Friday, July 13, 2012

It's “The Where Bloggers Create Party”

Welcome to My Studio and Sewing Room

 It feels like home with unexpected friends…

This is my first time attending the “Where Bloggers Create Party” and I have been anticipating this get-together all year and I am especially looking forward to visiting everyone's creative spaces.  I feel pretty grateful this year as I have new furniture for my studio office and a brand new separate sewing room. Can you say spoiled? My wonderful husband certainly can? lol! A special thank you goes out to Karen Valentine  from over at My Desert Cottage for hosting such an amazing, fun party. 

Welcome to My Studio Office

My New Furniture
Love my HP TouchSmart computer
This light fixture is has been around It has been in our dining, kitchen, quest bedroom and now my Studio. The wicker chair was a gift from my Mother…It has as many different looks as there is fabric… 
Black 12 x 12 frames from Michaels  ~ For now I just framed pretty papers
I know it looks pretty neat and tidy, just give me  sometime  lol! I’m still in the honeymoon stage.
This is my old desk, which I still love and use for writing, mail and sometimes scrapbooking
My favourite chair to curl up in.  I enjoy my first hot cup of tea of the morning here, while I gather paper and pen and scribble down whatever my musings might manifest.
I found the little teapot handled storage cabinet in a local Shoppe, where it stored a variety of teas…they were discontinuing the tea and had no idea what to do with the little cabinet…humm….It now holds, my business cards, stamps, address labels etc…The cushions are two of my Memory Box Creations ~  “Tender Heart Pillows”
My new Sewing and Craft  Room ~ Can you see me smiling?
My space is an out-in-the-open airy area in our basement.  We carved out an 8’ X 16’corner in our basement just for me to play to my hearts content.  I wanted a half wall and full open wall, so as not to feel claustrophobic. Each of my craft spaces are inspired by childhood memories or what I call  “Heart Treasures.” Those wonderful memories that stay with us all the way into adulthood.  I enjoy being surrounded with the things I love , things that evoke all good memories, which include keepsakes passed down from my mother and grandmothers, to vintage finds, as well as my own childhood toys and trinkets that somehow endured the many years of play by my siblings and myself.
Pictured here is my childhood vintage iron, a sock darner, and my vintage doll , a gift brought back from Hawaii by my uncle.
  A Dresser makes for great storage, housing patterns, scrapbook papers, photos, fabric, lace…

My favourite ivory cabinet holds books and fabric. This was a great find at a discounted warehouse sale. One leg needed repairing, which my hubby did.
 Gotta Love Crystal!  The perfume bottle center stage was my paternal Grandmothers.
One of my cute fully jointed lovingly handmade Teddy Bears.
The bulletin board above my desk was pretty plain until I had it framed at Michaels during their 50% off sale. It’s pretty empty for now, but it won’t take long to turn it into a vision board.

I prefer to keep most of my items behind closed doors.  I have a large closet type room down the hall where all my stash is. Trust me you’re not missing anything. 
Bookcase to hold fabric and glass jars filled with buttons, lace, stamps and ribbons.
Ribbons and lace and buttons oh my!
My Sewing Machine…Okay, I don’t really sew on a lace covered table, but it looks so pretty doesn’t it? lol!

Close up of my childhood doll
I found this used farmhouse style kitchen island at another local Shoppe. It is the perfect height for cutting fabric.  Also I re-purposed my kitchen Bar stools, which are perfect for sitting and scrapbooking. It has tons of storage. A recipe card holder is going to be re-purposed to hold pictures of my creations.  I just found the black wire two tiered holder…now what to use it for?
Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button? When I was a little girl, my Mom taught me how to sew on buttons, by having me practice sewing beautiful buttons onto the cardboard that was used to package silk nylons. I loved my button cards!
This very special bear is one of a set of twins that I made for a bereaved parent, using a piece of clothing of their loved one to create a one of a kind keepsake.
The ivory lace bear was one of the first bears I made out of my daughters graduation dress to safe guard her memory, which lead me to create other keepsake mementos for other bereaved parents who have lost a child.

And last but not least,  I have to share my paternal Grandmothers parlour chair. It was covered covered in pink damask, which was gorgeous in its day. I recall her entire dining room suite matched along with a settee and matching chair. It has earned a place in my sewing room, offering a place to display pillows and bears, now covered in black leather. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour? I want to thank you all for taking the time to visit and I look forward to mingling with all the quests at the party in hopes of meeting some new friends. Party on!
It has been a joy to be apart of  “Where Bloggers Create” Hosted by Karen Valentine.  Be sure to visit Karen’s beautiful blog, My Desert Cottage where the full list of all the party goers in the 4th annual Where Bloggers Create 2012 blog party and enjoy!


