My creative space

February 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm 13 comments

Love this idea from Kootoyoo. Here is my creative space. I almost cleaned before taking pictures, but thought that wasn’t an accurate representation. After all, it’s hard to be creative and clean at the same time. Or is that just me?

My desk

My desk is a library table that my parents bought a long time ago, and I was lucky enough to steal. It’s such a great, large, hardwood table. My chair is my one of my favorite flea market finds ever, for $50. It has tattered arms but I don’t care – such beautiful bird fabric. The stacks of fabric in front of my computer are for a baby blanket. Underneath the desk are containers full of yarn and fabrics. And Gus Gorilla, my alma mater’s mascot, has a prime space on my desk.

Chairs and fireplace on the other side of the room as my desk. Chair on left has a blanket crocheted by my grandma. Chair on the right was purchased from an awesome second-hand store.

My beautiful Bernina, given to me by my awesome aunt-in-law

Art above my desk: blue and yellow stars from vintage cowboy store in Parkville, top left piece of artwork called "The Sharing" that my dad brought back for me from Ireland. Stickers from the Obama campaign, poster from the Obama campaign, and postcards from the campaign. Other framed artwork is a photo of my husband and I from our wedding shower with family members and signatures with their well wishes.

Drawings of Clinton, IA, my parents' hometown, drawn by Larry Davis, my mom's high school art teacher

Awesome, working vintage clock found at flea market

On my desk: One of my ceramic matadors, a photo of my husband and I on our honeymoon, and a lamp my inlaws made for us with flowers from our wedding reception.

Another of my matadors, with the red ceramic bull my husband gave me for Valentine's Day to match, saying I was "adora-bull." So cute.

Stack of vintage mug shot newspaper printing blocks, with book of vintage advertising layouts behind.

OK, that was probably more detail than you needed, but I love this space – it’s cluttered but full of things that have deep meaning to me, and is a great outlet. Check out the other amazing creative spaces here!

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  • 1. Gayle  |  February 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I love the tour of your creative room. It looks very close to mine, filled and used! Those creative rooms that are like some photo out of Martha Stewart just make me feel like…get real!! Who can afford that and have it look like that?

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  • 2. Meredith  |  February 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    LOVE the bull fighting stuff!! I was a spanish major, so I’m wired to like it 🙂 neat blog, too!

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  • 3. Kate  |  February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    A fantastic creative space and what a lovely Aunt you have!!

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  • 4. belinda/gretchenmist  |  February 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    ooh, you have a lot of special things in your space. thanks for your comment 🙂

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  • 5. Christina  |  February 19, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Lots of wonderful things here! I only wish the pictures were a bit bigger! 🙂

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  • 6. Jennie  |  February 19, 2010 at 2:20 am

    No, we definately can’t be creative and clean at the same time!!!!
    Great space!

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  • 7. Catherine  |  February 19, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Thanks for showing us around your creative space. I love your big comfy chairs in the room and a fireplace in the room sounds nice and cosy. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.:)

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  • 8. Anne  |  February 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

    What a great aunt to give you a Bernina! Your space is full of so many personal treasures that it must make you happy to be in there!

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  • 9. mark  |  February 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Looks like you’ve got some good garage/Estate-sale-ing chops yourself! We’ve gotta do that sometime.

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    • 10. mallorymurray  |  February 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      Yes!!! Maybe this summer when the weather is nice? Or definitely on a Saturday … are all the good ones on Fridays?

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  • 11. Gary  |  February 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Love creative spaces. Oh how I am jealous of that Bernina. I love your vintage style, and I too love birds and bird art in the house.

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  • 12. craftscafe  |  February 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

    What an awesome space! I just recently seriously reorganized & decorated my craft space: http://craftscafe.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/new-crafts-space/
    I am totally jealous of those printing blocks! Where did you get them? Is “The Sharing” a paper cut out?

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  • 13. Thrifting Thursdays « Modern mind, vintage heart  |  February 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    […] start, chairs. I showed a few when showing my creative space. I love colorful, funky, individual chairs. I would fill our house with all chairs if possible. If […]

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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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