Creative Space {Lorrie Everitt Studio}

I am so excited to be sharing my creative space on Craftaholics Anonymous! I love Linda’s blog … she has so many great tutorials and creative ideas … and I am tickled pick to be writing this post.
Thank you Linda for having me!!!
My name is Lorrie Everitt and I blog at Lorrie Everitt Studio where I share craft tutorials, project ideas, digital art freebies, resources and inspiration. I have a lot of different interests so you’ll find ideas for mixed media design, jewellery making, digital scrapbooking, graphic design, home decorating, projects with the kids and “green ideas”. I recently added some tutorials on making jewellery with scrabble tiles and glass tiles … they have been a big hit around here …. I hope that you will pop by to check them out!
So here’s my creative space …
My creative space is actually our dining room. We moved into our new home exactly two years ago and we picked this house plan from the builder because I wanted to have my studio on the main floor. We lived in our previous home for about 13 years and I can count on two hands how many times we used our formal dining and living rooms. We made a couple of changes to the room with the builder … like closing off the second opening into the family/kitchen/great room and adding a glass panel door.
I love my chandelier … it makes my heart sing every time I look at it. After we hung it up I saw it online at Pottery Barn. The crystals are really fun … they look like flower buds … and it gives the room a modern twist. My husband and I started collecting antique Arts and Crafts Mission furniture before it was made popular by companies like Restoration Hardware and I so my studio is filled with some of our antique finds.
This bow front display cabinet holds some of my vintage pottery and glass jars that are filled with little treasures that I use in my art. I also keep some of my finished projects on display in here. The drawer holds papers and supplies for my inkjet and laser printers.
I have lots of little elements that I use in my art and I store some of the ones that I use a lot in little plastic bags grouped together with binder rings and then displayed on this metal jewellery stand. A metal storage basket holds some of my completed mini scrapbooks and more glass jars with “findings”.
This bookcase holds some of my books, magazines and project samples. The drawer at the bottom contains a stash of my favourite antique children’s books that I recycle into dream journals.
My vintage drafting desk is my favourite piece in my office. I have a matching drafting stool for it but I like to stand when I work so I don’t use it very much. This desk is the perfect height for me to work without bending over and it’s large enough that and I can often work on a number of projects at one time … like making glass tile earrings, scrabble tile charms for necklaces and some tin packages for another project.
On the other side of my desk I have this great printer’s cabinet that is wonderful for storing papers, tools and supplies. Unfortunately, I have to do bookkeeping so my business files are kept in this unit too. I love that I can label the drawers … it’s so easy to keep things organized. The mixed media collage above the cabinet was the first mixed media collage that I made after moving into this house.
This antique buffet cabinet didn’t have a space anywhere else in our new house and I loved it too much to get rid of it so it sits in my studio too. I use it to display some of my completed projects and vintage treasures. It’s a great place to hide away lots of my supplies and tools!
I spend quite a bit of time at my other desk in this space too. I have lots of computer “stuff” so this space look a little cluttered but it works for me. 
We converted an old sewing machine into a table for my printer and stereo … I love the inspiration board that I created in the space above … no pins and no magnets just lots of layers of pictures tucked into the ribbons. I store a large pile of my favourite Somerset Studio magazines underneath the sewing table along with a few of my scrapbooks. If you look at the basket above my computer hard drive you will find that it is always filled with my dream journals … they are filled with doodles and notes that I reference often.
Now I’m sure that you are wondering how my studio looks so neat and organized … well let me share with you my “dirty little secrets” …
My studio is on the main floor of my house and this is what you see when you first come in the front door. My studio on the left and the entrance to the kitchen and family/great room on the right. I use every inch of {hidden} storage space that I can for my supplies in my studio and around the house … for example that vintage record player that you see between my studio and the kitchen is actually full of old papers and postcards that I use in my art …
… you can see one of the ten hidden drawers here filled with old postcards …
I often sneak out of my studio and use the kitchen island to work on projects that have to be kept flat because my drafting table is on an angle … I love to work in this area during the day because the natural light is amazing – I do most of my indoor photography for my blog and etsy shop in this room …
… and I also keep the “overflow” of crafting materials, tools and supplies in our basement on ikea shelving!
Everything is organized in the basement and keeps my studio from getting cluttered with lots of things that I don’t use everyday and don’t need to have at arms reach. I also have a couple of old tables in the basement that I use for my sewing machine and to work on messy projects with the kids.
I hope that my little tour has inspired you to make a space of your own if you don’t have one yet!
Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Kristen Trappett

    Thanks for showing you can have your craft room in a main room, this is where I have ended up in my new house, in the dining room that we don’t use for dining and have been very fearful of making the rest of the house look cluttered and too busy because my “space” will be so visable.

  2. 2

    Thanks again Linda for featuring my creative space on your blog. I’m going to make some of your zipper flowers later today – I’m trying to dress up a gift bag that I want to use for a hostess gift.

  3. 3

    Love that you’re featuring Lorrie! I am a follower of hers and her work is brilliant.

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  5. 4
    Donna C

    Wow! This is the most beautiful space I think I’ve ever seen! All the furniture pieces are just TO DIE FOR!! That printers cabinet is too amazing for words. Loved seeing this space!

  6. 5

    I am loving and lusting over all the old antiques!!

  7. 6

    Best one yet!