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
bottles......




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??!!



83 comments:

  1. Wonderful studio and artful space:))
    So nice to meet you too!

    Smiling,
    Kay Ellen

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    1. Thanks for visiting... I love meeting new people!! Let's keep this friendship up!!

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  2. What a beautiful creative space Kay Ellen!!! I love all of your wonderful old stash too...and I feel ya about the slanted floors :) we live in a 1925 farmhouse and of course I had to pick the room in the center of the house that so slanted it had to be braced underneath!! Everything is just gorgeous, xxoo, Dawn

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    1. You're so sweet, Dawn.... nice to hear from a fellow lover of old homes!!

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    1. Deb...... thanks for dropping by! Next time I will have tea cakes and iced tea ready and waiting!! ;-) Please come by again and I would love to have you follow me. Always nice to be around such sweet people!

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  4. Where do I start....? Perhaps I shall comment on your beautiful photos first.....?
    or how about that wall decoupaged in book pages! wow...do I love that or what?

    that mannequin is gorgeous..I have a similar one in wire.....but I keep all my tags on it....you'll have to pop on over to see what I'm talking about....

    ummm....oh yes...your love of paper, paper, and more paper.....are we kindred spirits, or what? I love paper too!

    thanks for sharing...hope to see you at my blog too!
    ciao bella

    your newest follower
    creative carmelina

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    1. I did stop by your blog.... so fabulous! I loved all the crochet work you do and the creative way you utilize that craft! That is something I have wanted to learn to do. I know how to knit but not crochet. I will drop your blog again and hope you come by mine again. I would love to have you follow it!!

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  5. Kadee what a wonderful space you have! I knew I was going to love the minute I saw your first picture with the hallway papered with book pages!

    I think the apron bottom on your mannequin is the same skirt I used to make a lamp shade for one of my lamps in my space. Would love to be able to reach in the computer and take that box of bling home with me!!

    would love for you to come by and see my new space when you have time.

    bee blessed
    mary

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    1. Hi, Mary! Thanks for all you kind remarks! Went to the weekly flea market this Sunday morning... phew! I only lasted an hour as it was so hot and humid. No jewelry finds this time but I did snag some bolts of fabric and vintage game boards. Please keep stopping by and I would love to have you follow my blog. You can make certain I will check out yours!!

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  6. kadee ... love your space! thank you for sharing it :)

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    1. Thanks, Leanne, for knocking on my door!! Anytime you want to "visit" me, I would love to have you!

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  7. What a wonderful place you have my friend. I love your spirit and reading your words. I'm inspired with your wall you covered. And so very glad you are a part of Where Bloggers Create. Your new design is lovely and fits you perfect. Looking forward to November...a good time indeed!

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    1. You're so sweet, Teresa! Can't wait to catch up in November... we will have sooooo much fun!! Shawn and I won't let you out of our sight!

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  8. Kadee, great new blog page and your tour just made me want to see it in person.... Wink wink!
    Can't wait to see you in a few short weeks!
    Shawn

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    1. Well, missy, play your cards right and you will! LOL! Would love to have you visit!

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  9. Love your creative space and especially that button piece hanging on the wall. I'm partial to hearts.

    Happy creating ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Can you believe that I have had that stored in a box for many years? Finally found just the right place. And it makes MY heart go pitty-pat, too! Hope to see you here again as I love new friends!

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  10. What a gorgeous space! I love all your pretty touches throughout and your space is so organized! I'm visiting from WBC. Hope you have a nice Sunday.

    blessings.
    Danielle

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    1. I appreciate your visiting me! Yes, that's me....organized! Most of the time. Nothing gives me more of a thrill than to purge. Please keep coming back to my blog... I would love to have you be one of my followers!

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  11. Oh girl, I am right there with you on the buttons and old paper and lace. I gasped when I saw that button wallhanging - gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Some of your furniture pieces are calling my name. I love old books and your boxes of bling. So pretty. The button wallhanging is gorgeous. I agree on the clutter-I've got to have my desk cleared off to be able to think! Love your space.

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  13. LOL! So you need to sit next to me at art retreats... we'll both have the cleanest area in the room! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you back again. I really appreciated your kind words! And I would love to have you follow my blog.. please feel free to do so!

