Friday, June 18, 2010

Where This Blogger Creates..

  Welcome to Where Bloggers Create~hosted by the lovely and talented Karen Valentine of
My Desert Cottage! I am joining hundreds of other bloggers in giving a tour of my studio. Be sure to check Karen's blog for all the other fabulous tours as well. Be sure to have a big glass of iced tea with ya! ;-)
"Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble. It is the beauty of things unconventional."
That quote resonated with me when I first read it several years ago. It helped free me up from striving to be perfect. And my studio is a perfect example of Wabi-sabi!! ;-)
So here's the entry to my studio. It sits on the side of our house in the backyard..

Steve planted a window box for me and I set in a 'border' of broken dishes...

Here is the view when you open the door..

 The view outside from where I sit..the wonderfully fragrant jasmine wafts through the window!

All the items I have for storage I've bought from garage sales and thrift stores, plus gifts that friends have given me. This vintage shoe holder is a garage sale find..

I used clothes pins (thrift store find) as labels..

I had 'mosaic-ed' this tool box years ago with images of dishes, cut them in assorted shapes and decoupaged them onto the box. It used to hold  pretty luncheon dishes in my kitchen. Now it holds cute files I found at Tuesday Morning.. :-)

Close-ups of some goodies!

Inspirational vignette..I made the magnet board by spray painting a cheap tray~drilled a couple of holes in the top and thread wire thru it. Made magnets out of Scrabble tile and decoupaged flat marbles..

Picture of our kids when they were in high school/college above the shelf of boxes..

Sentiments that mean so much to me... does this picture! ;-)

Also special to me is the black and white pic of Courtney as a little muse! And picture of my mom and dad with baby Courtney. How I miss my mom...

As you can see, I label EVERYTHING! When I set out to decorate this studio, I just grabbed whatever I had to use as storage. This plant stand worked perfectly to hold various containers within an arms reach.

I like to do small, detail work. This sugar bowl works perfectly to hold small paper clippings that I toss in there as I'm working. Then when it's full, I just throw the whole thing out.

This was a CD holder I picked up at a garage sale..turned it on it's side and hung it above the window. It now houses small boxes..

Inspiration Board..seems like every studio I see has one!

This quote is so true for me!! :-)
Another funny little thrift store find!

And this is my version of a "keep out" sign. I made it for those times I want to be left alone to dream and create...or secretly making something for a member of the family!
So that's the tour of my studio. It's a humble little abode, and I don't expect I'll ever win any awards for it, but it's a fun place for me, and I'm grateful I have a small place to call a studio!
Thank you, Karen, for being a wonderful hostess and may God bless you! Hope you get some much needed rest after all the hard work you've put into this wonderful Blog Party!
"Always leave enough room in your life to do something that makes you
happy, satisfied, or even joyous."
Author Unknown


  1. Myrna....your studio is simply CHARMING! go girl! Truly it is so fun, artsy, funky, romantic, eclectic and creative.....just like the artist that uses it!
    What a transformation from a couple years ago when I saw it! It looks like a truly fun place to work now! Toni

  2. Myrna, Love your room, and all inside,..
    You made so clever use of the walls,inside,-and you have lots of beautifull treasures, I
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. charming your studio...and so organized!
    Have a nice party day

    my best regards


  4. What a very delightful studio! Lots of fun stuff to create with here....
    Enjoy the party :-} ~Mary~

  5. Lovely ... wonderful ... organized ... romantic ... and PERFECT. It must be a dream to work in a space a beautiful as yours.

  6. What a delight to have such a space to call your own to create and be pleasured by the scent of jasmine, sweetpea. It's delight, compact and just beautiful for creating. I just think it's perfect!!

  7. So cute Myrna! You have some great storage ideas! Love the basket you mounted and the tray you painte. I'm "Stealing" okay,,,,borrowing, your little dish/bowl idea for paper scrap! Perfect, as I always seem to generate lots of that!
    Enjoy the tours and thanks for Sharing!