  1. Hi Helena!
    It was great taking the tour, I loved everything you have done, umm Bob and you have done! I envy you your organization, I must admit, I spend half of my creative time hunting for things :( I can just imagine you sitting in your comfy armchair, with your tea, and I bet it would be easy to maybe spend more time there than you should! I really like the wicker chair too! I also envy you having lots of items from your childhood. We traveled such a lot, going from country to country, and were not able to take everything with us, so now there is nothing left from years ago, which I'm sorry about. Your Ivory lace bear is beautiful :-) Thank you for sharing your creative space and storage ideas, Helena. Linda xxx

  2. wow thatnks for the tour of the house helena...really like your studio...cant let T see this she will keep me busy for a time to come...smiles.

  3. Such a gorgeous HUGE space -- love the back, white and lace -- gorgeous combo and it is all so clean and pretty! :) Too bad the "honeymoon" doesn't last! Thanks for sharing your space!

  4. I love the dark woods and the white and cream buttons and the bears... your studio looks so inspiring and relaxing and wonderful! thank you for the tour!

  5. I love every detail, Helena. The bears are adorable, as are the buttons. Of course, I'm loving your combination of neutrals. It is my favorite at this time. You have a beautiful creative space.
    Thank you for stopping by the shop. Glad you enjoyed Love's tour. :)

  6. Hi Helena..your creative space is just beautiful! I love your new furniture & I too would be in the "honeymoon" Thanks for the peek into your room : )

  7. Hi Helena - I can understand being in the honeymoon stage - your studio is just lovely.
    Loved you bears..Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog....Pam

  8. Helena...I must first comment on how beautiful your blog style is...I just adore it! so nice to pop in here and have a peek at your home studio. So much inspiration to be found here online! there is no end!

    thanks for sharing.

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  9. I always admire a neat and organized studio. You create some wonderful things!

  10. Hello Helena,
    Loved taking the tour of your organized and pretty studio. Thanks for your visit to my place today too.


  11. Wonderful space Helena and oh so precious bears that you lovingly create!! The hospice that my hubby and I volunteer at have ladies that make bears and quilts for bereaved out of the loved ones clothing. I think that is so neat and had not ever heard of something like this till we started volunteering with them. Such a loving caring way to help others! Thanks!

    bee blessed

  12. Hi Helena, Love your studio and your sewing and craft room. The old desk is fantastic, as is the chest that held tea. Your blog design is absolutely beautiful; I'm wondering if it is a Karen Valentine blog design. Truly, I LOVE it!!!
    xo Beth

  13. Hi Helena, WOW I just love your space and your furniture in black and creams. So much like my home and the colors I like to decorate with.
    Every detail is perfect and so well organized.
    I adore the bear you made for the breaved parent. What a wonderful gift and keepsake. You are so talented and I have so enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment to me.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy creating.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  14. Oh Helena thankyou so much for sharing your lovely home - can I move in please - I could just picture you sitting in that chair with your cuppa writing your muses for the daysuch a lovely energy came from each of those pics as does you my dear friend -have a truly besutiful week Helena x x hugs always Lib

  15. Oh my last ocmment seems to have gone astray - never mind, I'll try again - thankyou so much Helena for sharing your lovely home - can I move in please - I can just picutre you sitting in your comfy chair there with your cuppa writing your muses for the day - every pic has such a lovely energy as do you my dear friend - Have a beautiful week Helena - hugs and love always Lib

  16. Helena, thank you for your kind words and for following my blog...I'm following yours now, too.

    Your studio office and new sewing and craft room are beautiful! I love the storage cabinet with the teapot handles, what a lucky find. I've fallen in love with your bears, they all have such personality! Thank you for the tour, I really enjoyed it!


    Victoria from Brushstrokes

  17. I love All your wonderful creating space, thank you for sharing! Teresa

  18. Wow, both your creative spaces and bears are just beautiful!

  19. Its been 6 months since I've tried to post in either one of my blogs, so I know it has been that long since I've been here Helena, but I'm so happy to see you doing so well in the Blog world, Love all you do my friend, I know you know that.. I hope to be back in the mix in October... I will see you then on my blog... till then keep up the wonders of you, I love that you share such beauty !


  20. Hi Helena,
    I just fell in love with your studio, the bears are sooo terrific and the way you have used black furnishing is refreshing and inviting.
    From a "Newbie" to blogging Thank you for your inspiration.

  21. This is so pretty! I love your new furniture; it looks great in your room! Everything is so organized! I love your adorable bears!

  22. Helena! Thank you so much for the comments on my blog! I also love your space! So clean and ready to work in! I hope to get to that stage one day. You sheltie was beautiful! am sorry to see the reference to the loss of your daughter. I'd love to see detail pics of her teddy bear one day if you get a chance... Hugs! Cindy Connell :)

  23. This looks like a wonderful place to create. y favorite thing is the dish of, what else, BUTTONS! Thank you for sharing.

  24. I enjoyed your lovely studio and all your wonderful new furniture. Thank you for sharing.

  25. I have loved my tour of your office and your crafting area. They are both beautiful!

  26. Just love your furniture and oh those piles of buttons. I'm drooling! Thank so much for sharing your space.

  27. Your crafting area is beautiful! I love that it is filled with so many personal treasures (yep, we definitely have that in common!)
    I also love your special teddybears ~ I imagine they bring tears, but also much joy~
    This is my first time in WBC, too, so thank you much for your comments on my blog! and congratulations~~~

  28. Love all your new furniture! What pleasant rooms to create. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Love the angels and the buttons and the dark wood furniture! Such beautiful spaces! I have just lots a personal items that just make me smile in my craft space and all over the house! We need those!

