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Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Very Own Little Treasure Shop ..

Hello my dear friends,

this is one of those little posts I wanted to write forever ago and it slipped my mind but after spending time in my studio to tidy it up, I remembered it and so here is this post!

A few months ago my older daughter Ashleigh told me that she was looking for something she needed whilst working on a crafting project and she thought she might find it in my studio.

She went in and looked through drawers and boxes all filled with all sort of treasures ... too many to name them all but here are some of them ...

... there were all sorts of bits and pieces gathered together in drawers, boxes and old muffin tins.  From lace, ribbon and trims... vintage and tarnished plates, sugar bowls and cutlery ... old glass jars and vintage jewellery ... lots and lots of vintage doilies and old linen ... old tattered books and music sheets ... all sort and sizes of cigar boxes ... vintage and new fabrics and so, so much more.

She told me that as she was looking around and then thought to herself: " Gosh ...Mom would love this place!" ... only to realize that it was Mom's! We both had a giggle when she told me this.

And today I realized that she is right ... I love my studio and I am so fortunate to have it with all it's treasures especially forgotten ones and all it's mess too ... and it is messy again right now!

And this is one of those treasures ...

... a little while ago I had one of those days where I 'found' a treasure that I had totally forgotten about. Way back in the closet, behind baskets of wool/yarn and fabric there was a picture I had bought years ago in a thrift shop. I had already given it a makeover so it was just lovely, waiting to be hung. I think I might have I have shared this already once before but just to make sure I will do so again now.

It is a wood dove with her nest.
I can't believe that I forgot all about this lovely picture! There I am looking in thrift, second hand stores and antique stores for the right picture for the master bedroom and it was hiding in the back of my studio closet all this time ... waiting to be re-found!
Like I said earlier ... I am so fortunate!

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Karen B.


  1. Ooooh liebe Karen.....
    ich habe das Paradies gesehen!! ;o)
    Liebe Gruesse aus Koeln

  2. Oh Karen so enjoyed my visit today. Your studio could pass for mine - well at least some of the contents could!
    I adore so much of the same in collectables. I'd be right at home there I'm sure!
    And fancy tucking away that gorgeous picture of the wood dove but you can love it all over again when it is hung! Enjoy!
    x Suzy

  3. Hi Karen - why is it everyone else's treasures look so much more interesting than mine! I love all your gorgeous lace and your vintage jewellery especially pinned onto that lovely dress form. Sigh........ Thanks for sharing the pics with us. Margie x

  4. Good morning Karen, I love that you shared your treasures with us. Where we create is just as important as what we create with. Beautiful treasures you've collected here.

  5. Beautiful and fun treasures! I love the picture of the dove and her nest - what did you use for the matting?

  6. Thank you for sharing your space and all that it holds. So many beautiful things to become lost in. That is such a calming picture, it's lovely.

  7. Hi Karen
    Such a great post ! I love all the treasures you share. Just looking at, and being surrounded by things like this makes happy. Thank you for the wonderful pictures.

    Wilma, Shabby Royale.

  8. I love it when I find a treasure in my own house. I am in the process of reorganizing my craft room and love discovering forgotten items. I bought some cute chalk board labels yesterday and pastel chalk markers so I can label and find my treasures better. Have a great creative day and thanks for sharing. Pam

  9. So many treasures, lovely, lovely jumble. I adore the framed picture of the wood dove with her nest-so precious...

  10. Oh Karen,
    I really would like to have an hour in your studio. Just looking around and watching all your treasures!
    What a nice picture. So give it a place to be seen every day.

    Greetings from Germany

  11. Such beautiful treasure you have to create with!
    Your wonderful taste and creative eye will use them gorgeously! I LOVE the things you create and share here on your blog! Especially your pin cushions...well Especially EVERYTHING! But your pin cushions have me ooing and Ahing, every time.
    Hugs to you Karen, YOU ROCK!

  12. You obviously have the sort of studio that I would love to spend time in!

  13. What a beautiful post Karen, and so very true, isn't it? You have lovely things to create with, to enhance what you dream up in your mind's eye... I love the photo of the Rosebuds - love it.
    And teh picture you rediscovered.... gorgeous!

  14. You have such a beautiful collection in your studio, Karen! I can imagine all the lovely projects you could work on. Oh, and that sweet Dove is so wonderful. Thank goodness you found it! I'm sure it will be perfect in your room. (I love finding things I had either forgotten about or thought were lost....)