This is my studio. It's where I work and play. There are days I never leave it and there are days I avoid it like the plague. But it's mine. And I love it.
When we moved into this house I had three rooms to choose from to make into my studio. I ended up in this one for one simple reason: It's in the middle of the house. I have french doors to the living areas and another door to the bedrooms. I can see the UPS man out the window, and the closet was built specifically for how I work. While the other two rooms are much larger, this one just felt right. Here I can work and still pay attention to what's cooking on the stove. And when there is a little one in the nursery, I can see right into the room across the hall.
When I first moved into this room I had a totally different setup, with different furniture. I was basically just making do with what I had. Once I had saved up enough (and got a little mulah for Christmas) I decided it was time to make a grownup working studio for my grownup working self. So off to Ikea we went, where we spent hours configuring different pieces in the tiny space I have to work with. And what we ended up buying are these two perfect pieces from the kitched department. The drawer unit is actually meant to be a kitchen island, and the other side is a countertop attached to an island frame. Totally not what it was meant to be, but it is exactly what i needed. I love that I can work at counter height, so I am able to perch on my stool or stand, and with my back and knees, that's a nice little option.
The two red cupboards are from my Great Grandma. I think they were in her parent's pharmacy and they have a bazillion coats of paint on them and are totally amazing. I was a little worried that their distressed-ness might not jive with the new look of the Ikea pieces, but I ended up loving the whole look and feel of it. The first cabinet houses some mixed media supplies, foam tools, glitter and embossing powders, stamping inks and ink pads, stamps and blocks, and lots of alterable projects and mini books. On top of this cabinet are paintbrushes, wood block stamps, and a few miscellaneous stamping tools.
The second cabinet holds lots of fabric, sewing supplies, and a few miscellaneous embellishments, including the drawers of punched butterflies and circles. Because you never know when you might need to make a garland in a snap, people. On top of this cabinet is an old altered jewelry box that I use to hold embellies, and my card station, with lots of A2 sized papers and card bases.
|I have a small addiction to buying vintage seam binding and bias tape.|
|I have another addiction to cutting little squares out of leftover fabric to be future little hexes for a future little hex quilt.|
The crown ledges are from Eric's Nana. When she moved out of her house she passed some along to me and can I just tell you, they are great! There were eight all together, but only six of them made their way into the studio. The deeper shelves are totally perfect for above the cabinet, and I added a couple of brackets to the top one when we added the tv. You know, cuz the thought of the tv randomly crashing down one day kinda scared the bejesus out of me. And yes, that IS Blog Cabin playing up there. I love that show...
The ribbon cubby is by Making Memories from a million years ago. It used to be in my mom's studio, but somehow it made it's way here. I don't know how I managed to finagle that one, but I'm so glad I did!
|All of that hanging ribbon bugs the crap out of me, and one day I will use it all up, and confine myself to just keeping what fits inside the actual unit itself. Because I'm anal like that.|
My mom snagged this little baby from a yardsale for $2. Yeah, I know, she's amazing. A coat of black paint to spiff it up, and in it came to hold my sewing projects in progress. Right now it's holding a thousand little pieces for the chevron quilt I started months ago and haven't finished.
These tables used to be our nightstands before we upgraded. So these little guys were headed to the Salvation Army until I realized I had an empty space under the window that they would be perfect for! Now the drawers hold the tv remotes, Project Life schtuff on the top, and tons of old sample lines in the basket underneath.
The closet houses all the things I don't get into all that often. The bottom space used to hold my sample boxes when I was repping, and how just a few are left, filled with different categories of older product that I just couldn't part with, the cat bed (where the cat is currently sleeping and purring ridiculously loud), and some canvases waiting to be covered. The shelf above is where I store all my paper; by manufacturer first, then cardstock by color. I just cut down fedex boxes that just so happen to fit perfectly between the shelves. The next shelf is where projects in progress live. It's kind of ridiculous, actually, because I haven't touched most of them since I put them there two years ago. In the drawers above are rubons, alphabet stickers, chipboard alphabets, finished layouts waiting to be stored, journaling spots, etc. Thickers, frames to be altered, cards, albums and empty containers are on the shelf above that, and big tools like my laminator, old diecutting machine and xyron are on the very top shelf.
On my main work table are all the things that I use all the time. The Cameo, sewing machine, laptop, and all of my favorite papers and embellies right now. And my bowl of washi. Because it holds a special little spot in my heart. I mean, washi and a Bauer bowl? Yum. I try to just keep the things I know I'm going to use in the immediate future out on my table, and right now it's all about Project Life. Products will cycle through and containers will get changed out over time. And that's how I like it. I love that this room evolves and changes based on what I need.
In the drawers are also things I use quite a bit. The top left is adhesive, below that are paper trimmers and rulers, below that is the crammed full office supply drawer with all the random things you'd typically find in a normal office desk drawer, and the bottom drawer is where I keep all of my Cameo supplies. The middle top drawer is where I keep my smaller tools, below that is journaling cards which I have to say I rarely ever get into, and below that is the chipboard drawer which I really need to start using. The top right drawer is filled with sewing supplies, below that is all of my thread which is so very yummy looking, below that is where I keep patterns and embroidery supplies, and the very bottom drawer is where I keep my most current supplies for EK Success projects.
And no, you don't get to see any of the other drawers. They are way too pathetically messy to photograph.
So that's about it. It's a work in progress, but I am loving it so far.
Thanks for coming by to check it out!