Thursday, July 11, 2013

Where Bloggers Create & Giveaway

Welcome everyone visiting from Karen at My Desert Cottage's "Where Bloggers Create 2013" party! (And, of course, welcome also to those of you who regularly visit!!!) Karen, you are so wonderful to once again host the event of the year; thank you so much for all your hard work putting this together and for your awesome inspiration throughout the year.


This is the second time I have participated in Karen's annual event - last year I was still in my basement studio. Since then I have moved upstairs to an 8 x 10 room; not the largest space, but more than enough for me to create, blog and surf my favorite websites. In keeping with my Victorian Studio theme, you'll find old wood, tarnished silver and regal-inspired trinkets here.

Be warned; there are lots (a ridiculous amount, really) of photos - but to thank you for getting through them all, you'll discover a very special giveaway at the bottom of the post. As always, click the photos to biggify to nearly twice the size you see here. So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy the tour of Where This Blogger Creates:

Main Desk  - This is where I create cards, sculpt, paint, sketch,
draw digi stamps and blog on my laptop.

I like having everything at hand, but organized too.
Ribbon is on a 6' curtain rod, wooden stamps in printer's trays,
at the far left is an antique paper cutter that holds paper towels.
My OCD is obvious in that everything goes back to it's place
when I am done each day.  I know... it's a sickness ;)

Antique bridge lamp provides extra light in a charming fashion.
Behind it is a cherished "Joy" ornament from Dawn at The Feathered Nest.

Top of watchmaker's cabinet.
A Victorian celluloid-topped rubber band container is center stage.
An awesome find since I didn't even KNOW rubber bands were invented yet!
[They were. In 1845. There... you learned something too.]

Most-used supplies kept close at hand in watchmaker's cabinet
and desktop file drawers from the Diem Wing & Paper Co. Cincinnati.
(inscribed on front).

Victorian cast iron wall pocket, clip and hook -
found separately, but go nicely together.

A Victorian photo album, cast iron string holder, vintage clipboard
and a few favorite items in a silver tray.

My bunny watches over me and smiles.

Copics in my homemade organizer, tools in silver creamer and goblet,
glass pen tray, miscellaneous bits and bobs in an old muffin tin.
The lion head drawer pull is a single, so he sits here atop another drawer set.

I guess you've figured out by now I like small wooden drawers.
Well, I am sorry for you'd be mistaken...
I LOVE them!

Stamps, tools, brushes, pencils and markers in old silver.
Silver tape dispenser, gold stapler (yes, real gold), Achilles stamp stand
and Victorian note spike.
Antique postcards in an 1888 cast iron wire rack.
Peeking in the right side is my wall-mounted Victorian cast iron string dispenser.
Oh, and a candy tray always full, natch -
current offering du jour are sour jelly beans. (yum)

Old keys and tags on vintage regal key hooks.

Shelves over desk. They're too hard to easily reach
so I put decorative items up there rather than art / crafting supplies.

First shelf - a trio of Edison antiques.

Vintage products - love the old graphics and typefaces!

Trinkets in a printer's tray.

Old clocks and fan.
Ha! Just realized that each clock displays a different time...
now my OCD wants to fix that.

Second shelf - thrifted crystal decanters, transferware plate
and a plant in a rusty bird cage that obviously wasn't made to hold a bird
- at least not for long, that is.

Silverware, plate, birdcages and insulators.
Antique mouse plate - inscribed on back
"To Mrs Bell Merry Xmas From Flossie 1905"

Bulletin board made from an old frame
with vintage postcards, cameos, keys and a calendar from 1895.

Under desk storage - wicker picnic baskets store a variety of "stuff".
Because I'd probably forget what "stuff" I put in there, I labelled each one too.
Oh yeah, and that's an antique rusty metal creamer at the back that holds
a bunch of old yardsticks, rolls of paper and a Ranger craft sheet.

Chair-thief Dakotah.
A Master at assuming control the nano-second I get up to do something.
I swear she meows "Mine!" in victory... until I move her butt off it once again.

Stamping desk under window - Distress inks in thrifted cassette tray.
An easy find, since cassettes have gone the way of the dinosaur.
Metal "steampunk-ish" sculpture I made from old clock parts.

A peek in the drawers.
Notice I said "the" drawers. Not "my" drawers.
At least that's how I had to re-type it so as not to confuse...

Why I put a shelf under the window ;)

Watches and watch / clock parts awaiting re-purposing.

My reminder chalkboard - with MY memory, it's used a lot!
That crown frame used to be a mirror, but since the glass was marked,
I painted it with chalkboard paint.

Storage under the stamping desk.
Crown masons in front inside an antique oil tray.
Burlap, brown paper, twine and big rusty shears in old twig basket.
Because EVERY crafter needs big rusty shears in an old twig basket. Right?

Sheba - guaranteed to appear immediately upon the consuming of food. 
ANY food.
Perfectionist of the sad "I'm starving" look (which she never is, BTW).

My $45 Re-Store chandelier. A perfect addition to the room.
Reminds me of something off the Titanic
sans barnacles ;)

My dress form stands at attention for the antique Union Jack behind her.
Yep, that's my 33 year old wedding dress! (The hat's new though...)

Old glass and old glasses.

Glitter is too pretty to be hidden away.
Speaking of Titanic, that creamer and sugar at the top
are First Class reproductions I bought from the Titanic Exhibition in 2012.

