Where Bloggers Create Party 2013. Tour my current studio here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2013 Where Bloggers Create Studio Tour Blog Hop

 Welcome to this years "Where Bloggers Create" Studio tour blog hop, hosted by "My Desert Cottage." Welcome to my studio.  I took a lot of photos, so thank you for dropping by for a visit.
I live in an old stone farmhouse and it has a modern addition on it where I have my studio.  My studio is a place to retreat to and be inspired or just relax.  It is a place for my collections and creative fodder.

 Here it is.  Full to the brim with many years of finds and wonderful memories of time spent with friends. I like to work with antique items and enjoy creating as much as I do curating my finds.

                       A fun vintage chair offers a spot to read or watch an old movie.

 A wall of built-in bookcases is a most wonderful bonus and gives me lots of room to be organised. I like to group "like" items together for easy retrieval when creating.

                                            I even re-organized these shelves just for your visit today!

 Boxes hold all manner of things like vintage flowers, lace and trim, old eyeglasses and doll dishes.
The show ribbons were found long ago at a yard sale.

 For a while, I was finding old games everywhere.  You cannot beat the graphics of old board games!

 My favourite studio finds are two old dental cabinets.  Both were found locally, a couple years apart.
 This one had a terrible repaint job so my hubby and I stripped it.  I really like how it turned out and hope to strip the other one at some point.
 I seem to have had good luck in finding old industrial storage items.  The metal bins and large red piece perched on top of them are also local finds.  I love all the little cubbies and how they offer easy access and organized storage.  A little elbow grease and some fresh paint and they are like new.

 A modern cabinet holds gel mediums and small items while the filing cabinet is full of paper and ephemera. My son designed the red poster for a local music festival.
 The little bookshelves at the end of the bookcase are full of little books, found over the years. Most of them are wee devotionals.

 My husband built the boxes that hold the red drawers from Lee Valley.   They hold wood mounted rubber stamps.
 The old kitchen cupboards were found a couple years ago and fit in nicely with my hodgepodge of studio storage.  I love the salmon colour.

 Even though this little unit holds practical items there is no reason not to tuck in some colourful antique children's books and add a little banner to the front.

                  Rubber stamps neatly stored, labelled, organised and easy to find.

                                    Sorting through old buttons is a most relaxing diversion.

                           Hanging on a steel pole is a gathering of friendly Pelham puppets.

 Those who have followed here for a  while know that I just love old boxes filled with their original items, like drafting rulers or watch vials and optical lenses.
                                    More automotive salvage. This hold tags of all sorts.

 Little hardware drawers hold letters and a small assemblage I made a while back sits in front.

 I enjoyed making these to buttons covered boxes many years ago and decorating the heart shaped chocolate box with old lace more recently.

 I began these lace panels over the winter and hope to get back to them and complete the screen before the snow flies again.  I am halfway there with three of six panels complete.

 Wooden crates with odd shaped openings are perfect to display smaller items.

On my work table I like to have different containers to hold things.  Old and unusual storage just makes things more interesting.
Two more marionettes waiting for fresh string.  I found the horseshoe when I was in grade two during a visit to Sanibel Island.

Well, I hope you aren't too worn out now.  Thank you so much for visiting!
There are plenty of other studios to visit, so you best be on your way back to "My Desert Cottage" to check them out.  You will find all the other participants down the right side of the blog.


Lady Linda said...

WOW...what a studio! I so enjoyed getting a look into your creative world. How fun. I am still getting mine together, so not quite ready to share. Maybe next year?
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You have a lot of treasuries in your studio. What a perfect place to create. Thank you for the visit.


Sandra Kaye said...

Nice pictures!! Love your space...thanks for sharing:):)

StasaLynn said...

You have wonderfully creative storage .... I love it. I love your salmon colored kitchen cabinets too. Beautiful space and I love how it is your retreat...

Take care!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

What an awesome space to create! I love your treasures - especially the antique Chinese checker boards (my Grandparent's had a set like that)! thanks for sharing with us!


Wendy said...

Thanks for the tour Jennifer. It was a great reminder of my visit there and so inspiring too.

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Great space and I just love the old board game boxes {I agree the graphics on them are a of of fun}.

You have a lot of great storage and display cases and units, I especially like the old blue tool case.

Art and Sand said...

I love the dental cabinets and other industrial pieces yu use for storage.

What a fun spot for creativity.

Beansieleigh said...

Oh my gosh, a beautiful room, but I think I got the biggest kick out of all your puppets/marionettes! I'm sure they make wonderful company as you create!!! Thanks for the tour! It was fun! ~tina

Beansieleigh said...

