Friday, June 18, 2010

Where this blogger creates

Welcome. My name is Bleubeard and I've been asked by Elizabeth to be your host and show you around her upstairs craft spaces. Elizabeth always says her entire home is a craft studio, but she has chosen to show just a few places today.

I'm so excited because this is my first time to host anything. I hope I get things right because I know Elizabeth has worked hard so you will have an enjoyable visit. Before we enter, I've been asked to tell you there are a lot of photos and they were all saved at the lowest resolution possible. Elizabeth says you can click to enlarge, but they will probably be blurry.

I'm also supposed to let everyone know that the blog party begins at Karen Valentine's My Dessert Cottage. Elizabeth wants to remind visitors that word verification has been disabled.

Whew. I'm glad that's over. I had to memorize all those things and I'm much better at relaxing in a warm sunny afternoon spot than memorizing. So, lets enter the upstairs craft space, a place I'm normally not allowed to visit.

Baskets store fabric and napkins. Cups hold brushes. Pens are stored on their sides in a clear container.

Storage below holds stamping items.

The desk, made from an old door, hold Elizabeth's favorite cutter and sewing machine.

Here is where fibers are held. Below that is where stickers and swap packages are kept.

This is what I see when I am allowed to visit. I can barely see the thread, Sizzix, and Xyron on top of the cabinet. I bet you won't have any trouble, though.

This is where Elizabeth creates all her paper and paint creations, as well as where she lays out fabric. In fact, this is the "paper crafting and fabric" craft room.

The dresser behind the table is where she weighs and packages her swaps. She calls it "mail central."

She loves her tools.

They are stored on both sides of the door. Other supplies are in the closet.

This picture might give you a better idea about the size of this room. It is 8' by 10' (2.44m X 3.04m) and not much bigger than my sandbox. That mirror sitting on the cabinet sure helps add light to the small dark room.

Elizabeth makes a lot of her own handmade paper, where we'll go soon. She sorts and stores it by color. Paint and inks sit on top. No space is wasted in this small room.

The hanger that will eventually hold spools of ribbon is now holding part of a year long dress project. The door to the left in the photo goes to the main floor sandbox restroom.

Every Tuesday, Elizabeth has tea with some blog friends and she usually sits at her dining room table. Today she asked me to invite you to join us, even though it isn't Tuesday. Also, feel free to grab a cinnamon cheese roll, and some tea, or coffee which is staying warm in a carafe in the kitchen.

I love being with Elizabeth on the back patio, because this is where metal turns pretty colors in the chiminea,

and old paper gets turned into pulp.


But now it's time to return to the cool of the house. I'll show you to the basement where Elizabeth will meet and greet you.

Oh my! You're a bit early, but welcome to my basement studio. I am just now putting the finishing touches on a new addition to my studio. Let me put my step stool away and I'll join you. Did Bleubeard offer you something to drink, and maybe a pastry?

I guess we should start at the door. This is my assemblage, wood, metal, solder, beeswax, polymer clay, and mixed media studio. It is also where I dye my fabric.

I hope this makes you feel at home. After all, this is a basement and there are no windows, so the lighting is limited down here. I'll move the sign when we get to the work bench so you can see behind it.

Behind the door is my easel. I'm not a painter, but I have set it up on occasion to work on my mixed media pieces. You can also see where I keep my polymer clay (PC) and PC tools.

Note the foot stool, one of three I keep in the room, since everything is stacked top to bottom.

On the top shelf is my crayon maker, a gag gift I received one year. I also keep my glue gun and glue sticks there, along with Gallery Glass paint. To the right is a warming tray, perfect for melting crayons or keeping encaustics warm.

On the middle shelf is where I keep my soldering tools and supplies.

The next shelf houses my UTEE (a thick embossing powder which is melted in the two special pots). It's also where I keep my beeswax and small crock pot.

The bottom shelf, barely visible in the above photo, holds folders with projects and supplies.

The first shelf in the middle set of bookcases holds my mouse sander, and there is lots of room for more supplies.

On the second shelf, I keep all my wallpaper samples, as well as my tiny paint sprayer, and a few books.

