Saturday, July 11, 2015

Where Bloggers Create 2015

Wow! I cannot believe this is my fourth straight year participating in Karen Valentine's (at "My Desert Cottage") "Where Bloggers Create" party. What a great way to drop by the studios of old friends, discover new bloggers, get inspiration and receive visitors from around the globe to my creative space. Huge appreciation goes out to Karen as always for the opportunity to participate.

Even though my Studio looks mostly the same as last year, the biggest change is that my knitting and spinning stash and tools have totally taken over the old closet space. As my stash grew, so did the need to store and display it. I've also consolidated (and acquired a few more, to be honest) knitting-related items to decorate that area.

I hope you enjoy the tour!

Please click to biggify the images and feel free to Pin away if you so desire!

View as you walk into my 8x10 Studio

Main workspace with lots of drawers to store tools and supplies

The wooden Lazy Susan holds three glass flower frogs for pencils, scissors, tools

Closeup of desktop - repurposing old silver as storage

This bunny has been front and center of my desk for years

A few creations, some hourglasses and Beswick bunnies

Vintage products - love the graphics

RCA Victor sign and vintage Nipper salt & pepper shakers

Three Edison items - love that sign

Hand painted mouse plate circa 1905

My $45 chandelier found at a Re-purpose store

The knitting and spinning closet

How I store my circular needles

Yarn ends are kept in a vintage picnic basket
for use in future projects

South wall with cabinets on top of and inside a former dresser
(drawers removed and shelves inserted for more storage)

Antique collapsible top hat on a House of Lords cigar box
I think that postal scale is one of the very first antiques I collected!

Two Singers: one an antique toy!
Pincushions, notions and pins from 1806

Storage inside dresser - boxes, cabinets & small printer's trays all
make finding supplies so easy

Baby shoes under glass & pretty vintage doorknobs

Whenever I can move a sleeping cat, this old sewing desk is
perfect to cut paper or to hold my swift to wind yarn

or sometimes the cat sleeps ON TOP of the paper cutter...
Tawnee, that CAN'T be comfy, can it?

East wall - Regal china, crystal, silver and cobalt

Candlestick phone and bell box
The drawers below store oil and acrylic paints and painting supplies
the breadbox holds completed cards

Meggie models my circa 1980 wedding dress (hat made in 2013)
She stands in front of an authentic Union Jack about 80 years old

Sheba - who has an uncanny ear for knowing exactly when
I am eating in my Studio and appears like magic

Glitter in crystal salt & pepper shakers, other vintage glassware and buttons

Doesn't everyone have an antique fruit peeler?

Luckily, Dakotah leaves it alone

Under desk storage - file drawers, baskets, milk can and jars

The other biggest change for my Studio over the last year is that it has become my space to record my new podcast! You'll find them in previous posts below this one; even though they are mostly about my knitting and spinning, I do talk about some of my other artistic endeavors and hobbies.

Thank you for your visit - I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to check out the rest of the bloggers sharing their spaces in this year's Where Blogger's Create party over at My Desert Cottage. Karen, as always you are wonderful to host this awesome event - thank you so much.

Now I am off to ooh and aah at all the other participants creative spaces!


  1. This is a fantastic, creative space filled with gorgeous pieces!

  2. Maureen, your studio is just stunning. I admire that you are so organized that you can store all your supplies PLUS have room for all those gorgeous vignettes. My room is such a pig-pile after launching the new antique mall space that I feel like I should push it all out the back door and start over - LOL! Thanks for sharing, you are inspiring me to get things back in order!

  3. Maureen,
    I so enjoy seeing your magnificent studio!!! It is filled with so much vintage goodness that it takes my breath away, my friend!!! You know I love it as one Victorian Soul to another!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!


