Thursday, July 11, 2013

My Creative Space



I am excited to share my creative space with the blog hoppers from My Desert Cottage's Where Bloggers Create 2013.  I have always enjoyed seeing the work zones belonging to other crafters.  Some are spotless and some are fascinatingly busy, but all creative spaces can be inspiring.  I love to see how other crafters organize their tiny embellishments.  Be sure to visit this blog hop's many participants for tons of inspiration.

 
My space is home to both paper crafts and jewelry making.  My craft room used to be in a bedroom, until about a month ago when I took over the living room.  I would rather have a craft room than a place for the TV.  Besides, there is another TV in the den.   It is great to have a larger space - I feel like I have room to grow (much to my husband's dismay).  I store my papers and card making supplies on bookshelves along the back wall of my space.  My beads and findings are on the side wall.  My work table is just the right size. I love the ceramic tile top because it is a breeze to clean when I smudge distress ink on it. I know I should use my non-stick mat, but sometimes I just don't use it.  A long time ago, my favorite sister gave me a Dymo labeler for my birthday.  I label every drawer and it is a life saver.  I can always find what I am looking for because every drawer is labeled. 

 
The plethora of tiny drawers (115 to be exact) houses all of my beads and findings for jewelry making.  My family has a bead and jewelry store in Joplin, Missouri.  We would love it if you would check out our blog at www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com.  Our etsy store is the place to go to see our jewelry creations.  I really don't make any jewelry at our store because I keep so busy with the business side of things.  Home is where I get to be creative and I know I am so lucky to have such a fun stash of supplies.

 
Each type of bead is sorted and stored by color. I have drawers for glass pearls, chinese crystals, semi-precious stones, Swarovskis, lampwork and more. I also have my findings sorted by color and function. I have drawers for beadcaps, filigree, clasps, chain, charms and beads. It is fantastic to be able to find what I need in the middle of a design. I used to have everything in large drawers that I had to sift through. The small drawers are a vast improvement. My favorite drawer is the current projects drawer. I can start a piece and then tuck it away until next time. This way, I never forget what I had planned to put together since everything stays together.
 
   
 
One of my favorite groups of drawers is the vintage findings and old button drawer section.  I have managed to find quite a hoard of vintage parts and pieces like sweater clips, clip earrings and chandelier parts.  The button collection contains shell, metal, carved, lucite and lots more.  A toothbrush comes in handy for making old buttons shine.  It was a bit of a revelation for me when I decided that it was ok to have several drawers with the same label.  If it takes 5 drawers to hold your button collection, then so be it!


  

My absolute favorite organizer has 6 skinny drawers and 3 tall drawers which came from JoAnn's.  I was unsure about the skinny ones at first since they don't really hold all that much.  I was pleasantly surprised once I filled them because the skinny drawers hold just the right amount so you can easily see your embellishments.  There is no need to dig and I love the compartment organizers within each drawer.  I will definitely have to have another one of these organizers. 

    
 

I have lots of paper storage in my creative space.  I use these cube shelves from Michaels as well as the bookshelves along the wall.  I store my smaller paper pads, like 6x6 in baskets on a shelf.  These smaller paper pads are sorted according to size which makes them easy to find.   I use clear containers for things like flowers and other embellishments.  I kept some of my larger drawers for larger embellishments like chipboard and rubons. 

 
I recently moved all of my ribbons, laces and trims into a very large drawer organizer.  I used to have every ribbon hanging from the top of a shelf and, quite frankly, it looked like a jungle.  It was easy to find things, but it was out of control.  The drawers work nicely and the ribbons are pretty much sorted.  The lace is all in one drawer.  Now, I need to organize all of my new seam binding ribbons.


In my old craft space, all of my punches were stuffed into a basket on the top of a bookcase.  One thing I have learned is that if you can't see it, you won't use it.  In the new space, I was able to put all of my Martha Stewart punches out in the open.  Surprise, now I use them!  I have 2 Martha Stewart tray organizers that hold little jars of embellishments.  It is so nice to be able to see what I have.



I truly love my creative space.  It is open and spacious and I can work away while still being with my children.  I am convinced that I would never make anything if I was tucked away somewhere in a room by myself.  I need to add some more lighting - I am thinking of a chandelier.  There are always ways to improve any space and I would love to have more shabby chic elements, but I am thankful for my craft room! 

