Thursday, July 12, 2012

WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE ~ 2012

After several years of lurking and being wildly inspired, I’ve finally gathered my courage and decided to share in the fun!
WBC is a yearly event, hosted by Karen Valentine at
 My Desert Cottage
Karen generously puts together this blog party so that bloggers can share their creative spaces.  I hope you enjoy touring my craft room; seeing some of the art I've created, and the things that inspire me.

When you are done, you can hop over to Karen's site where there is a list of other bloggers participating in the event. 

Get yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and come climb the stairs to my Sea Gypsy’s Nest with me...


The Nest is an approx. 325 Sq. Ft. (30.2 Sqm) bonus room over the garage ~ there is a half bath, almost more storage space than I know what to do with, and a large west facing window that gives me a great view our colorful sunsets.

Click on pix to enlarge...


Greeting you at the top of the stairs is Morgan, my 3 ft. tall Unicorn gatekeeper!

Above Morgan is a Tim Holtz Printer's Tray I started last fall and finished early this spring... it reflects my love of all things oceanic...
The next 2 pix are just quick overviews of the western end of the room...

Immediately to the left after the stairs is the entrance to the half bath ~ I'm not showing that, as I have yet to repaint over it's pukey brown color! You'll just have to wait till next year to see it  :)

Off the half bath is a 6 x 7 closet ~ the husband built me the awesome shelving, and will be putting me up some peg board on that back wall. You can see I still have lots of room for more stash!!!

Coming back out of the half bath, I'll take you for the rest of the Grand Tour going counter clockwise...
This is a regular bedroom-type closet; since it is very close to my main work area, it is great for all the things I use the most frequently, and for some treasured possession ~ my original "Peanuts" lunch box (circa 4th grade), some of my Hummel pieces and a small sign a friend made for me...
A dioramic music box from Germany circa 1965 ~ it still plays the original tune!
A side desk from Scrap'n'Cube ~ I LOVE their products! They are sturdy, indestructible, beautiful, customizable and worth every single penny!
Oh ~ and yes ~ I AM a Pooh fanatic!!
My first cuff bracelet ~ I can't wait to work on another one!!
Then we're around a corner into a little niche ~ the Life magazine is from the day I was born; the chalk drawing is me, age 9, done at Disneyland.
Within the niche ~ my rosewood desk, early needlepoints, and Florence NightenBear ~ a gift from hubby when I graduated from nursing school!
One of my proudest achievements... my "Fruit of the Loom" award from high school graduation ~ long story, but lets just say my best friend and I RAWKED boy's pastel boxers!!!
The top of the TV cabinet holds treasured childhood and nursing career memories ~ and my baby shoes!!
My wire dress model, swathed in velvet and lace scarfs...
Um... it's not really crooked on my wall! The print is something I found in one of the antique medical books I collect; the signed picture of the nurse was found in a junk shoppe.
Hummels, shells, ceramics and a mini astrolabe...
Please meet Sammy the Snake ~ he has been with me since about 1968. He and Oscar the Otter have become fast friends...

My area to relax ~ I want to get a nice, cushy sofa bed to put here for guests...

The smaller storage closet ~again, the husband put me in some nice shelving ~
See ~ I TOLD you I was a Pooh fan! All three pieces of the blue child's furniture were bought by my folks for me when we were in Germany the second time (c. 1965). I love the way they remind me of where I was born!

These next 3 areas are "craft central" for me...more of the Scrap 'n' Cube furniture, travel & ocean treasures, and things that never fail to make me smile! I especially love the pull-out file drawers (first picture) that are made to hold 12 x 12 papers...


You can see my paint samples on the far wall above... I want the room colors to remind me of a misty morning on the central California coast.

So there it is ~ my Sea Gypsy's Nest. Thank you for stopping by ~ it was lovely to have you here!

And don't forget to check out all the other great spaces in the 2012 Where Bloggers Create Event!


59 comments:

Lo said...

Bobbie, dear......with my poor vision I cannot see the lovely photos you posted and I can't seem to read your narrative since it appears to me to be all "x"'s. Sigh.

I still love you and will be back.

ddcdragonfly said...

