I think that most of us have a natural curiosity about each other's spaces...those spaces that surround us when we are happily creating. I was thrilled to be asked by Karen, our fabulous hostess, to be part of this party and to show off my space.
If you check out the blog roll on the right side of Karen's blog, you will see all of the party chicks...and, check out Karen's studio...it's fabulous!
Because we own another business and work out of our home, our extra bedrooms have been designated as offices. When I began doing memory art, I basically worked out of a rolling cart, a closet and my kitchen table. When I began teaching in earnest, I really needed more space and, thanks to my very supportive and loving family, we converted part of our great room into my studio space.
There are many upsides to where I create. It's open, airy, and filled with light. I'm at the heart of my home...right in the middle of everything...close to the kitchen and laundry room...and I have the best views of our backyard and pond from my window.
The downside is that it's also the first area seen when people come into our home.
So, we've had to create a space that I can clean up pretty quickly...except for really good friends...because they appreciate my messes!
We went with the concept of hiding things behind doors and found three coordinating armoires from Ballard Designs. The one in the center (pic on the right) has glass doors on top and wood panels on the bottom. So, the items in there are neat and orderly in matching labeled tins.
I've got ribbons and buttons in clear jars sorted by color so that I can see exactly what I have and there are vintage locker baskets with my most loved stamps as well as fabric fat quarters...again, all highly visible.
As you can see, this is definitely a working armoire...things are not set up to really be pretty, just functional and efficient so that I can store more stuff!
A number of years ago, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself because I didn't have a huge, fabulous area just for me...where I could hang whatever I wanted from the ceiling and on the walls. Then, I came across a quote that really put it into perspective for me...and it went something like this: "It's not what you don't have, but what you do with what you have."
Right then, I decided that I was going to stop pouting and start using my space creatively and wisely...and the important thing was to actually USE it to create.
There are actually 4 large shelves filled...and that's only part of it...the rest are in a box back in one of the offices. Lots and lots of hand made books...and they really make me happy.
You can see all three of them closed up here...and you'll see that we live where I create and I create where we live...and it definitely works.
I try to use home decor items, like this revolving stand from Pottery Barn, so that it looks like our family space in additon to my studio area.
I stand when I work so it's great to have it counter height.
I've changed out some of the things on the table...they are more storage oriented than just being decorative...again, making use of my space and trying to contain more things.
I love having this cupboard in my corner...I have it loaded with all sorts of vintage treasures...some of my favorite pieces of old silver, a couple of antique postal scales, children's shoe forms, old glass jars...all in a fun jumble that's totally inspirational to me.
Hope you enjoyed this peek into where I create.
And, for those of you who don't have fabulous, separate spaces to call your own, just remember...use what you do have...and create with passion!
Thanks for allowing me to share my space with you.