  30. What a beautiful space! Love your furniture!!!

    Thank you for sharing your space and all your lovely things.

  31. The bold black furniture is wonderful and I don't think I've seen a more beautiful way to display buttons. Thanks so much for sharing you have so many amazing ideas and your room is fabulous!

  32. Absolutely amazing work space! Every detail is the best.Thank you for sharing your lovely space.Helena, I´m in love with your handmade bear!

  33. I love your creative space. I also L O V E your little blue riding hood doll and the tea chest you saved from the scrap heap. That's the sort of thing I do. Last week I noticed a perspex four tier chemist makeup display that was going to the dump. I asked them if I could have it, they said yes, I cleaned it up and it holds all of my scrapbooking punches. I love it and it frees up an entire drawer. I am your latest follower and thanks so much for visiting me.

  34. I so enjoyed your tour.Your home is wonderful.Love the decor.Thank you for stopping by and visiting Me.Your new follower-Denise from Coffeeberry Cottage

  35. Helena,

    What a beautiful creative space you have and a large one at that. i am so envious of the size!

    Thanks so much for stopping by to visit my Craft Room!


  36. Helena,
    It is so nice to meet you.
    Thanks so much for the lovely tour of your writing/craft, sewing room.
    I love the color & lines of your furniture, and the wicker chair your mother gave you is divine.
    My most favorite things is how you so pleasingly display all of your heartfelt keepsakes from your lifes journey.

    You have a beautiful blog as well :)

    Thanaks again,

  37. Beautifully elegant space, thank you for sharing.

  38. Helena
    Thank you for visiting my studio. Your work space is wonderful, all so neat and tidy and all that space, must admit I am quite envious! I do love your teddy bears and all your special keepsakes.

  39. Helena, thank you so much for that wonderful tour! It was a pleasure having you join the party and I really enjoyed my visit!!

  40. WOW your creative area is stunning, I adore the new desk its brilliant, Thanks fro dropping by my blog, Hazelxo

  41. Gorgegous spaces! And no..... not spoiled.... LOVED.

    Thanks for sharing your space with us and I love what you do with your bears.... it is very very special!


  42. Helena your space is gorgeous. You childhood doll is so sweet and I love your teddy bears. I am so glad you stop by for a visit thank you for stopping by.

  43. What a great space to be creative in. So open and not confined like mine.

  44. Your new furniture is beautiful. And your bears are so cute!! I make bears too! I had such a wonderful visit.

  45. Two spaces, Lucky girl. You have done them up marvelously. The dark furniture really pops everthing you are highlighting. Love that you have bits of your childhood around you. I could just dive right into your ribbon and buttons.
    Your bereavement bears are so special. You must have a kind heart.
    Thanks ever so much for popping by for a visit Keep smiling and creating

  46. Oh, my, Helena...I so enjoyed this tour of your elegant and functional creative space! And I adore the teddy bears you make and your childhood sweet. Very glad I stopped by...:)

  47. My oh beautiful and dreamy! You are one blessed woman to have TWO wonderful spaces to be creative! Give us an update once you get the bulletin board filled up! (lol) Thanks for stopping by my space. Sure hope we can continue to have occassional visits!


  48. Oh, what a beautiful beautiful space!! I love the ivory cabinet . . . Such a great piece to store lots of creative goodies! I think your room is so organized and wonderful! Thanks so much jfor sharing and thanks, also, for the lovely comment on my blog! I just love seeing everyone's creative space! LOVE IT!

  49. your room is so charming and organized, helena:) love your bears and the thought behind them:)

  50. So many lovely things and so sophisticated. What an inspiring place to create!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  51. WOW, I don't know where to begin. . . First off, your spaces for writing and crafting are both lovely. I enjoyed how you mixed the old and the new and how well it all works together. One of the things I have been most surprised by and also enjoyed as I have "toured" others spaces, is how many people have wonderful family heirlooms or precious childhood items. I loved your grandmother's crystal perfume bottle as well as your childhood doll!

    I saw your first bear and fell in love, but I didn't realize the reason behind why you made them until further down in the post. I am so sorry to learn that you lost a child. I cannot imagine the pain, and to think that you have created something so good out of something so tragic is wonderful and a testament to strength of the human spirit!

    I hope you have many happy hours writing and crafting in your beautiful rooms. I love to write as well, and try my hand at crafting though I am no where near as talented as you are! I am subscribing to your blog and look forward to seeing what you have to say in future posts.

    Thank you for sharing your creative spaces with all of us!

    Have a wonderful day,

  52. Your creative space is beautiful Helena! I am so glad you were able to come and visit mine so that I could find your beautiful blog!


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