Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where Bloggers Create 2011 - A Dissertation on Portability


When I read that Karen was hosting another "Where Bloggers Create" party I knew I wanted to participate but I wasn't quite sure if I should - not much has changed in my workroom in the past year, and I didn't think I would have much to share that hadn't been shared before...

I've added a few storage items like this old banker's stamp caddy (which is perfect because I'm an old banker!)


and some bling to my fabric pail

 

 I've even been lucky enough to lay my hands on an old printer's tray that still has all it's dividers

took my suitcase back from the cat and filled it with linen


little changes that really don't amount to much...

and as I thought about what to do, I realized that I am the kind of Blogger that creates in many places, not just my sewing room...
 as I am sure, are you.


Which led me to think about this...
A year and a half ago I spied this little antique table  in The Old Curiosity Shop and have gone back to look at it many times, humming and hawing endlessly over it. I loved the size (27" square) and the simple styling, but wasn't sure exactly where I would put it and so in the shop it remained.


and then it came to me - this little table, perfect in it's small size, could be moved around quite easily, a portable workspace if you will...
 I brought it home and set to work re-finishing it and as I was sanding it I thought of all the things I could use it for...

I have wanted to paint en plein air for years but our patio table is just not conducive to that sort of activity
this little table is the perfect size to tuck under the trees or move around the yard with the sun


 I made a cover for it, which is really a table cloth - two layers of heavy duty canvas for the top which will be perfect for soaking up paint spills, and for inspiration, a beautiful Bali hand-painted batik for the sides


just enough room for an easel, brushes, pencils, watercolour paper
and wine, of course

with a lovely peek-view of the lake through the trees

and then girly thoughts tumbled through my head...

another thing I love to make is pretty picnics for outside

so I gathered up my all my pretty in pink fabrics and made a cloth edged with lace, complete with a ruffled underskirt
 

and created a tablescape that spells summer

summer lunch outside, by the flowers

just the right size for one, or two



napkins swirled around to resemble roses make it even more summery


it's also the just the right size to rest my little Singer Featherweight, perfect for patchwork

 
with enough room for all my favourite notions


or an ideal space for writing


 laptop, journals, note cards etc., everything I need to fulfill my passion for writing


I can picture it pulled in front of the fireplace for a cozy winter afternoon of sewing or writing

and finally, it's a beautiful backdrop for my little shadow...

 

So there it is.. this Blogger can now create anywhere.

Thank you so much for stopping by and a huge thank you to Karen Valentine for hosting this event -
I don't know how you do it Karen, but it's much appreciated!

Please click on Karen's name to head over to her blog and check out all the fabulous studios bloggers all over the world are sharing - I promise you'll be inspired!

69 comments:

slowlaneblog said...

Wonderful and I just love the way you have created the table covering for out the door's. And being able to create anywhere is often a very good thing:)

The English Romantic said...

What an amazing table, like you I work in various places. Love your tablescapes.
Smiles, Angela.

Nook & Cranny said...

Jillayne,
I just love the little outside table and the table cover is beautiful.
It is nice to do some creative things outdoors as well as our spaces inside.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Geralyn Gray said...

I love how you set up a space outside to create and the table cover is beautiful.......nice!!!!

The French Bear said...

Jillyanne, I love your spaces, all the beautiful areas you have created, so much inspiration! It is so neat to be able to peek into the souls of other artisits, well you know what I mean! I love your featherweight machine, that's on my wishlist. So many interesting and lovely things to see, thanks for sharing them!!!
Have fun!
Hugs,
Margaret B
xxx

Rebecca said...

I am in awe! Absolutely impressed with your vision! Thank you so much for sharing. Beautiful~

Blessings~

Rebecca

rosechicfriends said...

Just a lovely idea for your wonderful table...so many uses and such beautiful settings you shared! Love you printers box full of goodies...hmm I think I have a couple that need put to work.
Be blessed,Lorena

Suztats said...

One little table, and a lot of imagination and style! I like it set up for lunch among the flowers, and I love that batik on your art table cover! Delightful post.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

It's wonderful the small table waited on you; it knew before you did it was meant to live with you.

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

A beautiful space, and I love that sewing machine, she is a beauty.

FlowerLady said...

I love your portable work table and especially that oh so sweet table covering. You are one talented lady.

FlowerLady

Michelle May (Shell) said...

