Well here it is ~ the hallway to my favorite room in the house!
Look at the names on my vintage chalk board ~ it's my three favorite little people!! Soon (less than two weeks) to be four by the way!!
It took a long time to get this room finished...I didn't believe it would ever happen. But you know what they say about Fairy Tales!! (PS...thanks to my hubby, Bill!)
Here we are ~ let's do a clock-wise tour around the room. We'll stop occasionally for closer looks at special things. Right away, as we open the door (see a bit of the knob on the lower left side of the photo?), you'll see that I fill up almost every space. Including the floor space!
This room is furnished with a mish-mash of furniture. Bookcases & dressers no longer used by my children, a metal desk from Bill's old office, no longer needed display pieces from a gift shop I owned (once upon a time), special pieces gifted to me and a yard sale find from the mid 1980s ~ my wonderful blue cubby hole piece. I think it's an old mail sorter box. Whatever it is I love it! The bookcase next to it holds my old "rip 'em up" books and my childhood raggedies on the top shelf. The second shelf holds a lot of books that belonged to Bill's mother & father. I love the colors of the covers!
It REALLY IS a wonderful life ~ hence the sign! Especially when you have a space for everything and everything in it's space! It's amazing how quickly I can tidy this room up so I can take photos of it...usually most everything isn't in it's proper space!!
One of my treasures is the glass egg above the old quilted bunny (in the photo below). It has dried roses in it from my son Ronny's memorial service many, many years ago.
This is my desk ~ it's nice to have a window behind me. When I get the chance to create in the daytime (which isn't often ~ I'm more of a night time creator) it's very pleasant to have the sunshine peeking over my shoulders. Look! There's even some space to create on top of the desk. Do you have a problem with the "shrinking desk top" syndrome? I sure do!
This is my favorite corner of the room. There are so many special things gathered here. I've received gifts from fellow bloggers and many of them are scattered here and there on this wall and the ledge below.
The oil paintings are two of my best thrift store finds ~ each cost less than $3.00!!
I love this little Scottie dog ~ it reminds of someone who lives all the way across the country from me, someone I've never met but someone who's touched my heart in a very special way. There are so many of these kinds of things in this room ~ I think that's why it's my most favorite space! Look around ~ you might see something that reminds me of you!
But if you don't ~ well I still think of you often!
The view from my desk.
Some people might call this clutter ~ I call it inspiration! I bet many of you do too!
This piece belonged to Bill's mother. We have no idea who it is or why he was worthy of being put into this pretty brooch. Bill's father is 93 years old and he lives with us. (You can read a bit about him HERE & HERE & HERE - he's a hoot!)
When I asked him if he knew who this was he said "Oh that was soooo long ago ~ those memories have been retired for quite a while." Nope - he didn't have a clue. So I just think of him as my mystery man!
I bought this beautiful two tiered tray from my Scottie dog friend ~ it's the perfect place and the perfect size for some of my glitter shakers!
Here's my closet. It still needs shelves installed ~ but you'd never know that if I hadn't said anything. The IKEA netting panels hide the evidence of a messy closet very well. There's a peek inside the closet down below. The closet is full of tubs and boxes ~ the box on top is full of lace & linens. The ledge around the room continues into the closet. It holds a jar full of pipe cleaners and an old magazine rack that I store small rolls of gift wrap in.
"Happiness is Homemade" ~ it says so ~ right in my closet!!
Next you'll see where I store most of my paper, embellishments, stamps, printed images and all kinds of items that are patiently waiting for their turn to be altered into something or other! The (un-finished) wooden box with drawers (second shelf from the bottom) is my sewing box. Someday I'm going to paint it ~ yep I am! That tall skinny cabinet, under the raggedy girl, was once storage for someone's CDs ~ now it stores paper mache boxes...they're patiently waiting too! I just noticed that the basket hanging on it's door is empty! How did that happen?!
Speaking of the raggedy girl ~ I "won" her on Ebay a long time ago. I paid too much for her, but I love her so! I wish I could remember the name of the gal who made her. You can barely see them, but she has the sweetest white baby shoes on. They have hand-painted roses on their "toes". Below her photo is a peek at some of those patiently waiting items I mentioned.
My raggedy girl is right next to the door we came in ~ so that means we've traveled all the way around my cozy (8x10) craft room. I think I've filled it well!
Another look at my desk and some of the special goodies on it. I like to change up the things on the two tiered stand (love that birdie up on top). I display things that are next in line to be "played" with or things I just like to look at. Right now I have plans for the spools and that cute pair of baby shoes!
Here are some special things gathered at the base of my desk lamp. The sweet little girl is another reminder of a dear friend.
One final look at something in my craft room. These roses are from my garden. They dried out right on the bush ~ you can see them in their "before the craft room" state HERE. I'm not sure what I'm going to do them ~ but really, does it matter!?
Thanks for visiting me. Please come back anytime!!
Don't forget to stop by The Desert Cottage. There are so many beautiful places to see! There's an alphabetical list of blogs to visit in her right sidebar. That's where I'm going to be spending my weekend ~ at least a good chunk of it!
Thanks Karen! It's so nice of you to host this again.