Be sure to visit all of the participant's creative spaces.


23 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I love your space. It's very inspiring. You gave me great ideas to store and organize my things !!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Wilma,Shabby Royale.

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  2. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful space!!! 115 drawers...WOW, I could probably use a few of those, I just don't have anywhere to put them...lol.

    I loved looking at your space. Thank you so much for sharing it.
    I also like your cards. I went looking through some of your posts and you are very talented.

    Happy Crafting
    Tracie
    http://homeofthepurskey.blogspot.com

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  3. wow, a full room. you are very organized and i admire that quality. I believe if you are organized you spend less time looking for something...lololo Great storage ideal, thanks for sharing

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  4. you are so right in saying if you cant see it you wont use it lol..I often find something I forgot I had when I forage at the back of the cupboard lol... love your organised drawers... lucky you getting the living room :-)

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  5. I thought I was queen of the bins...but I have to pass the crown to you! I loved peeking into your studio… what a lovely space you have to create in! Thanks for the tour. Cheers from Singapore!

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  6. Wow!!.. What a heavenly step into the world of creativity HERE!... LOVE the organization here; and I particularly got a kick out of the distinction between "flowers" and "awesome flowers"!!!! LOL! I'm sure I could divide mine into such categories myself!!!... Thanks for sharing your creative space, and nice meeting you today! ~tina

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  7. 115! That is not only incredible it is AWESOME! I love that you moved into the living room... I have actually contemplated a move like that for quite awhile now..... you inspire me! I also loved your tag for "Flowers" and then "Awesome Flowers"

    Take care and will be back soon!

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  8. You are a girl after my own heart!!! I LOVE organization!!! with a capital "O" Great space...where did you get the black case with the drawers and dividers in side? Much have:):) Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. WOW!! What fabulous organization! I can only dream of something like your set-up! thanks for the great inspiration ~

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  10. Hi Jennifer, I am delighted to met you. I am another blogger who has join this "Where Bloggers Create" party. I am having so much fun peeking into everyone's creative space. You have an amazing skill for organization, how great is that. Your studio is wonderful.
    I'm having a Give-A-Way on my blog for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Please come over and put our name in the hat. All you have to do is leave a comment and follow me back.
    Have a great day,
    Your newest follower, Connie :)

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  11. Oh my goodness, Jennifer! I could just spend an afternoon at your place going through all your storage drawers and checking out all your goodies. : ) You've got such a nice size space, too. Happy creating!

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  12. Wow! ! I am drooling over your drawers full of vintage items! Love your Martha Stewart punches. I took pictures of my craft room this weekend and was considering posting as well. I totally agree with you. .if you don't see it you won't use it. I try to keep everything in view. .without lookin to messy.

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  13. Every time I see a room with all the storage space I get so excited!!! I know the drawers are filled with the yummiest of crafting goodies!! Thank you so much for joining the party and letting us all peak inside your room!
    xo,
    Karen

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  14. I love the neat way in which you have labeled and stored your creative materials. Thanks for giving me this little lesson in organization! Sue

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  15. Nicely organized and lot of great storage solutions in your creative space, thank you for sharing your craft space

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  16. Wow, such a huge creative space! That wall of drawers is amazing! You are super-organized and I love that desk with the tile top! What a great idea - so easy to clean. Thank you for the tour!

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  17. I love your craft space--so much room and so many wonderful drawers. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us.

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  18. I love what you do with paper. It's so very beautiful.

    hugs
    cindy@stitches

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  19. Amazing-- you are so organized. I try but always feel so inadequate to the task. Lovely space. You are so right about not using things you can't see. Sometimes I come across supplies I forgot I even had when I start rummaging. I also have peaked at some of your creations and I <3. Thanks for coming by my blog also.
    Gwen Simmons
    http://aglitchintime.blogspot.com

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  20. Oh I would love to spend time in those vintage and button drawers!! So many treasures I am sure!
    Thank you for your fun tour!

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  21. that is one fantastic organized space! a great place to get inspired to create!
    Helen

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  22. Oh how much fun you must have with all those supplies...so organized too!

    Your newest follower,
    Becky @ Vintage 541

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  23. Oh lucky you taking over the lounge room, my hubby would have a fit. Very well organised.

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