Friday, 18 June 2010

Where Bloggers Create.....

Well this is my first time partaking in Where Bloggers Create "blog party" where there are hundreds of fantastic creative spaces being shown. If you get a chance pop on over it is well worth the trip. Well this being my first blog party I hope I do this right. I guess first thing we are supposed to do is tell a bit about ourselves so here goes. I am a stay at home mom recently relocated to the English Countryside. I have a wonderful husband who works allot. Recently I began volunteering at the village school 2 or more days a week working with the infants group(4-7 yr olds) and I absolutely love it. I also have a wonderful daughter whom I love sharing my creative time with. We love working on miniatures, cards, ATC's, Sewing, Beading and of course scrapbooking . I am very detail oriented and since moving to England have become very organized(I guess having a bit of extra time helps). I love painting, inking and anything messy and often get dirty looks from my DH when my hands are stained from working on a project. I have only been blogging for just about a year now since moving to England and recently helped my daughter start her blog and she is loving it as much as I do. OK, I think that is enough about me now onto my creative space. ......When we first moved into the house my DH gave us the small office in the downstairs which we quickly outgrew and decided to take over his larger upstairs office. It is more appropriate for me and my daughter and gave us more room to be creative although that is getting a bit tight now too.
Above is a view of my desk from the entry door. My daughter and I sit face to face with our tables so this would be her view.
This is a view from my table to the back of the room and sewing area we have created.
and here we have all our inks, paints, glitter glues, pearls and such on the green cabinet. the storage underneath holds my daughters extra supplies. the white storage in the corner is scrap papers organized by colour. (my ocd kicking in)
Above is a view of our shelves. All the papers are organized by colour and theme, the brackets are all labeled too(My daughter went crazy with the label maker)The ribbons in the middle and end are on shower hooks and again organized by colour.

and some of the stuff organized on the shelves. Lots of embellies, stickers and papers here.

Now to the sewing area.......
Here is a view of the sewing area and our stamp bins in the front of the desk.
Here are a bit of the things I used the most stashed on the sill behind my chair in the above photo. Below shows the other side of the sill containing my beloved prima flowers all sorted into baggies by colour and style. Did I tell you I love primas.......

Below shows are a few photos showing the view from our creative space as well as some creations we have done hanging up as inspiration...
Being on the second floor we overlook the rooftops of neighboring houses in the village and out to the farmlands behind.
The little Bambi picture hanging on the wall is an airbrush I did in school. My grandmother hung it proudly in her bedroom until she passed and it came back to me.
and of course if all else fails there are always the magazines and sketch books.

Below shows our diecut area along with one of our miniature creations in progress, a miniature scrapbook store we are currently working on.

As far as some of my creations....Here are a few recent ones:

Here is a layout I did with my darling.
These are some ATCs I did for a swap.

And this was the present I made my father. The door opens and it has fold outs of photographs of my daughter and father through the years. The quote reads " if nothing ever changed...there would be no butterflies" My daughter loves going to the butterfly museum with my father.
I am also posting a blog candy during the "Where Bloggers Create" event. All you have to do to enter is leave me a little comment with a link to your blog so I can visit. If you become a follower you will get and extra 2 entries into my candy....what would a party be without candy right...You can view my candy and the requirements at the side bar. Well I hope you have enjoyed your visit and thank you for stopping by.........
I will leave you with this photo of a beautiful Rose in our garden this morning as inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend. Angela


Jane said...

Hi Angela,
Thanks for sharing your creative space. I love the fact that you and your daughter create together. Your space looks so organized!!
My family and I are headed to England in two weeks to stay with friends who moved there last year. We are very excited about the upcoming trip!

Susan said...

I am coming right over and create in your it! Thanks for sharing and also for visiting my space. Susan

oldgreymare said...

"I just adore a penthouse view" acres


I adore your view! So very special and what a great space.

Enjoy the party


Kit said...

Thank you so much for the tour of your space. I just adore your view! And thank you for coming into my space across the sea. Kit

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

How great that you share a space with your daughter. That must be lots of fun. It's great that you are able to keep things organized. Sometimes it is hard with just one creative person, but two...oh my. You have such a wonderful space and what a nice view! Connie

zandra said...

