Saturday, June 19, 2010

Welcome to my little crafty cottage!

Edited: Now that I'm awake I've added some more pictures. The 2 am uploads didn't include some things I wanted to show, so here you go :)  Enjoy!

Welcome! Won't you come in and have a look around? So glad to have you and I hope you enjoy your visit to the Where Blogger Create blog party.

My little crafty cottage is a labor of love! We had her delivered last June and I have just finished her recently. I've been working hard trying to get it just right for me to get creative and have a place for everything.

Above you'll find my front porch- which I LOVE! These are my work tables. I have 2 put together as an L shape.
Also here is a fake cake I made. It didn't turn out quite like I'd like for it to have, but I was happy with it for my first try.

Below is a picture showing the whole room from the front door. The dimensions are 12X20. I love the room I had as I was in the spare bedroom in the house. We had this building special built to the size I thought I'd need.
This is where I read all of YOUR blogs at! I can look out my front window and enjoy the sunshine. The window that was there was just a 24X36, but we had that one taken out and this one put in- so glad we did. I have to have my sunlight!

This is Matilda. That is the name the lady from the antique store gave her. I love my pom pom, but had no where to put it- so it is her head! The collar is also a handmade antique. It had to go on Matilda and she LOVES it. The cabinet behind her holds all my crepe paper rolls, doilies, lace and such. It is perfect for storing lots of things as the drawers are only about 3 inches tall and there are 10 of them.

I'm not sure why this picture looks squished, but it is my Yudu cabinet and I have my Big Shot here and all my dies.

This is my desk I use as my "office business" but it doubles as a work space for my kids. I have all their art supplies out for them to come in and create any time they want to.

Here is my very large and ugly shelf- but hey, it sure holds a lot of stuff! I have my glitter, tulle, beads, and vintage goodies here along with my DreamCuts cutter. Also my Xyron stuff is here along with some extra stuff (better known as JUNK!)

One of my favorite things about my room is my pegboard and the lights around it. I love the glow and I can have a bit of holiday cheer all year long!

Most of my things came from yard sales or from our local antique store. This little shelf was originally an old post office item. It holds so much- that is great for a small space.

Another find at the antique store! I couldn't believe my eyes when I stumbled upon it! I grabbed it at a steal for $12.

Another hobby I have is crocheting. I started because I wanted to make my own flower embellishments for scrappin'. I didn't know anything when I started. I taught myself with the help from YouTube and experimenting. Now I've figured out some of the other basic stitches and have started a blanket for my son. It is coming along slowly, but surely.

Oh and I cannot leave out my two sweet girls! They are always out here with me- and usually asleep! That is why I refer to them as floor warmers! :)
This is Gracie... studio floor warmer number one. I got her a few months back and fell in love with her. She is so sweet, but VERY stubborn sometimes!

This little cutie pie is Bella, floor warmer number two. I first named her Angel, but SHE AIN'T NO ANGEL!!! So Bella she is, or little 'en. She came along just three weeks ago. I wondered if Gracie would leave her alone... well, miss Bella follows poor Gracie around trying to chew on every inch of her furry little body! She has gotten better, as now they will lay snuggled up together. She is such a snuggly little girl. Usually right after her bath she will go to sleep while I'm drying her off. BUT... house breaking is BREAKING ME!!! But she's cute :) That is what keeps me going!

Here is my little building on the lot where it was built, the pict. with me standing by the porch was the day it was delivered and the other two are as she looks today.

This collage shows my pegboard and my collection of things. That is what it is - definitely a collection!

Next is some of my "pretties". I love this old stuff! It has a beauty that the new things just can't compare to. I'm like a lot of others... just can't get enough. In fact, I'm supposed to be looking at more tomorrow. Hopefully the price will be good!

Random shots of my studio, it is hard to show everything in just a few pictures so I thought the collage would work better.

The last set is a couple more of my favorite things. My pink payphone that really works. You drop in a coin and you get the ding you used to with the older ones. It is push button, so it is a cheater- but I still love it!
Another love of mine is yarn. I love the feel, color and texture! I just can't get enough of it :)
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I went to a yard sale today and hit the jackpot! I got these things and a ton more. I found the prettiest lace and old aprons, doilies, table runners, and fabric. You won't believe how much I spent....

