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Craft Studio Tour

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I can’t believe that we moved into this house two years ago this month! I’d say it is past time to give you a craft studio tour, but it has taken a while for me to pull things together!

My studio is right off of our kitchen, so I spend a lot of time in here and I also feel very fortunate to have this room so close to the central hub of our home. When we moved into this house, I replaced many of our interior doors with old 5-panel doors that I brought from my last house. The doors had been in the attic of our 100 year old Victorian, and I sent them straight to the moving truck when we left. This windowed door came from my grandparents’ old farm house before it was torn down about 12 years ago.

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In December I made a daytrip to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile with my friend Laurie Willison, and I feel in love with this felted rainbow garland.  I thought this would be perfect to drape over the inside of the window. The felted dove and fig leaf ornament find was icing on the ROYGBIV cake. (Genesis 8:11) So hard to photograph things resting on or through glass!)

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Come on in, and I will show you my space… It is definitely meant to be functional for me and that means I have a lot of my stuff visible so that I will use it, but I do try to keep things picked up and somewhat organized since it is open to our kitchen. This is also something that has come together over a long period of bargain hunting. :)

Over the last twenty years that I have been stamping, my creative space is constantly ebbing and flowing … For several years I was in an unfinished basement on a folding table and then I moved to a closet – literally sitting inside a closet, and I didn’t enjoy crafting any less back then.  My hope is that you’ll find snippets of rooms you see and find a way to make whatever space you have a happy place for you!

My studio in the Victorian was actually open to the kitchen – no door closure to hide the mess. I shared shared the transitions of that space several times on my blog over the last 10 years. I started with this room and a closet and completed a renovation to that house in 2013 – you can see my built-in desk from that renovation on this post. You can see a tour of that home including the full office here – The office photos are near the bottom, and you’ll notice how I’ve re-used many of the same pieces in my new office area.

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When you come into the office and to the left, I have my work desk. This was the piece that took the longest for me to procure after we moved in. The desk in my old space had been built-in, so I worked for almost two years in this house on a folding table that was lifted on bed risers from Walmart.

I’m 6’1″ tall, and I really prefer to have something I can stand at to work with drawer space close at hand, plus my husband had given me this rolling bar-height stool for Christmas several years ago. I didn’t want to replace it. The desk also needed to be black, and I wanted it to be on casters.  I wanted something moveable this time.

After searching high and low for almost a year and a half, my husband convinced me to try a workbench from Home Depot and a tool chest – this is two separate pieces. His rationale was that it would let me get comfortable and afford me time to look for something perfect, and then move this to the garage for my outside, messy projects when that happened. I’m not looking anymore. This works really well for me!

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This hotmess is where I sit to color and create! I have a lot of tools right at my fingertips.

My Copic Markers are stored in Color Cubbies from a company called Studio 3. Sadly, they are out of business, and I feel fortunate to have procured all that I need for my space. My friend Brett at Stamp-n-Storage makes a beautiful, similar product for Marker Storage. You may store Copic Markers in whatever way works for you. I prefer to have them in a flat position so that I can see the cap colors and numbering system.  Here, I have extra spots for a scale to make Copic refilling quick and easy, ink pads, tweezers, MultiLiner ink pens… lots of fun stuff!

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Just to the left of that workspace is a shelf that holds a few things I’ve made and extra supplies. It’s cluttered but functional. My goal is to add a small wall storage shelf for some of these items – eventually I would guess that I will clear some of them out all together. Organization is an on-going process… always evolving.

The wooden bins on the bottom row are Magnetic Die Totes from Stamp-n-Storage.  (You can read a Splitcoast Product Focus review of that product here.) The clear tote holds newer stamps and supplies I want to use soon! Always something fun waiting for me in that bin!

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On the left side of the white shelf unit, I have attached three racks from Ribbon Roll Control. I have had these units since we did a Product Focus review for them at Splitcoaststampers almost five years ago! They have held up beautifully. I love the clear acrylic and the functionality.

 

 

 

 

refill-storage-webviewOn the opposite side of the room, I have my Roskog Ikea cart that holds clear acrylic Copic Various Ink Refills. These were storedisplay units, and I’m happy to have them! The cart also holds some shipping supplies and a small tray of wood mounted stamps.

 

The black cabinets were salvaged from an office that my mom and I worked in back in the 1990s. The drawers hold some papercrafting items, as well as general house stuff – batteries, packing tape, old cell phones, etc. I wish I could tell you things were in alpha order, but they have been helter-skelter so long that everyone in the house is very familiar with batteries in row 2, 8 drawers down… LOL

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I picked this clear acrylic stair-stepped holder up at a jewelry store that was closing last Christmas for $2. Score!