Love your creative space! Hope to see it in person in October! ;o) So, enjoyed my visit with you today and always! I started this party friday night and it has taken me this long to get to Enjoy the rest of the party.

Queen Bee said...

What a terrific studio! What a great view for creative inspiration. So many goodies too!!!
Queen Bee Studio

Lori said...

What a great space! And isn't it wonderful to have a daughter to scrap with?! Mine scraps with me. I even went to your daughter's blog and became a follower. Her work is wonderful! And, I just LOVE your creations as well. I'm now a follower of you too! Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting me and leaving such wonderful comments.

Tricia said...

You have such a great creative space - you have done wonders with storage and organization. Everything is so well laid out. And I just love that you share your time with your daughter. I have two daughters that I love to share crafting with, but alas, one is a year away from college graduation and the other almost done with high school, so I don't know how much more time I have left to do such things with them. Enjoy every moment.

I just returned from my first ever visit to the UK (Scotland and England) with my dh. I loved it! So much history and beautiful scenery everywhere. We had great fun.

Thanks for sharing your space and also for stopping by my blog for a visit. Enjoy the rest of the party!


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderfully creative space!

I adore your storage solutions. They have inspired me.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Angela,

What a great studio that you and your daughter share..and well organized too. Thanks so much for sharing it with me.

Thank you for coming in to visit with me too!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

ginger@bearbits said...

It's been a charming visit overseas - love the photo of the countryside. Just like I would imagine it to be.

It's nice that you and your daughter can work together. Nice cozy space for you both.

Thanks for the tour!

BLISS angels said...

Hi Angela,
thank for pop over , you missed the cup of tea though, maybe next time. where in England? We used to live on Hayling Island in Hampshire but are in the States now. I miss home. I love your space. ~Wendy @Blissangels

Anonymous said...

Hi Angela, I'm still looking at all the wonderful creative spaces! Yours is fabulous! You even have a view while you are working, lucky girl! Thank you so much for sharing, Marcia in California

Lynn Richards said...

Angela, Thank you SO much for stopping by Blueskies!! I have to tell you, my daughter and I used to work together doing projects. She is 19 now and each time we are together, we find time to create!!!
p.s. love the profile picture!!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

I love that you share your space with your daughter and that your Sweetie gave you the larger space.
Looks like you create many wonderful things in your studio!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Angela,
So nice to meet you and visit your wonderful creative space. I love all your great organization with all the supplies you work with.
Plus you have an incredible view over the roof tops.
Your work is amazing. You are so very talented. Sure enjoyed my visit and thank you for stopping by my studio as well.

Happy Creating
Hugs, Celestina Marie

kluless said...

It looks like you have a perfect creative space for yourselves. I like the cards hanging above the wondow - great idea! Thank you for sharing.

The Catnap Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful space - You have some great storage solutions and I love the ceiling line of your studio and the view - my daughter lives in Germany - we visited a couple years ago, but did not get to the UK. Hopefully we will get there one day. I love teacups too!

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow, what a great space! You are so organized too! Thanks for stopping by my studio space.


kimberly said...

Your studio is so charming, filled with so many wonderful treasures. Love your view!!! Thanks for the tour, it was very enjoyable!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I would kill for your view! Mine's in the basement ~ although I at least have good light:)

One of my best friends from college moved to England with her husband right after they got married and it was quite an adjustment for them (they're from New York!) But by the time they left a few years later they had had an experience of a lifetime! It's a beautiful country filled with wonderful people ~ enjoy the adventure!


Sherry said...

Your space is charming. I love that you and your daughter have space to create together. Thanks for visiting my space and thanks for sharing yours.

Jodene Shaw said... space with lots of stash to create many of goodies! Thanks for sharing!

~jodi shaw of opened door

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a great space, Angela! I love that you share it with your beautiful daughter. When I had my space put in the basement, I had two desk areas put in so that my boys could come down and do artwork or homework with me. Truth is, they didn't do much of either down there - way too busy being rough and tumble boys to settle down and study or be creative! Your space is great - I love the facing desks and all that storage and light - wow!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

How nice that you and your daughter can create in the same space. I love your wide window ledges (well, truthfully, I envy you the window too because my studio is in the basement with no natural light). Thank you for inviting us!

Roberta said...

