About Me

Florence, Arizona
Welcome to my blog. I am newly retired and eager to enjoy it all - decorating, shopping, cooking, travel and most crafts - paper crafts, stained glass, mosaic, mixed media, sketching, painting - you name it, I want to try it.
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Friday, July 13, 2012

WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE 2012 BLOG HOP

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!  I'M SO HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THE 2012 WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE BLOG HOP.  I'VE ALWAYS FOLLOWED THE HOP, BUT THIS IS MY FIRST TIME PARTICIPATING.  I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND IF YOU ARE INCLINED, I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO FOLLOW ME  -- I JUST STARTED THIS NEW BLOG (AND DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TRANSFER MY FOLLOWERS (newbie!) SO I COULD USE SOME NEW FRIENDS!!)  WELCOME



MY ROOM IS A SMALL BEDROOM IN OUR NEW HOUSE.  IT DOES NOT HAVE A CLOSET AND I REALLY DIDN'T WANT ONE BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN UP TOO MUCH WALL SPACE, SO I HAD TO BE CREATIVE IN MY STORAGE.  I MANAGED TO PURGE AND SQUEEZE MOST THINGS INTO IT.  MY GOAL NOW IS TO USE MY EXISTING STASH AND NOT ADD TO IT FOR AWHILE - WE'LL SEE HOW THAT WORKS! 
ENJOY MY HAPPY HAPPY PLACE.!!

This is one of my favorite pieces of furniture and does a great job for storage.  We had this old armoire in a guest room but when we recently moved I grabbed it and love it.  My room has so many items that mean so much to me - the little bears on top of the armoire were at the venue where my husband and I had our wedding reception.  So they sit on top of the armoire and supervise.






The inside door of the armoire holds my color charts, etc.  I took some thumbtacks and glued little ceramic flowers on them, attached them to a decorative clip and they are ready to hang for easy reference.





This corner holds my wonderful thrift store cabinet find which I profiled earlier.  There are two binders on top of the cabinet that hold my nesties on magnetic sheets.  The shoe lace drawers were another thrift store find.  The tags on top are tags that I've received in swaps that I keep for inspiration.



This is my "sitting" work area.  The shelf along the top of the wall is draped with an old curtain from our last house.  I loved the lacey material and just couldn't get rid of it.  Now I'm glad I saved it.  One year for Mother's Day my husband asked what I wanted -- I asked him to make me a table and this is the table he made me.  I love it and it is extra special.

These shelves contain my stickles, distress inks, little bottles of this and that, liquid pearls, embossing powder and glitter.  I love to keep my stuff out so I can see it so try to get open shelving whenever I can.  Just looking at it all makes me happy!


On this dowel between the 2 shelving units, I had a ring with an example of each punch I have, some "technique tags" I made from the TH Creative Chemistry classes, and a ring of an example of each embossing folder I have.  It is much easier to refer to these than to dig through my stash!



This is my "standing" work area.  As  you can see, I've had to squeeze a few things in, but it works for me.  The paper sorter on the left is my newest purchase and is wonderful.  It holds almost all of my paper (yes, I admit, I just may be a paper addict!).  I found it on ebay and it was a great purchase.  


 The top frame holds my grandparents' marriage license in the same frame my grandmother put it in.  They were married 1913 - is priceless to me!  The cross-stitch underneath the license was stitched in 1929.  My dad found it years ago in a thrift store and I love it.  Love to imagine who "LMH".




I like to store some of my items with old/meaningful containers.  In the first picture, I've used a very cool cigar box to hold some sparkly flowers; right next to it is a vintage spool which holds tissue tape.  The green container jn the next picture may not look special but it held some tea which our son brought back from China.  It now holds pencils.  Next to it is another vintage spool which holds twine.
My ink pads are all labelled and sit on my work bench next to related tools.  A "purpled" old ink holder holds some of my smaller embellishments.

And last but definitely not least, DARBY!  And you will notice this picture was taken in a more natural state - I cleaned up before taking the other pics.


 

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY - I LOVED SEEING  YOU - HAVE FUN HOPPING!

82 comments:

  1. Such a lovely airy room! I ADORE the armoire.... Wow! You are super organized! Love your creative space.

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    1. Yes I do l love the armoire and so glad I could hijack it from the guest room!

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  2. Such a great space! I love all of the ways you improvised for storage, since you opted out of closet space. It's wonderful - and you're right, I'm sure you gained a lot of wall square footage from it... I hate working around all of the doors in my room. Great use of your space... Found you at WBC, & am excited to be following you....

    Hope you can visit sometime!
    -Heather
    stringtownhome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I wanted the couch in there so badly (also hijacked from a guest room!) and with a closet I wouldn't have had room. Although closets do hold soooo much!

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  3. Great space! So loving seeing all the neat creative spaces at the party!

    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

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    1. Thanks! I'm loving the party also. Have been by to see u and left u a comment

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  4. YOU, like me, have always been a hopper....but for the first time has decided to join in on all of the Sharing fun....so glad you did.....your space is so neat and tidy and your supplies make me want to stop hopping and create something. I'm in the mood to work on a project with all the inspiration I'm finding here online today.


    HOpefullY you'll hit my blog on your touring rounds. I look forward to having you visit!


    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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    1. Have been by - did u see me?? Lol
      I am also getting so much inspiration and want to keep hopping but also wanting to create - a good "problem" to have!

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  5. Oh this is lovely, what a sweet space. I love how you have used meaningful containers for your storage, what a great recycling idea. Thanks for dropping by my blog, (its my first time doing the hop too!) Hazelxox

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  6. Such a lovely, organized space. Thanks for sharing and having a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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    1. Thank you! I'm so enjoying this hop!

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  7. What a nice space! Looks like a very relaxing place to work. Thanks for sharing! And I know what you mean about being a newbie. I am just learning how to do this and am also in need of followers:-) This party is a great way to meet other interesting and creative folks!

    your newest follower,
    Terri

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    1. I agree. I am so enjoying seeing everyone. And I love the name and reasoning for the name of your blog. Perfect!

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  8. Well that was a lovely tour. You have a great space and you are so organized. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by to say hi to me. Susan

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    1. I don't feel too organized but I cleaned it up well! Thanks for visiting

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  9. Cute space. I love the vintage touches. The idea of stamping a sample and then putting them on a ring-genious! Love your GP marriage license, and the initials LMH on the needlepoint are mine too. How funny! Thanks for sharing your great space!

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    1. How funny you have the same initials. Thanks for the sweet compliments!

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    1. Thanks much. I can't spend enough time here!

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  11. Hay Deb,

    Ohhh...your space is so nice...
    The lovely vintage decorations are beautiful..
    It's very nice place to work and enjoy ...

    Thanks for sharing....and I will be your next follower...

    Love and happiness from Marijke
    www.marijkevanooijen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting. I will be over to see you!

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  12. Hi Deb,
    Love your space! And Darby looks like a great assistant!

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    1. Thank u! Yes Darby is a great help. He loves ribbon and yarn!

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  13. Just love your space. So inspiring!

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  14. Hi Diane, Your place is just too cute and sooooo organized....Can you come and help me with my studio? I want to follow in your footsteps.
    Charmaine

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    1. It's really usually so much messier! I cleaned up for you!!! Let's see how long it lasts.. You will get there!!

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  15. What a great space Diane and Darby is a big helper I am sure if he is anything like my Kitty Mikey....actually come to think of it she can be quite the non- helper tangling my threads and such but so much for to watch her play!

    love your bits of bakers twine on the old spool- I want to find some bakers twine still- keep thinking I will find it someday at the thrift or yard sale like I have found just about everything else in my space.

    bee blessed
    mary

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    1. Thanks for coming by. I've been to yours too. I've been watching twine on eBay and it's not too bad. Yard sale or thrift is the best tho! Good luck!

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  16. Look like an oh, so, comfortable place to create! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Oh it is soooo comfie. My favorite place to be ! Thanks for coming by. I was just over to see u !

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  17. You are so organized. I'm impressed. Thank you for sharing your space and for the cup of tea. : )
    I enjoyed having you in my studio today. Did you bring Darby along with you?
    Elizabeth

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    1. Darby wouldn't have missed it!! We had fun! Thanks for stopping by

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  18. Oh sweetie I LOVE your new space! Love the green wall, armoire, all the storage units, and of course your 'helper', lol! Enjoy it all buddie, you deserve it!

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    1. Thank u buddy! Hopefully you'll be joining me for some fun in there ... Some day!

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  19. what a lovely working space... and very well organized too... :)

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    1. Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by

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  20. Great space, Deb! I love that armoire! I'll bet it provides lots of storage. Love the natural light you get in here, too. It looks like you've got a nice size space to work in. Love all your pretties! I think it's so important to have pretty things to look at in our creative spaces. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Yep love the pretties! Love seeing so many on this hop. Thanks for stopping by

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  21. Hi Deb! I think you did a wonderful job coming up with storage solutions. It's very well organized and I love the color you have on the walls!!! Thank you so much for sharing your studio space with us! Have fun at the party!!

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    1. Thanks for the compliments! Loving the party!

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  22. Yay for Darby!! Thanks so much for sharing your space, Deb! I love the armoire, the green color of that wall and most of all, your 'supervisor', Darby!

    Glad to have found your blog and thanks for coming to visit mine!

