Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II

Welcome to the Where Bloggers Create II Studio Tour. This event is hosted by the lovely Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage. If you want to tour more studios, she has a great long wonderful list of participants. Just go on over and take your pick. Have some fun! Get inspired!

Inspired - now there’s a word. Last summer that is exactly what I felt. Inspired. And inspiration leads you to do some crazy things. My husband’s first clue that life would be topsy turvy for a few weeks was when I said, “As long as we’re going to have to move everything out to replace the carpet, why not paint as well?” Thus the re-do of my bear making studio began.  Come on in.  Let me show you around.


Door’s open!


My space is a bonus room with half walls on two sides. It definitely provides some challenges when you are trying to figure out how to organize and make it your own.


For the walls, I chose a beautiful light blue color called Tradewind and since much of my storage is white, I decided that Snowbound would be the trim. How’s that for balance? A little bit of summer and a little bit of winter. It also provides a nice restful contrast to the craziness that goes on in my head. The white surfaces make this space feel larger and I can easily find things that have gone walking – a paw pad, an ear, a needle or pin.


Just inside the door I have this taboret which houses small things for bear making – tools, perle cotton, thread, glitter, thread and . . . um thread.  Oh - and ribbons too.


Here’s my sewing table. These bears are in shock. They didn’t know that there was a surface under there!  I tidied it for you all. I didn’t want to frighten anyone.


I personalized the shelves throughout the studio with favorite quotes. They hold a combination of useful and decorative things. Many remind me of good times like the Raggedy Ann that my mom made for me years and years ago. I just love her! And a few of my own bears are there, too. FYI, I never have been able to accumulate much in that teddy bear fund jar!


This is my bear making table where all the parts and pieces come together. It is parallel to my sewing table. My chair swivels from my sewing machine to the work table and back again. Quite often I am back and forth, back and forth, between the two tweaking and fine-tuning heads and arms and legs. (My husband tells people I have a very special machine. It only sews on fur fabrics, not the regular stuff. Some actually believe him too.)


Here’s a special custom-made ironing board we created for just this space. It fits right on top of two short bookshelves and serves its purpose very well. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. I still haven’t figured out what the mother of intervention  is though.

Those fabrics there came with me all the way from Iowa last week.  I can’t wait to make it into some palm-sized teddy bears.


This spot is where my husband and I can watch movies and it’s also a good place to read . . . and sleep – accidentally of course!


More shelves that hold storage jars. And storage jars that hold trims and things. Trims and things that adorn teddy bears and their friends. Some of whom decided they like hanging out in my studio.


I couldn’t resist adding a couple of clotheslines with some decorated clothespins. My mom made these dresses for my bears. I miss her – she was so very creative and inspiring!


Then of course there’s the technology department. Monitor, printers, routers and such. I don’t know much about how they work but I do know without them I wouldn’t be a bearmaker/blogger. I’d just be a bearmaker and that would just be sad.


That’s the end of the tour. Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you have a great day visiting all the other bloggers’ spaces. I’m off to visit as many as I can – it may take me all week – between making teddy bears and getting ready for Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day to the two best fathers I know –

my husband and my dad!


  1. Oh Ginger I love it all. And it is so neat and tidy, good grief. I love the writing on the shelves. May I ask how you did that? Hugs to you and the bears!

  2. Oh it is always such a treat to visit your space! It is a fun place where magic happens! Thanks for sharing with us!
    Hugs, Lisa♥

  3. I love your space! So clean and organized :o)
    I have the same such room, with the same such problems, a real challenge. You've made it work. I may have to examine your pics further, as my space needs some serious help.
    Have a happy weekend!

  4. Hi there!

    Just had to stop and say hi!

    Looking so great! Hope you enjoy all the visits-- they will love your place in blogland.

    I am just the biggest appreciator of seamstress' -- I am thread and needle challenged.

    Stop by to say hi if you get a moment.


  5. Love your space and your bears are incredible!
    Queen Bee Studio

  6. Thank you very much! I was with pleasure in her rooms "for visit". Wonderfully, I am completely inspired.
    Lots of love Conni

  7. I Love these Blog features (^_^) studios are my favourite places to visit! My attic room has the same shape - you've made the available space so useable.. & it looks huge!

    I love your little shabby chic cabinet inbetween your movie chairs, just beautiful! =)

    thankyou for sharing this with us!

    Chloe x

  8. Thanks for showing us your space, I really enjoyed the tour.

  9. Your studio is absolutely perfect!
    The mirror adorable.
    Happy weekend!

  10. What a darling place! Love your bears, I used to make them long time ago. Now, I just make them out of mulberry paper. So, enjoyed my visit with you. enjoy the rest of the party.

  11. Ginger, I loved the tour of your creative space. It's nice to see old friends (the dolly and bears) wanting to stay in your studio. Glad you shared with us!

