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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Studio Stuff

My time spent perusing all the wonderful blogs for the Where Bloggers Create party this year caused me to really think about my studio and whether or not I was really happy with it. Actually I knew the answer already but the thought of all the work that was going to be needed to get it the way I truly wanted it was both exciting and daunting at the same time. I will show you what I have done in the next few posts. First I thought I would share with you a hanging organizer I made.


I used the top of a burlap curtain panel I had once made but you could just use cut of burlap or any fabric for that matter. I layered it with a backing fabric and bound it all around with a wide piece of lace that I folded over to both sides. I used ribbon and lace sewn into the top for tying it to the door hooks. (I didn't have any so I went to target and bought a $7.99 plastic door hanger and used the hooks that came with that.) 
Then I cut out the pockets. Make sure you shape them something like this so there is room for you to put things in them once they are sewn down.



I added more lace trim to the tops of the pockets before I sewed the to the panel. Just line the edges of each pocket straight up and down to make the gap in the pocket. When your finished you can fill it with your favorite goodies!!


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On a completely different subject...



Perhaps many of you have tried the new Blogger Interface. If you haven't you should try it out. Not because I think it's wonderful, because frankly I really don't like it. I think you should try it out because once you do and you will have the option to return to the old interface (the one many of us are still using.) Blogger is going to ask you to leave feedback for them.  This is very important. If you don't try it out and leave feedback, Blogger will never know how you feel about it and may decide to change things over permanently. We have been given a rare opportunity to tell Blogger what like and don't like about a change before it is made permanent. 
So let your voice be heard!!!   :)
( I put a poll on my top right sidebar if you would like to share your opinion with me. :)


49 comments:

rosechicfriends said...

Karen!!!
I love it. It turned out darling. I just think adding lace to anything makes is pretty and elegant! Can't wait to see what else you have been doing!
Be Blessed!
Lorena

Vintage Market Place said...

Oooh what a great point. It is rare for huge companies to ask opinions on things from the people it really matters to. I have heard from quite a few people how bad the new one is.
Thanks for the info
Amy

Kimberly Jones said...

What a wonderful idea for organizing in the studio! I am constantly trying to tame the chaos in my workspace, and I love solutions like this that are practical and pretty!
Regarding the new blogger interface: I hated it at first too! But I've forced myself to use it and it's becoming less awkward. I also disliked the new template designer at first, but now I love it! I don't know if I will come to like to the new interface though, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens!
I always enjoy your blog posts! Thanks for sharing!

Tora´s Vintage Dream said...

I just LOVE this organizer you made, it´s the most cooles organizer I´v seen in a long time and I want to make one for me, we just moved to a little flat and I need to make some kind of organizer :) and you just gave me the nicest idea :) thank you so much for sharing :)

Jem said...

Our thoughts are totally in line on the new Blogger interface issue!! I've left some feedback and I'm hoping that enough people make a little bit of a fuss about it so as to mean we get to keep the currently layout! That being said I do like the lighter colours but that is about all!!

Your hanging organiser is lovely - elegant but also homely, I'm about to embark on turning part of our spare bedroom into my little crafting corner-cum-reading nook. I know what it's like to look at a space and think to yourself; actually this isn't my ideal at all!

Jem xXx

Anne said...

I love your blog! What a beautiful organizer, I love the beige and white stripes against the burlap & the lace is so pretty.

Simply gorgeous!!

gracie said...

I really like this over the door organizer....I am going to try one. Could you share the overall dimensions...I like the size of it.

Maggie said...

LOVE your beautiful over-the-door organizer! I am going to try making one! Yes, I got SOOO many great ideas from visiting all the blogs, too--and saw many of the limitations I have in my own current set-up. I think organizing a studio space is just an on-going perpetual-motion fact of life.

Going to check out the new Blogger interface now...thx for the reminder.

maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

oldgreymare said...

These things take time but oh the reward of a job well done, as this surely is, is so satisfying.

May I add a note to the blogger thing? After trying the new interface, I was asked to give a review but was busy and thought I would do it later.
Now there is no invite to try and no review to select. The second it pops back up, I will surely add my 2 cents. I liked only a few parts but not all and should have taken the moments to say so.
Hope everyone heeds your advice : D
xx
z

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

How gorgeous Karen!!! I'm going to "pin" this creation to my PINTEREST Board. It's definitely a keeper!
Blessings & hugs,
Karen

Petite Michelle Louise said...

it's gorgeous and now on my list of things to make ...SOON!! it's the perfect solution to get a few of my supplies out from underneath some of my dressers! can't wait to give it a try. TFS and happy WW! (will be calling soon to get going on my website!)

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Fab organizor, love the muted colours :) I have looked at Blogger new interface, not sure about it either! x

Malayeka said...

love it... here in sweden we have a bigger one for shoes :0 yes that right lol....

Barbara Jean said...

re new blog interface: my blog was switched by blogger. I am frustrated with it, but do LOVE the ability to load all my pics at once. It is awesome!!
Just sayin'. (I voted but see not many have.)

re organizer unit you made. AWESOME!! Love it.

blessings
barb

Annette said...

Love the idea of lace of this, I have something similar folded up in a box. Guess what ? Thanks to you out it will come and shine proudly on the back of a door. Thanks love your site. xo

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love your organizer....got hold of Mryna! and I hated the new interface. I didn't leave a comment though...so maybe I should do it again and then tell them...

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Karen, your organizer is soooo organized! Love it. So beautiful as all your creations are. I did try out the new format Blogger offered, and already left them feedback about how I did not prefer it. Tried to come up with a reason, but just didn't like it! Hugs to you. Riki

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love your sweet little pockets.

I too do not like the new interface. Twice now I have tried to take the survey and it has said "oops something bad has happened, etc." That right there should tell blogger that this is a no go.

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love your sweet little pockets.

I too do not like the new interface. Twice now I have tried to take the survey and it has said "oops something bad has happened, etc." That right there should tell blogger that this is a no go.

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Hi Karen, I LOVE what you created, it's elegant and casual at the same time. I took don't like the new Blogger interface either and left them feedback right before switching back. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one.

xo,

Abby

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Karen,
Love the over the door organizer. The beige ticking is so sweet.
About the blogger interface, what specifically did you not like? It would be helpful when I go in to try it to know your opinions. What sort of changes did they make? I was a little scared to give it a try because of all the trouble we have been having with Blogger lately.
Thanks for the help.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

misteejay said...

Fabulous door hanger. The choice of colouring is beautiful - great project.

Toni xx

BEAR's Mom said...

very nice organizer Karen...

I'm with you...it took me quite a while to figure out where everything was on the new blogger... I see they allow you to jump back to the old one...i'm jumping back :D

~victoria~

Cindy Craine said...

Love your over the door organizer! I can't wait to see what you've done next! I too will add this to my "MAKE" list which keeps getting bigger and bigger!

Hey I tried the new template and HATED it but did not know how to leave feedback with them. It would not work so I'm glad you have your own poll. I bet they've got a new something added on so I can't leave a message!! Looks great! xoxo-cindy

Kelly_Deal said...

Gorgeous door organizer!
Kelly

The Polka Dot Closet said...

the only space I have left in my craft room is behind my door...i never thought about using it! Thank You Thank You!!

Carol

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Karen
Your pocket hanger could fill so many needs in a craft studio, love the lace trim. After viewing the other workspaces, the one thing I'd really like is walls! My area is in unfinished basement but hubby thinks it's just fine since I'm the only one in there. :-(
The new blogger format is different and I haven't decided yet if I like it or not.
Judith

Kim said...

Karen, I think the hanging organizer is great. I'm beginning to work on my studio now with all the inspiration in blogland.

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Love your beautiful organizer! I don't like change, so I tried to change but just didn't like it and will be commenting. Thanks for the advise.

Charlene said...

