Friday, June 18, 2010

Where This Blogger Creates

 Having signed up for this great virtual party to share with other creatives where we create was so exciting for me. Now...I'm asking myself , what was I thinking? But I did revamp my workroom without getting my husband involved, (except for his wallet) and managed to straighten and organize my then chaotic space. There's still work to be done, but I'm assuming it to be a work in-progress, that way I won't stress over one more thing not being completed.
The upside to having a 'room of one's own' is not having  to clean up when you leave it unless you're done with the project (or not). I remember those days when I worked on the dining room table, having manic meltdowns when someone touched my "stuff" before I finished, was interrupted because of dinner preps or had an unscheduled appointment (unbeknownst to me) to tend to. Of course the downside, if any, is the
chaos that my room can turn into when frantically rushing  from one project to the next.
Here's my workroom, small but lovingly used:
                                                                                  

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 In the above photos is an area directly left of entering my room is my treadle table still waiting for the perfect machine to be installed. In the meantime, my little Singer 99k (known as a 3/4 machine)  sits there waiting to be taken to the next sewing/quilting social. In the first photo I had things piled on the top and bottom as well as the sides of this table.


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Notice how little room I had on the side of the serger to do any sewing. Now I have the space I need. 
                                 








This is behind and slightly to the right of where I sit to sew.









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 As you can see the 72" X 40" work table was a toss all. Now, I have room to work on this little stool for one of my grand children using oatmeal containers.







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These two bakers' racks full of containers flank the sides of my worktable.
So I house fabrics of all kinds, Hawaiian prints, batiks, juvenile prints for the GCs, decorator fabrics, and fabrics for crazy quilts. Then there's containers for glues and glue guns, one for brass stencils, one for grommets and grommet pliers and there's even a container, a big one, for all my ribbons and trims. I have 2 plastic drawer towers that hold rubberstamps and ephemera that I've had for years, I just couldn't let them go.
This is my workroom and I love it. Enjoy the photos and please send me some feedback, good or bad. I love hearing from all of you.
Aloha for now,

38 comments:

  1. Your studio is absolutely perfect!
    My Singer machine was of my mother.
    Hugs

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  2. Hi: My grandson, Noah, calls me Grammie too! I just love it. Your studio is wonderful, so organized. I love your antique machine. I have always wanted one. Have a wonderful week, enjoying the party. Blessings, Martha

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  3. Love you old singer machine! Great creative space. So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party!
    Hugz,
    Zandra

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  4. A great space crammed full of goodies, now that's what I like!

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  5. So what if everything comes out to play at once. It at least has a home to go to when needed.
    tfs.
    luverlie@gmail.com

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  6. you have a great workspace! i dream of the day i will have a room to craft in, but then that would probably mean that my kids have grown up...

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  7. Great work space and wonderful blog! Looks like you have alot of fun there--I've become a follower, so lets keep us with each other!! Thanks for visiting me,
    Pat, A Remade Life

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  8. I loved seeing the before and after photos!!! One of the things I love the most is when I hear my little party was the catalyst for positive change!!! Your room is wonderful and I know you spend many hours creating beautiful things in there! Thank you for joining us!!!
    xo,
    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

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  9. You have a very nice, comfortable space to work in. I just LOVE that Singer sewing machine. My great-grandmother had the same model, handed it down to my grandmother, who handed it down to my mother then to me. I took great care of it until my dh tossed it in the dump saying it was a piece of junk! I was so heartbroken! I miss it so much! your room is lovely and I'm sure get alot of enjoyment out of it. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

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  10. What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

    I adore all of your storage solutions.

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  11. I love your vintage sewing table and machine. I also have a vintage Singer. Great space.

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  12. Wow! You really did a great job reorganizing. Looks like the perfect workspace.

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  13. Nice creative space...thanks for sharing

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  14. Your little spot is just wonderful... it's so cozy and serene... love your bakers rack, and how organized you are... thanks for sharing... and happy crafting! xoxo Julie Marie

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  15. WOW! You really outdid yourself - you went from frantic creating to organized calm creating!!! That was a lot of work I'm sure but trust me, you'll really be happy about this when you start your next project! Thanks for sharing your beautiful new organized creative space!

    Romeo and "her"

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  16. WOW!!!! You really went to work on this, your space looks fab, love the old singer. Thanks for sharing.
    Debby

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  17. What an amazing transformation. It's always nice to see before and after photos. You have a lot of sewing supplies. I really love the serger and the old Singer. I have my Grandmother's New Home.

