Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create Party ~ My Space

I was not going to participate in Where Bloggers Create II at My Desert Cottage, because I don’t have an actual room.  However, a moving of my craft table in the garage {a spot I cleaned up and took over from my hubby, who wasn’t using it except to put more and more crap on it}, made me change my mind.  After all, not everyone is going to have a separate room/studio/office, so I figured “why not?”. 

WhereBloggersCreateII A secondary refrigerator moved into the garage and took the spot where I have been crafting and putting projects together for the past 6-8 months.  So after nixing my idea of moving it under these two shelves, hubby changed his mind and moved it under these two shelves {insert eye roll}.  Here are a couple of before shots and lots of pictures are below.




I had already had intentions of fixing up the little area ~ wall and all ~ where I was previously, to make it a little prettier for when I’m in there, and I was thrilled to get the shelves to use for storing some supplies right above the table.  A recent order from Hobby Lobby online got me a roll of black and white Harlequin wrapping paper and a roll of pink and black French wrapping paper.  Ooh la la! 



I started by doing the harlequin paper at the top and I just went the width of these metal shelves.  I then did the French paper in the middle and finished up with the harlequin paper at the bottom part of the wall.  I added some pink ribbon on the front edge of the shelves.



Here’s a full view of my area.  This gives you a little perspective of just how small a spot I have. To the right is the door that leads into the house {kitchen, laundry, exercise room}.  My craft closet is in the exercise room, so it is a few steps away if I need to grab something out of my supplies.


Here are some close-ups of the items I utilize when I’m crafting or working on projects here.  Some of these may look familiar as these were actually some of the first projects I did when I rediscovered my crafting side last year.  You can see my cookie sheet magnetic board.  


This was a jewelry box I found at Goodwill ~ brand new ~ from Target {who has it for $14.99 and I got it for $4.99).  It had a “Love” word on it and I took it off and added the key hole.  I also added some scrapbook paper behind the glass, which is where a picture was intended to go.


My recycled Vanity Fair napkin holder, which now holds some small packages of rub-ons, stickers, and small tags.  Some ribbons I grabbed from the baby shower that needs to be put away.


The previously gold gift basket that had a screen-type of trim around it, now painted brown and holding some of my larger embellishments and adornments.


My scissor holder ceramic bunny, which I love.  This actually had a small thing of string that originally came with it and the string could feed through the mouth area and the scissors would sit on the bunny face as glasses.  The string is gone, but sometimes a small pair of scissors comes in handy so I hung him up out here.


I’ve got tags in the harlequin box, which I need to change out the label to read “tags”, and the purple storage container holds larger stickers, scrap card stock and other larger items that don’t fit in the other things.  I’d like to get something a little more in keeping with the area, but for now it works.


Other random pictures of items I feel I like to have in easy to reach areas.  Items I don’t use as often or that are just decorative I’ve put on the very top shelf.



Gotta do something about this open bottom portion.  Some of that underneath is hubby’s crap tools and junk stuff.


That’s a little better!  Much neater now.


This light was already attached to the table and it has definitely come in handy when I need light close-up on something.



After seeing the first pictures I took, I had to get rid of that blue plastic cup holding pens, pencils, scissors and such.  I covered a sauce can that was in the recycling with some scrap paper, ribbon and stamped muslin.


I recently added this extra tray I had gotten from the Dollar Tree.  It looks like it will come in handy to hold little items so that they don’t roll off the table.  I also like to keep a pad of paper close by so I can easily write down supplies I need to get or replenish.


Hubby wants to know when I’m doing the rest of the garage! 

Thanks for visiting where I create.  I wish I had a dedicated room for all this {and my decorating business}, but sometimes you gotta make do with what you’ve got!   Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s space over at My Desert Cottage.


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Kathy, I love your special creative space! You have done a wonderful job of making it YOU and so special and I'm so glad you decided to particiapte!

I have a small spot in the garage much the same size as yours where my kiln is and you've inspired me to spruce it up!!!

NOW, being the sassy gal that I am, turn that exercise room into YOUR room and put the exercise equipment in the garage, LOL, that's where ours is!

