July 10, 2015

Where Bloggers Create ~ 2015

Welcome to my Studio/Office Space

Where Blggers Create 2015

Well, time certainly does fly. Another year has sped past and here we are again, getting ready for another episode of Where Bloggers Create the annual link up party hosted by Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage.

This will be my third year participating in this awesome venue. I have so enjoyed the previous two years. Though much has remained the same since last summer, much has changed also, not just in the Studio, but in life itself. I have not devoted much time to this ( A Glitch in Time) blog since early this year. My daughter Gaia and I, along with some help from granddaughter Kaylah, have started a new website called O Deer. It is dedicated to exploring the fusion of an Artful Lifestyle and Making a Home, and as a platform to promote our new Etsy Shop... 
O Deer Mercantile.


Work Room - An Overview
Work Room- An Overview
Studio Work-space & Storage 2015
Since Gaia, who is new to both blogging and Where Bloggers Create, does much of her designing, dreaming and sewing in her own room though we have frequent meetings and work sessions in the StudioShe will be representing us on the O Deer Blog this year while I feature my Studio here. I can't wait to see what she comes up with.

I know that if you are a regular participant, you have seen my Studio/WorkRoom, but I do have a number of new pieces in here this year, and I have attempted to change up the perspective from previous years, and to show items that I may have neglected before. No matter how many photos are taken, at least in my case, I find that I have left something out or neglected an interesting angle.

My space is full of used, recycled, reclaimed and thrifted pieces. My taste is so eclectic that perhaps it really doesn't match, but it makes me happy, so I suppose that is better than some imposed harmony.

I have quite a few pictures, so we will just start around the room— 
Vintage Letter Holder
Vintage Letter Holder on Shelf

Shelves
Books, Magazines, Paper Supplies, Lace, Tools, Findings, Photo Props
and Found Objects all have a place on these roomy shelves.


Utility Shelf
An old metal shelving unit from the Barn was spray painted and conscripted for
use as storage for Etsy Shop stock, packaging and so forth.

Window Seat

The wicker sofa I had in front of the window last year was in bad shape, and took up more room than I really could spare, so it has been relegated to the back yard as Garden Art. I still haven't found time to make a new cushion for the old wicker chair above. I have had it for years. The bar cart was a salvaged piece of furniture, and my first attempt at using chalk paint. I am actually quite pleased with it.

The bar cart is a catch-all of metal storage boxes, baskets of fabric
and a couple of thrifted novelties.
Glass House

I found the Glass House at a thrift store on half price day. I was short on cash that day, and almost passed it up. I would have had to if it were full price (take a guess how much I paid), but I am so glad I didn't.

On the Wall

More thrifted and salvage pieces, on the wall and on the shelf. I painted the shelf and the unfinished thread rack I found at a thrift shop for a couple of dollars. I used decoupage on the back of the shelf, just for fun.

Curious Cabinet
Close-up of Curious Cabinet
Hoops and Baskets
Hoops and Baskets
Embroidery Hoops
Embroidery Hoops~ I've got lots of them. Some are quite old.
Wall Basket
Basket filled with Sewing and Needlework Misc.
Vintage glove forms
Vintage Glove Forms
Antique Oak Dresser
Antique Oak Dresser holds fabric and other sewing supplies.
Dresser Top

Both of the Singer Sewing Boxes were found in Thrift shops. The old, hinge lid Uneeda Biscuit tin was also a thrift shop find. I came across it in a box of fifty cent tins in a shop in western North Carolina.

Metal display with paint
This metal display was found at thrift store~ originally silver plated,
 but the silver was in such bad shape that I painted it.
New Desk

Those who have visited my Studio before will have seen my computer and printer crouched on top of a tiny desk, leaving me almost no work space. I looked at both new and used furniture shops, and really never found anything I liked to replace it that would be within my budget. My Sweetie has been doing some woodworking since we moved here however, and offered to build me a new desk for Christmas (2014). I was thrilled. I picked a style I liked online, and he did the design and built it. I wanted desk-top space, and lots of it, and an open table feel. I have a couple of crates that serve as storage in lieu of desk drawers, and I could not be happier.
Desk Storage
Desk Storage in a Versatile Crate

Desk Top
Room to Work and Organize Files.
I love the old mid-century metal office organizers like this file holder,
and have an assortment of pieces around my studio.
I found the El Dorado Cigar box at a thrift shop for 50 cents just as I was cleaning out my old desk. It was the perfect place to stow away small items like USB cables, flash drives and notepads.

