Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finally getting my act together ~

I guess it's about time!!
It took my parent's coming to visit for me to get myself in gear ~
Isn't that funny how having someone over really motivates you?
You're probably getting sick of seeing photos of me trying to get
this studio put back together.

And you have to realize,
it's like cramming 20 lbs in a 10 lb bag!

My wall of wonderful gifts from sweet blog friends ~

And as I lower my camera...you can see I still have a few more things to put away :)

Much love from your friendly neighborhood hoarder....
Have a wonderful Tuesday dear friends,
hugs and love,


Blessed Serendipity said...

I love your cozy art studio. You have made every square inch count.


Gail said...

It may not help you to hear this but I truly believe that when we have less space we make the most of it. When you first posted about having a converted garage as a workroom I thought that sounded fabulous...but if I had that much room...whoa....look out. I'd have so much stuff that I wouldn't know what to do with it all. Now mind you, I'm just talking about myself and the way I buy....it's a personal problem :). Having a smaller space forces you to "purge" every now and again to make room for what you really need.
Your new space looks so inviting....have fun with it!

Sonya Badgley said...

Hi Dawn,
You certainly did fit it all in there! You did great. I'm coveting all your fabric! I would love to have all that for my collages! ;) I use to have a 9x9 room and then we moved and I now have a 18 1/2x 17! I'm in heaven. I didn't think I could fill it... but I did! Just having a craftroom big or little is a blessing to me.
Enjoy your new space.

Anonymous said...

Another amazing studio!! I am so trying not to be envious!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dawn,your new studio is beautiful.Love the curtains. You did a wonderful job.
Enjoy your new studio.
Have a lovely day.

The French Bear said...

Dawn, it all looks so inviting and very interesting.....I love all the goodies tucked here and there!!! You have a lot of fabulousness!!!!
Margaret B

Tina said...

Love your studio Dawn - never tired of seing all your beautiful stuff. Love your pocket wall door hanger - what a great idea.
xo Tina

Lisa said...

You did good girl. I'm not getting sick of it, I could look at cool stuff forever! The top picture is awesome. Look at those curtains!!! Oh I wish they hadn't fit the new house. LOL Your knack for display is top notch, you know that right? I had to zoom each photo & snook. But I really wanna go thru each of those little drawers on the bookcases & see whats' inside. Lisa
PS I know what you mean about having company lite a fire under your booty. I got the same deal going on here, in about 3 weeks!!

Lisa said...

You'd make a wonderful, shabby chic interior designer!
I can't keep my fabric folded neatly like that except when I first organize!
Love those drapes in the first photo!

Theresa said...

If you want me to, I will come over and remove the extra stuff so you don't have to put it away:) hehe Uh, like I have room for it! All of that beutifulness in your studio, WOW! Love the storage drawers and cubbies! Enjoy your day and don't work too hard! HUGS!

Vee said...

You must be an incredibly gifted packer. You've tucked in so many delights that I can't imagine where the other ten pounds went. ;D It's looking great...

Primitive Seasons said...

Dawn you did an admirable job of cramming 3 rooms worth into one and it's all so tidy! You have such lovely things you can't help but be inspired. I covet and envy your dress form with the wooden ball knob on top, I believe by Baumann? I've been watching ebay but they are soooo expensive, like $350. Do you ever see them in your junking expeditions? I have wanted one for years but no luck so far. Great job girl!


Joy Lett said...

Dawn- I love the curtains too. Did you ever tell us about them? Also I noticed you had plenty of "p" pots (I didn't say the word) left. LOL

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh my gosh you have so much wonderful inspiration objects... You certainly have many options to be creative with.I know you have made your new place to dwell a charming , lovely home... I love the curtains... Are they featured in Jeanne d Ark ?Everything is so lovely... I can't wait to see what you do for Christmas.... I most likely would have went right into Christmas decorating for lack of energy to do both in such a short time frame... It is always fun to place things in new surroundings however... Blessings....

Claudia said...

Oh Dawn, I could look at photos of your lovely studio all day long! It looks like you've settled in beautifully.


Blessings from Cindy said...

You have a beautiful creative space. I have a small room myself, but it isn't pretty like yours. I wish I could see it in person and *touch*! LOL! I particularly love your jars. I just started collecting pretty jars & been filling them as I have time. When you have a minute would you stop by my blog & get me your expert opinion on my new finished items for my craft show? You had posted on my blog in June about my spoons with nests and now they are finished, as well as some bottle brush trees. They are in the current two posts. Thanks! :-)

Dorthe said...

Sweet dear Dawn,
Just so many and wonderfull things to look at,
your curtain looks fantastic,I love how all is organized and put to rest in beautifull containers,--do I spot an angel I made? and the collection of friends gifts, looks great on your door, sweetie.You can very soon, enjoy,and create here in your beautifull world.
Love and hugs, dear friend.

madrekarin said...

There is nothing like the impending visit of the parental units to get one motivated! It looks absolutely beautiful! Your mom and dad will love it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks like you're in business, Dawn! Is that large glass jar filled with your lovely egg soaps? Love the way that looks! I think that even if someone was coming to visit, I'd rush to cram it away somewhere rather than doing it right. : ) But that's just me and my mood at this age. Of course, we always used to take on house projects right before a holiday or event at our house and then we HAD TO get it done.

