Design & Photography

Where Bloggers Create

July 14, 2011

Thank you for joining me in Karen of Dessert Cottage - Where Bloggers Create Party.  I am joining in again this year as a motivator to reorganize and spruce up my space.  This little creative nook is in our basement that we finished after we moved into our home.

We started with a very modest budget and many reconditioned items.  The desk top is from a old kitchen counter.  Not very beautiful, but functional.  A burlap skirt around the desk helps dress it up and hides our computer and organizational tubs.
Our cabinets came from my Dad's kitchen redo.  We painted them and installed them in the hallway for additional storage.   My vintage dress form, Miss Clara M., is the newest addition to my creative space.  She greets everyone that comes into my space.

A lunch box and luggage pieces placed around my studio, gives me additional storage. 
I enjoy having little treasures displayed and sitting out so I can play with them when I sit down to create.  Many of these items displayed around the room are family heirlooms and special treasures given to me over the years.
For this year's party, I decided to cover my wire cube organizer with burlap.   Even when this area was organized it was always an eye sore since the opposite side of this room is our rec room that we are constantly in.  I took the quick no sew approach and tied the front panel to keep it in place.  Then on the right side, I added only one tie that can easily be untied so I can get into it.

I purchased old drawers for only $7 a piece and hung them on the wall to hold additional vintage treasures to create with and also hold priceless pictures of our family. 
Thank you for stopping by my creative space.  I can't wait to visit others to see where you all create!

Have a beautiful day, sweet friends.
Lisa said...

So nice to see your space--and YOU!

Holly Loves Art said...

What a great post! I love your space and I enjoyed the way you creatively shared the pictures... so very pretty! I also liked seeing your message on your sidebar about keeping our four-leggeds for LIFE and that they are not disposable. I'm following you now and look forward to coming back for more visits.
Cheers,
Holly

Tina said...

love this space - I am really digging the burlap covers - very rustic and functional...great box shelves too - I have a few of those up in our play room - cool use of vintage items.

Hope you have a chance to stop by and see my cluttered mess.

have a great weekend..
tina
embellishments by tina

FarfallaDK said...

Thanks for letting me see your space.
It is very inspiring.
You have many lovely things.

Greetings from FarfallaDK

T's Daily Treasures said...

Looks great Sheila! Love the drawers as shelves. Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Sheila, I just love your cozy little studio... everything is so organized and pretty, and I love that you place special treasures and family pictures around to inspire you as well... I am also happy to say that I own several beautiful creations of yours that came from that very room!... xoxo Julie Marie

Rebecca said...

Loved seeing your space. What a fabulous area to work in! LOVE THOSE BURLAP COVERS!

YUMMEEE!

xoRebecca

Leah C said...

It looks fun & beautiful as ever...so inviting!! Makes me want to come over & play;) Love, love, love the burlap "skirt" over your cubbies! And say "hey" to Miss Clara M for me:)

Kathleen Sigg said...

I love your blog and especially how you used the drawers for little vignettes. What a great idea!

Leanne said...

I love those drawers used as mini-shelves!

MaygreenFairies said...

Wow! What a beautiful space, I particularly like your drawers used as wall hangings, great idea! Thank you so much for sharing. Mandy

MaygreenFairies said...

Wow! What a beautiful space, I particularly like your drawers used as wall hangings, great idea! Thank you so much for sharing. Mandy

Vicki said...

I think you have a great space! Love that you covered the wired rack in burlap and those drawers are fabulous!

Junk Fairy said...

How creative are you!! I love your space. It's so special. I like your blog too!! I love all the drawers on the walls, hmmmm sounds like an idea!! LOL!!
XO

Jan E O said...

Love the old drawers on the wall. I have a old oak desk drawer in my kitchen with cook books in it. Oh that reminds me I am supposed to be baking a tart right now. Back to the outdoor kitchen. Enjoyed your studio. Thanks for sharing it and great pics.

Cheryl De Beer said...

What a brilliant idea to buy old drawers and use them as shelves, I really like that idea. Loved your space!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Sheila! How nice to see your pretty face!! Your studio is a cute as I knew it would be! I too love the drawers as wall shelves. Just Inspired!! Thanks so much for joining the party!!
xo,
Karen

Lori said...

I visited your space last year and loved it. I'm glad I stopped by again to be inspired by your shabby/vintage style of decorating. I love how you used the photos in your post. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful, inspiring room!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a great use of drawers; brilliant!

marie said...

I love your space...those old drawers are fabulous! What a great idea the burlap covers are too!

Thanks for sharing with us!

missshawna said...

I love your space. Very inspiring. thank you for sharing with us~

Pretty Things said...

Everything is lovely -- burlap is highly underrated and I love what you did!


I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

bertie said...

I love the wall boxes and your use of space. I like that you reuse and recycle things for storage..I do the same. Thanks for sharing your lovely studio and I hope you will stop by my studio and take a peek. Be blessed...bertie
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

stephanie said...

Sheila---The photo of you at your desk just brought the biggest smile to my face...you have such a sweet soul!

Lovely creative space. So glad that I came by for a little visit this evening...Enjoy these wonderful summer days, friend.

Georgee said...

I like it and think it is great! You show great creativity on a smaller budget. Wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Suz said...