    Robin
    Soggy Bottoms Baby Duds blog

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    1. I can't seem to get away from that green color! Love it. And darby is definitely the best supervisor! Thanks for stopping by

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  23. Oh Deb, your space is wonderful and I gathered so many good ideas. Thank you for sharing them!

    Hugs,
    Judy

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    1. U r welcome! Is so much fun "seeing" everyone!

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  24. Love the spring green color of your walls, so cheery. Your studio mascot is just adorable. Thank you for the tour.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Yep I do think my mascot is the best!

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  25. Hi Deb, thank you for your comment on my WBC party post. I love your space and how you've arranged everything. But, most of all I love Darby! What a darling!

    Blessings,

    Victoria from Brushstrokes

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  26. First I'd like to say that Darby is adorable! Love your armoire, your green wall, and the ceramic flower pins.

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    1. Thanks so much! And Darby appreciates the compliment too :)

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  27. You really have tapped into some creative storage ideas.....(that I just might have to borrow ;)

    I am a new follower and will be back to see more of your great creations. Give Darby a little scratch under his chin for me.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey

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    1. Darby says thanks for the scratch. In going into a space with no closet I had to figure out how to store. Still learning tho and this hop is wonderful for that

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  28. A Sweet space and beautiful blog. Thanks so much for visiting me. I am a new follower here. I will be back!

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    1. Thank u and thanks so much for stopping by

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  29. I love your space it looks just perfect for you. Your blog is great, Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. Kathy

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    1. Was fun stopping by ur place - thanks for coming to see me!

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  30. Too fun! We have alot of similar storage ideas AND I have a similar CAT! :) TFS

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    1. Similar storage ideas and cat AND I think we just moved near u - we're in Florence now. Close yes?

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  31. What a neat little studio. You have everything at your fingertips.
    It looks like your space works really well.
    Thank you for sharing it with us,
    Suzy

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    1. Was so fun sharing. Thx for coming by!

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  32. I just love your studio and of course Darby has to be the most wonderful kitty. The armoire is a wonderful piece of furniture, definitely something to treasure. Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment.

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    1. U r welcome and yes darby not only is wonderful but also so helpful!!

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  33. Your studio is a delightfully, fun space. This is my first time at and I am enjoying the Party! Your armoire is amazing! I have a similar vintage iron. It was mine as a little girl. Enjoyed your tour, thanks

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    1. Love the irons. They are soooo heavy I can't imagine ironing very well with it :) thanks for stopping by

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  34. You did a beautiful job on your studio! The armoire is perfect...I've been looking for one for a while now. Thanks for stopping by my studio!
    This is my first time at the party too!

    Faye

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    1. Thank u. I love it but it always seems to be a.work in progress!

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  35. Deb,
    I love your space! I love your armoire and am totally digging your spellbinder storage. Darby is adorable! Thank you for sharing with us!

    Kristi

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    1. The spellbinder storage works wonderfully! So easy to find what I want! Thanks for stopping by

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  36. Your creative space is WONDERFUL!!! Thanks for sharing all the pictures and thank you for visiting me too. Darby is precious!

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    1. Yep Darby is my precious little guy! Thanks for stopping by

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  37. I really enjoyed touring your space and I picked up some ideas for storage along the way to boot!! I have two cats, so I especially enjoyed the picture at the end with Darby!

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    1. Thank you! Cats are great huh? Aren't they perfect little "helpers"!!

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  38. Your are great thrift shop shopper!!
    It has been fun seeing so many space to craft.
    be safe and dream
    Laura

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  39. Great space and you really have used every inch to its fullest by very clever ways to store your work materials and memory pieces, lots of beautiful antiques and vintage pieces. Darby looks like he's keeping an eye on things, very cute!!!!

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  40. I think we would play well together! Great room - I see lots of goodies I could play with!

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  41. Delightful peeps, love your eye for evenness. The thing about beeing late is I get to see your other posts, I too am loosing the stamp storage battle. Love how your spell binders are kept. PS If Rita pops over...I'll come play too keep smiling and creating

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  42. Great space for creating! I love your system for storing your nesties; I'll have to jack that idea from you. Thanks for an enjoyable tour!

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  43. Such a nice space - the light green wall is very refreshing. What a lovely use of the armoire and Darby looks like he is ready to help.
    Judythe

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  44. I don't think I could possibly add anything that hasn't already been said by everyone else! I absolutely love your room Debbie!! It's so personable and welcoming! I would love to come over and craft with you and Darby! Just love everything!! So many storage ideas I'll be incorporating into my room :)

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  45. Hopping to your blog from the Blog Party. Isn't it just so great to have a little crafts room? I also love my little room. Your Darby is just so cute. I have 5 cats, two of which are very social and love to sit by me when I sit at the computer, sewing, etc.

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