Candlestick phone and bell box, bread box holds cards, oak cabinet underneath.

Did I mention I have a touch of OCD? Um. Yeah.

Tawnee blends in well with all the browns, no?
Here she is plotting to somehow replace Dakotah at the prime sleeping spot
AKA: "The Shelf Under The Window".
Meanwhile, Sheba, oblivious to the scheme, is still waiting for some snacks to fall...

Silver trays and doorknobs under glass.
I have old game piece magnets on one, the other I made into a chalkboard.
Errr...on the silver trays, that is.
Not the doorknobs.

Shelf below clock displays a Bobbie helmet bell, Royal commemorative plate,
old postcards, frames, cast iron bird and a cat weather vane.
Which is useless if you want to know which direction your cat is going.

Besides the antics of my three feline family members, I share my studio with two feathered friends; my daughter's two birds (since she couldn't bring them to her apartment). Yep, I am never lonely!

Zazu the talkative Budgie - chatters with real words....
freaks me out sometimes, I will admit.

Meeka the goofy Lovebird -
she tries to get my attention by hanging upside down and squawking.
It works.

Old dresser with drawers removed, stripped, stained and shelves installed.
Perfect fit for a lot of supply storage!
Did I mention I have a lot of supplies?
I do. But don't tell my husband that.

Each one of these drawers has four sections making organizing even easier.

Two Singers - one regular and one toy that really works!
Vintage needle books, wooden spools, pins.

My favorite pin cushion - actually it's my ONLY pin cushion.
But who needs more when you have one with an uber-adorable metal squirrel on it?
Not me.

My homemade "Antiques & Bygones" sign and
railroad memorabilia (I used to work on that train in 1975).
My daughter believes I worked on it in 1875...yeah, she's hilarious.

Vintage scale weighing old books and bird,
old sheep dug out of a dusty corner in the basement of a rural antique store
and knick knacks in a small printer's tray, all atop my 12 x 12 paper rack

Inside the closet with the door and hanger rod removed.
Vintage holidays at top, punches, Cricut, binders of unmounted stamps and info.
An Ouija board? Well the Victorians were really into the occult;
and the graphics looked good back there.
Even though the game used to Freak.Me.Out.
I refuse to put the pointer device thingy anywhere near it.

Vintage picnic basket and suitcase used for storage too.
Raw real sheep wool in a wooden tray behind with my new carders from
sweet Dawn at The Feathered Nest!
(awaiting a project I will get to.... one day).


When this room was my daughter's, she had a collection of Beanie babies that we displayed on shelves up high near the ceiling... here's what is on those thin shelves now:

Bunnies hippity - hop over the door

Vintage egg cups - most, if not all, made in Japan

Silver and rusty vintage cow bells, tag, oil cans, sprinkler head and knob.

More silver, vintage cookie tin and chippy wood columns.

Reindeer. A lot of reindeer. Actually, a ridiculous amount of reindeer.
I had to get that vintage reindeer handkerchief,
as the cuteness totally sucked me right in.

See? Told you.
Even more reindeer.


Whew! Congratulations! You did it (you must be blurry-eyed by now).  I really hope you enjoyed my Grand Tour... and to thank you for your incredible endurance, patience and determination (or that perhaps you had nothing better to do for the last twenty minutes), here's my giveaway to one lucky reader:

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1ST: CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER OF THIS SET - Sharon from Cape Town, South Africa!  I will be emailing you for your address today!


Six pieces of beautiful gold-trimmed embossed china from the Polish maker Walbrzych /Wawel. The teacup and saucer are in their "Rosebud" pattern and the creamer and sugar bowl with lid is from their "Vienna Garlandia" line.

Hold on.... your chances of winning just doubled, as I have TWO giveaways! 

I will also draw a name to receive the following lovely 7.5" wide gold-trimmed oval dish marked Lichte Fine China, GDR (German Democratic Republic - Former East Germany):

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1ST: CONGRATULATIONS TO Doni from Texas, the winner of this oval dish! I will also be emailing you privately for your address!


If you'd like to enter to win one of these gifts, simply leave me a comment and become a Follower either through Bloglovin' or Google Friend Connect! Since there are so many blogs in the party and a lot of participants to visit, I will give everyone lots of time to stop by before the deadline of midnight, Central time on Saturday, August 31st. The winner will be announced here on Victorian Studio on Sunday, September 1st and be contacted via email... so make sure I have a way to contact you!

Good luck and thank you again for spending time in my Victorian Studio.

I can't wait to return the trip and come by each and every blog in Karen's Where Blogger's Create party!


177 comments:

  1. so many goodies and what an awesome space to be inspired and create.

    nice to meet you,
    Chris

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    1. Welcome and thank you Chris! So nice to meet you too. Have fun at the party!

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  2. WOW! I am so deprived. There is NO shelf under a window for me. The heck with the comfy chair, now I want my own shelf! Dakotah looks way to comfy and has obviously tested out all the options. Think you could put in a good word for me?! I've been a good boy. Well at least for today.....

    We both loved your studio and most certainly appreciated all your antique and vintage eye candy!!! As for little drawers.....they ARE wonderful!!!! No doubt though that they help calm the OCD ;) You will reset those clocks I am sure however, I once knew someone who set each clock to a special time in their life (time grandbaby was born, etc). Just a thought in case.

