Friday, July 15, 2011

Where Bloggers Create 2011

Welcome to my studio!

" Altelier No. 2 "

This is my first year joining Karen Valentine of "My Desert Cottage" for her Where Bloggers Create Party!

Although some of you have seen my studio I thought I'd share it again for new followers who haven't ...


{not the best photo of me because...well that photo has yet to be taken! lol}

My studio was once our dining room ~ a place we hardly used ~ so it seemed perfect to move in here ~ now it is the busiest place in the house...

I've alot of photos to share ~ when it's your favorite place you tend to get a little

'snap happy'

"you cannot depend on your eyes when your imaginations is out of focus"

Mark Twain

I've filled it with all my favorite things...almost all things vintage...and gave each one a new purpose.

This vintage suede and fur trim coat covers my tripod.

My design board with vintage suitcases propped on an old sewing machine trestle ~ they hold numerous magaznies and books.

We added this new door to close off the living room ~ then added the old hardware and hooks to

hang my 'gathering bags'... they help to keep the clutter down.

I love vintage frames and alphabets.

I made custom shelves to get the best use out of this three sided corner...underneath the painters cloth skirt are my filing cabinets.

Vintage art books and gardening books...two more of my favorite things.

German glass glitter in repurposed jars with vintage labels.

My mom ~ always keeping her close to me ~ and Nana's old tubes of oil paint. Two of my most inspiring people.

My chalkboard and world clocks.

Vintage paper file for computer paper.

The necessary stuff.

My vintage clothing store painting table.

Old card files have been painted white and filled with paint tubes and bottles. They are now

new old paint files.

Originally painted black ~ this spring I painted this chest a beautiful robins egg blue to lighten up the room.

I kept one thing from the dining room in here ~ my vintage silver. Each now holds and art supply of one kind or another.

Vintage printer blocks.

Hangtags for my signs ready to go.

"The world is but a canvas to our imagination"

Henry David Thoreau

Vintage office supplies ~ love bringing back those days when things weren't so digital ~ simpler times.

Scattered throughout the studio are vintage religious items ~ they add alot of warmth ~ visually and spiritually.

My old tin mailbox holds shipping labels perfectly.

Hope you enjoyed my little tour of my favorite place to be!

Be sure to check out the party and visit what looks like over three hundred wonderful

spaces Where Bloggers Create & be inspired!

I'm getting much better cold wise...and business has been wonderful..which all

has me thinking it's time to celebrate with a sign giveaway...

probably next week will be the perfect time!



marie said...

Your studio is so serene and beautiful. I love the suitcases on the sewing machine trestle and your door is fabulous!! What a great touch the frame is!
You mix your vintage pieces with the more modern in such a wonderful way.

Thanks for sharing your creative space!

PS. Love the glitter jars.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great room, Paula! I can see why it's your favorite place to be; I think I'd love being in there, too! Love the new color on the chest. It works so well in here. I love all your little pieces that you've made important like the jars of glitter and your printer paper holder. Love that board above the suitcases! Did you do the art on that or is that a fabulous fabric? I love that you have your signs out and on display. I'm so glad you joined in and shared your whole space!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, my, Paula, I am totally in LOVE with your studio!!! Now I have to be on the lookout for a sewing machine trestle!!!

You truly have an absolutely divine studio!!!


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

P.S. LOVE the photo of you!!!!! xxoo Marsha

The French Bear said...

Paula, I love your inspiring studio.....I knew it would look this awesome!!!! I love, love your work!!!!
You look pretty cute too, he hee thought I wouldn't notice you behind the sign.......;)
Margaret B

Anonymous said...

So much vintage eye candy! What a lovely space to play in :D Thank you for sharing!


she dreams big! said...

So many clever and lovely ideas. You must just sit and stare at the wall with all of your wonderful painted signs. I know I would! And you, my dear, are just as cute as cute can be hiding behind your sign!

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear Paula, what a beautiful studio!! I would never want to leave either!!! I love that you have a photo of yourself too ~ your signs are always so gorgeous and your studio is equally so, hugs and love, Dawn

Claudia said...

