Friday, July 24, 2009

Where women create party!


Karen from My desert cottage is hosting a blog party today and I decided to join. It is all about our creative spaces and showing them off.

My space is in an odd spot - it used to be the living room of the old cottage until we added an addition to make a big living room. Then I took over! I have recently moved everything around and organized it, but it's not quite done yet...if it ever will be. :)

So today I will show you snapshots of my room.

ugh! how did that get there? lol. This is a picture of the in progress move a while ago - just to show you what I was up against.

This is the same cupboard as above I got from IKEA. I turned it on its side and it fit perfect under my window and between the door and wall. I love how much it holds and now I use the top for storage as well.

This corner I recently finished. You can read all about it here. It was a plain wall and I glued dictionary pages and made an inspiration wall.

Above the patio doors to the backyard, I put up this board that says " a key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn" Perfect for me, since I am always asking questions! I glued the vintage key on there.

These are SOME of my books.

Another cupboard from IKEA. I love this one too. The doily design in right in the material and there are 10 adjustable shelves and it's 6 feet high! Lots of storage and it fit in a tiny space I had like it was meant to be.

This is another corner. It is the top of an antique hoosier cupboard I have had for years. It has been used for dishes, food, storage and now art supplies! On top are buttons and ribbons and the journal is one I made at artfest this year in Pam Garrisons class.

Just below here is the base of my lamp with a collection of charms from my charmsters group, an old pic of my Dad and a neat bottle holder I just got at a yard sale for 5 bucks! What would you do with it? I'm thinking it would look good with a single flower in each bottle too.

A collection I have laid on the table at the moment...

Also on the table is paper and more paper! I am currently making vintage paper packs up for the Squam art show. Haven't heard of it? It's a great art workshop in the lakes of New Hampshire in September. Check it out.

A butterfly we found in the road. So pretty.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to visit some creative spaces too!

One last thought...

A mantra I have on my lamp so it is the last thing I see at night when I turn off the light.

Have a good day!


  1. Oh you have some yummy treasures in your stuido...the bottle holder thingy..very cool. Can it hold glitter...wait that might not be practical...a flower in each of them sounds pretty! Enjoy the blog party!

  2. me all the bottles have cork stoppers...if so maybe beads would look good and be practical....?

  3. I enjoyed visiting your studio today, compliments of the Blogging Party. And thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you return!

  4. Wow! So glad you joined the party so I could find you! Great Space! Thanks, for sharing! Hugz, Z

  5. Hey Chickadee!
    I love that bottle holder! its so neat! great space!!
    Big mermaid hugs


  6. Thanks for sharing photos of your studio. I've been visiting all the blogs and my head is getting ready to explode from all the inspiration! whew! Hope you'll have a chance to stop by and visit.
    Hugs from Blogland,

  7. Love your black cubby shelves and all your treasures! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Your little treasure trove of vintage goodies is awesome. Have fun today!

  9. I love your mantra....I live by that I have taken on some very big bites.

  10. A great space to create ...

    I love ephemera, rusty metals, and books, too. Anything that is timeworn or has a past I find intriguing ... I would be very comfortable hanging out in your studio!

    Thanks for sharing...

  11. Oh, another bibliophile! It's nice that you were able to get a space out of putting an addition onto the house. :-) I'm still organizing all of my stuff too, so I can empathize with you. Lucky you with all of your great vintage finds. Thanks for sharing your space.

  12. Hi Cheryl!
    You got some creative juices flowin' over there...lots of cool things to create with! Great idea to lay the shelf on it's side, now there is way more top shelf area!!! Were you born that smart because I would have never thought of that!!!!
    You can come back anytime and play with me and Sophie...anytime!!!!
    everything vintage

  13. Wonderful studio my friend. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing space!



  14. Hello there! I love your creative space filled with treasures, especially the bottle holder with bottles what a steal! Even if you don't do anything with it it is so worth that 5 bucks as it is beautiful just to look at, it doesn't need anything more! Thanks for sharing and nice to meet you!

