Brenda is hosting a tour of "Where Blogger's Create" today and since I have some studio pictures here, I thought I'd join in. For a list of other bloggers who are showing their studios today, go HERE.
And please, remember that all comments are entered into my August Giveaway, the 50's housewife kit- jewels and a frilly vintage apron!
I'm still plugging away on the studio redo. It is taking so long because I stop and make things as I go and spend too much time on fixing up the storage areas. Like this little hutch, that I am storing glitter supplies in. (it still needs glass knobs)
Here is the before, sitting outside my studio's back door.
1-I primed it with Zinzer Bullseye spray, bonding primer, then a spray coat of aqua.
2- Let it dry, then sanded it quite a bit with a palm sander.
3- Topped it with a black walnut stain/poly mix and wiped it down.
4- As a finishing touch, I dipped the brush back into the stain mix and flicked it over the hutch for speckles, then dabbed the more pronounced ones a bit with a rag.
So, things like that get me side tracked, and instead of just making the room cleaned up and functional, I do projects.
Like this one. I bought an unfinished pine folding screen at a garage sale for $10 last weekend and decided to make a mini studio within my studio for Sugarwings with this as walls.
The side facing out is covered with my floral papers and trimmed in white paint top coated the same way I did the little hutch. (which I had bought to use in Sugarwing's studio, but it ended up in mine!)
On the fairy grand baby's side of the screen, I painted the trim in pink and blue and white polka dots with chalk board paint in 4 of the areas, and some Care Bear wallpaper in the others.
Then, perfect timing- (but is there ever BAD timing for a lovely gift???)
Robin sent a huge, overflowing box of goodness our way!!!!!
I had admired the apron she had posted on her blog, and look- here is one for Sugarwings!
Not only did she send the apron that I admired, she made up scented play dough, this sweet tag, and this cute little collaged box too.
All of her packages in the box were wrapped so cutely, and she used old greeting cards to make up tags for each package, then included the play dough recipe on one too.
That box of goodness was jammed packed full of fun. I'd also admired one of these ceramic hands that she showed on her blog, and Robin sent one of those too. I was sad to see it had broken into a million pieces in the bottom of the box.
That hand was definately worth putting some time into fixing, so I glued it all back together, then decoupaged it with pages from an old French book to cover the cracks and gaps that were stuffed with tissue paper.
Robin lives in the same city where my husband and I keep an apartment out East, so I will keep this hand on my desk, as a friendly wave from a neighbor.
I'm embarrassed to say that Robin's box was part of a swap we did. She had bought a hat covered in tiny pink flowers and I offered to trade a handful of her pink ones for a mix of a bunch of my other colors, so she'd have a variety to work with.
And because the pink ones she had were so perfectly pink!
And yes, she sent the pink flowers, I have them tied to the storage box. And what did I send to her?
Just a handful of flowers. And I haven't even shown you all of what she sent to me!!! Like I said, that box was jammed full of goodies!
Thanks so much, Robin!
And thanks also to Carol. She sent in her swap boxes for the Pre-Bella Get Acquainted Swap that I am hosting, and included this giftie for me.
That K is going onto my chandelier filled with collected Ks that hangs right over my computer.
I didn't peek into her swap boxes, they are just too darling to open. I am afraid my photo of them wasn't as good as it should be, but the one on her blog is. She owns one of those Canon Rebel cameras I whine about all the time.
You should look at her photo, she is a talented stylist and every picture she takes is a beauty.
I forgot to mention that the flowered china in this picture is a gift from Beth. She thinks of me when she is at an auction and is always bringing me pretties she gets there.
That is why every photo I take of something for Etsy is in front of the French doors in the light. I try to use different papers and table clothes as backgrounds, but it is always the same location, since it has the best light in the room.
This Witch's Boot might be my only Halloween offering, besides black and orange millinery. I won't have time to do much for Halloween, I am going to skip straight to filling up my 10 x 10 booth at Silver Bella for Christmas and making things for Lollyshops.