Where Bloggers Create III...The 2011 Party begins!

My Desert Cottage

Another year has come and gone and it's time to visit hundreds of creative spaces in blogland. I would like to give Karen at My Desert Cottage and  Jo Packham a big sweet southern hug for having this event again this year.

My studio hasn't changed much since last years party but I do have some Scarves to show you and a bit of my crochet. Some have already seen the crochet but for those that are here for the first time I want to share all of it with them.

Here's one side of my studio at the (2010)  party.

Here's the other side of the room that I call the Pink Wall from (2010)

Here's the wall of windows draped with flannel. (2011)

Storage draws are behind the white chenille. Thomas attached wire under the table ledge and tightened it and then I used the drapery clips to attach the chenille. It slides on the wire very easily to open and close.

This wall has different content than last year. I moved my wool yarn stash into these shelves since crochet has seemed to be constant with me for 20 years and counting. It made sense to keep it in view. This is the change for 2011.

I love working with fingering weight wool yarn and with cotton threads. This wall of yarn inspires me!

I didn't have my ironing station yet for last year's party. Thomas built me one that is 20 x 40 inches. Plywood, then he drilled holes in it so the steam could penetrate through then I added batting and a piece of vintage damask that is buttery soft...perfect! And then there's one of two of my die cutting machines. This is the Bigshot Pro and then I have the Bigshot Express for smaller cuts.

I collect vintage buttons {Mother of Pearl being my favorite}, keys and old rosary beads. Here is a glimpse of the collection. I embellish just about everything I crochet wth vintage buttons. They add that feeling of nostalgia.

Lots of Mother of Pearl Buttons

My Favorite Chair

For 2012  I've been sewing Shabby Scrap Scarves...Here are a few of them.

 Here's a bit of my crochet from 2011.
Here's a matched set of Neckwarmer and Handwarmers

Here are two of my stash bags. This first one is wool and  is large enough to hold a flip style cell phone, your debit cards and id and your lip gloss. I crocheted around the upper edge with a small cotton thread. It really adds to the design. Then applied the vintage flat keys. I love barrel keys but these flat keys come in so many interesting shapes and are lightweight.

I crocheted vintage mother of pearl buttons into this stash bag. I've hand sewn the dupioni lining using tiny mother of pearl buttons. The straps are many layers of rayon handpainted ribbon. I've added a vintage button embellishment to the strap to give it a bit more character. The bottom of the bag is what I call a surprise element. When you lay down the bag the pretty bloom will smile at you. This bag is made of 75% wool/25% bamboo.

Thanks so much for visiting with me.
I look forward to visiting with you just as soon as I can get there! 

Sweet Southern Hugs
Stephanie Suzanne
Queen of Dreamsz

I'd like to say hi to all of my PiNk Saturday friends. I know a lot of you are part of Karen's party so I'll be by to visit one way or another. Do visit Beverly to see lots of pink when you find a spare minute. I know...I'm being wise. {tee hee} Just squeeze that visit into the hundreds of other stops you are making!

"There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word. Certainly there is a right word for you that needs no choice on your part. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment.


Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a lovely craft room! I love the pink shelves and all the pretty yarn colors!

Thanks for inviting us to see your space!


NicNacManiac said...

WOW....Your wall of yarn inspires me almost as well as the whole room does!! This space is so happy and pretty, yet functional!
Thank you for sharing! Nerina xOxO

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Happy Pink Saturday Stephanie, everything is beautiful as usual and so organized. I'm still and work in progress with the revolving door of children I have, adult and young ones. I'm get it together more when the busy fingers get a little more grown up and aren't so busy! Gotta love em' though. Hugs to you and have a wonderful weekend. Your ironing table by the way is wonderful! Great idea! Hugs again Marilou

Rebecca said...

Stephanie...your space continues to be absolutely amazing. I love your vision and the products you create. I'm going to check out your hand warmers on Etsy. How fabulous are those?

You are a very inspiring lady my friend. UBBER-TALENTED!

Thank you for visiting me today~

Love, Rebecca

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

OM goodness, what a lovely space. I love all of you collections. I'm wanting to have material from my tables, I love how you've done yours. I also love, love you crocheted hand warmers and such. I crochet and would love to do those. It looks like we are neighbors on karens side bar. Thanks you so much for you visit.


Kristin said...

I am absolutely DROOLING over your wall of yarn...I want one too!!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Stephanie... You have really changed things around... Love your 'studio'... You could open up a store up there!!!!!

And --multi-tasking???? WOW--that is great. I'd love to see you blog and sew at the same time. Super woman!!!!

We had a fabulous trip out west for 3 weeks... I am still on Cloud Nine....