Paula, your studio is simply wonderful. My goodness, its full of wonderful vintage treasures. Love your McCoy pottery, of course, and the quotes on your walls. You've created a wonderful space in which to create!


Char said...

I would love to come over and hang out with you for a day. I think your space is wonderful and see so many things I would enjoy spending time with and having a good look throught. Such talent you have and a great place to create. Thank you so much Paula for sharing with me today, Char

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You surround yourself with beauty! And I love all of your practical storage ideas! The robin's egg blue is so pretty and I LOVE those shelves built in the corner for display! The art books are wonderful...and the photo showing all of your signs is my favorite! WOW! It's gorgeous! ♥

Jan E O said...

Wow, really nice use of a dining room. May of them sit empty most of the time so why not use that space for creating beauty. Thank you for sharing it.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Paula,
I love your creative space and I can see why you stay so inspired. I wouldn't mind just spending a day or two inside your room to see if some of your talent would rub off on me!

Love the picture of you. It's great.


Ruth Rae said...

what a restful space you have, I truly adore all the writing on your walls!

bertie said...

Love how crisp and clean everything is and I love those vintage jars for your glitter. What an imaginative space that is not overdone. Really enjoyed it and hope you will stop by my studio and say hello. bertie

Pretty Things said...

I love the suitcases and jars and old books!

I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

Karen Valentine said...

What a lovely room you have! I see you and I have a love for unfilled picture frames! LOL!! Your signs are wonderful! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the party!

Unknown said...

gorgeous..just gorgeous!!

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Every inch of this place is oozing charm and inspiration. No wonder your work is so exquisite.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

I can never get enough of your fantastic studio, Paula. Not only does it seem like a great place to create, but so relaxing as well. Can I come hang out some afternoon? :o)

Thanks so much for sharing.

Unknown said...

You have so many fantastic things in your creative space. I love the use of the silver. Love, love the vintage suitcases on the sewing machine base. I specially love the old mailbox.
Thanks for sharing your space.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Love your studio and I love your work. I love the picture of YOU!

You are an amazingly talented lady my friend. The passion for what you love shows in everything you do.




Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your space is breathtaking. I love the beauty and inspiration that fills the room. Love your McCoy, too! Twyla

Unknown said...

I am so enjoying visiting all the wonderfully creative spaces like yours! Just inspiring...

And, you have surrounded yourself with such beautiful pieces...especially love that great piece that you are using to store your computer paper!

Sandi said...

Your studio is beautiful! I would never want to leave. lol

Lavender Cottage said...

Lots of creative things in your studio; I really like the vintage labels on the jars.

kluless said...

Your space is beautifully organized and I loved seeing all your treasures. Thank you for sharing!

Jenny said...

Hmmm...where did my comment go?


I hope I can be as clever the second time around.

Ummm....what a great place to create and dream...or would that be dream and create.

And, that is a lovely picture of you.

Is too! SO THERE!

Megan Chamberlain said...

Beautiful space, I love how everything creates memories and inspiration. You are so wonderfully organised, I need to start doing that.


What a beautiful studio! Thanks for sharing it with us.


Victoria said...

Oh Paula, your studio is gorgeous! So much eye candy there!!!

Junk Fairy said...

Paula, what a lovely calming space! I love the door with the frame & hooks! (hmmm I have frames!)
your work table is great! And what can I say the signs are beautiful!

Creative Grammie said...

You have lovely studio to create in;very warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing your space, it was a fun visit.

Deborah said...

Awesome space and I agree that it looks very warm and homelike. I love the wall with the signs on it as well and the religious pieces here and there. Thank you for sharing and come over and visit me too at

Gail said...

Just beautiful and calming! Love every inch of your creative space, no wonder it's your favorite place to be!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi are too cute!!

Your studio looks wonderful...I have lots of favorites but the suitcases on the stand is on the top! You are very, very organized...hoping some will rub off on me!

Sara said...

wonderful studio I love the colour, and that letter S you have hanging. Hugs Sara

Terri said...

