Thursday, July 11, 2013

Its a Party.... Where Bloggers Create Party 2013

It is the 5th Annual Where Bloggers Create Party!!!!  This is Karen's 5th time hosting....and it is A LOT of work!  Thank you Karen for hosting and helping all of us meet each other. This is my second time participating.  Last year was so much fun, inspiring and left me pretty awestruck.

Karen does an AWESOME job and here is where you can go to see, not only Karen's absolutely stunning studio - but all of the other beautiful places where some very creative bloggers create.  

My space is an upstairs spare bedroom....  I have spruced it up a bit since last year but my area is a far cry from all of the other gorgeous studios that you will see.  

But.......

I LOVE my little space and try to spend as much time in here as possible!  

Okay - on to the tour!  



Come on in.  (Love this door)  It is new.  Just finished it on the Fourth of July and really had a lot of fun.  Still have my yellow closet doors.  Made a new iron board cover since last year's party.... 



This is the desk area....Lots of great natural light.  Do you see the pink noodle on the floor???  I cut it down the center and am using it to hide all of the electrical cords...  $1.98.... pink.... who knew?  



This is where I keep all the fabric for projects that are "works in progress."   Okay, okay.... I will admit that is a lot of fabric for just "works in progress"... just do not tell anyone else - especially my hubby.   



Love this little bright spot of the room.  The big flowers on the top shelf used to live in our kitchen - but I wanted more color in this space - especially since I now spend more time in here than in the kitchen!  The little pink and blue flowers on the second shelf are actually pens in a pretty disguise.


    

This is my cutting table and design wall.  I found the cute little green, yellow and pink quilt in a bunch of fabric that I brought home from my grandmother's.  (The scrappy Sue Bonnet on the other wall was another find in my grandmother's fabric boxes.)  I do not believe she made them though.  She was a miniature artist. 

The design wall is actually the backside of an inexpensive plastic tablecloth and some thumbtacks.  I was happy to find one that had a lot of fun colors on it so when it was hung up - we could fold it so some more color would show. A design wall for under $4.00! 

The purple drawers (under the cutting table) were a great find for $10.00!!  That is where all of the templates, rotary cutters, pattern books and my quilt journals are stored.  Found the risers at Big Lots.  And let me just tell you - they really help to keep my back from screaming at me when cutting a lot of fabric for a quilt project!  



This is my new sewing cabinet!  My dad and step-mom gave it to me as an early birthday present.  I LOVE it!  My dad did a great job putting this guy together!  My step mom researched and researched and she found the perfect one....  It is at the right height and has plenty of space to lay out the quilt when sewing up the larger parts - or as in the case of last night - actually machine quilting. 

Oh, ummmm... that will be another blog post at another time....  

The lamp is an old floor lamp - made of iron! Not only does it give great light - it is the perfect place to hang binding where it is nice and handy.... (the binding on the lamp stand right now is for the mug mats I have been working on).  The lampshade is new, but very blah. So.... I started gluing really bright buttons on it.  That little project requires has to be done in stages... so it is another  "work in progress" project.  

The two drawings on the wall were drawn by my youngest when she was a toddler..... they are family pictures... one is of me and one is of her dad. The embroidery piece above them was made by my oldest daughter when she about five or six years old.  I love those pieces!  The blue shadow box was a gift from a dear friend for my birthday last year. 

Before you leave - I must show you the closet....   



Pretty sure most people do not show off their closets.  But a few months ago, it got all cleaned out and organized... This is where all of the fabric inherited from my grandmother is now stored.  All card making supplies and yarn for crochet projects also have a space in this closet.  (I also make jewelry - but I keep all of the beads, wire, tools and so forth in the pie safe in the living room..... and all of my mosaic stuff is in a little room off the den....  so my creative space is spread out all over the place.  

But this room, this little colorful corner of the world, is my sewing room and I love it here...  

Well, Michael and I must get back to our new tablerunner.... 


  
....and there are many many parties to attend!  




