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Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create 2nd Annual Blog Party ...

Good Morning!


I participated last year in Karen's wonderful idea "Where Blogger's Create".
We all love" Where Women Create" , and I thought the concept of a blog party where we can share our creative spaces and stories and the "Where Blogger's Create" title was brilliant!
I've written lots of posts before about my little studio on my first blog posted-from-home.
After running out of photo space recently, I started up posted-from-home Part 2. For those who are visiting here for the 1st time, I'll start from the beginning.

When my children were very little, I had a tiny little nook in the basement carved out under the staircase where i would spend my "free" time creating while my children were at school.

Then ... my daughter left to pursue a Master's degree at University in another city and I found myself wandering around her empty bedroom.

After a few weeks of this, my sweet hubby commented that Kate's room would make an ideal studio spot for me, much nicer than the basement, and he and my son offered to move everything from the basement upstairs.

I left the walls the warm salmon pink they were already painted (it feels like a little jewel box when I am in there at night), but my favourite is the mural that I painted 21 years ago when we first moved into our home. My daughter (then 4) asked me to "paint something pretty" on her bedroom wall. Being a lover of quotes, it says "Life is a series of new beginnings..."

How true!


Welcome to Sparrow Studio...

Everything is either from garage sales, thrift shops, auctions ... even found freebie curbside treasures ... but the sweetest treasure is my dog Ernest - adopted 6 months ago.

My 11 1/2 year old black lab who is my constant companion & loves the studio as much as I do ♥

Treasure and trinkets fill every little nook and cranny and wall space.

A printers drawer holds my stamp collection { and tiny trinkets}...

A "chandelier" made from a vintage plastic clothes dryer now holds lots of special photos and charms and hangs above my desk ... I only need "look up" to find inspiration ...

You'll find birds in every nook and cranny ...
hidden here & there ...
"Sugared Sparrows" ...
bookcases holding baskets

and books ...

reuse, re purpose and recycle is my motto ...
inspiration...
one of my son's favourite trucks when he was little ...
my studio is filled with special little treasures like this that mean so much to me ...
and inspiration boards to hold some of my sketches and ideas ...
a place to create to my heart's content ...
when ever I wish ...
my large desk was found curbside with a "take me" sign on it ...
The sides drop down - but I find I need the space and keep it fully open :-)
I LOVE photography, and have some of my photos in frames ...
and gifts from my children on shelves ...
My son made this trivet for me in grade school - it sits on my desk holding my many cups of coffee ...
A little painted sign with twigs and a bird nest sits above a closet door ...
My daughter, knowing how much I adore Doris Day, won 2 autographed photos at an animal charity a few years ago for me ...
Dried roses from an Anniversary bouquet sit in a vase I created using vintage paper & images ...
Inspirational words stamped on a canvas ...
In a corner of Sparrow Studio, I have a little altar...

in memory of pets Loved and Lost ...

my precious Lab Bentley ♥

& sweet budgie Jacob ♥
Whimsy ...
Inspiration ...
A spot to paint, draw, create ...
Eyes of Wonder ...
"Industrial Charm"
What was once an old mechanics light is now a holder for my string :-)
I love creating Inspirational boards...
filling in every little gap with pictures and words ...

I feel very blessed to have my own little spot ...

A room of my own ...
a quiet, peaceful place ...

Thank you for visiting Sparrow Studio ....

and Thank you Karen
for hosting such a wonderful, fun, blog party! I can't wait to visit with you all ♥
Blessings
from
Sparrow Studio
x0

28 comments:

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Deb... oooh, Sparrow Studio is just beautiful... I love each little nook and cranny, and of course all of your little birds and Nature treasures... I especially love your inspiration boards... and of course, your pup! Everything is so organized, I also love the old droplight with your string in it, how creative! Thanks for a peek inside your serene spot... xoxo Julie Marie

studio girl said...

Hi Deb,
I share your love and interest in DORIS DAY! Enjoyed your blog and all the lovely photos with notes. I wanted to tell you and ALL Doris Day fans about the weekly DORIS DAY & FRIENDS radio show from FredNetRadio - this station can be heard world-wide by going to: www.frednetradio.com

Click on Live Streaming

FredNetRadio chose MIKE DeVITA, a long-time friend and fan of Miss Day to host this great radio show - The live show is on Sundays @ 3:00PM (EST) with an encore @ 3:00PM, 8:00PM and Midnight on Wednesdays. Mike gives great commentary about Doris and her music and he plays at least 20+ songs and often more if the show goes way longer than an hour. It is definitely musical history with DORIS DAY all the way! People are listening all over the world and enjoying music the way it should be - the DORIS DAY way. FredNetRadio plays awesome music all day long - the very BEST from the 40s, 50s and 60s - from the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, all the groups in the 60s and of course, DORIS DAY! She is featured at least 4 or more times every hour, and then of course during her special show, she is singing the whole show!