    We had such a good time! Thanks so much for sharing! Is that window seat vacant yet?

    Purrs and hugs,

    Romeo and "her"

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    1. Thank you so much for the very sweet comments Romeo and "her"! You are too kind - oh Romeo you have a whole WALL of gorgeous windows to gaze out; you lucky feline you! And what a view (at least now that the neighbor's view is blocked ;) ). And what an incredible idea about setting the clocks at important times!!! I shall be doing this for sure this weekend - thank you!

      And Romeo? The window shelf is yours anytime you'd like to visit ;). Dakotah, Sheba and Tawnee will just have to learn to share.

      Purrs and hugs to you both too. Have a great time partying!

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  3. What an awesome use of space and so organized, I love all the ideas for storage in vintage drawers and containers. Love the ribbon rack and the ink pad display, such a great idea'
    Hugs and Happy Party Hopping and I follow on both so there you have it!
    Have a great time making the rounds!
    Hugs Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies

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    1. Thank you and welcome Marilou! I shall be visiting you as well for certain. Glad you enjoyed my tour!

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  4. Maureen, goodness me, that is one wonderful, good looking, organized and interesting studio! You have to come to Kelowna and see how many things in our studios are similar..love all your small wooden cabinets, egg cups, sprinkle shakers, etc, etc! Have a happy weekend creating!
    xo
    Dagmar

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    1. Thank you kind Dagmar! Oh how I would LOVE to come to Kelowna again - last time I was there was in the '70s!!! Have a wonderful weekend as well dear friend.

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  5. What an intriguing, personal, and inspiring space! I could move in and start creating right away.............!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ha! Thank you so much Gail, so nice of you to say.

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  6. WOW!!!! I love your stuff...very vintage!!! I love your wood boxes you put your stuff in...and your copic markers made me drool. I soooo, need to make that kind of holder for mine...I dont have as many..but, I can get some more..LOLOL!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Hugs

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    1. Oh I love old wood too... and anytime I see a set of drawers, I get way too excited. Oh yes, you can always get more Copics! Which is why I haven't added on to my holder; I just KNOW I would be tempted to fill it up as well! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have fun partying!

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    2. Oh my goodness - you have an amazing space! All your collections are so fun. The keys and holder is awesome! I really can't believe that is only an 8x10 room!! Amazing~

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    3. Oh thank you Vicki! You are so kind. Yep, it's a small room; but it's only for me (well, and a few furry and feathered friends) so there's plenty of room to move around. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment!

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  7. Hi, omg I love your place! it is just wonderful!!!! hugs kat =^.^=

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    1. Thank you for your visit Kat and welcome!

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  8. LOVE your space! All those drawers...be still my heart! Love the shakers full of glitter, the re-purposed silver trays, door knobs under glass....and did I mention the drawers? So many awesome pieces full of drawers fro tiny treasures. Love it all!

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    1. Oh yes, when one has way too many tiny treasures, one must have places to store them... thank you Marie; welcome and so happy you stopped by and left such a sweet comment!

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  9. i really love your studio, you are very organised. thank you for sharing it. love those drawers.
    have a beautiful day Lisa

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    1. Thank you Lisa; yes I am organized to a fault (or so my hubby says ;) ). Welcome and thanks for visiting - have a great time partying!

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  10. I am a follower and would love to win one of those prizes. My pops was a clockmaker and I love those cabinet drawers. Oh my your space is so awesome. Di@Cottage-Wishes

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    1. You're in for the prize draw Di! Oh, a clockmaker! What a fantastic trade; I hope he left you some goodies to play with ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet note - each one makes me smile.

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  11. You have my DREAM studio!!!! I wish I had the room to spread out like that! AWESOME!!!! I don't use bloglovin and I had to stop using Google+ b/c of a cyberstalker so this will have to be my entry!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my very long tour! I am lucky that we have a spare room for me to work in. I started with just a single cart of supplies and the dining room table. Now many years later it's grown into all this... but I love spending every extra minute I have in it.

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  12. Maureen, I love your space.I could sit anywhere in your studio and draw for hours! Love the rich timbers, all the old wares, and just so much texture.I don't think I'd be coming out of your studio all that often!!Love it.New follower.
    Judy

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    1. Oh thank you Judy and welcome! I do love to spend as much time as possible here.

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  13. Oh wow! It's a good thing you can't see my jaw hanging open. What a beautiful and organized space you have, it's no wonder you're able to be so creative. I love all your containers (I have a thing for them too) Eye candy everywhere! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Aw, you are too kind Betsy! So glad you could pop by for a visit!

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  14. Oh Maureen, in some past life we must have been soul sisters. I adore your craft room and I am amazed at how much display space you are able to incorporate in the small room. My room is small, too and I am always pining for places to make sweet little displays and you pull it off perfectly. Bravo!! and thank you for sharing.

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    1. Ha! Soul sisters! Now that would be cool! I think it doesn't matter how big or small your space is, whatever you have, make the best of it and enjoy! Thank you so much for your sweet comment Kathy!

