Showing posts with label Creating The Creative Room. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creating The Creative Room. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Create Studio

It has been a long time since I've showed you my creative room.  Almost three years actually.  My how things have changed, I've added another kid to the mix and a small business.  You've been with me each step of the way.  Thanks!  So let me show you the room, come on up!
This is my wrapping station at the top of the stairs.  It's where all of my orders go out.  And that blonde in the driftwood mirror?  That's me, just dyed a few shades lighter for the summer!

Turn left and you'll see this.  No vacuum lines this time.  Can we still be friends?  If you'll remember, my dad and I worked together to create this room from a portion of our attic.  In that same spirit of togetherness I wanted to make sure the room would be a fun place for me to be creative with others.  My main work table has two additional chairs for sewing lessons and for coloring with my wee ones.
Although, most of the time they can be found here:
I wish I could pin-point my style in a few words.  I'm watching HGTV's Design Star right now and they are able to so quickly name their style... "mid-century modern," "hollywood glam," "flea market boho" or whatever.  Me?  I have no clue!  I really like things that are whimsical, bright and happy with all of the history that vintage treasures bring.  Any wordsmiths out there want to take a shot at it?  I'd welcome your suggestions!
Speaking of history, I have three grandmother's collections represented in my space.  The handkerchiefs are my husband's grandmother.  The sewing box on the bottom is my grandmothers.  It's filled with all of the little girl treasures that I hoarded from her house when I was younger.
Not everything in my space has a function.  Some things are completely impractical, but just having them around me is an inspiration.  Take those wooden spools wrapped with hot pink vintage thread...I can hardly look at them with out squealing just a little!
The thimbles are from my dad's mother.  Sterling silver.  I'm impressed that something so mundane and everyday was made so beautifully and treasured.  Those women took pride in their roles as mothers and helpmates.  I want to remember that.
I also want to remember where in the world I put my buttons, so this repurposed medicine cabinet helps me keep them organized by color.
Recognize that fabric in the top embroidery hoop?  It's from my kitchen curtains and the shell wreaths were made from white shells my family collected from beaches in Florida and North Carolina.
Here's the hubby's corner.  He's surrounded by his collection of history, religious and political books... his treasures!
My lovebird book houses hang in the reading nook next to my ancient CD player.  Lately we have been listening to the Little House On The Prairie series on CD and the boys have loved it.

So there you have it... again.  I hope you enjoyed seeing the Creative Room (a.k.a "Create Studio) a second time around.  Check out the first post if you missed it.

P.S. I just got word that the rug for our dining room will be in at the end of this month, so you'll have to wait until then for the final kitchen renovation pictures.  I'm so mean.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quick and Easy Slipcover Tutorial

I've always wanted to learn how to reupholster furniture. In college I lived in a house with 7 other girls. We had this GIANT brown couch that my roomie and I decided to cover on the fly... sans directions... sans experience, but even with all that stacked against us it turned out pretty cute. What color did we choose? Well, I did mention that it was a house with 8 girls, so it was bubble gum pink of course! It was a good first experience and my roomie Kelly has gone on to more sophisticated reupholstering projects, but I haven't... until now!

I found this little beauty on Craigslist for $15 and decided to create a quick slipcover for the back. Thought you might be interested to see how I did it. This is a super easy, super quick project.
Before:
After:
I just stretched and stapled the bottom of the chair, it's the slip-covered back that I will tutorial for you:

First, drape your fabric over your chair with the wrong side out and pin it tight against your chair as my Mr. Vanna White is demonstrating!
Cut off the excess fabric about one inch away from your pins and carefully remove your pinned project from the chair
To make sure that the slip cover is symmetrical across the curved back, fold the piece in half and recut the excess fabric if necessary.
Sew about 1/2 inch away from the pins, but stay close to maintain the shape you need for your chair.
Be sure to hem the bottom edges of your project. I used pinking shears to cut off any excess fabric after I finished sewing. That way if I want to wash the slipcover it won't fray as badly.
Finally, turn the slipcover inside out, press it if necessary then slip it on your chair. I appliqued a little bird on the back of my chair, just for fun. Easy Peasy! I still want to try a bigger project one day, but I got my fix with this slipcover for now! :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Big Reveal!

