Show us your Studio Table

Marjie studio table

Seth Apter is hosting an interesting hop today – asking us to share a photo of our table at its messiest.  Unfortunately, this isn't messy… it's normal. Why do so many of us work down to a 12″ opening on the work table?  I tend to work on a lot of projects at once, so that's my excuse.

Check out my Studios & Craft Rooms Board on Pinterest.   I love looking at all those beautifully organized spaces and I get a lot of organizational ideas that way, but the pic above is the cold hard truth.  Around me, however, are tons of carefully labels drawers, bins, etc., so while it does look messy, I usually do know where everything can be found.

Hells Kitchen Flea

Speaking of organized, I managed to pick up some lovely old soda crates the weekend before last while meeting the lovely Alison of Words & Pictures during her time here in New York.  We hit it off like old friends, and ran around the city scouring flea markets on that crisp fall day.   She's on quite an adventure here in the USA!

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  1. Michelle Reynolds on September 23, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Very interesting space and love those crates.

  2. Jessica Sporn on September 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Seeing your studio a year ago was the inspiration for me to move into a bigger studio so thank you for that. Love all the creativity in progress on your desk!

  3. Lynne Moncrieff on September 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    The space you have is incredible! What a fabulous studio space you have.
    Not that I am complaining about my wee space, after all it is such a luxury to have a designated area no matter how small.

  4. Robyn Hood Black on September 21, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Thanks for sharing your workspace -so many creative options! Fun observation about the 12 x 12 actual working area….

  5. Annie on September 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Wonderful, large table. xoxo

  6. Juana on September 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Love your large table with all those tactile supplies on it! And what fun to scour flea markets. Thanks for the visit:)

  7. Anita Houston on September 20, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Your table is so much cleaner than mine!!! LOVE seeing you and Alison together! I bet she was a hoot! I’ll be seeing you in November!!!

  8. Vicki ross on September 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    12″ is about right! I seem to pile stuff and as the day progresses, I’m down to no workspace!

  9. mixed media art journal class with Dina Wakley on September 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    […] journal.  I made 5 pages that day, but I can’t seem to put on my hand on my small journal (so much for my claims to organization in my part of Seth’s Show Us Your Studio post – heck, that was about knowing where my […]

  10. Mona Pendleton on September 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Your creative space looks inviting Marjie! I would feel at home :) Great photos!

  11. Renee Zarate on September 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Not bad! There are always treasures to be discovered when the table is not too neat.

  12. Terry on September 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Ha! You should see my work space, which is not much different than yours! Love it! It is amazing we can do anything or find a thing. It really bugs me when I can’t find some embellishment I bought!! So glad Alison and you hit if off like old friends and had such a great time! Love the soda crates!

  13. Jackie P Neal on September 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Yay Marjie!! I was hoping you were not all neat and tidy!! Wow How big is that table?? Theres room for me there too!! heehee

    Great photos of you and Alison! How wonderful that you have been able to meet yet another online art friend and share such special times!! Fabulous for you!! xo

  14. Alison/craftytrog on September 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Great to see you met up with Alison! Did she tell you that we’re off to take classes with your pal France in November? :-)

  15. Stefanie on September 19, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Those soda crates look fab! Can think of nothing better than going on a rummage in those markets!! Great to see your desk – you’ve actually got a bit of space on yours!!

  16. eric on September 19, 2014 at 5:57 am

    A nice view on your studio table. The journal in the front looks inspiring! – eric

  17. Chandra Merod on September 19, 2014 at 2:01 am

    My desk is completely covered I have to take my projects to the kitchen table! Hehe too many things to do at once oh well that’s an artist life.

  18. Terrie -Creative Explorer on September 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Visiting from Seth’s and love your messy space…..I can so relate to the smaller and smaller table space that starts 1 hour after I clean my desk!

  19. Rachél Payne - Creativity Tribe on September 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Your table is thrilling. I think I might have some fun diving into that!

  20. boog on September 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Ihave a couple of those coke cases myself what are you going to do with them?

    • Marjie Kemper on September 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Aren’t they cool? I’m planning to use them for paints and mediums, Boog, and for displays when I sell at shows.

  21. Kae Pea on September 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Love your big work table!! Looks SO inviting!

