Studio Spotlight Series!

This week I’m participating in the Studio Spotlight series at The Sewing Loft and Ellison Lane.  They’re spotlighting creative sewing spaces all week so be sure to stop by and check them all out.  I know I’ll be checking them out for inspiration and new ideas for organizing my studio. 

Now I get to share my studio with you! Hope you enjoy it! Here is my studio. This is where I create. This is also where I film all my craft related video tutorials. I love it here. I have a stereo system and an air conditioning unit {hello, I live in Florida!} and more fabric than I will ever be able to go through. This is my home {about 30 ft} away from my real home.

Confession: The studio doesn’t look like that right now… and it didn’t always look like that either. Here’s the story of how my studio came to be. You see, when I first got the “studio” it was just a 12′ x 28′ custom built outdoor shed I designed, ordered and had delivered to our farm. Like this:


Pretty, huh?! Yea, that’s what I thought too. Until I opened the door and peeked inside. I had a lot of work to do! At the time, we had a newborn baby girl who was waking up every few hours at night to nurse. My husband would sleep with both our kids and I’d be working in the studio trying to get the interior finished. He would page me whenever the baby woke up and I’d run in the house, breastfeed her and head right back out to work. I laugh just thinking about those days! Oh, the things we do when we set our mind on getting something done, eh?!

Insulation done. That was the easiest part of this whole thing!


Oh, drywall compound! I sooooo don’t miss you.

Anyway… Yes. Me. I finished the interior of my studio. I had some help from my hubby and a neighbor putting the drywall up on the ceiling {it’s on a slant and that would be impossible for one person} but pretty much everything else I did. Yea, I’m pretty crazy. I just wanted to do it all myself so I could learn the process. We eventually want to build our own home so this was my learning experience. And learn I did! I learned how to do the insulation, drywalling, taping, mudding, painting and even the floor treatment from….. wait for it… YOUTUBE! It took a looooong time to complete since it was just me and I was only working late nights from about 11pm- 3am on most nights {Thank goodness for Pandora!}. Looking back I couldn’t be prouder of the transformation I created with my own two hands. See for yourself and let me know what you think!

 

Now that I can enjoy my finished studio let me share some more pictures of it with you.

Here’s the color combo I decided on! Red beams and all. It’s so me!



My favorite thing in my studio has to be, Janoris {don’t ask, my hubby named it after a football player}, my Voyager 17 longarm {technically a mid-arm, but whatever} quilting machine! Couldn’t finish a quilt without him! I’ve had ’em for 4.5 years now and he still quilts like a dream!


I have 11 sewing machines {don’t judge me!} but I really do love my vintage Singer 66-18! It’s 75 years old and still in the original cabinet. My mom found it at a thrift store for $25 and she stitches like a dream!


Some of my fabric. Big emphasis on some. 
I sort my scraps in these cheap bins by color.
One of my sewing stations.
Some of my thread and ribbons.


If you want to see more I have a YouTube video where I walk you through my studio and give you a video tour. Click HERE to watch it.


Thanks for visiting my page for the Studio Spotlight series! Just so you know, there’s also a link party going on for everyone {that includes you!} to showcase their sewing space too with great prizes. It runs from August 16-23. Whether you have a big studio or you use your family’s dinner table to get crafty, it doesn’t matter! Join in on the fun and get some ideas and inspiration from other crafty folks! Check out the sponsoring companies below. You know there will be some fab giveaway prizes to be won!

Thanks for stopping by!

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