Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My Studio welcomes you!


Well, it is finally here!  This is my Studio post for the blog party!
 My studio, like so many other crafters and artists out there, is most definitely one of my favorite places to be.  I adore being at home right here in this little room all my own, with surroundings just for me, which doesn't have to please anyone else.  Some people might call it cluttered and busy, but I think it is lovely eye candy everywhere, and that is what makes it so special, and inspirational.  I am fortunate to have so many wonderful blog friends who have added to my wonderful little room here.  They give me inspiration and such joy! And that is why I love to create here.  It started out as the Scrapbook room or my family knew it as the "memory room" but that has all changed, and I simply call it the Craft Studio, because so much more happens here than just scrapbooking and paper crafting. 
Above:    As you look in from the hallway

Vinyl lettering over the only window in the room states one of my favorite quotes.   I can sit at my desk and look outside our front yard and see what is going on in our very interesting neighborhood! 
One of my set designs just finished for "Story Tellers Club" on my main work space.
A poem that my dear friend wrote for me as a gift about my creative hands is framed here.  I am taking a sweeping circle of the room, and going counter clock-wise.  So sit tight there are many pictures.
I turned this old sewing cabinet into a display table.  I can't have the drawers in because they are not only holding exchanged tags, vintage trims and doilies, antique pins and findings for me to look at, but it is a way for me to have it all at my fingertips.  I rather like the look of the skeleton cabinet without the drawers.
This used to be the closet, but the doors came off and I now have more room for inspiration.  The DVD/TV player is for movies only, for when I am hard at work.
Favorite tag books go here, from exchanges from so many talented bloggers.
Yes, I am the queen of this room!  It may be the only thing I am truly queen of!

Did you know that you can buy a box of 100 vintage look tags at Office depot.  I love them for displaying trims, string and ribbon.


My cricut works very nicely on this antique folding table, and the French Apron and knob which it hangs on was a gift!  Some of the wall decorations I have are made by myself or sent to me from a blog swap.




I simply love to find unique shelves for my room, but I don't think I have to much more space for many more.  The slant top desk, has been in the family for generations!  My husband let me paint it and use it in my studio.
This is a single page layout I did of my mother, and it hangs on a 12 x 12 clipboard.
                                                                               

The top folds down for another keen work space to build my recycled shabby jewelry.

The top drawer at the desk.   Love those frozen charlotte heads.  

Lots of German Scraps to create with!
My Christmas Crafting drawer!

Above: A new creation and part of a blog giveaway to be given out!


My magnet board collage
This shelf was made by my husband in 7th grade in wood shop.  It has been painted many different colors and has been in many different rooms.



This print is simply called "The Nest"


Two of my favorite things are My Mother's hat portrait circa 1960
and this pair of antique Silhouettes.



My Imagine * Design * Create Wall
More views!
This lovely wedding cake was a swap gift from the extremely talented Jen of jnichelle.blogspot.com  I am so very lucky to know her and to have one of her faux cakes with vintage figurine on top.  It is something I cherish.
I can take credit for making this, but the idea came from Karla Nathan at Karla's Cottage.  She is such a wonderfully talented lady.

I have always thought it fun to mix up the nic nacs in with the supplies, to make it more interesting!
I don't know how this picture got deleted ,but I added it in, because I wanted to show you what I did with my antique measuring tape.  It now displays some of my favorite tags which I either made or blogging friends made.
A pretty wall pocket with some of my favorite photos of grandchildren.

a tiny catch-all right by where I work.  I just like to look at the leftovers etc.
Glass glitter, microbeads and mica flakes in pretty packaging makes for more inspiration and eye candy!  YUM!  Thanks again Jen! jnichelle.blogspot.com (she sent me these lovely bottles and a jar full of mica flakes)

And there you have it, I can't show you every little detail or you would be here for hours.  I love my Craft Studi0!!!!!!  Thanks for visiting and come back again soon!

102 comments:

Sassy Marsha said...

