Friday, July 15, 2016

Where Blogger Create 2016

Hello, Hello!!!
Thanks for visiting my space today!
Especially since today is Where Bloggers Create 2016! 
Thanks to Karen for hosting this and providing a jump off space for people to go exploring.
The tab on the right side bar will bring you to her site where you can see other great bloggers' spaces. Or you can click HERE.
This is a longer post than usual, so grab a favourite cup of tea and enjoy!

As already mentioned, my husband and I recently moved cross country to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from Edmonton, Alberta.  We downsized while we were at it, but Jim made sure to have an area that I could craft in, as I do need my crafting to help keep me sane.  We needed to renovate the area, but he did not hesitate to do so and now I have this wonderful, bright, colourful space!!!
HERE is the first of the renovation posts and HERE is the second.
Welcome!


Like I said, bright and colourful!
As you come in, look to the left and you will see my sewing area.
The cupboard was going to be painted white, but after I finished with all the shelves, I was DONE with painting large scale items... It will be covered with fabric matching the teal of this room at a future date...  But it is a perfect place to store all the fabric I have collected for various projects.  The carpet I have been loving FOREVER, so I ordered it along with some cabinets we needed for the kitchen, to put in this place.  My sewing machine will go on the narrower table once it is covered like the others. I did paint my green and brown filing cabinets white to go in this room too. My goal is that mostly all of the furniture is white or light to let the walls and art pop!  I took the idea from Pinterest to use the top of one of the cabinets to store my fat quarters and smaller amounts of fabric over file folders.  The bottom drawer has the books and patterns I kept after purging.

The tables we had in Edmonton were great, the right height and so I just covered them with an old white sheet that had seen better days, then a piece of glass.  Jim had already cut one for his 30x72" table in Edmonton, so I had another cut for my 30x60" table here to match.  One will be mainly for sewing and the other is set up for my crafting.  Now if friends come to visit, the sewing table becomes a spacious place for them to play!!!  Oh!  The unfinished puzzle at the top will be assembled once all the pieces I gave to friends come back to me.  It will be a wonderful colourful reminder of my friends far away from me..

This is the view from my work station.  Printer and office supplies are on the shelves on my right and the computer monitor can be used for TV input too!  I frequently watch/listen to cartoons while creating :)  That little room off the left is our storage room.  We have my deep freezer, overstock pantry and extra kitchen things not as frequently used in there.

OK!  Here are the shelves I showed you yesterday, more filled up!  Along the window wall is stamps, dies and all the tools I would need to create in journals and cards... markers, paints, punches, powders, ephemera, you get the idea...  On the other wall is paper. Well, paper and ephemera of all kinds sorted by colour and theme.  Each in its own labeled box.  I learned a while ago that open storage for me is not good.  A strong possibility of tipping over or something falling into it to wreck it was enough to make me invest in closed containers.  The only open containers are along the top and contain items to be donated, put away or currently working on.  The magazines and books are all stored in those wooden Ikea magazine holders.



And to the left of my work station is this little wall I have stored my ink pads (all labelled now!).  The shelved are Ikea bathroom cabinets without the doors.  I have all my reinkers and pads from SU!, StazOn, Distress Inks, Versafine and Brilliance.  My lateral filing cabinet holds solid coloured paper in 12x12 on the top and 8.5x11 on the bottom.  The white storage cubes are from Michaels.  They have some pads of paper from Heartfelt Creations and others, my envelopes of all sizes, card fronts, postage supplies and cutters.  The little room to the right is a utility room, now nicely closed off. 
AS I mentioned yesterday, this is the base of the room.  I had every intention of decorating and finishing the unpacking before now, but got hit with something 3 weeks ago and still leaves me with little energy.  I'll be sure to show you the different decorating projects as I get time to do them...

Oh yes.... Blog candy....
Please leave a message for me on this blog entry and I will draw a name from the list next Friday to get this die set and some other goodies I can stuff in an envelope. No restrictions on where you live:)  Not much, but my thanks for visiting. If you so feel inclined, also enter your email at the right to receive an email each time I post a blog entry.  I do not post more than once or twice a week.  That way you wont miss one!  Hugs!

47 comments:

  1. Hi Cindy! Thanks for coming to visit me. My turn now!!

    What a nice, tidy and clutter-free space you have. I could work there! Just supplies and minimal ornamentation.=)

    So sorry you're having eye and finger troubles. We're almost the same age (I'm 44) and, although I have 'energy' problems, most other things are still ok.

    xx

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    1. Thanks for the visit! I can do a bit of cross stitch, but not to the same detail as yourself! I do know about energy problems too :) HUgs!

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  2. I love the clutter free look of all of this. I am sorry you haven't felt well. But maybe making things will help you fell much better.

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    1. That is exactly what this room is for! :) Crafting to forget health issues! Hugs!

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  3. Hi Cindy!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your space is wonderful! Isn't is lovely that we have husbands that support our creativity. I love your idea with the puzzle. My daughter Shannon is the scrapbooker in the family. I am going to show her your amazing organization.

    With gratitude,
    Terry

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    1. Thanks Terry! I thank God each day for my man! Hugs!

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  4. Its so organized and neat. Just how you have to have it for creativity I like organization.

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    1. I've discovered that if it is too cluttered, I start to have this claustophibic feeling that impedes creativity :) I LOVE roaming through office and organization stores! HUgs!

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  5. Hi Cindy! Thank you ever so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

    I had such a wonderful time touring your creative space and just LOVE how well organized you are :)

    Have a delightful weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words! I really have to work at the neatness part some days! :) Hugs!

