I first started seriously crafting, when the Monkey and Me first moved in together, we moved from Birmingham, UK, where we met to Saltaire, UK (2009). Saltaire really inspired me, it was an old mill town and its history mirrored some the areas that I grew up in, around Manchester, Stockport and Macclesfield.
My first craft room, was a box room ,with some drawers…and a brother sewing machine that the Monkey brought me for an Xmas present. From Saltaire, we have moved, to Garforth, Aberdeen and Dunfermline, mainly because Pandas are restless creatures and wants too see how far the Monkey will flow them.
My studio in Dunfermline, was essentially a large spare bed room, set in the roof of an old farm house. The light was good as there was windows in the roof and the room was large. I organised all my materials in two Ikea storage units laying on their sides. These units we converted into a large materials cutting table, from 3 pieces of MDF, bracketed and screwed together. However, it should noted that my rooms, through every move have got larger and they seem too filled up with more and more crafting stuff.
In December 2014, the Panda pod, had to re locate from Dunfermline to Norway for a new Panda assignment. The Monkey, with the help of the Grande Womble (Panda Dad), packed up the house in Dunfermline and we worried about the amount of room in the moving truck, so the Ikea storage was re-cycled and only the MDF boards were moved to Norway.
So the unpacking of the studio began, to be honest the unpacking and sorting is still on going, however I thought I would show the studio in the current state. I think two of the really exciting things in the studio, apart from my awesome Janome sewing machine and my vintage Singer sewing machine, is the glass display cabinet where I have stored some balls of wool and the new Ikea storage, purchased in Norway in an amazing shade of pee green, which is the same shade as my VW T2 camper van, Eleanor. (Eleanor will be covered in other posts)