Studio tour!!!

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I think it’s time we took a little tour around my new studio, don’t you think? I’ve been working here every week for a little over a month now, so it’s starting to come together. Here’s what you see when you walk in the door (that adorable hand-embroidered sign was a birthday gift from my friend Karen, by the way):

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I love the ceiling in the front room! It’s perfect for my Tsuru fabric bunting.

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I’m still trying to figure out exactly what to do with the walls — I might hang up samples of kids’ clothes I made, kind of like in my old sewing room. I’m not sure I ever blogged about that room, but you can see a picture of it in a post from Pink Chalk Studio’s “Where I Sew” Series from earlier this summer. I LOVE that series because you get to peek inside other people’s sewing spaces, which totally appeals to the voyeur in all of us, don’t you think? Here’s my post if you’re interested in seeing it!

The other idea I have for the walls is to frame some of my favorite fabrics and hang them up. But I also like the butterflies, and I don’t want it to get too busy in here. As you can see, I’m definitely not a minimalist.

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Behold my ridiculous fabric stash. It’s embarrassing. I haven’t even gotten all of it folded properly since I moved in. OY.

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OK, so now let’s go into the two side rooms. This is where the sewing happens:

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The iron and all my notions and trims are in here, along with what is becoming a rather large library of craft books. And this is the computer/photo room:

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I’m typing this post in this room right now, on that computer. My fabric design and photo editing happens in here, and I’ve got a couple large paper rolls that I hang up to take photos. As you can see I bought some lights too, though with the natural light from the window I don’t end up using them much. Here’s my Spoonflower color chart. Great wall decoration, right?

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So that’s about it! I love working here. It’s funny: since I moved into a Real Office, I feel like it’s somehow made me more legitimate or professional or something, since I’m no longer working out of our guest bedroom. It’s like a signal for people that I’m actually managing to make this business thing work. The problem is, it also puts a bit of pressure on me in a way, like I’m supposed to grow really big or get super efficient or hire a bunch of new people (I already have a handful of people working for me, but this week I AM trying to hire a studio assistant) or something. I keep getting the question, “so what are you going to DO with your studio??” which cracks me up a little. I just say I just had too much fabric and I was afraid my house was going to explode.

Honestly, though, the best thing about getting out of my house is that it’s put clear boundaries on when I’m working and when I’m at home. That in itself is a good enough reason for me. I used to wander into my sewing room during the evenings and weekends all the time to sew, but more often to check email or write blog posts, which is not really a great way to relax, you know? So it’s good. When I leave the studio, I try to leave my work behind, and that’s been really good for me. It allows me to be more present when I’m at home, and relax and have more down-time, which I love. So I’m not ultra-productive? So what? What’s the point of doing what you love if you’re working yourself to death? Anyway, that’s how I see it.

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I hope you enjoyed your little tour!!! Come and visit me sometime! πŸ™‚

36 thoughts on “Studio tour!!!

  1. I love it Rae! Don’t be too embarrassed by that stash..it’s not even 1/3 of what I have and I don’t have an “owning/running a business” excuse, just a fabric hoarder one LOL. I wish you much success with your business, it has been fabulous watching you grow into this new endeavor.

    • Hi Jamie,

      Yes, I think I will have some sort of class offering at some point in the near future; but we’ll see! Want to keep offering classes at Pink Castle but I think we could have a few classes here too (like private and group lessons for individuals or friends who want to take a class together) that would complement the offerings over there.

  2. I like your Caboodle!

    And I covet your stash – in the kindest coveting way imaginable. No, no – I *admire* your stash.

  3. Love your space! I’d stick with the butterflies and use the walls to hang project ideas … like fabric swatches, sketches, etc. That way the art is always changing. πŸ™‚

    I totally get what you mean about the new studio giving you more defined boundaries. I always missed having an actual office when I started working from home. It’s hard to not get distracted and allow home life to interfere with work life and vice versa.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m finally living in an apartment that, for the first time, has space for a craft room!! (Also unemployed right now so finally have time to sew, lol!) Having a functioning work space makes such a difference! Have fun in yours!!

    • oh fun!!! You should keep an eye out for studio happenings then!! πŸ™‚ have you considered coming to a sewing meetup at Pink Castle?

  5. What are you going to do with your studio? Be Creative! Produce! Work! Do the thing you do!
    I had to convince DH to set up his music stuffs in the second bedroom and to use it as a studio. For what? The same thing. He/we get these questions too, particularly from his family, I think it’s because they don’t know what to expect. You’re good. People who ask that question may just not get it (even you, also happens to DH), but let me be so forward as to say that you are on the right track and modeling so much awesome for your kids and all of us out here in internet-land!

  6. I have been waiting to see the studio! It is so great. ANd if you think that fabric stash is embarrassing, I am mortified because I just sew for a hobby and I have more than that! I just finished making our spare bedroom into a sewing room and I framed some of my favorite fabrics for the wall. I like it because you can change it out as your favorites change or to change the look and I even did it without cutting them so that I could still use those fabrics later! i would love to come see it sometime. Maybe a SEMI crafter’s field trip??

  7. So excited for you!! Love this space–makes me really envious and itchy to get my basement finished! Also, I agree with everyone above: if you think that stash is embarrassing, then I really should be arrested. Mine is both larger and less organized, on top of being totally unnecessary. πŸ™

  8. It’s beautiful. I wish I had such a great working space. Maybe someday I’ll be able to move out of my bedroom but until then it’s nice to see your space.
    Good luck on this next step! If I lived closer I’d apply for studio assistant or something. πŸ™‚

  9. nice work lady, and I totally agree with your philosophy! πŸ™‚ And as a super weird side note, my subscription in feedly stopped working for your blog, I’m kind of pissed I missed out on at least 3 posts! wah! πŸ™

  10. Great space! I wish I’d kept one of my Caboodles from days gone by. They are perfect for sewing tools and nick-nacks. Now that I say it, I think my mom has one in her basement holding scrap booking supplies! Must reclaim!

  11. I think its wise, really wise, to know that bigger isn’t always better. Shouldn’t owning your own business also mean that you have more control over your work/life balance? Sometimes big enough is just that – and only you know where that line is. Being able to draw that line is just as impressive to me as the great business you’re building.

  12. great space! I love it.
    And I love that like you said…you can walk away at the end of the day (and then just slave away at blogging. haha).
    It’s a good start to that vague balance thing. I think you’re doing it!
    And hello…you are big time….and totally going places.
    Glad I know you! πŸ™‚

  13. love love love. thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚ and the end of your post is brilliant — you’re so right. I’m hoping to one day do the same with my office (photography, not sewing!) for the same reasons. We’ve moved the office upstairs this summer in a large room – the only other room up there is our bedroom and I love the seperation feeling. it used to be a spare room on the main floor.

  14. What a great space! And I love what you said about it creating boundaries. I could sure do with some of that right now. πŸ™‚ Have fun in your new studio!

  15. I love it, Rae. I’m also a Michigander. I sew daily…during nap times, out of a two bedroom apartment. I typically use my ironing board as my sewing table. I have stashes and stashes of fabric (and a Girl Charlee order is en route…); a couple of the bins currently sit under our beloved cockatiel that I’ve had for twenty years. You’ve created a sweet sewing office. Enjoy the space!

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