Friday

"where bloggers create" 2nd annual blog party...


I have had several people ask me to take a little 'tour' of my studio. Studio? You know, the room filled to the brim with craft supplies and crap. I've convinced The Husband that everyone has one- thank goodness he indulges me. There are times when no human would dare enter this place- it can be kind of a mess. To put it mildly. Calling it a studio just makes it sound more important than it actually is!

Runs With Scissors is the name of my studio space. Our house is multi-level and this room is on the very bottom floor. It's 10x20 and honestly, I have every single inch of it crammed with something. I sure wish it were bigger- like, 4x bigger! Although, bigger room = bigger mess. This is probably as big as I can handle!

I happen to love this quote-
'One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.' A.A. Milne
I kinda think crafters can relate. I know I've found things I totally forgot I had!

My dad built the large white hutch against this wall. It has lived in different houses and been used for different purposes but this is the best! Underneath the skirt is a ton of storage. Right now the shelves hold ribbons, flowers and glitter.


I love the look of ribbon in jars. Problem was, lots of jars were required. Lots of jars, lots of money. Most of these ended up coming from the thrift store with just a few from Crate & Barrel and Walmart. It really doesn't matter to me that they don't all match- I kinda like it better that they don't.

Here's another use for a cupcake stand- (again, Goodwill for .99). I just used tiny canning jars to hold the buttons. I posted awhile back with another cupcake stand I found at Crate & Barrel. This one holds larger embellishments.

One of my sewing machines stays set up so that I can quickly use it for stitching on paper & cards. I also keep most of my acrylic paints over in this corner, too. My dad made the revolving holder for bottles of paint- it's awesome.

I guess you can tell I like Mary Engelbreit. It started years ago when a friend gave me something for my birthday. That turned into lots and lots of M.E. stuff over the years.
The bright colors in here aren't anywhere else in my house so this room just makes me feel happy when I'm in it. It's where The Scrappy Girls create when it's my turn to host each month. Believe it or not, we can actually cram 4 of us in here. It takes a little moving around, but we manage! Some of my best days have been spent in here with friends.
OK... let's continue onto the other side of my room (quick- while it's still clean!!!)...
Giant glass canisters (Walmart, $9.99) contain lots of mini books on one of the shelves.
I've got a couple of bookcases that hold completed (and some not-quite-completed-yet) projects. That awesome little paper house was made for me by my friend Kandy. I love it! (plus, it was filled with candy... even better!)

My favorite little turquoise blue radio is there- it keeps me company when I'm lucky enough to spend time in here. The funky little yellow paper stars are an old project- I must have made 100 of them as holiday ornaments last year (no, they weren't M.E. yellow!). Maybe I'll post a tutorial on those- they're a great, fast project that can be decorated so many different ways.
I've collected teddybears all my life. I used to make and sell them, too. Still have a handful of my own mixed in with others I've been lucky enough to get from other artists. I also have my dad's bear and an old Steiff from my step-grandmother's childhood.
You can see my snowman collection on top of the cabinets at the far end of the room. They're still fun to collect but I think I've officially run out of room!

My friend Cathy made us all a list of 'class rules' when we were at her house. She's a tough teacher- no swearing or spitting or hitting allowed. Kinda makes you wonder just what goes on during our Scrappy Tuesdays, doesn't it?!! The little bluebird she included is soooooo cute!

This old bin table came from my sweet father-in-law almost 30 years ago. He loved antiques and spent many happy hours refinishing them. I'm sure, had he kept this one and done his magic on it, it would have been much nicer than it is now. BUT I know he'd be happy that I've used and loved it over the years- it's one of my favorite pieces of furniture, purely for sentimental reasons. The red picnic basket underneath was a great find at a garage sale in Idaho while visiting my mom one summer- it's full of chipboard books at the moment. I've got 2 green ones just like it at our cabin and they're full of linens. I'm not sure I can pass one up if I ever am lucky enough to come across another.


One last post about my studio... there really isn't much more to see in it (and I'm itching to play, which makes it a mess, which makes it very unpretty in pictures!)


When I first found these little train cases I had plans to paint them and fix them up, but I really kinda like how funky they are. I think they'll stay just the way they are. Plus, they hold a lot of stuff!
Well, gotta go. Paper and scissors are calling. Come back soon!

Oh yeah... one more thing- Monkey says 'hi'!
*** note*** You make think you've already seen this entire post... well, you have. The reason for the re-post is My Desert Cottage's "Where Bloggers Create" 2nd annual blog party.

35 comments:

TheNormanFive said...

I'm so jealous. What a wonderful place to work. It is just lovely...
Erin

Theresa said...

So cute and cheery! Just adorable and SO incredibly organized! Thanks so much for sharing:)

scrapncathy said...