88 comments:

  1. Lovely space. I like the bold colors, and I'm crazy about fabric. Thanks for sharing.
    Gwen Simmons

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    1. Hi Gwen! Thanks for coming by..... fabric is a new love for me - and I am becoming quite crazy for it myself! I was at your place last night - love your antique storage solutions!

      Thanks again!

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  2. I have enjoyed following you since last year's hop and love what you've done to your space! I must agree that colour is integral in a creative space! Hugs!

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    1. Hi Cindy! Yay for visiting again! Love your blog! Thanks for the encouragement! I really really appreciate it! Take care!

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  3. Hello, your studio is so neat and clean, how wonderful. Mine is so stuffed that I never feel that it is as clean as I would like it to be. I love what you did with the door. Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving that delightful comment. I want to put your name in the give-a-way, but you must be a follower. Please return and hit my followers button. I am your newest follower and I would be over the moon to have you among my lovely blogging sisters, too. Connie:)

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    1. Hi Connie! Thank you so much! I will go back and hit your follow button (must have had a bit of a brain freeze.....) Glad you like the door - it is a lot of fun. Alright - going back to your place. (Thank you for becoming a follower also.... I look forward to a great bloggy friendship! Take care!

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  4. Wonderful space and I LOVE the closet, great idea. I did something like that a few years ago and it worked out great. The flowers are gorgeous, so bright and cheerful and I agree, they certainly make a room come alive with warmth and beauty.

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    1. Hi Carole! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such an awesome and encouraging comment! (I forgot to mention in the post that the flowers have a few stems of tiny lights that I can plug in at night....)

      Take care!

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  5. What a organized and clean space. Using that pink noodle to conceal the cords is a clever idea. A design wall for $4 is my kind of deal. Great space!

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    1. Hi Theresa! Thanks for stopping by! I like to do everything as cheap as possible where decorating is concerned so I have more money for fabric :)

      Thanks again!

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  6. What a great creative space! So glad to be stopping by and checking it all out . . . (And your secret about the "works in progress" stash is totally safe with us!) love the colors in your space (those yellow locker doors are awesome!) and the organization is awesome. Tanks for sharing it with us!!!

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    1. Hi Leanne! Thanks for stopping by and even more - thank you for keeping my secret safe.... tee hee.... This party is great! Love meeting new friends. Take care and hope to see you again soon.

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  7. Your sewing studio looks warm, friendly and inviting! No wonder you love it :)
    Great idea to hide the cords in the pink tube :) Your kitty is such a sweetie - I share my space with cats too!

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    1. Thanks Duni! Mr. Michael is a sweetheart.... we also have Miss Susie - she spends a lot of time in the sewing room too.... It is great having our little furry family with us when we create! Take care and hope to see you again soon!

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  8. It is so interesting to have a look on other creative spaces. That is very inspiring. I see you are a crafter, a quilter (I do not know if it is the right word).
    I have always have great admiration for this kind of craft, the patience required to sew all these small pieces of fabric, the creativity behind each of quilt.

    Thank you for visiting my own creative space.

    Hélène

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    1. Hi Helene.... Yes, you used the right word "quilter." I am a beginner - but loving every minute of it... and I love to craft. Your space is stunning and your paintings are beautiful.... Thank you so much for coming by. I will be visiting you again soon!

      Take care.

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  9. lots of wonderful color, looks like a very happy spot tp create in. the noodle is an awesome idea for hiding cords, cool!!

    Chris

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    1. Hi Chris! Glad you like all the color and so glad you stopped by. Your space is beautiful!

      Take care!

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  10. love the noodle idea! Your space is sweet and colorful. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. Hi Marianne! Thanks for coming by and leaving such a nice comment. Hope to see you again soon! Take care!

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  11. Hi StashaLynn,
    What a wonderful creative space. I love how organized everything is and the tablecloth inspiration wall is awesome. What a great idea. I would love to have room for something like this. And love your painted closet doors. What a great idea to use the noodle to hide cords. Just fantastic. You are so talented. Darling pic of your fur baby. I can see you have many happy hours in your wonderful studio. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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    1. Hi Celestina! Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such kind words of encouragement! Your studio is wonderful and I know you love it as much as I love my little sewing room! I will definitely be visiting you again soon! Take care!

