Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II

oldgreymare studio IS
and only
9 1/2' x 9 1/2 '

Now, you may wonder how I ever got
this many large cabinets, an overstuffed chair
and 2 tables in such a small space.

I do too!

When I decided to go all white downstairs,
all my primitives of color
came up to the studio and were stacked
and wedged in to make my cozy space.

Organizing for a living means everything
has it's own special place
and is returned back there. (eventually)
My favorite "Z" gate in my favorite green
and "pooh" to make bad days better

The room is naturally dark, thus the twinkle
lights that rim the ceiling.

Once I was primarily a quilter and many fabrics remain.
I plan to pick up the needle again soon.

Of course TV with DVD
for favorite classic films

Snowflake afghan made for me by dearest Viola,
the 93 years young woman for whom I did home care.

Many an idea and friendly chat initiate from this chair.
The unfinished knitted sock is very symbolic for me.
Reminds me I can do anything I set my mind to.
Also reminds me to let go when I cannot finish or win.

Just for fun

Trois Anges

Tools and trims at my fingertips.

50 drawer apothecary in the hall just outside the loft,
holds tons of trim, stamps, punches and ephemera.

Infant shoe lasts- just enough to fill the ledge.

One can never have enough twine.

One can never have enough tins.

I made the small basket about 15 years ago
and always vowed to make another
with more even and equal points.
I'm still proud of this anyway.

The radiometer belonged to Dad
It is near the window so it will spin.

Inside the drawers - more tins
for more organization

The room is too small to obtain panoramic view
so only snippets and bits.
Thank you so much for visiting.


Create Change - The World Will Thank You
Project Genesis July 1st

Now, off to the next Studio!

Where Bloggers Create II
Hosted by Karen Valentine


Victoria said...

Wow..your space is truly magnificent..what a gorgeous vibe to it all! yay..awesome! beautiful basket..yes you must make is brilliant!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Suzan, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your have some amazing pieces!

Thank you for your nice comments and encouragement to go ahead and post today for the big event. Even though I didn't post, I have been working the last 2 days on getting everything organized. I need some of your drawers and cubbies!

Have a wonderful weekend,

erin's art and gardens said...

WOWZA!! i am speechless and so envious, No... inspired to get my "space" together...thanks. i love your studio...did i ever tell you that i used to quilt? but my fabric was never THAT organized.
hey, i love the banner miss julie made...she is the greatest. i've been brainstorming on "change" ideas...thanks for inspiring and provoking my brain.

have a good weekend,

Julie@beingRUBY said...


oh my goodness.. i'm flabbergasted!! Your space is amazing.. [that is an understatement]. Martha Stewart watch out!! not only have your created beauty in which to create your beauty.. but the organization is astounding!!.. haha... i feel shamed.. hahahaha...

Well I too many wonderful things to note here.. but all the little drawers.. just love them!!!

Just think one day soon I will have 1 entire room dedicated to creating!!! aka office space!!

Have a fab weekend.. I will be back many times to drool over these images... off to pick up my camera from the camera hospital!! haha.. xxx Julie

Razmataz said...

WOW. Incredible. I can't even begin to tell you what I love most. Drawers and cubbies and shelves and nook and crannies.....I could spend hours in there looking at all the bits.....thanks for showing us.


Anonymous said...

i really enjoyed touring your space. It is truly beautiful. I lvoe the calm feeling in there.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Suzan, all your cubbies, drawers and shelves are amazing. You really do make good use of your space. The stacks of material is just wonderful! I'm enamored and in awe of quilters. The use of fabric for art has always intrigued me. Love the chair and Pooh nearby. Looks so homey and cozy!

sweetpea said...

it's fabulous beyond words. love it all!



Kit said...

Incredible! Your place has a very calming effect on me. So very vintage feeling and I want to poke around in all the cubbies and jars. Thank you for visiting my site too! I am loving this party. Kit

Boxwood Cottage said...

Goodness Suzan what fantastic photos of your amazing studio!!!
I would move in right away!
So neatly organised and vintage I just love, love love it!
Will have to come back often to this post for inspiration!
It sure belongs to my fave studios!
Thank you for being my first party guest over at my studio today! :)
xoxo~ Carola

Dorthe said...

