I am just tickled pink to be a part of Where Bloggers Create hosted by Karen at My Desert Cottage. So I have dusted off the lint (most of it), vacuumed up the threads and offer you a warm southern welcome into a little piece of my world. In my studio, I surround myself with things I love, some cheap and some not-so-cheap, some old and some new - my happy place to go and create....
Let's start with where I plant myself to sew - a mid-century sewing chair that I scored for $20 - the seat comes off to store stuff for my singer. I had it painted by my cabinet maker to match the furniture he built for me then I covered it with an earthy upholstery flax linen - I am a bit of a vintage textile junkie. The chair seat is kinda flat, but then so is mine! Oh, well - it is just perfect - the chair, that is! And the desk has eight shallow drawers, one for cutting tools, one for thread, one for packing supplies, you get the idea - What is it my mom used to say...There is a place for everything and everything has its place.
Awesome Mid-Century Globe that I scored for $8 at the Salvation Army Store - Basket is handmade and
was given to me by my Aunt Jane.
Wonderful Folk Art by my friend Carol aka Bailey Jack - I am lucky enough that she loves my pillows, so we trade a lot. One of her paintings was in an HGTV dream house one year! I love trees and snag up everyone
that I can of them that she paints!
Rembrandt Etchings - a gift from my Aunt Jane
More art from Carol that I just adore - could not believe how well it went on my blue walls - no planning, just one of those happy accidents - I am in love with this color blue - I painted so many "stripes" and "patches" of blue that it looked like graffiti gone bad - finally settled on this color - reminds me of the sea and blue skies. My mood totally changes when I enter in and turn on my vintage tube radio to the local AM station that plays Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra - same songs that I play on my blog. It is my therapy -
still cheaper than a shrink! :-)
Vintage Lamp I scored from a tag sale for $10 - I love the patina and the shade is fabulous, linen outer and lined with silk - what a find!
And it is a 3-way to boot!
An antique basket that belonged to my grandmother gives more storage - an old chair I am working on and one of my places to stash all my stuff - furniture was built to suit my needs - lots of cubbies for storing necessary things and those not-so-necessary things that I love!
I love the ocean and old jars and neat stuff to put in them.
My Papa gave me this little piano music box
when I was a wee girl - it is very special to me.
Mid-Century Tea Cup and old Ball jars - one filled with old marbles.
Old jars are great for storage and yep, I have a problem with them, can you tell, and vintage buttons, buckles, clothes pins and that is my youngest daughter's hand print we made in Brownies - she is now 27 and lives in Europe, but I still see her as being 5 years old!
One of my favorite baskets - handwoven by a Cherokee Indian - it is an inside-out basket - looks the same inside and out - and some more stuff I love - yes, that is yet another jar with old skeleton keys in it!
Who knew a $2 umbrella basket from my favorite thrift store would be such great storage for vintage grain sacks! They just roll up and fit right in.
And a tool box to hold ticking, hemp linen and barkcloth - three of my favorite vintage textiles - and yes, that is a wool camp blanket peeking out.
Another great find at the Salvation Army store - it holds all my receipts and stuff and usually has a pile of something on it - today it is burlap coffee sacks.
Both ends of my cutting table have 9 cubbies for storing lots of supplies.
Please don't show this to my mom - she took one look at my fabric stash and said I could not buy any more and I am 50 - little does she know, I haven't stopped buying it - this is just one closet full of vintage barkcloth - I have more! I really need help! :-) Maybe it is not cheaper than a shrink. I have closets full of chenille too and about 50 vintage peacock chenilles that will have to be pulled from my cold dead hands! LOL!!
I kinda got a thing for old quilts and quilt tops too - guess
all those days on the farm are ingrained in me!
The other end of my cutting table - it is bar height so I can stand and cut - I put barkcloth curtains to hide lots of other stuff under the table - we won't go there! :-) I topped my sewing table and my cutting table with a slab of safety glass and put family photos and memorabilia underneath it - so I get a little glimpse of my favorite people when I am working, well it is really playing!
One thing I learned a long time ago, if you see something you are in love with, buy it. You will quickly find a function and a place for it - I spent years over-thinking everything - a room had to have a theme or a piece I found had match something else - took me most of my life to break free of that - and as you can tell by my eclectic style, I am as free as a bird! :-)
I hope you have enjoyed the tour - to see what I create in this space,
I think my favorites are the heavy duty ones, like these Bemis Sacks. I have several that are dated - most were used in the 1930s and 1940s. These are heavy, nubby, just a wonderful texture and will last another 80 years. I use them all around my house, inside and out - on wicker and my leather sofas too. I have some to share listed in my shop - thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!!
I crafted these pillows with reproduction grainsacks - with the reproductions, you get the best of both worlds....easy care and vintage graphics. I have been sewing away and have them piled so high on the dining table that Mr. CatNap complained about not being able to see out the windows! LOL!!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!!
And if you are wondering about the quilt, it is an etsy find. A little old lady made it with her husband's shirts after he passed away, she could not part with them, so she stitched up a quilt top, she then passed on and a quilter purchased the top and quilted it and now it is mine.
My friend Debbie must have more than just a green thumb - she grows the most gorgeous flowers. I am so jealous. I kind of went overboard with her pictures, but it was hard to get it down to just a few! Hope you enjoy these lovelies...
Thanks for stopping by - hope everyone has a great week!