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Friday, June 18, 2010

Where I Create: Welcome to My Studio!

Finally it's party time!
Karen Valentine over at My Desert Cottage graciously hosts the 'Event of the Year', where to inspire and be inspired by many gorgeous people and workrooms... thank you, dear Karen!!
I'm also linking to Pink Saturday- thank you also to our lovely hostess Beverly for allowing us to post our creative spaces today. I have 46 pictures for you to enjoy!!
... Please do come in. My studio is a small room, but it's my personal "den" where I can ⎨have fun fun fun⎬ work!

I love my supplies and WIPs to be mainly hidden into a wardrobe, bacause I can make a REAL mess when I work, and I only have one day a week to tidy up! This was the wardrobe in our previous home's master bedroom, my hubby and dad adapted for me...

During summertime I always have fresh flowers on my desk, and as I have taken these pictures over a month period, you can spot different arrangements.



I made several patchwork bags to house tons of scraps to be recycled (I hate tossing anything), so they are always tidy and don't drive me crazy! ;) 

In my spare time (ha!) I'm making coffee filter roses for a project ;)


Some of my craft books are stored here, sorted by color and height. I hear you ask- and yes! I always have them this neat, and my desk is always empty and clean before bedtime... so the next morning I can choose freely what to create! I suppose this can sound a wee bit obsessive, but I like to stay organized this way to keep my sanity! :)


My fabric covered basket, some of you may remember (I will repost its ugly 'before' one day!)...

A few of my beads... many years ago I was an avid bead collector and jewelry maker too. 

Can you spot my sweet furry girl?? That is her favorite place to stay when I'm working- happy Mama here :))

My inspiration board, I've already shown in a previous post, with things that inspire me or have a sentimental value. 




Another fabric board I made.


Love to collect blue costume brooches...

My glitter shakers and a cute monogrammed memo pad from Marshall's...

An old bottle holder now portable collection of acrylics...

Other favorites...


I recently changed all the pictures I had in these frames, using a fabric background and black and white photographs only. I think I'm in love!


Love this orchid my DH gave me last March for my Birthday!

And TA DAAAA!!! Another antique sewing machine, sooo dear to my heart because it's my Great Grandmother's!! My Mom gave me it the very day I had the other one for free... isn't this abundant??? I love it to pieces!


Thomas and Theodore, my newest well loved bears. I'm sad I can't make more due to the issues with my hands, or at least, I have to waaaaait before making another one!



My favorite linen pillow and one I made with a towel my sister friend gave me. Notice the forget-me-nots.

Another of my torsos, hope I will find some more brooches with pearls or clear rhinestones to add to it!

Behind the door... this ribbon board is everchanging- pictures, sketches, antique dresses, you name it!

Coffee stained and stamped clothes pins ready to be used for packaging...

Inspiring things...





My lace curtains, I made with lace for bridal gowns. The shop owner thought I were crazy to make window treatments with it! I have purchased this lace at an incredibly low price to make all my house's curtains, and I am so happy with them! They're very easy to wash, it has been almost 10 year I'm enjoying them, even when we moved to our current home, and they're still perfect!

A ribbon rose to romance...
During summertime, I cannot keep them, they're too bright for me (I am very sensitive to light) so I have a blue-and-white-checked ones matching my studio's fabric scheme. Sorry for the bad photo, I took it years ago with a point and shoot camera. Just to show you.

Finally, my sewing machine cover...

... iron board and blue steam iron...

... and the landscape I enjoy from my window!

Don't forget to visit Karen, Beverly, and all the other bloggers! I'm sure we will have muuuch fun!
Monica x.

76 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place to create, love your inspiration board!

    Thanks for this lovely tour.
    Congratations my pink friend!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  2. What a beautiful space - Thanks for the tour! I could easily curl up in that room just to read and be surrounded by pretty things.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. Monica, you have a gorgeous place here. And so peaceful.. Love it all!

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  4. Monica, this is absolutely the cutest room ever! OH, no wonder you can create such lovely things! The cute jars of wonderful things, the pink peonies, the plaid picture frames and cute little chest with plaid and flowered drawers... all of it... ALL is cute, cute, CUTE! Thank you for sharing. It was a visual feast.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  5. At first I thought, where's all the stuff, but then you swung to the other side of the room. Love those sweet bears, the black and white photos and your inspiration boards. I must say, I definitely think you would get the award for tidiness. Have a great weekend, Tammy Oh, and the sewing machine and THAT VIEW! fabulous :)

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  6. I was hoping someone would have their post up early. I just posted my space. Your space is beautiful and you have given me some ideas to use in mime. Like you glitter shakes and the holder they are in, I have a piece that is still packed from our move, that I will bring out now to use in my studio. Thank you for the tour, BTW, I thought my 25 pictures might be to many, but your show me that is just what we need. Love it and happy PS and WBC

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  7. Oh Monica, how fun to finally see your creative space. Your inspiration boards are beautiful. I never thought about storing my scraps in pretty cloth bags - thanks for a great idea. I see your sweet dog in that photo! My dogs are always with me when I'm creating as well.