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  6. What a delightful work area! Your husband did good! Hope the bug leaves you soon!

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    1. Yes, he did great! Looking forward to eating real food soon! :)

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  7. Hi Cindy! A lovely space you have thete! Just a scoot across the floor and you have alllllll those wonderful drawers full of goodies to use! Love that awesome rug in your sewing area! Soo colorful and petfect for there! Thank you so much for sharing your space with us! Hugs! Doni

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  8. Yet another Creative Soul who recently Moved and Downsized, now I don't feel like the Lone Ranger in my Process! *smiles* Thank You for inviting us on the Tour of your new Creative Sanctuary... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. I was feeling the same way reading your entry :) HUgs to you too!

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  9. Love your creative space, especially those aqua walls and the windows that let in such fantastic light. Your organizational skills are something wonderful to behold. Congratulations on a job well done.
    Hugs,
    Marrianna

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    1. Thank you! I do love organizing things as much as creating them. Was a challenge when I started art journaling :)

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  10. It appears I'm not the only one who loves some shade of turquoise...I think yours is a bit darker, but still! Your room is really shaping up and looks wonderful. Great place to create and save your sanity....we all need that, don't we?

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment!

    Happy Weekend!
    Carol

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    1. Thank you! A toast to all our creative spaces that keep us from losing it with our loved ones! :)

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  11. I must say, I am partial to well organised minimal clutter too.I'm a new follower.I'd love you to visit me too, but I am in the middle of bathroom alterations so chaos reighns supreme here.Enjoying discovering new blogs though.

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    1. I feel for you, living through a renovation! Thank you for following me! I've just visited your space and it is delightful! So many beads! :)

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  12. Fun fun fun-That's what I see in Your craft room. Bright colorful,energizing and relaxing all at once.So nice to meet You : ) hank You for Your visit.

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  13. Wow, so much but well stored and organized...I've seen those little carts everywhere and found them online so I'm hoping to get one of my own.
    Mama Bear
    samibear@gmail.com

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  14. Thank you so much for your kind comments! I do love that little cart and am tempted to get another for Sewing bits... Love your site! Hugs!

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  15. You have quite the organized and filled creative space! Wonderful to be able to sit down and get going on a project with everything at your fingertips! Happy Creating, Cindy

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and your nice comment! Hugs!

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  16. I have chronic health issues so I understand crafting to forget those issues. I also find it helps me to "meet" people I wouldn't get the chance to otherwise. Your space turned out beautifully and I am so glad you showed us around. I took some ideas as inspiration for the craft space I am setting up (I just moved and am SLOWLY unpacking). I hope you start to feel more energy soon and can enjoy using this lovely space. How kind of you to have blog candy, that was extremely thoughtful of you.

    Hugs,
    Maureen

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    1. Isn't it nice that we are able to meet people from all over the world with our same interests? I hope your play space is set up soon allowing you to create too! Thanks for visiting and the nice comment. Hugs!

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  17. Hi Cindy!! Your room is awesome!!! It's so full of wonderful supplies and looks so organized!! (I need that kind of organization!) Thank you so much for joining the party and sharing it with all of us. It's inspiring!!
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Karen YOU are the sweetheart for set up this party again! Thanks so much! Thanks for your visit and comments... I am a bit of an organizations freak :)

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  18. You have an awesome space to create in. Love all the storage you have and the puzzle wall decor is really cool. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your space.

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  19. Hi Cindy, What a bright and cheerful, well-organised workspace you have made for yourself. I enjoyed this tour of your space. Happy creating !
    Jesse

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    1. Thanks Jesse! I am enjoying making a mess now, that's for sure! Hugs!

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  20. What a great space! So big. Bless you! And so organized. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for coming over and see me at my new blog! I'll be back.

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    1. Thank you! I try to remind myself each day that I am blessed! Organised, well, that's in my nature :) Glad to hear you'll be back! Hugs!

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  21. What fun space you have! I love how it's so organized. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog too! Hugs!

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  22. Hi Cindy, what a grand space!
    Beautifully organized, bright and cheerful!
    You got me inspired to do something with my messy closet!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Diana

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    1. Hi Diana! I'm glad I'm inspiring others too! So many inspirations have come to me from other blogs! Hugs!

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  23. Oh my gosh! I'm so happy to see a bright and happy space in the sea of shabby. ;0 This looks like such a fun space to relax and let go! Love your fabric storage ideas and that button rug! Thanks so much for the candy. Hugs, Autumn

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    1. I love your name Autumn! It's my favourite season too! Never thought of myself as a bright girl, but this is what called to me. It does make me feel creative though!

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  24. I love the color scheme that you are working towards. White and/or light will make the walls pop. Other than my fabric, I keep most other craft supplies in containers also. My problem is out of sight, out of mind. Do you have that problem? Thanks for sharing your studio with us. I will be back to visit often.

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  25. I LOVE how bright and colorful your creative space is!! And wow, are you organized!! I wish I had all the room you have too!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Hi Deb! I may be lucky to have a larger room, but YOU have the knack to decorate what you have!!! Thanks for visiting! Hugs!

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  26. wonderful space and so organized...

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  27. Your craft room is every crafter's dream! So beautifully organized and welcoming all at the same time! I can see how it would be easy to be creative here.
    Cathy

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  28. Hi Cindy- thank you for sharing your beautiful space. I love love that colorful rug!! You have a perfect place to create and design. I'm totally jealous of your wonderful organized craft items!!
    Vicki

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