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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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Very interesting space and love those crates.

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

  5. Wonderful, large table. xoxo

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

  7. 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. 12″ is about right! I seem to pile stuff and as the day progresses, I’m down to no workspace!

  9. Your creative space looks inviting Marjie! I would feel at home 🙂 Great photos!

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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? 🙂

  14. 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!!

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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

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

    • Marjie Kemper says:

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

  20. Love your big work table!! Looks SO inviting!

  21. 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!

  22. 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

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

  24. 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

  25. 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!

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

  27. 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!!

  28. 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

  29. Your studio table looks like glorious fun to me!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

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

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

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

  35. 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!

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

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

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

  39. 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 !

  40. 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

  41. Looking very creative, by the way I can’t work if everything is organized 🙂

  42. 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!


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

  44. 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!


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