Anne Lorys said...

Looking GOOD, Dawn! :-)

Tanya said...

Dawn, I'm in.sane about those burlap curtains. How? Where? Your studio looks fabulous and I know it took a lot of work because I'm in the middle of doing my own. My in-laws are coming for Christmas. Must.get.act.together!

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Good Morning Dawn!
It Looks Great!! What a Wonderful Space to Nurture your Creativity! The Finish is in View!!!
Have a Wonderful Day Dawn!

Simply Shelley said...

Hi Dawn,I had such a good time seeing your space...you have decorated it so sweet...of course,my eyes went to all your precious dolly things and the teddies too....you have such a flair for displaying...I can just imagine the fun you had doing it...but,do know what a job it can be as well. I pray you and your family will be very happy in your new home.....blessings

The Star Gal said...


Can't wait to see what you create next!

Lululiz said...

It is perfect, full of the most amazing treasures, beautifully displayed, and I so want to live in it! You have done a fantastic job of getting everything in there and making it all feel so, well, cosy and lived in and utterly charming.

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Dawn - I love looking at your studio, especially the dress forms. They make it come to life.

big hugs

The Painted Nest said...

Hi My Sweet Friend!!!!~~~I LOVE your new Home!!!!~~~I'll give you a call soon, I have sooooo much to tell you!!!~~~Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of your lovely home!!~~Hugs and sweet blessings always, Deborah

Sandy said...

Love it! So much inspiration, it simply abounds. I want to grow up to be a hoarder like you - you have fantastic taste.

Blue Creek Home said...

I am totally impressed!!!
It's girls like you (organized!)who make girls like me (not so much!) look bad!!!!
Maybe this will serve to motivate me to straighten my work area...

Nah! ;}

Love your studio!

June said...

And this Dawn, is the reason I worship at your feet, sweetie. I can't get over the beauty of it all!!!
The colors are so Rose Hicks and Carol Bolton. I am in awe of your style.
I definitely think this will pass your parents expectations for sure.

Carole said...

Are you kidding I could never tire of your room...as a matter of fact I'd like to live there.
I just need a small shelf...ok a big shelf!

Vicki said...

Look at all those precious things! Lots of inspiration there! Let's make something! lol

Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

Vicki Boster said...

Yep - you did it my friend - and it looks amazing. These photos are book worthy - just beautiful - I could just play in that room all day! Enjoy your new studio!


Unknown said...

Hey, if you gotta be a hoarder, at least you hoard gorgeous things! :) If you decide to become a recovering hoarder, just box up some of those beautiful things and send them my way. Seriously, thanks for all of the beautiful eye candy. Your studio is looking wonderful.

Anji Johnston said...

I think its coming along very well! You have such beautiful things Dawn so take your time and make sure all of them have pride of place. Have a lovely week!

Barbara Jean said...

Love it all!!!

Thanks for sweet pics on today's post too.


barbara jean

Journal Swag said...

Ooooooooooooooo! Loving it!


Shari Valicenti said...

Dawn, The studio looks wonderful. It has been fun watching your progress. Isn't something how certain jobs just hang over your head until they are accomplished and then you feel soooo good. You motivated me to do some re-organizing in mine.

Anonymous said...

I KNEW it would look this wonderful!!! And thank you for the lovely pictures in the post above this one, Dawn.
Wish I could visit! In real life!

Deb said...

Your studio is absolutely gorgeous Dawn!!

marie said...

Your studio is looking fabulous! Love the window treatment and your color palette is beautiful!
It's such fun to (click on and) investigate every tiny corner....your space is such an amazing assortment of inspiration to all of us. '
Thank you for taking the time to share the journey with us! I know I never grow tired of "traveling" with you!

Thanks for the sweet images today as well! So Sweet!

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!!!! You are just having too much fun!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

I am pretty much sitting here in awe at your amazing things and how awesome they all look ~
You did good !!


Marcie Rhys said...

Love the over-the-door bag. It looks like Christmas morning feels.

There is one more way you could squeeze a bit more out of your space, but I hesitate to tell you so late in the process. You can have more wall area instantly by removing all the doors and windows from the room. This, I think, is a clever solution, but it hasn't proven to be very popular. (You could argue that your parents would not know if you had straightened up, or not!)

You are doing marvelously well. You have just moved after all. Are your creative juices ready to pop after all the handling of goodies? It is the best pay off for putting away one's toys.


QueenBe said...

Dawn you are so fortunate to have such an inspiring studio! You must love to go in there and have the ideas pour in! It gives me a few ideas for the studio I am working on in my head, lol. Oneday.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Your new studio is beautiful, dear Dawn! There are so many treasures in each and ever corner to look at and/or to play with. It's very inspiring.
Big HUGS to you,

Boxwood Cottage said...

Geez Dawn this is such a gorgeous dream studio full of inspiration that you created in your beautiful new home!!!
I like it much better than the old one from your pictures. Must be the cosyness of it! Great job! I want to redo my studio at once seeing your photos!
Sending you my best wishes from Germany
Carola xoxo~

aimee said...

i find thats when i get things done too :) your studio is amazing!

Phyllis said...

Hi Dawn,
The last time I visited, you had just started unpacking. Your new studio looks great. And it will probably be better than your other one because you won't have so much stuff around you to look at - less distracting, you know?


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