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I'm Heather McGarrigle and this is my blog - a colourful celebration of culture, crafting and creativity in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Creating space

Creating space

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Well, it's taken me five months and it's still a work in progress, but I'm delighted to announce I am the proud owner of A Sewing And Crafting Room! (it's not quite ready for the lofty title of 'Studio' just yet). Andy and I moved in to our lovely house back in May. His Man Cave was constructed within a matter of hours, my home office took a few weeks and a room swap to take shape, but the lovely big, airy room on the top floor (once a needlessly cavernous office...) has resembled an abandoned, vandalised haberdashery the whole time we've lived here.

Until last weekend, when it went from this.....

To this!

Taaa DAAAAAHHH!

There now follows a gallery of gratuitously Instagrammed photos.

Like I said, very much a work in progress - I need a lot more storage and a large, sturdy work table, as well as the go-ahead from the landlord to hang my hundreds of mirrors and pictures - but it is working and it is progressing. For the first time in my life, I have a dedicated crafting room and I'm so excited about it!

I could have waited a little longer, could have saved the money and kitted it out in one big shopping trip, but I think it's more natural that a room like this is a work in progress, continually evolving and adapting to my changing needs, interests and skills.

I will only figure out exactly what I need from this space by actually sitting inside it and using it, writing shopping lists and sketching plans and layouts as I go.

I'd really love you all to share stories and pictures of your own studios/work rooms/creative spaces - in fact the more creative you've been with the space you create in, the better - please get in touch!

All suggestions for my own little studio-with-a-very-small-s will be gratefully received too. What works for you? Any tips and tricks or clever storage solutions?

The work-in-progress progresses

The work-in-progress progresses

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Crafting 2 Thrifting 1......Culture 0