Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Room

Short of having something creative to show, I thought I'd show where I create! I haven't figured out how to put the text under each picture so I'll have to just describe the room as we go around. This room was formerly our formal dining room and is about 11 x 13. I really could use something about 15 x 20 but I can only dream! It's very convenient to the kitchen, my laundry room, and our screened porch in nice weather. I love that The first picture is of my cutting table. My cutting and sewing tables are by Horn of America. The cutting table is the best investment I ever made. It saves my back from bending over. I not only cut fabric here but use it to cut dies on my Sizzix and paper on My Cricut. All my rulers and my paper cutter by Tonic is also on top. Below the table on the shelves I keep a basket with paper scraps, baskets of various mediums and glues, baskets of chipboard and a notebook with loose stamps. On either side are some Iris carts. On the left is all my paper that's not padded and the drawers are labeled. On the right is my wooden stamps by category and I don't know if you can see in the picture but I have two layers in each drawer by using an 8.5 x 11 clear picture frame for holding the second layer which lifts out as one. In the top drawer of the cutting table are cutting implements and all my Nestabilites in cd cases, along with the pads for the machine. Above the table is a printers tray I have filled with all sorts of little items I've collected along the way and yes, those eggs are pysanky, another art form I love to do. To the left is a small bulletin board and that little Trip Around the World quilt is about 5" square and is actually made from fabric. I found it at a yard sale! The larger black plastic cart stores ribbon, chipboard, tags, tools, embellishments, etc and my Xyron sits on top. Next come two of the three shelves I purchased years ago. SU stamps are on the top shelves, then on the left side are all my other stamps by brand in clear cd boxes which are labeled and on the right are all my Sizzix dies. On the left middle shelf is my cardstock, mostly SU organized by color. The magazine holders the paper is in came from Ikea and are turned on their side for easy paper removal. This has worked well for me. On the right are all my books relating to papercrafting, altered art, etc as well as some of my quilting book collection. Most of it is stored in an upstairs closet. The next shelf on the left holds paper pads, Copics, and my Cricut cartridges and buttons in empty Yankee Candle jars are on the right. Lastly, the bottom shelves hold embossing powders, a candy jar, Bind It All, coloring implements, etc. Standing in the corner between these shelves and my sewing table is what I call the "punch tower", another set of two Iris black carts which I stacked. All the drawers are filled with SU, Martha Stewart, Fiskar, etc. punches which I use all the time. Then comes my Horn sewing table and matching caddy. The drawer caddy on the left rolls out and holds thread, sewing tools, all my Bernina accessories, and miscellaneous things for sewing, machine embroidery, etc. My machine which is a Bernina 630 is in the up position and the module happens to be out on top as well and behind it is my printer. The machine can be dropped down below the table when I want a big surface to work on or when not in use. This tabletop is hinged and half can fold down but I always keep it up for workspace. It sits in front of a window looking out on the yard and pond and the bird feeders. The shade is down in the picture because the sun was just too bright for the camera. I have an Ott swing arm light I can use at the machine or swing around to my desk. On the desk is my tall spin around tower to hold all my stamp pads which my DH bought me years ago. It's mammoth but really holds a lot and on top of it are my Adirondack color washes, glimmer mists, Perfect Pearl mists and the new TH Distress Stains which are wonderful. Off to the left is an old sewing machine drawer which holds glue, stamp cleaner, cleaning pad, etc. Then on the right of the desk is a spin around which holds all the scissors, pens, pencils, brushes, rulers etc I use constantly. Of course there is my computer and keyboard, phone and above is a Making Memories shelf with my flowers, inkers, Perfect Pearls, and Stickles. I put most of those in small baskets as I kept knocking over the bottles when I reached for one. That works very well. I'm thinking of getting another shelf as they really hold a lot. Finally in the last corner is my third shelf which is full to the brim with my quilting fabrics. And right around the corner in the living room, is my Red Eye Singer machine in a cast iron base which I had made into a lamp. Sleeping on the edge of the sofa is our little Maggie the pug. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Don't forget you can click on the pictures to make them larger and get a better look. Have a great week!


Diane said...

Had a ball "nosing" around in your room Mary!!! Was so jealous of all your, so organized......very much different from mine, so fun to see and lots of great inspiration and ideas to finish mine!!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Wow! I thought I had a large room for crafting ... your space is huge! I love the window in front of that table! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Miss Mary, it's 'way too clean! Not even an erasure on the cutting board! ;-) Get to work making a mess of scraps, my friend!

Just kidding! It's a wonderful space with everything right within reach!

Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

PS: One can see this is where some serious crafting goes on!
Hugs again!

Connie B. said...

Your studio looks so well organized. I am jealous of all the room you have.

Renee Ondrajka said...

Oh Mary, your room is amazing. I'm sitting here in mine this morning and it needs a good organization done to it. It's out of control to the point I almost don't like to come down here. Hopefully you've inspired me or made me jealous. ;)