Oh, my, Michele, I just love your craft studio! It's so beautiful and filled with so many wonderful treasures!!!

xxoo
Marsha

Lovey said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful craft space indeed. I love the light in your Studio! Absolutely a beautiful space and I can see that you are definitely queen of your space! Love it! Please check out mine tomorrow too!

busymartha said...

I am so jealous! You must feel so at peace in this space. I love the colours, the eye candy, everything about it! Enjoy Michele!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a beautfiul Craft Room or studio should I say. I love your color choices for decorating the room. You have so many "pretties" as I call them in your room.
You have everything beautifully displayed too!!
Love your old sewing machine! I have one too in my Craft room. I wish I could have done the same thing with my closet though. I needed mine for my clothes as my Hubby sort of crowded me right out with all of his postal uniforms!!
My post will be up later on this morning as I am at work now. SHHH! Don't tell anyone!!
Please come and visit later if you have time to see my special little space.

Hugs,
Debbie

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Michele!
You are truly the queen of your creative space! I am so inspired by all your ideas and really love the antique Singer machine.
I'm thinking if you cut some wood or heavy board and little shelves you could use the empty drawer spaces for more storage!
Thank you for sharing your inspirations!!
Hugs,
Lynn

ImagiMeri said...

Okay, I could definitely do some damage....I mean crafting in your space. A beautiful space for a beautiful lady! Thanks for sharing your spot.

Hugs,
Meri

Nook & Cranny said...

Michele,
I love your craft studio!! I specially love the old sewing machine cabinet. I love how you are using it. I do see you have several Willow Tree figures, I love those, too. I think your holder of ribbons is fantastic. I am always on the look out for some way to have all, well some of my ribbons out and not stuck in a tote.
I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog post, (town wide yard sale).
I will be spending the rest of today getting ready for my studio tour post. I have some fine tuning and cleaning to do.
Thanks for sharing your creative space.
Hugs
Michele

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

You have a wonderful studio. It is perfect for creating! So many ideas for me to "borrow" when I get my studio..someday...Love how you used the inside of the closet too!
Warmly,
deb

JoAnne said...

What a wonderful creative space Michele!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Lovely, Michele! I so enJOYed the little peek into your beautiful studio.

Debbie Kay said...

WOW is all I can say to that Michele. I wish I had a room like that! So beautiful and so fun.

Thank you for sharing.

Love,

Debbie Kay

Red Rose Alley said...

That was the most interesting craft studio I've ever seen! I'm going to come back and look at all the wonderful, unique things.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Simply gorgeous, I love looking at everyones studio. that ribbon holder is the best!! Well done Queen

Carol

Georgee said...

I love your craft studio, also. Especially the shelves you store your stamps in. The eye candy is fantastic! You look so much like your mother. What a blessing to have such a wonderful room to create in. One day, hopefully by next year, I will have mine completed. Great job on your studio.

DeeDee said...

Thanks for the visit to my studio.. I see you and I have very similar tastes.... I could easily craft away in your room... It is beautiful and I was drooling all the way thru... :D

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

What a wonderful place to be inspired to create in ~ Adore the antique sewing machine ~ I would love to have one to display in my sewing room :) So many wonderful ideas and inspiration that we can use and incorporate into our own spaces ~ Thank you so much for sharing your lovely space with us.

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Annette said...

I don't know where to begin with what I love about your studio! It's absolutely wonderful! You are a very talented lady! I'll be back to absorb more later. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
Hugs to you,
Annette

Jo said...

oh what a pretty little studio! it looks like such a happy place to create!

Linda said...

I've even been IN that studio and I now know I have not fully appreciated it! I could be there all day and not see every thing...let alone USE it! Beautiful!

Melissa said...

Love it! I especially like the wood piece above your window. Thank you for stopping by my blog & the kind words. Have a wonderful day.

Cheryl De Beer said...

