November 19, 2015

studio tour - part three

Okay, we are rounding the corner of our week long studio tour today.  You can go here and here to see the first two parts.

This area is designated for paper projects.  There are blank tags, paper scissors, small bits of ribbon and loose buttons in the pretty containers on my blue painted table.

I love using old picnic baskets for storage and always grab them up when I see them at thrift stores and garage sales.  These are used to store yarn, wool and felt and various stuffing products for pincushions, ornaments and pillows.

This drop leaf table is another thrift store find.  This is the first time I've used it in my studio and I don't know why that is.  Having a table that extends and then folds down so easily is a great way to add tempory work space when needed.

I have shared my farm table sewing station before.  I love having a large work space dedicated to sewing projects.  I know it may look a bit helter skelter but it is actually really quite organized.  

My current favorite fabrics are stacked here for inspiration along with projects that I am currently working on.  I keep my unfinished work separated in small plastic totes so that I can see what I'm supposed to be finishing before I start anything new.

Of all the crafts I do, I think I love sewing the most.  Everything from choosing the fabric to the finished product brings me such joy and a sense of satisfaction.  Creating something useful and pretty for people I love makes me happy.

If I could get away with it I would spend hours behind my machine.  Those days are rare now but I know someday in the future I'll have more of them.  For now I steal away for whatever time I can, sometimes waking in the wee hours of the morning when the house is quiet.  Those moments are just for me and I am conscious to appreciate them.

I have one more post tomorrow.  I'll be sharing the business and packaging side of my studio plus a few of my current projects.  

xo, Patty

November 17, 2015

studio tour - part two

Welcome back for part two of my studio tour.  If you missed part one, you can find it here.

We are continuing on from the desk along the same wall today starting with my art cart.  I bought this a couple of years ago at IKEA and love it.  I could actually use a couple more around the studio.

It has served many purposes over the years but right now it is set up for art and mixed media.  The top shelf is filled with my favorite coloring tools, copic markers, distress pens, paint brushes and lettering pens.

The second shelf houses my favorite mixed media texture stamps, washi tape, mini clothes pins and  glue sticks.  The bottom tier holds canvases and wooden blocks.

Moving down the wall I have enlisted various boxes and baskets to hold my paper crafting paraphernalia.

The brown chalkboard boxes hold my glue guns, heat tools and modge podge.  I have separated paper flowers, ribbon, glue dots, ric rac, elastic, and other what nots and store them in labeled photo boxes.

The pink wood drawers hold my stamp pads and lettering stamps and the rusty blue tool box (a favorite find at the Pasadena flea market a few years ago) is my teaching travel case.

A good deal of my fabric is stored in these cubes and separated mostly by color.  The bottom canvas totes hold some of my many unfinished projects.  I've tried to label them so when the mood or deadline strikes I sort of know where they are.

These drawers and slots are for paper.  Most of it sorted by line or season but it's not perfect.  My mini books of paper are stashed in the blue basket up top.  The tall thin shelf on the end is full of buttons and other miscellaneous paper stuff.

My embroidery work is kept in this large basket.  I love that I can just pick it up and carry it downstairs or even into the car to work on the go.

If you're still with me, there's more...(I know, I have a lot of stuff) be back soon.

xo, Patty

November 16, 2015

Studio tour...part one

I thought it was about time I shared a tour of my studio with you since it is probably the place in our home that is most reflective of who I am and the area that provides me a safe shelter in life's storms.

My studio/craft/sewing room has been in just about every room in our home but I love it's current location most of all.  I am upstairs facing the street with a view of the nearby foothills and shaded by our large California Ash trees.

I have recently separated the room into to three distinct areas, one for painting, one for paper crafts and of course, one for sewing.  It has only been like this a little over a week but I am already loving it.  I thought the best way to show off (and yes, I am proud and blessed to have this space) my studio was section by section.

This desk and framed inspiration wall are immediately to the left as you enter the room.  (That pretty mini quilt was made for me by Mindy from Quilting together with Mindy as part of a swap and I just love it!)

I found the desk at a thrift store a few years ago and painted it blue right away.  It has been pushed and drug around the house and served many purposes since then.  Right now it holds all my paints and art journals plus sketching pads and old books who's pages become part of my art.

This pretty blue case is from Michaels and it holds little bottles of acrylic paint.  The photo box holds water color supplies and misc. paint brushes.  The smaller boxes hold additional paints (because you can never have too many) and the books on top are my journaling bible that I doodle and paint in and my bible note journal.

