Creative Space: Patti J. Gilliam
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Hi everyone! I’ll be sharing my creative space with you today. My dear hubby and I share a home-office space that was previously a two-car garage. Neither of our vehicles would fit in the garage so we repurposed the space. I hope you enjoy the tour of my beloved girl cave!

As you walk in from the carport, you can see my computer desk, my 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock stash, Silhouette machine, printer, etc. Next to the desk is an old oak entertainment center that I painted. The top section holds completed 3-D projects. I store 12 x 12-inch cardstock and envelopes inside the glass door space. The section below that area holds my ribbon collection.

Continuing around the room you can see the doorway into the house. The office door is covered with photos of our little kids from St. Jude?s. We?ve donated monthly since the early 80’s. To the left is my basic work space. Nothing is nailed to the wall. There are two 2-drawer file cabinets the countertop rests on. On the counter are two plastic drawer units with a plywood board across them. My hubby mounted halogen lighting on the underside of this board. The stamp units are placed against the wall. The plywood shelf holds a bin of assorted supplies like adhesives, glossy accents, reinkers, embossing powders and more. This 5-foot area used to be my only space! The bookcase is where I take photos of my finished projects. The white baskets below hold clear stamps.

To the left of my work space you will see the area where my dies hang and a closet door to the right. There is another L-shaped desk to the left in this photo. The furniture was being thrown out by someone and we rescued it!

Here is a better view of the closet. I get the lower section and hubby gets the upper section.

The basket on the left in this photo holds paper pads that are seasonal; the basket on the right holds papers that can be used all year. You can see a corner of a 2-drawer file cabinet which was also in the throwaway pile that we rescued. It holds my Cuttlebug, Dream Kutz, and another stamp rack. Inside the drawers are years of CardMaker magazines.


Here is a better photo of the rescued office furniture. This piece holds my Grand Calibur®, bling, Copic® markers, current design team stamps, catalogs, colored pencils, etc. The glass jar holds baker?s twine that I?ve wrapped around my grandma?s old wooden spools. Under the desk is a rolling cart that has current 12 x 12-inch patterned papers in it.


On the desk behind the paper cutter are two spinning kitchen organizers that hold rulers, scissors, Perfect Layers cutting tools, paper punches, etc. A good friend made the fun desk photo of me many years ago and it is one of my favorite things.

Under the other section of the desk are plastic drawers. The left three drawers hold white, black and kraft cardstock scraps. Directly above that is a bin with current 6 x 6 paper pads. The blue bins hold “important stuff” like felt, feathers, cheesecloth, etc. The three white drawers hold finished cards and cards from my creative friends that I can never part with.


This view sort of puts my space in perspective size-wise. I?m standing behind the back of the L-shaped desk. From here you can almost see my whole room. The bookshelf holds other creative hobby items like spray paints, glass jars, alterable items, etc.

Well, that?s it! I have a LOT of stuff crammed neatly organized in this space. For some of you, it?s probably a tiny room. For others, it?s probably a dream come true space. I love being in this room. From the Cherish Each Precious Day (my blog name) sign above my work space to the furry critters on the wall watching me work, it?s my zen room!

In full disclosure, this room does not always look like it does in the above photos. Most days it looks like the photo above!

Thanks for looking!


Patti J.

37 Responses to Creative Space: Patti J. Gilliam

  1. Lori Kobular says:

    Wow! You have such a great Craft Room and I love the sign over your desk area that has the name of your blog on it! So cool!! I want to come and play in your craft room!!

  2. Dawnll says:

    Oh Patti, I am thrilled to get a view into your room.Can’t believe all these years I have never seen your room.Thanks for sharing this great room.

  3. I wanna go to Patti’s house and PLAY!!!

  4. Wow Patti…LOVE your creative space and the rescued furniture and how you have utilized it to the greatest degree. It is just such a happy place and love your organization down to seasonal patterned paper baskets!. I am reworking my area and you have given me some ideas 🙂

  5. Cheryl W says:

    I am happy for you that you have such a great space to work. Isn’t it amazing how many items we seem to “need” to create cards, 3-D projects and other crafty things? It seems I have a lot, even in my teensy, tiny corner of our basement. 🙂 However, my small space does make me think twice about every crafty purchase I make.

  6. Lois Bak says:

    Wonderful stamping space, Patti! Wasn’t it fortunate that your cars wouldn’t fit in the garage. I particularly like the salvaged office furniture — what a great find!

  7. Linda Heithold says:

    I like to see craft rooms like this. There are beautiful room on the web where everything matches and some are huge, but I don’t think that’s the way for most of us. I do have a nice space but wish I had more. Not everything matches and it has to serve as a craft room, sewing room and sometimes bedroom. Still, I’m very happy to have space and spend all the time I can in there. I love to see how others organize their stuff and am always reorganizing mine with new ideas others are kind enough to share. Thank you.

