Thursday, July 14, 2011

Welcome to my HAPPY place!!!!

My family and I just relocated to Arizona. We bought a great house!! As we are settling this and that, I'm running around like crazy trying to set up my art space. Our 11 year old asked Daddy one day, "How come Mommy's art room always gets set up first when we move?" My husband's reply, "Well honey, Mommy HAS to have her HAPPY PLACE." Talk about hitting the nail on the head.!! :) Does my husband know me or what!! My art room is my calming place. So, welcome to a glimpse into my happy little world. It's about 11x16 feet, with a 14 foot closet. It's former life was a formal dining room we closed in.

First up, one side of my closet has a cozy little nook. I turned this into my office.

Above my desk I put up shelves to hold gifts from family and friends, and things my kids made when they were little. As you have seen from this blog. I love color. I like to surround myself with things that inspire me.

This is the other side of the closet. A lot of my paper craft stuff is in here. Paints, glues, papers, scrap booking tools, tissue papers, and batting.

I also keep my ribbons, laces, trims, and buttons all out in the open so I can see them, and be inspired.!! I love to just stand there some times and just play with ribbons. !! :)

Now lets take a walk around the room. I LOVE my Ikea cubby!! And you can see my rubber stamp holder my husband made me.!!

Can you tell I like to be organized?! I don't want to have to guess where something is. I want to know!!! This Ikea is filled with all my quilting books, patterns, sewing supplies, strips, and in the process projects.

a closer look

The brown table is my all purpose table. You can also see my cutting table. The widows open up to the front yard. I get great natural lighting.

The quilt on the right I made in Bonnie Hunter's Crumb quilt class. That little quilt is one of my most favorite quilts.!! If you get a chance to take a class from her DO!!!! She is fabulous!! ( love ya Bonnie)

This is the whole wall shot. You can just see my sewing machine.

I painted wooden letters and made flowers out of yo-yo's, buttons and silk flowers leaves. I cut butterflies out of pre-printed fabric and used spray starch to stick them to the wall. 

My Sewing corner. I have two machines, DVD player, and my TV. I have three planning boards, that I made. They are not stuck to the wall so I can move them around. The square quilt over my machine is my 11 year old's first quilt. She is very proud of it. Next step is to help her quilt it.!!

Not long after I set this room up. My little fur babies made themselves at home. Can you see them.?? Hint-- look down.

When I pulled out the extension on my table it made a hole. So, I put a flat dog bed in there and presto!! They made it theirs. Zoey and Daisy don't like to be to far away from Mommy.. :):)

Of course they found the hole and told me that they wanted it.!! So what can ya do!! My happy place wouldn't be complete with out them.

This Ikea holds all of my art books, journals, yarns, ATC binders, and fabric.

I bought this piece at a used furniture store. I saw it and thought ..."All my fabric can go on this". The underside is stuffed full too!! The only problem is fabric is starting to bleed into both of the Ikea's too!! Yeah, Yeah, I know I have enough fabric!! (so says my husband)...... BUT I'm just not so sure!!!! A girl can NEVER have to much fabric, right??!! :)

My brown table also serves as my ironing board.  That is NOT a bag of trash. It is my scrap bag. When I'm working on a quilt project and have little bits and pieces left they go in there. When I need just a little piece I go digging in there. :):)       Up next, lets see what's in my drawers, shall we!!!! (giggle!!!)

Under my skirt, you will find all my carts and bags for lugging art stuff to all the fun places we artists like to go.!! :):)

In my Ikea drawers you will find cut strips, laces , trims, doilies, blocks, scraps, and all that other stuff you have to have.

As a mixed media artist, I have a collection of all those little teeny tiny bits that we tend to collect.

Some of my stuff I like to see. So, I come up with different ways to show them off.

As I said at the beginning, I like to surround myself with stuff that was made or given to me.

So, here are a few close up shots of my little treasures. :):)

Can you see why this is my HAPPY place?? It's not huge. But it's mine. And I LOVE it.
One last photo.

My daughter said, "Mom you need this lamp. It looks like it would go better in your space than mine." Isn't she just the sweetest!!!!! This lamp is perfect for my desk. :)

Well, that is the end of my HAPPY place tour. I hope you liked it. And found some idea's for storage and organizing. If you are an artist, you must make your self an art space. No matter how small, or big. You will be a happier person if you have a creative space. Even if you only have time once or twice a week to create. If you have a need in your heart to make something with your hands. Don't ignore it. Make it important. Trust me I've learned the hard way.!!  Thanks again for your time. Leave me a comment or two. I would love to hear what you thought about my place.!!           BLESSINGS to everyone who stopped by. :):)


DeeDee said...

So bright and cheery.. and you too are very organized... love the little one hiding.. my pommie was not in any pics ,..he runs away...hehehe! Love your studio... lets chat again soon

Tamatha said...

