Where Bloggers Create Party II: My Room 2010 (with lots of pictures)

I'm excited to be joining the Where Bloggers Create Party for the first time. I discovered it last year, ages after it happened and I literally spent the day looking through them all! I hope you enjoy my space.

The sign on my door. I made it as a make-and-take a couple of years ago.

Here's an overall view of my room. You can't tell because of the lighting but the walls are not pink. They're pale lavender.

The bookcase I bought from Target a year or two ago. It's "Shabby Chic". The bottom drawer holds my German scrap and the "transparent" stuff.

The bookcase from Target that used to be under the window is now vertical. The addition to the top of pink chest of drawers is a library card file that was gonna be tossed from church until I rescued it. It holds rolls of seam binding and millinery. I might paint it next year....

Next to it is a tiered holder of mostly lace, but some feathers and flowers.

The chest of drawers holds glue, large photos, fabric, ink, glitter, pastels, and other stuff...

Now under the window is the IKEA book case. It's topped with a ivory and gold sari cloth and displays as well as keeping foam brushes handily located.

The tissue paper is hiding the summer book swap in progress.

The jewelry cabinet (with plastic bag holder and trash bins (one for paper, one for, um, trash)) holds pens, charms, brads, etc etc etc. Canvases are stacked next to the bookcase.

My Silver Bella prize ribbons from Teresa's class at last year's Silver Bella. Underneath is a clip-it-up ribbon holder. There are more ribbons stashed elsewhere. On the table I've used an expandable spice rack to hold wet glues, glazes, paints, Glimmer Mists.

The closet. The doors actually close. This is something of an accomplishment. Next year -- I'm gonna tackle this closet once and for all. But for now, I'm gonna celebrate that I can actually close the doors! The cloth bag is from last year's Silver Bella and holds unfinished projects from then.


On the bookshelves: art I have made and a Shabby Chic clock that I never remember to wind up. A tea cup from Goodwill holding feathers and small millinery bits.

A messy shelf! Yeah, that stack on the left is my Young Victoria book not yet put together. I still need to make my signature page. I hope to finish it very soon. The various boxes hold buttons, bling, buttons, plastic doves, beads, watches and watch pieces, and the hanky box my mother-in-law gave me.

Close up of the tiered wire holder.

I tea-dyed the crysanthemum -- and yes, I have plans for it. To the left is a silk peony.

Close up of my library file. I think I'll paint it next year ... and add some more cute magnets to it. The lace cloth is the shattered piece I picked up during the antique shopping last month.

Now that I've made a curtain, I can leave the shutters opened. The previous owners painted the shutters without taking into account that someone might want to change the direction of the louvers. So I've turned them into my inspiration board. This is just the very beginning. So lots of space to fill.

A shelf holding mini scrapbooks, journals, photo album, and I'm displaying the old photo in its gilt frame here, out of the nasty direct Southern California sunlight...

There's my 25 Days of Birthday calendar. My hubby doesn't yet know that the crystal salt and pepper shakers are filled with glitter instead of salt-and-pepper. I have more glitter that needs to find similar shakers. And the gold Mary statue is to make it a set of "three". I picked it up at an antique store in Santa Barbara.

I still need to figure out how to clean the salt and pepper shaker set on the right. It's handpainted, made in Japan and I'm a bit terrified of cleaning off the paint.

I bought peonies. I've never really known or thought about them until they started appearing on blogs (particularly Mockingbird Hill Cottage) and I found them at my local grocery store! Not cheap, however, but oh my, they smell heavenly. Like roses but sweeter (and kind of not). So my room smells yummy now, especially right after opening the door. (I keep it closed since the dog ate a spool of thread incident.)

I tucked little pink roses underneath....

The sari cloth does a little bit of concealing. Baskets, MOO cards, paper flowers, binders that hold online class information. I need to make pretty labels for the binders. The purple pails hold my Ranger Inks. I don't use them as much as I used to, so I moved them off my table.

The bottom shelves have magazines, books, "flower fluff", Lumiere paints. The shelf on the right holds all the books that get pulled apart.

Top left, cigar boxes to be altered and more books to tear apart or alter are hidden behind another small purple pail of paint, my tool-kit and a white wicker basket that holds my Pitt pens and a few other things. The white basket is in reach of my desk and with a few small additions (scissors, double-sided tape) I can pick it up along with the journal and go somewhere else.

