Monday, April 26, 2010


" To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."

-George Kneller-Things are beginning to happen in the studio. Creamy dreamy things are taking shape and filling up the space. Chippy old wood, wavy old windows, stair spindles, wrought iron, cotton, linen, and lace - this will be my creamy dreamy new studio space!I hit a creative block in the design process of this space so I took a couple of days off after getting everything put away its new home. My daughter and I went flea marketing to see if we could find some inspiration. I came home with a divided organizer, three birds, two bumble bees, and a book but not much room inspiration.Frustrated, I decided to take a new approach and shop my own home and storage building using what I have on hand, knowing that if and when I find the perfect furnishings I can change it. This was the best decision. It forced me to look at what I have with new eyes and to see new possibilities.
I raided my meager almost dwindling to nothing architectural salvage stash that was left over from my antique booth days. I made so many trips in and out the building dragging things out for handy hubby to work his handy magic on that he said we should just move me to the old horse shed instead of dragging all that stuff out. No doing! Spiders live in there and the door has a habit of shutting itself then sticks and locks you into total darkness with the aforementioned spiders. Been there, done that, and no thank you!
The cutest thing was when my little grandson saw the new studio and his grandpa's new office. He went down the hall to turn on "Hannah's music" as he likes to call his favorite classical CD. He stopped in the hall and said, "What is this?" His little head bobbed left and right looking into each room but it was the studio he entered.He turned around in a circle taking it all in and immediately laid claim to one particular piece in the room declaring it was his. His eyes got as round as saucers when he spied the child size humpback trunk. He said, "Hannah, your room has a treasure chest and music notes!" In his little world there is nothing more exciting than surprises in treasure chests and music notes.While he ate supper I went out into the storage building and found a pirate costume that had been his dads when he was about that age and gave it quick hand washing and dried it. I sneaked into the studio and put some treats in the trunk. After supper he was so excited to get to put on the costume and open the trunk to find treasure. His favorite candy bar was among the treats, a " kitty cat" bar, (KIT KAT), as he calls it.His stamp of approval was all I needed to be motivated to move forward in the direction upon which I had set sail with every creamy dreamy detail. For the first act of magical creativity has already taken place in the new space. It was christened by a sweet boy of three dressed in a pirate costume who set a flight of fancy in motion with his maiden voyage of sailing across the ocean in his old iron bed bench pirate ship. The scene was played out with the soft strains of Pachelbel rising and falling like ocean waves accompanying his creative play. The art of discovery and imagination were the true treasures that revealed themselves as the old chest lid was lifted along with a "kitty cat" bar and other boyhood delights.
The first piece of art has yet to be created in this new room that I now occupy but if its maiden voyage into the creative realm is any indication, it promises to be a journey worth taking.

I woke up this morning with an inspired idea for window treatments, so I think I will begin to work on those today after another quick shop of the storage shed. I hope to get back to some more artistic things soon. I had started a new free tutorial before the move and I am going to try and get that done to share with you by the end of the week. ( fingers crossed) Thanks for hanging in there with me until I get things sorted out and back to normal.

I hope each of you are enjoying a dreamy day of your own!

Miss Sandy


Vee said...

Lovely to have it all come together...or nearly all...and to have your grand there to be delighted by "his" corner. I have a feeling that you help make his world pretty wonderful.

kathy said...

Ah !! to share such delights with us and of course , you cute little pirate -- How delightful - It is coming together in such a beautiful way and bespeaks of the beautiful things that will be created there--but most of all the Beautiful Heart ♥ from which it all flows forth -- a the bottom of your blog -- the also like -- list those cotton candy snowmen -- like one you sent me and I still look on it with delight --Kathy -ga ♥

Debby said...

OH my gosh, I love this post. How sweet to be able to share with your sweet grandson. Everything looks amazing.

Anonymous said...

OK, Miss Sandy! I have ONE suggestion: all of those things that you dragged into your new studio from the horse barn that has resident spiders....better check those things out in all the nooks and crannies for hidden spider eggs!

I don't think you could have had a better "maiden voyage" than the one you just took with your grandson. What a sweet story.

And the room IS looking creamy and dreamy and you have a lot more energy than I do lately.

May your new studio be continually blessed as it has been already!


Karen Valentine said...

Oh Sandy it DOES look DREAMY!!!! My heart is going pitter patter and I haven't even seen the room finished! Sometimes we do have to work with what we have. My dream is more like yours, but I just don't have the necessary items I need to create that look. So I created my room with what I had available and I do love it...
Half the fun of having a room of your own is the ability to change it whenever you want to anyway!! Enjoy it's loveliness the way it is now, and change it later as you find new pieces. Sounds like a perfect solution to me!!

My Desert Cottage
Valentine Design

/sewprimitive said...

The photos are lovely - such great, soft colors. You're surely on the right track now. I loved the story about your precious grandson, just the spark of imagination you needed. Just a wonderful post.


myletterstoemily said...

you wove a beautiful story for us and
gained inspiration for your room, too.

thank you. i love stories.

Lorrie said...

Thank you for sharing your process with us - creating takes time, and the right atmosphere. I'd say you're getting there FAST!


Rochelle said...

This definitely looks D*R*E*A*M*Y*!! I can't wait to see the final room! I love what you did with that trunk!

Tina said...

It all looks so dreamy and wonderful so far Sandy. I´m sure it´s be all amazing when you´re finished. I would love to fill my room with those dream cream colors too - have to get started collecting more of that. Just love it.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
xo Tina

Doni said...

How PRECIOUS! I can just see the head bobbing around and a cute little boy voice raised in excitement. Your description was wonderful..I felt like I had been there! Your room as well as all your neat items are so much fun to see! I really look forward to the next installment!!!

The Feathered Nest said...

Awww but Sandy, you ARE being creative sweet friend!!!!! Creating a wonderful, relaxing space surrounded by all the thing you love to inspire you!!! I am SO loving this new space....LOVE IT!!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Sonya Badgley said...

Oh Sandy, How precious are our grandchildren and everything they do?
And I LOVE the creamy dreamy theme that you are doing!
I got to go junking today and oh the treasures I found! I can't wait to get started on some more of my crafts! I don't have a blog or I would show you all the wonderful things!
Thank you for sharing your inspirations and your sweet grandson too.
Have a blessed week, Sonya

Shopgirl said...

You are working your magic, it is really going to be alread is...Hugs, Mary

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