Thursday, July 14, 2011

Me And My Studio

It all began...about a year ago when I flew up to Portland to take a three day workshop with the amazing Sally Jean Alexander. If you haven't taken one of her workshops, I would highly recommend it. Her studio is in an old warehouse in the "Pearl" district. It even has one of those cool elevators where you pull the door down, like you see in the movies. Her studio itself is such a magical place. I was so impressed at how she had every supply under the sun and somehow managed to keep it all organized.  When I came home I said "Babe, what would you think about moving your office up to the front room?" He replied with "I knew this was coming." Thankfully, my husband is very easy going. The next day we started moving furniture and my studio was born. I have never had a place designated solely for creating, and boy does it make a difference. I love being surrounded by all of the things that inspire and motivate me. As all of you creative spirits know, one thing leads to another...I soon found myself perusing all of your beautiful blogs (sometimes for hours on end). I was instantly hooked! My husband hung a chandelier and put it on a dimmer for me. I love to go into my  studio in the evening, after my Son is in bed, turn on my lovely chandelier and write my blog and peek in at yours. I have met some of the kindest, most giving, and creative women through blogging, and I am so grateful for my new found friends and kindred spirits. Thank you all for letting me visit your homes, your shops, and your families. Please enjoy my studio where I create and blog. I can't wait to see all of your beautiful blog"spots."




 Love my pretty "chandi"


I made this sign from a bulletin board. I flipped the cork board over, painted it with chalkboard paint, and used my Cricut machine to cut a stencil. I really like this quote.


 I removed the closet doors and added the two shelves for the Cricut and sewing
 machines.  No more dragging it out to the  kitchen table  and back, it's always ready
 to go. I have to admit, getting me to sew is like pulling teeth. My Mom was an avid seamstress and I grew up sewing. I'm glad she taught me the skill, but I will try
 to glue, tape, staple, or anything else I can think of before I resort to sewing.


This is my little helper Jinx. Most fondly referred to as "big fatso kitty."  She actually
weighs more than our dog, but I don't think she is concerned. Wish I could be a cat!


These are some of the things that give me inspiration....




... to create these things.






Thank you all for stopping by and visiting my studio,
where I love to blog, create, and visit all of you.

I am excited to be joining in on the 2011 Where Bloggers Create party
hosted by Karen Valentine. Be sure to hop over and take a look at
everyone's creative spaces.

38 comments:

Maggie said...

hi Shawna, fun to visit your blog! I love your studio with all the black and white touches. I know all too well the impact of visiting Sally Jean's studio! I live in Portland, and have now done 4 of her workshops! Her studio was a jaw-dropping wonderland, huh? Sadly for me, but good for her, she is in the process of moving from Portland right now, and that studio is no more :-(

I'm going to visit your blog again and see the progress of the church re-do. Wow, what a project! Impressive.

maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

Petite Michelle Louise said...

it's all so lovely! truly...one of my faves...

Pretty Things said...

I love the "give" paper -- what a great thing to have on hand.

I hope you have time to visit my creative spaces!

Dayle said...

You've created a magical place.

ANNE said...

Shawna, you have one of the prettiest studios i've seen so far! Love the wall color, and the black and white. And I got a kick out of your story about moving your husband's office... i know that feeling of being inspired! I agree, I have met such delightful, creative women through blogging. Thank you for visiting me, since it gave me the opportunity to meet you in return.

Lori said...

Hi Shawna, what an elegant room you have! it's beautiful! I love that quote on the chalkboard--I'll have to remember that one. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog. Like you, I've been inspired by so many other bloggers, especially those attending Karen's 'party'.

earthypawscreatures said...

I really like the style you have created for your studio. It is super lovely! Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

~Alli

Rebecca said...

Shawna...what a lovely place to create. I love all the toile and blacks and tans...my entire home use to be done in these colors and sometimes I really, REALLY miss it.

What a big project going on with the church. WOW! Amazing!

LOVE YOUR GIVE/give sign, too! SWEET!

Thank you for visiting me today. You are always welcome to stop in.

Love to you~

Rebecca

Holly Loves Art said...

A very beautiful space! Love every inch. :) Happy to visit here today!
Cheers,
Holly

Leanne said...

A really lovely place to create!

bertie said...

