Monday, November 9, 2009

studio sneak peak

Seeing as I'm right in the thick of preparing for Holiday bazaars my studio is a mess. I'm not a clean and organized crafter at all. I have a bazillion projects going at one time and I feel like a complete scatter brain trying to decide which project I'll work on next. Luckily things tend to work out once I sit down to get started. All the choices kind of fade away and I focus on the medium I'm most drawn to in the moment. This method makes for some pretty big messes while I sort that choice out, so you get to see glimpses of this little room.
I'll show the whole room once the recently salvaged hardwood floor is installed (!!!). Let's remember where we started, shall we? Here you can see The Mail Man installing an old multi paned window as a light cover. After this photo was taken he sprayed the glass with a frosty paint to mute the light and hide all the concrete and wiring. It's tough to take a picture of when the light is on. An unfinished basement room with concrete walls and a busted up concrete floor. If you look closely you'll notice that the walls are actually old doors. The Mail Man slavaged basically ALL the supplies and materials for this room. He had a bunch of old wood doors that he'd been wanting to use this way and this funky little room provided just the right setting. The doors were painted a cornflower blue color and installed as wall and ceiling coverings.
An old wall mount ironing board was slavaged from our 1905 house kitchen and installed just at the right angle for me to turn from my sewing machine and iron whatever I'm working on. I covered it in Denyse Schmidt's County Fair line to coordinate with the original yellow cupboard door and the blue walls. The arch windowed farmhouse door was also salvaged and the glass was sprayed to hide the storage space behind.
My "fabric Books" are perhaps my favorite thing about this room. One wall is flanked by two long, narrow book shelves, which I've used as fabric storage. The fabric is wrapped around comic book backer board to keep it rigid. Now I can pair fabrics quickly and easily by pulling out the "books" and arranging them however I need to.
The wall of thread.
A favorite corner on the shelf above my sewing desk, which was installed acording to MY measurments. There is also a tall cutting counter top with lots of drawers for storage and an overhead cupboard. He also measured the counter top to fit my short height, so I could cut comfortably. The cabinet bank actually came from the kitchen when he remodeled this house before we moved in. These two spaces are COVERED in fabric, notions and patterns at the moment. They'll have their day in the spotlight...just not now.

How lucky am I? Our house is not big. There are a million other things we could have used this space for, but now it is a dedicated craft room just for me. I try to share, and I have also been told I'd dang well better keep the mess in my own dang space. I think I can handle that. For the most part.

11 comments:

  1. Your room is lovely... how lucky you are to have a dedicated space for your crafting! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Oh man. I am jonesin' over here. What a great space. The mail man is indeed on time!

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  3. Love it...so cool with the salvaged stuff. I want one!

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  4. Oh, what a lucky girl! And such a talented boy! :) I absolutely love the CORPORATE - brilliant. :D Hugs all around!

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  5. Wow -- Phil has really outdone himself with this amazing space! I love ( LOVE ) all the re-use and can imagine you happily cutting away at your just-your-height counters! What a fantastic use of space. LOVE IT, Heather.

    Now make room -- I'm coming over to play.

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  6. I can't wait, can't wait to see your room! Your hubby is such a great handy man! I also can't wait to see what crafti-goodness you're working on!

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  7. ooooh, lucky, lucky girl!! that cornflower blue? LOVE!! my kitchen is painted the same shade of blue :)

    xo,
    erika

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  8. I love it!! The colors are perfect and all of The Mailmans salvaged door are perfect. He is so darn creative!!! You are a very lucky girl.

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  9. I. Am. So. Jealous! Not only of your lovely craft room, your amazing husband's cleverness in construction, but in the creative eye that helped to make it happen. I wish I could be so inspired. I can't wait to get a look at the whole thing! Best wishes as you prepare for the holiday goodness that is to come.

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  10. I too, can't wait for more pictures! I am so JEALOUS!!!! Your room looks so, so cozy and inspiring!!! I wish I had a room like that!

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  11. FYI: I just booked a flight for tomorrow a.m. to your place for a play date. Just kidding, but I wish I wasn't! It looks great...can't wait to see what kind of creative goodness you cook up in there!

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