Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where Bloggers Create

It's so exciting to be part of this year's Where Bloggers Create link party!  Thank you to Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage for hosting!

A tour of my studio (which is actually my laundry room).  Although as far as laundry rooms go, it's pretty awesome!


Two years ago we remodeled our kitchen which included a back hall area and our laundry room.  I wanted to enlarge my laundry room with a small addition behind our garage.  The contractor told us that if we were going to add three feet, we might as well go all the way to the end of the garage.  It wouldn't cost much more and gave me an additional 12 feet of space!


Above is the "business" end of the laundry room.  I kept the area under the counter open so I can slide in a rolling laundry sorter.  The basket in the corner is where I typically place the ironing and mending so I can ignore it for weeks on end.  I do have a washer and two dryers.  We have five children, and the machines are running all the time!

Another awesome feature is a huge laundry chute.  It makes it so much easier to get the kids to comply with the chore of bringing me their dirty laundry.  It took some time for me to adjust to the idea of having my studio in the laundry room, but it has helped me with the "guilt factor."  I feel that I am being productive in the room no matter what I am working on.


 There is a nice big window to look out while I sit at the sewing machine.  I have a view of the trees in the park behind our house.


Next to the sewing machine table is a large cabinet with pull-outs for my fabric stash.



I really, really love books, and I have two cabinets stuffed full of art books, quilt books, and patterns.


I have maybe 20 UFO's crammed into this cabinet.




There are three cabinets that hold miscellaneous sewing supplies, ephemera and other mixed media supplies, and scrapbooking supplies.

In addition to quilting and a bit of mixed media, I also crochet.  I learned when I was 10 years old and still love to sit on the couch on a cold night to work on an afghan.


Here is another view from inside the room where you can see the large cabinet that stores my fabric stash.  An ironing board hangs behind the door.  There was supposed to be an outlet on that wall, but someone messed up during construction and may possibly have buried the wires under the drywall!



I love all the drawer space that allows me to keep things like markers and stampads right at hand.  There are two lazy susan cabinets under the counters.  The one closest to the sink holds cleaning supplies and the one on the opposite side holds things like bottles of glue and paint.

And now for a behind the scenes look:
I worked very hard the last two weeks getting my studio space in shape for this blog event but in all honesty, it never looks this good!  Here is how the room is normally used...


The counters are piled with laundry.  I turned on the under cabinet lights for you to make it look fancier. ;) My mending basket is overflowing next to a pile of beach towels I keep on the counter during the summer-it's just easier to grab and go rather than having the kids trudge up the stairs all wet when they come in!


In addition to sharing the room with the laundry, I also share it with Perry the kitty.  She enjoys watching HGTV while eating her dinner.  We keep her bowl on the counter so the dog doesn't eat it.


I also keep the dog bowls in the laundry room.  Ranger the Australian Shepard declined having his photo taken by his dishes, but Perry always shows up when I get the camera out.  The homely silver trash can had to replace a very pretty painted one, because the dog also loves to eat the lint from the dryer.  He has no discerning taste!  I spared you a photo of where Perry's cat box is normally kept under the knee space.  I moved it for the photo shoot.  Perry was not pleased.


My previous studio was a nice big room in our basement that we had to convert to a bedroom.  No one ever went into that room but me.  The kids knew it was off limits.  It's actually been a bonus to move into the laundry room and have my children feel like they can come in and use the space for their projects.  And of course, every studio needs furry mascots!  Perry and Ranger will usually curl up somewhere on the floor while I am working.  It makes the room feel cozier.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. 
Now that my room is so clean, I'm going to go pull out a project and get to work!

77 comments :

  1. Oh! Thanks for sharing this, Tamatha!

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  2. A laundry chute!! I love that.
    Your special place is perfect and everything is so organized. The colors are restful and inviting. You have everything you need right at your fingertips. It's magical, Char

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  3. What a lovely space and washroom. Everything is so neat and organized. I would love to create in that space.

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  4. OMG, Tamantha, we are all envious! All that storage -- and with doors that close to hide it! I can really picture myself sitting there with you, working on a project (see how I'm inviting myself over, ha ha!) Seriously, it's heavenly and I totally love it that your kids and pets can hang out with you. When I'm in my craft room, Ben constantly comes in to check on me and see what I'm up to! Thanks for showing us -- great post!

