Hi All, Happy Thanksgiving Eve to you!
I come bearing photos of my studio which it sounds like some of you have been anxiously awaiting. ;) I will warn you right now....there are quite a few, but you asked for them so let this be a lesson to you -- be careful what you ask for! Hahaha!
I also want to let you know that in case some of you look at these photos and have questions that I may not have answered in this post, feel free to leave a comment and ask away. I think the easiest way to tackle those questions will be for me to do another blog post answering your questions, so that way you can all see them. Sound good?
Ok, so let's start with my table. The thing about this table is that it's an antique library table that we purchased at an antique store some years ago. We used it as our kitchen table for a few years. We debated and debated when getting our new furniture for the studio, whether we should replace this table with a new desk that would match the rest of the furniture. In the end, I decided that I love this table too much to part with it. Keep reading and I think you'll see why....
Here's a close up of the table, just so you can see kind of what it's like in case you decide to go on the hunt for one for yourself. I should tell you that you CAN find these out there at antique stores and flea markets. We actually have two of these that we've found over the years.
See these shelves? That's actually the top section of an old cruddy computer desk that we got for free when someone at our office was throwing it out! LOL! Bart repainted it for me so it would go with the rest of the furniture in the room. The great thing about my table is that there is so much work space that this shelving unit sits on the back edge of my table and I still have tons of work space in front of it. I even have room for my handy dandy paper cutter -- see it in the bottom left? If you scroll back up to the first photo, you'll see what I mean about all the work space that this table gives me. If I'd bought the new matching desk, I would have lost tons of work space. Sometimes it isn't all about getting 'new' but going with what will ultimately work the best in your space!
This is some of the new modular furniture we got from JCPenney.com. Not only is this furniture all on clearance but it also had free shipping! Total score! The drawers on the left are where I have files of all my scrap card stock organized by color. The top drawer is all of my Papertrey card stock and the bottom drawer is my Stampin' Up! card stock. As you can see, I also have my Clip-it-up on top of the desk, my sewing machine and my Cricut Expression. The drawers on the right have product from Hero Arts and various other companies. The wall space above the desk is where I'm planning to hang a bulletin board.
Bart installed the shelves on the wall -- 6 foot shelves and brackets from Home Depot. I think the shelves were maybe $11 each and the brackets were $2.50. LOVE my husband! LOVE my shelves! :) Can I just pause right here to say that my sweet Bart worked his hiney off getting everything done in my studio in one weekend so I could get right back to work in it. Such a dear. Thank you, Bartley!
Anywho, as you can see on the right, that's our printer plus the airport/wireless stuff for our computers are hidden behind the printer. The phone and back up hard drive are situated just to the left of the printer. Those drawers have all of my punches, various other product I've been sent, my business files, etc.
Just thought you might want to see a closer shot of my wall shelves. As you can see, I still have room to move stuff closer together to fill them up more, but for now, I love being able to see things spread out like that. The baskets have cards in them that are waiting to be submitted to magazines, etc. My big shot fits over on the left and where it's at, I can use it right there on the shelf. No need to move it. The second shelf has some of my Hero Arts stamps displayed and the right half of the shelf is reserved for my Papertrey projects each month. So nice to finally have a place to put them as I create them, so I can enjoy looking at them for a bit until the next month rolls around. I can't reach the top shelf without a chair, so it just houses pretty stuff. There's a framed photo that I took in Austria of one of the houses that was used in the Sound of Music movie....love that photo! And there's my autographed photo of Ali Edwards that she signed when we met her at CHA this summer! Hee!
The shelf to the left of my desk chair is the one that my hottie husband built for me a year or two ago. I LOVE that thing. Seriously......there's just something about all that ribbon stacked up in rows like a store shelf that just makes me happy! :) Also, right behind my chair is another file cabinet that doubles as a computer station for me. I can just swivel around in my chair to use the computer and then swivel back around to work at my desk. SO handy.
Closer shot of the shelf. One thing to note is the hook on the bottom right side of the shelf -- it's holding my heat tool. The hook is just one of those removable adhesive ones. Very affordable and super easy too!
These are my Target bookshelves that I've had for a few years now. (I don't see them on their website anymore.) They're awesome....they're very sturdy and they hold a ton. I was even able to set up a display of pretties up on top of the bookshelves. :)
Close up of the display on top of the bookshelves. The turquoise pottery is just a few pieces from our vintage McCoy Pottery collection. The pink ornaments are some of my absolute favorite Christmas decorations. They are vintage ornaments that we snagged at a flea market for 10 & 25 cents each!! What a STEAL! I've decided to keep them out in the studio for awhile. Why put them away after Christmas when they make me so happy to look at and they look great in the room too! Oh, and of course, I had to frame my first magazine cover. That's up on the top shelf. ;)
Like I said earlier, I'm sure there are things I haven't addressed here so let me know if you have any questions!
Have a great night and a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friends!