Thursday, October 06, 2011

a rainbow in the kitchen


Wool problem?  What wool problem?

A snapshot of my working time.
While I have a small workspace in the basement, I do most of my work at the kitchen table.  There are boxes of wool and various supplies lingering in corners throughout the house.  One day I will have them all corraled in the workshop I hope to build (oh I have some plans, yes I do) but for now my working time is spent mostly here.  Lest you think I spend all of my time frolicking in the woods...


I haul my stuff out to work and then I put it all back when I'm done.  Kind of a pain, but it is what it is.  I have a small workshop downstairs in the basement but it is a pile of boxes and craziness from the unending battle with flooding this year.  I just haven't had the energy to get it straightened out yet.  I think that will be a winter project.


I have most of my wool colors in these shoe organizers but not all.  I need to buy one more and then I think I'll have it covered.  Pretty much.



My crafting time is punctuated with sips of coffee.  Oh coffee, my confidante, giver of life, sweet friend...


There's room at the table and I have a fresh pot of coffee on, so pull up a chair and craft with me, won't you?




29 comments:

Fionaq said...

What a great idea the shoe organisers are. One I will copy, thanks

Jodi said...

It looks fabulous! I wish I COULD join you - just about to start work, of which I'm thankful I have a job! Some day I'm going to figure out that felting thing - I love the look!

vanna said...

i have a lovely craft room, BUT it is not insulated, so it is like outside in Connecticut all year long - blazing hot or freezing cold. i usually work on my projects at the kitchen counter. that way i have to pick it all up daily, and i'm also around my family. one day it'll be different... one day.

Marilyn said...

such a happy colourful place to be...wish I had to pack it all away...having a room sometimes adds to the problem...too many piles of wips...that's MY winter project!

umelecky said...

Looks great Lisa! Wish I could be there to craft with you.

MamaAngel said...

I am right there with you! We are (hopefully) about to remodel our attic, and I am dreaming of a room (closet would be fine!) of my own. Right now I have everything in plastic bins, stashed in the corner of a room that already has bookshelves, a play table, pretend kitchen, etc. I love the shoe organizer idea, too!

Tree Dellinger said...

The shoe organizers....utterly brilliant! (and I do like the color play it gives you on the wall!).

Julie said...

Wow, that's a gorgeous bunch of wool!!

susan christensen said...

The shoe organizers are a brilliant solution to your wool storage - I love that they contribute beautifully to your home decor.

joanie said...

Brilliant solution! But then you are brilliant, have I mentioned that already several times, I think so. If not, you're brilliant!
Jx

Anonymous said...

Hee, hee, that sounds like me. I have craft projects lingering around the house due to space. But the shoe pouch for your wool is a great idea.

Nan

Colleen said...

Oh lovely wool!

How do you keep moths away from it?

t does wool said...

you always have the best ideas,Lisa..x

Roseanna said...

I have the same process for my creations...basement storage and traipse up to the kitchen table. Your wall of wool is inspiring. Take a look at what I have planned to solve the "studio" dilemma.

Studio

Scrapiana said...

Oh, how delicious! Never has a humble vinyl shoe organiser looked quite so amazing! Love seeing your behind-the-scenes pictures. Thanks for sharing. Admire you all the more, Lisa (as if that were possible).

kristin said...

It is such a challenge to have to constantly "pack" and "unpack" and I've been doing it for too long myself. Cuts into the creative time!! Just curious what replaces your beautiful wool when the shoe organizers come down. They make interesting artwork!

Laura said...

I'd love to join you! That wall of wool is so inspiring!

Tara said...

Problem? I don't see a problem. I see perfectly organized craft supplies and coffee. I would love to join you. I could knit while you felt. Good plan, yes?

Sharon said...

I have a similar rainbow on my wall! I just blogged about it actually. Only my rainbow is in the form of yarn, not unspun fiber. Oh how delightful it is to have all the colors spread out in front of me where I can see them! :)

Barbara said...

Great post! I love your use of shoe organizers to organize your wool. What a beautiful palette you have to choose from. I'm wondering if you gather and collect your own stones or do you purchase them? I have a stone fetish myself and some day would love to do some felting and stitching..... Enjoy creating and your coffee.

Peace!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Thank you so much, everyone!

Colleen - I roll the shoe organizers up and stuff them in a rubbermaid container with a lid to keep moths out. I also have lavender sachets in my wool bins in the hope that moths don't like it. It's worked so far.

Barbara - I gather all of my stones. It's part of the process for me and as silly as it may seem, it's meaningful to me to have gathered them with my own hands. Winter gets a little tough since we get blanketed in snow, so I try to do extra gathering at this time of year.

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Kristin - that wall is usually bare. Occasionally we'll pin leaves to it or hang branches. Sometimes it has art but nothing has found a permanent home there yet. Someday.

julochka said...

of course you're totally organized...i have a basket of relatively organized wool, but mostly, i just paw through a big box when i'm looking for something (usually stabbing myself on a stray needle in the process). at the least the box has a lid and can kind of be hidden.

i'm looking forward to having studio space again too. tho' i'm not sure when that will be, as a roof needs to raised/replaced before it can be done...

but my fabrics are pretty organized and i've got the family pretty convinced that we can eat at the coffee table so i don't have to clear off the dining table. :-)

Margie Oomen said...

i have a studio space but usually find myself working in the kitchen or out on the porch.
I would love to sit at that table, drink coffee, chat and play around with the colorful rovings

Barbara said...

I love that you collect your own stones! I was hoping that was part of your process... it makes what you create even more special I think.

Peace!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I recently found your blog and I am so thrilled, you are a real inspiration to me. I life in Belgium and I love your photos, here it is so different. Our 'woods' are so small, you have no idea;)
Is it possible to show how you make those felted stones? I would like to learn that!
I don't have a blog, the little things I made so far are not worthy for that!
Thanks so much, Marta

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Love that rainbow of color!
x Katherine

Kris Keese said...

Hello Lisa, I would love to join you for a time of felting and coffee also. I have one of those shoe organizers full of wool already and it does brighten up my guest bedroom. Thanks for all your inspiration and sharing your life in MN. And I love the way you use your wooden bowls. Kris

dash robin said...

What a beautiful way to display your wools! It's such a great idea, one I will have to trial someday(thankyou!)
i have mine in huge big plastic tubs, a storage system which is utilitarian at best! I used to store them in retro suitcases but it was a pain to have to open them to see what colour was where...I have loved browsing through your blog and seeing your dyeing work too, xkate

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