Monday, April 21, 2008

Show and Tell Monday

I've been trying to start up my Show and Tell Monday blogpost for the past 2 or 3 weeks and didn't feel like I'd finished anything enough to boast about in show and tell. I wanted it to be about products I am creating, and I AM creating some pretty pretty things, just need to finish them ... so for those - I'll aim for next Monday.

Today I'll share what I did in my studio this past week. Now, mind you my studio is a serious work in progress, as it is currently the unfinished basement of my home. I'm very happy that I have loads of space, I've taken over two rooms that give me a 40' x 15' workspace.
(you can click the pics to see more detail)
Unfortunately it's still concrete and frame walls and no windows yet on my end of the house. So, I decided I needed some color and didn't want to wait for actual walls, so I painted the concrete and stapled some pretty Amy Butler fabric up on the wood frame to improve the ambiance down here. Well, it is prettier for sure. I didn't get the fabric up there perfectly straight, but it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be! So it is what it is until I get real walls! At least now, I am more motivated to come down here to work. It's hard to stay creatively motivated in a grey environment.

And here's the office side of the room. Maybe next week I'll be brave enough to show the actual workroom side (I'll have to clean it up a bit, you would think a fabric tornado had spawned in there at the moment. I did snag some great big nice and brand new bins to put my fabric in this weekend at a garage sale this weekend, so once I've organized the "fabric store" I'll share the other half of my studio!
Oh, and my brother (the homebuilder!) finally visited my house yesterday and promised to come up for a weekend and help us finish out the electrical for the entire basement. Once we get that done the walls can go up! I am visualizing walls down here by mid-summer!! YAY!


Lisa said...


Your workroom is gorgeous. I love the antique bureau. Everything is so pink and cheery. Thanks for sharing your space with us.


Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Dianne! I love your workroom! Just beautiful....Ok now you need to post the
Pink Hugs,

Colby said...

ooooh I am green with envy! 40 by 15 feet!! WoW ~ I love what you did with the fabric on the wall. I agree very hard to get motivated in a grey environment.
((Hugs)) have a great week.

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

Your workroom is so lovely. I can't wait to have a room like that someday. Can't wait to see your things next week!

K&E@forgetmenotdreams said...

Just beautiful Dianne! I wish I could take over my basement! Maybe just a bedroom....hmmmm! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

I had a 40' x 15' workspace once~ I gave it up to bedrooms~ first for guests then for daughters~ Yours is fabulous and bright and inviting.~S

Debbie said... have a big space for your studio! It looks nice now and I'm sure it will be lovely once you get the real walls up and all the decorating and organizing done just the way you want it. Thanks for sharing your pics with us!


gail said...

I love your studio Dianne. It really takes alot of room for sewing. Your doing a great job on it. I cant wait to see what you have new! pinky hugs, gail

Lilli Blue said...

Dianne you have a lovely room. I can't wait to see your new designs. I know beauty comes from that room. Blessyou!

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Dianne, I am jelous of all your space--finished or not! I am in a 6' x 8' laundry room... Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see the new products next week!

Pink hugs from your CT

Theresa said...

Hmmmm Diane,
How many employees can you fit into a 40'x 15' space? I bet one of these days soon we will find out. You Go Girl....
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Patricia said...

Wow! I love the idea of the fabric on the wall. It looks nice and I'm sure it has perked you up to hide the gray! Now you know you can't scare any of us with a messy work space--it's evidence of the creative mind at work.


Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Dianne,

I love your work studio. It's Pink and pretty! I also like the lamp that you have on your work desk!

Have a great week ahead!

Pei Li

Michele said...


As always your blog is so interesting. I love the pictures of your workroom, it looks like a great space to get those creative juices flowing.

Michelle M. May said...

Love it! Love it! Love the bunny containers on your desk! Sure wish we lived closer so we could hang out and have some fun!

Great job on such a pretty space!

My Pink Boutique said...

Dianne, your workroom is wonderful! I see a lot of projects just waiting to be created there. Wow! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Hugs, :)
My Pink Boutique