Love your wall color! In a previous studio, I painted the walls apple green. It makes all the treasures pop! It's so funny how your little dogs found a place to "kennel."

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Hi Sandie, Your space is just divine, I love all your color, just like your wonderful outgoing personality! Thank you for sharing your space and I hope you will have a chance to stop by my Space, Nooks and Crannies! Hugs and blessings my new bloggy friend! Marilou

Raine said...

Your space is sooo cheerful! I felt myself smiling about every nook, cranny & drawer. Your children are beautiful!!

Lois Arnold said...

Hi Sandie,
Thanks for stopping by my blog to see my quilts and other good things! I DO love to quilt. I'm not doing the studio tour. I am gone 13 hours most days at work & commuting, so I tend to leave things "in progress" -- not so neat looking! Your studio looks divine and very organized since you do so many varied types of art. Nice to "meet" you!

Pretty Things said...

I love the color of the walls ! The roof in my lampwork studio is that color!

I hope you can visit my little creating spots when you have time!

Karen Valentine said...

Hello my friend. I feel so happy that I get to play with you in your "happy place". You have done such an amazing job setting up that space in a very short period of time. It looks like it's been there for years!! Love you girlfriend! Have fun meeting everyone and finding great blogs out there!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your space is truly wonderful and organized perfectly, but it was your little doggies that totally stole my heart! They are the heart of your craft room. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Susanne said...

A closed in dining room with a 14 foot closet?! How lucky can a girl get! How nice of your family to help you set it up in the new house, first thing. I've sorted through my good junk, but I still need to get it cute looking.

Debbie Burkey said...

Wow, I really enjoyed all your pictures! That is Organization with a capital O. I wish I could be that way. I love your sewing machines! Everything is wonderful!


Thistle Cove Farm said...

Your happy place is wonderful! Love how you've intergrated such fabulous color and how the place is so organized.
thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm; please come back soon.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

WOWZA !!! that is a fabulous space. You are wonderfully organized but the room is still inviting. I looove the colors.

The Old White Barn said...

Love, Love, Love your Happy Place! The colors are great, and so many pretty things to take in. Your 'hand crank' sewing machine caught my eye - I recently found a 1914 hand crank Singer I had to bring home with me. I love to think about the woman who probably made wonderful quilts and clothing for her family on that old machine.

Best Wishes,

Michellee said...

O MY GOODNESS!!! You do have ALOT of CREATive stuff!!! And it is ALL so organzied.. I love the color green on your walls. All your stamps and fabric.. O MY!! Wished we lived closer, I would enjoy creating in your AWESOME space. Thanks for sharing and visting me.. Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I can see why you call it your happy place, it is so cheerful and looks like so much fun to create in! Everything is so nicely organized too :D Thank you for sharing!


Tina @ TinyBear said...

That really is a happy room you have Sandie - so bright and wonderful. Love all your stamps and fabric.

Karen said...

You have a very nice set up for your art space. Lots of storage and lots of fabric. Plus I spy a couple vintage sewing machines. Would make me happy being in there.

Leanne said...

a colorful space! You are giving me the urge to get up and go create instead of looking through the rest of the WBC blogs!

Holly Loves Art said...

WOW Lucky girl you! I love your creative space - it's wonderful!! And your story about "Mom's happy place" is just adorable. We all need that! Loved seeing your sweet doggies. Every studio needs one... or two!
Thanks for sharing. I'm following you now so we can keep in touch.

Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Sandie,

I love your studio. I especially love your nice organizers. Where did you get the one with the drawers with tiny compartments. I need that really bad. I'm a textile and fiber addict..err collector also. :0) So NO we can never have too much fabric or yarn or thread.

I love the spot that popped up for your furbabies. They seem to be pretty attached to it. My furbaby Miss Morgan the yorkie is my studio assistant. She's close by at all times. Oh, and I love the Tinker Bell lamp..Don't tell anyone but I have Tinker Bell floor mats in my car. :0) Yes, it's never to late to have a happy childhood..{tee hee}

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥
Queen of Dreamsz

Jo said...

So much beautiful colour! Thanks for showing us your happy place.

The English Romantic said...

Whay a great organised space. I love it! i nneded inspiration for storage and found it on your post.

Something Special said...

Such a very happy, colorful, and productive studio you have. I love it. You must have everything under the sun in there to create with too.

Das Büh und die Lillypookze said...

Oh Sandie, I want to be one of your gorgeous furbabies! They live in heaven!!! I could spend hours looking at your wonderful pics and ... I always find something new and inspiring! Thanks for the fabulous tour through your enchanting world!

Big fuzzy bear hugs, BIene

marie said...

You have a wonderful creative's no wonder it's your Happy Place.
I love youur sewing corner!

Miss Sandy said...

