Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

Yes I still have this crazy room filled to the brim but, 
let me show you my NEW room first! 

 This is an apothecary cabinet that I found in Round Top. It is more than 8 feet long so it had to come in thru the window with the chandelier. I thought my hubby was going to blow a gasket when he saw the cabinet AND the chandi!!! Oh I forget to tell you that when they delivered the chandi it still had the bill of sale taped to the crate.........BUSTED!
This was my husbands "man cave" for about 18 years and he never used it, so, snooze you lose! So I am fortunate to have two different studios. On this side I make jewelry, mixed media, and any other projects. I decided to split the sewing room and the craft room. It made me nervous thinking about all that fabric and lace next to a soldering gun or my torch. I'm not known for being the most graceful!

It is all still a work in progress. It was amazing how much stuff I had crammed in closets waiting for a home. Most of it is put away but I have one closet left......
 I put a cute table and chairs right in front of the windows, The plan is to put birdhouses and feeders out in front. I can't wait to have a little bird tea party right outside my window.
These were all the babies that I collected in......a year. 
It's really not that many...... 
My husband and friend Charlene Gray just cringe when I buy another one, which makes it even more fun!
"Sandy can you hear me?"
I have a friend Sandy Navarro that kind find BLING 
like a blood hound on a hunt!
We're all left in the dust! So the next time we go shopping we're going to hobble her to slow her down!
I found this printing cabinet in Round Top. 
It's filled with bling and all kinds of possibilities. 
And, it's not even full! I also found the two C's in Round Top and covered them in pearls.
 I moved my Sunday School Attendance board in 
here so you can really see it. 
Are you believing what restraint I have had in not over 
stuffing this room? 
OOPS didn't crop this photo!
This is my first Lisa Loria piece. I love all of her crazy creations. 
My friend Charlene Gray calls him "Chucky Head" and made me turn him around in our hotel room after I bought him! 
Poor Chucky!