Does it look like this again after a busy night last night?

MellieDesign said...

Hi,
greetings from Germany! I love your idea with the cupcake stands! I have to go to flea market soon and watch out for some :-)
All the best
Mellie

Kathy said...

Thanks - so many great ideas. I have one of the picnic baskets - a gift from a coworker's wife! Now I have old luggage - you are right - USE IT to store things and they will look so much better.
And the cupcake holders...duh! Of course I have never found any for $1 so I will just have to pay attention, lol.

Diane said...

What a beautiful space you have! It is FULL of fun! I know you have many happy times there....I love it that monkey is doing the splits! LOL....I want those train cases~they are gorgeous =)

One Cheap B*tch said...

Love it! Your space looks like a candy store and you know what they say about feeling like a kid in one!

Jeanine

Michelle May said...

Hi there!
Such a fun and whimsical space filled with lots of eye candy!
Thanks so much for the tour!
Hugs to you!

cindy said...

I LOVE your Studio (and it is you know). It's fab and I thought that I had seen it before. I love it all, its fantastic! Wish you lived closer, I would come over and play!

-c
http://yappingcatstudio.typepad.com/

anna @ frosted petunias said...

I just love your studio! What a beautiful, cheerful and organized space! Your paint bottle holder is my favorite. I love it! thank you for a lovely tour.

Liz said...

I love ME too! Your studio is just eye popping wonderful! :)

~Liz

BLISS angels said...

Wow!! thank you for sharing this space , studio craft room or what ever you want to call it it sooo cute and wonderful. Just looking at a your photos made me want to jump up and craft ... thank you
Have a great day ~Wendy At Blissangels

Queen Bee said...

What a terrific studio! So many goodies inside. I could spend hours and hours looking at all of these great items. I will have to follow and come back.....often, LOL. P.S. Tell the monkey I said hello too.
Queen Bee Studio

ewenique said...

I was loving everything until I came to the Bin Table, then I became JEALOUS! I've looked for one for a long time, they have become hard to find! You're space is really great!

kimberlyshaw said...

Your studio looks like a very happy place.

zandra said...

What a great creative space. Great organization. So, enjoyed my visit with you.
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.

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

What a tempting candy store of colorful and creative delights! We also love your floor!
Wonderful tour, Thanks for having us over!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

Thespa said...

Your studio is so darned cute! I love the way you used those cupcake holders with glass jars as organizers, I'm going to have to keep an eye out for some of those. Thanks for sharing, hope you have a great day!

Chris said...

What an adorable creative space! Love all the fun, bright colors especially the RED! It's just too cute!
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

craftyles said...

I love the color and whimmsy of your space. I love ME,too. The storage and sock monkey is great!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Terrific use for cupcake stands! I really like the black, white and red colours in your studio - very cheerful and inspiring. Thank you for inviting us.

Claudia said...

Wow - what a wonderful space! It really is such a fun looking creative studio - full of whimsy and wonderful colors.

kluless said...

Love your place and it looks pretty orderly to me - but I do agree with that quote! Thank you for the tour.

Zuzu said...

Wow! Cheerful and fun! It must be an amazing place to spend time in creating!!! LOVE the quote! :)
Happy weekend,
Zuzu

Terri said...

There is the now famous socks monkey I have seen in the commercial..."how do you like me now"...Well, I tell you what I do like...your art studio...it's perfect...loved it all. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

Abby's Garden said...

Your creative space is beautiful and dreamy!

donnaj said...

what a fun space to create in! (except for following rules) :)
thanks for shariang~

Karen Valentine said...

Girl are you crazy??? This is a STUDIO if I ever saw one. It is so cute! That black and white checkered floor is fabulous! I also love all your creative ways to store your buttons etc. Thank you so much for showing it off! I really enjoyed my visit.
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Miss Sandy said...

I love your happy color filled space! Love that flooring, the cupcake stand storage is genius, love the cupboard your dad built and the bin table that your father-in-law contributed to the space, the storage is awesome! Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

kaniki's said...

Oh my goodness- what a fun and creative place... Soooo many fun treasures just waiting for you to play with!!!

Thanks for sharing with us!!!

Many Blessings
Niki
Kaniki's Prims & Whims....

fairyrocks said...

WOW, your space is an organizers dream!!! You have inspired me, thanks for sharing.
Love the class rules and your little curios are wonderful!!

Renee said...

Your space is great. I love all your storage. The table with the bins is great. I need to find cake holders.

marnie said...

What amazing light and fun colors you have in your space! There are so many things I love in there: your party banner studio sign, the ME collection, the jars of goodies, and the fun checkerboard floor (which reminds me of something ME would have too). :D

Jossie Michel said...

la la love your room!

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