Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where I Create....

"Any day is the perfect time
to begin getting
organized,"
I say.

It's Party Time!!

Yes....the party day is finally here. I reorganized a majority of my creative space like an absolute man woman yesterday. I am not the neatest "picker-upper," so I had to devote a little time to share with less embarrassment.

I really appreciate Karen linking all of us to her blog. This is going to be even more awesome than last year. I can't wait to start visiting you all.

I got my studio about the time my daughter, Amy, moved out of the house to get married. I just never had the time or the energy to plan and organize my vast stockpile of goodies and then organize a space to actually say, "I have a room of my own!"

I had a desk that was a complete disaster. We bought it at a garage sale when I first got married, so it required about a week of stripping and staining and then varnishing. I am really quite proud of that accomplishment. Then I switched the rug shown here from my family room. This carpet is so much fun! I ordered posters from Shutterfly and framed them in poster frames. I can't seem to part with my magazines. I have Somerset issues from 1998!!

My husband, Chuck, tackled painting one wall my favorite shade of green. Then he built shelves to store my books, finished projects, and other doo dads. I sewed my own curtains to cover the tiny basement windows. There is so much I would like to do someday.

Because I have a lot of interest in sewing, knitting, and paper arts, here are a few photos of my work areas. Due to taking the KC Willis Collage Camp, my sewing machine was pulled out of the closet and I organized a sewing table near the back of my room.





Actually, I would love to own a cupboard to store my yarn. And I need another cabinet to store my rubber stamps with a little style. One of my future goals is to own a huge "inspiration board."

So today, here is my space. I wish I could really have you stop over and play with me. I love seeing all the talent and inspiration from all of you. I just love visiting everyone.

It may take me a while to visit all of you. I want to really fine tune my room so I can be truly proud of it.


Thanks, Karen for this great idea of opening every one's home and viewing our creative spaces. I am thrilled to be included.

50 comments:

Terri said...

You have one of the most spacious creative spaces I have ever had the pleasur of standing in. Super orgainized. And tons of your hand made treasure artfully displayed. Loved working in it when you had us all over. The picture here is only a tease ladies I assure you...
Thanks for sharing Nance!

BLISS angels said...

I love you space it made me want to go into my space and create and go out a buy glass jars... I loved it... thanks for sharing it with me Hugs ~Wendy at Blissangels

Debra said...

Fabulous Nancy! So pretty, a feast for the eyes!

Sylvia Drown said...

Absolutely beautiful...so spacious and organized, but still full of character...Love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!

zandra said...

Your room is so fabulous now! So, wish I could come and play. :o)
So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.
Hugz,
Zandra

Julie Johnson said...

Thanks for visiting me! What a great room you have...and you look very organized! I have so many interests too....
julie

Queen Bee said...

What a fabulous space! It's so organized!
Queen Bee Studio

Kit said...

You have a great space to work in! Very nicely organized and ready for creating! Thank you for visiting me! Kit

Terri Kahrs said...

LOVE your studio and the way you've organized and personalized the space. How nice that you have a sewing area **sigh**. It's on my wish list! Thanks for letting me take the tour! Hugs, Terri xoxo

C'est Magnifique said...

You have a very lovely art space and I would die for that basket of old laces! Thanks for stopping by my studio!

Tania

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I wish I could come play in your wonderful space. Happy Creative Bloggers Day. xo

Christine Edwards said...

Nancy, your space looks so orderly...something mine does not, especially right now. ;-) It would be great fun to come over and play. Thanks for sharing.

Hopeful said...

Your studio is wonderful! Great work! Maybe I will do the same with my space. I've been hoarding too long!

Lori said...

Your room is so well organized. It's great! I love your doily collection--I have one of those too! And all the little touches throughout the room. I'm inspired to follow some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing your wonderful space. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well and leaving a wonderful comment.

Tricia said...

Your space is sooooo beautiful. I don't know how much cleaning up you did before-hand, but the outcome is absolutely fabulous! You had such a great area to work. I think it must be quite a joy to be creating in your space. I, too, love altered art - and I know it takes a lot of storage for all our bits and pieces of this and that! Thanks for sharing and stopping by my place for a visit. Blessings.

Tricia

Cathee said...

YUMMY Space!!! Wish I could come and play!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

Rena said...

Lovely space!! cool funky rug under your desk!! Thank you for sharing! Loved the photo of all your crocheted dish rags! those are the best! =) again, thank you for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a big fabulous room! Love all of your storage ideas! It's nice to have supplies to work on whatever you are in the mood for! Lovely! ♥

JANN said...

WOW what a WONDERFUL room Nancy, I'm so impressed. Very neat and organized. My poor room is quite messy at the moment - need to get some cleaning up done in here :(
Thank you for sharing these images
I so enjoyed viewing where all the magic is created ;)
Have another fantastical day my friend.
ps

One thing I do have hanging on my
shelf peg is a beautiful pink knitted bag that was made by a very creative and kind friend, the sweet tag is still intact hanging from it for me to admire and enjoy daily :} I love it. Thank you again.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh, it looks fantastic...I love those stackable drawer units. That's what is hidden under the table in my studio where you see the popcorn chenille draped across..they saved my life..LOL Your space looks and feels so warm and cozy..I just love it.

