And once again welcome to my studio. It has been a work in progress for what seems like way to long. But I feel it is ready for its big reveal- just in time for Karen’s “Where Bloggers Create “ Party. Do come in grab yourself some refreshments and let me show you around.
My studio once upon a time only did service as a breezeway; a simple passage between the main part of the house and the garage. Oh it had furniture and it was appointed nicely but it was hardly ever used. Now this is the sight you see as you walk in the door. Certainly more friendly and inviting.
The big coral piece is a shoe box that my husband made to coral all the unrulely shoes that used to be all over the place when the grandchildren came to visit. The picnic basket on top of it holds & keeps extra storage containers handy.
What’s that? - Yes I use the clear plastic shoe boxes to store some of my assorted supplies in, from lace to colored tissue paper and unused scraps of empherma. Smaller Glad containers also on the clear side hold a few of the real small supplies or those that I only keep in limited supply.
The self above the windows hold part of my angel collection as well as a few of my bears & hares.
My Pink chandelier is one of my favorite pieces. Don't you just love it?
The first parts of my make over can be found here if you are interested . Three supply cabinets purchased at Target were shimmed and permanently mounted to the walls to avoid any threat of tipping since my concrete floor tends to slopes inward. My husband built the shelf units above the utility cabinets - over 8ft of space on the one side. (Yippe !!! Lots more space for my bears & hares collection as well.) He also built a little barn to hold my sewing/crafting table; so it could tuck away neatly in place when not in use. Above the barn is a little barn built to hold the sewing machine.(its hidden from view in this picture by my all purpose aqua tree)
An old forlorn desk we purchased a few years before was given a face lift via a new coat of white paint and then covered with polyacrylic to withstand anything I may throw at it when I’m creating. A mirror in a pretty frame ( good Feng Shui ) to see who enters a room when your back is to the door. My embossing powder and glitters stored in pretty salt & pepper shakers; and Albert Einstein to keep me company and expound on the merits of imagination.
The wicker furniture which previously inhabited this room was moved around; the chairs were moved by the north window as a little sitting area where my husband and/ or friends can sit enjoy the fish tank in the little alcove, read the paper or visit with me. The little love seat stayed put and is for when I am taking a reading break or talking on the phone.
A small shelving unit I had in my office when I was teaching was also given a fresh coat of white paint, as well as an old china cabinet which my dear husband reworked into my computer cabinet. . He was also called upon to build the built in units which flank my windows on the south side of the house. Room was left for my old cedar chest which also received a couple coats of paint and is used to hold a portion of my fabric stash.
Since this is the room all our guest see first _ I do strive to keep it neat and organized but like most of you I don’t always succeed. It is very hard to craft and create neatly. This is the view you see when my work table is out of its barn and ready for work. We stenciled vines, hummingbirds, butterflies and bugs on most of the furniture as you can see.
This is a view with my guest chair out from its storage place between the wicker bookcase and the storage unit. Its always more fun to create with friends.
This is what usually happens at the shed. You know the old saying about "if you want the best seat in the house- you have to move the cat." Well it sure is true around here, as soon as I stand up Genghis takes my chair and I use the guest chair.
I decorated it in a garden theme since that was kind of what was in here before and I did like the idea just never pulled it off with those dark walls. Now it’s light and airy in here and I can sit in my ‘garden shed’ with all my furry friends real and stuffed, all year long. A change in the artificial as well as the real flowers and a few of the other pieces keeps me in tune with the current season unfolding outside my windows.
I know your in a hurry to move on to the next studio on the list so I want to thank you for coming by and hope you enjoyed your self here with me.
See you at the other sites.