My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create 6/19/ Least This Blogger

Karen at My Desert Cottage is having her 2nd Annual Blog Party. Go visit with her please because you won't want to miss all the eye candy of where bloggers create.

Come with me, won't you, to view my magical place—to me it's magical—where I create my blog. No, it's not like those places you see in the magazines, and those are ones I've lusted over time and time again, knowing that I'll never have a huge office or studio in which to create. But I can have sparkle, glitter, bling, beauty, roses, serenity and romance. ;-) Yep, I sure can. And that's just fine for this ol' lady.

I've noticed that many people have a tendency to save up 95% of their money and effort to spend on 5% of their lives—festive occcasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, and the special, more public places in the home, such as the living or dining room. Instead the way to live a beautiful life is to make the daily 95% of your life wonderful. I absolutely do NOT decorate just the public places of this little home. Where you create can be magical or special to you! For me it's all about having the things I love staring me in the face every single second, minute, hour and day. I HAVE to and LIKE to be visually stimulated. I am so grateful for having been given over a month of notice to get this blog post up. It has taken me every single day of thinking about what I want to do to get my space to the point I'm happy with it. Then there's the actual sprucing up of the room along with a few changes.

So now, I actually made a "Page" with the new feature Blogger gives us. If you want to go there to view not just this office but the actual studio I use when I'm creating you can do that by simply clicking the URL here and going there—Connie's Romantic Office and Studio. More is featured there than on this page.

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know I pretty much redo something a couple of times a year since we moved into this house 5 years ago. Don't ask why; I don't know. In the beginning I just couldn't seem to get some of the rooms the way I wanted them. I think this is a trend among all creative people.
But as the famous architect said, "Form follows function" and that is certainly my motto and creed also.

My office is where I spend most of my time. I do my blogs from here, take care of our household business, skype with my kids and shop from the internet. For me it has to be feminine and lovely with pink and roses and a scattering of beautiful things. That is essential to me.

I'm blessed to have a window seat in my office. I made a cushion for it and covered it in pink and white toile. But let's look at it as it was last year first and then venture forth to what it is now. I've made the pictures a bit larger than last year so you'll notice a difference in them. Indulge me for a brief time.

I found this old school desk on Craigslist and snapped it up so fast hubby thought I was nuts.

I then painted it white and put some beautiful rose fabric on the drawers. The hanging paper lanterns are covered in roses. These I snagged from my daughter. I. Love. Them. I've never seen any like them anywhere. They are now in a different place as you'll see later in the pictures below. I made the cord covers because I couldn't find any I liked or long enough. The desk also is now in my studio down the hall. It was getting too crowded in this room.

My cottage style white desk was perpendicular to the window so I could look out. Early last year I thought it would give me more room if I put it up against the wall.

Eventually I changed it back because I hated looking at the wall and not the window to the front yard. I bought 3 chair covers for my chair. I gave one to my daughter and one to a fellow blogger who sounded like she needed something to cheer her up. She's a stay-at-home mom and it was a bad day. She was shocked when it arrived in the mail. I didn't tell her it was coming. It perked that chick right up. ;-)

I love computers! I have always had Macs and truly, I couldn't function without my iMac or my MacBook laptop for when we travel to visit our kids and grandkids and now our new great-grandkid.

So now let's look at what it looks like now.

This is what you see when you enter the room—my window seat that is on the front of our home. It is filled with pillows I've made and a seat cushion I have actually just pinned on with straight pins in case I decide to change it at some future date. I've been known to change my mind a few times. ;-) Pretty boxes on the floor hold family photos and various other things for which I have no other place to store them. I hung that glittery garland with push pins and then hung some little painted teapots a friend gave me one year for a present. I cherish them! I love her roses.
The hanging paper lanterns covered with delicate roses were something my daughter had laying around and I snagged them really quickly. I love them and haven't ever seen any like it anywhere else. My radio sits on a chair most of the time. I don't usually listen to it while I'm in here but I like it in case I want to catch some news.