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  14. Awesome space Kadee and so organized! Thanks for sharing!
    Diana

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    1. Diana... so glad you dropped by for a visit! Love to organize, that's for sure!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE your creative space! Mine will never have quite the same character as yours since mine is in the basement, but I do hope to get mine to the point where all of my surfaces are not covered up! You are right about us both loving vintage - I was drooling! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely photos with us!

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  16. Well...you just have the most lovely collections. And the button quilt is just yummy!! Hugs

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping on by! That bulletin board was meant as an inspiration/current work board. But when I put that up.... well, that just needed it's own spotlight! I feel so fortunate to have bought this! Please come by again as I would love to have your company!

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  17. I love the Idea with the Basket at the entrance...so am going to steal that!!!
    Your home is lovely by the way

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    1. Steal away... ha, ha!! I swear I won't get a larger basket to hold more articles because then it just gets overwhelming. And I must admit, I love gathering information. The problem happens when I just let it sit there! Same with all the books and magazines I buy! All that information is sooo precious, right? Thanks for checking out my blog.. I have had such fun with it! And remember... the door is always open so I hope to see you soon!

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  18. Beautiful Kadee!!! Your blog looks wonderful and I just adore your studio!!!

    I could twirl all day in that gorgeous apron you made! *SWOON*

    Love,
    LuLu~*xoxo

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    1. LuLu, you can twirl in that apron any ol' time!! Thanks for dropping by!

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  19. Hi Kadee! I'm finally getting over here!!! Your studio is awesome!!! It looks all neat and tidy and kind of minimalist, and then pow! you start showing all your goodies and I'm thinking where is all coming from???? That box of bling made my heart skip a beat and I love the apron you made. It is yummy!!! Thank you so much for playing with us and joining the party. It wouldn't have been the same without you!!!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Already I am hoping I get invited next year as it's been soooo much fun!! You're a dear for doing this for all of us!

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  20. Love your studio!! Just lovely!! And you are soooooo organized!! Come to Alabama please! I'll make the tea and biscuits....you can bring your organization skills!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    1. I am on the next plane!! LOL! Love to purge and organize!!

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  21. One of the greatest things about these blog hops is finding out how many people are just like me! The lace, fabric, buttons, threads, books, embellishments, glitter and ephemera that I take such delight in are echoed everywhere. This is a great space, thanks for sharing.

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  22. Elegant! Your space is peaceful, pretty, and playful. Thank you for sharing all your creative delights.

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  23. Love EVERYTHING.......love how most of it is behind cabinet doors.....but, everything is still organized so nice....great space!!!!

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  24. Lovely studio and that box of bling certainly got my heart racing. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

    Jenny

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  25. Wow! Beautiful space(s). :-) So glad I stopped by.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  26. Awesome! I love your spaces and your antique furniture! My house has those kinds of things too - just not in the craft room!

    Thanks for sharing your space and your beautiful home.... I will be back to see your creations! (And you were a lucky bidder! That button wall hanging is GORGEOUS!)

    Take care,
    Stacey

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  27. Great tour and fabulous studio. I love the neatness and organization....every thing neat and tidy. Oh Well I can Dream. Your little entrance way is perfect the wall is so inspiring. I want to come over and play. Thanks for dropping by and I am so happy you joined the party. Kathy

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  28. Ah love all the vintagy-goodness.... and yes, old houses just have "character". I love them too! Great tour, thank you!

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  29. I loved touring your creative space : all is so neat, clear, tidy and you have certainly beautiful treasuries in all those boxes and drawers.
    You have also a very good light coming from the window. I like very much the heart with buttons and the heart marked Kadee.

    Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments.

    Blessings and Bonjour de France !
    Hélène

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  30. Okay Kadee, I'll grab my car keys and meet ya half way. I'm sure we can find many a flea market, yard sales, tag sales and on and on. I'm sure we can rustle up some yummy regional foods for our pallets and fill our creative spaces with lots of special finds. I so enjoyed your blog, your creative space...such a dream. Thanks so much, look forward to visiting you again!
    Suzy at Weathered or Not

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  31. Great room, Kadee! I love your space. Great window and I love that window treatment! That apron is gorgeous and I even love the little tulle skirt your smaller mannequin is wearing. Lots of supplies must make it easy to find what you need and always provide inspiration. I enjoyed the tour of your creative space!

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  32. Your space is so wonderfully organized! I love the cluttered look of some of the other studios, but I would be too distracted - I need a less, like you. Love your apron!

