Thursday, July 10, 2014

Where Bloggers Create ~ 2014

Welcome to the Where Bloggers Create, 2014, linky party and the tour of my craft/sewing room.   The previous years, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 give a bit more detail. 

Where Bloggers Create

Not much has changed from last year in my creative space, but the good thing is that I think we tend to forget what the other creative spaces looked like over the course of the year.   A couple of things that have changed are right at the entrance to my room.

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A dress form and magnetic memo board that came home with me when I closed my booth are right outside the door.  While I love the mannequin, I’m not totally thrilled with how tight this area seems with her here.  Unfortunately, there is no place else to put her, so here she stays for the time being.

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Here we are at the door to my space.  As I’ve mentioned previously, this space was designed to be a storage room in our condo.  It is at the end of a long hallway ~ just past the laundry “room”, garage door and dog’s dishes.

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This screen that was given a new life a few years ago serves double duty by holding some of my Etsy items, but also hides the mechanicals.  Behind this screen is the water softener and hot water heater.  These pink aprons hanging off the screen are awaiting some black ruffle trim.

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I’ve cleaned off my table tops again to prepare for this tour.  I do tend to put projects in the process or that I’m contemplating starting on this table.  Since it is not very big it can get out of hand rather quickly.

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I have come to the realization that this two tier basket will never be perfectly neat!  It is always holding some small thing whether it is ribbon, fabric to make into ruffle, small fabric scraps or bits of lace and trim.

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I utilize just about every square inch of this space since it is quite small.  The shelves are filled and I do have to go through them every so often and try to organize/store things better, make myself use up what I have, or get rid of some things.

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I do like to use clear storage so that I can easily see what is inside, although I have also labeled most of them, too.

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I did paint and paper this wood drawer organizer this year.  I had been wanting to do it for awhile and finally got around to it a few months ago.  I’m loving its new look!

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I did wind up turning my fabric bins on their sides so I could see the fabric at a glance and also reach it a bit easier.  The basket holds my adhesives ~ craft glue, fabric glue, Mod Podge and tape.  The black and white harlequin board you see at the bottom part of the picture is my backdrop for my smaller Etsy items.

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I also have to make sure I have room to store some Etsy items like pillows, aprons and small home décor pieces.

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Also new is the button wall décor I did, kind of spur of the moment, last month.  I found unfinished wood buttons online and was able to get two different sizes, which I painted in colors to go with my space.   I hung them on the wall above my sewing machine table.

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The shelf area above my sewing table holds more supplies as well as note cards from bloggy friends.  I like to keep them out where I can see them and read them when the mood strikes.

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As I’ve said, I try to utilize every inch of the space I have and that includes using the space underneath my sewing table.  I have skirted it with my favorite ~ toile ~ fabric and I keep my batting, fiberfil, any pillow forms I might have, bigger stuff that I want out of sight, underneath and hidden.

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My yard stick is attached to my sewing table with velcro dots.  It is very convenient here to measure out things as I am sewing and easy to remove when I need to.  Behind the door is probably the only space that I haven’t utilized to its full potential.  I have plans on getting a canvas shoe bag to embellish and think it might do well to hold some other things for me.  It will also not interfere with the door because I generally keep it open.

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This brings us back around to the doorway, above which I have a pretty little chandelier plate clock and another tissue paper flower.

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And just because I took the pictures, here are a few random close up shots from the room.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour of my creative space!  Besides just a little bit more room to move around or have for storage, a window would be great, but I am just grateful I have the space at all.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s spaces, too!

54 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, this is so fabulous, I love how you have everything displayed, it is to pretty.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Kathy absolutely amazing how you utilized every inch of your creative room.
I did love seeing where you create all your lovely pieces. It fun to visualize you working away in your fun space.
Wish I had a room like yours it has everything one needs to create comfortably and to bring joy into your life and others.
Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
Hope your well and enjoying your summer.
Love ya
Maggie

Stacey said...

Kathy, your little room looks like the perfect place to create! I bet you love being surrounded by all your supplies. Seems like just looking at your things would make you feel creative.

Art and Sand said...

I love your creative space. It is so nice to have everything at hand - makes creating so much easier.

I have the same issue with the two parties. I have both posts ready and will post WBC on Friday. I have to create a post that has links to both parties for people who randomly visit my blog while the two parties are up and running.

Can't wait to see your Mad Tea Party.

20 North Ora said...

Kathy - I think you did a great job making your craft room out of the space you had available. I'm sure it makes it so much easier to be creative when you are organized like that. I am not unfortunately!!

Great job!

Judy

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I am so impressed with how organized you are (and how many years you have done this party)! I did it once, almost drove myself crazy just trying to get my studio "picture ready." Your space is very feminine and a treat for the eyes. Thanks for showing and inspiring us.
xo Kathleen

Teresa Young said...

