Monday, July 13, 2015

My ever evolving handmade Craft Room

Please join me and a lot of very talented bloggers and see all their gorgeous
creative spaces at "Where Bloggers Create 2015".  Thanks Karen!
and also at:

Welcome to my Craft Room.... at Pendra's Place

 The walls were painted a khaki tan... not very creative
So I painted them a beautiful shade of aqua
 Where to start on organizing a room full of crafting treasures?
and covering book case backs with fabric and chair seats and sew pillows...
 I covered 4 antique parlor chairs in a beautiful toile and sewed 4 pillows
with beautiful fringe and old, old buttons
 I used the same toile fabric and covered the main bookcase backs
I adore the sweet stories of a time past, told on this fabric
This is the main bookcase which holds some of my books...
 Decorating, scrapbooks, boxes of pictures...
 cardmaking, papercrafting... lot's of inspiration!
and my Cricut for Paper and Scrapbooking
(which I won for free!)
 Underneath is my rotating acrylic paint holder
and of course my entertainment center.
I put glass on my beautiful old bistro table for another setting and working area when my Grandkids join me. An old jar holds some of my favorite pieces of lace which sits on top.
 I painted the wood jar top...
and added an old jewelry button on top of a wood dresser drawer pull.
I purchased this chandelier and added some crystals... oh la la!
 This station holds my inks, spray mists, Copics
and I just added the cute little magnetic chalkboard. I painted and covered an old
stool I got at a local thrift store.  I also have pictures of Mr. P. and my family
around me to keep me inspired...

 Love them all!
 My main station... it's where I live!
 My desk top to the right is where my home computer
 and wireless printer are housed.
 The main work area is cabinets and a large laminate top we cut ourselves...
a very economical solution for a large work area and the three cabinets house all my
dies, brushes, punches, spray paints, etc.
I purchased inexpensive lights from Ikea and used garden plant holders to attach them
above my workspace for extra lighting.
My main work station, I always keep my cutting mat here and when painting
just put down wax paper or parchment paper to keep my area clean.
 My newest addition is my birdhouse magnet picture holder... thanks Sis for the great gift!
 I adore my little mannequin from JoAnns and I added her lace and an old brooch and angel wings.  The Fleur Di lis came from an online friend... thanks Rosemary I love it!
 I painted a wood frame my Dad made for me years ago and painted woodworkings from a hardware store and added to the upper corners.  I used drop cloth and a beautiful graphic from Karen at The Graphics Fairy to the top of foam board and cork and used various buttons and findings glued to stick pins for my pinboard... it is used for so many uses!  I also hung another garden plant hanger and hung a candleholder and the sweetest smelling candles.
 I painted an old brass candlestick with Plaster of Paris (POP) and flat indoor paint and sanded it down to look aged and added another old brooch to the shade.
 I also painted using POP and flat indoor paint the large wood jar top and believe it or not...
dried beef jar tops and added old wooden drawer pulls I took off an old desk.
 Organization is key when working with a lot of products and not so much space so every inch is precious real estate.  My closet holds all my scrap papers, stamps, blank cards and envelopes, ephemera, etc.
   And my hanging shelves and baskets were purchased very cheap from IKEA (have I said how much I love that place?) and hold my glues, glitters, color markers, pens, rulers, hot gun, twines, small tools, and so much more.
 Scrapbook pages in progress that I will put into shadow boxes that will hang above the IKEA hanging shelves.
 More projects in progress...
And Mr. P. purchased this for me recently... how perfect for my creative space!
Thanks for joining me and seeing my Craft room... it's forever evolving and might even look different next week, but for today, it's perfect!
Yarn / Sewing Room Sneak Peek...
I am lucky enough to have another large space in my split level home that is a work in progress,.  Here's a sneak peek at it's progress...
Wall paper removed and painted a beautiful cottage rose green.

 An old chair and ottoman ready to be re-covered.
 An old desk from my parents lake house ready to be painted and new knobs.  Also I found a table and 4 chairs that have since been painted and new seat cushions have been sewed... I'll share more on them later.
 The desk drawers got a lovely coat of pink and new crystal knobs...
perfect for a country cottage room!
 The floor is a beautiful parquet flooring, will be given a gorgeous new wax and a new sisal rug.
 The roadside found table and chairs, desk, stepstool made by my Dad
and a coat hanger all getting new paint jobs.
 I scored this gorgeous LARGE Red Wing crock and it now holds all my large rolls of batting
ready to be quilted with.
 Another roadside find was this gorgeous stain glass that I have hung in the window.
And my IKEA bookcase given to me by my Daughter now holds all my yarn and scrappy packs
for quilting with... the things dreams are made of.
Thanks for joining me and seeing my creative spaces, in progress and ever evolving!



