May 13, 2009

I have been a busy bee...

Sorry to have been away for awhile...but I have been very BUSY! I have been re-vamping and re-orgainizing my Studio! It may not be the most beautiful space...I don't think it would make it into "Somerset Studios"...but I have everything right at hand, out where I can clearly see it. And instead of being hidden away from the rest of the family in an extra bedroom or an out of the way bonus room, I am right in the middle of everything...so I don't miss a thing!

I work from home running my Craft/Party/Ebay/Etsy/Gift Business and my studio is also a creative spot for scrapbooking, sewing, quilting and anything else that gets your creative juices flowing! And the best thing about it is that you can leave right in the middle of a project and return to find it waiting for you! No need to put it all away midstream to use the dining room table! (I did a lot of that over the years!) With a family of seven there was never much "extra" space!

It was a big job! You know how it goes...every time you move one thing around it has a ripple effect...I gave myself until today to have it completed...and it is DONE! Whew!

No excuse now...I must get to work (or should I say play)!
Hope you enjoy the pictures...

This is a picture coming up the stairs to my studio. I try to use that exercise bike...I really do!

Ooops, you caught me with my TV on...I have a Bernina 1090 sewing machine, about 12 years old...it runs like a dream!ooooh fabric...Mason Jars are great for "See-Thru" storage!I hung my ribbon & tulle on tension curtain rods!This window looks out into our Atrium! It is a 4-walled atrium that has windows looking into our kitchen, living room, entry area, and hallway downstairs and upstairs into my studio!
Looking down into the atrium...it was difficult to get a good photo because of all the glare...
This is the view from that same window gazing above the atrium.
My "packing" area...
The view from the window of my packing area...the garden is growing and the Japanese Maple tree is filling out!
This is looking down from the top of the stairs leaving my studio...my african violets are blooming.
In addition to my studio at the top of our stairway...as you come up to the right are my two daughters bedrooms and their bathroom, and to the left is a guest room. My studio is in the center of the upstairs, kind of like a large loft!
Well...there you are...my "Creative Treehouse"!
I hope you enjoyed the tour!


53 comments:

Faye said...

Carie,I have missed you!I can see you have been very busy!Looks good!Hope you have a great evening! Blessings, Faye

vivian said...

what a great space you have for creating! I love it. And I LOVE how you used the tension rods to hold your ribbons! I hope you wont mind if I borrow that idea!
You have a lovely home!
hugs
vivian

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am so jealous. I called my husband into the room to show him what you did with this room. You did an amazing job! I have been working on coming up with the right space to do something like this. What a perfect location! I am proud of you that you stuck with it and finished it. Loved that you shared it.

koralee said...

wow....it's beautiful...you are one lucky girl to have that much space!! My family would never see me if i had that lovely spot....one day maybe..i don't know what it looked like before but the finished product is inspiring!!! The organization is amazing...i love your mason jars and ribbon area!!!

Acorn Cottage said...

WOW! It turned out wonderful Carrie? When can I come over and play? I'm ready to do all my Christmas wrapping at your house!
You did a great job! Very organized. Don't you feel great now? Lucky to have such a nice space and still be able to smell bread baking in the oven or family walking in the door. To heck with Somerset Studios...Why do you think they have 6-7 featured people? Because those are the only 6 0r 7 that have a studio like that, the rest of us are living what I call "regular unleaded" lives, but I sure do love all my blog friends! I think we are the best, most creative, friendly people around.

Deborah said...

Oh My Goodness! I am ever so jealous! It's as if you designed my fantasy room, Bernina sewing machine and all! Best use of a loft ever! I scrapbook too. Running over to check out your Esty store right now!! **blows out of breath kisses** Deborah

Ruby Red Slippers said...

WHat a beautiful space for work/crafting!
You are so amazingly organized-I love it!

debi @ life in my studio said...

Your studio is wonderful!! You have so much storage...love all the shelves!

Barb said...

WOW!! Must be heavenly to have all those floor to ceiling shelves.
Mine are all mickey mouse, brackets, bricks, unmatched everything!!
Would love to have a room like that. Have the space, just not fixed up so nice. Maybe someday.

Thanks for coming by.

blessings,
barbara jean

Arlette said...

You have such a lovely and roomy studio to work in. Sure wish mine looked like yours. So neat and tidy and everything in it's place.
Now to keep it that way, huh? LOL
Aloha!

Holly said...

Well I think it's magazine worthy, Carrie! ♥ Everything so organized and colorful! Good job!

