Friday, July 13, 2012

Where Bloggers Create 2012

Hi!  I’m Terry. Thank you for visiting my studio! Before I begin the tour I would like to thank Karen Valentine  at  http://www.mydesertcottage.com/ for hosting this wonderful blog party.

 

Welcome to my studio! My studio used to be my dining room, but a few years ago, when I was slowly taking over the room with my life, my husband asked me if I would like to have the room as my studio. Of course I said, “YES!” He has, since then, helped me to make it what it is today. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and come on in. Coffee cup

 

DSC01202This is the view from the doorway from the kitchen. You can see that the lighting is fantastic. I love that my studio is right off of my kitchen – nice and close to the coffee pot. Coffee cup It is also right next to my laundry room, which I also love because with a family of six my washer and dryer are almost constantly running.

 

DSC01203I have two six-foot tables in my studio. One I use for my computer and writing work, and the other is for sewing, felting and various crafting.

 

DSC01254I am a special education teacher. So my studio is where I research and write lesson plans. This table is also where I write my blog, prayers for http://www.guideposts.org/ourprayer/volunteer-us and reviews for amazon.com and for guideposts. I do love to write! In addition to reviewing books I want to write one of my own.

 

DSC01270This fantastic peg board was a birthday gift from my husband this year. The peg boards are metal. He ordered four of them from www.homedepot.com/. These boards hold my circular knitting needles, my cookie cutters that I use for felting, my scissors, my gadgets, and some wire and tools that I use for a variety of crafting. The piece of furniture below the pegboard is the bottom of my dining room hutch. (We put the top in storage for now.) It is great for storing my books. I have lots of books. On top of the cabinet I keep my knitting needles, crochet hooks, thread and eye glasses (they are in the blue bowl). See the jar next to the picture frame? That is where I keep my CHOCOLATE! Smile 

 

DSC01272This darling picture was a Mother’s Day card from one of my daughters. I have 23 year old quadruplets – three girls and one boy. GirlGirlGirlBoy   They all live at home. At my house LOL means lots of laundry.

 

DSC01249Okay, let’s face it, what goes really well with chocolate? Wine! Of course! My sister-in-law bought me that adorable bicycle wine rack for my birthday.

 

 DSC01200My wine fridge. I keep chocolate in there too. Yep, it’s right here in my studio! Winking smile My husband is actually looking into getting me a larger fridge for my wine and chocolate.  Now you know why I love that man.

 

DSC01256This beautiful and very comfy chair was a gift from my sister. It used to belong to her. Would you believe she didn’t want it anymore? I drink my coffee in this chair every morning as I spend some quiet time with God. That basket down there next to the chair holds my devotionals, my Bible and my journal. I always have my first cup of coffee of the day with God.

DSC01199My dress form, next to the chair, was a birthday gift from my husband a few years ago. Sorry ladies, I’m holding on tight to him. Red heart

 

DSC01250My yarn stash! Actually, this is only some of it. I have a closet full of it too. One can never have too much yarn – or chocolate. I bought this storage unit at Home Depot. One of my daughters helped me put it together. Thank goodness she knew what she was doing. If I had been doing it on my own my husband would have come home to find me in tears.

 

DSC01252This is just a little shelf that one of my daughters was going to throw away. I put it at the end of one of the six-foot tables for more books.

 

DSC01201Here are my inspiration boards, rolling storage bins, and my wipe off calendar. See the cookie tin? My oldest sister lives in England. She brought that with her filled with butter cookies last September.

 

DSC01253Oh yes, I am a “possibilitarian.” Are you? http://kellyraeroberts.blogspot.com/2012/06/possibilitarian-project-jo-packham.html#.T_UBRXCSpy4

 

DSC01261This is the table where I do my needle felting. I like to knit and felt handbags and pillows and then needle felt a design on them. The cover photo for my blog is a pillow I made.

 

DSC01258This is the chandelier that was originally my dining room chandelier. Now it is hanging over my computer station. It used to belong to my mother-in-law. I added the shades – to which I added fringe. I also added the crystal beads and the wisteria.

 

DSC01259I perched two little birds into my chandelier. This is just one of them.