LOOK AT THIS! I've never in my life found anything so pretty! I just about fell over when I found it! Oh, and when I found all the fabric and lace I grabbed it up thinking I might have to knock someone over if they reached for it. I'm sure I looked like a starved animal at his feast when I was going through it all!!

OK, I spent $20.75! I was thrilled with all I brought home!

I do hope you enjoyed coming in to my little crafty cottage. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I'd love some crafty/creative criticism... Just be nice :)

I'm off to take a looksie at all the other creative bloggers' blogs out there.
Have a wonderful weekend and God Bless!!!

Happy Scrappin'


Sue from Oregon said...

Ohmy goodness would I be in 7th heaven in here! The perfect spot. No one would ever see me again if I had a room like this...unless they came to visit me there LOL! I love all your ideas, esp love the glass containers with pearls, threads etc. I saw a cool idea the other day that would go perfect with that collection. a name like I think...any way she took antique clear salt shakers and put all her glitter in different shakers...It was so eye pleasing like your display...would go perfectly!

Have fun in your new crafty space!!!!

Lynnae said...

WooHoo! I LOVE all the pink. Your craft cottage is dreamy!
Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

zandra said...

What a awesome place to create! I want to come play with you, please!
Love all the pink and scrapbooking supplies. Fabulous! Soooo, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.

Queen Bee said...

Love the cottage, love the color pink and I see lots of goodies I would love to have :)

Queen Bee Studio

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Criticism? Girl, you gotta be out of your mind! Certainly NONE from me! The only thing I have to offer is some jaw dropping compliments of ooooooooh's and aaaaaaaaah's!
You know I loved it before and now since you are all settled in, I love it even more! (especially with the two fur babies in there)
Love it girl, I so wished you lived closer :))))

debi said...

I love your beautiful cottage! Everything is so well organized and inspiring!

Tammy said...

Oh I love your little cottage. We are in the process of finding an outdoor building with some character to use as my "furniture studio- you know an area to sand, paint and distress" stuff that can't be done inside..
thanks for sharing.

Decor To Adore 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.

Decor To Adore 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.

Jenny said...

Hello Lisa,

I just love your lighted peg board, what a great idea. Hmm, I must get one for myself. I also love your "pretties" - your jar of thread spools - I have some hidden in a box somewhere. Thanks for stopping by and for following. Smooches for Gracie and Bella.


Anna Matthews said...

You are a lucky woman, what a wonderful space, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. You have truly inspired me. I've often thought of getting a little "cottage" to call my art home. It has been difficult to imagine how such a space can really come to life. Your space certainly illustrates the potential.

craftyles said...

Love your space. All that heavenly pink! Your dress form and pink phone are really neat.I 've tried to crochet flowers, and haven't been as successful as you. Good job!

GlorV1 said...

Awesome, just awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Valentine said...

Lisa, your studio is AMAZING!! There is so much eye candy from top to bottom. I am so excited to be going to Round Top this Fall, and I am bringing an extra suitcase, just to fill up with all the little things I am lacking. I need more stuff!!!!
Thanks so much for joining the party. I enjoyed every minute of my visit!
My Desert Cottage

Julie Marie said...

Hi Lisa... oh my goodness! I want a little crafty cottage just like yours! I love it! Your crocheted flowers are beautiful! And Matilda is adorable too, pom pom and all... your little helpers are precious... doggie kisses Gracie and Bella! And your PINK payphone... wow! I want one of those too! Thanks so much for sharing, it was so fun! xoxo Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

My, oh my! I just didn't know where to look next. You have so many beautiful things, and the tons of pictures you too show them off so nicely. I didn't manage such extensive pictures for my part in the tour. I love the collaged photos...have to learn how to do that! And the book with the alphabet on the front...I must admit to coveting that. I'm a gentle soul but might have fought my way in to pick that up before anyone else...LOL!

But of course, your greatest treasure is you lovely girls. Everything in life is enriched by the addition of a furry friend, is it not?

Thanks for sharing your creative cottage.


diana said...

I love your studio cottage. I have one too. The best thing about it is. It is all mine. You have yours fixed up soo cute!

kluless said...

Your studio is just wonderful and looks like such a fun place to play. The color is great and I loved your commentary, too. Thank you for sharing!

Terri said...

