3/14 UPDATE! I have moved out of the basement! Be sure to see the new studio tour of my fabulous attic space studio and office: http://tammytutterow.com/2014/03/my-happy-place-video-studio-tour/
I thought it would be fun to share a peek into my studio. It isn’t fancy but it is full of things I love and is a pretty awesome place to spend my time. There are fancier spaces out there and sometimes I dream of something a little nicer, maybe above ground, but I am grateful for this space and getting to call what I do there “work”.
My space is in our basement. We have our family room in the basement, and my studio is right off the family room. That is a really nice plus for this space because I can be in the studio and still be with the family.
Our basement isn’t completely finished I have one finished wall and two that have plastic wall board that is part of our basement drainage system. We don’t have the ceiling finished so I have a rafters and pipes up above. My overhead lights are fluorescent tube lights.
Each of the three walls are lined with cube shelves or book cases. There are bins for just about everything!
I have to get creative in hanging things. I only have the one finished wall which has wall shelves that are packed full of momentos and collections.
One of my favorite things in my studio is this hanging window frame. We found it in our garage. At one time it was a storm window on our house. My husband sanded the old paint to make it smooth and inserted sheet metal where the glass panes were. He hung it from chain from the rafters above. It hangs over my die cutting area and stores all of my magnetic dies.
My wall of dies makes me super happy.
My work table is made up of four bar height tables that are pushed together to make one large table. I usually stand while I create but I have a couple of stools just in case I want to sit. Under the tables, my husband made wood shelves to sit on the cross bars of the tables for extra storage.
I tend to use each table as a different station. I keep my sewing machine and eclips out all of the time. I keep one station free so that Emma can create with me or do homework while I work.
This piece used to be a store fixture for die cuts. My local store wanted to get rid of it so I snatched it up. It is four sided and turns. I keep inks, embellishments, tools, and tons of other things in it.
One side has tilt bins that are full of Tim Holtz embellishments. The drawers below are all full of embellishments too.
I have lots of collections. This wall is mostly hand figurines and bluebird and little vintage things.
The wall shelves are vintage toys, bears, and things I saved from when I was a kid.
Vintage lace, buttons, paper goods, and old photos- some of my favorite vintage things to collect.
I also collect vintage Tammy dolls and memorabilia from the Tammy movies. I have a 45 of the Tammy song, which I was named for.
This framed poem, bears, and Lucy & Me figurines are from my childhood. The Lucy & Me bears were one of my very first collections. I used to get one for each birthday and holiday.
I got this music box for my 9th birthday. When you drop a penny in it the bear dances to the song “Oh Susannah”.
When I was growing up my mom was a miniature artist. One of her artist friends created small pieces made from beans and gesso called Wee Woodens. I got this one to commemorate moving up from Brownies to Juniors. The photo is the frame is me as a brownie getting my wings.
We have a Boston Terrier so I also have a few collectables and vintage Boston pieces.
There it is, a quick tour of my crafty space. I think it is a pretty happy place. I am grateful for the time I get to spend there.