Friday, July 13, 2012

~CREATING A GATHERING PLACE.....WHERE BLOGGER'S CREATE IV~


This month my Mr. APMan, my hubby of nearly 34 years and I celebrate twenty years of living in our La Chaumière de Briarwood. It is in the largest of her bedrooms, the very place where our beloved daughter, Adrienne, spent the majority of her childhood, that I work each and every day.  

I feel the spirit of my girl in this room...that is why I chose it for my studio...  I was lost for a time when she grew up, married her own beloved, and left home.  I suppost it's why being in this room brings me peace.
Today, for the fourth year in a row, I welcome your visit!
It is here I create!
 

It is around her cottage white painted walls, lace trimmed curtains and soft pink accents I find I am most at home...  I love to create and most everything I do is made within this brightly lit space.  Every Pillow, Sachet, Christmas Stocking, Painted Pretty or handmade whatever is fashioned within these walls 
 There are days when I find myself working from sun-up until deep into the night...  This year I was BLESSED (and I mean BLESSED!!!!!) to have my home/work showcased in Europe's Casa Romantic Magazine!  What a JOY and HONOR that was!  

God is so good to me...
I love working with my hands and wouldn't have dreamed my life to be any other way...
(my still half-painted picture!)
 
I love vintage laces...and I love sewing and hand painting  roses!

Oh...did I tell you I love hand painting roses?

Hmmm....I think I did!
 I love working with paper...
and glitter...
 paint, baubles, bangles and beads, too!
 I love making pin cushions out of vintage and antique baby shoes!
I have a true weakness for vintage ribbon.  I can't pass it up no matter how much I have!
 Finding this old mail cubby early last spring helped transform my space!  Perfect for holding lots of laces and trims...I love it!
 Another sweet old cubby that holds my favorite vintage ribbons.  It is here I work to transform perfume bottles into something special....

This vintage perfume bottle graced with vintage millinery blooms is one of my favorites!
 Vintage satin ribbon made of rayon makes my heart sing.  I'm sooo stingy with it!
 
 My A GATHERING PLACE SIGN now hangs in my booth space at Edmond Antiques (Edmond, OK).  So...this year I had to makeover the space above the chest!
My A GATHERING PLACE sign can be seen above (upper right)!  Aside from my website it is here I sell lots and lots and lots of the things created in my studio.
 I'm still crazy about fabric...a small portion of my stash!  I'm continuing to whittle it down to a more manageable amount!
I will always be nutsooo about vintage hats with flowers!
 Custom labels were a must for me from the very beginning!
 
 I've owned this cabinet for years.  It's filled with paper goods for greeting cards and lots of things like glue, scissors, glitter, ribbon and lots of other sewing and crafting supplies.

I LOVE IT!
 Vintage buttons are a must, too!  I've collected them for years!  I love the old vintage graphics and the quality of buttons can't be beat!
This small dresser holds every color of ribbon and trim you can imagine!
Neatly stacked clear boxes hold lots of vintage millinery blooms and some newer flowers as well.
 Love working with rhinestones, old brass treasures and vintage jewelry!
Can never have enough bottles!  Yum!
 This was one of my favorite things to paint this year!  Such fun!
It's fun to make pillows with matching cards or tags!

And there you have it!  My creative space for 2012.  Very similar to how it looked last year.  I'm loving it more than ever!

Thank you to Karen from My Desert Cottage for hosting our Where Blogger's Create IV party for this year!  I hope you'll pop over to her site and link up with all the peeps who've joined in for another year of fun!

Thank you to all my bloggie friends, followers, lurkers and commenters who never fail to encourage me to press on.  You ALL are the best and the brightest and most gifted artisans I've ever known.  I hope someday to meet more of you in person.

Lastly...a thank you to the husband of my youth, my beloved  Mr. AGPMan who is also known as Steven.  It's because of him my dreams have wings.  (I love you).

Thank you for visiting again this year!

DREAM IT!
LIVE IT!
BE IT!

Love to you all...
 

102 comments:

Anne said...

Rebecca,
Your creative room is so inspirational.I was planning on getting my act together and creating my own.But I have not done it yet.I could spend days in you room just admiring it it.You are very lucky my friend.Truly a beautiful space!
(((((Hugs))))
Anne

Tracie Dean said...

I LOVE your space. I love roses!! You have everything organized so beautifully.