Geralyn Gray said...

great space to create in!

bobbie said...

Pendra ~
I REALLY like your space! I especially like your hanging lights (how clever to use the plant hangers for them!), and the aqua paint you used on the walls (may I ask what brand and name it is?)
Thanks much for the tour ~ I've gotten a lot of inspiration from it!) said...

Oh, I agree, wonderful, new wall color!

Lori said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I am so inspired. I am a scrapper myself and need to check out your blog for more ideas.

Foxhollow Studio said...

I love your new color and the fabric trims. I am sure you are loving being in your newly decorated space. It always feels so good to fix up our space we create in.
Teresa Young

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely space to create in. The aqua paint makes a huge difference.


Anonymous said...

Wow fabulous studio. Lots of storage and I love the sign Keep Calm and Carry On. Great work bench space too. Thanks for the tour. Karen.x

Sandy said...

So pretty and sophisticated! You did a great job on this studio space, very inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

Judys Lace Creations said...

Lovely calm and pretty space.Just right!

GranthamLynn said...

Great space. Mine is evolving too! I enjoyed my visit.

Joy Junktion said...

Very nice space! Love having the sweet little table and chairs in the center! Thanks for sharing! Happy Creating, Cindy

An Oasis in the Desert said...

You have a wonderful craft room, Pendra! I like how you've blended old and vintage with new IKEA pieces. Most of my creative space is put together with IKEA furniture and Recollections pieces from Michael's. I really like how you used plant hanger to hold lights and candles.....very creative. You are so lucky to have another room for your "soft goods" -- sewing and yarn. I look forward to seeing that when it's finished. In reading your bio, I think it is wonderful that you are now in good health and able to enjoy all of the creative things you like to do. Thanks for sharing your creative space.

Karen Valentine said...

Pendra your studio space is wonderful! I am in love that color of aqua you put on the walls! It is perfect with the black and white accents. I am looking forward to next year where I hope to see the finished Yarn/Sewing Room. You lucky girl!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's obvious I'm running late to the party, but I am so glad to be here now. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to see your incredible studio and your soon to be completed yarn and sewing area. Looks like you are on your way to completing it, too. Aqua and toule are so lovely together, and I agree the scenes are straight out of the 17th century and are simply divine.

Thanks for sharing your creative new space and giving us a peek at what we can expect next year when we visit.

Elizabeth Johnson said...

You have put a lot of work into this very nice creative space. I know you are loving it. It has a lot of personality. Thank you for sharing.

Maureen Hayes said...

What a lovely space to create in. So glad you shared on this tour and let us all have a peek!

Connie said...

Hello Pendra, I am so happy to meet you. Your creative space is wonderful. I love your chandelier, the black and white toile fabric and the old metal chairs. You have a talent for decorating and adding so many lovely touches around the room. My husband and I bought an old house last Spring (2014) and have been working very hard to make it home. Our little cottage was built in 1905 and had some of the original plumbing from probably the forties when they installed indoor plumbing. It's been a challenge, but we love it more and more everyday. So, you see we have a lot in common. I am your newest follower and I do hope that you will visit and follow me back.
I love making new blogging friends.
Connie :)

Art and Sand said...

What a great, and well organized, creative space.

Louise@ElsieMayandBertha said...

I do like your room, it's so beautifully organised and I love how you've revamped bookcases, chairs etc to create it. I'd like to delve into that jar of lace to see what you've got in there, it's like a lace sweetie jar!
I like your plans for your sewing and knitting room. I hope you share the finished product with us next year. Have fun creating!

Connie said...

Thanks so much for following my blog and welcome:) I will be drawing a name this evening for the winner of my Give-A-Way . . . good luck.
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

thistlewoodfarm said...

So many beautiful pieces! Love your space!

Curtains in My Tree said...

you have it all in its own place ready for creating
My studio is a mess right now

I seen your comment on another blog so had to visit you

Merry Christmas ' Janice

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