Thursday, May 24, 2012

Batons and Fanfare


This all started a few weeks ago when I went looking for my summer fan. The cute vintage one with the unmistakable jadeite color. Where did I put it to store for the winter? After multiple boxes and a few four letter words I came across my baton from pep squad. My mother was THE majorette...she wanted me to put my books down and be more of a social butterfly. She offered me up to the football pep squad and firmly planted a baton in my hand......I have no coordination and subsequently no rhythm but I still have that baton!


I can retire to my studio for more than a few moments...to admire the new memo boards I purchased from Magpie Ethel.


Some deep cleaning and yet more movements have me finally singing sweet tunes again.


The shelves remain my daily highlight and favorite storage solution.


French doors have been a blessing and a curse. They take up so much room on one wall I have finally decided to put a small shelf in front of one of them. Yes, I do think I am collecting shelves as well.


Sigh...I could sit in here for hours. Never growing tired of a thing. It is a room of all my favorites.


Although I am completely taken with most of the room...this cupboard has given me fits. I adore the top but that bottom has been a complete crafting fail. Painted white, it disappeared on the wall. Now this pink it clashes with everything. The wall paper fronts are a temporary fix. I am now ignoring it until I get another can of paint and some energy.


I found the fan in the blue hamper...the last place I looked. It still has a strand of thread on it from last summer...the baton has returned to its storage box. As I turned off the lights in the family room a few nights ago I smiled. Headstrong and accomplished I thought as I ran my hand over the binding of all my beloved books. The ones that aren't hidden in storage but on display like a beautiful butterfly.  A battle I clearly won.

25 comments:

Debby said...

I am in love with with your crafting room. So nice.
I was a majorette as well. I have my baton as well. It was given to me by a teacher that talked me into taking lessons from her and to try out. I think she felt bad that I never made it past alternate to be a cheerleader (not too coordinated). She also wanted some one new to be a majorette.

Kim K. said...

Each time I discover something new. Welcome to summer. Enjoy your precious time in your precious room.

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

I LOVE your craft room too! It's so happy! I love "seeing" your treasures! I'm tweaking mine...just isn't working for me as I thought it would..
Warmly,
deb

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love peeking at all of your pretties on your shelves! I always want to look a little closer though and see each and every treasure! Your room is a dream room!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I love looking at your craft room. Makes me want to pull everything out of mine and rearrange it. (that long shelf on the wall is awesome). But ALAS if I pulled everything out of mine it would take me weeks to sort it all out. The boards look super on the wall and the colors work perfectly. Headed back to the post to take one more look at it all....

vintage grey said...

Ooh, Renee can I please move in!! I promise to not make too much noise or thread mess!! Haha!! I could be in there for hours, too! What a gorgeous and inspirational studio you have created! I could probably be in there just admiring all your sweet treasures for hours, too, and let's talk about that fan!! So cool!! Have a lovely night sweet friend!! xo Heather

Corey Moortgat said...

I just love your wall of shelves! I really need to do something like that. I can tell it would give me so much more storage than I've currently got... And the perfect space to display dollhouses, right?

GardenofDaisies said...

These pictures make me want to play... with all your doll houses and toys and fabrics and pretty things. LOVE it! :-) I bet you were a great majorette! My big sister took baton lessons for a while when we was little. (I learned how to twirl by watching her.) She was so cute in her little blue and gold outfit, marching in the parades, with her front teeth missing. (because she was 6/7, not because the baton knocked them out.) But then we moved and that ended that. The school (overseas) that we went to there didn't have a band or a majorette anyway.

GardenofDaisies said...

"She was little" not "we was little". I need the spellcheck police to look over my comments before I hit publish.

Amy Burzese said...

Your room is beautiful! You must love working there. Or, I should say playing there.

Perfectly Printed said...

Your shelves are the best!! You could collect worse things! They are so fun to look at. I understand loving your crafting room... I love mine too. My husband says I have more square footage!!!

chris

busymartha said...

I could spend each and every day in your craft room and never tire of it's beauty! Your vintage items are so inspiring! I was also a twirler, still have my baton, but over the years the ends have disintegrated with my girls tossing it around. I'll have to find some replacements for it, a cherished item!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

My heart skipped a beat when I saw your shelves! I live everything on them...all those wonderful vintage tins! Your studio is seriously the most charming place. How about red for the cabinet bottom half? I like wallpaper fronts :)
Your blue/green fan is just the best! You are my vintage hero!!!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

Sorry about the typos here...

Kathy said...

Oh Renee, I am so glad you are having time to spend in your "happy place"! Savor the moments.

delia hornbook said...

Oh WOW what a gorgeous space and room. I love everything about it no wonder you create so many beautiful designs. Love your shelfs and all your vintage tins etc. Have you painted your cupboard a pale yellow yet? i think that would look lovely against the blue and the pinks in your room. dee xx

becktovintage said...

OO oo I am your new friend.:) I found your very beautiful blog and I will keep following your blog.. I like your style and home decorationvery much.. All best sunny days...

Amy Jo said...

Your craft room is sooo adorable! I especially love your corner cabinet with the old vintage print on it... I don't think I would ever want to leave this room.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Mrs.T said...

Your craft room is beautiful. I could linger there for a long time just looking at all the details. Love those vintage hankies strung just below the ceiling. Nice way to display them! I think that "problem" cabinet would look nice in all blue, or, as someone suggested above, in soft yellow.

Love your blog!

craftyles said...

I always wanted to be a twirler! I could stare at your craftroom shelves for hours. I can see why you love it so much. It looks like a wonderful place to be creative! Glad you found the fan!

Sewn With Grace said...

I'm swooning on my end. I would never come out of there either. Your vintage treasures collection is amazing. You have such good taste. Wish I could go shopping with you!

Ann Marie Dahl said...

Hi Renee, I'm a new follower - I found you through Busy Martha's blog and your tip on how to find vintage sewing pattern images, thank you again!! - and now I'm a huge fan of yours as well! I love the pieces you sew and your room is absolutely magical!! I don't know how you ever leave! LOL.
I look forward to visiting your blog often :)
{{{Hugs}}} Ann Marie

Lois' Laughlines said...

I love your shelves full of fun vintage things. The vintage scarves across the room,, adorable.
blessings to you.

donna said...

Renee your room is so cute. I just adore it. What a beautiful place to create.
Hugs
donna

Creative Breathing said...

I don't know how I possibly missed this post! OH MY Gosh is your makeover studio ever wonderful. I'd be afraid I go in and never want to come out. You are so inspirational to me in the way you combine color. This was such a treat today to visit this special place.
Elizabeth