 I know, how many mother of pearl buttons can one woman have......oh you have no idea! It's just one of those things I just keep collecting. It makes me smile to find a little bag at estate sales or the occasional sewing basket filled too the brim with goodies.
If buttons were only worth their weight in gold!
These suitcases made for great storage and a great shrine to my Purple Goat statue that my girlfriends bought for me this past Round Top when I couldn't go!
Kecia Deveney's candle chandelier is what's in the center of this big vat of, yes you guessed it, Mother of Pearl Buttons! 
I wonder if they have MOP anonymous?? 
"Hi my name is Cindy and I buy every MOP button I find...."
A nice shelf for these girls to rest on.
 SO, you were wondering what was in all those printing drawers?
 Just stuff like this......
What is it about baby shoes that always reminds me of 
I love them both!
Every room needs just a little bit of pink.
All of my vintage cameras, SMILE!
Is it a little on the flashy side??
As you leave this studio you'll find a big cubbie that is 
packed with lace! It was a cheap piece but was a wonderful way to store bits and bobs of lacy treasures.
I know it's one of my favorite things. I tea stained a ton of these just so they would look just right for you! 
And, yes those are the famous Pink Pens in the corner!
Studio Part Deux, "Alice in Wonderland".
It all started with a 1950's kitchen table that I bought to be my sewing table, and the rest as they say, is history. I added the two pie safes that are now filled to the brim with fabric, lace, buttons and...... a few doll heads.
I had this humungeous book shelf built. It was so big they had to take the ceiling fan off to fit it into the room and it's so heavy it took 5 grown men to fit it into this tiny 12x12 room. It too is filled with all kinds of collections and treasures that I have collected at estate sales, garage sales, and last but not least, Canton and Round Top. I'll be showing you a lot of my collections because there isn't a lot of room for any other kind of storage. I'm already bumping into furniture now!
I had the closet converted into big shelves that hold so much lace, fabric, trim, sewing supplies and odds and ends that I'm surprised the shelves aren't giving way with all that weight!
I decorated each bin for this event and my plan is to keep it all organized, at least for a week anyway! The bins are really filled to the top with lace, fabrics, binding tape and crochet items. 
I just love it all.
My favorite bin. I keep telling myself to use this special trim and I can't bring myself to use it. It's silly because I have 3 wedding dresses waiting in the wings waiting to be tea stained!
This is one of the pie safes that I repainted and piled treasures on top. The square dancing dress was my aunt's. 
Dorothy was the belle of the square dancing ball! 
She was also one of the creative influence's in my life. 
Bingo numbers, plastic phone key chains from the 60's and more ballet dancers that were made for music jewelry boxes are just a few of the items in this chest. Belt buckles, mother of pearl buttons, and what ever else I can fit in here. 
It's like my own little silly five and dime store!
The black and white photo in the jeweled frame is my grandmother, Lilly with her best friends. After finding old photos of her and her friends I found out that my grandmother was very playful and dramatic in her early years. It's funny how we forget to think about them ever being young and what they were like before we knew them. 
One of my best friends Mary Kathryn gave me one of my first toy singer sewing machines that actually still works! The other ones that I have found just look cute but don't actually work.
My husband will never know how much I paid for all this bling. It's going to my grave with me! 
NO, not the bling, ..... the price of the bling! 
But how could you pass this up! It has taken quite a few years to collect all of this, it's kind of like a monthly payment plan....I buy a little every month!
And pearls, don't ya just love pearls!
Mirror. mirror on the wall, 
who has the most junk of them them all?
No Comment!
Ahhhh, you knew I'd get the vintage wedding photos in here somewhere didn't ya! Just another collection that I love to hunt for at Round Top and, sometimes late at night when I can't sleep, can you say....Ebay!
 Cake toppers, check!
Now who doesn't have a collection of gum ball machine wedding rings. You don't? 
Well I think they are just to die for. I don't know why but, it just makes me so sentimental thinking about how wonderful it must have been for this as your prize you when you put your money in the machine. I would thought I had died and gone to heaven it would have been so special. 
Why is it that only the men can't seem to stand up straight. It actually looks like they're about to jump over the side. These are bits and pieces of vintage cake decorations that I collect too! Boy that collection list is really getting long. How many "collections" can you have before it turns into hoarding?????
One of my many finds when I went to the "wedding estate sale" of my dreams. This was the sale where I met Cathy from "Girls Gone Junkin'." We were both crazy women stuffing bridal lace, bridal veils and everything else we could get our hands on into sacks and between the two of us almost wore this one poor estate worker into a "spell." She had to sit down and have a Dr. Pepper to recover! Plus Cathy got the pink ruler. I told her to put me in the will for that darn ruler, she's a fast lil' bugger when she sees a prize!
OK, so I'm bidding on Ebay on TWO sets of these ballet dancers. Well I thought it was only two sets. I just kept thinking when I got outbid that I had just re-bid on that item. The long blond story of it was that I ended up with EIGHT sets of them! I put myself in time out for while on that one! Believe it or not, this is not all of them. Yikes! Are they for sale you ask..nope!
My latest find at Canton, it was nine thousand degrees in the shade that day so I decided to go into the cover shopping ares and found this. After I found my prize it was time to get out of the heat and have a Dr.Pepper!
I know, I know, how many tickets does one person need? Well apparently more than this because there's more behind these. I found the majority of these at Marburger Farm, and boy are they heavy. What am I going to do with them? I have no idea...yet!
More doll heads and more buttons!
This is my grandmother Lilly again surrounded by lace, of course.
These were from my belt buckle making phase. I sold them at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame for awhile but they bought me out! I still make myself a new belt buckle for new events like the Junk Gypsy Prom every year. The prom is an annual event twice a year that the Junk Gypsies put together for a night of dressing up in old prom dresses and acting silly. Too much fun!
Then there was the phase of decorating frames. 
These are photos of my mom, wasn't she a "dish!"
Another corner of "stuff".
I found this little girl at the Goodwill!! I just couldn't believe some family would give this up. She reminds me of Glenda the Good Witch in her pink gown. This is also the end of my tour, so it's time for you to click your heels and say,
"there's no place like home", and click on Karen's link to take you back to the list.
Thanks so much you for stopping by.
 I would love it if you joined my blog. I have several give-aways coming ip and if you join you'll hear about it first!

