Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My 'Timspiration' Station!

I have wanted to join the What's On Your Workdesk gang for such a long time - but honestly, I would cringe if anyone saw the state my desk is usually in. When people talk about their horrible mess, I'm usually like...pfft...if you only knew! Anyway, I finally have something to show. I call it my 'Timspiration' Station. :-)

My daughter found this in the storeroom of the Children's Museum store (where she used to work). Knowing that I am a sucker for any kind of shelf, she kindly brought it home and dumped it in my studio. Where it has sat...and sat...and sat. I finally got tired of tripping over it and decided I would paint it and use it to hold my ink pads and other supplies.

After I painted it (three coats!) I created a little cork board by gluing a sheet of cork I'd found at an estate sale to the back of the shelf. I added a length of wooden yardstick (another estate sale find) to the top. I wanted a little color, so I painted it using an Adirondack Red Pepper Dabber (I am in love with these!). Along the top, I glued little clothespins that I aged using Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress reinkers. I think this will be great for displaying all kinds of things!

Since I didn't have any cool pushpins, I created some using upholstery tacks and various Idea-ology Sprocket Gears and Game Spinners. Fun! They are glued together using Glossy Accents.

The shelves on the left side hold most of my Distress ink pads, Glossy Accents, and my newest collection - Distress Stains. I labeled my inks using the template found on the Ranger site.

The next shelf holds my Adirondack Dabbers, Distress Crackle paints, Stickles, and Perfect Pearls, all contained in a vintage cigar box.

On the right side, my Altered Mini Mister organizer finally has a good home! I also have a spot for my jumbo Archival ink pad (the BEST for photo image rubber stamps).

The bottom shelf holds my Inkssentials Craft Spinner along with my Blending Tools. On the left I have a craft organizer that holds my Idea-ology bits and pieces. I also have one of the old tin embossing powder cases with my regular and Distress ep's.

I had a big blank space at the top, so I created a little banner using papers from Tim's Idea-ology Paper Stash - Lost and Found. I don't have the rosette die yet (sad!), so I hand-scored the papers and folded them. Antique Linen Distress Stickles adds a little vintage sparkle to the edges. The letters are Grungeboard that's been inked with Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo Distress inks.

While I was tidying, I finally got all of my scissors, tools, acrylic blocks, etc. corralled in an old tool tote (another estate sale find, what else?).

I love how this keeps all my favorite supplies at hand - I have to have my stuff out or I won't use it. This makes it so easy to grab what I need, and also makes putting it away very simple (very important for someone like me!).

Ready for action! I mostly took this picture to commemorate the event. It will never be this clean again!


37 comments:

  1. Wow, Shelly, this is inspirational - love your Timsperation station! So organized!! Love that you can see all the inks with the colored labels (I've got the labels but not colored - great idea.) And your decorated mini mister holder is adorable! Oooh and the "create" banner - fabulous! There's so much eye candy here! Love it all! Happy creating in your new work station. :)

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  2. Oh, you have done it again! tim stuff all in one place! Absolutely love that shelf. Ok, got to do one in my room now :)

    Beck

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  3. Great idea putting Tim's stuff altogether, I can relate to a messy work station as do most artists Shelley. It looks really good now though!!!
    Smiles:)

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  4. This is great, Shelly! Thanks for sharing - I might use your idea if I could ever find a piece to fit the bill. I have a bakers rack next to my workspace with a lot of my TH technique-y stuff but I just ordered Distress Stains and see a reorganization in my future!

    Cheers,
    Susan

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  5. Shelly, This is fabulous! I love the storage pieces you have made. This is a true inspiration - or- timspiration!

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  6. Fantastic shelf! Even your storage is artful...very impressive! I am still in the "where'd the floor go" stage in my craft room.

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  7. WOW! WOW! WOW! Lovin' your station! Make me want to get inky! :)

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  9. Wow, that is timitastic! Love the idea of an inspiration station. I love using non crafy storage for crafty storage, iykwim!

