Friday, October 12, 2007

At last! A room of one's own!!!!

I am so excited I have barely been able to sleep these past few weeks. After 14 years of creating on the dining room table and having to spend more time cleaning up than crafting, I finally have a little workspace of my own!
Last year, I tried to modify our sun porch/patio into usable craft studio space, but alas, much like Goldilocks's plight, (and thanks to the lack of insulation in that room) it was either too hot or too cold. So instead of blissfully creating away until all hours of the night, I wound up trucking all of my supplies in and out. And much to family's dismay, especially during show season, little bits of clay, scraps of ribbon, and glass glitter were EVERYWHERE.
So a few weeks ago, I was sitting upstairs in a very tiny converted attic hallway space where we had placed an old couch and all the kid's video game stuff, and it hit me... with the right kind of cabinets and containers, this could be a cute little craft studio/home office. An essential bonus for me is that the space is located practically in the center of the house, just at the top of the stairs, with my children's rooms on one side, and my husband's music room on the other. I hated the feeling of being sequestered off in the back away from everyone, so this was a great alternative. My mind never stopped spinning from that point. I got out a measuring tape, a sketch pad and a pencil, and started drawing. I could fit a couple of cabinet and shelving units here, and a work table there. With enough planning, we could still keep the games, TV and couch in the space. Off to my favorite thrift stores and to Target I went, to find all the components we would need.
Over the next couple of weeks I spent evenings after work and dinner assembling the million pieces that are required when you buy shelving from Target, and painting my thrift store finds. I also scoured the house for little odds and ends collected over the years, as well as favorite treasures purchased from artists. And at last, my cozy little workspace is done. I took pictures of what it looks like now, because once I actually start working in it, it will NOT look this clean ever, ever again :-).
This space is very small and L shaped, just at the top of the stairs....
A small worktable cloaked in gingham sits at one side of the little couch under the solo window in the room. The worktable houses all of my pens and pencils, paintbrushes and sculpting tools, as well as my laptop, which gets put away when its time to sculpt. The shelf hanging on the wall was from a favorite thrift shop.


On the other end of the couch, I was able to stash a little bookshelf where I store books and music. On top, along with a CD player, you can see a clever artistic collage from Little Melfie . The little 1940's glass hobnail lamp was a garage sale find. The thrifted and painted picture frame houses vintage valentines, and pictures of my kids, my husband and my sweet grandmother. Below is a shelf and tin bucket, also from a thrift store. At the very top I hung one of my favorite treasures, a chalkware bluebird, which I picked up from the Rose Bowl Flea Market back in August. I slid an old TV tray in between the couch and bookshelf, for when I need extra workspace.
Another view of the work station area.... Can you see one of Jenny and Aaron's fantastic cake paintings? I love being surrounded by so many wonderful things.
Directly across from the couch is a built in shelving space, where I was able to store cube units from Target, baskets, my favorite "how to" books (as well as some Vintage Children's books), and the TV. The cube units were awesome. They actually were easy to put together. The 4 drawer unit houses all of my paper clay and polymer clay, while the 4 shelf unit is perfect for stashing scrapbook and collage paper. Each of the baskets stack and hold essential supplies like glitter, glues, sewing needles, doll eyes and etc. Below the shelves I tacked up a length of polka dot fabric so that I could hang up more vintage valentines and postcard art. Behind the gingham curtain we store all of our family board games as well as the kid's video games..



On the other side of the little room I was able to stack four closet cabinet units from Target. In the first set of units, The drawers house packaging and shipping material like packing peanuts and bubble wrap. The shelves house finished and works in progress, and the baskets house paper mache boxes and Styrofoam balls. Closer to the wall, behind the cabinet doors are my (rarely used) sewing machine and fabrics, a giant ugly bottle of gesso, and Cotswold wool for Santa beards. The sliding out shelves hold my polka dot tissue paper, paints and pasta machine (for rolling out sheets of clay). At the very top white photo boxes are stacked an labeled indicating the supplies inside, such as armature, ribbon scraps, crepe paper and the like.



Above the work table is painted white peg board for storing ribbon on a dowel and a treasure trove of scissors and tape.

A closer view of the "it took me forever to assemble" closet shelving units from Target. The cute little bunny was purchased from a talented "The Peppermint Tree", an Etsy artist whose work can be found here.
I love that ornate picture frame. It was one of these gold ones that you occasionally can find at a yard sale or thrift store. I picked this one up from the Salvation Army.
I hope you enjoyed the little tour. I love seeing pictures of other people's work spaces, so if you have pics on your blog, or Flickr, or elsewhere, please let me know in the comment box so we can visit your studio!!!