Ah I feel seriously envious of your space, all your goodies and all so beautifully presented, well done!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

There's so many things I love about your studio! For one thing, it's just down right pretty! Love your wooden stamp display. It's a wonderful space. Thank you for the tour. Enjoy your weekend! Twyla

MaygreenFairies said...

Wow Michele, what a super post! Your studio is gorgeous, I would love to pop on over and spend a day rummaging through! You have some fantastic storage ideas that are not only functional but decorative at the same time. So glad to have met you, I'll be back!! Hugs, Mandy x

fairyrocks said...

WOW Michele, what a gorgeous room you have created. It feels just like home. such a friendly place to be. Love all your clever display ideas. I too have to have the photos of my loved ones around me. You do such wonderful works of art, and now I can just see you there with your scissors and pens and piles of lace and fabric. Well done, thanks for sharing. Keep smiling and creating.

Leann said...

Beautiful! I could get lost in all your yummy goods! And it's really neat:)

Enjoy your weekend!
Leann

Dezinaworld said...

wow !!! so beautiful.
Beautiful work. joining in the Dezinaworld Giveaway
hugs June

Tamatha said...

I love your craft studio too! So much great inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Inn Country said...

I love you space so much, I would love to create here everyday with you. it's all so beautiful thanks for sharing your photos with us.

Have a beauiful day Lisa

Pam said...

I love your style and how personal your space is. I also love how you combine vintage funiture with the very practical modern pieces, and it all looks great together.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

I adore the pull out drawers from the old sewing machines plum full of tags. Oh how I'd like to poke through those tags. Lovely! *smiles* Norma

Cindy Craine said...

wow, wow, and wow! What a wonderful creative space. I could spend hours in there looking at everything. And it's huge, I have space envy! Wonderful, fabulous and perfect. :)

Debbie Burkey said...

Just wonderful. Such a beautiful room! I love everything about it. The Singer drawers on the top of the machine is a killer idea. Great job with the whole studio.

Debbie

Journal Junkie said...

I am in love with your craft studio! You have done an amazing job making this your special creative place to hide out! I would love to have you do a room in our home for me. do you hire out??? ;) I love the white/cream/black overall color scheme it is so warm and elegant at the same time but yet so refreshing! love it!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a lovely space! So inspiring! I love all of your ephemera! I want to come play!!!

Lindsey

Dayle said...

It's truly a magnificent creative space. I would be thrilled with a quarter of that space for my scrapbooking weekends. It's lovely.

earthypawscreatures said...

I love your whole room! It is so pretty :) I really like your style :D I especially love the way that you display your tags. I had never thought about using drawers without the rest of the furniture, very creative! Thank you for sharing!

~Alli

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Wow, you have a gorgeous space with so many great details. Lots of great storage ideas, supplies and eye candy. I'm definitely coming back to see this again, so I'm going to follow. Thanks and I hope you can stop by my space some time soon. Take care!

Holly Loves Art said...

Ahhhhhhh..... oh boy did I enjoy this visit! I love EVERYTHING about your gorgeous studio. The color palette is so elegant and has such a lovely French vibe! I love the way you photographed everything too - such talent! And what a great idea to display your trims over the tags. Brilliant. I am following so we can keep in touch.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Holly

Wanda H said...

You have a beautiful room!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leanne said...

I love the soft colors of your study. Your mother is quite the model!

Sandra Kaye said...

Beautiful!!! I could sit there all day. I love the sewing machine table. Awesome room. Sandie

Jo said...

Such a beautiful room - no wonder you love it so much! Thanks for the tour.

Geralyn Gray said...

Don't tell anyone....because I looked at some awesome creative spaces today......but, yours is my favorite!!!! LOVE everything!!!!!

Sandra Kaye said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I went through yours agin. Just wonderful. I love to work with paper too. Hugs sandie

Jillayne said...

No wonder you love it - it's gorgeous!
I think you were so right to pull the drawers right out of the sewing table - I'm visual too and if I can't see it, I forget all about it!
Your room is charming, functional and so very personal - thank you for showing it!