Top right is my sewing box and a basket that holds my new obsession (washi tape) and some ruffled crepe paper.

My Somerset Studio magazines. With room for a little more.

Here's my big project for this party: Making a curtain to cut that nasty Southern California sunshine that bleaches everything. These hankies are all mine, except I think two that belonged to my grandmother or great-grandmother. Every year on my birthday and at Christmas my Nana would give me a nice linen hankie with embroidery in a corner. I never used them, so now I am! I'm gonna post more details of this on Monday.

I have to be honest. It's not quite finished. I have to stitch down the vertical seams. The loops and the top part came out of a fabric remnant stash. Someone had cut up a sheet set and left the hems behind. So I used the pillow case to create loops already sewn together, and used the sheet hem to hang everything off of.

Detail of the top of the jewelry cabinet that doesn't hold jewelry. The silver plate thingy is a Goodwill find. The hydrangea box holds more millinery... Someone lost that blue shoe. It's destined for an assemblage...

Here's the other project. I learned from my 25 Days of Birthday that I like assigning myself projects: it helps me get stuff done. You'll note on this calendar that its not filled out. I'm waiting to find out whether or not I serve on a jury. This was a chrome lined calendar. A bit of lace and some chipboard pieces later.....

A close up of my glittered ART header... The letters are from Basic Grey, I think. And I glittered them in fine glitter and then silver German glass glitter. The chipboard are from Glimmer Mist and so of course I Glimmer Misted them.

Just a detail of a wicker basket in my shelves....

One of my friends from church gave me a May Day basket. The flowers have since died (except the purple ones which became dried flowers) and so I replaced them and am hanging it off the shutter knob.

One last purchase. Piles tend to occur when I work. This tray that I purchased off Etsy keeps a journal project and the various pieces corralled.

Remember the ugly light fixture from two days ago? This is what I used to replace it. Picked it up from Home Depot, as I recall.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed my little tour. I'm really looking forward to what everyone else's space look like!

Edited to add: My "artist statement" if you will is in a separate post -- which you probably have come across already if you made it to here!


  1. Wow Lar your room is fantastic, so different from when I last saw it. Love the curtains, what you have done with the shutters, so much good stuff and so organised. Shall keep an eye out for salt and pepper shakers.Peonies and May basket lovely.Going back for another look much love,mum.

  2. Just folded the shutters back, Ma. Using clothes pegs to attach things to the thingy-whatsits (it's Friday and my brain has officially shut down)

    If you're looking for S&P shakers, need to be glass so I can see the pretty glitter :)

  3. What a LOT more Leanne! Wow!!!!
    I'm so glad I asked and got all this eye candy early!!!! yay!
    You have a wonderful space. My fav would have to be the storage ideas you have with real furniture such as the jewelry cabinet...love it! I really don't like to use plastic so I'll be on the lookout for small dressers and cabinets. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and...I think...yes...I can smell the peonies!

  4. Glad you enjoyed, Jodie!

    Maybe I'll add something about how I organize the interiors of the jewelry cabinet and drawers. Although some of those drawers need a tad more organizing. Ahem.

  5. Leanne your room is gorgeous! Love the curtains! Peonies are my favorites next to hydrangeas. I hate how quickly they are finished blooming in spring. Your room seems like it will be blooming all year round!

  6. Hello Leanne
    What a wonderful space you have created! The curtain is beautiful and love the peonies, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful space.

  7. Hi Leanne,
    I really enjoyed the tour. Love the pink color on the furniture! And I love the idea of using the shutters as your inspiration board. My favorite thing is your curtain made from the vintage hankies. I think it's a wonderful way to display all the hankies your received as gifts.

  8. There are some really cute ideas here and it's nice of you to share them with us. What a great idea to use your hankies as a curtain. It looks very nice and goes right along with the rest of your space. Good luck with the closet!


  9. Your space is wonderful, Leanne! I am in love with your hanky curtain. What a neat idea. I'm so glad you got some peonies! Aren't they wonderful? Nothing better!

    Thanks so much for sharing your space. I'll think about doing a tutorial, but I might just email you instead and explain the steps. Remind me.


