Thursday, July 11, 2013

Where Bloggers Create 2013

I love participating in the Where Bloggers Create blog party, not only to get inspiration for my own space, but to show others it doesn’t matter how big your space to create in is.  Plus, it forces me to do a clear out and clean up!  You can see my previous year's posts, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  A big thank you to Karen {My Desert Cottage}, for hosting this blog party again this year!



My craft/sewing room is what was called a Storage Room in our condo, but seemed to me to be just perfect for me to set up my space, when we moved here back in September, 2011.  Last year, I made a few changes shortly after the Where Bloggers Create 2012 blog party.  I knew the next one would creep up quickly and I wanted to make the changes while I was feeling gung-ho about them.   One of the first things I did was to paint the two tables I have in here white, using Pure White chalk paint from Annie Sloan. 



The second thing I updated was that I brought in a couple of bins to hold my fabric.  I had one and found a similar second bin at Michael’s.  Of course, it is still too much fabric!  While I have been trying to make a dent in it, it keeps magically getting filled up!  So far, my recent clear out has helped.


The third thing I did was add some quotes that I had been saving for awhile now.  I grabbed some picture plaques that I had gotten from the dollar store and Mod Podged these quotes {from the back of a magazine that I don’t think is available anymore} and some scrapbook paper to them.  I like that they were colorful and the size filled a blank spot over one of my shelves nicely. 


Plus, I like that they relate to the “creative” theme for this room.




Now onto the pictures of my room this year, without too much talking!  Welcome to my craft/sewing room.


To the left I have a screen that I use to hide the mechanicals that are my roommates.  It is multi-functional because it also holds some tags and things for my Etsy.


Next to that is a small table which holds a lot of things, both underneath and on the one shelf, as well as small things in the small drawer space. 


I try to keep the top clear, but it doesn’t always work out that way! I’m sure many of you have the same problem.  I’m hoping to give that lampshade a new look by next year’s party, but I’ve been putting it off since I don’t even have power in this spot yet.


I did manage to clean up the tiered baskets holding way too much stuff.


The shelf over the small table.


Continuing along, I have two shelves over bookcases I found at Target online.  Their size was perfect for this area.  This bookcase holds supplies like stamps, ink, styrofoam balls, cork, my glue gun, peat pots, small boxes, old ribbon spools, that kind of thing.


I prefer clear storage so I can see what is inside even though I do like the pretty boxes and containers.


The next section of bookcase holds all my Etsy inventory.



My sewing table is skirted for looks, but it also helps to hide things underneath like bags of fiberfil, batting, and a tin of laces.


I’m ashamed to say that I have had my new Brother sewing embroidery machine for over a year and I still haven’t sat down to figure out the embroidery portion.



The shelf over the sewing table holds a few decorative items, including swap gifts and gifts from other bloggy friends, along with their note cards.  I always enjoy looking at these when I’m in here and sometimes I reread the cards.


The wire shelving was already here and I brought in everything else, including the small blingy chandelier.




Thank you for visiting my craft/sewing room!  You couldn’t swing a cat in here, but the size works well for me and I hope this might inspire others to set up a creative space for themselves using whatever space they might have available.


I am looking forward to visiting everyone’s creative spaces again this year!  I always get such great ideas and inspiration.


Createology said...

Your creative space is wonderful. I see blissful happiness with all that surrounds you here. The chandelier is the perfect touch. Happiness is where your Creative Heart is...


I agree, no matter the size of your's all good. I see something I made for you from a swap :)
You are so organized! Loved the tour!

Okio B Designs said...

Lol, swing a cat in there, eh?! That made me chuckle! You really make the space work well. I like that even though it's small, it's really well organized and so pretty! I cleaned up my office/craft room today but still too embarassed to share.

Maybe next year. =)


Fran. said...

What a sweet little creating space!! Size doesn't matter and you rocked this out so perfectly making it look so pretty!!!Thanks for sharing with us!! XOXO Love Fran.

NanaDiana said...

I remember when you created this space, Kathy. You really carved a good area out for yourself in a small space. Glad it is working for you. Where there's a will-there's a way. Great little room!!! xo Diana

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You have it decorated so beautifully, and I really love that you have a dedicated space. Fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Debra from Bungalow said...

You sure do have a lot of stuff but it's all good, right? I think your little space is great because it keeps all your things corralled in one space and has all your personal touches!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Now that's a craft room. Lot's of goodies to play with. Nice and neat but not too neat. I can relate except mine is not neat at all. Thanks for sharing.

vivian said...

