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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where Women Create 2011

So, every year participating in Where Women Create's blog party.......I am in a different place.....the first one I admitted my crafting space was part of master bedroom.......last year I had a store with a studio with cabinets!!!!!! This year I am creating on the sales counter of my store.
I keep everything I need in this Vera Bradley mini suitcase........they are discontinued...but, you could probably still find them on ebay.
Love the mesh pocket for my most needed supplies........
It holds my blank cards.....double stick tape.......mat paper........stickles..........
My copies of old postcards and sayings I apply to them...............
These are the cards and journals I make..........what I find ironic is what I make sells......sells a lot....I just made 50 cards on Monday to replenish what I sold over the weekend. So, what I now focus on making the cards at the store and the scrapbooks I make from record album covers at home. We are at a point of downsizing our home so, when we settle into someplace new hopefully I can have some studio space again.
The store had a dressing room.....but that is used by my husband to make his clocks.....they far outsell everything else and he will make clocks while a customer waits for special requests so it does make sense he has the space.....So, I just make the cards on the counter when there is some slow time........our hours are long so there are some lulls during the day. So........I don't have the creative space that I had before.......but, I am actually happier. It's nice to be focused and not have a lot of stuff that is not being used hanging around.....it sort of like a weight lifted off my shoulders.......even though a space of my own was always a dream come true.....it's hard when you are sharing the space. It's nice to adjust to what you have available.......in other words.....Bloom Where You Are Planted!!!!!

28 comments:

Rebecca said...

Your work is amazing my friend. I can totally see WHY your cards sell out! Beautiful.

Your space is fabulous. What a wonderful place to work your magic and share your vision. LOVE IT!

Thank you for visiting me.

Love to you~

Rebecca

Pretty Things said...

All sorts of love for old postcards! My friend and I waste (um, SPEND) lots of time looking through them in antique stores, much to the consternation of our hubbies and kids!


I hope you'll have time to visit my spaces...

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2011/07/where-bloggers-create-2011-pretty.html

Meliss said...

Jersey Shore - terrible show - but great place to spend time. Spent summers in my youth in Sea Isle City and later Ocean City/Wildwood. Congrats on your sales!

Thanks for your La-boratory love!

~magick~
Meliss

earthypawscreatures said...

I like the idea of the little bag of art supplies, very handy when traveling around :) Your postcards are so pretty! Thanks for sharing your space with us :)

~Alli

Dayle said...

Wow! What talent you have! Great space.

Tamatha said...

You and your husband create some amazing work! Would love to visit your store someday. Thanks for stopping by my blog too!
Tamatha

fairyrocks said...

How wonderful that you and your husband are so creative together.
My hat is off to you for being able to create so marvelously with such a limited area. Kudos to you for making a business doing something you love.
Keep smiling and creating

Karen Valentine said...

Bloom where you are planted is right!! It doesn't matter where you create, as long as you do!! Thanks for
reminding everyone of that!!
xo,
Karen

Homemaker Ang said...

I LOVE Vera anything! Love your creative space too!

Homemaker Ang said...

BTW, i lived in New City, NY (Rockland County) for a year :)

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

Hi Geralyn,
I have a card from you via a swap we were in together. SO nice to see you again, and thanks for stopping by my place. I love that you can create anywhere. Your cards are amazing. I would love to get one on my next Birthday!

Cindy Craine said...

What a fun room! Too cool for school, I bet you were the popular girl in school weren't you! I'm jealous! COme visit me if you have time at Lilly's Lace,xo-cindy

marie said...

Hi Geralyn...
Thanks for visiting me! Wow ~ I love your suitcase full of craft supplies...awesome idea! I'm so glad your cards are selling well for you!

Your shop looks wonderful...I hope you and your husband have great success with it!

Hugs to you!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Good for YOU! AWESOME.... To be doing what you love and making money at it too! I'd say that's worth working on the counter.... Congratulations....

Warm blessings,
Spencer

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

PS... I love Shell Seekers too.... :-)

kluless said...

What a great attitude - creating is not about the size of the studio, it is about the love of creating!

Something Special said...

I love your work, and my daughter would just love everything about your studio, your cards and your husbands clocks. she has a fettish for the 50's. (Music, style, and Diners etc.) Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.

Maggie said...

I loved this post and your attitude! And that you are happy in your simpler, condensed creative space. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the STUFF I accumulate, that I get nothing accomplished. Simplifying can be a very good thing. Time for me to stop hoarding and start DOING.

Maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

ArtbymeCindy said...

Your bad with your supplies is so cool. It is so neat you just create where ever. That is the sign of a true artist!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Hugs

Terri said...

Cool store! A creative space can be anywhere and portable Thanks for sharing!!!

stephanie said...

I'm loving visiting everyone's creative spaces...

So, inspiring.

I love the postcards and that mini VB suitcase is adorable..

Lori said...

Beautiful cards! I hope your get your own room/studio soon. Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

Nook & Cranny said...

Guess your bag of creative materials works.....
Love your cards and journals.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Creative Grammie said...

Wow, how cool that you and hubby can create your works of art in your store. Your store/work space must be an inspirational place, I can see why you create beautiful cards.
Your Vera Bradley bag is such a smart way to tote your "studio" around. Maybe there's another style similar to yours at her store.I'll have to go check it out; we finally have one here in Hawaii.
Thank you for sharing your space, your "studio" tote and your wonderful art cards.

Valery said...

Love your creative space and those postcards are amazing!

Angela Weimer said...

Beautiful work Geralyn. Such a wonderful inspiring place and how great to be able to spend the day with your hubbie. Thanks for the tour and have a wonderful day. Angela

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your creative space, I enjoyed my visit. Thank you also for visiting my space, it means to the world to me:)

xo,

Abby

Geralyn Gray said...

Funny......In October we closed on our new house.....I have a room of my own......woohooo.....can't wait to show it to you!!!!!