 

DSC01266I stenciled these tea cups on the wall when the room was our dining room, but they still work.

 

DSC01267My mother-in-law found the tea pot and cups at Cracker Barrel.

 

DSC01262One final look around.

There is something else I do from this room.

 

DSC01019Have you heard of http://www.alexslemonade.org/? Alex’s Lemonade Foundation is an organization that raises money for research for childhood cancer. I started The Lemonade Blanket Project to provide handmade blankets to children who have been impacted by childhood cancer. You can visit this link http://sharingdivineinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/05/lemonade-blanket-project.html or click on the Lemonade Blanket tab at the top of my blog for more information.

DSC01163My goal is to provide the foundation with 50 (that is the number they asked for) handmade blankets a year. The foundation said that if I bless them with more than 50 blankets a year they will distribute them to children’s hospitals.

 

DSC01263This is the door from my studio leading outside. It is a wonderful place to sit with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and knit and spend some more quiet time with God.

Thank you for visiting. Please come back soon. Bye.

Love,                                                                                                        Terry Red lips

46 comments:

  1. Hi. What a great space,thanks for sharing. Loved all the pictures, especially all that yummy yarn. Susan

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    1. Thanks, Susan! One can never have too much yarn. :)

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  2. What a beautiful and creative room you have. I love it.

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  3. Terry- I am totally - insanely- jealous of your beautiful space. Oh to have a room that is open with windows like yours-- it's gorgeous beyond words. You have so many talents- writing- knitting-- creating-- this is THE perfect place to settle in and create-- I'm inspired by just seeing the photos!!

    Thanks for your visit to my space and for your interest in the Grow Your Blog Party--- please be sure to check back with my blog over the next several months-- I'll be posting frequent updates to the party plans!!!
    Xo
    Vicki

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    1. Vicki,

      Thank you for your kind comments. I will most definitely be checking your blog. I am excited about your blog party!

      Love,
      Terry

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  4. Oh how I long for a cup of coffee! you sound like the old me...who used to drink it all day long while creating......but I had to give it up....anyhoooo...

    it's so nice for you that your hubby set you up with a space of your own.....and you have quad's...that's incredible! I'll bet your laundry NEVER stops.


    thanks for sharing your home....and for the virtual coffee mug!
    hope you'll drop by my place and visit sometime.
    I'm joining up with Karen for the first time and I just love all the studios I have peeked into thus far...and all the new bloggers I'm meeting!


    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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    1. Thanks, Carmelina! I love your blog too!

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  5. Love your space especially all those windows and doors for the light to pour in on! Wonderful space!

    I have a new little creative space for me thanks to all the years of visiting all those wonderful Where Women Create parties- would love for you to come by for a wee visit!

    bee blessed
    mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary!

      I love, love, love your space. I will be visiting it often to watch your tutorials.

      Love,
      Terry

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  6. This room full of windows and only one step to go outside. All the tables are very practical.
    I would really love a place like yours to work in. But I have to be happy with what I've got.... :-)
    Hugs
    Eva Agnes

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  7. Hi Terry, Your space is amazing. I love the windows and the chairs outside - what a dream! It all looks so open and fresh and inspiring. You are one very busy woman! Do you sleep?
    Thank you for visiting my blog. And by the way, drawing stick figures isn't required for my classes. LOL!
    Thank you for participating in WBC.
    Elizabeth

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth!

      Learning how to draw is a dream of mine. Perhaps the student has met the teacher. :)

      Love,
      Terry

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  8. Fifty blankets is an anbitious project - bravo to you!! Thank you for sharing your creative space.

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    1. Kathy,

      Do you know anyone who knits, crochets, or sews? I am looking for all the help I can get.

      Terry

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  9. Terry, What a great space filled with things you love. I love your blog banner-I'm an ex rug hooker so am in love with wool.WHat an admirable project your working on-the Lemonade project! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! Some day I would like to learn how to hook a rug.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Love,
      Terry

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  10. Beautiful workspace! Thank you for sharing!
    Alexandra

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  11. You do a great job with all the windows.....it's hard for storage because of all the missing wall space......but, so totally worth it with all of the natural light....very nice!