The third shelf has my laminator, some extra paint and glue, and a few books. I haven't decided if these will stay or find a new home.

The bottom shelf containers, compliments of Bleubeard, hold assemblage fodder.

I keep candy molds on the top shelf, but use them mostly for paper making or polymer clay. The first shelf holds dressmaker patterns in those boxes.

A few years ago, I bought a bunch of letter holders, which are on the next two shelves. I hate to admit this, but they are more junk collectors than useful storage.

To the right is my step stool and behind that are some pretty comfy padded folding chairs I bought for when I have friends over and we set up a long card table which is kept in the cubby.

Again, as with everywhere I create, the fixtures are basic, usually given to me, repurposed from furniture I purchased in the 80s, or purchased at a big box discount store. You won't find any lovely antiques or gorgeous storage pieces. Function is the name of the game here.

Lots of storage containers hold broken jewelry, metal washers, and other 3-D items to be used in assemblages.

Of course, there's the various jars and cans of glue and "goo" needed to complete most projects.

I was hanging the clothesline when you caught me. This will become an ever changing display of swap items and gifts from friends. I love every one of these beauties, all made by special friends. The banner has distracted me from showing you the north west corner of the room. Maybe Bleubeard should take my place. From this angle, you should be able to see my fold up foot stool, too.

That big container on the end of the top long shelf is a tackle box that is perfect for holding small items, like dice and dominoes.

A paper cutter sits on the rolling cart and cutting tools live inside.

The corner holds some more art from friends, along with my glass tumbling materials and tools.

I could write a book on what's on these shelves, but suffice it to say I am truly into mixed media. There are soap making supplies, fabric dyes, wood, essential oils, computer parts, objects to make wind chimes, and pieces from nature on these shelves. Everything is grouped by project type and if it's not a tool or supply, it was probably found in a dumpster.

To the right of the shelves is another rolling cart that holds fabric I've washed and is ready for dyeing.

Jars hold beads from old jewelry, separated and sorted by color. The top and bottom shelves are devoted to flower arranging or preserving.

Gotta love those over-the-door shoe racks. They are handy to hold all kinds of tools and such.

Another one on the inside of the closet door holds more tools, pens, and pencils. A back up blender, plastic container, and paper making supplies, sit on an old roll around typewriter stand in the closet. Hangers hold large sheets of handmade paper and hand dyed fabric.

A cubby built into the recess, holds books to be used as backgrounds in mixed media projects. Tins destined for the chiminea or the tin snips share the space.

Next to the cubby is a 5 drawer container that holds miscellaneous supplies. A cabinet that will eventually be decorated to hold the dresses you saw upstairs, sits on top.

Another roll around cart holds stencil paint and Shiva paint sticks, among other things.

Any time I can put something on wheels, it makes my life easier and makes things portable.

We're nearly at the end of our journey. This dresser, whose drawers no longer close properly, was damaged in the flood I had last year when a water pipe broke in my basement. Now it stores paper in the bottom, paint in the middle drawer, and crayons and inks in the top two drawers.

This letter organizer is the perfect solution for holding my stencils, since it's so close to the stencil paint.

I call my glue tower "adhesive central." The cork board holds some of my favorite handmade gifts from friends.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of a few of the places I create and leave a comment letting me (or Bleubeard) know you were here. Of course, I didn't take you through the garage, which houses power tools, but there were enough places to see, I think you get the idea that I'm a very busy crafter. It may not be filled with beautiful furniture or vintage goodies, but it's where I create, is organized, and it works for me.

UPDATE: I have just made it through the Js. I will update as I work my way through the letters. It has taken me a lot longer than I ever imagined, but I read every word and look at every photo, so I spend a lot of time at each blog.

Speaking of beauty, if you want to see a beautiful studio, be sure to check out my blog pick of the day, My Desert Cottage, owned by Karen Valentine, who started this ultimate blog hop project last year. I know she has put a lot into this event, so please tell her how appreciative you are she organized this event. And please remember, Karen said to show a lot of photos, so you can blame her for there being so many! It certainly couldn't have been Bleubeard or I who took all these.

115 thoughtful remarks:

Lori Saul said...

