Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Creative Space

     My "studio" is where I spend the majority of my time creating. I get a lot of inspiration from my space and I think it's important to be surrounded by beautiful and inspiring things to help get the mind thinking.
     Studios vary. Some people have spare rooms dedicated to their craft, others use the garage or a rented space. My studio is located in half of my laundry room. It's the perfect, cozy set-up for me and I can be immersed in the things that I love. Here is my personal studio and some of my favorite things in it.


My "scrap tin". This is where all of my cut-outs and pretty paper scraps go.

I found this jar at a second hand store and fell in love with it. What a perfect container to store my  brushes in!

I was so excited to find these stamps on Amazon for a fraction of the cost! I use them ALL THE TIME.

This is a quote that I really like and have pinned next to my work desk.


Pearls, pearls, pearls!

My tiny, cozy studio. It reflects who I am and my style so well. It's the perfect set-up for me.
 
     Thank you for stopping by again! Keep enjoying this lovely autumn weather!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Little Treasures

     There has always been something so exciting about a tiny box filled with "treasures". The treasure could be anything from rocks to jewelry and anything else in between.
     I tend to hold onto things that have "treasure box" potential. Here are a few that I've turned into jewelry boxes. The color and flowers were inspired by a wooden bowl my mom painted and decoupaged.



This is a necklace box from Zales that I painted a pale blue and decoupaged.

The inside of the transformed Zales box.

This is a small box I've had lying around for years and finally was inspired to transform.

This tiny box was originally a Zippo Lighter box that I used to put earrings in.


Now it's a box for keepsakes.

     Once again, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. I hope you're having a fabulous day!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tell Me of Your Thoughts...

     I'm not sure what it is about a blank book. It's hard to walk into a store and not head straight for the journals or sketch books where I will undoubtedly be awed by their beauty. Yes. I even walk into Wal-Mart and have to look at what new lovelies await me there.
     I think this is something that I've inherited from my mom. There is just something so inspiring about the fresh pages waiting to be filled with endless words or pictures.
     Ususally I break down and buy the object of my desires but do I write in it? Rarely. It sits on a shelf with my other blank pages, waiting for the perfect "ah ha!" to fill it with.

     Here are some books that I've rejuvenated from there already pretty, blank state. Will I fill their pages? We'll see!












      Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

An Odd Collection

     I've really been enjoying having a place to show off my creations. A lot of thought and time goes into each piece and it's nice to have a place where I can display them. Here are a few things I've worked on recently. An odd collection.



     Several months back I went into a new shop downtown that spoke to me before I even went inside. Among the many beautiful things I saw were tiny teacup succulent plants! I have never seen anything like this before and I was so inspired that I went to the local thrift stores and garden centers and bought the materials needed to make my own teacup plants. I've given several away as gifts and kept this one for my very own.






     Pipe cleaner dolls were one of the first dolls I made. I saw one similar to this in a book from the library and had to try it myself!



I love seeing something in a book or in a store and taking the idea and running wild with it. I used tin foil for the silver accessories and a muffin liner for her skirt lined with glitter.
 


I found some 1950's French Vogue magazines at the local library book sale and have used the articles for many different crafts. Here it's used to make the shirt of the doll.
 


An old visitor's guide book of Rome served as the hat.





     One of my ongoing projects is knitted bracelets. I used ones like these for gifts for my bridesmaids when I got married.






     Here is a small vase that I decorated with a paper grocery bag and a piece from an old calender book. Hemp string adds a certain touch I think.





     One of my latest Etsy endeavors is flag banners. Here is one that I've been working on.




     Thank you again for coming by! I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful Autumn day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Birds of a Feather

     Here are some pictures of my latest owls. The "girl" one is mine and the "boy" one is for a friend. If you would be interested in owning your own owl pillow please feel free to contact me.

                    Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mr. Bunny

     Mr. Bunny came into existence when I was searching for something to make for my baby brother. I was obsessed with knitting at the time and got my inspiration from a knitting book I got from the library. The original Mr. Bunny had on a brown felt vest which disappeared so I decided to update him with a bow tie so he would have a more sophisticated edge.


     He is made entirely from wool yarn and stuffed with cotton filler.








Saturday, September 8, 2012

Woodland Creatures

     Petite dolls have always been something I've loved. They're just so small and so cute! Here are a few that I've made.


Flower Fairies
 
The first flower fairy I ever made.








Mermaids

 




Felted Dolls
 

 





Nut Baby
 



Fairy made from a Magic Cabin kit

(www.magiccabin.com)
 

     Once again, thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog! Have a fabulous Saturday!

                      Until next time,

                                  Tessa