Incipient Wings said...

it's so inspiring..so much room to create in.
i love how you used the old measuring tape!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh my..where to begin!! wow...just "wow!" you have so many gorgeous tresors in your creative haven and soo many delightful ways of displaying and storing them all. I especially love the petite drawers with all of your tags of "destash" on them. i love the white palette too. so serene. a gorgeous..gorgeous studio !

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh...and...forgot to say how much i loved your inspiration board and all of your family photos!

Beth said...

It's all so lovely! There are so many fun things to see. Thank you for sharing with us.

Char said...

Oh I am lovin your work space. You have everything right at your fingertips and so well organized. You can certainly be creative with loved treasures all around you.
It's a happy place for sure and I thank you so much for sharing it, Char

romance-of-roses said...

You have a darling studio. Pretty colors and lots of pretties everywhere. Thank you for the tour.
Hugs...Lu

Rebecca said...

Girlfriend...you just make me smile! I'm so glad you came by today...

I say BRING THE SWAP ON!

Whattah you wannah doooooooooooo?

xoRebecca

apinkdreamer said...

hi!!!! you are the winner of my givaway!!!!

Kit said...

Such a lovely space! I love your idea about the tags. I never thought to use them like that and I have a box of them. Thanks for the great idea! Thank you for visiting my blog to! Kit

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

what a personal and beautiful space. I adore black and white, fleur de lis, and frozen charlottes. Thanks for the tour come drop by my place.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my gosh, I love, love, love this room! The first thing that struck me was how light it was - love that. I like how you have your work stations placed and the storage set up. This room is a feast for the eyes and I think I could spend a whole day in here visiting! The whole set-up is very creative and I'll bet you really enjoy the time you spend in here!

Thanks very much for your visit to my little space!

Mona Kay at Home said...

OMG, such BEAUTIFUL eye-candy!! Your studio is to-die-for :) Thanks for sharing it with us, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Michele,

Your studio is just perfect and you have quite the stash to make a lot of beautiful things. I love that lavender nest with rhinestone in the middle...it's supposed to be a nest?? Please correct if I'm wrong. It's beautiful whatever it may be. {tee hee} :0) Thanks so much for visiting with me. You kind words are so appreciated.

Pink Sparkles for your day,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥
Queen of Dreamsz

Feathers and Flight said...

I Love Your Studio! Oh My Goodness Michelle! What an Inviting Space to Create in! Thank You for Sharing! Just Lovely!
Have a Wonderful Week! Hugs
Jill
I found you through Our Friend Marie of Lost Bird Studio! I am Happy to be a Follower Now!

Valery said...

Wow! I want to move into your fabulous room. It's simply amazing. I love everything about it! Thanks for sharing.

kluless said...

Oh! I love everything about your studio - the color - all the little treasures - it is WONDERFUL! I may have to borrow that idea for how you use the tags to store your lace and trims. It is so inspiring to have them out where you can see them. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing room!

Hope said...

You storage and organization is wonderful! Found you through Cami's blog. Wish we all live closer.....we are really similar except my pieces are black or wood.
XO-Hope

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Michele, I love what you did with the folding ruler, I never thought of that one! Thanks for you lovely comment on my blog, you put a smile on my heart. Please think about joining one of my ATC swaps once they start up again.
I hope you are enJOYing a beautiful summer,
Kimberly

Claudia said...

Love, love it. You are one lucky gal! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Erica said...

Wow Michele!!! Your room is so pretty and soooo organized!!! I want to come play in there with you! Maybe you can stop by my house and spruce my room up a bit (or a lot!).

Betsy said...

Your space is amazing and so organized, I'm jealous. You have such creative display ideas. I love the folding ruler idea and your ribbon coming out of the key holes. Eye candy....all of it.

Margaret MacCabe Ritchie said...