Thanks for your sweet visit,
Your workingroom is just beautifull, and I would love to live like that, but well it will not happen,I`m not enough organized for that :). I love every corner of this, and your wonderfull furnitures all over.

The Tin Rabbit said...

Oh My Goodness! I absolutley love your space!!! It's just gorgeous...I could get lost in here and be so happy! Just wonderful! SO many inspirations in your room~ Love, Love...

Lorraine said...

Hi Suzan! Thanks for visiting me. Your space may be small but it is incredibly inspirational. I love all your cubbies etc but especially love the apothecary - have been looking for one of these....

marcia said...

oh my gosh can i move into your studio??? So cozy! I LOVE old things and loved how you used them. so beautiful and wow so very organized!!!

Very inspiring to know one doesn't need a huge space to have all the supplies and the things you love on hand.

No progress on Gatherings as yet. Ever feel you have too much on your plate and need to slow down??? That's where I am right now and am happy it is summertime. All in good time :)

happy day and thanks for visiting

Romeo said...

WOWSER! I am in LOVE with your studio!!! Those stacks of fabrics....they appear to be in neutral colors?! Oh my whiskers! And all those cubbies and drawers.....oh, my legs are weak....and the Wizard of Oz wall hanging - way too wonderful....okay I am now a follower...did I mention I LOVE your studio?!!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

What a wonderful creative space you have there! I love your pretty jars filled with buttons and other treasures and all your large and little chests of drawers. The fabrics are yummy as well as that wire basket filled with trims.
Happy creating and have a wonderful weekend!

Unknown said...

I Love, love your space. I am crazy for your antique/rustic furnature and shelving. Your space seems so cozy.
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

It's gorgeous, and your storage is incredible. Such a beautiful place to create!

June said...

OK Z, I knew it would be wonderful...but this is over the top gorgeous. I will never be happy with mine I am totally speechless and I don't think you understand how profound that is. I am never speechless. I am SO glad you showed this amazing space.
WOW! WOW! WOW! I think I will be saying that to myself all day.

Faded Charm said...

You do know how to pack a small room. I don't think there is one thing in this room that I don't Love!! All the cupboards, shelves, cubbies, baskets, jars, Oh my......Thanks for letting me get a peek into where all your lovely creations are made.

Enjoy your weekend.


Donna Reyne' said...

Thank you for taking us on a tour of your studio! It's really wonderful!
You fabric stacks are yummy too!
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Malisa said...

Oh, my gosh! I must admit I am envious! Your studio is amazing...truly amazing! Wow, wow, wow! I am totally blown away by your design and organization! Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse into your studio and into your life! Please come by and visit me...although I can't even hold a candle to you!


Malisa said...

Oh, my gosh! I must admit I am envious! Your studio is amazing...truly amazing! Wow, wow, wow! I am totally blown away by your design and organization! Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse into your studio and into your life! Please come by and visit me...although I can't even hold a candle to you!


Kathy said...

The heart tins are a great addition - a nice surprise when you open a drawer! And the lights around the room. Good idea!
Heck all of your storage pieces are BEAUTIFUL. And to fit in a chair that cushiony - great job.

Rebecca said...

Hi Suzan
What a wonderful studio you have created! It is so full of beautiful treasures and so organized. I love your technique and all the great "stuff"

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Wow - what a gorgeous space! Love all of your storage. You must be in heaven creating in there!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Suzan, your space is so BEAUTIFUL... I love all of the storage ideas you have!

xoxo Heather

Jane said...

Hi Suzanne,
I'm so glad you stopped by my blog for a visit so I could find yours! I love your space and all of the fabulous goodies you have in there. I just love how everything is organized in vintage and/or antique pieces. The apothecary in the hall is fabulous! Our tastes are so similar that I too think we must be related!!
Thanks for showing off your beautiful creative space.

Jane said...

Hi Suzanne,
I'm so glad you stopped by my blog for a visit so I could find yours! I love your space and all of the fabulous goodies you have in there. I just love how everything is organized in vintage and/or antique pieces. The apothecary in the hall is fabulous! Our tastes are so similar that I too think we must be related!!
Thanks for showing off your beautiful creative space.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Super cool spot and love how FULL but very, very TIDY and organized you are!!! I'd like to sit in that cozy chair under those twinkle lights and just look around for a very good time!

time worn interiors said...

Girl you are the QUEEN of organized! I love your space! What a fabulous work space!

