Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where Bloggers Create 2011


It is such a thrill to peek into the spaces of my favorite artists.  I love to see how they display their vintage treasures.  How they use each bit and bob to store and decorate.  Find out what their inspiration is.  Last year I spent days perusing the pages of blogs of Where Bloggers Create II soaking up the ideas and jotting down my favorites.  Having only blogged for eight months I guess I am still a bit new but I have been reading blogs for years and crafting even longer.  This is My Vintage Mending studio, where the door is always open and the vintage goodness overflows!


All of my favorite things purposely placed.  My compulsively clean nature makes it hard not to keep things labeled and tidy.  I use every inch of this former dining room table to cut my linens, glue my paper crafts or post my blog.  I recently hung a vintage laundry line to clip my vintage hankies too.


Dressers that I rescued for free don fresh paint and Irmi handles.  Typewriter carts for modern day printers work beautifully for refrigerator baskets as files below.  The tin cabinet was once a rusty garage paint cabinet found at an estate sale find for ten dollars.


There are no color limits here...no style set in stone.  My recent french chair makeover is paired with a salesmen sized dresser I added decals to.  Inside are all my hand stitching necessities.  


Sewing center newly appointed in this thrifted cabinet.  The tucked in pink typewriter table is for my ironing board.  I am still looking for wallpaper to redo the cabinet officially.  As I find the hoops at thrift stores I place my vintage hankies in them above.


Jenny Lind shelf filled to the brim with my favorite pottery faces.  There will never be enough Irmi lamps for me...just in case you are wondering.  Nursery shelf made over to house more inspiration.  

 

This older dresser has been four colors.  Two years ago I took it down to the bare wood and put some glass knobs on it.  It has been a life saver for storage of stamps, paper, tape, and other unsightly office needs.  The wire shelf was dripping in cob webs when I drug it out of a basement sale.  It folds flat (not that I would ever do that) and is the best ten dollars I have ever spent for storage. It holds more than any other shelf/dresser. 


Card racks from the thrift store holds needle books, Valentines, postcards, and more.  Simple and industrial.  I don't want it to be too soft in here.  Why not hang a house on the wall?  Up went the fridge (hung by 3m) it holds vintage tea towels.  The tin house holds its original furniture and loads of charm.  It is resting on 2 nails.  


Doll dressers are some of my favorite storage and accessory pieces.  They hold stickers, children's hankies, playing cards, paper clips and all kinds of small items that I can never find.  


Inside the metal cabinet...


My craft supplies...a baby tub full of vintage linens!


Toolbox full of buttons.


Dresser full of notions.


Shelf of vintage nursery love.


Salvaged Hoosier.


Desk organization at it's vintage finest.


The smallest of sewing machines fitted with a mending needle, ready to start on something new.

  The excitement of turning vintage linens into something modern and wearable/decor is unmeasurable for me.  Hand work and patterns of the past that were so lovingly done deserve a chance at the table again.  Whether as a ruffle, trim, apron, or more.  

Time spent in my mending room is always time well spent.  A place where they door is always open. What a gift to be able to share my space this year in Where Bloggers Create 2011, among so many of my favorite artists.  Join me along with over 250 other fabulous bloggers.  


51 comments:

Lee said...

WoW! You are so organized and full of inspiration yourself!
Can you come over to my house?! I need your drive, just for a few days....lol
Thanks so much for sharing!

Into Vintage said...

Renee - it is all so charming - every little nook & cranny. I'm having some major organizational envy right now! And I love that your printer is on an old typing table -- brilliant. I have one in my garage that is going into my doily factory first thing in the morning. You have inspired me. Thanks for the tour :-)

kluless said...

Renee, your space is just so bright and cheerful. It looks like such a happy place to be! I love the idea of displaying the vintage hankies in the embroidery hoops. Now all I need is some wall space - LOL!

~~Carol~~ said...

