Thursday, July 14, 2011

where bloggers create 2011

I really love my teeny, tiny room full of all sorts of collections...bits and bobbles, old wallpaper, antique books...well...all of the photos get larger if you click on them, to see better close up...and,
I have to admit, some of my photos are very strategic...
cuz you know the minute you get the camera out, and are seriously taking pictures, your cat has a hairball...
I did not take a photo of it...
so...
I have a vintage business at 2 antique malls here in Portland.

I love love old books...and all sorts of bits and baubles...

drawers are filled with old hardware, decorative wood pieces, crystals...(a few stray toys and coins...)




old ledgers are a favorite of mine...they seem to hold such mysteries of past lives...one day a page or two will end up in a decoupage project...

I have been creating paper flowers out of my vintage paper ...falling apart books...sheet music...you name it, if it was old...then I probably created a flower out of it...

one never knows when one will need old ribbon or lace...

lately I have been trying my hand at shadow boxes...







I am finding that all of the little bitty treasures that I have been collecting since I was 5 are really coming in handy for the shadowboxes that I love to fill...

I am really enjoying going through all of my jars, to fill up the little tiny cubbies in these type drawers...I am seeing things that I really haven't touched for years!


this is a current project that I am working on...filling all the tiny little cubbies is challenging...but oh so fun!

I hope you enjoyed a peek in to my packed studio...it was really fun to do this!
I am looking forward to checking out everyone else...
Happy browsing!

71 comments:

Gail said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!! I can't even stand how cute and pulled together your new studio looks...I'm beyond proud of you! I know it's no easy feat for people like us (who like a little bit of everything) to try to contain it and make it look organized!
But yours really does....can't wait to get up to Portland to play in your studio...:).

Char said...

Your space is lovely and I would like to run my hands through everything!! I am in love with the wooden chest that has all the little drawers. I could have some fun packing it up with goodies.
Thank you so much for sharing with us, I loved it, Char

earthypawscreatures said...

I love your book collection you showed! So pretty! Your space is wonderful :) So much vintage eye candy :D Thank you fr sharing!

~Alli

marie said...

I love your space! The bookcase is amazing ~ and the clothespin hanging next to it is so cute!

We share a love of cubbies...it's such fun to fill them up. And that chest of drawers is awesome.

Have fun creating in you special place!!

Beth said...

Such fun stuff to look at! Thanks for sharing your space, and your creativity. I love old ledgers, too. What an interesting interest, huh? Happy creating.

Holly Loves Art said...

I love your creative space! My favorite is your incredible bookshelf just jam-packed with... books of course! Love the vibe!
Thanks for sharing.
Holly

Andy's Attic said...

You really do have a special little place there!! I love the look of it and all the cubbies and drawers that need to be filled. the book case looks super. I want to get my space fixed up, now.
Annette

Tina said...

wowzers - super cool studio space...thanks for sharing love all the cool old stuff!

Vintage Station said...

I LOVE your wee little room (and house) they are so beautifully decorated...You have such interesting stuff!

Something Special said...

Oh, I love your studio very much. I love how you have displayed all your little treasures, and it all looks so organized. So happy to have found your blog, as I think we have much in common.

Nook & Cranny said...

I love your header picture. I love old books, too.
Love the old wooden chest.
Thanks for sharing your space.
Michele

Rebecca said...

You studio is fabulous my friend. Everything you can ever need and more is at your fingertips. Wow. LOVE IT ALL!

Blessings~

Rebecca

Halle said...

Love all the old stuff you've collected! Thanks for sharing...

Jan E O said...

Wow, great collection of oddities. I like the glass jars. I put my stuff in old tins, but then have to label each of them. Jars makes way more sense. Thanks for sharing and now I know what to do with all those old jars I collect. The tins will eventually get cut up for jewelry so slowly I will change it up to jars. Great art, great space.

Junk Fairy said...