I am happy to take anything off your hands you are ready to get rid of :-)
(seriously)

I believe anyone can sit in your work space and be inspired. Thank you for sharing such a magical place!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Simply gorgeous!! Hoping someday I have a whole room to use for my creativity. I can only hope it's as beautiful as yours
*hugs*deb

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I know i... i was waiting for this dreamy post of yours! Your space is divine...so pretty and romantic! I love how your sewing table floats in the centre of your room, if I had the room to do that, I would.


Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
Ciao Bella
Creative Carmelina

craftyles said...

As soon as I saw your banner I knew this was going to be good. That postal cubby is truly amazing. All your fabrics and flowers all neatly organized. I love it!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Your room is beautiful....as are your fabulous creations!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Your studio is like a vintage shop!
Loved visiting your room which is HUGE!
Warmly,
deb

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Rebecca, your room is so beautiful. You are such a gifted and talented lady, and you inspire many of us with the beauty that you create. Thank you for sharing you special place.

Jocelyn

Shelia said...

Hi Most Beautiful One! I love your studio and it looks just like you! Love how you've stored everything. You're not going to mess it up are you?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Susan said...

Wow....very beautiful as well as inspirational.Thanks for sharing. Susan

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Adrienne's room turned into a little heaven, for dreaming and creating the most romantic things. No wonder that the Italian Casa Romantica did spot you! Glad you received it in time for being included in this lovely post.
Excellent photos and yes, you are getting better and better girl.
Love to you,
Mariette

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Rebecca
An inspirational place to work for sure! Loved seeing all your ribbons and other notions for the pretty things you create.
Haha, liked the part where you thanked the lurkers too.
Judith

blhitchcock901 said...

My mouth is hanging open! Everything I've seen of your home and space is beautiful, but I never imagined that even your work space was so beautiful! Your world looks perfect to me!

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a fun trip through your beautiful space. Those baby shoe pin cushion is too adorable! Congrats on being featured -- I can see why - beautiful work!!

Willow said...

What a beautiful place to create. Just lovely.

Mary Ellen said...

I never get tired seeing your beautiful space Rebecca! It was one that I would go back to again and again as I was creating my own little space!

God certainly has blessed us with so much- men who love us- creative spaces- most of all Himself!

bee blessed
mary

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

LOVE your space Rebecca!!! Mine looks like a tornado has gone thru it, lol :) One of these days I really need to go thru and clean things up ~ hopefully next year I will be able to participate :)

Helena White said...

Simply Gorgeous! I can only echo what others have already expressed, Rebecca. Your space is truly inspirational. What a delight to visit such a lovely Blog. ♥ ஆ

Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage ~ Cabin Creek said...

What more can I say....it's just BEAUTIFUL! And your painting is lovely...my dream is to paint roses someday!

Janet said...

Congratulations on being featured in Europe's Romantic magazine! Your work is so beautiful and I just love the room where you create!
Blessings,
Janet

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh my goodness-- I think I am speechless! This room is beyond gorgeous, I think it is heaven. I am so glad you have this place because I feel like you deserve it. TFS!

Kathy said...

Love love love the way you store and display your laces and ribbons. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Rebecca, oh it is a dream space! So pretty and loaded with goodies!

Carol

scrappymo! said...

Wow, what a beautiful, romantic looking room.
it must be so much fun to create in there.

marie said...

Rebecca, your studio is stunning. I love your new mail sorter...it's just perfect for your lace.

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Rebecca...ohmygoodness...your studio is always, always just HEAVENLY!!! Years and years ago, I admired your beautiful creations on ebay and told myself when I grow up I want to be like her! I love seeing your beautiful artwork hanging all around your studio. It's all just wonderful sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Lynn Richards said...

ALWAYS a feast for the eyes and so good for the soul to visit you, sweet Rebecca!!!
Love your space and all it offers.
xo
lynn

Sandra Kaye said...

Oh my..I love your beautiful space!! The cubby filled with yumminess is just making my heart go pitter patter :):) many hugs

art by pam said...

Your studio is lovely! So inspiring.
So much to see.

Sezoentje-Sonja said...

Oh Rebecca, i can't believe my eyes. Your studio is heavenly, all the beautifull creations, the ribbons and lace, love it!
You are a big inspiration to me,
love from Belgium,
Sonja

pembrokeshire lass said...

It's just so beautiful in itself! I'm not any good at making but I think I could just come and sirt and dream in this place!! Just lovely. Many, many thanks. Joan

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Such a dreamy, beautiful, lovely space. All thee laces in that mail cubby are so pretty. And your rose paintings are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

The Rustic Victorian said...