So SO charming! I bet it's extremely easy to get creative in there. I keep enlarging the pictures and looking at every sweet little thing. But being so organized, how do you ever find anything?! ;o)

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Adorable with a capital "A". I can't believe how ultra organized you are. Love the Jenny Lind cabinet with all those cheery cute faces looking out at me. Thanks for sharing...

Free Pretty Things For You said...

oh please OH PLEASE can I come an visit!!! lol :)

Sandy said...

Oh Renee,
I am jealous! LOL I just love how vintage your room feels...mine is getting there....I just have to bring it all out and hang it up! Your place is a reflection of you and your art, that is for sure!!!! :):) Sandy

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my gosh Renee!! Your studio is full of fun pieces! Where are you and when can I come play too?!

delia hornbook said...

Wow what a gorgeous space to work in, so bright and fresh and so many beautiful things to make you feel inspired. I love your French chair and the red cabinet. Such cute things everywhere. My friend would love all your buttons. dee x

magie said...

What a lovely and colorful workspace! Fun space to be creative in. Love all the vintage items..I like your selection of vintage linens :)

pangaloon said...

Such an inspiring set of photos, it makes me want to set about reorganising my craft/sewing space. I adore the little dolls house hanging on the wall.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Renee,
I am new to your blog and what a pleasant surprise that awaited me!!
I simply adore your vintage style and your Sewing room is pure delight!! I LOVE all the colors that you have used through out it. What really caught my eye is the tin house!! I had one as a child and I LOVED it!! I now have a Victorian Doll House that i get to "play" with!!
Thanks so much for sharing!! I LOVED the tour! Please stop by if you have a chance!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Kim K. said...

I never grow tired of touring your studio. I'm always in awe of how many similar items we have in our crafting space. I'll be coming back to tour over and over and browse your fabulous collections.

Angela said...

Renee, I've always loved it when you would post pics of your craft room! it was what drew me here...I have clicked on every pic to see it up close. I adore every piece you have, every craft item you have. We have such similar tastes..Thank goodness we don't yard sale together,,LOL.

Jane said...

What a fun and pretty crafting room you have! Love all the children's items, including the little dressers!
Jane-Jacksonville

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

What a treat! Thanks for the tour! ♥

Patti said...

Oh - pure cuteness! I love your craftroom! I need your help organizing!!! I love it ALL! So colorful and pretty! I wish I had signed up to be a part of this tour - will you remind me next year?

Country Dreaming said...

Popped over from Garden of Daisies. Love
your Studio. Very cute. I have a similiar
doll house. It is so fun to see another one.
Not many out there that I know of.

Enjoyed the visit.

Melinda

Pretty Things said...

Love the buttons -- and the SEWING MACHINE!

I hope you have time to visit my creative spaces!

earthypawscreatures said...

This is such a cute and organized space :D I love the vintage nursery items, they are too cute! A lovely room :) Thank you for sharing!

~Alli

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

You have a HAPPY studio! Love the little salesman dresser :) and linens and your hankies!
Just a fun place to create.
Deb

Creative Breathing said...

Renee, You could share your studio each and every day, and I would return again and again to drool over your creative displays. Because of you I gave a second look to an old wooden toolbox. Your mentioning "scrub it like crazy" made me bring it home! American ornaments? Cowboy and cowgirl, of course! Have a great summer weekend! E

Beth Leintz said...

Cute cute cute- love all your bright cheery vignettes and vintage goodness!

donna said...

Renee I am so in love with your creative studio. You have a real talent for vintage things. What a big space you have done a wonderful job.
Hugs
donna

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Renee! I LOVE It here! Your creative space is darling... so colorful and just my style! I could get lost in there for hours... days! What fun! Your banner is adorable too... everything is.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Cheers!
Holly
PS - following you now too!

camp and cottage living said...

What an adorable craft room!
I'm sure you have no trouble being creative in that space!

bertie said...

Dear Renee,
Your studio makes me happy and brings back fond memories of my childhood and I love those lamps, too! Such happy colors and personality! Thanks for sharing and come on over to my studio and say hello! bertie
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

Jo said...

what a beautiful, colourful and organised studio! Thank you for the tour.