Becky said...

Wow! I looooove your studio work space. I want to come over and play. Yum Yum!
That's all I can say while I'm drooling.

Sunny smiles,

Claudia said...

Oh my goodness, I love your space. You have wonderful vintage storage pieces everywhere. I am always drawn to little cubbies and drawers - there is something so charming about them. You have used the space well and created a charming studio.

zandra said...

Wow, your creative space is amazing. So shabby chic and organized. So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.

pami said...

Wow Suzan the studio looks amazing!
I knew it would... Im so proud of you my wonderful talented friend.

Jill said...

Your space may only be about 9x9 but WOW! what punch!! It is truly wonderful! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. I would like to know what a radiometer is...may need to google it. I assume it was the light bulb looking item. Again, thank you for the tour!

Queen Bee said...

What a terrific studio! So many goodies!
Queen Bee Studio

Diane@inMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Suzan-
What a wonderful, totally oragnized space. You have so many great looking cabinets and shelfs to house all your stuff. So much color and inspiration abounds!
Thanks for the tour.
My best - Diane

Carole said...

Oh Z it's even better then I imagined it would be. All those little cubbies and drawers are making my a little envious. I need your organizing genius....hey do you mind writing a book or something??
btw I had that cool silverware chandie and sold it and boy was I sad to see it go.
Carole make socks too!!!

krys kirkpatrick said...

Warm and cozy. Such an inviting place. It is rainy and dark here in Washington. So I am blogging with a nice cup of tea. Your blog is the perfect spot for a day like today. Thank-you for your visit, I hope I pick your name in my drawing!

Don said...'ve got it all!

Into Vintage said...

You have packed so much charm into a small space and it's so orderly! I think I need a comfy chair now -- looks like a perfect spot to settle in and enjoy your surroundings. Thanks for sharing - lots of inspiration here! :-) -amy

Cat Stegall said...

What can I say! Lovely,cozy,creative,I LOVE IT!AND a pooh to boot!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a terrific post for WBC, but it would make a wonderful post anywhere or anytime. It's a beautiful room with beautiful furnishings and details. You have some especially fabulous vintage storage units. So ordered and pleasant to look at. Thanks for inviting me in! Jacqueline

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Wow Suzan...I don't know what to say except that I love your space!
I look at your photos and I just wish I could reach in and open all those drawers! The curiosity is killing me! ;)
It's very cozy and I think that fluffy chair is just perfect for me to sit and stare at everything :)

Unknown said...

What a warm and comfy creative space you have! I love how you have found new uses for all your old furniture finds... I have total organizaional envy!

So glad to find your blog...

from one Nevadan to another, Happy Creating...
and dandelion wishes,

debi said...

Your studio is beautiful! You've done a wonderful job of fitting so much into the space you have, and making it beautiful and functional.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Such a cozy and cute and organized space!! I love it!!

Chris said...

What an adorable space to create in!
Such awesome pieces!
Best wishes,

Decor To Adore said...

What a wonderfully creative space!

I adore your storage solutions. They have inspired me.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Love the name of your blog. The workspace is wonderful. I love the primative look. So many jars full of fun stuff and all the drawers as well. Thank you for the visit. I liked the 3 angels too!

Leanne said...

Wow, this feels like a place one could settle down in, kick one's shoes off and create forever!

AM adding you as a follower because I'm interested in your Genesis thing. One can never have too many ideas to be better stewards of our world.

the old white house said...

Oh my goodness Suzan, it is all so inviting and warm and I love every cubby! You have made it all so personal I just knew your space would be magnificent, and you did not disappoint! I love shabby and white and have plenty of it in my home but there is still something about rustic boxes and metal tins that I just cannot resist! The No One gets in to see the Wizard is funny to me because that's how I feel about people seeing our upstairs sometimes! LOL I would love to come hang out in your cushy chair watch old classic movies and create with you in there. I also wanted to thank you for always lifting me up here in blogland, I appreciate your comments so much! Theresa

the old white house said...

p.s. hopefully you got my last comment (sorry I got a little wordy) but I just realized I was signed in as my daughter! Also thanks for your sweet comment at the giveaway too! Theresa

miss lynn said...

love this. so
peaceful and calm.
so many cubbies
and drawers and
tins and jars!
than a
candy store!
happy day to you!