    1. So pretty; so FULL! How do you keep everything dusted???

  4. I am in awe of all your drawers and cubbies! charming!

  5. WOW, what a lovely, vintage creative space.

    Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

  6. This has made me unabashedly covetous!
    Plus, I want that HAT!

  7. Maureen, I love your work area ~ and everything in it! Your collectibles and organization are awesome! But I am especially envious of how your kitties leave things where you put them :-) Mine.... not so much!

  8. What a delightful space you have to create art. I love how you have organized everything just so.

    Thank you for inviting me in for a play date. I appreciate ou.


  9. Your studio is so beautiful and organized. Thanks for sharing.
    Lisa xx

  10. What a great space you have created! I totally Love the lambs/sheep you have with your yarn, so cute! Great collection of salt/pepper shakers in use too! Happy Creating, Cindy

  11. I like your touches of SteamPunk, and your pic of Tim ~ they fit in perfectly with your Victoriana!
    Thanks for the tour ~

  12. From one Maureen to another, what a beautiful creative space! I love all your collectibles and how you have them out on display and use them to hold your supplies. Where did you find those glass frogs you are using on the lazy susan? Great idea and so pretty! The whole room is inspiring and makes me want to come over and play! Thanks for sharing your space with all of us.

  13. This is one of my favorite creative spaces.

  14. I can't believe all the antiques you have and they're used so wisely. I just love your room. Your room is so very inspiring.

  15. The cats are very sweet. I love the space. I really enjoyed my visit.

  16. Hello Maureen. It's fabulous to see you at the same party....your studio is looking as gorgeous as ever. I'm still loving ever inch of it. Love the fruit peeler and binoculars too. Karen.x

  17. Maureen, your space is wonderful . . .so many antiques . . . and you display them all so beautifully. I have to say my favorite was that collapsible top hat. That made my heart stop. Simply Gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for allowing me to come into your space, I feel honored.
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

  18. Wow!! what a lovely space!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  19. Hi Maureen,
    I had come by your studio last year and loved it-- I still do. Too many amazing touches to list, however the old printer's drawer with the stamps inspired me. I have one that I am not using for anything at present. Great idea!

    Thanks for the tour.
    Best Wishes,
    Gwen from A Glitch in Time

  20. Maureen my heart skips a beat every time I visit your wonderful studio!! All those little drawers and cubbies just make my heart sing!!! I am so thrilled you joined the party gain and hope you will continue to do so as long as the party continues. Hope you are having fun!!

  21. Most awesome studio ever, it has a Victorian/Steampunk vibe and I love it! Adore the printers tray for rubber stamp storage, wish I had room for one. Such and inspiring space, thank you for sharing.

  22. Love, love your room. Makes think of Jules Vern or 1800's gentlemen with canes and top hats walking on old wood plate forms waiting to catch a train. Your evokes nostalgia. I could spend all day in there.

  23. I realize I'm late visiting, but I couldn't miss this opportunity to see your stunning and creative space. I feel like swooning, and I love that all the wood is natural. I simply adore all the cubbies and wonderful areas where you keep your art. I adore the steampunk inspired areas, too.

    BTW, I used to have a fruit peeler, but gave it away when I moved one year. Thanks for sharing your simply incredible studio with us. I'm still swooning over this room!!

  24. So inspiring to see your space again! Love every inch of it. There is SO MUCH to look at, and it's all beautiful :-)

  25. Wow! Your studio is awesome! So many gorgeous antiques! I love your talent for display. Thanks for sharing. I'll be back to visit for sure.

  26. What an amazing space you created for yourself! Love all your beautiful antiques and vintage goodies!
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. Your studio is like stepping back in time to a place where things were made to last and form and workmanship was appreciated. I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us!♥

  28. This has to be the best creative space on the tour. What an inspiration, and I WILL be pinning. . .

  29. Oh my! Such a fantastic place.
    I love all of the antique drawers, boxes and such.
    I can not stop looking at your collection of glitter, all of the different, wonderful shakers, love, love.
    Thanks for sharing your space with us.


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