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  15. Wow, simply beautiful! Lotsa eye candy!
    Be blessed, Lorena

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  16. Hi Maureen, very pleased to meet you! I'm so happy that I came across your fabulous blog through Where Bloggers Create today! I have to tell you that I love your studio! All of your vintage pieces are to die for and the unique ways you've used them to store everything...I totally applaud you! Besides being so lovely I felt like I was at home and very welcomed! Your furry and feathered ones are adorable! Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us today! I had a wonderful time!
    If you would be so kind to enter my name in your generous Giveaway I would be very appreciative! Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! I hope that you have a beautiful and creative day!
    Hugs and many blessings...
    Bobbi Ann Cook
    rockyandduke@aol.com

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    1. Oh Bobbi Ann! What a wonderful comment; you gave me such a huge smile reading it. Thank you so much! Welcome and have a beautiful and creative day as well! You are entered! Good luck!

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  17. What a lovely studio. I adore all your antiques. If putting things back where they came from is a form of OCD, then I have it too. Otherwise I find it difficult to find my tools when I need them.

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    1. Ha! My condolences on your OCD too ;)

      But you are right - I am amazed how people find things in a messy area... I never would!

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  18. Maureen, you've really inspired me with your post! I just love your vintage/Victorian decor. Displaying glitter in that gorgeous glass is wonderful!!!! AND I love your beautiful cats... I can't wait to come back. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Carmen, and welcome!

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  19. Always fun to visit a studio for a tour. Yours is awesome. Love the reindeer shelf and the glitter display.

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    1. Thank you Laurie! Did you see your Party Birds? They are enjoying their new home here, I think ;)

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  20. I love your studio with all your antiques and every display. You have so much eye candy my teeth hurt. Your kitties are so cute too. I am a new follower.

    Danielle

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    1. Ha! Sorry for the toothache! ;) Thank you and welcome Danielle!

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  21. WOW WEE!!! It's like an antique store and studio! Loved the tour last year and more so this year! I could spend HOURS in your room!
    I do follow your blog and would love to win one of the sweet giveaways! Thank you for having one!
    Warmly,
    deb

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    1. Oh Deb, thank you! You are always so kind; you are entered for sure! Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment.

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  22. Wow, what a lovely place to do your work. I loved all the colors at the beginning and then seeing all of those wonderful collections was lots of fun.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the extremely long tour Kathy! Thank you!

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  23. You have so many amazing collections. I'm in awe!
    Thank you for a great tour!

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    1. Thank you for popping by and visiting Tamatha! So glad you enjoyed the tour.

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  24. Wow with all the full drawers and tray's. I see many items that I would collect also. Love that you display them in your space. It must be a year for the dress forms to wear white. {and that dress is stunning} My Magpie eye wishes my hands could run themselves through some of your goodies too. Keep smiling and creating. Thanks for sharing your space.

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  25. Maureen, "wow" just doesn't cut it, but ~*W-O-W*~! You've created an entire world in that space, and what makes it all the more charming is that you've obviously filled it with things you love. Professionally I'm a teacher, so don't you for a second think I didn't notice your pencil sharpener! :)

    I love your high shelving- Rabbits and Reindeer would be a great name for a blog, don't you think? And the drawers- oh, the drawers. As my own crafty space evolves, I'd seriously considered a wall of card catalog drawers, but we'll see.

    Thank you for sharing your incredible creative space- I'm a new follower on Bloglovin'!

    Michaele (Twigs and Tulle)
    michaelek1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Ha! That pencil sharpener is a REAL antique (from our garage...) yes, it was ours even before I started collecting antiques! Oh wouldn't "Rabbits and Reindeer" be a cool name - you are so right! Oh I have always wanted a huge stack of card drawers; but these are all I can afford; they are so expensive now! Welcome and thank you so much for your kind comment!

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  26. Oh my word, is that a studio or have I died and gone to heaven. Your space is amazing . . . let me say that again, AMAZING! I'm speechless, something that doesn't happen but once in a blue moon.
    I'm having a Give-A-Way on my blog for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Please come over and put our name in the hat. All you have to do is leave a comment and follow me back. I am excited to have found you, now I going to look at some of your past posts :)
    Have a great day,
    Your newest follower, Connie :)

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    1. Connie, you are to kind! Thank you and welcome; I for sure will be by... I am looking forWard to seeing your space as well! Have a great weekend partying!

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  27. Absolutely stunning Maureen, so many wonderful things to see and I love all the fabulous spaces, places, and nooks for your creative muse.

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    1. Thank you Carole! With a small room, you learn to use every square inch! Welcome!

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  28. Ooops, forgot to mention that I am following you via email.

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  29. I enjoyed touring your studio so much! What a magical place!

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  30. You have such an enchanted space. Very creative!!!

    LOVED IT

    ;)

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    1. Welcome and thank you for stopping by Lola!

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  31. Beautiful organized space. So creative with the placement of all. I am following you via Google Friends Connect.

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    1. Thank you and welcome too! Love your name!

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  32. I am inspired by your studio to make better use of the space in my craft room. I'll be back for another look and am now following on Bloglovin.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and welcome - I hope you have found some ideas to use too!

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  33. You're studio is stunning! Thank you for sharing!! Love love the drawers...

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    1. Thank YOU Melanie, for stopping by and leaving such a nice note!

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  34. What an incredibly gorgeous studio you have. I'm beyond impressed. I love antiques, but have never been able to use them in my craft space because I am always afraid I'll be a rather messy crafter. Staying organized and picking up after yourself each day is NOT OCD, but good housekeeping. I believe it's the way everyone should craft, whether they have gorgeous antiques like you, or a bunch of plastic.