Anonymous said...

Suzan, I had a lovely time touring your dreamy sanctuary!Your treasures sprinkled throughout are lovely:)

Have a wonderful week!


Unknown said...

Be still my heart! I am such a sucker for drawers, nooks and cubbies. This space is a treasure trove!!I just have to look at it again! :)


Karmen said...


kluless said...

You are SO well organized to pack so much into the space and have it not look crowded. I only wish I could accomplish that. I tell myself if i ever gain weight I'm in big trouble because I won't fit in the art room anymore! Thank you so much for sharing!

One Shabby Old House said...

What a cozy space to create. I found so many things to go out looking for this week. I never dreamed how many ideas that I would gather from all you girls. Thanks you so much.

Robin said...

Buckles,baskets and buttons, oh my! TWO gates! Lucky girl! I love your space. ~Robin~

Little Pink Studio said...

Wow! You have a fantastic space! I could wander around in here for hours looking at every little thing!
Thank you so much for sharing your space with us!

Debbie~ said...

I looove your CrEaTiVe space, every nook and cranny is so full and totally organized! It looks like it would be sooo much fun just sitting in there enjoying a cup of coffee! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Suzan, Your Studio Creative space is Wonderful, I can't believe all the fabulous pieces you have in that room & How Cozy it looks & Must feel!
Thanks for Sharing.... Now off to read about Project Genesis~

kimberly shaw said...

Oh my goodness!!! Your studio is so "over-the-top" charming! It was such a treat visiting you, I so enjoyed your tour!

Anonymous said...

I love your studio!! It's Awesome!! What a wonderful place to be creative!!

Jennifer Dixon said...

Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVE it all! Every single little detail. I love your style and creative displays and storage ideas. It is all SO BEAUTIFUL! Happy creating! :)

Kelly Lish said...

Just love your magical studio-so glad to now be following your lovely blog!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Sitting for a spell is exactly what I want to do in your studio! Actually I'd really just like to take up residence. Love your studio and all the lovely little drawers just asking to be explored. Thank you SO much for having us over to visit.

Karen Valentine said...

Suzan, your room is awesome! I could spend hours in there just soaking up the ambiance! Thank you so much for joining the party! I REALLY enjoyed my visit!
MY Desert Cottage

Anna said...

That is one amazing studio, so many wonderful pieces. I love the shoe lasts, what a collection. Thank you so much for sharing!

Terri said...

Your place has a consistency of period and style...Wow! Just lovely!

Terri said...

Your place has a consistency of period and style...Wow! Just lovely!

donna joy said...

I love your room-all the antiques, it's wonderful!

Halle said...

Your space is so inspiring! Love all the vintage and primitive decor.

Sandy said...

Be still my heart! I adore everything about this studio space! I love primitive decor. All those jars of shell buttons - swoon! Cubby holes, cupboards, drawers galore to explore - love it all. Thank you for sharing your most inspiring creative haven.

Anonymous said...

Oh..your studio is a treat for the eyes and for the heart! So many treasures to look at..a big comfy chair to relax in..I could make myself right at home. To tell you the truth, I've spent a while on here going through all your posts. Your whole house is charming...

Thank you so much for having me in!

I put your Project Genesis button on my blog, and am busy thinking up things to post at the start of next month...


decomarce said...

Hi Suzan,your space is amazing,Incredible!!

I love your studio,it is incredibly inspirational!!!

Lynnae said...

Oh my goodness! The beige and faded green are charming together. What a gorgeous workspace!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I really like the color palette and the coziness of the room. It's like an old library full of wonderful books, but yours is full of wonderful fabrics...and cabinetry. You've made great use of your space. Connie

fairyrocks said...

WOW thanks for answering the door before I knocked ...

Recycled Rita said...

I just got to your creative space-running behind on the where bloggers create! It is wonderful! I love all the whites and primitives! karen....

Renee said...

I love your space. Love the colors.

(I'm still going down the list of bloggers and where they create. I have to see them all)

Boxwood Cottage said...

You won first price yeah!
I'm so so happy for you my friend!
Jo is coming to shoot your fabulous studio for WWC!
She could'nt have chosen any better!
Congrats Z!!!
xoxo~ Carola
P.S.: And the June too isn't that just so cool?

