Sunday, December 14, 2008

So Much Eye Candy Your Eyeballs Are Gonna Rot!

I know it's been a while, but I hope the abundance of photos will make up for my absence! As you'll see below, I've been extra busy! First, the Christmas decorations:

Here's our mantle and stockings. My mother-in-law cross-stitched the stockings for us. Somehow, I sort of began a vintage reindeer collection this year! I didn't really realize I had accumulated several of them throughout the year, but when I put them all together, they made for the beginning of a really cute collection. So, a couple Ebay auctions later, and I had an even bigger collection, perfect for the mantle!

Here they are in detail:

I decided to make an ornament wreath this year as well! Again, over the year, I've accumulated lots of vintage ornaments, and between those and some vintage-inspired ones, I had enough to make a whole wreath. I love it! Every time I look at it, I smile because the colors are so pretty!

Here is where the wreath hangs. We just bought this piece of furniture. It's on a new wall (more about that later) that you see as you walk in the door, so it's the perfect place for seasonal displays. It's great, because I can display all my vintage Christmas decor behind glass, where the kids can't get to it!

Here are details of some of the little arrangements:

To be honest, I actually acquired probably at least half of the Christmas stuff over the past couple months. I am having the best luck finding vintage "junk-y" Christmas stuff at thrift stores lately! The trick is to find the shops that are smaller and less-frequented, I think.

So, in addition to being busy decorating for Christmas, I've also been busy decorating my new studio- that's right- new studio! If you remember from the past, my studio was above our garage, the only room upstairs in our house. It was difficult to get up there to work unless the kids were pretty occupied. Downstairs, we had a large, open living/dining room in our house that wasn't fully been used, because we don't have a dining room table. So my husband (wonderful, handy guy that he is) added a wall and knocked out an arched doorway to separate the space into two rooms, one of which has become my new studio!

It's great, because it's right off our great room, so I can keep an eye on the kids if I'm in there. The only thing that's going to change is the worktable. Currently I've got my old worktables pushed together to create a workable space, but my husband is planning on making me a new table that's all one piece (did I say how wonderful he is??).

So, here is the tour! This is the doorway he made to get into the studio. Notice the child-gate to keep the kids out!!

It's a strangely shaped room-sort of a triangle, but with a couple extra angles as well.

My husband also made the shelving for the bins at the left side of the photo below. I put all the kids' art supplies in there.

All the "bookcases" are from Ikea.

I have a huge window that looks out to our screened lanai, which is great because I can watch the kids playing.

Above the arched doorway:

Well, there you have it! My new studio! We've only just gotten it all set up, but I can tell that I will be using it much more frequently than my old one. And speaking of that, here's the first piece of art I did in there, a simple piece in Riley's book about his cute dimple:

And also, the first "craft" I did in there! These are from the Wee Wonderfuls monkey pattern- so cute! They're going to be in the boys' stockings on Christmas morning!
Okay, well, that's all I've got for now- that's enough, I'd say! It's probably the most photos I've ever posted on my blog!
It's a busy time, so I probably won't be back until after Christmas, but I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!


Kelly of Royal Pink Vintage said...

I love your workspace, the colors and all the vintage pieces! And your vintage Christmas displays are Deeee-vine!

Anonymous said...

I definitely have studio envy!


Shona Cole said...

Oh My!!! I love the baby bibs above the arch, only an artist could think of that. I enjoy looking at your lovely soft colors, beautiful.

Kari said...

What a fun post! LOVE the new studio. I recognize a few things in there:) Sounds like it's a much better location for you in the house and look forward to seeing more and more art always! Love your decor as well. The vintage deer are so sweet.
Happy Holiday's Corey!!!

ittybittybirdy said...

It is always a joy to hear from you and see what eye candy you have in store for us! Your home is lovely. I am jealous of so many things! The collections, the studio... all the stuff in your studio! All so wonderful! You are so blessed! I am soooo happy for you! I hope you have been feeling better!

I wish you a very very happy christmas!

Cami said...

Merry Christmas Corey! Love the sentimental color scheme and the way you incorporated the unusual shape of your new studio. Your studio is a wonderland!

Sandy Michelle said...

I love your art room! The colors, the head vases and vintage planters and dolls...Your blog title is hilarious and true!Happy Holidays!


Jeanne said...

Corey, your Christmas decorations are all the collections. And your workspace is swesome too. I just love how cheerful it looks in there. Thanks for sharing it with us.

donnaj said...

Your christmas collections remind me of ornaments when i was growing up-congrats on your new studio space and i love that new piece of furniture!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hi Corey!! Oh my- you weren't kidding about the eye candy in this one!! Your Christmas decor is SO cute!! Love it all, but the wreath is my fave!! I so want to make one, but I think it would take me a long time to collect that many pretty ornaments and then I would probably just want to put them on the tree!! Your new studio is fabulous!! So happy for you!! I think I am going to have to give mine up as we have a new little addition to our family arriving in the spring. The new piece about the dimple is adorable!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

oh my gosh sweetie!!! LOVE the new studio!! yay for your sweet hubby!! so nice of him to fix it up cute for you!! I just ADORE all the vintage baby planters you have!! I can't help but buy them when I see them too :-) So sweet!! Big hugs!!! xoxo!! Britt :-)

Bethany Kartchner said...

What a lovely space! You must love creating in there. I'm visiting your blog for the first time because I just picked up your book and am so seriously inspired! You did a fab job breaking down the collage process into doable steps. Really wonderful. I'm so excited to get started on my newest collage obsession!

Have a great day!

Lisa said...

i want to LIVE in your studio space!!!!!!!!!! it is lucious!!!

Anonymous said...

how beautiful is your room !!
I just received your book "The art of personal imagery"... I love your work, tahnk you for sharing all thoses techniques.