It's FABULOUS!! How did YOU get to be so amazing??? Okay, my room is next...you HAVE to help me "do" mine up! I sure love you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my studio and my button bouquet in salt shakers. I'm not kidding when I say I am new to blogging. I still haven't figured out how to reply to someone's comments! I'll learn! I'm so sorry to hear you were in Minnesota for our ugliest weather summer ever. i hope that you have experienced our beautiful state in much better times. I do love it here. Regardless, I hope you had a good trip. Thanks again.

Jana said...

Oh how ridiculous, I didn't mean to leave an anonymous comment. Trying again!

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

AMazing space. I really like the magnet board - very cool.

Meliss said...

Your studio is stunning! I like the skeleton look without the drawers too. Also, I so heart that little door in that one cabinet! A truly beautiful space.

Thanks for the La-boratory love.

~magick~
Meliss

Terri said...

I simply adore your creative space.
I wish I still had my white sewing machine it adds so much character ..but that's another story.
Thank you for this lovey tour of your studio i really enjoyed my visit!

Kelly_Deal said...

Michele, you have a beautiful space! Very inspiring! I also love who you made that vintage tape measure into a wall hanging. Great idea!
Kelly

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Michele...I am speachless after my tour here in your magical spot! Oh thank you so much for taking the time to visit my tiny little bat cave closet. You comments meant the world to me...that my little creative space could inspire others makes me feel humble. I love my spot...art sooths and enriches the soul. I wish I could join you in your beautiful spot for an afternoon of sharing fun with paper...
Creative blessings, Karla

Marcia (One Heart) said...

I am speechless, and that's not an easy task to accomplish, but you've done it. ;) This is gorgeous, Michele.

First of all, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment in my White Christmas in July post. I would have definitely loved to coordinate with your vintage swap. Maybe we can come up with something spectacular next July.

Now back to your studio. It is divine. I love that picture of your mom. So Audrey Hepburn. One of my fav's. And that ribbon holder...unreal. I must say you captured it all beautifully with your camera too. I KNOW I would never leave that room. I second dub you queen for sure.

I look forward to what you will share for the White Christmas post. Fun, fun, fun. Now, I'm off to find your vintage swap post.

Much love!

BEAR's Mom said...

WOW Michele
i love your studio!!!
{{{ENVY}}}
BEAR HUGS
~victoria~

Cindy Adkins said...

Unbelievable!! What a fabulous creative place--I LOVE it!!!

Gloria Westerman said...

Oh my goodness Michelle....your craft room is gorgeous....I love all the creams and soft whites....I'm thinking about redoing my room....and your room has given me the inspiration....thank you.....and thank you for visiting my blog ....I really do appreciate it.....I'm also a new follower too....

Breana said...

My oh my, what a lovely space. I love the wall color it's very inviting bright and warm. I also like the vintage sewing drawers that stash your strings and ribbon. Cute! Thanks for sharing
Breana

Joy Burkhart said...

Wow! I love your studio! It's like everything I could wish for! I love how you've used some of the Graphics Fairy's images, like the low tin bucket with the French ephemera on the front in a purple hue! Thanks for the tip on the Vintage tags at Office Depot, too! I can't seem to find your actual follower button, but hope to follow you back soon! Thanks for joining my Christmas blog. My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas, also! Guess you saw that tho', right? Great blog, I'll be back soon!
XoXoXo
Joy

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Michelle!! Your studio is fabulous!! It's bright and sunny and just feels HAPPY! You have some really lovely art pieces in there too. Thank you so much for joining the party and allowing us all to be inspired!
xo,
Karen

Tina said...

wow - your space is dreamy - I love the banner hanging over the wondow. Love how you used your tags for ribbon storage - very clever.

thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me such a nice message.

have a great weekend.
tina

WindandHoney said...

You have a wonderful studio Thank you so much for sharing it. I've enjoyed my time here.

Plush Possum Studio said...

A simply stunning look into your precious and thoroughly peaceful private domain. I love every inch. I bet you love it 1,000 times more.
"Long live the Queen!"
Rose

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow!! What a fabulous space..super charming, enchanting..and mega-beautiful...thankyou for dazzling me with all your talent..your treasures and keepsakes..a truly creative soul...I have enjoyed this gorgeous tour!!
Victoria

Jan E O said...

