Moving for Crafters, Part 1

The most essential things to keep in mind when moving home are to find a city or region with a lot of craft mojo and to find a house that is perfectly suited to your crafting needs.  We picked Austin, Texas (having lived there before) which is filled to overflowing with great indie-craft people. Next we found a house. We had the luxury of being able to afford an extra bedroom to be my studio, although in our case with my husband working from home part of the time and me mostly housebound it was less of a luxury than a sanity saver.

So I have a bedroom just for crafting and until we buy dining furniture (if ever?) there’s also a lovely formal dining room I can use for say, blocking out large projects or pin basting quilts.  Then there is what I consider the best bit: the screened in porch.

The large screened-in porch, with fans

With apologies to the photographer as I do not know who took this photo

How many times have you wanted to do something with stinky products and read the directions “Use only in a well-ventilated area” then been frustrated because just opening the window isn’t enough to deal with the fumes? Well I don’t think I will have that problem again. Between the screens allowing full air flow and the fans overhead, I think it would be hard to get any more ventilated in a residential setting! Plus it is a great place for wet felting which can get a little messy as the soapy water sloshes about.  This is a rental house so of course I will be careful and use drop cloths, etc., but my mind is already abuzz with the possibilities!

Another advantage of this house is that it is only a few blocks from the main library, so anytime I need a little eye candy but don’t want to be tempted to buy anything I can go there and peruse the stacks and I am still allowed to bring things home with me, if only for a little while.

So there you have it, Step One is find an ideal residence to facilitate your craftiness. Check!

We don’t actually move in until the 19th but before then I will be starting on Step Two: scout out (by internet and especially Ravelry) the craft stores and groups nearby so I can be ready to leap in with both feet as soon as we get to town. Come back next time for tips on how to do that.

What do you wish you had in a home that would make your crafting life easier? Do you have any tips for me as I go about setting up here? Advice always wanted!

PS — If you are moving to Austin and want to rent a property, I HIGHLY recommend @ShelleyRowton of RE/MAX River City!! (I guess she does sales too but we aren’t looking to buy yet.)

2 Responses to "Moving for Crafters, Part 1"

  • Wow, that porch is gorgeous!!
    Just think of all the natural light photos you can take! And all the stinky crafs you can do! :)

    1 SewTara said this (March 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM) Reply

    • I know, I know, it’s going to be fantastic :) Right now we’re in the last of the hard bits: unpacking all the boxes. I swear they multiplied on the way here. But I am already planning the crafts I can do on the porch and all the epoxies and resins and paints and dyes I have been avoiding that I can now try out! Woo hoo!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      2 Juliann said this (March 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM) Reply

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