Creative Researcher Of New Experiences

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Welcome To My Studio

Good Morning!
And once again welcome to my studio. It has been a work in progress for what seems like way to long. But I feel it is ready for its big reveal- just in time for Karen’s “Where Bloggers CreateParty. Do come in grab yourself some refreshments and let me show you around.
My studio once upon a time only did service as a breezeway; a simple passage between the main part of the house and the garage. Oh it had furniture and it was appointed nicely but it was hardly ever used. Now this is the sight you see as you walk in the door. Certainly more friendly and inviting.
The big coral piece is a shoe box that my husband made to coral all the unrulely shoes that used to be all over the place when the grandchildren came to visit. The picnic basket on top of it holds & keeps extra storage containers handy.
What’s that? - Yes I use the clear plastic shoe boxes to store some of my assorted supplies in, from lace to colored tissue paper and unused scraps of empherma. Smaller Glad containers also on the clear side hold a few of the real small supplies or those that I only keep in limited supply.
The self above the windows hold part of my angel collection as well as a few of my bears & hares.
My Pink chandelier is one of my favorite pieces. Don't you just love it?
The first parts of my make over can be found here if you are interested . Three supply cabinets purchased at Target were shimmed and permanently mounted to the walls to avoid any threat of tipping since my concrete floor tends to slopes inward. My husband built the shelf units above the utility cabinets - over 8ft of space on the one side. (Yippe !!! Lots more space for my bears & hares collection as well.) He also built a little barn to hold my sewing/crafting table; so it could tuck away neatly in place when not in use. Above the barn is a little barn built to hold the sewing machine.(its hidden from view in this picture by my all purpose aqua tree)
An old forlorn desk we purchased a few years before was given a face lift via a new coat of white paint and then covered with polyacrylic to withstand anything I may throw at it when I’m creating. A mirror in a pretty frame ( good Feng Shui ) to see who enters a room when your back is to the door. My embossing powder and glitters stored in pretty salt & pepper shakers; and Albert Einstein to keep me company and expound on the merits of imagination.

The wicker furniture which previously inhabited this room was moved around; the chairs were moved by the north window as a little sitting area where my husband and/ or friends can sit enjoy the fish tank in the little alcove, read the paper or visit with me. The little love seat stayed put and is for when I am taking a reading break or talking on the phone.

A small shelving unit I had in my office when I was teaching was also given a fresh coat of white paint, as well as an old china cabinet which my dear husband reworked into my computer cabinet. . He was also called upon to build the built in units which flank my windows on the south side of the house. Room was left for my old cedar chest which also received a couple coats of paint and is used to hold a portion of my fabric stash.
Since this is the room all our guest see first _ I do strive to keep it neat and organized but like most of you I don’t always succeed. It is very hard to craft and create neatly. This is the view you see when my work table is out of its barn and ready for work. We stenciled vines, hummingbirds, butterflies and bugs on most of the furniture as you can see.
This is a view with my guest chair out from its storage place between the wicker bookcase and the storage unit. Its always more fun to create with friends.
This is what usually happens at the shed. You know the old saying about "if you want the best seat in the house- you have to move the cat." Well it sure is true around here, as soon as I stand up Genghis takes my chair and I use the guest chair.

I decorated it in a garden theme since that was kind of what was in here before and I did like the idea just never pulled it off with those dark walls. Now it’s light and airy in here and I can sit in my ‘garden shed’ with all my furry friends real and stuffed, all year long. A change in the artificial as well as the real flowers and a few of the other pieces keeps me in tune with the current season unfolding outside my windows.

I know your in a hurry to move on to the next studio on the list so I want to thank you for coming by and hope you enjoyed your self here with me.

See you at the other sites.



Terri said...

Such a cool studio! Everything with in your grasp. So cheerful. A terrific space to create in!

IsabellasCloset said...

Penny, What a fabulous studio! I love it all. Well organized and soooo beautiful..
Hope you have fun at the "Where bloggers create" party..
Blessings ~Mary~ :-}

Connie said...

Penny, Penny, Penny!!! Your space puts mine to shame, chickee! It is just gorgeous and fantastic! So organized and neat and lovely colors. I truly think it is just fabulous. Thank you for the kind comment on my blog.

zandra said...

Wow! So glad you joined the party so I could find you! It's so lovely and thanks for the tip of the using a mirror~love that! Thanks, for sharing! Hugz, Z

Anonymous said...

Hey Chickadee!
What a amazing place to create in!
Big mermaid hugs


Debra said...

Wow reminds me of a Gypsy Caravan! LOVE it! Seriously lovin the Computer hutch reno. So much eye candy. I am bowled over at all the wonderful collections!!!!

