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.
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. . .
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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.