Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II Blog Party! Come see my creative space!

So, Welcome to my creative space. I have to be honest today and tell you that I have spent the last several days up to midnight last night organizing and trying to make everything as neat as possible. Nothing like the threat of public humiliation to get your hiney in gear, LOL. I really needed this "Where Bloggers Create" blog party to get me motivated. 
Disorganization was getting pretty bad. All I want to do is get in there and start creating now that I can find everything again. I just hope I can keep things where they go now that I have made a spot for everything.
Now to show you a few of my favorite things. There in the center is one of my most favorite things, that gorgeous baby dress with the hand made lace panels, I had been looking for any baby dress for a while to make a fabric collage with and when I found this one I just fell in love, it is too special to alter so I had it put up.. Two weeks ago I found a little paper mache dress form with a wooden stand at a yard sale for  50 cents and brought it home, it never even occurred to me to put this baby dress on it till this week and it works perfectly. Under that dress is the altered baby shoe/pin cushion I made. On the table next to those are my blue glass jars, some antique, some 70's repros but I just love the turquoise color. Above those is my framed collage turned dry erase board and above that is my favorite shelf ever holding a few of my creations.
(Are we sensing that my favorite colors are Turquoise, faded vintage blue, rusty brown, and vintage cream?)
This is my great-grandpa's jewelers bench that I now use for crafting and holding supplies. The antique printers tray was one I drooled over for quite some time at my local flea market. It was $25 which was just more than I was willing to pay even though others at roughly the same size and age were going for upwards of $45. A few trips to the flea market later and it was marked down to $19, awe man! Still I didn't buy it thinking that the next time I went in, it would be gone. I didn't make it back for some time and one day on a whim I went in to browse around and what do I come up to but "my" printer's tray market down to $10! WOW! Okay now I have to concede that it was meant to be. I took it immediately to the counter and when I did I overheard a lady saying she was just bringing her husband from another booth to look at it. 
See there, sometimes, rarely, but sometimes, good things come to those who wait. (Well except to that gal who waited to show her husband instead of using the snatch and grab technique I used, Tee-Hee.)
Now it holds lots of bits and baubles out in the open so I can use them. 
I've got a thing for vintage jewelry boxes, you know the kind with the paper outside, the brass clasps on the front, and lined with satin. These hold my favorite baubles inside.
This one was just the right shade of blue but had a tear in the paper in the center, I fixed that by putting my blog header over it matted with a "Dreams" antique music sheet.
 Over to the left is a counter with cabinet below and above. (Yes they are stuffed to the gills with art supplies, and no, there's NO WAY I would take a picture of those, LOL)
A quilt of my grandmothers that I recently inherited is draped over my chair.
I SOOOO have a thing for tattered pearls! The more tarnished, paint shipped and tattered they are the better. LOVE THEM! It's kind of ironic, I always hated pearls, don't know why, they just always seamed so stuffy to me, but now... My best friend crocheted a giant turquoise and brown flower for me which makes my dress form just lovely.
These are just a few of my favorite books and magazines. Although not near the whole of my bookshelf. Not even a scratch actually. These are just the ones that I happened to look at last. Although my Where Women Create Magazines and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios magazines aren't here, they are on my desk at work where I can escape into them while on break!
This is my great-grandmothers china cabinet. I've started putting a few pieces of artwork in there just to get them out of my way. Don't know that they will stay in there but we'll see. I love this cabinet though.

Well I hope you have enjoyed a look into my studio. Can't wait to visit everyone and see theirs!

68 comments:

Gail said...

So beautiful! Ha! I think we've all been cleaning and organizing like crazy.......so worth it though!

zandra said...

Hi, loved my visit here! Your place is fantansic! What a steal for $10.oo. lol
Enjoy the rest of the party.
Hugz,
Zandra

Susan said...

Very very nice creative space....thanks for sharing. Susan

stefanie said...

soooooo many gorgeous treasures!!! I love them all!

Queen Bee said...

Loved taking a peek inside your studio! I am really loving the china cabinet! It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
Queen Bee Studio

Liz said...

This looks like a place that you could spend hours and hours! Wonderful!

~Liz

Becca said...

