Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create Blog Party!

Well, this is it.  This is where I create.  Not much to look at.  I didn't even clean up for you.  Just inviting you in like a good friend who has seen my house at it's best and it's worst.  I thought about not even joining in on this party because my space is so small & pitiful compared to the beautiful, decorated full craft rooms that we'd be seeing during this party.  But then I thought that I would like for people to see that you don't need a whole room to yourself to be creative.  Just a little creative use of space... and a patient husband.  You can see in this shot just how much space I have between my bed & desk.
I love the desk.  Bought it at my favorite thrift store for $20.  The drawers are packed full.  Bought the vintage metal trash can there, too.  I should have taken a picture of our bookshelves, too.  We bought some CD storage boxes from Ikea that I store my stamps & other little supplies in.  There are usually curtains hanging around the desk, too, but we took them down (and stuffed everything under the desk) when we painted last week.

Everything has to have a purpose when you're working with such a small space.  I need to clean off my three tiered tray but it holds a LOT of broken jewelry, glue, paper punches, & other items for me.

This is a silver candy dish with an elegant handle.  I just got in an order of findings & vintage beads that I bought on Etsy this week so it's filled with little plastic baggies right now.  The earrings will be in my booth for sale next weekend!  They're vintage.  I just replaced the clip ons with lever backs for pierced ears.  Jordy filled my little wire basket with pearls when she sorted out my beads for me.  Bought that at my favorite store, too!
I love these little Weck canning jars with the glass lids.  They give me two levels to store beads.  And my letter holder in the back holds photos, cabinet cards, and other papers.
I also collect frogs.  I'll be selling some of them in my booth next weekend, too.  I've found lots of ways to display them.  They can also be very useful.  This glass one is holding pins & tools for jewelry making.
Tomorrow the girls & I are going to the shop to set up my booth for the first time!  I'm excited.  I've been going through all my boxes finding things to include since I don't know if I'll have enough of my handmade items to fill it up.  I'll take photos & try to blog them tomorrow.  And since lots of people have asked I will post days & hours soon, too.

To see everyone else in the Where Bloggers Create Party go over to My Desert Cottage.  Her craft room is AMAZING!!!

17 comments:

Jane said...

Hi Ann,
I really enjoyed seeing where you create. I appreciate seeing small creative spaces because everything in the space does have to have a purpose and you have been very creative with maximizing your space.
I love the flower frog holding your pins for jewelry making...a perfect idea!
Good luck with your booth.
Jane

The Catnap Cottage said...

What a great use of space - I love the idea of using the frogs for holding things. I have several that I have to get out of the china cabinet and put to use - such a great idea. I worked off my kitchen table for years and years until I actually got a space last summer. I would have given my right arm to have that beautiful desk that you have! Thanks for sharing! And you make the most beautiful things - I love your work!! ♥♥♥

Pop over and see my space - I have some pretty nifty finds too!

Kathy said...

Love that idea for the frogs with the headpins!!! Great space too.

Queen Bee said...

Love it all! The frogs were super smart!
Queen Bee Studio

zandra said...

Big or small it is grand to have a spot to call your own. So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.
Hugz,
Zandra

Chris said...

Love all your pretty things and your great storage and container ideas!
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

Malisa said...

Thanks for posting photos of your studio. It is not how the studio looks that counts, but what you create in that studio! I have seen your innovative projects and I am now happy to know where those ideas originate! Thanks for the peek into your studio and your world! When you have time, please stop by and visit my blog!

Malisa

starrynightimpressions said...

Love it Ann! All it really takes to be creative is a little space to work and lots of imagination, which you have tons of! Thank you for showing us your wonderful little work space. Yours is very organized not like my closet that is all over the place, lol. It's caos to others but perfect for me at this time in my life :)
blessings,
starrydeborah

Pretty Things said...

How awesome! I love the frogs, and the antique jars!

Terri said...

Really nice that we have a place that we can dedicate for creating. Look at all those beading supplies I'm sure some really amazing stuff is created here. TFS.

Anna said...

I used to create at the dining room table - its lovely to have a room, but its not really about that. Your desk was a great find. Love those frogs. Thanks for sharing.

Lynnae said...

Your jewelry is just lovely! I love the shelf displays in your following post too. All the vintage things are so beautiful!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love the way you're using the frog and also all the clever ways you have for storing things. A small space doesn't matter - it's whatever works for you with the space you have. Looks like you have made the best use of yours. Thanks for inviting us to visit!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You might not have a lot of space, but you have a lot of neat things! Wow, your right some of these creative spaces are amazing! Mine is pretty small too!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Ann! I have a small space in our garage so I know how you feel! I wasn't going to participate either, but see, there are others like us out there.

Miss Sandy said...

What a clever use for the flower frog! I love that you do not let limited space stifle your creativity. What a cozy space you have, thank you for sharing.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

It has been so nice to visit your studio. I really liked your use of the glass frog to hold your jewelry components and tools. I used to use one similar to hold pens and pencils. I enjoyed browsing your blog and seeing some of your lovely jewelry as well. Connie

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