Wow! Looks like you have settled right in. Awesome pics and fun to look at. Enjoy your time up there!
Robin

mollie said...

I was so blown away that I made too many typos in my first comment, hence the deletion.
I've never enjoyed a guided tour so much in my life! It's all splendidly wonderful my dear friend. Thank you for having me <3

Kylie said...

bobbie, it's looking more and more gorgeous every time I see it!!! What an amazing space you (and the husband) have created for you to craft in. I love that you have so many of your life's memories in the room with you. It makes me nostalgic.

Maureen said...

What a wonderful huge space! Love the color and of course all the Winnie things.... He is close to my heart to, as I live in Winnipeg, the city he is named after!

I too, think the pieces you still have from childhood are especially awesome!

Heather Graham said...

Oh, how pretty! I enjoyed looking at your room, but I am in LOVE with the printer's tray that you make.... it's wonderful! I am now going to have to find one to do.... :) Would love for you to visit sometime!

-Heather
http://stringtownhome.blogspot.com

Katie said...

love all of your space and keepsakes! especially pooh and bear nightengale... :D

-Spazz

Mary Ellen said...

Great space you have created for yourself! It's been so fun seeing all the different spaces this year!

I finally have a little space for moi and would love for you to drop by and see it if you have time!

bee blessed
mary

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Thanks for sharing your creative work space...It looks like a lovely escape from the hectic world...a place where you can enter and play to your hearts content!

Feel free to visit with me too...this blog party has been quite inspirational!


ciao bella
creative carmelina

Kathy said...

This is a marvelous and HUGE space you lucky ducky! Thank you for sharing your tour.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

You have a nice big creative space. Wonderful! Love how you decorated the printer's tray and I can tell by your paint samples that you definitely love the ocean blues. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Bonnie said...

Bobbie, your room is such a fabulous space for creating, and a true reflection of your life and loves!

craftyles said...

I love that your space is filled with things you love and mean something to you. Love all the shelving and storage. Mostly I love the little drawing of you from Disneyland. What a nice touch to add!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Awesome creative Space ♥
*hugs*deb

My Little Corner said...

Wow, to have all that space and those closets!!! You are blessed. Enjoyed the tour, thanks for sharing.

Leanne said...

love your space it's so restful! thank you for sharing! can't wait to see what it looks like next year all painted in those dreamy blues!

Karen Valentine said...

Bobbie I am sooo glad you joined the party this year!!! Your space is so large and filled with all the things you love!! It's perfect and I thank you for sharing it with all of us. :)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your nest is a great space! Love all the room and storage space you have.

Sandy said...

What a wonderful creative space you have, I am totally jealous of all that closet space! I love all the personal touches you have the remind you of family and fun things from childhood. The pastel drawing of you is so sweet! Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my gosh, what a huge space you've got, Bobbie! How wonderful that you can move about and have so much room. Love all the natural light that you get in here. Great closet and so much space for storing and organizing supplies and/or your favorite pieces. Thanks for the tour!

Geralyn Gray said...

Aren't you lucky to have all that room and all the shelves to put all of your things on. Love the beachy items especially. We used to live closer to the beach.....after we moved all I want to do is decorate with shells and sea glass!!!!! Enjoy your space and it is so nice when you can include items from high school and your favorite stuffed animals......love pooh too!

Nook and Cranny said...

What a fantastic space you have, the size is amazing...
I noticed in your artist tray (all things you love) is Jonni Depp, WELL, maybe you love him but I think I love him more!! LOL ;)
Thanks for sharing your amazing space.
Michele

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is lovely what a great space, thanks for sharing, Hazelxo

A China Cupcake said...

Tour studio is amazing . you have room to keep all your Cleve finds and keepsakes . It is like a three dimensional pinterest . I love your altered art especially your bottles
in all colors . Do you have a sight where you sell your mixed media artwork ? I love everything !!! Pat Beglin

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous SPACE - all that room -- oh how wonderful TFS

CATHY said...

what fun to see where you create! Such a large lovely space. And oh that storage closet....would love to have that. Glad you joined the party this year!

StasaLynn said...

Great space! Very inviting and I can tell that you must get lots and lots of creative artwork out of that space. Thank you for sharing and I will be back soon.

Stacey

Helena White said...

