Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MY HAPPY PLACE.....

"THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS......" Following THIS post is the original post about my newly painted stamp room..... I just discovered how to add more pictures then five to the same post -but I didn't know how till now so this journey thru my stamp room is divided into two posts........Isn't it so cool to have a happy place like a stamp room? When my husband and I looked at this house, this was a young girls' bedroom. The man who owned our house was a custom closet builder.....and when we went into this bedroom they opened her closet and there was no where to hang clothes, just awesome little cubby holes and I just thought THIS IS THE HOUSE FOR US........cuz heaven knows it took me about five minutes to fill up all of those cubby holes with stampin'STUFF. :) I know you can all relate. So this is my main table where I do all of my creating.....I bought it with Great Rewards money from Stampin'UP! :) I looked at this oak table for about a year before I actually bought it. I used to have those tan plastic tables that give when you try to stamp.... not cool. :) Usually in all honesty my table does not look like this. Usually it is not worthy to take a picture OF it is so covered. It does not seem to matter with me how much space I start out with, I manage to end up stamping on about a foot square space....what's up with that? I am an absolutely sloppy stamper. One of my friends says she cleans up everything in between cards, and I'm like well aren't you somethin???? Just kidding but not really......like who really does that? I just keep piling stuff on stuff until I can't find anything and I think the creative juices flow much better when you are a slob, I really do. Okay, I seriously cannot blab thru all the rest of these pictures, how can I possibly do that?
Here is how I store my ribbon. I was narrowing my Stampin'Up! brand new catalog order down to a manageable size last week and I innocently said to my friend Melanie, "I think I can hold off on ribbon, I think I have enough when there are so many other things I want right now", and she said, "Karen, uh, yah, I think you can hold off alright, you have so much freakin ribbon it isn't funny" and it helped give me a dose of reality. I do have enough ribbon, huh? My friend Melanie is a new stamping person. I helped her see the light. It's so fun to have a stamping friend at work. Someone who speaks the language, she's not totally fluent yet, but she is getting there. It was so cool this year for my birthday, she made my card, and it's a really cute one too!! I make the office cards, so when it comes to my birthday they usually buy one but this year I got a really cute home made one. :) Okay, I seriously cannot think of enough stuff to say to get thru all these pictures~ I seriously cannot. I am fresh out of blab. We are getting a really big snowstorm. Now that's pretty random. But I am hoping a wee bit way down in my heart that we get the day off tomorrow.....we are expecting ice and sleet and snow etc.....and I would love to just hunker down and enjoy my stamp room for a day when I least expected it. :) Here to my left you see an accident waiting to happen, eh? But Luca managed to keep Keith company much of the time he spent painting the stamp room and he never did knock over the paint tray.....or step on the paint lid! Isn't he a cute dog? I sure think so. :) Okay seriously, this will help me get thru these pics in record time. My mom said she loves it when I switch to this font. :) Next pic down is Keith taking us from ugly mint melody to cozy
creamy caramel.....isn't that old paint so
ikky??? So here's Keith......my better half.....BTW, I explained in my first post about the stamp room that this was one of Keith's Christmas gifts to me, to paint the room and now MINE to him, is supposed to be an album of family pictures he can take on his truck with him and now that I have a nice cozy stamp room I can get that underway.... Hey I think I'm gonna end this puppy with a small caption under each pic coming up - why not? DO I have to blab thru the whole entire thing? I think not........so.....here goes.........


Got this really cool card rack at Pottery Barn......it's so cute and I have waited for the paint job to hang it......





This is my antique printers tray that I used for all my weeny stamps.....it's one of my favorite things.......


Some of my favorite cards hanging on my favorite Pottery Barn card rack.........








And here is the way cool closet built by the guy who owned our house before us that was the "sign" that THIS was the house for US!! Who has a closet like this in their bedroom???? A House after my own heart.........


And the outside of the closet makes my room look neat as a pin, (like once in a blue moon right before I take a picture...) And the far shelf is my word stamp and punch shelf that Keith built me........(what would I do without that guy??) And this my friends is the end of your journey thru my stamp room; oh no it's not - there is another post following this one which is the one before I figured out how to add more pics to the same post. I am getting to be a blog expert....if I ever quit my day job I might become a consultant for blogspot......uh......not. Happy stamping everyone! Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite things, and my Happy Place!!

11 comments:

Carol Dee said...

I love the color of your new paint. I have a paler shade of creamy carmel in my house. Love it.

I can totally relate to stamping in a little tiny space when you started with a big clear table, LOL.

Grace (Scrappigramma2) said...

Oh Karen... your new room is to die for!!! I am so happy for you! I'm glad you got an unexpected day off too.... to just enjoy that cozy new room! I can't wait for our basement to be finished... then I will have my very own space too... right now I share it with all my Grandkids' toys and all my other craft stuff... no small amount! So I am so ready!!! It will be a while I know... but we're working on it as we can and eventually, Lord willing... it will be done!

I love the warm color you painted and it goes so nicely with the warm wood tones. I'm most envious of your stamp racks!!! I don't have much wall space in my new room so I'm not sure we can work these in anywhere... but my mind is racing... My DH could build these... it's just a matter of where I could put them!

Thanks for sharing this great space!!! Enjoy every minute you get to spend there!

Hugs,
Grace

Ilina Crouse said...

Aunt Karen I've given you a blog award. Pop on over to my site and check it out... http://ilinacrouse.blogspot.com/ Should you choose to accept, post a link to my blog and seven blogs of your choosing along with a pic of the award. Then you can just keep the award on your beautiful and inspiring blog. Congrats (usually I don't play the award game, but ...oh well)

Tasha Hickert said...

Glad to see you're posting again! I had quit checking but you left a comment in my scs gallery today and I was so excited!!! When I first happened on to your blog it was at a time someone you revered had left you a comment. I believe the word you used was gobsmacked! And I have been in awe of your cards ever since. So...when I saw your comment today I called my neighbor/friend/upline who actually told me about your blog originally and had to share my gobsmacked excitement!! I think your new color is fabulous and can see how you could love your stamping place. Mine--not so much! And your cards are beautiful as ever. Hope you don't wait as long to post again. :)

Penny said...

Oh your room is just too cool and what a lot of stamps you have! (says she who has just as many but not so organised!!). I love the little weeny stamp storage, How cute!

Lois Folla said...

Thanks for sharing your stamping room with us Karen!

Love the warm creamy caramel walls:)

Sorry I missed dinner with you after Regionals in Florida. But the time I heard your call it was late Saturday evening.... I missed you on Sunday...

Hope your trip back home was uneventful:)

Love ya,
Lois Folla

Cindy Lawrence said...

Wow, Karen, your stamp room is AWESOME!! It looks like such a warm, happy place...no wonder Luca loves it too! Love every single cozy detail, my friend! Hope all is well in the Barber house. {{{hugs}}}

Nancy Urbonas said...

Hi Karen! This would be anyone's happy place! Great room and thanks for sharing the ideas. All your cards are truly gorgeous. Thanks so much for your feedback recently, I did fix that link to my new blog, it's tricky getting used to doing this. I'd love to link to your blog from mine too if that's ok. Have a great day! --Nancy Urbonas

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Wow, this is awesome! I really like how organized you are...I'm still struggling but came up with some good ideas. TFS!

lostgrl16 said...

I was just at Home Depot looking at the storage area and saw something similar to what you have holding the ribbons... why didn't I get it then!!?!? ARG!! lol thanks for the idea!!

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