My Creative Space


Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  A peak into the world of Missy (me)

first, I’m going to show you how clever I am.  This house doesn’t have many places where I could have my “stuff” so we built a wall of shelves dividing the living room and formal dining room in half.  I raised the chandelier because Iwas tired of bumping my head on it, and that’s where my creative space is.

1 looking down the stairs

welcome!

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Keep your eyes open and you may see something special that you’ve given to me.

2sew bird

some of my Dad’s artwork hang above my fabric cutting/crafting table for inspiration. .

1 desk 

a shoe holder works nicely to hold my sewing notions.  scrapbooking papers and accessories are kept in the drawers and basket.

2sew

scissors are kept on the cutting table in a ceramic flowerpot that I received when one of my girls were born.  colored pencils kept in a mug that my Oma made for me.

2 scissors

pattern boxes are under the table

1sew 2

shelves hold all of my magazines, sewing/crafting books, stamps, some fabric, etc…  all of those white binder looking things are magazine folders I got from IKEA. and yes, they are all full of magazines!

1sew 3

binders that hold patterns that I photocopy from my magazines so I can find them easily

2sew patternbinders

books, stamps, fancy cardstock, and top shelf is patterns,  etc that are in my SHOP.

2sew books stamps

vintage sheet fat quarters, some Heather Bailey pop garden fabric, doll clothes patterns, fairydolls

2 sew shelves

projects I’m working on, ribbons, thread, my pleater, special trinkets, flowers

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this smaller shelf  holds all kinds of treasures. 

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 lace on the bottom shelf,

2sew lace

 boxes of bias tape and tread, buttons,

2sew buttons

a basket of toys for the kids to play with when they want to be near me,

2sew toybasket

 all of my paper punches (MIL sayswho needs to to to the storewhen I have so many! )

2 sew paper punches

 little trinkets to make into party loot bags… 

2sew 3

 don’t forget the pail of wrapping paper

2wrapping paper

everyone needs a bit of magic and a box full of fabric.  (hehee! don’t let these pictures full you… I’ve got 10 plastic tubs full of fabric in my garage)

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Yes, I DO have a computer next to my sewing machine!

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My Oma always hung pictures of her family above her sewing machine.  I just love the idea of seeing the ones you love while you are sewing.

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this is the view out my window from my desk

1 window

NOW FOR A LITTLE ABOUT ME…

I’ve been sewing and crafting all of my life.  I come from a long line of creative people.  As a kid, my siblings and cousins would take turns spending a week at our Oma and Opa’s house where we would sew and craft and play;  I took sewing classes with the local 4H;  my mom would have us do all kinds of crafting including painting ceramics, sewing Christmas ornaments and doll clothes, making playdoh and soap. 

In High Shool I drew pictures of friends, and After I got married, I sewed maternity clothes and pillows. After I  had my first child, I started sewing  matching mother/daughter outfuts for us. 

Now I do just about everything. I don’t crochet, knit, tat, or cross stitch though so if anyone ever wants to do a trade with me, let me know!!!

I enjoy participating in swaps, and creating heirlooms for babies and children.  I’ve made a few very special outfits for special occasions.  I’m not too good at sewing for myself though… too many alterations.

thank you for stopping by! 

I would love and appreciate it if you’d leave me a comment letting me know what you think!

Stop by Karen’s blog to see who else is showing off their Creative spaces today!
Thank you, Karen, for setting up this wonderful blog party! 
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About Missy

I'm a wife to an awesome Army vet, and mother to four daughters and three step-sons! I love to sew. I learned to sew in 4H, and from my Oma while staying with her for a week or two in the summers as a young girl. I love to bake desserts. I would love to live on lots of land and own lots of animals. I've always been drawn to nature which has lead me towards a more natural and healthy lifestyle which I'm finally trying to bring back into my life, and those precious lives around me.
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62 Responses to My Creative Space

  1. Thanks for sharing photos of your studio. I really enjoyed your tour. Hope you can stop by to visit me, too!
    Hugs from Blogland,
    Donna

  2. LillySue says:

    LOVE your storage….Pretty and functional! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings~LillySue

  3. I love your creative space, so organized!!! It must wonderful to look out on that beautiful view!! I am always up for a swap, although I am a little under the weather right now, and I have three gifts I have to finish! I should be right as rain in a couple months, I want to have a huge giveaway of my big bear for all the super blog friends I have made!!! I am so inspired by everyone’s awesome spaces!!! Thanks for sharing yours!
    Cheers,
    Margaret B

  4. Lori says:

    I think your room is adorable! So creative of you on how you divided the space to make a room for you! I love how you organized everything with bits and pieces of you throughout! I’ll be back to visit for more inspiration! Oh, and thanks for visiting my blog–I appreciate. I am constantly re-doing my sb room, so if you stop by again, you may see some changes.

