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Monday, March 18 2013

Celebrating National Craft month continues, as part of the Smoothfoam Design Team, we have a crafty new project for every day this month on the Smoothfoam blog!

Several months ago I moved into a beautiful heritage home along the river in picturesque Fredericton, NB. After months of renovation we are now open as Quartermain House B&B! In the spacious attic I was able to add another bedroom for visiting family and a fun studio. The view of the river from both rooms is beautiful!

While taping Quilting Arts this summer, I mentioned about my new place and Pokey Bolton the sweet host of the show passed it on to the sister publication Studios.

The current issue is on the newstand now and here is my studio! Being a Scorpio, our color is violet and I am really embracing it these days! A paintable wallpaper hides all of the wall imperfections, my darling fiancee applied it all and built a storage work counter along one entire side. I love the peacefulness of it, my sewing machine table and work counter look out over the river. A comfy leather chair to relax in and a supply of my favorite movies by the fireplace, it makes for a cozy inspiring space! The chandelier, the mirror my two favorite pieces. The chair covers were dyed with Rit Dye, love how they came out!

The space is divided into zones, with a comfy chair and books, a large table to spread out projects on, a sewing and ironing area along with a higher work counter to finish small projects on. Trims, fabric and buttons are in one area of the storage counter by the sewing area and paper related items together at the lower end.

Having a place to create in, to be surrounded by color, bins of trims and fabrics is wonderful. Being creative needs space, solitude where ideas and imagination can flow. I feel very grateful to have such a beautiful studio to do that in. Where do you create?

 

 

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Tuesday, September 04 2012

 

I have been neglecting my blog since I moved, upsizing and embarking on new ventures in a historic home has been a delgihtful hectic adventure so far. I love the place more each day.

However now the fall begins and new resolve to get back into my virtual routine. Last week I travelled to Cleveland to film a segment of Quilting Arts with host Pokey Bolton. It was a wonderful experience and everyone was so nice. Pokey is amazing shooting segment after segment with different guests with only a quick run through. Her knowledge of techniques and products was very impressive!

I admit to being more nervous with this taping as I had to handle everything not with "kid gloves" but rubber ones! I had practiced but it was slightly clumsy still and slightly messy.

The segment will air sometime in winter 2013.With being away again on the weekend I missed the Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop, the theme was crafting with vintage items. With sewing close to my heart and a love of pin cushions Michelle Frae Cummings vintage pin cushion with trim was a favorite. She shares a tutorial, quick and easy to make! http://faeriedustdreams-michelle.blogspot.ca/2012/09/designer-crafts-challenge-creating-with.html

With pins being so highly valued and precious, places to keep them were equally important. Many a creative seamstress sewed up a pin book or the iconic tomato pin cushion to keep the needle safe, sharp and rust free. I like dress forms almost as much as pin cushions so I created a dress form  pin cushion!

How do you llike to keep your pins and needles safe or off the floor!

 

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Wednesday, September 14 2011

The space I create in is bright, bold and fun with large windows that look out on the treetops. I believe our spaces have to inspire us, to be a place we love being in. There is a beautiful magazine "Where Women Create" that has inspired me to put together my own studio and home to really reflect my creative personality. Does your space inspire you!?

and did I mention my place came with a retro bubble gum pink tiled powder room with black and white accents. I went a little over the top with it but this loft in the tree tops is definitely a girly place!

Monday I posted some of the elements of the room I work in, here it is all put together. Not showing is the seven foot island I work at, still filling those shelves and adding fun containers! Follow the Joy of Creativity! Debra, CEO!

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Monday, September 12 2011

I am drawn to the color pink because it is pretty, warm, feminine, flirty and fun. It makes me smile and feel creative. Welcome to my pink world, where I live, love & create.


A boring beige chair I covered.


I made a table runner & centerpiece.


Fun little desk area! Love my shoes! Kind of a pink version of the ruby red slippers!


My favorite shelves filled with creative stuff!

The tour will continue this week. Our spaces speak to who we are and how we live. Follow your creative joy always! Debra, CEO!

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