Hey sweet girl you have been BUSY!!! I LOVE the over the door hanger. Places for more STUFF!!!!
I too am almost ready to face a studio redo. SCARY thought... so much to move & mess with. Easier to shut the door & ignore it up until now... NOW I'M SICK OF IT!

I hope you are home tommorrow as I'd love to call & chat. HUGS!
Charlene

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Karen!!! I LOVE your organizer!!!! It is just gorgeous ~ I've always loved things with pockets...more room to stuff treasures inside :) I've been using the newest version of blogger and am fine with it ~ I'm so used to changes that I just adapt but I'm not intimidated by their stuff either. I'm going on five years of blogging now and they've changed a bunch!!! sending you hugs and love, Dawn

Romeo said...

What's this??! How could you not like your studio?!?! What could make it more purrfect?! Short of getting yourself a "Romeo" such as moi, I can't imagine. Oh wait, maybe you are thinking of putting in a bed for me when I visit - it is a long journey you know..... other than that, neither "her" nor I can think of anything that could make it better. And then you went and proved us wrong! Yes, I admit it, the organizer is grand!!! (although I still think a cat nap bed for me would have topped that).

I told "her" about the blogger thing and will have "her" get on it right away. Me? Well I guess I'm going to have to find a place to nap......

Purrs!

Romeo

mon-coin-joli said...

j'adore ton nouveau organiseur, il est très romantique avec ce joli tissus et ces dentelles, très pratique pour y glisser des petites merveilles, je vais essayer d'en faire un, merci pour les explications
bonne journée
biz
Nicolette

Candylei said...

Your organizer filled is a work of art! It reminds me of an advent calendar. Love it!

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Karen - Love it! I'm going to make three of them. I just wanted to mention that I haven't seen anything about the WWC Charm yet.

I'm headed on a road trip with my daughter. We're going to Bueblo Colorado. I'm call you when I come back to work on my blog.

hug
cindy g

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Love your creation!

Hate the new Blogger thingy! It is incredibly annoying!

Ciao Bella!

CREATIVE CARMELINA

Claudia said...

Hi Karen,

Your hanging organizer is lovely - great job! I've already left feedback for Blogger on the new interface. I've actually begun to feel quite comfortable with it.

Just wanted to make sure you received my email about wanting a subscription to Where Women Create. I never heard back from you, so I'm hoping you received it and passed on my mailing address.

xo
Claudia

Kasia said...

This is wonderful! I love what you did for your crafts! And yes, I have tried it and left them a comment begging NOT to force us!

Hugs,

Lynn Richards said...

Love your new hanger, Karen.
Hate the new blogger. And I told them so!!
xo
lynn

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Beautiful creations as always! Janna

sagolika sinnen said...

Lovely thing that you made. Love it. That must be perfekt for small "kids stuff" also.
Have a great day

Rustique Gal said...

Karen, I love the burlap and lace organizer. It would be perfect in my studio! Time to get out the sewing machine! My problem with sewing is that I have no imagination and can't think these things up myself, so thanks for the inspiration! I'm going to check out blogger now.
Have a happy week!
Sherry

Sandra van Doorn said...

oh i love the organiser... and thanks for teling us about the new blogger interface; i did try, i id hate it, but did not leave a comment... :)
will do now,
xo sandar

Lynn said...

Oh how I love this Karen :) I have not done a thing in my studio all summer, but you are really inspiring me now.

Natascha said...

I really love your organizer and i thought what a great idea for Christmas to make one to hang on the back of you front door and display Christmas cards!

Sharon Morrison said...

Your organizer is awesome. You gave me a great idea of what to do with all the burlap I have. I love any ideas for organizing!

vicki said...

Beautiful organizer Karen - so creative and dainty - it is totally YOU!

I'm still getting use to the new Blogger thing - dont think I like it very well - yet~~

Vicki

BenCe Fikirler said...

I really really love it Karen :) Canguratulations . I will try it :)

Ellen said...

Wowwww Karen, your hanging organizer is awesome. Great idea, I still have a lot of burlap so...;-) thank you so much for the pattern.

Hugs,
Ellen

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