Well I want to thank Bleubeard for being such a great tour guide! Wow are you organized! I am amazed at how everything is so wonderfully placed and stored. My workspace looks like a cyclone hit it (actually I just recently tidyed up and found some great things hidden). Anyway what a wonderful post and thank you for sharing you creative space(s). Your hand made paper shelf looks like a craft store. Very impressive Elizabeth! Have a fun weekend!

~*~Patty said...

Bleubeard you are a rockin tour guide! Elizabeth is lucky to have you helping around her fab studio!
Tea and tasty treats too ... what more can one ask for ... I know a clean and organized studio like yours ;)
Happy Friday! oxo

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

oh and how very nice to be able to just leave a comment with no hoops to jump thru = Yeah!

Halle said...

Who knew Bleubeard would be such a good host!?! Your organization always floors me. The way you find ways to re-purpose the old into something useful is inspiring. I try the same thing as much as I can but still admit to dreaming of a beautifully appointed studio that would be inspiring, spacious and clutter free.

Rebecca White said...

What a great tour! Bluebeard is so cute! Amazing how you keep all those things so organised!

Tammy Freiborg said...

I would love to visit and explore the contents of all those jars, boxes, drawers... so many treasures!

Martha's Favorites said...

Wow! You never stop amazing me. You make your own paper! That is so great. I finally found someone with the same paper obsession. You studio is amazing. Thank you so much for the wonderful tour! Would like to see some of your handmade paper sometime. Blessings my friend, Martha

Terri Kahrs said...

First, a HUGE thanks to Bleubeard for being such a fabulous docent! The tour was wonderful, and the tea and cinnamon roll were quite yummy. Thank you, too, Elizabeth, for a look into your various creative spaces. After following you and getting a little peek here and there, it's a treat to see your home/studio. You truly live an artful life! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Lynn said...

I am so impressed with how well you organize all your STUFF!!!! And it looks so neat too. Oh my. To have that much room for art supplies! Lucky gal you are. Thanks to Bluebeard for showing us around. ;-))

Healing Woman said...

Great tour. I'm amazed at how organized you are. I hope a little of this rubs off on me. I love all the (looks like shoe containers) that you use for organizers. Very good idea.

Wonderful post.

Mar said...

bluebeard did outstanding!!!

you are so organized!
i have just fleeting moments of oganization...loved roaming through the shop today!!!

and i always feel welcome...thanks for showing me around!!!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a wonderful art room. I love your paper storage, what a great idea. such great supplies, I'll be right over with a cuppa and my art bag to create something.
Karen

zandra said...

Bleubeard was the purrr~fect host! How cool is that you make your own hand made paper! Your clothes line is super cute. So, loved my time in your creative space! Enjoy the rest of the party.
Hugz,
Zandra

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Please thank Bleubeard for the tour, he did a fantastic job!! I have to say I am completely blown away by the volume of art/craft supplies that you have. If I lived in your house, I would never want to leave... or sleep!! And all of it so well organized too. I can only imagine all of the enjoyable hours you must spend creating. How fun!

Blessings,
Karen

Dawn said...

Oh MY GOODNESS how much stuff? f my hubby ever says I have too much stash am going to show him ths post!

This is truly an art studio! and so much creativity thanx for the tour BB is delish love the ohotos you got of him at the door etc (my cat would so NOT be posing I have very few photos of her)

I have just ordered my 1st Melting pot I notived you have more than one (I hope I only nd one lol) Yoou seem to do every thing crafty and I am always telling my self off for ths but I won't any more I like you, love to alter and you got me making fabric paper and I have the stuff to die (but the die ha ha I had to get the MP first lol) I just love being creative as you sure do and I don't like to think I'm a card maker or and ATC collector etc I am also getting into polymer clay so I am a buterfly crafter (I flit from one to another) as the mood takes me I really enjoyed the tour

Love Dawn xx

A Gilded Life said...

Wow, what an impressive assortment of supplies... and a very thorough tour! Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by!!

xo Debbie

Julia Dunnit said...

I have never had cinnamon and cheese in the same mouthful...so many new experiences! My tour was fascinating... love that you are so organised and that we're ealking around genuinely used and work in progress studio. Encore!