The first thing that struck me was how much space you have ~ I love how you have surrounded yourself with the things that you love ~ I do the same ~ Enjoy!


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TopazPearleGirl said...

Wonderful creative space Bobbie, it's really come a long way since your move. I can't wait to see what a difference it's going to make once you choose a wall color. I love all of the personal touches throughout the whole space.

marie said...

What a wonderful space. So bright and full of great storage. It's such a beautiful place to create!

Something Special said...

Isn't great when we women can have our very own special places to go and create in. Yours looks very well organized and just perfect for creating!

Lori said...

You have a wonderful room for creating. I hope you enjoy many more years among your treasures and memories.

Denise said...

What a wonderful space! And so neat and well thought out. I wish I could say the same.:) Thanks so much for stopping by. We are super excited about our barn!
Denise

Maureen Hayes said...

I happen to adore all things Winnie the Pooh as well, and I think it is wonderful you have so many mementos of your childhood and life displayed around your room. What a beautiful space in which to create!

Thanks for sharing it!

Kristi S said...

I love your room, I wish I had all that space to work in! It's so lovely and your huge closet is to die for! Thank you for sharing with us!

hugs,
Kristi

Charmaine Hansen said...

Thank You so much for inviting me into your studio. It is so organized and inviting and shows how much you love it. We all need our space!
Charmaine

. said...

Wow not only one but two storage closets, you are very lucky gal!!! And everything is so neat and organized so well. Very lovely space and I love the different corners and slanted roof.

Thank you for the tour : )

fairyrocks said...

Nice peeps, love all your beachy creations. You do a TH shadow box proud. Thanks for sharing. the 'pukey brown' comment made me laugh. I am sure whomever designed that color had an exotic name like 'sandalwood' or such for it. Keep smiling and creating

Sherry said...

I am glad that you decided to join the party this year. Your room looks like a wonderful space to spend time, surrounded by things that are special to you.

Rita Barakat said...

You are blessed to have such a great space! So much room - even the closet seems huge! How nic ego be able to spread your things out!

Creative Grammie said...

I love your sea gypsy nest! So light and organized. I would so love to have your rattan/glass shelf at your resting spot, yumm. Thanks for the great tour!

Art in the garden said...

Hello Bobbie,

Thank you very much for stopping by my creative space.
Yours is beautifully arranged. I like the printer tray.
Hélène

Lovey said...

Bobbie...I like your space too!!!

Cottage and Broome said...

A great space and I wish I had a closet like that!!! Thanks for stopping in, Laura

The Painted Garden said...

Hi,

So nice to meet you and visit your charming and delightful creative space and blog.
Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Erin

just me... jan said...

Bobbie...
I bet you have great times in your creative nook. I adore how you've made it soooo "you"! Next time you need to include a snap of one of those beautiful sunsets you spoke of...sounds like great inspiration to me! Well done dearie!!!
just me...sendin' big snaps from Texas...jan

missy said...

Your cuff bracelet is wonderful...I love that closet and the rest of your "creative space"..So neat...Thanks for sharing..

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

I love your biggggggg space. You are going to have sooooooo much fun with it.

Thanks for letting me look.

hugs
cindy@stitches

Tara O said...

I love your painter's tray!!! I love the space you have to work in...a little jealous here.

BTW, Pat is gone for a one year tour and will be home around Christmas. Unfortunately he's going to miss Garret's 18th birthday AND graduation which is disappointing. Garret is joining the marines this summer.

Tell Bonnie I said HOWDY. I wish I could meet up with you at Ry's.

Art and Sand said...

I envy you the large creative space. In our former home, I had an entire room dedicated to sewing - I didn't do many other crafts then. When we downsized to our little beach cottage, I gave up space. I tried working in our guest room, but then I can't leave work out when guests are visiting. I tried a corner of my husband's art studio, but it is the place where he earns an income and I was getting in the way. I am in the garage and actually loving it. I have it fixed up to work for me.

Thanks for letting me know where to see your space.

Beansieleigh said...