  12. Thanks Ginger for the wonderful tour !!! It is always helpful and great to see how other work rooms look.
    Love it ~~~

  13. I love how you were able to overcome your wall problem. The use of this unique space is wonderful. I so love that you intersperse personal items with supplies. How truly creative and imaginative. Thanks for sharing this really organized, well appointed, and inspiring studio.

  14. It's wonderful Ginger! I know the sloped ceiling can be a challenge, but I love the way it looks! I was hoping to see more of your bears. I'm sure they are fabulous! (I love them in your header)
    Thank you so much for joining the party, I've really enjoyed my visit!
    My Desert Cottage

  15. Me ha encantado este paseo por tu "guarida", eres una persona muy ordenada y me encanta el detalle de la ropita de tu mami tendida, es una maravilla tu rincon
    besitos ascension

  16. Ginger, wow, you are so organized and neat, that is an inspiration to me for sure!!! I love your ironing board.....hmmmm....I may have to borrow that idea if you don't mind! I love all the heart and soul you have in your studio, what a lovely visit it has been!!!
    Margaret B

  17. I love the bears that you create and your blog header is adorable!! What a wonderful creative space. You can tell that there was a lot of thought that went into that room to make it perfect for you. Thanks for the tour.

  18. I enjoyed touring your creative space - what a warm and inviting place to create your lovely bears - thanks for letting me visit for abit - MaryAnn

  19. I love your studio!! No wonder your bears are so cute. I love that blue cabinet between your two chairs too. I'm happy to "meet" you and I'll be back again!

  20. I Love your Creative space. It is cool and crisp - yet inviting.
    Your bears are so cute.
    Hope you are having a good weekend'


  21. I love your studio!


    you have cute blog and I love your art too!!


  22. Your studio is bright, cheery and fun. I love your bears. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  23. Hi,
    Love your studio. It kind of reminds me of mine-blue walls, and white furniture and touches of vintage. I really love it. Looks so cheerful. Your bears are really cute. Thanks for the tour.

  24. What a great space! I love the light blue color you put on the walls... so pretty! And I really love how you put quotes on the front of the shelves, that is such a great idea! Thank you for the tour.

  25. Such a cute space! I love all your bears and other sweet touches.
    Best wishes,

  26. What fun it is to be a voyeur and peek inside! I love seeing where people work! Your work room is the polar (pun intended) opposite of mine! Thanks for the tour!

    Hugs, Kelly

  27. What a delightful place to create your delightful little bears. I Just love it!

  28. Such a lovely tour Ginger, I like your studio very much. I'm betting those fabrics came from Berta, I love, love, love her stuff! I'm popping over to take some more tours now! x

  29. what a wonderful creative space you have. I love how organised you are!

    Have a beautiful day Lisa

  30. Your bears are adorable and I love your blog banner! Thanks for sharing your space and nice to meet you.

  31. Oh my...your banner to just too cute! It reminds me of one of my favorite pictures of my son. He was sitting on my lap looking out the window with his cubby little hands on the window sill intently watching something or maybe just never know when they are 8 months old.
    Wonderful space...the chair pin cushion is really cute.

  32. What a perfect space for you to create bears to love. Just the thought of a palm-sized bear makes me smile with delight.

    I love the way you have done the quotes. We might accidentally fall asleep in our chairs, too.

  33. Hi Ginger,

    Your space is well laid out and very cozy !
    I just LOVE your little bears.
    I have made some teddies myself, but never smaller then 18 cm. So I'll take my hat off, looking at these small masterpieces that you have created !
    It would be nice to return to you blog and see what you have been making...

    Kind regards,

  34. Just perfect studio for all that you create!

  35. What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

    I adore all of your storage solutions.

  36. What a beautiful space. I LOVE those cupcake lights... where did you get those! And I am a big fan of script/ writing, I love that it is everywhere on your shelves and on the door! Its really a lovely room!

  37. I love your header......and the teddy bears are adorable and the space you create them is great!

  38. Your room is lovely and your bears are too! What beautiful work! I especially like the chairs - you have to be able to relax and have company! I also really liked teh clothesline - that's a great idea!

  39. Your header has to be the cutest I have seen! I love your little bears! You have a great studio. The inspirational sayings on the shelves is a fantastic idea and I really like the personal items like the Raggedy Ann. You should have told me you were going to be in Iowa! Thanks for sharing your studio. Connie

  40. Hi Ginger.
    I just love your studio. So neat and tidy, and great use of space. (love those shelves on either side of window!)

    And the sayings on your shelves, great idea!!

    Thanks for showing us around


    barbara jean

  41. Very cute and cozy space, loved my visit and of course I love your little bears. Enjoy blog hopping for the party. Plan on visiting them all my self but it will take awhile. Stop by when time permits, oh and love your clothes line and space. XOXO

  42. I just love those teddy bears. Your space is adorable and friendly. I would love to work there! So glad I stopped by.
    Have a fun day,
    Janet's Creative Pillows

  43. What a great space and you have done such a good job making it your own. I love how you put quotes on the shelves. What a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing. Angela

  44. What a great studio for these little bears to come from! They are adorable and I love your banner picture, too!

  45. What a delightful studio! I so enjoyed peeking at all your bits and pieces. I have just started collecting bears..but not making them yet..and I would love to come back and explore some more. Your blog banner may just be the cutest one I've ever seen!