  8. Love your labels...what ahappy little spot..
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Myrna, Your studio is sweet and fun! I love your labels and your curtains and, well, everything. It's so nice to have a place of your own where you can close out the rest of the world for a while!
    I love your closing quote too, How true!
    Have a great weekend, Sherry

  10. I love your little room. Love how you used various objects for storage. Gives the room personality!

  11. Hi Myrna,
    I love your studio; it's like a charming little fairy tale cottage. I don't think it would be humanly possible to be inside this cheerful space and be at all sad, kind of like the proverbial "spoonful of sugar."

  12. I think this is the most perfect studio! I love it and I want one just like it! Thank you for the tour. Enjoy your day! Twyla

  13. It is adorable! and I love all of the treasures you've filled it with.

  14. Love your studio...just like it's own little cottage! Great inspiration! Looks like we may be neighbors...stop over at my Blog and have a look and leave me a comment!!!

  15. Such a great escape! What a creative space. Love all the nooks and crannies. So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.

  16. What a great studio, full of sentimental items, one of my very favorite things in the world! I love what you've done with your space and that you can enjoy jasmine and bits of nature going on outside around you. So good to meet you, thank you for sharing this space with us for the party.

  17. Myrna, your studio is adorable, and so organized. I love all your goodies!!! Thanks for sharing your space! Blessings~~~Daphne

  18. I love your studio, it's just beautiful! This is so much fun visiting so many wonderful Creative Spaces, I love everything you have done.
    Have a beautiful day Lisa

  19. What a fun room! And I see some ideas I want to steal... love the clothespin labels and the faux mosaic!

  20. What a wonderful space to create! I love it!

  21. Myrna,
    What a wonderful work area !! I love the way you have it set up just the way you like it and made it YOU !!!
    I am a teddy bear artist and will be moving to Lincoln Ca. within the next month. I would love to communicate with you when I get setteled. You seem to have the same interests as I do.
    Great job on your Blog.

  22. Awww such beautiful treasures you have displayed beautifully throughout your creative space!! I love the window box and what a great idea w/ the broken plates as borders!! Thank you for sharing and inspiring:O)

  23. What a lovely space! You are my kind of gal! I love the fabric skirts around tables etc. If you stop by my blog you'll see why.
    Best wishes,

  24. What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

    I adore all of your storage solutions.

  25. The cottage romantic look of your room makes me feel so happy. I could practically smell the jasmine. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
    You are inspiring!

  26. Such a beautiful place to create and be inspired in! I love it!

  27. I think your studio is charming! Its full of wonderful things - and you get to breathe in the heavenly scent of jasmine!

  28. Love your space. The window treatment is so cute. Love your vignettes and storage ideas. I'm going to steal a few of those.

  29. Hi sweet Myrna!!! Ohmygoodness girl, your studio is GORGEOUS to me!!!! I love the way you've used items in a different way ~ just like the CD storage basket and the plant've collected so many beautiful treasures, no wonder your artwork is so wonderful!!!! I hope you are doing great and your family is as well ~ and I just love your sweet studio! hugs and love, Dawn

  30. It feels like your studio is so filled with love...

  31. I LOVE your studio. The table skirt and retro fabric at the window are wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  32. I think your creative space is chock full of the tip on using the clothes pins as labels...thanks for sharing it all with us! I just adored your studio!

  33. Hi Myrna! Oh my, I have such a long way to go! I'm finally able to make it over for a visit! I love your studio! It looks like a great place to visit friends for a craft day! I also think the labeling of everything is not only practical when you have lots of stuff, but also very charming! Thank you so much for being a part of my party! It would not have been the same without you!
    My Desert Cottage

  34. you have a great space to create in love how you organized everything!!!

  35. great place you've created for yourself! love all those treasures too~

  36. Hi Myrna!

    Oh, I am SO GLAD you shared your sweet creative space!!! It is SO YOU!! Just precious, cozy, inviting, and VERY inspiring! I love your fabric skirt on the worktable, and that vintage shoe holder is adorable! (love the clothespin labels - you clever girl!!) Every nook and cranny is filled with wonder and fabulousness. I'd dearly love to have a cup of coffee in there with you someday...just looks like the kind of place I could hang out in forever! :o)

    So good to visit with you!! Take care sweet friend!!

