My Creative Space

Do you have a creative space to call your own? It is something that I have longed for my whole life. I have never lived in a house that had an office space or even a spare bedroom. All of my creating has happened at the kitchen table, dining room table, or couch.

Until now. Yay!

Some of you may know that I celebrated a special milestone birthday this month. I made my husband promise not to plan any type of surprise party on my behalf. While I love a good party, I definitely do not enjoy being the center of attention at a celebration. Thankfully, he honored my request and in place of a party, planned out this very special surprise that is the best gift I have ever received. Like ever.

This space makes my heart sing.

The best part about this gift from my husband is that he secretly made it happen during my three day trip to Vegas. He had previously picked out the desk from a local consignment shop and had them paint and distress it with my favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint makes everything look beautiful. I could not have picked a better desk myself. It is absolutely perfect for what I do.

The floating shelf is so functional. I love how I can just reach up and grab the paper I need for making lapbooks.

Check out the desk pull-out that gives me extra work space! I’ll have to try really hard not to get marker and glue stick on that smooth white surface.

I also love the hanging file system for organizing my work(s) in progress. That lapbook in the top file is my current project. Follow my TPT store to be the first to know about it. 😉

Now let me zoom out and show you the whole desk. It is located in a corner of my family room. He actually had that whole room painted as a part of the surprise. The Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter is such a wonderful neutral background for decorating.

I am still shopping around for a comfy office chair. The wooden chair is actually from my kitchen. It looks great with the desk, but does not feel so good on the back after long hours of sitting at a computer.

Here are a few other special parts of my new space. My nine year old daughter picked out those glass jars and filled them with the tools she knows I love to use.

Now I finally have a creative place to call my own. I feel so happy just sitting there at that desk with the dogs wrapped around my legs, the kids playing behind my back, and the smell of dinner wafting from the kitchen. All of this thanks to Ray, the one who listens and knows what I truly want and need.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Dailey Photography

I made these as gifts for some of my TPT buddies at a recent local meet up here in Pennsylvania. I hand painted the frames with (my favorite) Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and gave them a good coat of protective wax. There is a little wooden peg in the back to make the frame stand up on a desk.


  1. Melissa Dailey
    July 23, 2015 / 12:18 am

    What an adorable giveaway! You know I love the very last photo!Melissa from Mrs. Dailey's Classroom

  2. Karen H
    July 23, 2015 / 12:37 am

    Is your favorite color green?

  3. Triple the Love In Grade 1
    July 23, 2015 / 2:15 am

    What a beautiful work space! Your husband did an AMAZING job! Wow! You are one lucky lady :)MicheleTriple the Love In Grade 1

  4. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    What a wonderful gift your husband created for you! It really does help to have a small space to work from. I'm guessing you're working there with a smile on your face!Marion

  5. ithappenedin3rd
    July 25, 2015 / 1:44 am

    What a great gift! It's so wonderful to have a spot dedicated to your work!

  6. The Whimsical Teacher
    July 26, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Maybe you should go into professional photography instead.. these pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the distressed wood TPT blocks!! And The Life is A Story- Make Yours A Best Seller sign SOOO inspirational, and who doesn't love typewriters? I was just going to make a snarky comment about the chair, but then I see you already covered it's uncomfyness. 😀 Take Care.-Jessica akaThe Whimsical Teacher

  7. Suzanne
    July 26, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Your husband is the sweetest! What a romantic and thoughtful man. I currently work from my couch, but long for the day that I can have a little space like you have! Enjoy!SuzanneKindergarten Planet

  8. Pinkadots Elementary
    July 27, 2015 / 1:48 am

    Ok, you win…not only is your blog the cutest, but your workspace and HUSBAND are amazing. So thoughtful and sweet…for now, I am stuck on the couch, but hopefully we will move in the next year or so! 🙂 TheresaPinkadots Elementary

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