Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where Bloggers Create

Disclaimer: my room doesn't "quite" look like this now-it's in the middle of being boxed up/reorganized and purged :)








As usual, late to the party~should have done this last night, but had another commitment...
Once upon a time, we moved into the home where we currently reside. It had 3 bedrooms and a game room. This meant that i would get the smallest bedroom for my artroom! yea. I couldn't wait-no more dining table for me. I got 2 cabinets from a building surplus store for the base of my table. that way i could house more stuff. One side was a 3-drawer cabinet and the other was one drawer and one door-small shelf inside to house some larger things. We came across and HEAVY piece of wood in a warehouse that my husband had access to-they used to build lockers for golf locker rooms and this was a piece they left. i cut it down to 6ft long by 3 ft wide. yes it would take up alot of room but that meant a friend could work on one side, me on the other if needed. and i could store stuff on top too at each end.
The game room was used as the computer/tv room. My son and his friends hung out there in HS. Many a night 1/2 the soccer team spent the night on that floor-i mention this because it's a good sized room-that came w/built in desk/shelves and wet bar. We had a tv, couch, desk and comp table in there. (and extra room)
Fast forward a few yrs when i my art room table was "full" and i moved projects out to the dining room, kitchen and living room. My husband looked around and said, "i think you need to move your artroom to the game room." I looked at him innocently and said "you think so?" (couldn't have planned that if i TRIED) but not that others can't learn from it :)
It was a task to pack up and just move down the hall-but oh so worth it. Now i had a sink in the room and didn't have to go into the bathroom for cups of water. and more space. One wall was taken up with the bar/desk but that was ok-it was mine.
Walk in and this is what you see-although i have removed the dresser now-it took up too much room for too little storage.

i found this red couch at an estate sale. couldn't pass it up as it a)was brand new practically and b)was a sleeper (for guests) Originally was going to go in the living room, but found something else since i couldn't find a piece at that time to go with it. That's ok, works in the art room.
I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. the room is currently undergoing another change-trying to purge and re-organize to fit more what art i'm doing now.
Alot of my "pretties" are put away for the time being. These containers were made for me by a friend-put to good use.



vintage stamps found at an estate sale for $8! Love old books to use for the words or just nostalgia


my printers tray of "bling" (a portion of it anyway!) and my lights! i have lights hanging all over the room-mostly halloween but it makes it magical at night~
and for all those who hear comments from people-or your spouse- that don't "get it" when it comes to our stash/hoarding tendancies: I have a friend who was robbed some yrs ago. The only room in the house they didn't touch was her artroom-robbers figured there was nothing in there. (guess where I hide things now) this was fact as the muddy footprints throughout the house stopped at the art room door!


67 comments:

Syd said...

What a great place.

Magdalena said...

Hello...
you have a great creative space! thank you for sharing!

hugs
magdalena

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Wow!
What an amazing studio!
It looks so big!
I think I could move my whole house in there...Which means I would be surrounded by creativity all the time! too fun!
Have a wonderful weekend
Blessings,
Donna

Kristin said...

So much good stuff in there! I love how all your goodies take center stage - including the large bottle of Diet Coke - a girl after my own heart. Thank you for sharing your wonderful space, Kristin xo

MosaicMagpie said...

Thank you for sharing your great place, looks so big and full of fun.
Debbie

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I like your couch in your studio - that's great! Thanks for inviting us.

Gloria said...

Very nice space. Thanks for sharing. Great pictures.

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

LOVE your space...so much to see and marvel at...and colorful. A space I would feel at home in.

I also love the bling in the printers drawer

happy day
~marcia

Kelee Katillac said...

Lots of goodies to work with ! YEAH!

Nice to meet you --stop on over!

love, kelee

Rebecca said...

What I wouldn't give to have a gameroom to move in to!

I jokingly told my hubbs I was going to take the downstairs and he could have the upstairs.

He just looked at me and shook his head.

:)

LOVE YOUR SPACE! FAB!

Thanks for visiting!

xoRebecca

Becca said...

Hi! Great creative space, but I got lost in your music...wow! OMD? Cool! I was suddenly taken away with memories with all of your music...love it! I'll be back to visit again soon. :-)

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Donna,

Well, I'd say you worked that just right with your husband..LOL

You needed that larger room for sure...we must spread out if at all possible, right!

Everything looks wonderful. I know it feels good to have more space.

It's such a pleasure to be back for the party again this year and visiting all of the wonderful creative souls and their creative space. Thank you for sharing yours with me.

Thank you for visiting with me and strolling through my studio..it's been a labor of love to put together and now after a year in our home I feel like I can "spread my wings" and fly!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Lindart said...

