Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Welcome to my studio!

Hi!  Welcome to my "studio". 
About a month ago my two older boys offered to share a room so I could have a space to work in.  I know it won't last forever, because at some point my 11 year old is going to need more privacy, but I figured I would take them up on the offer while it lasted!  ;)

The room is about 10 x 10, so it's not very big.  I wanted a lot of space in the middle, because I tend to work on the floor.  That's how I've always worked...

The lighting in here is wierd, so it was hard to get great pictures.  Sorry about that! 
Because the room is not permanent, I didn't want to spend a lot of money in here.  I basically shopped the house and rearranged a lot of things in different rooms.  I did buy two things; the black canvas boxes (from Target)  for the shelf to house all my fabrics and a new ironing board cover.

Here is my old ironing board cover...I think I deserved a new one!

And here is my new one.  I ordered it from this shop.  They were awesome!  I special ordered the fabric I wanted and they did a wonderful job.  I got it very quickly  and their prices are very reasonable.  I'm so happy with it!  It makes ironing fun...hehe

For the first time all of my supplies are in one place!  The only thing I don't have in here are my mosaic supplies.  I left all the stained glass and wood etc. out in the garage.  I have a station for sewing, a station for painting, and a station for packing up orders.  I love feeling so organized!  I save a lot of time too, now that everything has a place.

The fabric bins are organized by color...rainbow color order of course!  I don't normally buy fabric in large quantities.  I buy a lot of fat quarters!  I love scraps.

I'm so visual, so I need a to do list in front of me so I don't get side-tracked.  I don't let myself work on anything until all my custom orders are filled.  I love the chalkboard in here!

My little Sarah Wyman collection...

Some of my favorite craft and sewing books...

I found a new place for my photobooth strips:)

Do you remember when I found this red locker at Goodwill for $2.99?  It houses all the supplies I use for packing and shipping...tape, permanent markers, scissors, etc.

A pile of fabric waiting to be up for a batch of new checkbook covers, and a new product I'm working on...small zippered bags!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my little studio.  Most of the time it's a lot messier than this, and there is almost always a little girl who is an artist as well, creating her own messes! ;)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Mary said...

Chrissie everything looks fantastic, I know you love working there with everything together, and it's nice to be able to leave projects you are working on out.

It was so kind and generous of your one son to give up his room, and for two to be willing to share.

I have a feeling they have learned that from you!

Grace and Peace

mysteryhistorymom said...

Soooo fun to see! You have inspired me! Lori

Jill said...

LOOOOOVE!!! wanna come help me finish unpacking mine now?? you have inspired me!!

Artsy Matilda said...

Wonderful! So glad you have a studio to create your gorgeous work in! I love losing hours in my studio. It's just feels different from every other room in the house! Those precious boys of yours love their momma! xoxo

sarah said...

Your studio is amazing! I just cleared off a table in mine and am considering options. right now packing and shipping is winning. I was excited to see my art in your studio too!
Happy Creating

BahamaDawn said...

i think you may have inspired me to go clean my studio!!! i laughed out loud when i read the quote behind your sewing machine that says "today i will be happier than a bird with a french fry"!!!
also love your new ironing board cover. did you make the little colorful person hanging over your fabric bin?

Kara Herron said...

Chrissie -
I found your website by searching for the artist who painted the Breast Cancer Inspiration Rocks. I featured those on my breast cancer support group blog last Wordless Wednesday. I was so inspired by them, that I decided to make some for our give-away at the support group this week (I didn't have time to order them). I just finished them, and I love them - I'm going to have to make some more for me. Of course, they aren't nearly as wonderful as yours, because I'm not an artist. ;-)

I read on someone's blog ( - where they featured your rocks - that it take "faith" and "hope" to "heal" and become a "survivor". It just tied all the words on your rock together.

I love your website - I find it very inspirational. LOVE your prayer flags, I LOVE your weekly scriptural piece of art. You've given me just one more reason to study my scripture more - to find the beauty in the teachings.

Thanks so much!

Take Care,
Kara Herron
Breast Cancer Survivor

City Chic Country Mouse said...

Oh my! Your room is beautiful! You picked the perfect fabric for your ironing board cover, it coordinates perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing, it was a pleasure to make your ironing board cover and see it in your new studio!

sarah said...

what a fun room!!!! :) so cute.

Joy Wall Photography said...

Thank you for taking us into your work space. I love it! It's so YOU! How sweet of the boys. You are so creative and I admire you and all you do. Love you!

Twinfibers said...

What a beautiful place to create! I'm sure you love being able to go in there and spend some time. It looks like a really happy and fun place to be. :) ~Jessica

Anonymous said...

WOW! That is an awesome studio!!!!

Madaline said...

thats an American Girl doll locker!

I use to have one!