I'm loving all your vintage goodness!
All the cubbies are great and the ledgers??? Priceless!!!
XO

apinkdreamer said...

what an amazing creative place!!!
i love your old books!

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slowlaneblog said...

Heaven's it's Aladdin's Cave!!! That is the sort of space I could spend hour if not day's in....lovely just lovely

Lori said...

Wow--your room is a treasure trove of fun! Every nook and crannie is filled with some little bauble. And those books! I'd love to get my hands on them. I just LOVE vintage books. Thanks for sharing your wonderful space.

Anne said...

I love your studio. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!

Karen Valentine said...

Melanie it looks like there are enough supplies there to keep you
very happy for a long time! It looks like so much to hang out there! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!
xo,
Karen

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Melanie,
I so enjoyed my visit to your wonderful creative space. Everything is organized and right where you need it. I adore the old books. What treasures.
Happy Creating.
XO Celestina Marie

bertie said...

I love all the nooks and crannies filled with treasures! love the chest with all the trimmings...thanks for sharing and hope to see you over at my studio...I have crammed an obscene ammount of treasures into my little space!
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a treasure trove you have here, Melanie! I could spend a whole day just looking at everything you have here. So much inspiration and good memories are what I am getting from this room.

Claudia said...

What a wonderful space! So many things to look at and play with! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Pretty Things said...

Soooo loving your space and audible gasps at the BOOKS! I hoard books. Love them, rescue them, adore them.


I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

Love, Love, Love that vintage look! Fabulous space.

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

I LOVE, LOVE your studio!! It's just filled with treasures that I adore!!! Oh the fun I could have there!
The neat drawer chest, fun bits and bobs...just too cool!
Warmly,
deb :)

La Doña Jenny said...

What a neat collection of goodies. You never know when they will come in handy. It does not seem like a small space at all because you have organized so well. Take care.

jenny

kluless said...

I love all your fun little treasures and allways so nice to meet another Portland blogger. Thank you for sharing!

Creative Grammie said...

I love vintage shelves, furniture with lots of drawers and printers' boxes; they have such charm to them. My guess is, you thoroughly enjoy yourself when you're in your work space, I know I would, it's gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing it, I enjoyed myself.

Sara said...

its wonderful. I live in portland to. Portland Dorset UK. I love the design on the door. That is fab. Hugs Sara

Vicki said...

You have some fabulous storage pieces. I love all your old books and ledgers too. This looks like a really fun place to play with all kinds of hidden treasures!

Rebecca said...

Your studio is fabulous, I love all the ledgers piled up and just about everything else I see. What a fun and inspiring place to work. Thanks so much for the tour
Many blessings today
Rebecca

Twyla and Lindsey said...

All your collections are wonderful and your space so inspirational! Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

T's Daily Treasures said...

Love the vintage vibe! And the use of all those little bits and bobs in the shadowboxes is wonderful! Have fun creating! Best wishes, Tammy

Geralyn Gray said...

Your favorite things are all of my favorite things too....love how you put it all together in some great displays!!!!

Deborah said...

What a lovely space. I loved visiting and had to blow up your pictures for a better look. I got lost wondering around your blog and had to bookmark you to come back later. Love those little metal shaded lamps you found.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Loving that Huge bookcase, certainly filled with Your Favorite things, lots of great space for supplies & inspirational items... Thanks for Sharing.
Cheryl

Terri said...

Yummy....chocked full of all sorts of creative treasures! Some serious eye candy. TFS your creative space.

stefanie said...

oh, I am in love with all your gorgeous storage pieces!!!!!

Debbie said...

It looks like you have a place for everything and everything is in its place, great space.
Debbie
mybrowneyedgirldesigns
xoxo

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

Your space is awesome! So many yummies and they're displayed, kept and organized well. Wish I could come over and play!

Rochelle said...

Your space is so great! I would love to rifle through some of your treasures!
Cheers
Rochelle

Terry said...

You are so organized! Thank you for sharing your beautiful space.

