Sunday, February 12, 2012

studio shots....

I have been working for days, 
(o.k. it's safe to say, a couple of weeks)
on organizing and purging in my studio.

After the post about not focusing, I had an epiphany...
maybe I can't focus because I have too much stuff laying around
that I just don't use in my work anymore.

So I purged...
and yet, the room was still full of the treasures
 that I have collected for my creations,
so I purged some more...
and this is what I came up with.

lots of pictures ahead!

The basket is full of printed photos, and pictures to collage,
 the suitcase is full of ribbons and well,
let's just say, 
everything is full and leave it at that! 

inspiration board, 

junk that I obviously could not part with :)

a tool tray full of thread and a tool box full of trinkets. 
In the summer I use the large glass jar at the farmers market to hold my soap.

I hung this old baseball bat bag to use as my trash can next to my chair.

burlap love, in a special gift of a wire laundry basket.

"Mom, show them how cute I am!"


The galvanized trash can? 
Full of fabric of course!

I even made a new lamp for the space, 

Where I'll be sitting for most of today...

The locker baskets are full of shipping supplies, more stamps, flowers, and banners, and
whatever else needed to be thrown in them!

The benches are from the dining room table, we now have chairs there but I can't wait for 
garage sales so that I can replace the benches.
Or find some decent shelves??????

 The red post box that used to hang on the front porch now holds
receipts, my tax man is gonna love me next year!

Book, books and more books for collage...

love the ladies bathroom sign I got last year for my bday!

The curtain in front of this work table hides plastic tubs, 
which are useful but UGLY.
The suitcase is full of glass in muffin tins for soldering and the
toolbox is full of scissors, pencils and such.

stamps and doodads hang from a shoe bag...
This doorway leads to our upstairs and the bedrooms.

oh look, there she is again :)

view from the other side of the bigger work table.
There is a huge pocket door where the curtain hangs,
but it is a pain to open and shut all of the time to get through
to the upstairs so I hung a makeshift curtain from a drop cloth.
It is only pinned in place right now because I wanted to make sure it would work.
Time to sew it up... 
it hides the mess that I USED to make!

second bag that I made, now holds sewing scraps and trash.

My biggest complaint about the space... too many dressers!
They do the job though of corralling the necessary but not 
necessarily pretty supplies, one day I hope for shelving.
one can hope...

more fabric and string.
I can't get that last handle off of the buffet so that I can put the glass one on...
any suggestions?

this fabulous lady was the photo that got the whole ball rolling 
when I started playing with collage...
I think she is screaming...
 adorn me with jewels and lots of rouge,
so I have quite a few times!

Danielle made this collage and left it behind..
lucky me!

I even sorted through the jewels by metals and purposes,
I think that some more organized person must have
entered my body because this is beyond my organizational skill level!

Look at this stuff
Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl
The girl who has ev'rything?
Look at this trove
Treasures untold
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Lookin' around here you'd think
(Sure) she's got everything

I've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty
I've got whozits and whatzits galore
(You want thingamabobs?
I got twenty)
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more

just a little number from The Little Mermaid,
 that was playing around in my head 
while I sorted through the goods!

So there you have it,
the studio is clean and ready for some new creations
to come from it!
 I know that it would never make it into WWC but for me,
it makes me happy to have this little space to do what I love.

I am hoping beyond hope
that I can turn over a new leaf and keep it organized.
Those who know me well
and especially those who live with me
probably have a betting pool going on how long it will stay like this.

Winter has finally returned to MI. and it is very cold but sunshiny 
and we actually have snow on the ground!
Winter can be tough, but for me
I would rather see snow 
than the mud that has been around here lately.

So today, a fire in the fireplace,
music from Pandora, probably a movie with the kids,
and a whole lot of creating going on here @ 612!

Thank you for stopping by for the tour and as always
for your wonderful comments...
they always make me smile!



  1. Are you kidding? you could be in Where Women Create. I would kill for a room like that. Someday I'll show you mine. ok big maybe on that one.
    I would love some shelves in mine too just for displaying but your dressers are great for putting the essentials away.
    Love the should put it on your sidebar,

    Have a great Sunday sweetie! off to play in the sunshine myself....ok not play ...clean the moss of the floor in the greenhhouse:)

  2. My goodness you have a lot of stuff! You are so fortunate to have a room for it all where you can create to your heart's content. Enjoy! Best wishes, Tammy

  3. Theresa I LOVE your creative space! From the locker baskets to the crocks full of fabric and neat things to look at everywhere. Are we packrats?
    Maybe. Do we love our stuff? Yes. Will we ever stop collecting? I don't think so and what would be wrong with that? LOL. Thank you for the tour.


  4. Beautiful work space! I can see how you could get creative in that room surrounded by all your wonderful stuff!

  5. Hi Theresa, I`m so sorry you could not comment on my blog today-- I hope it was onle a single accident,that will be gone, next time..
    Here is a link to some discussions about the Google friends connect:

    And as for your studio, I loved seing all your collections and great stuff.You have sooo much there to play with- I love your burlap in that wire basket, and your sweet sheeps - yourlamp-AND..........
    Have a nice evening ,dear.

  6. Hi Theresa,
    I hope that you never have to move because I wouldn't want to pack all of your goodies and treasures!
    I would find so much inspiration in your studio and I think it looks well organized. I love the pieces that you use for storage.
    Isn't it great to have such a wonderful place to create.


  7. Your space is beautiful - as always! And even just a little messy - it will still be perfect!

  8. I love your studio Theresa...some day I WILL get my tiny sunroom/office spiffed up and maybe half as organized as yours!


  9. What a great space and you picked the perfect music to share it with!
    I'm going to Disney soon, thanks for the song in my head!

  10. Wish I could get my stuff organized and go back to creative living. I need to get inspired and win the lottery. love ya.

  11. Very inspirational post. I could go clean my room but I would much rather come and play in yours!

  12. Oh how I wish I was sitting across the table from you working in that fun room with a woman wish so much creativity that it surly would rub off - at least a little.

  13. So.... you have two options here.
    1. I get to come play with you for weeks on end in your FANTASTIC laboratory.
    2. You get to come play with me and make my laboratory look HALF as awesome as yours!!! And... bring some of that REALLY COOL STUFF with you!!!

    So... which will it be?
    I'm green with envy in Texas right now...



Thank you so much for visiting me here at The Old White House, your comments make my day! ~ Theresa xoxo