Thursday, May 28, 2015

Re~claiming My Creative Space!

My creative space is affectionately called Studio One!

For the past two years,
"Mr. Ed" and I have been busily creating and designing 
handmade new and repurposed "finds" into home decor accessories and gifts.
The majority of those items have been made in Studio One.

However, with "Mr. Ed's recent health problems,
we made the decision to close our business, Bits 'n Pieces.
Now that our Out~Of~Business~$ale (here) is over. . .
I'm re~claiming my creative space!

Studio One is located in the unfinished portion 
of our lower level living area On Crooked Creektt.

I adore the unfinished concrete walls 
that flank the entire Southern side of my Art Studio!

On numerous occasions,
"Mr. Ed" has offered to paint or re~finish the Southern walls for me.
Each and every time, I smile and answer with, "No thank you, dear."

"Mr. Ed" and I moved this storage cabinet against the Southern Wall.
This is now the first thing you see as you enter from the Family Room.

This area has now become my design area.

Most times, 
I begin with a pencil paper design.

From the design area,
I carry the paper pencil design to my creative/work station.

My work station was designed and made 
by two of the main loves of my life.

The two single door cabinets were handmade by my Dad.
The six foot top and the two~tier shelf were made by "Mr. Ed".

I keep the pencil paper design close~at~hand for reference.

All the while I'm creating,
I keep subtle vignettes among the creative space to provide a tranquil setting.

Some of the my greatest designs are created 
while listening to the classical piano music that softly floods Studio One.

Seasonal handmade TAG letters combined with the subtle color palette
of Studio One are truly motivational for my creativity.

Soft scented creamy ivory candles,
creamy ivory and white buttons in vintage crystal and silver lidded jars
and remnants of similar hued satin ribbons in a vintage silver compote
fill my head with aromatic fragrance and visual stimulation.

Directly behind my work station
sits a vintage three drawer chest~of~drawers that contains
adhesives, creative punches, ink stamps, rubber stamps
and a h u g e selection of card stock and scrapbooking papers.

Bolts of French silk ribbon and crocheted lace 
stacked atop handmade pillars and a galvanized mail sorter
filled with vintage library book plate holders are pleasing to my mind's eye.

 Every afternoon, I partake of a cup 'o tea.
It is quite fitting that Studio One have a beverage center.

An heirloom vintage lamp combined with a white wrought iron double planter
a vintage teapot and Bavaria hand painted china creamer and lidded sugar
make this afternoon ritual a pleasure, indeed.

Closing a Cottage Industry may have had its bittersweet moments,
but here On Crooked Creektt, re~claiming my creative space 
has given me a spiritual, soulful lift.

With  no hectic "dead lines" to reach,
the tranquil relaxing atmosphere, is now indulgent 
to design and create as my heart desires.

Each day as I descend the stairs from the upper level living areas~
to the lower level living areas On Crooked Creektt,
I will be entering my re~claimed creative space, Studio One!

The possibilities are endless. . .
Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

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Each and every week,
seeds of inspiration bloom from these host and hostesses linky parties.
Be sure to visit and delight your family dwelling with brilliant interior design.


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Oh I'm so glad to watch your progress because I know it will be inspiring.

Marigene said...

Nice work area, Pat. Did you do the painting with the sunflowers? Acrylics? Oils? Pastels?
Looks like another wet day and night on this side of the prairie!

Pat Cantwell said...

Dear Marigene,
I commissioned the painting of this mirror when I lived on your side of the Prairie. A local artist in the town of Pleasanton, Kansas. She used paint for glass (???) and then sealed it. Sorry, I have no clue what was used. I took her a piece of the plaid wall paper and border from our laundry/mud room and she did the design. It has always been one of my favorites!!!
Sunshine today, however more rain is on the way!!!
Be safe during the storms, dear one!!!

Martha said...

I bet you're glad that you're back in Studio One! Looks like a nice space that a lot of creative people would envy!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Pat. Wow, I can easily see you being creative in your Studio One. All the beautiful things that surround you would be very inspiring. It is hard for me to be creative in chaos but no matter how I try not to, I always seem to end up there!! It is calming though, to not have to meet any dead lines..Continue on doing the beautiful work you do..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Patricia Krank said...

How nice to have your space back Pat. It looks beautiful and I'm sure you'll be filled with inspiration there. What type of things will you begin working on first?

I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Bless you my friend,


Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

This is one thing I need- a generous creative space to generate things from! Looks like this is a great spot to work from. :-)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I am sure your creative ideas will be flowing again soon! Just reading your post made me relax!! Your area is so soothing. I can almost hear the piano music playing, I love piano music too.

sweet violets said...

What a lovely personal space you have created!!! I see Studio One is smiling!!! But, and I don't say this unkindly, I'd have to paint that wall, it would make me depressed........ Can't wait to see your first completed project.....xoxoxo

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

I adore the framed eggs print. Lovely! And I'm drooling over the color of your shelves and table. Your re-claimed space is so pretty!

Sandra Lee said...

It looks like a very comfortable spot to allow your creativity flow.

Kimberley Seasideave said...

Hi Pat!
I found you through the Amaze Me Monday link up.
Loved having a tour of your creative studio. It looks like an amazing and creative space! Lots of pretty things in there!
Have a wonderful week!

Karen @ karensuponthehill said...

what a beautiful work space with such lovely colors and touches! I want one now that you have given me so much inspiration!
Thank you for always sharing such wonderful posts and kind words at Something to Talk About!

Barb @ Bella Vista said...

Hi Pat,

I am so glad you left a sweet comment on Bella Vista so I could find you again. How delightful you are!

Your creative space is truly inspiring. The calmness speaks to my very heart. So, so nice.

So good to chat with you again!


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Such a nice space! Love your bird painting in the backdrop of your vignette...pretty!
Thanks for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!