    I am in love with your bears. I know I always say that, but I have to say it again. They are so sweet - and you do such wonderful work.

    Thank you for the tour!

    xo
    Claudia

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  8. Oh what a wonderful work space!! I am totally inspired!! Love the colors and the fresh flowers are a nice touch.
    Thanks so much for the tour
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  9. So clean and organized. I love your lighting...looks naturally beautiful. Just an awesome space to retreat to and create! Smiles!

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  10. Monica, this has to be the most beautiful studio I have ever seen! Thank you for the tour.

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  11. Such a pretty space, no wonder you create so many wonderful things.
    Karen

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  12. First I have to say I am in love with your teddie bears. They are just adorable and so full of expression. I also think the doll hanging with the crochet heart is a winner. She is perfect. I would love some time in your very inviting creative space. I love to see the blue, very pretty. Please come over for a visit as I too am showing my space this week. Char

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  13. Great color combination! Love the blue and the white. And I see a few bears here and there. I like the vintage baby dresses hanging behind the door. Nice touch. It's been fun seeing where you create. Lots to see here. Thanks for sharing.

    ~ginger

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  14. Love your photos!

    GIna

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  15. Monica, it is so beautiful here, love the picture with Kim. no wonder a happy momma. It is all so organized and as beautiful as I imagined it all would be. you are such a darlin,. I love the lace curtains, oh yes beautiful. have a great weekend.

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  16. Monica, I came back to take another turn around the dance floor, and I am just as impressed the second time. I think I forgot to tell you how much I love your bulletin boards. They are works of art in and of themselves. Love how you have them displayed. And the picture of you dog is just about the cutest thing EVER. Love the stripes. I'm a stripe and plaid girl. Love polka dots, too! And you know that I love blue, and you've got lots of that to ogle. Yep, this room makes me especially happy!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  17. What a wonderful and inspiring space you have! I just love all the lace and feminine touches in there. The pink blooms are just right for a Pink Saturday. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  18. O my! What a serene tranquil studio! I just love your patchwork bags! What a clever idea! Really enjoyed seeing all your wonderful vignettes and hope I can be as organized as you are someday! Thanks so much for posting your space!

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  19. Very pretty and I love that you have the sewing machine from your grandmother. That is so awesome.

    Hugs,

    Shelley

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  20. What a great space you have! I love how you surround yourself with such pretty things!

    Happy PS,
    Jacalyn

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  21. Such a beautiful space to create Monica & the view from your window is wonderful. I love the photo of Kim with her lace collar ♥

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  22. oh the bears are to be treasured!!! & the old sewing machine!!! amazingly beautiful!!! Happy Pink Saturday!!!

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  23. Monica, I am in awe! It is lovely and truly serene. A clean desk before bed...that would never happen here, but if it did, I would be better for it. I have loved my visit to your gorgeous space.
    hugs to you from here friend

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  24. Monica, no wonder everything you create is so beautiful!!!! Look at the precious room, oh my, everything in it's place and wow, look at how you have decorated it all!!!! I love it!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  25. It is so pretty Monica! I love the colors you chose for your room!

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  26. That is a very nice room to create!!! and I like your Singer sewing machine very much! Have a good weekend!

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  27. Monica, your space is everything I imagined for you. I knew someone with your eye for beauty would surround herself in beauty as inspiration.

    Every detail is gorgeous. You know I adore your bears, and my heart skipped a beat with Theodore. My father's middle name was Theodore, and of course I have a soft spot for it.

    I hope you are feeling less pain, and I will continue to hold you close in my heart and my prayers.

    Happy Pink Saturday and WBC - and love to you from me.♥ Thank you for always sharing your beautiful heart.

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  28. Blue and White Haven! Love it!! Thank you for sharing!

    ~Liz

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  29. hi monica,

    i am doing some serious swooning over your pretty blues and beautiful fresh flowers!

    thanks so much for sharing where you create.

    happy party hopping!

    xo
    elyse

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  30. Monica, I LOVE your space! It's so beautiful, serene and pretty! I also like your torsos and pins! I have been looking for a torso for a few years now and yours is the best I have seen. Your pin collection is stunning. The lace is so pretty and your view...wow!
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Kim

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  31. So pretty....so many bloggers have such beautiful creative areas. I just love your fresh flowers!! So lovely!

