Hi Everyone! I am happy and excited to be joining in on Karen's second Where Bloggers Create Party. I would like to thank Karen for all of her hard work and inspiration to get the party started. I am sure she must have been very over~whelmed with the huge response and it must have been very time consuming getting everything organized. Thank you so much Karen, you are a very sweet and special person.
As most of you know I am a huge fan of vintage things. A girl can never have too much vintage STUFF as far as I am concerned. I have been playing around with mixed media for quite a few years now and it all started with Artist Trading Cards (atc's). I got so excited when I first heard about them and once I found where I could purchase the book put out by Somerset Studio in Canada my husband was on a mission. Poor guy, I hate driving in the city and that is the only place I could find it online so off we went. He is really such a sweetie when it comes to things like that, especially if I make a deal that we can stop off at Golf Town. I have to tell you that I studied that book and studied that book and was in complete awe. I have met so many kind and wonderful artists and friends through the mixed media world and have collected thousands of atcs. I often will get one of my binders out on a rainy day and take each and everyone out of the pocket and touch them and simply just behold all the inspiration and beauty found between the pages. I also love art journals and have done many round robins with other artists and have beautiful books that are true treasures to me. I am sure that everyone that has traded atc's or made pages for my books have to believe that I have a one track mind as my only requests are normally vintage and children. I love all vintage children images and never seem to tire of them. Thus, my creative space full of magazines, books, glues, linens, suitcases, basket, images, paints, papers, embellishments, lace, ribbons, all things I love. I spend numerous hours in my own creative space and it fills my heart with happiness every time I enter. It is fun, it is unique and it is mine. I hope you enjoy stopping in for a visit and sharing with me. I look forward to stopping by and meeting all of you in what has to be our favorite room in our home, the room where our minds go wild and we simply create and are surrounded by our own creations and the creations of all our beautiful art and blogger friends.
Inspiration shelf in my wall unit.
More beauties on computer desk shelf.
Still at computer desk.
Hmmmm. Computer desk never ends with beauty. Thank goodness, as I sit here alot.
This is a fun vine wreath hanging above my table. In the background you can see my messy shelves, but they are full of inspiration.
Some linens, jello moulds, and my Stone Angels journal from one of our round robins. Love this book.
This has to be one of my fav corner's in the room. Suitcases, lace, linen, stamps, trunks and beautiful art.
A few of my fav atc's.
Lots of beautiful direct sunlight.
I adore this ledger that I got at an auction a few years ago. It is from 1898 and has a gorgeous leather cover and the writing inside is amazing. I had the bright idea of buying it and ripping the pages out, but when I got it home that was a big no, no..
A close~up of the writing.
A few old books, don't you just love old books, never tire of those and a few other bits and bobs.
This is the bottom of my necklace tree. I love this thing, full of rhinestones and sparklies. I found it in my local grocers three years ago at Christmas and it is perfect for hanging jewelry.
Okay!! Don't laugh at my shelves cluttered and sagging. Those darned books are so heavy. The cabinet with the little sections is the handiess thing ever. It has four sections, two sides deep, two sides not so much. I found this thing in a local shop that was changing shelves and got it for a song. It rotates and it stores so much stuff, not sure what I done without it. We realized when we went to pick it up, why the price was so cheap, heavy, heavy...LOL...See my doggies in their party hats on the top shelf, aren't they sweet. My bestest artist friend ever Caryl you can check her out here http://carylsrealm.blogspot.com/ drew my babies for me for my husband for Christmas a few years ago. I knew she could draw, but I was amazed when it arrived in the mail. She nailed it, all from sending her a silly picture of each of them by email. The best part of this whole blogging world is getting to share with so many like minded people and even getting to meet them. I have been lucky enough to spend time with Caryl, twice on Paper Whimsy art retreats and I can't begin to explain how it makes me feel to have such a kindred spirit to share with.
Play misty for me..love the spritz and mist.
don't yah love playing with the distress crackle paint?
Golden paints, a staple.
A shelf on one of my cabinets, with art from another great friend of mine. http://friedaquilter.blogspot.com/
Frieda lives in the UK and makes the most amazing quilts. She is a true joy to know, I just love her and would so like to meet her some day. We swap atc's monthly, four of us in the group and it is always amazing when her beautiful cards arrive at my door.
Suitcases, hat box, and my initials.
My sweet angel that my daughter gave me at Christmas.
Here is a close~up of the necklace tree..FUN!!
Paper dolls anyone! I also have my True Colors book out with this bunch and it has to be my all time fav book, ever.
A tussie from a friend and one of my collages.
Everyone needs a few nests!!!
A few special trinkets.
A few of my fat books from various swaps.
The shoulder of my Miss Eliza.
Miss Eliza spending time with me in our creative space.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me as much as I have enjoyed sharing with you.
Be sure to check out all the beautiful studios and creative spaces of all the talented people that have joined the party here http://mydesertcottage.blogspot.com/ Again, thanks for letting me join in the fun Karen!