Share Your Mess: Rae’s Desk


Hello friends!

It’s Rae with you today, and I’m sharing MY MESS!  I am lucky enough to have a whole room for crafting, but today, I am sharing my desk. It’s not exactly a mess right now, but it usually is! 🙂


So this is my workspace:

This is my new glass top desk that is height-adjustible, which is wonderful for sitting or standing! I have all of my mists/sprays, pastes, and some of my paints on these shelves that are IKEA photo shelves. I have these right in front of my face so I can see all of the colors I have and USE them! The mists are arranged by brand.

Under the shelves are some metal sheets that I hung on the wall for my Prima Artisan Powders and Art Alchemy Waxes.


On the left side of my desk, I have  storage shelving that has my heat tool, adhesives, and other things that I frequently use.

I keep a regular self-healing mat and glass mat on top of my desk. (I just upgraded my glass mat with the new one from Tim Holtz (Tonic Studios). I have a few bins that I keep on my desk as well- one for supplies I am using for whatever project I am working on (the larger metal one), one small bin for inks, and one for flowers. I TRY to clean up after every project, and emptying out these bins every time I complete a projects helps me to that. When I am working with a Bad Girls Couture kit, this is where all of the products go, but I am in between kits right now and working on something else. 🙂


On the right side of my desk is my old tool carousel- it has all of my brushes, pens, and other tools I may need in a compact space.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Share Your Mess!!

Ok so I’m gonna be honest, the thought of sharing my workspace is a bit of an anxiety inducing thought!  You see, I don’t really have a dedicated workspace exactly.  When you live in a tiny little house with two young boys and run small business from home on top of that, a lot of spaces have to play double duty…sometimes triple duty or more!

So my work space is also my dinning room table, homework station, office, and family coffee shop!  My dining room table is a small round wooden table that at one moment will be strewn with permission slips to be signed, homework assignments to be done and school projects to be completed and the next moment lined with dinner plates filled with a home cooked meal and mason jars filled with cold drinks and talk of the day’s adventures.  Some days at any given moment it could be surrounded by friends and family having coffee, sharing life, laughing or sharing a good cry and then just as easily switch gears to invoicing customers and packing jewelry orders to be shipped out.  You see my studio is very much a living, breathing space.  Teeming with life, love, art and inspiration.

Theres lots of boxes of treasures and stacks of “stuff” that really have no home to speak of but it all comes together at the dinning room table.  I normally work from a couple of mobile trays that are over filled with my favorite inks, paints and tools and there is always coffee within arms reach.

A clear piece of vinyl is unfolded to create my workspace without any fear of that well loved table getting too messy, although it doesn’t always escape the scars of painting and crafting.

A fresh bouquet of flowers is normally there but pushed to the side as to give adequate work space for whatever project is top on the list.

As for where I probably should be working on these things…well I do have a desk made from an old door just to the back of this tiny room.  This desk, however, is usually filled with jewelry supplies, tools, shipping supplies and random odds and ends that inspire me but just don’t have a permanent out of sight space to call home.

So there ya have it, my well love and well used work space!  I hope this inspires you to share your mess!!

Share Your Mess

I love this theme! It’s always so interesting to look at how organized space is for creativity and storing scrap treasure! LOL… My desk is right at the window, I like a lot of sunshine)))

My motivational board))) This is a magnetic board and I can often change cards and post new photos. I really liked the book “Steal As an Artist” and I printed out a few phrases from a book that I especially liked!

For every little thing I use a chest of drawers. I decorated it myself and it was very fun. I painted it in white with a balloon of aerosol paint.

I made the handles for boxes using metal blanks from PRIM. But I needed a golden color, which I did with gold powder for hot embossing. Handles I just glued to the glossy

Black cardstock made black circles and roses. pasted them on the facades of the commode.

Relax place!