Where Bloggers Create

I am thrilled to be joining Karen Valentine for her second ‘Where Bloggers Create’ Party.

If this is your first time visiting, welcome and thanks for stopping by. To all my fabulous existing readers I hope you can endure seeing my craft workshop just one more time.

I have a deep passion for creating and crafting. Ever since I can remember, I have always appreciated being imaginative and making something out of basically nothing. I enjoy working with all type of mediums as I don’t think there is any one type of creative project that I’m not inspired by. I never know what will be next as I am always up for a challenge of trying to figure out how to make an inspiration or thought come to life. Most of my creations now-a-days are made to transform our fairly new house into our home.

It has been a little over a year since we have moved in and I can finally say that what I envisioned as my dream workshop has finally come to be an actual reality. As much as I love a finished room {with drywall and flooring, fancy furniture and storage units, and decorative crafty wall art} I took another route with this room. It encompasses everything I needed in a workshop {Sewing area, Craft Supplies, Gift Wrapping Station, Paint, Tools and lots of storage} plus if you have ever seen me craft you would understand why I need a durable space where I can do almost anything and not destroy a thing.

I feel so blessed to have a dedicated space of my own that enables me to pursue and share my passions with others. This is where I create…


Frequently used paints and primers as well as spray paints are stored on this old shelf below. The stacked crates to the left hold additional gallon containers of ‘house paint’.I’ve recycled just about any and every shelf and storage unit I could find for this space.I have a little thing for tags…tea stained ones to be exact. The divided sections of an antique soda crate along with canning jars helps keep them organized.To protect and store my fabrics I decided to store them in plastic containers sorted by color. There are separate bins for felt as well as larger fabric remnants and bolts that are kept below in larger containers.
Stoneware & Tin molds
I love the use of glass storage jars mainly because you can easily see what’s inside. On the top shelf I have fabric scraps, buttons, and ribbon scraps; below that trimming, spooled ribbon, and twine; and on the bottom shelf embellishments, beads, coffee filters and shredded paper filler.
A Piece of Pegboard creates the perfect back drop for one of my crafting tables. Using ‘s’ hooks and plastic bins I was able to create much needed storage for all those tiny tidbits that come along with all types of crafting. Longer peg hooks hold spools of ribbon and scissors for a mini wrapping station. This mini tool storage box is another wonderful option for organizing tiny trinkets and small treasures. The craft table is actually an old 8ft banquet table that I spruced up by stapling fabric to the top.
Canning jars make the best inexpensive decorative storage. I use them to hold a lot of things including glitter and mica flakes.
I still have a fond place in my heart for good old acrylic paints. For fast and easy finding I dab a tiny bit of paint on the lid and sort them by color.
More canning jars…
I have always had a problem storing gift wrapping. It usually ends up crinkled and destroyed by the time I get around to using it. My solution was to store it up high and out of the way. A simple ribbon tied around each roll holds the paper in place and prevents unrolling. I have a storage bin underneath the table that holds the gift bags, tissue and boxes within easy reach.
Tobacco wooden ladders and extra baskets…
Hanging basket trees are another wonderful organizing tool. I have a few that are hung from the rafters. One is the perfect storage for spools of wired ribbon and the other for rusty metal garland and wire.
An old wooden cupboard {minus the doors} sitting on top of a wooden hutch top creates sturdy storage for these containers.
Old wooden crates are my other go to for storage as shown here holding some terra cotta pots.
Modified antique chicken coops create perfect shelving as well. By simply cutting spare boards to size and placing them between the rails I was able to make the most out of the space. Another vertical antique soda crate makes the cutest little cubbies.
Being able to easily see and access items helps keep me organized. By writing the name of each of these oils on the lid I am able to pull out what I need without routing through the entire bin.Antique Textile Mill Sewing Bobbins…
Using what I have to create purposeful storage…
The fabric covered crate is sturdy storage for glass jar candles. Votives are kept together in a metal pail and tapers in a basket below.
Repurposing an old wooden drawer for more storage.
A toy storage bin is another great catch all for small items.
Larger wreaths and frames are hung from the rafters by screwed in bike hooks.
The rafters are perfect for hanging large oversized items {one of the perks to an ‘unfinished’ space}. Behind the vintage sled a metal curtain rod suspended from more bike hooks makes perfect storage for baskets {another one holds more wreaths}- up high and out of the way.
I am hoping to hook up this chandelier this summer. It fits perfectly over the center table.
More rafter storage use…
More bike hooks suspended from the ceiling help keep these berry garlands in order. Stems and picks were placed in a galvanized tub.Scrap wood and molding…
An old gear oil drum for the scrap metal…
The biggest best investment has been these tool chests. In my experience if everything has a place I am more apt to put it away and keep it tidy.
My grandfather’s old tool chest full of all his goodies. I love this piece.
I was very lucky to inherit my grandmother {in-law’s} wooden sewing table and bench…Love it. I have plans for someday making a skirt for the table. The small bushel basket holds extra thread spools and bobbins. Another 8ft table sits in the center of the room providing a nice solid work area. More canning jars in old rusty wire garden baskets holds odds and ends within arms reach. Wooden stackable storage cubbies sit at the opposite end of the table for additional easy to reach storage.
This makes me smile…
This area still needs a little work. We actually don’t have enough room on the tool bench for all the shop tools so we need to work out a plan for more space. The welded metal workbench sits underneath an old piece of scaffolding ~ more high storage utilizing every possible inch of this space.
I have plans for this desk as well {it’s still on my to-do}. Right now a piece of wooden bi-fold doors and ‘s’ hooks create a little nook to hang some gardening supplies. Wooden ladders make nice flag hangers as well. Thank you for letting me share my space and special thanks to Karen over at My Desert Cottage for organizing this inspiring event. You can check out over 450 creative spaces by clicking {here}. The bloggers are listed in alphabetical order on the right hand side bar. Go check it out and be inspired by all the eye candy! Enjoy!
                  

