Where I Create

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Karen at the “My Desert Cottage” blog has created a great big blog-hoppin’ party where bloggers have shared pictures and thoughts about their creative spaces.  I’m a day late to join (it started this morning) but better late than never.  So here’s the link to the round-up and here’s my “space”.

http://www.mydesertcottage.com/2013/06/are-you-ready-to-be-inspired-again.html?m=0

I call it my “crafting corner”- having taken over a corner of my boy’s playroom.  He doesn’t seem to mind and I love playing in my space while he’s playing in his.  I also kinda took over his little table, after giving him a much bigger table for his Legos/cars/Skylanders/whatever else he wants to use it for. Sitting in those little chairs seems to somehow get the creative juices flowing- maybe it takes me back to childhood a bit.  (I’m going to be in trouble when I can no longer get up out of them, though.)  Oh yeah, that’s a wedding picture of me and my wife on the wall.  I’m the one with the dimples.  🙂  (We LOVED our photographer:  http://proofs.halechannel.com/about)Image

This is a little canvas I started a while ago and just haven’t quite finished, along with some other things that I know I want to do something with but am not quite sure what.  I tried experimenting with using old spices as glitter and paint pigment a while ago, but kind of stalled out with that.
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I love this little roll-top desk that a friend rescued from a curb and bestowed upon me.  I didn’t do much other than clean it up, fix some of the loose joints, and add new knobs.  It’s perfect for my sewing machine when it’s not in use (and the roll top doesn’t really close all that easily, anyway).  Next to the machine is a little birdhouse I’ve been working on.  I saw this idea of using hardcover books as birdhouse roofs at a local artisan’s gallery several years ago and have made several since.  They’re so fun!  As you can see, there are a couple others waiting in the wings.

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I don’t love all the plastic boxes on my shelves, but I do love that they’re labeled AND see-through- it helps inspire me, I think.  But I just made this new box for the ICADs I’ve been working on for the past month and a half.  They’d been just collecting dust on the corner of my table, and I’d seen all these cute ways other crafters had started storing theirs, so I decided to try my hand at making a box.  I used an album jacket that I’d been saving until I found a new life for it (the record having long since been melted into a bowl) and just figured out how to fold and cut it to make a box.  Then, I decoupaged strips of paper scraps and washi tape for decoration and reinforcement.  My favorite part is the little beads I used to make the closure.  I “sewed” them on with some wire I had pulled out of a roll of wired ribbon.

So, that’s my “space”.  Thanks for looking.  I can’t wait to start gawking at everyone else’s spaces on the blog-hop.  I’ll be sure to add links to some of my favorites here.