Wanna see where I work?!

Good morning all my lovelies!

I'm BACK! Hopefully on a regular basis! It's been hurtin' me not writing my blog for so long, but most days I didn't have the time to even turn on my computer. So I have a lot of catching up to do! But I was completely stuck for what I wanted this post to be about, so I figured since I have so many new additions to my crafting room, and I always wanted to show what my room looks like, I'll do that today!

Oh, but one thing I've been doing regularily is carrying around this little "Great Ideas" booklet everywhere I go and it's quickly filling up! Woohoo! I'm going to have a lot of new things to be listing in my etsy shop soon. Very Excited!

But if I'm going to show you all my workspace, maybe I should take some pics of it? Hmm.. maybe I'll do that now, and then get back to typing! Good idea? Good idea!!

Here we start off with my laptop. And on the screen is this very blog stopped at the point where I said I'd take pictures :) Off to the left is a radio - and I say radio because the cd player skips like crazy and drives me batty and always gets me very upset. So it's a radio. Off to the right is a printer. A stupid printer, but atleast it prints. Most of the time.

Now this is to the left of my radio. You can see a lot of.. crap? around, but hey, we all need to be surrounded by our inspirations, no? And are you wondering what may be in that white cabinet sitting on the desk? Well then, let's take a closer look, shall we?!

It's a photo printer! A stupid photo printer, but it prints. Most of the time. Problem is, at some point it decided to no longer connect to my laptop. It's plugged in at the hub like everything else, but it wants to be difficult. So if I want to actually print something from it, I have to first put the pics on a stick, plug in the stick, and print from there. But the funny thing is, and I say funny sarcastically of course, when I plug the stick into the photo printer, a message pops up on my computer saying "how would I like to view these photos". Hmm.. So the photo printer is just teasing me really. So we'll call it a bastard. On the left side of the bastard are all my camera supplies and attachements. I didn't take a close up of those because I don't want people thinking they need to come over and rob me.

And here's the other side of the white cabinet! Not as exciting as there are no bastards in here, but it does house all my photography books, paper and manuals. Plus my filing system thingy there, everything's colour coded! Now if I could just remember that it's in there, I'd put things in a lot more often instead of stuffing them in my drawer. Hmm..

I've always been in love with Tom and Jerry (or Jasper and Jerry like it originally was - for all us old folks out there who remember that!) And yes, I hate the newer ones where Tom and Jerry just do funny things to eachother as opposed to beating the crap out of eachother. I never once tried to smash my sister with a hammer because of Tom and Jerry thank you very much. So I fully agree with cartoon violence :) I also found these vintage Tom and Jerry cups at one of my favourite places to shop - the antique market! There are quite a few in this general area!

Some more inspiration! Where the Wild things are was one of my all time favourite books as a kid, and no I didn't run out and get these as soon as I heard the movie was coming out! I've had them for years. Although they stopped making them, and I don't have the full set, so now that the movie's out, maybe I can complete it?

I've been in love with Edward Gorey since I can remember, first reading his "Amphigorey" at my aunts house as soon as I learned to read. His GashlyCrumb Tinies were my favourite... so I guess you could call me a bit of a morbid weird kid?? With poems like "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, B is for Basil assaulted by bears, C is for Clara who wasted away, D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh" Brilliant I say! Brilliant!! I'm a huge fan, but I'm sure that was obvious at this point.

This is one of my newest editions to my room. I bought it from Zeropumpkin! I originally bought it for someone else as a Christmas present, but I'm sorry, there's no way I can give up 2 tiny heads in a tiny bottle.

One day I was sick and tired of constantly forgetting which drawer I was storing which supplies, so I wasted some time doing little lables tied on with hemp with little beads. We have "Beads, Stamps, Puppet Supplies, Old art" in the far corner, "Air Brush, Misc. Crafts" in the top left drawer, "Craft Paint" in the middle, "Cork, Magnets, Wood Supplies" in the bottom drawer. Next row we have (I'm sure your incredibly interested with this) "Pens, Pencils, Paper" in that top drawer, "Cross stitch, Crochet" supplies in the middle, and the bottom isn't labeled because it has a record player in it.

Here's the right side of the desk, which you can have a clear view of the stupid printer. Anyhoo, on this side I have "Pencil Crayons, Markers" in the top drawer, "Oil, Acrylics, Watercolour" in the middle drawer, and that bottom drawer isn't labelled either because it has framed pictures of my sisters because she has her junk stored all over the house, even in my closet. Nice. The end cabinet has "Canvas, SketchBooks" and a new addition which I haven't made a new label for, is Printed Photographs!