Love your space, you have a lot of cool things! My printer's tray is pretty small, but I love it. I wish I had some more vintage type jewels like yours! Isn't it funny how when we start a project, our space gets so messy! I struggle without much counter space, so stuff goes everywhere!
Have a lovely weekend. :-)

marie said...

Thespa your studio is awesome! Your great-grandmother's china cabinet is a perfect place for your artwork and I love your vintage jewelry boxes filled with baubles. Your dress form and pearls are wonderful too!

Debby said...

Hi Thespa,
WOW!!! Your creative space is over~flowing with beauty. I love all your beautiful storage pieces, so unique. You have a boat load of precious old jewels. It would be fun to come and play here for a few days. Thanks for sharing with us.
Debby

Halle said...

My goodness. What a beautiful space! Love the china cabinet. I use my Grandpa's lawyers book case for the same purpose. The antique just makes everything in it just a little more special in my opinion.

Scrap for Joy said...

Boy oh boy could I have fun in here. I love all of the vintage items you have displayed and of course the creations that are made in this room are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your work space.
Joyce

Lisa Viger @ Perfectly Peculiar said...

Wow, you have so much stuff! & The china cabinet is just gorgeous :)

Amber Leilani said...

gorgeous space! thanks for sharing!

Netty said...

Thank you for showing your terrific craft space, its an emporium of wonder. Love your grandfathers work bench where you now so aptly put your jewellery parts. I love it all, but having pieces from your family and being able to use them is wonderful. A beautiful area to work and be inspired. Annette x

Michelle May said...

A wonderful space! Thanks for taking me on the tour!
Hugs!

Pam @ Frippery said...

The fact that you use your great grandfathers jewelers bench is wonderful. Love the printer's tray story as well. What a great space, filled to the brim with goodies!

she dreams big! said...

No wonder you create so beautifully! Such a lovely room! I love how you are surrounded by family heirlooms.

Katsui Jewelry said...

I am first because I started at the end of the alphabet...and you are one of the few ready, so congratulate yourself. I didn't even dare put mylsef on the list because I knew I wouldn't be done in time.

Your space is incredible. I love the baby dress and am so glad you didn't alter it. The dress for with pearls is wonderful...decoupaged, I think. I don't like pearls too much either but here they are perfect. I love the jeweler's bench you inherited (I covet it) and the quilt and adore how you put pretties in vintage jewelry boxes ...a pretty and homey touch! Also took a peek at other things on your blog...loved the hymnal winners and your "married love" pages.

We are three months old (in blog time) and are a mother daughter team. I didn't set the space cleaned but stop by sometime, if you wish.

Susan (Suz) Reaney
http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com
(not just about jewelry)

Miss Sandy said...

I love how you have incorporated family heirlooms into your creative space. Your collections and art are just amazing. Thank you sharing.

Liz-AnnasOnTheLake said...

I love your studio and I can so relate to the intense cleanup before the reveal! Now it's time to get to work!

Lululiz said...

Gorgeous studio! I wish I could be that organised. I have fallen in love with that breathtakingly beautiful baby dress. What a beautiful find.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

This is delightful; I love every detail!~ Everything from your great grandpa's jewelers desk/cabinets, to your delightful cabinet from your grandma!.., All of your delightful organizational ideas are so fabulously inspirational!.., I simply adore your jewelry and also the display of some of it on your dress makers form!..,

Thanks for sharing at this lovely;'Where Bloggers Create', blog party!..,

Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Sherry said...

Oh my, what a fabulous tour of where you create - I'm still drooling over it all! I love the whole vintage look you have going on and made even more special by using some inherited pieces (I love the quilt draped over your chair). I love the printer's tray - that was a close call - it must have been meant for you and a bargain price too! The little dress is just too precious and beautifully displayed. Thanks for sharing.

Paula said...

WOW! What a fabulous place to work in! Candy for the imagination! No wonder your creations are so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing one of the places that inspires you so ... for one can truly never see inside the others mind, can they? Happy Saturday!

sewingseeds4U said...

What a wonderful creative space. I'm laughing with you because it took me some time to make my space presentable. Funny, now I just want to sew and have fun in there again...

Her Art Nest said...

