Thursday, July 14, 2016

Where Bloggers Create 2016- Welcome to my studio!

 Hello my friends and welcome to another Where Bloggers Create party! One of the things I hear most often from you is how the party has been the catalyst for you to clean, fluff and organize your studio spaces and for me this year was exactly that. My studio was a mess a few weeks ago. Mostly because I had seriously outgrown my space and had no where to put things.

I have a hard time working in chaos, so I hadn't been doing much of anything in my room. That needed to change (I really missed being in there) so I did a major purge of anything that hadn't been used in a few years. I know that there are a lot of purely decorative things in here, but they make me happy so most of that stuff stayed!

 One of the things I removed were the 2 paper storage cubes that used to be under the window. They held scrapbook paper and since I don't do that anymore, I rarely needed to get into those boxes.
I had a 2 tiered table that was going to go into my shop, but it found a new home in my studio instead.
It is easily  movable and can be placed beside me at my work table to offer an extra surface for supplies while I'm working on a project.

 I love my vintage dress form. (One of those things that serves no real purpose other than making me happy)

 This was, (I believe) an old microwave cart. I picked it up at a garage sale for $5.00. All it needed was a coat of white paint on the wood top, and it was perfect for my studio. Because its a pretty small room, I like things to have wheels so they are easy to move around and out of the way.
Inside the cart is an antique basket that for some reason did not sell at the shop. I brought it home and it fit like it was made for it! Now it holds Christmas trees waiting to be turned into something glorious!
Inside this sweet little cabinet are all my glitters and glitter glues. I also love using vintage shakers to hold some of my favorites.

 This little cabinet holding the vintage suitcases in a new addition. I have all my encaustic wax and soldering supplies in one, and some of my Christmas stuff for making my trees and other holiday goodies in the other.

The cabinet above it holds assorted supplies and the little opening below it holds my seam binding on rolls perfectly.

I call this my bling box.
I assume it held hardware and tools for some guy years and years ago. Now it holds all kinds of blingy treasures for embellishments or jewelry making.

 My workspace... I like using a non stick sheet and a piece of poster board to protect my table. (That's because I am a messy crafter!!!)

  Embellished jars hold all my tools and this wall cubby is perfect for holding already antiqued and crickled seam binding.

 Another addition this year was this vintage ironing board.I painted the top to match the table. It provides  much needed extra work space for holding things like my trees as I finish them.

My fabric stash is pretty much at its max, but I keep buying it when I find great pieces! You never know what you are going to need for a project right???

 This is probably my favorite piece in the studio. The card catalog holds all kinds of metal doodads and the cubbies above are full of vintage lace. I'm pretty stingy when using it. Its so pretty I find it hard to cut up or let go!!!

 Cheese boxes are great to hold small pieces. Plus... I just really like the look of them!!!

 More stuff.....

 I think we all know where this came from!!! I wish I would have bought one of the cream ones when they came out, but I didnt. It holds more embellishments for the Christmas trees. I'm getting ready to go into full on production mode very soon! If I dont start now, I wont have enough time to make all that are needed without going crazy!!!

And last... (but definitely not least) my sweet baby boy and constant companion Cooper. He keeps me company while I am working and pretty much never leaves my side. (They don't call Welshies the velcro dog for nothing!! ) Jasmine comes in a visits from time to time, but she is usually sleeping on the cool bathroom floor.

Well that's all for this year. I hope you enjoyed the tour and have a wonderful time visiting all the party guests!! I know I will!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Monet's Garden in Giverny, France

 Today I have some eye candy for you. I wish I could say I was lucky enough to have photographed these myself, but alas no. All of these gorgeous photos were taken in Monet's Garden in Giverny, France by my very talented Uncle while he and his family were on a dream vacation to Europe.

 He kindly allowed me to share these gorgeous photographs with you all, so sit back, soak up the beauty and dream....

Friday, June 17, 2016

Where Bloggers Create 2016 will be in July!!

We are gonna do it!!! 

I have been debating with myself for quite some time as to whether or not I would host another Where Bloggers Create party. The number of participants has been steadily dwindling over the last few years and I thought maybe every one was "over it"
But I have had several emails from some lovely women asking about this years party and it made me realize, it's not about the number participating, but the number of women who enjoy the party and find inspiration by having a place to look at the wonderful spaces that ordinary woman create in.

And so.... the party is on!!!! It does help so much when you guys take the button, put it on your blog and even do a quick post letting your own followers know about the party. After all the more people who participate, the more inspiration we will have. :)

We will be doing a link party again this year, since it seemed to work so well last year.