I love hopping around looking at everyones crafty rooms! loved seeing yours! I would have joined in but my rooms a mess. seriously.. lol!
have a great weekend!

Betty said...

You have so put so much in a small place and that alone shows how creative you are. Just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Kathy, you have decorated your studio beautifully! I adore all the French accessories! You have everything so close; I would love a space like this! I love the sayings and your chair is so cute! There are so many wonderful items; it's difficult to name them all!

Jill Norwood said...

Love your sweet space! I finally have more space but have not posted pictures yet! Just discovered this party today! Maybe I can join in next year! :). Thanks for sharing your beautiful space where you create!!

Carmen said...

Kathy, your creative space is so cozy and private. It's kind of good that there's no room for anyone else... ;-) I know what you mean about this blog hop making you clean your space. Mine really needed cleaning, too. Thanks for letting me peek. :-)

This N That said...

You wouldn't swing a cat anyhow..Would you Kathy?? I'm sure that you and only you, know where everything is...That space is all yours..good feeling..

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, Your space is wonderful and I love the toile and the black and white accents. I love a cozy space like this and you have organized it so well. Love the screen and all the storage up above. I like to use the clear bins too so I can see inside.
Your sewing table is inviting to create.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Love your creative area and all the inspirational quotes you have. So many pretty things to inspire. Thanks for sharing!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, that is a good size storage closet!! Perfect for a craft room and tons of already great storage shelves, doesn't get much better than that! Thanks for sharing


farmhouse-story said...

cutest sewing table and chair ever:) love your space, kathy! have a great weekend:)

Sandra Kaye said...

Nice space!! love your desk:):)

Micupoftea said...

Wonderful place to create- love the details and colors :)

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Kathy, That is such a cute space and filled it up with lots of things to create with. I love your tiered basket and the wooden drawer chest. Your chair looks very comfortable. Thank you for showing us around!

Tea in the Library said...

Sumptuous and practical! Lovely a cozy spot.

HI! I'm Tabitha said...

I love it...Sew much fabric is right...hugs

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Oh, what a wonderful and charming space, Kathy! It really doesn't matter the size of the space, it's all about what you do with it. It's so much fun and very inspiring to see how fellow bloggers create and the spaces they use to do it in!

Vicki Boster said...

Oh Kathy!!! You are amazing! Look at all the wonderful crafting treasures that you have packed into this room! You are so perfectly organized---- really?!!!!-- I'm totally jealous of that! Your room is beautiful-- love that table you painted-- and the use of quotes is so inspirational--perfect:)

Thank you for taking the time to visit my little yarn room--

ImagiMeri said...

I love small spaces, and I'm looking forward to downsizing in the next year. You've done a wondrous job with the space you have.


Karen Valentine said...

Kathy your space gets prettier and prettier every year!! I think for a small space you have done an amazing job packing it with goodies while still keeping it functional and pretty! Thank you so much for playing with us again this year!!

Desires of the Heart said...

Kathy, your space is so charming and cozy. I love the creativity plaques you made!! The shelves are wonderful and keep everything at an arm's length which would be so handy. Looks like a happy place for sure. Thanks for visiting me and your kind remarks. Blessings to you, Linda

Cindy said...

Never would have thought to use a storage area to craft in! Creative and elegant! Thanks for the peek! Hugs!

Denise said...

Lovely joining You for both parties.Gorgeous and fun craft room and an enchanting Tea party.Our two last post's were for the same parties.How fun!Denise

Romeo said...

Hmmm. So you couldn't "swing a cat" in there eh?!? Ha! Bet I could swing from the chandelier - yep I'm just that talented!!! And besides, it may not be a huge space, but the space is well utilized so there's still plenty of room for me to swing ;) Wanna see?



Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

So agree with you, its not about how big your space it, but what you do with it. And you sure have most of the space you have, lots of great storage. I like your magnet board.

You have a great cozy space!!!

bobbie said...

You are an inspiration in how to use space effectively, while keeping it beautiful too! Thanks for sharing ~

CATHY said...

Looks like you have a lot of fun stuff to create with in a fun workspace. I enjoyed peeking into your studio. Cheers from Singapore.

fairyrocks said...

'Sew' much goodness. Your space has such a comfortable come in and sit a while feel...{of course I would probably want to shop too LOL}Love your quote. Thanks for popping by. Keep smiling and creating, and thanks for sharing

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I enjoyed the tour of your space! No matter the size, it's always nice to have a space of your own. Especially if you can also shut the door!