Sometimes its not how pretty it is...it is being able to find what we need when we need it in a project. I love your room! I live in a patio home so my hobby room is quite small. I am repainting it and hope everything is back in by Saturday! Would love to see some of your projects! Hugs, Teresa
www.foxhollowstudio.com

Little Miss Maggie said...

Even though it is a small space, you utilize it very well. You are so organized. I love your fabric bins on their sides. That was a great idea. Thanks for sharing your space with us.

Maria Elena said...

Love, love your craft space. What a beautiful room to create. So pretty!

sajuki said...

great !
Greetings from Poland :D
Katarzyna

www.sajuki.blogspot.com

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Kathy, your space is amazing and you are so organized using every area to the best. Love the great wall signs you added and the shelving is fabulous. Great idea for the fabrics and storage. It's such a cozy spot and I can see you spending lots of time here creating your treasures.
Thanks for sharing. I have to miss participating this year after 5 years but I am going to enjoy visiting anyway.
Have a great weekend.
hugs

Okio B Designs said...

I'm always amazed at how well you utilize this space. Everything seems so organized and it really is a cute little space to craft.

J

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kathy, I love your craft room and office! You have maximized your space so well! I love the French touches! Your office is certainly romantic and feminine!

awal.ny said...

What a great creative space. I love how you have used almost every inch for all your bits needed to create. Thank you for your comment on Must Love Junk. Alaina

Marcia Pilar said...

Perfectly delightful nook, Kathy. I remember when you posted about the screen. Everything looks wonderful.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I want to come over and "play" ~ you have so many fun goodies in this room, Kathy!

I haven't joined WBC for years... it's so fun seeing where everyone creates!

Wishing you & yours a great weekend!
xoxo,
Lin

Sherry said...

I love your fabulous little room. It appears to be very organized, which is something I could improve on for sure. Thanks for sharing your pictures of your space, it looks like a great place to spend the afternoon.

Debbie M said...

I love it! that room is perfect and you have it decorated so darling!

Carmen said...

Kathy,
I love your cozy, creative space. It seems no matter how much room we have, we fill it to capacity! :-)
~Carmen~

Kaye Swain said...

Oh how fun, I actually came over via the Mad Tea Party and was delighted to spy another favorite blog party of mine - Where Bloggers Create. We're a bit discombooberated right now so I couldn't join in but I shall enjoy popping over to visit - a fun blog party weekend, that's for SURE :) And your creative spaces are GORGEOUS! Thanks for such a fun visit.

Grantham Lynn said...

I love your space. So pretty. Looks a lot like mine. But yours is prettier. I have the same kind of shelves and clear drawers! Your space is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Have a beautiful Sunday,
Sherry

At The Picket Fence said...

What a fabulous space Kathy!! I'm thinking I need to figure a way to carve out a place in my home too. You've given me loads of inspiration!
Vanessa

Karen Garrard said...

Kathy what a beautiful cosy studio you have!!! You have cleverly used every inch of it. I love your rabbit tassel, hes just gorgeous. Also like the blue board on your wall(I think its magnetic.) I have entered my studio for the first time this year and am having an absolute ball visiting everyone. Thanks so much for the tour. Love it! Karen.x

must love junk said...

You've done a great job maximizing every inch of your small space while still making it pretty! (Love that tissue paper flower :)
Susan

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Kathy, Your creative space might be small but it's cute, cozy and organized. You've utilized it very well. I could sit down there and start creating. Thanks for the tour and have a lovely Sunday!
Hugs,
Julia

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

loved your tour and vowed to get my act together so I can join in next year.

Vicki Boster said...

Kathy- you have taken this tiny little space and turned it into the most perfect sewing nook! I love all of your unique storage items- it looks quaint and cozy here:)

I love (love!!) the story about your grand daughter and the nest:)

Love,love
Vicki

Kathy said...

I love your room! It is clearly filled to the brim with inspiration and fun. Thank you for sharing!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Kathy!! I always love visiting your studio. You have done such a great job of taking a tiny space and making it feel big!! There are so many wonderful things to play with in there!!! Thank you so much for joining again this year. I do think we never tire of seeing the same studios. There are always new things to find!!
xo,
Karen

Aim aka Pyrexa said...

Such a fantastic creative space you have made for yourself. Sooo much too look at and admire. What really stood out to me was the fabric lamp (Love it) and the adorable buttons on the wall.
It was really a great idea to attach the measuring stick.

Have The Best Day Ever!
Aim

Maureen Hayes said...

Love your room! You have done a wonderful job with a small space. It is so well organized and decorated so nicely. I would love to come over and play. :-)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Kathy you did such a fabulous job utilizing the space and getting in your decorative touches! It looks like a cozy place to craft!

Janet Greer said...

