Friday, July 15, 2016

Where Bloggers Create--- Welcome to my Sacred Yarn Room

Thank you for visiting me here in my little creative space...
I tried to organize and straighten up a bit since you were coming, but.... well, you know how it is in a craft room! Organization just means that "there is a path"...(sort of!)

Let me just preface this little tour by
acknowledging that I have too much stuff...
(seriously, is that even possible?)

My little "empty nest" room has become my catch all
for all things craft related...
all my yarns,
(and I have a lot!!)
and all the little bits and bobs
that I use to accent my creations..
If there is any truth to the rumor
that  "the person who dies with the biggest yarn stash is the winner" ...
you guys might as well not even try for that honor-
I'm gonna win hands down!!

 so, I have all this garland hanging all over my room...
it's everywhere...
(I'll show you what I make with all this stuff
a little further along in this post...)

Scattered all around my craft room 
are several collections
of vintage jewelry pieces
as well as buttons and
of course, my "way too large"
collection of vintage knitting needles. 
Most of my treasures are found at
some of my favorite flea markets..

I'm thinking,... that you are thinking...
that this does not look very organized...
but trust me -- it is!!
I swear, I can tell you where everything
is in this room...
well, except for a few things
 that I've been looking for these past few months,
and STILL have not been able
 to find! 
also pictured here (in the little teacup)
 is my collection of
Vera Bradley string tags...
(why??? you ask... do I collect those string tags??)
keep reading --
all will be revealed!! 

My obsession with yarn is well beyond just knitting
with beautiful yarns.  
I am fascinated by the knots and tangles
that sometimes result from my knitting projects...
I save them all.
every knot,
 every tangle,
 every scrap.

that suitcase in the photo
once belonged to my Mother...
she took that suitcase on her honeymoon
 over 60 years ago,
the luggage tag for the train is still attached 
to the handle...
needless to say, that suitcase is
priceless to me...
it sits open on a table and contains
some of my yarn knots 
and tangles..

a collection of trims 
and a little jar
that holds some of the tags 
that I often attach
to my creations...
(those little tags were created especially for me
by my sweet friend Suzie..)

...another collection of vintage jewelry pieces..
they are sitting on a glass topped table 
that I purchased at the flea market.
The table has room to hold a collection 
underneath the glass top,...
so of course, 
I filled it with some of my yarn!

my "Jamaica" straw purse is also a flea market purchase...
I have filled it with a collection of vintage scarves
that are used in my creations...

a well loved straw beach tote, 
holds yet another of my vintage knitting needle collections,
a vintage McCoy pottery planter
holds a collections of ribbon spools,...
you can see part of my ribbon roses, a collection of eggs,
and a lovely nest created for me
 by my friend Karen

doesn't every yarn room come complete with 
a yarn loving kitty cat?
my "Bitty Kitty" is one of my best
buddies here in my yarn room....

this vintage Bluebird platter
 once belonged to my Grandmother...
a glass fruit bowl (another flea market find)
holds more of my ribbon rose collections...
that little berry basket is one of my favorite 
Anthropologie finds,
I use it to hold my business cards...

you may have noticed that I have this little
obsession with birds...
these glass jars have cute little
birds on the lids...
(and then, there is this turtle dish that holds
some little jars of glitter...
I brought him home from one of our
trips to the islands..)

oh, it never ends...
more vintage jewelry, 
a collection of beaded trims,
and this gorgeous bird pin cushion
that was created by my amazingly talented  friend Pat...

this old bowl holds more of my yarn
tangles, knots, and pieces...
(mostly I save them all because I think they are beautiful...(I'm weird like that...)
but also, I love to incorporate them into my creations..

a close up view of my business cards...

continuing on around the room on this little tour...
my beautiful painted tea set, 
a gift from my dear and talented friend, Marsha..
(I have no painting skills whatsoever, 
my Mother was an amazing artist and painter,
several family members also inherited the talent,
but me...I can't even draw a stick figure, let along paint one..)

