Thursday, July 11, 2013

Where Bloggers Create 2013!!!!

Welcome Friends!!! Today is the day we've all been waiting and preparing for!!  Nothing like company coming to get our motivation going is there?  Today is the day we get to share our creative spaces with everyone out there in Blogland!

Many, many thanks and accolades go to Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage for hosting this wonderful yearly blog party again this year!!  I know she puts untold hours and effort into this special event every year.  It is truly a gift of love to all of us, Karen and we appreciate it so very much.  To see all the other glorious and beautiful spaces, you can find the links HERE.  Enjoy browsing and seeing the spaces of all the creative and talented women who make this world more beautiful and show us what and how they do it.  It is so much fun to see all the ideas for decorating and organizing our special creating places.  But, I warn you, it will take a few days to get through them all, so pace yourself!!

I have my studio cleaned and spiffed up, although I did not have as much time to revamp and primp as much as I would have liked too!!  But considering that six months ago, I could barely get in here, I have made real progress!!  Last year didn't exactly go according to plan with unexpected family events.  Its not a huge room, but I just love this space and am so very thankful to have it!!  The studio is just down the hall from the kitchen, so it is very convenient and such a refuge for me from the world and its cares and stresses.  My sweet husband encourages me to have it, for which I am so so thankful!!

Entering in........

I'm circling the room first and then I will go back and give you a few closer pics....I just love sitting in front of this window and looking out at the trees, flowers, and wildlife on our property as the seasons come and is a beautiful view anytime of the year.  It is perfect.  I had to take this shot with a flash because of the sun coming in the window, so it is a little bleached out looking. The window faces southwest, so there is always great light in the afternoons.  The window covering is an old lace shawl.

Backing up just a bit......You can see the side of my dollhouse, which is, I'm afraid, still a work in progress...but I tinker with it anyway even though I don't have all the trim done, etc after changing some of the wallpaper.

The front door is missing, ..... I need to repaint it a different color, so it is off at this point.  And I ran out of the black octagon shingles, so I need to find something else for the porch roof.  Isn't there always something that needs doing on our houses, big or small?

Looking back towards the door.

I have made a few changes on this side of the room, namely I took off the closet door, so I could put some cubbyhole units in the closet along that wall.  Also, I used to have my sewing machine where the white cupboard is, but moved it into the other bedroom so I could have more workspace in here.  We moved in the little table that was from my husband's childhood home.  It is the cutest thing and has pull out leaves on each end.  I put a big piece of glass on top and covered the sharp edges with duck tape.  I really like sitting here and working too, and if our granddaughters want to spend time crafting, it makes space for them too.

A shot of my somewhat messy closet, but you get the
 idea.  I really have it crammed in there!

I try to label all my boxes and tubs, otherwise, I can't remember what is in them and that wastes a lot of time when you are hunting for something that you know you have!!

Moving on around the room................

My curio cabinet, where I keep small dolls and miniatures I have made.

Another work space,......IF it is not heaped with piles!! I used two of the cubbyhole units for the ends and a piece of Formica countertop over. The shelf above is a recent addition to hold miniature room boxes I am working on.

The little fairy scene under the mushroom was a class by Karla Nathan at Birdsong last year.  The NEST sign (on the wall in the picture below) is also from Birdsong, another Karla Nathan class.  I didn't get to go this year because of a conflict.......hope maybe next year again....It is so much fun!!!

Miniature dress forms I made, and taught as a class for my local mini club.

A couple of my Santas,........ these were several years ago.  The one in brown is a Kansas Santa with Wizard of Oz characters in his backpack.  Haven't made any Santas for a couple of years, but I want to make some more.......never enough time.  Each Santa carries a small gift box with a tiny nativity inside and a message about the real meaning of Christmas.

A pretty corner, love the purple beaded lamp shade. MOP buttons in the apothecary jar.  My tiny, tiny dolls are in the little glass case.

I just love these little dolls, the smaller they are, the better I like them!  It has taken years to collect them here and there.

This old spool cabinet holds an amazing amount of little stuff to create with.  I have had it for many many years and it used to be my jewelry box, but I only filled up two drawers so I decided this would be a better use for it.

Another corner in the room, need to fill up my candy jars with some chocolate!!

The kitchen in the dollhouse....see what I mean about the lack of trim.....


A miniature hall tree, want to make one of these in "full size" for my big house ;)  I have the doors and other components, but need some help from my guy.  I'm not good with power tools!

Miniature coffee table made from a dollhouse "window" So much fun to design and make, another club project..

Another miniature cabinet.

This is a piece I am currently working on.  The theme is gratitude! This is not a miniature, measures about 12 x 16.  It will be under glass so it won't get dusty.  When doing assemblages, I like to have them under glass if possible so they can be kept  looking nice for a very long time and these days, who wants to dust something like that? So, I am always on the lookout for shadowbox frames in my thrifting adventures.

I am so happy to have each of you in my studio want to say a sincere "thank you" so much for stopping by to visit and letting me show you around.  If you were really here, we could have a glass of lemonade and work on creating something beautiful together! Creating is such a huge gift in my life and I am forever grateful to God for allowing me to pursue these interests.  I believe the desires He places in our hearts are the ones that fit our gifting and calling in this life.  He is the Master Creator.  

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, 
and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10

Be blessed
 always in your creating dear friends,



  1. You have a gorgeous space. I'm super impressed with the amount of dolls you have. And they are all so neatly organized, too. I can tell you have a love of antiques. Your photos and words confirm it, too. Thanks for the wonderful tour.