What a great space to have. I love the little touches you have around the room and how you covered the paper storage cabinet. I have been meaning to do those things but have had no time. Thanks for visiting me and your kind comments.

Cathy said...

You've done a great job maximizing your space! As I looked through your photos, I thought of how wonderful that must be to have everything at hand. And as a bonus, it's so pretty!
Cathy
CraftyCat

Rita Barakat said...

Such a darling space filled to the brim with goodies! I know how it is to be in such a tight space- you have to make every nook and crannie work! I have a bigger space now but I've been there!

Laurel Stephens said...

Hi Kathy! I'm so impressed by your little studio and how you've made such great use of every inch. You've inspired me to go through my big plastic bin of tangled up fabric and put them out folded nicely where I can see them. And your idea to attach a yardstick to your table with velcro is so smart! I must do that, too. Thanks for the inspiration and for giving us a tour of your creative space.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, What a cute and creative space. You have created a practical but beautifully decorated room.
xx,
Sherry

Michellee said...

I LOVE your space... When I saw the first picture my heart started fluttering.. I love the way display everything. Your colors.. I really like the cool lamp.. Thanks for sharing your AWESOME space...

. said...

Oh yes, I remember your space from last party, and again I like how you used every inch square really well and made it to a very practical yet pretty space. I think all the soft tones is the key. You have lots fun ways to store your needed supplies.

Thank you so much for stopping by my studio too and for your lovely comment. Happy summer and hope you have lots of fun creating moments to fulfill your days : )

Kat W said...

Hi Kathy, first thank you for you lovely comments! Well, we are maybe sisters! Toile! small spaces, stuff, buttons oh my I love love your space, the buttons are darling! Would you share where you got them maybe? I need some no Ikea here in Nevada :( I might take that door off? lol and put toile fabric swagged going inside that oh so special space! It is so cozy like mine and oh btw i cannot get into my space this morning Im moving stuff around again and hanging stuff from the ceiling! lol have a good one, again thanks for you nice comments, craft on! Happy Monday! kat =^.^=

Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

Oh my goodness, what a cute and inspiring space! I love your drawer organizer and lamps!!

Thanks so much for sharing.
Tammy

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

it is very difficult when you are in a small space and you have certainly filled and utilized yours wisely...it's both amazing AND charming! :)

lynn said...

i love what you've done with your space, kathy! you've used every inch so creatively with loads of charm!

Anne said...

I could totally create in your space Kathy! Love how organized you have it.I have things...hidden and I am not as organized as I would like to be ;-) .Thanks for sharing your lovely creative space.

Jennifer LaVite said...

Your creative space has so many fantastic goodies tucked in. I enjoyed seeing your space. It seems so full of color - I need to add some color to mine.

Maureen said...

Sew beautiful! ;)

Love all the details; the bunny, the huge buttons, lamp, the fabric bins are fab... the velcroed yardstick is brilliant.

Such a nice room that I remember from last year! So glad to have the opportunity to stop by again!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kathy!

OMG!!!! For the size of your space, I think you win the price on using every inch of space to the fullest and organizing it wonderfully!!

LOVE everything about this space but your organizational skills are beyond beleif!! I will be back to visit and take some of the great inspiration away with me!!

Thanks for dropping by!!

Hugs,
Deb

Createology said...

Thank you for sharing your creative space. I love how you are surrounded with so many supplies and projects and beautiful treasures. Creative Bliss Dear...

Tazas y Cuentos said...

I enjoyed this visit a lot! Your space is wonderful, you have a lot of supplies and everything is well organized. I also love your big wooden buttons on the wall, I have never seen them before.
Besos from Argentina,
Silvina
Ah! I like your lamp makeover a lot, I don't understand why you are not happy with it, I really like it very much and want to do something similar now.

Diana Seal said...

Hi Kathy, your little space is just amazing! Love how you organized all your goodies to utilize every inch of the room. Also using the screen for multi purpose was a great idea.
Thanks for stopping by "My Paper Daisy" and leaving a sweet comment!
Have a wonderful week!
Diana

Helena White said...

So many treasures to look at! Love your screen and the toile fabric skirt. Thanks so much for stopping by Kathy.

❤ Helena

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Sheila Rumney said...

What a sweet creative space. Love the idea about velcroing your tape measure to your desk! Thanks for visiting my studio and commenting. Enjoy your day!

Susan Clayton said...

Velcro -ing the yard stick? Brilliant! I hear you about the clear plastic bins - it's so much easier to SEE what you're looking for but unique decorative containers are so tempting... thing you've done an amazing job making the most of your space it looks both functional and fabulous.

Donna said...

Thank you for touring my studio and for your nice comments. Your studio is so full of great storage ideas. I love the little wooden drawer organizer that you painted and papered. And those wooden buttons are great. Such a cozy space to create.

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