Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create!


Welcome to my Workroom. It isn't a Studio or an Atelier, although I have on occasion been known to refer to it as "The Warehouse" - it's a Workroom, pure and simple. 
You see, when the pull of creativity grabs me I am far too messy for it to be pretty and there is a lot of creating that goes on here! I have tidied it a bit for you  - actually, what I really did was move the mess to my bed!

The photo below is where a lot of what I do happens - my trusty Bernina resides under that little quilted dust-cover, the wooden boxes hold some of my thread and the white iron basket and shelf hold finished creations. (Click on any picture for a better view!)


The tomato pin-cushion is one I made, in honour of Home Ec classes years ago! On the bottom of the shelf in the picture above you can just make out "Ouch", my snowman pin cushion, designed by yours truly!


Here's a straight on view of my work-table - I bought all my furniture unfinished and then painted and stained it myself. It was a stinking lot of work but at least I had what I wanted! 


This dresser hides - er, rather - I mean it stores a lot; every drawer is full of supplies. It's a great way to store things and no dust, highly recommended!  (I really don't dust, just blow things off now and then so this dresser is a God-send!) The larger framed piece is a stitched sampler I did many years ago, the green "thing" with the yellow flower is a Fairy - oops, I mean Flower Press and then there are various boxes, tins and jars to hold various bits and pieces of my little treasures.)


This drawer holds my collection of Japanese fabrics and wool.


This is the closet - stuff crammed in every single nook and cranny and I take something out at my peril!


 The top of a little bookshelf I have with a pail of fabric, and my French Market bag designed by Fig Tree Quilts embellished with a fabric flower designed by Rebecca Sower.


 My bulletin board, where I can pin up whatever inspires me. (The young man in the photo on top of a mountain is my son and he definitely inspires me!) It's an antique printer's tray I refinished, added fold-back clips and hung it with a chain. This was a fun project and as soon as I finished it I went straight back to the Antique shop and bought another one - I am making it half bulletin board and half blackboard. It's almost finished and I think it just might make a great Artful Thursday post...


And, my work table. This was the tricky part. What I really wanted was a potting table. Can't you just imagine it, all rustic, with shelves above and below and a great work surface? And of course it would be at the right height... Imagine was all I could do - it was the dead of winter and there was no hint of any thing to do with potting anywhere...
So I wandered into the garage to see what I could see... and I found my old crib. Mine - from, well, a very long time ago.

Two metal ends but nothing else. I stood one up and thought hmm... if it had some sort of shelf across the bottom and then a slab of wood on top - it might work - maybe...
I nattered something about it at dinner that night, "Honey, I might have figured out what to do about a work table." And Honey listened.


This is the shelf; I painted the crib ends black and stained the shelf and top with a walnut stain and it's stabilized with bungee cords at the back. Now that's a construction job!


And if all that isn't enough - I even have off-site storage. This cabinet is the best investment I ever made as it keeps my fabric organized and dust free - oh, and out of the light. It currently resides two floors below my Workroom. You see, I have a theory... it is possible to get a great workout while you're quilting; I am up and downstairs umpteen dozen times a day looking for this fabric and that fabric and as the light is better upstairs, I have to take all the possibilities up and then bring all the rejects down. And - if you'll remember, my ironing board is a low-down model (a table-top, on the floor). Every time I have to press something I either do a deep knee bend or a hamstring stretch! Soooo, one hour in the Workroom is the equivalent to one hour at the gym. That's my story, and you know the rest...


Fabric, books and pretties.


The blue wash tub holds piles of fabrics for future projects plus projects that are not yet finished.

And the suitcase holds the best thing in my Work Room - the one who does no work, my dear cat Bozzy. I made this bed specially for him and he is quite at home in it!

Thanks to Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage for putting on this event. Click on the "Where Bloggers Create button on my sidebar to go to her blog and see all the amazing rooms that house some very talented people!

And thanks to you for coming!

102 comments:

Queen Bee said...

WOW! What a great space! You certainly have used it well. Love your stash!
Queen Bee Studio

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a beautiful space to create in, I love all of your vignettes. I am just learning how to use my sewing machine, always wanted to learn how to sew. Your creations are lovely.
Karen

Jan LaFollette said...

What a great space, clever use of "crib"! A place to get your creative juices flowing!

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Hey chickadee!
OMG I love your room! EEEKK the kitty in the suitcase is just TO CUTE! I am going to have to put that idea in my book for a to do! hehe Big hugs

toodles
sarah

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Hi
Such a beautiful post and studio. This is my fist time to visit you and expect to come back many more times.

I so admire anyone who can even thread a needle :)

If you ever think you might be interested -- join in our meme on Fridays as we celebrate the beauty in our lives. You would fit in perfectly!

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Robin said...

Did I see little jars of buttons? I did, I really did. what a wonderful space. Thank you for sharing. ~Robin~

oldgreymare said...

Bozzy in Bed? How adorable is that!

Suzan

Rebecca said...

What a simply fabulous space to create in! I'm not too messy when I work but if it DOES get out of control I have to clean it up before I go to bed. ahhaha LOVE YOUR SPACE! 2die4

Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca

Becca said...

Hi I am really loving that cabinet you have your fabric in, it's very pretty, and the cover on your sewing machine, I bet you made that? I'd like to try and make one too. Workroom? Sounds like work to me, your room looks more creative and inspiring than work. :-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your space is not just functional, it is beautiful, too. You have furnished it with beautiful pieces and lovely storage solutions. Thanks for sharing this really beautiful and inspiring space.

Diane said...

Jillayne, this is a great space! I love that your cutting table is near all of those windows. The cover you made for your sewing machine is wonderful! You've inspired me! Mine is always open and...um...rather...um....DUSTY! LOL!

Your furry friend just completes the picture!
Hugs, new blogging friend! So glad to have met you!

Blessings,
Diane

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Jillayne, you have such a wonderful studio filled with lots of great pieces! Kitty looks so comfy. Connie

Debby said...

Hi Jillayne, I have enjoyed seeing your beautiful creative space. I love the neatness of it. It is beautiful and very inspiring. Your cabinet that houses your material is fabulous and of course one of my fav things has to be kitty in a suitcase, too cute.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Debby

Halle said...

My goodness! The kitty bed in the suitcase is genius! Love the large storage cabinet too! Thanks for the tour...

jsimplylive said...

Great space! Seems perfect for quilting and other crafts.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Jillayne,
Oh my gosh, you have the most inspiring creative space ever. I love how your repurposed the crib. Perfect for your work and great storage too.
Looks like you have a lot of light in the room too. It sure is neat and tidy. Mine is now for this party and pics, but it will be one big mess when I start to create again. Can't be helped!!
You have so inpsired me with your storage ideas using objects filled with your fabrics. Loved it all.

Thank you for stopping by my party too and your kind comments.
See you again soon.
Enjoy the tour of parties.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

marie said...

Jillayne,
Thanks for sharing your workroom. It's definitely full of inspiration. Your work table is WONDERFUL. Love all the light in your space as well.
It sure looks like a great place to create!!
Thanks for sharing!

Syd said...

Love your ideas for exercise while crafting! Thanks for sharing your workroom.

Whimsey Creations said...

I so enjoyed seeing your creative space. Great pictures! I'd like to be doing what your kitty is right now - that pillow sure looks comfy LOLOLOL

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Jillayne! Thanks so much for sharing your creative space! I'm sure you love being in there and creating your beautiful things. I love the pic of your kitty snoozing in his special bed!
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Liz-AnnasOnTheLake said...

What a great space! Thank you for sharing it.

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne

Your room is a wonderfull place, and filled with all the beautyes you made, -the cower is so lovely, and the tomato pincusion ,too.Such a great idea with the table made out of the metal -ends, looks very great and funktional.And ofcource Bozzy in the suitcase is wonderfull.
Thanks, -Dorthe

kluless said...

Love your creative use of what you have on hand! Thank you for sharing.

paperbird said...

You have a wonderful space to create in Jillayne- I love your cabinet with all the lovely fabrics and what a sweet space for your kitty- I need to do something like that for my cat- great idea.

Happy creating.

Uncanny Festoon said...

What a lucky kitty


Joy.......always

Kit said...

Awsomely beautiful space! And like I said on another blog, bloggers and crafters all have cats! So cute! Thanks for visiting me in Montana. We are next door neighbors. Kit

Zuzu said...

So organized and such a pretty space to work in - just beautiful, Jillayne! And I love your baby crib work table. Now that's creative thinking! :)
Have a wonderful weekend,
Zuzu

Jane said...

Such a beautiful space. I loved the picture of your cat sleeping in the suitcase! Your bulletin board created from the old printer's drawer was inspired. I have a couple of those around my space that would work great for that. Thanks for the tour.
Jane

craftyles said...

Very nice space. I love, love your fabric cabinet. That is a great idea and looks so pretty. Thanks!

She'sSewPretty said...

Your space is so pretty but what I love most is the suitcase cat bed. What a fantastic idea. My kitty looks just like yours too!

Caleen said...

Great space and love the tables you work on. Oh. the kitty is darling. The pictures are great. Thanks for sharing. It was fun seeing your space. Have a lovely day. Enjoy!

Penny said...

What a perfectly charming workroom - with some very interesting storage solutions.
Thank you so much for offering us this peek into your home.
Hugs,
Penny

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Jillayne,
What a gorgeous work space!! It is so warm and comfortable, perfect for creating!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, it is such a pleasure to meet you!
Have a great weekend.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Lori said...

I love your space. The colors are just beautiful--warm and cozy! My favorite picture is Bozzy sleeping in the suitcase! How adorable. I love all the details in your room--so much inspiration everywhere!

Michele Seraphim said...

Lovely space to work in with lots of light and a nice fabric stash too. I LOVE your machine cover! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous space.

Creative Grammie said...

What a beautiful space to create in. You have a wonderful knack for finishing furniture, I love it! Thanks for the tour. Enjoy the rest of the party.

Her Art Nest said...

That is so darn cute--your suitcase as a kitty bed!! How adorable. Thank you for sharing your wonderful and incredibly cozy space. Big Hugs, Nancy

Angela Weimer said...

What a lovely creative area you have and such beautiful creations and inspiration. Especially the kitty. Love it. thanks for sharing. Angela

Cherie Wilson said...

I'm admiring all your beutiful stitchery! Thankyou for the tour of your lovely creative space! Have fun!!

kimberly shaw said...

I so much enjoyed your tour. You have created such an inspirational room to play and work in.

Pam @ Frippery said...

Wonderful space and so organized. I really love Bozzy's nap spot!

Terri said...

Bozzy is adorable and your creative space is perfect!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Ohhh, I love that cat bed! : ) What a great cover for your sewing machine! Did you make that? Love your storage pieces and that you finished them yourself. Best way to get exactly the look you want.

Vintage French Hen said...

Your kitty is so sweet! Great storage ideas, thank you so much for sharing! Marcia

Denise said...

Great space! I love the cover you made for your sewing machine. I need to do something like that. Looks like your kitty has the perfect life.

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

Lovely...neat space! Wow! Loved the cat suitcase...and the cat!

Romeo said...

Meowllo Bozzy!

So nice to have found you - I love meeting new cats with studio style!!!! And style you certainly have! I love your studio and the stacks and stacks of fabrics....good thing she made you a bed yes? Fabrics always make a good bed, but a suitcase is even better!

Thanks for sharing your studio! I hope you enjoy the rest of your nap!!!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

Geralyn Gray said...

Your color choices are very rich........It is beautiful space....thanks for sharing!

Bette said...

I love your room! And what a fantastic idea to get the table in the raw wood state and paint and stain it yourself. It looks gorgeous. And I love your worktop! Thank you for sharing your studio...

Chris said...

Such a great work space!
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

luluslovlies said...

Love your idea for the printer tray, so very clever, nicely organized space, I enjoyed my visit. I plan on visiting all the spaces though it may take awhile, we are so blessed to have Karen host this party. Have fun blog hopping and drop by some time. XOXO

Maggie said...

You are so organized girl........time for me to do the same....Love Bozzy the cat that so adorable in his own suitcase...you have a cat just like mine...and he loves to spend time in my sewing room....in his special chair with a cushion I made especially for him. I love reading your blog and the many comments, so enjoyable.

Janet Bernasconi said...

Love your work space! And your kitty is so sweet. I really enjoyed visiting you.

Hugs,
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

Inn Country said...

what a beautiful creative space you have thanks so much for sharing it with us all

Have a beautiful weekend Lisa

Cathy said...

Hi Jillayne,

What a stunning way to display your beautiful workspace. A quilters home is always a warm and welcoming place.

It is lovely and thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and giving us such inspiration.

Have a wonderful weekend.

fiberdoodles said...

What a great place! I love it!! and Bozzy's bed is too cute :0)

Thank you for sharing

Our Back Porch said...

What a wonderful creative space you have! Thanks for sharing! What a sweet kitty! Come on over to see Where I Create!

Creative Blessings,
Rebecca

Miss Sandy said...

I love your work space and your workout regime ;c) Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

Tricia said...

Your space is so beautiful - I am so impressed with how you have repurposed so many things to make a beautiful, creative space. Your baby bed is awesome! And I love the kitty bed - maybe I will have to dream up something like that for our resident non-working entity. Thanks for sharing and also for visiting my space.

Blessings,
Tricia

gm glimmerglass said...

Oh My, such lovely quilts you make! I'm swooning over the swans and love the quilt bit on your header. and the term "jobette"? So funny!

Thanks for showing us your spot and all of your crafts. You are really talented - in lots of different areas. (Love that FENCE!!!!!) Bookmarked!!!!!!!!!!

:-)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! It inspires me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

Michelle Palmer said...

I enjoyed visiting your creative space! Thank you for shairng!

Gail said...

First, I am very glad to hear that your workroom is not always this neat, that was a little scary at first....grin. You have created a great space for yourself and I love how you have done the furniture refinishing yourself, and the crib, cleaver. So many fun things, but I think the best is the bed for Bozzy, very cute. Come on over to Big Horn Mountain Creations for a visit.
Hugs
Gail

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Jillayne...I had to giggle out loud when I saw Bozzy so comfortable in his bed! I love your 'workroom' and everything you've done with it. Thanks for sharing. Hope you'll stop in and visit me at Brynwood!
xoxo
Donna

Julie Ranae said...

A wonderfully inspiring creative space...thank you for sharing it with us : ) Bozzy is adorable...hope you will come by and see my Lucy : )

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Jillayne... love your pretty little space to create, and I adore Bozzy! Kitty kisses Bozzy! You are so organized and everything looks just lovely... xoxo Julie Marie

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Jillayne, gosh, I hope I have your name correct! It's so nice to meet you and to stroll around your "warehouse". :0)

You have found a spot for everything even if you do have to travel two levels down for it...that's what I have to do too..."pretty" studio upstairs, working table and the majority of fabric two levels down.

I love your humor and so enjoyed your post!

Thank you for visiting with me and strolling through my studio..it's been a labor of love to put together and now after a year in our home I feel like I can "spread my wings" and fly!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

What a wonderful space! So pretty and well organized! I loved the cat bed you made, and from the look on his face, Bozzy is the most contented Cat I've ever seen!

ginger@bearbits said...

Hi Jillayne,

I like your blog title of A Fine Seam - very nice. Your space is very innovative creating all kinds of different furniture to be useful. I also used to quilt until my bears took over. I enjoy seeing quilters' creations.

Thank you for the tour!

~ginger

Gracefully Vintage said...

Great SPace- Love to sew as well, love your cabinet for fabric- Lovely- a nice clean work space is perfect/
A New Follower- ill be back to see what your up to
Karryann

Fleur de Bee said...

Beautiful Space!! I especially love the cat!! We just got a new kitten and she is still deciding on where her "space" still is. I swear we have three beds for her. Perhaps I need a box like yours lol! I am loving the light you get and especially your sewing machine cover. Just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!! I'll be following your blog to see what beautiful thing you create next in your marvelous space! xo

fireythreads said...

so lovely will be back again for another look and more of your work thanks for sharing

Sherry said...

I so enjoyed visiting your lovely blog and your work space. It is so organized and lovingly put together. I will be following your blog because I want to come back to visit. It is great finding new blogs through the Where Bloggers Create event. Thanks for visiting me.

live a colorful life said...

I love those corner windows!

She said...

Oh what a lovely craft space. Love your machine cover and Bozzy is just gorgeous. x

someplace in thyme said...

I am in love with Bozzy. It doesn't get any better than that, does it?! What a sweetheart. I think the fact that you stained and sealed all your furniture yourself, makes it that much more special. I am honored to meet you and see where you create. Char

Lynn Richards said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Blueskies!
What a treat to see your work area. I am continually amazed at how people that work with fabric store all their material. I think it is quite a feat!! Your space is lovely-homey and inviting and just a great space. My daughter moved back home from college, so I can't do the upstairs and downstairs routine just yet. It sure would save us some money instead of paying for the gym!!!
xoxo
lynn

Tins and Treasures said...

That's exactly what I did...I moved the stuff to the bed to take the pictures. Your studio still looks great after you moved your projects back in today.

Thanks for sharing your creative space. Have a terrific Tuesday ~Natalie

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Great space Jillayne! Bozzy's bed is just hilarious - gave me quite a chuckle. He does look content...

Jeanne said...

Love your creative space Jillayne. Such a delightful space to work in. Your quilted sewing machine "cozy" is adorable and your kitty looks quite comfortable in the suitcase doing what cats do best!
xo
jeanne

Jenny in Maine said...

What a beautiful studio, and Bozzy and his little nest made me giggle!!

If you have time I hope you'll stop by and visit my studio: www.ThisEverydayLife.com

Hugs,
Jenny

Beth A. said...

Oh what a nice place to quilt and craft! I love the bed for your cat...so creative!

imaginationlane said...

So many beautiful things to look at! The sewing machine cover...the great tray as inspiration board..and of course, a kitty in a suitcase, cutest of all. Mine would do the same! I've so enjoyed visiting your lovely blog and your studio space. I used to quilt but allowed myself to be distracted by other things. After seeing your sweet work and that of a few other quilters on the tour, I'm inspired to bring out my buried stacks of fabric and get to work. How could I have forgotten how magical quilts are?!

Thank you for the tour...and the reminder! I will come back for more inspiration...

Lynette

. said...

Oh Bozzy is just the most darling cat I have ever seen, so cute. And your space is great, best part is the corner window space you have (I wish I had that). Very nice!!!

Fabric Art said...

Oh what a great place to have and be creative in, it looks so perfect and organized, your picture of your cat sleeping in a suitcase made me smile.
Anni

Rustique Gal said...

Oh!! I love Bozzy's bed! I'll bet Fluffy would like one. Your room is great. Your crib workspace is a sweet idea! And sentimental too. You gotta have that!
Enjoy...Sherry

jen said...

What a wonderful space! So inspiring! I am so late getting to everyones blogs but better late than never right?
luvs and glitter
~jen

p.s. i'm having a giveaway if you would like to stop by, but no pressure really just thought I'd let you know, there is vintage wallpaper and antique buttons involved:)

Marcia Antle said...

I LOVE BOZZY!!! I have an orange tabby cat too and he is a true character. Your room is so neat and your crazy quilting is awesome. I want to do more of that. Marcy
mantle@piedmontcenter.com
www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com

June said...

Jillayne,
Bozzy has the best place in the house. Right where I would want to be in your beautiful space, watching you stitch away!

Linda Robinson said...

I just love how your table came to be.... Don't you just love a handy Man. I got a little glimpse of your creations and they are beautiful... and of corse what would a work area be without a cat!
Thanks for visiting my little room and leaving me a nice comment...

Gail at Victorian at Heart said...

Thank you so much for sharing your creative space. I love decorating spaces with a touch of the past and using your crib was perfect. I loved that idea. I love what you create.
Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with those of us that need your inspiration.

Keli Hansen said...

I'm so late to this party! Your space is beautiful and your handwork is amazing... very much has me wanting to work with needle and thread again! Sorry to hear about the fire and am so glad the damage was minimal.

Connie said...

Your space is charming, sweetpea. With so many bloggers participating it's taking me a long time to get to all I can. Lovely job of creating a special place for you.
xoxo,
Connie

Jennifer Dixon said...

I love your space, your blog and your quilting! I love that you made a quilted cover for your sewing maching-so cute! I love your huge wood work table and your cute brown and white desk.

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely space. Happy creating! :)

Marianne@Songbird said...

What a wonderful space! I just love all of your fabric and fabric decorations. Oh how I would love to rumble through those. And the cat in the suitcase is hilarious. To be a cat, must be heaven by the looks of it.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I'm late in stopping by....please forgive me! Thank goodness your cats & your studio were spared from the fire...how scary! I hope everything else is OK as well! You have a great space!

Debora said...

Jillayne, I loved visiting your creative space. So great to see what you've made work for you. Love Bozzy in the suitcase. :-) I love your blog, too. Just might have to become a follower!

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog about my bears and workspace. I am so glad you like my bears! :-) And, like you, I get a workout because my supplies seem to live on the top floor of the house and in the basement, LOL! Drop in again to visit anytime!

~Debora, New Avenue Crew

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Thank you for having me. I sure did enjoy my time here in your "workroom". The pieces you make are just wonderful. I also read about your fire and am so happy things are fine and your kitties are fine too...poor things. I bet they were so scared. Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday. ~ Lynn

Michelle May said...

Hi Jillayne!
Can you believe I'm still at the party! Some guests never leave! hee,hee,hee.
Just now got to your blog and so happy I did! Love everything and Bozzy the kitty is just beyond cuteness! So glad to find you and will follow along on your blog now so I can keep in touch!
Hugs and thanks so much for a wonderful tour!

Sherry F. said...

I am still smiling after viewing your cat in the makeshift bed made from a suitcase. That is a photo that I will not be forgeting for quite some time! Thank you for sharing your craft space with me. I have a passion for viewing craft spaces and decorating my own. Thanks Again!!

the gypsy said...

A lovely studio, a wonderful fabric stash and a happy cat! Thank you for sharing.

Monica said...

Really, really LOVE it! Just as I imagined your creative space, dear Jillayne. Oh to think the gorgeous quilt you've made for me was born on that gorgeous table in such a bright corner. Bliss.
I was packing my home in Italy when you posted this post... I didn't stay much at the computer back then, so that's why I think I've missed it!
So glad I'm now taking the time to explore your blog more (and get to know you better!).
xoxo