Saturday, July 14, 2012
It's a Studio Party!!
Oh, mylanta! It's not only a new look to my blog (more to come at
a later post) but I have joined a blog studio party! WoohooO! Good
times... good times! So let's get started as I have lots to show you.
I live in a home built in 1929 which makes my heart sing! And the
quirks? Like when you drop a bead on this floor and it takes off on
its own due to a slight slant? Love it! Reminds me of that Seinfield
episode where Jerry and Elaine go apartment hunting. They find
the floors are uneven. Elaine goes into this goofy sliding of her
foot to emphasis the issue.. not once but over and over again. Yup,
that was me when we were looking to buy this beauty! Too funny!
I love the little entry way into this room. Great for extra storage. The
bench was bought at auction.. the hydrangeas are from my backyard..
the basket is filled with file folders jammed with inspiration torn from
magazines. And the wallpaper? Individually pasted from a vintage
gardening book. I really enjoyed this project and was so tickled when
it was completed. Darling Husband comes along to admire my work but
notices that there is a corner not glued down. Instantly, he pulls it off!
I LOVED that little quirk in sea of perfection! Gone! GONE!! Some people
don't get it.
So, come on in! You will notice that things are pretty clean and sparse.
Several months ago, it looked filled to the brim.. every nook and cranny filled.
I love seeing that look but for me it was too disjointed and busy. For those
who have been to art retreats and have sat next to me, you know the waste
bin has to be in very close proximity to where I am working. Clutter drives
me crazy. Enough said. And see the little work table?
It can easily slide under my larger work station! Out of the way for
those times when you need to do some wild crazy dancing!
So back to the little table.... my mannequin is wearing an apron I made
for Kim Caldwell's Moulin Rouge event. I took a skirt, attached a bib
to it, embellished it with bits from a vintage crocheted placemat.. and
Voila! Very flouncy!!
My major work station. As in this one seems to hold most of the overflow
when working on a project. Two chippy chests supporting butcher block
counter top from IKEA. Lots of storage here! Oh.. and in case I forget to
mention later, the duffel bag in the far right (there are two) are old
navy duffel bags holding masses of laces!
Is this not gorgeous?? I was the lucky bidder at a country auction! Love!!
Bookcases, that belonged to my aunt, filled with clear bins from the
Container Store.. who doesn't love that place?! Very tidy, I know... but
I have come to the conclusion that my main focus is textiles, book making,
collage, and jewelry. Ok... truth be told I take jewelry classes. Love the tools.
Love seeking out the bits and pieces. And that's where it comes to a screeching
halt. I'm flawed!!!!
I mean, who can't be entranced by the bling???? Notice the top can't shut?
Another trip to the Container Store for the shoe box size. If I ever bump
up to the sweater size, just come over and slap me silly if I haven't started
to create something with these beauties!
Love old paper.... love, love, love!!
And of course, fabric. I have been my way around many a fabric store,
when I was little, and it still calls to me. The funny thing was when I
did my reorg, I thought I wouldn't have enough space. I thought I had
overdosed on collecting. Well, people, I am beyond thrilled to see I have
more room left. Now, where are my car keys? Time to go hunting!!
Magnetized containers holding beads set on a hanging vintage screen window
"Wall Art" on the closet door......
And inside the closet? Take a peak!
gobs of buttons.... I can't help myself!
Two drawers full of ribbon and twine...
What a tangled web it was but I think I tamed the wild beast, don't you?
Back to the entry way of my studio where there is a double door closet.
The backbone to every project is housed here.
Well, that is it! Tour done! NOT! Like most of us, there is never enough
collecting. As I mentioned, I love books. Making books. Collecting journals.
Down the hall, in the guest bedroom, I keep all my supplies in here....
Think we're done NOWWWW????? Of course not! Take a walk down into
the basement and there is more stuff that is beautiful in my eyes! Like...
(Oh... before I forget. See the box labeled "hotel cards"? Oh, yeah..I keep
every single one from my trips. That was the inspiration for the book I
created in Pages premier issue. What a thrill that was! )
like.... oval mini picture frames......... glitter stored in vintage perfume
victorian photo albums purchased at only the right price....
... and projects started but not completed.
So there you have it! My studio and my stuff! I can't thank my new friend,
Karen Valentine http://www.mydesertcottage.com/, enough for organizing this! AND for creating my new
blog design. She has the patience of Job as I have so much to learn on
the computer and she never once made me feel like a bumbling idiot! Karen
listened to my every thought on how I wanted my image to be and she
so got me! She really got me!!
Enjoy your day! As for myself... I believe I hear a garage sale calling my
name. Or is it a road trip to an antique mall. Or should I be responsible
and finish painting and distressing my mantle? Nahhhhhh... now where
are those car keys? And does anyone want to join me??!!