Karen is once again hosting her "Where Bloggers Create" blog party... I remember finding it last summer and visiting so many beautifully creative spaces, in all sizes, colors, styles. This year, I'm joining in on all the fun!
So here is my little corner of the world - where I create to my heart's content.
Nothing quite matches, nothing is perfect... or over-organized... but I love it!
Welcome to the "sunshine room."
Aptly named by my children due to the bright yellow walls.
You see, this room is just 10' x 11' and sits in the basement of my home, with just an easement window for natural light. To make things worse, the window is in a corner of the room, so very little sunshine makes its way in.
Solution? A bright, cheery color for the walls and furniture...lots of lamps.
All of the furnitue and accesories in the room are second-hand (with the exception of the bookcase). Putting the room together on a tight budget means I'd rather spend my cash on supplies vs. furniture.
My biggest challenge with the room (besides the lighting) is storage for my ever-growing amount of ribbons, laces and miscellaneous crafting supplies.
I also love old books (especially children's books) and have now officially run out of room for them (until I find another bookcase to repurpose!).
Each of the above pieces were individually purchased at a thrift shoppe; each for less than $5.
Some needed a bit of TLC, some lace "covering" for little dents or flaws.
SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS IN THE ROOM ARE...
I have ribbons stored everywhere....
I am very visual and need to have things out where I can see them.
Using hatboxes for storage is fun and inexpensive, but my favorite are the clear ones (the one above used to belong to my daughter's great-grandmother) where I can see its contents.
DOMINOES IN GLASS
Last year, I joined the dominoes craze... I wanted to alter dominoes day and night!
During that time I scoured my favorite shops for ivory ones and was lucky enough to find severa sets.
These are now stored in glass containers... waiting their turn for a makeover.
Pearls are another one of my passions.
I can't pass up a vintage strand if the price is right.
Some of them are displayed on this wire form (which also used to belong to my late motherin-law)... the beautiful vintage pearl tiara was a recent find.
This pld watercolor by an unknown artist called out to me from an estate sale -
I love the look on the little boy's face!
the ones that look so real, that you have to touch them to make sure they aren't!
I have a basketful that sits in a corner of the Sunshine Room... waiting for the perfect project.
In the meantime, they pretty-up the room.
I love these!
They are perfect for storing little things: buttons, scraps of millinery, beads...
They don't take up much space, are fairly easy to find and inexpensive (I never pay more than $2-$3 for mine), and look beautiful either empty or full.
I have also used them as gift boxes for birthday gifts for friends, or even as containers for swap gifts.
MIRROR MIRROR on the wall...
In a room this tight and lacking in natural light,
a mirror placed in the right location can work magic.
This old beauty sits next between the entry door and the easement window;
light reflects off of it into the space.
..another storage solution...
I used mine for displaying and storing items that are too charming to hide away...
such as vintage baby shoes.... or fabric flowers.
for storing scraps of vintage wallpaper, dowels; anything that is long and narrow.
I buy them whenever I find them... usually less than $1 for an incomplete set.
(the handy storage unit with drawers, on wheels, was another thrift store find)
PRETTY TIN/METAL CONTAINERS
They store some of the tags and tag books received from swaps.
It keeps these visible and handy so I can pull them out for admiring or for inspiration.
"WALL OF FAME" INSPIRATION BOARD
I use the inspiration board in a less traditional manner;
it displays cute business cards, notes, tags, and miscellaneous pieces received.
These are bits and pieces that have brought a smile to my face.
Tattered, worn spines are my favorite.
I have a weakness for children's books with beautiful illustrations.
(the little box was one of my earliest creations... after discovering Sandra Evertson and falling in love with her whimsical style)
AND FINALLY, MY DESK AND CHAIR.
my chair is in pale chippy yellow, with a worn pink roses decal...
My desk is large, also chippy yellow (yes, I found it this way!) ... it is solid wood and heavy.
Always full of materials and projects "in process"
I customized the inside of the panel door by a whimsical children's painting
... using cutouts from some favorite cards and adding a freehand background.
And there you have it.... a glimpse into my sunshine room.
I hope you enjoyed your little tour.