A cute little room with wide old windows that end a foot from the floor. A room that faces a big ol' tree in the front and windows wide enough to give me a bird's eye view of the street and sidewalk. I love all the activity outside my windows...
... the swish of the cars coming.....
... and cars going.
People walking to the train station for another day of work in Chicago, women going for their daily walk or girls coming back from Starbucks which is a block and a half away from my front door. Ok... now you see why I love it here!!! Pretty soon I am going to have my own version of "Cheers" where I walk through the door of Starbucks and everyone turns and shouts out "Kaaadee!"
Anyway, the room with a view is my studio and I love it. Now before I show you around.. which won't take long~ remember, it's a small, but darling cottage I live in~ I want to remind you that with downsizing came a lot of tossing and donating. But that's a good thing because I really need to focus more on what I truly want to do within the confines of these four walls.
The picture railing around the room was perfect to rest my distressed "BE", showcased with my banner from a swap I participated in. A great way to be greeted upon peeking into my space.
I kept my two bookcases where I still have a large stash of fabrics..
... bins of trims (my two Navy duffel bags jammed with even more laces and trims are in another room for now)....
.. love the cloth bins from The Container Store!
Like "Sophie's Choice", I had to pick which mannequin of mine moved to the new house and which one headed for storage. This precious lady drew the "lucky card" and now greets me each and every time I walk in.
She's dressed in her twirly petticoat .. studded belts... and
.. pearls layered with bling! Ahhhh.. a girl after my own heart!
I have some of my things tucked away in the large, but awkward, closet I've dubbed the Hobbit Hole! No light, but working on it.
It actually goes deeper on the right hand side. And see what I mean about needing a light? Made for a cool picture, though!
And the door knobs make my heart go pitty-pat. Reminds me of the door knobs in Alice in Wonderland with their talking "faces".
Don't you love their big "noses"? One door knob has the duty of holding my collection of keys.
So, now we turn to the right and see my work area.
The stool used to be in the master bedroom at the old house but I'm using it here to remind myself of the drop in the floor. This ol' girl was built in 1907 so, like some of us, she has done some sagging with age. I've had a couple of
The other side of that desk area, shot in the morning light. No, the cabinets are not green, but cream. The leaves on the tree outside my windows cast a green hue. I need to add lighting to this room. And whatever I choose, it has to be on the funky side. Funk mixed with junk.. oh, the ideas percolating in my little ol' head!
And as you leave this little space of mine, glance to the right. On the wall is a reminder of who I was/am.
I'm the one in the pigtails to the right of the word "Days". That little girl who loves to laugh, be silly and talk to strangers. Who, to this day, feels most comfortable sporting bangs. And in the frame underneath my class photo? My award from the fire department for writing the best essay on fire prevention, composed in the fifth grade. See? Loved to write then and still do! I think we all need to remember our roots because a little of those beginning years still hangs in the fringes of our heart!
That's it for now! Not bad for living here only three weeks, huh? Next time I show you around, the studio will have layers of yummy goodness. This is just the beginning of a love affair with my vintage cottage!
AND.... a huge "Thank You" to a very special lady who started out as an acquaintance designing my blog and has now turned into an amazing friend! Karen Valentine is again hosting the "Where Bloggers Create" party and this girl knows how to throw a good bash! Visit Karen Valentine's "Where Blogger Create" for a full list of other fabulous studio's to visit! Lots of great ideas there!
Enough chat... thanks bunches for dropping by! Now to get my party on!!
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