  15. I have really enjoyed having a look around your studio. Isn't Ikea the best? I love love love all your collections. They are great. And the dictionary page way is awesome! Thanks so much for playing with us today!

    My Desert Cottage

  16. wow ,book pages on the wall, so creative and cheaper than walllpaper, Great space and Lovely things !

  17. Wow! I totally have that IKEA black & white shelf! I fell instantly in love as soon as I spied it on the showroom floor. What fantastic taste you have, Darling! What a beautifully creative space you live in! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

    Enjoy the party!

    Warm Wishes,


  18. Oh, my goodness -- is it possible we were writing each other at the same time? Pretty amazing! :) Yes, that cabinet was a free find; I haven't altered it a bit. Can you believe someone would abandon such an interesting piece?

  19. Fun space. I love the book you made! Oh to be able to take a class from Pam, sigh. The bottles are full of possibilities ~ glitter, small beads, vintage flowers, have fun deciding! Thank you for sharing your art studio!

  20. Oo, oo, oo, I love your world map. I have been looing for one and the size of that one is perfect. I have been on many a mission trip and like to dream of up coming ones as well. I have been to India 4 times, Philipines, Haiti, and Mexico. Come on by and visit my studio at:

    I am lovin' this party!!!!

  21. I enjoyed the tour of your creative space. I love your saying on the lamp.

  22. What a nice (and organized :) space!
    I didn't get my studio photographed for the party today, but I will be having a giveaway on my blog tomorrow (Sat), for "Christmas in July".
    Please stop by!!

  23. Love the bottle holder. Thank you so much for letting us see your studio!
    dancingly, Denise

  24. Love your studio and all the lovely treasures inside. Thanks for sharing your creative space.

  25. I love that bottle holder. And your stacks of vintage papers! Great room!


  26. Oh so very very cool, Cheryl. LOVE all the art around the room and love the wood on the walls! And such marvelous treasures! Love it all!

  27. Love the butterfly, keys, decorated Ikea shelves and everything. Wonderful studio. Thank you so much for sharing.

  28. I see some VERY cool stuff! What fun!

  29. what a wonderfly enchanting space! thanks for sharing, please come visit me soon!
    :) Missy

  30. Hello and thank you for the wonderful tour of you studio, it was so much fun. I =loved the collection of old hardware. I have a thing for it

  31. Love your creative space! Thanks for sharing and please come visit me too!

  32. Love your space! It looks like you really get lots done there.
    That butterfly is so pretty and I love the way you brought it in to inspire and delight you. Very good use of those shelves too!
    Thanks for sharing with us all...

  33. Eeek! I just love the rescued butterfly, and the old hardware! How inspiring!

    Christina :)

  34. I love your collections! The rusty brass hardware stood out - and the bottles - what a great idea! I wish I would have known about this event - my husband just made me a wonderful creating room! I'm having such a grand time in there! I know what you mean about finding enough storage! I loved seeing your creative space! Hugs, Patti

  35. LOve the furniture...great tip turning it on it's side. Such a fun space and the saying is so true. Maybe I need to put that on my light switch. Brillant

  36. What a great space - I love the dictionary pages on the wall, and your antique hardware collection - can't wait to see what you do with it! Thanks for sharing!

    :-) Molly

  37. I love your mantra! Love where you have it posted too!
    Great creative space! Thanks for sharing the tour!
    bunny hugs,

  38. It looks great, sweetpea, so don't fret. I love its coziness.

  39. You certainly have some neat metal goodies hiding in your studio! Love the stacking cube idea, and all the rusty stuff! Great space. ~Nan

  40. Thank you for sharing your creative space. I love everything artsy and my jumbled-up space proves it. Last week I learned how to make a glass slide charm and now I'm addicted to that and jewelry too. My husband shudders to think about it. I'm working to bring order to my chaos and you've given me some good ideas.