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Suzan,
Yours is a beautiful studio, love the choice of color you've used here. My favorites are the sentimental pieces you used to inspire you while you work, and, of course, Pooh for those kind of days. I have Bear (from the Big Blue House) that does it for me. It's taking me a while to get around, but so glad I found you & your studio.

Thespa McLaughlin said...

This is one sweet space! I love how organized everything is and the vintage time worn and lovely feel of the space. Looks like to found all the right components for such a small space. Kudos!

Lisa said...

How amazing! I could spend hours looking at all the small details! Congrats on your win to be in WWC! You as deserve it!
Hugs, Lisa

gm glimmerglass said...

Thanks so much for the tour of your creative space. I will be back over and over to explore every inch! You Gatherings sound completely scrumptious.

Creative Grammie said...

Ok, I'm still in the "D" part of the party list, but When the winners were announced I just had to visit. I heart your studio! I wish I could fit all those lovely cubbies, drawers and bins into my space; magnificent! You definitely deserve the winning spot, because it is a winner!
I certainly enjoyed visiting your studio, I would love to see more, oh wait...I will, in the next issue of WWC!

Unknown said...

Congrats on being a Winner of Where Women Create, your studio is wonderful and you sure have tons of really great supplies! XOXO

Unknown said...

Congratulations on winning! Your studio has such a wonderful, vintage spirit!

Artzy Heart said...

Your studio is one gorgeous inspiration. Congratulations on your win and thank you for sharing.

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Omg truely amazing, I love that you have everything in it's own little space inside and out, very inspiring...can't wait to read all about it in the up and coming WWC.


Anonymous said...

I love that I actually have sat and created in your studio! To all of you out there - it IS truly INSPIRING!
And I love that you mentioned my mom's afghan and honor it with a special place in your studio.
Thanks for being a creative muse to us all.
Susan with an S, not a Z.

Leah C said...

Beautiful, beautiful studio! And it's filled with so many lovely treasures:)

sandy said...

This is AMAZING! Truly inspiring... Inspires me to do more in MY space!
Congrats on winning!

Anonymous said...

Your studio is lovely! All sorts of yummy colors and textures to enjoy. I'm really jealous of the great apothecary you have - all those drawers! Love seeing your pooh bear (I'm a big fan of his too), and got a great kick out of the knitted sock story. :D

Candylei said...

Everything is sooooo organized. I love this creative space. Everything you love is right there before you.

Marie-Pierre said...


Darby & Sheri said...

Wow I love what you have done with such a small space. I have been working out of my home for a long time and am now getting ready to work on my actual "studio". It is wonderful to have a place to call your own. I loved my visit here!

janah said...

What a beautiful studio it must be a great place to even just sit and be. Thank you for sharing I will return for great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Oh I do so love your small space - it gives me hope for my small space! LOL Thanks bunches for sharing your great organizing ideas - I will be borrowing some of them for my space...
Beth P

Primitive/Colonial Passion said...

I love your workroom space. You have inspired me to go upstairs and rework our office/sewing room. I have materials in three different rooms at home. I'm a primitive, antique, vintage lover. I stumbled across your blog over the weekend and now I'm a follower.


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

A lifetime of 'making' so beautifully organized in such fantastic containers - cupboards, drawers, shelves, hooks, baskets... The room hugs you and entices long and cozy visits. I am so please to have found your blog.

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you the warm feeling this room gives me. I just want to take a seat in that comfy chair and take it all in.

Our Country Bungalow said...

I have browsed through the photos of your studio several times over the past year or so. Whenever I need inspiration (like today, when I am cleaning and arranging my own space) I come back and appreciate your tidy displays and your calm color scheme.
Love it!

Bonnie Schulte said...

What a wonderful studio. I first discovered your blog today, and so glad I did. I will be moving into a new mobile home in 6 weeks, and your ideas for organization will be a great help. From a basement area studio, to a 12 x 15 bedroom will be quite a change. Thanks for the ideas. Will be following you daily from now on. bonnie

Art and Sand said...

Laurel at North End Loft posted a picture of your workspace on her blog today. Oh, my! You inspire me. I keep thinking I need to fix up my attic for creating instead of the tiny corner I have in my husband's studio.

Colleen MacKinnon; Penny Rugs and More said...

Your Studio is very warm,inviting, and interesting! You have superb organizational abilities and great antiques!