With a link party, everyone does their post first and then comes over here to link up. You do not need to contact me to let me know you are going to be participating. (although I would love to know that you will be) Just come on over on the 15th and add your blog post to the list.
If you are unsure of how to participate in a link party, click here for full instructions. (It's really easy)

So the rules are as follows... (It's a short list, I promise)
1. On or around July 15th do a new blog post that shows off your creative playground. Please do not fear that it is not good enough. There is always a wide variety of creative spaces to be found during the party and yours will be loved and appreciated by all of us.
2. On July 15th, come over here and link up your post. (again if you need help, the instructions can be found here)
3. Please do not link up if you are just trying to advertise something or if you are not sharing a place where you create beauty of some kind. I will remove any blog or website that does not comply with this. :) 
4. If you plan to participate PLEASE grab the code under the button for the event and put it on your blog. (It's in the top right sidebar.)  If you would do a short blog post to let your readers know you will be participating that would be wonderful. The more bloggers that know about the event, the more participants we will have and the more inspiration you will have!

 If you want to visit last years attendees, click here for last years party post and links to last years party goers.
Don't forget, it doesn’t matter if your space is big or small, it’s yours and that makes it special!!!
I hope to see lots and lots of you on the July 15th!!!
PS... (If anyone wants to get a pretty new look from Valentine Design for their blog before the event....there's still time! I am offering a 15% discount for anyone who is joining the party. Shoot me an email and I'll get you on the list!)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My Spring/Summer Garden

The summer heat is in full swing here in Phoenix. However, until last week the mornings were still a delight to be outside and that is where I have spent every morning for the past 4 months having my breakfast and coffee.

Because we have such terrible soil here at my house, I solved the issue by using containers instead of planting in the ground.

I try to find unusual containers to use, as well as glazed pottery and even some painted terra cotta.
Sometimes it's hard to find what I want because I'm very specific about the colors I use out there. No red or orange for me. They are just too darn hot! I try to use cooling purples, pinks and blues and of course lots of white!!

I love the sound of water and so I have water fountains tucked here and there. The sound makes me happy and in the heat somehow manages to make me feel a little cooler.

This is spot under one of the trees that gets morning sun and dabbled shade for most of the rest of the day. Most plants here in Phoenix like that the best. It's also a perfect spot to hang one of my watering cans. You will see them spread about the garden. Another one of those things that make me happy out here. :)
This is a good example of the variety of containers I like to use. You will see and old wheel barrow, a galvanized wash tub, glazed posts and a painted terra cotta one I did a few years ago that is getting wonderful chippy and crusty. (If you want to read that post, it's here.)

 Because my hubby and I are both junkers and love old crusty stuff, we started collecting vintage license plates to hang in the garden as well. I like the older ones (pre-1960) the best, but if it has a great color nice graphics it usually comes home with us.

 This is a cool old advertising sign I bought a few years ago. More rusty and crusty!!

And here's my little helper Cooper. He is 6 months old now and he LOVES to play in the water. I cannot be outside watering my plants without him sticking his head in the water sprayer or standing under the hanging plants while the water drains from them! He and his sister Jasmine make me laugh every single day. :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Introducing the newest member of our family....

I thought you guys might like to see one of the things that has been taking up sooo much of my time lately! I would love for you to meet Cooper, a Welsh Springer Spaniel, and the newest member of our family. :)
(This is Cooper at just 12 weeks old when he first arrived home)

Here he is on the ride home from the airport where we picked him up from his first human mommy.

He took no time at all adjusting to his new home and making a place for himself on the couch.

Our first attempt at a selfie!!

He has loved exploring the backyard. I wish I had photos of him running around gleefully playing with whatever stick or branch he could find. It is truly a joy watching him absorb all the sights and sounds of his new home.

This was his favorite place to be for the first month or so that he was here. He was so little he could fit comfortably in this chair in my studio. It was wonderful because he really stayed out of the way while I was painting in there on the floor. He is too big to fit in the chair now, but he still keeps me company in the studio and somehow knows to stay out of the paint!

I just love this photo. I caught him making a nice little place for himself in my rag box!! LOL!

He is about 4 and 1/2 months here and you can see some of the "baby" has left his face.

He has been a joy to live with and has filled an empty hole in our hearts after losing our sweet boy Rocky to cancer back in September. I was afraid to get another Welshie because I was worried he would remind me too much of Rocky, but their personalities are so different it hasn't been a problem.

It's funny... as I look at all these photos, he looks like such a serious puppy! He is not. :) He is silly and playful and really just a big goof ball! I think that serious expression is a Welshie trait.

I am going to go hug my babies now, and spend some time training. The weather has been gorgeous lately and will continue to be so, for another couple of weeks. Gotta go enjoy it while I can!!

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