It is show time!
I am participating in
Where Women Create II
sponsored by Karen Valentine
There are over 450 people
who are sharing peeks into their studios!
How neat is that?
Go HERE to take the tour yourself!
Let me tell you a little bit about my studio...
my creative space.
My studio started out as a small
dining space off of my kitchen.
When my mother was diagnosed with cancer,
I needed to create a space for her to recuperate...
a space without stairs
to the kitchen or bathroom.
The only space in my split level house was a small
dining area off the kitchen,
so it became a living area for Mom.
As Mom's health and strength improved,
her space was moved to a more private area
and my studio was born!
I have not been at home the past couple of weeks,
so I did not have the opportunity
to stage my studio,
so what you see is what you get!
This work table came from an old train station
in the town where my husband
played college football.
I had to have it for him!
There are two tables in the studio so that we can
work at the same time,
but you know how that goes...
I usually take up the whole space!
Please pretend you don't see the blue
painter's tape on the ceiling!
It has been there longer than you can imagine!
This is a job our contractor never finished
and we are being stubborn!
This beautiful, chippy, turquoise cabinet
was a gift from a dear friend.
Are you wondering about that odd
It houses my awarding-winning, prize bird dogs!
This is the second work area
in the studio.
I like the sit at this desk...
I can see everything going on in
the family room which is just
a few steps down from the studio!
Before my husband had his health issues...
two heart surgeries and a spine surgery...
IN JUST ONE YEAR,
we were looking for an old pick up truck
to restore. Now, we have to settle for this
little, blue truck hauling chandelier crystals
One of my flour sack tea towel
creations is shown here.
My lady lamp offers the perfect
canvas for inspiring photos!
I love it when she is "turned on"!
Opposite the work table,
tile-topped cabinets run the length
of the room under a wall of windows.
Here is one of my thrift store finds.
A little paint and some Mama love
turned it into great storage for the studio.
Notice the cute little lamp shade on top
of the storage cabinet?
I make those too.
Never know what you will find
behind closed doors!
On a normal day in the studio,
you will see something like this...
Notice how the machine fits
perfectly into the compartment
in the old train station table?
With this sewing machine,
I make these...
shoulder sling tote bags!
I love to alter items with vintage fabric,
lace, photos, jewelry and words!
That handy dandy little sewing machine
helps me make unique greeting cards!
My studio displays my fabric wall art too!
I have to be creative to find enough wall space
for display, so this padded and mirrored
screen/wall divider offers
additional display space!
Vintage items offer interesting ways
to store art supplies.
I don't know about you,
but I go through a lot of glue sticks
in my studio!
I have to use a lot of glue sticks to make this...
And at the end of a long day in the studio,
I often enjoy a glass of wine.
Who knows how I might use these?
What would a studio be without
shared art from friends?
My inspiration board is full of mementos
from friends! See anything of yours here?
Don't tell anybody...
but, sometimes, my studio looks like this!
that means art is being born!
After all, we are in a "art birthing studio"!
Next time you are in Texas,
stop by for a visit!
Just call first so I can clean up!
Hope you enjoyed the tour
and hope you visit My Desert Cottage
so you can visit the other 450 participants!
Better pack a cooler...
it's gonna be a long trip!