How fun is that table and how genius too! I love it and I'll be right up for some lunch!
xx, shell

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

you do wonderful work. Love that table. Your right, it can be used for many things. My favorite is for you feather weight. I use to have one.

come visit me @ cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com and enter to win the prize.

hugs
cindy

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Sweet Friend,
Now I am really inspired with the portability of your awesome table find. I would love to do this here if it were not so HOT~~~

Love the table skirt and cloth for one use and all the others for your creative needs. Now I can see why you are so talented and have so many great visions. You just know how to put things together.

I'll be over to sit with you for lunch at your very inviting table for two.
Thanks for stopping by too my friend and your kind words on my space.

XO Celestina Marie

Annette said...

Love your tablescape! So pretty! Your work is just lovely.
Hugs,
Annette

Lori said...

Wow! I just love your post and your room! What a wonderful story about such a simple table. Like you, I create in different areas of my home too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful, creative spaces.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Sometimes it's these little unimportant little pieces that play an important part for us, Jillayne! You have obviously gotten a lot of use out of this little table and it does seem like the perfect size for many things. I love the table cover you made for it and how it looks next to your wicker chairs outside. I'd love to be able to keep my sewing stuff with my creative stuff, but there's no room at the moment, so they are in separate areas. One day!

Sara said...

Such a well used and loved table. I just adore that table cloth, I so would love to make something like that. Hugs Sara

Melanie Statnick said...

A very cozy welcoming space you have. Happy creating!

Reina said...

I loved quite a few things in your creative space! Your sewing machine reminds me of my mom's, and I love your napkin swirl.
Thanks for sharing!

bertie said...

I am totally loving that tablescape! What a beautiful setting! I thought your post was lovely..thanks for sharing and hope to see you in my studio!
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

Karen Valentine said...

Your outdoor "studio" is lovely and I love the table cover you made!! Thank you so much for sharing it all with us!
xo,
Karen

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Jillayne, I love how one table can be used in so many ways! Your vignettes that you've shared with us is just beautiful. I also love the outdoor space that you created; just precious.
Thank you for sharing the portability in creative spaces.

Debbie said...

Cozy and welcoming, I love it!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Kathy said...

Great table, you will be able to use it in many places. I love your tablecloths you made. Kathy

Claudia said...

I love what you did with the table. Beautiful! Like you, I create in many spaces as well.

Pretty Things said...

The printers tray is wonderful! And I just love your outdoor space, too!

I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a great little table.... with soooo many uses. Aren't you glad you finally gave in and brought it home? Thanks for sharing...

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

A simple table becomes portable art! Amazing! Love your story and creative process.

kluless said...

The skirted tablecloth is just PERFECT! Thank you for sharing.

Maggie said...

so clever. thanks for sharing the story of the 'traveling table"! I love the fitted tablecloths...looks so pert and tailored. again, very clever!

maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Love your space Jillayne - and that little table is perfect. I can just imagine how wonderful it would be to sit and create outside in your garden - it looks like you have an amazing view from there.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend
xo Tina

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,
what a magic table- usable in every way possible- and so beautiful prepared for all kind of occations,- I love how you set it up for a cosy day outside, with your beautiful tableskirt, and the painting supplyes, and wine :)
and I love how you made a petit feast for two,on it-also.
All so lovely, dear friend.
Week-end blessings to you.
Dorthe

T's Daily Treasures said...

That little table is like a cat with 9 lives! What a wonderful idea to use it in so many different ways. Fantastic! Have a great day. Tammy

Twyla and Lindsey said...

You are a creative lady after my own heart! Lovely table, lovely art! Thank you for sharing your space and ideas. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

You have the Perfect Table to Go ~ a Portable Studio, Love the different covers, my favorite is the pinks for the Dining for 2 ~ Beautiful Creations.
Cheryl

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing you lovely creative space with us...I have to say I covet that Singer...! :D
Hugs and enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Beth P

Terri said...

Loving the photos you took...the table...the sewing machine..super cool! TFS

Bette said...

Your room is gorgeous, but I particularly love your ideas for the table. The summer picnic one is my favourite view, but the sewing table comes a close second.

Laura said...

I can't even imagine all of the effort that went into creating this post. You had such a good idea and you did an amazing job of conveying it through your photos! Atta girl, Mama, atta girl!! XO

~CC Catherine said...

Love your quilting and your space! Very creative! My mother is a quilter and I just have the MOST admiration for what you do! Lovely!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

I love that beautiful cover you made for your table! And your lovely photos, but especially the sewing machine!!! Thank you for sharing this with us :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Miss Sandy said...