It's been a few months in the making, and finally we're ready for the big Creative Room reveal! I can hardly wait!!

Come on up! I'll be your tour guide. On your left as you come up the stairs there will eventually be a bunch of mismatched frames with cork showcasing my little guy's creative work, but for now you'll just have to imagine it. At the top of the stairs, under my driftwood mirror is the fabric hutch.

Before I turn the corner, here's a quick look back at where we've come from. This was the attic back in June before my dad worked his magic!
Here it is now!! Dad salvaged a bunch of wood paneling from another project and we painted it Veridian Green from Olympic Paints. The best way to describe this color in person is "happy!" My creative area is to your right, my son's creative area is to your left and my husband's reading chair is off the picture to your far left. Now that you've got the floor plan, let's explore!
Let's skip my favorite area for a minute and talk about the rest of the room. Here is Owen's play corner. He's almost 2 years old right now, so his creative space is a chalk board and a tool bench (both garage sale finds!) Soon we will be getting a folding table for this area so that he can color and work on art projects, but for now he would rather hammer and draw.
Turn to your left and here's the hubby's reading chair (it also reclines, which makes for great Saturday afternoon naps!) I'll do my reading in the window seat, which I'm in LOVE with! I have to brag just a little bit and say that I did sew that piped seat cushion myself... pillows are one thing, but I didn't know I could sew a cushion like that until I gave it a shot and I'm pleased with the result. The reason I mention that is to encourage you... you don't know what you can do until you give it a try!
Remember what it looked like before?
And after... The built-in bookshelf was another one of my dad's gifts to us. He is a fabulous craftsman and whipped this up in just a couple of days! Dad was over at our house so much this summer that Owen started calling this room "Papa's attic"!
OK, on to my favorite spot in the room... The metal tray that's hanging on the back wall will eventually be a magnetic calendar so come visit again to see how that one turns out! The idea for this area is that when friends come over to be crafty we can all sit at this main table together.
This is my crafty storage area and if you're anything like me, a picture like this just won't do. You'll want to know what's inside and how I organized it...
So here it is... thank you Picnik for the photo editing tools (fo freeee!!)
The chair was a really nice shade of maroon (that's an oxymoron isn't it?... nice and maroon in the same sentence!) Anyway, I got it on Craigslist and slip-covered it then appliqued a little bird at the top. I'll be showing the tutorial on this soon. Under the table I have my scrap cabinet. I organized my scraps by shade. Neutrals on top, then cool colored scraps, and the warm colored scraps on the bottom. I've got two trash cans. One for trash and the other for scraps. I think the trash cans might be two of the very few things I bought at full price for this room! (The table, chairs and cabinet came from Craigslist.)
My grandmother gave me her sewing basket which I've loved since I was a little girl... right now it's full of little girl treasures and I can't bring myself to clean it out! Oh and I have to tell you about my portable project bag that's right in the front there on the ground. It's from Thirty One and I'm totally in love with it!! Have you heard of Thirty One? It's a christian direct-selling company and the name refers to Proverbs 31.

Back on top of the table you may have noticed the way I'm storing my ribbon. Spools in one container, large pieces are wrapped around old-fashioned clothes pins in a second container, then my small scraps are stuffed into that old Ball jar. My Odds and Ends Rack is in the background.
Just for fun, I etched my initials in the glass. Glass etching is contagious, I'm warning you!
So now that I've shared my big reveal with you, it's your turn!! I loved this idea from Jenny so much that I wanted to try it too.

(UPDATE: Almost three years later, here is my latest post about what the Creative Room looks like now.)

