I’ve had lots of people ask me if they can have a peek at my studio… Finally I’ve been able to find the time to take photos.. When I have some more time, I will edit this post and include more detailed shots. ;)
This shelving unit is home to all manner of things… Old books and book pages for mixed media canvases and layouts, inks, laces, stamps and pads, journalling spots, die cuts,hand made embellishments, raw chipboard, Heidi swapp chipboard alphas, mists… Photos…. The list is endless… Of top of the units I have three gorgeous lace tins from ikea that house all my coloured sharpies, foam brushes, paint brushes, tools and bits that I don’t use every day.
This is also the home of a primitive teddy bear I made many years ago.. He hold a dear place in my heart and is my fathers namesake, aptly named Harry.
I’ve also homed a few Willowtree figures there, that too hold a special place in my heart, given to me by my best friend, my husband and my children.. I love having little pieces of my life close to me while I create.
Beside the shelf, I’ve got a concertina folder filled with paper scraps, sorted by colour. The pizza boxes are my misting boxes, so that I don’t get those glorious bamboo floors covered in ink!
This photo shows my studio from the top, after walking though a double spaced bulkhead. I love that I have space and light. Not that you’d notice in this dark picture, sorry.
My beautiful desk was built for me by my wonderful husband from a reclaimed door. The door was salvaged from the ACT (Australian Capital Territory – Canberra) forest after a massive brushfire ripped through it about 10 years ago. The door dates back somewhere near the beginning of the 1900s and has pre patented door ringer and knocker, handle and locks. I will one day research these items of hardware and try and get a secured timeframe. It has a beautiful piece of glass in the top. We have rubbed back the edges, to show the layers of paint that has been applied over time. Yes… I love this desk. :)
The caddy was find of the century. $20 on a blog. Right place right time. I have to thank a beautiful friend of mine, Debbie and her wonderful husband Dave for getting it down to me, as it was located in Sydney and shipping was a nightmare, so Dave brought it down when he was on business. Glitter and all, much to his disgust. Hahah
I love hanging out in my studio, though it takes me away from the love of my life, so what better way to have him close, than to give him his very own work station. He has everything he needs here to work for hours on his photos while I play with paper.. And when he’s not here, I’m playing with his photoshop programs and Wacom tablet. <3 (ofcourse, he wishes he had a giant area.)
..the cute chairs that we have in the studio were reclaimed and painted by a local reclaimed furniture artist. (Is that what they are called?) I love theM. We’ve got two white ones and a red one. The red is magnificent.
..this gorgeous cupboard (and matts desk) were bought from office works. The cup oars are large enough in the door sections to hold 2 x kaiser paper stands each, and have enough room for some 12×12 albums and paper pads to fit down the side. The drawers are deep and super big. They are wide enough to fit two packs of thickers side by side, which is what I have done with one of the drawers.. Yep..it’s filed with thickers, alpha steers, rub ons and other yummy sheets. the second drawer is file with tiny candy jars of bling, brads, resins, wood veneer, sequins, pins etc and the third holds All my dies, platforms and embossing folders.
.. This is the view from my doorway.
.. Matt is a photographer.. And I love collecting camera paraphernalia for him.. I love finding box brownies and bringing them home for him.
.. My desk is large enough to have all my tools on hand and still have enough room to spread out and make a mess…and make a mess I do, often… Though there is plenty of room for two- three more to come and scrap with Me.
.. These idea shelves hold little wooden drawers that I also got from ikea. They have vintage threads, alphas sorted by letter (abc, def etc), washi tape, flair buttons (a LOT of flair) paper flowers, ampersands, twines… and much more. My basket holds new embellishments which keep me inspired. I don’t keep a lot of embellishments because I don’t like to get bored Or have things date too much, small quantities are manageable. I have a massive hinge ring hooked to the wall and have used ikea shower curtain clips to hold ribbon which I’ve sorted by colour. The clips are almost identical to the clip it up system clips, but at a fraction of the cost.
.. These large seagrass baskets hold a lot of my tools, books and spare rolls of tape and foam dots, while the large white one holds all my minI albums and OTP.
the baskets at the side hold cards, paper flowers and tissue papers.
The tins on top hold wooden stamps and roller stamps, the mass of moustaches left over from Mirandas 12th birthday moustache bash. The stamp stand has a few blender tools and date stamps. The stand is vintage and was salvaged from an old office clean out. I also have little pieces of my childhood. A vintage noddy egg cup, a wind up rabbit, a little giraffe that has magnets at the front and back and made up part of a train of animals and a little kinder surprise toy that Miranda insisted I needed for my shelf. Gosh I love that little girl.
Well… That’s it… My studio.. The place where my ideas come to life.. The place that makes me happy… Where my family all love to hang out with me.