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    1. You are absolutely right, Geralyn! Thank you for stopping by.

      Love,
      Terry

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  12. Oh my goodness all that natural light is amazing!!!! That is something I am sorely lacking! I love that your hubby is so sweet and supportive. I have a great guy like that too. Yeah us!!! LOL!!! Anyway, thank you so much for joining the party and sharing your awesome workspace!!! I hope you are having fun!!!

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    1. Karen,
      I am thoroughly enjoying visiting all the blogs. Thank you so much for hosting this party.

      Thank you for visiting my blog. It means a lot!

      Love,
      Terry

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  13. You have such a pretty space!! AND - I love how organized you have it..... I also read your post from today... God really does have a sense of humor, doesn't He?! Would love for you to visit sometime & so excited to be a new follower!

    -Heather
    stringtownhome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Heather!

      Put on the coffee. I'm on my way over to your blog. :)

      Love,
      Terry

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  14. your creative space is beautiful! YOur house and property are too! I am in Arizona...so I am with you on the "not" gardening type. I can grow weeds though!!

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    1. Thank you, Cyn! Yes, I can definitely grow weeds. :)

      I'm on my way to visit your blog.

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Love,
      Terry

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  15. Great space, Terry! Such a good idea to take over the dining room, especially if it is not used on a daily basis as a dining room. Love all the light and windows you have; plus the few steps to lead you outside. Very comfy looking room, too, and I could just see starting your day here with a cup of coffee, planning out what to do first. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! Our dining room was only getting used once a year. A very big waste of space.

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Love,
      Terry

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  16. Oh goodness, this is a beautiful room Terry. SO much space to work in and sit back and enjoy that gorgeous view. I read your post today on gardening and wanted to tell you how lovely I think your place is just like it is. The woods right out your door would be wonderful. I love my garden so much, but sometimes I think I created a nightmare. I am forever watering and weeding, but I LOVE it still.

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    1. Thank you, June! I had not thought of the work I would be giving myself if I planted gardens. Maybe I should just let God do all of the gardening. :)

      Love,
      Terry

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  17. Love your room and all theses windows! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. What a charitable heart you have, I love the idea of your blanket project, wish I could knit! Your space is lovely, nice big bright and airy. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Sandy,

      Thank you for visiting. If you know anyone who knits or crochets would you pass along the Lemonade Blanket Project info?

      Love,
      Terry

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  19. Wonderful space Terry! I love all the windows and it must just be so inspirational to look out those windows and spend time with God! I think it is fantastic. I am going to become a follower of your blog - I love felting! The pillow is gorgeous!

    Take care, keep creating!
    Stacey

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! I am on my way over to your blog now.

      Happy felting!

      Love,
      Terry

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  20. Terry, what a beautiful view you have! A woman after my own heart; my favorite things are chocolate with wine too! ;) I just may need to steal your idea of the wine fridge to keep it all cool and close at hand in my own studio! Love your work too... wonderful place, wonderful crafter!

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  21. I have studio love right now.. your space is awesome.. so full of light and space... I am now off to see your work.. thanks for the visit to my space also...ps love the wine cooler too... perfect spot for it..

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  22. Lovely Space .....you have so much room! It's also one of my favorites..you have chocolate and wine!!:) Thanks for sharing with us!

    Kristi

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  23. Wow - I love your space, your view and your blankets look so pretty! I especially love your "about me" post! You have been blessed with all that nature and beautiful (grown up)babies! We have five kids so laundry is never done here either! I really like your blog and what you have shared!

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  24. What a lovely space! I see that Rita was just here before me, she is another incredible mom, crafter and woman of God! Anyway, I love how you have turned your dining room into such a lovely craft room. I love a woman who loves chocolate and wine! :-)

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  25. What a wonderful bright space! I would love to have all those windows. The teapot and cups are so cute, a nice touch of whimsy. Thanks for the tour ~ smiles ~

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  26. What a heavenly space. Thank you for the tour. I really enjoyed it, especially the inspiration boards.

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  27. I have stuff in that space under all of wall .It would be nice to have it in those boxes with wheels so I could take inventor every once in a while!


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