Friday, January 11, 2013

Creative Spaces A Peek Into My Studio

Hello everyone!

Today I want to give you a little peek into my studio! My studio is located in old downtown Waxahachie Texas. The building is over 100 years old! It's 5,000 sq ft which is a pain to sweep and dust I must say! My studio is mostly dedicated to a not for profit program called "Art is in The Heart" This program allows us to teach Orphan children and foster children with special medical needs free art classes. Of course any child can come to the classes, in fact we encourage it! The classes are free, we do take donations for class supplies to keep our program running, and often times children will attend and give us an art supply as their class fee which has been so much fun and very inspiring!

I would like to thank Home Decorators, & Home Depot for the new partnership and for making my studio life more efficient and organized with their awesome Martha Stewart Craft Line of furniture. You can get a special tour of my studio and this amazing furniture in the brand new issue of Creative Spaces! Check it out here!

Thank you so much everyone at Creating Keepsakes for the awesome spread, it's truly like a dream!



Now I would like to show you a before picture of my studio! We worked very hard on it! It took endless amounts of paint and lots of mopping to get the studio ready for my personal touches! Below is a photo of the studio when it was just a shell. 


To see the total transformation you'll have to pick up the Creative Spaces Issue! Wink! But here are a few peeks inside the awesome line of Martha Stewart Craft Furniture that you can find here at Home Decorators.com





These flat file drawers are perfect for stamps and inks! Not to mention there are tons of drawers like this in each cabinet!


Here is a little peek at one of my favorite Martha Stewart Craft pieces, it's a collapsible table. The legs fold in so you can store it away when needed, and there's a ruler on the sides perfect for measuring yards of trim or fabric! 


 Ok now I have a little treat for one lucky commenter from Creating Keepsakes! We would like to give one special person a free issue of Creative Spaces Vol. 2! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your creative space needs most by Monday at noon and we will pick a winner at random! 

So, what is that your space needs? More storage? Decor? A Personal maid?? We want to know! 

xoxo

77 comments:

Rhonda said...

My creative space needs more space! I guess since that is out of the question, I need a more efficient way to organize my room. :o)

Scrap4Therapy said...

My Creative Space needs more space too! I would love a larger working space but gotta knock out a wall for that! Debbie

Dawn Edwards said...

My creative space needs a good paper storage tower!

tdleitch said...

My space needs it's own room. Currently it's the corner in my family room and it's outgrown it's littls space. So a way to better hide and organize my stuff would be the next best thing to a room!

midnightscrapper said...

My creative space needs your magic touch bythe looks of it. I share with my partner as he ties flys for fishing. I would love some sort of divider and noise control lol. love the look of your space

bellepoupee61 said...

My husband and I share a small room, so I would need some very creative way to store my most used items close by. Your studio is amazing!!!

Jill W. said...

My space needs furniture to hide the boxes and stuff. I wish I didn't have to see it when I'm not playing with it.
~Jill

Mimzie said...

My creative space needs more lighting and storage.... and someone to organize my stuff for me... I am not good at that...

The Scrap Worx said...

I need more space I only have a small area in my bedroom and is running out of room. So now I need to organize my space alittle better. I love your studio would love to have a room just for scrapbooking...

Leann : )

sympa said...

some supplies!! I barely have any and improvising is so much fun. but still... you know what I mean :))

LaSharown said...

As with most crafters space and storage compartments. I have a very narrow loft space and no walls to speak of...so having said that I could use walls. Take care

DeeDee said...

my creative space needs.. more space :D I do so many crafts it is full and my friends don't all fit... :D

cannot wait to see the book..:D

Joye Meyer said...

Mostly more space and cabinets. Lovely space and great organization!

Kelsey said...

What I need is your studio! Pregnant with my first child and my craft room is going to be turned into the nursery. My craft space will be downsized to a small corner in the living room and a nook in a hallway. I need some creative/innovative storage ideas pronto because I have enough stuff, tools and otherwise to outfit a scrapbook store and the idea of purging makes me want to cry. Well anything makes me want to cry these days...haha.

Love your studio and your great sense of style. Wanna come organize my stuff?!? :D

Dawn D said...

I feel lucky to have a space dedicated to art & crafts at all, but it is a disorganized mess. I have to share a my office space with my crafting space & I am always afraid I will get paint, & mists on my computer. Everything is in totes & I can never seem to put my finger on the tools & supplies that would make a project complete & I often forget what I have. Something that would let what I have be assesable that I coul create on with good lighting would be a dream come true.
Thank You,
Dawn

Kifren said...

My creative space definitely needs another table, so I can sew on one and scrapbook on the other:-)

Debbie said...

I need more storage and to be organized...please. Thanks for the chance, Debbie

Andrene said...

My space needs HELP :) I need furniture and storage units to help me organize my supplies.

Sandra Beaver said...

My creative space needs better storage and lighting. Sooo envious of your space :) TFS

Ann Marie said...

My creative space needs MORE SPACE! Right now, it's in a corner of my dining room. Pathetic, I know. I dream of one day having an extra space dedicated to my obsession...I mean hobby lol! Congratulations on being featured in the magazine. I hope to be able to make it to Texas one day to attend a crop!

