Friday, July 13, 2012

Where Bloggers Create ~ 2012 Edition


I’ve participated in the Where Bloggers Create party for the past two years and now that we’ve moved, I’ve got a whole new space to show you!  Our move allowed me to move from a garage space to a little room in our condo that was meant for storage.  You can see my 2010 post here and my 2011 post here


Come on in and let me show you around!  The framed print above is a fairly new addition and I decided to put it right outside my door so you know you are entering a creative space.  I actually consider this area part of my space because I pack up my Etsy orders here. 


The drawer holds ribbons and the cabinet holds tissue and packing materials.



It is very convenient being right outside my craft room.  My craft/sewing room is at the end of our condo that encompasses a long hallway where the entrance to the garage and the laundry room is.


I used this screen {to the left} that I had in our living room at the old house to hide the mechanicals that share this room with me. 


It has actually come in quite handy, not only for that purpose, but it holds a lot of the things I make and sell in my Etsy.



All my tags are clipped on with clothespins and my small totes are just draped over the corners.


Next to the screen is a small table we also had in our old house that was used as a little writing desk. It works here to store some items as well as provide a surface {albeit small} for some projects. 



I do still need to organize this tiered basket that holds multiple ribbons, seam binding, stamped muslin and a few other doodads.  Sometimes I just like to see ruffles and trims hanging over the side though.


I left all the wire shelving that was original to the storage room and it has definitely come in handy.  I put some clear plastic storage drawers here ~ each drawer labeled with the colorway of the scrapbook papers or embellishments they hold.



Baskets come in handy for holding lots of things. You’ll see a variety of sizes and types in here holding supplies and/or Etsy stuff.


Bookcases I recently got from Target were a good buy for the price and the size that I needed for fitting under the existing shelving.  One side holds some of my larger supplies and pending projects; the other holds my Etsy items.



The tops of the bookcases also came in handy to store things.





The shelves above hold a wide assortment of supplies from my hot glue sticks, buttons, game pieces, favorite CD’s {I love to have music on while I’m creating},




assorted die cut outs {photo boxes}, things that may get made over,


sewing notions {the wooden box ~ with each drawer labeled as to what it holds}, craft paints and glues, fabric and trims, and much more.


These shelves are also handy in that you can hang things from them and I had enough room to hang up my tea towels and larger totes here.


The next section is where my sewing machine lives.  It is on another table that we brought with us when we moved and I gave it a brown and white toile skirt.


I attached a yard stick I got for $1.00 at an antique mart to the front with velcro, so it removes easily when I need it to, but is set so that I can measure things right here.


Underneath the table I usually keep batting and fiberfil so it is out of the way.  The fabric skirt helps hide that and keep it neat looking.  I chose the toile because I love toile and I liked the way it went with my clearance slipcover from Ballard Designs. 


This was an old desk chair that got repurposed and there is a bed pillow duct taped to the back to give it some support.


I added a vinyl ~ Sew Much Fabric Sew Little Time ~ to this area and the bling above it was necessary because I had something else hanging there originally, and I couldn’t leave the nail hole. 


I hot glued this blingy button to the nail and stuck it back in the wall!


I have my French Memo board that I made here, as well as the lamp with the transformed shade that I did here on this table.   My 25 year old Singer died a couple of months ago and has been replaced with a new Brother sewing and embroidery machine. 


Scissors close at hand on one side {with a pincushion from my friend Marsha}, and on the other a Keep Calm mug holding markers, pens and pencils.


The shelf above I try to keep some things that I have received from bloggy friends, but there are supplies here, too.  The round Christmas tin holds a bunch of wood craft sticks, the toile box {from my friend Marsha} holds greeting cards to be repurposed or anything that was too tall for the photo boxes.



Behind the door, I’ve added a little peg hook piece that I found at a thrift store and I’m using it to hold my Etsy aprons {the child size one is  my granddaughters}.



A new addition is this wire dress form I picked up at Hobby Lobby recently.  I thought it would be perfect to model the child size aprons I embellish.  This pink one is next up on the list.  Love that hot pink!




I won this clock in a blog giveaway and it sits over the door.


While I still wind up cutting my fabric on the floor in the living room, or doing projects that utilize multiple supplies at our dining table, being able to have this room dedicated to my sewing and crafts is a dream come true!  Thank you so much for visiting me!



Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You have a wonderful place to create! It is so organized!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

You look so organized there. You are motivating me to reorganize myself.

Blondie's Journal said...

One of the great things about having a small space is that you utilize every square inch. You really are organized...I love all the details. Your sewing area is my favorite!


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your space looks great, Kathy. My studio looks like it exploded right now. I admire your organizational skills.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy...I'm making my rounds on the blog hop, visiting all sorts of studio spaces! you have so many yummy supplies...I want to come over and riffle through them all! would that be okay? tehee....

