Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Where Bloggers Create & A Giveaway At Shabbyfufu

Let's be honest, we creative artistic types are not always the most organized! I think that it's the left brain vs. right brain thing, or so I have been lead to believe. My Studio is often a big, big mess...and at any given time I have what seems like dozens of projects spread out all over the place and it spills out into the rest of the house as well. Sound familiar? Right now I have been working on all sorts of custom orders for my lovely Shabbyfufu customers, and I feel so blessed to be doing so....but at the same time I have all of the "stuff" needed for these variety of endeavors out of their rightful cabinets, storage bins and jars and finding temporary homes seemingly EVERYWHERE! Not to mention I have been doing packing and shipping solo these last couple of my helper (aka ~ younger daughter recent college graduate) has been preoccupied with applying to design school. So, although I though that I could get my act together in time to clean up when asked by Karen to join in on the "Where Bloggers Create" party......I said, SURE and was thrilled to participate. Time has gotten the better of me, so I hope that you are not disappointed, as this is all I have to contribute today. Click on the link above and I am sure that you will find lots of fabulous and probably CLEAN and ORGANIZED studios to visit.

I do have a little GIVEAWAY at the end of this please leave a comment for a chance to win. Have fun, and the saying goes....let's get the party started!

My studio has recently been remodeled with tons of new cabinets, granite counters, big new deep sink, stone tile floors. I wonder if I am the only one out there with blush pink cabinet doors~lol!

Packing & shipping area in my studio. I DO need to keep organized here!

Just a peek inside one of the cabinets where I store some of the hundreds of pieces of vintage barkcloth & fabrics that I have amassed over the years.

Tucked in a corner of the studio I have some vintage aqua bins from a closed cotton mill in the South. They are tall, and great for storing rolls of vintage wallpaper.

I love the old locker baskets and have many that I use for everything from vintage linens and laces to this one filled with old bottles for my doll making.

This vintage library card file was found at a local estate sale quite awhile ago. I use it to store little bits and bobs....vintage jewelry, doll heads, millinery~etc.

Unfortunately there is not a ton of natural light in the room, but we installed lots of undercounter lighting and this petite teacup chandelier that Mr. Fufu and I made.

My little desk, where I am sitting right now! I found this one years ago at a thrift shop and got it for free. They were going to toss it, as the top had water damage from a previous hurricane. I painted it an antique cream and then hand painted some pink roses and added glass knobs. The vintage chair comes from Salve Galleries.....okay, Salvation Army~lol!, and is in it's original shabby vintage chippy finish with silk fabric. The piece that sits on the side is antique child's headboard from France that has the sweetest cherubs. Sometimes it's cluttered with magnets and papers to use as a message board, but I love the image on it and wanted you to see.

My favorite notebook that Fifi's sister Sylvie made for me as a gift when they were here for a Romantic Country magazine shoot. So pretty...she hand stitched my initial J on French linen in pink:-) I really treasure it, and keep it with me all of the time for jotting down notes and ideas.

Photos of my girls (+ one boyfriend) and a favorite poem by Keats that one of the girls had given me, and one of my boudoir dolls.

Now for that giveaway....and this is a project that you could easily do with some of those vintage picture frames that you may have laying around your studio.
I took this old wood frame and painted it white, then beat it up a bit for a chippy look. Then I painted some pink roses and ribbons. I had Mr. Fufu cut a piece of mdf board to fit and then I sprayed it with chalkboard spray. Hanger is on the back, and the way that I painted the pattern you could use it either horizontally or vertically. There is a built in "ledge" for the chalk...but you'll have to supply your own eraser! I like chalkboards, as they are handy dandy and enviornmentally friendly as well:-).

Just leave a comment on the blog (not the website) and I will draw the winner randomly next week. If you want to double your chance at winning, kindly mention it on your blog and link it back here, then send me another comment to let me know to put your name in again.

That's it for today....I hope that you enjoyed my little bits of what was clean enough to show. Now I must run, as Mr. Fufu is dragging me kicking and screaming (lol!) to our beach place for a long weekend, so I will see you back here soon.



  1. I think in real life we all have that 'mess' that we create in. How else can you create unless you have your bits and pieces laying around.
    Count me in for your great giveaway.
    Hope your 'helper' hurries up and finishes applying to design school so she can give you a hand.
    Love all your different storage containers.
    Have a great weekend

  2. Oh, Your storage finds are amazing. Love the bins drawers and your desk and chair, from tha salvation army?? Now why dont they ever have stuff like that at my local store??! I love chairs...
    I am going to post your giveaway and I'll be right back...:)
    Have a great weekend!