Wow.. LOVE the room you have here, and what a nice husband to help you with all those gorgeous shelves!! LOVED your beautiful German music box, and the cradle that holds your little friends from the Hundred Acre Wood! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creative space, and hope you're enjoying your weekend! ~tina

Tabitha said...

thanks for sharing your sweet space Bobbi...what a lucky girl you are
hugs

fairyrocks said...

You have a lovely large space. I like how you keep the spaces between your treasured items. Very effective visually. I love the sea and sand too and pooh of course.
I really like that corner desk with the inspirational words above.
Keep smiling and creating, thanks for sharing.

Celestina Marie said...

WOW you have a wonderful creative space and everything is so organized. Your huge room is perfect. I bet you spend many happy hours in this wonderful studio creating your pretties.
Thank you for giving the link and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Graceful Rose said...

Bobbie, thank you for the tour. You have lots of space and storage (which I don't have, so I must work on that part. You are very creative I can see. Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting me!

Encre et Couleurs said...

You have pretty things in your studio. i love the chaise-longue (sofa bed).
Thank you very much for visiting my creative spaces and for your kind comments.

Hélène

Terry said...

Bobbie,

I love your blog and your studio. I love Pooh Bear too! Thank you for taking the time to visit my studio. The magnetic peg board came from Home Depot on-line.

Happy studio visiting!
Terry

Auntie Em said...

Awesome space!!!!! Would love to come work in there a bit.

tee said...

how awesome Bobbie miss talking with you - . my life and yours have changed so much since we met up together in Pullman. Hows your new little boy... guess he isn't a pup anymore huh! Magoo is going to be 8 in a couple days. He has a new sis Izzy Bee ( Izzabella Mae. I gave her Maggie our shnauser's middle name (Mae). She died of congestive heart failure 7 yrs ago.Rick just snapped and I started noticing behavior from Magoo that wasn't normal .. I came home one summer late afternoon after he had beaten Magoo so badly and then preocedeeded to unirate on him while he locked him up in his fdog bed not once but twioce in our living room! I could tell when I walked in the house that Rick was wound so tight that when he said he was just about to take any number of his guns to take Magoos life... that it was time for me to take myself and Izzy the 2 pd dog (runt of litter)out of the house... it would of only been a matter of time and I would of been or could of been next.
whats sad is he didnt understand why I left i asked him to get counseling. he wouldnt. Its like something in him just snapped after the loss of his father and he had never had to deal with death of a loved one or a true friend.
I still love him and we dated once a week for a couple yrs after the divorce. Then I had a car wreck and he said i thought you wood of had a wreck sooner after we moved. ( i knew then by the way he had asked things he had taken out extra life insurance on me.) I thought I was just making it up in my mind and then he visited my sister's husband and mentioned the same thing to him. The whole experience was quite a journey Rick and I had sold our home and moved up to the area 3 yrs prior so it was fairly easy to split our assets. I lived with my sister and her husband for six mos until the divorce was finished. I tried with him to make it work but then he went back on promises and ... i was not going to live the way it had been no love from him he had gone to the extreme of not answering me. 18 yrs together and nothing like this ever. It was quite dramatic for my ex husband and it wasnt long after he lost his father to throat cancer that he had lost Maggie. Also later I found out he was really being bullied at work and he had basically sat by himself and didnt communicate with others at work which isnt good. ... and myself and the dogs became the punching bags verbally. i journalled my way through the divorce it was so hard - but in doing so and seeing a councelor and family commenting - they could see the dogs personalities change and myslef also. I also remember something in my mind at the time we split told me to look up this old high school/college sweetheart... i didnt look very well for him online . long story short we had and still have a connection that no one can compete with - we were both going thru a divorce at the same time.... but i cant understand it he jumped into a relationship and its a rebound not a great one... but i cant be there even though he wants me to be his friend for life. I just cant put myself in that kind of a place. He knows how he feels and its not right for his wife to be second best he needs to figure it out. if he ever does. he had been married for 20 yrs and his wife had an emotional.. physical affair on him and asked for a divorce.
his current wife they weren't even married a yr when he could see it wasnt going to work. he separated and thats when i found him ... i had just had a car wreck and ... some serious injuries. but during this time since he lives in southern Idaho not far from u. we talked on the phone quite a bit and found out we were both thinking of each other throughout the last 30 plus yrs since we had last seen each other.


Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...