Friday, July 15, 2011

Where I Create

Welcome to my studio and workshop
as I join in the 2011 "Where Bloggers Create" party.
I have changed everything since last year's party
and now have a workroom for art
and a pretty room where I blog and display art.
First, come into my studio workshop

Bins and drawers for storage and organization
Here's some close ups of the stamps and glitter on the white shelf

I made the tiny faerie mannequin

on the wire dress form makes a lovely skirt

~ The Easel for Oil Painting ~

Why not use crystal to store brushes and supplies?

...These bottles are only 2 inches tall and store tiny beads...

I found these fabulous wooden trays at a craft store on sale,
they actually have 2 levels in each box
and I've organized all my broken jewelry pieces,
rhinestones, buttons and pearls for crafting

Below, are my two jewelers 'watch repair cabinets'.
One was my husbands fathers that he had built half a century ago.
I love all the drawers!
I made curtains to hide the bins where I keep beads and such

The drawers hold stamping pads, felt pens, punches, etc.

More ribbon and lace, flowers....

~ A painting I've started ~

... Jewels waiting to be repaired ...

Thank you for visiting the studio work room!
(one day I was sewing some repairs on this pink crinoline,
and threw it over the chair 'til I could get back to it.
Well, it was too cute to remove :  )

Next, the decorative room!
My desk and computer where I am composing this blog post
... black feather boa hides the cords ...

The chair recently changed her tutu from pink to blue


Crystal reflects the light so beautifully!
Below, a shelf displaying some of the artwork and tags
my lovely friend Anita sent me from

I found this pretty mirror-backed cabinet at a salvage store

This shelf holds 2 handmade books and another lovely gift by Anita

I found the framed print at an antique store and hung it inside a larger frame.
The silver glittered Eiffel Tower was brought back to me from Paris
from a friend who visited France last month.
Estate Sale Chandy ~ My Birthday Present!

... The settee for lounging and day dreaming ....

Most of my decor comes from flea market shops
and antique stores, often  getting a touch of paint
or embellishing to get the look I desire.
Thank you for visiting, here is the link to find all of the other participants
in Karen Valentines "Where Bloggers Create 2011 Party"

View her lovely space, and scroll down to find
the list of participants on her right side bar.
I am excited to begin my tour!
~ Violet ~


Privet and Holly said...

cozy and
Love your very
beautiful space,
xx Suzanne

Martina said...

Wow, Violet, such stunning art and blog space - light, elegant and fun! And your dog really likes it there too! Must check out the link! Have a splendid weekend!

The Dainty Doll's House said...

wow!! I love it, so beautiful!! xx

Lovey said...

Truly beautiful!

Holly Loves Art said...

I LOVE it here! Your space is stunning and the way you shared your creative photography is fabulous! Then I saw the afghan... then another! I love this breed and I think they are so elegant and wonderful. I'm told they are like couch potatoes. Is this true? They match your decor perfectly.

Thanks very much sharing. I'll be back.

rosechicfriends said...

What an amazing creative space you have! Iso enjoyed my visit...
Be blessed, Lorena

Leanne said...

hello, you have a lovely space. Well, two lovely spaces. The color of that blue dress is so sigh-worthy....

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, my day out today has kept me away but here I am. I AM speechless here now for each detail is full of love. Every piece is carefully organized and so ethereal and what can I say but that I am truly honored that among all these fabulous things, you have also displayed my work. I feel as if I live in this space for we have discussed the many ideas and changes you have made. Your chandy looks AMAZING and the settees....the crinolins, EVERYTHING is in its rightful place and I WILL BE BACK AGAIN. THAT PRINT or watercolour above your settee is stunning. Your photo shot from a distance really shows the grandeur of the picture against the settee.....WOW!!!! THANK YOU MY FRIEND!!!


Beth said...

Completely gorgeous! I'm talking about your dogs, of course. No, really, it's all so beautiful, especially your dogs. I'm not a big dog lover, but I could get into that breed. Your space is so tasteful and inviting. Thanks for sharing.

Pretty Things said...

GORGEOUS! Glitter and bling and WHAT a beautiful dog!

I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

A Pretty Life said...

Are you kidding me! This is where you create! LOVE! Love! Love!
Your work area is a work of art!!! Thank you for the beautiful tour,
Have a PRETTY day!

Jana said...

Goregous. So feminine and soft. Lovely. I love the glitter in the individual salts. Does that work well?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, I just had to come back again...that shot with AUDREY and your desk and the chandy...well, really, all your photos are just so stunning. Catherine or CC from Catherine de Thé Cups is participating in this party and her room is similar to OURS in that she has a chandy too and she loves aqua! She is also a friend...wonderful believer. I hope you go visit her. She has a mini tea set for her cats! teeheee! Could you see Drifter and Dazzle with hats at a Tea Party? Ohhhhhh.....idea?

I want to sit next to you in your creative space and get glitter all over me!!!!


Rebecca said...


No more words. LOVED THE TOUR!

Blessings as you create!


Claudia said...

Oh my goodness, you have two rooms! And they are beautifully decorated. I love what you've done with each space.

