As a rule I hate clutter – I love things in their proper place (ask the people I work with full-time and they will tell you I notice right away if someone has taken a pen from my pen cup).  But…I can definitely tell when I’m in the middle of several projects at once.  And that epiphany came earlier when I took these pictures of my sewing/craft room (what a mess).

This is my sewing/craft table.

My reading chair that is a “fabric holder” right now.

Another view of the table, plus a storage drawer thingy.  On the floor in one bag is new fabric I just bought (needs to be washed) and Easter grass for baskets and such.

Hanging on one of the hooks of the 4 cute dresses on the wall is an “in process” mobile – I’ve been hand cutting butterflies because I do not yet have a Cricut.  Hanging on the chair is a doggy fleece I’ve been making for 2 months – the straps that go under the belly need to be adjusted and I just haven’t done it yet.

Below are Minnie Mouse heads made out of styrofoam that I made as a “sample” for a 1st birthday party.  They can be used as centerpieces or we can make them into “magic wands” for the bigger kids.

You will also notice my teddy bear that is not yet finished.  Oh this guy has given me a run for my money.  He is the 3rd pattern I’ve tried.  I really, really want to make some bears, but they are kicking my butt!  I don’t like the way his snout turned out and that’s his tail between his legs right now.  All the yellow on the table are birthday party gift bags I’m making (50 of them) for another 1st birthday party.

The flowered item on the table is a full apron I made for a co-worker’s daughter.  It has her name in sparkly glitter fabric paint on the upper pocket.  The mass of yellow goes with the gift bags for the birthday party.

Before this was my craft room it was my reading room (although I read in bed more than I read in here).  So, I still have some of my books on this bookshelf, but I’ve added lots of sewing related books and craft stuff that I need.  I have several finished products on the shelves too (waiting to find their forever home on Etsy).  On top of the bookshelves are my labeled plastic bins so I know quickly where things are.  And to the left you will see my handmade ribbon holder which has been great!  I can easily access what I need and I just use a small pin to keep them from being messy.

For the record, my room does not typically look like this except when I’m in the middle of projects.  Tonight before I go to bed it will be nice and neat.  It just so happens this was a 3 day weekend for me (thank you George Washington and those that came after you) so I was up to my eyeballs in stuff.  But throughout the week it’s nice and neat because, as my mother always said to my brother and me growing up – you never know who will stop by. (BTW…I’ll be 42 this year and I’m still trying to figure out why we had to make our bed before school because if anyone stopped by while we were at school and my mom was at work I think we might have had bigger problems than that.)

I have read that a cluttered work space is a sign of creativity – I agreea little.  I like things to be neat so that I can focus and have a clear head to finish the projects to the best of my ability.  It’s almost 10:00 pm so I need to go finish cleaning everything up so I can head to bed and read the great crafting blogs I love to follow.  I try to read at least 15 minutes a night.