Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where Bloggers Create 2

Welcome into my studio!

I'm so excited to take part in My Desert Cottage's party.
There are over 450 studios you can visit.

I hope you can stay and visit here for awhile.
Get comfy, I'm going to give you a tour of my space.
Those who stay longer can always pull out the sofa and spend the night!
I'm a paper artist....
and love creating mixed media sketches,
and many other things!

I love fluffy textiles too with a vintage flair....
With 4 kids, I've learned I need to be pretty organized.
When I slip into creative mode, I have to be really organized.
Here's my studio closet.
I have a mixed of found boxes, Ikea storage, and baking tins.
I love to bake, and these tins are perfect in here!

Ball jars are perfect for organizing ribbon and extra goodies.
I've found organizing by color works best for me.

Need a letter? They're easy to find in my muffin tins....

These bundt pans help even the littlest fingers find what they need...

I often craft with my kids and their friends.
Their supplies are tucked away under my counter, easy to grab.

Not pretty, but it's functional...

I also tutor reading and math, and this gem is perfect for holding those books and supplies.

It's old, peely, loved, and roomy.
Found curbside in May.

My neighbor's front door makes an appearance...repurposed of course!
Each of the panels has a piece of cork covered in burlap, and attached with liquid nails.

A little bleach, and this curtain works.
Everything is better with a chandelier!

Found this sweet chair curbside, perfect for my 3 little girls....

Everything I keep in this room is special to me and has a story.
I found this linen on a family trip with my sister.
Was so excited to find my initials!

This has been my mantra this school year, when my babies entered kindergarten.
I've entered a new stage...and this room has been perfect for helping me soar again.
An old window with some chalkboard paint, burlap and lace...

My babies when they were a little bit smaller...

An old wringer bucket...perfect for inspiration found in magazines and catalogs...
given to me by a sweet soul...
My grandma's antique toy sewing machine....reminds me to keep things simple....

Kent's toolbox...Kent was a dear family friend who died last Fall.
I use it to hold the things I grab most often...paper cutter, scissors, inks, and pencils.

Hydrangeas from my good friend and neighbor.
Everyone has an angel or two they've lost over the years.
Some have chipped wings...makes life more interesting.
I have at least three watching over me...

Old photos to sort and my sewing needs are under the counter too.

The oldest photos are housed in this wonderful suitcase found curbside at my neigbor's.

The drawers of my counter are "prime real estate."
Go to items are stored inside, and I often switch them around....

Thanks for visiting!

Hope you'll come by again to see what I've been working on!

Remember that the most important thing to do in a studio is to take the time to play again!

I'm so excited to participate in this party! Click on over to My Desert Cottage, and prepare to be lost in studios for hours!

Come on in!


  1. I love your space. Your grandma's toy machine is such a treasure! Your birdies make me happy! Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven. ~Robin~

  2. I've been wondering what you did with that green dresser. Glad it's found a use, and I wish you time with your kiddos creating.
    My kid supplies look sneakily similar to yours. But they get used!

  3. More home should have such a functional space that encourages play time with family and friends. Looks like fun.

  4. Thanks for the invitation to stay, I hope you don't mind that it will be for a long time....I LOVE this space. Beautiful, SO well organised and loads & loads of creativity.
    You are such an inspiration and it's so lovely to have found you through the blogosphere.


    ....Now where did you say that extra pillow was?

  5. This is a wonderful space, Julie! I am amazed at your organization. The jars of ribbon are lovely! I like seeing your bird art. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. What a great creative space. Wish I could keep things simple, but I am more of a clutter bug. ;o) So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.

  7. You are just so organized! Wow! Loved visiting your calming and beautiful space. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Nancy

  8. Julie,
    You have the prettiest studio ever! You have done an amazing job putting it together with all the wonderful details! I would love a space like this!

  9. What great repurposing and use of space!

    I think it wonderful that you include the kids in all the creating. Art is disappearing in our schools, and it really gives those little souls wings to fly.


  10. What a beautiful space.
    Loved taking a peek inside
    Enjoy the night

  11. What a fabulous space! Love the crayons in the tin! Great idea! I also love the way you used the muffin tins. Thanks for sharing as there is a lot of inspiration here.
    Queen Bee Studio

  12. Such an amazing creative space. I love how you have housed all of your supplies. It all looks so inviting you could quite easily get lost in there and create masterpieces from your life.

