Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where Women Create:Book of Inspiration

It's time to Pass the Book - the Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration to be exact. This book originated with Sian and arrived here in Texas about a month ago from Mel, who was inspired to create 34 crafty projects!

This book showcases the studios/craft spaces of 23 crafty women, from dollmakers to quilters to multi-media artists. Each women is featured with photos of her space and insights into how she stays inspired, what her favorite colors are, her tips for organization and exercises to fuel creativity, and her earliest memories of creativity. It was excellent reading and the photos were fabulous.

I wasn't inspired to create anything, rather I am inspired to share with you today photos of my craft space. I am fortunate to have an entire room for my office/craft room, and I've sent the past year or so getting everything just the way I like it. Of course, the walls are painted in yellow, my favorite color! The room is rectangular in shape - here's the view of the left wall looking in the door.

And here's the view looking to the right from the doorway.

Looking back toward the doorway, you can see my bulletin board filled with miscellaneous photos and memorabilia.

My wood stamps and ink pads are hiding behind the door.

 And the view of my craft table and color bins. Some of my favorite stuffed animals live on the top shelf, including the bear I've had since I was a little girl.

This sign hangs over the doorway. It was the sign my Grandma hung in her window when she took in sewing and alterations. Even though I don't sew, I think my craft room is the perfect place for this reminder of her.

I really enjoy having many of my favorite photos & things on display, sitting on top of the desk and file cabinets or hanging on the walls.

 And, of course, the room wouldn't be complete without some form of Mary Engelbreit art.

And my very own artwork - plagues that I made at Church Camp when I was seven or eight-years-old.

And this cute little gift that Brenda gave me for Christmas one year - I'm still trying to decide if she was complimenting me on my organizational skills or just simply calling me lazy!

I hope you've enjoyed your tour of my craft space. If you would like to be inspired by other craft spaces and be in the draw for the next recipient of the Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration, leave a comment telling me what type of craft space you have - is it a whole room, a table, a corner, or a shared space in your home.

If you're new to Pass the Book, you can check out all the details here. I'll draw a name at random from all comments left by the end of the day on Monday, June 13.


  1. After seeing all the deliciousness Mel was inspired to create from this book, I'm game to have it!

    Your craft room looks well-organized, but still cozy and inviting.

  2. Wow Melissa your craft room is spacious and now I can envision where you read and comment on our blogs :) Love how you store your stamps btw.

    I know I won't come up with the amount of projects Mel did but I would still love the opportunity to see the book! So count me in :)

  3. not trying to get in on your pass the book, but wanted to comment on your beautiful space! I too have a whole room dedicated to my crafting but I'm not nearly as organized as I should be!

  4. I love the colour of your walls! and your stamp organisation makes me smile! I have a room, well, space, for my crafting - half a converted garage - but it's organising leaves a lot to be desired!

  5. Oh look at your gorgeous stamp display! I LOVE seeing "where women create" - this is a wonderful response to the book. In fact I think I'll scroll back up for another look lol

  6. I've already had my time with this book, so don't include me. Love seeing others' craft spaces, and enjoyed looking at all the lovely details you've added to yours.

  7. I'd love to have a look at this book, Melissa...though I'm not expecting to actually produce anything from/inspired by it!. Your craft area is awesome...you are SO organized. My space is our naya (a bit like a Garden Room, I think) and I think I may go take some pics -after a quick tidy:)- and do my next blogpost about it-thanks for the idea!
    Alison xx

  8. Your craft room is awesome! It's always fun to see how others store and organize their stuff. I have grown a new appreciation for my color bins. I organized by color years ago and hated it so I undid everything. But in the last year, I tried it again with only certain things and it's been working for me now. I love your stamp shelves! That's someting I need to look for at flea markets and such. They look great up on the wall!

  9. Melissa your craft room is sooo lovely, I love how you have shared all the special little touches like your palaques made in childhood. It looks wonderful! please put my name in the pot for pass the book xxx

  10. This book sounds wonderful! And your craft room looks so inviting! Love your stamp shelves. I've passed up a few of these at sales, but I didn't think of doing this with them....:)

  11. Thanks for the tour, I think your room suits you very well. I especially like the printers trays of stamps and of course the ME plaque.

  12. This book sounds very interesting Mom and me would surely enjoy seeing all the different places people work in.


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