Where The Magic Happens

I have had many a craft space; from the corner of a bedroom to my very own room and all manners of spaces in between. I am very lucky to have a partner who not only appreciates my creative pursuits but encourages them. Sometimes he helps me aquire a new tool or some fabric and sometimes he hands me an entire room in our house to get creative in. I love him for many reasons, but this is one I am most appreciative of. We recently moved into a new house. The house seems to be both bigger and smaller than our last house. My new studio is one of those 'biggers'. It is not only bigger, it is positively ginormous in comparison to my former spaces. Measuring 12'x10' it has dreamy floor space and so much Wall space I was nearly overwhelmed! But after much hemming, hawing and late nights I have finished both organizing and decorating it. 

This is more or less the view when you walk into my space. I was able to fit three machines and my computer on two table tops. IKEA's Antonius basket system was the perfect option. I have a few ideas tocover the basket fronts, as well as finish the table top which is just an eight foot piece of pine.  I have a mix of salvaged and new pieces. The spool rack was a yardsale find. But I had to paint it and add 1.5" nails to hold the spools. The red frame was found at the dump, and the 'STUDIO' sign was a Value Village find. The red sewing caddy by my machine was an old jewelry box, given to me by my mom which I refurbished here and had originally used for jewelry. Actually, everything I painted red in that post has migrated to my studio. I love that colour!

studio left corner

mardi gras dress form

I just could not help myself from putting a pile of Mardi-Gras-esque beads on the dress form. The tutu was one I made for Wednesday's two year old photos (that was four years ago!) So it sits on my form when I'm not using it.

studio hoop wall

I have been itching to make an embroiudery hoop wall from all of my vintage sheets for years. I had been slowly collecting them at thrift shops until I had enough. (Well, enough to put on the wall, can we really ever have enough fabric goodness?) The dresser was my grandfather's. I'm not sure how old it is, but I know you can find one like it (Waterfall style) with a matching vanity in almost every vintage shop. I had the matching vanity for years but when I tried to refinish it, I learned some hard lessons about the thickness of veneer. On ot sits a wire shopping basket filled with my vintage pillowcase collection. I also covered the handles in vintage sheets to add a pop of colour.

studio hoop wall vintage suitcases

Under my cutting table are a stack of old suitcases holding everything from random crafting supplies to my lights for my lightbox that I use for photographing the smaller items I make and sell.

fabric wall long shot

My fabric wall. Resting on four hardware store shelves are vintage canning jars filled with ribbon scraps, buttons and other small embellishments. I store my fabric on two different sized homemade bolts. I have a twelve inch size for fabric measuring two yards or less and I have twenty four inch bolts for fabric measuring two yards or more. I made the bolts from corugated plastic, it comes in 8'x4' sheets making it perfect for 12" and 24" bolts. I also have some shelves and baskets for half yards, fat quarters and oddly shaped bigger scraps. (Nothing goes to waste in my studio!) The little night stand beside the dresser is one of two I have had since I was two years old. They came with a canopy bed that had a red filmy bedspread and matching canopy. I loved that set. On the nightstand is my Sizzix, my snap press and my Cropodile Big Bite. In the drawer is all of my salvaged jewelry bits and underneath it on an alphabet block tray (comandeered from Wednesday years ago) is my Washi tape collection. The bookshelves hold various jewelry making and crafting bits and bobs. It was hard to keep this neat and unified with the little bit I had available to me, but I think I managed.

crib wall

This wall, though the least exciting in picture form is what I am most excited about! Hung on the wall using 60lb anchors are three IKEA crib Rails (Thank you Freecycle!) that house my ever expanding vintage sheet collection. I love it. And with careful placement, I can see each and everyone of my vintage sheets. Beside it is a magazine rack that fits ten sewing magaizines perfectly. (Though they have to be rotated regularly because of the lunmp they get due to the thickness of the doweling.) In front of the sheets is my 1954 Kenmore sewing machine. I love this machine, but it only has a straight stitch so I have it set up with my ruffler foot so that I am free to use my other (vintage but not as pretty) machine for the serious business. The tissue poms? Last week I had some for Wednesday's 6th birthday party and after seeing how cute they are in real life (after viewing many, many pins on Pinterest) I decided they were just what this wall needed. Pops of colour, but not so much that it would compete with the vintage sheet patterns. I had initially tried making them out of sewing patterns, but I didn't use pap[er that was that vintage-orange-ish-brown-ish so they just looked like wadded up kleenes from a pocket. Not pretty. So I scrounged in my birthday wrap bag and came up with the pink and blue to go with the red. 

I don't this post to be too long winded. Although I fear that it has. So I'll leave it here with a note that as soon as I get some good light again (it has been overcast for a couple days here) I will post more close up shots with storage options and ideas.

Thanks for looking at my studio! Feel free to browse my shoppe and like my Facebookbook page as well, which I update much more often than my website (bad shopkeeper!).

Cheers,

Melissa

Cheif Creative Officer at Modern Wednesday

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