I have finally finished converting the formal dining room in our town home into a studio!
View as you walk in the front door. A screen separates the room from the entry. The three cabinets in this photo were purchased for $10 each at the Dallas Habitat for Humanity Outlet Store. The gray ones are available at Home Depot as well. One gray cabinet holds nothing but books, one holds misc. supplies, and the blue cabinet holds beads.
Come around the corner and you are assaulted by color! An Indian bedspread hangs in front of the window. My free metal desk and file cabinet were painted burgundy by the previous owners. I have supply storage piled high. The vaulted ceilings have allowed me to hang pictures salon style on the walls. This desk holds paper crafting supplies.
Next to my desk I have shelving which holds more junk. Those shelves are the most expensive piece of furniture in the room at $25. The door is to the laundry room, and I have hung shelves for more of my junk in there too. My cat likes to sit on the railing and chew on my plant. Bad kitty!
Behind the folding screen is the roll top desk my mom bought me when I was 12. It was unfinished pine, and my brother stained it for me. That thing has been hauled across half the country. Roll tops hide a multitude of sins inside. This desk holds all my rubber stamp and polymer clay supplies. The white 5 drawer cart holds more beads. I’ve had that table forever too. I painted the top with a scrabble board and a checker board. The scrabble tiles are 2 inch ceramic tiles.
Here’s a close-up of my desk. A shelf sits on two drawer units, and boxes are piled on top of that. My scanner and all manner of cords fit under the shelf. I was also able to fit a 3 drawer cart on top of the desk. And I have dual monitors. Yayz!
And lastly, here’s a shot of the interior of the blue cabinet and all my beads.
Now that everything is set up, I can start making more jewelry. Oak Cliff Artisans will have it’s spring show in May, and I also hope to get my things in at least one more store this spring.
Now I also have room to invite people over and have crafting parties!
Never enough time.
I have been really determined this week to finalize the set up of my craft room. It’s just ridiculous that we moved at the end of November, and here it is the middle of February and I still don’t have it together. I do have a few excuses. I focused on every other room so we could get down to the business of living, I then threw a birthday party for my fiance, and it’s been so brutal at work I come home in a vegetative state.
I got some new shelves, I organized my desk, I hung pictures salon style since we have vaulted ceilings (I need a ladder), and I’ve organized supplies. I’m lucky to have gotten every piece of furniture in this room for under $25 each. Half of it free and half from the Habitat for Humanity Outlet Store.
Never enough beads.
Tonight I re-organized my beads. I organize everything by color in craft boxes. Since I have acquired quite a few more beads and supplies, they have gotten out of hand. For instance, 3 colors now need 2 boxes each instead of one. I am now up to 18 craft boxes of beads, one larger box of glass flat marbles, and one larger box of wire. Oh, and did I mention the 5 drawer cart?
It occurred to me as I was putting away my beads, that I need to get hella busy and make jewelry so I can thin out my collection. I need the room see, since my taste in beads has changed somewhat over the years. 😀
Tomorrow I will finish putting stuff away, hang curtains, and bring in a table. The cat tree is being removed to the living room. I need the space more than the cats do. Then finally I can get down to the business of making art and jewelry. I have all these ideas swimming around in my head that need to be expressed.
And of course I promise I will post pictures when it is finished. You can even come visit me. I’ll let you play with my beads.
Whenever Hobby Lobby has decorative stuff half off, I look around for things I can use in my booth to display my jewelry. Today I found a square metal candlestick, 20 inches tall, with triangular holes on each side from which I can hang earrings. I will probably tone down the silver finish with black so that the earrings will stand out more.
Now I need to make earrings and fill it up!