We've had Taylor's bedroom sitting empty since July when he
got married. I had always thought we'd turn it into a guest room
until last week. Why waste that much space when we rarely, if ever,
have guests sleep over? With Taylor and Lauren living nearby,
they most likely won't be sleeping over, either.
I took a walk through the house and did some critical thinking.
What I really needed to do was combine my two home based businesses
(a gift basket business and my etsy shop) into one space where it
could be organized and run more efficiently. So, the idea of a studio
was born! I browsed Pinterest for a day or two and saw lots of
craft room type set ups. I also decided that I had an aversion to
calling it a craft room. Makes me feel like I should be sitting in there
sewing quilted Bible covers or something. haha. So not me.
There are lots of neat organizing things
you can buy and they all looked very nice and snazzy.
But I really thought it would be wise and more 'me' to use my
old vintage stuff, things around the house, and lots of my
auction and thrift store finds to set up my studio.
I just like old better! ha.
So, welcome to my studio! It took me a week to put it together
and I didn't buy a single thing to do it!
The desk belonged to my father-in-law.
I remember when I was in high school, seeing it in his home office.
I think he's looking down and smiling at how it's still in use and in the family.
I put a basket at my feet and it only took about an hour for a cat
to find it there and snuggle down...the finishing cozy touch!
This room holds lots of memories for me!
It was the nursery both times we brought babies
home from the hospital! Then Taylor moved back into
it as a preteen. I pulled about 45 NBA posters off the ceiling!
I really should have given it a fresh coat of paint but I opted to just
cover the dart board 'misses' (holes in the wall) with the cork board. :)
I kind of like it having a few scars from it's previous life,
at least for now.
I can get a package ready for shipping nice and
fast now with Styrofoam peanuts and bubble mailers
right at my fingertips.
I've always kept a file of favorite magazine pages
for inspiration. Way before Pinterest! ha. It was fun
to pull out that file and fill a large cork board.
The sign was fun to paint!
The board was in the auction trash. I didn't
need to stain it or change the shape!
My old Raggedy Ann finally has a place to be.
And so do those pretty vintage plates I rescue at auctions.
And the futon lays flat if we need that extra bed.
I had to smile when I laid my trays of jewelry bits and pieces in
the top desk drawer. Three across fit exactly, as if it had been
custom-made for it! It just felt like it was meant to be!
The closet holds all the unsightly stuff!
Thanks for letting me give you a tour!
Song Sparrow Treasures has had 243 sales
in it's first year on Etsy!
This just feels like a great way to celebrate!
Quite a few of you who have done a little
shopping there! Thanks so much!