Where Bloggers Create 2013

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Hi, I'm Christie. Welcome to my blog and my studio.   I'm thrilled to take a part in this fantastic collection of artists from around the world.  I want to take a moment to thank Karen from My Desert Cottage for putting together this event.  I would love to hear any input you may have.  I know you have lots of creative spaces to visit so please do not be shy to follow, pin or subscribe (whatever suits your fancy) so you can come on back at your leisure.  I have plenty of organization tips, tricks and videos to make those projects easier to manage.  I began my love for all things created by hand when I was a child and have never ceased. Enjoy!


My room began as a bedroom 17 years ago and evolved into the room you see today. My studio was originally published in 2010 which  you can see HERE and video tour HERE. As does everything, my studio also has evolved over time.  It recently was featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Paper Cloth Scissors Studio magazine.  My needs are ever changing and so I have adapted some changes to my studio.  One example of this change was is that I decided to remove my thread racks from the north wall.  Although they were a beautiful splash of color, I felt that the air, humidity and my other art supplies were not doing them any good and decided that they would be better stored in a closet.  I am now better utilizing that space by creating one area for all of my "messy" artwork. i.e. paints, inks, etc. Everything is within reach and able to be quickly cleaned up.  

My studio is not big, only 13' X 15'.   I made the most of every inch with the custom made cabinets purchased at Home Depot, they are KraftMaid brand topped with the beautiful granite counter tops.  Can you find my mini fridge? It blends in seamlessly with the cabinets and is stocked with water bottles to keep me hydrated while I work.  I also love my big Wacom monitor and my LCD TV that when I am facing away from it reflects in the mirror across the room so I can still watch what's going on. Clever, huh? Since most of the walls were going to be covered with cabinets and windows I decided to add texture and interest by adding wallpaper to the ceiling (you can see this in the video). It is a textured wallpaper and we painted it white, it looks like a pressed tin ceiling. My handy father & husband helped install the cabinets and the crown molding and I made the curtains. Voila! 

 

 
 
I try hard to keep my work spaces clear but that is not always possible with never ending projects.  I have adopted a project bin system to keep myself organized while multitasking.  You can find the post explaining more HERE.  Addie has become quite the helper but has decided that my project bins also make quite the nice bed at times. 
I store my stickles upside down by gluing a magnet to the bottom of the bottle and adhering a metal strip to the underside of my cabinet. Love my Stickles :)
 
My favorite place to create in my studio is my "Distress Station".  From one seat I am able to access all of my Paints, Stains, Sprays, Embossing mediums, Inks, etc.  I have a post that goes into it a bit more that you can find HERE

 
To the right of the door I have a few shelves that I added after we designed the room I store all my paints on the shelves and I have drawers that I got at Container Store that I keep all my chipboard alphabet letter in. It makes it very easy to find just what I am looking for. The cabinet just to the left of this is a pull down ironing board (you can see this in a earlier blog post on altered clipboards). Underneath I keep a roll of paper towels for quick clean ups along with baby wipes.
 
 
With everything well organized I am able to find everything quickly and easily.  You may be interested in some of these posts archives where I have entire blog post full of step by step tutorials, photos and videos to help you out.  This is just a few to start you out... you can find more in the search bar on the right side of my blog or under the subject manner in the categories column.
 

  
 
 

 Here's a basic layout of my studio with some of the dimensions.  I have 4 stations that I am able to sit even though I do not have 4 chairs in the room at one time.  I use 2 simple desk chairs, one on either side of the room that serve 2 stations.  I keep the sewing machines and serger under the desk area when not in use and just pull them out when needed. 
I hope you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon!
 

29 comments:

Vicki Dutcher July 12, 2013 at 6:59 AM  

Your space is amazing -- congrats on featuring featured. I see why they spotlighted your space!!

Lorraine July 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM  

Thank you Christie for sharing your fabulous space! I've visited your blog many times in the past and admired your innovative ideas. Like you, I am organized and like a place for everything - makes creativity so much more enjoyable! Am so delighted to see you've shared a floor plan this year - fabulous. Just goes to show what can be accomplished in a relatively small space! Thanks again, Lorraine

Christina Miles July 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM  

OMG, I want my room to look like yours! Its beautiful. I am going to show my hubby and tell him this is what I want...LOL I thought you got you cabinets at Ikea, but I guess I need to check out Home Depot too. We got out kitchen cabinets from them. Beautiful room, very impressed!

Tracie Dean July 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM  

I am in awe...jaw on the floor....Gorgeous Space!!!
Bigger than a lot of Master Bedrooms...lol!
I love how you have everything set up.
Pardon me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard.....haha

Happy Crafting
Tracie
http://homeofthepurskey.blogspot.com

Cathy July 12, 2013 at 9:11 PM  

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous room and so well organized! It definitely has a professional look. I love your idea of the project bins and think I will have to adopt it. Thank you!

