Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sweet Spaces- Quaint Handmade

Ohhhh, you all are going to love this one! Cindy from Quaint Handmade has created a most delicious space for all her creative endeavors! There is so much eye candy here you just might get a stomachache, but it will be worth it!

Pale pink walls, and beautiful storage pieces (check out that vintage pink chest of drawers, WITH cut outs so her fabrics peek out playfully! OMG!), make this crafting space beautiful and useful! And can you believe how frickin' organized this gal is!! Check out her meticulously folded fabric collection! Only in my wildest dreams could I be that organized! This room has everything a girl needs! It would be hard NOT to feel creative in here!

Cindy and her husband Scott host the sweetest little blog too! Nothing is off the table here, crafting, music, photography, and their lives in general. They share the best pics of their home decorated with vintage flair too! Take peek! You won't be disappointed!

Thanks Cindy for sharing your incredible pics!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sweet Spaces Giveaway!

I've decided to change things a little bit for the Sweet Spaces Giveaway.

It's not quite fair and probably a little biased to pick a "winner" based on my own personal taste, so I've decided to make this nice and fair! ANYONE who contacts me to participate in the Sweet Spaces Giveaway will be entered. In order to participate (and be eligible for the fabulous prize) you must provide pics or a link to pics of your creative space. This could be a a whole beautiful room, a desk, or even the kitchen table! It doesn't matter! We all just want to see where you create your amazing works of art!

You can submit pics through my Blog email, or through my ETSY mail. Of if you'd prefer to just send a link, you can post a comment with the link.

And to sweeten things up a bit, I've decide to add to the prize pot! I've also extended the deadline to Sunday, August 17th. The winner will be announced Tuesday, August 19th.

I really hope you'll all participate!

Craft room pictured was taken from

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Show me your Space Contest- Sweet Jessie

Jessie is her name, and sewing is her Game!

Gorgeous vintage fabric, yummy vintage finds, and fun thrifted furniture! It 's all here, arranged and styled so deliciously by the Fabulous Jessie, over at Sweet Jessie!

She calls her space the "guest room", and I'm sure anyone lucky enough to stay here, will be hard pressed to leave! Jessie has done a spiffy job, arranging and storing her stash of vintage fabrics, and everything else she uses to make her truly adorable crafts! Check out her gallery, you will be in awe!

Take a look around her space. I dare you not to be inspired!

Jessie, Thanks for sharing your pics!

You can see more pics of Jessie's studio space here, and read her blog entry about her space!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Work, Work, Work and a Prize too!

Hello all! I'm sorry I have been away from the blog for soooo long! There has been much going on on around here! Between summer weekends away, Baby girl's FIRST b-day (I can't believe she is 1 now!) and creation of my new "studio", I've had lots to keep me busy!

We've been to Cambria, a gorgeous little seaside town, Santa Cruz, and several trips to the bay area, and the summer has just started! I so wanted to share some beautiful pics of Cambria with you all, but can you believe I forgot the camera at home!!

Now for the fun news! When we found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I had to give-up my precious office/studio space to make room for the new bundle. While I hated to lose my space, it was well worth the trade off! Itty Bitty (as my Dad calls her), has just turned 1, and the princess has made our lives so much more meaningful! We love her to bits!

It has been beyond fun to decorate her room, making it as girly as possible! But alas, my creativity has been a little stifled since becoming a "homeless" crafter! I have tried many options to get the juices flowing again. OK, they never really stopped, but the follow through of actually creating and finishing projects has majorly suffered! I tried toting everything out to the big kitchen table (which drove the man of the house nuts!), but not being able to see everything all at once drove me crazy. I felt I couldn't create to my fullest potential! And I had to clean up everything when I was finished, since I have small children, and wire, small objects, and toxic glue generally don't mix with small kids! I'm a very messy artist, just ask my husband!

Next I tried creating a little work area in my room, which mind you now houses the "office", since child # 3 took that space! I don't have to explain why that didn't work any better do I! So here I am with crafting roots. What I am to do? I need space! I need storage! I need sanctuary from little prying fingers! Where could I find such a place in a small home?
"How 'bout the garage?", my husband says. "The garage! The garage! The place where spiders and dust like to party?!" , I say. NO way, NO way, NO way!

But what other options did I have? So the garage it is! First step, cleaning out all the junk that has taken over (and I don't mean the pretty, I can find a use for this, type of junk we like!). After a week of cleaning, giving away, donating, and selling off junk, the place seems a little more manageable! I'm still completely overwhelmed with the amount left to do, to make the garage feel not like a garage, and more like my studio! Every time I feel I make a dent, I take a look around and feel completely overwhelmed again! I still have to paint, organize, paint and organize some more! I do think the final outcome will be pretty nice for a garage studio though! I'll keep you all updated as things come slowly along.

Since I'm still in the early stages of putting my studio together, I'd love to see all of your creative work places! I've decided to create a little contest out of it! Send me pics of your inspiring creative work places. I'll post all pics on the blog, and my favorite space will receive the vintage collage necklace pictured at the top of this post, made by yours truly! Please submit photos to me through the blog (links to your photos are fine as well), by Aug.4th. A winner will be chosen on Aug. 5th. I can't wait to see your spaces!
I'll leave you with some BEFORE shots of the garage studio!
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