a collection of vintage glass canisters
that hold some of my torn fabric strips
and more of my vintage scarf collections...

a wider angle of one of the previous photos posted here..
and a little story...
after my parents passed away, 
I found a bag of my Mother's knitting 
in the attic at their house.
My sisters and I were cleaning out the attic
in preparations for selling the house.
Inside the bag, was a sweater that my Mother had been knitting, 
when I took it out of the bag, it was just as if she had just laid it down,
meaning to return to it later...
the row counter said "53"
I framed that sweater just as I found it on the needles,
giving it a place of honor here in my
"Sacred Yarn Room"

more yarns,....
and a few birds who feel at home here...

the view from the window in my craft room...
(and a little garland nest that I made on top of the lamp)
my husbands beautiful flower garden
is in the yard below...

 and a view from the same window looking toward the front
entrance to our yard...

oh mercy...
what a tangled mess ...

a collection of buttons sits
on top of my suitcase filled with yarn scraps...

a partial view of my wall of yarn
and my collection of knitting pattern books
 and magazines...
I hope you have enjoyed this
little tour around my special place,
my "Sacred Yarn Room".
I wish I could say that you've seen
all my "stuff" --
but, there is still
lots more! 
(we will save that for next time!!)
This place is
where I "work my magic", 
the place where I find my peace
and contentment...
the place where all my little
treasures are to be found...
and it is the place
(well, I'm actually still
looking for some of them...!)

here's the story...
like most knitters, 
I began my knitting career making
 simple square things...
but,over time,
as my yarn obsession continued to grow 
and grow...
(I am completely in love with beautiful yarns)
my desire to create using my tangles and knots,
my beautiful yarns, and all my
embellishments and trims...
led to this... 
quite simply,
I make nests.
All kinds of nests...
lots, and lots of nests...

(you can read about my nests here on my blog,
you can see them on my Pintrest page,
(link on my sidebar)
and you are welcome to email me...

...because we are all craft lovers here,
in one form or another...
I would like to invite you all to participate, if you wish
in my latest charitable project...
"The Kindness Quilt" project.
you can read about the project 

and lastly, 
I would like to thank dear,beautiful Karen,
for once again, 
graciously hosting this amazing
gathering for those of us who love to
there is no one who is as helpful
to those of us who blog
 as Karen. 
She is consistently my "go to" person
when I need help with
 blogging issues. 
she always throws
the very best 



FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely space where you create such beauty. I'm inspired.


Bohemian said...

Oh Vicki, your Sacred Yarn Room is a Visual Feast, your Creations are Sublime, I've Admired them for some time. I must be Weird like that too because I have this total Obsession with Fibers of all kinds so I Loved your Collections of them Displayed Visually in bowls. You made me Smile with your humor in telling your Story {I can relate to there is a Path and too much stuff! LOL} and I so Enjoyed coming on the Tour of your Creative Sanctuary. Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Scrappin Happyxo said...

I just love all the colour in your room Vicki, it certainly looks very inviting and well loved. Thank you for sharing the story of your mother's knitting, I have a half finished embroidery from my mother which is packed away, I may find a frame for it now and display it just the way it is, thank you so much for the inspiration :)


Elizabeth Braun said...

Hi Vicki! Lovely and colourful. :) I recently used. Down my yarn stash, which wasn't much anyway, but now is even less.

Peggy Jones said...

Vickie this is beautiful. What a wonderful collection for your creativity. I have lots of stuff too but no special place. I have a perfect room upstairs but due to "store bought knees" don't go up there much so my stash is here and there. I have finished my graduation afghan for my gd and working on my quilt piece for your project. So proud to be part of it. Had a rough week. A/C had to be replaced, computer went down and I am way behind. Blessings to you an your artistic friends and thank goodness for people like you who help make life beautiful.

Sue Kosec said...

