Making Room for Sweetness

There is somebody that I have been following for many years that mentioned the impact that cleaning, clearing, and de-cluttering has made on her creative life.  Now this is a great idea in theory, but it’s work, so I wasn’t too terribly interested in really getting serious about it…until this happened…

…making room for this sweet being in our home.

I love my art room, but I love him more! And what a great excuse to finally go through years of stuff to make it fit in here…

…the office.

Half the size of my old art room, with stuff already in it. That spells touching everything before even attempting to make it fit! (this photo is after working on all the crap on the floor!)

Fear not, progress has been made. I’m sharing this photo so you will appreciate my progress. This room isn’t as cute as my old art room was, but I’m hoping it will grow on me.

There are a few more decorating projects to be done like painting and such, but everything is cleaned and organized.

I actually have some empty boxes and space to fill, and I’ll need it, I’m not through!

I was also once told that inspiring decor helps your creativity, I’m inclined to agree.

In case your missing the theme here, I need a shot of creativity in my life, along with downsizing. Art has been pretty much put on the back burner as of late, because I’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. When my husband retires, we plan to move into smaller digs, so this definitely needed doing.

My journal makings have become part of the decor.

Things I like to keep handy, and a perfect way to fill a corner.

This table sits right under a window, so no decorating here. This will be my only work surface in the room, which is why I didn’t mind filling the larger table with supplies. I’m hoping this will work. Please excuse the plastic table cloths, when the paints come out “It’s every man for himself!”…or woman.

There’s something about a clean space that makes me want to make a mess and get creative, I’m not sure if that’s just the nature of things, or my inner 10 year old jumping up and down.

Anyway, I have a few more moves to make, so I better get at it. I just wanted to check in and share the latest.

Have a great weekend,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty

Hearth and Home

Hello, I thought I would pop in quickly to let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth 🙂 I have been keeping super busy with personal life stuff and not much art journaling, so I didn’t quite know what to share. Lately, I’ve been enjoying diving into working around the house, visiting with family, taking time to talk on the phone, all the things that I used to think  “I had to make time for” because I was trying to “Run a shoppe”. I’ve not been this happy since my kids were little!

It’s the small things that make me smile, like finally getting to some decorating done in my laundry room. I will be painting that chest of drawers when I make up my mind about color. I have a long list of projects I want to do around the house, and I am finally ticking them off.

At the end of the day I work on this, it’s coming along quite nicely.

It’s that time of year again. This was two days of hard labor to pull up some unsightly ground cover that looked ratty and made a nice home for weeds to grow. We still have a few more things to move and remove here, but progress is happening.

On the news front, one of my journals was chosen to for the next issue of Art Journaling magazine, it should be out this summer. I didn’t write my article on this little beauty of course, this was just a nice excuse to share a recent gift.

This has been my latest obsession, Ali Edwards “Week In The Life” project. I had joined up last spring when my son was visiting from Korea, and I took loads of photos, but it didn’t get any farther than that. So, I decided to do a trial run with the photos from his visit before my niece arrives for her annual visit. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to look through all the photos and remember and our little adventures together. But, I’ll have to put this on hold until after my niece flies home. She and I will be filling in a couple of these albums documenting her visit, I can’t wait!

That’s it for now. I’ve signed up for the iHanna Post Card Swap again, so hopefully I will share about that this week some time.

Until then,

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Patty

Creative Work Space Re-Shuffle

I have been soooo inspired by all the posts on social media this week of creative work spaces, that I thought it past due that I did a bit of a reshuffle. I am a creature of habit, so my redecorating didn’t shift past my comfort level too much, just enough to clean and streamline.

Disclaimer: I realize that many of the photos on social media are of beautiful, modern, and streamlined gorgeousness. But, I obviously don’t roll that way.

Welcome to Kitschy-McColorful!

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Good grief, my desk looks like a hippie van from the 40’s! That is, if there were hippies in the 40’s! The “table cloth” is a vintage sheet. I can’t believe it took  so long to come up with this solution to the smallness of vintage table cloths!

I’m happy to say that I’m using many tools and supplies that have been tucked away for a while. I’m one of those with lots of good intentions when I buy something. I’m the same way with clothes, most things I buy have to age in a cupboard for a bit before I’ll use them…odd.

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The shelves above my desk are in good form! I thinned the plants by one and put the items I don’t use as often up there. I still can’t believe Dottie Angel gave up that pitcher, Love!

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These are my journals in progress. Usually they are strewn hither and yon because of my unorganized ways. This may work for a while. It’s kind of like “If you build it they will come.”

Actually, it’s more like, “If you make space for it, they will make it back…eventually!”

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Sticky notes, glue sticks, pens, washi, and memo pads.

I use an unbelievable amount of sticky notes and note pads in my world! That tray in the background serves as my “Brain Dump”. Dump being the operative word, I cleaned it up for the photo!

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Stapler, drawers of paper clips, pencils, pens, and planners.

It may be a stretch, but I’m thinking that having the planners on my desk will work much better than on the floor next to the desk!

I have had that Hobnail vase for many, many years. It is so nice to have it somewhere I’ll see it everyday! My favorite part of the re-shuffle!

Now, I realize this looks very much the same to those that have seen it before. But, I love the changes I made, and thought it would be fun to share.

Once again, thank you for stopping by,

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Patty