Have a great weekend! I found a couple of tres chic treasures today which I'll share either Sunday or Monday!


Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Hi Kathy, what a wonderful niche your've created for yourself! I do not have a specific room either, usually the kitchen counter, or kitchen table!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Justin was able to fix my button, thanks for the heads up!


The Decorative Dreamer said...

I love your little space! It's is so chic! I am so impressed with how you dolled it up and made it all yours! I have a space up stairs in one of the extra rooms but it's pretty boring! I am thinking it needs some creative expression! LOL! I am glad you shared this. It may not be a room but it is definately "your" defined work space! I really love this!

Shell said...

Your little space is darling and appears to be very functional! I love the harlequin paper!!! Too fun!

I've been working the last TWO weeks in my Studio area,,,,,,former Kids Playroom,,,,what a mess! I thought of you when I had my son drag the Antique rocker I want to have re-done upstairs and out of the way!!! Now I'll HAVE to take it in to be re-upholstered!

If you have a chance, stop by and see my little Studio....ugh, still lots of "warts" but much BETTER!!!

Hugs and Love,

Queen Bee said...

What a great way to take over a space! Love the colors!
Queen Bee Studio

Dorthe said...

Hi kathy,
thanks for the tour in your wonderfull room, full of great things, and materials to create with, and thanks for your visit.

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

What a perfect little spot! I love how you decorated it...the harlequin paper is the perfect snazzy touch!

Rhonda said...

The transformation of your creative spot is incredible! Always love your black and white!!

It really doesn't take much space to create - my space is a counter in the laundry room that is just way too messy to share. And, of course, the kitchen table is always piled up with my stuff.

Kathy said...

THANK YOU! The only studios that interest me are the ones in small spaces, because - I have small spaces! And to see you put it together is great.
I am off to check out your help getting organized website too!

zandra said...

What a great little spot! So, nice to call something your own. LOVE, the zebra stripes! ;o)

The French Bear said...

Kathy, I love it!!! You know, I had a feeling that there would be some gorgeous black and whites in here!!!! Love the way you put it altogether!!! I say just keep making room for your design tools and your husband may have to find another garage.....just kidding!!!
Thanks for sharing your inspirational room!!
Margaret B

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

HI Kathy!
I think that you did a wonderful job creating a little working space that says "Kathy" all over it! I'm amazed that you could see past everything in the garage and make such a pretty little spot. I love the harlequin paper and all your little pretty containers.
It's wonderful.


One Cheap B*tch said...

Wow! Looking good to me. I'm afraid to show my craft room right now. It's a disaster no matter how hard I try to stay organized!


Susan said...

Actually i loved your space. And the Paris stuff. Thanks for sharing and also for visiting my space. Susan

luverlie said...

Very creative! tfs

Anonymous said...

Wowsers! Your niche is so sweet and classy...proof that it doesn't matter where or how small a space is but what you do with it! Thanks for sharing:)

Claudia said...

I agree with Marsha - put the exercise equipment into the garage and take over that room! That being said, I love, love what you've done to carve out a lovely space for yourself. It is absolutely wonderful. Good for you! I totally understand what it is to grab what space you can.
I really am impressed!


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It just goes to prove you can craft anywhere, with any amount of space, and make it as lovely as you choose. I think YOU should win first prize. It's the best craft space I've seen so far. Thanks for sharing your delightful upgrade from hubby's stuff to your beautiful "studio."

Leanne said...

Hey, I'm glad you decided to do it because how many gals out there have that small space instead of a room or a studio? What you did is sheer brilliance. I love it!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

What a lovely space you have created, and so organized!!! Thanks for sharing your space. Blessings~~~Daphne

Anna Matthews said...

Very nice use of your space, you've really made it your own. Love the Paris them. Thanks for sharing

Chris said...

Wonderful space for you to create! So organized and creative.
Best wishes,

Unknown said...

Looks great! I'm loving the harlequin paper!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love what you have done with the space!! I recieved the sign and I love it! Thank you so much! I'll be posting about it on Monday! Have a great Sunday!
Take care

Karen Valentine said...