Hello Angela! Your home and countryside are beautiful and I love the view from your studio's window ;) So glad that you and your daughter are enjoying the space and creating together! Enjoy every minute you can because they grow so fast and then they are out of the house and you can't get enough of them! Thanks for visiting us here in NC at the Love Shack and looking forward to following your blog. Have a great week, fondly, Roberta

Connie K. said...

Angela, What a great area you have for creating...your viuew is being in a tree house...
Thanks for stopping by the Girl Cave and visiting...

Romeo said...

Meowllo Sunflower! Thanks so much for the creative space tour! Since the girls outgrew the smaller space and now have a nice big space, does that mean there is also room for you in there too?!?!? That's pretty nice that they get to create together!!! And looks like they have lots of fun stuff to play with!!!! No wonder they make such nice things!

Thanks too for stopping by my blog for a visit - I love friendly dogs and those wearing sunglasses? Well they are top in my book! Stay cool!



marcia @Child in Harmony said...

I love your space and how cool to share it with your daughter!

Your space is organized and cozy too.

happy day!

Dawn said...

How wonderful to share your creative space, I am enjoying visiting as many as I can also. Getting so many ideas and hopefully meeting some new friends.
Glad I could stop in today on the hop.

Violet said...

Angela, First of all, I love your fur baby! And the shades. It's been a delighful visit, thanks for sharing your creative space!
~ Violet

Creative Grammie said...

Hi Angela; what a charming space you to create in with your daughter! I love your view. I can't wait to visit England again, I was there in '97, but my stay there was too short.
Thanks so much for stopping by my work space and leaving such a nice comment. This whole blog thing is quite new to me. I'm stumbling and learning as I go,but I keep doing it because I so love connecting with other creatives around the world.
See you in blogland.

Anna said...

Hi Angela, you guys have created a wonderful space. I especially love that cabinet. My mother and I began cardmaking at about the same time and were sharing this apartment then, I do miss that sometimes, even though she's only right town the road. You are so organized, I wish I had the patience to sort my dp that way! Thanks for stopping by Cottage 6.

donnaj said...

lovely space for you and your daughter-and a great view to top it off!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Angela!
I totally get the need for organization! I find it much easier to create when I can find my supplies!!LOL! It's nice that you and your daughter can create together!!!
Thank you for sharing your awesome space with all of us!
My Desert Cottage

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

Hello Angela!
Thank you for popping over to Dandelion House and leaving a nice note too! I love that you and your daughter share a creative space too...It's a tradition in our home I hope will last a life time!
I can relate to being far from home. I moved from sunny Northern Nevada to Plymouth, Ma 9 years ago.. All in all it's been a wonderful move....I'm jealous of you though... ENGLAND!!! It's top on my list of places to travel too!!!Your studio is great... so cozy an full of things to work with!
Dandelion Wishes to you and your daughter... and happy creating..

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

How sweet that you & your daughter face each other while working...too sweet! And what an amazing view you have. I don't know that I'd ever get any work done. LOL Sorry it took so long to return your visit but I have been away @ an art retreat...what fun!

Halle said...

Your green cabinet is divine! Wonderful space...thanks for sharing.

Miss Sandy said...

The English countryside must be a great place of inspiration Your studio is wonderful and I love that you share it with your daughter, encouraging her creativity too. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

Fabric Art said...

Hi Angela, thanks for sharing your creative space and for visiting my, what a wonderful room you have to create in, and the view is great.

Niki said...

Thanks for sharing your space. It looks like you have so many things, but all have a special place. I particularly love the view!


Angela, I love your studio with a gorgeous view! Such a wonderful place for you and your daughter to while away hours of creative time. Your creations are lovely. I adore that green cabinet storage unit! Thank you for your sweet comment after visiting my Texas studio. ~ Angela

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Angela, I love your studio and the view out your window is inspiring. Love those roof tops.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

I love love LOVE how you create with your daughter!!! How sweet is that??
And that beautiful view out the window...priceless!!!!
Girl, if you lived closer, I'd so be there creating with you!!!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous view from your studio window! It's lovely that you work together with your daughter to create your projects--such a great way to spend time together.

Your layout of your little one is too cute! :D

Sheetal Ahlawat said...

I love the miniature store. How old is your daughter( don't mind asking me). My daughter is 5, and likes to do craft with me. But most of the time it's me who ends up doing all the cutting pasting and cleaning :)