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  32. What a stunning room to create in. I love the lace curtains and can imagine that the light through the lace is beautiful, but also too bright. I like the fact that you have a change of curtains for the summer.

    The blue of the picture mounting and the curtains are so pretty. That is such a nice touch in your serene color scheme!

    My daughter, Kat and I are are three months old (in blog time) and are a mother/daughter jewelry-making team. I didn't get the space cleaned but stop by sometime, if you wish.

    Susan (Suz) Reaney
    http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com
    (not just about jewelry)

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  33. Hi Monica...
    Very impressive...so organized and perfect! I love your blues and can see how you can be inspired and very creative in your beautiful space...Thanks for sharing!
    :)

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  34. Love white! Love your style! Love your creative space! Follow your blog! Thanks so much for the tour!
    Hugs!

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  35. My goodness Monica, where do I start?!!! I love EVERYTHING! Especially the blue fabric & b&w photo frames... your gr-grandmother's Singer... your inspiration board... your pillows... your bears... your crafting supplies... and of course sweet Kim hiding under the desk! ;) xo

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  36. Hi Monica,

    Your work space is so romantic and pretty, and just how I thought you would have it.
    Love everything, your bears, inspirational board, the pretty antique clothing, and blue brooches.
    The fresh flowers are a beautiful touch and I really love your black and white photographs, with the blue and white stripe backing.
    Thank you for the tour and I can now picture you working in your wonderful studio.

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  37. What an amazing adorable space you have to create it. It's incredibly charming, fun, warm and inviting. Thanks for the delightful tour, it has been a very nice treat visiting you.

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  38. What a perfect space you've created- I just love it!

    Happy belated Pink Saturday from
    Maggie Mae!
    "Do these shoes match this purse?"

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  39. Gorgeous! Love all the touches of blue. Such a serene and beautiful space to work in!

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  40. Monica, so cosy, all those lovely things !
    Kim's photo is gorgeous and I love the teddy bears sitting on the window-sill !
    Have a nice week,
    Hugs,
    Sylvia

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  41. what a wonderfully beautiful space Monica. I LOVE your flower arrangements, what a dream! You are so good at keeping it tidy and organised, I need to get better storage to do that! I LOVE your bears on the windowsill, give them a big hug from me. Sorry to hear about your wrist, sending lots of love, Catherine x

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  42. What a beautiful space! Love the blue and white! So pretty!
    Queen Bee Studio

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  43. What a fantastic place! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo

    Visit me anytime...

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  44. Dearest Monica, your studio is breath taking and i LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have a very small studio too that is just filled with loveliness but your's is just amazingly inspirational and neat!! I love your fabric inspiration board, those gorgeous flowers {i just can't live without flowers in my little studio}, your storage boxes, those lovely cute little girly dresses and those beautiful frames and photos. Everything just looks so wonderful and im dreaming of hanging out in your little studio with you! Oh and i forgot to mention that i am in LOVE with your torso pillow! Do you make them to sell? Thanks so much for sharing your lovely studio and i am feeling really inspired! Have a lovely mery happy day and love to you!

    jacqueline
    http://www.jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

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  45. Your creative space is so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. This is the first time I have visited your blog. I try to check out a new blog every Pink Saturday and I'm glad I found yours. Where Bloggers Create has been so much fun.

    I am following you too. I really want to snoop around your blog and get to know you better.
    If you get a chance stop by and say hello.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  46. What a fantastic creative space. So beautiful. Loving your inspiration board, something I definitely plan on having next time.
    So, enjoyed my visit with you. Have a great week.
    hugz,
    Zandra

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  47. Hi Monica,

    Oh, how I enjoyed the stroll through your creative space. I love the vintage machine, the bears, the clothespins...just everything! Thank you for the chance to see your studio.

    I would love for you to visit with me and stroll through my studio..it's been a labor of love to put together and now after a year in our home putting everything together as it should be I feel like I can "spread my wings" and fly!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

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  48. Your studio is as beautiful as you. I love every inch of it and it is so sweet where Kim awaits her master. We do have our loyal dogs don't we. My hands have been aching therefore I am slowing down on any heavy gardening. Sewing well have had to limit my tome there too. I an heeding your precious advice dear friend. I hope you are doing better.

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  49. Oh my gosh, Monica, your space is soooo beautiful. I would love to have my space look so crisp and clean and organized and beautiful. But alas, I don't think I have it in me. But I continue to strive for better. But I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the photos of your space and inspiration. I took away a few ides, as well. Thanks for sharing.