Are you shelves built in- attatched?

My house has loft capabilities and I've dreamed of making it my studio, too!

craftydiane said...

What a fantastic studio! I have always wanted a place with shelves from floor to ceiling. You are so lucky!
Have a Blessed Day,
Diane

sweetiepie said...

Wow, you have a beautiful studio. What a creative space you have. The view is great! You have a lovely home.

Elyse said...

GASP! i am in total awe of your studio and your home -- beautiful!!! i love the mason jars filled with supplies. how inspiring!!!!!!!!!

xo

clare's craftroom said...

For once I am speechless . What an amazing studio , so organised and crafty . I really must do something about mine ,take care .

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Wow! Your space is dream come true...looks like the perfect place to whip up a scrapbook page or sew a quilt! Beautiful...

Xandra

ittybittybirdy said...

What a blessing to have sooooooooooo much space and those shelves! WOOO WEEEEE!

Crafty Wonderland was great. It was my first time as a vender and just being there too. You can only put in a request every other month. I'm thinking I'll try for August.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog~ It's so nice to make new friends. Especially with someone so close!

Hugs~
Chelsea Ann

Craftpassion said...

I am drooling while looking at your photos. I told my hubby that I really need a proper craft room, a place where I can store an organise my craft supplies. I love your house, so homey and cozy!!!!

Diane said...

Well I must say you did a fantastic job, what a great Studio ready for a magazine to photograph it! I love all the different storage areas, jealous.... yes.
Hugs& Kisses , Diane

Charmingdesigns said...

Your room is Wonderful!!!! Please tell me more...I'll try googling and see if it comes up. Thanks for the heads up. Laurie

Happy @ Home said...

Hi Carrie,
Thank you for stopping by today and taking the time to introduce yourself and congratulate me on winning the giveaway. I am always happy to meet new blogging friends. Your studio is amazing. You have done a wonderful job organizing it and it looks like a paradise for a talented lady like you.

I will be back to visit.

LisaShaw said...

Hey Carrie and welcome back! Beautiful space and photos! I will have to visit your Craft business. Ok go play (smile).

Love ya.

Cottage Pink Perfection said...

Carrie,
Thanks for stopping by to visit my new blog. It is always nice to visit with a new friend! I've added you to my list of favorites. Do come back!

God Bless You!
Marie

Patti Cakes said...

What a nice room you have there. Mine is pretty small but at least I have one. It's nice to have a place to work.

Yes my background is new. I got it from Shabbee Chick. I love red.

Big hugs

The Pink Door said...

wow love the pictures auntie ;)
haven't really sen the inside of your house..and your studio oh wow it's awesome!! You're so lucky to have that big space, I would so take advantage of that. Hopefully one day..in my craft world dreams I will have a studio of my own.

ox
Breezy
The Pink Door

Pam said...

Wow that is a girls dream come true! Can I come live in that room...haha I love it.
Pam
Cocomama

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I'm in heaven and so jealous!!! man oh man is your room neat and tidy and organized and I am speechless..it looks fabulous..I need a bigger room...more shelving..I love, love...loooovvvveee your new room!!! you have worked hard and it shows...don'tcha just love having everything in its place? I work so much better when its tidy..thats just me though...

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a fabulous studio - it is huge! Love all the storage area, the many different work stations for projects on the go, and your clever ideas - such as the ribbon rod! Have fun in your lovely work area.

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

Your studio loft is wonderful! And so organized. There's nothing better than having a space of your own from which to create.

Connie said...

Carrie, Thanks for stopping over with a comment. I have been enjoying myself looking at your scraproom. I love the big brick wall. I imagine that is a fireplace on the other side.
Also love your signature font ~~ it's readable ! Do you happen to know what font that is ? I find myself with a huge collection as I love a choice.
I do enjoy your blog.

Renee said...

What a great space and so organized.

Amazing.

Love Renee xoxo

Utah Grammie said...

Oh. My. Heck! What a magnificent place to work, play and love! Beautiful...I wanna come play!!

Judi said...

Oh my goodness..I would NEVER want to leave that room! You have everything there at your fingertips unlike me.. :o( I just don't have the room...everything is so nicely organized. That is definately very inspiring for working...love it!
thank you for sharing.
It was so nice to have you visit me...come back again soon.
Judi

Fabulous Frau in the Aussie Bush said...