    Thank you and your menagerie for inviting Bleubeard and I into your lovely and creative space.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much... how kind! I am glad you consider it good housekeeping rather than OCD ;)

      Each crafter does their own thing; but if I don't put it away, I fear I would never find anything again!

      Thank you both for your visit and for your very sweet comment!

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  35. Oh My oh my! What a wonderful space. I too am in love with drawers but obviously i do not have enough of them and would someday dump all my carefully labelled boxes for an apothecary cabinet. I love your space and all your wonderful treasures. Thank you so much for sharing. Every photo a treat!

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    1. Oh how I would LOVE a large apothecary cabinet! Sadly, all I have found (and can afford, to be honest) are the small sets). Thank you for coming by and for making me smile with your comment!

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  36. What a LOVELY space to create in!! No plastic containers here!I love all your wooden drawers. The deep, rich, wood tones are a creative inspiration, just in the feelings they invoke. Your studio is truly a step back in time! Love it!
    Sweet Blessings, Chris

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    1. Yep, I replaced all the plastic that I could... thank you Chris! I am so glad you enjoyed your visit here!

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  37. It's a gorgeous place to create in. I am so jealous, mine is so utilitarian.

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    1. I started out that way too, it took me a long time to figure out what to do - then once I decided, I just focused in on my style luckily finding some great treasures to add here and there - which was the fun part!

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  38. Oh my Maureen, it's really lovely - like being being back in time. I'm sure you have spent years putting this wonderful collection together. And, what a joy it must be that you can work in such a lovely place.

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    1. Thank you Lilly; I like the warm feeling the room gives me - I love spending time in there!

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  39. Maureen! Now look at these many comments you've got wow! Everyone loves your Victorian studio and I totally agree with all of them! My favorites this year are all the vintage salt shakers filled with glitter, they look so fabulous! Wishing you many creative days to come! Carola xoxo~

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    1. Oh Carola, thank you; you must know that your Studio is one of my all-time favorites. I love your place and your art! Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a sweet comment. Best to you as well!

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  40. Your studio is absolutely a dream! I LOVE it. It is filled with inspiration and creative potential everywhere. Thank you for sharing it! I don't think I could pick a favorite -- well, except for the cats. : )
    ~Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I am never alone in my Studio; either one, two or all three cats are always in there with me... usually vying for the window shelf. Too bad I don't have three windows!

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  41. I'm in love. Just found your blog and now following. You had me at your ribbon bar. Then I just about passed out when I saw your glitter. You are awesome!

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    1. Oh welcome Andrea! You are too kind; I am so glad you popped by... thank you for leaving me such a sweet comment!

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  42. Hi Maureen, WOW I just love your creative space. It certainly looks larger then you describe of 8 X 10.
    I love all your gorgeous collections and all the inspiration for creating. You are so organized too and I love your storage ideas for your tools and supplies. Simply a gorgeous space and really magazine worthy. Love it.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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    1. Thank you Celestina Marie; I guess I know how to pack into a small space! You are too kind; I am so glad you were able to come back from your break to participate in the party - your studio is beautiful!

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  43. Your room is so beautiful. I love all of the little drawers and your organisation. Everything has its place but you still have lots of things on display. Your wedding dress is gorgeous as are your three cats.
    Thank you for the tour around your beautiful room.
    Happy making :-)

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    1. Thank you Louise! Welcome - I am so glad you enjoyed my very long-winded tour!

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  44. Thank you for every one of those photos of your amazing studio. Your space has better collections than any antique store I have recently been in. Thanks for taking the time to share your space! Sue

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    1. Oh Sue, that is so great of you to say! Thank you so much!

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  45. Maureen your studio is breathtaking. I just adore how you have all your collections displayed. Your vintage card cabinets and lovely fixtures make me drool. I can never find those kinds of fixtures here in my budget. Oh to be a fly on the wall in that fabulous craft room. I love it all and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my post... I have a long way to go ...Hugs

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    1. Welcome and thank you Tabitha (oh how I love your name!). It took awhile and hunting in a lot of places to find the cabinets and fixtures; luckily, my daughter loves antiques too, so we have a blast shopping together - she finds a lot of things for me too!

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  46. Wonderful supplies and so organized in lovely vintage things! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Violet

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  47. Beautiful place to create! Reminds me of my grandmother's house (this is a good thing). She was a collector of all things vintage and antique.... Your watchmaker's cabinet is similar to one my grandfather had! Thank you so much for sharing and letting me relive some great memories too! Take care

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  48. Love your room! Beautiful collections. I can't wait to put all my stuff in my new sewing room. I collect teapots and tea sets so your giveaway would really add to my collections. Thanks for the generous giveaway and the many wonderful ideas for display and storage.

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    1. Oooh! Well, be assured your name is in! I am so glad I could share some ideas with you. Thank you so much and for stopping by!

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  49. WOW!! Maureen, every corner of your studio is beautiful! I love how you organized your stamps and your collection of ribbons. And your wedding dress is gorgeous! *swoon* :)
    As an animals lover I appreciate the pictues of your furry and feathered pets. So sweet! So many wonderful vintage items in your craft space! Love it :)

    p.s. I'm your newest follower :)

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    1. Aw, thank you Duni and welcome! You are too sweet! Yep, I am never alone in my little sanctuary; luckily they are respectful of the antiques too! ;)

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  50. Oh Maureen, your studio is just fab!! Love the way you have incorporated all your antique pieces as storage and on display. All the silver is lovely and all those little shakers are so beautiful together. Like the way you have displayed all your ribbons to be so handy and you wedding dress is just beautiful and you can enjoy it everyday. I appreciate organization so much....I guess I have a little bit of sickness too....thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and your kind words. Keep on creating. I became a follower and will be back! Blessings, Linda

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      No, but really, my room may be "cluttered", but it's clean... I am so glad to have found you through the party too!