That fern is strategically placed to hide all my wires. There is nothing I can do with them; they must be there and I worked around them in the decorating of this office.

The wall behind me holds many things. I have a bulletin board I tack messages on. It holds my microphone for the telephone because I generally like to talk hands-free. The tape measure is there for when I have to measure something quickly before I list it for sale, although, I don't do much of that.

I don't care that I'm an old lady; I love froufrou and have put a pom-pom behind me and wrapped ribbon around it. Another brighter pink is on the opposite wall. It's all about eye candy for me! The little shutters I bought a few years ago and they have been in 3 rooms now, but I have a feeling they'll stay in this room. I decaled them and added some paper roses. I have several yards of this vintage bedspread fringe and thought I'd put it here and hang things that have been give to me or that I've made.

My phone has to be on my filing cabinet along with a darling little faux fern and tissues. All the essentials for women in the office. :-)

This area is where I do a lot of photoshoots for the blog or selling.

This is a corner of the room where I moved this etagère a couple of months ago from the living room into here. I was just tired of seeing it in there and put another one of the 4 bookcases I have in there with a lot less books. I gave dozens away to a thrift store. My boxes of tapes, ephemera, stationery, letters and CDs are stored on this.

This is the chair I use most of the day. I love the little chair cover I found on the web for a song, let me tell you—a fraction, and I mean fraction, of the cost of most other office chair covers you find on ebay or websites. This woman is absolutely fantastic in her combination of fabrics. I bought 3 of them, gave one to my daughter and sent one to a blogger who is a stay-at-home mom and having a difficult time. She was shocked when it arrived in the mail and I think it perked her right up!

Closeup of one of my pompoms.

Closeup of my shutters with the curling ribbon gracing its front.
This is sooooo true, chicks! Oooh, and you can see I attached the fringe with little rose pins I made. Darling!

Just a sweet lolli I made. It's for sale on my etsy but not sold so I stuck it in here. It really is precious.

My iMac. I did not clean my desk for this photoshoot because, quite simply, this is the way it always looks. Sometimes worse, but rarely better. This is a working office. The space ship looking thing on the left is my JBL Creature speakers. They can blast you out of the house! They're fantastic. All my essentials are on this desk or behind me on our filing cabinet. The little metal thing just to the left of my iMac is my external hard drive. I'm never going to lose anything if I can help it at all.

Love Bunny and I set up this little television with a webcam on the front porch so I can see whoever walks up to the front door. If I don't know them, I don't answer the door. I have no time for solicitors. This protects me from unwanted persons. And as you can see I still have a couple of shelves to hang somewhere in this house.

My view from my desk. Hand cream, cup for pens and a list of Apple commands when I need them, which is rare since I have them memorized by now. Extra pair of computer glasses, notes and my camera cord is always attached waiting for the next photos to be downloaded. My camera would normally be sitting on the left of my iMac but I was using it here!

I've found that this room needs greenery near the top especially so I've just stuck some faux greenery—since we all know I have NO green thumb—into pots and baskets. I've also placed things that have been given to me by my eBay group, friends and fellow bloggers. I am very appreciative of whatever is given me!

My printer/scanner, modem and wireless router, essentials for the modern day technology office.

I have 2 of these trellises behind 2 doors in this house just waiting for me to decide what next to do with them. Ooops, forgot to take the ladder and extra chair out before I took the photos. Sorry!

This little shelf hold things give to me, things I've made and in general eye candy to make me happy.

This shelf hold some books and just a jar I made over and stuck in a couple more lollis that I made.

This bottom shelf holds a few pillows I made that I can give as gifts or switch out with other pillows in the house.