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  33. All those jars of goodies and boxes of bling...that button wall hanging is divine! Thanks for sharing! And also thanks for visiting a few days ago and leaving such a sweet comment! Have a lovely weekend!

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  34. This is AMAZING Kadee! What I wouldn't give for those tubs of bling!!!! So glad I got to see this lovely creative space.

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  35. this space is exquisite, Kadee. I love the light and all the beauty you surround yourself with. I can't wait to come back and see more....
    Thanks for stopping by Blueskies, my sewing machine is a Brother and I love it!!! Very easy to use for someone who doesn't sew.
    xo
    lynn

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  36. Hi Kadee,
    Wow girl, we are quite alike..lol..
    Love your space and all of your creative supplies.
    I love how you have your supplies displayed without being over done or cluttered.
    Although, I think cluttered is very pretty, I have found that my brain just cant create in it, that's why I purged so much of my stuff.
    I really like your entryway to your studio as well. The wall with the pages is awesome, I've been thinking since i saw your wall, where I could do one in my home :)
    It's great to meet you and see where you create!

    ~Diane

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  37. It takes a long time to get through everyone's studio, but yours was well worth the time it took. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed your beautiful space. I am a new follower here.

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  38. Oh, dearest Kadee!!! How I LOVE your space! And oh, how I wish you could come over to my home and help me organize mine. Such a wonderful feeling I get when looking at your creative home here . . . Thank you so much for sharing it with us. And thanks, too, for visiting me and for your lovely comment. There were SO MANY creative souls at TCC last year, don't you think? Oh how I wish they could have held it again! Perhaps some day it will return. (I'll be there!) I'm a new follower . . . Can wait to learn more about you!

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  39. Oh I love it! I love the lighting you get from the windows too! The lace is yummy and all your bins filled with goodies..just wonderful! Thanks for visiting my space too! Oh how I enjoy visiting others and having them visit me..hugs..Lovey

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  40. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. As for the simple and clean, yeah that's kind of not me. I am a whirlwind when I am doing a project or three at a time. I usually have a dresser or cabinet getting painted in the kitchen, I am in the process of sewing drapes for every room in the house. Four done, 2o to go. The garage usually has at least two pieces of furniture waiting paint and there is something in the driveway drying after being spray painted. I admit, I tidied a bit! A whole lot bit. I am sitting the most when I am at this computer. So I admire your need to have it uncluttered and so wish I could be the same. Thank goodness my husband knows how I am and still loves me for it. I am so glad you found me, spite my messiness, I think we can be good bloggin friends, seeing as we have a lot in common. The buttons and books are all over my home and I love lots of white. I can't wait for more time to visit more often.

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  41. Great tour kadee! Enjoyed seeing your studio and nicely organized treasures!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Theresa! I was so excited to see YOUR space and discovered your love for paper, paints and inks. That was how I first started on this creative journey before I gravitated to textiles. I so appreciate your work. I hope to "see" you again as you're always welcomed!

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  42. LOL I have so many projects that I have started but not finished! Thank you for all the close ups! SO many wonderful treasures to look at!I love seeing the light spill in on the wood floors in the first picture! Lovely room!

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  43. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for your lovely comment about my studio, it really means so much. I wish mine was as organized as yours, and that shabby white table is to die for!

    xo, abby

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  44. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello. I am very impressed with your studio, however, you're much neater than I am. And yes, we really do have a lot in common. It seems though that you have discovered a new direction and I am still floundering around trying to focus on what I really want to do. I like so many different mediums that I am easily blown by every whim that comes along. Envious of all your bling! Can't really seem to find a source around these parts but will continue to scout it out.

    Come visit when you can.
    Claudia

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  45. Would love to have a window like you have . I work in a basement with no windows
    I'm going back to look more.
    Be safe and Dream big
    laura

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  46. Ah, Kadee, what a peaceful creative space! You're right, we have the same taste in sunny yellow walls and many of our collections. Love your style and delightful way with words, your joyful personality shines through it all! Wish we were closer to create in eachother's studios! That would be fun! So glad you shared your lovely studio and all it's beautiful contents! Looking forward to being inspired by your work too! (That book owl!...my gracious what an incredible piece!)
    Many creative and art-filled days to you, Kadee!

