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Where Bloggers Create

June 19, 2010

I'm fashionably late to the party due to my computer bug... But a girl just can't not show up to this party!! My studio is my sanctuary where I retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is where my creative heart is nurtured and takes flight; and my need to create is satisfied. Being a country girl at heart, I surround myself with the things that remind me of an old farm house… things that I love which bring a sense of calm and inspiration. My artwork, along with my children’s artwork, resides with antiques finds and family treasures to make it truly my unique space. When we first created this cozy nook in our basement rec room area, it was my hope not to be isolated in a room far from my family so I could still interact with my DH and kiddos but still have my space.
The wonderful thing about not being secluded is there are many times when my kiddos join me and we create together. Their creativity is not bound by lines, it soars without restriction. It is where we talk, create and connect. Time spent with them creating is precious to my soul.
Because my art has grown from paper crafting to mixed media art, soldering and fabric art, my collection of items that I use in my artwork have grown. My shelves are ever changing as I use my collections of finds in my artwork and restock with other treasures from my antique adventures with my beloved friends and daughter. I just have to look around to gather inspiration and find that perfect bit or bauble to make my artwork.
This space defines me… my love of things old, worn, distressed and loved. It is a place where life slows down if only for a few precious moments, where I reconnect with me and that little girl so eager to spread her wings and take flight.It is a place where I am blessed to just be Me.
Thank you Karen for hosting such a wonderful blog party. And thank you for visiting my space. Don't forget to visit all of the other bloggers spaces.
Many Blessings, Sheila
craftyles said...

I love your space, especially your shadow boxes. I have a few of those but hadn't thought of changing them out. Great idea.

stefanie said...

love it...and what a comfy chair to work from..I need one of those!

Cathee said...

What a great space! Love all your little vignettes of your treasures.

Jennifer said...

Great space! I love all your treasures that make your space unique. Great shelves!! I also love things that are old and loved... makes them oh so much better! ;) Thanks for the tour.
~Jennifer
www.studiojru.com

NanaNay said...

Your space is great. What a nice place to be creative.

Lori said...

I just adore your room! Your shadow boxes are lovely and I love all the vintage touches around the room. thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

BECKY said...

You space is awesome! So nice and clutter free...so all your big fresh ideas can fill it up!!

Love the rustic elements, too!
Thanks for sharing!!
Becky

Chris said...

Such a cute space! I love all your vintage touches!
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

aimee said...

it is a beautiful place to creat! great job.
blessings,
aimee

Claudia said...

Wonderful. You have a lovely space. Thanks for sharing it with us.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Sheila, I had no doubt that your space would be beautiful, organized and filled with so many magnificent finds that your treasure and incorporate into your wonderful artwork. Lovely and inspiring. Best wishes, Tammy

krys kirkpatrick said...

Please...please, please tell me it took you hours to clean and organize. Where is my broom...I know there is a floor here somewhere. Creativity and chaos go hand in hand in my studio. I agree...it is where I am happiest.

Jane said...

Hi Sheila,
I really enjoyed seeing your creative space. I love all of the vintage touches! And oh, how organized!! Does it always look like that?
I noticed the Farmstead banner right away so I'm guessing you must live somewhere in the Kansas City vicinity. I live in the "Northland" and have been to Farmstead once last fall. Such a wonderful place!
I hopefully will be able to attend the event in July.
Jane

Angie said...

I really like your space. And I really like how your wall color is unexpected and sets off all of your decorations. It really gives the room a warm and inviting feeling. Hope you are enjoying the party!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

donnaj said...

love your space~great treasures too.

Denise said...

My studio is my retreat too. Yours is just beautiful and decorated and organized so well.

Geralyn Gray said...

You are truly blessed....I know about the distressed part but I bet when you work there you become de-stressed or un-stressed....great space!!!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Better late than never Sheila! For us anyway as I've enjoyed peeking into your awesome creative space! Love it! I can see why so much beautiful art comes out of that room...you have so much inspiration around you :)))

Terri said...

Beautiful space to create what ever you wish to. Love that you change up the shelves...thanks for sharing it all with us.

Jeanne said...

Hi Sheila! Your creative space is great! I love all the primitive pieces you have. It looks so cozy and I can see where your inspiration comes from.
Xo
jeanne

Jillayne said...

Oh my, what a great room! I especially loved your boxed shelves that ever-changing - just lovely!

Leah C said...

I love every inch of your space; it looks so wonderful! The "new" window is just beautiful...using the vintage flour sack was a great idea:) And the burlap "curtains" are beautiful; they add the perfect touch! But, most especially, what I really love about your creative space is all the time we've spent there creating memories & projects together:)

sweetpea said...

Sheila, your creative place is really awesome. I'm glad you got your bug worked out and could come to the party.

Hugs,

Shelley

Katsui Jewelry said...

That is such a warm, homey place.It just make feel all cozy looking at it. You have such a comfy looking chair to work in and I love all of your treasures hanging on the wall. I love that you can still be near your children and family and that they can come in and create with you. It is so inspirational to see you seating in a spot that reminds you who you are.

Some day, come and take a peek at my daughter and my blog, if you would like. It is three months old and not really just about my jewelry. I love paper crafting...she loves a million other things like vintage fashion. We were not in any shape to photograph but I am loving the tours.

http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com

Suz

Deborah said...

