Wondrous Wednesdays: the Creative Cave

About 5 years ago, my husband and I finally acknowledged that, yes, our children were indeed all grown up; they were not moving back home; and when they come to visit, a different set of sleeping arrangements were in order.

This realization brought us quickly to another—we have four bedrooms that are not in use most of the year.  These rooms were ripe for re-making.

And so we did.

The room that is the focus of this particular reflection is what we affectionately referred to as “the girls room.” With a fair amount of elbow grease and about 8 large plastic storage tubs, we transformed this space into my creative cave.

Out with the twin beds, the large dresser and various and sundry knick-knacks and childhood memorabilia; in with Matilda (my dress form), a sleeper sofa, a book case, sewing machine and all the accouterments of sewing, beading, artwork, writing and eventually, weaving.


When the children do come home, however, this creative studio needs to return to its former life as a bedroom. The easiest way to make this happen is to take all the in-process projects, stack them and hide them in the large closet that is a lovely part of this space. A bit of vacuuming and, voila! We have a guest room.

The problem, which you probably have deduced, is that the closet hides, all too well, the bits of creative genius within.

Which brings me to this past weekend.

I have been itching to start something, but could not name said project.

Aha! Before I dare begin a new project, the light-bulb went on–some re-organization of the creative cave needed to happen.

I researched  storage ideas and finally decided on some storage cubes from Target. My sweet husband assembled the shelving while I began the painful process—rather, the archaeological dig—of pulling everything out of the closet:

messy room


So I sat amidst the mess and surveying it, made a triage list. First task–the new cube.

Cube organized with weaving supplies—check!

That was the easy part.

Next, a great deal of sorting, filing and then storing…

More news and pictures to come next week.

For now, here is the progress I’ve made:

closet organized 1


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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

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