Do you have a room dedicated to your craft or hobby? If so, I bet you have a minimum of 42 different things in that room! As a creative person, your hobby or craft feeds your soul and you probably have your fair share of dollars invested in that hobby or craft.
42 Things in Your Craft and Hobby Room is meant to provide you with an overall starting point for your own household inventory project, i.e., this list does not contain specific tools, equipment and supplies for each different type of hobby or craft, but rather a broad listing of categories.
If this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome! Most Fridays I post a list of 42 household inventory items. This started as my own personal project more than a year and a half ago and I decided to post it on my blog. Because, if I feel the need to do a whole house inventory, I bet there are others out there thinking the same thing!
We lost our home in a wildfire in October 2007. I’ve written a series about the loss of our home and our rebuild and you can read it here, beginning with this post: Any Way the Wind Blows. In my old house, I didn’t have a dedicated crafting room, but did my crafting in our great room. I always seemed to have something going on, whether scrapbooking, crocheting, sewing, painting – I did so many different things that fed my soul and my patient husband didn’t object to the mess I’d create.
I stored most of these supplies in a closet under our stairs. It barely held them all and I had wheeled carts with drawers stuffed with various types of projects and would just wheel out the cart that I needed when inspiration stuck. It worked for me.
I’m sharing these details because when we lost our home in the fire and I had to do a whole house inventory from memory for our insurance claim, that one closet took me hours and hours, days and days, weeks and weeks of research online, searching crafting sites like Michael’s, Joanne’s Fabrics, etc. trying to jog my memory for any of the things I might have had. Our insurance company required a detailed list of our belongings, down to the last toothpick, or they wouldn’t pay for it.
So, for example, I listed individual scrapbooks, the various packs of scrapbooking papers I’d collected, stickers, glue sticks, photo mounts, etc. And, in spite of my efforts to list everything, I’m sure I left stuff out because our memories are flawed. When submitting a household inventory list to an insurance company for a claim, “the devil is in the details”, i.e., while you list the obvious “big ticket” items, such has your dining room, living room, bedroom furniture, your refrigerator, washer, dryer and other major appliances, etc., if you don’t pay attention to the smallest details, you are leaving significant money on the table (and out of your pocket!).
Since the fire, I’ve had a tough time getting back into crafting. I don’t know why…maybe it’s because I lost so many projects that were in the works, especially projects that I was making as gifts for others. Tiffany had just given birth to her first daughter, Princess P, 3 months before the fire and had decorated her baby’s room in ladybugs. I was making her all kinds of ladybug things for that baby’s room, several ladybug pillows and a quilt.
I’d just finished making her a black organza dress with an orange ribbon and, fortunately, had already shipped it off to her. She lived in Arizona at the time and was coming back to California in October to attend a family wedding and wanted Princess P to match the wedding’s color scheme. Here’s a picture of baby Princess P in that dress I made for her and finished just before the fire:
Anyway, I’ve been “paralyzed” when it comes to resuming my previous creative “loves” and I guess that’s what this blog does for me now…gives me a creative outlet in a different way than what I used to do before. More than 7 years after the fire, I’m weeping as I write this and sharing this with you. Sometimes, the emotion of it all just overwhelms me.
I’ve ventured out a little, tiptoed back into a few crafting projects and I’ve posted them on this blog (note that one is a “no sew” project because I’ve never replaced my sewing machine since losing it in the fire). I’ve made these few projects over the last 2 1/2 years, so you can see, given the time frame involved, it’s about one every two months! You can check them out here:
- Tea Light Tutorial: Adding Edible Sprinkles for a Bit of Sparkle
- Cute and Easy Party Name Tags
- Easy Party Favors Featuring You!
- How to Make Paper Napkins Special
- Easy and Creative Tabletop Signs for Your Next Party
- Ideas for Reusing Old Picture Frames
- Here Comes Peter Cottontail – A PicMonkey Tutorial
- How to Make Easter Placecards for Your Holiday Table in PicMonkey
- How to Make an Easy No-Sew Table Runner
- How to Make Napkin Rings for Paper Napkins
- Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls: 42 Frightening Unearthly Creatures That Haunt Halloween (this is a word scramble game)
- How to Replace a Wick in a Pillar Candle (my attempt at DIY)
- 14 FREE Printables for Your Valentine
- 17 Irish Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day (again, free printables)
- 17 Irish Proverbs and Sayings for St. Patrick’s Day (free printables)
So, use this list of 42 Things in Your Craft and Hobby Room as a “jumping off” point and pay attention to those small details for your particular craft or hobby, by either listing each different type of scissors you have and/or rounding them all up and taking a photo of them. Of course, if you are taking photographs of your belongings as you work on your own personal household inventory, be sure your photos are backed up somewhere other than your computer!
Here’s the list of 42 Things in Your Hobby and Craft Room:
- Window shades, blinds, shutters
- Draperies, rods, brackets, valances
- Lamps: floor, table, hanging, wall (and light bulbs)
- Plants and plant containers
- Art work, posters prints
- Photos, frames, photo albums
- Decorative objects, knick-knacks
- Desk and/or work table
- Chairs, stools, benches, trunks
- Hutch, open storage, cubbies
- Bookshelves, decorative ledges
- Books, magazines, bookends
- Storage boxes, baskets, trays, jars
- Sewing machine & accessories
- Sewing supplies including fabric
- Knitting & crocheting supplies
- Embroidery, needlepoint supplies
- Quilting supplies & tools
- Scrapbooking supplies/equipment
- Stamping supplies/equipment
- Fine art supplies including canvas, paints, paint brushes and other tools and equipment
- Spray paint, craft paint, glitter
- Candlemaking tools & supplies
- Clay & modeling tools/supplies
- Leather crafting tools/supplies
- Woodcrafts and supplies
- Jewelry making tools/supplies
- Weaving supplies/equipment
- Soap making supplies/equipment
- Chalkboard, corkboard, pin board
- Ribbon, twine, raffia
- Rolling storage carts
- Photography equipment/supplies
- Wall and pocket organizers
- Punches and scissors
- Rocks/gems, seashells, decor sand
- Foam core board, poster board
- Adhesives, glue, glue gun, tape
- Floral supplies, wreaths, etc.
- Birds, nests, butterflies, etc.
- Pots, vases, other containers
- Computer, printer
And, here’s your FREE printable checklist to add to your household inventory binder: TS4T Checklist – 42 Things in Your Craft and Hobby Room.
(other household inventory checklists)
NOTE: the lists below are NOT all-inclusive. For a complete listing of household inventory checklists currently available, visit Archives – By Category.
- 42 Kitchen Basics for Your New Home
- 42 Cooking Essentials for a Well-stocked Kitchen
- 42 Must Have Kitchen Utensils
- 42 Baking Essentials
- 42 Storage Solutions for Your Home