My hope is that this blog is like a visit between friends. I enjoy hearing from you and will try to reply to you in the comment section right after your comment, so stop back by and continue the conversation. - Patty

July 14, 2012

my craft space

When I decided to join Karen over at My Desert Cottage for her annual Where Bloggers Create party a couple of months ago, I was enjoying my recently redone Craft Studio.  Just to show how quickly life can change, our (oh, so briefly) empty nest is no longer empty and my beautiful studio is now my daughter's room once again. 


After touring our little cottage looking for a new craft room (and trying to figure out who I could kick out of what space) inspiration hit. 


I have relocated to a cozy little corner in my four year old grandson's room. Since he tended to join me every time I snuck in my studio to play, it only made sense for me to take my craft toys to him.  He has been around grandma's stuff since he was born and is very good about what he can and cannot touch. 


His walls are painted light blue and his room is accented with red and navy.  I decided to embrace the color palette along with some splashes of turquoise to add a fun twist and bring in a little femininity without being too girly.


The biggest difference I found when adapting to a smaller space is the greater need for streamlined organization.  Plus with limited floor space, find ways to go vertical.



My fabrics used to be folded and exposed in this shelving unit (which was on the floor before) but in this smaller space it was a little chaotic looking so I purchased these fabric totes to store them in and sorted it by line and color.  I couldn't resist leaving a few of my vintage sheets displayed for inspiration.  I also swapped out my mix matched storage boxes for inexpensive paper boxes in white (plus a few of the blue with pink roses). 



I also labeled e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.


I rounded up pretty containers for storage since I wanted everything that was left exposed to be beautiful.



Some of my ribbon collection is rolled on round clothespins and placed in these weathered planting boxes.  My copic markers and fine tip writing pens are at hand in a planting tin...




I used this pretty floral pot to corral my wrapping and packaging supplies.  The space underneath the oil cloth covered tables houses all my batting, yarn and paints. Plus a whole lot more...


My buttons are sorted by color and collected on a terraced stand in a cubby and my vintage embroidered hankie and napkin collection looks sweet in a red tin bucket.



Pretty pots and cups hold my colored pencils, paint brushes and more buttons...



I love using pretty things for utilitarian purposes.


I was over the moon excited when I graduated to a big girl studio earlier this year but life changes and you adapt and find new beauty and inspiration.  When the time comes for our nest to be empty again I am sure I will jump at the chance to have my own space but for now, I am just fine sharing what I love to do with my favorite little boy.  I wouldn't trade my time with this little guy for any studio space in the world.

xo, Patty

Now head over to My Desert Cottage for Where Blogger's Create and so many more wonderful creative spaces and be inspired to make a little space of your own.

67 comments:

  1. Ah...so you have a 'boomerang' child ;) Not an uncommon phenomenon these days. I love how you so artfully adapted! Beautiful creative space and I love the organization ideas!

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  2. Patty...
    Creativity follows you wherever you go....you have adapted your space beautifully. Love your organization and the aesthetics would be invitation enough!
    Kari

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  3. I love the red and white polka dots. It's all so neat and tidy! How nice to have your loves there to care for and nurture again!

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  4. Oh Patty, I love what you have done with your shared space! I also love tour sweet spirit with the ever changing paths of life yourney!! Such a beautiful testimony of a spirt-filled woman!! Enjoy your crafting & sewing with your favorite little boy in the world in your beautiful organized space! :)

    Xoxo Carolyn

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  5. Love your colorful organization! How do you manage to keep it looking this way? I am organized in my brain this way but not when I am involved in projects . . . Great ideas to use for 'this and that.'

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  6. Your red and turquoise must make it a happy place to work in. I love see everyone's creative space. Love how you used the cloth pins for your ribbons. Thanks for sharing, Laura

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  7. This is great and helps inspire me, but my daughter has returned for a season and invaded my craft room. LOL

    I am sure your grandson will enjoy the creative things that go on in this corner of his room...cute, cute, cute and inspiring

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  8. It's so beautiful and colorful! Must be a joy to use! Love the polka-dotted covering!

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  9. What a wonderful space. Love it!

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  10. I must have missed that your family had returned. You have pulled together a wonderful alternative space!

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  11. What grace and inspiration you show with your quick and lovely regrouping! It strikes me that your little guy will carry the picture of waking to see Grandma's pretty craft supplies in his room as a wonderful childhood memory! ~ Maureen

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  12. "Buttons are sorted by color"...Good Grief!!! So neat and organized..Don't get me wrong..That's a good thing..Very inspiring..a wonderful space..

