Thursday, July 23, 2009

My Studio (part 1)

Well,  part one is a repeat of a previous post, I left for Houston and set it to post for the wrong date…so part one…and part TWO to follow the next day!


I have been wanting a studio for a long long time.  I’ve tried everything from the kitchen  table to a BIGGER kitchen table but I really needed my own space where I could be “messy” if I needed to be. 

The only solution…..the guest bedroom.  Which also happens to be downstairs near the kitchen and kind of the “hub” of our home.  But, and it was a big BUT, I couldn’t get rid of the bed in that room, what with it being the only other bed in the house other than the master bedroom.  I also had considered a studio outside of and away from the house but after visiting someone else’s I realized that would never work.  It just felt too disconnected and isolated from the rest of the family.  For some people that is probably the perfect work space.  Not for me! 

Now…..I am normally an “I want it done right this very minute” sort of person which usually gets me into big trouble!  Either things don’t fit the way that I had envisioned or something goes wrong.  THIS time I did it the right way.  I thought about it a while and then measured and planned to make sure that everything would fit and….it paid off! 


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We had an old folding table in the garage.  The length was 8’ and the depth was only about 2’.  It turned out to be the perfect size for my little limited space.  The inspiration board on the wall now holds all of the “stuff” that I had “stuffed” everywhere!  The cabinet on the left and the two tiered pink table on the right do take up work space but lend texture and height to the space AND help organize my goodies!

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Jars on top of the cabinet hold ribbons and other supplies.  Heather made me the “D” plaque for Christmas.  It just now found the perfect home.

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The cabinet with the three drawers and the door is a vintage piece that I have had for a long long time.  It was originally an old English window seat.  Now, it’s holding crafting supplies and ribbon.  The pink and brown polka-dot skirt with fringe was a no sew project.  I used the glue gun (until I ran out of glue sticks) and double sided masking tape to adhere everything to the table.  So far everything seems to be holding up well.  I originally had intended to decoupage the table top in old book pages, but it looks okay for now.  Maybe later?


This bucket on a stand which I had never found a good use for, now holds all of my colored pencils.


I am going to paint this corner piece cream and then distress and glaze it.  I’m anxious to shop for new knobs for it also.  The cabinet has great space inside.  Some place for a small T.V. and a computer!

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The cabinet is not too tall, which is a wonderful thing for short old me!  Yep….my butterfly fairy lady just insisted on joining the party!


More room to organize fabrics!

Only one thing left to do!  I have GOT to paint the other walls!  YUK!  I hate to paint.


Yep!  The walls are a hideous yellow.  AND I’ve already filled in all of the nail holes.  I’m thinking a really pale pale pink, almost white color.  And….hummmm now that I see a picture of that bed I need MORE pillow shams.  I’m thinkin’ white?  Those two standards in the back… that I see a picture, I’m not too sure about them with the shabby chic duvet.  Oh well, don’t you sometimes find that if you just wait awhile and contemplate things, the solution is there waiting for you?

One more thought…….

Why is it that no matter how prepared you are, right in the middle of a big project that you want to finish, you always, ALWAYS, run out of glue sticks?  It’s like some crazy Gremlin is laughing at you and stealing those last two.  I just needed TWO to finish up and I could have sworn that I had plenty when I started!  They’re goin’ under lock and key I tell ‘ya!  I think the universe is conspiring against me!  OH, OOHHH, and then…….then in a last ditch effort to get every single drop of glue out of the glue gun, I have the BRILLIANT idea to stick an unsharpened pencil in the back of the glue gun to force that last little bit out.  Which is how I managed to burn both hands with the glue gun.  (Don’t ask) it involved almost dropping everything and a lot of stupidity!

That’s it for today.  I hope I supplied some great eye candy for everyone!   I’m off to chase ornery Gremlins!

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  1. Hello! This would be the dummie in Houston writing to you! I am so sorry about the confusion! I was in such a tizzy to leave a day early for Houston that I pretty much goofed up EVERYTHIING! Heather actually copied and pasted the above post for me. I PROMISE more either Friday or maybe Saturday morning! SOOOO SORRY!

  2. No worries, everything looks great!
    I love how you used cropped rounded edges on your did you do that??? I adore it and must learn how.
    Please visit my creative space at your convenience! Happy creating!

  3. Hello
    You did such a great job on your space...I bet you just love it and are full of inspiration.
    It looks wonderful

  4. This is so neat, Denise! It is a super carved out space for you! Thanks for letting us into your area of the world.


  5. You did a wonderful job, everything looks perfect!! Love the colors you have going in your studio section!

  6. This room is so cool. I really like what you've done. Like the collage of Atcs and paper dolls and what nots ..looks great!

  7. I love your many things to inspire you!

  8. I love the french market feel. Did you do the wall treatment? Can I come over and spend the night? I would feel truly inspired sleeping in such a room!

  9. Love the polka dot fabric, your vintage storage and the two-tiered table! You've made such a charming space for yourself in the guest room! I also love your inspiration board - I want to get up close and look at everything on it! Thanks for sharing with us!

