Sunday, September 25, 2011

My new Jewelry Studio!!!

Well some of you may remember awhile back when I was participating in "Where bloggers Create"
It was such a great experience and I had the opportunity to peek inside the creative spaces of so many wonderful artist.

During this time of blog hopping I expressed on my own blog just how much I would love to turn my small garden shed into a creative space.

Well with all of your encouragement and my sweet husbands helping hands, I did just that.  I haven't been able to work on my jewelry for sometime now because I had no place to safely set up my work station, until now that is.  I can't wait to get back to creating lovely wearable works for art.

Come on in and I'll give you a peek at what I had to work with and how it all turned out.  Keep in mind I started with a tight budget of no more than $100.00 from start to finish.  So with this budget and some creative thinking it all started to come together.

This is  what I had to work with, a great structure that just needed a little dolling up.
So once again after some sweet talking I got my husband to go and and buy some insulation for me and together we cut and stapled and got it insulated.
Oh just so I don't forget to mention there was already  power to the shed, again thanks to my wonderful Electrical Contractor husband.  But of course I would have to have him move the lighting and add a couple outlets.
So once the insulation, lighting and outlets were all in it was time to get down to decor.
I wanted sheet rock, wallpaper and paint but it was not in the budget.  So I had to get creative because I was not going be staring at insulation covered walls.
Again I wanted wallpaper but the budget thing got in the way so I had another idea, "FABRIC".  I have a great fabric store that I just love and it sells $2.00 a yard Home Fashion Fabrics.  So with $40.00 in my hot little had I headed out.
I was thrilled when I came across a great piece of fabric with a pattern that reminded me of vintage wallpaper, I also found a nice soft blue fabric for the ceiling.
I went straight home asked my husband to grab his staple gun and come running.
Together we  covered all the wall and ceiling!!

After putting up the fabric, I had my honey try to wire up an old vintage light fixture that I had, but the fixture was just to "vintage" and only half of it wanted to light up.  It was obvious that I needed a new light  fixture and it was not in the budget.  But then I remembered some Home Depot credit I had for some returns a while back, this was a nice little surprise.
With the credit I was able to purchase a sweet little fan light that gave off great light as well as a nice breeze.

With the lighting in place I was ready to accessorize, I dug into my extra furniture storage and came up with some great finds.
I added a nice vintage mirror, a wicker chair some tables and a couple of lamps, my favorite Robert Duncan painting, a shelf, a boom box/CD player, a space heater(for winter) and I was in business.
I also remembered some curtains that I had up in the linen closet and some old curtain hardware I was saving for a "just in case" moment like this.
All of the above things had been stored in my husbands garage, I can't tell you how many times I had to save them from the Good Will pile.
I'm always telling him, "there is a method to my madness, just watch and see".  Well he was more than impressed with my madness as well as happy to gain the extra space in his garage.

I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be able to unpack all my jewelry making tools, beads, wire and metal.
I hope to send may productive hours in my little sanctuary listening to all my favorite CD's and pounding out some great jewelry.
Thanks for coming by for a visit, feel free to drop by anytime!!


Clare said...

Oh wow - your new jewellry studio is amazing. What a clever idea to paper the walls in fabric. I remember years ago my friend had a similar cabin in her garden nursery - using to as her shop, and we did it up - it was such a fun project. I can't wait to see your jewellry - I've been itching to make some vintage funky jewellry so will be checking back to get lots of inspiration. Enjoy your new space - I know your going to. PS: Thanks for the comments over at my blog.

Diana said...

Hello Debbie,
I remember your comment during that blog hop. So happy you made your dream come true.
What a lovely jewelry studio. Can't wait to see what you make. Your "Fly" bracelette is so cute.

Barbara German said...

I love that you were able to create such a fabulous space and stay in your budget.....That is true creativity!! Go You!!

Jen said...

Wow! I love it. You continue to surprise and amaze me. Your creativity inspires me..

Laura said...

Thanks for the tour! I LOVE seeing art spaces! Just fabulous.

danielle said...

Dearest Debbie,

I am so excited for you that you have this loving little studio to create your jewellery! I LOVE the idea of walking outside to a sweet little haven to create your wares. I used to make jewellery myself and I know how much space it takes. Congratulations on the new space. I can't wait to see what you create. That bracelet is BEATIful! xo

Juliette Crane said...

so fun to see the transformation! what an amazing new creative space! so inspiring :)

best wishes!

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