I'm thrilled to participate in Karen Valentine's "Where Bloggers Create" event for 2013. Click on the logo on the right to visit My Desert Cottage to see all the creative spaces featured!
When my antique card catalog cabinets and art supplies threatened to take over the guest room, the kitchen, the den and -- frankly, our whole house! -- my husband suggested we add a room to our home. We built my dream studio off our dining room -- with high ceilings, lots of windows, and an exposed brick wall (the one that used to be the outside of our house!)
I'm excited about giving you a peek into my happy place.
Below is one of my most treasured furniture pieces, an oak 42-drawer apothecary cabinet. On top is an antique display case with sliding glass doors. Here it has some of my rubber stamps, but sometimes it showcases a collection of vintage art supplies. It's fun to change it out. On top of the showcase I keep art parts such as Scrabble tiles, Bingo numbers, and other game pieces in vintage jars.
Antique apothecary cabinet, showcase and vintage jars for game pieces and supplies.
To the left of the apothecary cabinet is a vintage oak postal cabinet designed to store postal forms. Instead of drawers that pull out, these panels lift upward like a roll-top desk to reveal what's inside. In these spaces, I use acrylic picture frames as trays for rubber stamps, filed by subject.
Vintage postal cabinet stores rubber stamps by subject
I'm very fond of card catalog drawers -- they're great for organizing small items like office supplies, art supplies, and small tools. I've been lucky to find several card catalog cabinets over the years, and I have put them to good use.
Vintage card catalog cabinets hold small tools, supplies
The postal cabinet below is one of my favorites because the drawers are large and deep, and because it began as a dull, dry, ugly cabinet and I brought it back to life with lots of furniture oil, elbow grease, and help. In a photo, it looks like a card catalog cabinet, but the drawers are much larger -- 8 inches wide and 2 feet deep! Each drawer has a small brass plaque that reads "Files/Auditor for the Post Office Dep't."
This intriguing brass label is attached to each drawer
Large postal cabinet with drawers 8 inches wide and 2 feet deep.
Along with drawers and cubbies, other favorite storage pieces are my collection of plaid picnic tins from the 1950s and '60s. These colorful and useful tins hold everything from tax paperwork to seasonal rubber stamps.
Plaid picnic tins are handy for out-of-sight storage
Vintage packaging is a great source of inspriration. I love the bright colors and cheerful graphics. These are some funky collections in view around my studio.
Old games and toys in a red toolbox.
More vintage games and toys in an old gas station map case
Vintage office supplies in an old battery display shelf
More vintage office supplies in a spice rack
Vintage art supplies
I love this ticket roll. Tickets cost 9 cents plus 1 cent tax!
Vintage children's watercolor paint sets
Back to the working space in my studio, here is a countertop against the brick wall that was once the outside of our house. It holds my Genesis Trimmer and other tools, plus a very tongue-in-cheek sign about keeping the area clean. (Trust me, the counter is RARELY this clean.)
Genesis Trimmer on counter against exposed brick wall
Hmmm, Blogger is not allowing me to upload additional photos to this post, so it looks like I will have to continue the tour in a second post....
I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I have shared so far. More to come, if you aren't tired of seeing OLD stuff!
To be continued.