Dianne said...

Bluebeard is such a dignified host (or was that "I'm only putting up with this because I love you" in his eyes?) Amazing organizing and wonderful tour! Lovely visit and enjoyed the tea & buns...I always enjoy seeing what you're up to. thanks, dear friend

Christine Edwards said...

Thank you and Bleubeard (he's a beauty) for the wonderful tours. You certainly have maximized your spaces for all of your creativity.

Tricia said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour - I am amazed at how organized you are. I smiled often as I read through your post, because you & I seem to love the same things & do the same types of art. I love how you use practical things that are re-purposed to provide storage for your supplies. I definitely will return to your blog often. I am becoming a follower! Blessings to you and BleuBeard.

Tricia

Marilyn Rock said...

Well; Bluebeard is a wonderful host! He's so handsome! Oh; I could never show my art area - it's such chaos. I just am in awe of your organization! Thanks for the tour Bluebeard! xxoo

Diane said...

Elizabeth, I'm alway so amazed by your organizational skills, and when you put it all together like this--IT IS awesome!

Rebecca said...

Now girly...YOU ARE A TRUE CRAFTER! YOU ROCK. Wow! I'm blown away.

Love to you~Rebecca

Melinda Cornish said...

I wanna come play at your house! you got all the goods girl!!!!!!

Zuzu said...

Amazing! So many wonderful things to create with! And Bleubeard is a fabulous tour guide! :)
Have a beautiful weekend,
Zuzu

Karen Valentine said...

Well we could not have asked for a more gracious host for your party Elizabeth. Bluebeard did a fabulous job! Thank you for all the photos!!! I would love to see the handmade paper you make. I'm sure its beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful space with us!
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Cathee said...

what treasures you have! Especially your furry helper...we can create so much better when they lend a hand!Do you particpate in a certain swap group?

craftyles said...

Great storage ideas -and great tour. Thanks Bluebeard!

Jillayne said...

Thanks for the tour Bleubeard - you and Elizabeth have amazing spaces! I like how everything is grouped by project - I have lots of interests too, including soap and paper-making and I keep my stuff the same way. It's nice to meet a kindred spirit!

Penny said...

Bluebeard was a perfect mancat host.
I too have an annex craftroom in my basement but mine wasn't cleanup enough to show off yet.

Your creative spaces are awesome thank you so much for sharing.
Hugs,
Penny

ginger@bearbits said...

Woohoo! Lots to see and enjoy here. All those nooks that hold some special treasures and the paper, oh my!

Thanks for letting us have more than just a little peek! It was fun.

~ginger

BLISS angels said...

Dear Bleubeard
Thank you so much for let your pet Elizabeth show her wonderful crafting space. I know you must spend a lot of time there. Thank you so much for sharing. Meow and hugs ~Wendy at Blissangels

Cherie Wilson said...

Your space is truely inspiring......just made me want to open and explore some of those wonderful organized spaces you have. Thankyou Bluebeard for a fun tour! LOVE altered books too! XO

Calico Petals said...

Thank you for visiting Calico Petals.
Your creative space is devine, and well organized.
I could learn a few things from your organization skills.
Thanks for caring and sharing.
Jill @ Calico Petals ♥

imaginationlane said...

Hello Elizabeth:

I was drawn to your blog by the wonderful name, and was delighted to find that Bluebeard was the host. Who can resist a tour led by a studio Cat?

Your studio is awesome..so organized and definitely a space where art is made and not just talked about. I will come back and visit again. Enjoy the rest of the party...

Lynette

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Bluebeard has given a grand tour! We all seem to have obscene amounts of supplies, don't we!? LOL It's just a necessity to make all of this beautiful stuff. :0)

It's such a pleasure to visit all of the wonderful creative souls and their creative space. Thank you for sharing yours with me.

Thank you for visiting with me and strolling through my studio..it's been a labor of love to put together and now after a year in our home I feel like I can "spread my wings" and fly!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Jan LaFollette said...