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  12. I love all the color in your studio - purple drawers ! Your idea of hiding cords in that tube is great, too. Thank you for all the inspiration and showing me your space. :-)

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    1. Hi Carmen! Thank you for coming by and loving the purple drawers.... I love them too! Also thank you for the kind comment! Hope to see you soon. Take care.

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  13. Great studio space and I love your yellow closet doors. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a nice comment.... I must confess I love those yellow closet doors too! Hope to see you again soon! Take care.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your beautiful space for your creating. Your quilted projects are so beautiful!! I understand about the fabric hoarding....whatever we work with we need choices, right? Thanks for visiting me and your kind comments. Keep creating and blessings to you, Linda

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    1. Hi Linda! Oh thank you so much for commenting on my quilted projects too. I am glad to have a kindred spirit with loving all of our choices! Hope to see you soon and many blessings to you too!

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  15. I love the colors in your space -so warm and inviting...I am always thankful for all the quilters in the world...

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    1. Ahhh... thank you Barbara. I am only a year into quilting - but I love it so much.... Hope you come back to visit soon!

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  16. Oh my goodness: raising the table height with risers! I have risers!!!!!!!!!!! And the pool noodle for wire concealment would actually help to keep me from TRIPPING over wires- can't miss a brightly colored pool noodle now can I? Two problems *solved* because I peeked in on you for Where Bloggers Create!

    :) I'm not a quilter, but I love to support other peoples' quilting habits- I like to change out quilts on my reading chair in my classroom seasonally. My kindergartners love my "special blankies.'

    Thanks for sharing, and for the inspiration!

    Michaele (Twigs and Tulle)

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    1. Hi Michaele! Thank you so much for all the pats on the back! I cannot wait to see your space - I have not gotten to the T's yet! Whew.... this party is going to be a long one - but awesome! I love how your kindergartners love your special blankies. I think you are probably growing some furture quilters if not quilt lovers in your classrooms.

      Hope you come back soon! I will be visiting you soon! Take care!

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  17. Thanks for visit and sweet comment, you have a beautiful room to create in, to be creative,to be creative means that you have to collect a lot of things and it is something our men do not always understand.
    Anni

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    1. Thanks Anni! You are so right about our men.... I do remind mine every once in awhile that he has some nice collections of his own ;)

      Thanks for visiting (love your space!) and hope to see you again soon!

      Take care.

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  18. Enjoyed your tour especially your new decorated door! I want to paint my back door really fancy this year!

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    1. Hi Marlynne! I cannot wait to see your door when you get it all done! Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

      Take care

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  19. What a great space, love the quilt blocks on the wall. I used to be a quilter too! Thank you for visiting my new space. I am meeting so many nice people on this tour.

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    1. Hello! Yes, we are meeting a bunch of great people! Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon! Take care!

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  20. Your room is so colorful and happy looking! You're into fabric as much a I'm into paper. Love your little space and see why you're happy to be in there. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

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    1. Hi Lori! Thank you for visiting and leaving such a great comment. Hope to see you soon! Take care.

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  21. Meowllo Michael and Stasalynn!!! Your "work in progress" room is delightful, bright and cheerful!! You have some great ideas that you were kind enough to share - thank mew!!! Love the idea of the risers for the cutting table! As anyone who sews knows, bending over cutting many pieces can cause some major back soreness! You also seem to be very organized - you have every right to be proud of your closet! We have enjoyed our tour of your creative space! Thank you so much for allowing us to visit!

    Purrs,

    Romeo and "her" (who does not purr sorry)

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    1. Romeo - I am honored you stopped by! I am also glad that you brought her.... you must teach her to purr though... Hope you both visit again soon! Take care!

