Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My studio.

(It makes me sound important to call it a studio! It's really just a room. A craft room/office. But I like sounding important so it's my "studio".)

I get a lot of questions about where I work.
I usually avoid them because it's a bit of a disaster. All the time.
But I'm feeling brave tonight so I'll show you around.
A shelving unit that holds all my shipping and cardmaking supplies. (Oh yeah, I make cards too! I just don't sell them.) It drives The Man nutty but I know where everything is in this space.

A single curtain rod holder on the wall to hang strands of beads.
Along with my much needed calendar next to it. (by the way, I DO know that it's May now. It was April when I took the pictures. Really.)

A shelf with a candle The Girl made for me (see the M for Mom on it?), a cross stitch I did years ago when she was a baby, a red picture frame covered in stickers made by The Boy, and lots of other goodies.

Below that shelf is a big cabinet and on top is a tackle box. That's what I use to store my beads. Did you know that beads come in baggies? I have thousands of them. And believe it or not, I know where everything is in this tackle box. Pink Swarovski crystal? Vintage glass? Cherry quartz? I could tell you exactly where they are.

Above my computer I have a wall full of butterflies.

Next to my computer I have a couple of mirrors and a D-A-D picture that we did for The Man several years ago for Father's Day.

We have wood floors that get dusty so I keep my computer tower on my desk rather than on the floor. On top of it, a polka dot pot that holds scissors and doodads, pretty ribbon, a Cora's Playground block, and behind it rainbow art.

Down on the desk, a keyboard that The Baby scribbled on with a Sharpie while he was watching Playhouse Disney online. He's naughty.

The drawer on the desk pulls out and that's my bead station. I don't use actual jewelry tools. I use Craftsman tools.

On another wall, block shelves I had The Man make for me, a cross, and cheesy hot pink daisies that I love.

This whole room just makes me happy.
It's filled with things I love and that inspire me.
It's chaos, but I can't create when it's neat and tidy.
It has my favorite shade of celery green on the walls.
Tons of color.
The creative juices flow here!

(My metal stamping is done in the basement on a workbench and it's a dungeon there so I'm really not ready to show you that yet. It's filled with snakes and skeletons and cobwebs. Okay, not quite, but still...)

On a different note, I'm off today to meet a fellow blogger, Jen. I can't wait!
She's an incredible lady.
I hope she doesn't blog about what a dork I am in real life.

Have a great Wednesday!


nikki/WhiMSy love said...

Thanks for sharing your creative space! My favorite part is the scribbly keyboard!

Erica said...

your studio is awesome! i need one to to my crafty things but don't even have enough rooms for my boys to not have to share (one day... one day...) but i DO love the green on your walls. looks exactly like the green on our kitchen walls (ours was called apple 2 i believe). it's a very happy green. :)

Anonymous said...

The keyboard made me laugh. So hard.

Carol @SheLives said...

I like the personalized keyboard. And the cute fellow. Every studio needs a cute fellow! (To personalize our keyboards?)

Jennifer Cirka said...

Great studio!! You currently can't even walk in mine! LOL!!

amelia said...

Oh your studio is sweet! That keyboard is CRACKING me up though, PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!


Karen said...

that keyboard is hilarious!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your studio!!! I always want to know how other's studio looks like... ;o)


Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Thanks for showing off your work space! It looks wonderful :)

the wild raspberry said...

what a sweet candle from your girlie! and that keyboard...that one made me laugh!!!
have a great day.

Heather said...

I *love* the DAD photo. I may have to do something like that for Jared!

Polka Dot Moon said...

Oh so many treasure in your studio! I love the "dad" frame. So darn clever!!

My "studio" is the food pantry, a table in our bedroom and any spare table ;) drives hubby nuts!

I did have one area some time ago, but that space has been occupied by a wee one......that doesn't even really sleep there yet!!!

Happy Wednesday!

Brenda said...

Your craft area looks much better than mine! Every day I say to myself I am going to organize it, but then another day goes by and it's still not done.
Hope you have a great day out! It's great to get those days for you!

traci said...

thanks for sharing your studio. you're right, studio sounds better. love the colors. and the butterflies on the wall are great.

Lisa Holman of XSBaggage and Co. said...

It's so fun to see other crafters' workspaces. I love how you also have things that your kids created in there. And the scribbled keyboard cracked me up!!

Laura said...

I can not wait to show my husband the picture of the keyboard. Hopefully, that will help him to not feel so badly about our walls and furniture.

Hope @ monkey giggles said...

Love your space.

The keyboard is the BEST!

Enjoy your day

Anonymous said...

Your mother would have a COW if she saw how disorganized your work station is....I'm just sayin'

Whatever works best for you is the way it SHOULD be :-)

The keyboard art by Bad Baby is beautiful!!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

You think that's a mess...you should see mine! shuddddderrrr....
Thanks for showing us around!

rentz said...

Wow. That keyboard is amazing!

Love the celery green.

Anonymous said...

My wife (Laura) just showed me the keyboard, I am disturbed and aghast as if it were my own.

I want to cry. I'm going now to see if she has left any sharpees with the crayons.

Unknown said...

WOW! I love your space, love the green! Love the dad pic-I think I'll copy you on that one :)

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

I love the D-A-D photos in the frame. What an original idea!

Unknown said...

I saw your DAD pic on Tip Junkie and love it! And, I must say that seeing what your child did to the keyboard gave me a good laugh and a "I hope mine doesn't do this".

nic said...

my studio and your studio? would be friends. possibly twins, even.

Anonymous said...

If you do another post on the DAD frame be sure to e-mail the link to me: laurie@tipjunkie.com. My readers are going crazy over it and would love more suggestions.


Anonymous said...

I, too, am here through the link at tipjunkie. LOVE the DAD picture. I am already thinking of doing something like it for Father's Day.

And I'm not sure if you want to clean that permanent marker from the keyboard, but Mr. Clean's Magic Erasers may clean all that off. But you may just like the sentimental value it holds :)

Unknown said...

That keyboard is hillarious! What a treasured keepsake it must be though. I'll bet you never get rid of it.


Anonymous said...

I just had to laugh when I saw the keyboard - My son did something similar - he picked 12 keys off of my laptop! Gotta love those little ones!!! My "studio" is not the most organized for anyone else - but I guarantee I know exactly where something is when I need it!!

Artsnark said...

great space! Love the customized keyboard :D

j said...

I dig your doodled computer! Baby isn't naughty - he's crafty :)