These hard covered books are ones I've already read or found and will be used as art journals in the future.  I also paint over typed book pages and music pages so some of them are for that purpose as well.

I have taped all manner of artwork and post cards to the back splash of the desk for inspiration.  My favorite is the cactus postcard in the center.  About a year after my dad passed away I found it in a box of photos.  It was from him when he went away for work when I was around 11.  He addressed it specifically to me and wrote me a little note.  I am not a saver of things so I didn't even recall having it or even receiving it way back then.  But God knew and he saved it for when I would need a special hug from my earthly father.  I love that my heavenly father loves me like that.

That's it for today.  I'll be back to show you my fabric storage and paper station next.

Happy Monday!

xo, Patty

November 11, 2015

fashion Wednesday...

I've joined a group of ladies on facebook who are over 40 and fashion conscious.  It is just the most amazingly encouraging group and proof positive that you can reach those middle-ish years in style.  I also love that these are real women in all shapes and sizes and they are all beautiful and kind and inspiring.

The group has upped my accountability to get dressed in more than pj's or sweats (on most days) and to continue my walking on a consistent basis. I thought it would be fun to share with you on Wednesdays what I've shared with them the previous week.

Most of the photos are just selfies taken with my smart phone so they may not always be the best quality but hopefully they will still encourage you to have fun with fashion and remind you that you are worth fixing up for.  As silly as it seems in the midst of all the worries of the world, I do feel better when I take the time to get dressed.

Okay, I'll step off my soap box now and wish you all a great Wednesday and to all of you who have served or loved someone who is serving or has served, Happy Veteran's Day and thank you for your sacrifice to our country.

xo, Patty

November 6, 2015

nesting mode

I am happily spending my days in full on nesting mode now that our temps have finally taken a dip. There is just something about the cooler and shorter days that makes me want to hunker down and spend time in the kitchen.

I have decided this will be the year of soup and bread making.

I got started on Monday making this knock off of the Olive Garden's pasta e fagioli.  I loved it but my husband said it was just okay.

I also made this pizza bianca recipe that I found on Edie's blog, life in grace. Another good one that I will definitely be using as my home made pizza dough recipe from now on.  It was quick to put together and makes a good bread for any soup you make.

This week I am going to be making Chicken Tortilla soup.  My husband likes to have a bread or sandwich with soup or it really isn't a meal to him, so I'm open for suggestions.  What sounds good with chicken tortilla soup?  And while your thinking about soups and breads, what are some of your favorite recipes

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

xo, Patty

November 2, 2015

October in review

Sometimes it seems I have so many irons in the fire that I just need to stop a minute and take stock. Maybe make a few lists and breathe a sigh of relief and gratitude for what I've come through and note the progress I've made.  I'm sure you feel the same way.

Today's post is just a little catch up, a recap of things that I shared in October and what progress I've made.

- I am still walking nearly every day.  I have been taking Tuesday and Sunday off mostly because they are the days that I have commitments fairly early in the morning.  I've even come to look forward to putting on my walking shoes and hitting the pavement.

- I went through a bit of a dry spell creatively last month but finally sat down and whipped up these little Christmas ornaments for a swap I'm involved in.  I think they turned out cute and may even offer a few in my Etsy shop later in the month.

- In continuing my intentional living I decided to purge one bag of stuff every day for the month of November.  I'm thinking a plastic grocery bag is a good size to fill.  It will either be trash or give away.  Wish me luck with this one.  I love the idea of less but am not always so good with the follow through.

- I have put myself on a personal spending freeze for the entire month of November.  Ouch, it's only the second and I'm feeling the withdrawals.  I think I finally have to face the fact that no matter how much purging I do, if I keep bringing stuff home I will never clear the clutter.

- I shared how I want to be more intentional in the time I spend with my husband.  We have decided to read the bible together.  We have chosen the book of Galatians and will each read a chapter a day and then discuss it the next morning over coffee.  This is huge for us and something I've prayed about for a lot of years.  (I'll share more on this another time.)

That's about it here.  How was your October in review?

xo, Patty

November 1, 2015

hello November...

Can I just say how excited I am that it is November?  Well, I am so very excited.  It was a brutally hot September and October around here but there is relief in sight.

Because November is finally here.  You know how a lot of you feel about October?

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Anne of Green Gables

Yada, yada, yada...(as we swelter away in triple digit temps).

That's how we Southern Californians feel about November.  The temps will finally take a more consistent dip and the evenings and mornings will get down right chilly.


I think November is in a close tie with February for my most favorite month.  You see, February is for us like May is for you...but then that's a story for another day.

Happy November my faithful friends.

xo, Patty