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  22. This is such a cheery, and uncluttered space.I like to have my on-the-go projects all stashed and ready too.looks like you have several interests.The stotage for different crafts becomes an issue doesn't it.I have narrowed my interests to just 2, but that's still a lot of gear.
    love your puss too.Don't you love it when they just HAVE to inspect what you're doing.Esp if it's on the floor.

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    1. Hi Judy... I saw another blog in a picture of their kitty inspecting the quilt - the blogger said something along the lines of "The quilt passed its cat scan." Hahhaha... wish I knew where I read that so I could give them credit because it was brilliant!

      So glad you stopped by and left such a nice comment. Hope you come back soon! Take care.

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  23. I think it looks like a lovely place to spend time and I love that you treasure the fabrics from your grandmother. Great idea to store the electric cords in the noodle!!

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    1. Thank you Kathy! It is a fun space! Take care and do come back soon!

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  24. Beautiful place. Love all the little bits. Especially the pink noodle idea. I think I will borrow that one. Thanks for dropping by, I should be doing my room not looking here LOL, but it was a wonderful rest time :-)

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    1. Hi Glenda - please do borrow the noodle idea.... every time I walk by one in the store I keep trying to find another reason to use them! I am glad you are getting some rest - it helps us be more creative! I cannot wait to see your finished room! Take care!

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  25. Oooooohhh! I love your bright colors. I am not a quilter, but I think the tablecloth idea for a design wall is brilliant. Your lampshade is going to be great too. Thanks for sharing your space!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for the sweet comments! Please do come back and visit - the door is always open! Take care.

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  26. LOVE your sewing room, and LOVE the beautiful bright colors!!! I want to paint the walls in my craftroom a light color, but I want to add some BRIGHT colors in there too.. like probably first the CHAIR!... Smiled when you mentioned the risers. Yes, I've bought many, just for under the beds, AND even under the couch, so that I could have some hidden storage under there too! (only thing is, NOW it looks a little funny, and I have to make a skirt/ruffle to cover round the bottom half of my couch to reach the floor.. (sigh).. still glad I did it though. Every bit of secret storage is A-OK with me!!)... Thanks for sharing your creative space, and I enjoyed stopping by today! Hope you're enjoying your weekend! ~tina

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    1. Hi Tina! Thank you so much for the awesome comments! It does make me feel good about making a fun space for anyone who comes in! Risers are a great wonder aren't they! I laughed when I read your comment about making a skirt for your couch! We do tend to add more and more to our lists of creative items to do - don't we! Hope you come back soon! Take care!

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  27. I LOVE your work space! It's so colorful and makes me happy.
    The quilting/art that you have displayed is Beautiful.
    Of course... I fell in love with the kitty. I have 5 ans they are so special.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh thank you soooo much! I am glad the space makes you happy! That is a great comment! Kitties are so very special... they are calming, loyal, loving and sometimes a little bratty... I think I like the bratty part the best! Take care and hope you come back soon!

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  28. Hi Stasa:) I am happy to find four blog and see lots off great things:) Your studio is perfect place for working:) Big hug to you!

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    1. Thank you so much Sonaj and a big hug to you too! I do get a lot done in here when I am able to get away from that nasty little interruption called the day job! Take care and hope you come back very soon! I can use more hugs!

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  29. I love all the touches in your studio that have family attached to them... the new sewing machine, the stash of fabrics from your grandmother and the art from your daughters. That says a lot about you!!! What a wonderful space to spend time sewing away with thoughts of what the creation will be running through your head. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you so much Kadee... Your comments were so sweet and really touched my heart. Seriously, they did! I love your space too! Hope you do come back soon! Take care.

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  30. Your space looks so bright and cheery! I understand why you enjoy spending so much time there! Thank you for the tour!

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    1. Hi Annette! Thank you so much for stopping by... hope you come again very soon - the door is always open!

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  31. So many wonderful items in your room- love all the bright fun colors!

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    1. Awww... Thanks Rita! Hope you are having a great weekend and come back again very soon!