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  51. Thank you for visiting! I love the detail of your photos love so many things but my favorite picture is Dakotah on the cat shelf.

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    1. AW, thank you; yeah, she's a cutie and always at my side. Welcome, Susan.

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  52. Here I am still trying to get through the list of people that joined this party, and then I see your blog and those AWESOME photos of your
    INCREDIBLE space!!! First, let me ask, what magazine has contacted you to put this room in print? Seriously, this is the prettiest and most exciting place! My eyes are just jumping from one goodie to another! And the photography wins first rate praise too. I can see that you love being there. So would I!! This tour of your room has been like a vacation, with jaw dropping sights and inspiration and great ideas!
    How do you ever leave that space? Oh to be one of your cats hanging out there. Those birds are so lucky! Silly things, they probably fly around and play with all your ribbon when your back is turned! I love that you have your collections of lovelies displayed on shelves and in gorgeous drawers... I always look for cool drawers and never seem to be in the right place (or with the right amount of cash!) for things that pretty. Love love that dresser idea and storage space. Ok. I'll quit for now, but if you are ever missing a large shelf of gorgeous salt and pepper shakers...well don't come over here!! I would not want to have to give them back!!!
    Thank you so much for such a wonderful tour in your beautiful space. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. And please add my name to your giveaway!
    Have a great day,
    Doni

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    1. Hahahaha! Oh Doni! You made me so happy with your awesome comment! Thank YOU for coming by, I am so glad you enjoyed yourself... Ha! about a magazine feature - I wish! You are so funny. Be assured you are in for the draw!

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  53. Thanks for visiting my blog, WOW you have a fantastic studio, so many wonderful thing in one room, love all the tin boxes, oh I love everything you are showing
    Anni

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  54. Wow,your studio is really incredible,perfect...I wanna touch every single pieces ..Thanks for share with us and visit my blog:)))

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    1. Oh it was a pleasure to visit you too! Welcome and thank you for your kind comment.

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  55. Oooh la la! So much great stuff to look at its like eye candy! I love all your collections especially the little animals and deer. Thanks for sharing.
    Breana

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    1. Ha! Oooh la la! Thank you Breana, you are too kind. Yeah, I love animals, ceramic and real ;)

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  56. Clever idea to remove the drawers from the chest and I love the glitter in the assorted crystal shakers!Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comments also.

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  57. To enter into your studio is as enter the 'caverne d'Ali Baba' !
    You have a beautiful vintage things and stuff here.
    Thank you very much for visiting my own creative space and for leaving comments. Very appreciated.

    Hélène

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      Thank you for stopping by too! I love meeting all these new talented bloggers!

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  58. I am so happy to meet you through the party.. thanks for stopping by my blog! Your space is a delight, for sure! A woman after my own heart ~ needs her studio neat and clean. You should see me at art events.. I'm the one who has the waste basket right beside me! Anyway, the clocks, the fan (I have the identical one and love it!), the postcard from Flossie (my great-aunt's name)and so many fabulous vintage drawers! I was enchanted by all that vintage charm and decor. Your newest follower!!!!

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    1. Happy to meet you too Kadee! Ha! I would always hoard the basket at crops too! Cool that you also have a Zero fan! When daughter spotted it at an antique store in the US, the clerk at the front was dismayed she hadn't seen it first; she had been looking for one and didn't realize one of her vendors had just put it out... for a cheap price too! Right time, right place that one was! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment!

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  59. Hi - so nice to meet you through the party. Oh my goodness -your space is fabulous - so many beautiful vintage collections to enjoy and everything is so well organized. It is hard to pick a favorite, but the watchmakers cabient is enchanting and the clocks and fans and bottle collections are also charming.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely space.
    Blessings,
    Erin

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  60. Your studio is so warm and inviting! And I'm sooooo jealous of all your Copic pens, I'm too cheap to buy a full set. What fun it would be to create in your space.

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    1. Well, that isn't even the full set... I dare not make another shelf for my tower; or else I would be tempted to buy even more! Thank you and welcome!

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  61. Thanks for visiting my blog, wow your space that is same size as mine is fantastic. I love the use of all your antique bits, Drawers removed to make shelves fantastic and will be done to mine too :-) Little shelves along the top for showing off art goodies etc a must. Next year hopefully mine will be completely different. Cheers

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    1. You are welcome Glenda and thank YOU for coming over to visit with me! I always love these yearly parties - they are so inspiring!

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  62. Oh my what a LOVEY studio you have! It feels like an antique shop where all the treasures are your to create with! Very inviting. I love the ribbon roll and the shaker collection - so pretty and so functional. I think i could play for hours in your studio! Cheers

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  63. Well I would become a follower without any enticing. Can I live in your studio? I Love Love Love all you Victorian treasures and Christmas Reindeer? Hello! I'm a keeper of Christmas!!! I keep my glitter in old shakers too! So glad that I found you!

