Friday, July 13, 2012

A Room Where Creativity Flows Free-Where Bloggers Create 2012




Welcome to my home.
Do you have 1 room,
 in which all your creativity flows free?
I have such varied interests
 one room just could not possibly
 contain it all.
Those of you that follow my blog know I have
been stitching a Schwalm Whitework Embroidery
project for Luzine Happel. The term whitework says
it all, it is white linen worked with white thread.
Ample light is a necessity, so I work on
this project in my sun room. I often will do
other handwork here as well.


Next to my chair I have a collection of items
received from blogging friends. Nice reminders of



one of best things about blogging... friends! I often
think we are a bit like pen pals during the war. People
wrote letters, shared details of their daily lives,
asked for prayers and celebrated happy events all
on sheets on lined stationary. The only difference
our stationary is a blog and the time between
letters can be as short as mere moments.





In my laundry room, I have my stained glass
supplies and bottles waiting to be altered. 
Vintage chandelier crystals, door knobs,

porcelain figurines and other fun things, often
find their way to adorn the tops of my vintage
bottles.  One of the most meaningful of the many

 bottles I've created recently, contained a snake skin
with a stained glass cross attached to the
top.  It is fun to find a deeper meaning or inspiration
when you are in the middle of a project.  The
project it's self almost leads you to what it is, to become.


Cutting glass and soldering are  messy
hobbies.  You need a space with ventilation
and a water supply, in my home the laundry
 room is the perfect spot.


The largest room I create in,
 was my oldest daughter's bedroom.



 This room holds sewing notions,
fabrics and my paper crafting supplies as well. 

As you have visited other blogger's creative spaces,
 you have no doubt seen carefully arranged vignettes of
supplies.  Vintage laces spilling out into an ivory
dish.....My room is not like that, but it does hold
many treasures.

  A sewing rocker that belonged to
my grandmother. 





White enameled pitchers which once belonged
to my great grandmother,
hold knitting needles and crochet
hooks that other family members used before me. 



A small chest and bookcase that once  held
Mark Twain and Hardy Boys books
in Mr. Magpie's room when he was
 a young boy, now holds needlework
books and supplies.

A vintage sewing machine from a dearly loved aunt
has been repurposed into a lamp.

The pie safe from my great grandmother's kitchen
holds fabric and projects waiting to be completed.

The desk holding my sewing machine was one of my
first thrift store purchases some 30+ years ago.

When I enter this room it comforts me, the items
on the shelves greet me and the past surrounds me.

This room takes me to a world, where a mother sewed,
a grandmother knitted and an aunt crocheted. They each

shared that inner need to create. To make a piece of
clothing for a child, to share their handwork

as a gift or to make their home a little homier. They
 always had that need to create something from their
heart.

I hope you enjoyed your visit with me and you have
a space, to call your own.   A room where you hear the
voice of your muse, a room where the contents speak
to your soul and your creativity flows free.

Love to all,
Deb

A Special Thank You to
 for taking the time to organize
this fun event!

53 comments:

ShirleyC said...

I just hopped on my blog feed, and what a pleasant surprise! I love your room and all of your special little things.
That sewing machine lamp is just perfect for such a special space.
You do have a variety of talents! I wouldn't be able to keep up with what I did with what! LOL
Thanks for sharing.

BLiSsAngELs said...

miss Debbie your space is darling ... full of treasure and memories.... hugs wendy

Theresa said...

OH my, you have loads of pretty areas where you create! I LOVE the many sweet memories scattered throughtout your home! Thanks for the tour!

Enjoy your weekend dear friend, BIG HUGS

vicki said...

Oh Deb -- you are SO blessed. Your home is lovely and you have so many wonderful places where you can work your magic. That chair looks so comfy -- the perfect place to do your lovely stitching. (I'd die for a lamp like that!)

And your beautiful craft room -- it is just what I would expect to find at your house-- it is perfectly glorious - so filled with all the things that you love. That sewing machine lamp is amazing -- that must surely be the most creative thing I've ever seen! And I love that your knitting needles are in a vintage pitcher -- mine too! (great minds think alike girlfriend!)

Your buttons, and bottles -- I love the bottles -- they are marvelous! And I had NO idea that you worked with stain glass too -- is there anything that you can not do?????

It's beautiful Deb -- you are so lucky to be able to surround yourself with all the things that you love to create with --

I feel that I know you just a bit better after seeing your special place and all of your treasures!

xoxo,
Vicki

Laurie said...

Deb I love your spaces! I have a craft and sewing room, but nothing like your nooks! Everything is so special, and the stories you have behind it all makes it even more special. Thank-you for sharing!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Wow! You got a lotta stuff!! ~lol~
You display your diverse interests very well.

I have my own room that used to be a bedroom too. I have been all over the house, moving from room to room as the kids move in and out. But now I am staying put. If they need to be here again...well, there is always the floor ~lol~.