The Feathered Nest said...

Penny I just LOVE your creative space!!! I have to look in the nooks and crannies to see all of your wonderful collections! The window treatment is so beautiful and I just love chandeliers too...and pink? That makes it even better! ~ Thank you so much for visiting me today. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Penny ~ xxoo, Dawn

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I envy the amount of room you have in your studio! Nearly a separate building too, in a breezeway. It's a very nice space and I'm sure a perfect room for creating the day away.
Hope you get a chance to stop by Brynwood, too!

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Penny, I wish I could be your little cat! Oh how dreamy that would be to lounge around in the best seat of the house, gazing at all of your fabulous goodies! What great use of a not so used area, who wouln't enjoy "playing" in here??? {sigh}
everything vintage

Claudia said...

Wonderful space, Penny! So much room and so well organized! I love everything but you're right, my favorite thing is the pink chandelier!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

That is one lovely space.....
I love everything about it :)

One Shabby Old House said...

I am just amazed at all the beautiful spaces. Yours is fabulous. How happy you must be as you create.

Jacqueline Jaggers said...

Penny, Took a good lookie-loo at your blog tonight. What a great space to play! Love it! Greetings from Bellingham Washington where the SUN is rain!

Kara Ward said...

It is so large and cheery. YOu have done such a nice job of displaying it.

LiLi M. said...

Great space! Thanks for touring me around, have a lovely day!

Lori said...

Penny, what a wonderful space you have! It's beautiful! I'm amazed by what some people can do with the space they have to make a creative space of their own. I am inspired by your room.

Lynn Stevens said...

how cool that you converted the breezeway into your studio, so inviting! and your cat seems right at home as well

Rebecca said...

Simply amazing my friend! Love it all! What a wonderful place you have to create in! Fab!

Thank you so much for sharing!

Hugs, Rebecca

Karen Valentine said...

Oh Penny, it's fabulous! You have SO much room. You should be very proud. It's terrific. Thank you so much for coming to my party. You've really helped make it a success!

My Desert Cottage

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a creative use of space for your studio!
And Genghis is a sweetie! Our cats always get the best seat in the house too!
I didn't get my studio photographed for this event, but I am having a giveaway on my blog this weekend for "Christmas in July". Stop by if you like PINK! :)

Natasha said...

Would that be a beehive displayed in your studio photos? My better half is an entomologist (he studies bee sleep behavior) and we are delighted when we spy another soul with an affinity for insects. I love it! What a beautifully creative space you live in! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

Enjoy the party!

Warm Wishes,


Bearly Sane said...

I love looking at artist's matter what art they may be into. I think your's is particularly inviting, with lots of nooks and crannies to poke around in...I would be at home there for sure!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Charming creative space! Love all your sweet "stuff"! (Thank you for sharing and please come visit me, too!)

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Penny,

What a grand transformation from a breezeway!! It is so roomy and cozy! I love the shelves running around the ceiling line too! Thanks so much for sharing your studio. :0)

I would love to have you drop by to see my "studio in progress". I've just recently moved into my home and I've been remodeling for going on three months. I'm almost finished. (I think!!)

See ya,

Miss Sandy said...

I don't think I could breeze right through that space without a little lingering, it is a fantastic use of space. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Such a cheerful and happy place to be! I love it! Thanks for the tour!
bunny hugs,

Anonymous said...

Hi Penny! what a cute space you have!
:) Missy

Anonymous said...

Your space is adorable! I love the bright colors with the white - and the aqua - how neat your dear and sweet husband is to have helped you create this special space.

paperbird said...

You have a lovely creative space and I love your cat. Everything looks very tidy and organized. Thanks for letting me peek.

BellaRosa said...

What a wonderful space you have to create in and what beautiful things you have to inspire you. Rose

Christy said...

What a neat place to create! You did a wonderful job transforming your breezeway. Thanks for sharing! Christy

Molly Alexander said...

What a fun, inviting, pretty studio - I never would have guessed it was a breezeway. Your pink chandelier is my favorite (along with the teal Christmas tree and handkerchief window treatment!). Thank you so much for sharing your space!

:-) Molly

Boogdoodle Beads said...

Holy cow! Your studio is huge! And everybody needs an all purpose aqua tree. I've gotta get myself one of those. I might choose pink, but it would probably clash with my red couch. Ah well! We're talking about a tree here! Quite a unique studio. What a lucky girl you are!

Her Art Nest said...

Yes, I am a late visitor also. Thanks for dropping by my studio today. I can't keep up with all the young gals either. Your creative space is very very cool! I love the striped carpet, and the white furniture. I love what you have decorated. It is gorgeous. ~Nan