  3. I love to hear that I am not the only one creating (in) a mess! Thanks to the internet and digital photography we all have our ways to show the best parts. I really like what I see up here. Thanks for touring me around and for inspiration. Have a lovely day!

  4. Ok, The giveaway is now on my sidebar. Thank you for such a great offering.

  5. i love your studio, its so peaceful, mine is in boxes all over the garage floor with a tiny little obsticale path, you have given my such inspiration, thanks

  6. Another gorgeous creative room. So pretty!
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh Janet,
    I knew your studio would be beyond beautiful and so inspiring. When my petite studio grows up, it wants to be beautiful like your place to create. Have fun at the beach, tell the ocean hello from moi ;)

  8. Your space is so pretty and girly, I love it! Please enter me for the giveaway...I never win anything. Seriously!
    Have a great weekend away and visit my corner of the world when you get back from the beach (jealous!).
    So long@

  9. Your studio looks scrumptious. Add me in for the giveaway - looks great!! LindaSonia

  10. Am I first? I bet your studio is lots of fun! Mine is always a mess and I don't have the excuse of having to ship out orders. lol! I'd love to win your pretty chalkboard. I have the perfect place for it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. It's just beautiful! I'm not disappointed a bit. I loved seeing all the things you are working on.

  12. Wow! So glad you joined the party so I could find you! Great Space so very chic! Thanks, for sharing and giving us a chance to win~double the fun! Hugz, Z

  13. Your place looks very nice to me!
    I remember those old locker baskets were used to hold our clothes while we did PE...yuck I hated PE btw!

    Looks like a great give~away...Hope I win! ;-D

  14. Ha ha, I was just saying that my husband was laughing at me, trying to get everything clean for today!! Your room is beautiful and so is your blog, very inspiring!! I hope you have a terrific time at the beach! I'll be back again, I am sure!!!
    Margaret B

  15. This is absolutely adorable.....and Ive been needing a chalkboard. Would love to be entered in the giveaway. Ive been wandering thru all the great craft areas the ladies have and drooling. Im packing to move and hope to have one at some point, wherever I land. I am looking at all the great storage ideas and making notes!

  16. THey come in pink? Really you can get pink cabinets, where was I when this train came thru? I LOVE them! Such a neat and wonderful creative space. I adore all the vintage barkcloth (want some)! Such creative collections from such creative people!

  17. Hey chickadee!
    I love your space! esp the wooden drawers!!
    Big mermaid hugs!

  18. I love your studio photos. You've got some great storage ideas and you're so creative! thanks for sharing your inspiration with all of us on the studio tour.
    Please count me in for your drawing, and I hope you can come visit me, too!

  19. Your studio is so beautiful. It certainly must be inspiring to work in such a peaceful place.

  20. Please enter me in your giveaway for the adorable chalkboard!
    I am in the midst of redoing my craftroom and it is a MESS! But I am getting lots of ideas for storage.
    Your room is really beautiful!

  21. What a wonderful place to create and then ship off all of your sales too!!!

    Please enter me in the drawing..those are my colors!!!!

    Have a great time at the beach :)

  22. Janet ~

    I just love your studio, it's fabulous! The containers that your using for storage are amazing especially the one with the wallpaper in it. I have locker baskets too and they are pefect for storing this and that. Thanks for sharing your space.


  23. What a romantic ,beautiful space you have. So many pretty things! Be sure and sign up on my blog as well I,m doing a little giveaway also.

  24. Love your studio, Janet! Just like you, when I am creating things tend to be a mess. I cleaned up my place for the photo shoot! I love all your bins, locker baskets, your desk. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  25. Great space! Love the old locker baskets!

  26. Very sweet studio and very sweet giveaway! I'd love a chance to win!
    I'm having a giveaway on my blog too ~ starts tomorrow (Sat) ~ it is Christmas in July, and it's something pink with roses! :)
    Hope you can stop by!!

  27. What a space! Romantic and fabulous!!!

  28. Thank you for saring your space with us. It's been fun looking thru your studio, and everyone else's too. Please enter me in your contest. Thank you for your give away.

