Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Work Studio and Last Year's Christmas Tree


Hello!
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
I first need to warn you this is a very random post today....
I wanted to share a few sneak pictures of my cabinet I currently use for storing shop items.
Last year I had planned to turn my guest room into a work studio.....
Well that never ended up happening....
This summer I ended up turning one of our living rooms into a work studio.
We live in a manufactured home made by The Karstan Co, it has a
 very open floor plan, and has two large living rooms.
This room used to be the t.v. room, until I decided to use it as a work studio...
The guest room is now the t.v. room and the living room is now a work studio.
This large cabinet works great for housing a lot of my ironstone, transferware, and other items I sell in my shop.


I am hoping to get this room photographed next week after I finish decorating for Christmas.....


On another note....
I had to share a recent picture of our Rambo, he is a dantiff puppy we got from our parents.


He is well loved by the kids....
We are hoping to make another road trip to Montana to see both of our families after Christmas...
The kids can hardly wait to make another trip home to see their grandparents and cousins.
My sister, who has nine kids and lives in Louisiana, will be there.


On a final note....
I wanted to share a few pictures of my Christmas tree from last year...


This was about all I got done last year for decorating.
I am still trying to decide what I am going to use as a container for my tree this year.


Last year I put my tree in this antique wine jug basket and lined it with a linen sheet so you can't see the bucket the tree is sitting in....



I also have a number of these vintage french canning jars in a green color as well.


I will be sure and share some pictures of this year's tree as soon as we get one.....


We are headed to the Sacramento airport today.
My mom flies back home today : (
The kids and I are planning to make a trip to Michaels on the way home so we
can get some materials to make some crafts for Christmas....
Do you have a favorite craft you like to do with your kids during the holidays?
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

Before I go, I want to introduce you to two bloggers....
I hope you get a chance to stop by both of of their blogs and say hello.

Take Care,
Maria


36 comments:

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Maria:

I just wanted to say that I just love the stocking ornament that I purchased from your shop. Also the lavender was a wonderful surprise! The fragrance is beautiful! Thanks again!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kelly
Coastal Cottage Dreams

Debby said...

Love the face on your doggie. He's only a puppy. Looks like someone else that is pretty cute loves him. Your tree from last year is pretty. Love those blue jars.

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Great pictures! I like the wreath and I love your dog....
Markus

allumer * decor said...

Oh my goodness... your blog is gorgeous. Lovely pictures. I'm a new follower...! I love what you did last year with your tree, your home looks so beautiful. Looking forward to spending more time here.

B said...

Hi Maria,

As always the photos of your home are gorgeous - I love your tree from last year; I am still trying to decide on a colour scheme for this year (I fancy a change)Looking forward to seeing your tree this year.
Hugs, B
p.s Rambo is adorable!

For the Love of a Cottage said...

The last picture with the mirror, stool and chair...with the reflection of your beautiful tree...just melted me. Your colors of blue and white are me in every way. The rustic and elegant charm of your home is what I long for in mine.

Every picture you present of your home is inspiration.

Take care and enjoy the holidays...Hugs, Jan

GirlRural.com said...

Where did you get the pot your Christmas tree is sitting in? It looks great. Beautiful home, adorable dog and I'm loving the felt wreath!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

My 12 year old son loves to make lots and lots of paper snowflakes and we put them on our windows. This year we're going to try making them with coffee filters. It sopposed to be easier. :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

SOO gorgoeus Maria! Your little felt wreath is darling too!!! We must not be too far from each other- I was at the Sac airport a couple weeks ago- it's new set up is pretty nice! Safe travels to your mom and happy Holidays!! :)

Vintage Home said...

Beautiful tree...love the blue in the room!
For a quick & easy craft I did a knock off Anthropology Snow Globe! They where so easy to make ! If you have time pop by to see th finished results!
Where did your mom sleep? did one of the living rooms turn into a guest room! I bet where ever she slept it was Dreamy White beautiful!

tinajo said...

I love the tree - and adore your dog, so magnificent! :-)

BearShe Cottage said...

Your tree last year was wonderful. Happy shopping at Micheal's. Love that place. Have you ever been to Hobby Lobby? I shop there too. I go to one or the other it seems like every week. I signed up online to receive their newsletters and get coupons every week.

French-Kissed said...