Hope that you have quite recovered from your computer woes. i love those shelves on your wall and the ability you have to change them out every know and then. Thanks for sharing.

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

I love all the rustic, vintage and time warn treasures in your creative space. We share something special you and I... we both create with our kids in the basement! Pop over to my party post when you can and you'll see what I mean!
So glad I found your blog.. I'll be following you now...
Happy Creating and Dandelion Wishes
Deb

Janet Bernasconi said...

Oh what a sweet space you have. I love the shadow boxes. So glad I stopped by.
Have a fun day,
xo
Janet
Janets Creative Pillows

She'sSewPretty said...

Your studio is beautiful. I love your yellow walls and the shadow boxes. Thank you for letting us visit!

Karen said...

Hello! I just adore your space. When I was reading about you - it was like reading my own feelings. From scrapbook to mixed media and fabric . . . isn't it great that we've found all of this? I just can't decide what I want to do next!
Look forward to seeing more of your creations . . .
Karen @ Some days are diamonds

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

This looks like a great space! So roomy and comfy!
I love the burlap skirt!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Blessings,
Donna

Miss Sandy said...

I love your creative haven that includes family heirlooms, flea market finds, and your own art work. Your space is so cozy and serene. I love the rustic elements too. Thank you for sharing.

Debby said...

WOW!!! What a fun tour and your space is beautiful. I love all of your shadow boxes, filled with goodies. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Debby

Romeo said...

I love your studio but especially those old boxes on the wall to display little things - those are great!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!!

Romeo and "her"

June said...

WOW! Sheila it is wonderful! What a place to dream. I love the shadow boxes...so awesome!
hugs

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Sheila,

What a wonderful studio you have. I love all of your shadow box type creations..I think you probably change them the way I'll change my dress forms. :0) Thanks so much for sharing your space with me.

I'd love for you to come over for a stroll through my studio. It's been an ongoing transformation for almost a year since I moved in to our new home.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Sheila:
Thanks for sharing your creative space. Your little vignettes are wonderful!
xoxo
Donna

Linda Robinson said...

Hi Sheila
I had so much fun taking a peek into your room, First of all I love that color on your walls, and it looks like such an inviting and warm place to hang out and get creative.. Thanks again for the tour.

Hugs, Linda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a wonderful studio/creative space you have! I think what I like best is that you are not, as you said, cut off from your family and how you kids join you in your creativity. Sometimes it's nice to be alone to concentrate on certain things, but I like knowing my family is around,too!

Sandy Michelle said...

Your studio is so you! I love the box shelfs along your wall- that contain treasures from friends and family. Thanks for giving us a peek :) Have a great week!

Sandy xox

luluslovlies said...

I love your space , it is so warm and inviting, I i felt at home right away. Love your little shadow boxes, great idea. Thanks for sharing. XOXO

Connie said...

Aaaaah, it's darling and NO, a girl just can't NOT show up, chick! Taking me a long time to get to the WBC, sugar. Nice to meet you.
xoxo,
Connie

sandy said...

I love your space and the sweet little vignettes you have added to make it so inspiring! sandy

gm glimmerglass said...

Your yellow walls are so warm and cozy! I love your space and your art is amazing! Thanks for the visual treat. :-)

Gracefully Vintage said...

Love your Creative Space, it is amzing Love the Yellow, ilove yellow, Glad to of met you at this Creative Blog SHaring
Karryann
a New Follower as well
Ill be Back to check out what you do.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Its such a cheerful spot!

. said...

really nice place to create in, looks so bright and happy. I like the frame with the chicken wire, great idea

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Love your Creative Space ~ So Warm & Cozy.... Glad you made it to the party, I was Late Too, couldn't download My photos till I got a new camera cord (which didn't come till Tuesday) Thanks for Sharing your fabulous space....

Lovey said...

Such a beautifully spacious studio! Thank you for sharing your space with us all. Thanks for your comment about mine too! I am following you now as well!

Melly said...

absolutely gorgeous...I can certainly see why it is your retreat you must leave there feeling so refreshed :)

Creative Grammie said...

Love the rustic touch you gave to your place of creativity. I love the vignettes of all your treasures. Thank you for sharing.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Nice to meet you. I think you have really captured the 'farmhouse' feel in your studio. I grew up on a farm too and there is a certain comfort in having those memories around. I felt right at home in your studio. Thanks for the tour. Connie

Julie Marie said...

Hello Sheila... what a lovely blog you have! Your creating space is so wonderful... I absolutely love anything "farmhouse" style and everything "blessed and distressed"... while the new "all white" decorated homes are pretty, I am much more comfy with old, worn, loved treasures from the past that remind me of my grandma's little farm house... I also love that you say you reconnect with that little girl wanting to spread her wings and fly while you are in there... I say the same thing about the little ten year old girl I often turn back into... I am signing up as a follower... looking forward to reading your previous posts... xoxo Julie Marie

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning,
I love your space....especially the farmhouse treasures. They are my favorites too.

Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm late getting around the tour! Have to say how lovely your space is and how great it is that you're creating memories with your kids. Thanks for inviting us to visit!

Kim Klassen said...

oh my goodness, i adore your space. it's truly so warm and inspiring. thanks for sharing!!

xxo, kim

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

I love your space and I love your art ...the wooden boxes and window frame art on your wall are cool.

I create with my children as well..a special time we share.

happy day!

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