One of the things I have worked on this winter was organizing my craft work space or studio. I've given myself permission to stock it or stuff it, is more like it, with things I love. I've tried to repurpose items I already have and one of those items was a stamp cabinet that has been in the basement of years. I decided to give it a makeover and move it up to my studio.
This is the cabinet, Before.
I seem to have taken the picture at a weird angle making the top look distorted, humm.
This is the cabinet after two coats of Anne Solan Old White paint and moved up in the my workroom. It was a pain to paint because of the little cubbies for the rubber stamps. I popped the back off which made it easier to paint. I decided not to paint the top inside each of the cubbies because who would see it right? Well, I finished and moved it up to my room, loving it but when I sat down at my desk nearby and looked up, I could see the brown wood inside the cubbies. Crap!!! Did I really want to haul that backdown to the basement to paint those inside tops? No, but would it bug me? A big YES, so back down to the basement it went.
This is the cabinet, After.
I've used rubber stamps on and off over the years but I've found myself using them in projects more frequently, so it is convenient to have them close at hand.
I cleaned out and gave a friend for her granddaughter the "kiddies" stamps and kept the others. Some of the stamps are from the early 80's before stamping was so mainstream.
I crystal bowl holding bobbins of beading thread.
I love the tatted detail on the handkerchief.
Some of my button collections are in old mason jars with crowns on them. The jars are from Canada which is why the crowns are on them, a nod to the Queen from Canada's days linked to the United Kingdom.
The big flower is a paper bowl was purchased at Target a few years back. I just pinned it to the wall.
Everyone needs an angel in their work space.
I like skells too, they remind me that life is precious.
This room is as I said, stuffed! In this small space it has 2 tables, 2 chairs, a bookcase, dresser, rolling cart, trunk, an easel, large baskets and 2 pin boards. A lot of things in a small area but it seems to be working for me. I'll have to take you on a tour one day soon.
Linking to this week:
Knick of Time Tuesday