Friday, July 24, 2009

Studio Tour... glad you could come on over!

welcome! what a great excuse to dust! i just love seeing how other creative folks organize and sort to create inspiring and functional spaces... here is mine... located on the second story of our home -this room for years was the teenage hang out - movie room. not to say they don't still hang out here... it's become a great gathering place in our home... for four legged family members as well... let me introduce - stug - our "hunting dog" that would prefer a banjo and moonshine on the front porch...say hello stug not overly impressed... is he... but he is a lover... thinks he is a lap dog ... he's a little big for that. i'm gonna walk past him and start our tour at the end of the room. I keep my laptop and printer here. i store gel mediums and nasty chemicals in the chest - soldering stuff on the left - oh and yummy beads. it's handy to set up my soldering on the table with the window close for ventilation. good light.

a tray of all kinds of wonderful

this is my favorite place to work - good light from the windows and enough space for friends to join me...

journal in progress... well started at least

collecting cups of color....

turn to your left now.... the picture cuts out tv - but you know what those look like. these shelves have been great.... deeper and taller on the bottom and then they get smaller towards the top - and it holds a ton of stuff! an old wire shopping cart holds my larger papers...


books by color... inspired by sally jean alexander's studio

velvet boxes i found on my last day in portland at the wonderful Madison Park Antiques... run there when you can.... trims and bundles of unopened letters... yummy

i was thrilled to find one of pottery barns discontinued post card racks.... it is great for storing bits of paper and ephemera... easy to access and see... old cabinet card also a purchase from Madison Park Antiques

glove boxes - tie boxes - i've seem them called different things... i just call them wonderful!
take a peek at the old image on the lid of the bottom one....


do you want to see inside?



silly question....
bits of bling

vintage bubbles anyone? not sure if that was it's purpose... but i like the idea of it

the next picture is then looking back to where i was standing to take the first picture... little nooks that never really functioned before... are now perfect little "stations" for different activities. in the beginning... i was just down on this end... but as i'm sure you can relate to... i just needed more room.

i love sitting in this spot... my place to ponder... surrounded by inspiration and things i really enjoy... bits that inspire me... pictures of friends... small art works and event cards are kept on the magnetic chalkboard... the wire basket is like a staging area for my next project - currently it holds the pages for kecia's marie antoinette round robin... cannot wait to get working on them.

an old crock is a great way to keep your tools handy... i keep grips and sand paper in the crock and then my various jewelry pliers around the edge... easy to see which you need to grab. the frogs are great for holding paint brushes, and the old book press is a new find... isn't it cute!

these are a few of my favorite things






window nook... a little organized and a little mess... it happens


well... every creative girl needs a little patron on hand.... wink wink


i have a hard time not giving a home to these sweet cases when i see them... they are so sturdy and a great size to travel with and good lookin to boot. right now i'm gathering stuff for journalfest in the top one... marie antoinette page stuff in the second... and "fall trip to east coast" in the bottom - that trip will probably require one or two more before i'm ready...


an old laundry cart holds my rug hooking... the bulk of my wool now stays at the cabin studio... i'll show you that someday. the watchmakers cabinet has been a life saver... 52 drawers of varying sizes... with the original hardware... gotta love it...



a little peek inside - sorry - i didn't get a very good picture of this... it is by far my favorite "organizer"


I mentioned i have a hard time not giving these little wonderfuls a home...

i did get my chandelier up - a nice little hint of light



ok we have almost gone full circle - i have a little sitting area - a great place to stitch - visit - read or watch a movie

so set your compass north and come pay me a visit anytime!


73 comments:

Annabelle Bulat said...

Oh, I love the watchmakers cabinet. You have such a cozy, cute space...and a very cute puppy!

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Your studio looks like so much fun and a Store...Holy Crow...you have lots of goodies and those old books are just to die for! Enjoy your space. THanks for sharing.
Cheers

Debra said...

Oh Kelly, I Love your space and all your lovelies! I am on my way north, ha ha.

Claudia said...