 

 

 

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The ink pad storage is from Stamp-n-Storage. I painted mine, and provided a painting wood tutorial here. Lots of knick knacks here… The picture frame is wrapped with strips of fabric. The chicken acrylic painting was a 30th birthday gift from my friend Jenni Horne – way back when I was 30 – long before either of us blogged or shared online. #treasure

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The revolving card display was a Pottery Barn purchase 5 or 6 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, as I come back toward the door of the studio, I have Stamp-n-Storage Paper Holders waiting to be fixed up, painted, etc… but still fully functional! I do have an idea for these with the Tommy Art Paints I shared last week, but this gives you a nice before for the coming-soon after! LOL

The sunflowers were my first (and thus far only) attempt at acrylic stilllife painting from last summer. My nephew is making a frame for me… at least I hope he is still making a frame for me!  I need to put another bug in his ear.

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The island in the center of the room service a host of purposes, and probably my favorite is the slide-out desk and chair at the other end for my daughters to sit with me or for visiting stamping friends.

I’m working on another organization post to show you some of the hidden tools and my solutions for more cluttery supplies, so I’ll say I’ll be back soon with updates, painted pieces and ideas for stamps, embellishments, supplies, etc.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

 

Thank you … and a hop winner

Thanks to many of your tips and a few ideas that I’ve collected on Pinterest (you can follow me here – I recommend Crafty Spaces, Copic Marker, Beautiful Clean and Simple Cards or Pretty Pieces of Paper for crafting…. Ranch Redo for some current remodeling ideas on our new home or if you are like my family and like to eat, Recipes to Try), I feel like I’ve got some good things going. Our remodeling starts this week.

Thanks to all who hopped by to welcome Jennifer Dove to the Copic team over the weekend, too. My blog hop winner is Carisa who said:

that built in is stunning!!!! I don’t have ANY solutions as I have such a mix match of things and no pretty set up or solutions AT ALL. I’m tempted to get a scrap box one of these days though!

I have unpacked a few things because I’m getting crafty this week, so I’ll see you again soon.

Crafty Spaces Blog Hop


Today the Copic instructors are sharing photos of their crafty spaces to give you a glimpse of where we create to celebrate Copic in the Craft Room.  Copic in the Craft Room will be an on-going discussion with Copic lovers everywhere. Look forward to tips and sharing that will inspire you to get crafty, as well as, education for all skill levels.

This is my stamping space… The area used to be a closet that took up my full wall. (You can see the before here.) In 2012, at the suggestion of one of my friends, we closed off each end of the closet to make two separate storage areas and added this desk section to the middle of the closet space. It turned out so nice, and I love sitting here, coloring and listening to music. Probably my favorite thing is the little chandelier! And, no it isn’t always this clean! :)

Like many of my fellow instructors, I store my Copics in Color Cubbies from Studio 3 right at arms length on my desk. I have the cubbies to store my Sketch, a few Copic Originals, ink pads and other random schtuff. 😉

I can’t wait to see all of the other instructors spaces. I’ve visited several of their homes, so I know you are in for a treat! Stop by and visit. Leave them some love, if you are so inclined:

When you’ve cruised their spaces, stop by Copic in the Craft Room and share pictures of your space. Clean or dirty… it’s all good. Crafty spaces are cool, and we can all learn a little from almost everyone. :)

Back soon. I’ve been making cards out of all of those images I colored over Christmas break!

Painting Office Storage Tutorial

A few months ago we produced a Product Focus at Splitcoast for one of my favorite storage solution companies, Stamp-n-Storage. I have several of their pieces in my office, and I put together a little tutorial to show you how I’ve painted my wooden pieces to match my office decor. It’s very easy. Just pay attention to a few key details and exercise a little patience for drying time. You can see the full review here and the tutorial here.

I’m working on a longer post with a tour of my office since we are basically finished with our renovation work now. Maybe in the next few days I can finish that up.

Have a great day!

Stamping Space

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We had some friends over this weekend for a fabulous evening of fajitas. I got to thinking I should share a few photos of my stamp room before real life set in and it got destroyed while everything was still ‘company ready’.  I always enjoy seeing how other addicts, like myself, deal with all the tools and clutter. My stamp room/office/wii room is right off of the back entry to our home and open to our kitchen and eat-in area. Multi-purpose is an understatement.

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