Hope things are going well in De Burg!!!!!


Char said...

Hi Stephanie, I see you have a new blog and it's beautiful. Of course I am now your 6th follower.
I love all your yarns and agree it's a great idea to keep them where you can see them and get what you need. Your crochet work is lovely and you are so very talented. I too think your button collection is perfect. I also see some wonderful ideas for storage you have given me.
I am still enjoying my items from my blog win last year. I love them so much, I don't want to part with them. Does that make me a horder??!! :)
We have more in common than you might think. I too was an Air Force brat, as was my husband. My father retired after 30 years in too. He also served in Nam.
Now I know that you for sure understand why I didn't or couldn't feel like I had a style like so many others. We do have a style, it's just a bit different. No rules, just heart felt.
Happy Pink Saturday girlfriend and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful space with me. I love all your linens and the colors of your yards are gorgeous, Char

earthypawscreatures said...

Oooh all of those pretty colors of yarn! Swoon! :D You have a very fun and pretty studio. Thank you for sharing!


Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

You have a beautiful space and what a great idea to add softness and heat control with the lovely linens. I adore your yarn and button collection and would love to have such a huge stash. Your works are so very pretty. Thanks for sharing. I'm following now and hope you can stop by my blog too. I love to crochet, stitch and quilt (even with a cranky old machine.)

slowlaneblog said...

I am not sure what to say except WOW!!! Specially at all that Yarn!!!

vicki said...

Oh Stephanie - YOU WIN the prize!!! I adore your creative space - what a wonderful and beautiful room you have to call your very own. I LOVE that it is on the top floor of your house - in the mountains! I would think Ihad died and gone to heaven.

That yarn collection is fabulous - and your buttons and all your notions - it is just such a delight to see it as you have it
displayed so beautifully - and your vintage linens - it is all just so lovely! I am thrilled that I got to see your beautiful space~~


Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Hi Sweet Steph, I found your blog and I'll check to make sure I'm following both, now we can follow each others 2 blogs, it will be twice as much bloggy fun. Thanks for letting me know as I wouldn't want to miss a minute! Hugs Marilou xoxo PS I love all things sewing related!

Sandra Kaye said...

Ooo, buttons, keys, and yarn oh my. Love all your little stuff. Jars and jars of fun. Thanks for sharing. Hugs sandie

Jo said...

All that yarn and all those buttons! So lovely! Thanks for the tour.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Stephanie,

I LOVE YOUR BLOG HEADER and then your studio is JUST WONDERFUL! YOU INDEED HAVE A great space for your crafting AND for BIRDWATCHING!!!! You had asked about the bird photo that I have on my post; I got that through PINTEREST. Just Google that name and then do a search. It is a wonderful place to find INCREDIBLE photos! Just type in BIRDS in the search box and you will find lovely images. I found those birds under a search for TURQUOISE!! Well your workshop and wares are absolutely fabulous and this was a grand party. I have to get involved NEXT YEAR for I do several things. Have a lovely Sunday Stephanie and thank you for the kind words! Anita

Holly Loves Art said...

LOVE your creative space Stephanie. All those gorgeous rolls of fibers and yarns... wow! What fun. I can tell it is a very happy place, especially with all that nature right there to see. How lovely!
Take care,

Carol............. said...

You have so much going on! And you are sooooo organized!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay Stephanie...wow..magical and super charming..I hav fallen in love with all of your treasures..and creations...your space is gorgeous...and wow..i love the header to your blog..very striking!! How id love to explore all those buttons and bottles and supplies..and colorful yarns..just wonderful!! and your fox..what a sweet soul!! A beautiful space!!
Shine on

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Stephanie, I love your creative space, and how nice to be able to watch all of the sweet animals that come up! Love those adorable hand warmers too, I'm going to have to go over and check those out... pretty, pretty! I just became your newest follower. Have a wonderful week!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Dayle said...

Wow! What a fabulous studio! And your work is just beautiful. I've done a bit of crocheting, but we call my mom the Queen of Crochet. She does wonderful work, as well. My needlework of choice always goes back to embroidery. I need to post some of my work one of these days.

My husband and I love, love visiting the Smoky Mountains. It's truly magnificent.

Tamatha said...

What a beautiful space and amazing view! Your crochet work is gorgeous. I crochet too, but not like that!
I'm so glad you visited my blog too. Thanks for the sweet comments!

Something Special said...

Fabulous setting for your studio, and wow I love your space and you handwarmers are fabulous!

Kit said...

You have a really lovely studio! Oh how I love all your buttons. I just love collecting buttons. And your wool creations are fabulous! Kit

Sandy said...

