Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ta Da!! Check it Out!

Bam!
How's this for a blast of brightness?? How could you be sleepy or bored with these colors to keep you alert?

This is still a work in progress, but I am pleased to show you these pictures. I finally have a place to create again, after waiting for the past couple months! It's seemed like a lifetime. I should share with you that I am pretty organized and anal about some things, so it really bugged me that my stuff was scattered throughout the basement and I didn't know where anything was for about 8 weeks.

This weekend my husband shared with me the alarming news that all art related items *must* fit inside this room. That was after I planned to leave my big tub with wheels that I use at craft shows outside the door, among other things. So if it all must fit, then I must get rid of some of the art supplies I've been hoarding half my life. I am not sure why I had a big bag of turquoise blue and red scraps of suede, but they have to go. And I know I probably don't "need" 25 cigar boxes, but hey, each one is unique and a different shape. Those get to stay. I threw out a laminator from Big Lots that did not work when I bought it. Moving it across town when we bought this house and storing it for 5 more years did not make it work any better. Out it goes! See, I can do this. It's just hard because some day I might need it. While hubs was working on the room, he discovered my two big boxes of shells and rocks which I moved from my previous house. They were not marked "shells and rocks" which is why they were undiscovered for five years in the storage space below the steps. (I am blonde, but not dumb). I think I will now have to downsize my collection.

So here are some pics after I have tried to reorganize. The brown table is my jewelry work space and the laminated table is for paper arts and other crafts I may become infatuated with in the future. (I want to learn felting and I really need to make those soldered glass slide necklaces). I like that the outlets are all at table level.



At some point down the road, we'll finish the other two walls (maybe in lime green & or pink to complete the "citrus" look). We'll wait for now as we need access to the pipes in case we add a bathroom. And we'll put down hardwood flooring and a drop ceiling someday. But for now, I have what I need to get working!

What do you think? Want to come over and create something with me? If you do, you have to promise to take some rocks and shells with you when you leave.


15 comments:

CountryintheBurbs said...

Your studio looks great! I love the yellows. I painted my children's playroom a bold, bright yellow and they love it! It's always so bright and cheery in there! Congrats on getting all of your things organized!

Auroras_Garden said...

Your room is so bright and happy. It is the same shade as my kitchen! I been thinking about adding some green and pink to the kitchen myself for the citrus look. Great minds think alike! I have some green trim on the pantry dad made me and on the cabinets, but it needs more...like a whole green and pink wall! I bet you get tons of stuff done in your new studio. I hope to have one someday that is soundproof...

Jama said...

A) I'm jealous!
b) How long do you think it will stay that tidy? ;-)

dentedhalo said...

How cool! I do love the color, how could you not be creative with those colors brightening up everything? I'm so glad your workspace is done! :)

Carmen

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I have a lemon yellow laundry room -- figured I needed to make a hated room lovely! :-)

Rustic Diva Designs and RP Gardens said...

I'm so jealous! I wish I had a studio. I have a sunroom but it's only good to use in the warmer months. Love the color. Nice job!

jeweledrabbit said...

Looks great. Happy creating.

ChezChani said...

It looks wonderful! Be careful of getting rid of anything craft related, you never know. I was only using Delica's and Toho Treasures because I only did Peyote and those round ones don't work for me. So I sold them. Now I'm doing work that would be great with round ones. Sigh.
Anyway, maybe you can find a way to create more storage space in there so you don't have to get rid of anything. Suspended shelves from the ceiling or something. OR you could send those cigar boxes to me ;-) And all the other stuff.

KimberlyRies said...

Thanks for all the comments and feedback everyone!! I am so happy to have a space of my own!

TeriB said...

Congrats, Kim! It must be wonderful to have a room PLANNED for your creativity....mine needs to be completely re-organized, but at the end of that, it will still also be the office with our computer AND carpeted, which isn't the best for some work (soldering, for example). The colors look great! Teri
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Rareimage Photography said...

Kimberly you have a beautiful work space. Very wonderful husband to do that for you. Congrats on your guy for not being lazy. Props!!!! lol

Rhonda

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

WOW! What a cool place!

m ^..^

treasurefield said...

LOVE the color! I'm hoping to repaint my space with something in the chartreuse family.
^_^

I also love how all artists/creators have that same dilemma of not wanting to throw out anything that might be of use. But... our tastes do change.

Oh! And yes, I would love to come over & create together!

Enjoy!

Lilly's Home said...

I am so jealous!! To have a craft space like yours would be so awesome!
You are so creative!
Happy crafting...Lilly

SarahKelley said...

Looks great! And getting rid of old stuff really does freshen things up a bit!