Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021
Hello, Friends! Welcome to my Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021! It’s been a while since I last invited you into my crafty space. Since I have so many new followers, I thought it might be fun to give you a little guided tour of my happy place.
My Work Station
The above photo is what I call the “heart” of my studio. This large work station is about 4 1/2″ square. The work surface is an old butcher block kitchen table top that I salvaged from our old house. (We downsized from our big family home to this cozy little ranch about 5 years ago.)
Since my room only measures about 11×11, I knew I wanted a peninsula style work station to maximize the space. I also knew I wanted a stand up desk so that I can move around with ease, and it’s healthier. My clever husband and son anchored the butcher block into the wall, then added PVC style legs (using toilet flanges to secure them to the table top, no less!). The height is customized to my preference, so I am very comfortable while working. The end result is a table that is super sturdy and secure.
Since the space under the table is open, I am able to store my Iris Carts (with the wheels removed) and other storage pieces all around the sides. I store seasonal papers in Iris boxes under the table…and trust me, I use every square inch!
My Computer Desk
The wall opposite my work station houses my computer desk. This is a simple office desktop that we snagged at Habitat for Humanity Restore. It had a lovely desktop, but no drawers or storage. This was perfect for me because again, I could fit my Iris carts beneath it. Then my husband built some little shelves along the back side of it to house my planners, journals, devotional materials, and additional small storage units. I really only sit here if I am blogging or editing videos. I much prefer to work standing up.
This wall also houses my printer and floating decorative shelves. My husband also built the little shelf unit that surrounds another Iris cart. This is where I store all my cream, white, kraft, black and grey cardstock for card bases. The Iris cart holds my monthly project kits for The Button Farm Club.
My Sewing Station
Now, y’all, I only sew on my cards and album covers. I am so NOT a seamstress! But I do love to add machine stitching to my mixed media projects. So I wanted a spot to keep my sewing machine set up and to use. This inset window provided the perfect spot for another “floating” table top. I have baskets of burlap, canvas and ticking stored here. You’ll also find various laces and trims. It makes sense to keep these things where I will be using them. Little storage cubbies are easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores. They make affordable storage for spools of thread, and I can store my few remaining wood stamps on the top. I also have a nice view out the window and good lighting, which is crucial.
Mixed Media, Buttons, and Ink Storage
I store much of my mixed media in this tool turnaround and the white cabinet on the wall behind it. The tool turnaround is a gift from my BFF, the amazing Ginny Nemchak of Polly’s Paper Studio. (Check her out HERE….you will not be sorry!) The revolving metal bins tool came from Harbor Freight. I tried to find it online, but it seems they no longer carry it. The white shelf was a yard sale purchase.
This is where i store all my shaker elements and lots of my buttons. It’s actually a CD rack that I picked up new and in the box at a yard sale for $2.
This antique printer’s tray holds all my Distress re-inkers and alcohol inks.
The two rolling carts on the front of my work station house my Really Reasonable Ribbon. These are wound onto 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ pieces of mat board and secured with quilting pins. Then I sort them by color families and put them in the tops of these rolling carts from Michaels. The grid was already built into the top, so they were perfect for ribbon storage.
This ribbon rack is a little messy, but I actually like it this way. To me, it looks like one of those shabby chic ribbon banners that people make. This is where I hang a lot of my Reneabouquets trims and laces along with other vintage trims that I’ve collected over the years.
In a small studio, you have to use every bit of space. My sister bought me three of these clear pocket shoe organizers to hang on the backs of my doors. This one holds my Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and my Little Birdie Chipboard along with a few dies. I have another of these hanging behind the door to my studio and my other closet. They hold Spellbinders and Amazing Paper Grace dies.
The Infamous Closet of Shame
This room has 2 small closets, one on either side of my sewing station. One closet holds my Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies and papers, Tim Holtz Idea-Ology stuff, and Prima papers. The other holds all my Authentique papers. I like to use these Totally Tiffany paper storage boxes to keep my papers organized and neat.
Studio Tour 2021 on YouTube
I hope you will enjoy this little studio tour on YouTube.
I’m always looking for ways to improve the use of this cozy space. The space is never really “finished” as I change it to meet current needs. But one thing is constant…I love being in this room! (You can view an earlier studio tour HERE to see how I’ve changed things up.)
Thanks for visiting me today!