Do me a favor and leave a comment answering these questions so I can get to know you! :) Lurkers, stop lurking and get talking!


1. What's your name (first is fine if you are super secret)
2. Where do you live?
3. What do you like to do in your free time?
4. If you are crafty, what do you like to craft the best?
5. Do you have a blog? Leave a link if you do! I want to come visit you.
6. What do you stink at?
7. What do you rock at?

Here are my answers:
1. Sarah
2. North Carolina
3. Plan my next project. Oh how I love projects and I love planning. Lists are my favorite!
4. Probably anything with my sewing machine that doesn't cost a lot of money
5. I guess you already know about my blog by now, huh!
6. I'm no good at picking out shoes. I have horrible shoe taste, so my husband does it for me! I'm also really bad at spelling and math, so he does those things for me too! Horray for husbands!
7. I'm really, really good at eating. Seriously! I once won a t-shirt for putting away a massive burrito (it took me 3 hours, and the shirt was a XXL... annoying, but I made a lot of good friends in the process!)

Ruffled Pillow

Countdown to the big Creative Room Reveal: 1 day!!

Yes, tomorrow is the big day I take you on the tour of the new creative room! I know you can hardly wait and I'm sure each of you will be setting your alarm clocks early. ha! Until then, I have one more project to share with you, again this one was from my list of "Projects I Want to Attempt" from that sidebar over on the right.

Did you know that Etsy.com has a "how to" section? Neither did I! I'm sure glad I stumbled on this one though, because as you know, I've been looking for a sweater to make my third pillow for the Creative Room window seat and to no avail. When I saw this tutorial I totally forgot about that sweater and starting looking through my felt stash!
Yes, it involved hand stitching 63 felt circles on to a pillow and yes, it involved lots and lots of House Hunters International on HGTV, but I think it was well worth it!
Here's a little peek of what tomorrow holds... see you then!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Let the Countdown Begin!!

Countdown to the Big Creative Room Reveal: 4 days!!
(But don't worry, I plan to show you one project I've been working on every day until then!)

Here's my first project: An Odds and Ends Rack.
(I got the idea from Monica over at Crafty Nest.) When we bought our house it had this little beauty up in one of the bathrooms. yikes! I took it down and hid it away for a future project. Well, 3 years later here it is just before its life is about to change forever:
After a coat of primer, then high gloss white paint...then this little guy from Anthropologie...
I Mod Podged some fabric on the back and there you have it! My odds and ends rack hangs right above my crafting table that you'll get to see on Saturday. I know, I know... I'm so mean to tease you like this!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Inspiration Board

Here's a real beauty that I found at Goodwill recently. Pretty fancy butterfly, huh!?
I layered in cork tiles right over top of that fancy little thing then covered the cork with brown linen. I plan to use the new inspiration board in our Creative Room.
The picture is my high school senior picture... not really inspiring!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sneak Peek!

As promised! Here's a little sneak peek of our new creative room. We have a tiny little bit of touch up paint to do and the carpet needs to be installed, then we're ready to decorate!! This is a picture of our window seat. The curtains are a simple box pleat I whipped up out of the same striped fabric as that pillow, and the cushion in the window seat will be made out of the geometric fabric if I can ever finish painting!
So do you think I should add a third pillow? I really wanted to make a smaller lumbar pillow out of an old white cable-knit sweater then add big brown buttons, but two Goodwills later and there is no sweater to be found. Thoughts?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Family Affair

Painting our Creative Room has been a family affair this week. My husband marked all of the knots in the wood and rolled the primer coat.
I puttied all of the holes and knots and painted the cracks in the wood. (This is my ninja painter look... nice.)
Ta Da! Well, it's not quite done, so maybe I should save the "Ta Da" for the finished product, but you can at least see what it looks like with the ceiling painted and the walls mostly primed.
Owen fell asleep on the job in the built-in bookshelves that my dad built.