Wowzer..what a space...a cottage studio...jammed packed with all sorts of goodies to look at and create that pink phone as well as the fur babies Gracie and Bella.
The hours I could spend in there.

Pellie / Penny said...

Your creative cottage, Is simply marvelous and so pinkalichous.
Love all your antique finds.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Geralyn Gray said...

I think those with crafty cottages all of their own....are the luckiest people on the have an awesome cottage!!!!

donna joy said...

wow-what a great place of your own to create in! love it! (i have that same dictionery-bought it when i saw the abc's just for the covers) :)

Karen said...

OK, so I am like turning green here. You're very own true space. LOVE IT!
And I'm cracking up at the thought of you knocking people over at the yard sales. My friend Joy always texts me with "START THE CAR" when she's found a payload!
Fun stuff!

zandra said...

We are two party animals, sister! I'm back for the Sisterhood of the Bloggerette's party. Enjoy the rest of the party.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's one thing to have a nice crafting space, but an entire building is beyond belief. I was in awe of all that yarn. It really is colorful against the pinkness of your walls. Those bowls and glasses that hold so many lovely finds and old stuff make the space feel warm and cozy. And the natural light seems so plentiful. Thanks for sharing this really magical space.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

Oh my goodness, you've got a great space! So much room to spread out and display all of your pretty things! Love it.

Halle said...

Your own little cottage!! How cool is that! Love the pink...

Debby said...

Hi Lisa, how awesome is that, to have your own sweet craft cottage. I love it and everything in. Bella & Gracie are adorable and your blog is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Dawnll said...

I am in love, I would love to create in there. Oh and that pink phone is to much, I would love that.
I would even like those two foot warmers you have, adorable!
So glad I stopped in to visit for the hop.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my gosh, what a great studio! Trying hard not to hate here! : ) Love the colors, love the space, and I love how you've set everything up.

Renee said...

I think I need a cottage like that. I have a perfect spot for it. Then I could turn my craft room back into a guest room.

Great space you have.

Romeo said...

What a wonderful little creative house you have!!! You would find me waiting for you on the porch each day if I lived nearby!

And your lighted pegboard?!?! WOW! Love that! Your entire room is eye candy and supplies! Oh the things I could create!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!

"Her" and Romeo

Lori said...

You are so fortunate to have such a large space separate from the house to create in. I love all your treasures and your yard sale finds are wonderful! How lucky you were to get all that for such a low price! Thanks for sharing your wonderful space

Sandy said...

What a cozy little pink cottage! How awesome to have a studio separate from your home. Enjoy that new space!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I love your cottage! All your stuff looks right at home there. Thanks for sharing. Connie

fireythreads said...

love your craft cottage i used to have my own shed but fire put paid to that now it is half the house needs cleaning and re sorting so I can craft again I love your pink look but it wouldnt work for me I want timber and bright colors thnaks so much for sharing andenjoy your space

Magpie's Mumblings said...

How wonderful to have a cottage all your own! Love your little floor warmers too. Thanks so much for inviting us to visit.

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Now thats a "Treasure Cabin" and I could be lost in there for days : )
Thats a wonderful space, you're a very lucky gal!! So many neat things, I dont know where to start, but I have to say the book you found is just amazing, love it.

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning,
You are so lucky to have an entire space that is just for you and your stuff. The vintage finds make it so warm and inviting. And of course, no studio is complete without a pet.

Yes, I am still making my rounds through the participants in Karen's "Where Bloggers Create" event...and having a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. ~Natalie

fairyrocks said...

WOW Wonderful cottage, and full of such inspiration and lovely displays. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Love your space... Where do I start! I am also a scrapbooker and we need our storage. I think it is one of the only crafts that uses or at least you can if you choose use all the other crafts in one, don't you agree? You have done an incredible job of organizing and decorating your craft oasis! I just love that it is it's own cottage too... Like a dream cottage! Thanks so much for sharing. I have been a papercrafter for over 10 years but only a blogger for 2 weeks! I get my inspiration from other craft blogs that share my passions. So thank you this morning~ Sherry F.

I do believe I will cruise your blog a little more and become a follower... :-)

Crazy lil' thing called luv blog said...

OMG that was the cutest cottage I have ever seen you are one lucky lady!! How hard was it too start crocheting?? (spelling LOL) I want to do those exact flowers so funny gorgeous will be following hope to see I am a new blogger :)