Saturday, June 19, 2010

My New Studio

Karen from My Desert Cottage is hosting the second annual "Where Bloggers Create" blog party.  A big thank you to Karen for all her hard work and time she put into hosting this fun event! 

This is my first time participating and it's finally time for me to share my new completed studio!  I'm so excited that it is finally finished and everything is in it's place.  I actually had to clean it all back up because I have been working in it for a couple of months now since it's been finished. For those of  you that don't know, over the winter we finished off a bonus area above our garage and built a studio for me and a bathroom and bedroom for our boys.  This is my absolute dream come true to have a dedicated art space to work in.  (YAY ME!)  Here is the first class tour of my new space, enjoy!  (Click on the individual photos to enlarge them.)

This is the view when you come up the stairs to my studio.  The curtain covers a little closet built into the roof rafters.  I chose to do a curtain rather than a door to save on space and because I wanted the cottage feel.  I store extra tubs and rolls of fabric in there, tools and other supplies.

This is my little computer desk.  I do computer graphic work here, bookwork, etc.  Look at the cute skin I have on my Macbook.  The little lamp on the desk was bought as a set of two at an antique store and I found the desk at Wal Mart.  

Here is my sitting area.  My love seat and ottoman are from Ikea, the vintage mirror from an antique shop, and I found the chandelier at a tag sale about ten years ago and never had a use for it until now.  The curtains are actually shower curtains I found years ago as well and never used until now.  Below is a close up of the light, it was the perfect color, I didn't even have to paint it!

Notice the painted wood plank ceiling.  I wanted that cottage/porch look.  I also have an exhaust fan in the ceiling so I can burn, solder and use resin/chemicals and not drop dead from the fumes!  :)


This is my dresser from Ikea, tons of storage!  I keep tissue paper, containers of beads, small tools, pens, pencils, paper, small odds and ends in here.  On top I have a cube divider from Target with more storage.  vintage containers with paint brushes, ribbon organizers, vintage books, vintage canning jars with holding buttons, brown cloth boxes hold fabric, crinkle ribbon and silk ribbon, magazines, artwork made by my kids and other favorite things.

Antique letter press printer's blocks.  Notice I arranged them with my birthday in the middle, 3-4-67  :)

My favorite vintage book,  The Banner Anthem Book.  I love the tone on tone colors and the tattered spine.  I photograph a lot of my jewelry on it.  Next to the book is a little silver plate leaf dish, I found at a flea market, filled with rhinestone findings I use in my jewelry.  The "Live, Laugh, Love" frame was made for me by my daughter.  

Fabric cuff bracelets were made by me.  


My main work table where I do my jewelry and sewing.  I made a skirt for the table that matches the closet curtain to cover up all the tubs of fabric underneath the table.  I couldn't find a reasonably priced vintage dress form so I bought a new one and stained it with coffee and tea.  The fabric and canvas mixed media collages on the wall beside the dress form are made by me.  



My shelves with all my containers and tubs filled with stamp pads, acrylic paints, mixed media collage bits and bobs, tools, papers, fibers, etc. etc. etc........

My beadboard cabinets and sink.  Yay-I have a sink!  Now my husband doesn't have jars with paintbrushes soaking in his bathroom anymore!!!

Last, but not least, one of my favorite things is my "J" from, you guessed it, Anthropologie.  I LOVE that store, the closest one is 4 hours away from me so for now I will have to rely on the internet, although I did pick this guy up at Christmas time while I was in Minneapolis Christmas shopping.  Hanging from my J are two of my necklaces that I made.

Thank you so much for looking!  I can't wait to see everyone else's creative spaces!  :)

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2nd Annual Where Bloggers Create party- June 19th, 2010!!!! It’s time again to share your creative spaces!!!

This is my first year participating in the Where Bloggers Create blog party and I'm SO excited!  I can't wait to see everyone's creative spaces and share mine with everyone.  They are giving out several fabulous prizes so join in the fun!  Click on the link at the left for more details and to sign up!