Are you stuck in a creative rut, completely lacking in inspiration and just don't know which way to turn? Don't panic - we've got you covered. Juliet and Amanda are the dream team who bring HomeStyle's upcycling projects to life, and with decades of experience between them, they're just the people to solve your woes.
This time, it was Fern White via Email who had her question picked out of our (imaginary) hat, but it could very easily be you next time! Email us with your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a message on Twitter, Facebook of Instagram (@homestylemaguk).
“I live in a shared flat and I love crafting but it can be very messy. Do you have any suggestions of how I can set up a workstation that won’t impinge too much on my flat mates' space?” Fern White , via email
Like you, we are great crafters and know how easy it is for a hobby to spread and completely take over. Sadly, our best piece of advice is not original: be organised. Even if you are in the middle of a project, put things away in their place as you go along.
Start thinking of storage; if you buy or make a piece of furniture like a desk or a table, make sure it has drawers. A vintage trunk is ideal for a coffee table as it comes with lots of built in hiding space.
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Store crafting materials in labeled boxes. Pound Shop are a great source for storage bargains. Transparent plastic containers from Lidl are better still, that way you can find items speedily without having to pull everything out just to find one thing. For hiding away larger items like toy filling or fabrics, roomy laundry bags are perfect, go to Dotcomgiftshop for a choice of very pretty bags.
Don’t forget the space under your bed; check out offerings from Muji. Arrange boxes neatly in a row, so you can easily pull them out when needed. Hang a sock tidy on the back of a door, as its multi-pocketed surface it’s perfect for stashing bits and bobs like threads and zips or small tools, such as scissors, un pickers and tape measures.
Recycled jam jars can provide a home for brightly coloured buttons, beads and ribbon. Stick fabric on the lids and arrange in an eye catching collection. Or attach metal jam jar lids to the underside of a shelf, fill the jar with craft goodies and screw onto the lids under the shelves.
And when you’ve finished your makery, how about using a stamp to add a unique label to your new make? The English Stamp Company has a selection to fit every occasion.
Good luck with your crafting!
Juliet and Amanda