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  5. I love it! I could totally get into having my space in the laundry room. I am so A.D.D, I would be able to jump from activity to activity. It's really great how you pointed out the fact that your kids and pets are welcome, too. What an awesome space!

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  6. That's a pretty awesome laundry room! Your storage is amazing. What a wonderful place to create....and to wash clothes too!

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  7. that is the best laundry room I've ever seen. Looks like a great place to create in.

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  8. that is an awesome laundry room!

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  9. Oh I would have such clean laundry, I would have an excuse to be in there al lday - I love it!

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  10. Your creative space looks huge,how wonderful is that! If that was my space, I would not be quite so neat. LOL
    I love your space, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Great use of a launry room for other than laundry!!!
    I like it best in it's regular state ;)
    Thanks for sharing your space.
    Michele

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  12. Well.......you certainly got it right....you can create while the clothes are drying love it!!!!! It is organized perfectly.......Congratulations on your dream room come true.....it is awesome!!!!

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  13. I'm committed to visiting every space! I love what you've done. We are doing the same thing with our kitchen and extending it into our oversized garage. LOVE how your creative space came out! GREAT!

    Blessings~

    Rebecca

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  14. Fantastic laundry room! It's my dream to have a space like that. My art space is in my laundry room as well but isn't very pretty. I didn't get it together enough to get things cleaned and organized to participate in this adventure this year...even though I had it on the calendar.

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  15. Hi Tamatha! What a great room! Excellent idea to just extend it all the way, especially if it wasn't going to cost much more. I had to laugh at the outlet being buried in the wall. Oh well, these things happen! : ) I think I would be quite happy to be in this room even having laundry going while I'm creating. You've got such a great lay-out, natural light and storage!

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  16. This is lovely, everything is so nice and organized. It is a lovely feeling. It is such a pity that it doesn't stay looking that way for long :) I love it that the kids feel comfortable coming in and being creative too. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. As my kids (and grandkids) say - your laundry room ROCKS! It's really great! I can't believe you're so organized - and with 5 children! You and your laundry room are awesome!
    Hugs,
    Annette

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  18. its a very clever use of space and takes the boredom off Laundry duties, amazing. Hugs Sara

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  19. Great BIG space you have, I like what your doing with it, play hard!

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  20. This looks like a wonderful spot to create, especially when you can still feel "connceted" with the family. That is an A++! Love that big window for daydreaming.

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  21. A very good use of space! Nice that your children use it too!!

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  22. Love your creative space and all the extra room you added with the redo. You have such great organized storage and everything so well thought out. I have a laundry shoot too and love it.
    Great pics and thank you for sharing your great space.
    Happy Creating, Celestina Marie

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  23. Hi Tamantha! What an awesome laundry room! It's so bright and cheery and it's filled with all the things you love! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!
    xo,
    Karen

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  24. That is one gorgeous room! Great job!! I love all the little drawers to stash stuff and I would kill to have all that room for my laundry!Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you at my studio!
    www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

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  25. Wow...two beautiful rooms in one! I love how you can keep it all behind cupboards! It always look neat that way.....but I would need to mark what is in what cupboard.....I would never remember! LOL Sandy

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  26. That is one super laundry room! And all the wonderful storage you have for your fabric and all your supplies is great!

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  27. I love that large window in your space. And the fact that you can do laundry while the paint drys on your projects...so to speak. Gorgeous remodel. Love your undercabinet lighting too.
    Well done, keep smiling and creating

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  28. You have such a wonderful space, a space I would probably kill for as I live in the UK and space here is dreadful... I live in a 2 bed flat with my son and I've overrun the living room with crafting supplies etc...

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  29. I love what you did with the space, functional and pretty. We should get Jinx and Perry together. Jinx has her bowl on the laundry room counter for the same reason but I had to add a stepstool because she is so big she can't jump up. Thankk you for sharing with us~

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  30. Love your room! So organized! My laundry room is upstairs so I don't really need a laundry chute anymore. But I did love having one when our washer was in the basement.

    Thanks for sharing! And come visit my messy craftroom!
    http://KeepinUpWithTheTatums.blogspot.com

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  31. You are SO organized! I envy that!

    I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

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  32. Thanks for sharing your creative space, it's awesome! Mine's also in my laundry room :) I love your fabric in your cabinet, so organized! Stopping by from the creative spaces hop.
    -Molly
    http://www.justalittlecreativity.blogspot.com

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  33. Grrrreeeeeeeeeen with envy... What a lovely, light and bright space. Oh, I could get a LOT done in here!

