How serendipitous to find a post today by a fellow blogger participating in My Desert Cottage’s annual “Where Bloggers Create” challenge, inviting folks to share peeks into their creative spaces. I LOVE seeing people’s studios and working spaces and so of course I want to play along as well. Thanks to Karen Valentine for hosting this. I hope you’re inspired to share as well, and I certainly invite you to visit other bloggers and tour their studios as well.
My studio space is in the upstairs enclosed porch. It’s a very small, oddly shaped space, but with lots of windows providing good light and a view over the garage roof into our neighbor’s backyards and gardens. It’s a funky eclectic space that suits me perfectly. But because it’s small and oddly shaped it’s almost impossible to get full-room photos, so we’re going to approach this in a much more piecemeal fashion.
As we head up the stairs we pass the back door which I’ve painted red and hung the first of many birds that fill the studio with their winged energy.
Across the stairs I’ve got prayer flags hung. These are traditional Tibetan ones, and I usually have a second set of personal flags hung as well. I’m currently working on a new set right now, so I’ll have to show you another time.
We’re now officially entering studio space because we’ve passed under the watchful eye of Rosie the Crow who bestows blessings and a reminder to keep our eyes peeled for any and all sparkly treasures.
The first landing is guarded over by a dragon, and I’ve got a small bookcase here mostly filled with bookbinding volumes, and then a shelfing unit filled with a miscellaneous supplies. I LOVE the funky vintage fabric I found to use as a covering – it makes me smile every time I pass it. I’ve also got some vintage shoe lasts propped in a window.
Moving up the final stairs we pass under the watchful eyes of this strange beauty. There’s something about her that reminds me of my mother, and I like to think she’s adding her mojo and inspiration as well.
And now we’ve arrived in the actual working area. Welcome.
This is Studio Bibelot.
Bibolet is defined as a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity; a trinket; a beautiful bauble; a book of unusually small size. And bibelots are what I like to create. I love creating sacred objects and talismans, but I also create jewelry, journals, zines. I play with paper, write poetry, send out love letters; I love color; create magical scented blends with essential oils; and wish my drawing skills were a better match for my imagination. I think the world is filled with treasures and it’s up to us to notice and appreciate them. And most of all I do my best to keep my feet and heart on the joy trail.
I have a couple rituals I always perform when I enter the studio. First I light some incense, I set an intention for the work I’ll be doing, and often I pull a few cards to see what direction they might offer.
As we’re getting ready to poke around, we’ll likely be greeted by Solaria.
All the windows are filled because I love and am mesmerized by light streaming through things.
Here’s a view into the studio straight on:
The wall behind is filled with several units of with large wicker drawers, but I’ve also got things in vintage suitcases, ribbons in glass jars, miscellany in baskets. You know how it is.
I’ve got a couple baskets filled with paper rolls. I confess to a penchant for beautiful Japanese papers.
And here’s the latest studio basket. I’m planning on filling it with sketching/journaling supplies so I can carry it outside while the weather’s nice, but Solaria is fascinated by it and seems to want to claim it for her own. I keep telling her it’s too big, as she really prefers to cram herself into things about a quarter her size.
As you can see, I’m not a less-is-more kind of person in the studio. I like overflowing baskets and bits and bobs tucked everywhere. Inspiration is never more than a few millimeters away. But these days I’m especially loving my little string of flower beads with the beautiful bee pendant. That’s kind of how I feel in my studio – like I’m in a garden of fabulous flowers and my lucky job is to flit about and drink deeply of the nectar.
And I think we’ll call it a wrap there. There’s always more to see, more drawers to poke around in, more idea journals to page through. But we’ll save that for another time.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a dedicated space for creating? Are you inspired by having random bits of wonderfulness around, or do you prefer a pristine tidy work place? What’s on your work table right now? Do tell – you know I love to hear.