I love the infusion of color in your studio. I would love to just dive in and swim in all those colorful fabrics! And your storage is phenomenal! I can see why this is your happy place. Thank you for sharing.

Deb said...

I love the colour you've chosen for your studio walls ~ beautiful!
Looks like a wonderful spot to create especially with your sweet little pups nearby ♥

kluless said...

WOW! You are so organized, it is just amazing. Well done and thank you for sharing! said...

Sounds like you have a smart, understanding hubby!

Claudia said...

I love your space! You have packed so much into it and it looks so organized. I also love the color green on the walls - such a cheery, happy place. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

Hi Sandie! Thanx so much for coming to visit me (literally) and I have enjoyed my visit to yours. Let's get together. I love your new art space. I love color as much as you do. Your blog is awesome. I will post a link to you and you can do the same if don't mind. Hope to se you soon!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a fantastic bright and cheery place to create in!! Love the wall color and all of the other bright colors you have displayed through out this great room!!

And you are definitely organized!!

Thanks so much for the tour!!


Marianne said...

Great Space ! Thanks for the tour. And thank you for your sweet comment about my dogs. Your Zoey and Daisy are so adorable.
Oh the fun we would have if we lived near each other.

Cindy Craine said...

Yea! I found another quilter! Not many people I know quilt anymore, I take that back no one I know quilts! I love all the old fashioned patterns my fav being the star pattern! I started a Kansas Star, got the stars finished but I need to finish making the squares. I like your blog and will be back! xoxo,cindy

Valery said...

Your space certainly makes me happy. So bright and beautiful. You are one organized lady! Thanks for sharing, loved it all.

Terri said...

Truly a creative and happy space. Thank you for such a delightful the green walls which only add to the bright and cheeriness of this art room. TFS!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I do enjoy hibernating in there on weekends.

Your quilts are awesome!

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

WOW SANDIE!!!!!!!!! I am almost speechless at your wonderful spot...Oh thank you so much for taking the time to visit my tiny little bat cave closet. You comments meant the world to me...that my little creative space could inspire others makes me feel humble. I love my sooths and enriches the soul. I wish I could join you in your beautiful spot for an afternoon of sharing fun with you know ATC's are my passion and I would love to trade one with you. Are you sure you are not too busy? Maybe someday we will be partners in Blissful...
Creative blessings, Karla

Lisa said...

Love your room! It is so organized and FULL of goodies! Love those cubbies! And your furbabies are adorable! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Love to have visitors!
Have a great day!

Nook & Cranny said...

Love your happy place. It is so organized, looks like everything has it's place.
Thanks for taking a tour of my happy place.
Hope you are enjoying your family visit.

Maggie said...

COLOR, color and more color! It was fun to see your wonderful workspace. And your blog background is perfect for you and your love of color!


reenie said...

Wow looks like everyone agrees with me ~ LOVE IT !!! Can't wait to see it in person!!!


Oh my, I'm glad I stopped by to your happy place! Such lovely and organized space/room you have! What a clever way to display/keep your rubber stamps! I love everything in your room. So clean and organized! (Ugh, jealous!)

Kim Caldwell said...

What an amazing space and your fabric stash is swoon worthy! Love the fur babies too!



Anonymous said...

Your studio looks great!! you should send pictures into Studio Magazine!!

Rita Barakat said...

I love the mint walls! Such a happy space! And I cracked up to see your babies hiding in the corner there!! So cute! A locely space!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandie! I love how colorful your studio is. I can see why it makes you happy. You are so organized. That is something I need to work on. Love Ikea! Your furry babies are so cute. Oh and I think your lamp is great. Thank you for visiting my studio and I hope you visit again soon.


Annette said...

Hi Sandra, I love, love, love your space. I'm so glad you visited and left a comment! I am a new follower and I took your button to put on my blog roll. I think you have a lovely blog and your studio is wonderful!

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Sandie,
I adore your space! Your "closet" is so very organized, I love all the containers and the rubberstamp shelf your husband made for you; just beautiful!
Thank you so much for the tour of your adorable space and thanks for sharing some of your art.

romance-of-roses said...

Well I will make it 50 comments for you. Your space in the new home is fabulous, just like your quilts. Love the cabinet with the fabric as I too am a fabric lover. Walking in a fabric store for me is like walking into a candy store for children. Good luck with your new home in Arizona and also love all the color, makes it a happy place.

Lynnae said...

What a colorful fun place. I love the hiding place for your little puppies! Thanks for sharing!

fairyrocks said...

Gorgeous space. It has such personality. Your DH must be your hero to make you such a wonderful rack for your stamps. Wow its just perfect!! or furr fect LOL
Keep smiling and creating

Lisa said...

I love your studio. I'm just in the organizational stage of moving into mine. I have a fairly large room in the basement that my husband says is all mine. Now how to move my stuff in and be organized....hmmm. Your pics are very inspiring. Thanks.

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