Tell all your friends about FredNetRadio and enjoy radio the way it should be - with great music 24/7.

I used to be Doris Day’s personal secretary in the 70s when she was filming her TV Show at CBS. Have been a fan since age 10 and got to live my dream!

Mary Anne Barothy
studiogirl1944@yahoo.com
www.dayatatimesentimentaljourney.com

awal.ny said...

It looks like you are so creative in your studio. I love your colors. Even though I am into white, I love to see when other people embrace color. Thanks for sharing.

Ms. ~K said...

Thank you for the look into your special place!!!
xoxoxo

June said...

Deb your studio is beautiful. So this is where you create such wonderful things. You create in so many mediums, and that inspires me. I know you best for your photograghy, but I love everything you do. Ernie looks so content in the space as well. I'm sure his presence is true inspiration.
hugs

Monica@The White Bench said...

Deb, what a beautiful studio you have!! And that handsome boy, oh he makes me smile BIG!
Love your inspirational boards to pieces, and that painting with quote by Picasso especially. Very true.
Thanks for sharing your nest with us!!
Hugs,
Monicaxo.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

What a lovely space! That wall color is so welcoming.

The Tin Rabbit said...

I, too love your wall color! And I adore that slipcover on your chair! Ann

PAT said...

Deb I enjoyed seeing Sparrow Studio. Beautiful place to create.

Loved seeing Ernie, too.

pinkroses said...

What fun I am having seeing all these creative spaces. Your studio is no exception, and I am loving the slipcover for your chair (I would love to do that somewhere in my home), and your industrial light string holder-so very clever! It is all an inspiration...thank you for sharing!
best wishes
suzanne duda

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Deb,
Your studio is beautiful and filled with such wonderful items. Love the chandelier, what a great idea!
~Tracie

My Arts Desire said...

Deb,
I've enjoyed your blog for some time and now I know why I'm not seeing newer posts in my google reader...you've moved! Your studio is filled with so much meaning and sentiment...very special. So many creative touches and clever uses of repurposing vintage items. Very inspirational! Adore little Ernest too {have a younger version of him in white that is a part of our family}! Xo, Sue

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Deb! I just wanted to apologize for using the old link. It's fixed now and I'm sure many haven't even gotten to the "P";s yet! I will be back to enjoy your studio then. I just wanted you yo know. :)
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

kluless said...

Your space is delightful and I love that vase you made. Thank you for sharing.

Michelle May said...

Hi Deb!
Thanks for the tour of your studio! I love everything and I especially love Earnest! What a sweet baby!
Hugs to you!

jen said...

What a wonderful post about your special studio! I love how personal it is because to me any way those things make mean the most I get great inspiration from my kids 11 and 13...Oh and Doris is there I love that just perfect! YOu are so talented and the sparrows are so precious.

luvs and glitter
~jen

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Sparrow Studio is a beautiful name! You have a pretty space and I love your tribute to your animals. Thank you for inviting us.

Becca said...

Hi Deb, You have a beautiful studio, and I love the chair cover. Did you do all of the stitching? Lovely.

Terri said...

Super creative ..great space and you took some terrific photos to share it all with us ...thank you!

Lallee said...

What a lovely tour! Your room is full of inspiration, and I love all the sentiment and tributes expressed in the room. I would want to linger there all day......well, except your garden would be calling me too.
Hugs,
Lallee

Naturegirl said...

Deb how nice to be able to see your special creative space! I love your little dedication to your pets that still live on in your heart. A nice pleasant surprise to see your lovely NEW BLOG!

donnaj said...

great space with lots of goodies~thanks for sharing!

Karen Valentine said...

Deb your room is so pretty. I love how you are surrounded by so many wonderful memories of your family! That alone would be reason enough to hang out in there! Thank you so much for joining the party this year. I really enjoyed the tour!
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Jen Kershner said...

What a lovely place to create Deb. I feel creatively charged just looking at your pictures so I can only imagine how going into that room makes you feel!

Miss Sandy said...

I love Doris Day too! What a fun gift from your daughter. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

Lynnae said...

I love your paintings. Your studio space is very nice. Thanks for joining the party!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I have lost my place on the list, but I don't believe I have visited you before. I really like your studio and all the wonderful momentos and supplies, but especially like your mechanic's light string holder. Very clever! Enjoy today, Connie

marnie said...

What a lovely spot you have! Love seeing all the birds and your pretty collages. :D