Beautiful space....I was up late last night myself cleaning, straightening, etc. I was just too embarrassed to show how incredibly careless I can get. Your blog background is wonderful...so romantic. Thank you for sharing your organized space. Love all the antique goodies! Hugs, Nancy

Molly Alexander said...

Ooooo! I love the baby dress, the jewelers bench, and the to-die-for vintage jewelry collection - awesome!

:-) Molly

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh Thespa!
I love love LOVE your creative nest!
You have some wonderful unique pieces such as your grandfather's jeweler's desk...how sentimental! And I love the way your dress form is covered in paper...she's gorgeous!
I'm so happy that you are the owner of that printer's tray...it was indeed meant to be!
Thank you for being such a sweet hostess and letting us peek around. I so enjoyed my visit :)

Kristin said...

What a stunning space!!! My Mom always told me that the best time to get something done is when company is coming . . . I could see why you would want that FAB tray (it was meant to be yours!) and I really admire your style, Kristin xo

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm really enjoying the tour because I'm picking up all sorts of ideas! I like your use of the spice rack (now I'll be scrounging yard sales to find one). Thanks for inviting us.

Gail said...

Hi Thespa, I am busy looking at all the beautiful inspiration you have about your studio. I love the dress form, I want one! The jewelry makes bench is just to cool and what a buy you got, I love how you can display your pretties. Come on over for a visit at Big Horn Mountain Creations
Hugs
Gail

Diane said...

I love your studio, so many wonderful things and so many things to inspire. Thanks so much for inspiring. P.S. I took the flag for my blog. Thank you for the flag and for sharing your space. I'm going to save you to my favorites. I want to visit again. Diane

MosaicMagpie said...

Loved reading the post. Funny and hits so close to home. Glad you got the printer tray!
Love all the pearls on the dress form as well. Thanks for the visit.
Debbie
I am becoming a follower I enjoyed reading this so much.

Sandy Michelle said...

Ooo I wish I could take a closer look and stay and create with you for a while! Thanks for letting us visit Thespa!

Sandy xox

Gloria said...

Awesome studio. Looks great. Creativity can really flow here. Thanks for sharing.

kimberlyshaw said...

What a wonderful space you've created with all your charming collections and treasures. I can see how you get inspiration to create here. Your blog is also very pretty and your tour was very delightful.

luluslovlies said...

I love your space and the fact that you have some family pieces, you space is so warm and friendly! What a great idea for the old jewelry boxes as I have a few myself, including a couple of my Moms, I'll be getting those out and putting them to good use, thanks for the great idea and sharing. I don't know it didn't occur to me before! Have fun blog hopping! I'm new to the blogging world but not new to creating! XOXO Enjoy and come for a visit.

donnaj said...

great to see your place~

kluless said...

Your space is lovely. I especially like the way you display your jewelry boxes opened up. I have many myself but have to stack them for lack of space. Yours look great that way! Thank you for sharing.

imaginationlane said...

What a delight your blog is and your studio...so much to see, and so many things I like! I have my christening gown from Ireland packed away but am now inspired to bring it out so it can be appreciated. I also love the crown you have posted on another page. I haven't been blogging long, but will hopefully learn how to add the lovely touches that make your pages memorable.

If you get a chance, you might like to drop by and see my studio pics. Looking forward to visiting with you again...

Lynette

Queen Bee said...

Great peek into your creative space. Love all the vintage items, especially the china cabinet....it's gorgeous!
Queen Bee Studio

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

What a great space! The pixies especially love the printer's tray (yay $10!) because when they sneak in it will be easy to pinch your trinkets!
We akso love grampa's bench- what an heirloom!
Thanks for having us over!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

Michele Seraphim said...

I particularly enjoyed the use of your jewelry boxes! And you did a fabulous job of tidying up as everything looked simply tantalizing and I just wanted to browse for hours on end. How inspiring and delicious!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful creative space!

I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise.

ewenique said...

I loved the tour, and can appreciate the anxiety of getting everything organized. I did the same thing, and its caused me to continue getting more organized.

Amy P said...

Oh man, now I'm gonna have my eyes out for vintage jewelry boxes. They look so much nicer than my plastic cases!

Chris said...

What a lovely vintage space!! Lots of treasures every where!
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

Karen said...

