Welcome to my Studio/Office Space
Well, time certainly does fly. Another year has sped past and here we are again, getting ready for another episode of Where Bloggers Create the annual link up party hosted by Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage.
This will be my third year participating in this awesome venue. I have so enjoyed the previous two years. Though much has remained the same since last summer, much has changed also, not just in the Studio, but in life itself. I have not devoted much time to this ( A Glitch in Time) blog since early this year. My daughter Gaia and I, along with some help from granddaughter Kaylah, have started a new website called O Deer. It is dedicated to exploring the fusion of an Artful Lifestyle and Making a Home, and as a platform to promote our new Etsy Shop...
O Deer Mercantile.
O Deer Mercantile.
|Work Room- An Overview|
I know that if you are a regular participant, you have seen my Studio/WorkRoom, but I do have a number of new pieces in here this year, and I have attempted to change up the perspective from previous years, and to show items that I may have neglected before. No matter how many photos are taken, at least in my case, I find that I have left something out or neglected an interesting angle.
My space is full of used, recycled, reclaimed and thrifted pieces. My taste is so eclectic that perhaps it really doesn't match, but it makes me happy, so I suppose that is better than some imposed harmony.
I have quite a few pictures, so we will just start around the room—
|Vintage Letter Holder on Shelf|
|Books, Magazines, Paper Supplies, Lace, Tools, Findings, Photo Props|
and Found Objects all have a place on these roomy shelves.
|An old metal shelving unit from the Barn was spray painted and conscripted for|
use as storage for Etsy Shop stock, packaging and so forth.
|The bar cart is a catch-all of metal storage boxes, baskets of fabric |
and a couple of thrifted novelties.
I found the Glass House at a thrift store on half price day. I was short on cash that day, and almost passed it up. I would have had to if it were full price (take a guess how much I paid), but I am so glad I didn't.
More thrifted and salvage pieces, on the wall and on the shelf. I painted the shelf and the unfinished thread rack I found at a thrift shop for a couple of dollars. I used decoupage on the back of the shelf, just for fun.
|Close-up of Curious Cabinet|
|Hoops and Baskets|
|Embroidery Hoops~ I've got lots of them. Some are quite old.|
|Basket filled with Sewing and Needlework Misc.|
|Vintage Glove Forms|
|Antique Oak Dresser holds fabric and other sewing supplies.|
Both of the Singer Sewing Boxes were found in Thrift shops. The old, hinge lid Uneeda Biscuit tin was also a thrift shop find. I came across it in a box of fifty cent tins in a shop in western North Carolina.
|This metal display was found at thrift store~ originally silver plated,|
but the silver was in such bad shape that I painted it.
Those who have visited my Studio before will have seen my computer and printer crouched on top of a tiny desk, leaving me almost no work space. I looked at both new and used furniture shops, and really never found anything I liked to replace it that would be within my budget. My Sweetie has been doing some woodworking since we moved here however, and offered to build me a new desk for Christmas (2014). I was thrilled. I picked a style I liked online, and he did the design and built it. I wanted desk-top space, and lots of it, and an open table feel. I have a couple of crates that serve as storage in lieu of desk drawers, and I could not be happier.
|Desk Storage in a Versatile Crate|
|Room to Work and Organize Files.|
I love the old mid-century metal office organizers like this file holder,
and have an assortment of pieces around my studio.
|Hanging Mood Board with post cards, design ideas, paint chips and clip art.|
It may seem like two desks in here is a bit much, but I could actually use another work station. Always a lot going on in here. And I am as in love with this roll-top beauty as ever. The two antique loom heddles hanging above it were from a salvaged factory loom that I actually used years ago before its advanced state of dry rot made it impractical.
|A vintage metal tray used as a magnet board.|
|Eclectic Desk top vignette. I raised sheep years ago when I lived on a farm, |
and once had an extensive collection of figurines.
|Yarn Basket tucked beneath table. The wooden case contains my |
vintage reconditioned Singer Sewing Machine.
|The Christmas Corner|
|Vintage Suitcases. The big Samsonite case is filled with fabric. |
I really do have material stashed everywhere.
We have come full circle. The big white shelves are where the tour began this year. I always have an assortment of Christmas ornaments and knick-knacks sprinkled around the Studio, partly for display and because I find things at the thrift shop and don't feel like putting them away in the attic with the rest of the Christmas stuff.
I hope you have enjoyed this year's tour. I have certainly enjoyed the chance to show you around. It is a labor of love, and since most of the time no one but my family gets to see it, the opportunity to show off a little is irresistible. Thank you for your time, and thanks again to Karen Valentine for hosting this event. If you don't already— follow her blogs and her awesome Pinterest Boards.
I am going to end this post with a view out the back window. This room was originally the Living Room when this house (my first post Coming Home talks about the early days here at The House) was built some 45 years ago. The Picture Window gives both the advantage of lots of natural light and difficulty in photographing it because of too much light. There were heavy blinds in place when we moved in, but they cut me off from the world, so I removed them. With a southern exposure, I still need something to filter the light however, so most of the time the semi-sheer curtains (I had lace ones, but found some I liked better) are pulled across. However, the view of our yard, barn and garden is awesome, so I am going to close with a peek out the window...