    I'm signing up to follow..thanks so much for sharing...


  46. I love your colors, and that clothesline idea is great! I love love love that ironing board cover. How cool. You did a great job. Take care, Nan

  47. Oh Ginger! I love your banner!!! Those bears are tooo sweet!!!! I imagine that those half walls were indeed a challenge, but it sure didn't seem to stop you from creating a wonderful studio! It is beautiful!


    Romeo and "her"

  48. What a wonderful space! Your bear creations are wonderful too. Your work station is set up so handy. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

  49. What a beautiful room! I love the shelves full of animals and little clothesline below! You have such a nice table to work on, too! Looks like the perfect space! I'll have to remember that color, too! I love it! ♥

  50. Hi Ginger, what a sweet and enchanting creative space. I love the colors and you are very well organized. Your bears are adorable. Thanks for sharing with us.

  51. Hi Ginger,

    Your studio is wonderful..well laid out and even a place sleep...errr watch TV! haha

    Your bears are sooooo adorable and your header is the sweetest thing I've seen..just adorable ♥

    I've visited so many blogs at this point that I'm getting confused..LOL I'd love for you to come over for a visit {if you haven't already been}...good grief I think I need to go look at my comments again...I know I'm keeping up with replying to all of them.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

  52. What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

  53. Hi Ginger -

    Your space is a wonder, so light and airy. I really like the balance you've created, esp the shelves flanking the door. Ingenious! Thank you for letting us in for a tour.


    Oh an ..uh hem...
    shouldn't your ADORABLE little bears in the header be in
    Safety First! :-)

  54. What a great use of space! The little cupcake lights are so cute and those chairs look OH SO comfy! I could definitely fall asleep in those, accidentally of course! But what I wanted to tell you most of all is that your bears are amazing! You are very talented. TFS, Nan

  55. Hi Ginger, your little studio is wonderful! I love your little bears and that little clothesline is so cute! xoxo Julie Marie

  56. You have wonderful space, thank you for sharing. And, I love your bears!! Terry Frias

  57. I just found your blog trying to get through where blogger's create and OH MY! how cute are the babies! your space is wonderful I am so late getting to everyones blogs but better late than never right?
    luvs and glitter

    p.s. i'm having a giveaway if you would like to stop by, but no pressure really just thought I'd let you know, there is vintage wallpaper and antique buttons involved:)

  58. What a Happy Space you Create in, no wonder your Adorable Bears always look So Happy ~ Love that Blue Table between your R & R Chairs.....

  59. Ginger what an adorable studio you have! So cheery and sweet!

  60. Ginger,

    May I come and live in your studio? I would never want to leave that wonderful place. (o:


  61. Such a cute little space, really well put together and I love the quotes on the shelving. teddies are delightful.

  62. I'm in love with your studio. So bright and airy, and some very special touches here and there... like the blue chippy night table, the armchair-pincushion, the cute teddies, the dainty dresses and Raggedy Ann your Mom made for you. Wonderful!
    Thanks for your nice words about my studio, glad you noticed I love making teddy bears too!

  63. Aw, Ginger, the bears are so darling, especially the picture of them looking out the windshield of the car. Love it! You space is well thought out, I have had to deal with walls like that, interesting. Thank you for the tour, oh and I love the sayings on the shelves, cool.
    Big Horn Mountain Creations

  64. Oh I'm so jealous of your space. I need the guttering fixed outside my flat to ge tthe damp patch in my living room/studio fixed. When it's done though, I want my room to grow up to be just like yours lol

  65. I so loved seing your studio Ginger. Everything is so well organised. I just love those two little ones at the sewing machine - they er soooo cute.
    Hugs Tina

  66. I love your space, it's so neat and organized (yes, I read the part about you tidying up!) I love your little bears too, they are adorable! I used to make teddy bears too, haven't made one in along time but I think you've inspired me to create some again! I'll be following your blog now!


  67. Oh my, I love your cute and adorable and your creative space is lovely, thank you so much for showing us around.

  68. You have such a great studio. And I love Raggedy Ann too. I'd could stay for hours.

    Thank you for sharing your creative space. Have a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

  69. Your bears are so sweet! I also love your chair/ottoman pincushion. Thanks so much for inviting us to visit.

  70. You have done a good job with your challenge of wall space. I have to comment on your blog banner though. I am still smiling from it. It is just adorable! I am new to the blogging world and have just been in awe at some of the blogs today including yours. Thank you for sharing~ Sherry w/Scrapping With Sherry

  71. Your studio is sew nice! And the bears are adorable!


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