    Hugs & Blessings,

  37. I totally believe in labeling, too. I loved your itty bitty trash can and so many of your other storage solutions, including the CD holder (how clever) and the plant stand.

    What struck me about your space when I first saw it was all the walls were PEGBOARD. So functional, practical, and handy. As you can tell, I was totally impressed with this warm and inviting space. Thanks for sharing it.

  38. Wow, Myrna! I just love your space! So many fabulous ideas! So many wonderful storage ideas and just so pretty to look at. I love the feminine feel of your room and all the vintage goodies are wonderful!!!

  39. The peg board is such a great idea! Love all the creative storage you have!

  40. I am working my way through all of these beautiful spaces! Oh, how lucky you are to have your own separate space, a real studio. And all thrifting finds! It is gorgeous! When you need to be completely underwhelmed, take a look at my space! ha!


  41. I would be so excited every time I walked through that door! What a great studio! I think the only question would be what do I work on first. : ) It's wonderful and I really enjoyed looking around at everything.

  42. What fun!!! I love your creative space and all the displays!! Such creative use of space - the CD holder over the window, the clothespins for many great practical and fun ideas! And so many wonderful little things to create with!!! Thanks so much for the tour - loved your creative space!!!


    Romeo and "her"

  43. Hi Myrna,
    I think your creative space is so fun and beautiful. You have so many great ideas for storage and I also love the clothespins for labels. Thanks for sharing with us.

  44. What a happy place to play! You have so many fascinating collections of supplies. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

  45. Oh My! Your space is so funky and fun--happy and inspirational! I had to click on each photo and just look closely at each one to see how you used your little knick-knacks and such. I'm so inspired. I use flea market finds, thrift store and yard sale finds as well. Thanks for sharing your warm and cozy place with us.

  46. Myrna, I absolutely love your studio, what a delightful palace to create in!
    I will have to look at the photos again to see if I missed anything!
    Thanks for sharing, love it~

  47. Oh girl what a GREAT space you have nade to work in...I think I would spend all my time in there just looking at all the wonderful things you have...I pray all is well in your world my Dear friend...Hope you have a GREAT fourth...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  48. It's fantastic. You have made use of every bit of space and I love using garage sale finds! Your studio is what a studio should be. I enjoyed my visit! Connie

  49. I love your itty bitty trash holder, complete with label AND the great repurpose of the plant stand. The plant stand is a stroke of genius! Thank you so much for sharing.

  50. Your studio is charming and inspirational. Love all your sweet touches and precious organizational solutions

  51. Lovely space, like a little cottage. and your starage spaces are really nice (my favourite is the old CD holder that you hooked up on the wall,the plant stand and the magnet board you made). Very lovely!!

  52. Good Morning,
    Your studio is fabulous. I love the shoe caddy with the clothes pins for markers. I would love to visit in person. I could look around for hours.

    Yes, I am still making my rounds through the participants in Karen's "Where Bloggers Create" event...and having a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. ~Natalie

  53. Myrna, what a wonderful place to create your beautiful work. You have so many goodies, it would be so much fun to be so organized.

    Thank you for stopping in my store. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. You must come back soon. Blessings, sandi

  54. Myrna, now how could I miss this beautiful studio so close to home (I live in Elk Grove!)

    You have such an awesome studio and a beautiful home as I've been pursuing through your blog!

    This was such a grand party but with SO many attendees I have failed miserably at visiting everyone!!


  55. What a lovely studio to create in.. I fancy the idea of jasmine outside your window! I'm going to steal that idea. Have a blessed weekend.
    Warm greetings from South Africa.

  56. What an amazing studio. It is gorgeous. I loved looking at every photo. You have amazing storage ideas and it is all so pretty.


  57. I love, love, love this space! So charming! I was just saying to my hubby that I wanted to convert my potting shed into a studio...but I'll have to figure out where to put all my garden stuff! xo (Following you!)