    Cheers my friend from your newest follower!

    Leann

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    1. Aw, you are welcome to visit anytime Leann! ;)

      Oh yes, I love my reindeer collection... I have even more boxed away with my Christmas ornaments. Whenever I travel, I need to pick up a reindeer. Thank you so much for your visit!

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  64. Wow! Your space is truly inspiring. I love all of your vintage decorations. The printers trays are perfect for storing lots of things. The glitter display is my favorite part. I need to work on making my space a beautifully decorated room.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I do love printer's trays... they are so great to display little treasures.

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  65. Your creative space is a treasure trove! I adore how you have your supplies interspersed with your wonderful antique things! Where do you find it all?! Thank you for sharing your space with us,it was a pleasure visiting with you!

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    1. Welcome and thanks Kristi! Luckily for me, my daughter loves antiquing too, so we find treasures both on antique hunts and even a few in thrift stores too!

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  66. Wow, your studio is just amazing! I feel as if I have entered a wonderful store that I would love to shop in:) I am drooling over your gorgeous salt & pepper shakers filled with glitter! I can hardly wait to go hunting for some at the thrift shop:) I also really love all of your wooden drawers and chest. And of course your furry companions, and feathered ones, too! You have some really neat collections, I love all of the silver pieces and bird cages. Thank you for the fun tour!!

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    1. Oh Donna, you are too kind, thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed my very long-winded post!

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  67. I Love your space so much I MUST come back and see it again.
    Your collections are beautiful and I really enjoyed meeting the family

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  68. Hi Maureen, love your space! So much vintage goodness to surround you. I love anything with cubbies and drawers too. I have a couple other pieces that have drawers that I didn't put in the room because I thought I needed to find another cabinet to set them on. Now I see that I just need to stack. They will be making their way down there today! I just found a vintage mannequin last weekend to add to my space too. My room is still evolving. Hope to make it as cozy as yours! I have been looking for some primitive lambs. Wondering where you found yours? Also love the vintage graphics. Lots and lots of fun ideas. Thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. This was my first time joining the party. So much fun! Oh, and kitty is too cute!

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    1. Oh Jann, thank you! Welcome and I am so glad I gave you an idea you could use in your own room! Yay! My lambs were found at various antique stores; I just couldn't resist picking them up. That old matchstick Putz one was only $10 at a local shop; I couldn't believe my luck!

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  69. I love your space, Maureen! I think it's great you keep some of your collections mixed in. Love those silver trays! Love all the little drawers to open and see what is in there.

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    1. Thank you Kathy! Ha! I had to climb onto a chair to get those "open drawers" shots... :)

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  70. Wow! And that one simple word still doesn't emphasize how I really feel about your room. I love, and I mean LOVE anything vintage and this room just says it all. I. Am. In. Love. So much texture and vintage eye candy! I can't pick just one thing I truly love. I just LOVE it all! Thanks for sharing your fantastic studio. Also, thanks for stopping by blog as well. Oh, I'm a follower.

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    1. Oh how sweet Lori, thanks! I just love meeting all these new bloggers to the party; thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

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  71. I love your creative space. We seem to share an obsession with little drawers. I enjoyed touring your space and seeing all your vintage treasures.

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  72. Maureen, I really enjoyed seeing the changes you have made to your space. I appreciate your commitment to the Victorian decorating. I enjoyed the time spent at your blog and I visit regularly. I did go visit most of the blogs listed. Sylvia www.smdgreetings.blogspot.ca

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  73. Hi Maureen! Your studio is certainly a feast for the eyes...SO MUCH to look at and admire. All of your wooden drawers are wonderful and enviable...I want them all. Your collections (oh! the reindeer!) and vignettes are so, so charming. I loved touring your beautiful space!!

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  74. Love love your spce! I adore all of your wooden drawers....I would have that many or more if I could! All your eclectic items look so well together, I won't be so nervous about getting to my room....HA! I have tons of htings too, someday, maybe before next years, where bloggers create I will be ready to show it....
    Love everything!
    Hearts to you!
    Betsy

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    1. Oh Betsy, I do hope you participate next year! It is really a blast (and a great reason to dust ;) )

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment!

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  75. Wow - what a collection of items, could spend hours looking at all those antiques and trinkets!

    Love the cabinets & drawers for storage - the eddison electricity note made me laugh!

    Lots of ideas for storage and styling my home...I'll be coming back here to see all your lovely posts!

    sarahbeth59@hotmail.com

    Sarah

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    1. Ha! That Edison sign cracks me up too - reminds me of how scared the gang at Downton were so afraid of electricity when they first had it installed... Thank you so much for visiting Sarah!

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  76. Incredible studio! My favorite by far! I would love to step in and take a close look at ALL the eye candy you have there :) Congratulations on a beautiful space.
    Thank you for your generosity and the opportunity to participate in your lovely giveaway, both prizes are just beautiful!
    I'm following you with bloglovin so I shall return soon.
    Warm greetings from Mexico ~

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    1. Thank you so much for the very kind words, you are so sweet! Welcome and I hope you can visit again soon.

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  77. Hello Maureen
    I'm glad that I finally made it to view your beautiful studio. You certainly do have a treasure trove of beautiful collectables. Your little drawers really appeal to me - a girl can never have enough of these to store her pieces of artwork, laces and papers etc.!
    A really wonderful tour and I am now following with Bloglovin. Your Giveaways are so beautiful too speaking of which I am also having a Giveaway as part of WBC if you would like to enter!
    Thank you for sharing this part of your creative world!
    Suzy

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    1. Oh I shall be sure to come by to enter yours too! I am still getting through the whole list - I can't wait to see your space as well. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!