I am amazed at your space, I could sit in the chair and dream the day away here.....the colors, the soft whites, the wonderful wood...just so pretty! Thanks for stopping by! Sandy @ 521 Lake Street

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

What a nice tour through your place and thanx for stopping by mine. I dig all the buttons, love the vintage black and white art on the wall and all that color from the yarns on the wall. Nice!

kluless said...

Your space is SWEET! I love your work and your treasures and the way you display your linens - just wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

earthypawscreatures said...

Thank you for your kind words on my blog :) and thank you for inviting me back to see your wildlife photographs! Those foxes and crows are too adorable :D Love them! I have a thing for foxes, I have only seen one in person but I love them :) Thank your for sharing this!


Claudia said...

You know I love your house and the incredible views you have - and your studio space is better than ever. I love the ironing station - if only I had the space! Thanks, my friend.


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a lovely creative space you have!!
Filled with so many pretty things!! All pure eye candy. And that view!! Spectacular!!


Valery said...

What a beautiful and well organized studio space. Just love everything about your space. Your collection of colorful yarns is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Terri said...

Beautiful scenery to be inspired by and you studio is wonderful. Bright and spacious for sure! Really liking your crochet pieces! Wow!

Jenelle said...

Love your studio. Love the location! All the spools of yarn create such a festive atmosphere with their beautiful colors--what a wonderful space to create in!

Fa La Vecai

Elaine Biss Designs said...

This is such a lovely studio!! Thanks for sharing it!

Donna said...

Wow, what a great view you must have!!! Love the chenille curtains!! And all the yarn, my mother would have loved that!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Stephanie,
I love your creative space, it has such wonderful natural light! You have wonderful treasures in your creative space.
Thank you for sharing your space and your wonderful artwork.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Stephanie...

Oh, I'm so happy you popped over so I could visit you back... I'm almost to the "D's" so it would have been quite awhile until I made it to you. I'm trying to visit everybody, but it takes a long time to get down the list.

You are one reallllly lucky chickie. What an awesome space! I LOVE it. Love the old linens, the layout and that WOOL yarn. I am crazy for wool.... so pretty. But what you do with it.... now THAT'S some ART! WOW. I love it all. I've never seen such beautiful handmade crochet items. Deee.lish.

Have a wonderful weekend,

ArtbymeCindy said...

O your studio is beautiful! You have so much space and it looks so comfy! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my space.


Karen Valentine said...

Stephanie I think you know how I feel about where you live... You are in the most amazing spot on earth! (Well, I think so anyway) I would LOVE to have the studio you have with that view! You textile creations are really beautiful too. You are one talented lady!!! Thanks for joining the party again this year!!

Sandy said...

You have a lovely craft room and that wall of yarn is fantastic. I'm in love with your crochet...I think you have the prettiest hand warners I've seen and embellishing with the ribbons and vintage buttons makes them just stunning.

Tina said...

brilliant view and amazing space.

love all the yummy yarn colors.

thanks for visiting my blog and space and the sweet comment.

have agreat week.

ANNE said...

Hi Stephanie, i'm so glad you visited my creative space so that I could discover your blog in return! We DO have a lot in common -- living in the mountains, loving wildlife, finding our creative energy in mid-life.... very glad to meet you! Oh, and I love pink sparkles! Anne

Renee said...

your room and crafts are always so pretty.

Is this your 2nd blog? Looks great.

Chrislyn said...

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you so much for the lovely welcome. I am a little late getting back as I have been having a problem leaving comments. I think we have it worked out now-I hope!
Your studio is so warm and cozy. The view is amazing!
Being a major animal lover, I love the wildlife pictures. We also live on acreage and are adjacent to 800 acres of wildlife. I would love to see more pictures.
Your work is beautiful. I will be visiting your etsy shop!
I am delighted to have been introduced to your blog.
Hope to have you visit again soon!


Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Not only is your studio beautiful but your creations are too!



Something Special said...

Oh how I love your studio. It is very texturie and textilie for sure. You are a talented artist. I just recently started making little crochet flowers and am enjoying it very much. Maybe I will move onto something bigger and better. I love love your studio. So organized and comfortable, but well organized. thankyou for the tour.

Lynnae said...

I love those bags. They are gorgeous, and look like they are made with a lot of care and love!
Thanks for sharing!

Kerrie said...

I just love, love love your craft room!! How soothing every bit of it is! Just beautiful! I agree with you about the crocheting, I always said when my Mom taught me to crochet at age 4, she gave me a friend for life! It calms me, too and I crochet dish cloths when not working on other projects. I just love your neck and hand warmers! Thanks for sharing a wonderful post again! Luv n hugs, Kerrie