  2. Hi Linda, WOW when can I move in. I just love your space and your storage is wonderful. I would love to be organized like this. Your dolls are all lovely and they must keep you company while you design.
    Every detail and treasure makes this space simply gorgeous. Thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  3. Hi, Linda. I enjoyed viewing your craft space. I just love your doll house (miniatures) and curio cabinet. It's wonderful when you can beautifully display your creations/collections. I hope you can make it on over to my blog. :-)

  4. lovely space.. love that old spool cabinet and the large apothecary jar buttons fabbo!

  5. Your space is wonderful and I love how you have room for your granddaughter to come and play creatively! I must confess that I am loving your spool cabinet more than I should..... almost to the point of actually being quite jealous! Thank you so much for sharing your space. It was like being in my grandmother's space.... she was a miniature artist also!

    Take care and many blessings!

  6. Oh Linda!.. Be still my heart just to see your beautiful dolls and doll house!!! Not to say I don't absolutely LOVE the entire room, though!!! I always like to see how everyone makes creative use of all different things to use as storage!... I like to collect old tins, but I love to see how others use milk glass (which I also collect!), old jewelry boxes, vintage vases, bread boxes, etc., etc. etc... So creative and personal, and that what I see here.. And BEAUTIFULLY done!!! Thank you for sharing your creative space! I really enjoyed stopping by! ~tina

  7. Linda your room is fab!! I am especially enamored of some of the storage pieces you have. You lucky girl!! Thank you so much for putting such time and care into sharing your lovely space with us. :)

  8. Doll house!!!! Spool cabinet!!!! *swoon*!

  9. Love that spool cabinet, Linda! What a great piece to store your different pretties in. Great doll house. We have one that was my daughter's when she was little and it will need a decorating overhaul soon for my granddaughter. I love the different furniture pieces you have in yours. Love that you are right down the hall from your kitchen. I could just see wandering in here with a morning cup of coffee to plan out my projects!

  10. Just lovely, that dollhouse is simply divine!

  11. Another miniatures lover here... You have a lovely space ~ thank you for the tour!

  12. Very nice space! I love your singer spool cabinet! HUgs!

  13. rock!! Loving your dollhouse and all the pretties to go along with!!! Great studio space!!

  14. Great space and awesome storage solutions, I like the big white cabinet. And the doll house is adorable, wish you best of luck with all the renovations : )

  15. I really love the spool cabinet and your dollhouse has such amazing detail, so lifelike (I'm a sucker for dollhouses). Cheers!

  16. Okay... that spool cabinet??? So drooling over it. I wish I could find one just like it for my Studio; how perfect would that be? You room is so great; love all the wonderful creations you have displayed. Thank you for the tour!

  17. Hello,
    I think your doll house is magnificent...So are all your dolly's. Your work space is just to fab. You sure are organized. I enjoyed my visit, you have a very sweet blog.I love it.
    Marie Antoinette

  18. I love your room and the spool case is fantastic-it still looks like a jewelry box to me. You have a wonderful collection of dolls also. I l think our closet would be a fun space to explore. I also appreciate the fact that you share your love for the Lord on your blog. I hope you are blessed every day. Thanks for sharing your room. Mary

  19. In the picture of the little dolls, that teddy bear sure looks familiar! I have one from a swap from Shani Nelson....


    1. Debbie, if you are talking about the little "granny bear", it was made my Paulette Svec. I got it at a miniature show in the 80's in Kansas City I think. She makes wonderful bears, not sure she is still doing them though...thanks for visiting my blog!

    2. I should have been more specific:) I was asking about the white pipe cleaner bear with the bright pink silk ribbon bow on the chair with all the other dolls and bears. I have a little scene that I have a rocking chair with dolls and bears on, but not as many as you managed to fit in yours! Just lovely! As is your whole room!


    3. Oh yes, those little pipe cleaner bears are so much fun to make and the possibilities are endless! I love that little chair I got years ago at Hobby Lobby....just the perfect place for some little dollies and bears! Have a great day Debbie!

  20. Very nice space. Lands you have allot of collections. Love the doll house in progress.


  21. Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a comment Cindy, not sure that doll house will every be done;)!!

  22. Thank you for the tour! What a lovely space, very airy feeling.

  23. Loed seeing your space but especially enjoyed your doll house! I have a Victorian Doll house myself!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!


  24. Very nice space. Especially loved your collection of MOP buttons and the fabulous spool cabinet. What a great find!

  25. love your space! so much to get those creative juices flowing!

  26. Hello Linda
    What a wonderful space! Love those cute little dolls houses and rooms!
    Guess what!!! You have won THE GIVEAWAY on my blog as part of the WBC so come on over to my blog and check it all out! Congratulations to you!
    Unfortunately I don't see your contact details on your profile so I'm contacting you here.
    Please give me all of your postal details so I can send you your prize!
    Big hugs,

    1. Thank you so very much Suzy, I am beyond excited about winning your wonderful piece of art!! It will be proudly displayed in my home. This is the first time I have won anything on a blog give-away............sssooooooooooooo exciting!! Thank you again, Linda

  27. What a beautiful space. I love it. Love the spool cabinet and its contents :-) Blessings to you.

  28. What an absolute BEAUTIFUL crafting space. It is so full of your personality. I just love it all.
    Since I have no crafting talents, I don't need a space like this but....I'd LOVE to have one, anyway.:)

  29. Your space is adorable! I love your displays, your storage is fantastic and you're very talented. Thanks for the great tour, it was so much fun.

    I'm not participating this year, I'm just having fun visiting everyone.

  30. Oh, your special space is wonderful! I love it and you have so many pretties too. Thank you for popping in to see me and your kind words. I'm sorry for your loss. Jesus tells us He'll give us the strength we need and He sure is holding me up and is keeping my mother in his arms.
    You are the sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  31. What a wonderful space! I feel inspired just looking at it. I adore a lovely dollhouse.