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

Goodness!! Where do I begin??? I think you deserve the award for being the most organized in such a small space!! Fantastic, girl!! Love all of your storage ideas and how you have mangaed to fit so much into this space and do it so elegantly too!! Love it!
I love the screen,great idea! And i definitely am going to borrow your idea about skirting your work table. I have boxes stored under mine and the skirting is perfect for hiding it!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!
You have really made this your creative space!!

Thanks too for your vist to my space. I am writing down all the great ideas I am getting from this party so I don't forget them!! LOL!!

Boxwood Cottage said...

You have created such a cool and cosy craft space there in the corner! Love all the black & white that you have incorporated. Wishing you many happy crafting days ahead! Carola

Anonymous said...

I love your creative space particularly the screen. You have pretty things in your studio.

Thanks for visiting and for your comments.


Beansieleigh said...

Well, I'm pretty sure I can't even barely swing my own ARMS in MY creative space, but that's o.k.! I feel sure the room will work well for me too!.. at least better than having everything scattered all over the house!.. LOVE your craft/sewing room! I've used those same shelves in my kids' rooms, and loved them! It was fun for them to not only place things on, but to hang some of their favorite things too!.. Loved the pretty and creative little touches all about your room; especially the picture-plaque wall quotes! Love those! I MIGHT be able to do something like that with a little 5x7 plaque, to hang in that empty space next to my polka-dot bulletin board, ya think?!!! (0; Thank you so much for the tour, and have a great week ahead! ~tina

Jennifer's Vintage Paperie said...

Kathy, your creative space is charming. I love the fabric around your table. Beautiful!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Your space to create is a beautiful as your creations! said...

This is a very creative use of space! You've made it very inviting as well as functional.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

What a functional but cute space! All I can say is "thank goodness you're not all coming here."....a torch would be the only solution for improvement! LOL What a fun idea for a party....I'm going back to see the others.....

Maureen said...

Ah! I remember visiting here last year! And you are so right; it doesn't matter HOW large a space you have to work with, it's what you DO with it - and you've done an amazing job at organizing and decorating your space in such a lovely way!

Rita Barakat said...

Love those quotes! I may have to "borrow" them! LOL Sew many goodies in here! I would love to go through it all!

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

I love what you did with your little creative space. It takes some great organizational talent to be able to do what you have. Thanks for letting us visit! Sue

Devon Smith-Breidel said...

The divider was such a great functional idea. It is really a cozy space!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Kathy What a delightful creative space/s. Love your tiered wire baskets and your dear little drawers and the layers of shelving with your containers knowing you can put your hand on just the one you want at any given glance.
Your desk and chair is charming with toile fabric.
Thank you for sharing all of this with us!
You may want to enter into my Giveaway on my WBC.
Happy touring!

paola said...

oooooHHHH!!!! i just LOVE your space, such an ecclectic array of useful doohdahs on display to look at and craft with, wish i had the knack of making everything look this good without being messy, thats why mine looks so clinical, but your space is so much more inviting, TFS

Peggy said...

Oh, I love your creative space. It is whimsical and charming just like the items you create. Don't feel bad about the embroidery option - I've had my machine for 5 years and still haven't tried the embroidery because I've been too busy sewing other things. One of these days - oh well, you know how that goes. I'll probably be ready for another of your adorable towels too soon. Keep creating and enjoy your space. Peggy Renie

Tammy said...

I love the black and white graphics in your studio! Have to laugh about the Brother embroidery machine you haven't learned yet. My husband gave me a Bernina serger 15 years ago. I still can't make it work right!!
Thanks for the tour!

Hands To Work Studio said...

i LOVE, LOVE your space. Beautiful- And I love all of your awesome stuff that fills the room!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy - Thank you for stopping by my studio and for your nice comments. Your studio is so pretty and inviting. Makes me just want to sit down with you and create something!

Terry said...


Such a perfect space! I love the modge podge quotes. What a brilliant idea!!!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!


Becky @ Vintage 541 said...

What a great creative space you have Kathy...I love the screen and the creativity quotes. Thanks for visiting my blog too!

Becky @ Vintage 541

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Kathy,
What a charming cozy space you have to create in! I would want to be in there all the time, I just love it!
I'm not participating in this year's party, but I'm having a wonderful time visiting everyone.
Thanks for the tour.

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