I guess in one way Barbara from Running Withe Scissors did inspire my previous paragraph. She told me that she took over her son's room when he got married and the thought crossed my mind of here is a benfit of children. They require you to have a home with more rooms and then when they leave you have to do something in those rooms. Why not convert one to a craft room? Barbara also is lucky in love too. She has a wonderful husband who built their house and helps her execute designs for her shop. It is good to have a companion that is supportive and enjoys your passions as well.
She loves it when her customers request special orders that challenge her creativity. She creates in a wide varity of styles for her shop but she calls her style "Shabby Grunge" when she creates for herself.
Her Tonic Paper Cutter is sharp and accurate and she can't live with out it. I know when I scrapbooked I hated it when my little cutter's blade got dull in the middle of a project. I imagine as a business this item is pretty important.
Her main work station seems to be in front of the window which I like because of the light it allows in the day and it helps to make you not feel cooped up after a long day crafting. I love nature and sometimes it is nice just to look out the sliding doors next to my sewing machine to see my children playing in the yard. Barbara started scrapbooking her children's childhood and since her youngest is 32 she has lots of experience (even as a mother) under her belt. She did albums for her kids from birth though highschool. After that she started to create greeting cards that she used in a Welcome Basket for new hires at the school she worked at. When she retired she had her first fair and lots of inventory already.
She is inspired by paper patterns, crafts expo's and workshops. She likes to see new items in the industry and talking to other crafters. She also loves to collect things when she travels and then she incorporates then into wall art that includes photos from her travels. She takes a journal along with her when she travels and keeps details of the trip which all go into an album, on the wall or into her new designs for her shop.
Pictured above is her storage tips
"1. I store all my unmounted stamps in clear CD cases in racks mounted to the wall. They’re labeled on the side so I can pull the stamps I need at a glance.
2. I had my husband mount picture wire to the inside wall of the closet, really high up. I use a LOT of ephemera that goes into projects so most of it is hung on the picture wire where I can see it quickly."
Thank you Barbara for sharing your space and I enjoyed your nice organized areas (I am glad that this article helped you to get inspired to clean and reorganize. Hopefully your cleaning isn't like mine where I can't find where I put it away!!!)
Barbara (from Up To My Knees In Crafts)