Karen of My Desert Cottage is throwing a party today - "Where Bloggers Create". We love to see the beautiful things that blogging gals create, but we're also curious to see where all this creating goes on, aren't we? I myself am very excited to be able to peek inside over 100 blogging gals' spaces during Karen's party.
My craft area at our country house, the farmhouse.
This is a little area I carved out for myself in the large mudroom. Yes, the mudroom. I would love to have a little studio, alas, not all is possible.
Garage sale armoire, painted up for storage. Green enamel-topped desk. Retro-modern chair, with original aqua cushion. View of wide open farm fields and our little dirt road where I ride my vintage Dutch bicycle.
Vintage wicker baskets for storage, stacked up on the armoire.
Inspiration and supplies.
Although I don't get to spend as much time as I would like here, just thinking about this space makes me happy.
Karen, thanks for hosting this party - a wonderful idea! And now I'm off to visit with the others...
I have a pretty serious job. Part-time, though on-call during full time workdays. The place where I work, however, is pretty casual and in the summertime, even more laid-back. Since I feel I've paid my dues over the last 11 years of this job I am starting to let out a little bit of my artsy side at work. Just small doses here and there. Like this funky vintage flower pin.
I'm also in the process of vintageifying my new office. Don't you find that modern office furniture is so soul-crushing? Practical maybe, but just not my taste. I have to have a modern desk with the integrated keyboard drawer and a filing cabinet, but the rest, well, let's just say that my love of vintage will be evident. I will post on how I'm adding vintage touches to my institutional office soon...
As I've mentioned, the big excitement at the farmhouse last weekend was getting the new French doors put in on the old milk shed. In order to do this job, the boys had to buy a table saw, which for most guys, is pretty exciting.
That big green table saw came in a big cardboard box. Big cardboard box + 3 kids = lots of fun all weekend. The kids immediately took over the box and made it into a little playhouse that they named "The Craft Corner". Here is the sign that they made for the front door.
Here is the window flap when it's open.
Coming from an entrepreneurial family (that would be Dad), not only do my children like to make crafts...
For example, my eight year old made this bunny.
They also want to sell their handmade crafts.
They're so funny. They keep asking me when they can open up their own Etsy shop!
Since husband's best friend was here this weekend at the farmhouse, some progress was made on the old milk shed. These two guys put in the "new" French doors!
Two old mismatched salvaged doors that we found in the barn. The white one is even missing glass and a doorknob.
I don't mind them their shabby boho chic look at all. Remember, the shed will be painted a pale sage green with white trim to match the farmhouse. But oh no, husband insists on painting them. So painted white it will be - I do have to compromise sometimes (every now and then only...) since we don't always meet eye to eye on aesthetics.
Husband and I met and fell in love in Paris. In the springtime. For our 15th wedding anniversary this spring, I commissioned a painting from the fabulous Fifi Flowers, as my anniversary gift to husband. Fifi painted from a photograph of us that was taken in the Jardin du Luxembourg, where we spent a lot of time together since the laboratoire where I did my graduate research was close by on rue d'Ulm.
For any fashionistas out there, I was wearing a linen dress that I bought in Belgium from an up and coming young Belgian designer at the time, Dries Van Noten. I still have that dress, now, vintage Dries Van Noten. Unfortunately, the Italian straw hat that I was wearing mysteriously disappeared during my move back to Canada.
I love how Fifi painted our Parisian Love Story. This special painting is now in our bedroom, beside our wedding photo.
I have a few rose bushes in my city garden, but only one David Austin old-fashioned English rose - Leander. My Leander has been blooming for the past few weeks, and I must say that this rose is stunning. The petals remind me a of a ruffled tutu or crinoline.
The flowers are from a deep peachy pink to palest pink, and their fragrance is divine. A most beautiful flower to cut and bring inside the house, don't you think?
I'm thinking this vintage gal will definitely be needing some more old-fashioned David Austin roses in her garden next year...