  10. You have wonderful ideas for storage of your supplies. I love the tiered basket. And the jewelry cabinet is perfect for storing so many things! I regret not picking one up I saw at a thrift store a while back. Thanks for sharing your photos!
    ~ Violet

  11. Such a pretty work area! I really enjoyed looking at all the photos. :)

    Janet's Creative Pillows

  12. You have a wonderful space. I love what you've done with the vintage hankies - that's a fabulous idea! I have that same Southern CA sunshine coming through my windows - in my photos it looks like one big glare! But it does makes a room nice and bright :) ::Jill

  13. What a fabulous creative space. I have the same target cabinet...lol isn't it great. So, enjoyed my visit with you. enjoy the rest of the party.

  14. Hello Leanne... oooh, what a beautiful little studio you have! I love each and every detail... my very favorite is your little curtain you are making out of vintage hankies... so lovely! Thanks for sharing... xoxo Julie Marie

  15. A wonderfully inspiring creative space...thank you for sharing it with us : )

  16. You have a lovely space. I can smell those peonies now! Now, get at that closet! LOL--isn't that what doors are for?!

  17. What a wonderfully creative space!

    I adore your storage solutions. They have inspired me.

  18. You certainly have come a long way since your 2009 pictures =)
    fyi....I use a Nikon P80 Coolpix camera...I love Nikons and have had about 3 of their coolpix models~great point & shoot cameras =))

  19. Your room sure has changed but for me the best part of your pics are the flowers. I always tell myself to cut some from my garden and enjoy them inside but I forget to..thanks for sharing and coming to my blog--are you past the "t's" yet?

  20. I'm sure a lot of beautiful things come out of this wonderful place.

  21. You have a wonderful studio space, and I love all of your stunning flowers!!

  22. I love that curtain! It's adorable and so is your space! marcia

  23. So many lovely things to look at and play with! I love your hankie curtain, my window is south-faced too and I have to be careful not to have everything fade too.
    Happy creating to you!

  24. Loved my visit to your creative space, Leanne! Wonderful hanky curtain you're making.

  25. Love the pink and that hankie curtain is just THE BEST. I like your bin storage in the corner. I have a corner like that and have tried several things but it still remains hard to access. You might just have the solution! Thank you for sharing.

  26. Hi Leanne!
    Thnks so much for the fun tour! I loooove your curtains! What a wonderful idea. I also love the mum! It would look perfect in my house! hee,hee,hee.
    Hugs to you!

  27. Your studio is so pretty - especially love the pretty flowers. Our peonies are all done here so it's nice to see some more. Maybe somebody I'll invest in some artificial ones. Thanks so much for the tour, and for the previous two posts of the evolution of your studio. Lovely!

  28. leanne...i
    love this
    fun blog
    it totally
    helps me picture
    my friends in their
    creative spaces
    doing what we love
    so much! you
    have lots of
    lovelies and
    sweet things
    to inspire you!
    i totally love
    the white wicker
    baskets - so
    shabby chic!
    happy day to you!

  29. I love your space, Leanne! There are a lot of elements you have here that I would love to be able to do. I might be able to do the tiered wire trays and I love how you used the jewelry box. What a great idea to use those partitions to hold supplies. I have a little table top one on my table and right now it is just holding label holders {so I don't lose the little brads/nails that come with them}. Thanks for visiting me!

  30. Just beautiful..a feast for the eyes no matter where you look. Wow and some really terrific art pieces through out. TFS.

  31. great space-love the pink dresser-thanks for sharing!

  32. Beautiful space Leanne! I love the pink dresser! There are so many pretty things to look at! Do you get to fill that room with fresh flowers all the time??? You are a lucky girl! Thank you so much for sharing it all with us. I really enjoyed my visit.
    My Desert Cottage

  33. what an inspiring place to create! you have made the room itself a piece of art.
    thanks for stopping by my blog. i was on vacation so i am a little late in visiting. :-)

  34. Hi Leanne...nice to meet you! I'm late in getting by to visit but oh how glad I am that I stopped by! LOVE your hankie curtain & your use of the suitcases, Thanks so much for stopping by to see me....love your space!

  35. I love the hanky window treatments! Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

  36. Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

  37. Your room is wonderful. So many wonderful storage ideas. Your window treatment is great.

    (I'm still going down the list of bloggers).

  38. What a fun place to create! Looks like you have lots of projects and class pieces in there. Love your clever idea of using the salt & pepper shakers for glitter--pretty & functional! I also really like the hanky curtains; it is such a great way to showcase all those lovely patterns. :D


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