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  34. That is a great space and so neatly organized.

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  35. Thanks for sharing your creative space! Love the name of your blog too!

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  36. Great use of space! I especially loved the keeping it real part of this post. Have a wonderful weekend, Tammy

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  37. What a great laundry room! It's a nice place to create, too! Thanks for the tour! Twyla

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  38. Oh my! What an AWESOME laundry room! Any mother who has had five children absolutely deserves a special treat like this! Plus, the sympathy mileage you could milk by telling others {who don't know the real truth of your laundry room of course} that you spent the whole day in your laundry room! Very well planned space and so practical too! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. What a great space!! I am envious that it is so large!!
    Great inspiration for storage too!!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us today!!

    hugs,
    Debbie

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  40. That's your laundry room?! It's so much bigger than my whole kitchen - and so much better organised too! I love the idea of a laundry chute! Thank you for a great tour.

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  41. Wow, that's awesome!!!! I would love that much room....sigh!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  42. Bright and cheery creative space. Perfect! Love that there is a space for everything and everything in it's space! TFS!

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  43. I believe awesome laundry room may be the understatement of the year! What a wonderful space you have. Lots of work space and lots of storage.

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  44. Nice Tour Tamatha! I love the way you incorporated this space into your Laundry area...WHAT A NICE HUGE ROOM! Love it! And you are super organized! I loved the pic where you had 20 UFOs stashed in the cupboard! That ROCKED! ;) Hope to have you stop by to catch my space where I create. I'm a writer (which I don't mention oddly enough in my post, haha. Instead I focused on my seamstress side of me and my love for tea, scones, etc... Nonetheless, I sure do have fun with it all! ;) Thanks for a great tour again! ;)

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  45. What an awesome space, so much storage and light. I love how organized everything is too. Thank you for sharing.

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  46. In my parent's house, they had a laundry chute, there was a little "door" in the wall in the hallway that you pushed in to "throw" the clothes down into the basement, where a large hamper was waiting for it. I remember my friends coming over and thinking it was so cool, lol :) Your space is wonderful, and love all the fab white cabinentry that houses all your supplies ~ Give miss Perry a kitty-smooch from me :)

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

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  47. All of those lovely drawers and cabinets!
    You smart lucky girl!

    Great tour, thank you!
    Warm regards,

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  48. Tamatha, this is a lovely room, well designed and inviting. Nothing wrong at all with sharing with the laundry room, in fact I see it as a plus, you don't have to go far to wash, dry and iron fabric. No, my dear you did good, it is a lovely studio.
    Gail
    P.S. I did not join this year, I have a post from last year on Big Horn Mountain Creations.

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  49. What a great idea, adding the extra feet to make your laundry/studio. We were told the same thing when we add our dining area so for just a little bit more our room is huge. You have great storage and are so organized, it is great that your family can share the space with you. I read your profile, we also had one of our six children graduate from high school the same year the youngest finished kindergarten.

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  50. Okay, I just have to say thank you for a tour of a room that looks like real work can get done. Some of these workrooms are so pretty and decorated, who would want to even get anything out and make a mess.

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  51. I know this is suppose to be about the creative aspect of your studio...but I love the laundry room. I'm in the process of upgrading mine. I really like the rolling clothes bag. Where did you get that. I have just the place for it...if I can get my husband to move his stuff.

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  52. Thank you for inviting us into your semi private space. I apprecite all the drawers and the fact that you can close cupboards on things if you want them out of sight.
    Lots of room and a great relaxing natural view.
    I wish you more time to enjoy it.

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  53. Hi Tamatha,

    Oh my gosh, I'd die for a laundry room like that...or really I must say my husband would die for one like that...it's just him and I and he likes doing the laundry....No...I didn't bother to get his head examined....I just sweetly agreed...WASH ON! LOL

    What a wonderful wonderful room. I love the way you've installed the cabinets..I totally first class and beautiful. I'd love to have you pop in for a visit!

    Pink Sparkles for your day,
    Stephanie Suzanne ♥
    Queen of Dreamsz

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  54. Well I think this is an ideal space for you, that way you can really keep your eye on things. Bet the children also enjoy having you there. Very lovely space.
    Hugs...Lu

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  55. What great advice from your contractor! Yes, it seems like the major cost is in cutting into the outside wall, messing with the roofline, etc. I'm glad you were able to make such a large, wonderful space.