Well, for someone as talented at making jewelry as you - I think it is just awesome that you have your grandfather's jewelry table! I can just imagine all that has transpired from his hands and now yours.
And I agree - nothing like company coming to get it all pretty. Whew - that's over! Now you don't have to clean it up again for one year! :)
Thanks for sharing!
Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

Scrap Krazed said...

I am in LOVE with your studio space! And I love how you set everything up, decorated, etc., etc. I could sit for days on end looking at everything in your studio. You have a great collection. Terry

The Tin Rabbit said...

Wow,wow,wow...I enlarged several times looking at all your wonderful treasures! And I love,love the beautiful necklace you just posted to celebrate your anniversary...what a great idea!

Jennifer Dixon said...

I love the baby dress and all your great vintage storage solutions! What a great place to create! Your blog is so beautiful as well! Thank you so much for sharing your space :)

Jennifer

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What a Magical Studio ~ Love all Your Vintage, The Type face trays, the Old Jewelry Boxes, Your Dress Form ~ Beautiful.....

Queen of Dreamsz said...

What a lovely studio...Thanks so much for sharing it with me...and I love the 15 anniversary necklace you made!

I'd love for you to come by to visit my studio when you have a few minutes.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Marianne@Songbird said...

You have a lovely space to create in! And I hear you about the kick in the bootie to get cleaning the place up. The party did that for me too! But to be honest, I also moved some stuff out of the camera's eye, I still will have to fit that back in.
Happy creating to you!

Romeo said...

My whiskers are a twitching....you love the same colors that "she" does!?! And your collections...wait....uh oh, "she" is starting to drool....okay quick...let me tell you that your studio is wonderful and filled with many wonderful things. My favorite is also the baby dress....bet it would be so soft and comforting for an afternoon nap...beautiful things....oh oh, "she" is REALLY foaming at the mouth....we BOTH love your studio and your vignettes filled with vintage love! Thanks so much for sharing! Gotta go before "she" gets out of control.....

Purrs!

Romeo

Creative Breathing said...

Truly you come by your artist talent naturally. Your jewelry is just lovely. Your grandfather's work bench has found it's next home. What a lovely space you have filled with such interesting objects to inspire. Thank you so much for visiting my "cute" corner of this creative community. I truly appreciate your comment and have so enjoyed my visit here. Elizabeth

Theresa said...

Beautiful blog and Beautiful creative space! Love all your stashes and organized chaos. Your scrapbook corner is great too. Will be visiting often:)

Leah C said...

A beautiful creative place...so many lovely treasures! Love, love the pearls:)

Claudia said...

You have a wonderful creative space - full of wonderful treasures! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kristy said...

beautiful. thanks for sharing!

FILIGREE MOON said...

Thespa! Love your studio. So many beautiful creations and storage solutions. Love the china cabinet for its sentimentality and funcionality. Beauty all around! ~ Angela

Terri said...

Great space with super great treasures inside..and that display cabinet is wonderful!. Not to mention some of those lovely creations! TFS!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I'm late in getting by to visit but oh how glad I am that I stopped by! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me....love your space!
I loved it so much that I'm your newest follower! LOVE everything that you do...your altered anniversary necklace, your soapbox, your "rush"...it's all just beautiful!

Karen Valentine said...

Everything is soooo beautiful! You have so many lovely things, I could just let me eyes roll over everything all day! Thank you so much for joining the party and letting us have a peak. I really enjoyed the tour!
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Lynnae said...

Lovely, lovely! I agree with you about the baby dress. Too much of a treasure as it is!
Your room is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Great space! The furniture such as the jeweller's table and china hutch are going to great use. I love having meaningful momentos around my studio. Love your jewelry boxes full of treasures as well. Thanks for the tour and I hope you are enjoying your summer! Connie

marnie said...

Such a pretty space! Love how you have included so many family pieces into the room. Your late night work was well worth it!

watch movies said...

I really like this room. It's nice being so open to the whole house. The colorful pastels look great with the beige background, like a candy store. It makes me think I need to decorate around my kitchen a little more. Maybe I would like being in there to cook!
Thank You for sharing. Wedding gowns

Upcoming events...

I have some VERY Exciting news to share soon. Can't wait to spill the beans!