  10. Wow! Great room! I really enjoyed my visit. Thanks, for sharing. Hugz, Z

  11. Ooh la la, the details have stolen my heart. Walls, I didn't even see the walls, with all of your magnificent treasures gracing your walls. Your room is an artist's dream, and this post is gorgeous.


  12. wow look at that that wall it looks just like real stone! I love the way you put furniture on top of furniture! esp the round tier table!! hugs


  13. Ooohh....I love it all! I really like your polka dot skirts - that is what we use for Kdotties! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love your creative space, so bright and cheerful. Fab post.

  15. LOVE LOVE your inspiration board! I'd love to be able to just look and touch everything on it, and learn all the history. I think you've done a wonderful job in limited space - you'd never know! It looks like a wonderfully, comfy place to "be". Great job!

  16. Hi Denise:
    Love your studio and all your organization ideas!
    Thanks for letting me visit. Hope you'll stop by to see me too. Just link through Karen's blog.
    Hugs from Florida,

  17. Wonderful room! I also love the wall, did you paint it yourself? It adds so much to the room.
    I too am in the process of sprucing up my bed and got some white pillows, the problem is it now looks like the whole bed should be white. That is a problem for me since I like foofy and floral. Back to the drawing board! Let us know when you settle on the right pillows. We would love to see them!


  18. Very organized and clean...lovely board too! Enjoy your vacation!

  19. Love your creative space! Thanks so much for sharing! Come visit me too! I'm lovin' this event!

  20. Such a beautiful spot to create! Loved looking at all your pictures and your gorgeous inspiration board is a favourite ♥

  21. I think your creative space is your sense of style and inspiration the bed there too! I will be back to visit more of your blog soon....thank you so much for sharing!
    Take care, Laura

  22. Whats not to love about your space? You even have a bed built by fairies from the trimmings of their trees to lie back and dream up wonderful creations. Adore your space. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  23. A lovely creative space ~ a fabulous inspiration board ~ and a sweet bed!! I'd vote for pink walls, but then I want pink EVERYTHING!!
    I didn't get my studio pulled together quite enough to photograph for today's event, but I will be hosting a Christmas in July giveaway on my blog tomorrow (Sat), if you'd like to stop by!

  24. Hi Denise! I'm so glad you got my e-mail!! I'll be back over to see tomorrows post!!!


  25. Your room is great . I love, love, love your inspiration board.
    Jean in virginia

  26. I love your space. That is a great inspiration board! Your glue gun story made me laugh. Thanks for sharing.


  27. I love that wall of inspiration! And there is so much inspiration all around, don't know where to start, but I like it. Thanks for inspiration, I hope you get a lot of inspiration too today, nice to meet you! (mmm I don't think I used the word 'inspiration' so much before this event!)

  28. Love,love,love it!!! Every bit of it! Those walls are amazing. I had to enlarge every photo so that I could see all the fabulous details! Your inspiration board is fantastic!
    Thanks for the tour.

  29. I love love love your butterfly fairy lady! Thanks for showing us your room...I got some great ideas as I change mine around!
    Dancingly, Denise
    A Day In My Life at:

  30. Your room is fabulous! I love it and I love your inspiration board and how you used the small tables on top of your work table. Very clever!

    Cathy ♥

  31. I love your shabby chic room! And I love your inspiration board. I do have to make one! Looking through your room has inspired me in so many ways. Thanks for letting me share your beautiful studio.

  32. Your bed is fantastic! It would go perfectly in the little cottage in the woods my mind wanders to when I have need of it. Perhaps one day I shall be fortunate enough to have that little forest cabin in reality! :) What a beautifully creative space you live in! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

    Enjoy the party!

    Warm Wishes,


  33. Denise....your creativity knows no boundaries. It's such a happy room to create in. Mine is so dark. I love your inspiration board in the front of your work table.
    Thanks maybe this is the kick in the( you know)I needed.

  34. So glad that I'm not the only person plagued with stupidity! Love your creative space - especially your inspiration wall covered in fairies. LOVE IT! I've truly had an Enchanting visit. Thank you so much for sharing.

  35. Since you hate to idea is to use hot glue to apply fabric to the wall and edge with ribbon...voila!

  36. What a great guest room and craft room, you did a really great job... Love how you made it all work together...

    thanks for the tour


  37. Oh my! You have done a smashing job! very nice, does always help to stop and think about things for a while...with me's finding that perfect time to "STOP" thinking about it and DO it..LOL I love your bed! That would look great in my spare bedroom.

    Please drop by to see my "studio in progress" being the royal mess that it is right now!...I just recently moved into our home and have been remodeling for over two months..but it's all coming along nicely...I do wish I could just twinkle my nose and it would all be done and everything in place!