How nice to see a space that looks like someone actually creates art there! Love the messiness, the piles, the table, the art - all of it!

Tricia said...

What a wonderful space - being a mixed media artist needs a lot of storage space. You have turned your game room into an amazing art studio. Congratulations. That table is so roomy and I would love to have room for one just like it. : ) Thanks for sharing and for visiting my space.
Blessings,
Tricia

Lori said...

You have a great room and tons of stuff! I should totally empty my room and purge, but I just can't seem to do it. Good Luck and share new pics.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Donna,
Oh you have an amazing space. It looks like such fun and full of great stuff to create with. I bet you can spend many hours here too.

I am also in Texas, Flower Mound to be exact. I can wave to you!! Do you see me? LOL

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Hope to see you again I have so enjoyed my visit.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Queen Bee said...

Hi Donna,

What a great place to sit and create. I'm sure that when you are finished with the reconfiguration of your room, it will look even better....if that's at all possible. I'll follow you so that I can come back to see it when it is completed again.
So many goodies to see!
Queen Bee Studio

Sherry said...

I know you'll enjoy creating in such a large space. I love the lights, I think I'll start looking for them and add some to my space. Thanks for sharing and for visiting me an leaving a kind comment.

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow, I think you must have as much stuff as I have! Great room! Thanks for stopping by mine too!

Tania

ginger@bearbits said...

Thanks for letting us tour your space! I did the purging thing last year when we painted my studio. I made a promise to myself not to let it get out of hand again because it opened up so much space (in my head too!) Anyway, good luck with your purging and enjoy the results!

~ginger

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

Great space and great advice about robbers/artrooms!
Can you imagine the mess they would make???
Let's not think about it.
The pixies went straight for your printer's tray of bling- better keep it hidden, they might sneak over there...
Thanks for having us!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

zandra said...

What a great creative space, so filled with cherish treasures. Definietly, one of my goals to purge,too. ;o) have a great week.
Hugz,
Zandra

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful creative space!

I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise.

Cindy Geilmann said...

I especially love your jewles. What a great space to work in, and sleep in. Love the red sofa sleeper.

come visit
cindy@stitches

Debbie~ said...

I looove your creative work space and I think you were so clever in being able to snag the 'gameroom'! (You really needed it), I can see you utilize all of it! Thanks for visiting my blog. Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Hi Donna...nice to meet you! I always feel an instant connection w/ a local so double the bonus. Love, love, love the lights & I'm sooo stealing that idea. Checked out the rest of your blog & you do nice work. Love your Alice journal page & the flowers that you made. Later!

Denise said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Thanks for coming by to visit. Your room must be a pretty good size to fit that cute couch! how fun! You have a lot of wonderful supplies too! How nice of your husband to let you "move up"! lol

lee said...

wow, looks like you have a great space in there, and lots to play with, I will be over tommorow (lol)

Dorthe said...

Hi, you has big room ,too, ---so great isn`t it, possible to enter lots of stuff :)
love your storage solutions, and the light -fairy light....
Hugs, Dorthe

Jeanne said...

What a great space! So happy that hubby suggested you move into the game room! You have lots of space. I love the red checked couch too - what a great find that was. And the little strings of lights add so much too.
Thanks for sharing!
xo
jeanne

Romeo said...

Ah, did your little furry angels teach you the innocent thing?!! Yes, I see that it worked purrfectly to max out the small bedroom and gee one must need more room ;) Yes, it worked purrfectly and now you have a purrfect room!!! How convienent to have a sink in the same room!!! I love the use of the lights - yes what a magical effect that must be!!! And the border you've created out of art! I think you have a wonderful studio! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

P.S. - thank you for adopting your dogs....that rates very high in my book

Liz-AnnasOnTheLake said...

Thanks for sharing your space. There are times a robber wouldn't be able to navigate my studio either.

Traci said...

ahhhh....that beautiful, wonderful space you have! I can't wait to see how things turn out after you have purged and reorganized!

Abby's Garden said...

Oh so many lovely treasures! I especially love the old books and trinkets:)

Fabric Art said...

Oh what a wonderful place to craft, love the printer box with all the "bling".
Anni

Pam @ Frippery said...

Chock full of goodies for creating. I love that red couch too. The lights are dreamy, I was looking at some Christmas lights in our garage and considering stealing them for my room just the other day. Now I am inspired!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Yep, The Red Rock Canyon is the next national park I am visiting when the weather calm down a bit. Thanks for sharing your crafting space and thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello. : )

Melly said...