Kathy you did a wonderful job of taking what you are given and making it wonderful. I love the papers you got from Hobby Lobby. They really made an impact! Thank you so much for showing everyone that they don't have to have a whole room to themselves in order to make a special place to create.
My Desert Cottage

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
Your space is just gorgeous!! It's full of wonderful treasures. You did a great job fixing it up, it's just lovely!
Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit, it was a pleasure to meet you!
Have a wonderful day.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I adore that darling bunny! Well done.

Tricia said...

You have done a great job creating your space! You do a lot with a small amount of space - I am impressed. I love your cookie sheet turned bulletin board. I think you have a great eye for converting things into useful tools and storage - way to go. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my place. Enjoy the rest of the party!

Lori said...

I can't believe how elegant and creative your space is. That Harlequin paper is perfect for your area! I love how you've creative a beautiful spot out of nothing. You are so creative! Thanks for changing your mind and sharing your space--I'm sure it will inspire others who don't have an actual room of their own. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and sending wonderful comments.

craftyles said...

I never would have known this was in a garage until you see the whole picture. You have done a great job making your own space. Love the black and white paper on the background.

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hi Kathy,

I think you did a wonderful job of making yourself a special area. Until we moved into this home my stuff was jam packed into one area {if you can imagine that!!} It was a disaster to reach for anything..LOL

Anyhow I have so enjoyed seeing your transformation...see... now for next year's party you can snag some more of that garage and before you know it'll be yours! LOL

Thank you for visiting with me and strolling through my's been a labor of love to put together and now after a year in our home I feel like I can "spread my wings" and fly!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

kluless said...

You did a great job and I love the color scheme. It looks like a fun place to play! Thank you for sharing.

Pamela said...

Your freshend up space looks wonderful! I am sure you will be creating a ton of things now!

Holly Lefevre said...

I love that space you created...makes me inspired to fix up...or more simply do something with mine! What a fun party!
504 Main

Jane said...

Hi Kathy,
I think you've done an excellent job carving out a creative space in your garage. You have made it so pretty and so you!! I love the black and white paper with the pink accents.
I always look forward to seeing what you create and now I know where the process takes place!
Have a great week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

That space is sooo you, Kathy! All the elements you've brought in make it delightful. I especially like the rabbit string holder you're now using for scissors. Too cute!!!

I know you must be counting down the days for grandbaby's arrival. I just saw my sweet little granddaughter yesterday. It seems I can never get enough of her. Just wait and see if you don't feel the same way!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Live a Colorful Life said...

Black, white and pink. Classic.

The Single Nester said...

Great re-do for expressing yourself creatively!

donna joy said...

what a great spot you've created for yourself!
love the color combo too~

Wendy Aspinall said...

Are we amazing that we can make a space for ourselves, before the new house with spare bedroom although I say spare... it is the guest room but as I don't ask people to come over from England any more it is all mine..and that how it going to stay. I was in the laundry room... you have made a wonderful space and I can tell you craft some wonderful things there... if you get time pop over and see me. The kettle is always on ready for a cup of tea .. Yes i know very English...anyway you can have coffee if you want.~ Wendy at Blissangels

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Dear Kathy, what a fantastic make always have some creative ideas! I love the space you created...thanks for sharing!

Cheers: Evi

Terri said...

The room is turning out the color combo you picked...perfect for what ever you wish to create...the rabbit is cool too.

Romeo said...

Oh my whiskers!!! You created something grand and wonderful from nothing!!! That certainly shows that you have a very creative thread running through you! Your space looks fantastic and I love all the little touches you've added like the paper from Hobby Lobby and the little scissor bunny is just precious!!! What a great little corner!!!


Romeo and "her"

ginger@bearbits said...

Hi Kathy,

I can see lots of ingenuity at work here. Very creative use of space and furniture. Good idea to use the paper for decoration. I'll have to remember that one.

Thanks for the tour!


Barbara H. said...