Tina said...

I Am blessed to have my own scrapbook studio but it very unorganized and really needs some tlc! This magazine would be a big inspiration to me!

sandi said...

My creative space needs more of me, actually. Beside that it needs a little more unification to make things flow better! Thanks for sharing the space ideas. Wonderful, as always.

rooster said...

Congrats on being featured in the magazine! I am blessed to have a little of this and a little of that.I would be tickeled pink with the magazine in my little scraproom!

Claudia said...

My space needs more walls and square footage! Not by much, but just feeling crammed right now! LOVE your studio!

Heather said...

I need ALL of the above. Space, more storage, decor, a maid and a personal organizer. Other than that, I'm good! I REALLY have to find a way to alter my Brady Bunch dresser that holds a lot of my stuff. The base is white, but the drawer fronts alternate between bright yellow and orange formica. Every time go down there, I hear the Brady Bunch theme song in my head!

My Happy Place by Vanessa said...

"My Happy Place" a.k.a. scrap room needs more storage a better design. I've got lots of plastic carts on wheels. But I need ways to store thing better. Love your space Marion! Love Creating Keepsake mag too!

~Vanessa Wachlin

Colleen C. said...

I need more storage space in my craft room. There is just not enough square footage for all my crafting items. However, I am happy just to have a space dedicated to my crafting!

logan said...

I need a way to store my supplies that makes sense when trying to find a particular item. I have IKEA pieces, but most everything is behind closed doors and can remember where something is. I've tried labels, but still spend way too time looking. Space is an issue. Gotta look at the Creative Spaces to get some new ideas!

Laura E said...

I think my creative space need me. I don't spend enough time in there and when i do go in i spend most of my time trying to organize my space. :)

Roxx.T Barnes said...

Ooh Gosh...what doesn't my creative space need? I could use a paper rack,more storage.OOoh I organizing person...to redo my room! I'm certain I don't have my space configured right!

Gramma Deenie said...

Hi, I need new flooring in my room. I am one of the lucky ones who can have a room as my studio. I would love to have a nice floor that is easier to clean after an afternoon of working in my studio.

Kay said...

I have a long list of what my space needs but number one is a good chair with back support,sitting for hrs in my hard chair is awful for my already messed up back.

Pieces of me said...

My space needs a more creative way to store all the little bits. Buttons, brads, hardware that kind of thing. So I am LOVING the piece you showed that does just that. I also need a better way to store lace and trims. Can't wait to pick up a copy of this magazine.

Carolijn said...

Marion, what an amazing space you have. I think my craft room could benefit from some more storage, I would love a new work island and another chair so I could scrap with my bestie.

Cathi said...

Well, if I had to narrow it down to one thing - I think I'd have to say LIGHT. I need better lighting the most.

Kim B said...

My space needs more organization. Perhaps another cabinet with thin drawers to store embellishments in. Of course a personal maid would be wonderful!

MrsJJB1999 said...

My space needs a make over, before we bought out historic home I wanted a space where I could craft and still be near my husband. My dreams came true when we found our 1923 California bungalow, we named her Rebbeca. My space was perfect until I started adding more and more stuff. I consider myself organized and I love by sweet corner but it really needs functional furniture with lots of storage. Your studio is beautiful and I can't wait to visit

Angela Carter said...

I definitely need a more efficient way of storing my supplies. Can't wait to see the reveal and to see it in person.

Rae Jones said...

Like others I need more SPACE - right now I use a nice portion of our dining room and have organized my products well for what space I am lucky to have. I think besides a room dedicated as a studio I would love to have a larger work table to play on and spread out all the goodness! I like to have many things in reach and I am still a bit messy with paint and gesso so lots of table space would be awesome. Thanks for the sneak peeks Marion. You are doing an amazing thing for the kids - speaks tons about you!!

Rae Jones said...

p.s. I LOVE the Martha Stewart storage! Chic and lots of drawers!!!! :)

GlendaLea said...

Better way to organize! I ami running out of space.

Amy524 said...

I love your studio!!! I wish I could have your exact layout and the drawer organization is fabulous!! My space needs exactly that kind of organizing, and definately a maid would be awesome!!

VoicesWithin said...

Wow, from what I can see you have a beautiful and airy space to create. I LOVE the fact that you have a free class for children! My space needs more organization. Most of my stuff is hidden in my closet which is hard to get too. I'm hoping when we move I'll have more space to see what I have while I work(:

Kelley said...

I'm not sure which, more space or a maid! However, those might be taken care of by better organization. :)

Looking at the cover of Creative Spaces, I believe I need a copy of it. I could use those 186 ways.

MyScrapMenagerie said...

What my space needs is a professional organizer! I am just having a heck of a time trying to organize my stuff. My area is quite small, but I have so much stuff, I could open my own store! Love your space, Marion! :)

Corinne said...