  5. Boogdoodle says:

    What a great space. I love how you’ve made a space for all your tools and supplies, but you’ve made a place for the pretties, too! 🙂

  6. Missy, how amazing is your BIG STUDIO SPACE. I love it! Look at all of those Binders….What’s in them? LOL I love how you are are so clean and organized. I’ve noticed that on a lot of the creative spaces here today. Oh my goodness, I think I’m the only messy artists here today…LOL Love your space girl. Enjoy and have a beautiful and creative weekend.
    Cheers

  7. Lindsay-ann says:

    Hi Missy
    Your creative space is wonderful. I am soooooo jealous! Everything looks well organised and you have plenty of space. Your view from the window is lovely. I enjoyed hearing about your childhood memories of creative time with your Grandparents. Your daughters are so lucky having a creayive Mom like you to learn from.
    Thank you for the window into your world and have a great weekend.
    Lindsay
    x

  8. Rebecca says:

    Organized and simply LOVELY! I could sooooo move right into this space!

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoRebecca

  9. LiLi M. says:

    I can only create from abundance, what about you! I love a well stocked creative room, you go girl!

  10. Sandy says:

    What a wonderful and clever way to carve out some space to pursue your passions. I love how you have everything so organized and that view is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Oh your room is so cute! I love all the wonderful storage ideas! And I am so jealous of all your wonderful supplies!! Thank you so much for playing with us today! Have a great time hopping around!

    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

  12. Heidi says:

    HI Missy, This is one of the best posts ever!!!!…I LOVE your workspace so much!!!…not only a great use of space, but so pretty & inspirational to work in too!……Thank you fo sharing!!!…..Now I know you just that much better! :)…Your friend, Heidi XO

  13. Terri G says:

    Yeah for organization!!!! fantastic studio! Great photos they tell the story. Seems I could learn alot of organization skills from you. And there seems no end to your creativity!

  14. Christine Edwards says:

    Missy, your space is wonderful, and it was very clever to partition it off with the bookcases. I’m sure your get a lot accomplished with everything so orderly. Thank you for sharing your inspiring creative space.

  15. Lynn Stevens says:

    A great way to create your space. So many wonderful things to create with
    Lynn-trashtotreasureart

  16. Natasha says:

    I want to play with all of your punches immediately! 🙂 What a beautifully creative space you live in! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

    Enjoy the party!

    Warm Wishes,

    Natasha
    http://www.lifeafterdarkjewelry.blogspot.com

  17. caren says:

    What a wonderful space you have created! It is so neat and tidy to boot!

  18. Your space looks so nice a neat. I really like all of the white magazine holders all lined up, they look great. Come on by and visit my studio at:

    http://www.blogger.com/profile/15288673756118366461

    I am lovin’ this party!

  19. Becca says:

    I’m glad you were able to carve out such a lovely spot for your creating!
    I didn’t get my studio photographed for the party today, but I will be having a giveaway on my blog tomorrow (Sat), for “Christmas in July”.
    Please stop by!!
    🙂
    ~Becca~

  20. Denise says:

    I too learned to sew in 4-H and from my Mimi. Still love to, but I need to make room in my space for it. You have a wonderful space, thank you for sharing!
    dancingly, denise
    http://www.dancinglydenise.typepad.com

  21. I like your space. Love all your organization.

    Shannon

  22. beth says:

    hi missy !!! we are neighbors , I live at power/thomas!!!! too funny !!! anways , thanks for stopping in – we will definitely have to keep in touch !
    xo,
    beth

  23. Cathy says:

    Wow talk about neat and organized and a wonderful space too! I love your binder system. Very inspiring. You have so many wonderful ideas. Thanks!