Claudia said...

Love, love all the colors in your studio and all of your vintage treasures. You are a girl after my own heart! I so enjoyed seeing your space.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

I love all your funky stuff. I am completely smitten with that wooden table you work on. Oh gosh!! Drooling all over the keyboard here. What a wonderful spot you have and thanks for sharing it with us all. *smiles* Norma

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Renee! Your studio is soooo cute! And I LOVE the color on the walls! Thank you so much for taking us on the tour!! Have a wonderful week. I hope you are enjoying the hop!!
xo,
Karen

Sandra Kaye said...

Hi Renee, wow! Just love all the color. And I absolutely love that little sewing machine. Thanks for sharing. Sandie

Scrap for Joy said...

Hi Renee!
I took my time here today...finally made it over here! I made each picture larger and studied every detail. Your room is as charming as you are...cute and fun! We had metal typewriter tables and tall metal cabinets in my home growing up. Many of your "vintage" toys are like ones I played with. Visiting your studio was a real trip down Memory Lane for me. The way you've made everything your own is awesome.
By the way-is the picture of you new? I don't remember seeing it before. You are as cute as your room!!
Happy Monday
xoxo
Joyce

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

Your sewing/crafting room is chock full of sweet inspiration! I love all the cheerful little toys and bright colors. A truly happy and creative space.

Corey Moortgat said...

I LOVE all your collections! You and I have the very same taste! Old doll dressers are my weakness- I love them, and dollhouses, and doll fridges, and everything else you've got! You should come visit my blog sometime- I'm sure you'd find lots that you like, too! :)

Donna said...

I'm lovin all your vintage stuff and it makes for a very wonderful and colorful craft space!!!

Katrin said...

Hello Renee!

You have a very nice sewing room.
Decorated with so much love.

LG Katrin

Terri said...

So vintage and retro...what a sweet studio! A very bright and cheery creative space! Thanks so much for the tour I really enjoyed it! I'm off to check out other posts on your blog!

Valery said...

I am totally in love with your creative studio and your blog. It is so retro vintage and I love everything about it. You have a new follower.... I'm all about the theme in your room! Thanks for sharing, I love it all.

Rita Barakat said...

So many goodies to see in you wonderful space!!! Love that vintage look!

Nook & Cranny said...

Love, love all of your vintage tresures.
Thanks for sharing your space.

marie said...

Love your space and all the vintage goodness in it. It's been a real pleasure to visit your blog ~ it's such a happy place!

Debbie said...

Oh how much fun your space is, love all your vintage treasures!!!
Thanks for sharing, and happy new doll house, wow what a find!!!
debbie
mybrowneyedgirldesigns
xoxo

Creative Grammie said...

You win! You have the most vintage treasures I've seen in one post! LOL Everything is so adorably vintage, I've had so much fun touring your studio. It's cheery and so much fun.
Thanks for the tour and thanks for sharing your wonderful collection of treasures.
Hugs.

~~EVERYTHING~~.ANASTACIA~~~ said...

What a lovely space you have out there! Things are organized and clean! You have beautiful collections. I enjoyed my tour of your happy place!
Regards,
Reina
http://everythinganastacia.blogspot.com

Lynnae said...

Dollhouses! I love that along with your other vintage childhood things. What happy memories they bring back. Thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

I love your room. Love all the storage. The vintage nursery items are so cute.

Something Special said...

Oh I love all your vintage musings. your creative studio feels like it is right out of the 40's or early 50's. I am in awe at all the vintagey stuff you have. I love anything past 1970, but I am particularly drawn to pre- 40's. anyway thanks for the tour. It has taken me so long to get around to everyone's blog post.

quiltjude said...

What a great space you have for sewing, makes me want to have a tidy up and re-organise. Thanks for sharing :)

NanE said...

Your studio is so cute, I really enjoyed looking at all of your vintage goodies! Thank you for always sharing such sweet vintage images too!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

I like the tool box idea .