Cathy ♥

Art and Sand July 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM  

Words won't do it justice so OMG!

As I was about to comment, I saw that your studio was featured in a magazine. It is no wonder.

Bevlea Ross July 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM  

love the room.. the organisation, space and colour scheme are fabulous!

ImagiMeri July 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM  

Oh egads, I could play in there forever. I am not an official "Ranger" teacher, but I was trained by Tim and sometimes I hold distressing classes in my studio. I adore your work area, and wish mine looked neater like that, and did I mention I love your distressing station!!!! Stop by for a visit if you get the chance, and thank you for sharing your space.

Hugs,
Meri

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions July 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM  

Those cabinets are great, Christie! I wish I had enough room to do something like that. I like your idea of a project bin system. I think it would be helpful for myself to have some kind of system for when I need to put a project aside for a bit to get to something else.

Leanne July 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM  

Wow, you are organized! It looks like a professional working space!

. July 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM  

Super layout, and what I really like about it is that its not only very organized but every surface is easy to clean. Great storage solutions. But my favourite is the two hands by the computer screen

bobbie July 14, 2013 at 1:15 AM  

What a beautifully organized space ~ I love it!! I'm going to bookmark you, and I'll definitely be back!
Thanks for sharing your space ~

CATHY July 14, 2013 at 8:11 AM  

What an awesome creative space you have. wow - and I thought I was organized. I want to come shopping in your studio : ) the magnet idea is great.
I enjoyed peeking into your studio... makes me want to clean mine : ) cheers from Singapore.

cindy craine July 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM  

All I can say is WOW! That is one slick space! I am impressed on so many levels. You are so organized, you were featured in Studio Magazine, I love your cat and you're stunningly beautiful! I don't know if we can be friends, I'm green with envy but I'll make an exception!heheehe. IF you EVER come to Texas please come by! Just fabulous!!!-xox-cindy

Something Special July 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM  

This is the most perfectly organized space I have ever seen. Love Love it. Looks like you could get so much accomplished in that room. You literally have everything!!! WOW

Susan Clayton July 16, 2013 at 7:33 AM  

Talk about a dream studio!

Maureen July 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM  

Wow! What organization. I love Addie in your bowl too - cute!

Graceful Rose July 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM  

What a beautiful studio and so well organized. That is a dream studio for sure. I have the recent issues of Studio Magazine and will look for you again. I am now a follower and I definitely will come back to see some of your videos. I hope you will visit me, this is my first year to particpate in WBC. Thanks for the inspiration!

Devon Smith-Breidel July 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM  

I think we are looking at a professional here! Where is your fold out bed because this is pretty much all you need. Gorgeous space and super tips! thanks :)

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM  

what a beautiful studio. I love it! I could be so happy in there. Your a busy girl!

hugs
cindy@stitches

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas July 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM  

Amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Glenda August 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM  

What a fabulous studio. Love your organisation :-) Thanks for sharing.

Tracy August 6, 2013 at 4:10 AM  

Hi Christie,
I just had to become a follower as your blog is so inspirational, found you on Crafty Storage. Your craft room is fantastic and your storage ideas are brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Janet LovesSewing August 8, 2013 at 1:07 AM  

I've watched your video several times. I didn't realize that you had managed to organize that size space. I've always thought it was a larger space. Now it has me thinking about redoing my Creativity Zone. I also sew as well as do paper crafts.

Aussoline August 9, 2013 at 1:29 AM  

wow !
I'm french so Idon't speak english very well but I can't resist to congratulate you about your "scrap room" !
I like the system you find to store your stickles !
I will show your scrap room to my husband when he will create my own : it will give him an idea that what is the ideal scrap room lol
Congrats for all.
Aussoline from France

Dana September 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM  

Wow...amazing space to create in. I would have a blast in that room.

Jacomijn November 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM  

Wow! Amazing!
I would never leave that room again! Can you ever stop creating in a room like this!?
Love your storage ideas a great inspiration! I'm gonna try the stickels with the magnets :-D
Now I'm gonna be following you and don't miss a thing ever again ;-)
Hugs,
Jacomijn (from Holland)

Brenda Frame January 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM  

Hi, I'm a new follower via Pinterest. I love your storage solutions. Thanks for the inspiration. http://2peasinapod-thepeapod.blogspot.com

Janet Baker April 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM  

I found you on YouTube. I wanted to know if you are still creating new videos and writing blogs. You seem to be an amazingly creative person. Your average crafter just does not have a room like that!! You have so many clever organisation and storage ideas. Thank you for taking the time to explain all this.

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