  22. Ann Isik on September 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Nice to meet you and your studio table! Also your work, of course. I know what you mean about ending up with only a very small space on the table on which to work!

  23. rivergardenstudio on September 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Love your studio table and your website! Thanks so much for stopping by, for a minute I thought you might be teaching in Petaluma and I might be able to meet you, but it is Stamford, right? Anyway, great to meet you here! roxanne

  24. Corrine on September 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    That’s what mine usually looks like. I miss my messy space, so much to choose from. xox

  25. Tracey Fletcher King on September 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I am loving the chance to find new blogs via this link up from Seth Apter… And yours is first on the list and your blog is fabulous so now I expect all to be as amazing… Love your desk and I think it looks kind of organised actually… And those crates are fabulous… I look forward to my next visit

  26. Kathi R on September 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    You can tell that you have some sort of organization going on there and if you know where most everything is, you’re ahead of the game!

  27. Jo Murray on September 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    You ARE organised…..and I agree that the space to work on diminishes as you go.

  28. Kay Wallace on September 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Not a far cry from my own, Marjie! Love that you got to meet Alison! She was the random winner of one of my blog giveaways this year!!

  29. Anne R on September 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Your desk looks just like mine usually does Marjie, I did not think anyone could be as messy as me but you have much more if you have 12″ to work in, mine is more like 6″ – lol! Lovely to see you with Alison, sounds like you had heaps of fun! Anne xx

  30. Sharmon Davidson on September 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Your studio table looks like glorious fun to me!

  31. Carrie on September 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Looks like a great workspace to me! I hear you about working down to a tiny working surface, I do that to myself all the time.

  32. Monica aka The Creative Beast on September 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Marjie, your words sure are resonating for me since I also wind up working within a 12″ space, whether it’s sewing, book making or collage/mixed media =\ And while I do have much of my supplies organized in some form, there is still a lot to be organized, and I hope to organize it all with fabulous vintage finds such as the ones you have shared here =)
    Thank you for sharing your studio table with us all during Seth’s blog hop!

  33. William Charlebois on September 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Wow. At least you have some empty space. I don’t have any! Your supplies make me want to jump in there and create.

  34. dryadart on September 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Love getting these behind the scenes looks at everyone’s space and unfinished work.

  35. Judy Shea on September 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Your table looks exciting to me. Like walking into a candy store.

  36. Atticelf on September 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Love those boxes! It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who works in an itty bitty space while the rest of the area is filled with stuff. I always envision artists working in these gorgeous studios with a big work table and lots of open space. Ha!

  37. Kathryn Dyche Dechairo on September 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

    My studio is usually just like this, it’s always good to take a peek into others work spaces.

  38. kecia on September 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

    oh yeah and agree, the crates are very cool – nice colors!

  39. Carolyn Dube on September 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

    You’ve got a few things on your desk…lol! What a great space!

  40. kecia on September 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

    i put my pictures of my table up and I’m definitely too organized and clean. since moving into my new studio space, I have space (furniture) to house all those pieces of yummy art supplies that seem to multiply on the table. Now i can just turn around and reach into a drawer for them. bought a wheeled caddy from Ikea for my paints that i keep to my side. Now my jewelry table is another story; always a mess !

  41. lin collette on September 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

    in an ideal world, I would love to be organized but like you I tend to work in a tiny space on my table. I think I have to SEE things to use them, I don’t know – thanks for the reveal

  42. Ruth L on September 18, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Looking very creative, by the way I can’t work if everything is organized :-)

  43. Linda, the funkie junkie on September 18, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who works in a jumble of tools and supplies! I need to do a deep purging and organization in my craft room…one of these days :) Great pic of you and Alison and great finds at the flea markets. Sounds like a fun day!


  44. Julie Tucker-Wolek on September 18, 2014 at 7:58 am

    LOVING your work table and love love love those soda bins you found!!! Fabulous!!!!

  45. Astrid on September 18, 2014 at 2:33 am

    A very familiar look:) Mine’s more like 6 x 6 though….. Fabulous photo of you and the lovely Alison, I bet you had a brilliant time! I’ve met her a few times, and I just know Marjie, one day we will meet too!