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  13. Patty, I love it all. I do have a few questions though. It the polka-dot table covering oil cloth? How did you attach the white skirt? I need to do some copy-cating, it is all just perfect:)

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  14. I love it all, I sure wish I could find a space...well I'm working on the Garden shed..well it's at least in my mind....Happy Saturday..with love Janice@ spoonwither.blogspot.com

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  15. You know what I like best is how you
    use any kind of vessel for containers..
    Your room may have been scaled down but
    you have made good use of all the space you have...
    Very nice!

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  16. Patty,
    What a creative way to utilitze a very necessary change of space! I adore that your "little man" is sharing his space and his life with you. Precious memories are in the making! Thank you for reminding us of the important things in our lives! First, and foremost...family!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  17. wow!!!! nice n very pretty workspace...

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  18. Patty,
    First, it is a fabulous, creative, bright, cheerful, and pretty space! I adore what you have done. You are brilliant!
    Second.....have you any idea how VERY MUCH we have in common here? We must talk. And when we do, ask me about the times I have had to move out of my studio!!!! NEVER again!!! When Erika and Noah came back here recently to live, they took the big room to share! It works out great!
    XO KRis

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  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE....Have a wonderful time creating and thank you for the inspiration...Mica @ The Child's Paper

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  20. Looks fantastic and so organized. Love the polka dots and color combination. So cheerful!

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  21. OWO! So organized! Looks wonderful I laughed at myself when I thought the chenelle stems in the jar were sugary gummy worms. Must be hungry. lol. I love the ideas of using the round clothess pins. Never would have thought of that. I just had to say that your space is so beautiful!

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  22. My Grandgirl loves to create with me and I encourage her! I bet your little Grandboy enjoys it too.
    Sure enjoyed the tour and love the pretty boxes that store things.
    Deb

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  23. Patty-What a great space. You are really well organized there. I love it- xo Diana

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  24. Hello Patty!


    I love your "not too girly" space...it's terrific..and neat and organized! and I think it's cute that you can share your space with your grandchild.

    In small spaces...yes, you have to look up...and fill all of those vertical spaces.....that's what I had to do..come on by and have a peek for yourself...

    thanks for sharing. party on!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  25. Patty
    Your creative space looks like it belongs in a magazine!
    I bet your little guy will get much inspiration from watching and helping you create.

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  26. I love the color palette, and how you have used your vertical space! Thank you for the inspiration! :)
    Erica

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  27. I love your room. I will have to ask Hubby to help me make mine look as good.

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  28. I've always loved the cheerful combination of red and light blue. Such inspiring colors!

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  29. It is wonderful that you are so flexible and keeping priorities with family first! Your space in grandsons room is so sweet and it looks like you used the space you have in a wonderful and pretty way!

    love that stack of vintage sheet fabric!

    Hope you might come by and see my new space!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  30. I love your space. I have the same oil cloth that I just covered some chairs with. I think you and I are kindred spirits when it comes to color. You have done a great job moving into a smaller space, but it's so organized. I'm so glad I stopped by!

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  31. Your craft space looks so cheery! just beautiful! I have a grandson who's two and I'm his granny-nanny. He's growing up with all my crafts and hobbies and shop orders and learning what he can and can't touch too! I have so much more patience with him than I did with my own kids, but I do get most of my work done at naptime! Enjoy your pretty, well-organized creative space and sharing your creativity with your sweet little grandboy.
    Blessings,
    Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams

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  32. Beautiful use of space Patty...and what a bright, fun place for your grandson to see.

    The covered tables are my favorite part, and your organization is amazing.

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  33. Patty,your little space is just lovely.Everything is so pretty. xxoo

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  34. I love what you have done with your cozy creative corner -- the colors are tied together so beautifully. I bet that little guy has fun crafting right along beside you. Have a beautiful day. Tammy

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  35. what a colourful, bright and beautiful space! Lovely!

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  36. Love your space! I'm craving more and more color these days!

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  37. What a cute little spot for you and your grandson to hang out!
    Brenda

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  38. Well your new room space is great. It may be smaller but you have used each and every inch. Great space. Kathy

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  39. Patty you've created such a sweet spot..love all the colour and how you've made perfect spots fdor everything!
    And how lovely for you and your grandson to share this place together:)

    Deborah xo

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  40. I think your craft space is a testament to your creativity - it is simply delightful and SO well organized! I, too, have experienced the nest emptying and refilling a few times over the years. You did a most excellent job of "going with the flow"!! Thank you for sharing.

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  41. Love the colors in your space!!! ANd all your paper goodness!! thanks for sharing!! hugs

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  42. I knew you were a most creative person from my first visit here. Now I am more convinced than ever. You did an amazing job in decorating and organizing this room.

