Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create - My Little Space

I wish this were a "before" picture with a beautiful "after" picture to go with it, but no such luck. But it is my space - all mine.  I have been gradually re-arranging things, but it is slow going. I mostly do altered books and altered art, although I also love scrapbooking, rubber stamping and sewing. All my sewing is done in my basement.

My room is 8 X 9 ft. Not a lot of room, but it is the only space that was amenable to taking over. I used to have my space in my dining room, but we reclaimed that last year and I have combined all my stuff into this room.
Here is the closet with my rubber stamps, inks and tools, and to the right is another set of shelves.

Here are a few examples of things I am working on right now.

                                       And here is my favorite beverage for when I am making art:
Be sure to go over to Karen Valentine's place over at My Desert Cottage and visit other bloggers at the Where Bloggers Create Party!

54 comments:

NanaNay said...

I like your room. And you remind me of myself-my craft room in in a constant state of trying to be organized.

Maybe for next year's party.

zandra said...

As long as you can call it your own it's lovely! I enjoyed my visit here. Have fun at the parties.
Hugz,
Zandra

Queen Bee said...

What a great use of a small space! I actually think the smaller the space, the more creative you are because everything is right there to stimulate you. Your art is fabulous, by the way!
Queen Bee Studio

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

We have so much in common. I make altered books and love coffee. It takes a lot of room to make altered art. So many more things than just scrapbooking. I think you do a wonderful job with the space you have. And, it is all yours, so that's more than many have. Thanks for joining the party and now I can come back for a visit.

Jill said...

I love altered books and what you're working on looks great! Your space may be small but it's packed with what you love and I think it's wonderful!

Karen Valentine said...

Like I've said before...sometimes we just get ourselves in a creative whirlwind!! And that's okay! I can see the creative passion you have all over that room! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

BLISS angels said...

LOve it I too have the smallest room in our house I used to make do with a table in the laundey room.Thanks for sharing and love , love your workHugs ~Wendy at Blissangels

Uncanny Festoon said...

maybe not a lot of space but a whole lot of bookshelf!!! Love it!



Joy..............always

craftyles said...

You don't need a huge space-you just need your own spot. Looks cozy and creative!

Jillayne said...

You have packed an awful lot into an 8 x 9 space! It looks like such a fun and inspiring place to create - thank you sharing!

Penny said...

A cluttered desk is the sign of an active mind and a dedicated crafter.
thanks for sharing yours.
Love your projects - they are awesome.
Hugs
Penny

Cathee said...

So glad you shared your space! Mine is tiny too and it has taken me a long time to get it just right..the important thing is that you are enjoying your artwork!!!Never stop!!:)

Claudia said...

It only matters that you have your very own space. And you do! It looks wonderful, chock full of wonderful supplies. Thanks for sharing it with us - and cheer up! my space is tinier than yours!

xo
Claudia

Gloria said...

Very nice. Small space or not, it yours and you can be as creative as you want in there. Thanks for sharing.

ewenique said...

i enjoyed my visit~ I am totally amazed at everyones toys, and stash.

Denise said...

That's sure the way my studio usually looks. I don't know how to be creative AND organized at the same time.

donnaj said...

you have definitely maximized your space! and it's all yours~

Janet Bernasconi said...

I like your space! I also love shelves where I can keep my things organized. So glad I stopped by for a visit.
Hugs,
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

Terri said...

Looks like you and me are in the same boat trying to maximize the space we do have...great job and lovely art work too. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your book images are lovely, Tricia! It may be a small room to you, but I think it's wonderful that you have this space to call your own and create in.

Her Art Nest said...

Whoo Hoo! Love your space, your art, and even the java! What a treat to stop by to check out your world! Take care, Nancy

Miss Sandy said...

Your books are so beautiful! I love the lived in look of your studio, it shows that your creative passion is being lived out. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

Angela Weimer said...

What a great use of space and such beautiful creations. thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Angela

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! It inspires me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

luluslovlies said...

Love your floor to ceiling idea, great way to use every nook and cranny, always moving and organizing, aren't we all! Have fun party blog hopping, no way we can see everything in one day! XOXO Stop by some time.XO again

Brynwood Needleworks said...

As one who has only created one entire altered book (so far), I am in awe of your creations, and the place where they come to life. Thanks for sharing with all of Blogland. I hope you'll take time to visit Brynwood and enter my drawing.
Blessings,
Donna

Debby said...

Thanks for sharing your space with us! You have loads of all things creative. I love collecting stamps and it looks like you do too. Your journal pages are great.
Debby

Linda Robinson said...

What a nice little space you have, I just love the alter pages you have shown, I off to look at more of your blog...

Hugs, Linda

Gypsy Brocante said...

What a wonderful, packed full to the brim place to create ... I could get lost for hours and hours ... so much to do!! Thank you for the tour and for visiting my space as well~
xo
Jill

Janet Bernasconi said...