Thank you so much for visiting me today and leading me to your wonderful blog and studio. Trust me, I am now a follower, I want to see more of what you do, talented lady!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Great space, everything is so organized... thanks for sharing!!! I wanted to thank you for visiting our work space today and for your sweet comments! I'll be back to visit soon. Blessings~~~Daphne

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Elizabeth, Oh sweet Bleubeard gave us an amazing tour of your great creative space. You have everything you need to design wonderful treasures. I love your storage solutions and especially the hanging door organizers. I think I could use those too. Thank you for the inspiration and for stopping by and your kind comments. It was so nice to meet you.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

Lori said...

thank you, bluebeard, for taking me on a tour! It's just incredible! Let Elizabeth know that I appreciate you sharing her room with us!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

That was so much fun! Bluebeard is quite the tour guide. You have an awesome assortment of supplies. I took a paper making class and just loved it! Thanks so much for sharing your studio and please thank Bluebeard for me as well. Have a great weekend! Connie

Denise said...

Thanks Bleubeard for an amazing tour of a wonderful space!

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow! You've got LOTS of stuff and it all looks so organized!! Thanks for visiting me today!

Tania

Margaret said...

Love the tour and our host! What a great space you have! Margaret

Janet Bernasconi said...

What a sweet kittie you have. I really enjoyed the tour. You are very organized. Great space.Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Ooh I wanna come and play at yours ;-) Another fab post Elizabeth. It all looks wonderful and I love to get messy and inky and painty and your little bit of paradise is just right for that - I would love to have a room like that for when I colour fabrics or even when spraying paper/card; you have to be too careful in the kitchen! It's great using storage that's been given to you, apart from you being the Queen of Recycling, it's much better to spend money on replacing any much needed tools (if you absolutely must) rather than spend it on pretty storage ;-)
Well done Bluebeard, you did such a good job - I did think at first you were going to ask us to wipe our feet on the mat before entering hehehe
Anne xx

Terri said...

Tons of fab stuff to play with...a real working studio! I loved it! Thanks for sharing!

kathleen said...

A veritable crafting haven! You really MUST be busy! It's great to have a home that allows you to take part in your favorite activities ~ like creating! Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen

Theresa said...

Aren't furry babies the best tour guides???? So enjoyed visiting you and peeking at your creative spaces! Such opulence! Will have to stop by again for tea and chat about your latest work(s) in progress! Thanks so much for sharing Elizabeth and Bleubeard!

Marlynn said...

I am wordless and so impressed. YOu and Bleubeard are to be congratulated on such an inspirational post. Thank you! hugs to Wendy from Harley.

Her Art Nest said...

What a clever post...loved going on tour of your studio. What an inspiration to be able to make your own paper. Thanks for sharing your very creative space! Your kitty is adorable. Hugs, Nancy

Angela Weimer said...

Thankyou Bleubeard for the wonderful tour. What a great post and wonderful work spaces. All organized and full of crafty goodies. Thanks so much for the tour and have a wonderful weekend. Angela

NanE said...

Bleubeard, you were a fine tour guide! Please tell Elizabeth that I stopped by and she has a fabulous space, and thanks for stopping by my blog as well!

Miss Sandy said...

Oh my goodness, I completely adore the tour guide! Your handmade paper just reached out and grabbed my attention - LOVE the stuff. I recently purchased a kit of frames and instructions to learn the art of paper making. I would love to have cubbies full of it like you have in your studio. Thank you for sharing.

Sylvia Drown said...

Bluebeard, thank you for such a wonderful tour of such a wonderful studio! Looks like you have so much room and I love all the cubbies! Thanks for visiting Baxter's Mom's Studio and all the lovely comments!!! Found my yellow pots at JoAnn's on clearance for $.50 each...aren't they the best pen holders??

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! It inspires me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

luluslovlies said...

You are amazing with the space you have created, don't you just love shoe bags that hang on doors, just so handy for every little thing, I think I need a few more! Enjoy blog hopping, and hop on over sometime, there are sure a lot to visit! XOXO

Julie Ranae said...

A wonderfully inspiring creative space...thank you for sharing it with us : ) Hope you will stop by Julie's Open Window and take a peek inside...and make sure you bring Bluebeard by to meet my Lucy : )

Jane said...

Wow, what a LOT of art supplies! Really enjoyed the tour - you & BlueBeard both did a great job of showing us around. Would love to come visit & "play"!

