Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Studio

If you saw my post "During the Reign of the Oak King" today on Petit Fours, and would like to see some pictures of my studio, then here they are! Most of my pictures are focused on the ideas I used to create things and the sewing equipment I've planned around. Writing really only takes up the space between my elbows.

My desk - made from old six panel doors and then painted and decoupaged. The shelf that runs along the wall has all of my favorite books. The brackets that hold up the shelf are pieces of old furniture - things like brackets from old pianos and the spine of a chair.

Sewing machine table and cabinets made out of old windows and scrap lumber. I have three machines - a Pfaff sewing machine, a serger, and an embroidery machine.

Cutting table with storage underneath. The table is a metal catering table from a restaurant. I built a folding wooden top for it and then covered it with wool blankets and a cutting matt. Very handy for steaming full lengthes of fabric. You can sort of see the rug the dog sleeps on and my mop sink seeping around the edges of the picture.

Paper roll storage - two iron window bars welded together with plumbing pipe inbetween.

Section of decoupage on the sewing table top. It's a full scene called "What the Fairy Dreamed" and it runs the length of the table. My 11 year old and I did it together.

Thanks for stopping in to tour my studio!


Sally Kilpatrick said...

I want to live in your studio. I'm going to go on a fruitless quest to find some creativity of my own. : )

Michelle said...

Ha ha Sally. I do actually feel like I live in my studio. My only source for creativity is problem solving. Well, that and I see every surface as a canvas needing to be embellished in some way. I never met a pile of junk on the curb that I couldn't love.

Marilyn Baron said...

Wow, what a great space. I'm glad you posted these pictures.

Marilyn Baron

Tammy Schubert said...

This is an incredible space. Your knack for putting things like this together is amazing.

Maxine Davis said...

That place is absolutely fabulous! Love it!! And, yes, I promise I would sew if I could get to my machine easier!

You are so talented!

Sandy Elzie said...


I've seen your space up close and personal and I loved it. It's a great spot to be creative.


Michelle said...

Thanks for the kind words ladies! I'm out in the studio right now and I forgot to set the heater last night so I'm freezing - a not so great part of being in an outbuilding!

Susan May said...

Great space. I'm jealous. It also looks like your are talented in more ways than just the writing area. Thanks for sharing.

Ana Aragón said...

Yes! I love it! Can I come visit and get some inspiration? It's been so long since I've been creative.


Carol Burnside said...

Fabulous! I love it.

Like Maxine, I would sew more if I had a dedicated space for my machine and supplies. It's frustrating to have to pack it all up and unpack again each time I tackle a project.

Cyrano said...

O...M...Geeeee. Your space is awesome! Compulsively, wonderfully, perfectly organized. I LOVE it. And those shelves with the glass doors are to die for.
You're a very lucky gal.

Have a happy evening!

Linsey Lanier said...

Wow, Michelle, it's gorgeous. Now I know what you meant when you said "I would never use such strong and feminine colors in a family space, but in my own space I can."


Sally Kilpatrick said...

I think what you said about "I never met a pile of junk on the curb I couldn't love" should be the first line of a novel. I suppose I should let you have it since you said it. : )

Michelle said...

HA! Yes Tamara, I am a compulsive organizer. What you can't see in the picture is that on those shelves everything is in very precisely named bins. There's even one for "door knobs" and another for "Misc. Electrical Parts." My goal when I'm an old lady is to take up welding and make fanciful lawn sculptures so I've begun gathering now. You can use that line, Sally, lord knows I'll never get around to it! Thanks everyone for stopping by, you made my day!