14 Jul 2011

3rd Annual Blog Party

I am soo excited and apprehensive at the same time, I am so new to  blogging, but thanks to Karen Valentine's encouragement I am joining in, so thank you for visiting with me!


You are forewarned that the tour of my Creative Space may be a bit different from others you may have visited in Blogland! 
 Let me enlighten you on my situation before we start the tour...... 
I do Live in  Care Work for a delightful lady who is 88 years old.  It is a 24/ 7 job for five weeks with a two week break. The day before my two week break I have to pack up everything and leave the room clear for the next care worker who comes in.  So I have to be very careful of not gathering too much ‘stuff’ in 5 weeks.    I  am also  limited to what I can do and how much of my time  it takes up- for the first time in my life I have to plan projects and curb the buying sprees.  

Welcome to my Creative Space...........
This is my room that I get to use for the five weeks; it is a nice comfortable space. I do however stash craft making stuff into every  conceivable space.

I have to make sure it is kept nice and neat and looking like a normal bedroom – after all it is not my house  so I keep all my sewing equipment, needles, pins and cotton in a box under my bed  and other necessary stuff under the spare bed – nice easy access and hidden to give the illusion of being neat.

I have most of my lace, ribbon and other larger stuff in some of the dressing table drawers. 

The larger quilting fabric and some UFO's live in this box so that it can be put in the car on my break and brought back for my next 5 week slot.  It has to live next to the chair cause it is too big for under the bed!
 I keep my knitting and wool in this box in the top of my cupboard.  This box stays here even on my breaks, it is out of the way and I usually only knit in the winter. 

I do sometimes sit in this little space in the sitting room and do a bit of machine work or card making, as long as it is not a continuous all day job, it is acceptable.  

 I am always  surfing the net to find inspiration for hand made goodies.  On one of these tours I found  the pattern for this  blanket on http://doyoumindifiknit.typepad.com/do_you_mind_if_i_knit/2009/05/the-quick-crochet-pattern.html  and crocheted it last winter when we were snow bound for a few weeks, I love the colours so much.

Most of my inspiration comes from my Mom and once she has given me ideas, the creative thoughts become like confetti in a hurricane, swirling around my head and this will keep me awake quite a lot some nights.
  As I am a serial crafter, I have tried my hand at just about everything, sewing, decoupage, embroidery, quilting, crazy quilting, scrapbooking, I have even done a few oil paintings! 


 My daughter Hayley works for the Piggly Wiggly,  so I painted her this Fairy Pig for her office wall.

My serial crafting causes me to be a serial collector,  lace, fabric, ribbon, paper, ag anything that I can use and even stuff I cannot useJ.  Purchasing stuff,  is after all half the fun!
I have a passion for making Victorian Tassel Dolls.
and I love doing Crazy quilting.  Once I have pieced the  bits together I can spend hours embellishing and  embroidering.
In this square I have incorporated a photo of my oldest Granddaughter when she was just a couple of weeks old. .

And in this one I incorporated a picture of my oldest daughter Hayley and my youngest daughter Tammy.  
 I have finished the embroidery on these two squares, but not quiet sure what I want to do with them now.
Quilting is another serious passion, but this is a bit of a more difficult craft to pursue at the moment, although I did  finish the binding on this quilt and the  embroidery during the trips we made  on breaks!

I love embellishing printed pictures, this is a linen dish cloth that I am embroidering and using beads to embellish.  There is a lot to do still, but it is such fun. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to share my passion and my space with me, please come again!

43 comments:

Something Special said...

You do very beautiful and amazing work on your quilting. I love your tassel dolls as well.

earthypawscreatures said...

Your work is beautiful :) I like how you incorporated family photos into it. I used to be a "traveling artist" so I understand the need to keep things compact and easy to grab quickly. It is very creative how you have everything organized. Thank you for sharing!

~Alli

Rebecca said...

First off...wonderful for someone like you to care a wonderful elderly woman. I'm sure there is much you can teach one another.

Next...your tassel dolls are fabulous and I absolutely love them. I am so glad you are able to work in soft craft/fun time outside your job as a caretaker.

Thank you soooo very much for sharing and for visiting me, too!

Blessings~

Rebecca

Leanne said...

You've proved that one can create absolutely every where! I love those crazy quilts :)

Tamatha said...