Let's see... what do I need the most? Flat drawers, I LOVE drawers, most of all those where you can see in one look what you have in it! And of course I would saycthat the trays inside the drawers - like printer trays - are a must have too! Love ALL the Martha Stewart Furniture, I couldn't even decide which ones I'd like yo have!! Unfortunately (or luckily for my money??!! LOL) I live in France where I can't purchase anyone because they don't deliver in my country... So I dream watching your amazing space!

ClassyDify said...

I recently separated from my husband and moved into a condo with a smaller room for my craft space. My crafting supplies are still at my husband's home awaiting for me to get my organizational furniture. That is what I desperately need now. Furniture that will help me get all my crafty goodness organized and into a much smaller space. Thanks for all the inspiration Marion! I love the flat drawers the best!

Papermoon Dreams said...

I definately need storage. I have to look through my shopping bags to find most things. Love your new storage pieces. Rebecca King

Brenda Gordon said...

my space needs organization. I have a wonderful room dedicated to crafting but my storage needs to match what I have to put in it. I come to waxahachie priodically I would love to visit your studio, make donation!

Leslie said...

I have the space but it has no cabinets! I moved into a new home and I just can never get to putting in drawers and shelves! Everything is on the table and it makes working so hard!

stampyra said...

I always need more drewers in my studio. I think thin drawers are the best because I can have thin layers of stuff that I want to see. JIL

Inge Schneider said...

My room needs more storage and I need a more efficient way to organise.
I love your studio, I wish mine was that big.

Thank you for the chance.
Inge.

Randellyn said...

I'm so glad to see the new storage pieces. I'm in the process of redoing my craft space (shared with the living room) and I plan to get the MS Craft furniture...storage for a small area (7 1/2'x12' area) is essential for me. I have to find ways to pack a lot into the area and still be very functional...that's why the flat files & drop-leaf table are my top 2 items. Thanks for showing the flat files filled with tools. Your new studios is going to be wonderful!

Debbie P said...

My space needs purging, and closet organization. I can not wait to see more!

~mel~ said...

I need more organizing. More space would be helpful too, just waiting for one of the kids to move out! :)

Lisa said...

My space needs organizing and cleaning, but most of all, it needs more space! Haha. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see the magazine.

kthamby said...

As I just moved my scrapbook craft room upstairs from my basement, I am in desperate need of storage. What I had downstairs just doesn't seem to be working for me now as I have increased my supplies considerably. I are hope to win this as I would love to see any ideas to make my craft room ROCK!

Aimeslee said...

I think I've done a decent job using every square inch of my 10'x12' playroom for storage, but I've used old odds and ends family furniture pieces, so a complete room full of floor-to-ceiling furniture storage would probably help immensely.

Otellie said...

Hello, my poor playroom,aka craft room, needs a good way to store embellishments,such as journaling cards,tags,stick ons, and rub ons,too!! Also need a way to store the cut off pieces of card stock and DS paper bits to big to just toss away. Help.

kandilin said...

What my creative space needs is to be reorganized to be an efficient space

wintam said...

wow! what a great place you got! which proves again that what I need most is... space! I'd also love to have a ribbon organizer and room for my mixed media materials...

bPuppy said...

My creative space needs space! I have one table groaning under the weight of craft supplies, and a bookcase not faring much better. A nice, kitty-free space would be lovely! lol!!

Elly said...

I'm in need of a bigger craftroom so I decided on moving the bedroom to a smaller room and take over the master bedroom as my craft space. I have so many great ideas on how to decorate this room, the only think I need most at this moment is TIME to do this.

Ilymar said...

My creative space is a complete mess. I need everything to try to organize it.

Victoria S. said...

mine is still evolving.. re-organizng everyday to get it just right. need more storage cubes and bins! would love a copy of this magazine!

LMD Stampin said...

How cool is that? Congratulations!!! Hope I get my hands on the magazine so I can see your space.

I guess I would say my creative space could use some decorative touches and a better way to store all my stamps and papers. I am constantly trying to organize everything in a way that makes sense. It's still a work in progress.

Jeanne said...

Too much stuff, not enough space--I need a complete overhaul!

Lois said...

I am probably in need of better paper storage as well as storage for my stamps, inks, paints, dies and templates.

I cannot wait to see your space.

domy07 said...

I'm lucky to have a piece scrapbooking. But I miss shelves and furniture drawer.
Thank you for the gift!

Sarah said...

Tools!! Lots and lots of tools!! hahahahahhahaahahhahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaha!!!!!!

Craft Room Secrets said...

I would love to have a big room just for my crafts. but well I'll be happy with just better lighting and
a pretty decorations.

vivi9 said...

I need a better organisation and ideas for this !!

vivi9 said...

I need a better organisation and ideas for this !!

Sagekamp said...

Your studio had me at the wood floors and windows...dem some great bones...haha! I am moving my work space away from the windows for a larger space with more wall...the better to hang things on...my creative laboratory...easier to surround myself with the things that visual jump start my creative side!

De Jewell said...

Wow your space is beautiful - lucky lady! I believe I need more organizational cabinets -love that cabinet with the flat drawers! Simply scraptabulous!!! I love all your YT and blog channels - I learn so much from you! TFS - Dorohy

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