    Cathy ♥

  24. zandra says:

    Wow! So glad you joined the party so I could find you. Great space, I enjoyed my visit! Thanks, for sharing. Hugz, Z

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  26. Jenny Service says:

    It looks beautiful! I just love what you did with it! Congratulations on the new place! Enjoy it!

  27. FawnDear says:

    Hi Missy,

    Love your creative space. It’s so refreshing and feels like someplace I could spend hours and hours of wonderful creative adventures. Especially love that you have things for your kids there. I can’t create without mine wanting to join in so I feel it’s natural to have them there.
    Really love that you’ve surrounded yourself with things that you love and bring you warm memories of your family.
    So glad you shared your space with us all. Now I’ll know where you are when you’re creating all your magic.

  28. I think your creative space is wonderful! What a great idea to change the “wall” and add all the great shelving. Everything looks fresh, organized, and interesting! I can tell you come from a long line of creative folks! Thanks for sharing and come visit when you can!

  29. Brenda Kula says:

    Well, talk about “carving” out a space for yourself! If I’ve ever seen one that fits that bill, then this one is it! You put your very creative hat on and found you a spot and made your little plot! I love this idea. You are very organized, and have children. Don’t think I could have done that when my kids were at home. My hat off to ya, girl!
    Brenda

  30. Mary Jo says:

    So clean and organized and pretty! I want to come over and play with your stuff! hehehe! Missy, I’m so glad I got to see your creative space. Very clever! Hope I get to show you mine soon; must clean! Hope your hand is getting all healed up!

    Mary Jo

  31. What a wonderful space you have!! You really have some fabulous storage pieces, I love how neat and organized everything looks. I have one of those long shoe bags in my space too, they are so great for holding all kinds of things.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the tour of your great space!
    Karen

  32. Sarah says:

    Hey chickadee!!! I see a box that looks so familiar! haha I hope your getting wonderful use out of it!! I know I did! I hated to see it go but all things must go to make more for new!! I am so sorry about the swap! but dont fret you know I have a ton more!! just make sure ya email me silly!! Love the pink frames on the walls above your sewing machine! so cute!! big big hugs

    toodles-
    sarah

  33. Hi Missy!
    It’s DAY 2 and I’m still party hopping, please forgive me for my tardiness.
    Your space is totally awesome! How creative of you to split the room in half and make such a sweet little area for you to create…very ingenous!

  34. Geralyn Gray says:

    I am just getting to everyone—this is a big party. I love all of your shelves…..so nice and organized. Creative Escape is hosted in Phoenix by the Bazzils and Heidi Swapp….when we go we shop at Mystic Papers in Mesa…..love that store!!!!!!

  35. Sue says:

    Your creative space is fabulous. I love how organized everything is. I wish I had organizational skills like that (I’m really kind of messy). Thanks for letting me peek into your space!

  36. Debra Abel says:

    Hi, Wow I love your studio too. As for “staying” organized, well, no not when I am busy working. I do try to keep it under control though. My friends who craft with me know I do pick up as I go. Still there always seems to be something on my desk.
    Lovely room and great storage ideas

  37. Holly says:

    Hi Missy,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am still making my way through the tour of all these wonderful spaces! Your space is amazing, and so well organized! I love that you have things in your space created by your loved ones, and that you are in the “business” of creating heirlooms for others.

    (FYI, I did make the paper flowers that are in my space. . .the instructions are here: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/7515/how-to-make-simple-white-paper-flowers) My parents’ 50th wedding anniversary is coming up, and I wanted to make some simple decorations for the party.

  38. Becca says:

    Hi Missy!
    What a lovely creative space you have! I especially love the way you have organized all of your magazines- I save almost ALL of my craft mags, so I have to keep your idea in mind 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  39. Christy says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by to see my space, I think yours is just divine! So organized and neat! I love the shoe holder as an organizational tool, great idea!

  40. Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of you studio…it was so organized and loved all the supplies
    Blessings
    Rebecca

  41. Patti says:

    You have lots of good ideas for storage! Love the way you have things organized!

  42. Tina says:

    What a great work space you have Missy. I love how organised everything is and it looks so pretty.
    Have a lovely sunday
    ~ Tina

  43. Jeanne says:

    So many wonderful ideas! And so nicely organized! It is such a warm and inviting space. I really like the idea of the pics above your sewing machine! :0) Thank you for sharing!

