Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where I Create

Since I began this blog I've been wanting to show you my creative space but it's usually an embarassing mess.

Don't believe me?  I snapped this picture as proof, the day before my last big Retro Revival show:

I took some time yesterday to reorganize and clean it (ugh ~ where's my housekeeper?!) to a point where I can share my humble little space with you (it's only 8'x12').

A quick tour, starting with the walls...

I love the greenish-yellowish color, almost chartreuse really.  I used part of my collection of vintage and antique plates and saucers as a "border" all around the room.

For Mother's Day a few years back, Captain Project gave me the beautiful desk and hutch - it's pretty big although you probably can't tell for all the stuff piled on it!

I've placed all sorts of stuff on top of the hutch too, including this handpainted sign:

(I picked it up at a craft fair when my freckle-faced daughter was a toddler.)

My chair is an old thrift shop find that I painted and covered the seat with some scrap fabric.

I picked up this little handcrafted cabinet years ago to display my quilts and it now houses many of my shower cap supplies, scrap fabric, patterns and ribbon.

This book shelf is one of my all time favorite pieces of furniture in our home.  I found it at an upscale furnishings store in Atlanta; it was sitting in the very back of the store, a bit banged up and painted a Pepto Bismol pink!  I bought it for next to nothing, lugged it home and promptly painted it black and changed out the pulls on the two drawers.  For many years it sat in our formal living room in Atlanta but since moving here to Florida it has a new life as my primary fabric storager.

Captain Project reconfigured the shelving in my closet for me.  More fabric and supplies are packed in here.

My chandelier.  Swoon!  I wish I had a chandelier in every room in our home!

I may paint it another color.  Robin's egg blue is tempting; what do you think?

I've struggled with what to do about the windows.  Because of our big wrap-around porch and its roof, this room doesn't get much light so we've only installed shutters on the bottoms of the front two windows.

I'm considering something sheer for the tops, just to dress them a bit.  Maybe I can craft something from my vintage, hand-crocheted doilies?

I'd love your help.  Please leave me a comment with your suggestions ~ I'd really appreciate it!

LINK LOVE: Please take a moment to visit Fabiana's blog (one of my newest followers).  It's full of fashion fun!


retrorevival.biz said...

Welcome to my blog Fabiana and Teresa! Hope you enjoy your visit:)

Retreauxgirl said...

I love seeing your workspace and I commend you for being truthful and showing what it looks like when its a mess! I love your color scheme and especially that chair! It's calling my name!!

Jingle said...

Your room is so cozy and colorful! I love it! I think a simple valance in colors that coordinate with your space would be super fun! You could layer a sheer under it for a bit more privacy.

Donna said...

You make me feel better about my sewing room! Mine is pretty bad right now! I love your bright colors and I think the chandelier would be gorgeous in blue!

Fabiana said...

Thanks for the shout out! You rock girlfriend!! I will do the same!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love your sewing room. I think it's very organized. You can see everything you have. Which is nice. No hunting around. You filled it with fun accent colors.

chrisartist said...

A treasure trove of fabrics!!
I love it.

Fancy Vintage said...

Oh my word, how exciting to see your work space, I so have to tidy my space up!
Always think I should take a before and after photograph, but truth is at the moment everything always looks like a before!
Great to discover you.
Love all your vintage plates on your wall,
they look like they need few cakes on them! hehehe
also loving all your fabrics, mine are stuffed everywhere.
one day I will sort it out!
Thank you for your inspiration.
it is midnight here,and I know I'm not going to be able to sleep now as I will be thinking of organising!

Jordan Streetman said...

Ooooh that looks so tidy and organized! You are going to feel so inspired in that room!

Anonymous said...

I would definitely do a crochet curtain just for interest! That would be great! And the light fixture looks amazing as it is....your platters are stunning and your fabric collection, impressive! How I would squeal with delight in a room like that!
So glad you shared it.

Ciao Bella!


Bringing Pretty Back said...

I just discoverd your FUN and pRETTY blog! That is a great place to work! I think the chandie robins egg blue would be perfect!
Hmmm- The window treatments... I am no decorator, but I think sheer curtains would dress it up. When you put them up - please share photo's with us!
Have a pretty day!

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy,
Your creative space looks amazing; I love the vintage plates on the wall. I think that is a wonderful idea to paint your chandelier robin’s egg blue. The blue will give a brilliantl pop of color to the center of the room.
Have a creative day!
Smiles, Paula

LaDonna and Diana said...

Oh, to have a sewing space like that! And a house with a wraparound porch! I can only dream!


jakes_girl said...

Its super cute!!!! I love all the colors and I wish that I had a little more space for all of my crafts, right now it is all spilling out of a bag in my living room. I would get some storage boxes from target or even dollar general to help heep things more organized. :)

Julie Harward said...

I love your special spot for creating...you must really love it! It really is just to pretty! :D

Becky said...

Aww shucks, you didn't have to clean up for me. I love your room. Wish I had one all to myself.

City Chic & Country Mouse said...

I just love your space! Love the colors and all the fun fabrics and ribbons to play with! A visit to my local Ikea store always helps me get organized again :) I can always seem to find something there!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

I'm enjoying my visit to your blog this morning! I would love to have enough plates AND hangers to make a border like that! ♥

Anonymous said...

looks terrific! What a great idea to dress up the window by making toppers out of the crocheted doilies. That would look beautiful. You really have some great finds there; my favorite is the "A child without freckles is like a night without stars"