Thanks for the tour. I always enjoy seeing other's studios.
xx,Carol

Dorthe said...

Dear Deb,
You are so lucky to have ceveral spaces to create in your home.And then also a room for your own pleasure and cosy feelings, so filled with gorgeous materials, of all kind.
Love also your place for soldering in your laundry room- perfect!Thankyou for inviting me inside your fantastic creative space, and showing all your treasures.
Hugs from Dorthe

dianehobbit said...

So many goodies, but so much dusting too. Love the jars of buttons!

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

Hi Deb, your creative spaces are wonderful, your sewing room is so filled with beautiful materials, of all kind. Wish you a lovely weekend.
Anni

luvbnmom said...

What a great post. It is do fun to learn about the history behind things. It Is what makes them so special to us!

Lorraine said...

Not only is your creative space lovely, it is filled with so many memories Deb! Wonderful. Some fabulous antique furniture pieces and LOVE the button jars!

Suztats said...

Deb, thank you for the tour of your creative places. I enjoyed seeing all your special treasures. I had forgotten about your stained glass work, though, so it was great to see again your special bottles.
One of these days, I hope to have my own space again.
Happy weekend!

Shari Replogle said...

I love all of the delicious treasures you have collected ,and created!
~Shari

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Deb!

Oh, how I loved the tour of your lovely home and wonderful crafty spaces. I was oohing with each new picture! You have, and create so many special things...I could get lost for hours in your sewing room! Thanks so much for sharing, and you're so right about our bloggy friends being like special pen pals. It's amazing all of the lovely friends we make here! Enjoy your weekend. Paulette :)

JoAnne said...

LOVE your space!!! And was so happy to see another glass bowl of doll parts!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Awesome creative Space ♥
*hugs*deb

DeeDee said...

I just new your space would be a treasure in the making.. every little thing as special as the last...so nice and comfy... I love it... I want to come visit it... :D

DeeDee said...

The doll heads in the bowl kinda scared me thou....lol... I have a story about that I will have to share one day with you...lol..hugs

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'd love to come and visit too! The first thing I would have to see would be your wonderful bottles (well, after you of course!!).

Createology said...

Oh Deb I love seeing your creative spaces. Your description of how you are surrounded with love and the powers of family before you creating brings a tear to me and I can completely understand. Your talents are many and I adore your creations. Thank you for sharing. Blissful Joy...

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I've got my eye on your sweet sewing table..I just love the white and the vintage about it! and speaking of vintage...that sewing machine looks heavy duty vintage...I want it!

thanks for sharing your creative spaces...with so many interests...your supplies fill your home in a beautiful way...it is a true reflection of you!


ciao bella
creative carmelina
hope you'll visit me too.


your newest follower
xo

Michelle May said...

I so love your creative space Deb. I love all your creations. However, I really, really, really want to hop through the computer and steal that bunny head bottle. Naughty...I know. hee,hee,hee.
xx

Blessed Serendipity said...

I LOVE your creative space. So many things to inspire. You have some clever storage ideas. Love the thread displayed in the printers tray. Your soldered pieces are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your space.

blessings,
Danielle

Laurel's Quill said...

Yes I have a room, BUT, it doesn't have all the stuff you have managed to accumulate!!

Mary Ellen said...

Goodness what wonderful places to create in and what a gift you have for some many different ways to be creative!

I do have to say the snake skin kind of surprised me though! I almost died 3 years ago from a snake bite so those things are not my favorite thing to be sure!! The symbolism is great though!

Hope you might come by and see my new space!

bee blessed
mary

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Love all of your fun places to create. I think it is the sign of a true creative when you can't limit yourself to just one place! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Hugs,
Judy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Such a beautiful post, Deb. Definitely need light for stitching. Your designated spaces for each type of crafting are just wonderful. All your soldered necklaces and the altered bottles are lovely. And the history that surrounds you in your craft room is just wonderful.
Happy creating! Have a great day. Tammy

Jillayne said...

I love your room - you don't need lace spilling from anywhere! It's warm and cozy and inviting - the kind of place where you feel like you can sit down and make something wonderful. I love all the nooks and crannies, and drawers and shelves - and your buttons.. you have wonderful button jars...
I so love what you wrote at the end of your post - I want to copy it out and put it on my wall and see it every day when I come in to my own room; it says everything I feel about my own sewing room.
Thanks for the lovely tour and sentiment,

jillayne

Robbie said...

Deb! What a cool post!!! I feel like I just had a visit to your lovely home and got to know you!!!! What wonderful inspirations you have surrounding you!! Thanks for the intro!

Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing all of the spaces you use to create. I love how your room is full of treasured items from your families past that inspire you. Needlework does require good light, I have a chair in my livingroom that is best for that.

Fun With This and That said...

Great things to look at. I'm going to spend the week looking at everyones. Hugs Laura

JudyC said...

