Maintaining the Proper Perspective
When you need to get some perspective on a work-in-progress (and you will), invest in a dedicated design wall. If you're doing close work, get a table mounted swing arm magnifier. Crafting is about creative vision, and the way you see things is important. Being able to view colors in natural light with a full spectrum lighting solution and having a spot where you can experiment with elements to get a realistic sense of how they work together isn't an extravagance, it's a necessity.
You can make a design wall in a couple of hours using foam insulation or fiber board and neutral-colored felt or batting. You can even fashion one from hinged sections you can fold up and store behind a door or in a closet when you aren't using it.