Saturday, February 2, 2008

A Place of My Own

Hello dear friends! Many of you have read my huffing and puffing over my need for organization in my little crafting area. A few weeks ago, my sister Shelley came over to give me the kick in the bottom that I needed to make good on my words. I'm very proud to show you the results of our afternoon of hard work. I neglected to take before photos but let me tell you - there were piles of things everywhere! It was not a pretty site. I still have some additional work to do on this space - I want to get a nice stool so I can actually sit down, I want to decorate the walls with a bit more magic and fun and add some sort of window treatment to the window. My space is in half of our basement and we had some water damage - hense the hole in the wall! Hubby still needs to patch that up but all in all I'm tickled with this space!

The counter/work area you see in these photos was designed and built by Jeff last year. He also added the TV with satellite hook-up so I can keep up on my favorite shows while I work. Most times I leave it on the music stations.

Heidi made the Sugar Bear Designs sign. I decided to try a tulle hanger after reading Andrea's recent post.
I have a nice amount of space under the counter for additional storage and project bins. I'm thinking about making a curtain to cover this area. I do not sew but maybe I can teach myself or recruit a talented friend!

I put my work area to one side so that I could stretch out over the length of the counter while working on projects. I put all of my regular use items right around me. The dress form holds beads and jewelry, the polka dot box holds ribbon and trim, the blue container holds most of my glitter and Glimmer Mist. Additional glass glitter is in the salt and pepper shakers. The little 16 drawer holder is perfect for sorting and storing odds and ends.

Supplies for some of the ideas currently brewing in my head.

Ball jars and a vintage tin hold papers, brushes, markers, scissors, etc.

This is some of the ribbon and trim inside the polka dot box.

Crepe paper and tinsel - two of my favorites - have their own basket.

I was originally going to cover and paint these cigar boxes but I decided to use them for additional storage. I like their natural look. The scalloped tags came from Every Jot and Tittle.

This area holds some of my vintage jewelry.

A portion of my stash.

The bookcase came from IKEA as did the large glass containers.

This little bunny makes a perfect Moo card holder.

Some wallpaper and fabric scraps.

I thought this Black Apple print was a perfect fit for Sugar Bear Designs!

And of course Margot has to have her own little area to snuggle up in and keep me company! Behind her bed is the collage my sister made me for my 30th birthday.

Thanks for touring my little corner of the world! I also want to thank everyone for all of your kind comments on my glitter frame. I am especially happy to meet some new friends. I'll be visiting everyone and I truly appreciate the time you took to comment. It means so much to me!

Have a great day!


Bristol said...

Karla- I love your space!!! I have a little area in our basement, and it needs a makeover~

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Karla.... it it sooooo wonderful!!! wow, you did such a great job of organizing and decorating. I love it!

Margots bed is sooo cute!

Jessica said...

You did a great job organizing! I find it difficult to find places for all the little bits and pieces left over from a project, but don't want to throw away. You seem to have that problem nipped in the bud!

Erin Earls said...

Oh you are so lucky! I would LOVE to have my own space, but all my stuff is in my bedroom.:( Someday! Your room is very nice. I love the colors, I can see that it will be a very creative space for you!
Love Erin~

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Karla, looks fabulous. Can you send Shelley to my place.

Liz said...

I am so jealous of your crafty space! You have inspired me to get down in my basement and try to clean out and create a small space of my own for crafting.

Scrappy Moments said...

Karla, what a Beautiful Space & so organized, wanna come help me get mine that clean & organized? lol :)
Love the Birds & Ribbons & your Vintage jewelry stash too :)


Natasha Burns said...

Oh wow Karla it looks fantastic~! Great job both of you!!! I soooo need a basement, lol! Do most American homes have a basement? It looks that way from what I see on films and TV shows. What a great idea, so practial!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Aaaack!...What a fabulous space! I'm so jealous, you have sooo much room. You did a great job of organizing.
You can definitely make a curtain. Its just staight line sewing. VERY easy!

Love the ribbons and trim, too.
Kimberly :)

Sandy said...

Fabulous space! I'd love to borrow SHELLEY please to come and give me the kick in the pants that I need to get my space organized!!lol

Have a great weekend.
Sandy ;)

Charmingdesigns said...

Thanks for comingover to visit. Your room is wonderful. My husband will be starting a new job next fri. I am going to cellebrate by moving things around, kinda of a spring cleaning...will find the table its new home. I laughed when I saw your pink french container, its one of the first things I ever bought on ebay...years ago! said...

having your own space means so much. can't wait to see what you come up with in there!