A big thank you to Karen Valentine at 
My Desert Cottage for working so hard on this party. 

Just click on her link and it will take you back to her site so you can continue looking through all the wonderful studios out there.


Something Special said...

so much to love here. I can't stand it I just think you have a stock pile that is to die for! Loved it all! I am working on getting my post done.

Rhonda said...

Sweet and hilarious Cindy, you always make me smile. I truly adore your sense of humor. Girl, if we could just magically transport ourselves to each other's studios, right?

Love Love Love all of your collections. Your mom just isn't a dish, she is a movie star!

Your camera collection made me weep. J'adore

You are a gem in this world. xo

Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, not one but two rooms filled with fun! I adore the doll heads and ALL of your collections. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the inspiration.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Your studio caught my eye right away with the pink and the aqua! So much "eye candy" and you must have SO MUCH FUN in there! The little wedding sets from the gumball machine are so neat... and yes, what a treasure they would have been.


Your studios - both of them! are incredibly lovely! I could get lost in there for hours, without a doubt. Oh, how you must love what you do. And your fabric collection - floor to ceiling?!!! Oh, my my my, heaven on earth! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creative space. Cindy from


Oh, and I forgot to say, I LOVE your name ;-)

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your spaces are so wonderful. I would love to spend some time exploring and playing in there! So much inspiration and beauty. I love it all!

xo Danielle

Judys Lace Creations said...

Oh my lordy!!Lace, button and BLING heaven!!New follower.
Judy xx

Gwen Simmons said...

I did your tour last year, loved it and was in awe. Now I love it more, and the awe factor has went higher. I am sure the Chandileer (sp?) was worth whatever the tag said. I see you are Texan, so no wonder you do things so grandly. I was born, and again live in FL, but my heart lives in West Texas and I think always will. Best wishes and thanks for the great tour.
Gwen Simmons
A Glitch in Time

Olive Grove Primitives said...

I have died and gone to heaven, well i hope it would look like this. I have never seen so many buttons. I love both your studio's and all that beautiful lace and trim. It is stunning beautiful gorgeous and many other words i could say. Thank you for sharing it.

Bohemian said...

Cindy you had me Laughing and having a Lustfest all at once! Bringing Furniture and Chandies in thru a Window had me rolling... only becoz my Studio was equally Challenging to bring items out... and into... due to the Architectural Challenges of it having once not been a place where people lived or Created anything! *LOL* We were smashing old furnishings with a sledgehammer to get them out... and dismantling new furnishings and re-constructing them once we got them in, in pieces! *whew* As always your Collections have me overdosing on Beautiful Things I Love too!!! Glad to see there is another Queen of Excess that can relate to my um, 'Affliction' for lack of a better word! *Winks* Your Creepy Dollhead Collection and Creations are just up my Alley and I had to Smile at how many you amassed in just a Year, you're probably the only person I know who 'Scored' more in 12 months than I did! *LOL* You are the Addams Family Gal of the Colorless and Pastel Palette! *winks* And Loved the New Studio... tho' I doubt The Man would allow me anywhere near a Torch, Pyro that I am and as much Fabric as I've got stashed in my Studio! *Smiles* Loved your Vintage Surveillance Collection too! Well, actually LOVED IT ALL... in both Rooms and so Glad you were able to displace your Man and take over the other Space... I do that regularly with The Man too, he rarely uses his Spaces either... such a Waste, right? Especially when us Gals need so much Space huh? *Winks* Well, I had so much Fun coming for the Grand Tour, I knew I'd be in 7th Heaven at your place... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Beth Leintz said...