    I also read your post about carpal tunnel. I've had friends who have had that, but luckily, I haven't. Unfortunately I kind of ruined my feet from years of abuse - soccer, etc., so I can sort of relate.

    Blessings to you.
    Tricia

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  50. Lovely space, and thank you for the tour! That sewing machine is just fab- makes me wanna start sewing!
    Thanks for having us over!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

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  51. What a wonderful creative space!

    I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise.

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  52. Your inspiration board is totally an inspiration (sorry, I couldn't resist that one!). When I complete my next studio re-do I want to have one of those too. Thank you so much for the tour!

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  53. Oh my gosh I loved this whole post Monica!!!

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  54. WOW! Everything I looked at I loved!!! The old sewing machine, your inspiration board, even the photo frames hanging on the wall!!! Everything is simply beautiful and your creations - the bears!!!! Makes my heart skip a beat! You are so talented and it is evident in your studio space! Thank you for sharing!!!

    Romeo and "her"

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  55. What a lovely space! Just perfect for creating all kinds of treasures! Love it!
    Best wishes,
    Chris

    www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

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  56. Monica, what a heavenly studio you have created and shared. I love all the soothing colors and the fact that everything is so neat and orderly! Beautiful, just like all the items you create!

    Just a quick reminder ~ the WEDDING BLOG PARTY is coming up this Friday, June 25th! Hope to see you there! It just wouldn't be a party without you! :0)

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  57. What a perfect place to dream or create. It is so pretty . . . how do you get much done? And your great-grandmother's SInger? sigh. Very cool.
    Loved your tour - need to go back and check it all out one more time . . .
    karen ~ Some days are diamonds

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  58. Such a beautiful tour!! I loved so many things - your inspiration board, those picture frames, all lovely! And I did see sweet Kim's resting spot! Scout would agree that's a nice place to be when mommy is working!
    Hugs to you,
    Shelley

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  59. Hi Monica, your studio is divine. I love all the pretty things you have out to inspire you. I could spend days in there just looking. It speaks to my spirit.....soft but full of energy. I love it.

    Barb ♥

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  60. Your studio is amazing Monica, where to start? I love everything and especially all those blues! I bet your bears hate to leave this space!

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  61. What a pretty room! I love the delicate nature of this room with your vintage inspirations surrounding you! The Singer is fabulous as is the ample storage space. Your chair for your hand work sewing visited by your darling bears is a treasure to behold! Thanks so much for sharing this space.

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  62. Beautiful and soft are what I thought when I saw your space. I love the touches of blue throughout the room and that you have fresh flowers here everyday. I imagine a room like this allows inspiration to just come to you.

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  63. Hi Monica, your creative space is so beautiful it must be such a joy to create wonderful treasures in. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Melly:)

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  64. Your vignettes are so inspiring! Thank you for the wonderful tour!

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  65. You are one of the first bloggers that has said your space is normally as tidy in reality as it is for the tour. I'm very impressed! I don't know how to do that. Very nice space! Thank you for the tour.

    Liz-Anna

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  66. I surrender. That's just too much beauty in one blog post. Your space is so inviting !

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  67. Classy and artistic! A beautiful space to create in! But I really don't have to tell you that. (smile) Loved the tour..TFS!

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  68. Oh my gosh what a gorgeous room! Your view is just so stunning and I also very much like your inspiration board. You have a lovely, beautifully set up room and I enjoyed my visit!

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  69. I just loved visiting your creative space... Such a beautiful place to be and create!!!!

    Thanks for sharing with us all... I so much enjoyed...

    Many Blessings
    Niki
    Kaniki's Prims & Whims....

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  70. I love the sleek sophisticated style of your studio. It has a light airy feel. Your inspiration board is drool worthy - I mean that in a good way ;0) Just beautiful. Thank you for a peek into your private creative world.

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  71. Monica your studio is lovely and as always so were the photographs. I really like the blue and cream color scheme. It is sophisticated country at it's best. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.
    xo,
    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

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  72. Monica, What an enjoyable tour! Oh my heart was beating faster to see that beautiful old Singer sewing machine that once belonged to your Great Grandmother. Beyond special. The Teddy Bears you made...beautiful! And your view...and umpteen other gorgeous details living in this special place! So glad I had a chance to visit and that you shared your wonderful room! Xo, Sue

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  73. Your space is beautiful. I love your great grandma's sewing machine.

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  74. The vintage sewing machine is lovely. I wish the new ones were that pretty!
    I love your space, thank you for sharing.

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  75. What a lovely studio you have! Those pretty blue accents sure speak to me as well as your gorgeous flowers and clever touches like the stamped/stained clothes pins. :D

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