Jane - Jacksonville

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

WOW great space and great organization ...you have so many supplies. I love all that you are into. Love handmade paper and love your paper storage. INSPIRING!

happy day!

Debby said...

Hi Elizabeth,

What a fun visit I have had with Bleubeard showing me around. You have a great space here, over~flowing with so many art goodies. I love your stacks of homemade paper, yummy!!!
Hugs,
Debby

Linda Robinson said...

I just adore your Kitty And bleubeard was the perfect host... My kitty's didn't show off my craft room at all, And wow what a craft room you have... all kinds of wonderful goodies to play with, I am off to check out the rest of your blog!

Hugs, Linda

Pearl Maple said...

How sweet to have bluebeard as a tour guide, can just imagine like many kitty's he's been inclinded to help a little from time to time

Appreciated all your organisational ideas too

Connie K. said...

Bluebeard thank you for showing me around..please let Elizabeth know I was here and that I am so amazed ..she makes her own paper! Fabulous...
Thank her for stopping by and the nice comment..

. said...

Thanks for the great tour Bleubeard, I hope your mum gives you extra tuna after all that hard work. (gave me ideas for next year, Charlie has a new job... on top of his secretary duty that is : ) You have great spaces to work in, lots of things to look at.

Roberta said...

Wonderful tour of your spaces and do not appologize for too many photos...cause I need all the visual aids that you can find...lol You have a lot to tools and a place for everything which is good so that you can be productive...as you said. I thought I had alot of stuff and did it all...but you are the queen of quite a lot! Have a great week and thanks for visiting my post as well. Fondly, Roberta
http://con-tain-it.typepad.com

Patti said...

Wow, studio envy, or should I say storage envy?! I am desperately in need of organizational help and love all your photos... some great ideas! I'll bet you can focus on one thing at a time:)

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my goodness! I would love to snoop through your studio. And to top it off you have a beautiful kitty to keep you company! Thank you both for the tour!

blumensnapdragon said...

That has to be the largest studio space I have ever seen! Is there anything you don't know how to do? Paper making, glass tumbler, solder, crayon making (just kidding). I am still in shock. I appreciate your visit and sweet comments-my mom read them as well. xo devon

She said...

Thank you to you both for such a wonderful tour! Loved it. Please tell Bluebeard that he is gorgeous and me and my Jess would welcome both any time! S xxx

Melly said...

What an adorable host :) your space is so wonderfully organized it must be such a pleasure to create in.

Gail said...

Elizabeth and Bluebeard, thank you for showing us your space. You are a talented pair. I found it fascinating to learn of each craft your create. The things you do require sturdy surroundings for sure, it sure would not do to dye fabric on a fancy piece of funiture, and I know about soap making, since I do that, too (but did not share about that), creams and such. So I do understand your space and find it very well thought out and very useful.
Hugs
Gail
Big Horn Mountain Creations

Debbie~ said...

Wowza! You're creative 'spaces' are fantastic, you have to be one of the most creative bloggie folks I've seen, very inspiring! Thanks so much for letting bleubeard show us around, it's been fun! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Eden Clare O'Meara said...

Thank you Elizabeth and Bluebeard you too are inspiring to visit. Your sentiments were ever so sweet...blessings to you Eden.

Eden Clare O'Meara said...

ooops...Bleubeard and Elizabeth...its so very late...a quarter to three in the morning to be exact...forgive my misspellings at this hour! Eden

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Great space! And soooo many supplies to drool over!

Kirsty.a said...

Wow!!!
Thanks you Bluebeard for your enlightening tour. Elizabeth is a true artist at work. Amazing to see your studio

Creative Grammie said...

I'm so impressed you know where everything is, you have so much! I love it! So, how lucky are you to have two places to play and create in. Everything is organized and in its place.
Thanks Bluebeard for such a wonderful tour!

Tess said...

You have gobs of fab supplies to play with, lucky you. And so much space, again lucky you. Thanks for the tour and thank you to Bluebeard for starting such a great tour.
Tess

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

Dearest Bluebeard,
It was a pleasure to meet you and you are a fine host indeed. Elizebeth... your " home studio" is amazing..creative tools tucked in every nook and cranny are signs of a very creative spirit!
Loved the tour an thanks for your visit...Dandelion Workshop is open!
Happy Creating,
Deb

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Wow...you have a wonderful crafting room and studio! Thanks for sharing your style and creativity!

Kathy said...

Wow! what a feast of photos thank you so much for our guided tout of Elizabeth's craft space!

Hels Sheridan said...

WOW
You & Bleubeard have managed to do something that no one else has ever done...

You have left me...

speechless!!!!

An amazing work area ... I am grrrrrreeen with envy at all that storage and it is so organised... I wanna come play!

Hugs x

The Paper Princess said...

Wow, Bluebeard, what an AMAZING creative space Elizabeth has! Tsunami and I could have SO much fun in her workspace! Of course, I suppose, we'll never be invited... Oh well, our Mom, Ramona, will sure love these pics!

Hugs
Legend (who is taking over for the day!)
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Dorthe said...

Elizabeth, wow, you have got lots of gorgeus things,plased greatly on each his own place. Love all your handmade paper, and their storage, and the glue place ,-oh my, I would love to go through your wonderfull shelves full of all a heart can wish for.
Hugs, Dorthe

Pam @ Frippery said...

What a wonderful and efficient space for creating. You have some great storage and so many yummy supplies to work with! Thanks Bleubeard, for the lovely tour!

Jeanne said...

You have so many great supplies. It would be fun to come and play in your creative space. Love the over-the-door shoe holders. I have a couple of them too and they are great to hold all sorts of things. Your stash of handmade paper is so amazing and so well organized. I can tell that alot of serious art making goes on in this space! Thanks for the tour!
xo
jeanne

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

An amazing creative space with everything once could imagine.

I feel so *validated* after looking at many people's storage,(especially those of mixed media artists), to know that what I have and save is not junk needing to be thrown out (as certain extended family might hint at) but my own inspiration and treasures just waiting to be used in a creative endeavor.

What I *need* to do is ORGANIZE all my treasures.

Thanks for the inspiration. GREAT space!

happy day and thanks for stopping by!

Leah C said...

You have two creative spaces...wow...lucky you! I've never seen so many tools; I bet you create a lot of beautiful, wonderful things:) Love the idea of making a desk out of an old door! Bluebeard was the perfect host; thanks so much for sharing your creative places with us:)
P.S. And thank you for stopping by to see my place!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I made it over! Thanks for visiting me! I was trying to go in alphabetical order, but had to start jumping around; I saw you are up to "F". God bless you! : ) I wish I had your space! You did give me a great idea for using those plastic shoe storage holders {on your door}. What a great way to keep things where you can see them.

Kiki said...

Wow...you kitty is so super adorable..i am smitten!! Wonderful tour..ao many goodies and awesome storing..awesome! It would be fun to go through all those treasures! And such a beautiful tea..just beautiful!
thankyou for this wonderful tour!!
And thankyou for visiting me too..
Kiki, Heart of a Wizardess

Niki said...

I really enjoyed seeing your space! It looks like you have a lot of "crafting" interests...and a great collection of tools. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

I can't believe the size of your room! It looks huge! I think it's all your wonderful shelving and storage. And your furry little assistants are too sweet.:)

Linda64 said...

Thankyou for visiting my blog. Really like your creative space. Really looks like a great place for doing all sorts of creative things.
Hugs

Embellished Bayou said...

Great space, and lovely host! Looks like you've got alot of great storage, thanks for sharing & for visiting my space as well.

sandy said...

I'm MOST impressed with all that goes into MAKING YOUR OWN PAPER! Very creative also to use those shoe holders! Thanks also for stopping by my space. I'm STILL working through the list.

Oh, and I've signed up to follow you! sandy

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You have an amazing stash of supplies. All that paper! And you made most of it? I'm very intrigued by that process.

Your tour guides were awesome...thanks for the tea!

Tins and Treasures said...

You have an amazing studio...and your lovely cat was a gracious hostess. I'm impressed that you have made it through the letter H. It will still be a while before you get to me!

Thank you for sharing your creative space. Have a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

FILIGREE MOON said...

