July 25, 2009
Where I Create - Part II
Please come in and see where I spend much of my time creating and relaxing. In my last post I created a slide show because blogger was not cooperating. Now I have been able to upload to my blog so you can visit more easily. The funny thing is that last night I got on a cleaning rampage and actually rearranged some things and my studio is a little different now. But aren't they always a work in progress? I don't think my studio has ever stayed the same from week to week.
When you come upstairs, you will see my banner hanging on the door. It is another vista print creation that I only had to pay shipping for. It's huge!
These are cubbies from an old school. My amazing husband collected several of them when they were demolishing the school. He made several trips. We have some in our den to hold books and videos, some in my daughter's room to hold her goodies, and a huge one in the garage for tools and other guy "stuff". I really lucked out with these.
The orange one on the bottom holds materials for my girls to create with. Each cubbie is about 15 inches high.
I had my girls stand in front of it to show just how high this monstrosity has become.
One of my latest growing collections are of pennants from Paris. They have been really hard to come by. The "Bazaar" picture is one my grandma Betty made years ago. It just seemed to belong in my space.
The birds are chipboard that I covered with vintage glass glitter. The Eiffel towers were a purchase.
You can never have too many flowers or types of glitter! These wooden boxes were a local find that I stacked up to make shelves for storage.
The 12 x 12 papers (above in their old home) are now in my closet outside of the master bath. I put an old baker's rack inside to hold lots of items including all of my paper. The master bedroom in now downstairs where my old studio was. I love having my studio upstairs because the girls bedrooms are near and we can all do our "thing". I also have a lot more space and a huge vaulted ceiling. No space on a wall can ever stay bare with me.
I think it was my friend Marlene who suggested I add my white lights. I had thought about it and when I brought my huge Eiffel tower upstairs that has lights, it seemed like it was time. It was a job though and luckily I had a tall enough ladder. I still have one wall to add them to. Seems kind of silly, but I like the atmosphere at night when I only have them on.
My collection of Itty Bitty books that I have contributed to. I'm pretty sure I am in every single one. I still can't get enough.
I need some serious help. Somerset publications are something I just can't resist and I can NEVER throw out. I just love them all so much. I really need to reorganize them again.
This is my mom's old dress form that she saved up for when she was a girl. I am thinking of wrapping it with fabric at some point, but with the way I love to display everything it works out very nicely. I have tags from friends and swaps, favorite finds and a real bird's nest with two vintage doves on top from my friend Nancy.
I asked my DH to pick up some wood for me one day. I thought I would just nail it flat to the wall to put my rubber stamps on. But like many conversations between men and women, I didn't explain myself correctly and words like "thing a ma jig" and "whatchamacallit" don't work. He came home with huge boards and some brackets (I think that is what they are called). I painted the board, he hung them up and then he put an inexpensive pipe through it so that I could put on spools of ribbon. I also used shower curtain hangers and clips to hang other items. I have two of these shelves and they have been a great addition.
A yard sale find that holds some of my collection of souvenirs from Paris.
Buttons, buttons, oh how I love vintage buttons. I'm a Button Floozie. Are you? If so, you should join our group!
Wonderful goodies to look at from friends, swaps, and finds.
The dresser holds more supplies and the bottom drawers hold my many embellishments.
The 12 x 12 papers are no longer located here. I have all of the pages for the Marie Antoinette
4 x 4 book swap here where they are safe. Too much beautiful work to protect.
Okay, why am I not surprised that my pictures didn't load correctly? Jeez, it's always somethin'.
My desk sits in front of this large window. I love it in the daytime when I can see all of the huge trees outside. This is a Paris banner that I made last year. I really like how it turned out.
This is a printers drawer that is in the master bath to hold my tiny collections and odds-n-ends.
The opposite wall showcases items from my many Marie Antoinette swaps as well as some things that I have made. I love being able to see this work all of the time.
Mixed up photos again, but it is just to show pictures of another one of my favorite things to collect, vintage jewelry. I love to use it on my altered art.
I found this Eiffel tower lamp on Craig's List. Actually, my friend did and she told me about it. Obviously, I love it! You can find some great storage items on Craig's List and Freecycle as well.
My collection of Eiffel tower mounted rubber stamps. I have just as many if not more that are unmounted. Like I need anymore, but it's an obsession. "Oh my gosh! An Eiffel tower stamp! I don't have that one. I must have it now!"
At one time, I had placed toile paper in my many drawers so that they were more uniform. However, even though I have my drawers labeled, it was just easier for me to have everything in view. If I don't see it, I don't always remember that I have it. That is why this room is so good for me. I have lots of room to display.
I am the BIGGEST fan of The Killers. And I mean the BIGGEST! I AM their #1 fan. This frame holds my autograph's (shirt, tickets, etc.) as well as other fan items, the drum sticks that Ronnie gave me and some pictures of me with Brandon and Ronnie. Hopefully I will be able to add more pictures of me with my boys down the road.
Plates that my mother made and my newest collection, frozen Charlotte dolls. I would like to incorporate some of them into my altered art.
More souvenirs from Paris, my grandmother's old doll, vintage souvenir spoons and an old modeling picture of myself from long ago.
I love black cats, real and vintage. These aren't all vintage, but it's a start.
And above my head while I sit at my desk, the teenager in me comes out. What a wonderful view- lol!
I hope that you enjoyed my space and that you will decide to follow my blog and visit again soon. Thanks for stopping by!