I love the 'sew little time'.....that's me....there are just so many things I want to make....but by the time I find the time to make them...I have new ideas bursting forth! Oh well, I wouldn't want to have it any other way!

thanks for sharing all of your pictures...stop by to visit with me too, if you like..I'm also showcasing my home studio.

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Sonny G said...

You've made such a pretty and functional space for yourself.
This is a true sign of an organized person.. I am NOT one of those so I admire that quality a lot.
thanks for sharing it with us.

The Tuscan Home said...

Your space is not only well organized but pretty, too! I love every little nook and cranny, well done!

Have a great weekend! xo ~Liz

BECKY said...

Looks fabulous Kathy! And you have sure amped up the function of the space!! Nothing like a cozy creative area to call your own! I am working on my studio over the next few weeks!!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Michaele Sommerville said...

Kathy, you have treasures displayed and stored everywhere! I too, keep special crafty items received from blogging friends right where I can see them. They inspire me, and help me feel connected.

I love how you updated your chair, something the chair at my office desk desperately needs.

Drop by for a visit, I'm sharing my creative space too.


The Feathered Nest said...

I just love your creative space Kathy!!! So much goodness everywhere!! I can so tell I would love to step in and nose around :) You've utilized this space so well!! I bet you are loving your new sewing machine too :) Thanks so much for letting us take a peek sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Anonymous said...

So pretty, Kathy! I love your organization! You amaze me at how you utilized every inch! I love your creative space!


Love your creating room! The large screens are great for hanging your treasures. Great idea! Thanks for the tour.

Pam Kessler said...

You are so organized, I love it! Your new sewing machine looks very fancy. Mine can sew straight or zig-zag and that's about it :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy! What a wonderful space you have. I love everything and how you've stored your supplies. You're very organized! Have a great weekend and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Your room is just perfect - like that's what it was built for.... If I were in your home, I would never know the difference! Great use of space!


Anonymous said...

What a great space you have created Kathy! Love the use of the screen and your aprons are do cute! I still need to label all my tins and such- saw that you have everything nicely labeled!

I finally have a little space for moi and would love for you to drop by and see it if you have time!

bee blessed

Karena said...

Kathy I love to see the creative spaces of other artists! Yours is a work of art in of itself! Plus you are so organized,

Art by Karena

DIYbyDesign said...

What a beautiful craft area. I love all of your storage solutions...all so pretty. My craft and sewing things are all over the place and I have three or four craft areas/closets but I'd love to have it all in one location.

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, you have done a fab job of organizing your space. Thank you so much for sharing!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

So wonderful to have such a lovely space dedicated to crafting. That screen certainly has been put to good use. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

farmhouse-story said...

such a charming space, kathy! love the yardstick to find a white one! love your chair, the vinyl saying and that screen is awesome!

Susan said...

Wow! Love all that ribbon. And you are so organized. It would be fun to craft something together,come on over. Susan

Something Special said...

Ilove your French touches in your space. Looks like you like what I like. Don't you just love doing this party? Hugs to you!

NanaDiana said...

Well, it might not be very big, Kathy, but you sure have it set up nice. You have tons of storage and have really used every square inch of space wisely- Love it-xo Diana

craftyles said...

You managed to fit everything in your space and make it pretty too. I love all the personal touches and how you have your packing station right outside. What a wonderful space!

deb said...

Awesome creative Space ♥

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathy, What a fabulous creative space. Not only is it really cute but also very organized.

I have tried to send you a couple of emails and they both came back undeliverable. Email me if your email address has changed.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

It's great to have a place to create, and your is so pretty. It looks like you have everything stored for when you need it. I'm just starting on mine. Wanted to say thanks for stopping by and liking my Fairy Garden. Happy creating!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Love your crafting space. It has such pretty touches too. Thanks for visiting me today.


suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Kathy - everything looks so enchanting in your little creative space. It is full of so many little beautiful treasures you enjoy for creating.
It is Yours and it is special!
Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

Thank you to share your beautiful creative space, full of treasuries awaiting your creative hands to start on.
It is amazing to see how different our studios are. You like music when your create while I love to paint in silence. :o)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments.

Have a creative summer. Blessings and Bonjour de France !


ANNE said...

Oh you must have so much fun creating with all your bits and bobs!! Lovely space, thanks for sharing!


Geralyn Gray said...

Love everything!!!!!! A truly great space to keep calm...create......and carry on!!!!!!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

You have a created a sweet little niche for your creative expessions, Kathy :)

I tried sending you an email twice but it came back as undeliverable both times :)

Me too, I'm learning to admire a lot of the treasures I find :)

I hope you have a great week!


Unknown said...

Love your creative space. I love the idea of that screen to use for hanging things on and finished items.
Thanks for sharing your amazing space.