Great work space! And so organized too. So glad I stopped by.
Have a fun day,
xo
Janet
Janets Creative Pillows

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Tricia,

Oh boy, what a wonderful space you have..how I love that wall of books..I am hopelessly in love with books, catalogs and just paper in general! I love looking at your art journals too.

Thanks so much for your kind comments about my studio..it's been a long time coming!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Katsui Jewelry said...

Tricia,
That is a real spot. I know there are a few out there who can be neat and organized but my mind doesn't work that way. I love what you are doing in your journals with glossy paper and collage. Looks like you are really able to create!

If you wish, come and visit the blog of my daughter and me. We are only three months old (blogging) but have been making jewelry for fifteen years.Our blog is about much more than our jewelry...I love paper crafts and old books...she loves vintage fashion and we both love estate sales and rummage sales.

Thanks for letting us in. I really enjoyed seeing how and what you create.

http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com

Suz

Melly said...

Beautiful things can come from small spaces :)Thank you for sharing your fabulous creative space :)
Melly:)

Cherie Wilson said...

Glad to meet you fellow Christian, coffee drinker and lover of Altered books! They are truely marvelous. Makes me want to stop this blogging thing and march right upstairs to play in my paints! haha! See you around dear lady!

Denise said...

It doesn't take a lot of room to be creative and you are certainly that! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

fiberdoodles said...

What a great place. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Your work is just lovely!!

Cabin and Cottage said...

This is my kind of space Tricia! You are right inside your own box of goodies! Thanks for your too kind comments--Jacqueline

Creative Grammie said...

Isn't amazing how we artists/crafters can fit everything in the spaces we are given? Your space is cozy and it doesn't have to be so organized, you know where everything is and that's all that matters.
Thank you for the visit, I enjoyed it.

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Hello Tricia!

OH my! You sure have a lot of supplies for crafting.

About your new project, are you making a scrapbook? And are those old books you're using as a base? Nice! Like that idea.

Haven't I been away for too long :-)

Mizpah,
Li

(The baby polar bear in your comp. screen is adorable :-) )

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

oh my...I am so late but I hope your space is still open for viewing. Looks like lots of creating goes on here....it's just wonderful! I am thrilled to have found your blog. xo

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

Loved your space, especially the bank of bookshelves with all the interesting books and stuff! Cool!

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

And who says you have to have a lot of space to create!?? Looks like you are doing just fine! Love the collage work. I find that the artists I have met with small spaces are more focused. Mmmmm.....

jen said...

I see you are packed with treasure like me! just love it!I am so late getting to everyones blogs but better late than never right?
luvs and glitter
~jen

p.s. i'm having a giveaway if you would like to stop by, but no pressure really just thought I'd let you know, there is vintage wallpaper and antique buttons involved:)

Leah C said...

You made great use of your space...looks like you have a lot of wonderful "toys" in there!

vicki said...

Your little space is just perfect - dont you fret! You are a wonderful creative soul and have made every inch of space count for your talents.

I love your blog - I love the way your incorporate your family into your posts. Your photos are wonderful - what a treasure to see the one from Bath England!

Also loved the Pink flea market photos! You seem to be so much fun! I am glad that I came your way this morning!

vicki

Susan said...

Well you have a very nice space. Lots of goodies.....thanks for sharing and taking a peek at my space. Susan

Tins and Treasures said...

I'd love to share a cup of coffee with you while we work on a project together. Thank you for sharing your creative space.

Have a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

Michelle May said...

Hi Tricia! I love your space and your beverage of choice...you're a gal after my own heart!
Your altered books look wonderful and I know you must have the best time creating them.
Hugs to you and thanks so much for the tour!

Sherry said...

It may be small but seems perfect for creating. I enjoyed looking at the projects you are working on. Visiting creative spaces of other bloggers like you has been fun and inspiring.

imaginationlane said...

Your space is obviously a room in which art is made..not just a room for decoration! I love the pages you're working on..and how handy to have your treasures and supplies close at hand! Don't we crafters collect enormous piles of stuff?

I'm so late getting to all the studios, but am very glad I stopped by yours. It's very nice to meet you...

Lynette

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I like your screen saver on your computer! Your space looks like a fun area to create in - I know I'd like to be there. Thanks for sharing!

Sherry F. said...

Starbucks and Crafting! Two of my favorite things as well... I am new to the blogging world, but am enjoying it emensely. I wish I would have started my blog earlier so I could of gotten in on this event, but maybe next year. However you can view my craft room photos at my blog if you want to take a peek. Thank you for sharing your space with me! ~Sherry of Scrapping with Sherry

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

I love your small space. it feels homey..cozy and comfortable..just the place to let creativity flow!

I am still slowly but surely making my way thru all the delightful creative spaces.
happy day!

the gypsy said...

Small spaces are handy - you never have far to go to find something. Your altered books are beautiful, thank you for sharing!