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Just a Peek at my Studio


Well, it’s sort of a studio. It started life as a “scrapbook” room, but has been slowly but surely morphing into a multi-purpose studio. Fortunately many of the “tools” and “supplies” I use can do double or triple duty…pliers, hammers, sizzix machine, stamps, ink, beads, paints, ribbons, wire, embellishments – they all make the leap from one type of art to another.

At this point in time, I’m not in any danger of being chosen as a participant in “Where Women Create” magazine! I have (or I should say I HAD) a clear vision for what I wanted, but just hadn’t found all the storage pieces I needed to make that vision a reality. So, I went with a lot more plastic than I wanted until I could find the perfect “old” pieces. But now, with a bit of a change in focus, I’m going to have to do some refiguring. Getting there is half the fun!

But, in the meantime, I have SOME pieces I love, and thought I’d share them with you.

This is the coolest, old rusty display case from a hardware store. It is PERFECT for storing my monograms…        metal, chipboard, acrylic. Love, Love, Love it!

I used the space behind the door, that would have otherwise been unusable, to put up cork boards for pinning up embellishments that I want to have close at hand.

Another of my faves…got this unfinished file cabinet, painted it with black milk paint, scuffed it up, stained it and found some cool knobs to finish it off. I use this to store stickers filed by subject and tons of stick on letters.

I use lots of paper, and have been unable to find anything “old” that comes anywhere close to housing paper as well as these plastic containers. I have learned to look past them (or cringe ever so slightly!)

Cool glass jars are perfect for buttons.

I have a pair of these awesome chairs, one on each side of my worktable. I had the table custom made, and when we were moving it into its new home discovered it wouldn’t fit through the door! We had to cut an inch off the table legs to get it in! Oy!

It’s really a nice workspace, and slowly, but surely, I’m finding the storage pieces I want that will keep things organized and easy to use, but also have that shabby, tattered ‘n worn look I love so much! In the meantime, it gets the job done, even if it’s not yet ready for prime time!

About tatterednworn

I am a woman who has committed to living a creative life.

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  1. Thought you said the room was messy? Looks pretty good from here:-)

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  2. Wow! Wish my space looked that cute and organized! I love the rusty display case! Well done.
    Rebecca@paperbleu

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    • Oh, Rebecca! I had to laugh. Just goes to show that a few select pictures don’t tell the whole story! You can’t see the STACKS of things yet to find a home or the closet overflowing with half-finished projects. But thank you. It is kinda cute…and someday it will be downright adorable!

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  3. I dream of organisation like that. I think I would need full time domestic help in order to be so tidy. Enjoy it while it lasts. I’m convinced that as soon as you get fired with enthusiasm for new projects your studio will look just like mine again! LOL.

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    • Seriously, Angela! I had to scootch piles around to make space to take photos that didn’t look like a bombing had occurred! Although I have to say the foundation of organization is there! Notice there’s no “overall” shot?! Someday. (Hahahaha! Maybe in my dreams!)

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  4. OK first off, using the space behind the door is a fabulous idea. I have one of those super large quilting plastic cutting mats and had to hang it in the space behind my door. (I don’t quilt, but found it useful for so many other projects). And, I actually like the plastic storage pieces for your paper. They allow for a quick find of what color paper you want at any given moment. I’m still trying to get all of my storage pieces in my studio as well. I have a good start, but I find I can always find a need for more. You have a very nice creative space.

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    • Thanks, Ann Marie! I’m pretty good at getting 10# of manure in a 5# bag, and the wall usage was part of that! As for the paper organizers? I would prefer something less modern, and I have seen the same style in wood, but they are just enough bigger that I would lose one container, so I’ve had to compromise beauty for maximizing functionality. It’s been hard for me, but I am adamant about not overflowing into the rest of the house, so I have to make the space work.

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  5. I enjoyed your tour of your studio. I love your rusty storage drawers! I, like you, prefer to find old things to use for storage, but the new stuff works in a pinch! You are SO organized – one day my studio may get put back together. In the meantime, I am creating in the middle of the disorganization! If I wait until it is all put back together, I will never create again.

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    • OMG! Me being called organized is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard! I can’t even tell my husband, he’d choke on his teeth! I’m so glad a few strategically taken pictures can create that illusion! Rest assured, it is far from the truth.