Great idea with the sewing machine cabinet. I too like the skeleton look of it. Aren't drop front desks the best. I love that I can hide my mess inside of it just by closing the door unless of course the mess is so big the door won't close. You have a wonderful studio and a great place to work. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Wow I LOVE your studio! Every little detail is beautiful. I especially love how you store your ribbon with the tags, so clever!

Lynn Stevens said...

What a beautiful and creative place to create. Love all your inspiration
Hugs Lynn

Diana said...

Beautiful!!! You have your room decorated so cute. I love it.

Marianne said...

I have no idea how I skipped your blog. Thank you for your visit. Your space is so pretty I would be afraid to work in it for fear I would mess it up. But I would enjoy looking at all the great stuff you have in there. I especially love what you've done with your old folding ruler. ...very clever.

Creative Grammie said...

You have a beautiful studio to do your creating in. Your window gives you wonderful natural light, I love it.
I may have to CAS your window treatment, it's adorable.
Thanks for the tour of your studio and thanks for sharing your artwork and all your lovely treasures.

bobbie said...

Your space is OH! so beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Love it! Love it! Love it!
Such a beautiful space! So much eye candy to enjoy. Thanks so much the the lovely tour!
xx, shell

Lavender Cottage said...

Gosh, I think we all love your craft studio - it is awesome!
Everything is so neat and tidy with anything I'd ever want to craft with.
Thanks for your visit, glad I was able to see your space.
Judith

~~EVERYTHING~~.ANASTACIA~~~ said...

Goodness gracious! What a beautiful creative world you have going out there! I'm in awe! It sure makes me want to go there and play! My, my, my! Love it!!!
Thanks for sharing. I'm still trying to catch up visiting awesome studios like yours!
By the way, thanks for adding me to your blog list!
Best Regards,
Reina
http://everythinganastacia.blogspot.com

Vicki said...

What a beautiful studio you have! So many treasures. I love it all especially those sewing drawers filled with goodies, the German scrap and your cute wall display with the carpenters rule. So nice to meet you. Love your blog and following you now.

slowlaneblog.com said...

Thank you for visiting my Blog and Craft room:) I too have not had a chance to get around to everyone. I love your Studio and as I have said with many others...so many Ideas I can draw from when the Time comes to change mine. It simply beautiful:)

Renee said...

Your studio is so pretty and so well organized. Makes me want to declutter (again).

bertie said...

hi Michele...thanks so much for visiting my site and I absolutely adore yours! You are right..we are kindred spirits! I love your "Queen" sign and basically, everything else in that room! Love the window treatment, too. Thanks for your comment about my studio...can you believe that after all that work, I just rented a space in town for a studio/gallery/shop and have to start all over again? All of that furniture will be moving to my new space where I will have so much more peace and quiet as I have my daughter and granddaughter living with me and can get no work done!! You have me beat with grandchildren, though! Enjoy your wonderful space and check back with me in a bit to see my new space! I am so excited! bertie
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

Lynnae said...

I love your ribbon dispenser through the keyholes. Lovely! And, I spy....a Jane Austen video, my favorite author. You have so many great ideas in there. I especially love how you love working with portraits of your dear mom. Thanks for sharing.

Magic Gypsy said...

What a wonderful studio! I love that you used tags and sewing machine drawers for storage; your creations are beautiful! When you stopped by my studio you mentioned my dog looks like a border collie - he's from the humane society so I have no idea what's in there. I've never thought of border collie, but it fits, thank you!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

You sure have nice treasures. I May borrow some ideas. I start out with ideas but my problem is. When I have things in containers. It looks neat but being crafters. I misplace things. I mean you could have 60 things to do with art. Like your ribbons in one place. Then other things in another bling,blings. Then what do you do when you have so many odds and ends but need them?

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