Monday, 29 August 2011

The big reveal

Hi everyone

What a lovely weekend we had in Melbourne, the sun was shining and spring is just around the corner. It was the perfect time to get out in the fresh air and do a bit of spring cleaning around the house and enjoy the weather. Come on Spring and Summer...

So I would like to finally show you my studio. 
I still have to sort through magazines but it I have been blissfully using it for a while now so thought I had better show you before it gets too messy.

So last week I finally made labels for my boxes, which are somewhat clear plastic, mostly with little wheels on the bottom for easy moving on the shelves, all with lids to keep the dust out. I made them out of shipping tags and inked, stamped, stenciled them.

 So this is looking towards the back corner of the garage. There is my clothes dryer and my fridge for refreshments :) and then a filing cabinet and storage cupboard. On top of that I have my Big Shot ready to use and next to that my TV. Since this photo I have replaced this old analog tv with a digital one so my favourite shows can keep me company and the little bar fridge is now in the caravan giving me more space.....

On the top of all the bookshelves are my blank canvases and plastic palette cases. In the bookcase on the left are my sketch books of all sizes, my art journals and my pads of watercolour paper, canvas pads etc. Under that are my paints and mediums and under that are my folders of patterns, lessons etc.
In the middle of the two bookcases are my reference books.
Can you see the lovely comfy office chair I bought from Officeworks? It swivels and reclines but is also supportive for my back. It matches the nice soft thick carpet on the floor.
In the bookcase to the right of my reference books is all my scrapbooking and other art journaling supplies from stamps, to papers, stencils etc.

The nice big desk is an old office desk  that I sanded back and re-stained years ago and has been in my sons room until recently. On my desk I have an overhead daylight lamp, my heat gun and of course for winter I have a nice little heater underneath to keep my feet warm. I also have some computer speakers so i can plug my ipod in and listen to my favourite musice or Hayhouse radio shows. 
The trolley beside my desk is also from Officeworks and has 10 draws for all my pens, sharpies and little bits and pieces.

In the large bookcase at the end is all my MDF pieces ready to be transformed, my paintings that are unsold or waiting to go to an exhibition and also half done paintings. On the right hand side is another little bookcase I had in my laundry and is great for my projects on the go.

These photos were taken with the doors closed so I didn't have reflections but there is ample light at the moment and when I open the doors I have lovely sunshine and fresh air.
It might not be the perfectly colour co-ordinated room, and it might look a bit like organised chaos but it works for me and I am very grateful to have this space that I can call my own. 90% of everything has its own space and it is very easy to keep tidy. I love just being able to get up and leave a project where it is, to have dinner or do something else, and come back and immediately be able to pick up where I left off. My family now have to come out and remind me that it is bed time some nights because I get so lost in what I am doing. 
Can you tell I am a happy woman?

I have a new page to show you this week so will leave you with a little tease....
yes it involves finger painting and a bit of fun.

Hope you are having a great week everyone. My bed is calling after a busy weekend of catching up with great friends and Monday back at work. Don't forget it is a New Moon today so make your lists for your new ventures and goals. Let go of what is not working for you and look forward to the positive and your dreams. 
See you all later in the week.

 My thoughts go to those affected by hurricane Irene and I hope you are all safe and sound.



Ann said...

How nice to see it's all come together, Lee. Have fun out there surrounded by all your lovely essentials!

Kelly said...

Wow, that's quite the space you have for yourself. I looks very organized. I am working with hubbub to get my room all fixed up! I can't wait until it's finished.
Hugs and blessings Lee.

Serena Lewis said...

YAY!!! Your very own studio space!! COOL!! I love having my own little space to do my thing even though my kids sometimes take it over to do some of their own creative projects. Joys of motherhood, I guess. lol

Btw, I have the same trolley, same colours, tho mine is the 5 drawer trolley with deeper drawers. I keep all my pens, pencils and watercolours in it for journaling.

Enjoy your week...according to the forecasts, it's going to be another wet week for us in Brissie.

Love, light and peace,
Serena :)

Unknown said...

hi Lee! so nice to meet you~ thanks for leaving such a kind comment on my blog. I stopped by to say hello~ loved reading your posts, and am looking forward to seeing what you have to share on your next journal page.

blessings to you!
valerie (

p.s. my best mate is from Melbourne~ lovely place to be from!!! :D

An'Angelia Thompson said...

LOVE your studio space, Lee! I haven't been brave enough to show mine yet - it is a WRECK!!! Nice job organizing-that is definitely NOT my strong suit! :o) Hugs!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Lee,
Glad to hear you're organised in your new studio, now the fun happens!
Great tags and idea for all your boxes.
Oh, I think you need more art supplies. LOL
Creative hugs,

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