  29. Janet...You amaze me girly girl. You do! Do you ever stop? Your shelves could be mine...not kidding! You are one talented, talented lady. I'm such a fan!

    You are talented and I love to visit.

    Thank you for sharing with us your private spaces and your love of creating! It is inspiring!

    Hugs, Rebecca

  30. oh yes Janet, I totally agree with your first comment, my "creating" area is not neat and tidy at all. Am feeling quite inspired after visiting a few of the blogs joining in the "where bloggers create!" Particularly love your storage finds.
    Alicia ~ time worn style

  31. You have a gorgeous room! I especially love that chandelier. It's beautiful. Your space is so feminine and lovely.

  32. Granite + pink = fabulousness! What a beautifully creative space you live in! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

    Enjoy the party!

    Warm Wishes,


  33. Such a lovely space! Your desk is gorgeous and the chandelier that you and Mr. Fufu designed is scrumptous!
    Thanks for a beautiful tour!
    bunny hugs,

  34. Oh what a perfectly delightful studio you have. I wouldn't worry about the mess. That means your creative juices are flowing!!! I love the vintage storage you have!!!! Thank you so much for coming to my party. You've really helped make it a success!

    My Desert Cottage

  35. Absolutely gorgeous and so lucky to have all that beautiful cabinetry.

    Cathy ♥

  36. I never seem to be able to find those old locker the chalkboard frame. I love everything that has roses on it!

  37. If our studios weren't a mess, we wouldn't be creating! Who can create when things are nice and neat? I love your space - it is full of treasures!

    I would be honored to be entered in your giveaway!

  38. I love your desk soooo much! It must make you smile everytime you sit down to do your work. I also that display of fabric. I adore fabric. I just buy it and if I use it, I use it, but if I don't I still fold it, touch it, look at it over and over again.

  39. Janet ~ love the view into your studio! As I look around right now, my office is a complete disaster area! Sweet chalkboard...I didn't know you were such a fabulous rose painter! ~Stacy~

  40. Oh goodness...send me that barkcloth right now! I love your fabrics and space! (Thank you so much for sharing and please come visit me, too!)

  41. Your studio is absolutely fabulous! I LOVE your pink blush cabinet doors...I want them, LOL!

    What a wonderful place to create in! :)

  42. I knew your space would be feminine and beautiful. I already love your blog and creations. Love the cabinets and storage for you. The fabric/wallpaper/bottles.. all such great treasures.. Thank you for sharing your lovely pink and frilly space.. It is dreamy! Keep creating!

  43. Love the pink cupboards! Your room is so creative!
    I LOVE the giveaway...Beautiful roses on it!
    Thanks so much for sharing your space!
    Dancingly, Denise

  44. I'm trying again. What a beautiful chalkboard!!

  45. I just love your studio. All I see is eye candy. Blesses my heart. Thanks for sharing. Martha

  46. beautiful!!! I could spend hours just drooling at all of the sweetness in your place. I'd love to enter your giveaway too.
    :) Missy

  47. Gorgeous studio! I love the dolls you make and the locker baskets are a fun touch to. I love wire baskets.Thanks for letting me peek around!

  48. Hi Janet,
    Here I am over to visit you - late as usual!
    Of course I'd love to enter your giveaway - please count me in.

    You have a beautiful place to create

    Have a wonderful weekend away


  49. I am a little late to the party, but better late than never. My daughter, the fashionista, will soon be leaving the nest for her new apartment. I will have the luxury of decorating her old room (specifically the closet) as my creative space. I cannot wait and will incorporate many of the wonderful ideas you have shared here. Thank you.

  50. You have a wonderful creative space. I love your bins. A perfect place to store treasures. Thanks for letting me peek.

  51. Love your studio! It is so pretty! Your painted roses are beautiful! I'm off to look around your blog for awhile - I have a feeling it is wonderful!

  52. wow - so many beautiful and cool things! i am loving the locker basket!!!

    thanks for sharing!


  53. Whta a fun creative space you have made for yourself - I love the pink cupboards! Your artwork is spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing your workspace!

    :-) Molly

  54. please enter my name on your lovely giveaway I love roses, its lovely,

  55. WOW! I love all the Shabby goodness in your Studio! Thank you for sharing it with us! I hope you will stop by and see my new Studio!

    Artful Blessings,

    P.S. I hope I am not too late for the giveaway!