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Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

by Amy Bowerman

Hey everyone!  Today I’m sharing a tour of my studio/craft room space.  My space is not magazine worthy by any stretch but it works for me.  Someday I will have the studio of my dreams but for now I’ll take the studio of my reality.  There’s no need to worry about spilling paint on the floor here.  Feel free to leave a trail of glitter wherever you go because a lot of creative magic happens down here :)  Welcome to my creative lair!

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

Being in the basement I have always shied away from studio tours because a) I’m a mess down here and b) basement studios are beyond difficult to photograph.  Thanks to Angie at The Country Chic Cottage I threw my cautions to the wind about sharing my not so pretty space and got my rear in gear for a massive studio clean up!  Angie is hosting a week-long Studio Tour hop so stop by The Country Chic Cottage every day this week for more creative places and spaces!

Workspace

 

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

This is where the Magic happens…my workspace!  I keep all of my most used supplies close at hand for when my creativity is flowing.  This photo is a bit misleading.  Usually my work table is covered with “creativity” and I’m working within 5 in of space :)

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

Opposite my work table is my cutting station.  I am a die-hard Sizzix Girl so when I’m not at my work table you can usually find me here honing my Sizzix Ninja skills!

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

My table top is complete with a paper trimmer, Sizzix Vagabond, and cutting mat.  Underneath I keep  papers, sizzix dies, and matboard close at hand with bins for scrap paper and such on the shelves above.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

Basement studios can be dark and dingy so I like to add pops of color with storage containers.  This little rainbow cart holds all of my most used inking supplies and embellishments.  The Altered Ranger Ink crate above was thrifted for $2.  You can find a tutorial on how to create your own “Got Ink?” crate HERE.

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This is my photo station.  Naturally lit windows are tough to come by down here.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

That camera scares me to death.  We are still learning how to get along with each other.  This will be my next big DIY project…Learn to use the DSLR.  I shudder over that “shutter button”.

 

Project Storage

After nearly three years of blogging I have tons of finished projects but little space to display them.  Thanks to vintage curios and other cabinets inherited from family members I can keep my projects dust free right here in my studio.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

Each one of these cabinets and curios are in line for future DIY projects.  They are just begging to be altered.  This vintage curio was my great grandmothers.  I’m still kicking around ideas on how/what to alter it with.  Any suggestions?

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My 70’s yellow metal cabinet needs a serious paint job.  I’m thinking green…how about you?  I love this cabinet because it’s metal and doubles as a magnetic surface for displaying artwork and ideas.  They just don’t make em’ like this anymore.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

I store projects, pebbles, feathers, punches and other supplies inside.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

This hutch was my Mom’s china cabinet.  I store Paper Flower arrangements and my tea-pot/tea-cup collection in here.  Just another little curio  also in need of a paint job.  Those doors are just asking to be Mod Podged don’t you think?

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

I scored this interesting little dresser on the side of the road.  I see some funky stenciling and chalk paint in its very near future.  The top folds down and is quite spacious for storing projects “in the works”.

Storage

My basement studio may never grace the pages of Where Women Create but you won’t see me complaining!  I have tons of storage space as well as a sizable workspace.  Sure it’s a little dusty, dark and dingy but it’s also half the size of my apartment.  Since the family would most likely object to my taking up two bedrooms I took the basement instead.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

This is what creative chaos looks like, and yes I do know where everything is.  Labeled boxes, baskets and bins help me find supplies at a moments notice.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

Need something for a creative endeavor?  I probably have it.  Magazine clippings, vintage tools, greeting cards, old film reels, ribbon scrap…yeah, I’ve got that.  I like to think of myself of an “Eclectic Collector” so please don’t send A&E here to film that “hoarders” show :)

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

More paints, papers, spray paints and extra Sizzix Dies are stored here.

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

Clear bins are stacked by my cutting station for supplies I use more often.  I keep an iPod dock with a spare iPhone to fill my studio with the sounds of my creative playlists.

Thrifted Storage

I’m a thrifty girl and would rather spend my dollars on creative supplies than storage to house them.  Most of my storage was either thrifted or lifted from the side of the road.

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This Vintage Letter Holder keeps all my favorite stamps close at hand and easy to find.  *Thrifted for $4*

Plucking Daisies Studio Tour

Quite possibly my most favorite thrifted storage container is this Picket Fence Daisy shelf.  I wasn’t sure what I would use it for until I got it home and discovered it was the perfect size for Sizzix dies!   It was totally meant for me.  It has Daisies on it after all (I must do something about those strange babies in the flower centers…any ideas?)  *Thrifted $6*

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This little cart is perfect for storing the rest of my Sizzix dies and supplies.  I have a penchant for crafty storage on wheels.  The Sizzix boxes below are upcycled from cardboard boxes you can find a tutorial on how to make them HERE.  *Thrifted $4*

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Another scrap cart on wheels holds papers and other much-needed supplies in the bin underneath.  Each piece is portable and can be taken out with ease for crafting on the go,  I scored this baby at a tag sale for $5!  *Tag Sale $5*

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This book shelf holds my Craft/Art Books and my vintage Children’s book collection. I use these for collages, journal quotes/prompts and other mixed media projects.   One can never have too many copies of the ‘Cat in the Hat’.  The book-case was thrifted brand new for $20!  *Thrifted $20*

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to build a great creative space.  With thrifted finds and a little creativity you can make the space you have work for you!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my studio space.  So happy to have you visit my little corner of the creative world!

Stop by The Country Chic Cottageall this week to see more Creative Spaces and Craft Rooms!

Have a creative day!

Amy*

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2 Sue April 20, 2015 at 11:18 pm

I think your space is great! And very little stress about getting ink or any other media on brand new white cabinets….now I understand why I should have opted for black even though I didn’t like it! You can enjoy being creative without stressing about the occasional incident!

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4 Sandy W July 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

Great space Amy and I love that you are sharing because you have storage ideas I haven’t tried. I too, have a large space (actually a craft room inside the house and a studio behind the house). I stack and store the same way you do and like you, I do not feel like a hoarder. I know what I have and where everything is. I especially love your book collection. I’m expanding this winter and hopefully I will come across a few thrift finds too.

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5 Lori May 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I happened to find your scraproom tour through The Country Chic cottage. Thanks for sharing your ‘happy place”. I, too, have my scraproom in the basement. I’ll have to revisit for more inspiration.

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6 Deana April 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I love your space! I am always ashamed for people to see mine because I have so much going on!! You have let me know it is OK – it is just called being creative!! LOVE IT!!

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7 Diane Sinclair April 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

Hi Amy. thank you so much for showing us your studio. I will never be as organized as this, but I am working toward having a space in my “studio” to work rather than on the kitchen counter! I really appreciate showing us a real working studio. I have drooled over the magazine worthy studios, but know that if I hide it I forget it! Out of sight , out of mind!

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8 Gail P-D April 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Thank you for showing what a REAL studio workspace looks like!

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9 Pam Bray April 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Oh my goodness…fabulous….I am going to be checking each photo closer as soon as I drop this message to you…need to checkout all the fabulous storage. I am always on the look for clever ways to use what I have. I can’t get over how big your space is…love, love it.

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10 Amy Bowerman April 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

Thanks so much Pam! Most of my storage is from the thrift, dollar store, or recycling bin. I don’t have a lot of wall space down in the basement so keeping things in baskets boxes in bins keeps them off the floor :)

Amy*

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11 Laura / Pet Scribbles April 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Loving your workspace, Amy! You’ve shared little glimpses of it before, but it’s awesome to see the size and scope of it! I’d much rather create in a “real” workspace than in a magazine-worthy one, mostly because I know I’d probably not find anything if it was all tucked away. Loving the “future” projects you’ve got lined up too, and that they can hold your treasures in the meantime is another plus! Bravo! Now can you come and clean and organize mine? LOL

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12 Amy Bowerman April 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thanks Laura! I am all done with organizing unfortunately…organizing that disaster sucked the life blood out of me but I’m glad it’s done!

Amy*

PS I may have a box or two still waiting to be organized conveniently stashed away from the photo lens 😉

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13 Audrey Pettit April 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

Love seeing your craft studio! What a fun tour! I wish I was half as organized as you!
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14 Amy Bowerman April 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

Audrey I probably never would have organized that space if it hadn’t been for the swift kick from Angie inviting me to share my space :)

Amy*

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15 Anonymous April 8, 2014 at 4:18 am

AMY Dearest…you have an amazing studio!!. I don’t mind being a little mouse playing in it all the time, only that you not kill me :P. Great stuff you have here, and I LOVE the armory full of your great art, the most!. HUGS.

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16 Amy Bowerman April 9, 2014 at 7:41 am

Shahrul how I’ve missed you and if you were a mouse I would let you hang out there all day :) Not gonna lie I have seen a mouse down there and screamed my head off…ha!

Amy*

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17 Cathy R April 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Thanks for the tour of your creative space Amy, I love how you’ve re purposed all of those thrifty storage ideas! Thanks for all of the great tips along the way :) Cathy x

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18 Sylvia/LittleTreasures April 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Amy for sharing your fun space. I may not be the upscale area some have, but you design some awesome stuff from that big wonderful space. I can’t wait to show my hubby, as he thinks I’m the only one with a “Lot” of “Stuff”…….. I’ve the same storage area..basement area where stashes are put by seasonal stuff. My working area was the extra bedroom only used 2x a year maybe and it has all the tables for cutting, displaying etc. and I miss windows, but it’s more space than most and I’m thankful for that. It’s amazing what you find when you clean !! Thanks again, it was a fun post. I’d like that photo area too.
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19 Amy Bowerman April 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

Sylvia my biggest gripe about my space is the lack of windows. A few summers ago I tried leaving the bilko door open to get fresh air and sunlight. Unbeknownst to me a wasp flew in and built a nest in the ceiling above my work table. For the next 6 months I was plagued by wasps in my studio until I finally killed them all. So much for shining a light in my creative lair :)

Amy*

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20 Anne Rx April 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I love your space Amy, because there is so much… space! Like me you can close it off when not in use and it does not impinge on any other room so to me it is the perfect place to be creative! Anne xx
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21 jenny@birdsandsoap April 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I love all of your stuff! Your craft space is awesome, I wish I had all that room. I’m going to pick up one of those old letter holders next time I see one at the thrift store. Great idea for stamps!

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22 Tracy Evans April 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Hi Amy, you are so lucky to have all that space to store and create to your hearts content . I adore all your thrift finds and how you repurpose them . Your metal cabinet is perfect for the movers and shapers dies to stick on. A wonderful, loved space and I loved your your, thank you. Tracy x x

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23 Anita Houston April 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

Such a nice large space, and so nicely organized!!! Love it!
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24 Vanessa April 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

I would kill for all that space!!! Love that you use curio cabinets to store projects!
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25 LJ April 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

I love that your space looks like a real workspace. I see some of the ‘glossy’ looking spaces and wonder exactly how much sewing/crafting is getting done. Thanks for sharing.

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26 Dee in NH April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

Nice space! I love how much room you have and all those awesome cabinets filled with goodies! I could get lost in there for hours!

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27 Claudine Criner April 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

You have a wonderful space to create Amy! I love everything and WOW, storage space! Nice! I could spend all day in there looking around haha! Thanks for the tour!
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28 Amy Bowerman April 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

Thanks Claudine! It took me forever to organize everything because I kept getting distracted by all my hoarded treasures :) If you are ever in CT come on down for a creative treasure hunt!

Amy*

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29 Eileen Hull April 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

I hope some of your creativity rubs off on me- I feel honored to actually have visited the nerve center of Plucking Daisies. How lucky to have all the room to store stuff and love all your thrifted storage containers. Nice space!
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30 Amy Bowerman April 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

I feel honored that you didn’t call A&E on me since your visit to Studio Plucking Daisies was before the organization began :)

Amy*

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31 stamping sue April 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

Amy, I think you have a wonderful craft studio! I work in my dining area of our house and yes, I have taken over that little space!!! Maybe I could stop by your place and see your studio in person. I think that would be fun. did I tell you I had fun seeing you and meeting Eileen at Papercraft clubhouse. I do like that store just wish it was closer.
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32 Amy Bowerman April 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

Sue it was great seeing you too! Thanks for coming down to Westbrook to visit us. My basement door is always open any time you want to come by…studio guest get to sit in the Wizard of Oz over the Rainbow chair…it even has ruby slippers! :)

Amy*

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33 stamping sue April 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Amy, you name the day and I’ll be there!!!
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34 Angie @ CCC April 7, 2014 at 9:20 am

Awesome!! I would love to dig around down there! And that die storage….I NEED!!!! Thanks Amy!
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35 Amy Bowerman April 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

Angie any time you are visiting the East Coast you can come on down and dig through my stash :) I heart that daisy die storage too…my greatest thrift store find to date!

Amy*

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