Such a place! I think it is heaven on earth. May God continue to bless you.

Marcie

Denise said...

Beauty beyond words!His blessings have poured down on you.Denise

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Totally you and totally charming, Miss R. Just a delight to behold. I must come back and look more later...hubby is calling me....busy day.

You KNOW I love it!

xoBarb

Lovey said...

Hi Rebecca! Beautiful as always my friend!!! Happy Anniversary too!!!

Rhonda said...

Your studio is so dreamy and gorgeous. It's like walking into a beautiful boutique.

Geralyn Gray said...

You certainly have gathered some of the most beautiful vintage trims ribbons and buttons I have ever seen and displayed them just as beautifully!!!!!

Keli McKinley Hansen said...

Wow! Your bits of this and that and all the beautiful trims are just stunning! Beautiful space!

Ginger said...

Miss R. If I had your space I would never leave home, I would just stare in awe at it. BeAuTiFuL!!!!!

Karen Valentine said...

Rebecca your studio makes me swoon every year!!! It was part of the inspiration for my own studio transformation(especially your mail cubby filled with lace) Thank you, thank you, thank you for joining the party again this year!!! I know many women will garner as much inspiration from it as I did!

Anne said...

so much beauty all in one space - gorgeous!

stefanie said...

oh, its a little peice of heavean!

A Southern Rose said...

I also love coming to see your beautiful space. I never get tired of seeing anything that you touch. :)

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

P.S. I just got a small building a few days ago. It's only 10 x 16. I start my vacation tomorrow and I can't wait to get started on it. I'm sure I will be back to see your studio over and over again.:)

Breana said...

What a lovely place to gather! Thanks for sharing
Breana

Terry said...

Stunning! What a gorgeous space! Your artwork is beautiful too.

Love,
Terry

fairyrocks said...

WOW, You sure had me swooning with your fabulous collection of vintage ribbons and roses. Like your own garden in the house. Love that you are creating where you feel your daughter is closest.
Thanks for sharing, Congratulations on being publised,Well done and well deserved indeed. I can see why. So inspiring.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just beautiful, Rebecca! Even more so than I remember from past years. Your space was very much inspirational to me while I dreamt of having a creative room of my own. I don't think I'd want to leave this room and I'm sure I'd lose all track of time if I was creating in it. Love your pillows and bottles; the laces and trims are so pretty. Great cubbies to hold all your supplies. Thanks so much for the tour!

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Wow Rebecca every time I visit your space I come away in awe and wonder how you get is so organized, I just will run out of time to create if I get my stuff that well organized, so be it, I'm blessed to have my newly created "central space". Hugs and love and I would love to have you mail cubby holes pieces:) lol Marilou

Nook and Cranny said...

Let me just say; beautiful!
Everything is so delightfully beautiful to look at, no wonder you love it in there.
I love vintage lace and trims, too.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Linens Lace and Lattes said...

ohhh how I love your work. I am your newest follower...so glad I found you!
deb

NanaDiana said...

Sigh- Could I just come and live in this room for a week or so? I just need a bathroom and coffee pot to make myself at home. It is GORGEOUS, Rebecca. I could spot your touches in a room anywhere- xo Diana

Sandy said...

Where do I start? It is all amazing and inspiring. I also house my home studio in my daughter's old room. Just stunning. Thank you for sharing.

Lululiz said...

I love seeing your painted roses everywhere in the room. It is such a beautiful romantic feminine room, it makes my heart sing just looking at it. It must be wonderful to spend time in a room like this and create.

Eva Agnes said...

What a fairy place you have got here.
Your creative room is so devine.
And your blog is the loveliest I have ever seen.
Totally adorable
Hugs Eva Agnes

just me... jan said...

Oh My!!! What a LOVELY space!!! I'm not sure I'd get a lot of creating done here Rebecca...your room is soooo relaxing I'm afraid I'd just want to sit there all day with a cup of tea and a good book...avoiding the real world!!! Many thanks for sharing Rebecca!
just me...still swooning...jan

La Doña said...

Wow, such loveliness. I can't even articulate a thought worthy. Love your studio. Take care.

Jenny

Alexandra Eitel said...

Rebecca your studio is a dream and your photos are beautiful. I love your craftroom. Very nice!
Alexandra

Cache-Mire said...

Just beautiful! Love your space and all your treasures...both creative and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
~ Terri

Cheryl said...

So darn sweet! How do you get a lick of work done in such comfy surroundings? lol

Dolores said...