Hi Keli! I love your studio - the watchmaker's cabinet is fabulous. I love anything with little cubbies or drawers! You have the kind of space that I'd love to spend some time in, exploring every little thing! Thanks for sharing with us!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Oh could I ever rummage through you room! Love all your sweet vintage items!

MaygreenFairies said...

Ohhh what a fantastic space and a treasure trove of goodies, I'd love to come on over a rummage through your wonderful studio, it looks amazing. Mandy x

zandra said...

Wow! Love all the bling! I really enjoyed my visit! Thanks, for sharing. Hugz, Z

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Beautiful space!! You have some amazing antique pieces, the cabinet is magnificent!!! Thanks so much for the tour.
Karen

Rhondamum said...

OMG! I've died and gone to heaven. If I had a dream room, this would be it. You have so many wonderful treasures and I am just at a loss for words. I'll visit again soon! Rhonda...

KarenHarveyCox said...

Can I come over and play? How can your space be so gorgeous and so organized at the same time, my studio never looks this neat. I love your staging, that alone would have me inspired, and your art supplies look so inviting. I would be peeking in those drawers and probably painting your still life displays. You must have so much fun in here.

Karen

Cindy said...

I so impressed. Your amazing. Thanks for letting me visit.


cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com

Gypsy Mermaid said...

wow it looks like a vintage house!!! SOO pretty! I love the art on the walls!! big hugs

toodles-
sarah

One Shabby Old House said...

I love it. I am finding so many great ideas for storage for my own creative space. I nearly killed myself getting ready for todays post.
Do visit.
Hugs
becky

caren said...

Everything is just wonderful! What a cozy space you have.

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Ooooooh I love your studio and could spend hours playing in there!! So much eye candy! Thanks for sharing ~ xo Joy

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Keli:
I love your studio! Thanks for sharing your photos. I'm finding it so interesting to visit everyone else's creative space and see how they organize, store and separate their "work stations". It's so much fun!
Please visit me when you get a chance..brynwoodneedleworks.blogspot.com and leave a message so I know you were there!
Hugs from Florida,
Donna

Kimberly said...

Just beautiful. It is easy to imagine how fun it would be to stop by for a day of creative bliss!

Kim

Lynn Stevens said...

wow, Love all your goodies and some creative organizing going on here. TFS
Lynn-trashtotreasureart

LillySue said...

Love your blog and your awesome vintage storage items!! How do I become a follower?? Thanks for sharing!
Blessings~LillySue

Christine Edwards said...

Wow! A great studio, and no studio is complete without a dog. :-) That watchmakers cabinet is to die for, plus all of the lovely items you have inside. Thank you for sharing!

fromthepines said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Your studio is wonderful. I love all the old books by color! And I absolutely love that watchmaker's cabinet. I think I NEED one!

Barb said...

OMG, what a wonderful studio - luv everything about it!!!
Please "pat" your lovable Weimarainer for me.
Thanks for the tour, have your blog marked and will be back again. :)
Happy week-end.
Barb in Texas

Miss Sandy said...

Love your space. Adore the little house on stilts in your favorite things photo! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Karen Valentine said...

Oh Keli, where do I start? Your studio is full of such fabulous goodies!!!! I too love the watchmakers cabinet, and the suitcases. Being in Az makes it hard to find all those wonderful antiques you guys up north have. I am very excited to be going to Portland to see my friend in a couple of weeks. I would LOVE it if you would e-mail a list of places to find wonderful goodies. Thank you so much for playing with us today. Your studio was so full of inspiration!
(I think I'd like to add you to my blogroll if that's okay!)
Karen
My Desert Cottage

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a wonderful creative space! I especially enjoyed meeting stug -- we once had a large dog that thought he was a lap dog -- big enough for SEVERAL laps!
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!
:)
~Becca~

Melissa the Holiday Queen said...

Oh let me loose in your studio. So many wonderful trinkets and treasures.

Caleen said...

