Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Peek At The Work Table.....

"Never before have I just stuffed something away in the back cupboard of my brain because it was just a crazy concept."
~Greg Kinnear~
I have dearly missed being cloistered in my creative space and it looks like I will be in here for at least a week. (Insert fist pumping "YES!" here) Besides finishing up my current project, I have a wedding gift, two graduation gifts, three give away prizes, and a scrapbook to pump out in the next week, YIKES! Being gone most of the week last week has put me a little behind but I feel up to the challenge.

I have been steadily working on reorganizing, culling, and labeling (the DYMO people are lovin' me right now!) all my creative supplies for four long months now. I am hoping in the near future to have a big reveal of my artful space. Until then, I will share with you my current work~in~progress project on the work table, a little jewel being turned into a mini storage cupboard.
I pickup up this wooden jewelry box at a tag sale for $5.00. When I saw it I had this crazy concept that it could become an ink cupboard. It was in excellent shape but I did not dig the design on the drawers. The paint was in great shape so I left the cream base and gold details as they were. I cleaned and disassembled the piece, covering the sides and back with ledger paper and a torn dictionary page using matte gel medium. The drawer fronts were given the same treatment. I planned the torn pages in such a way as to have a little botanical graphic on each section for added detail. I am still playing with some design elements to collage on the sides and back as well as thinking of adding some heavy metal elements for added charm and character. I am not sure these knobs will stay, they to may be replaced. I want a special art piece for the glass covered door so I am still experimenting with that too.
My newly labeled ink pads will stack perfectly in the door section for easy access and identification. My favorite brands being Stampabilities and Distress Ink, both of which you can find at Hobby Lobby.
Would you like a peek in the drawers? Drawer #1 holds a few mini ink pads and my two favorite colors of embossing powder, gold and copper by Ranger, also found at Hobby Lobby.Drawers #2, 3, & 4 hold various sets of alphabet stamps as well as my "to & from" and "Handmade By" stamps.
I wanted some stylish storage with handy access for these frequently used supplies without the hassle of digging for them and this little jewelery cupboard fits the bill perfectly! I'll share the finished project soon. I hope you all have a delightful day.

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

18 comments:

Mildred said...

I love it. How perfect for your supplies. I often see these jewelry boxes at the thrift store and admire how cute they are. Now I will be thinking what I could store in one! Thanks.

LiLi M. said...

Just popping in to say "Hi" and "I'm back again". Love the little cupboard and labeling your ink pads is a great idea too. Have a nice day!

Vee said...

Clever, clever! I simply must learn how to think outside the box. This is going to be so cute...it already is.

Barbara H. said...

That is just gorgeous! And so useful! I love storing the ink that way with labels -- very easy to just pull out what's needed. Thanks for the great idea!

SharDon Exclusives said...

I would need a whole wardrobe if I tried to be so organized. Your work is always so lovely. Thank you for sharing with us...sharon

Bonita said...

I love the look of torn book pages! And all those letter stamps are making me drool too. Gotta love words!

You are so incredibly creative. This is a really cute storage area.

Wanita said...

I love the little cupboard! What a clever idea for storing your supplies.

Andylynne said...

you did a fantastic job on that. You will smile every time you use it.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love what you are doing to that little cupboard! What is Matte Gel Medium? It is like Modge Podge?

J.B. said...

Oh yes! Fist pumping back at you! How creatively practical, and what a good tutorial for those of us who like our workshops and craft rooms to be functional and beautiful. Thank-you.

So, when is that book of yours going to be published and for sale?

kathy said...

How lovely -- so perfect for your oft used items -- So glad to hear you say how long it took -
Mine will take time also to declutter - Thanks for the beautiful inspiration _Kathy - ga ♥

Desires of the Heart said...

Hi Sandy,
What a great use for your cute little cabinet box!! Can't wait to see your artful space. Can you believe how much stuff it takes to be creative? Ha. Hope you have a great week. Linda

Vicki Page said...

Very cute, your so clever! Vicki Page

Fete et Fleur said...

I love what you did with it. I've never heard of an ink cupboard before. This is a great idea.

Hugs!
Nancy

Holly said...

I love the outcome (so far)! Beautiful work, and wonderful vision for your studio!

bluemuf said...

Hi Miss Sanday, I've been doing catch up this morning and have spent an enjoyable time listening to your lovely music while drinking in all the wonderful creativity you share with all of us.
I love what you have done with the jewelry box.

Hugs Karen

The Feathered Nest said...

OMYGOODNESS! What treasures have I missed sweet friend?! My bloglines has not updated your posts and I have now resubscribed, please forgive my absence Sandy ~ This is so wonderful, I just love it!!! Such a great idea ~ xxoo, Dawn

Bellamere Cottage said...

Well, if that isn't just the MOST clever idea. Just perfect! Sure beats my little plastic ones.....I fit as many into my little "papercrafting armoire" as I possibly can. :-)

Warm blessings,
Spencer

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