I should have known your studio would be organized and gorgeous, but I would have thought there'd be just. Little bit of clutter, but NO...
So sweet your story.

Amusing Provincial said...

What a lovely room! Your collection of lace & ribbon is dreamy!!!

Melanie Statnick said...

I love all your Vintage Goodies in here! What a sweet spot fro all your ribbons and lace.

Kathleen Conard said...

Such a bright, beautiful, soft and feminine creative space! I would love to have your stash of vintage lace and ribbons!

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a sweet, romantic haven you have created for yourself. I can definitely see where your creative inspiration comes from. I love your vintage ribbon collection....swoon!

Charmaine Hansen said...

Such a Romantic and enveloping studio...in awe...Love it!
Charmaine

Maureen Hayes said...

Who could fail to be inspired in such a beautiful space and surrounded by such beautiful things!! I found your blog through this post and I will be following you from now on. I also need to check out your shop as I love what you create!

EllenaElizabeth said...

As always a pleasure to visit you Rebecca. I don't need the WBC party as an excuse to visit you. Since I found your blog at last year's WBC I have been a constant follower. Wonderful photos and sentiments. Keep up the great work.

Lori said...

Every year, Rebecca, I look forward to seeing your studio and how it might've changed. I just adore it. I'm in love with the shabby chic decor. If I were in this room--I'd never leave! Your perfume bottles are gorgeous as is all your work.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Rebecca, where do I begin? I love your entire space. It is filled with lovely things and beautiful roses. It is so YOU. Just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it.

blessings,
Danielle

Queen Of Dreamsz Art and Collections said...

Hi Rebecca,

I love the new look of your blog. Your pillows must be scattered all over the USA by now. They are so beautiful. The cubby with laces and other vintage stuff make my heart flutter. I love it too along with anything rayon. And not to forget your rose painting...so pretty and feminine.

I'd love to have you pop in for a visit.

Hugs,
Steph

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Rebecca,
Your beautiful creative space is filled with so much beauty and inspiration! I always enjoy seeing it !
This post is jam packed with so many wonderful storage and displat ideas!
Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Hugs,
Debbie

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Rebecca,
Heaven must look a bit like your dream studio and I am so glad I will live there one day. I love every little detail of your incredible studio. Inspirational is just the beginning of the words I can think to attach to a room filled with so much love and beauty.
I love all that you do and who you are. You make everything special always.
Congrats on 20 years in your gorgeous home. Time flies on as we enjoy the gift God gave us with 4 sides and a roof. How thankful are we~~~

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment for my little redo. As I still have things to add and do, it is a start and will evolve with time. Missing is Miss B but her sweet gentle spirit is there by the window replaced with a sweet angel sitting with wings. I know you understand.

Thank you for your words, they touched me today more then you know.
Love to you and continued blessings with your talents.
Your Friend, Celestina Marie

rosechicfriends said...

Hey sweet friend!
Simply AWE inspiring! God has so richly blessed you and you in turn have blessed others! A wonderful example for me to follow!
Be blessed,
Lorena

Lorri Scott said...

Love your header and this space is so romantic. So much cool stuff too, I'd like to come shopping in your studio!

Deb S said...

What a lovely, peaceful, inspiring space. I will be back to enjoy it many times I'm sure.

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Hi neighbor! I'm just over in Arkansas. You've got a beautiful space and your painting is just to die for. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful space. Hugs!

Michele said...

HI Rebecca ~~~ Your special place is beautiful and I see the hand of God on you. You are blessed indeed.

I so enjoy seeing how others are blessed and reading their story.

Thanks for sharing and you are very talented in painting your beautiful flowers.

Sincerely,
Michele

Linda said...

Hi Rebecca...What a glorious place to spend the day creating things of beauty! I can see why you are inspired in that wonderful room!

My Victorian room in my last house was like that for me. I loved it. Then we downsized and I got rid of a ton of stuff...but I still have a smaller Victorian room, and I do spend a lot of time in here.

Have a blessed week ahead my friend!

Love, Linda

Fun With This and That said...

Your space is wonderful.
Saw that magazine in Europe they are wonderful, hope I can get it mailed here in states.
Your things are so soft and cozy.
Laura

Claudia Tyler said...

Dear Rebecca,

Thank you so much for your inspiration and creativity. Your studio is truly an inspiration to us all. You are a truly blessed lady indeed.

Best wishes!

Claudia
Homestead Vintage

Theresa said...