  44. Can you come to my house and help me make mine look a wee bit like yours? Wow thanks for that post very cool.

  45. Hi, Missy, thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment…!! When I grow up, I want to be organized like you!! Haha! It looks wonderful, and i love the idea of having the family pictures above the sewing machine… Take care!
    Isabel

  46. June says:

    Hi Missy, I just love how you have carved out this wonderful place for you to create. So many wonderful things in there.
    Smiles,
    June

  47. Kara Ward says:

    Augh…such beauty. I would give anything for sewing lessons and the view from your studio! Priceless.

  48. Sandy says:

    Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments on my studio space.

  49. Evelyn says:

    Hi
    I love your blog page and your shop !!!
    My son is supposed to be working on a page for me and I intend to show him yours. If he can do something like this for me it will be really great.

    I love your crafty space. Mine is curently all over the house, but I am trying to make it into just one room.

    You gave me great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  50. My goodness you are organized! I wish my craft room looked so nice and neat! My stuff is thrown everywhere……but I usually know where to find stuff…..usually.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sherry

  51. Lori says:

    Missy! I LOVE your creative space/studio, Sweets! I cannot find anything that I have given you, though.:( What am I missing? I am so curious I can’t stand it!!! Lori

  52. Cindy says:

    It’s all simply lovely! and looks like a great place to create and dream in. I especially love your view. 😀

    -c
    yapping cat

  53. Hello Missy,

    I just love creating walls out of furniture! It looks so nice..You have a lovely studio and it’s all so organized. I have a few binders of sewing techniques and patterns from magazines too. It makes it so much easier to find.

    If I may ask…where did you purchase your white bookcases that you used to divide the room with? I am still trying to find the right solution for storing some of my fabric in a room off of my studio.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creative space. I really enjoyed looking around. :0)

    Please if you have a moment come take a look at my “studio in progress”. I’ve just recently moved into my home and have been remodeling for going on 3 months. I’m almost done..(I think!!)

    See ya,
    Stephanie

  54. Jill says:

    Holy smokes … THE most neat and organized creative space yet! You get a blue ribbon!! Thank you for sharing … I’m inspired!

    xo
    Jill

  55. Penny Plum says:

    Hello Missy,
    I know I’m a little late in getting around to do my visiting – but I do have a good excuse. This was my birthday weekend and my hunny took me off to Bristol Wisconsin for the Renaissance Faire. I did take my lap top with me but our days were super busy in the 15th century and our evening we wined and dined celebrating my bday. and at night I only had energy left to visit a few party sites a night. I am glad I visited your when I am fully awake as there is so much beauty to behold. Necessity is truly the mother of invention and who uses a formal dining room any more anyway. Since its off your living room you are in the same situation I am – It needs to be organizes and it needs to stay half way neat. You have done a great job in all those areas. congrats. And thanks for coming to see my studio I appreciated the nioce words you left for me.
    Hugs,
    Penny

  56. What a wonderful idea dividing the room in that way! You are so organized, I need to take some of that inspiration and arrange my own mess better:-)

  57. Debi says:

    What a creative solution for gaining the space to create your studio! I love how open it is, and the big window….what a view while you’re creating! You have alot of fun storage solutions. Great studio! tfs

  58. Your studio is so fun – what I wouldn’t give for all of that storage! Thanks for sharing!

    🙂 Molly

  59. lorraine says:

    you have a great studio- very well organized with all that wonderful storage and your big window to bring in beautiful natural light. Thank you for letting me peek!

  60. michelle may says:

    Fabulous space filled with lots of goodies! I love all your paper punches! Wow! Everything is so organized. A girlfriend after my own heart! Thanks for sharing your space with me!
    bunny hugs,
    shell

  61. Connie says:

    I’m finally here to visit with ya, chickee! Whew, it’s been a truly exhausting experience viewing all of the bloggers but I’ve game, sugar. Just darling what you’ve done.
    xoxo,
    Connie

  62. Artzy Heart says:

    Thank you for sharing your space. I’m just beginning the process of making my space beautiful….well, even presentable would be a huge improvement. I love some of your storage/display ideas.

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