Monday, 14 July 2014

Where Bloggers Create Link Party Post

Where Bloggers Create
Karen of My Desert Cottage has been running a blogging party where creative bloggers are invited to create a photo post featuring their own creative space, big or small.  I'm late joining in this event as I only found out about it yesterday and couldn't put together a post (my second today - wow!) until this evening.  However, you can see all the lovely links and Karen's own studio post here.

There are some amazing work spaces featured, including large rooms holding a stunning amount of stash with many non-working surfaces displaying a huge collection of decorative knick-knacks and curios.  Some of these studios are works of art in themselves!  Having said that, I'm grateful that I don't have the dusting of some of them and I wouldn't like to have to pack the contents of them for a house move!!!=)  LOL!

Anyway, even though long time readers have seen my room and desk space before, there are always new readers who may be curious.  Also, one of my reasons for joining in this is to show that, whilst big and beautiful rooms are a joy to work in and to have a good look at, they aren't strictly necessary for creating works of art.=)

We live in a medium sized flat (apartment), which is the biggest we've ever had, but still nowhere near big enough for me to have a double-bedroom sized room for myself.  Sir has one, but I'm still in the queue for a good sized area, where I can even leave the sewing machine out etc etc.  Much of my stitching actually takes place in our living room, in this corner of the sofa.  The white scatter cushion actually on the seat is there to even up the height and stop me getting sciatica, as, like pretty much all our furniture, the sofa is worn out and needs replacing!!  This workbox lives in a discreet corner just inside the dining room end of our main room.  I keep my main collection of plain/solid colours in this, such as stranded cottons, coton à broder, perle cotton etc.

Moving on to my own tiny room now.  The room is 1.9m x 2.1m, which is around 6 feet, so it really is small.  This is the view from the entrance.  I can't say 'the view from the door' as we had to take the door off as it was inward opening and you could barely turn around in there!  So, we replaced it with an old curtain from our previous home.  It gives a little privacy and helps keep the heat in when I have the fan heater on during winter days.

Virtually every space is taken up, so I wouldn't have room for any more souvenirs than the postcards and bookmarks you can see decorating the back wall.  Sorry, it isn't very tidy at the mo!!

This is a closer view of the shelf area:

And here's a shot of the plastic drawer towers, which are, of course, one small set on top of one large.  To the left of the larger drawers is a basket bag full of hoops, plastic snap frames (Q-snaps and R&R Frames) and things like that.

Anyone interested in seeing the contents of these drawers may like to visit this old room reorganization post where I give a bit of a tour of things like that.  They haven't changed a great deal.

The last shot is the lower part of my main bookshelves where I keep all my stitching books and magazines as well as some art pads and books and so on.

The 'Butterflies' books on the left hand side of the floor is to go back to the library this week and the 'Little Flowers' one is my latest acquisition when I won Mary Corbet's giveaway (I'm still stunned about that one!!)  It's on the floor as yet as I don't actually have any shelf space for it just now.  In her 'And the winner is post', Mary mentioned that I wasn't one to arbitrarily add new titles to my embroidery book collection, well this is one of the three reasons why.  (The others are lack of funds (almost all my recent buys have come mostly from cashing in Nectar points on e-bay!) and a decision only to buy what I think there's a real chance I'll use!!!)  My last buy (Jane Nicholas' 'Stumpwork Butterflies and Moths') is sitting, out of view in this shot, above the Chinese dictionaries you can see top left as I haven't room for that either!!  I need a bit of a clear out....

So, those are my creative spaces.  One is just a corner of the living room and the other, the tiny box room that most people probably just cram their junk into.  Hope it's been of interest and maybe even inspiration to some.=)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014


Judys Lace Creations said...

There are so many fabulous books around aren't there? Lots to inspire here Elizabeth.

Jennifer's Vintage Paperie said...

What a fun space! You really have utilized your space smartly. I would sure love to go through all of your books and magazines! Your embroidery work is stunning. Thanks for visiting my post.

shirley said...

you have really organised your small space so well, and deserve a medal for being able to produce such lovely work in such a small area.

Rachel said...

You're still ahead of me - I have nothing so organised as yet, although the aim is to have half of a room become my studio - one of these days..

Unknown said...

I've just come across your blog and have enjoyed going through your posts, seeing your work and reading what you have to say. The wedding ring cushion is a lovely idea. My husband is a parish priest and as often as I can I embroider the couple a monogram which I then frame to memorialise their wedding day. Here's one I made recently - I'd love it if you would have a look at my blog. With best wishes for happy sewing, Mary Addison

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I can identify with your work space because mine is quite similar. I have partial use of the small second bedroom in our apartment but have to share the space with a pullout couch for sleeping guests, and the computer desk. I've learned to make very creative use of my space, just like you.

Maureen H. said...

I just moved into a 2 bedroom apartment, which has allowed me to have a proper craft room for the very first time in my life. I have always created either in my bedroom or at the table, so I completely agree with you that it isn't about the space you have, it is about what you do with it! Thanks for the inspiration and allowing us into your space.

Something Special said...

I think your space is great for creating.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It is great to see another small but wonderfully set up creative space. Thank you for sharing it with us.


Cathy said...

The first thing I thought was "oh, that sofa looks like a comfy spot". Your creative space is lovely!