I adore the practical, purposeful, and pretty creative ideas you can use one simple table for! I love the patchwork table cloth too. Thank you for sharing that creativity does not have to be contained to one space but wherever inspiration strikes.

Cathie Carroll said...

So creative of you- one table in so many guises.

Great tour!

Warm regards,

marie said...

I love the new table and all the possibilities that came along with it!
It works perfectly for your creative outdoor space!

Debbie Burkey said...

Love the table and Love the Featherwieght! Really nice how you did the photos. Enjoyed the tour of your space.

Debbie

Sherry said...

I am so happy to visit you again. I love the idea of a table to use in so many different ways. I have a table that would be the perfect thing for this. Each of your pictures of your table set for different uses are wonderful. You have inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

Something Special said...

You are right, it is the perfect little table to move around and use in different ways. I love how you made the patchwork cover for it!

Bead and Needle said...

I love this post, and am pretty jealous of that beautiful little table! LOVE the tablecloth you've made...simply beautiful! Playing catch-up after an extended vacation of my own...coming off a second bout of acute bronchitis. Hope all is well - heading back to catch up on more of your posts! Have a wonderful week - Tanya

carole brungar said...

That wee table was a real bargin, you've made it look so pretty. Great find! What a pretty blog you have!
Hugs Carole

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Hi Jillayne! Love all your new little touches to your space. And that table is fantastic. The covers you made for it are even more fabulous! You really found the ideal piece of furniture for all your creative needs.

Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

Well, it really took you some time to create all those settings for your photo shoot, Jillayne! Love the little table cover!

Isn't it true, we can always find room for just one more pretty antique!

Hugs, Diane

Kim -Truly Tattered said...

WOW!!!! Love your table cloths! How beautiful and creative. They are truly one of a kind! Love the view you have of the lake. I don't paint but would have to learn if I lived there! All the best, Kim

Createology said...

Hi Jillayne: I absolutely adore your new items you have added to your studio space. Your little table is just perfect and how fortunate it waited at the shop until you brought it home. Love your tabletop covers you made. Love your tablescapes and how you describe each one just so. I really can see you using this and being very happy anyplace anytime! It is always so fun to see inside someone else's creative spaces. Wonderful week to you...

Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Jillayne,

I would have rushed home with that table the first time...it is so darn cute. I could see it refinished or a shabby paint job on it but that table topper with the ruffle is just perfect! I've got that black featherweight too...aren't they just the greatest little machines? I've enjoyed my visit and I'd love for you to pop in for a visit!

Pink Sparkles for your day,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥
Queen of Dreamsz

Gail said...

I love your moveable work space. I especially love how you made the quilted top for it. I bet your glad you gave that sweet table a home. And that printers try, way cool.
Gail

Valery said...

Beautiful space and photos and wonderful creations. Loved it all!

Tamatha said...

That was a fun take on a creative space! I love the traveling studio idea!
Tamatha
http://42ufos.blogspot.com

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I love your space. Thanks for letting us visit. The way you presented the photographs made it espcially inviting.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I love that table - the especially the patchwork top you made for it. I made soft pink and yellow patchwork curtains for my bedroom - just don't look at the corners! Thanks for sharing, Love, Linda

. said...

Very lovely space and I really like your tablecloth you made for the table, really pretty and looks so good on that little table. Thanks for sharing your creative space.

Mari

Magic Gypsy said...

What a versatile table, and it has an extensive wardrobe. How nice to move your creative space around!

NanE said...

What a perfectly perfect little table that is! Yes, I don't always create in my studio either (shhh, I watch too much TV) so I have a little fold away table in the sunroom that gets put to good use. I love your old suitcases too. Thanks for sharing! Nan

Sandra Kaye said...

I just love your featherweight machine. They are just beautiful. Your space is great. Are you a fabric hound like me??? :):): ) I can never seem to have enough. Thanks for sharing. You should come see my stash. Sandie

Susan Bell said...

Thank you for sharing this. This is so entertaining and funny that I wish I could select a topic like this for my dissertation that is due in a few months. Sigh! At least I had an amusing break from work.

Cheryl De Beer said...

I am re-visiting the list, I think because I was in such a hurry to see as much as possible I may have missed adding a few comments. I loved you sewing machine last time round and the table for two and love, love the old suitcases!

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fatmi said...

I like the table clothes you have made for every activity. Sewing is one of my favorite hobbies and any design when I see I am attracted very much.:)

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