Hi Carrie, lovely of you to visit me - so glad you liked the 'tour' - there will be more of those. It's raining and windy today so no miniature pony pictures I'm afraid - but soon I promise! LOVE your studio set up - I think I have space and neatness envy *grin*. It looks fantastic and must be very inspiring to work in. Gold star for you - and two for being such a super mummy. Lovely to meet you. Suzy ;)

Patti Cakes said...

John and I are going to clean the sunroom and garage tomorrow. It's a mess.

I'm feeling better today.

Hugs

Kim G. said...

What fun!! Look at all of those shelves! I'm jealous! And an atrium to boot! Love your green back yard, Japanes Maples are my favorites, right up there with Dogwoods. Have a great weekend!

Amy said...

Looks great and so organized!!! I am going to revamp my studio in a few months. It will be a big project but I am looking forward to it. You did a great job and beautiful views!!

Acorn Cottage said...

Hi Carrie,
It's me again! One of the tunes I have is from a group in Texas called the Bentones, but when I've tried looking for their music, they only have a link through facebook I guess to order their c.d.'s through. I'm going to have to get the college student to help me out in that Dept. My favorite artist is Stephane Grapelli, who is a jazz violin player, but they don't have many selections for his music. I'm glad you like my choices and it's always nice hearing from you! Have a great weekend!

Char5 said...

WOW! What a wonderful studio! I have finally updated my little blog a bit and was taking a moment to stop by and visit some of my favorite spots, too. I am simply blown away at what a wonderful place you have to work on your projects. My husband may have to get some more shelves up for me--hmmm, if you get a slightly irrate email from a man in WV, you will know that I have put him to work LOL! Hope you are having a wonderful week-end.

Your Cozy Pal,
Charlotte

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Carrie,

I am TRYING not to COVET your craft room or be SUPER jealous...

I also had my hubby look at your room so he will get some ideas for mine...once and if it ever gets done!! You can go way back in my posts to see my craft room..don't weap for me...LOL...when you see it!!!
Off to cry in the pillow...
Deb :)

zoe said...

Dear Carie:)
So great to see your beautiful home sweet home! Thanks for the tour i really enjoy so much looking & admire thus jealous you have such COZY BIGGGG studio! Mine have to share with my hubby...

Btw Thanks SOOOOO MUCH! i love your motivation to me:) YOU such a lovely lady! My pleasure and lucky to know you here.

xoxo
Zoe

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grammy said...

I haven't read everyones comment, but they all probably say the same thing.. WOW... love it. What a great and inspiring spot to work in. Where do I go to see what you make?

Florence and Mary said...

What an amazing studio you have. I am hoping to move from my parents at the end of the year I can't wait to create my own craft room.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope to see you there again soon.

Victoria xx

The Little Uke's Cukes! said...

Oh my gosh Carie!!!!!! HOW BEEEEEEUUUTIFULLL!!! TY so very much for stopping by our blog ~ Gussy Dog and I are so flattered. I can only hope that one day we will be that organized here (NOT A CHANCE ~LOL)~ We are about an hour south of Passaic in Point Pleasant Beach, and just 3 blocks from the cold, roaring sea!
MMMMMMMM...and that recipe ~ just what we need!!
Hugs, NEBS & Gussy Dog

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Your studio is wonderful! What a delightful spot and I'm sure it's easy to find inspiration there!

And your blog is looking just as cute as ever! :)

Marie said...

Thanks so much for visting my blog and leaving your lovely comment. I just love your studio! What a beautiful workspace and home! I'm so impressed! I have to do most of my work on our kitchen table and am always being nagged by the big guy to clear it off! I would so love to have studio space like you have. You're so lucky!

Michelle said...

Hi Carle How lovely your studio is ,Thank you for the photographic tour.So nicely planned out.

Vee said...

That space looks amazing and I see no reason why it wouldn't be featured in any publication. Wonderful job...no wonder you've been busy!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Be still my heart. You are living in Craft Heaven. Thanks so much for sharing all the great ideas and beautiful pix!

Cottage Pink Perfection said...

Thanks for the lovely tour of your studio. It looks so organized. I know you will spend many creative hours there. Enjoy it now that it is completed, Sigh........

Big Smiles,
Marie

Tracy said...

Your organization is incredible! I would have never considered using muffin tins, but what a great idea. I do actually have one of those Pampered Chef carousels that I have craft supplies in. I don't have a dedicated space at this time...maybe someday. I love your ideas. I'm taking notes! = )

AverettLadyNana said...

I just LOVE your studio!!!

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