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  47. delightful tour...enjoyed my tea! ;) where to start....we are kindred spirits indeed...adore old paper too....those oval mini frames....your manny....LOVE the magnetized tins on the screen....so much eye candy! i so enjoyed my visit. i am your newest follower now too! nice to meet you! ;0

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  48. absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing your space and for visiting mine, as well. Have a great week xox

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  49. I sure wish I had your tidiness skills! I love that clean look. You still have wonderful things, they are just under control. How nice. I'm like that in the kitchen, everything needs to be cleared and cleaned, but in the studio I am a pig. I wish I wasn't.

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    1. Hey Karla..... there is something about picking up that feeds my soul. Maybe the thought that if things are tidied up that means I have finished a project and can move onto the next. Who knows! Thanks for visiting my studio space! Chat with you soon!

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  50. How fun! I loved your space before I even got to the post...your header is wonderful! With the goodies you have lovingly stored, I can't wait to see what you make and will be back to explore you blog.
    Thanks so much for opening up your craft space for us to drool over!
    Blessings, Doni

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  51. Doni.... thanks so much for coming on over to my studio! And thanks for becoming one of my followers! I left a comment on your last post and wanted to return the favor of becoming a follower on your blog. Unfortunately, it didn't pull up. Hmmmm.... that has happened on a couple of other blogs, too. However, that won't deter me from visiting you again... and again... and again! Thanks for your kind words and "see" you soon!

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  52. Love your wonderful space! I am drooling over your gorgeous fabrics and trims! My favorite storage is the gum display:so cute! Thanks for sharing your space with us.
    Hugs,
    Kristi

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  53. Don't you just love funky ways to display things... in regards to your sweet comment about the gum display! My husband and I took a week road trip last summer and of course, I had to stop at any and all antique malls, right??!! There it was waiting for me to buy.... even the husband liked it!.... and now, every time I see it, that day last summer. Thanks for noticing it and thanks so much for dropping by!

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  54. Kadee,

    First off, I love your blog design, you and Karen did well coming up with it! Now onto your studio(s). . . Beautiful spaces, all! I love all the same things and was so jealous looking at your collections. You have made some beautiful things and I so enjoyed the tour of your space. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

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  55. Good morning! and thanks for starting my day with a smile! I'm so glad you dropped by studio. Would you believe that I am still adding to it? Especially after all that purging??!! What the heck! But... am I ever having fun with it!

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  56. OMG, I just love your space and how you set up all the different work stations and especially the major work station. And all that vintage yarn, paper, books and well everything, oh!!! Really enjoyed the tour, now I have to explore more in your blog : )

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! Would you believe that with all that purging I am back at filling up space? What the heck!!! LOL

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  57. I absolutely adore your studio, your work station is my dream! I love all the drawers...large work space....wonderful and roomy, wow!!

    Your supplies are amazing but then again you are near some of the most incredible flea markets - I miss Sandwich, IL - they have great antique shows there.

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    1. Rhonda.... would you believe I have only been once in 10 years to Sandwich? After reading your comment, I think I need to put that one back on the list! One of my life goals is to hit as many flea markets around the country as possible. And I'm working on that!!! :-)

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  58. OK not only is your craft stash stunning in it's vintage glory, but the photography on your blog is truly wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing, I'm gonna be a new follower :O)

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  59. I'm so glad you dropped by! And thanks for following... it means a lot when someone enjoys the same things you do.

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  60. Aloha Kadee,
    I'm in love with your crafting space! You have wonderful treasures, you're so organized, you have tons of storage space, I love it. Most of all, I had to wipe up the drool when I spotted your containers of bling and vintage jewelry!
    Thank you so much for such a fun tour!

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    1. Aren't you sweet to have dropped on by! Thanks so much for your kind words! Yes, the jewelry bits and bling keep being added to although lately I've gotten bitten by the bookbinding bug. That means the search is on for more papers of all kinds. And trips to the library where they have a small section of free books for the taking! Who could deny themselves of free bookboard??!!

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  61. I love your space! The cabinets that holds your fabric are to die for! So glad I stopped by...Thanks so much for the tour ♥ ஆ

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Helena! Those cabinets were actually white when I bought them. Typical me.... I had to repaint them a creamy, soft yellow. Pasted vintage book pages on the back to add interest. Of course, with all that fabric it can't be seen but I know it's there!! Do keep coming back to see what I'm up to.... I'd love to have you!!!!

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