Monday, August 8, 2011

Studio Storage -- A Before and After : :

new studio shelving

Besides pretty fabrics and wool yarn, I have a bit of an obsession with old wood crates. If you happen to follow me here on pinterest, you might already know this!? So, in major need of some more fabric storage for my studio we went-a-searching and I brought home these beauties, with a plan!

Five New, Old Crates

After trying out a few different arrangements (1 and 2), I settled on this one (3).

shelving option 3

After a good cleaning, it was time to start filling up my new wonderful, open spaces. It did not take long! And just like that, there is a lot to see here!

new, old light

This is my new, old light. I needed one that I could have close to my work. I kind of love it.

new old light

I also love having everything so close to my sewing machine. Organized by color, right within reach!

Reds, dark pinks, browns, and some purples -- other know as, my favorites...
all stacked up -- favorites!

Pinks, pale purples, and some more reds -- more favorites...
all stacked up -- pinks

Greens, aquas, blues, and yellows -- LOVE...
all stacked up -- greens

And, just a few more favorites....
rainbow stack

With a little room for a few other nice-to-have-close-by things...
old crate shelving

My studio is a full-on working studio, not just a pretty room. It has to hold all the mounds of materials -- fabrics, felt, pillow inserts, buttons, threads, batting, yarn, needles, the packaging stuff, the boxes, future projects, everything I need to run this little growing business. As such, it gets so overrun with stuff that it is hard to actually work in it. I would love to have curtains, and pictures, and artwork, and all this extra decoration that would make my space look cute and perfect. But for now, I want as little as possible because it gets so cluttered with the necessaries as it is. With this new addition of these pretty-to-me old, wooden crates, my old shelf is very happy, much less cluttered, and I've never been so happy with my little space! Love love love. Never want to leave.

And now, time to sew!!!

40 comments:

  1. Lovely! Ooh...I just want to hop through the photos and have a feel-fest of your pretty fabrics. LOL Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! ☺

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  2. this turned out great ~ i really like repurposing projects like this :)

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  3. It looks great! I like how the "rugged" look of the crates goes with your more feminine fabrics.

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  4. So cute ! I have wine boxes I use around the house - now they send everything in cardboard : (

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  5. Oh, this is lovely! I especially like the bowl of buttons hiding in there ;)

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  6. It's gorgeous! .... and all the fabrics look so pretty in there :)

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  7. What a fantastic space...love the crates..I have some scattered around the house...I should gather all them up and make a pretty display too.

    Happy sewing. x

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  8. Looks lovely!

    I was just pleased to get my fabric folded onto small bolts and on shelves.

    Love the vintage crates, but the dish of buttons made me smile!




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  9. Beautiful! My jewelry supplies are usually scattered here and there all around my house!

    ~Catherine
    http://etsystreasures.blogspot.com

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  10. Looks great! I need a new system to organize my jewelry that's ready to sell or for craft shows.

    Linda B.
    http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com

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  11. I absolutely LOVE those old boxes for storage shelves! Wonderful idea. I "pinned" it to one of my boards.

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  12. love that maureen! what a great way to store beautiful fabrics and the like. :)

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  13. genial j aime tu as bien range bisessssssss

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  14. I love the way it turned up!
    old wood and beautiful fabrics are looking fab together!

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  15. Those old crates are genius. Absolutely GENIUS. Enjoy some stitching tonight!

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  16. If I could have a craft room yours would be it! Beautiful! Wish I could get my hands on some creats.

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  17. Love your ingenious storage system -- and your gorgeous fabric stash.

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower

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  18. Love your ingenious storage system -- and your gorgeous fabric stash.

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower

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  19. Thanks everyone! I personally love the combo of bright, fresh fabrics with the old, rustic dark woods of the crates. I'm hoping to pick up at least three more to build it on up to the ceiling!

    Leah -- keep your eye out for crates at local thrift shops or when you travel. I got a great deal because I was looking for at least 6. Three of the ones I brought home were actually in the shops garage, so be sure to ask for them as well!

    Good luck!!!

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  20. Amazing! What a fantastic way to store your fabric!! I love it. I love all your bright printed fabrics too- gorgeous!

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  21. Those crates are amazing!! I love them!

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  22. Amazing! It turned out beautiful - wish my kid weren't so grabby or I might copy! I totally have stash envy too. Beautiful!

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  23. Love the vintage crates and the way you stacked them. Great fabric stash!

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  24. Great idea! And may I say, I'm jealous of your fabric collection!!! :)

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  25. look at all that beautiful fabric goodness! Having it out is inspirational - just looking at your lovely piles makes me want to sew. I'm waiting for my things to arrive from Canada and then I can set up my studio and get creative again.

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  26. I like that you used the "negative space" between the crates, too - very nice! Love when people make storage decorative :)

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  27. looks very nice. Unique - which is very cool. And so many fun fabrics.

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  28. They're beautiful AND functional! What a great idea. They look fantastic. I'd like to sew away in that space :)

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  29. Ooh! How cute! I have some wooden crates I picked up at Michael's that usually are full of the kids toys, but you've got me thinking. I would probably paint them first, but I love this idea!

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  30. Love those crates, what a great idea for storage space :)

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  31. I adore those crates that are function as shelves - what a great idea!

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  32. Those crates are perfect for your studio! I love finding things like that to re-purpose as new! Everything looks so pretty & Fantastic!

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  33. Love your room and what you did with it. Very creative. All the best with your business! I would love to come inventory your fabrics!!

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  34. Wow, so pretty, thanks for the eye candy! I really love the stacks of gorgeous color and the bowls of buttons! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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