  13. I love all the pictures of your work space. I also love to use bins and things to put my craft things in. So happy to have stopped by your blog and good luck! I can't wait to see who wins.
    Janet's Creative Pillows

  14. Hi Julie, Thanks for the kind words you left on my blog. I love your studio closet! It's amazingly organized, how do you keep it so tidy? You have a great talent, love the little birdie, so cute! Marcia

  15. Hi, Julie...
    What a great---and organized--space! Inspirational to me, as I'm always tripping over one pile or another. :)

  16. Hi Julie~Thanks for sharing everything! Love your studio!! It's so great and simply organized. Can't wait to see your project. ;)Alyssa

  17. HI Julie-
    I just love this space, I could look at it all day! I'm off to look at more wonderful studios! Enjoy your day!

  18. Just love your space. You are a creative crafter for sure! I imagine that it is very serene in your studio with the white pallet. Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Autumn Clark

  19. Julie, your creative space is unbelievable! So many fabulous touches and amazing projects that you have done, make it a special place indeed! I LOVE it!!! Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

  20. What a wonderfully creative space!

    I adore your storage solutions. They have inspired me.

  21. Love your studio and all your creative touches! Especially your unique container ideas and vintage pieces.
    Best wishes,

  22. Love that little sewing machine. You storage ideas are just great.

  23. I love the style of your room and all the vintage touches. I really think the chandelier makes it great. Lovely!

  24. Love your rescue and re-purpose stories. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Curbside finds, I'll have to remember that one the next time Don calls me a dumpster diver. Your space is beautiful, and you have so many unique pieces (that wringer bucket!!) along with great organization - perfect combo. And your work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Love the organization...and all those yummy wood the talent of turning trash to treasure and you have done it so well...thanks so much for sharing your creative space with us!

  27. I love your room! It has that wonderful rustic vintage feel that I love. I also love the quote on your chalkboard! Thank you so much for joining the party. I really enjoyed the tour!
    xo, Karen
    My Desert Cottage

  28. Wonderful space with a place for everything!

  29. beautiful space... and love the crayons in the tray... that is awsome!

  30. Wow, I thought I was organized, you've put me to shame. Beautiful!


  31. Wonderful creative space, Julie! I love the unit in the closet and how organized it is with different sized drawers and all. Can I ask if it was a pain putting that together? I have a client who has two great closets that I'd like to do something like this with in her finished basement {she is a needleworker}. I had suggested a system like this, but didn't realize Ikea had something.

    Anyway, back to you! : ) I love the burlap skirt and how you have repurposed the door and window. The whole area looks so cohesive and orderly.

  32. Thanks so much for the tour of your studio! I am really loving that everything has a story and some have special meaning. I love your grandmother's "wee" sewing machine and the message it reminds you. While Romeo on the other hand LOVES the tool box from a dear friend. He wants me to tell you that he thinks he will fit in there very nicely come bedtime.....

    Thanks again so much!

    "Her" and Romeo

  33. I love your creative reuse of items, the door and window are fantastic ideas! The tiny sewing machine is a wonderful family treasure and touch to your studio. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

  34. Hi Julie, I just love your beautiful creative space and boy are you organized. Thanks so much for sharing.

  35. Your chandelier is wonderful! I like your antique touches throughout too. Thank you for inviting us to visit.

  36. You have such a nice studio. It looks like everything has a spot. I love when artists show and share items with personal meaning in their studio. It's always good to have such things around. Your grandmother's sewing machine is just wonderful. Connie

  37. love your space and bathroom make over, four kids are fun I enjoyed the time with mine when they were little, miss them now working with me and telling me what they think of my work. one son still at home and he still crituques what i make love that.
    thanks so much for sharing

  38. I am still visiting all the creative spaces as I have time. I love your space--love all the vintage touches! Thanks for sharing.

  39. I got really inspired by all the items you have found curbside. This is my kind of decorating, but yours is not only functional, it is quite beautiful, too. I really loved the buttons on the clothespins. Such a cute touch. And your message board is adorable. Thanks for allowing me the chance to visit. I'll definitely be back, because, as a paper artist also, I find your blog a real inspiration.