Has it been a year? I guess it has, but it has flown. I wish I felt like my list of accomplishments were more equal to the accumulation of days and months that have went by. In any event, welcome to this year's tour of my workspace/studio/office. If you came by last year, thank you for coming to visit again, and if this is your first time here— I am most pleased that you have stopped by my little corner of the interweb. Before we get started I want to make certain to thank Karen Valentine at My Desert Cottage for hosting this party again.
Where Bloggers Create, I was certain that I had plenty of Time, that I would get everything clean and organized for a photo shoot and...
|This year I have a much larger work table, and a couch (that I never sit on) in the studio.|
The reality is that I moved stuff around and out of the way while I took pictures, just like I did last year when I only found out about this party a couple of days beforehand. I openly admit to being a procrastinator, but a procrastinator with an impossibly long to-do list. It is Summertime, and the "living ain't easy". I have even more to do than usual. It seems like the little extras just keep piling on. Everything from helping one of my daughters get moved just a few weeks ago, to my Mom is out of town so I go by her house and take care of plants a couple of times a week. I have also just went live with a commercial website I designed and built, and a million things keep cropping up to be done. All those little jobs, chores and errands can fill a day to overflowing before you even realize it.
On to the tour now. I have managed to get through at least half of my bead stash. I have organized it into these handy little clear plastic cases, divided by different types of beads, findings and chain, etc. I have labeled these cases, and most of my studio. I have a lot better chance of actually finding what I am looking for than I did a year ago.
Autumn in the Studio with this link.
Following up on the theme of Thrift Shop finds, I have shelves just loaded with such trinkets as those pictured here. Floral frogs, old and spray painted clothes pins, a glass globe I made, but am going to redo before the holidays, and the coolest little map print vase holding dowel rods shares space with recycled jars filled with tiny findings and clips.
Tim Holtz ones I had on hand. The bracelet display came from a small shop's going out of business sale. The office section of thrift and second hand shops offer a wide array of storage options for paper goods, tags, etc. I have bought several items in industrial gray or black and spray painted them.
Though lots of my storage, containers and displays are vintage or second hand, I have purchased several pieces from Michael's, and I love them. If you are cheap like me and wait till they are on sale 40% or more off, they are budget friendly items. This work table carousel keeps all my scissors, rulers, glues and other small items near at hand.
I found this side table out in the back room of the barn. It was chipped and water stained, and a lovely enamel black. I was tired of having my phone and other devices virtually sitting on the floor by my desk when they were recharging, but the space next to the desk was narrow. It just happened that this little table fit in around the speaker and surge protector like a charm. So, I sanded, painted and decoupaged, and with the addition of some colorful little clips for the cords, it is a recharging station. It is a little funky, I know, but I like it, and it is very practical.
Here is a yard sale find that I am very happy with. It is a vintage Sunshine biscuit Currier & And Ives Autumn tin and while it has a tiny bit of rust, it is in wonderful shape. I paid $1.50 for it. When the woman having the sale told me the price, I clutched it to me, afraid that if I put it down someone else would grab it. It makes a splendid holder for sewing bric-a-brac.
This case holds just a small fraction of my button collection. I have old (a couple of cracked leather buttons still on the original but unreadable card) and new, wood, ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, leather, rhinestone and crystal buttons just off of the top of my head.
And yes, there is a tiny Christmas tree sporting some LED lights with bubbles embedded in them I wanted to try out a string of, and an assortment of beaded ornaments I still have. They were a good seller for me when I belonged to a craft guild in North Carolina a few years back.
Every once in awhile when you are the sort of inveterate Thrifter that I am, you walk through the door of one of your familiar haunts and have an AHH HA kind of moment. When I saw this little baby doll basket at one of my favorite shops, I immediately knew it was going home with me. I think I paid about $3.00 for it, and I am convinced that I got a deal. It has become the catch-all for several different items over the course of the last few months, but currently is harboring a heap of yarn.
As I get ready to wind up this tour, what better place to stop than the big cozy wicker couch that now sits in front of my picture window. In a less hectic world, we would share a cup of tea and admire the view. I wanted to make certain, on the off chance that Romeo from Confessions of a Junkyard Cat should stop by, he will have a place to relax for a bit.
And speaking of the view out the window. It has drawn me more and more of late. My daughter and I are entertaining ideas of doing not only a bigger vegetable garden, but a patch of herbs and small fruits like figs, elderberries, blueberries and blackberries for the Farmer's Market. To that end, we have been spending many, sometimes grueling hours out in the heat trying to tame the wild patch that was the garden area here when we arrived. I don't think the tour would be complete without including a photo of where my daughter Gaia and I do a lot of our Creating these days. So, I am going to wish you farewell from the little building behind the House that we call the Garden House. Thanks for stopping by...