My Workspace

This is my workspace right now. I haven’t gotten into a deep project lately, so it’s very clean! If I keep working for a couple days, I promise it’ll build up fast. Anyway, Call of the Small posted about her messy workspace last night. I think it’s a problem that plagues us miniaturists. Usually I take out a bunch of furniture and accessories from a room, pull out more stuff I might want to put into it, and then set it up. Thus, my work area gets covered with furniture and such, in addition to the sawdust, ex-acto knives, supplies, and works-in-progress that are already there. Even with a great organizational system–every project is so involved, that once I get on a roll, I can’t stop to put the sandpaper away before getting the glue out.

In fact, just look at the sad state of my dollhouse! There are two more, equally messy! The bedding is on the kitchen floor!

I thought it would be nice for anyone in the modern miniature world to post some pictures of your workspace in all it’s messy glory.

Don’t stop there, though. Post pictures of your organizational system, if you have any. We could all benefit by ideas for organizing wood strips and such. Here’s my system:

I don’t work on miniatures all that often, and many times, I need a desk to be useful for other things, as well. I still live at home, so I only have a bedroom. I can’t have my craft table take up the whole room all the time. My solution is a 5ft folding table from Walmart. It fits in my closet, and when I pull it out, I have a huge open space to inspire me!

I use my desk for sewing, when I pull the machine out:

I have a closet that has two doors on either side, with some space in the middle. Hard to describe, but anyway. My dad and I installed shelves in the middle years ago. The shelves are so large for my purposes, though, and it has been hard to completely organize things without throwing lots of stuff into big boxes.

Since then, I have added lots of foamboard pieces, held together with hot glue. This subdivides my shelves so little stuff can be organized without being jumbled into a box. (Yes, those are flowers hanging upside down in my closet. I’m drying them.)

Fabric never folds well, and I can never see all that I have. I only buy tiny scraps and such, so it’s always been a challenge to store them visibly. My solution? Fold them into a 4 inch strip, roll them up, and put a rubber band around it. They can get a little wrinkly stored this way (or any other way), so I always iron the fabric before using it.

Ikea Pruta boxes are so cheap! They have been a lifesaver. $4 for a set of 17 boxes. I got two sets. They are small, and perfect for miniatures.

I decided to store my wood in the same fashion that some  stores do. I have tried to store it vertically before, but once you cut them down, they are difficult to get out. Again, I used foamboard to make dividers.

This has been a lifesaver for storing craft paints!

I hope you’ve enjoyed peeking in at my craft storage. Show us yours, if you dare!

Stacey

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I really don’t post that often.

It’s hard to get into the blogging habit. I thought I would post all the time, and it feels like I post fairly often, but a glance at my archive says I only post a couple times a month. Sorry about that. I don’t plan to abandon my blog, so you really ought to follow me. Even though I don’t post often, you can count on the posts continuing.

Part of the reason my posts are sparse is that I don’t often work on miniatures, really. I hardly worked on them at all throughout college and it’s been hard to get back into it since graduation. Plus my room is always a mess lately, so I don’t feel as inspired. I can’t be creative in a mess. Guess I just need to clean my room and pull out my craft table. An empty surface never fails to inspire me.

I did buy some wonderfully bright and colorful patterned fabrics the other day. I am planning to make them into bedspreads and throw pillows. Many of them will end up on Etsy, I’m sure.

I’ve also been wanting to make a roombox. I want it to be versatile for scenes. At least one wall ought to be blank for putting patterned papers on. Another wall may have a built-in bookshelf and a deep-set window with a window seat. Every time I think about it, I want to pull out my supplies and do it immediately, but I don’t have any good wood for it. I need to be patient and buy some good MDF instead of caving in and using foam board.

Whatever I end up creating (when I finally do end up creating something), I’ll be sure to post pictures of later!

Bye for now, and happy miniaturing!

I actually set up a scene today!

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Maybe I should have gone with a larger piece of artwork on the wall. I love the butterflies, though!

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1984 is the book on the table. A personal fave. The “coffee mug” was actually a connector on a lanyard for a flash drive. I made the pencils out of toothpicks and the lamp according to a tutorial I already posted here.

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I do love tulip chairs.

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But not as much as Eames chairs.

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CREDITS: Desk, sofa, pencils, flowers, book, post-its, desk lamp, coffee mug by me. Tulip and Eames chairs by Reac. Le Corbusier chair by Raine. Bowl by Alex Meiklejohn. Table by ELF Miniatures. Butterfly shadowbox by LDelaney.

A little about myself…

I’ve been doing miniatures for 11 years–hard to believe! I started the hobby when I was 12. I made my first dollhouse out of foamboard and designed it in an early 20th Century style. About 8 years ago, I built a kit (still haven’t finished the roof, haha) and decorated it in a modern style. Modern miniatures weren’t easy to find then! I ended up learning how to make a lot of my own stuff because of my small budget. After that, I restored a garage sale house, made a general store, and won a dollhouse at a miniatures show, for a total of 5 main houses. I have a $3 log cabin sitting in my closet, and my mom now has a house she plans to restore.

Several years ago, there was almost nothing on the internet about modern-style miniatures. I had given up looking until a few months ago. I discovered the New York Times article, which by that time was old news. That led me to the blogs of Call of the Small, The Shopping Sherpa, and Miniatures by Annina. Now I’m following Mini Modern, Mitchy Moo Miniatures, Modern Mini Houses, My Mini Mod Pod, Raum für RaumSnowfern, and of course, the modern miniatures pool on Flickr. And I keep discovering new modern mini blogs like margaret_loves! All of them are so inspirational. I’m excited that so many people are into modern miniatures now! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog to share my minis as well, so I made it my New Year’s resolution. As you can see, I haven’t done so well with it so far, haha. Soon I’m hoping to take a ton of pictures of my houses to share on here.

I’ve also been making a few items to sell on Etsy. I think I have enough now to open my shop, but I’m not happy with my first photo shoot of the items. I need to get some better lighting (perhaps nearer the window?) and a good background setup. Once I get the pictures and figure out how to ship stuff once it’s purchased, I’ll have my grand opening.