The lovely and talented Karen Valentine is once again hosting the Where Bloggers Create studio tour.
And even though I've shown my studio a zillion mcbillion times, here I go again.
There are always a few little changes here and there. I've moved a couple pieces of furniture around since last year and added a couple crafty projects. And now my doors are pink. Yay! something different.
This tour is always so much fun to browse through, that I just HAD to join in, I really enjoy this bloggy party. Thanks for hosting again, Karen.
And I did mention that there were some new things.
Like "Fairyville" on top of my buffet. These are a few of the practice fairies I made for the Birdsong class I taught here in June. I was quite addicted to making these little sprites and couldn't stop! Plus, I love having choices and variety for my kits, and needed completed examples of all the colors I'd provided, kit-wise.
And I have a few extra kits left if you want to make one of your own- Email me:
if you are interested in one for $25 plus postage. They include everything you need to make, and decorate a little sprite, illustrated instructions, plus create a peat pot swing for her to relax in.
I have a few colors, as mentioned.
This was my other project for Birdsong, a lace and ephemera mobile.
I've found that projects from classes I teach or take are items that I keep around and treasure. This book was made in Karen's (our blog hop hostess) class during the Downton Affaire in LA.
This sweet dolly dress was from Pamela's class at the same weekend.
I've got all of the dresses on a lace ribbon, hanging under the stitched sampler we worked on there too.
Some items are a constant. One thing that stays on display in my studio, are the swap books that I have hosted.
Sadly, last year I missed out on doing a swap, but I'm in the middle of putting one together right now. I'm painting a portrait of a cement garden angel, which will be copied and collaged with vintage paper onto the cover of the books we make. I'll create all the covers, each swapper will send in the proper amount of pages, and I'll assemble the books and send them back.
Details to come, but if you think you might want to make one, please email me and I'll send you a link to the details when they are ready.
Examples for tutorials are also keepers for me. This is a mini dress form that I've fairied up. I kinda like fairies...
You'll find the magical little creatures in every nook and cranny of the room. These are some that escaped from my wire birdcage tutorial.
Yet one more instance of something I made a gazillion of. Those birdcages took some brain power to get just right, and once I figured out the short cut to making them, I whipped up dozens to make sure I had the technique correct before teaching the class and writing up a tutorial.
Now, I have these cages hanging from the ceiling, (the room is still decorated with the Birdsong theme from our classes in June. I'll leave them there with the paper birds until fall and I do something witchy instead.)
At Christmas last year, I filled a small tree in the studio with birdcages, and hung shiny brites from the branches.
There are a LOT of birdcages!
Millinery flowers are a steady fixture in the studio too.
I do sell them in my shop, but I always get more! It wouldn't feel like home if I didn't have a roomful of smooshy, old flowers.
And pupeesh! Those guys are a very necessary element in the studio.
Being an artist can get a little bit lonely. I'm lucky to have a bunch of co-workers out there with me. Between the dogs and the grand fairies, I rarely get lonely.
The kiddos have their own corner. But this isn't really what it looks like. This is the cleaned up version. I had all of their things packed up for Birdsong to make room for guests. Then, before I could get it all set back up again, a blog friend, Kerryanne Woodberry, asked me to do some photos of the room for her magazine.
You can look at past issues online for free, here. It's a gorgeous publication and I'm honored to be invited to be in it.
Here is a more, uhm, honest, view of that corner, without the screen to hide stuff behind. There is always a messy pile of works in progress and a TV on Disney Jr.
Here is another switcheroo. Same old stuff, sitting in a new place. That cabinet is HEAVY as the dickons, and even heavier since I didn't bother to unload the fabrics jam packed into it. Have you ever used those carpet covered mini frisbee things that you can scoot furniture around on? I have a cement floor, and they are wonderful for moving any of my big heavy pieces with.
The treat cabinet was treated to a tidbit of a makeover in 2014.
I painted this plywood backdrop to cheer up this corner of the room.
And LuWanda has sprouted Bluebird of Happiness wings.
This spring, I took every single thing out of my hutch, dusted and rearranged it. Somethings went to a "use" pile, others to "sell" or "toss".
Most just got returned right back to where they started. But without the years of built up dust.
During spring cleaning, all the cabinets got slightly rearranged, but I have a feeling, that if you compared it to the pictures from years past, it wouldn't be all that noticeable. But I feel much better about getting my myriad of supplies organized, and cleaned out.
The view out of my back door has improved quite a bit!
We have added a patio. No more mole hills and weeds. Or chair legs that sink down a foot into the dirt when a guest sits down.
This isn't exactly part of the studio, but kind of an extension of it. When I have crafty events, we spill out onto the patio. So, this counts as something new to show for the blog tour, right?
The contractor added the cobblestone stamp,and the flowers are something that I did free hand with a nail as the concrete was drying.
And I'll bet you will have a great time checking out all the other creative spaces on the tour. I know I will.
ps- I'm having a Summer Clearance sale in the Boutique until July 15th. I've neglected that poor little shoppette too long, I need to clean up, clear out, and refresh it all. You are welcome to soak up some summertime savings and help me get a fresh start, by using this link and getting 50% off everything in the store:
(You must use that address to get the special price. Going to the regular address does NOT take you to the 50% discount)