The Art Room ::: Behind the Book
This is how THE BOOK began.
|...and this is just one wall -- imagine nature crafts ALLLLLLL around the entire house :)|
When I first knew that the book was going to be a real THING, I sat down with two big posterboards and wrote out the table of contents. Then I scratched a bunch of stuff out and rearranged things and had a giant rough draft that was life-sized and tangible. Once I submitted my table of contents to the publisher, it was fairly set in stone. We made a few adjustments, but the basic outline is still very much the same. The chapters went from that big posterboard onto:
|In case you were wondering, I was able to make those perfectly straight lines because I used the handy dandy |
vertical lined wallpaper to measure before issuing it a death sentence. See? Even ugly things can be helpful!
The 14 clipboards to the left are for the kids -- star charts, hanging artwork, working math problems, etc. The two in the middle held a running schedule of current projects for the book (bottom) and blog (top) and the 14 clipboards on the right were separated by chapter for the book. (Some chapters were paired up at various times -- there are 19 total chapters). In the corner of each clipboard is the chapter number and the month that I planned to work on it. The light green post-it notes had projects that needed to completed for that chapter, the yellow post it was an alert that text was not complete and the dark green post-it was for submitted chapters. Once the wall started winding down to less and less yellow and more and more dark green, my stress level started easing right along with it.
The Workspace:To recap, the "front" of the room is devoted to the kid's art and all the cubbies that organize our life. The left of the room is almost all clipboards. Straight in front of you when you walk in is this:
1. The old crib mattress springs held my table of contents until it was set in stone and up onto the clipboards. Now it has started to hold finished products along with the other IKEA grids (to the right of frame).
2. There are three dressers and a rolling paper cart from IKEA that fit snuggly along the back wall. They are divided by color and/or season and filled with decor/props. (Remember my color-coded prop drawers in the old house? Same idea...new dressers)
3. The big wooden drop leaf table is also IKEA, but we grabbed it off Craiglist for a song. The burlap runner is a $4.97 Consumer Crafts "fabric" and is far cheaper than the same $20+ burlap table runners you can find elsewhere. Bleach the burlap yourself for the even more pricey bleached burlap runners!
|What is looks like under actual work conditions...|
|The pictures in this shoot are from THIS POST if you are curious :)|
Future Plans for the Art Room
|The BEFORE shot of the Art Room -- note the red/purple carpet and striped wallpaper!|
For now, if you are interested in pre-ordering 'Crafting With Nature', you can definitely do that!! (PLEASE do!)
If you aren't ready to pre-order, remember that ADDING THE BOOK TO YOUR WISHLIST is very helpful as well and FREE!