That is a great space, Sheila. It gives me some good ideas as mine is chaos right now!!! Love the burlap and the old drawers hanging on the wall. So sool!
Hugs,
Suz

Mona Kay at Home said...

Gorgeous space, and I love how you display your pictures!

Claudia said...

Your space is wonderful. Love the drawers used as shelf and the way you've used burlap. Thanks so much for sharing your space with us.

The Old White Barn said...

Love every corner of your space - very creative! I especially like your old drawers on the wall. So useful!

Thanks for sharing!
Susan

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thanks for sharing your space with us. I love your style and your storage ideas! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Welcome to the party, I've enjoyed my visit with you today. I always love looking at everyones pretties.
Great Job.

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Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Sheila,
What a wonderful and creative space using your vintage treasures for inspiration and vignettes. Love the wall drawer hanging shelves. Great way to display your treasures and photos. You are one talented lady.
So enjoyed my visit.
xo Celestina Marie

Gloria said...

Love it! Very organized. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

I Love your Sweet Studio, what a clever idea to hang the burlap to cover the stand... & your Drawer Vignettes are Fabulous~ Thanks for sharing, hope you'll stop on by...
Cheryl

kluless said...

You have a wonderful room and I love that it's right next to the rec room where everyone hangs out!

fairyrocks said...

I so enjoyed your tour. I love the way you oriented your pictures,How did you do that?
I too have a recent dress form addition. How wonderful you named her. Lovely inventive space and clever use of unusual things. Very inspiring. Keep smiling and creating

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

You have a lovely space. The drawers on the wall are a brilliant idea with great little vignettes. I love the little shakers of glitter too. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get a chance to see my space too.

Fran. said...

Love the way you use different items for your treasures. I like the box shelves and how you have them displayed with vintage items. Your frame with the chicken wire and old lace on it rocks. thanks for sharing. XO Fran.

Sandy Michelle said...

I love what you did with the old drawers. What a cute picture of you in your studio too :)

Sandy

Creative Grammie said...

Your workspace has a warm cozy feel to it. Those old drawers has such character and with your vintage treasures and photos, they're vignettes in its own right; love it.
I've enjoyed visiting your creative space, thank you for sharing it with us.
Hugs.

Sara said...

I love your space and all that glitter. I love glitter

Terri said...

Love the post and I adore your space. Really liking the flower banner too..Such talent! TFS!!!

~~EVERYTHING~~.ANASTACIA~~~ said...

You sure are blessed, indeed! I love your space and everything in it! Beautifully put together and organized. Thank you for sharing!
p.s.
You're beautiful as your creations and your blog. Your warm personally shines through.

Debbie said...

Wow, now a fan and a follower!! Great stuff, love the salt shakers!!
Lots of fun stuff, good job, keep up the great creating.
debbie
mybowneyedgirldesigns
xoxo

Art by Ruth Sagrario Macotela said...

Love your space, and the idea of the vintage drawers is great! The rustic feeling in the studio is amazing I really ♥ it. Thanks for sharing.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I love your studio. I also love your blog and am your newest follower.

Danielle

Gabriela said...

Thanks for opening your doors...Love your studio and getting to know your blog because of it!

EnchantedBella said...

You have a wonderful creative space. I love the idea of the drawers on the wall as shelves. I have an old crate that I couldn't figure out what to do with. I think it might look good on the wall. Thanks for the idea.
Rebecca

Jane said...

HI Sheila,
It doesn't surprise me that you are so organized!! I love the pic of you in your space. I also love all that storage space the cabinets from your Dad's kitchen gave you.
Your drawers turned shadow display boxes are very beautifully decorated. I have three large drawers I was hoping to hang in my space for display and storage but ran out of wall space!!
Have a great week.
Jane

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Cheery and sunny.... great space!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great space, Sheila! I'm hoping for a little bigger space in the next few months. I love how you've got it laid out here. I like how you said you like to pick items up. I think that sometimes they provide us with some wonderful inspiration. I keep some things I've made or received as gifts from bloggy friends near my area as well and you can't help but be inspired. I'd like to be able to keep my laptop in my area, too. Soon! : )

Deborah said...

I really like the drawer shelves idea and the other ways you have displayed your goodies. A lovely space to create it in and how lucky you are to have access to a large basement. Thank you for sharing.

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Sheila!!! I LOVE IT ALL! Your studio is just wonderful!!! I so need to cover my wire shelves like you did, they look like such a mess ~ and the drawer shadow boxes are beautiful to me. I just love peeking in and seeing your amazing stash of goodies!!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Christine Marie Studio said...

This has a nice feel! Great space and some good storage ideas.

Jo said...

Thank you for the tour. It's lovely to see so many family treasures on display!

Miss Gracie's House said...

Everyone's space is so uniquely beautiful...love the drawers on the wall!
Rene'

Jill said...

hi sheila - i wanted to pop on over and say 'thank you' for the beautiful tag i received in Karlas swap. i just love the vintage chicks - and for sure, i am one !

i also love your studio. so bright and cheery. and i'm in agreement with rene' - the drawers on the walls as shelves is a fabulous idea.

have a blessed evening !

jillsibbald.typepad.com

. said...

Beautiful space and Im all for doing things on a small budget, re use materials to make new things and uses out of them. Good for you!!! I especially love the old drawers you used to display things, great idea and it looks so unique.

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