I am so glad you posted! You're so right, not everyone has a room for creating and crafting. I didn't get one til this last year when my middle son got married and moved out.

I just love all the creative and clever touches.

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I love it. It is so nice to have a little space to create.
I gave you an award you can check it out here

I understand if you are an award free blog. Just know I thought about you! XO

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Love it,Kathy! I have a little space in our garage, for creating "glue gun" things, and it is nothing as darling as yours. This just shows that it doesn't matter where you create, just that you do. xo Lidy

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Carving out your own little niche instead of having a whole room can sometimes be a real challenge. I think you accomplished that real well, Kathy. Just love all the little details. Thanks for sharing.

Glenda said...

wow what an amazing place to create, your craft area is so lovely and your bits and pieces are too,. thank you for sharing,.love glenda

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love your workspace. It screams KATHY.


Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

Good for you for taking an unattractive (sorry) space and turning it into something pretty, functional and inspiring! Love the harlequin wrapping paper as a backdrop!

Karena said...

Wow Kathy really great makeover. I love what you have created!!

I will have to make some changes to my studio space for sure!!

Art by Karena

Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

I love that you are creating where you can--that's what we decorators do!
thanks for not letting me down ;)
Hugs to you!
P.S. I am just sitting in the chair in front of your workstation space hot gluing things. OUCH!

Donna said...

Wow - it looks fantastic! Love the black & white - and really love that bunny head!!! Yes, do take photos of the baby bunny to share!! Thanks for visiting my welcome commiittee!!... Donna

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Such a wonderful space to create! I love the black and white!

Debby said...

Hi Kathy, I have enjoyed my tour of your wonderful creative space. How fun to see all your goodies. Thanks so much for sharing.

Unknown said...

Thank you SO much for stopping by Blueskies!!!
I love your ingenuity for your creative space. Man, if you had a room, it would be fabulous, cause you have such a flair!!! My best friend's space is in her garage and it is a great place for her to escape to!

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

You go girl! Way to use what you've got. Many of us struggle with getting the space we want in the space we have and you've done a great job! Thanks for sharing.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy,
Love your creative space and the pics are great. You know I love the black and white and your harlequin wall is so inspiring.
Being part of a garage too just shows we can carve out a creative space with a little creativity. You have done that beautifully.
Love it all.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. So nice to meet you and I have enjoyed my visit to your wonderful blog.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

The Catnap Cottage said...

Love what you did with your space - love the black and white and pink! A girl has gotta do what a girl has gotta do! I love your accents and creativity in putting your space together - it is fabulous! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by to see my space! :-)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I love the harlequin paper! You're so right not everyone has a seperate room to create in. Most of the time I drag everything into the dining room and use the table there! Love the black and white scheme!


Tania Pelletier said...

I love your space Kathy and I think it's so great that you've taken a little time and really made it a special and enjoyable place that you'll want to go to! Some people have a closet, some have a spare bedroom, some set up shop in their unused dining rooms, some have whole basements like me... I don't really think it matters where your special place is as long as you carve our a spot for yourself somewhere!

Thanks for visiting my studio!


Caleen said...

You did a wonderful job utilizing the space. I love the harlequin paper and the pink accents. So girly and classy too. I think you have created a little heaven on earth and I enjoyed peeking into your creative world. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy!

Beth said...

It looks so very you! Great job transforming that little nook into your own.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Kathy, you did a great job carving out a little creative niche. Love the bunny! Connie

Halle said...

Wonderful job "pretty-ing" up you space.

Lorraine said...

The harlequin paper gives this area a real punch!

Unknown said...

Hi Kathy,
That a girl! I love that you decided to just go for it and fix up your space quickly after you got your " inspiration"! I love the color theme, and all your storage ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and your nice note! Hope to see you again...
I really like your inspiring signs in your shop too...
We all need those positive " affirmations" nearby!
Dandelion Wishes,

Dawnll said...

Wow I am impressed with your little spot in the garage. Love all the pretty details to make it "your" space.
Thank you so much for your visit and kind words.
So glad to meet you.

fleurcottage said...

nicely the 'paris-y stuff!' just goes to show we creative folks really don't need a lot of space to fulfill our dream!