{oc cottage} said...

what an awesome room!!!!

m ^..^

Karen Valentine said...

Kathy it's wonderful!!1 Small and cozy and filled with so many wonderful things!! I love screen that you have all your tags clipped too!! You have made such a great use of that space! I'm sure you love it!! Thank you so much for joining the party again this year!!!

donna said...

What a wonderful place to create. Love how you have it all put together. Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.

Denise said...

I really took My time and slowly went through your craft room.I enjoyed myself very much.I gave up My real craft room when we down sized to My Coffeeberry Cottage.This party has really brought it home just how much I really do miss having one.My favorite piece in your room was the black & white toile heat with lace.Hugs to you Denise

Diana Seal said...

Awesome space, love the screen idea.
Thanks for sharing! Diana

Okio B Designs said...

You really made great use of that little space. It looks so cozy and perfect for creating!


Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi, Oh this is a great crafty space, Thanks for sharing, thanks too for dropping by my blog, Hazel

Suzy said...

Kathy, I really loved touring your space. I love your divider and you made it so useful, loved your blk/wht heart pillow, but I really feel in love with you when you hot glued the bling to the nail hole! My kinda gal!

Dianie said...

Hi Kathy, It is so great to meet you and see your wonderful space you create in.
It is a breath of inspiration in your cozy space with so many wonderful eye candy treats.
I was very enchanted by your packaging area. I can tell you take much pride in sending out splendid packaging.
I also fell in love with your screen. It is wonderful, and looks so great with all your Etsy ready creations hanging on it.

I had a wonderful time on your tour, thanks so much :)


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, I just love your creative space and all the inspiration is gives. You created such great use of the space and every detail is perfect. Love your black and white accents and your great organizing ideas. I know you spent many a happy hour creating in this awesome space.

Thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Have a wonderful week ahead.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Elizabeth Johnson said...

You have done a wonderful job with your small space. It is so creative and full and fun that it doesn't have the feel of being small - at least in the pictures. I bet you have LOTS of fun in there.
Thank you for visiting my studio/blog today.

JoAnne said...

Love your space Kathy! You did a wonderful job organizing!

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Your studio is very cosy and cute. The french flair is great. It is nice to visit.Hugs Laura

Doni said...

I've so much enjoyed my tour through your craft space! Love that screen door and the way you utilize your space! The vinyl saying over your sewing area is perfect!!
So glad I found your blog! I'm going to follow now!
Blessings, Doni

Sandy said...

What a wonderful creative hideaway! Thank you for the tour.

Victoria said...

Thank you for your comment on my WBC party post.

I love the way you've used the space in your room. Everything so beautifully organized in such a creative way! Thank you for the tour.


Victoria from Brushstrokes

Kristens Creations said...

You have used your space well Kathy! I am trying to organize mine again. I can make a few frames and my room looks like a tornado hit it! lol...I'm messy.

Have fun finding fall inspiration! There are alot of good ideas on pintrest.

Charmaine Hansen said...

Ok, Ok, you've heard it before, but Kathy you just have it all together. The screen, the velcro ruler, right down to the bottle with the silver crown tied with ribbon.Bravo...too much fun!

Anonymous said...

I love your space & your tiered lace holder! The apron looks great on our matching mannequins :) thanks for sharing!

EllenaElizabeth said...

I love the black and white touches in your lovely creative space. The gingham chair cover the toile curtain/frill....ooh lah lah!

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Terry said...

Hi, Kathy!

Wow! Your space is terrific! I love the yardstick trick. I may borrow that idea.

I have a dear friend who is just getting into blogging. I know she will love your blog so I sent her the link. She paints furniture like you.

Have a wonderful day!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love your space of creative genius!!....

StasaLynn said...

What a fun space to create in! I will be back to check out more of your creations for your Etsy store.

Thanks for the tour!


Tammy said...

What a great place to create! Thanks for sharing!

Helena White said...

I envy your stash supplies ~ wow! I love your screen idea ~ Perfect space for creating ~ Thank you for showing us around.

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scrappymo! said...

You have set up your space so wisely! Very organized for a small space...I think that is the key...don't you?

I peeked into your etsy are very talented and have so many lovely treasures!

Diana said...

Hi Kathy,
Thank you for your sweet comment. I love your studio and all those wonderful treasures. This is so much fun to peek in each others spaces. I really do appreciate your visit and taking the time to leave a comment. Hugs to you.

Whispering Hills Studio said...

Love your space....and your condo!! You are so organized with so many great ideas!! Born and raised in Ohio we moved to Alabama three years ago. Hope you enjoy the being a Buckeye!! Thanks for sharing your space.


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

What a wonderful space you have here!
Filled with so much eye candy and inspiration!
Thanks so much for your visit and kind words!!