Bluebeard is a fabulous tour guide! Love the studio and creative spaces you both share. Love your creations and storage solutions, especially the paper storage unit and, of course, the peek at the papers too! Thank you for your kind words at my studio post. ~ Angela

Lulabelle said...

WOW! What great creative spaces you have and so much stash! I have promised to make some paper with my 6yr old grandson over the weekend, he loves getting in my studio! Thanks for sharing!

InMyOwnStyle said...

What a clever way to present your studio to us. Bleubeard is pretty cute. I have Trax, he helps me out quite a bit as well as get in the way. He has made it into a few of my posts.

I am not only impressed with your work space and all the various crafts you do, but that you are all the way through the "i"s in the links. I am so glad Karen is leaving up the link as it is so inspiring. I do have a question - What do the letters WOWYY stand for on your sewing machine cover?
Thanks for the tour - I think you deserve an award for visiting the most links.
My best - Diane

bee'nme said...

Hi Elizabeth & Bleubeard!

What a glorious tour of your wonderful craft spaces!! I'm blown away by the sheer volume of your supplies and how organized they are! Love how even the holes in the cinder block are used for storage! :o) I would dearly love to get lost in your incredible stash!! I really admire your work on journals and with fabrics, etc. Lovely!! I'm hoping to do journal-making someday...you have certainly inspired me!

Thanks so much for your visit and kind words about my creative space. I hope to make it all the way through all the incredible studios, but alas, I'm not as far along as I had hoped...

Bleubeard is one rockin' cat, BTW...just wanna smootch that sweet face!

Have a blessed Sunday, and happy creating!!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky

Debrina said...

Hello Elizabeth - well, here I am - better late than never (don't I always say that??). Ha ha. Anyways - thanks to Bluebeard for the grand tour of your marvellous studio! Wow - can I spend a day at your place? No wait - make that a week; no, a year! Lol. Oh and thanks so much for popping on by and giving me some feedback both on my art fair pieces and also making some uselful suggestions as to how I could get my template sorted out. In teh end, I just got rid of the thing and put a new one in place. Much better now.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow! amazing! i'm thinking i need one of those over the door shoe organizers!

Jenxo said...

oh Wow, it would be so fun to come and create at your place, love your pics and you are so well organised...

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I have a couple of daughters who are nuts about this kind of thing. I will have to pass your address along.

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*jean* said...

wooweee!! such a great use of space and everything in it's place...what a joy it must be to create here

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thank you Bleubeard for the fun tour. You and your mistress have a wonderful space! Thank you for sharing it with us.

fairyrocks said...

Love your Studio!!!
So much creativity all carefully organized, Love that you make your own paper too!!

Sherry F. said...

I am also a papercrafter and love it! I think it is great that you make your own paper. I actually had tried it at one time and it is a lot of work! I am more on the designing side of papercrafts. You have however inspired me to give it another try. I will let you know how it goes... That could be scary! Take care and Thanks~ Sherry F.

elle said...

I'm a coffee drinker but Yvonne suggested I come visit and I'm very happy to have been so graciously welcomed. I'm converting from the dry stuff, fabric, to all this mixed media stuff. The mention of a flood made me wince as I have a very wet basement so I'm looking for alternatives to my current sewing playroom. Great tour! Thanks! I think I'll stop by the Desert Cottage on my way home! 8^)

JoZart said...

Wow and Wow again. Amazing tour of your spaces. So well organised. I'm going to have to look again and again... thanks for sharing,
Jozarty

the gypsy said...

Wow - you're ready for any and all crafts, and so well organized! Please thank Bleubeard for the tour, he did and excellent job and is such a cute kitty!

Incipient Wings said...

Hello, I just took the tour of your studio.Bluebeard is gorgeous!
and so polite!
my studio is also 8x10. I love how you have used the shoe organizers. i have them set up like that too, lot's of artificial flowers in them.
Thank you for visiting and for your heartfelt words.
Thank you.

Plumrose Lane said...

Oh my Bluebeard... what a fabulous location Elizabeth has to work in but I must say, you have to be the best part of it all ~ what a handsome companion!
♥Sharon