Oh my gosh, a beautiful room, but I think I got the biggest kick out of all your puppets/marionettes! I'm sure they make wonderful company as you create!!! Thanks for the tour! It was fun! ~tina

Unknown said...

Great studio space. You have a lot of beautiful ideas and photos. Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

Oh, your space is amazing. There is so much there to inspire you and I love the sofa. How nice to have so much room. I want to come over and play with you. i am having so much fun touring all of these incredible and creative work spaces.
Please come visit my space and get in on my Give-A-Way.
have a lovely weekend.
Connie :)

Unknown said...

fab find with the dental cabinets... treasures at every corner.. great space :)

Carmen said...

Hi, Jennifer. You have the most abundant storage I've ever soon. You're lucky. I took special notice of your unique puppets and marionettes. Thanks for sharing your space! :-)

Leanne said...

Ohhhh! Hello there, fellow mixed media soul! I'm envious over your storage!!! (Had to get that out of the way before I forgot!) And the idea for old board games for illustrations? BRILLIANT!! (Truly - never thought of that before!) I'm so glad to be stopping by and visiting your lovely space. I think I would find myself completely inspired and motivated with this around me. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!

Rhonda said...

Thank you for a peek into your studio. All your collections are amazing!

Romeo said...

Ah, what fun!!! You had me when you spoke of working with antiques and showed a studio "filled to the brim". My kind of studio!!! And you did not disappoint! Love all the storage of every size and shape - wooden boxes, industrial, small cubbies.....wonderful!!! I really enjoyed my tour, thank you so much for sharing!

I am now a follower and look forward to enjoying many more of your creative adventures!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

"her" and Romeo

suziqu's thread works said...

What a really great space in which to create. Lots of things to draw me in like your wooden boxes and cases and love those lace and embroidered panels.
Thank you for sharing it with us!


Louise@ElsieMayandBertha said...

Thank you for the tour around your creative space. I love your various storage containers. Especially the dentists' drawers. They must be so handy for storing all of those little things that we creative types acquire.
Your screen is going to look lovely when you've finished the other panels if the ones you've already finished are anything to go by.
Happy creating :-)

Nanna said...

a fantastic inspiring space to be in!

fairyrocks said...

You hooked me with 'old stone farmhouse' I love your wall of cabinets and carefully displayed collections. My Magpie eye gravitates to the buttons and little bits. The row of old books makes my fingers itch. Keep smiling and creating, thanks for sharing

Cindy said...

Very nice space! I've got to add some personalization to my storage containers! I love yours... Hugs!

Marlynne said...

Very interesting tour1 really like those buttons!

bobbie said...

Wonderful organization ~ lots of inspiration ~ a great space!

Diana Seal said...

Hi Jennifer, what a wonderful collection of storage units, love the repurposed automotive units! Thanks for sharing your creative space!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Unknown said...

What an incredible amount of storage pieces you have been lucky enough to have found. It is really wonderful.
I love your linen screen you are working on. I loved looking.
Thanks for sharing.

Maureen said...

Love all the cubbies, old books and puppets! What a great studio; your industrial drawers are perfect for those wooden stamps! Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

CatieAn said...

i love your studio and all the nooks and crannies holding so many treasures. What a fun place to work!! Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

I love your creative space--so many wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us.

Kathy said...

You have done an awesome job with the storage pieces and organization. I am feeling guilty now and need to clean up my bookcase! 8+)
Thank you for sharing!

Gretchen said...

Wow! What a neat, organized, creative place. I could spend hours and hours exploring and creating in your studio. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tea in the Library said...

Enjoyed the tour!

Maggie said...

I want all of your CUBBIES and DRAWERS!! Oh my goodness, you have some great storage pieces! Those dental cabinets are awesome. My favorite is the carburetor drawer unit--it looks so cool from distance with that curved lettering. Thanks so much for the great tour--you have an amazing space, with marionettes thrown in for good measure!!

Becky @ Vintage 541 said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful creative space! I love that automotive cabinet that holds your tags, very cool!

Becky @ Vintage 541

Unknown said...

What a fun studio, love all your goodies and findings!
Hugs and Happy Creating!
Marilou of LulusLovlies

Glenda said...

Thank you for sharing your space. I love those dentist drawers and have been on the look out for some time for some for my stamps etc. Again, thanks for sharing. Its beautiful

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha, great way you've organized your supplies and treasures! Love your button collection. I haven't participated in WBC since 2011, but I still like to visit everyones studio.
Thanks for the tour.


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