    See ya soon,

  38. just love the feel of your space... just on..
    thanks for letting me wander about...and i enjoyed your playlist... nice mix

  39. I'm here to say hello and visit your space! Absolutely fantastic place and supplies! :O)

  40. Hi Denise, I believe this is my first time to visit your lovely blog. I have no idea how I've never happened upon it before, I absolutely love it! I will be peeking around some more. And your studio/guestroom is a dream! One quick question: Where did you find the pair of blue floral pillow shams on the bed? I'm wanting a new bedroom set, I had some blue before but some red items have been wandering in and I was looking for something with all the colors. They would be perfect!!!
    Anyway, it's nice to meet you. I'm sure I will be back!

  41. You've done a beautiful job making this space yours! And guess what? I live in Texas now, but we're from Norman! I went to high school in Del City. When in doubt about hot glue, do not attempt! It's sort of like what we heard as children: don't stick you finger in the light socket. It's amazing what one's own studio/space does for one's overall opinion of their innate creativity. You will be so inspired!
    Brenda @Cozy Little House

  42. Your space is fabulous! I love the walls! And, love how you put the little tiered table and drawers on your table for interest and storage! Very clever! I wish I would have known about this event - my husband just made me a wonderful creating room! I'm having such a grand time in there! I loved seeing your creative space! Hugs, Patti

  43. WOW! Your studio is gorgeous. You are so blessed to have such a lovely place to create!

  44. Don't ya just love when things actually work. That space you created is so beautiful and inspiring. I'd love to be a guest there. Thanks for the tour.

  45. Hi Denise!
    It's DAY 3 and I'm still party hopping! Whew!
    My goodness your space is so princess like!!! I love the wall as it reminds me of castle! You are well on your way to making it a fairytale space...but I do love it just the way it is~
    everything vintage

  46. I could move right in...
    Lovely polka dots and fabulous space!

  47. Denise, this is absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful room. I could hang out in here forever.

  48. Aaaah, cute and adorable and PINK, sugar. What more could a chick want, huh???? Nice to meet you and view your darling space.

  49. It seems I am in the same pickle as you were. I had a studio away from my home. Did not work. You nailed it on the head...disconnect to what inspires me. My family and my home. Debating on building something in the yard or converting a spare room. Until I decide, I have carved out a corner in our living room, which is working. Not perfect but working. I can be with my family, create in one of my favorite rooms. Visitors just have to understand the thread, fabric, ribbon, and lace and other creative mess I can work up. One huge children are witnessing the creative process and I love for them to join in on a daily bases. Maybe it is perfect.

    Sorry for such a long comment. I just SO related to your post. Have a wonderful night.

  50. Oh my gosh...what a wonderful space! And we have the same inspiration board too! :D But I like yours way better. Great headboard too btw!


  51. You have done an amazing job carving out a little space for yourself! I can't wait to see part 2. I hope you will visit my new Studio too!

    Artful Blessings,

  52. What a cute space you have!
    I love it!
    so amazing!


  53. Hi sweetie! Looks like everyone loved your room...(Of coarse they did) I keep popping over to see part II... No worries. I'm just looking forward to more of your fabulous room!!!


  54. A beautiful space you have! I love that inspiration board, it gives me great inspiration!!

  55. Gorgeous! I want a space as pretty as that! But when I try to do that sort of decorating, mine looks muddled rather than lovely. I think I need lessons.

  56. Thank you for sharing your studio space. I have spent the last thirty days working on mine and posting my progress. It is so fun to see what other people are doing and how uniquely different our spaces are and how they reflect us and our creations.

  57. Love your space! Just love it!
    Thanks for taking me on a really fun tour!
    bunny hugs,

  58. Your space is sweet. Love how you placed the tables on top of the table. I have always like table skirts great for hiding storage and has a soft feeling to the room. Thank you for visiting my blog.I finally got the computer fixed so my pictures are posted. I get to check out others spaces now, alone.

  59. Hi Denise, just going back over some of my favorite studios. Yours just speaks to my heart and I wanted to tell you how it inspires me. That wall of inspiration is so darn cool!

  60. Hello Denise,

    I'm came back to look again because I couldn't remember if I had...but I HAD..LOL I looked at so much my brain was much inspiration everywhere.

    Anyhow,I'll be on my merry way!

    Have a great day

  61. Thanx for sharing your great space! I know what you mean about blogging gone bad. I am severely technologically challenged and if anything can go wrong with computer related activities for me--it will. You have some ideas that I want to use...why didn't I think about using the back of my door?? or hanging things from the ceiling?

  62. hello, where do you get your fluer de lis ribbon? love it!

  63. So beautiful! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Makes me want to be in it!


  64. oh, this magically beautiful. I hope one day I can make my little office/studio/craft room to be this pretty!

  65. HI There,

    Finally, a blogger in OKC. I live in Edmond and have been thinking about blogging. Have a wonderful studio to create in and my Etsy shop is called VintageBug. At this time I don't have a store front, I have several in the past. Thinking again about opening one because now I do Estate Sales with a friend and yes, I get to Cherry Pick! Plus my creations are getting out of hand...LOL. Well, just wanted to introduce myself to you and your blog. Did I mention that I live in Edmond and visit the Rink about once a month! Love that place but it seems to be changing a bit, was just there two weeks ago. Still love it! Don't you just love having your own space/studio/room to create?

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