Saturday, December 10, 2016

Celebrate! Space to Create!

Friends, You can celebrate too!  Link up at  I thank Ruth for sharing her space with us. 


This is one of my professional reads right now.  I've been to several dynamic, awesome conferences this fall, and I have Makerspace on the brain.
Let's be honest, I have a lot on my brain right now.  
All Good Things.  

Most of that creative work, as we know, takes place at home.  
At least it does for me.

Mine was taking place in the kitchen, in the living room, in the piano room...
Not a dedicated space for thinking and creating.  
(Read-Stuff was everywhere on our first floor.  That drives me crazy too.  Even though it's all mine!)

And my 12 year old?  
He loves puzzles.  

And we love to be together.  
So we were in each other's space.  
All the time.  
A good problem to have.

So after a conversation with the hubs, we did a little rearranging.  
And we have our own "Makerspace" here in what most people call a dining room.  

It's not that fancy.
I didn't need it to be.

I needed it to be a place dedicated for my work.  (And Mr.'s work too-he's been teaching ESL on the side...and he's a Nerdy reader too.)
I liked being in the space that we tend to land in here in our house.  We have lots of space in this house.  But when I'm working, reading, writing...I do like to be next to My People.  My kids are growing up fast.  I want to be accessible to them.  Not held up in an office upstairs away from the space where we really live.  

Interested in a tour?  
I thought you would be.  :)

What most people see as a dining room table, is now my study area.  :)  That space to the left?  We were experimenting with bringing a desk into the space too, and realized a full sized desk would be too big.  But there is a space for puzzles now.  And other things a 12 year old Maker needs.  

So we aren't really dining room folk.  We do our eating, even with friends, in the kitchen.  This is perfect for us.  

Room for reading, writing, and studying.

What Make Space has taught me is to look at things with a more creative eye, and not to rush that.  This morning, the actual work took about 30 minutes.  We spent more time talking and mapping out what this space would be used for.  

The implications for school of course are swirling in my head.  I have some spaces to work in, but is there something else I could do in my classroom?  Stay tuned...

Let's celebrate space to create!



  1. My school has made it a priority all our years to have space for big projects, so this is not new to me. I hope you'll find a new way to create in your classroom too, Kendra. This re-make of your dining room is wonderful. I always wondered about keeping a room that was only used a few times a year? Have fun!

  2. I am so jealous of your space! I so need a space. I keep saying that when my daughter moves out...which I am in no hurry...her room will become my space! So wonderful that you can create together.

  3. I haven't read the book but I love the idea of Makerspaces being anywhere. Especially when it comes to school...we shouldn't necessarily have one specific and only space for making. But I agree, having a space that feels like it's a time-to-work space is awesome. We're in a townhouse so oftentimes my makerspace is Starbucks. I love my Starbucks. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!

  4. Kendra, your space looks like a good option for your family time. It should provide many happy moments as you and your family create. Happy Making!

  5. I think so many times I rush, too. Sometimes ideas need to marinate and take a life of their own. I love how you connect the different pieces of life.