Welcome to my Homestead Vintage studio. I'm excited to be participating in the Where Bloggers Create 2012 party hosted by Karen at My Desert Cottage. Thanks so much Karen for all the work in putting this together!
I have recently changed my creative space from a nice sized bedroom upstairs to what used to be the dining room of our home. As our two little granddaughters are now big enough to stay over the weekend with Grammy and Poppy I needed to make a bedroom suitable for two princesses, so out and down the stairs with all my stuff we went. We moved the dining room into an unused living room, so that meant that we had at least three rooms upset all at once. I think it would have been easier if we had just moved!
Anyway, the whole thing is crazy anyway because if you read my profile you saw that I had actually retired from the craft business several years ago. I was quite happy with life and being a grandmother when someone just happened to tell me about Pinterest and I started pinning. Oh boy, what absolutely fabulous ideas there are, and the more I pinned the more I said "I can do that" or "I used to do that" and it happened... back in business again. My husband and I started with Homestead Gallery in 1977 and now we have started phase II with Homestead Vintage. Things are a little different than they were in '77, crafts are much more sophisticated and this vintage French decor and shabby chic style is a real turn-on! I just stare at the designs and examples and wonder "can I really do that?" Anyway, that remains to be seen.
So come on in, get comfortable and make yourself at home....
This is the antique sideboard we purchased in 1976 when we married. It was the first piece of furniture we bought. I was thinking how awesome it would be if I painted it.... my husband is not quite on the same page on that one! I am doubting that it will be painted any time soon. Anyway, I use it as a platform to take photos for items I put on Etsy and I have it stuffed with craft supplies. I love to display some of the white china that I collected when we lived in Germany.
I am in the process of collecting fabrics, ribbon and laces all over again. I gave away so many craft supplies when I closed up shop before and now it starts again. I love lace, any color, and size any pattern....
I found this most wonderful item at an antique shop. It is a drawer from an old steamer trunk and it makes a fabulous display shelf. I need items to look at occasionally for inspiration and this works fine. It is also a tribute to the two mothers, both deceased, who were instrumental in developing any creativity my husband and I may have. The photo above the angel is my mother when she was a baby and the other photo is my husband's mother when she was a child. The doll dress looks like it might be a vintage item but when my mother used to make pillowcase dolls she also made the dress. Several of the jewelry items were given to me by a dear friend.
This is a vignette of the collection on one wall. The chair that my father made and I recovered is where my husband is invited to sit when he comes in my room to visit.
This vignette sits atop my desk and is a collection of family photos and meaningful items. The picture on the left is of the two princesses I mentioned earlier! The photo in the center is of my older sister, older brother and me.
I want everyone to take a look at this desk. Last week it was an ugly brown and with a can of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint it is a thing of beauty! It will probably never look this good again because it will never be this clean again until next year's blog hop...
This is a photo of my work table. My sweet husband purchased a door from the local
builders supply store and installed a couple of shelves for me.
I love to store my supplies in the cute photo boxes from Michaels. I am distracted when I have too much sitting around and, as I don't have a great deal of room, I have to keep things put away and organized. If you'd ask my husband he would say I have more fun organizing than crafting.
My cute little basket of laces. I think they look great in this wire basket. I'm hoping it will be inspiring!
This is a collage of some of the items I have done and am doing. I used to make the snowmen and angel tree-toppers several years ago and now I am making snow-ladies. I have also been painting china for the last couple of years. You can already see my snow ladies in my Etsy shop.
I wish my house looked as good everyday as when I am expecting company to come to visit and I feel the same way about my craft room. It was good to organize and make everything pretty- but don't think for a minute it stays this way!
Thank you so much for stopping by. I enjoyed our visit and hope you did, too. Thank-you to each and every one of you for your friendship and your creativity.
Have fun blog hopping!