Comments

  1. Olga Proniewski :

    WOW !! fantastic and tidy place…it looks like Aladdin’s cave…It’s creation in all directions…. I love the general tone, the “shaby” side of things and the neatness of your place. Congratulations.. I appreciate your tutorials as well.

    A warm thank you from France.

    Olga

  2. Just put my bed in one corner and a fridge and coffee pot in another and I’m set!

  3. Now THAT is organized. I wish my cluttered mind could have my space half as neat as yours is.
    Just beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  4. I get jealous, everytime I see it. Stop torturing me…but perfect for this giveaway from This Photographer’s Life

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    check it out give is worth $1200

  5. Wow, girl- you have your own Hobby Lobby at home!
    Next time I have a project to do, I will just head over to your place for supplies, LOL. :D

  6. Wow! I love it! I want to come shopping at your house. :)

  7. I could never tire of seeing your amazing space. You are so organized!! I could spend hours in that space….do you give personal tours?
    Jane

  8. Oh Stephanie, what a great space… I may have missed it, but where is this space? Is it a room in your house, garage, shed? You are so organized… the more creative spaces I look at the more I want to go reorganize mine!! LOL!

    Tania

  9. Hi Stephanie Lynn-

    I find it so inspiring to take a peek into how others organize their craft space. You have an amazing space to be creative in – and so many clever storage ides. I would love to be able to take a in person peek someday.
    Hope you enjoy your weekend.
    Diane

  10. Oh mY Heavens! I can’t believe that! That is bigger than my HOUSE!!!! So lucky! I like seeing more details of your room. I’m in shock!

  11. OMG! Can I move in? I just told my husband I want to be your BFF and I think he got his feelings hurt! :) What an amazing space, it’s perfect!

  12. I’m in awe, I could totally live in that space. You have the ultimate crafters dream, and talk about your organization! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Girl, you are organized to a science! I wondered where all of that creative energy you have came into fruition, and now I know! You really have it down, and your space is like a veritable Crafts Store! Michaels has nothing on you, Stephanie! You have it ALL!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  14. Holy COW!!!! You could make anything here! How wonderful!

    ~Liz

  15. All is so organized! Is an amazing space!

    Hugs
    Charo

  16. Wow! It’s like a little piece of heaven! HobLob, Lowe’s, Michaels, all in one space! :)

  17. Wow!!! I am just in awwww!! What a fantastic work/craft area. Love what you have done, it’s amazing!! ~ Laura

  18. Count me in as another “Wow” commenter! My dream!

  19. I am inspired! I want to come and play! Lisa~

  20. BEYOND Jealous… I wanna come play at your house!

  21. Just one word…WOW!!! I wanna live there.

  22. That space is GREAT! I would be so inspired every time I ventured in. My crafting space is getting everything off shelves in the garage and trying to find a spot in the house to do it. I envy your space!!!

  23. Your space is pure serendipity – lovely with lots of unexpected treasures.
    Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Felicity

    PS: Judging from many of the comments that have gone before this you should consider opening a B&B in one corner of your space, there would be a ‘FULLY BOOKED’ sign outside your door most nights.

    Enjoy the weekend

    F

  24. My idea of heaven is living in your craft room for a few weeks. I have never seen anything like it and yes, you could do just about anything in there…just amazing! I like how organized everything is but the sense is one of homeiness, not just utility. It feels very comfortable and huge at the same time!

    We are three months old (in blog time) and are a mother/daughter team. I didn’t set the space cleaned but stop by sometime, if you wish.

    Susan (Suz) Reaney
    http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com
    (not just about jewelry)

  25. OMGosh, everything looks sooo neat and organized. I want to come over and craft with you sometimes :o)

  26. Wonderful room to create. I love all the old things you use in new storage ways. I love that it has a homey feeling – very warm. And that you have no problem using every possible inch to store and create.
    Thanks for sharing the room – stop by and see mine and maybe give me some tips..
    tammy

  27. Wow! I am SOOO jealous! Thanks for sharing it’s to die for!

  28. What a beautiful space Stephanie and organized too! A gal after my own heart! Thanks so much for taking me on the tour! Fantastic!
    Hugs!

