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April 18, 2012

Inspiration in the Studio

I'm sharing some more pictures of my studio today and showing the things that I keep around me for inspiration.

Quotes and words are a daily inspiration to me, and I love to incorporate them into my studio. (Truth be told, they're all over the house.)  Here are a few ways I do that...

On my bookshelves, I have a changing display of scrabble tile words:

There's an old window hung on an alcove wall and I love to stick quotes on that:

Here's another spot where I display things, a lovely vintage ladder that I hung on the wall.  The steps are just wide enough to balance wood mounted stamps.  If I buy a new stamp, I usually put it on there to remind myself to use it!

Finally, I just love this poster not only for the sentiment but the large reminder of home in the form of the Union Jack flag.  It's taped to the closet door, inside which you will never see :)

I love to put new and vintage 'stuff' in bowls and jars.  I suffer from the disease of 'if I don't see, I don't use it'. I found this old china bowl in free box by the side of the road - isn't it a treasure?

And seriously, I could look at jars of buttons all day long!


The final thing that motivates me to create, or at least makes me happy, is the view from the window of my space - my back yard.  It's still pretty bare right now, but soon it'll be a riot of color.

Don't forget to share with me pictures of your studios - new and old blog posts, or online galleries are fine.  Link up at the end of my first studio post.



At April 18, 2012 at 7:37 AM , Blogger Mary Ann Potter said...

My goodness, Ali - just when I think I've gained some inspiration, here comes some more; I love what you shared today, especially that old window and that ladder. A very cool post again today. Have a blessed, bountiful, and creative time!

At April 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM , Blogger Suzanne Brookfield said...

I am loving your pictures .... thank you so much for sharing! Your life looks so organised...please could you pass me some tips. My life is chaotic so its been relaxig at your photos lol :)

At April 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Cheri said...

What a great space you have and I LOVE your use of artifacts. I'm in the process of building a craft room for myself (my hubby is a great carpenter), so you've given me so many great ideas. Thanks and hugs

At April 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Dotty Jo said...

What a fabulous space! Love the scrabble display and the Gandhi quote... and don't get me started on the beauty of a jar of buttons! Thanks for the inspiration, Jo x

At April 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Marjie Kemper said...

Love that window, Ali.... I have 2 of those in my basement awaiting um.... alteration! Great studio pics.

At April 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM , Blogger Debi said...

you are so blessed to have such an inspirational space in which to create xx Debi x

At April 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM , Blogger PetraB said...

Love your space, especially the view from your window. Thanks for sharing!

At April 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM , Blogger Trendy Twine said...

What a gorgeous space. Love that it's all so bright and happy. I would love to have a view like that, too.

Thanks for sharing.

Lesley @ Trendy Twine

At April 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Hi Ali. I too am a collector of old books. I get the raggedy ones so I don't feel guilty altering them. Thank you for sharing your space.

At April 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Cathy L. Calamas said...

I too suffer from the same "if I don't see it, I don't use it " disease. Periodically, I just go through my stash and it usually sparks an idea. Loved see your space. :)) ( I have quotes everywhere, too) :D


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