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  6. wow! You are the Organizing Queen! Looks great!

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  7. wow, i seriously love that old hardware store drawer unit. it looks as if many people have loved it for a long time; the best! xo

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    • Me, too, Emily! I nearly had heart palpitations when I saw it! It was at an antique mall and didn’t have price on it. The owner was there, and when I asked how much it was I was hoping it was reasonable because I KNEW I would pay whatever she asked, no matter how ridiculous! Fortunately, it was!

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  8. So nice. Can’t wait until I can set up mine. You have given me some cool ideas. Liked the corkboard.

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    • Thanks, Linda. Glad I could be of help! The cork board has been awesome! Glad you like it. It is soooo nice to have a place to spread out and not feel like I’m taking over the whole house! When my kids were little, we’d go weeks w/o seeing the dining room table!

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  9. Glad you only had to “skooch” piles around, I’d have to bulldoze! In the process of moving my studio and it’s just painful. Thanks for the peek! See you flying!

    Susan

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    • LOL! Thanks, Susan! I’ve always felt like I was a major slob, but you guys are making me feel like maybe not so much, at least comparatively speaking! I have a bunch of really eclectic letters collected (still need to be decorated!) to put on the wall that say “A creative mind is seldom tidy.” Isn’t that the truth? I always say my workroom (um… studio!) looks like the inside of my brain, and that’s a scary thought!

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  10. Hi! coming over from flyinglessons…
    Your corkboard is FABulous. I love being able to see everything at once and all the little items seem to get lost in storage. Might have to give this a try!
    xo
    lynn

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    • I would love to say that is ALL of it, but it isn’t! Just the newest and most likely to be used! Heeheehee! Hope it will work for you! Thanks for stopping by. Happy flying!

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  11. Why is your room so clean and organized when your life is crazy girl?????
    glad you have gotten back in to creativity cause you do a great job. You were meant to BLOG or be creative…..LOL

    Luv You

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    • I did a lot of tidying up over the weekend! But believe me when I say that in the areas where the camera was not allowed to go, it is pretty much vintage me! Thanks, Jan. I do love writing, so blogging is a natural extension of that. And as for creativity? I’ve been missing MFT so much! Not the yucky parts, but the continual decorating, dreaming up displays, making interesting products work together in a cohesive way…and of course “making things.” Ran across some pics from “Christmas Affair.” We were such babies! Where has the time gone?

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  12. Beauty-ful space! 🙂

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  13. Wow….love the board with all the inspiration! I am working on my studio….takes a bit to organize all that STUFF>

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  14. sister…sister…you are totally blessed with the ability to organize…& organize beautifully! i’m jealous!

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    • I feel so undeserving of all this organizational praise! Seriously. I am a slob. I just decorate well, and know how to point a camera so the mess doesn’t show! But thank you, anyway. Maybe some day I’ll live up to the compliments!

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  15. Janet there is a part of you that values organization! There is a part of you that chose to portray the organized part of your beautiful workspace! There is a part of you that actually “organized” the parts of organization that were photographed! Dammit woman its you that has a part that “is” organized! Start thanking yourself for all you do and realize it is “you” that is deserving of all this wonderful “organized” praise YAHOOO!!! Now as far as the other part of you that is not so organized… wellllll you can thank her too! Because shes actually figured out and realized that it takes a heck of alot of time and energy to be 100% organized and neat! And look at all the family and creative time you have by having the priorities that you do!!!

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  16. Hahaha! Again, when did you get so smart? I know I am my own harshest critic! And I need to be gentler with myself. I do have a pretty full plate, and there are only so many hours in a day, and I do give the majority of my time to my family, and I deserve some of it… (sounds like excuses to me!) LOL! I have pretty high standards for myself, and if I relax them everything goes to hell in a hand basket! But you are right. I do value organization, I work better when everything is in its place, and I LOVE the look of a darling, organized workspace. I just have a hard time keeping it that way!

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  17. I like your idea of the cork board behind the door… might have to try that and in my closet too! Great idea. Thanks for sharing…. Karen from Flying Lessons

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    • Thanks, Karen! If you’re going to cram 10# of stuff into a 5# bag, you have to use every bit of space you can! Plus, I like using pieces that are fun and vintage, so they aren’t always the most functional. That means you have to find ways around the edges to maximize storage. Hope it works for you!

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