Over at Sugar Sugar, there is a button challenge. I've enjoyed looking at the linked site's bountiful displays of beautiful buttons, but the best is Beth's. (now we need to see Susie's seashells or hear Hilda's horn, I do tend to over do the alliteration, huh?)
All the buttons on the challenge tour are so nicely displayed and there are even tips on washing the collections.
I am hugely ignorant of button value. I was floored when Beth sold a set of 3 buttons for $150 on Ebay!!!
I just use mine, gluing them onto pretty pieces I make. I wonder how many valuable ones I have glued onto a collage and sold the whole thing for $5-10? Story of my life. If you ever buy something from me, examine the button, it might be worth a lot more than the piece itself!!
Thank you for all the kind comments about my studio.
I am CRAZY about my studio and know just how lucky I am to have it. I've had to store supplies under a bed, and set up card tables in crowded corners in the past. It is pure joy to have all this space to spread out into now.
Heck, at near 1,000 sq ft this studio is larger than the 90 year old house was when we bought it, and started adding on to the building.
There are benefits to living in Kansas where land is cheap and prices are low!
I thought I'd show you some more of the room and how I use the space.
Of course, there is a spot for Sugarwings and her best pal, Twinkle. Or as she calls her "Yeenkle".
The space is one large open room, that I have divided up with old doors hinged together, and with large pieces of furniture. The desk sits under a gazebo I made from 4 porch columns ($6 each at a junk shop) and a miss matched bunch of 8 white wrougth iron corner brackets.
This old hutch in the office area holds all of my mailing supplies and collage kits listed on Etsy and waiting to go to their new homes.
That office hutch sits back to back with this giant piece (known as the crying cabinet because it about caused a nervous breakdown at the auction Beth and I found it at- that is a long and whiny story you don't want to hear).
I have two large closets in the room. One is full of shipping boxes and bubble wrap, the other is for utilities. The door with the iris was an original kitchen door in the farm house. I added the flowers with stained glass paint.
Here the door is from the other side, with the sunlight shining through the glass.
This storage room is in the back corner of the room and is where I keep my paints, tools, seasonal storage and just JUNK.
This odd assortment of furniture and a screen is what I have lined up to make the wall that forms the storage area behind it.
The more I look at this the more the black cabinet bothers me. I really think I need to paint that...
My studio will never look totally pulled together, because I have so much stuff in it. I love all the little details, like ballerina fairies on the candelabras. What is a studio without fairy candelabras???
And a lot of my labels are made from gifts other artists have given me. This fabric covered piece is from Beth, as part of a birthday card she made a few years back. I saved the cover and turned it into a box label.
The birdie adorned box was a gift from my first swap partner, Karin.
It holds Valentine ephemera.
Of course, there is a picture of Sugarwings. This is her Easter picture, instead of putting it in the scrapbook, I decided to stick it into the corner of this De Longpre print that I found at a garage sale for $10.
My Sweet Treats and Roses recipe book sits near my desk too.
The cabinet it sits on holds my sewing machine (which rarely gets used) and its top is a ceiling tin that my son added for me. That sure changed the look of this piece that I found in the trash and fixed up.
As a matter of fact, most of this furniture was free or dirt cheap. Trades, trash, or cast offs from family that all got fixed up. My main splurges in this whole studio are the 3 folding tables that I actually use for work space. I'd say that $58.00, 6 foot table is the most expensive thing in the room.
That is, if you don't count my collection of wallpaper. I've probably spent more on that than I have furniture.
Well, I seem to be organized now, I hope I can make it last. I love my new storage pieces, the trick will be using them instead of making piles everywhere.
Wish me luck!!
ps- birdhouse decorators are still adding their links to our party post on March 27th, if you want to see more, check out the lastest comments.
ppss- I will draw a name for the winner of March's giveaway tomorrow, you still have time to enter!