The lovely Karen Valentine who designed my blog hosts a fun annual party at My Desert Cottage where bloggers can show where they create things. This year I thought I'd take part so I perused some of the participants from last year. Wow, I have to say I am envious of where some of these people do their crafts, sew, quilt and lots of other things. Oh well, my space is my own and I can still create even if it isn't a spectacular area.
There are two places where I create, the first being my gardening side and office where I write a weekly gardening column and an article for our local magazine; oh yes, and a couple of garden club newsletters. This used to be #2 daughter's bedroom and when she moved out, my desk moved in!
The work desk with a few of the ceramic animals I made years ago to keep me company.
A little pair of wellies hold my pens and scissors.
This bookcase holds most of my resource books. Disregard the bag of pretzels behind some books on the top shelf - out of sight and out of mind for our dog who usually lays in the room with me while I work.
More books, labels and paper on this bookshelf.
A swag I crafted from willow and wildflowers and adorned with pretty ribbons hangs over a bird identification chart.
Now I can show you where I do crafts and it's just an area in the basement that's not finished. As mentioned above, I used to paint ceramics and still do the odd thing as well as some tole painting.
Ceramic paint bottles.
Spray paint cans, mostly Krylon for painting garden yard art and anything that chips. I know many of you like the chippy look, but what I can I say, I sand and paint them over. :-)
A box with silk flowers and other stuff. I went through a period of decorating straw hats and each bedroom door has one hanging on it.
My latest craft endeavour is making my own cards. I attend, when I can a Stampin' Up workshop twice a month to learn techniques and the nice part about it is, we're all about the same age. Except the pretty 30 something instructor but she feels at home with us grannies.
Heat embossing material.
Ink and punches. I'm slowly building up equipment but this is not a cheap hobby. Michael's has a 40% off coupon in the paper each week and I use it if I need something.
Other toys. Yes, that is a label machine and I know how to use it very well. (Just call me Martha.)
Lots of boxes and containers for organizing things.
The chair I sit on is very special to me. It used to have black paint and varnish on it but hubby stripped it down and made it look much nicer. My great grandfather had a set of these chairs on his farm and when he passed away, each grandson received one. My dad always kept his around for a spare when company was over and when he passed on, I inherited it. It's well made and comfy.
I suppose you would like to see some of the cards I've been making? These are a few, I've already sent many to family and friends for different occasions.
I hoped you enjoyed my two creative spaces and will visit the others over the next couple of weeks.
Believe me, you'll find some great ideas and inspiration.