Sheila Rumney said...

Thanks for reminding us that you don't have to have a room devoted to it, but you can carve out a niche and create something wonderful!

Sandy said...

You know what? I am so glad you showed your wonderful creatively done creative space. I love your use of gift wrap for the background and the bold colors are so fun. You have shown here that you don't need an entire room to be creative in. This is one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing!

Tina said...

Hi Kathy
What a wonderful little spot you have - you have done a great job making is cosy and pretty.
Thank you so much for visiting over at my place too.
~ Tina

Angela Weimer said...

Wow i love what you have done with your new space. It is fab. Thansk for the lovely tour and sharing it with us. Have a wonderful day. Angela

Monica said...

Hi Kathy,
love the black and white in there! I think I will re-make my hubby studio with that in mind. It's so chic. Pretty touches here and there... small but lovely!
Thanks for taking the time to visit my studio and leave a comment.

V I N T A G E O L O G I E said...

Great makeover ... you have truly created your own little niche ... perfect and just lovely!!


Jillayne said...

Love that harlequin paper! You have certainly made the most of your small space; it looks organized and fun - especially the rabbit scissor holder!


Love the transformation! So fun to see the before and after of your creative space. Adore the bunny string holder! Thank you for your kind words at my studio post! ~ Angela

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What an amazing transformation...I'd never guess that it was a garage! You've packed a whole lotta studio into that small space...great job!

Lisa said...

I love your space! You utilized every inch! The paper is so you! And Mr. Bunny is too flippin' cute.:)

Unknown said...

I think you did a great job in a short period of time and getting Hubby to move over a bit. Looks very Ha-cha to me love all of it. Can't wait to see how much more space you can take over next year! Lol. Thanks for sharing! XOXO

Julie Marie said...

Hello Kathy, I love your little creative space... and who says it has to be BIG? I have a room, but it is a small one and I am quite happy there! Love all of your special finds and the bunny especially! xoxo Julie Marie

June said...

Oh my goodness Kathy...I adore that bunny head!!! I love how you have carved yourself out a space and made it all your own. When I was younger like you are, I only had the kitchen table to create on, so I feel blessed to have what I have now. But I believe that it is so important for us to create that it really doesn't matter where we do it, as long as we DO it.
You have made yourself a lovely place to work.

Debora Hoffmann said...

Hi, Kathy! I have enjoyed seeing what you've done with your space--it looks great! Love the little wooden box find and the ceramic scissor-holding rabbit. Your creativity is plain to see in your space, even if it's small.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments about my bears! I am so glad you like them. It is such fun to design the pattern and then watch the bear come to *life.* Please come back to visit anytime!

~Debora, New Avenue Crew

Pam @ Frippery said...

Love the colors and you have some great space to work in. We all have different ways to make our spaces our own and you have done a wonderful job.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I think it's wonderful that you've carved a space for yourself and made it so pretty. I love your little scissor bunny - great touch of whimsy. Thanks for sharing!

CATHY said...

What a sweet space you have and I love it in the middle of all the manly stuff! Thanks for stopping by my blog - cheers from brussels - cathy

Tins and Treasures said...

I like the way you've personalized your many fun things to look at!

Yes, I am still visiting the participants in the 'Where Bloggers Create' event...and having a great time! Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Natalie

Unknown said...

Your space may be very small but it's lovely - and so is your blog! Thank you for the tour.

Gail said...

Kathy, your space is so cute. It is small, ya, but you have made it so very special. I love how you have made it all yours.
Gail - Big Horn Mountain Creation

Anonymous said...

It looks like we have 2 very definate things in common. Our love of black and white and Tim Holtz! I am new to the blog world (2 wks!) and am really enjoying myself. Wish I would have started sooner! Hopefull I will have the opportunity to do this next year. Thank you for sharing! ~Sherry F.

Creative Grammie said...

Kathy, your space is just lovely. I love the black and white decor, because then we can incorporate any third color we want.
I just love your space, thank you for sharing.

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