    I really was impressed with that humongous work table. Looks like you could create all day long on that. Would love to see the finished stool, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I enjoyed my visit to your creative space! You have done a great job getting organized - something I need to do much more of. I am interested in your oatmeal container stool for your grandchildren - wondering how that works. Thanks for stopping by my space and enjoy the rest of the Party - we'll be visiting blogs all year, don't you think? Blessings,
    Tricia

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  19. Oh, I love your vintage sewing machine..Thanks so much for sharing your studio with me and thank you for visiting with me!

    Have a lovely day,
    Stephanie ♥

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  20. Oh wow I just love your creative space and you have it organized so well. I too, have an old Singer machine that was my grandmother's. I have it displayed in a vignette in my home and love it. Looks like you have a lot of inspiration all around you including your grandchildren. What fun it must be to work and create your pretties.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. It is so nice to meet you, I so enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog.
    Hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  21. Love the before and after shots. And the old Singer!

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  22. Love your creative space...great place to play! Thanks for sharing!! Also, thanks for stopping by Baxter's Mom and leaving such a nice comment!!

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  23. Adore your before and after! Your new containers are so stylish and I LOVE that sewing machine! Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

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  24. Thank you for the lovely tour. i love the before and afters. The singer is great. I have my mothers old portable and it weighs a ton. Thnaks for sharing and have a wonderful day. Angela

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  25. Thank you for visting Calico Petals.
    Your space is filled with lots of creative stuff. It's like having a hobby store within your home, lovely.
    Thanks for caring and sharing too.

    Jill @ Calico Petals ♥

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  26. I love your before and after pictures! I think quite a few of us were inspired to redo and/or clean-up! I enjoyed my tour of your space and thanks for stopping by mine! And yes... that is an old box full of vintage fabric yo-yos... I just found them at a local antique store!! I don't know what I'll do with them, but I HAD to have them!! LOL!

    Tania

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  27. love the way you've done your creative area. Everything looks so neat and easily accesable. Thanks for sharing. Your Singer Treadle is awesome, Ihave one that belonged to my great Aunt that was purchased for her by her husband in 1907, it's a 1906 model. My Granddaughter wants to start sewing on it:) It's a great machine to learn on.:)
    hugz:)

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  28. Thank your for the tour. I love the before and after pictures, you have made some great improvements to your wonderful space. Thanks for visiting me in my space. This has been great fun.

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  29. It looks like a lot of work gets accomplished in you space, nice that you are making something special for your grandchild, In getting involved in the blog party helped me a lot as before you couldn't walk into much less through my room as due to one thing after another it was just what I needed to get it together. Thanks for sharing. XOXO

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  30. Wow...what a a great transformation;) Nothing like a party to get us all to put things away and your space is so much more effective for you to be creative now. You are so blessed with your grand-babies and having the space and time to enjoy with them. Some day I'll have some ;) I'm trying to be patient...but my two sons don't think so...lol I'm your newest follower and looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations. Fondly, Roberta
    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com

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  31. I must agree with you...one of the greatest parts of having your own creative space is not having to clean up every time you finish for the day! Thanks for your visit to my blog!

    Aloha!

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  32. Thanks for sharing these pictures. It's always nice to see other ladies' creative spaces.

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  33. HI Creative Grammie, so lovely to meet you! Fabulous tour..i love the before and after effetc...what a fantastic idea..beautiful job..and I love that Singer machine...so gorgeous! everything looks great..it would be so fun to peek through all yoru goodies! Lovely!
    THankyou for visiting mine too!
    Yay..that was fun...lovely tour!
    Kiki~

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  34. I like the before and after photos because you can really see how much work you've done. I love your beautiful Singer 3/4 machine and your sewing table. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Good Morning,
    I just love your sewing machine. It reminds me of my mom's. And your organization system makes your studio look so tidy and neat.

    Yes, I am still visiting the participants in the 'Where Bloggers Create' event...and having a great time! Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Natalie

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  36. Thank you for keeping your post on top, it is becoming increasing hard to find them. LOL.
    You made alot of progress in your room, way to go. I know your so comfy in there, to work.
    Hugs
    Gail - Big Horn Mountain Creations

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  37. Congrats on all the renovations and improvements you have made. I myself have been cruising this party and am now thinking I want to redo my whole room again! LOL! I am new to blogging (2 wks!) But am really enjoying the crafting blogging world and hope to participate in this next year. Thank you for sharing~ Sherry F.

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  38. Oh I so agree that it is a wonderful thing to have ones own space to create. I do remember the days of using the kitchen table to all my sewing. I had six children that I sewed for then and the table was always in use, especially just before school started.
    Your space was a delight to see and create the most beautiful things in it too.
    Thank you so much for coming by to see mine. It too, is a work in progress.
    hugs

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