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Friday, February 14, 2014

A tour of my Studio...

WELCOME to my Studio, my sanctuary...
I've had a dream since I was a little girl to have a place to do my crafts.  I even drew it out in an Art class back in high school.  In that assignment, the room was very, very bright, with lots of yellows and a comfy sofa and a rocking chair.  There were afghans strewn across the sofa and rocking chair that I could wrap myself up in and sit crossed legged as I either crocheted or leafed thru the latest crafting magazines.  I got an A on that assignment, btw...
SO, how close did I come? 
As you come from the hallway, into the room (which has no door), this is what you see...
This little settee is the newest addition to the room.  We had originally wanted a sofa bed in here because at holidays, we tend to run out of room for overnight guests.  However, a full size sofa bed would have dominated the room and we can't have that!  This room was built specifically for crafting.  We had a chair in here for awhile but when I sat there, my cat Wuzya (her real name is Snuggles but I call her Wuzya and no, I don't know why), would have to sit on my lap.  With her on my lap, I was not inclined to push her away to get to crafting.  Hours could be wasted just to save myself some guilt until she decided we were done snuggling.  Damn cats! 

Ernie found this little gem at World Market in Columbus, OH and brought it back in the Tribute on one of his recent trips home.  It's absolutely perfect!  I can sit and think, go through magazines, enjoy a cup of coffee and Wuzya can sit with me without being ON me... perfect for everyone!  Well, perfect for me anyway.  AND it's so sunny in this room, especially in the morning which is my prime crafting and working time... 

The little white hutch desk on the left is where I pay bills or write cards.  I pay bills really well, not so good on the writing cards... :( 

The computer, Silhouette and Big Shot are on the right hand desk.  I spend way too many hours here; either on Facebook, Blogger or Pinterest.  It can be a real mojo-buster at times.  Under the table are dies, punches, embossing folders, extra cutters for travel and ONE of my travel Crop cases...
This is the view from the settee looking back out of the room. I often sit here looking at the cards in my card rack or on the shelves over my work table. Looking at them from across the room helps me to "see" them better and see what works and what may not work...


 This unit is six seperate pieces.  The three cabinets and desk are from Ikea.  This is mounted to the wall so will not be moving anytime soon.  When my husband assembled them, we decided to stagger the middle piece, which took some math and strength to do.  Thank God I married a freakin' genius!  And I mean that, truly.  He makes unbelievable magic happen in my home.  I can't tell you how many ideas I've had that he has made happen just by using his math...
The two pieces on either end are from the Christmas Tree shop.  The teal and tan bins in them are from Target... 

This side is very well stocked and organized.  The top shelf has three boxes that contain all my Christmas supplies, in those lovely decorated cardboard boxes that you can find in many, many different places.  When I work on Christmas cards, those three boxes come out.  The second shelf has the rest of my punches, on a staggered shelf, so I can see them.  Shelf three has my light box and splash guard.  The last three shelves have mostly paper, paper, paper, adhesives, miscellaneous supplies and envelopes...

And this is where my magic happens.  When "working", trust me, it is never this clean!  This was a rarity.  So, of course, I sat back on the settee for a couple hours and just enjoyed the view...
And this is the pièce de résistance, a sink where I can wash my stamps or clean my hands.  I love this addition...
And there you have it, my Sanctuary.  And I'll be completely honest.  I could not have had one thing in here if it weren't for my husband.  He has helped me make it happen, from thinking it was possible when we were first discussing a Renovation to the downstairs, to making sure I have every concievable piece of furniture and tool needed.  I love that man...  so Happy Valentine's Day baby!


  1. My heart fluttered at the site of the sink!!!!!! It takes many years and possibly more than one try to get the perfect crafting space- but when you do - it sure is worth it!

  2. I am so, so, jealous that you have a room dedicated to your passion! And the sink!???
    Love the rug in front of the settee....where did you get it?

    1. Believe it or not, I stumbled upon that rug at Walmart...

  3. My goodness, Cindy, I'd say you have a keeper! Both the sanctuary and the man. What a beautiful space to create your beautiful cards!

  4. I sighed a nice calm breath when I saw the first picture of your studio. It truly is a sanctuary. I hope you enjoy it for a very long time!

  5. This is just amazing. I can't decide on a favorite thing. There are so many wonderful aspects of your creative space...I am in awe. I love the settee, I love the organization for your papers, your stamps, your supplies, I love the sink and I LOVE the card rack. And to have a husband that understands and helps make your dream come true, you are truly blessed. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love your room Cindy. What a wonderful hubby you have!

  7. Wowsers it's just fabulous Cindy! What a wonderful thing to finally realize the dream. Enjoy!

  8. This is fabulous! A sink in a craft room, and the sitting area, and the place for everything! I love the soothing colors, and how the room is open, yet, a comfortable haven. I would say A+ on your high school dream.

  9. I love your craft room! So many great touches - like the sink! My absolute favorites are the settee and the card rack, however. I can totally relate to snuggling with the cat and just having a sit to think and dream. Thanks for sharing your room!

  10. I'm so jealous of your sink, how awesome is that! I also absolutely love your comment about how you sat and enjoyed your clean space! Glad to know I'm not the only one, LOL. Your room is fabulous and wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Craft Storage Ideas!

  11. Your craft room is absolutely gorgeous! I especially love your storage spaces and white cabinetry. Thank you for joining us at Craft Storage Ideas!

  12. This is a FANTASTIC space! I hear you, my room looks pretty in photos too. But when I am working, watch out! ;) The colors in here are lovely. I love love LOVE that teeny sink! So very practical-what a great use of that small space between studs. Thank you for linking up at CSI!

  13. wow your room is just gorgeous, and to have a sink is just amazing! I think you've really made the best use of the space and created a room that's both functional and beautiful.

  14. Hi Cindy, I just came over from Craft Storage Ideas. Congrats on being the winner this week. I wanted to tell you what a beautiful room you have, a great story and many great ideas. Thanks for sharing. :)

  15. I'm so excited that I'm a winner! Thank you, thank you, thank you Craft Storage Ideas! And I'm glad you are all enjoying and commenting on my studio. I LOVE this room and I'm so happy to share it with all of you... :)