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  10. I so want that shelf....lol! )It's exactly what I have been looking for for my craft booth.)
    Looks like a very inspiring place to craft, Shelly. And I love your banner. I can say I got the new rosette die and it's fabulous, am so happy with it

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  11. Oooer, my Timmy stash is stored in one miserable little plastic box :( Some inspiring ideas here - and as it's such beautiful looking stuff, it must be great to have it all to hand!
    Remember to hop over to my blog if you'd like to win some blog candy. I'm celebrating one whole year of blogging :) Di x

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  12. Hi Shelly! Love this post and the 'timspiration'! I had to chuckle to myself when you said your space will never look that neat again. You should see mine...omg. I finally bought a large, tall rolling cart from Sam's Club and put my basic essentials in it. I can roll it into another room and all my 'needs' are contained in one area. It's working out great, otherwise I'd never find anything and spend ALL my creative time searching for stuff...lol! Thanks for the inspiration and have a great rest of the week:)

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  13. Shelly - this is fabulous and nothing is better than having all your Tim goodness in one spot!!! Your individual art projects are perfect!

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  14. It looks fab, Shelly!!!!!!!!! You are inspiring me to want to Tim up some of my areas!!!

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  15. Woo hoo! & Yeah! Great find and a great result but please be brave and show it all to us when it's messed up... we love mess! That's what makes it fun.
    JoZArty x

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  16. What a fantastic set-up!!! Its brilliant, Thanks for the inspirational share, Shaz #122

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  17. Your Timspiration Station is simply fantastic!!! I love the corkboard idea, and how very brave making your own rosettes! Hmmm, time to look at that yardsale furniture in a whole new light! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. What a great find and love how you have used it :)

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  19. WOW! This is so cool Shelly!
    I'm like you, I tend to use my stuff more if I'm looking it!

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  20. Holy cow! This is so amazingly cool, I can't even think of a good enough word to describe it. =) I was totally fooled by your handmade rosettes, I thought they were the die - very impressive! The die is great, btw. =) Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring piece!

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  21. Welcome to WOYWW! Am very happy to see your Timpsiration station (you've got it bad, gal!) - and am really looking forward to the day we see your desk with work in progress - I show mine and it's horrendous!! Really like your idea for push-pin substitution, very clever.

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  22. Love your redo of the shelf.
    You inspired me
    thanks for sharing

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  23. What a great find your daughter got for you. And you really "T!m-ed" it up!! Cute and practical..

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  24. Wow! That looks incredible. Totally in awe!
    Hugs and smiles

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  25. This is sooooo much fun! I LOVE it!!!

    ~Linda

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  26. Your work area is fantastic. Love the white shelf. TFS

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  27. OMG SO AMAZING! I love this, makes me want to pull all my TH stuff out too!!!

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  28. LOVE this...makes me really miss my stamp room!! that banner is GORGE!!!

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  29. Is this a hint for me to clean my workspace or something?! *hee hee*
    LOVE your Timspiration Space! Now take another photo late tonight ok? :)

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  30. Love the workspace I wish I had everything to hand like that.

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  31. WOW I am a little jealous over the Timspiration Station. I need one like that! Very nice!Sorry I am so late making it around but last week was very busy. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #162

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  32. I LOVE IT LOTS Any thing (furniture especially) altered is right up my street but to have it all Timmyed up is even more cool ha ha

    love Dawn xx

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  33. Shelly this is simply an amazing piece of art you created to hold all your art. I am so going to keep my eyes open for such a piece. i have only the 12x12 cubes in my room and need to add a bit of character.. this would be a perfect start. thanks for sharing it with us! LOVE IT!!!!!

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  34. Awesome!!!! I love your altered mini mister organizer!!! Too cool!

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  35. Hey Shelly! I was so inspired by your mini mister organizer that I ordered one online, just got it today and plan to alter it soon! You're a bad influence! :D

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  36. Great job! Though I am one of the few who don't bow to the God Tim, you did an amazing job with some wonderful estate finds. I love that you didn't destroy them and chose to keep them for future generations to see.

    Your space looks fantastic and you are right, if it's not out your not going to use it. I made the discovery this week when setting up my new craft space. Wow what I found not used.

    Thanks for sharing.

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