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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Just thought I'd pop in and say a quick 'HI'!! I've been comin' and goin' and will have lots to share in the coming weeks....
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that the lovely Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage
is hosting her second Where Blogger's Create party. It's become a really big deal this year, with almost 500 participants, plus Jo Packham of Where Women Create magazine is offering several wonderful prizes!
I'm using this opportunity to join in the fun to motivate me to get my studio in order. By no means do I expect to win anything as it's a simple little studio. But I've had several people email me asking to see it, so I thought this would be a good time to show it!
See ya Friday!!

"Be yourself, no one can ever tell you you're doing it wrong."
(Author Unknown)