Wow! just your collection...especially the gumball wedding rings, thats a new one to me. You don't need to make art in your studios...they ARE works of art. You are a curator of some wonderful collections.

Sandra Kaye said...

WOW!!! I just love to see your studio!!! I really like the new room...and the pieces you found are just yummy. Thanks for sharing:):)

Nancy said...

Cindy, so many times I have come to read your wonderful wit and humor, and to see what you are up to. Your Studio is Gorgeous!! What are you creating these days with so much Inspiration!! Your Mary Francis Purse would look Beautiful displayed in your Studio too!!

Many Huggs,

Winton Rose said...

Oh my goodness Cindy what an amazing place you have. I love all the dominoes in the jar. All those pearls and bling. The tickets, wow now all you need is a ticket machine to go with them. Perhaps you could make flowers from them using a score board. I think I like the dolls heads in the jar. lol. Thanks so much for the tour. Karen.x

Louise@ElsieMayandBertha said...

You have so many fantastic collections, though I can't say I'm too keen on the doll heads! One of my favourite things in your rooms is the bejewelled mirror. Your lace and button collections come close second.
Thank you for the tour around your crafting space.

Tammy said...

I think if you display your collections in a pretty way, it can't be considered hoarding--right? At least that's what I tell myself! :) This was such a fun tour. I might have to read through it again! Gorgeous, gorgeous rooms!

Unknown said...

Gaaaa! Where oh where to start! First of all, I bow down to your organizational skills.....want me some of those!
You have some FAB collections, just when I thought I needed to downsize some of mine I come across all of your eye candy and feel the urge to shop....thanks a!
Seriously pretty spaces, thanks for sharing them. I'm off to look and peruse all over again...~wink~

GranthamLynn said...

Just beautiful. I love the rings! Your space is lovely and I am sure a blessing to create.
Thanks for sharing it.

Unknown said...

So much to take in and see! I love all the vintage photographs.this place you talk about called Round Top sounds like a fun place to go buy things! I enjoyed my visit today in your creative space. So much to see!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I've died and gone to heaven, Cindy! I love both your spaces. I would love to spend a weekend with you creating. What a ball. And then shopping to find some bling and buttons! : )

Consider It All Joy said...

I just stopped over from Desert Cottage, I've not been by before. I just have to say that I would absolutely Love to just come play in your 2 rooms. They remind me of the treasure closet at my elementary school. It was filled with cubbyholes packed with cool little treasures for the kids! Every corner of your two spaces have me mesmerized! Love you place and will have to come by and visit more often! Blessings, Cindy

Unknown said...

Wow, two rooms and I don't think I have ever seen so many supplies, and bling!, in one creative person's space. I adore the brooches and that printers tray was gorgeous even before you shared all the loveliness inside. Head spinning so I will have to revisit the photos at least one more time lol. Thanks for sharing. I could get lost in there for hours and hours!

niks said...

It is official! You are the Queen of Treasure-Junk! ( the word for things that most people throw away,but are priceless to some. I have just moved in to a quaint little cottage on a farm this weekend and this post has given me endless inspiration for my sewing room!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a fun tour... I gotta say, my little bit 'o stuff is just a drop in the bucket comparatively speaking. :-)

I love the engagement ring sets.. Many years ago my boyfriend and I were at movies and he got one of those for me out of the gumball machine... Oh how I loved him, but ended up marrying someone else. I had forgotten all about that ring. Thanks for the sweet memory.


Robin said...

Your studio is gorgeous, I love every inch of it! Your collection of MOP buttons has me envious!! Someday, after many more trips to Round Top, I hope to have a studio with as many treasures as you have :)


Maureen H. said...

Oh my heart, I almost can stand it!!! Each year I drool over your space and you have managed to outdo even yourself this year (no easy feat!). I now know why I can't find any MOP buttons, you have collected every last one. . .lol!!