El Dorado Cigar Box

Hanging Mood Board
Hanging Mood Board with post cards, design ideas, paint chips and clip art.
Glitter Tray

I loved the idea of using salt and pepper shakers for glitter, and since I had already bought a few, I began looking for interesting ones in the thrift shops. The cake stand is another thrift shop find.

View of Antique Oak Desk

It may seem like two desks in here is a bit much, but I could actually use another work station. Always a lot going on in here. And I am as in love with this roll-top beauty as ever. The two antique loom heddles hanging above it were from a salvaged factory loom that I actually used years ago before its advanced state of dry rot made it impractical.

Magnetic- Vintage metal tray
A vintage metal tray used as a magnet board.
Antique Sheep
Eclectic Desk top vignette. I raised sheep years ago when I lived on a farm,
and once had an extensive collection of figurines.
Yarn Basket and Old Singer Sewing Machine
Yarn Basket tucked beneath table. The wooden case contains my
vintage reconditioned Singer Sewing Machine. 

Christmas Corner
The Christmas Corner
Vintage Suitcases
Vintage Suitcases. The big Samsonite case is filled with fabric.
I really do have material stashed everywhere.
Christmas in July

We have come full circle. The big white shelves are where the tour began this year. I always have an assortment of Christmas ornaments and knick-knacks sprinkled around the Studio, partly for display and because I find things at the thrift shop and don't feel like putting them away in the attic with the rest of the Christmas stuff. 

I hope you have enjoyed this year's tour. I have certainly enjoyed the chance to show you around. It is a labor of love, and since most of the time no one but my family gets to see it, the opportunity to show off a little is irresistible.  Thank you for your time, and thanks again to Karen Valentine for hosting this event. If you don't already follow her blogs and her awesome Pinterest Boards.

I am going to end this post with a view out the back window. This room was originally the Living Room when this house (my first post Coming Home talks about the early days here at The House) was built some 45 years ago. The Picture Window gives both the advantage of lots of natural light and difficulty in photographing it because of too much light. There were heavy blinds in place when we moved in, but they cut me off from the world, so I removed them. With a southern exposure, I still need something to filter the light however, so most of the time the semi-sheer curtains (I had lace ones, but found some I liked better) are pulled across. However, the view of our yard, barn and garden is awesome, so I am going to close with a peek out the window...
Studio Window
Picture Window


32 comments:

  1. Hello!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments!! I love the size of your space and you have wonderful organizational skills!! I am envious of all your shelving. Love the bar cart!! Great idea!! And the Christmas area stole my heart away as i also have a Christmas blog!! I keep a tree up and decorated all year round and i currently have a Patriotic tree decorated in my Living Room. It will stay there until the Fall when i will replace it with a Tree decorated for Autumn!!
    Here is a link to my Patriotic Tree post;
    http://debbie-dabble.blogspot.com/2015/05/patriotic-crafts-and-my-patriotic-tree.html
    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful space with us!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Debbie! I went and checked out the Patriotic Tree. Amazing! your decor on the globe ornaments came out so good. Not much time right now, but i took a quick peak at your Christmas Blog, and will be back to visit it in season.

      All the Best,
      Gwen

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  2. I 'LOVE' your space and goodies you have to work with, your storage pieces, and your lovely view out the window.

    FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks so much Lorraine.I am pleased that you stopped by.
      Gwen

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  3. Super cool space. I have even collected salt and pepper shakers for glitter as well...but just never did it. need to get on that!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  4. I was just at Gaia's blog, so fun that you have a business together. Thanks for sharing your workshop! Happy Creating, Cindy

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  5. What an awesome space! I love all of the cool vintage things you have!

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  6. I love your space! And as I told Gaia, how very cool that you two work together on your creative life ~ what a blessing!

