I FINALLY got around to cleaning and organizing the studio the other day!! It happens so rarely that I took some photos to document that progress, and I thought it would be fun to give you a little tour of where the magic happens. Hope you enjoy!
Here is my desk area and Vinyl Station #1.
Directly behind me is my primary craft workstation, which was built with the assistance of my handy husband using these craft table ideas I saw on Pinterest. A couple wooden doors and 4 little bookcases – Genius! Wanting to make it super classy we left the barcode stickers on and added a long strip of clear packaging tape to hold the two doors together.
It’s a big, giant island and I love it! Too often it is buried under mounds of felt or vinyl, sometimes both. I try to use the cutting mats but sometimes I don’t, and I love that I can cut right on the “table” and not worry about it. The only thing I’d say it’s missing is one of those metal grooves that the fabric store has in their tables to cut fabric straight. How awesome would that be?! That’s on my list of improvements. =)
(Do you see my adorable new ironing board cover with the swirls? It’s so cute!! I got it from BareFootLake on Etsy.)
‘The next station is the Engraving Station, directly left of my desk area. The purchase of this amazing little machine officially launched my business nine years ago. I love it. Once again, Handy Andy came to the rescue with my equally handy brother in law when they converted a tool box into an awesome laser stand. Previously I had the laser sitting on a sturdy table but now it has wheels and storage space! (Why didn’t I think of that sooner?!)
On the wall you can see where I took a boring cork board and painted it so it was more fun. =)
In my attempt to be organized I labeled this useful little cart with vinyl decals so I could quickly find the right type of paper.
Then, continuing in our counter-clockwise tour (because I’m kinda backwards like that) you’ll see my primary felt storage, heat press, and sewing area. I started buying my felt by the yard and all of this felt was expertly cut to the size I need by my wonderful summer helper. (She really made me rethink my previous stance on never wanting employees!)
There’s my heat press and sewing machine down below. I have survived several minor burns, and actually sewed my finger once. Guess you can say I’ve been properly initiated by my most of my equipment…thankfully, the engraver’s laser beam has never made contact with my skin to date.
If you look above the heat press you’ll see my shop pets. I love them – they never have to be let outside, fed, walked or watered. They just sit quietly as I work. =) My Cheshire Cat was made from foam pieces and assembled like the annoying puzzle it was. (I’m still annoyed by his crooked teeth!)
It’s so hard to get a nice photo of these lovelies that sit next to the cat.
Here’s a better one…I saw a tutorial on the Seeing Things blog and I knew I had to make one. (If you like Halloween stuff, go check out her projects, they are amazing!) I found black glitter spiders at Wal-Mart last year so I painted their bodies with Mod Modge and covered them with purple glitter for this project. I hung some acrylic crystals from the branch because I felt like it was missing something, but I’m not sure the crystals have the effect I was looking for. Oh well, I may change it up one of these days. Until then, it is what it is.
If you didn’t know, or haven’t noticed by now I work heavily under the influence of Halloween pretty much year round. Rather than subject the rest of my family to my crazy and kooky decorations all over the house I keep some of my favorites in the workshop instead.
Come back soon to continue the tour and I will show you the skeleton I brought out of the closet!