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  32. Your door is awesome! and what a nice sewing cabinet. A great space to create in. thanks for stopping by my studio : )

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    1. Hi Cathy! So glad you came by too. Thank you for the nice comments too! Take care and hope to see you soon.

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  33. A PINK NOODLE!!!! Who would'a thought! It takes a creative person to come up with a creative solution. I love it! Thanks for your visit to my blog. I'm going to enjoy following you be email (I love that we can get updates right into our mail boxes.) I also like your design wall. I tend to fill up my wall spaces. You're the best! and I look forward to our blogging friendship!
    Sweet Blessings, Chris

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    1. Hi Chris! Thank you so much! What wonderful and encouraging comments! I really really appreciate it. I am glad that we are going to be blog friends.... it is such a great thing! Take care and cannot wait to see you again.

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  34. What a fun and colorful space! I love your idea of using the noodle to hide all of your cords, that is pure genius!:) Looks like your kitty is enjoying your room, too! I wouldn't dare show my closet, yours is so organized! Mine is a disaster, full of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and shipping boxes!

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    1. Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! Shhhh.... but do you notice that I have one of the doors slightly closed..... that is because that side, while organized, is not as pretty as the one I opened....;) Take care and hope to see you soon!

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  35. A secret closed. I like it. Thank you for sharing.
    Best wishes
    Selenarte

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    1. Thank you Selenarte! Glad you came by! Hope you come by again soon! Take care.

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  36. I love your homey space, and the fact that you display works of art done by your children in earlier years. Thanks for inviting us in! Sue

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    1. Hi Sue! Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back soon! Take care.

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  37. Your colorful room just makes me smile! Thanks for sharing it and thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comments too.

    Becky @ Vintage 541

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    1. Hi Becky! Glad to bring smiles! Thanks for stopping by too - hope we visit with each other again soon. Take care

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  38. Hi StasaLynn. Your creative space is lovely. Thank you for sharing it. I'm glad you stopped by my studio and added your design advice. And thank you for such nice comments on my art.
    ~Elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! So glad you were able to come and visit too! Thank you for your nice comments and hope we visit again real soon. Take care.

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  39. Thanks so much for visiting StasaLynn. Your space is a wonderful kaleidoscope of color. Closets are the best for supplies aren't they? Stop by anytime.
    ♥ Hεlεɳa ♥ мємσяу вσχ cяєαтισηѕ

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    1. Hi Helena! Thank you for coming over and visiting. I love your comment "a wonderful kaleidoscope of color." That is awesome! Hope to see you soon! Take care.

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  40. You quilt beautifully, StasaLynn! And you have the perfect space for it, too...so colorful! Thanks for stopping by my studio, and I hope you enjoy this years WBC!

    Hugs!
    Lori

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    1. Hi Lori... Thank you sooo much for your sweet comment. I am glad you stopped in and I really enjoyed visiting you too! Hope to see you soon! Take care.

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  41. I love the colorful door! I should have taken a close-up photo of my "works in progress" cabinet. It's crammed full! I think every quilter can relate so your secret is safe! :)
    Thank you for the great tour!

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    1. Hi Tamatha! Thank you for keeping my little secret... especially since I decided to add another work in progress to the pretty little piles!

      Glad you came by for a visit! Hope to see you soon. Take care.

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  42. Hi StasaLynn - Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your nice comments. I enjoyed the tour of your creative space. Your door is so colorful. What a fun and welcoming sight whenever you enter your studio.

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    1. Hi Donna! So glad you came by and looked around. Love that you think it is welcoming! That is a great goal met. Take care and see you soon!

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  43. The door is great with its brilliant colours and patterns, very nice way to guide a visitor in to the space. And its a bright and happy space, very nice quilting and sewing.

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    1. Thank you! Hope you come back to visit - you are always welcome! Take care!

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  44. Lovely, bright and colourful room StasaLynn! Love Michael too. What a great idea about the pool noodle! Thank you for the tour of your organized sewing space.

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    1. Hi Maureen! Thanks for coming by. Michael says "Hello!" We hope you come by again very soon! Take care.

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