After unpacking 80% of our stuff, it's clear that I will need to give up on my fantasy of having a sewing machine and craft nook. This place has a lot of space, and I COULD shove some things together. But neither of us wants this place to look more cluttered than it will inevitably be with a 14 month old. Plus I can't figure out how prevent Ranger from getting into That Which He Should Not Touch.
I am a little sad though, because I learned to sew from my mom. She and I used to make dresses together, and aprons and purses. Logically I know that remembering what she taught me then will do nothing to change the situation we're in. Emotionally it's one more thing that will remain part of my childhood.