Hello Deb, Thank you for passing by and leave a nice comment. Love your space...full of wonderful memories and goodies...you are really creative and talented in all directions! :) judy

Maureen said...

Deb, what a lovely room! I adore the little birdie peeking out of the small child's dress pocket... to adorable!

I also love the way you've kept your family treasures. So wonderful.

Sandra Kaye said...

Yes..love the button shade, dolls, shiny stuff in jars...so much to look at. Love your room. hugs

Kathy said...

Oh.My.Goodness. Our rooms and our way of looking at things are very much alike. I would love to know how you made the sewing machine into a lamp. That is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Deb,
such a lovely post.Love your creative spaces. Filled with so much memories and goodies. I do remember the cake safe from last year:)Thank you so much for the tour.Have a wonderful week.
Hugs,
Marie

Rita Barakat said...

I love your space! I love that it looks different- mine does too! I love looking at the vintage stuff, and shabby chic but i need color! Anywho I love your button collection and your necklaces are darling! What a wonderful room!

Nook and Cranny said...

I love your creative space. So many pretties to look at.
I specially love your vintage sewing machine. I really must separate my buttons by colors and store in glass containers, looks so nice that way.
Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.
Michele

My Little Corner said...

I live in a small house so I create in several rooms as well. My kitchen table is my cutting table, my laundry room holds the bulk of my fabric, my knitting yarns in the guest room etc. I love all the antique sewing items such as the princess sewing basket, the spools all of which I also have also. My room is so bare, but I am just getting started with a dedicated room in which to create and so thankful to have it! Thanks for sharing!

Isabelle said...

sorry for my poor english.
My first idea was to say "how lucky you are to ave so many treasures, and so nice places to work".
But, avec thinking, I mean it's not luck but many work and talent.

Sandy said...

Beautiful creative spaces, I love that very last photo of the little pinned message "She thought she could", lovely sentiment. Thank you for sharing.

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Deb!! Thank you so much for that tour! It was fabulous and I saw some wonderful things. Your sewing room looks very comfortable and I can see many hours spent in there! I hope you enjoyed the party! I'm still working my way through everyone!!

StasaLynn said...

I love your spaces.... I am a new follower because I definitely want to see more of your creations... I do not have a craft room that is beautiful - but it is used ALOT and I love it as much as you love yours...

Thanks for sharing!!!

Stacey

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Just as I imagined :-) Love all the memories. Love the sunroom sewing area. (I have that same natural light lamp) You have quite a collection of buttons too! I thought I had a lot...wow! Fun to see where it all begins.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nice space, Deb! The first thing that caught my eye were those jars of buttons. Functional yet beautiful! It seems like you've got everything laid out in an organized manner. Love all those spools of thread. More function that provides some pretty color. Thanks for sharing your tour!

Debbie Burkey said...

Great space! I think we have very similar taste. Love the sewing machine lamp, I have one too. Found it at and antique show. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Enjoyed the tour.

Deb

lambs and ivy designs said...

I loved your tour. I think my favorite area was your daughter's former room. It is so full of goodies and happy memories about all the special women in your life.

Tracey-anne McCartney said...

Beautiful bottles I can not wait to try my hand at soldering bottles :0)
Lovely play space too. I am your first follower..yay! love & light Trace x

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Wonderful creative space! Thank you for sharing your beautiful collections and special places where you create lovely artwork!

Maureen Hayes said...

What lovely spaces you have to create in! How nice that you are able to use all of your house for your creativity.

Thanks for showing us around.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Deb I came back!
I thought I'd left a comment here for you but culdn't find it!
I just love your creative spaces and I see you have a few! Love your collections of bottles, buttons, beads, dolls heads, that gorgeous converted sewing machine and most of all it feels like a place that is so homely and a place that you can't wait to go to - just like me!
These spaces really reflect ourselves I feel.
Thank you for sharing it all with us,
Love and blessings,
Suzy

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Debs

I would just love to spend a day creating with you in your crafty room - can't wait to get my hands on all those wonderful amazing goodies!!!!!!!!!

Now I know how you come up with all the beautiful things you create - oh those white buttons, my mouths watering......

I just love that beautiful paining on the LH side of your cottons!

....AND of course your amazing sewing machine lamp with the button covered shade!!!

It's all so well organised you must love working in your studio.

much love

Shane

xox

Bohemian said...

I have thought that I wanted to learn to Solder so that I could Create Bottle Art... but the word Messy keeps coming up when ever I see Soldering in the Land of Blog... not certain I want to deal with Messy??? *Winks* And The Man wants to ensure that NO FIRE is involved since I tend to be a bit of a Pyro... Okay, so a total full blown Pyro... maybe Soldering is not in my Artistic Future? *LOL* But as long as other Artists such as yourself keep Creating Lovely Bottle Art, perhaps I don't need to be...

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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