I adore your space there is so much to like..the color, the vintage objects, the glitter bottle labels,etc.... but the wall with the signs is absolutely fantastic! TFS!!!

Unknown said...

your studio is just dreamy and soooo many of your sweet touches "speak to my heart." we share many an "affinity" mon amie....francaise, jeanne d'arc, all creamy white palette! oooh la la! j'adore! sigh....

merci for stopping into MY studio and leaving such kind words. :)
I'm your newest follower! (where in NE did you grow up??)

PCovi said...

Wow on top of wow!
What to comment on?
Sewing machine base w/suitcases=genius!
Frame on door with alphabet inside :)
where did you get the chalkboard?
Your signs!!! Perfect!

Fran. said...

Love Love Love your vintage stuff and vintage style! Cuz I love vintage so much myself! The way you have displayed and used vintage in your room it looks like it's always been that way!! Thank you so very much for sharing I love it!! XO Fran.

Lisa said...

Loved It!


Debbie said...

What an amazing space, you must love creating there, wow!! I so much enjoyed seeing all your signs and vintage goodies.
Thanks for sharing!!!

Exchange 2007 said...

Nice photos!

Jo said...

What a beautiful creative space! You have filled it with some lovely treasures.

michelle said...

Paula your studio is just beautiful! So many wonderful treasures that you have surrounded yourself with for inspiration and sweet memories while you work. Thank you so much for sharing!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Paula, your office/studio is just divine!! It is exactly where I would want to work and spend lots of time! Love all your silver and your vintage goodies! Truly an inspiring studio!

Hope you are having a great summer!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Valery said...

Love your beautiful, soft, feminine creative space. Your photos are amazing!

Maggie said...

YOur signs are scrumptious and so is your studio space!! Just lovely. I really LOVE that framed vintage alphabet hanging on the door.


Debbie Burkey said...

LOVE EVERYTHING!! Wonderful studio! I love the suitcases on the sewing machine base, fabulous! The blackboard is stunning! I love everything you did! I guess I said that twice, but it's true! Thanks for the great tour.


Carole said...

One of the prettiest studios I've seen so far!

Terry said...

Paula, your space is so beautiful and serene. I love it! I too, have taken over our dining room. I see that you put up a door. I think I may ask my husband if we can do that too. Thank you for sharing your beautiful space.

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Love your space, its so soft and welcoming. I love white on white, soft touches and with only hints of colours. And I like your collection of vintage pieces, like the books and storage containers. Your signs are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your space with us.

Lynette Killam said...

An absolutely charming space, Paula, so restful and pretty with all those whites and your many sweet accents! I'm so glad I came by to visit...:)

Debbie said...

Holey moley girl! just how big is that room??!!
LOVE all of your vintage treasures that you surround yourself with for inspiration.
Sounds like you have been busy this summer.
The pics from the plane in your previous post are chilling. How awful for that community.
Enjoy the weekend Paula!

Pamela said...

Your space is just amazing Paula!

Cheryl said...

I am re-visiting the list, I think I was in such a hurry to see places last time round that I didn't leave enought time for my comments to show or I didn't let the predure complete itself! Love the books and the suitcases on the tresel table such a lovely space.

Life In My Nest said...

I love it -- and it seems to be so "you". Perfect! The attention to detail is wonderful and creative. (I still love the sign I won on your blog and it has a place of honor in my home.)

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am so far behind on my Blog visits so I am playing catch up! I was wonderful to see where you create your gorgeous art! I love your studio space!



I enjoy your blog! You had me at your pretty! Thanks for sharing your lovely studio. I love your etsy shop too.
You have a beautiful creative world.

Pearl Maple said...

That is a beautiful place you have created for yourself, thanks for sharing a peek into your studio

Donna said...

I love all your vintage things!!! All the cottage signs are adorable!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

aimee said...

i love your work place. i really like the paper organizer! i think its a nice pic of you :)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Paula~ ~
Glad that I found you again. My 'puter crashed last year and somehow I lost track of you. Your work space is wonderful. I have always loved your signs. You have such talent.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~