Saturday, July 18, 2015

Feeling Guilty...

My most recent post, and the only one I've published in months, was for Where Bloggers Create.
And I'm feeling a little guilty.
I reused photos from when my studio was clean.
I mean right now it's an absolute mess!
Then I toured some of the other studios in the linky party and I really enjoyed seeing the rooms that had messes on the worktables.  It's fun to see work in progress.
So here is what my craft room looks like right now...

You really can't see what's on the worktables, except laundry!  Way back on the counter you can see some things piled there.  I have an art journal project that I've been trying to work on.  The cat box is in the knee space.  There is laundry hanging to dry over the sink and more on the floor that needs to be done.  So there you have it.  My REAL room! :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

My Studio Tour for Where Bloggers Create

Welcome to my studio tour for Where Bloggers Create 2015 and thank you to Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage for hosting this blog hop once again!
A little about me; I am a wife of 23 years and mother to five children ranging from age 22 to age 10.
Primarily, I love to quilt, but I also enjoy embroidery, painting, crochet, and mixed media.
We have a dog, Ranger.

Fur babies rarely talk back!
And our cat, Periwinkle (aka, Perry).

Perry's food dish sits on the counter so the dog doesn't steal it in one gulp!
My studio space is also my laundry room.  

The room is looking exceptionally clean for this photo!
It's light-filled, and when the counters are clear, it feels like a fabulously organized space with everything behind cabinet doors!

My sewing machine sits right in front of a big window with a view to our backyard.
I love having this view.

I have done this blog hop a few times before:  20112012, 2013, 2014.  You can check out me previous posts for this room, but here are some of my favorite features...

This is the cabinet that houses my fabrics, well, most of it.  Don't tell hubby where I hid the rest of it!
Antique glass knobs and pulls are on all the cabinet and drawers.  Much of the collection came from my Dad who was an antique dealer for many years.
Drawers with supplies at my fingertips
The laundry side that only looked clean once for this picture four years ago and has not been clean since!
This will be the last year I will have photos for this studio...

Bye-bye pretty room! :(
...In October we will be moving, and I will have a new studio!!
Here is a view from the doorway.

There is a rough in for a sink so I can wash out brushes.

And I will have a gas fireplace!!
I'm dreaming of having a comfy chair to sit in while I stitch in front of the fire.

Here is the view out one of the windows.  We have five acres of land with a small pond on it.

The view from the opposite side of the door and probably where I will put my sewing area.
The room will serve as an office, library and craft space all for me!!

It's so much fun to visit all the other blogs and see how people organize their spaces and what they like to create.  I hope you will come back for a visit from time to time and follow me along as I plan my new studio space.
Click here to go back to the linky party!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Where Bloggers Create 2015

It's almost time again!

Karen Valentine is hosting her annual linky party!

If you want to join in, head over to My Desert Cottage for all the information.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap--Part II

Last month I participated in the White Christmas Button Book Swap with the Button Floozies.  Yesterday I posted the book I made, but it's so much fun when a package arrives from a swap partner!

I always want to make sure I can steal away somewhere to really savor opening the package and looking at what's inside...

This very pretty little bag was filled with fun buttons.  Some of them were brass-type buttons with crests on them.  I found them especially interesting.  

These lovely Christmas tags were also in the package.  Can't wait to use them--or maybe hoard them all to myself!
Now for the book itself.  Michele made such a beautiful button book for me!

I will be the first to admit I am a terrible photographer!  I'm afraid my pictures really don't do justice to all the detail in this book.  The front cover has an actual frame with a vintage church scene.  Michele used lots of lace and ribbons including this little spool tied on the side.

I will just let you look at all the pages.  There are so many pretty images and embellishments!  There are even pockets in most of the pages with little button cards or tags and images tucked inside.

What I love about participating in swap projects is meeting someone new and receiving a piece of another's artists creativity.
Merry Christmas to Michele!  
Thank you for this lovely White Christmas Button Book!  And thank you to the Button Floozies for letting me play along!

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Little Christmas Crafting

Lately I've been neglecting my crafty needs.
Sure there are always plenty of things that need to be done everyday, but there really isn't a good reason for me not to take a bit of time during the week to do some creating!

I was at JoAnne Fabrics this week and found a little foam Christmas house kit.

At 60% off, I thought it would be a great project to do with my 9yr. old!

He is quite the Lego expert and had no problem figuring out how to assemble this house.

Here is a little close-up of our fun project...

My son used the scraps from the house to make this Elf and Santa chair, Minecraft style!

White Christmas Button Book Swap--Part I

What fun to have snow while working on this swap project!

I barely had the Halloween decorations put away, and it's on to Christmas crafting...

The Button Floozies are hosting a White Christmas Button Book Swap, and my friend Laurie invited me to join!  My partner is Michele at Nook and Cranny.
Here is the finished book I made for Michele.

I love the theme White Christmas so I used vintage laces and fabrics that I have collected in shades of white and cream.  This page has a vintage Father Christmas with a sparkly snowflake button.  The opposite page is a wreath made from vintage buttons.

I love using vintage photos and these are accented with more vintage buttons.

The page on the left was a fun challenge to get the buttons lined up just right!  On the right, I stitched a piece of vintage Christmas sheet music under a vintage photo and added little pearl buttons.

The back page is kept in the simple White Christmas theme with lace and vintage buttons.

This was such a fun project to get me in the Christmas spirit!
I can't wait to see what Michele has made for me!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Button Floozies

I'm going to be in a Button Floozie swap!

So happy Laurie invited to me to join!