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A tour of my Studio

Sunday, March 02, 2014

emoticon To my studio!

I have converted my formal living room to my Studio!
The color scheme is red & turquoise...I just love that color combo.
What prompted me to create in this space in the first place...well I saw a kitchen island that would have been a great sewing room work table. The Problem:it was $900. Yikes emoticon Hubby was not having it and frankly, me neither. I put on my thinking hat emoticon and repurposed what I had to make a great work table. I put my formal dining room table (we never used it) against a wall, added risers under the legs to make the table taller and then used closet organizers to create an under the table storage unit.

I had an antique armoire
that I store my material and my prized possessions: Quilts that my Mother, Grandmother, Oma and Ma made...priceless all of them!

My Daily sewing machine is a Singer Featherweight. I ordered it from England!

I also have a 1909 Singer Treadle~great for going off the grid!

And I have my Mother's Singer.

The best suggestion I have to organize tools is a peg board. Did you know you could paint them? You can! Just use a roller to apply the paint in thin layers.
I painted mine turquoise.

I used some embroidery hoops to frame my favorite fabric and I even put a panel of the fabric on the end of my flea market desk that I painted red.
Look at that desk! Can you tell that it has a glass top and look I have placed decorative pieces inside..Ha! I took all the drawers out of the desk and now I just have cubbies!

I have done a lot of different type crafts over the years...
I have cross stitched

I have done needle point

I have Paper toiled

I pieced and quilted a wall hanging all by myself:) When I grow up, I want to be a quilter like my Mother:)

I embroidered this last summer: Zentangle inspired

And I Zentangle & read at my Mother's antique desk in my Studio

The room is special to me because it houses memories of all the Artisans in my family who came before me. Here is my final picture, the painting my Helen painted for me:

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my creative space.

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    ::gasps:: I don't know where to begin ... wait, it's GOT to be your Helen's painting, I think. She is an artist and that painting sums it up for all of us. She's captured that one element that's centered around our homes and lives and loves and memories of warmth and caring down through the generations from gr8 gr8 g8's to gr8 g8's to gr8 grandmothers and mothers and daughters and even our men, all over the world. The sewing machine that mended the tare and re-purposed the outworn, giving creative outlets to all. It's like ... the real hearth of the home. I have a HUGE old desk (used to belong to a preacher who held Bible studies and prayer meetings round it) that would make me a PERFECT *new* work center for crafts or trying out the zendoodling that I've doodled but never zened. Thank you for sharing and I love the re-purposing of your living room too. Living rooms are sooo museum gallery now-a-days. Back in the old days they WERE the craft room for the family!! Sewing, wood carving, embroidery, etc., was all DONE there, as a family, before it just became an empty hole to store (showcase) stuff. Beautiful armoire!!
    2349 days ago
    What a great space! I really like the old sewing machines - reminds me of my grandmother's treadle.
    2354 days ago
    It looks like such a happy place. I love "old" antiquated things. My room is chock full of stuff from my grandmother and great-grandmother. Stunning room emoticon
    2355 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Oh, I am so jealous!
    2356 days ago
    Cyn ~ It is GORGEOUS!!!! I LOVE it!!!! I don't have a studio here, but when I move that is a positive MUST!!!! I have great ideas & the stuff to do it with, just need the space!!!! I'll need to make a worktable too!!!! I have an old Singer to but it is the electrified treadle one!! Looks like the treadle one, but powered instead of treadle My Great Grandmother & Grandmother were both quilters but I don't have any of their quilts!! My GM was a crocheter too!! And my GGM was a tatter!!!! I would LOVE to learn to tat!!!! I want to learn to crochet too!! I have done counted cross, xstitch, crewel, needlepoint, regular embroidery, helped on a quilt at church, & MINIMAL sewing experience!!!! I will need a good sized studio because I need space for my jewelry work & then for my sewing/handicrafts stuff!!!! AND, after Lifebook, maybe for that too!!!! I have a small antique desk that I will use for my zentangling!!!!

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    2356 days ago
    Beautiful! and great use of space, it has me thinking!
    2356 days ago
  • BONBON561
    Love the antique sewing machines I have one myself and an antique cabinet with out the machine
    2356 days ago
    I admire and appreciate your giftedness! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures with us.
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    2357 days ago
    Beautiful area! Loved the quilts; what a treasure!
    2357 days ago
    Wow that is a creative haven. Love your area....and a bit jealous LOL
    2357 days ago
  • POPSY190
    This is wonderful, characterful and beautiful,. I just love the singer sewing machine motif. My great aunt was a dressmaker with a hand operated one and my mother had a treadle version.
    I'm looking forward to the zentangling. I'm in our library now.... Must see what they hav e in that line on the shelves!
    Thank you for sharing your space.
    2357 days ago
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