  29. Thank you for showing us your creative space! It looks like a treasure cove.

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  30. Thanks for all the storage ideas. Great space.
    Debbie

  31. That is a crafters dream place! Thank you for sharing!

  32. I just want to come to your house and live in your craft room!

  33. Thank you so much for welcoming us all in! Beautiful space!

  34. That’s a great organized house indeed.

  35. Ohhhhh! I’m astonished and totally in awe. A masterful craft space for the mistress of crafting. How wonderful for you Stephanie; yeah!!! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  36. My goodness – FABULOUS space comes to mind – Aren’t you lucky to have such a huge area to create in and boy are you talented to have turned it into this dreamy space.

  37. What DONT you create! This is an amazing creative space and you have so many inspiring things to choose from. Thanks for letting me peek in. Diane

  38. Oh be still my beating heart………that just looks like heaven.
    What a beautiful workspace and I just love how your storage is re-purposed instead of a tailor made fitted workroom with boring white cupboards.
    It must be such an inspiring place to work.
    Thank you so much for letting us have a peek.

  39. wow..totally impressive and inspiring. I love all your storage. It feels like home to me

    Happy day!

  40. Your organization is astounding! Thank you so much for sharing.

  41. What a fantastic space! Love your storage solutions!
    Queen Bee Studio

  42. Wow!!! You have a creative space to envy for sure!

    I love the various vintage containers you use for storage. I do the same thing here at my cottage.

    I would love for you to join in on the fun at the cottage for all three of my new linky parties each week:

    ASK THE YANKEE – MONDAYS
    TIPS & TRICKS TUESDAY
    TIME TRAVEL THURSDAY

    You can get the details here:

    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/brambleberry-cottage-linky-party.html

    Each party runs for six days, so come on by!

    Hope to see you there!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

  43. What a wonderful creative space!

    I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise.

  44. Oh how I’d love to come and play in your space! Thank you so much for inviting us over.

  45. What an absolutely gorgeous and inspiring room you have! It is fabulous!

  46. OMG treasure after treasure!! I have tile floor which allows me to be a little sloppy. But your space would be like working outside, I would love to let the paint fly….lucky you!

    Carol

  47. Wow. wow. wow. This is the first time I have found your blog and I want to hang out with you.

    That creative space is SPECTACULAR. I am loving this Where Blogger Create I knew I would find some great spaces created by some great ladies and yours in def one of them! Thank you.
    hugs,
    Kim

  48. I am so seriously jealous! I want to come play at your workshop ( or convince my hubby to take over the unused garage)
    Just looking at the space makes me feel productive!

  49. Stephanie – You are very blessed to have this space! Thanks for sharing it with us – What great ideas! I am turning a little 1910 cottage into my studio space and your room is so inspiring!

  50. oh, what a wonderful treasure filled space, from the floor to the ceiling!!! I love it ALL!!!!

  51. I absolutely LOVE your workspace!!! Everything I love and more!!! Enjoy creating in your wonderful space!! Love every bit of it….

    Many Blessings
    Niki
    Kaniki’s Prims & Whims….

  52. I’m kinda(read REALLY) jealous of your space! I was swooning over ever close up of the different things you have in your work space. I love it & it looks like the perfect place to create!

  53. Thank you for exposing your inspirational storage and work areas to us! I have almost as many things as you, but not the space to organize them so beautifully! My kids want to submit me as a possible candidate for the Hoarder’s Show, but I think when they see what you have done, perhaps they will be more understanding and maybe even help me to find a way to put it all into one organized space so that I can unleash the creative ideas cluttering my mind!

  54. I. Am. Obsessed. This is my DREAM craft room!!!!!! WOW!!!! That’s all I have to say.

  55. This is my dream room!!

  56. Love it, I am so jealous of all that craftin space

  57. I stopped by to read the Arctic Ease post (thanks!) and was intrigued by the photo of our room on the sidebar. Wow, what an amazing space!

  58. be.still.my.heart!

  59. Holy Cow! You could create anything in there! What a place, you have everything! That is a craft room that inspires me… I’m working on my own right now, I have a way to go :)
    Susan
    myhomeroad.blogspot.com

  60. Oh my word Stephanie! I never saw this when I looked at your blog before. That space is amazing! I love how cute it is even though it’s an unfinished basement or something. You are insanely organized and I love it! I’m slowly getting certain things more organized in my office/craft room and I would love to have everything look like this one day! :) LOVE IT.

  61. Oh My! I’ve just checked out this post. I’m new to your blog. When can I come over?? I could just look around at everything for hours!

  62. Your crafting workshop is a dream! Oh how I want!

  63. this craft area is so amazing it could have its own blog:) i love it so much!! you lucky girl!

        

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