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Dusting my Craft Room

DUST! “Dusting and how to tackle it.” Man, I wish that could be the title of this post. The real title should read, “Constant dusting and what to do about it. Beats me! Anybody got any clues?”

messy craft room
This is what I had to tackle this morning. DUST! And lots of it. Not to mention a craft room that has gotten out of control again. Argh!

I have so many little treasures and art supplies that collect dust like you can’t imagine. Of course, it does not help that we live on a very long dirt road, and on top of a hill where the dust devils just love to come roust us out of our reverie. Seriously, those things RUMBLE around here. As soon as I hear one coming,  I run to close all of the windows, but it is no help. So, dusting has become part of my life- an evil part, but necessary none the less.

McCall's craft room
Got up at 4:00 this morning to paint the long, bottom cabinet grey and then sand it to take it from dirty, plain wood (Les found it at a barn sale) to shabby chic wood.         10:58 am. Half way there. All of the toys and things on the shelves above the long cabinet have been removed and thoroughly dusted. Whew!  Time for a coffee break.

I know, I should do like my sister and live the minimalist life. But she has no hobbies and she LOVES sleeping. No kidding- she says that sleep is her hobby and that she doesn’t want to bother with anything else.  I love sleeping too, but I also love making things, collecting things and looking at my little treasures.

I attached the craft paint holder to the side of the wall and moved the green painting over to the other side by the Christmas collectibles. Les made the rustic paint holder for me and I LOVE it. It’s another one of my favorite things that I cannot get rid of.

You’ve probably guessed that I have a LOT of hobbies!  And I HAVE to have all of my art supplies. And I HAVE to live with the windows open all day. Having fresh air and seeing far off into the valley below and the mountains past that is one of my greatest pleasures. And so it goes, round and round…

Putting the now dusted ornaments back onto my little Christmas feather tree. Santa is another favorite. Nope- he can’t go to the charity bin either. LOL, I really am making an effort to let go as I work. The “donate” box is filling up this morning.
Love my little Bethany witch doll. She’s so cute.
Since I have self diagnosed ADD, I also started a new painting this morning. I dust a little, rearrange a little, drink more coffee, and paint a little. I can never go from point A to point B without many detours in between. πŸ˜‹

Anyway, don’t judge the floral- this is just the under-painting.


Seriously, I know that many of you are artists, crafters, collectors and sellers. I’m curious- How do YOU deal with the constant dusting of supplies?

8 thoughts on “Dusting my Craft Room

    1. Yes! I’ve tried to contain things in drawers and such, but then I forget where everything is and end up dragging everything out again. I sure do love the idea of just mopping though. My new quest is discipline. Huh? Where did that outrageous idea come from?

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      1. It’s funny, I was much more laissez-faire in my earlier days but – I found I lost things and ideas while searching. Several years ago I got this system, cleaned everything out, and now I seem to have a mental map of where it all is more clearly than when it was all out in the open. Funny.

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  1. Oh good – the Health Department called and said you really needed to dust – ha! πŸ™‚
    What an absolutely lovely room with lots of sweet treasures to look at! Thanks for sharing these delightful photos! (and I am sure you are okay with the Health Department)

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    1. πŸ˜… I wouldn’t doubt it. It was either dust or start wearing a dust mask around my craft rooms. The good news is that I am finally organizing after way too long a time of putting it off. Putting like items with like items. I had groups of pencils, pens, scissors, straight edges, that we could never find, all that stuff spread out all over the house.
      Of course, it compounds the problem to have two crazy crafters in the house. But it’s a lot of fun too.

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  2. I love your space, dust and all!! I have a room that is much the same and dusting is a pain! But I love all my “crap”, makes me happy…I did clean out a ton of stuff a few months ago and donated to Art from Scrap in Santa Barbara. Love your sharing…

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    1. Thanks Annette. I saw a post on FB about how stupid “consumerist Americans” are for collecting so much stuff just to have to get rid of it all at the end of their lives. To me, there is joy in the making and collecting and the visual stimulation of “stuff”. It outweighs the chore of upkeep (as annoying as dusting is.). Plus, some other poor sap is going to have to get rid of our stuff after we’re gone, so whatever. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

      On a side note: Man I wish that we had an Art from Scrap here!


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