Thursday, March 31, 2011

Stamping Classroom - Almost Finished!

So, i've been less than active posting on my blog for the better part of this week.  You see, I'll be teaching my first stamping class on Saturday and have been furiously preparing card projects, but even more than that, I've been revamping my basement so it's fit for human habitation.

What used to be a large space decorated in the "Cardboard Box and Forgotten Furniture" style of decorating is nearing completion, and I'm just so happy with the way it's coming together that I wanted to show a few preview pictures.

My goal was to create an inspirational, inviting space using stuff I already had.  There are a few corners I am exceptionally proud of and wanted to share them with you.

First up are these sconces. I have been saving these wrought iron and glass things for the last 10 years, and I'd never bothered to hang them anywhere

As it turns out, the walls of my basement already have nails in strategic places (thanks to my dear friend, MJ for that!), so putting these up was easy peasy!  I filled them with some silk flowers and dried grasses, also from my leftover decorating stash.  I have 2 of these sconces strategically placed around the room and they work wonders towards brightening the space.

This next photo is where I'll be putting the Big Shot for Saturday's class.

I picked up that rocking chair at an estate sale for $12, hung some photos that I never got to using in the main part of my house, and filled the space with other furniture that I found as I was wading through my basement.  To the right of the picture you can see the basement door... that is going to be my classroom entrance so people won't need to be traipsing about the rest of my messy house ;-)

Here's another corner of the basement.  This one is where I'm going to put out a few catalogs (the wrought iron holder on the wall to the left is going to hold catty's and order forms).  The table is an old Child's school desk that I also unearthed in my basement cleanout.  I think it makes a fun, rustic statement! Also, the chairs should be out in my back yard, but I rather like them where they are ;-)  That eiffel tower hanging on the wall is the only thing I bought specifically for this remake.  I got it on clearance a few weeks back from an online store, and it holds some of my latest projects to serve as inspiration for my guests.

This last photo is a little vignette thats been stuck in my head for the last few weeks. The birdhouse is a gift from a wonderful friend (again, thank you, MJ!), the easel was another basement find, the chain is leftover from a chandelier project in my dining room, and the wall shelf I picked up about a year ago at a thrift shop. I think this is my favorite corner of this room redo, even though it's really just "for show". In case you're wondering, inside the cage is a beanie baby, who I fully intend to swap out for something else, yet I suspect I will prolly forget to do it ;-)

So, that's it for teaser pictures.  All my workspace tables are piled high with junk, so I didn't want to take pictures of them yet ;-)  I've got a good sized table for 6 down here, and then 2 card tables and chairs so I can fit a total of 12 people down here comfortably.  Will I ever be teaching 12 people at once?  Prolly not but at least I CAN ;-)

Anyways, thanks for taking a peek! now, it's back to cleaning for this gal -_-



  1. Everything Looks Great!

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  2. I can't wait to see the rest of the pics!!

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  4. Awesome. I would love having a big space for a classroom. Of course, that would mean I would have to have customers for those classes. Hmmm... therein lies the dilemma!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. You have done a fabulous job. Great space. It is very inviting. Good luck with you class on Saturday.

  6. I am with Dale - this is fabulous. I will be right over for a cup of coffee and some conversation! I would be so comfortable in this room that I would forget to stamp - NOT! Can't wait to hear how your first class turns out. Have fun and looking forward to more pictures. Thanks for blessing my day. :)

  7. Love your new space! You did a great job! It looks like it feels very inviting and is just begging for creative goodness to take place! Super nice job! :) ((Love the bird cage!!))

  8. I love love love your new space, you have made it look so wonderful. The little nooks of creativity all just go together so well. I am loving you blog too, having only recently found it.


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