Organize Simplify Create Design

It is perpetual, living life and keeping it simple. Peace of mind comes from having a place for things. As I watched "Horton Hears a Who", with my grandchildren I thought about no matter how "tiny" the thing, it deserves a home. So I live by the old adage, a place for everything and everything in its respective place...

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Houston, Texas, United States
Ten things I am or have been: 1 Wife, 2 Mother of five, 3 Grandmother of 16, 4 Hair Dresser, 5 Bookkeeper 6 Bank Teller, 7 Scrapbook Store Owner, 8 Reporter, 9 Gardener, 10 Photographer,

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Tour

If you were to step into my room on June 7, 2010, this is what you would see. As I view how my room has evolved since its inception, I like the outcome. It is a place where I can go to create, preserve family memories/history, sew, paint, or craft whatever. I can set up a long table when friends come over to scrap, or a card table when my three grandkids spend a Saturday where they can build their own books and learn the proper way to store their own photos and write stories about their young lives. My guests can relax in a comfortable atmosphere with a pull of the Murphy bed my husband and I built. Then like magic disappears back into the wall when guests are gone.

I moved my containers of pink bins to the wall where I sit. The contents are easier to reach now. This change necessitated changing my magnetic Ikea frame to a vertical orientation. I like it fine like this. I like to tack little reminders to myself on it. When I am working on a page I sometimes place my journaling ideas on it while I work. Note: My husband painted my Making Memories carousel black, I like it much more and feel it blends very well with my other design now.

Continuing around the room, this corner hasn't changed too much.
Looking directly into the room you see the Murphy Bed to the right.
The room beckons my guests and makes a cozy comfortable spot for respite. Comes out of the wall made up like this!

Each part of the room tells a little story or two. The mirror with the sequin crown has a little saying on it, "Still the fairest of them all..." When I look in the mirror I remember my third grade teacher telling me that she chose me to play the wicked queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs because I was so beautiful. (I didn't want to play someone mean) :)

This is the last view of the four walls, aside from an odd corner (5th wall) shown next. The green bins belong to my two granddaughters, they have their pink albums stored along side their bins. The black on on the bottom belongs to my grandson who also loves to scrap. They each have a tote with all their tools and supplies in their bin. The Ikea door and the pink bin below it house all of my Tim Holtz stuff, including my acrylic stamps. The two Ikea drawers hold things for my printer like photo paper and ink cartridges and CD's for software for the PC. The pink bins to the left hold items for Cricut. As you can see, my dh sprayed my Making Memories Emblishment Center black for me. I just hung it up. I think I am the last person on the planet to get one of these. I didn't think I had room for one until I turned this Ikea Expedit on its side to house the printer and the Cricut I got for Mother's Day. I love the cute little Crystal knobs we put on the Expedit. 

This funny little slanted wall became the perfect location for this Ikea desk. The two framed photos are pictures I took of my garden. Two of the things I love to grow Plumeria and Roses. The sticker binders on the bottom are beloved by my grandchildren. They get to go through them and choose things for their pages. My kids bought me the cute plaque, "One shoe can change your life", -Cinderella. It became the inspiration piece for the decor of my room. Cinderella was a favorite movie and story of mine as a young girl. I knew someday my prince would come, and he did. He spoils me as you can see.


  1. Dear Shirley,

    What a wonderful blog you have - your organizational ideas are great and I just LOVE your beautiful studio!

    I am a new follower of your blog and have added your link to my sidebar under Beautiful Spaces.

    I invite you to visit me at Create With Joy when you have a moment. I am in the process of reorganizing my studio - the latest pics are posted - and I'd be delighted to welcome as a Kindred Spirit as well!


    1. Hi Ramona,
      I guess it's never too late to reply? Please forgive me! As you can see I haven't been a diehard blogger. I need to learn how to link up and put other peoples buttons on my site and stuff. I went to your amazing blog but it has been so many moons since you wrote me this sweet message that I couldn't find your studio organization.. :( Maybe if you get this you can advise me. I love looking at what other people have done.
      I look forward to hearing from you.
      Thanks again Ramona

  2. what are the dimensions of this room?
    it's beautiful

  3. Hi Susie,
    I apologize for just getting to answering you, had family in town and got attacked by an awful germ I just recovered from. The scrapbook room is 14' x 11.5'. Thanks for stopping by! Are you creating your own space? Would love to see it!


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