Thanks so much for coming in to visit with me and stroll through my studio.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Claudia said...

You have a lovely big, bright space! I love seeing all your wonderful storage solutions. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Gloria said...

Awesome studio room. Thanks for sharing.

craftyles said...

I love how your desk is in the middle of the room-such luxury. Cute storage ideas. Thanks for the tour!

ginger@bearbits said...

I can see a lot of table space which must come in handy for your work. A place to spread out! Thanks so much for letting us tour your space!

~ginger

kluless said...

I love your wonderfully organized studio and it is a treat to see your little treasures. Thank you for sharing.

Denise said...

Awesome space! And so well organized. I'm just a wee bit jealous. Thanks for stopping by.

Penny said...

Wonderful creative space and well organized.
Thank you so much for offering us a peek into your creative self..
Hugs,
Penny

Karen Valentine said...

Nancy, your space is lovely! I am really impressed with the work you did on that desk! It came out beautifully! I'm sure you spend many happy moments in there! Thank you so much for sharing it all with us!
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Geralyn Gray said...

You truly have a great art nest to create in--loved the photo blocks!

Katsui Jewelry said...

I love your space. It is huge and your decorating is very nice. I really think the rug in there is awesome. I know you think you are disorganized but I am so impressed with what you have done...you are in great shape now!
I think it's wonderful that you have saved Somerset Magazines from that far back! I love them so much!

My daughter and I have a "young" blog and would love to have you visit, if you wish. She and I have been making jewelry together for fifteen years but also have other interests. I love vintage paper crafts and she loves vintage fashion...and we both love estate sales!

Thanks for giving us a peek at your nice space.

Suz
http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com

whymsicalmusings said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Your space is just unbelievable! I LOVE IT!!!!!

Hope your surgery goes well today you are in my prayers:)
XXXXOOOO
Becky

donnaj said...

loved seeing where you create-and some of your creations!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The first thing I noticed was that truly awesome desk sitting in the middle of your room. I was glad to read a bit of the back story on it, too. You have a ton of storage units and so much space. I would love to come for a visit and play in your inspirational studio. I've bookmarked your blog and will be back once some of this madness has subsided. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome space.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a wonderful space. So big, so organized and I love the rug!

NanaNay said...

Great room. you are very organized. It looks like so much space.

I like your storage ideas.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lord, your daughter had a huge bedroom....Now it is all yours. If you could put your vintage laces in your will for me I sure would appreciate it! ha! I like things organized also. If you get a chance take a peek!

Carol

Terri said...

I'm so glad you posted more photos of your space so everyone can see!

Debby said...

Hi Nancy,
I have enjoyed my tour of your beautiful creative nest. So many gorgeous things to look at and you are so organized. Love all your pretty treasures and thanks for sharing.
Debby

Diane said...

Oh, I love it =) And, would love to come play.....

Romeo said...

How absolutely beautiful! And will you look at all those treasures!!!! "She" squeaked with delight when I scrolled down to the lace picture. And those tables, all those lovely tables for lounging!!! Oh yes, "she" may be drooling over the lace, but I am loving all the space to spread out!!! All those wonderful displays - such eye candy!!! Thanks so much for sharing your creative space - it's purrfect!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

Miss Sandy said...

I love your art nest!!! Everything is so beautifully situated. Thank you for sharing.

The Paper Princess said...

I love your creative space! Like you, I am working on fine-tuning mine as well! I already follow you and just love my visits here!

When you are able, please visit me at Create With Joy!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Great desk! You have such a large spacious studio and have made great use of it. I truly enjoyed the visit! Thanks for sharing. Connie

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You have a great space to be creative in! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

fireythreads said...

love your room and enjoyed the visit I am onl half way through visiting all the room swill take me ages but am so enjoying it and finding too many blogs I want to stay in touch with thanks for sharing

Beedeebabee said...

Oh my...you have one of THE most beautiful creative spaces I've seen! I could lock myself away in that room forever! xo Paulette

. said...

What a nice room with all that space, I like the wall your husband did for you (made me thinking about my future wall in my studio, still working on it : )
And I love that old lace collection you have.

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning,
Oh, I wish I could come over to 'play' with you someday. You have a lovely studio...I could stay for hours. I love the storage jars and all of your workspace.

Yes, I am still making my rounds through the participants in Karen's "Where Bloggers Create" event...and having a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. ~Natalie

June said...

Nan, I so appreciate you coming by and wishing me well with the win. I still am in denial I think. There were so many gorgeous studios and I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this. I love your studio space where you create your amazing artwork. Isn't it a wonderful thing to have a space where we can truly be who we artfully are?
Thank you again for coming by with your sweet words.
hugs
Oh I wanted to tell you that your blog is gorgeous!!!!!