  8. Melissa says:

    It’s so neat (and kind of strange) seeing your space online, Mom! I can attest to both how organized this space is much of the time, and how much it looks like that last picture on other days. When it looks like that last picture though? That’s the magic’s happening. 🙂

  9. Pam Sparks says:

    Hi Patti! Wonderful room you have there! So fun to venture in to your space! *grin* You might have a teensy bit more room to walk between stuff than I do! hoho TFS!

  10. Janet Castle says:

    Thanks for sharing your creative space… doing so, you will spark many with ideas to rearrange their own space….I know I saw a few ideas!!!!
    Than YOu!!
    Paper Hugs,

  11. Mindy says:

    Wow you rescued both pieces of furniture you are so LUCKY! I love that desk and file cabinet I hope to purchase the white version of it one day with free shipping. Thank you for sharing all of your ideas it sure does look like a comfortable fun place to work!

  12. Beth Norman says:

    Oh Patti, I’m so envious of your room. It is gorgeous. No wonder you pump out such beautiful work all the time–you have loads of inspiration and products.

  13. Nancy L. says:

    Your space it Amazing and so organized! Great job being featured! I got a couple of ideas too! Thanks for inspiring!

  14. Lisa F says:

    Wow, what an amazing crafty space!! I love how organized you are, Patti!! I would love to come play!!

  15. Wow! I may start turning green after looking at your wonderful space! What a cute picture to have on your desk, too.

  16. Monika Reeck says:

    Oh Patti wow wow amd woooowww
    I want to visiting you 🙂
    you have complete stuff
    many inks many stamp cuttle bug
    papers all all what woman want as card maker you have
    my stuff maybe only 10% than your stuff
    Lovely and cozy room you have
    would be so happy to play paper and ink together with you…
    hugs, Monika

  17. Lena says:

    I’m so happy to see your girl cave. It looks wonderful and so organised. And yes, my craft room turns into a crap room in less than an hour, especially when I’m trying to figure out what embellies and paper to use. But just as it becomes a crap room in a short amount of time, it takes me no time to tidy it all up again, so in the end, it’s all good 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your crafting space 🙂
    Lena’s Creations

  18. I was so very happy to get to see your wonderful and super organized space!!! A place for everything and everything in its’ place – That is what I thought when I saw it!!! Happy Day – you are lucky and very fortunate to share a CRoffice with your hubby!! Have a wonderful day!!!

  19. Rush'd Lady says:

    Patti, Love your craft room/office. Makes me eager to get ours completed. I was curious to know how chilly your room gets since it was an old garage? I don’t want to store my inks and paint in my shed studio because I thought they might freeze since I can’t afford to run the heater all the time. The shed is insulated. Thanks for sharing with us!

  20. Diana Dawson says:

    Wow, Patti! What a great craft room!! I can see you there working up a storm! Love ya!!

  21. lisa808 says:

    Awesome craft space. tfs

  22. Melisa Waldorf says:

    LOVE your crafty space! Thank you for sharing with us!

  23. Paige Reid says:

    I am lucky enough to have seen your girl cave in person! I LOVE your organization! I guess if one is not organized, nothing could get done! I am so impressed with all your creativity! Thank you for sharing with us all!
    Love ya,

  24. April Story says:

    What a great space. So full of great tools and so cozy.

  25. Olga Jewell says:

    amazing space, you lucky girl!!!!!

  26. Sue Drees says:

    Patti, loved the tour of your stamping space. So organized. Thanks for sharing with all of us, it’s fun to see where others do their best work!!


  27. Lynne in NI says:

    Great to see round your crafty space Patti, you did make me laugh with your messy pic at the end LOL

  28. beth b says:

    What’s the thing hanging on the door?

  29. Michele says:

    What type of lights do you have hanging off of your shelf? What type of paper cutter do you like best?

  30. Kim Heggins says:

    Wow…what a fabulous room! So many wonderful goodies to play with! Thanks so much for sharing your craft room with us…DoubleClick Skittles Designer Kim

  31. Terri Burson says:

    What a fabulous space to craft in! Thanks so much for linking up to the Skittles Challenge!

    Terri Burson
    Skittles DT member

  32. abusybee says:

    What a great space! So much to see! Love the rescued furniture and your wooden stamps! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

  33. Alicia says:

    great job with clean up and repurposing your garage!


  34. Patti – So glad that you joined us over at DoubleClick with this post about your Craft Space! Thanks so much – Have a happy weekend!!
    Taunya Butler
    Double Click Design Team

  35. Payel says:

    Gorgeous space! Love it!! Thank you for joining the Doubleclick Skittles challenge! Design Team Member – Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

  36. Sharon Ward says:

    Thanks so much for showing several angles. It gives ideas for better space usage and reminds that furniture doesn’t have to be along walls. Thanks for re-purposing so much. It’s inspiring!

  37. Mary Moisan says:

    just found this… so cool. love your space.

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