And your dog is gorgeous.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Violet, we are always on the same wave length!!! I HAD TO COME BACK TO SEE YOUR ROOMS! I tell you, everything is luscious here, but that shot with Audrey and the chandy is my favorite!!! HAVE A FUN PARTY!! Anita

Karen Valentine said...

How lucky are you to have two rooms???? Both of which are totally gorgeous and full of magic! The studio look like an absolutely wonderful , sunny space to spend the day! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!!

~CC Catherine said...

Violet, Thanks so much for dropping by my place! How kind of you! :) You left such flowery compliments, Merci! ~"~ I in turn am in aWe of your own creative space. And, cReAtIvE I don't think is descriptive enough for what you do my friend! Kathleen Ellis is also my friend and she's told me about you for some time. I'm glad Anita sent you my way so I could come on over to your place and DINE...seriously DINE over your gorgeous space and all the talent that God's blessed you with! Superb! Besides loving your Chandie, and all the accents throughout your spaces, the Dogs are just TOO precious! I was amiss in photo snatching one of my Princess Mignon Abbie for everyone to meet. She spends more time in my office than I do. :) She loves the comfy sofa pillows and insists she stay behind when I go downstairs for the evening. I will be back often now that I've come by to meet you. Continue to bask in your are ONE talented and gifted lady. I'm so glad you have not buried your talents...but are using them for all to enjoy! ;) xoxo ~CC Catherine

stephanie said...

I am so enjoying my visits to everyone's blogs to see these wonderfully creative spaces!

Just simply inspiring...

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your studio is so beautiful! I loved seeing where you create and seeing your painting in progress. The most striking thing about your studio is your gorgeous dogs! Thank you for the lovely tour. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Violet, I think you have the most Elegant Creative Studio So Far.... I Love all the vignettes & the special touches ~ Just Beautiful...

Fran. said...

Violet what a beautiful space you have!! Your dogs go so perfect with it!! I really love that little manniquin you made on the door knob and how the tutu looks on the chair! thanks for sharing. XO Fran.

Cindy Craine said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. I love the dogs, your colors and how your used the curtains to hide the drawers underneath, very cool! I love all the detail and how hard you must have worked to get everything just right, love it! come see me at Lilly's Lace, xo-cindy

marie said...

Wow ~ your spaces are beautiful! All that bling and baubles!! Everything is simply perfect!

millefeuilles said...

Violet (one of my favourite names: we almost called our daughter Violet but opted for Angélique instead),

Your blog is beautiful. This is my first visit but I shall be back for some more inspiration.

Well done for everything you have achieved: creating beauty is, to my mind, the most important everyday gesture we can make.

C'est moi Claudette said...

Two of my bestest friends commented. Anita and my sweet CC. They truly are like you Violet. Stunning creatures of Beauty. And speaking of creatures, your elegant dogs are incredible.
Your space sparkles like no other, wow. You are such a talented woman Violet and it shows in your art and where you create.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Nook & Cranny said...

Love, love both rooms. Why not use crystal to hold brushes and such...
Thanks for sharing your space.

emilias<3 said...

I absolutely love your space:))!!
You are so luccky!

Junk Fairy said...

Wowie!! what a beautiful space! I love all your eye candy! the bling, the furniture it's all so beautiful!You are also very talented.

Creative Grammie said...

Oh my Violet,
I'm in love with your creative spaces' decor! It's elegant yet not too serious. And your dogs (I actually call them our four-legged babies)are beautiful.
Your a very talented artist and decorator. I noticed on your left sidebar your artwork of the 'babies'. I have a KingCharles cavelier; I may need your talented artistry in the future.
I thank you for the tour, it was a pleasure.

Sara said...

I think the dogs stole the show. They are gorgeous. Your studio is amazing and I really loved the painting in progress. hugs Sara

Terri said...

Sophisticated is the word that comes to mind to describe your creative space. Delight to do work in as well as a delight for the eyes. TFS!!!

Jo said...

So beautiful!

Something Special said...

Bravo, Bravo, I love all your spaces, whether it be to create or display. Love it so much, just simply beautiful!

Doni said...

I love your beautiful DOGS! They are gorgeous!!! And the rooms too are gorgeous, but as a dog lover, well....
The light and the crystal and the spaces...all so pretty. It looks like you have a perfect spot to paint and create!!
Blessings, Doni

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Lovely! I screeched on the "brakes" when I saw sweet Anita's artwork... I recognized it instantly.... Isn't she a doll?

Warm blessings,

WindandHoney said...

I love your space and the atmosphere you have created there. It is very inviting and peaceful. But most of all I love the picture in your banner with those leaping dogs! What a great shot!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

OMG, I love you creative space, it's absolutely gorgeous.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Violet,
I am in love with your studio. Everything about it is inspiring and wonderful. I am so inspired I want to gut mine and start over. LOL
Truly fantastic in everyway.
Loved this tour.
Thank you for sharing your creative space.
hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

Terry said...

Wow! What a gorgeous place to work. I love all the white. I love the crinoline over the chair. The painting you are working on is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful space.

Donna said...

You have wonderful creative spaces and your pictures are amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Had to come back to take a closer look at your studio, Violet. It is divine. I'm barely getting started with my little corner, but hope to share a little at this year's "Where Bloggers Create." I couldn't believe my eyes last year.
You are very blessed to have such a space of beauty.
Much love,