You have the most creative use of space I've seen! It's inpsiring to see that you love your craft work enough to make do and take it with you. The crazy quilt pieces are beautiful!

ANNE said...

Cheryl, your work is lovely! your fairy paintings are especially beautiful. Thank you so much for visiting me, it gave me the chance to discover you in return. You sound like a wonderfully warm and caring person.

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

How inspiring you are to all of...you found a way to do what you love no matter the circumstances! I am so glad you shared this with all of us:)

xo,

abby

bertie said...

Blessings to you for taking care of an elderly woman..and for sharing your creative space with us. I imagine that is not easy to have to move so often, but you make the absolute best of it and your work is fabulous. The quilts with the family pics are wonderful..good for you for not neglecting your craft amidst your hectic schedule. Hope you will stop by my studio and say hello. bertie
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Cheryl! I think it's wonderful that you make the best of your situation and don't let it stop you from creating! The things you make are really lovely!! I am so glad you joined the party! Have a great weekend and enjoy visiting everyone!!
xo
Karen

Cathie Carroll said...

There's a lot here to take away.
Working with what's portable, not collecting beyond your ability to work with, keeping your space clean and ready to share, caring for others.

Quite inspirational,
Thank you!

Lynn Richards said...

You are a true inspiration!! I cannot ever complain about enough space. Good for you to take it all with you as you care for another! At least as I care for my daughter, I dont have to pack up all my things and leave!!! Your crazy quilts are stunning. Thanks for sharing so much!
xo
Lynn

marie said...

I love how you make creating happen in your life! Your crazy quilting is amazing and your tassle dolls are so pretty.

Thanks for sharing your creations with us!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Cheryl, So nice to meet you. First off I have to say, I think it is wonderful that you are a care giver to a sweet lady. I know it is not always easy as I was a care giver for my own mother for the last days of her life.

I think it is fantastic that you can still have your creative side close at hand and able to create in your free moments. Your designs are amazing and I love your paintings and quilts. The tassel dolls are gorgeous. You are a really talented lady and God has truly blessed your path. Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting me and your kind words.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

Claudia said...

I so admire your being a caregiver. Bravo. It looks as if you've found a way to have your crafting materials with you when you are on your 5 week shift. You are very talented. Thanks so much for sharing your space with us.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story Cheryl. Your quilts are so beautiful - I love how you incorparate the photos.

Debbie Burkey said...

You have a special gift, first to be a caregiver, then to be so creative. I have a special needs daughter and I work around her schedule. Some how we all find a way to create. Like you do! Your tassel dolls are wonderful and your crazy quilt pieces are exquisite . So nice to hear about your life and how you make it work for you! Well done!

Debbie

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Cheryl! Thanks for visiting me earlier today! I'm "impressed" with your Creative Space set up! How ingenious! Your creations are precious, I particularly LOVE your crazy quilt pieces...my mother is a quilter and I'm amazed at what goes into those.

How nice that you're an In Home Care Giver! What a rewarding job...to bless someone like that~ I adore the elderly and love conversing with them.

I hope you continue to share your "pretties"... Blessings...

stephanie said...

I am so enjoying visiting all the wonderfully creative spaces like yours!

Just inspiring how you take a temporary space and make it work for you. I have a craft room and continually make excuses about why I don't use it! I need to take a lesson from you and be more organized and not let "life" stop me from creating...

Thank you for sharing!

NanE said...

Thank you for the tour of your space and for stopping by my blog. Your paintings are very good and you should do more! Have a great weekend, Nan

kluless said...

You are remarkable and very resourceful to carve out creative space for yourself in an unusual living situation. Proof positive that it does not require a large studio or a dedicated room to follow your muse - Bravo to you!!

Junk Fairy said...

We need more special people like you! Creative and sharing. your quilting is beautiful, I like thatyou included your grand baby & daughter in them, beautiful! thanks for your sweet comments on my blog too!
Blessings,
Eloise

Deborah said...

How very interesting that you have to take up and move all your stuff every five weeks yet you have managed to make it all work very nicely. Love the oil paintings and the quilt with the cats.

Feathers and Flight said...