Oh how wonderful it is to have a reorganize and purge, you find things you haven't seen for a while its like christmas..hehe..have fun!!
Thanks for visiting with me!!
Melly:)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, I would love to have all of that space. I loved looking at your bling, I am a bling lover! My creative space is not to exciting, but if you get a chance stop by!

Carol

Leah C said...

Your creative place is wonderful...looks like a fun place to be! And I love the lights {a pretty idea I may have to "steal"}; the room just twinkles:)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a nice size space! I love your old books! I love books in general, but I really love old books. I think it's always good to go through what we have ~ I found stuff I bought only 6 months ago and I forgot I had it! Now I have to remember what I wanted to create with it.

Sylvia Drown said...

Wow! What a great Creative Space!! Thanks for sharing!! And thanks for stopping by Baxter's Mom and for your nice comments!!

. said...

lovely space, and I like the story behind it (lot of fun reading it). The vintage stamp collection was a great buy, good for you and the books are great. thanks for sharing your space, it was fun.

Into Vintage said...

Can't imagine 'moving down the hall' -- sounds painful. :-) However, the upside looks amazing! Funny about the sink - my dream space will have a large utility sink and washer/dryer dedicated solely to vintage fabric sanitizing. I think I'll start my spread-to-other-rooms campaign right now. Thanks for that. Have a great weekend! -amy

Janet Bernasconi said...

Wonderful space! I can just imagine all the fun you must have working there. And I love the lights. Cute idea. Nice to meet you. And thanks so much for stopping by my blog and thanks so much for the sweet comment.
xo
Janet
Janets Creative Pillows

La Doña Jenny said...

Thank you for sharing - love those lights and the vintage pretties - I wanted to zoom in to see what you had in all those goodie containers, LOL.

Jenny

IsabellasCloset said...

What a wonderful room! I love the bling and all the lights..
Blessings ~Mary~ :-}

Robin said...

Books, bling and stamps, oh my! Love the lights! Thank you for stopping at my place! ~Robin~

Gail said...

O.K.!
Best story yet about the robbers and footprints stopping at the door, I'll make sure to remember that one! So funny....I love your room and isn't it nice just to be able to spread out?
Great job with your space......

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I love your lights in your work space, great idea. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Thanks for sharing your creative space.
Michele

Lisa said...

Great space! I know it's wonderful to have lots of room for all your treasures.:)

Linda Robinson said...

What a great place to create.. I love your old books and vintage stamps.. I just love the story of how your room came to be.. Thanks for the little tour. I had a very nice visit.... Till next time!
~Linda

Terri said...

Terrific creative area and so much room. When you see my space you'll see why I appreciate all that room.
Thanks so much for sharing it all with us!

Seth said...

What a fantastic studio. There is so much inspiration to be found just looking around -- must be a wonderful place to create.

peppermint said...

It's a comfort to know that robbers won't go into "messy creative spaces"! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I would love to go through your artistic projects. This has been a fun party!

Live Creatively,
Patti

Debora said...

Donna, thanks for dropping in to visit my creative space and for your sweet comment about my bears! So glad you like them!

I like your old books and lights and jewelry...looks like you have lots of fun.

~Debora, New Avenue Crew

Sheila (TCW) said...

What a nice big space! Love it that you have a sink in the room, too.

LOL your husband suggesting the gameroom become your art room. Teehee!

Love your fur babies. How sweet that you kept the rescues for yourselves. If we get more fur babies, they will definitely be rescues.

Thanks for taking the time to stop and tour my space!

xx

LP Vintage said...

Great space and lots of treasures! Love the vintage stamps and printers tray of bling!

Marianne@Songbird said...

You have so many great things to play with. What a bounty of lovely 'stuff'. Must be a dream to create in there.

Leanne said...

REturning your visit from WBC2 ... I love the story about the robbers :) And what a hubby to offer up the game room!! I look forward to seeing how the reconfiguration turns out!

sandy said...

Love the photos of books and jewelry. Thans for sharing your space
sandy

Miss Sandy said...

I love all the vintage stamps, sparkly bling, and old books! You have a wonderful studio, thank you for the tour.

Karen Valentine said...

Those light make it magical at night!You have some wonderful goodies to play with! Thank you for joining the party. I really enjoyed the tour.
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Angela Weimer said...

Hello, Sorry it took a bit to get to your creative space but I have been slowly making my way through the list. thanks for the wonderful tour. Your space is great and I love all the vintage goodies you have! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. Angela

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I love those lights! You have such a fun filled room. I'm a little late getting through all the studios, but I am enjoying it. Thanks for the tour! Connie

marnie said...

What a fun place to create! Those lights are fantastic & I'm totally jealous of that red couch - lol.