The fern helps disguise and hide the cables needed for the computer and speakers. The little boxes hold family photos and various other things I don't have any place else to put them. The chair, when not holding the radio, is a place for any visitor to sit, like Love Bunny. ;-) The little Old Country Roses teacup is one of about 10 my daughter gave me as she doesn't use them anymore. I made it froufrou-y with some beautiful roses and let it sit there for more eye candy. I also made the folding chair cover to disguise ugly old chairs.

Another view of the front of the desk.

Top of the etagère where stuff is stored and a few of the coffee filter roses I've made. And yes, that box does indeed contain my coloring crayons. I color the books I buy that are in black and white.

Second shelf on the etagère with a box painted by a friend on my group and some roses with curling ribbon wrapped around the posts.

This shelf holds my baby book I had as an infant, a box given to me in a swap and a petal cake I made.

The wall facing me with plates I just couldn't resist, a little ceramic with a chip in it that I got for a great price and a hand painted sign by a friend in my group.

And these little sachets I've made over the years adorn a special door pull I found 5 years ago.

I bought this dress from a friend—the hanger she made as a gift to me—and have displayed it in my office as another piece of eye candy for which I can enjoy.

I found this little paper lace hanging lamp after I did these photos so here it is now. As I said, it's taken me weeks to get this done and the photos have been shot in stages.

Then I put up a smaller one over my closet.

So this is my office where I spend most of my time. To see more just go back up to the top and click where I told you to click. You were listening, weren't you?! Hmmmm? ;-) Enjoy...


A Visit to Ikea, A Little English Lesson and Hanging On to the Edge My Soap Box

While in Seattle recently to visit our new great granddaughter we went to Ikea in Renton, WA. If you've never been to an Ikea you are in for a treat because of the sheer vastness of it. They pretty much cover a city block. I saw much I would love to have but I either couldn't get it home in our car or I had no place to put it after I could get it here. I settled for 2 things. This little white enamel-type pitcher...

and this cutting board that hooks over the edge of the cabinet to hold it in place. Price for the cutting board was only $9.99! A steal for a very large cutting board.

Recently, I found this little book and purchased it. It contains the things we learned in school back in the 40s and 50s and it intrigued me because I'm sure I've forgotten a lot of things. In fact, I've forgotten more than most kids in schools today learn! Indulge me for a moment.

How many of us know the conjunctions or even what they are? Hmmmm?

The most common—no, let me say here it is ONE of the two most common errors in the English language—I hear on a daily basis: the misuse of pronouns. Him, her and me are used most commonly at the beginning of a sentence incorrectly (this sentence is acceptable for learning here of course!). Him and me are dating. Nuuuuuu, incorrect. Her and I are dating. Nuuuuu, incorrect again. It should always, ALWAYS be she, he, or I at the beginning of a sentence. (Can you tell my buttons are pushed with the way even our college graduates are coming out of universities with much lacking in their English skills?) What is wrong with correcting these individuals? It sets them straight in an embarrassing moment but will save them much more embarrassment when giving a talk or presentation for work. Imagine!

The second most common mistake is when someone says "between he and I". Nuuuuuu, noooooo, NOOOOO! It is proper to say between him/her and me. If you take out one of the pronouns here and just say it like this: There was a confrontation between he and I, then you will realize it is correct to say between him and me or between you and me. I'm even not punctuating properly in this post because most people wouldn't recognize proper punctuating. I bold more than I should because I want something to stand out here and most of the time it wouldn't be recognized if I just italicized it. I'm not kidding you when I say I hear university graduates speaking improperly! I'm not one bit afraid to correct them—privately, of course, so as not to embarrass them.

Get on your kids' English teachers to correct them. Don't settle for "but we don't want them to be afraid to express themselves". Baloney! Proper language and/or grammar is proper language and/or grammar and will determine what people think of them in the future. I don't mean their self-esteem; I mean how smart they are in their own language. Improper language makes them appear ill-schooled and ill-equipped in the marketplace.

There. I am now officially down off of my soap box...for a while.

And I think I just broke the record for longest title for a blog. *Sigh*...