Seriously, i sit here wishing I lived in Texas where you have the greatest Flea Markets, antiquing, and junking in the world! I am green with envy (except for the doll heads, you can keep those ;-)

Thanks for the tour, you know I am following your blog now.


Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

I am seriously in love with your space! Your cabinets are absolutely amazing and no a girl can never have too many vintage buttons! I am drooling over your collection ♥ I so enjoyed browsing all of your pictures, thanks so much for sharing.

Denise said...

WOW! Most of Us could spend a whole day or two in Your room perusing the goodies.Looks just lovely.Now I want to go visit Your shop-You must have one with the supplies You have.Thank You for visiting My blog and leaving the nice comment.I enjoyed My visit to Your enchanting room.

Romeo said...

Why am I not surprised some of your most wonderful things came from Round Top and Marburger?!? Loved that place, miss not selling there. Of course what could be better right?! BUYING!!!! One day....

Love the pearls, bling, doll heads, the new studio and even the aqua!!! Laces and even the tickets!!! Actually, was there anything I didn't love?.....if there was I sure don't remember it! Maybe I should go look again.... yes I think I should ;)

Thanks for the tour! Great studio!!!

"her" and Romeo

Art and Sand said...

You had me with that first photo - amazing.

beautiful space . . . amazing collections . . . wonderful supplies . . . F A N T A S T I C!!!

. said...

So I am feeling much better about all the "stuff" in my studio as I can't compete with you! Incredible. I'm so impressed with how stinkin' organized you are!!!! Can I borrow a button? xo

Unknown said...

Omg! I think I just got a look at what heaven looks like.

Helena White said...

Cindy, your space is so inspirational, not to mention gorgeous! Love your displays and cabinets, looking forward to a return visit.
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Unknown said...

I just love your space and everything in it. I loved looking at each and every picture. You sure do have a whole bunch of bling, love that!!
Thanks for sharing your amazing space.

Jennifer's Vintage Paperie said...

Oh my goodness! I absolutely love, love, love your stash! I so enjoyed your tour. It makes me realize that I simply do not have enough stuff! I love your button jars and I thought I spied a Katherine's collection frog hanging from the ceiling! Wonderful! Your belt buckles are fantastic. I am showing your post to my husband so he will realize that I could actually have more. Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Wow, I love all of your organizational pieces! And there's something cool to see in every photo. Your creative space is a place I'd love to spend some time in!

Lace Age Girl said...

Amazing stash of lace and doylies and yummy stuff, so beautifully displayed. I could spend all the time rearranging instead of creating if I were you!

CatieAn said...

oh my sweet goodness I LOVE your space........I am still wiping the drool off my chin over the white apothecary. I want it so baad! I too collect doll heads and my kids and grandkids think it is weird and creepy. I don't care. They need a home. I could spend days in your studio and still not see everything....tooo die for!

Donna Heber said...


I am speechless! Your space is amazing! All that vintage sweetness to play with and your lace is stunning. I don't believe I have seen so much bling. So how much did you pay for it ... LOL!

Anonymous said...

I am very late to this party but OMGOsh girlfriend! I'm sorry but I couldn't help drooling when I was visiting your studio.. I know, I know, not very Princess-like but I just couldn't help myself. I want to come play in your studio... if I had all that lace I would think I had died and gone to heaven! And where do you find all that bling? Rhinestone pieces and pearls all over the place. Here in New England those things are really hard to find and when you do get lucky it is usually priced so ridiculously that you pass on many gorgeous pieces... *sigh*. Well it has been a fabulous tour and I am now following your blog... heck, one can never have too many sisters in art... I guess in your case I should say sisters in lace, lol!
Great tour, oh and that chandelier... my goodness! Lovely to meet you, looking forward to the 2015 Where Women Create tour, I missed last year's tour.
Hugs from your newest follower,
Beth P
Harrisville, NH

cantonlace said...

Pretty... that color really is lovely!

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