I love your space. I could get in a lot of trouble oh, I mean have fun there.. ha! There are so many lovely and wonderful treasures.. Just love it all.. The suitcases, crock, wooden box organizer.. All just stuff I love.. Thanks for sharing. Keep Creating!

Denise said...

Wonderful! I love the suitcases! I never seem to have any luck finding any that don't have strong musty smell...I am going to keep looking!
Thanks for sharing...
Dancingly, Denise
A Day In My Life at:
www.dancinglydenise.typepad.com

Molly Alexander said...

I just love your workspace - so big and airy! Your 'goodies' are awesome, and the old books are to die for!

:-) Molly

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Kelly! Your place looks amazing and I'm soooo happy I found you!

May God continue to bless your hands and your spirit!

xoRebecca

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Wow, this is fantastic and all of that vintage bling is to die for!!! You can stop by my studio at:

http://judysturman.typepad.com/in_his_grip/2009/01/stitches-by-sturman-studio-makeover.html

I am lovin' this pary!

LiLi M. said...

Whow I could stay in your studio forever! I love that cabinet. I am looking for something like that for ages, you lucky girl. In fact I love everything in your studio, the bling, the card caroussel, you name it. Thanks for sharing!

fairychildheirlooms said...

hey Keli, love your space! I would love to come poke through all of your facinating things. please stop by for a visit.
:) Missy

Lori said...

Your space is so cozy and comfy. It's almost like time stands still in your little corner of the world. Thanks for sharing your wonderful space with me!

Cathy said...

What a fun, fun space you have and such wonderful trinkets and treasures!

Cathy ♥

Jean said...

Your studio is great. I especially love the shelves with your favs on it, You have so many interesting goodies to see. thanks for the tour and I really love your dog.
Jean in Virginia

Terri said...

Suitcases cabintes treasures what a wonderful space you have created for yourself to create!

Natasha said...

Watchmaker's cabinet... watchmaker's cabinet... (drool, drool...) Pardon me, I MUST pick my jaw up off the floor. I am in heaven amongst your bling and baubles! Oh, and it must smell so incredibly aged and full of life and stories. How marvelous! 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,

Natasha
www.lifeafterdarkjewelry.blogspot.com

fawndear said...

Love your boxes, books and bling. And your furry friend looks very loveable as well.
My tour of your creative space was very relaxing. I feel honored that you shared it with me.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful space! And those "wonderful" boxes full of bling....They need to live with me!!! ;0)

I also love the idea of arranging the books by color. Since I'm in the remodeling stage of my studio I have made a note of that! That will look so good.

Please drop by to see my "studio in progress"...it has been a bit overwhelming since we moved into our home quickly and my husband has hauled everything 900 miles round trip and been working too!!

So when you see my clutter you will totally understand..LOL

Drop by anytime, I'll look forward to it,
Stephanie

Lynn Richards said...

Your space is the kind of space that makes me go nutty in wanting to create. sigh. may I come and play, please?
Lynn
alittlebluesky.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

I really enjoyed your post. It was friendly - just like you were talking to me. What a great affinity you have for antiques! I so admire that!

Stop by my place anytime!!

maryboys said...

you have the most wonderful vintage treasures...oh my:) thanks so much...

mary

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

I LOVE your studio. Especially those gorgeous glove boxes of bling. Seeing all of these great studios have really inspired me to get moving and finish mine already. I still have supplies spread throughout the rest of my home but it's so important for us to have everything around us where we do our work. Great place! Thank you!

Luisa Migon said...

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

Liberty said...

I like a little mess and some organization. Your watchmakers cabinet has to be the best. WOW..Did I say WOW?

Blessings,
Linda

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Keli,
This is DAY 2 and I'm still party hopping, please forgive my tardiness! I'm so nosey and I've been enlarging photos, looking at all of the details and reading each and every word.
Things that I've learned here:
1. Stug is VERY handsome
2. I ran to my studio and hung all of my jewelry tools on the edge of the vase!
3. I agree that Sally Jean is awesome
4. I need to go back and make sure I haven't missed anything...

I love it here! Get my chair ready because I'm coming to play!

everything vintage

paintinpatti said...

I think I am speechless - Your space is amazing! I love the cabinet with all the drawers - and the boxes with the vintage jewelry! I just want to come over a snoop through all your treasures! Really - you have given me lots of ideas for creative storage. 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

Kara Ward said...

That hanging light is gorgeous! And your doggie is so darling. Love your space.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I'm swooning over al of your fabulous vintage treasures/supplies. Love those vintage suitcases!

Connie said...

It's darling, sugar!! AND you're a "western" girl like me, chick! Squeeeeeeeal. Nice to meet you, honey. Your space truly is lovely........
xoxo,
Connie

KV Creative Designs said...

I love your space and all your little collections! Thanks for sharing with us! Hope you will stop by my new Studio too!

Artful Blessings,
Kathryn

Marina Capano said...

What a fabulous space to create in!

xoxo

cindy said...

You have an absolutely enchanting space. I love it all! And such wonderful goodies and trinkets to create with....sigh.

-c
yapping cat

Denise said...

Love your studio full of luscious yumminess! And your studio/lap dog is adorable.

Leslie said...

Oh my gosh, Keli! I LOVE the tour around your beautiful studio! I will definitely be sitting on that red couch one of these days. Just stunning!

xo

Gypsy Flea Market said...

I soooo want to come over and create, please!! LOVE all of it ... especially the card cabinet full of drawers. I also have a hard time letting go of my pretties ... I swear one day Oprah will be here to do a show {hoarding?}

I'm coming back for more, real soon!
you've been bookmarked!

xo
Jill

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Anonymous said...

Ooooh Aaaaah, little hinged boxes and antique drawers! It just cannot get any better than that! Thanks for sharing.

www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com

BellaRosa said...

My Stars, I just love your creative space. Your treasures are everything that I love! I was gonna ask you about your postcard rack but I have a feeling it will be impossible to find another one :) But seriously, I do love your space and I have many old storage things like yours and I am in the process of doing my own creative space I call my lil bebe studio :) I got some great ideas from you for storage and display. Thank you for sharing your wonderful space. Rose

AliGripp said...

oh my what a space!! That chandelier has a special place in my heart! I love all the soldered pieces dangling from it!! That cabinet is fabulous...if you tire of it please let me know!! LOL Thanks for sharing your beautiful space!!

Her Art Nest said...

Hi Kelly, OMG! This room is fabulous. I love all the space and all the vintage organizational items you have to store your things. I love it! ~Nan

danasmith said...

Love visiting your studio! I'm also a primitive rug hooker.
Dana in Virginia
www.TheThingsILove.typepad.com

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Wonderful space and Stug is a total cutie! What a face! Those eyes just speak!
Thanks for letting me peek into your world. I had lots of fun!
bunny hugs,
shell

June said...

Oh my gosh, this is just wonderful. So sorry I'm late, but I am so glad I didn't let that keep me from coming over to see your beautiful space.
Smiles,
June

sinnlighet said...

Your blog i a pearl, and me like like like!!

Agneta from Sweden

Marilyn said...

Thanks for the tour. I love seeing what other people do. Your studio is so neat and tidy!!!! Some really interesting vintage storage pieces.

Artzy Heart said...

Thanks for sharing your space. How big is that room...it looks really spacious.

Tinniegirl said...

Wow, your studio is amazing. I'd love to come and visit it.

Cindy said...

Keli
I just found your blog after receiving my Charmsters chain links yesterday! Your tag just caught my eye - it was so clever with that vintage chain gang photo.
You have the most incredible, DREAM studio!! Oh I could just peruse all of your treasures for hours. Thanks for taking us on a tour! :-)

JoAnnA Pierotti said...

Hi Keli,
I am enjoying your blog and love your studio. What a dreamy place to create in. It was so nice to have met you this week. Thank you for giving your time inspiring us in our creations. I love my project so very much.
hugs,
joanna

diane said...

What a great tour....with wonderful ideas!