Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Happy Place

For the last few days, I have been in my happy place. Surrounded by the things that I love to play with... Lace, Fabric, Ribbon. The textures, the colors, even the smells put me in a calm joyful space that keeps me playing in the studio until my eyes just can't stay open any longer. 

 I've been playing with books again. It feels so good to get creative in the studio and make something just for the sheer joy of it.

The table is covered with scraps and lovely pieces of lace and fabric for me to scrounge through until I find the perfect addition to the pages.

 We are so lucky to have some wonderful stores here called SAS. They are filled with remnant fabric and yards and yards of lace and trims, all for mere pennies. (Well, it seems like pennies until they add it all up at the register!!!)

I love to go and find new bits to add to my collection. Shopping there puts me in my happy place too.

I bring them home and they go on my wall, beautifying the room with their colors and textures until they find a new home in a piece of art or home decor.

I hope you find some time to go to your happy place too!!!

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Linking up with Becky for Blissful Whites Wednesday. :)

31 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen, I can definitely see why these ribbons and laces put you in your happy place! I love to be surrounded by the things I love. It is such a great feeling!

I'm dropping by to visit from Becky's blog. I enjoyed seeing all of the pretty things you had to share with us. Thank you so much! Hope you have a wonderful week...

XO,

Sheila

Marlynne said...

Your lace do look beautiful hanging on the wall! I'm going to Google that store!

bobbie said...

OMGosh!!! I would LOVE to take a trip to one of your SAS stores!!
My lace cravings are growing by leaps and bounds...
Do they sell online???

Drooling in Eagle ~

suziqu's thread works said...

This is the one time when I'm in what I call "Lace Heaven" and I can stay there for hours - even days on end and never tire of being there either.
It gives me the greatest pleasure, like you, in creating these lace books. You have so much inspiration in front of you in choosing from such a beautiful lace collection!

Enjoy these moments - they are special!
Warm hugs as I sit and wait out the results of my darling friend, Andrea's brain surgery.
I'm so grateful to be able to persue my love of creating like this in this moment too!
Suzy

Shabby chic Sandy said...

My craft supplies make a happy place for me too--love your hanging lace!

Bente said...

Wow, you have some lace here. It looks so beautiful hanging there.

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi, I'm impressed. It is all so beautiful...Connie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How lovely it all looks, Karen! I'd love to find a place like that here in Ohio. On Long Island there was a place I would go for fabric and trims. They would have those small, odd sized pieces of trim bagged and for sale. It was a great way to get an expensive trim for little money and I could usually get a pillow out of the piece.

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Hi Karen! Isn't amazing how these small bits and pieces make us so happy? I'm with you on the lace...my collection grows faster than I have time to use it, but every once in a while I take it out of the hatbox that I store it in and just stare at it. Some is really old and I feel like I have to hold onto it until just the right project comes along. Have a great day! Sue

morkaren said...

Jeg forstår du kalder det: "My Happy Place" jeg bliver helt salig bare ved at kikke med, lykkelige dig. knus morkaren.

Donna Heber said...

Karen,

Your lace and fabric are so gorgeous! If only we had a store like that where I live. I'm so jealous ... lol.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

simply lovely and, well, "happy!" i try to spend time in my happy place daily! it foes the soul good, non? ;)

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Karen
I like your happy place and would love to poke through all your pretties.
Right now my happy place is in the garden. After such a long winter, I like to be out watching green emerge from the soil and leaves unfurl.
Judith

Pat Beglin designs said...

I admire your artful photography ! The images are so clear but romantic . I am in love with the thousands of subtle tones and shades of white antique lace. There are so many stories woven into lace such as your own description of your personal lace happy place..Thanks for sharing your happy place with me Pat

Rhonda said...

Your happy place is wonderful! I agree, SAS is amazing. My first time in their store I almost fainted at the selections and wonderful prices.
I would be lost without them.

Missy George said...

Great textures and colors..Pretty additions and I'm sure you'll find something wonderful to do with them..

Cyn said...

beautiful! I love SAS!!

Lea Culp said...

Oh, I can so see why you are in your "happy place." Lovely, lovely!

I'm about to try my hand at chalk painting tomorrow. I've had so much fun gathering the "stuff" to do it with. Now, hopefully it will turn out as I expect it to.

Blessings!

Karen Gass said...

That is my happy place too! I love that your lace is hanging from.... what's it hanging from? lol I like to use my 'ingredients' to decorate my space. Just beautiful!

Tracie Dean said...

I think I like YOUR Happy Place better...lol. Don't be surprised if you find an extra next time you go to "play"!!!....
I love the way you have all the lace and ribbons on your wall..absolutely beautiful!

Tracie
http://homeofthepurskey.blogspot.com

Art and Sand said...

I too have been in my happy places - the garden and my workspace.

I know exactly what you mean about being able to spread things out to find just the right element.

Hope you get to stay in your happy place.

Tamara said...

Finding all those treasures must have been so fun! I love the way you have them hanging all together. Just waiting to be chosen to create something lovely.

Blessings to you,
Tamara

Pendra said...

Looks like fun...can we set up a play date??? hehehe!

Lea Culp said...

Love your happy place!!

Monica said...

Yep! Off I go... :)
Your studio is just fantastic, and so are your collections of vintage goodies!!
Sending hugs all the way from England,
Monica xo

Vicki Boster said...

Ohhhhhh my goodness. Such beautiful images of your laces and ribbons! Your collection is to die for! Just having all those lovely treasured around to touch and play with would put me in a happy place!!
Love
Vicki

Laura Turner said...

Oh those happy places are sooooo necessary. I have to retreat into mine regularly, sometimes daily. I envy those SAS stores. Wish we had something similar. Hope you are having a good week.

Laura from sundayview.blogspot.com

Laura Turner said...

Wanted to invite you to link up with my blog party!

http://sundayview.blogspot.com/p/vintage-view-sunday-blog-party.html

Laura

Riki Schumacher said...

Beautiful lace Karen! Loved seeing them! Xoxo Riki

Deanne Crim said...

Hello Karen!
I just discovered your blog and I am in LOVE!! (Its even more wonderful that we are Phoenix neighbors, too...I live at Arrowhead Lakes, just a hop skip and jump from my favorite Scottsdale lunching & shopping playground!) Your creations are gorgeous and inspiring and pure loveliness! I am so happy to have found you!! Keep the creative inspirations coming!!!!! With Blessings, Deanne

Linda Walker said...

Lace, ribbons, doilies--these all put me in my happy place too! Love going through all these photos! Beautiful work!
Linda
mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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