Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Back to Work"

















Well, it's back to work! Thanks to you all for asking about me....making me feel much better. I'm on the mend and although short of energy, eager to get it back and MAKE something!!! Today, I thought I'd straighten up that little studio space I have created in my living room this winter, so I could go straight to work on something. (Seems if there is a clean surface anywhere on our property...all of us seem to find things to stack - or for some people - to PILE things on all those surfaces.) It causes me great stress....even if I am the one stacking. So....today I did manage to get that little studio space all ready for a new project.

What caused that little spurt of energy? Well, my favorite grandson brought me flowers! And, in my mind they seemed to say....little studio space....freshen it up! So, as you can see there are beautiful tulips and calla lillies....making everything around look and smell better. Thank you, Ty!!

I've placed a little project there......begun last September, of all things and crying out to be completed. So, there are threads, needles in a lovely little salt cellar pincushion from one of my thoughtful blog readers and scissors just ready to stitch on this crazy heart. In time, you will see the results. Inspiration is here, too, in the form of a vintage little book with a page about a girl stitching. Such a lovely old book!

I like to surround myself with 'stuff,' as you know, and where I sew needs lots of inspirational things around to stimulate my little mind. So, there are glass containers of buttons, a silk rose,
a beautiful box that came with three bars of great smelling soaps (from Tuesday Morning), some old books...I just love stacks of those...they may take over the place one day. There is a ceramic flower with a pink bird perched on it's edge...full of buttons and one of my favorite little books from artist Michele Palmer. Love her bird drawings. That little pitcher is full of paper strips I cut from scrapbooking papers, those cards that fall out of your magazines, and other bits of paper from around the place. I use them to mark places in books and magazines I am reading or even write little reminders on them. There are two tiny vintage dolls I bought from a friend's booth at the flea market recently and the little chair came from Hobby Lobby many years ago. (It's crazy how much I LOVE that chair!!)

You'll also see the English Cottage lithograph..........I have a small collection of these...four to be exact, and I'm always looking for more. I LOVE and ADORE them. I always think of embroidery when I see them and plan someday to paint, applique and embroider my 'version' of one, should I live long enough to do so. And, should I find more at a price I can afford - well, I'll just have to show them to you.

So, this little living room 'studio' is ready for some work to be done. Now, if I can only get caught up on some of the less attractive or fun things to do here in the house....I will be able to spend some time....perhaps very late at night....creating something pretty to show you...my dear peeps!!!

A friend turned me on to this quote and after the last couple of weeks here at the Nest, I think I should pay closer attention to what it says. It may help you too:

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand....and melting like a snowflake." Marie Beynon Ray

Take care out there and thanks for sharing this 'one sparkling moment' with me! pat

PS. Again....a lot of photos. One of my readers told me not to worry about the amount of photos I post....so, I'm not. Hope you enjoy!

13 comments:

Julie Fukuda said...

I am struggling with clutter, only partly mine, and understand how good it feels to get everything tidy. Those dolls look like they flew directly from my house. I spent my whole childhood with dolls like that.
Glad you are feeling better.

Gisela Suski said...

I was on vacation I didn't know you were not feeling well. Glad you are back to recovery. I love love your stuff and I love stuff myself. Your little niche in the living room is so welcoming. Get better and create, I think I need tulips.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I am so glad you are feeling better. OMGosh your pics are gorgeous. That tiny doll chair is amazing. Your space is too pretty to clutter!!

I am always in a state of de- cluttering.

Terry says he is a hoarder. He knows because he kept me for 40+ years. The nerve!!
xx, Carol

Eddie Landreth said...

Hi Pat, I'm so glad you are on the mend. And your little studio space is lovely and inviting. I need to work at making my studio space a more "livable" area than the perfunctory space it seems to be now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sheila said...

Hi Pat,Glad you feeling much better.
I love the pics, I enjoy looking at all those things and I have quite a few dolls around my house. Love the little chair, I've never seen one quite like that.
P.S. I'm hoping to visit my son in ARK. next month and do a little sightseeing and maybe a flea market & antique shop or two.
Take care,
Sheila

deb aka purpleprincesstx said...

So glad to hear you're feeling better! Thought I was gonna have to get in the car and return to AR to check on you! ;-D Take care of yourself - those that love you worry! ;-D

Bonnie Jobe said...
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Bonnie Jobe said...

Hey Pat! I'm so glad along with everyone else that you are feeling better. You know you aren't feeling good when you don't feel like doing the things you love. I'm off to clear off some flat spaces. Here in MN we are having summer weather and feel like we should go outside and do something! Every confusing so I think I'll make a pinkeeper being inspired by your salt pinkeeper. I made one out of herringbone wool so I could finish that one too. They are so fun to make and give and sell! I love the one you made and I won!!! You can never have too many of those notions - kinda like buttons. Take care,
Bonnie

Brenda said...

Good to hear that you are feeling better Pat! Your area for creating is just absolutely beautiful!!

Brenda

Amy Munson said...

Glad to hear you are ok and on the mend. I just love seeing all of the little ephemera that you gather round you as you create. They must give off some good creative vibes.
Take care.
Amy

Nicki Lee said...

Hi Pat...was just checking in on you again and so very happy to hear that you are well on your way to feeling better. Never ever worry about the amount of pictures you post...I love looking at each and every one of them - actually, you should put a book together of all your favorites! Love that little chair covered in laces..simply adorable! Hugs my friend - have a greta weekend!

Nicki Lee

Nicki Lee said...

Hi Pat...was just checking in on you again and so very happy to hear that you are well on your way to feeling better. Never ever worry about the amount of pictures you post...I love looking at each and every one of them - actually, you should put a book together of all your favorites! Love that little chair covered in laces..simply adorable! Hugs my friend - have a greta weekend!

Nicki Lee

vicki said...

Hi sweet Pat-
I'm happy that you are feeling better-- maybe the spring days will help to put you on the mend.

Your crafting projects are wonderful-- so many lovely projects in the works. I think we all have a list of crafts we need to finish-- but yours are all so-- exquisite!

Your grandson scores big points with his gift of these beautiful flowers. Your photos are gorgeous. I'm sure you have enjoyed them immensely!

I hope you are having a great weekend!
Xo
Vicki

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