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!

30 Responses to Studio Spotlight Series!

  1. Dana - Old Red Barn Co. August 13, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    What a GREAT space! I’d love to create there!

  2. Linda August 13, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    You are amazing, and I love your videos. Linda at Wetcreek Blog

  3. TheSewingLoft August 13, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    I love the red beams and think that the laundry basket scrap sorting is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your space with us. Now, I really want to come and visit!

    • Vanessa Vargas Wilson August 13, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Thanks, Heather! I got those bins at Kmart for $2 each and I LOOOOOOOVE that I can see right in them and pull stuff out. 🙂

  4. ga447 August 13, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    When I saw the red basket I knew it was your sewing room. I love it and thanks for all the hard work you do. Love your colors.

  5. Crystals Curls August 13, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    This is an AWESOME room. You are such an inspiration. You do it all!!!

  6. Hope Grace August 13, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I so admire you! It’s an awesome studio!

  7. Kathryn D. Duke August 13, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Great video and studio tour…love your aqua walls!!! Got a kick from your comment on the “old,old,old” 70’s Simplicity Magazine….(since I graduated from hs in ’74 !!!!!)

    Would love the Ott Light for my sewing room re-design!!

    Thanks Crafty Gemini


  8. Julie L August 13, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Would love to have a room like yours. But I have to be satisfied with one little corner of my family room. The Ott light would be perfect there. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  9. PGANANA August 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Love your studio. Would love to win the OTT lite. Follow your utube videos.

  10. Moneik August 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Such a fun space! I would love to have that much room to create.

  11. JessiBerry August 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I love it! That’s such a great idea to do, we want to build eventually too on our ranch (I call it that, but we have no animals aside from chickens). You are an inspiration! 🙂

  12. Maria August 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    You are amazing to have created such a beautiful studio but we mustn’t forget hubby for being and amazing babysitter LOLL

  13. charlotte August 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Great space. Great job on all that DIY stuff too. You amaze me.

  14. Anne August 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    I am simply amazed you did most all that work yourself. Good for you. It’s a wonderful space to work in.

  15. Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane August 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    I am so super impressed that you built your studio all by yourself! Wowzers. It looks like an amazing and creative space and certainly one you can be proud of, having designed it yourself! Thanks so much for being part of our studio tour! 🙂

  16. Tanya Quilts in CO August 13, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    How funny that you got an outbuilding custom made for your studio. I threatened to get one, but my hubby finally backed me and we took away our daughter’s playroom…Although, I still have my eye on his 1200 square foot heated workshop as the ultimate studio. My plotting will continue

  17. Ellen August 14, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    I too store my scraps in the laundry baskets! But I really need to start doing something with mine! O_O May I ask where you got your shed?

  18. Debby August 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    great space, thanks for sharing!!

  19. Vickie August 15, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    What a great creative space ! I would love to win the lamp because…I NEED it !

  20. Carolyn P. August 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    I love your black table. It looks like it the perfect sewing, cutting, ironing place. Where did you get it?

    • Vanessa Vargas Wilson August 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      It’s an Ikea dining room table that extends even longer than I have it in the studio. I bought it used from a friend that got it on sale at Ikea because it had a few dents. It’s also on bed risers and that really helps make it the perfect cutting table height for me. Hope that helps!

  21. Laine August 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Love your studio! I recently upgraded mine from the lowly small bedroom to a larger guest bedroom and feel like I’m in a palace now.

  22. Mel August 19, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    i know someone else who went the way of an outdoor shed/building… I could only WISH my husband would let me do that… but I’d have to put in a bed, and tv and small kitchen…. because they would all just move in with me… LOL

  23. Anonymous August 19, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Love your sewing room! The colors are fabulous!
    I recently put up a huge magnetic board in front of my sewing area and love it.
    Next….a big sewing and ironing table…yours is awesome!
    And of course, I need some good light in the room. Last week I snagged my son’s bedside clip lamp because the lil lamp I was using wasn’t cutting it! So see…I need an OTT! 🙂

    Enjoy your new space!
    mrserb (at) excite (dot) com

  24. Louise Jozwiak-Fredieu September 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    i just watched the video of your sewing shed. i actually felt nauseous when i saw that you had painted the Coca-Cola bin. It could have been the piece that made your sewing room real. OMG! i am not an appraiser, but i would imagine that someone would likely pay $500 or more for it. i am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but i am surprised that someone else has not told you already.

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