So beautiful AND organized! LOVE the cubbies with the vintage ribbons and lace! I enjoyed my tour thru your studio! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

. said...

I just love all the white on white and just with hints of colours, so very peaceful space. You have a lot of beautiful antiques and vintage pieces, I really like the lace and the buttons.

Lovely space for creations and I can see where you get your inspiration with all the lovely memories.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Rebecca.......I don't know how you do it! How does your room look so perfect while you continue to turn out mega amounts of loveliness? I make a tornado when I create...and it's just not pretty!

I hope you figure out your arm pain... carpel tunnel maybe? I wouldn't be surprised with all you do. I swear you never sleep. :-)

Sending big huggies..

xoxox
S

Annette said...

So beautiful!!! I could stay here all day but I want to visit more blogs. I'll be back though! Thank you for sharing.

Sensible Sarah said...

Wow, Rebecca, I love your studio so much! I hope you get better so you can use it!
I hope you have a great day!

Thanks for sharing

Ciao Bella
Sensible Sarah
Your newest follower

Scrap Krazed said...

You have a beautiful space to create! And your supplies, OMG!!!

Ellie said...

Your studio is beyond fabulous. If I were creating a new studio for myself, I would choose to blueprint yours. I have the same loves - pillows, old laces, buttons, etc.

Love your organization, with everything in its own place at your finger's tip.

Your creations are impeccable, which are a reflection of your studio. WOW!

Thanks for sharing.

Diana said...

What a gorgeous room you have. I love it. You must be a beautiful person to decorate everything so beautifully. I just adore your space and your lace collection....
Swoon.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi,

Oh goodness - your creative space is beautiful - what a lovey inspirational space for you to create in.

Have a wonderful day.
Blessings,
Erin
P.S. Congratulations on kicking the diet cokes - good for you!

Marrianna said...

Thoroughly enjoyed viewing your WBC post and the photos. What wonderful artwork. You are so talented.

I also read your post about giving up Diet-Coke. Oh, I'm with you on this one. I love Diet Coke with my other junk food (hamburgers, potato chips, more). Anyway, I discovered the acid in the soda pop was causing anxiety-type symptoms so I thought I'd try going without. While ice tea isn't the same thing, it's a great substitute. Water is better but without lemon, and ice, it's not the same thing. That may be next.

Anyway, thank you for sharing your creative space with me.

Maggi Shafer said...

What a wonderful room. Thanks for sharing.

Linda K. said...

Rebecca,

For the last 2 years I have enjoyed your blog, your music, and your creative work area. Not to mention your artwork is awesome! Your spirituality is comforting to my heart and soul. Every inch of your work area is soothing and calms the heart. Although I haven't left many comments, I go away with something from your blog. Would love to meet you someday, I have an inkling we will. Maybe on the other side? Many blessings to you, keep bringing good things to blogland.

Linda

Queen Bee Cottage

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I loved your studio last year, and I love it just as much this year! I think my favorite things are the cubbies that hold all that wonderful lace and ribbon!! Someday I would like to be able to afford one of your train cases. Keep creating! Linda

Deanna said...

Rebecca,
You have made a creating place most beautiful and it is an honor to get to see this part of your creative mind at work!

So very pleasant,
d

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Wow, Rebecca! Your space is gorgeous. It must be incredibly inspiring to be there. I hope your CTS calms down quickly so you can get back to creating. Much love!

Cheers,
Susan

Maureen said...

What a beautiful place to creat! It is really lovely, and so is your art!

jennifer said...

What a fabulous room! I love it.. Love that you choose that room when your daughter left to begin her own new adventure. So sweet!
xoxo,
Jennifer
http://www.glittermyday.blogspot.com

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha dear Rebecca,
How wonderful to visit you again. I of course remember how beautifully gorgeous your designs and your creative space is. I can only dream of creating in such a dreamy space. Your collection of beautiful laces, ribbons and trims are an envy to have, your cubbies and cabinets are so precious.
Thank you for sharing, hugs to you.

Sherry said...

I have enjoyed my visit here today to your beautiful creative space. I love all of the white and lace, it is a place I would love to spend some time in. Thank you so much for sharing your space and the beautiful things your create there.

debi said...

Rebecca, it is always such a treat to visit your stunning studio! Your color palette is so soft and romantic, and everything is organized so beautifully.

ViLma Oyarzún said...

Oh my God! your craft room is so so so pretty!!!!!!! in love them!
Hugs and blessings from Chile!

Vilmus

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