One thing that has changed since becoming a mother is that there isn’t really time or space for my stuff. It’s disappeared. Both the time and the space. The stuff? It’s still there. Packed away in boxes and bins and closets and drawers. Most of the time, I don’t mind. I’m happy to be buried in baby clothes and baby toys. But it can make it a little hard to feel creative when colors, images, and materials that inspire me are hidden from view.
We recently moved (long story that I’ll share with you another day), and I have sworn to make a small corner of the new place “my corner”. Between naps and playtime, I’ve been slowly unpacking a few of my belongings and creating a space that I can work and feel creative. Believe it or not, I haven’t used an actual desk in years. My projects are created in the kitchen, on the floor, covering the dining table, or hanging out on the couch next to the window with the best light. I’m not the funnest crafty blogger to live with…
You should know that I’m kind of a packaging snob. I don’t care what’s in it, but if it’s wrapped up pretty, I’ll take it. I like things colorful. And I like them simple. And if it ain’t beautiful, it’s hidden from view. If you were to look at my work space as a whole, you would notice that the scissors, glue guns, measuring tapes, and other tools aren’t in sight. All the glittery, papery, magical goodness is out on display because that’s the stuff I want to look at day-in and day-out.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m a sucker for pretty tapes, pencils, straws, and other pretty things. If I get a business card that I love, I hold onto it and try to incorporate it into my work decor if I can. Confession: I have saved every biz card I’ve ever received from any conference or event I’ve been to since I started blogging. And I decorate with many of the ones I’ve received from Alt Summit.
Over the years, I have collected yarns, twine, garlands, and prints, and I’ll be throwing them up in this space just as soon as I can unpack them. For now, I’ve pulled out a few of the necessities that were already on-hand including some cork boards for my walls, some decorative white yarn from The Container Store, a pretty happy typographic garland, a box of Kleenex tissues (for every crafty spill you can think of. I’m looking at you, mod podge.), my Sugar Paper LA calendar, and a few other little odds and ends.
I really only get to hang out at my desk late at night when Vita-roo is sleeping snug and I can focus on my work. I’ll spend an hour or two here and I don’t even mind because it’s now a happy place that suits my needs. I’m happy to say that I’m pleased with everything that is sitting on top of my desk at the moment. I wouldn’t hide a thing. (Except maybe the several empty cans of Diet Coke. I have to hide the evidence from the Husb.)
I have to give props to Kleenex for upping their game lately. I’ll admit that I used to be the person who hid the an ug box of tissues behind shelves or frames. I use them A LOT because we get the sniffles quite frequently here in Denver. Where we have blizzards in May. Not joking. It was 65 degrees two days ago, and then yesterday we were freezing and blizzarding. Love this place. I will tell you that we have a box of Kleenex tissues in every room in the house. And they’re all stylish boxes that are in plain view. Each suits the decor for the space that it’s in, and it’s a relief to me to have it all work together. Reminder: I’m vain when it comes to packaging. The Kleenex brand has been around for 90 years, and to celebrate, they’ve rolled out their Kleenex style finder where you can take the style quiz to help find your style and a box to fit your tastes perfectly. Be sure to visit because there’s a pretty box for the little judger in everyone.
PS – did you know that artists have decorated with Kleenex tissues before? And in the last 90 years, that art has been featured in the MoMa? Twice? I once decorated with loofahs. Not as legit.
My desk may seem clean and organized right now, but give it time and it will look like a craft-nado hit. For now, I’m going to enjoy the colorful simplicity. Do you have a desk? How do you find time to work?!?! Do you have any necessities that HAVE to be next to where you work? Do tell! Please convince me that it’s normal to work on the floor in front of the TV at 1am.
*Thank you to Kleenex for sponsoring this post and for creating lovely designs for the vain woman that I am.