Absolutely love your style and your eye for simple elegant beauty. I also very much appreciate seeing original content on your blog. I feel like each visit here is a gift. All the best to you and yours during this wondrous season.

Jermaine

The Secret Garden said...

beautiful pictures you show!
it's great to have a house that has different room to create things in.
The dog is so beautiful with that spotted coat.
On my blog I show pictures of the interior of my greenhouse ...
it's almost Christmas, and I really have to realize that it really is winter in Sweden. :)

cowparsley said...

From the far reaches of rural England, your wonderful blog inspires. Country girls unite wherever they may be.

xx

Gracefully Vintage said...

LOVE your Blog-Just so Inspirational...Not to far from ya in Folsom Ca- Just Adore your home..
Love the tree behind the sofa..Karryann

TheCrankyCrow said...

I dunno what you've got up your sleeve for this year Maria - but it's going to be pretty hard to top last year's gorgeous tree! And I love that bucket you used for it - so much in fact, I'd be using it for several years!! Love that photo of Rambo with the felt wreath behind him - wonderful juxtaposition of colors.... Wishing your mum safe travels - and you a wonderful rest of the weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Anne Marie said...

Hi Maria!! your daughter is so beautiful and the doggie is super cute...
your pictures are always so soft and lovely -
hope you are well
peace+blessings,
Anne Marie

le@thirdontheright said...

aww what a great puppy :) he is divine - love the felt wreath too best le xox

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Maria,
How fun to have another living area for your work room. I would love to see it! I love how you put your tree in the antique wire basket last year. How did you get it to sit up straight? Was it planted in a pot? It looks so simple yet so beautiful. I think next year I'll keep my simple and natural.
I'm giving away one of my designs on my blog if you'd like to stop by and enter my giveaway.
Hope your having a beautiful weekend!!
Sincerely,
Melinda

laura said...

hi Marie, I just wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday. I always love to stop by.. enjoy reading your posts & love your pictures.. you are one of my favorite blogs. you keep it simple & real xo Laura

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Rambo is adorable! Happy holidays, Maria. Come over - having a giveaway.

xo

Sandy

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I remember your tree from last year was my favorite of all the trees I saw in the blogworld. Your puppy is beautiful...and your studio sounds divine. I hear the newly renovated Sac airport is very fun! I need to take a drive out there just to see it.

Rusty Hinge said...

Oh Maria! Thank-you so much for featuring my blog on your post! When I was reading through your post today, I about fell off my chair when I read that!!
I love the pictures of your tree from last year, and thank-you so much for that amazing french wine basket!! I LOVE it!!! Your blog inspires me so much, in fact if you look around my latest post, you can see all the treasures that I picked up from Dreamy Whites, my all time favorite place to shop!! :)
Thanks so much again,
Maria

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Good for you for turning a living room into a work studio! I need to get the guts to do that! Your pics are beautiful Maria! Happy crafting!

Lilli's Welt said...

Hi Maria, i like your blog! And your photo with mirror and christmastree is unbeliveable! I love it!!!
Greetings from germany. Lilli

karen - Simply Inspired said...

maria,
i have fallen in love with rambo (and am already in love with Montana!)... thank you for sharing your exquisite gift of inspiration! cupcake pleasures happening over here- with thanks!
safe travels & much joy to you.
-xok.

Ellen Einkauf Photography said...

your dog is soooo cute! :D

Corrina said...

Hi Maria, love all your pics but that dog of yours wins hands down! He is something else! I would have that image as a xmas card. xxCorrina.

Karena said...

Maria I love your winter white decor images!! So beautiful!!

I hope you will enter my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways! You will be thrilled with the selection of gifts!

Xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

layers of memory said...

Hi Maria
i just loved the green felt wreath you have hanging up could you please share where you purchased it...thank you

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi Maria~~ Thank you , thank you , thank you! Have a wonderful week!!!
xo~Cheryl

shabby chic og lavendel said...

What a beautiful blue colour you have on the lovely mirror and at the door. Love it!!
Have a great week!
XO~ Catharina

v o j a c q u e said...

I love, love, love your Christmas tree! I just love everything about this room.

KELLY said...

I don't know how I missed Rambo, I guess I checked out the wreath on FB and missed it here. Anyhow, he is just lovely!

Sherry said...

I adore your Christmas decorating. Simply darling.