Thursday, July 14, 2011

I Spy My Studio

I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage at The Creative Connection Event last year. I'm pretty sure she was actually the very first person I met and was so lovely and friendly and gracious as I was a bit scared and intimidated being at the event all by myself. This year she's hosting the 3rd annual Where Bloggers Create event and I am so excited to participate! So here goes a little sneaky peek into my creative space.



The first thing you see as you enter my space is my name spelled out using my Bunting O' Greetings fabric. I jazzed 'em up with a little bit of bling, too! It's not a large space as my husband and I live in an old rowhouse, but I love the space and I have made the best use of the space that I could to suit all of my varied artistic pursuits and interests.


One of the most used elements of my studio is my sewing machine. I love my Bernina!!! I've been a sewer since I was about 10 and took up quilting when I was in grad school (which is a very strange time to take up a new hobby as you are so busy, but I did). A couple years ago, I discovered Spoonflower and finally started to turn all the the ideas and imaginings I've had for my own fabric designs into reality. Now there are piles of swatches of my over 100 designs in my space of which you can see a couple here. The color charts I spent many hours putting together are the first things I refer to when I'm designing my fabrics. You'll also notice some more of my Bunting O' Greetings and the Spoonflower swatches that come along with every order. I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do with them all!



I can't get enough ribbon and you'll find some nearly anywhere you turn you'll see some. There's the racks of ribbons on the display I created out of the old frame rescued from a vintage shop. There are my handmade ribbons - dyed strips of wide selvage from my fabric orders and then lettered in calligraphy (something else I've been doing since I was 10 years old). Piled in mason jars are my easter egg dyed seam binding ribbons wrapped around vintage wooden spools. And even more ribbon is draped over the wooden rack on the wall under my mini folded hexi and button quilt.



Some of the pieces that hold my plethora of supplies are also fashioned by me. I'd had these two plain wooden trunks that needed a bit of sprucing up so I padded and covered the lids with pieces of an old and tattered quilt that had seen its better days and then painted the harlequin pattern and inspirational words on the bases. Now they hold bunches of my fabrics. My beads and other teeny tiny ephemera are stored in the drawers I created out of foam core and then embellished to sit inside an old CD organizer that was no longer used for CDs. The little flower piece is my CalEndure project created for my boss at Artella as she prepares to publish a book.



There are lots of other little things I love to use and just gaze upon as I'm creating my art of all kinds. My soul journals from my wonderful and amazing Soul Restoration experience are always on my big table so I can go back and remind myself of the lessons learned and those I'm still learning. All sorts of vintage ephemera can be found here such as these paper bobbins filled with pink and yellow thread that I got for a steal at a local antique store. The jar filled with red buttons is another local antique shop find. The beautiful boxes from gifts received and cute little polka dotted egg cups hold more supplies and just make me happy to look at.

I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into my creative corner of the world up by Lake Superior. Now I'm off to enjoy summer while it lasts around here!

29 comments:

  1. So interesting to see your crafting space! It looks like you have a lot of things I'd like to more closely peruse. And you like antique shops, huh? Maybe you and I should go to Majestic Lion or Brass Armadillo when you're here. Would that be fun!?

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  2. what an amazing creative place!!!

    http://apinkdreamer.blogspot.com/2011/07/where-bloggers-create-party-2011-where.html

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  3. I love all your colours! Happy creating in your great space!

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  4. I'm so glad you joined the party this year Tammi!
    You very sweet introduction really put a smile on my face. :)
    Your space looks fabulous! I have a friend who would love it! She loves color and I'm sure she will get around to visiting you soon! She is a quilter too.
    Have fun at the party!
    xo,
    Karen

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  5. What a fabulously appointed space. I love it, Tammi! I'm so glad you joined us this year. You are such an inspiration to us.

    Blessings~

    Rebecca

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  6. You've packed a lot into a small space, Tammy, and I love it! It's so colorful and I could see spending a lot of time here creating. I love the boxes you painted ~ harlequin pattern is one of my favorites.

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  7. Color! I love it!


    I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

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  8. I am so enjoying visiting all the wonderfully creative spaces like yours! Just inspiring...

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  9. Absolutely loved how you framed your rolls of ribbon - what a delightful idea!! Well done on a lovely space.

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  10. Aloha Tammi,
    You have a wonderful studio! I love your technique of storing your ribbons. I also love how you've wrapped your trims around the vintage wooden spools.
    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous space, I've enjoyed my visit.

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  11. what a great space. I have a sewing machine that Ihardly ever use. I must get it out. Hugs Sara

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  12. I love your use of color! You have a wonderful creative space and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  13. Enjoyed visiting your space today! So glad you joined the party! Really liked the frame redo into a ribbon holder and the easter egg dying tip! Your bunting creation and other fabrics I peeked at are also very creative! Xo, Sue
    p.s. I'm a former Minnesotan transplanted to GA.

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  14. What a nice space! I love the ribbon storage!

    Lindsey

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  15. What a wonderfully colorful craft space!!! I LOVE the frame that you made into a ribbon holder! Hopefully next year I will be able to join in this great blog party!

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  16. Love your creative space and the way you fit the pictures on your blog....nice way of fitting everything in and very easy on the eyes.

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  17. Great space. I like the way you have everything organized. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I love your ribbon spool frame. What a great idea!
    Elizabeth

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  19. What a wonderful collection of artsy things...

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  20. I'm definitely stealing your ribbon storage ideas. Also, I love a harlequin pattern and yours is really well done.

    Thank you for the tour and the Spoonflower website!

    Warm regards,
    Cathie

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  21. Thanks for the tour and I love your bunting! Very cute and different!
    Kim

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  22. I love your creative studio. It looks like a great place to get down and be creative! I read your profile, and I have to say that I have been to the north shore of Lake Superior and it is very beautiful up there. You are lucky to live there. We just returned from Minnesota on Sunday night. We had 3 days of cool rainy weather, then bam, we were hit with an unbelievable heat wave with major humidity. I was happy to get back to the hot but dry southwest. You seem like a very interesting artsy person whom I would like to visit again. I will try to follow here.

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  23. Jars! I am seeing lots of great jars! I must start saving jars. I love how you store in them.

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  24. Great space! I love those ribbon rolls on dowels in the deep frame, genius! What a special place to play,thank you for sharing.

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  25. What a lovely space, and so much gorgeous ribbon! Thanks for the tour.

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  26. Terrific studio with uber goodies! What a talent!

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  27. cool space - love looking at all your jars of goodies!

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  28. Tremendous button work. I like that card very much great idea.

    Plastic Card
    Discount Card Printing

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