Now that I am semi-organized, at last, I need to get back to work!!!

Have a great weekend everyone. Check in on Sunday night to see the book swap slide show :-).



29 comments:

Ruth Welter said...

Jenny, congratulations on your beautiful new workroom. I'm sure you must be very excited about it. I know from working on the kitchen table myself in the past, that when you get a room of your own, no feeling beats it...it's the best. I'm happy for you. By the way, what a beautiful banner, is that new since my last visit??

Pearl Maple said...

Congratulations on finaly finding a way to craft a room for yourself. Wishing you lots of happy days in your new space.

Sadie Lou said...

Can you hear me breathing heavy and totally lusting over this space? I'm a mobile crafter--I store my stuff in my closet and I have to take it out and put back whenever I craft--BLAH!!
Congrats on your space--how special.

Kari & Kijsa said...

OOOH- We want to come visit and be inspired by your new fabulous space!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

Mel Seigfried said...

It looks wonderful!!! Gives me inspiration to find a nook in my home for a workspace instead of the dining room table LOL!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a charming space you've created!!
:)

Flea Market Queen said...

Looks wonderful!
Love your workspace...
I redid mine a couple of months ago too & I love it!
Priscilla

Marie said...

What a wonderful studio Jenny! I think you did a fabulous job of putting it all together. I am quite envious! Simply wonderful! I hope that you have many many hours of creative bliss in your little space! I know I would!
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Perfect for a good mommy and artist!! So pretty and I'd love to sit and craft with you for hours...have I said that before? Well it is true :)

Kari & Kijsa said...

Congrats on the new work space...and just in time for Christmas, too! Love your color scheme and those sweet labeled handles.

blessings, kari and kijsa

scribbler said...

that room is soooo sweet.

http://vintagechildrensbooksmykidloves.blogspot.com/

Alison Gibbs said...

Well done on organising your work area. It looks amazing and so many things are stored so well.
Have fun!
Alison

vivian said...

hi Jenny! I got tagged to play the "7 things about me game" and I'm tagging you back! Check out my site for the rules! I hope you'll play!
vivian

bluemuf said...

Your room is fantastic. You will have so much fun playing in your own special place.

Karen

Terri said...

How cute! I love the new space and I enjoyed visiting your blog.
God bless.
Terri

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

How lovely and perfect! And I love your color scheme!

Maija said...

Yippee for you!! The area looks great- very inviting.

Tina said...

yeeeaa! a workspace!! As soon as we finish up the house, I'm painting the walls right now..I'll post me new studio on my blog ;)

Carla said...

It must be so nice for you to have your own craftroom! I wouldn.t miss mine.

Colleen said...

yahoo! good for you. You will love being able to work with the kids right there with you. Congrats on your creativity. It looks great!

Rebecca said...

It looks fabulous! Such an inspiring place to work. I remember when my craft room was that neat for it's forst 15 minutes of existance LOL!

You have inspired me to get a bit more organized!!!

Susie Q said...

Congratulations dear jenny on this gorgeous room! I am in serious envy! I wish you many years of happy creating in this precious space!

Hugs,
Sue

Whimsy Pink said...

Don't you just love target! The room looks fabulous!

Tootie said...

Now that is one nice looking, well organized studio! You have to be so
happy with it! Congrats!

Jules said...

love it i too just blogged recently on my new space and am loving it
just need a dowel for my ribbon and life is complete !
I had a recent swapbot swap inspired by you called polka dots amd pixies matchbox swap,id like to send you a card i amde just because (which for nice people is a very good reason)csn you email me your address my email is
nedman1@bigpond.com

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Jenny!

Your new room is the absolute best! I can't even tell you how much I love the colors and the feel of it!!! Thank you so much for including my little piece in there--it's like I can come over to play-even though I can't! Enjoy!!! xo-Mel

The Urban Chic said...

Jenny, I found your blog through Becca--bluebird rose, and your crafting space is sooo adorable. I have many units from Target and 18 large ones from Scrap and Store, which are like the ones from Target only a little bigger and heftier. I love all the pink that everyone uses. Congratulations on your great space and what you did with it---it's beautiful. Pat

Deanna said...

Jenny,
You did such a great job. That must have been hard work. The results are fantastic!

Deanna :)

carolyn said...

You lucky, lucky girl! Be happy in your very own space.