Thanks again for sharing!


Valery Klassen said...

Kathy: Thanks for checking out my space. I just love your studio space, so much to see. I'm off to check out your Etsy shop and I'm now a follower of your blog, it's fantastic! Love everything!

bobbie said...

Kathy ~ I love how you've packed so much, so prettily, in a relatively small space!!

Thanks for your comment ~ I thank the universe every day for the space I have!!!

Unknown said...

Love your space kathy and the bling on your nail is just too funny, what a great idea, I must remember that:) Fun to see all the wonderful ideas that creative gals have when Karen holds her annual party. Well I will see you again and have fun visiting all the others, I think it will take me awhile, love everything including your Etsy treasures:) Hugs Marilou

Donna said...

I love your cute and organized space. It looks like a great place to create. I really like the vinyl saying on your wall. Very cute. Thanks for visiting my studio and for your nice comments.

Sandra Kaye said...

Thanks so much for visiting my space...I just love your the chair and the pillow on it. And the saying on the wall. Super sweet!! Hugs

cathy @ma vie trouvee said...

It does not look small - what a lovely space you have created! I enjoyed my visit. cheers

The Greeley Girls said...

I enjoyed looking at your creative space. It's so funny that my ribbon drawer looks exactly like your and I also have two of the pink paper flowers.I will visit again! Thanks for visiting us! Kelly
~The Greeley Girls~

Wendy & Megan Chamberlain said...

Love your creative space, so well organised and good use of space. Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment.

Kristi said...

I love your space! It's so cozy and sweet!Your creations are lovely as well. Thank you for to look at your Etsy shop!


Anonymous said...

Hello lovely, Kathy. How wonderful to have you visit the shop. I am tickled to hear that you enjoyed Love's dressing room tour. ;) I see we have similar color schemes. Black and white has long been my favorite combination, followed by red and about extremes, huh. :)

LOVE your screen idea and your chair cover. So much inspiration here. I am a huge fan of black and white diagonal checker pattern. Actually, The Shop Around the Corner typically uses it for a background, but I've changed it these days for several blog parties.

I look forward to visiting your page. Following and added you to my sidebar.

Faye said...

Such a nice organized space you have! I wish I was that organized. Thanks for visiting my blog!

just me... jan said...

Another label maker devotee...I love it! ROFLOL I like how you've laid out your room to fit your needs...organization is key to getting things done!
just me...sendin' snaps from Texas...jan

Kadee Willow said...

Fabrics and trims and toile... OH! MY! Love your space and that chair looks so comfy. I say this as mine needs replacing.. too high and hurts my back! And the yardstick glued to the edge of the desk.... too clever and very practical! Thanks for sharing your space. I will be back!

Maureen said...

Awesome creative space Kathy! Love all your organization, your creations and best of all... I LOL'd at your adding bling to the nail so you wouldn't have a nail hole in the wall -- brilliant!!!

Maureen Hayes said...

I have a small space to craft in as well so I found a lot of inspiration in your post. Your space is lovely and I thank you for sharing it.

fairyrocks said...

Love these peeps into your private creative space. It looks like a warm happy place to be. You must be a master organizer. Love that rack with all your hangings. I am a few days late for a visit, but I was able to see your aprons as well. AWESOME!!! Keep smiling and creating


What a great space to create in. I need to do some hiding of items and I like your velcroed fabric to hide your batting. May have to try that...


Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Really great use of space, I found so many great ideas and inspirations for my space to be. I especially like the yard stick idea and that pretty blue magnet board (did you make that your self?). It was to also be able to see what you make in there, lots of very pretty things : )

Thank you for sharing your space with us : )


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Hi Kathy~
Your studio is wonderful, I could get lost in there for days! Thank you for visiting me. Have a wonderful, creative day!

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

What a delightful space! Wonderful creations and a beautiful surrounding! I can see how you are inspired here! Thank you for the tour!

Unknown said...

A very pretty space, filled with so much fun stuff! Thank you for sharing!

bee'nme said...

Hi Kathy!! I don't know where to begin, I love so much about this sweet space! You had me at the drawer full of ribbon! Love the screen doing double/triple duty, the tables and shelves all serving their purposes well and with style and beauty! And girl, anyone that duct tapes a pillow to the back of a chair and covers it with a gorgeous slip cover is tops in my book!! LOL!! This space lives BIG in a small footprint because your creativity and pragmatism are so gloriously wedded!

What a pleasure to get to meet you through Karen's WBC party - thank you so very much for stopping by and leaving such sweet words of encouragement - I am very grateful! You are welcome to come by an play ANY time!!

Hugs & Blessings,

Oh and your Etsy work - AWESOME!! - B

Creative Grammie said...

you have a beautiful studio! And I love your creative ways of storage. Thanks for a great tour.

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