We're finally off the freakin' desk! Okay so this is to the left of me. I've got the good ol' drafting table with my large canvas at the side, and a shelving unit filled with more beading supplies and more inspiration! The large tote under my drafting table houses all my finished crochet projects, and the laundry basket above it is filled with canvas bags and in each canvas bag is a crochet work in progress! There's a good 15 bags in there right about now. Oy.

So here we are moving across the room. You can see my new lightbox! Weeeee! And all those totes under the table and off to the side? Ya, that's all my yarn. Do ya think I need to stop buying it and maybe start using what I already have? Now there's an idea. In the far corner you can kind of see my soup nazi hee hee, and underneath the table you can also kinda see my frames.. there's a pile standing up between the totes - those are the really large ones, and underneath some totes you can see another pile. (they're all in the white thin boxes). And of course, my newest furniture addition which I was extremely excited for, the desk!! Woohoo! Work space!

And this is what is on the desk - my sewing machine! So very excited. I thought I needed to buy a bunch of basic supplies first, which is why I haven't sewn anything yet, and since my mom was home (who's a sewer herself) I thought we'd go out together and she can show me everything I needed. But did you know that when you open the little compartment in the sewing machine, that it has all your basic supplies?! Whoops. I could have started sewing one heck of a long time ago!

I was practicing my stitches!! That fabric you see will soon be coasters! oooooooaaaaooooo exciting!

Finally we're on the forth wall! That brings me to a question, why is the number 4 spelled four but when it's 4th it's forth? Where does the u bugger off to? Anyhoo, that shelving unit is filled with my reference books at the top, plus all my art folders where I keep all my finished designs in them. Then you'll see my CRICUT machine (love my hubby) with of course, the Edward Gorey cat sitting on it. I also have all my paper, my clear craft keepers with my card supplies in there, and my little sizzix texture boutique thingy (love my hubby even more!) Off to the side there, I've got my tackle box of art supplies, my ribbons, my paper cutter, and underneath those are my irons. Yes, I have 2. My mom left them here for me. One of them I don't know how to use. A little too high tech with all those settings. I don't iron much.

And here I've got my most used supplies - all my glues, stamps, what have you! It seems a bit jumbled, but I swear it makes sense to me. :)

I had to put a close up of this guy who sits on the top of this shelving unit. It's the happiest turtle in the world! He was one of my first puppets years ago. Hee hee. He makes me laugh everytime I look at him!

Alright, so there you have my basic craft room! This is where I spend 80% of my time. The most work I've ever done, with the worst pay I've ever had. But I love it! There are going to be tons of new projects and new ideas going into place really soon, and now that my craft room is organized and set up the way I want it, hopefully I'll be able to accomplish all of that!

I hope you all enjoyed viewing my work room! How does yours compare to mine? Is yours cluttered with inspiration, or incredibly simple and clean?!


Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thanks for the peek into your work space! I LOVE Edward Gorey - he is one of my favorites. I would so love visiting his home (now a museum) on the Cape. I also spotted some Where the Wild Things Are figurines that I'd die to have! My friend made me a great Max ornament for Christmas - looks exactly like the Sendak illustration. I'll cherish him forever.
Have a great day, Kat! Theresa
PS My work space is quite cluttered, unfortunately (although I DO know where everything is).

Creative Dragonfly said...

Your workspace looks really good! Mine I'm ashamed to say is not quite so organized. I've promised myself that I will better organize my workspace and at that point I may take some pics and post.

Bethany Dirksen said...

Wow, that was detailed! Thanks for sharing. It's always fun to see where people create. You have a wonderful space. I shared about my studio space a few weeks ago on my own blog. Everyone loved it!


Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I love to see how other artists create and where. Yours is great. Very tidy. Mine is cramped and messy. I kinda have my stuff strewn all through the house, to my husbands dismay. Thanks for sharing!

Bethany, your studio is so cool!

ANASHD said...

I like it...but where will you put the baby when he/she gets here? Oh...that's why -I- don't have a room like that!! Dang it!!
My office/craft room is the dining room table, my recliner and side table, just wherever i find space. I DID start to make a craft room when my oldest son went to basic training, but then my 18 year old moved back in so we kind share the room now. I try to stay out because it smells!!!!
Did I mention he was 18 years old??

leslie (crook) said...

I love seeing other people's work spaces! Thanks!

Oh, and four --> fourth, with a 'u'. The word 'forth' means forward, moving on. ;-) I am a Red Pen Queen ... you will come to hate me.

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