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  56. Hi,
    It is so nice to meet you - what a fun name for your blog. I love your creative space and the view is beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a lovely day.
    Blessings,
    Erin

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  57. Hi,
    I love your blog name! I was thinking of a UFO giveaway at one time - what a great cop-out, right?? I do sincerely love your space, I'm sure all those artists in closets and under the stairs are smacking their lips. Love your big window and Perry is great! Love, Linda

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  58. Tamatha - As a laundry room alone - that is an incredible space! That you also use it as a place to create is fabulous! What a place to be!! I love your stash of fabrics and (did I see a little yarn stash also - love that!)

    You are sooo lucky to have such a wonderful space - the window is maybe the icing on the cake. Love your kitty and your little boy is precious!

    vicki

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  59. Great room for working and creating... But even a greater room as a laundry room, only wish we had something like that for our total clothing war zone. I will have to see more in your blog, what you have created. Love your space, really well organized and oh something I want for my space (and for landry too).

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  60. What a great space - you can wash and press your quilt fabrics right where you use 'em!

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  61. Wow! That would be my dream...working on my crafts and projects, while doing the laundry in such a beautiful laundry room! With all the storage and drawers, you cannot not be organized. I just love your space.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Reina

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  62. Beautiful space! I think a laundry room and art room are a perfect marriage and I love all that counter space!

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  63. Lovely space to create in --and organized! Loved the pic of your son with the kitty. Will be back to see more.

    ox
    Jenelle

    P.S. Love the title of your blog!

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  64. Holy cow, what a great space! I would kill for a great laundry room too (well not really) ;)! I love all the cabinets and your organization. Thanks for the tour and thanks for stopping by my blog! Nan

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  65. OMG! You have my dream laundry room! (okay, aside from someone else doing all the laundry) Before we built a few years ago I search old floor plans and came across plans with 'clutter' rooms, a kitchen sized room between the kitchen and the garage. Those rooms looked alot like yours. Alas, with budget and lot size restrictions some wish list items didn't make the cut. Your space is beautiful!

    I have heard of your type of UFO's, not that I have any in my home (that I'll admit to anyway).
    Susanne.

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  66. I love you space and we have kitties that look very similar. Such wonderful storage space and keep reorganizing!!

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  67. Absolutely love your art space. I also like the fall colored quilt for your background page. Thanks so much for sharing. Talk to ya soon.---- hugs---- sandie

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  68. What a gorgeous space! I love it! Love your blog too and will be following along with you!
    xx, shell

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  69. ...love your creative space! so bright and orderly... and your blog! thanks for visiting mine. i wasn't able to have my studio ready in time. :o( lots of remodeling going on here. but thanks for your comment re: 'once upon a uterus'! @ www.vintagebyhart.typepad.com quite an ordeal, but i think- being women... we should share encouragement where we can! so glad you came and commented! hooray for Pilates! best wishes... jynene

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  70. Hi Tamatha!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog ~ my goodness girl, I am SO IN LOVE with your studio!!!! How wonderful to have all of that space....it really is beautiful and I love that you have cabinets as well ~ It's so nice to meet you and I have to tell you I have five beautiful sons and when my youngest was born, our eldest was fifteen!!! It's wonderful ~ they all love each other so much ~ have a great week ahead, hugs and love, Dawn

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  71. Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's new, so every comment makes me excited! Lol!
    I LOVE your space. I'm just drooling over all those cabinets and all that counter space to spread out! I guess you don't have to worry about staying warm in the winter...you can just keep the dryer running! Haha!

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  72. Love your space, and especially liked the "behind the scenes" real-life shots! Your laundry room is oh-my-gosh fantastic! So glad you visited my blog, because it brought me over here. My sister and parents in Seward, and a brother in Lincoln, so I visit NE often (from Oregon....a long way!). Good luck with all the UFO's...I have WAAAAAYYYY more than 42!

    maggie
    http://www.themagrag.com

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  73. What a gorgeous and organized space!We have 5 kids and I am constantly running a load too! I love the laundry chute!

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  74. I'm just now getting to visit all the wonderful spaces. Your space is terrific!
    I love the sharing with the kiddie and pets too!

    Debbie

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