Craft Space Challenge Week # 1

Today is the day the Gift of the Home Group begins thier first monthly challenge.  Am I nervous?  Yes, but excited all the same.  I did the Challenge to see how it will work.  Believe it or not, by following my own plan I now have the craft space how I want it.  I’ve been struggling with that space since we moved in!  I hope that you follow along with us here or with the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftoftheHome/

Gift of the Home   Craft Space Challenge    Week # 1 Choose to Open Yourself to New Ways

Lord, Thank you for creation itself and the incredible gifts and talents you so generously entrust to me. May I appreciate and develop these talents, always recognizing that they come from you and remain yours… Guide me in using them for the benefit of everyone that I touch, so that they may be more aware of your creative presence and develop the creativity entrusted to them for the good of others. Help me also to use your talents to bring a creative spark and new possibilities to your world, living out my call to be an
integral part of your creative force. Amen.

“Create around one at least a small circle where matters are organized as one wants them to be” ~ Anna Freud

Choose your Room/Space.  It doesn’t matter if you have a whole room for your crafts or a corner; you can still get your supplies together and organized. If you don’t have a separate room: You could consider sectioning off part of a room to keep your crafting supplies. You could use bookshelves, dressers that could double as a divider between your work station and the room. Try and choose a location that can serve as a permanent workspace. It doesn’t do any good to use the kitchen table and then have to move everything just to have dinner.

Once you’ve chosen your space, I’m sure you want to rush right in ~ moving, decorating, trying to make it look pretty ~ we all have that tendency. But don’t! Spend some time alone in your space.

Remember the actual purpose of your craft space ~ It’s a space that should encourage your creativity. A space that you feel free to open up and create. We craft because we want not usually because we need.

Express what your desires are, how you want to feel, what you want to achieve with this space.

Write down what comes to you, what you envision your space to be, what bothers you, dream a little. Do you want to paint? Do you need a table with a different height? Is the chair comfortable? Do you need shelving? How is the lighting? Where are the electrical outlets?

Now look through your supplies (no organizing, just look!). And don’t even think of starting a project with everything you are seeing!  Think about your supplies and how you use them. Which ones do you use together? Are they in a place that is easily accessible to your needs?

I hope that after completing these things you will be very happily surprised about the things you’ve learned about your space and yourself.

Now let’s let our imagination take control ~ you have written down all you need and want in your space.

Sketch out your dream space. You may not be able to draw, I can’t, but you know what you are looking for to make this space your own. Don’t make “rules” for your furniture and storage containers, be open to new possibilities, and see things with new eyes.

Let the group in on what you are dreaming. Tell them what you are lacking.  What you need help with.  The purpose is to use what you have, to let other’s help you see things in new and interesting ways.

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Come join us for encouragement and support at https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftoftheHome/

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