I need to boast about my Studio! This is the sum total of months of planning, rearranging, nails, hammers, a trusty level and repurposing everything that I had already, plus, of course, scouring craft stores and Pinterest for ideas. If you are going to organize your own craftroom the very first change you should make is to rename it "My Studio." Believe me when you use these terms everyone will be afraid to stop you. No more sighs. No more interruptions.
"Shhhh... She is in her 'Studio' we better not disturb her," and hours later when you emerge all eyes will be on you wide with wonder.
Do this if nothing else! And also don't forget to close your door.
So come on in.... Photo 1
Photo 2: A jewelry closet organizer helps to find all those little things that have been lost for years.
Photo 3: Baskets hung on the wall! Before all those baskets were project graveyards. I can actually see everything now. And I have yet to fill them.
I used heavy duty hooks so that they can take some weight. I love the elephant basket that I bought 20 years ago. Great for knitting needles.
Photo 4: This shelf is actually a wooden storage shelf on its side. I topped it with a pull-out shelf from a broken computer desk. I glued it on and it serves as a sturdy area to arrange my I projects when I work on each one and then I do something very unique (for me) I put each project away in one of the boxes below.
Shelves are made with black signage board (you know that material used by realtors to advertise homes for sale.) It comes in big sheets that are about the same price as foam core board. I considered using foam core but it wasn't strong enough. I thought that I was going to have to use plywood so I was delighted when I came across this stuff.
I chose the wooden boxes for their narrow depth. I'm determined not to bury things ever again. These are boxes that I bought at Craft Warehouse. I put cardboard on the bottoms to cover up the open slats. I have little chalk board gift labels dangling from strings but at some point I'm going to glue them on.
I was also thinking about painting those boxes black but I've decided not to because I just can't be that color coordinated. I mean really who can stand complete order in a creative space. Not me.
I left one area open on this shelf so that it can hold my bolts of fabric and anything else that is long. Tip: Don't buy a bolt of fabric that is on sale - after you use some of it to back a quilt the rest will sit around for years mocking you.
Photo 5: I love this corner. I made the square ironing board years ago from a discarded kitchen cabinet shelf. I covered it with a couple of layers of batting and a square ironing board cover. The only real expense what that cover but it was worth it since I have been warned by the family that I better not burn down the house. I also had to fold it over and snug it tight with tacks because it was big.
I also set my lamp over it because that corner is pretty dark. The blue round things are repurposed lace pillows. One is used as a giant pin cushion and the other is a bulletin board.
As you can see there is another shelf tipped on its side that forms this corner and extends along the other wall.
Photo 6: The desk at the window is an art table sold 'as is' from an art store. It was the demonstration table. A bit wobbly until I added a few more screws and nails. I have covered up a couple of projects to keep them from the sun.
Photo 7: MY FAVORITE: a comfortable chair. Wow! Who knew that if you clean up that corner with the cardboard boxes stacked to the ceiling that there would be room for this? I am sitting there right now typing this blog.
Okay, it was another of the bigger expenses. But so worth it. I now live in this chair. I bought this at IKEA where everything is miniature. It is small but comfortable and big enough for me.
Photo 8: My photo studio. This is a three-sided box that works to diffuse the light for excellent photos. The blue bottom helps to make the object stand out when you photograph it. I also have half of the table covered with blue cloth for the same reason when I don't want to photo something in the box.
I bought this before Pinterest - a long, long time ago - these days you can find how-to instructions to build one of your own. I wish I'd known. An expense but since I've had this from the distant past does it really count as an expense?
Photo 9: This table is that broken computer table that I spoke of earlier. I tacked it back together with giant clips. Though it still wiggles it does the job.
Photo 10: A kitchen wood block cutting table - perfect to cut just about anything - I cover it with a cutting mat. And the shelves underneath are for my bigger projects. I have to pull out this table into the middle of the room to use it. With all the heavy projects underneath it takes a bit of strength to pull it out but I figure this will inspire me to get those things done.
Photo 11: My scissor garage made from an office desk wire caddy tipped on its side. Also good for stashing my rotary cutters.
Photo 12: Rose colored book slings were mounted under the wire shelves. It holds my sewing machine instruction books, coloring books and picture frames that I want to use for my embroidery. I saw this idea on Pinterest, too.
Photo 13: Wire wall mounted shelves. These are great for all the heavy stuff.
Photo 14: Sewing machine and office chair. I roll this chair back and forth to my other tables. You really only need one and it opens up a lot of space. This area faces away from the windows so the light isn't that good. I added a small lamp this helps quite a bit. Also, you can't see it but there is an old drawing board on the table that extends the table. So there is lots more room for my sewing machine feet and other tools.
Photo 15: I saw this set up on Pinterest: cutting mats hung from clip clothes hangers, except for the largest one that hangs from two screws in the wall.
Photo 16: A studio animal: this can be a cat, dog, bird or ferret (thought ferrets tend to take shiny things to hide away.)
So that is it. Hope you enjoyed your tour. Okay - so now I'm going to shut the door. Photo 17
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage