Today I'm excited to share more than a few photos of my Craft Studio Before and After Tour! Although it's not quite the final “after” – there are still some big projects to do in here – but it's so changed from when I first moved in, I couldn't resist sharing it with you!
When I first found Hartfield, my home, one of the things that I loved the most about it where the many outbuildings that it has. And the previous owner was an avid woodworker so while the buildings were utilitarian, most boasted electricity and even air conditioners in a couple of them!
One building that most excited me was one that I envisioned as my future studio – a space where I could craft and create without taking over my dining room table (or my whole house really!). Here is what it looked like when we came to view the property for the first time:
It was a basic building with a concrete floor, a ton of outlets hanging everywhere which used to be for the equipment he kept here, and a few last belongings which were yet to be moved out…
Most of the walls were finished but a few were still just bare studs…
A pretty basic space to be sure. I love this photo with my daughter – so little exploring this new possibility!!
And then the movers came and we dumped EVERYTHING in here. Yikes!
Chaos, chaos, and more chaos!
I would come out from time to time and try to begin organizing but mostly I just felt completely overwhelmed and depressed about the state that it was in.
This was a far cry from the dream that I had, but I was still working hard on the inside of the main house and this just had to wait until I had the time to truly tackle it.
And while it's not perfect, and not quite finished, I can now say that it is a warm and welcoming creative haven!
There are several workstations and lots of inspiration to be found at every turn. So let's have a little tour, shall we?
As you enter on the left you will find hooks with several aprons, being creative can get messy so I love having these at hand for me and my guests to wear while we create!
While there are still some projects to finish, I've tried to soften these throughout the studio. Here I've used a mix of pretty scarves, worn farmhouse style accents like this row of hooks, and of course sweet little accents like this tin heart and star garland.
A basic metal shelf painted in a bright and cheerful Caribbean blue is a cheerful resting spot for my overflowing bins of yarn and some paper cutters stored in a bin. This makes a pretty spot for me to add some seasonal decor accents like pumpkins for Fall!
I have a cozy loveseat perfect for curling up with some knitting or a good book. The studio has become a favorite hang-out spot for my daughter and I and she can often be found curled up on here – when not creating something magical herself!
You can spy behind the loveseat a window – the plan is for that to go into that wall. Hoping this is a project that we will finish before the end of the year, Lord willing.
Next to the sofa is a wire tree that is a perfect way to display some favorite cards, creations, or any papers and art that inspire me.
Next to this is a display cabinet which has become a wonderful rotating gallery of items that inspire me and don't fit on my wire tree.
I love bees and was so happy to find these rectangular trays at a recent tent sale.
I've paired them with a beehive candle and a pretty old crown. A motley collection – but fun for me. And after all, I want this space to be fun!
It's also a nice spot to store some creations from past posts like the pagoda lanterns I used in this party!
I also have some of my Jennifer Carroll Designs notecards on display. I hope to do something with these cards again – I truly love the line I created.
Aren't these “Peace” cards so sweet?!
And I love this one of Santa with all his reindeer!
Next to this,
I have a paper station with one of my Cricut Maker paper cutters. I keep one in the house with me and one in the studio. You know how I love to create with my Cricut!!
I like having so many places to display little treasures… Can you believe with all this space I still have more buildings stuffed with items waiting to be organized! Ah, the life of a designer and photographer… never a shortage of props and decor accents!
I like little vignettes like this one of a pumpkin wearing a crown. Whimsical and sweet!
If you saw yesterday's post about my latest and favorite crafting tool then you caught a sneak peek of this corner!
This “XOXO” sign is one of my favorite Maker Studio creations! You can get your own “XOXO” stencil in my Maker shop here, and as of right now it's on SALE for 50% off!!!
This sign was so easy to make, let me know in the comments below if you'd like to see a tutorial and I will share one soon. It's so easy to make!!
Here's another little vignette. I go through a lot of twine in my projects and I like little spools like this to help corral the roll.
My sewing machines and my embroidery machine finally have room to really spread out and be used!
This is another wall where I am hoping to put in some new windows in the next month or so. I have three windows already purchased and waiting to bring the beautiful mountain view that is on the other side of the wall into the room.
I have a few projects that I've been dreaming of finishing (and some starting!) and I'm hoping I'll be able to dust these dreams off in the coming months and accomplish a few more projects!
This table is one of the main “gathering” spots. I recently had a group of friends here crafting with me and I almost wept with joy over seeing it filled with love, laughter and creativity!
This is also another favorite spot for a seasonal arrangement. Once the windows are installed I'm hoping I'll be able to do some proper tablescape shoots in here… we'll see how that works out. In the meantime, I've been doing some shoots in my She Shed but that's another story for another day!
Below, this old door turned table is another crafting spot and you can see some chairs that are up next for a makeover!
This little greenhouse (an Ikea find!) sits on another table in the studio. It's filled with a mix of greens, a birds nest, and some other feathery accents. Including a chalkboard sign made with this feather stencil!
Behind this table is a wonderful storage cabinet that my dear friends Andy and Andrea gave to me last year. It wouldn't fit in their new home and I promised to give it a happy home.
Now it is the keeper of my overflowing fabric stash!
So many possibilities just waiting to happen.
Of course, I can't resist adding little hearts here and there!
Speaking of overflowing collections, here is the wild and wooly ribbon wall!
So many colors and textures…
Years and years of collecting at work here. It's so wonderful to have them all out where I can see them. This display rack started life out quite differently. Please let me know if you'd like to see the before and after transformation in the comments below.
If you've been watching my Facebook Live videos or the CEL TV videos, then this is a familiar site! This is my main craft zone.
It's actually an old door that is set on top of two 9-cube shelves from Home Depot. Thrifty and super functional – I LOVE all the storage I have here.
And it's a perfect perch for my Maker's Studio catalog and order forms
As well as the latest menu of classes that I'm offering! You can see all about the current classes here.
PHEW! That was a whopper of a tour, wasn't it?!
I'll keep you posted with the progress but I'm so glad to share the fruits of my labors – because I will tell you organizing this space had been a major effort and I'm so grateful to my mom and my daughter for rolling up their sleeves and helping me get this done.
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I hope you enjoyed this tour. If you have questions please ask and I'll do my best to answer. Thank you so much for reading along.