Welcome to my studio! I'm showing (tons and tons) of photos of it today as part of Karen Valentine's "Where Bloggers Create" party.
Last year, I was chosen as one of the winners of the tour, and my studio was supposed to be photographed for Where Women Create. But... I've worked with enough magazines to understand that things don't always play out as planned. I've done dozens of articles over the years for many publications, and I've also done quite a few that have never appeared anywhere.
I'll start with the views from my desk, standing at my workspot and taking a few pictures in all directions.
But there are always changes here and there throughout the room, so maybe you'll see something different. I was looking through my post from last year and decided that the room is much nicer now.
Its still over-full, but to me it is less cluttery. Not to my husband, he mentions the "H" word sometimes when he ventures into my space. I always cringe, and start to justify my pretties. I saw 3 episodes of Hoarders and can never watch it again, its just too spooky.
And of course its always good to have sweets available on craft days!
- Buy a scrap of heavy vinyl from a remnant pile at most flooring stores (usually under $10)
- Trim to the shape or size you want
- Flip over, and use the smooth bottom side to paint on
- Roll on a coat of BONDING primer (the label will say "will adhere to glossy surfaces", I use Glidden Gripper from Home Depot)
- Paint or stencil as desired (I hand painted mine like rocks and moss)
- Top coat with Minwax Polycrylic (or whatever product you like, I personally love this one)
This column might not be out here long. We are thinking of remodelling the kitchen, and it will possibly be used in there.
The dress form was decked out for Bird Song and liked the vines and birds on it so much, I'll probably leave it this way.
While I'm talking about dress forms, I'll let you know that I'm having a giveaway for one of my Mini Dress Form online tutorials.
Leave a comment if you'd like to win one. If you have already purchased the $15 class, and I draw your name, I'll send you a kit of vintage goodies to make the dolled up dress form with.
I trimmed these windows and did some of the baseboards myself to save money on the construction. Since I'm not a very good mitered corner cutter, I butted the boards up to these vintage bullseyes instead. No mitering needed, and it ages the window.
This banner was one of my examples from the Bird Song weekend here at my cottage. I've had lots of inquiries about when the next is. Well, we are still waiting to see what our remodelling project will entail. No one would want to be here during that! So, I am waiting to get things settled with the contractor before I plan anything.
Beth and I wanted to do one in September, kind of a B&B weekend with just a few guests staying here with us and creating in our jammies at midnight, sipping wine, eating chocolate and playing with old wallpaper. Sounds fun doesn't it? But I don't know if I'll have a kitchen then, so that is probably out of the question.
But I do like the idea of a new kitchen.
This lamp shade was Debbie's project for Bird Song.
Well, I've been blathering on for a while, and still have what looks like about 300 photos yet to load. If you are still with me, maybe you'd prefer just some detail photos of the room, and not so much chitter chatter?
Like this watercolor of Sugarwings for the Grumpy Fairy book.
And gifts from friends, this is from Hope.
And this basket is from Lori.
Did I say that I was going to stop chitter chattering and just show photos? Then, I just kept chatting.