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  78. Maureen,

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my studio. Your studio is amazing! I love the rack with all the glitter shakers! Your cats are beautiful. So are your birds. You certainly are never alone.

    Happy creating!
    Terry

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    1. Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Terry! Nope, I am never lonely, that's for sure!

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  79. hi maureen,
    you have the most beautiful, elegant studio:) love the salt shakers, so much and i envy your copics collection! love your feathered and fur babies--so sorry about casey:) you are so generous to add a giveaway, too! thanks for the great tour:)

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    1. Welcome and thank you Lynn! Yes, I really miss Casey; I often look down and remember she's not there at my feet - even months after her passing.

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  80. Oh my Maureen. I have certainly taken those 20 minutes or more to slowly browse through your awesome room. As mentioned in my email, it reminds me of a Secret Room one can find in a far away land somewhere, but having a look at it again and at leisure, I think it would definitely not look out of place in Dr Quinn... Medicine Woman's world. Love all the little drawers and goodies you have. Your fur babies are stunning. Our Nikita's mommy looked just like your Dakota, with the most beautiful long whiskers. So pleased to make your acquaintance. I have joined as a follower and may I share that the rose themed, sugar bowl, tea cup and milk jug which you are so generously offering as a gift, would fit in perfectly on one of the shelves in my kitchen. My daughter keeps telling me "Not another tea cup Mom" and "Don't you think you have enough now?"...lol I love having a tea party where every guest has her own special teacup, hence my need to build onto my small collection! Wishing you a fabulous day, hugs Sharon

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    1. Oh Sharon, thank you so much for the very kind comments! Welcome and best of luck in the drawing - love the daughter's question... don't they know that there is never enough? ;)

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  81. I love it, I cannot believe how much you have fit into one room. Your glitter shakers are fabulous and all of your wood drawers! And you still have room for fabulous collection! Well done!

    Carol

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    1. Oh Carol, thank you ... and of course I love having my dress form in there now, thanks to your inspiration!

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  82. Hi!
    I loved visiting your special space! I feel like I just met a good friend. Such lovely collections, and such inspiring ways of storing delightful crafting goodies. I just know I'm going to enjoy reading your blog, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi to you ArtGurl (love that name). Welcome and thank you so much for visiting and letting me know you've been by with such a nice comment!

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  83. Love your space! I could spend the whole day drooling over your many treasures and unique finds. I throughly enjoyed seeing it.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. You studio is reminding me of an old Victorian Store. Maybe in pre 1905 I love love it. W0W I am already a follower here! Loved visiting today!

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    2. Oh Patti, thank you so much!

      And thank you too Something Special! So glad you both enjoyed your visits.

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  84. Well I am like the mad hatter...late for the party. This studio is so amazing. I am delighted you shared it with the rest of us. It is so inviting and filled with so much history in each little vignette. I want to come visit. HA

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  85. Thank you CatieAn! And no, you're not late; this party goes all year long! I am so glad you made it by... thank you for your visit!

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  86. Hello, it's me again...The 73yr Old Elf...I just posted about your domino mini book...and I don't know how I missed your studio "Where Bloggers Create"...I love Karen Valentine's blog...This was a very nice treat, and I did go through each photograph (enlarging some to view details). Your studio is so organized (highly organized), so many supplies (won't tell hubby), AND so clean. Seriously, I have asthma (has gotten worse this summer) and I am TRYING to get a young lady (takes money) to come in and help me clean this little mobile home I'm in. HOW do you keep your studio so dust free (yeah...I know, your OCD)...is your studioi air tight? What is your secret? Love the kitties...I have 5 outside, four of them are strays or abandoned when someone moves out of the trailer park. I have named them all; Miss Olivia appears to be the oldest and is the biggest one. She has appointed herself keeper of the feed bowls and who she allows to feed. I am trying to train her to accept the new cat who has started coming here for food...you should see the look on her face when I give a vocal warning to be nice. Warmly, Mary
    iwasamightymouse@yahoo.com *******my primary email

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  87. Oh Mary, you are so very kind to leave me such a sweet comment; thank you! I think it's wonderful that you take care of strays... what a kind heart you have. I had to laugh at your last line there. Oh, and my secret? Shhhh... don't tell anyone....

    I dust only when I take photos of the studio for Karen's party.

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  88. So much beautiful old antique storage and display pieces, and so much to discover and oh all the possibilities. You have a super place to work in.

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  89. Wow, this is such a beautiful crafting place. You have literally crammed everything in. And so organised with all your shelves and little drawers that you love. I might have to seek out some of those for my own space, and I love the printer's trays as shelves for knick knacks, and they display your rubber stamps so beautifully. I might copy some of these ideas for my own space.

    Thank you so much for sharing, I have thoroughly loved pouring through your photos, I love all the handy little finds you have, such as a cast iron wall pocket, I never knew such things existed, but so handy to display beautiful little things that I would have tucked away in a drawer. I love the cute ornamental bunny, your cats, and birds too. Lovely!

    Many Thanks,

    Adventure Girl

    http://funlifeventure.blogspot.com/

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