Friday, July 24, 2009

Where Bloggers Create

Better late then never!!!!

at the subtle nudging of my friend Joan I decided to join in on Where Blogger Create hosted by Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage

My craft room at home was once used primarily for making dried and silk flower wreath. Now with only a few buckets of dried flowers it's mostly become an array of paper, ribbon, vintage collections,books and whatever else is in the house that I don't know where to store.

On occasion I make cards but it's not really what I'm into. If I do make a card it's for someone that I know will appreciate the time that goes into them and will maybe want to save it. Altered art is what I mostly work on. I should have taken some recent pictures. I had intented on taking some last night but I forgot my camera at work. Good excuse!!!!right?????

This was a mask I wore last Halloween. I sits right above my work area. It took me hours on the internet to find it scouring site after site page after page just to find a simple white mask to paint. You think it would be easy. I had people looking for me everywhere. Finally I ordered it off Joanne Fabrics web site after just missing it at the local store by a couple hours. Someone had scooped up 5 of them. Couldn't she have left me one? mean!!!

Decorating it was pretty easy doing it with red and black marking pen. Painting with regular paint would have taken too long. It arrived in the mail only a day before Halloween. It looked good except it was a bit small for my big head so I'm still on the look out for a better one.
Oh by the way I was a puppet and George was the puppet master. We laugh..... saying in real life it's the other way around!!!! ha-ha

Not very organized but I'm one of those people who would rather work in the chaos then spend my time organizing everything. I do have bins of ribbon wrapped on cards but that's boring. I always like to have a pile of my favorites at my finger tips.

.....or full rolls work for me.

This is a ribbon rack at the shop. I wish this was at home. I've got to get better at bringing back the rolls I take home. Once they get home they have a tendency to stay there.

My friend Delores gave me this wonderful

box of goodies for my birthday. It looked so pretty all in the box I just wanted to remember it all together. The embroidery thread is from France in earth tones and a few metallic. She made me a fabulous card that hangs from metallic thread that I now hang over my work space. I'm so luck to have someone who knows just the perfect things I love.

This is a project that I will probably still be working on when I'm old and gray. ( that's not so far away) It's made with crochet thread. I bought a huge box of off white vintage thread from a thrift shop and thought I'd just use it for twine. But how much twine
does a person need so I thought I'd make a sweater with it. I like the airiness and it had a slight age to it. Of course the aging was mostly on the outside and once deeper into the skein the lighter it was but that's ok. I can always tea die it.

This lace was given to me and the other lucky girls that came to visit Evi last winter. She was doing a purge of her antique laces and ribbons. She just dumped out boxes full of it on a table as we sorted out what we wanted. She just let us have at it. I have to say we were quite well behaved and very tugging or pulling like you see at some sales. Very lady like.....oh, do you like this one???? That would look lovely with the one you already have!!!!

Laura took the rest ( which wasn't all that much) to the a thrift store near her.

Now I'm going to show you a craft room I would give my left foot for.

Evi's workroom.....where she creates the most wonderful dolls and fabric whimsical pieces you've ever seen.

Her space is so well organized and just like I would love if I could change my messy habits. Well even being messy I'd still want it. She loves things neat and in it's place but when she's getting ready for a showing she does admit it gets a little chaotic. Heads, legs, eyes etc....everywhere.

I'd love to see what's inside those bins and baskets. I'm told there are tons of little accessories for her dolls and you know how cute and precious those can be. Her husband Ebi built this whole area for her to work in. It's in the walkout basement of their home which she likes to refer to as the dungeon.
I think you'd agree it looks nothing like a dungeon......

It's bright walls and touches of red just pop out.

Little fabric strawberries and pincushions make up this collection.

Along her work table to keep her company....little mouse, doggy and bird.

At every turn there is more and more to delight the eye.

I hope one day to return again. It was the highlight of my Winter coming to visit. We had a wonderful day with delicious food and we talked and laughed about everything. I can't wait to go back.

Maybe next time we'll get a peak at the inside of those magical boxes and bins!!!!!

I also want to thank my husband who put up with me as I tried to do this post in the middle of the day. Gee it's only taken me 7 hrs. in between customers, watering and a visit from Paula, Evi and Ebi who are down for the weekend.

Hope you all had a great day!!!!

I have to get some work done now!!!!



Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Carole,
I'm so happy to see you joined in the party. It is better late than never, plus with all the people attending, I know I won't be able to visit everyone until maybe Sunday! You did a great job on that mask and I got a chuckle out of your Puppet Master story (it's the reverse in this household as well). I absolutely love all that lace! Thanks for sharing Evi's studio too - so tidy and pretty. Happy weekend to you.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

We were leaving comments for one another at the same time - - jinx! Forget to say how much I love all your pretty ribbon. xo~t

Jacqueline @ HOME said... are so creative..I just love your crochet work and the old lace....divine. I always bid on old lacee when I go to auctions...I love it.I don't know how you fit everything into one're a very clever girl. !!! XXXX

June said...

I love your space and Evi's. That mask is good and creepy and yet pretty chic! I adore your knitting project!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Carole. You are quite a clever girl. Love your mask and the story, and found the 'fat head' comment a treat! Your knitting reminds me I need to do some. Haven't knitted in years but did enjoy the outcome. Thanks for showing us so many fun and great pics. It was worth the effort.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Well good morning Carole!
This is Day 2 and I'm still party hopping, please forgive my party hopping but some of us have to work on Fridays! tee hee!
Ya'lls spaces are terrific! I love the goodies you made and Evi's little dungeon is awesome!
So glad you joined the party!!!
everything vintage
oh can come play anytime girl!!!

Rebecca said...

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me. I love your work - I especially love the sweater and pile of lace.
That dream studio is a dream...fabulous
Blessings to you

Poppy said...

Hi Carole, what beautiful workrooms, I could spend all day looking through all of your pretty things.
If only you lived a bit nearer!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend…love Lou xxx

Rosemary said...

Wow Carole,
I love it all!!
Your area, your ribbons and your friend's space is amazing.
Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend,

sylvia said...

hi inspiring..these lovely photo's especialy of the so very organized working place make me want to get creative as a lunatic! I want to start immediately to get myself such an organized place!! Thanks for your kind words on my blog!! hugs, sylvia

Les Cotrions said...

Waw Carole you have lots of treasures! I dream a room where create, but I haven't it! I usually make my creations in the kitchen! I've a cupboard with all my "materials"!
Wish you a nice Sunday!

Deb said...

Beautiful creative space Carole. The crocheted project you are working on looks fabulous :-)

The French Bear said...

I love your space, there is so much to look at!!! I love it all, the tomatoes and the knitting, each little vignette is so intriguing! What a charming blog, thanks for the visit, I know a bit late but I am still looking at everyones beautiful spaces!!!!
Margaret B