Hello Cheryl!
I think You are Incredibly Clever how you have Hidden away your Studio! But I have to Say that I have Fallen in Love with Your Crazy Quilting! Your Work is Truly Lovely! I am so Glad you came over to Visit and Thank You for your Sweet Comments!
Have a Wonderful Week and I will Visit again Soon!
Hugs
Jill

Creative Grammie said...

You're a very special person being a caregiver. It's amazing how you stay so organized and neat. I am in awe of your wonderful creative talent to do an assortment of creative activities in the portable way that you do.
Thank you for this visit into your creative world, I've enjoyed my visit with you.
Warm hugs.

Sara said...

what an amazing person you are, giving your time to people who need it and finding time to paint gorgeous paintings too. Hugs Sara

Terri said...

Now, that's making the best of the situation and still creating....seems like you have found a way to keep it all balanced. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I'm sure your little 88 year old lady loves seeing what you're making and creating... and how wonderful that you don't let those breaks get in the way of doing what you love...

Warm blessings,
Spencer

romance-of-roses said...

Your work is amazing. Love the tassel dolls. One can create anywhere, years ago I had a suitcase for storage. One has to start somewhere, glad you joined in. I will follow you. Hugs...Lu

Sherry said...

You do have a very unique situation but create some very lovely things. I really love your Crazy quilting, your embroidery is beautiful. I hope you continue to enjoy blogging and share your talent with others.

blumensnapdragon said...

Beautiful blog and such a beautiful soul to be a caretaker. I love your determination and ability to compartmentalize. Devon

Jo said...

Your quilts are beautiful! You have proved that you don't need a separate space to create gorgeous work in.

Maggie said...

So glad I stopped by, and to read about your condensed, transportable work space! Very impressive! I would think your client enjoys seeing your creative projects as you work on them in her home. Lovely. Thank you also for visiting my space.

maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

Valery said...

You do beautiful work. I really enjoyed looking at all the photos. The creative space you have it really beautiful.

Renee said...

Your work is so pretty. I love the afghan and the fairy paintings.

I'm so impressed with how much you manage to do with having to pack up and take it with you. Very organized. Good for you in finding a way to do what you love.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

What a wonderful space! I remember that cat quilt from years ago in a magazine! It's wonderful! I looooooooooove your crazy quilt blocks! Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tour and thanks also for visiting with me and the bunnies!
xx, shell

Terry said...

Such an interesting life! Your artwork is beautiful! I love the fairy pig! I hope this question isn't too personal, but where do you go when you are off for two weeks?

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Hi,
Welcome to the blogging world. I am new to blogging as well, only been doing it since February. I like your blog because you have such a genuine voice - not all huggy, kissy, chickie, etc. Your tour was different as well - loved it - and I liked that you showed your work, a lot of people didn't, and I like to see WHAT people create as well as WHERE. I'm going to sign on as a follower - maybe you want to visit me (I have 18 followers) if you like dogs. I think we're pretty brave and wonderful, don't you?? Love, Linda

. said...

Im amazed how you move everything and keep it so organized so well. Your quilt work is lovely.

~~EVERYTHING~~.ANASTACIA~~~ said...

Hello...I'm glad I revisited your blog. I posted a comment a couple of days ago...as I'm playing catch up, still visiting beautiful spaces like yours, but I guess I didn't complete it, so it's not posted.
Anyhow, you sure has a creative soul. I love your quilts. Thank you for sharing!
Regards,
Reina

Donna said...

I not even image having to pack everything up over and over, which makes you even more special!!! I love all the crafts you do they are so pretty and I love your laces, trims and doilies!!!!

The Greeley Girls said...

I love how you utilized your space so efficiently. I have a small studio apartment, and truly understand the need to keep things to a minimum when you have such creative ideas. Great job!! XO

-Taylor Greeley

The Greeley Girls

CCRx Medicare Drug Plan said...

You are so creative. :) One talent that I fair least. But thanks to people like you, I can still enjoy them by looking at them . :)These are really nice. :)

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

You do lovely work. So nice that you wear your heart also on your sleeve to be looking after the elderly lady. I pray in years to come when I need T.L. Care. The Lord will have someone like you for me. You can see it with your art work how your compassion comes out . The beautiful quilting with your Granddaughter in it and your own two daughters. Your way of using such little space is very creative in your room. Your doing what you like and you do it well.