We all love to share our spaces and peek into others, right? Karen at My Desert Cottage makes it possible for many wonderful bloggers to have a walk around studio spaces from all over the world. I'm really excited to participate this year's event. Welcome!
The family story is that my father-in-law was weighed on this scale as a wee one. So sweet! Piled on top is my ever-growing collection of antique and vintage lace. I have a soft spot for doilies.
Now, on to the room itself. I've learned that if I can't see it, I won't use it. This is the view from the doorway. One day I'll figure out how to marry my love of old with my love of these metal racks so they don't feel so... metal.
Most of my art is paper-based. The communication-themed shadow box is my work, while the gorgeous greeting card was sent by a blogging friend.
I like to work on a small scale, so 6x6 and 8x8 paper pads are essential.
Of course, there are a couple of manufacturers I cannot resist in 12x12; half of these trays are Graphic 45 alone!
One can never have too many paper flowers!
I set up this die-cutting station so I don't have to move the die cutter to my work table. When I'm in the throes, there isn't usually much room on the table! The baskets on the left are filled with dies and embossing folders.
Another aspect of my art is jewelry. From fun hat pins to fine silver bracelets and earrings, I love detail work. These bins hold crystals and findings for my pins as well as semi-precious gemstones, lampwork beads and hand made Argentium silver jump rings for chainmaille jewelry.
I use this carousel for anything and everything that is small enough to allow it to spin. the bottom is filled with flowers and the top has anything from vintage ephemera to glass bottles and metal bits. The shelves below hold the "to be altered" items including tins, cigar boxes and mini album blanks. The art was a Christmas gift from my incredibly
talented skilled sister. :)
I've agonized over lace storage. This seems to be a good way to keep the selection accessible and neat.
Here's my work table. It's a secondhand kitchen table found on Craigslist (plus an extra chair from my own kitchen table set). The wall shelves hold gifts, swaps and some of my own favorite pieces.
I've been fortunate enough to swap with very creative folks!
The drawers hold jewelry pliers and tools as well as an assortment of pens. On top are the first two chainmaille bracelets I made. Even though they need a good cleaning, they are sparklier than this photo shows. The ATC octopus is a swap and the fairy bits are a prize won. (I'll have a blog post about it after this one.) The tin is mine, called "Fairy Stories".
Ready to start another project...
Thanks for visiting! The colmplete list of participating blogs can be found HERE. Enjoy!