Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a good Monday so far. I feel like
spending a bit of the day in my studio and thought I would invite you to
join me and just hang out. I spend a lot of time in this room. It is the one
place in the house that is all mine. On a sunny morning the room is filled
with sunshine and the mix of all the cottage pastel colors always makes
me feel happy. It's like a colorful cottage garden with little flowers peeking
There are some very important elements in this room. Here is my Mac
where I write all of my blog posts. You will usually find a pot of hot tea
on my desk. And music! I must have music playing. Today it is
the sound track from the movie Miss Potter. This soundtrack is just
magical to me and inspires creativity.
This is my old sewing machine. It's not an antique beauty like a
Singer Featherweight which I hope I will one day own. No, it's a
dependable workhorse that my parents bought me years ago. It has
a history and that makes it special to me. I remember sewing a slipcover
for a sofa on this machine. I invited a girlfriend over and we spent the
entire day making a pattern and stitching a slipcover for an old sofa I
bought for $50.00. The slipcover was off white and we also stitched
up some blue pillows from Laura Ashley fabric. We did this while
watching hours and hours of I Love Lucy on VHS. We had so much
fun that day and it is a treasured memory.
The following weekend Cathy came over again and we painted the wall
behind that sofa a blue that I had mixed to match the blue in the pillows.
We stenciled the other walls in a blue and green vine. We thought it was
devine! One of the last times I was in Houston we drove by that old
apartment complex and discovered it has quite recently been torn down.
Made me feel sad. So many happy memories were created there.
Oh well ~ progress.
I love little notebooks. I keep a stash of them. Never know when I might
find something on the internet, or passage from a book or whatever that I
want to save and refer to later. Those green and white ones are favorites of
mine. They are the sweetest notebooks made in France. The French often
have the most charming ideas. I also keep a copy of "Writing Down the
Bones" by Natalie Goldberg, a pocket size Universal French Dictionary and
a tiny little Curious George bookmark in this basket filled with notebooks.
Oh and this. I covered one of those mini composition books that you find
everywhere. This little book keeps track of all the books I have read. It
helps me because I can't remember them all and it's always so helpful to
share titles of favorite books and authors with friends. I think I may have
shown this to you before, but that's okay. Still a favorite tweak of mine.
Santa put these in my stocking this past Christmas. I always need little memo
pads and those composition notebooks and my favorite pencil ~
Dixon Ticonderoga! Love them and it's the best pencil for crossword
I really want to paint the walls of my studio. At present they are a pinky beige
that is not making me too happy. I keep changing my mind about the new color.
I will probably end up with an off white. There is already so much color in
the room that it would no doubt be the best choice, but then I think a faint
ticking might be nice. I contemplate painting the four poster too. Maybe
a soft sage green? David thinks I should keep it stained, but you know us
girls we often have different ideas. What are your thoughts?
Oh and this chair too. It's another vintage stained piece. I love the lines
and Bentley just loves the chair. He is often here, but not right now. No
instead he is hanging out with his grandma at the moment. So thanks for
keeping me company and hanging out with me for a bit in my studio.
Wishing you all a happy Monday!
Come on Bentley let's make some lunch for your grandma.
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley