Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where Bloggers Create - My Folk Art Studio

YAY, it's the big day to post my
Where Bloggers Create contribution!

Welcome to a quick tour of my "studio"
(aka dining room, but on Thanksgiving day only).
I'll hope you take a moment to comment.

We're going clockwise around the room.

Pretend you entered through this doorway.
Looking back, you would see:

Ribbon storage racks (built by my wonderful husband), rickrack storage hook, cheery (cheap) clock, old-timey TV. The price was right and it works for me!

On top of that far ribbon rack:

Maybe someone can tell me what happened in 1781. I just liked the hand-painted-folk-art-y-ness.

To the right, over the opening to the living room fabric storage room:

Home, the starting place of love and dreams. Couldn't have said it better myself!

Directly in front of that opening:

This is "Em" embroidery machine. I'm clever like that with names.

The colors in this room are so hard to get accurate in pictures.
The banner is brick red and navy.
The walls are a buttery caramel color.

To the right, the far wall:

A folk-art dream with a couple of jolts of modernity (is that a word?)

Same wall, a little better lighting:

Wipe-off board to keep me organized. Even though I'm too busy to be organized, like the little blue sign says. And I do keep trying to Simplify. It's not working.

These hang over the window.

Clearly, cats are better. Just ask my helpers.

We have almost come full circle.
Here's that ribbon rack to the left of the door:

Ribbon rack, random bird, black cat sign, festive rickrack storage

With a detail pic of the faux Ott light and handy tools:

Cutting table corner.

Longtime readers may remember the cutting table that went from Trash to Treasure.
CLICK HERE for the post from a year ago:

Cutting table = free. Scrap storage from Wal Mart = cheap.. DIY new flooring and helpful Sentinel Cat named Kirby = PRICELESS.

Really bad pic of my cool thrift-store chandelier:
Please ignore the hanging Hershey's Kiss mouse, etc. This used to be a crappy-looking bronze color. The thrift store lady with the heavy German accent said, "It's Italian bronze." I said, "I think it's American cast iron with an ugly bronze paint job." Had it rewired and turns out...she was RIGHT! I still spray-painted it black, because Italian bronze or not, it was ugly.

Last, but not least: the sewing-machine-surround-table-thing my husband made me. Make it SO much easier to sew and quilt...eliminates the drag caused by the weight of the item. Added bonus - it's a great perch for my helpers:

Two more of my sentinels: Foster guarding my precious Pfaffy (my cleverly-named Pfaff sewing machine); Kong doing his best scary Pet Sematary cat impersonation.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tour.
Please let me know if you liked my creative space!

Oh, and PS - apparently the local artist painted 1781 on that box to memorialize the Surrender of Yorktown during the Civil War. That's certainly appropriate, because we live about 3 miles from Yorktown Battlefield, where it all went down...


  1. I love the ribbon racks! Just looking at those would inspire me to create all kinds of colourful things. Kitty helpers are always great for ensuring sewing projects move along at half the pace they normally would :)

    1. Thanks, MC! They are just kind of festive and were a GREAT solution...the previous "storage" is in this post:

      Yeah, exactly right about the "helpers". Kong loves to sit on my laptop when it's open...the first time he did it, he managed to flip the entire display sideways (he is a BIG boy) and it really freaked me out!

  2. L.O.V.E the robbon rack. My craft room is in a state of (permanent) state of construction. I`ve been trying to figure out what to do about all the ribbon. I`d seen racks but nothing as lovely as this. Pinned it!

    Thanks for stopping by. So glad you agree it`s HIS feet!

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I love it when something simple can look great and work even better!

      DEF his feet, LOL!

  3. Nice!
    I want my own craft room. :(

    1. Er...craft dining room area, to be truthful. I like it, though. I like not being shut off in a small bedroom or something. I can keep my eye on the goings-on...not that there is much action with two old people, 5 lazy cats and 2 wacko rescue dogs.

  4. Your ribbon rack is WAY classier than mine - so pretty! I love it all!!

    1. Well, thanks, Rebecca! Your craft room is still my favorite makeover...and to think you did it all for $75!!

  5. I love your ribbon organization too!!
    Great space!

    1. Thanks! Your creative space is so restful!

  6. Very cute room and very cute kitties! I have three myself! Oh and I love your obvious knack for naming things just perfectly... ;)

    1. LOL, yeah, I'm good with names. We actually have FIVE cats, but two of them were feral and are a little camera-shy. And two big dogs. Lots of pet hair. I keep Wal Mart sold out of lint rollers!

  7. A lovely studio tour and a history lesson all in one. You can't beat that! Ha!
    I love your cats! A studio just isn't the same without them.
    Thank you for visiting my studio today.

    1. Your studio is awesome, Elizabeth! I agree, cats make all the difference, although they do tend to have their own mind about how things should be done. They like to "press" my fabric for me, LOL.

      Yeah, you really can't avoid history when you live 3 miles from Yorktown, 10 miles from Colonial Williamsburg and 24 miles from Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas...

  8. Love your studio Robin and no studio is complete without feline supervision!

  9. What a comfy looking space. The ric-rac looks so cute hanging. And I love the kitty help - I have a helpful kitty too! And the pet semetary stare - Priceless!

  10. What a fun space you have! Love your banner on the wall and all your little furry helpers!

    Would love for you to come see my new little space when you have time!

    Bee blessed

  11. Hay Robin,

    I love your is a warm and nice
    space to work...
    And I love your ribbon racks this is amazing.

    Thanks for sharing..

    Love from Marijke from Holland.

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog, Robin. I love your post and the ribbon storage! And don't tell Kong, but he wouldn't scare me in the least.

  13. I love that you took an unused space (dining room at Thanksgiving only) and turned it into something attractive and functional. Nice job!

  14. Hello! it's nice to meet and follow you! your studio tour was great...but I must say that seeing your kitty on top of your sewing machine was a first for me! that was just too cute. I love cats, but I've become horribly allergic to cats and dogs....I miss having furry friends near me when I create or just to sit with when I relax the evenings away in front of the television set!

    you give them a squeeze for me. thanks for sharing...look forward to having you also visit me...go nosey too!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  15. Your space is bright and cheerful. I love the ribbon holder. I will have to find someone to create something like that for me. I also think your helpers are pretty cute. Have fun creating!

  16. What a sweet room! I think I need that ribbon rack!

  17. You've got a great space, Robin! Love the colors in here. That banner is great for adding color and some creativity to the walls. Love your ribbon rack! Thanks for sharing your creative space!

  18. What a cheery place. I like how you've organized the ribbon. Thank you for sharing. ; )

  19. Wonderful work space and of course all those kitties. Amazed how many beautiful cats I have seen on my tour of 'where bloggers create'. Thank you for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  20. Nice and warm and inviting! And what's a studio without cats! I have one that helps all the time. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

  21. Wonderful space to create in! Thank you for sharing.

  22. I love folk art! I am from Virginia - home of folk art?

    I will definitely be back to see your creations! Thanks for sharing.


  23. Thanks for the peeps. Love your ribbon displays. And the way you use your sewing machine to display the kitties, genius LOLIt is nice to be able to use an entire space.
    Keep smiling and creating

  24. Hi Robin! Thank you so much for joining the party sharing your awesome space!!! I love the ribbon displays too!