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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Where bloggers create -- a studio tour

Vintage picnic tins and antique drawers in my studio

If you've been following my blog, which shares vintage images, you would guess that I like all kinds of vintage things, and you would be right!  Today I thought I would share with you photos of some of the vintage items in my studio by participating in "Where Bloggers Create," a virtual studio tour sponsored by My Desert Cottage blog.   I just heard about this project today, and it turns out the deadline was July 15 -- so my studio is not on the tour list after all... next year! I hope you will come in and look around anyway.

Above you see part of my collection of vintage picnic tins. These are just to the left of the stairs at the entrance to my studio, which is off our dining room. I just love these colorful tins for display and storage.  I use a shipping tag tied with string to identify the contents of each tin.

The dark oak drawers were originally office filing cabinets, but I was thrilled to discover that the shallow drawers were perfect for holding rubber stamps.  Old drawers are usually quite dirty and hard to clean, so I have lined these drawers first with paper, and then with plastic thrift store picture frames.  The frames are handy because when I am doing a stamping project, I can pull the frame "tray" out and use it at my counter, which keeps like stamps together and makes them easy to put away.

Above the first stacks of picnic tins is a clown game poster from a vintage toys exhibit my husband and I saw in Paris in 1984.  It adds more bright color to my studio and reminds me of a wonderful trip.

The only non-vintage furniture in the studio is kitchen cabinetry pieces purchased from a dismantled showroom. This counter, on the wall nearest the entrance, is where I do all my cutting with my lighted Genesis Paper Trimmer. The exposed brick was once the outside wall of our house before we added my studio. 

To the right of the drawers and stacks of tins are two library card catalog cabinets which store embellishments and office supplies.  I paid $2 for the shabby yellow chair at a thrift store.  It's so sturdy, I can use it to reach high shelves. (I'm only 5'2" so it comes in quite handy!)

On top of the card catalog drawers are my red Smith Corona typewriter and vintage office supplies, which I love to collect. 

Above the card catalog cabinets is a wall cabinet filled with vintage packaging. I love the colors, the images and the promises on vintage product packaging; all of these packages are inspiring to me and sooo much fun to collect.

To the right of the card catalogs, more shallow drawers hold specialty papers. On top of the drawers is my red toolbox and a display of vintage games.

A vintage armoire holds envelopes, more paper and other items that aren't as much fun to look at; then I have utilitarian white shelving that holds wood-mounted rubber stamps and punches. The tall oak office piece, once a postal cabinet according to, has shallow storage space for more rubber stamps on trays.  The postal cabinet has what looks like drawers, but are  actually covers that slide upward and inward to reveal shelves. 

This 42-drawer apothecary cabinet is hard to photograph because there is an island counter in the center of the room in front of it. An old store display case with sliding glass doors holds more rubber stamps, and the vintage jars on top hold game pieces for assemblage projects, plus balls of fibers.

This old gas station maps case was found in the trash -- one of my favorite freebies.

That's about half of my studio -- storage, inspiration and cutting station.   I'll post photos of the remainder another day. Hope you enjoyed the tour!


Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous and well organized studio! I loved the tour...thank you for sharing!

Mary Jo said...

Beautiful! You have so many amazing, fun finds in your studio!!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Gorgeous, wonderful, fabulous...I'm running out of adjectives, but your studio space is all of the good ones put together! I love all the drawers and cabinets, especially the library card catalog drawers and the apothecary cabinet!

ScrappnBee said...

Oooh! I am positively drooling at how lovely your room is! LOVE it! All the vintage finds make it totally cool! It must have taken a while to find all the right things! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amy said...

WONDERFUL room! All the fabulous finds are so fun! Thanks for the tour....always fun to see where others create! You are one lucky girl! said...

I am green with envy. Your studio is beautiful.

Robin said...

Thank you for sharing, your studio is beautiful! I spent way too much time pouring over the photos. Hope to see the other half of the room soon!

Michele R. Unger said...

Oh, man, do I have studio envy! What a wonderful, inspiring space you have created. It's so personal and organized. I am insanely jealous (in a good way)! Thank you for sharing.

LP Vintage said...

I have studio envy toooooo! Love all your vintage storage ideas. So glad you decided to join the studio tour. I just re-organized my craft space but haven't posted photos yet - coming soon!

Denise said...

I love your blog. You have some of the best ephemera. Thank you so much for sharing the pretties as well as your wonderful stories.

SusanLotus said...

Your hobbyroom is awesome! I love all the old shelfs and boxes! Great place to be crative in.
Have a wonderful day!

TAM said...

WOW your studio is stunning - I'm green with envy and positively drooling - not a pretty sight !!

Anonymous said...

I'm in total love with your room!! I, too, collect vintage tin picnic baskets and antiques of all kinds. However, my stamping area is a corner of a storage room, so it's not even close to being a super pleasing place. Thanks for sharing!!

Janet L.

Susanne said...

What a lovely place to create. I'm so envious of all your vintage furniture - and you've pulled it together so nicely. Just wonderful!

Carolicia said...

I love your studio... and all your drawers...and
the apothecary cabinet..all. I have pinned all to Pinterest, it´s amazing.


Tandra said...

*wipes drool off keyboard*
I adore your space! Where in the heck do you find all you vintage cabinetry?? Love them!!!
my darling husband is almost finished with my studio outside! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Sheila said...

What a beautiful room. I love all the red in it.

kaejaesmom said...

Wow!! What a wonderful area! My husband and I love antiques and you surely have inspired me to have the "things" I love surround me even in my craft area!!

Anonymous said...

I love this vintage organization.
You can not run out of inspiration in this piece.
Thank you!