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

You have created a wonderful space to create in ~ wonderful treasures to see, so inspiring :) Thank you for sharing where you create with us all :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

WindandHoney said...

What a rich, wonderful, inspiring space you have! And I love your camel! I love the rich homey feel that your space emits.
Elizabeth

Sherry said...

It is so fun to see all of the things people collect and use in their creating. Have a wonderful time creating in your inspiring space.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

LOVED seeing all the cuteness at your studio... especially your little treasures....so sweetly displayed.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Gabriela said...

Great looking at your studio!

Christine Marie Studio said...

Hi from Portland, were you on Fremont at one point? I love your stuff and your work area looks like I could just sit down and get busy! I love it!

Christine

Kim -Truly Tattered said...

We share a love of paper flowers! Stop by our post to see.....Love the drawers you have and the little bits and bobs are always so fun to look at. Thanks for sharing!
Kim

dogsmom said...

First I have to say how much I LOVE your header. I could stare at that for hours, unless I could reach in and touch things. Second, like me, why do we need so many partially used bottles of Elmer's glue? What is the attraction?
You know I want to visit your booths, and strike up a conversation and maybe arrange a playdate. Um, I mean crafting session. Or go treasure hunting together.
Thank you for sharing.

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful space! I love all of the detail.

- The Tablescaper

Renee said...

I love your room. Love that bookcase and the books and ledgers. Great space.

Renee said...

I love your room. Love that bookcase and the books and ledgers. Great space.

Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Melanie,

What a wonderful creative space you have. I love the bookcase...I know you enjoy having a place to put all of your found treasures. I've enjoyed my visit with you and would love to have you pop in for a visit to me!

Pink Sparkles,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥
Queen of Dreamsz

Miss Sandy said...

I adore all those cubbies and collectibles! So much fun and inspiration to create from. I love that old brown shoe! Thank you for sharing!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

That bookshelf plum full of interesting things is enough to stop me in my tracks! What a wonderful creative space you have. Just fabby!! *smiles* Norma

Valery said...

Love your space. The old books and the vintage wooden storage cabinet are great!

~CC Catherine said...

What a delightful space you've created for yourself. I love the room and all the special touches. I particularly love the form with the pink Jest Style designed fabric. Very lovely, indeed! ;)

Maggie said...

You have TREASURES packed in your wonderful studio! So sorry I couldn't make it to your garage sale a few weeks ago (you were nice enough to email me your address, but I couldn't get over there that evening)--I would have loved pawing through your stuff!

maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Your studio IS packed - but really interesting and inspiring. I'm a little late with my visits - but am making progress. Love your stuff! And thanks for not publishing a photo of the hairball!
Love, Linda

. said...

I really enjoyed touring your studio, so happy you shared that with us. Im also a huge fan of old books, and old things... There is nothing like finding an old ledger or book and look trhough them and find old treasures within them. And I like all the old storage units you have with all different drawers and containers. Wonderful space!!!

Mari

Donna said...

Love your craft room!!!Wow look at all those pretty hat boxes!!!

Sue at Serendipity said...

Sigh.........I love it all!

Tamatha said...

You have so many great treasures! It looks like you have a lot of fun in your studio! Thanks for sharing...Tamatha

Cheryl De Beer said...

I am re-visiting the list, I think because I was in such a hurry to see as much as possible last time round I may have missed adding a few comments, but I was sure I had left a comment on your site.. I just love the dress forms and your old books, ohh to die for. I am so impressed with your space.

Rita Barakat said...

Love love love all the vintage items in your spae! I am inspired to create just peeking in here!

The Greeley Girls said...

We absolutely love the idea of your blog. I am forever making albums of my favorite things! Your blog might be a new 'favorite thing' of ours! XO

lovelinest.org said...

Great space! You have all the things I love and I adore those shadow boxes! Thanks so much for sharing!

fatmi said...

I like this blog very much you have organized all those little things in a fine and attached to the eyes manner.

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