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  43. Patty you did a wonderful job of rising above a disappointment and making the best out of the situation!! Now, not only do you have your daughter home, but you still have a super cute room to play in!!!! Thank you so much for joining the party and showing it off!!!

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  44. Patty what a great thing to be sharing with your grandson!! You've made a wonderful space for creating!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  45. Awesome that you adapted so well to changing circumstances. I'll bet he is glad to have YOU so close at hand as well. Love the way you have everything organized so well and in such great containers.

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  46. I could use more organization in my craft room. I go to clean mine up and I always fins goodies I have forgotten about and start a new project.

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  47. What a happy bright space, love the color combo! Really great space, thank you for sharing.

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  48. You are amazing and such an inspiration. Your new space is so organized and I can't believe how much you have at your fingertips. Sharing a space with your grandson is a blessing and you have adapted to the change so well. I admire your attitude so much and am blessed everytime I come to your blog.

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  49. Patty, You have created such an organized and colorful space in such a small area. It's wonderful. I love that everything is labeled and easy to find. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us. Elizabeth, Creative Breathing

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  50. I love your colors! Adding the turquoise was brilliant. I think it is great that you and your grandson share the space and the love of crafting....

    Thanks for sharing! I am now a follower!

    Will be back soon!

    Stacey

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  51. You've created a great space for yourself, Patty! Love how colorful it is. I just bought a new bin and grabbed another one I wasn't using in another room and put my fabric in there. So I've already made updates since I posted my craft room! : ) Great thing about this party is that it makes me clean up for pictures AND I get even more great ideas for storage. Thanks for sharing your space!

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  52. Love that color combination .....looks like a great place to create!

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  53. I think it looks fabulous! And I bet he loves having you in there! I cant help but take a peek at your sailor (son in law)coming home pics - gorgeous - My 18 year old son is going into the Navy Aug 1st, so that post was very touching- thanks for sharing!

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  54. Oooooh! I LOVE your space! Your color palette is so fresh and pretty, and I adore your red and white counter tops.

    What a wonderful space!!

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  55. I can so identify with your love of family.... that it is still your first priority. Between the wonderful photos you took of your daughter and son-in-law with their little gir,l to the telling of moving into your grandson's room to relocate your studio.... well, the love just beams through your post! Your space is smaller, but what creative ways you made it work! Thanks for sharing and if you have a moment I would love to have you visit mine! Sit down a spell and we can share stories of our families.. love to bond with a new friend!

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  56. Hello Patty
    Looks like you really know how to make the best of a situation in helping out your nearest and dearest.
    I get a lovely sense of cheerfulness in the way you have set everything up and the lovely colours you have used in your patchwork.
    Love you to visit my space too!
    Thank you for sharing your precious "corner" at least for the time being!
    Suzy

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  57. I think you have done an amazing job with such a small space. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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  58. You make lemonade when you are handed lemons is what comes to mind when I see that you have had to adapt to a new creative space. And some downright sweet lemonade you have made!! I love your use of pretty things for storage and displaying them instead of hiding them. Beautiful!

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  59. The phrase, making lemonade when you've been handed lemons, comes to mind when I think of how you've had to come up with a new creative space. And you've made some really sweet lemonade! I love how you are using pretty pieces for storing and displaying. Beautiful.

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  60. Since I have to make do with a small corner in my bedroom as my craft space, I enjoyed seeing how you adapted yourself and organized and labeled everything. I will be using some of your ideas in my own room!

    Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy your grandson and this precious time together!

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  61. Your space is so sweet! I gave up my craft space a few years ago to welcome my son back home. He's moved on to his own place now so I know what you went through. Sometimes life happens and we have to make do.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Hugs,
    Kristi

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  62. What a wonderful Mum and Nana you are and brilliant idea to color coordinate with your grandson's room - I love it! I really like your organised wall space as well - neat, tidy and still easily reached.

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  63. Aloha Patty,
    I think you did a splendid job of creating a new studio. You certainly turned lemons into lemonade! Your space is bright and cheery and I bet your grandson loves to be in there with you. Thanks for a great tour, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  64. Your space is beautifully organized and full of eye candy, love it!

    I have young grandchildren who visit often and have one guest room, so in our new place I am re-organizing my craft supplies so a child can sleep in there.
    I am wanting to be able to close up my computer area and have bins stacked in the closet.... you have been an inspiration to me. {with packing and moving I'm just now making it to this party...}

    I like those tin bins where you have your ribbon rolled around clothespins!
    And your storage is fabulous!
    ~ Violet

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  65. What a positively cheerful organized space! So glad I stopped by.
    Thank you for the tour ♥ ஆ

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