I am the craftmaster.

A few months ago I had ordered the Alvin CraftMaster II Deluxe Art & Drawing Glass Top Table through a local Art Store.  While I am a heavy Amazon user, I do prefer to give local shops my business, especially if they are willing to match or negotiate a little bit on price.  In this case they were willing to match the price if I was willing to wait a bit until they placed their next inventory request which was not a problem.

I used to have a drafting table in my room growing up and I was pretty fond of it.  My previous table was just a really basic tilting wooden table that I think was picked up at a garage sale.  What interested me in the Craftmaster was all the little shelves, organizing cubbies, and the fact that it was steel and glass (and wouldn’t easily be gouged).

I dragged the box up a few flight of stairs to my room and opened it up.  After a long sigh, I pulled out all the pieces and got to work.  I’ve put together many pieces of furniture in my time and I can say this was the easiest.  Everything was labled with letters that corresponded to the instruction manual and pieces were even label front/back and left/right sides.

Even the screws were well labeled.  They also gave you extra of each type.

Putting it together went almost flawlessly.  I did have to find a screw driver for two of those screws they give you (two types were phillips, the rest used the allen wrench they give you) and I would add a few notes to the manual, but overall it was a really solid set of instructions.

Since I had to wait for it to arrive, I had already moved into several other projects, so this desk will have to sit for a bit before I get to have fun with it.   Putting it together now was really more of a way to get it out of the way.  But having this desk sit there and stare at me everyday gives me more reasons to wrap up my current projects.

And we have shelves

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To be honest, not much art or crafts have been done lately.  Work has been taking it’s toll.  By the time I get home most nights I’m lucky to shove something in my face before heading to bed.  But, last weekend I did manage to get to Home Depot and grab a closet shelf system.   Things have been piling up and this closet has been a catch-all for junk around the house that really doesn’t belong any where.   So I took the few things out of there, hung up the shelves and now it’s time to reorganize…. especially now with everything on floor.

I’m slowly making my way through the pile of stuff and I am almost done.  It doesn’t seem like  a lot of work but I’m coming across a lot of things that was always ‘next’ on the list after I finish the current project.  For instance, I had a pile of shirts I needed to cut down into reclaimed materials.   Lots of stuff that I don’t want to just slap down on a shelf and forget about…. so it’s a process of actually dealing with things instead of just organizing.  But soon my sewing room / temporary painting room will be ready for use again.  After this I should really move onto reorganizing one of the other art rooms (yes, I have many, don’t judge) but I may need to slip in a painting or quilt first.  My art has been suffering and life can’t be all cleaning.