Oh can you come over and help me get my room this organized?? Mine is a mess!!! I love all of your baskets and boxes etc.. that you have used to store your goodies. Also love the paint on the walls. Such a nice color for creativity!!

Kentucky Bound said...

I'm in awe! The creativity is oozing from every inch of your space.

P.S. Hint for the curtain on your counter . . . stitch witchery and velcro make an easy, no-sew curtain - use either fabric, sheets or repurpose some thrift store curtains.

gail said...

You dont have to SEW curtains, you can use Fabric-Tac, fabric glue. Just glue a hem on the bottom, and a larger 'hem' on the top, leaving enough room for a curtain rod to go thru. It will dry in about an hour or less and it's washable!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Everything is so neat and cozy. And I'm glad Margot has her own spot too. Now send your sister over to my house.

Jen r. said...

Love your crafting area~ and tour projects are so cute!~
Jen R

Edgar and Edgar said...

It looks fantastic!!!!


Beth Leintz said...

What a great space! Once you get everything sorted and stacked, itsn't it fun to "decorate" with all your supplies?

Anonymous said...

I like how you made your space so inviting. I hope you don't mind I use a few ideas you shared for storage.

Happy creating...
Karla Smith

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Karla what a wonderful work space you have! How good it must feel to have it all organized now! I bet you are just itching to go create something new!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am CRAZY for your moo card holder! That is my favorite little gift. Everyone needs their own Moos!

You have done a wonderful job with your space.

SweetAnnee said...

what a great place..and so many great goodies to create with..
thanks for sharing..
The pink bed is regal!!!

fondly, Deena

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love this! we are inspired to go clean up that studio...oh the storage...the details..charm, charm, and more charm (did we mention we loved it?!!!)

kari & kijsa

Rosemary said...

Wow Karla,
It looks amazing. Great space!
Enjoy it,

Lori said...

oh you LUCKY girl!!! your creative space looks amazing...and it looks like you have bounty of gorgeous goodies to create with:)

Jenn said...

WOW, what a little paradise to hide away and create in!


Laura said...

Hi Karla, what a dreamy space to work in, such a good feeling to get it all organized so nicely. You've inspired me! thank you!

Have a great week,

Susan Tuttle said...

What a beautiful spot to create in - thank you so much for the tour!


Mary said...

Thats Unbelievable. I am not ashamed to say that I am JEALOUS!!..Great Space.

Just Between Us Girls said...

OOh my have done an amazing job of organizing your space and even the kitty's nest is sew charming.

It is so fun to create in a neat area... a place that is a joy to come to and create with plenty of space.

Good for you.

Sadie Lou said...

Wow! Fabulous! You did a super job. I bet you just love spending time in that space. I love your Black Apple Print. I think we should all have that print hanging in our studios.
~Sadie said...

Clapping clapping clapppppppping!!!!! Oh it is lovely, lovely!!

Mamma Millan said...

Hello over there!!!

what a lovely blog you have, many nice things!!!
beautiful "basket" for youre pet and anice corner you have to make all the beautiful things!!

Ilove to create to...Come for avisit!!!Hugs from Sweden/Millan

daisy cottage said...

Karla, your space is wonderful! I am so happy that you have such a fun and well organized place to create that is just for YOU. Love it!


Heidi ( said...

Your studio space is fantastic! You have so much work area to use! All your organizing bins, boxes, and storage items are wonderful. I realize after viewing your studio that the one room I'm using is NOT BIG ENOUGH! LOL Wonder if Mark would build a large studio for me...
How sweet you've a speical spot for Margot down there!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I love your space! Can I come play?
Especially the bunny moo-card holder. (Isn't it funny what words bloggers have in their vocab?)

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Karla,
I love your crafting area, how great,I am in the process of changing
an empty back room in to my studio and too am having a hard time pulling
it together and getting it organized,
you are a inspiration Pinkie Denise

Bejeweled said...

Oh wow! That looks just amazing! What a great creative space you have! And so very well beautifully decorated and organized! Want to come do mine? :)

Susie Q said...

I love your space dear Karla. And doesn't Margot have the sweetest bed?
You did such a wonderful job getting it all beautifully organized and it is just so pretty!
I envy it!! Can you see my green face?? : )

I know you will create so many delicious treasures in this space!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Karla, we love your new work space, so well organised! How wondeful it must be to have a basement lol You might think it's a strange commnet but they are not common downunder! Nor are attics for that metter! We wuld love an attic or a basement! Love Margo's pink space too :) Jenn and Jacqui

Joy said...

Wonderful space. Just getting into blogging and yours is wonderful.
I have a lot of stamps but I need to get them more organized.

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