I really love your signs that you have scattered around your wonderful studio! Very inspiring space and great idea to chalk paint a silver tray...gotta try that! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you at my studio soon! bertie
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

Jo said...

I love your bulletin board sign! Thanks for a great tour, and I hope the new shop goes brilliantly.

A Cottage Muse said...

Your space is just wonderful!
The chandy is the perfect finishing touch!

Claudia said...

So glad you created a wonderful studio space. I really love it. Thanks so much for the tour!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

What a wonderful place you have there, art friend! So clean and crisp and exciting visually. You must have a lot of fun being there making your art. Thank you for showing it to us all. *smiles* Norma

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Your studio is beautiful! I'm in love with your chandelier and your sign with the quote is great, I've never heard that quote before and now I LOVE it!!!

xo,

abby

Sandra Kaye said...

Absolutly love the blue Jean vest. Thanks for sharing. Sandie

kluless said...

I am glad you found your passion, your artwork is wonderful!

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Shawna,
I love your glass jars of buttons, lace and ribbons. And, no studio is complete without a helper cat.

Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. I hope you have time to stop over to visit mine...there's a little giveaway at the end.

Happy Monday ~Natalie

Karen Valentine said...

Shawna all that inspiration paid off! You have created a lovely space! I have never been to one of Sally Jean's classes but I'm sure it would change my life too!! LOL!! Thank you so much for joining the party and giving us all a peak into your wonderful room!
xo,
Karen

Terri said...

If I were to change my color scheme...I think I'd go with the one you have selected. I like my tropical wall paper so I probably won't change it so I'll just have to admire your.... what a great space to create in! TFS!

Donna said...

Yes it is wonderful to have a place just to craft!!! and yours is wonderful!

Tamatha said...

You have a beautiful room and I love the chalkboard quote! Definitely something to live by! Thanks for the tour and for visiting my blog too. Your kitty Jinx looks so cuddly!
Tamatha

Valery said...

Wow! Love your blog and your studio space especially that beautiful chandi... I'm still looking for one myself! It's all wonderful and thanks for sharing!

Susanne said...

Ooh, the "front" room, that would be to much pressure for me to be neat! But your room is so pretty and put together! Love your quotes, copied 2 down.
Susanne.

Nook & Cranny said...

Thanks for the tour.
I so love the quote on the chalk board.

Rita Barakat said...

WHat a wonderful space! I love that "welcome" sign- so adorable TFS!

romance-of-roses said...

Your studio is delightful. I have already made changes to mine after seeing all the lovely spaces. Lots of eye candy here.
Hugs...Lu

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I just fell in love with all of your space, words, and art. It inspired me to go and create.
I am now thinking about doing/learning to do an Etsy place.

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

What a breath of fresh air, visiting your blog and your studio! I love everything in your space...and the chandelier? fancy! Thank God for your husband, very supportive. I love your space...it reflects your creative soul. Your work is amazing!
Glad I came to visit you.
Hugs,
Reina

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Shawna,
Your studio is wonderful and so organized.
How great that you're able to take Sally Jean's workshop; that's one of my goals. I have her amazing book and will flip through the pages from time to time just for some inspiration. Maybe one day, I'll have the chance to take a workshop from her. But for now, the book will have to do.
Thank you for the great tour of your space and thank you for sharing your amazing artwork.

Something Special said...

Hey, your creative space reminds me of mine. We have some of the same colors in our studios. I love your dress form and what you have on it. I am looking for one of those to buy and want one so badly.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Shawna,
What a fantastic space!! Love the saying on your chalk board!! And to have a fireplace in my craft room would be pure heaven on earth!!
Thanks so much for sharing!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Lynnae said...

Your space is lovely! I LOVE the altered couture on your dress forms. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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

Beautiful studio, too much fun! Congratulations on being one of the winners of the party. I had to come check you out.

cindy@stitches

d e l i g h t said...

Really L0VE the welcome silver platter with the added bling!

Miss Gracie's House said...

LOVE it...and the quote, too!
Rene

vicki said...

Shawna - you have the perfect place to bring your beautiful inspirations to live. I love your collections, the jars full of treasures - that great chandy - it is all just a dream of a place to sit and create!

So sorry I am so late to visit here!

Vicki