give to family and friends. The book photographed above is number 5 of 16.

Woman Drawing in pastels

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Date: Late 1999, early 2000.

This drawing was created in the last drawing lab course I took for the Multimedia option of my undergraduate degree.

We chose from several small black and white images of women in different poses that the drawing lab instructor provided. I chose this one because she looks introspective.

I got into this drawing and really enjoyed the process of using a variety of unusual colors to create a uniquely colored version of the black and white image. (The drawing lab instructor gave us a list of colors to use to break us of the desire to use realistic colors.)

This drawing has been hanging next to the Cleo drawing in our "gym" (which I hope to convert to a craft room) since June 2000. The drawing was probably made in late 1999 or early 2000.

Cleo, Cat Drawing in pastels

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Date: Late 1999, early 2000.

For the Multimedia option of my undergraduate degree, I had to take 2 drawing courses and 3 drawing labs (these were not courses I would have chosen to take if I had a choice since drawing isn't my "thing").

This drawing of my favorite cat Cleo was made in the last drawing lab. For reference, I used a photograph of Cleo (above right) taken when she was a small kitten as a model. The shapes are a little off, but overall it works for me.

The colors are unusual because the drawing lab instructor gave us a list of colors to use (he wanted to break us of the desire to use realistic colors).

This drawing has been hanging next to the Woman drawing in our "gym" (which I hope to convert to a craft room) since June 2000. The drawing was probably made in late 1999 or early 2000.

Sketch of Cheryl

About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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