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  7. What a fun space to be creative Gwen. I'm loving all the wonderful storage boxes, the Curious Cabinet, Gold Bell and Vintage Glove Form. Thanks so much for the tour around. Karen.x

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  8. a place for everything ... everything in its place ... and a great view ... AWESOME!

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  9. You have a great space. I love all the salt and pepper shakers and the walls of your space. Lovely. You have great organizational skills. Fabulous!

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  10. I love your eclectic taste. I am the same way. I think it causes us to be more organized. My space really changed from last year. I have a Christmas corner too. I enjoyed your space a lot. I love the view from the window! I hope you'll come by and see me I'll have a post up tonight. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Your space is beautiful ~ so full of light! I love your wooden walls and creative storage ideas. That glass house is a great find!

    Thanks for the tour. :)

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  12. Your space is so big and roomy . . .I love that! Your have it fixed up so nice with everything in it's place and the shiplap paneling is a dream come true. You can put a nail anywhere and hang anything. Not only that but it is beautiful. Charming view and lovely backyard too. I've just come from your daughte'rs blog and saw her new studio . . . how wonderful it must be to have a daughter so close and interested in the same things as you. You are blessed:)
    Have a wonderful week!
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

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  13. Not only is this organized well, it has many wonderful pieces I enjoyed. Like you, I have an eclectic side, and can appreciate when others shop at thrift stores and such. Too many people limit their supplies to big name craft stores, but I see you have much more than that. Beautiful storage, and beautiful views.

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  14. I just came from O Deer. :) I love your space esp. the white washed wood walls...say that 3 times fast. :)
    Halle #58

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  15. Hi Gwen, what an amazing studio! I'm in love with your wooden walls and all the storage! What a spacious room and so bright!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Gwen your studio is wonderful! There are so many things I want to play with!! I am very jealous of all the natural light in your room. Something I am sorely lacking!! I also love the wood walls. They are sooo me. Maybe I can I figure out a way to do that! Thanks for joining the party! It was great visiting Gaia's space for the first time too!!
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen, and thanks again for hosting this wonderful party. Where Bloggers Create is always a blast, and one of my favorite events all year.

      Gwen

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  17. Oh, man! I am in love with your room! It just speaks to me on so many levels. Love all your touches. And, those wood plank walls are wonderful! Wish I had them. You are a woman after my own heart with all the thrift store finds. Thank you for sharing such a lovely space.

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  18. I really like how you have used several vintage pieces in your studio. I would have a tough time closing off that view out your window.....so, so pretty and very inspiring in itself. Thank you for sharing your creative space.

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  19. Love your studio space, Gwen! I can see that it would be a lot of fun to be let loose in this room!

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  20. I love the bar cart, great find and refinish. Swooning over the cake stand full of salt shaker glitter, makes my one single salt shaker look kind of sad and lonely, you have inspired me to collect more. Your view is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your creative space.

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  21. I love your studio.. the bar cart is great.. and all the lovely storage.. so beautifully filled with so many creative
    materials.. I really had fun and am now so inspired..!

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    1. Thanks so much, Pamela! Went by your studio and was amazed and wowed....

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  22. I really enjoyed the tour. My taste is very eclectic as well and I love all of your vintage pieces! I have a small collection of sheep and love yours. The vintage glove forms are so unique and I love using shakers for storage as well.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jann. It has been such a pleasure exploring all of the fun workspaces and studios on the tour this year. I have found some new ones ( like yours) that I think I missed before.

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  23. One of my favourite spaces, love so many things about it. The light, the white shelving and the wide wood boards on the walls and all the little details, the hoops, containers and vintage suitcases and so much more.
    Very lovely space!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for all your kind words!

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  24. What an awesome space! I enjoyed looking at your collections and interesting objects. Looks like a nice place to spend an afternoon.
    Cathy
    CraftyCat

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  25. Lovely little vignettes, shakers of magical glitter, a room with a view, and a purple insulator too, I have never seen one that color. Awesome space, keep smiling and creating.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by,and for your kind words.The purple insulator is my favorite. They are fairly rare, and I am lucky to have one. Best wishes...

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