I love to stop in and visit you. Everything in your Sacred Yarn Room is always so inviting and lovely. It warms my heart to see some of my gifts to you - as well as my itty-bitty tags.

NEXT year ... yes, that is a promise. Next year I will reveal my very own brand-spankin' new (well, it'll be almost a year old by then and hopefully unpacked) playground. I've been green with envy viewing everybody's space and now I can reveal mine. Sooooooo excited.

Happy yarning!

Team Clark said...

Hi Vicki! I've never seen these kinds of nests, so how exciting! A double whammy! Your space looks like a fine boutique I would love to visit and spend lots of cash! Ha! Really beautiful!

maggiegracecreates said...

I would love to simply sit in your room and absorb the creative spirit that is there. Lovely. Simply lovely.

Chris Flynn said...

Oh my, I could just get lost in your beautiful, tangled (lol), studio! Love the birdies, and really love your very touching framed sweater your mother had been knitting. Love you space! And I'll be back soon!
Sweet blessings, Chris

Stephanie said...

Sweet Vicki, the room where you create your delightful things is truly amazing! I just love every little detail from the buttons to the vintage dishes and the pretty yarn. And when it comes to crafting I don't think it's possible to have too much stuff....{{smiles}}

Have a glorious weekend. Hugs!

Something Special said...

Oh I love all your fiber and ribbon work. I remember visiting you a few years back. I have not been blogging regularly. but I think your space is just a very wonderful catch all.

Cindy said...

I am glad I am not the only one to keep bits of fabric and yarns because they are pretty. I do not have your collection though! I place mine on cards. Lovely space and thanks for sharing! Cindy

Seawashed said...

Ooooh Vicki I love all the beautiful yarns too, especially the soft angora like ones. Your studio reminds me of your nests as if it is one big nest thst you create in. A heavenly haven...our kitty Lily Monet would love it. Everything is beautiful. xx

Dry Gulch said...

So much glorious yarn!

Clare said...

Thank you for the tour, so may treasures, you cna never have too much yarn you know
Clare x

gigi knits said...

Thank you sharing your Beautiful yarn room!,
looks like every knitters dream come true.
If your like most of us you know right where every thing is until you
Straigten it up then you can't find anything.

Rhonda said...

Such beautiful them...
Oh, you can see how organized it is. I agree, can we really ever have too much?
I recently downsized supplies, simply because my art went another direction but other than that, I have a lot of supplies. It's the way it is.

Louise Oakes said...

I don't think you can ever have too much stuff, well that's what I tell myself anyway! A lot of mine came from charity shops too so the prices are reasonable and I like to think I'm rescuing whatever it is from being binned etc.
Your room looks beautiful , with so many beautiful storage solutions.
Thank you for sharing your creative space💜

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello my wonderful Nest Creator!
I really understand why the need to save every tangle, every knot and every scrap. It's just what we do and these are the things that form our creations!!!
Love all of your beautiful vintage jewellery, bird collections and what really touched me was the amazing jumper you framed with your mother's unfinished work - so beautiful and sentimental and so very special! I can feel the love and presence of your darling mother in your studio space.
Thanks for taking us down that narrow path into your organization.
Love and hugs dear friend,

Diana Seal said...

Fiber Heaven, Vicki!!!
A true knitters paradise, so beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!
Have a great weekend!

vintageandart said...

Hi Vicki...l absolutely loved seeing the birds nest you created it's seriously gorgeous and so creative...Such a lovely studio space to weave your magic.

Consider It All Joy said...

You have not just shared your creative 'space', you have joyfully shared your passion and that gives so much to the viewer! I can feel your love for texture and color in this post! Blessings, Cindy

Mia is mine said...

You room is perfect for you! It looks Warm. Soft. Inviting. Loving. I felt like I could spend a day in your room walking around it over and over again and finding new treasures to touch and ask, "Tell me the story behind this...." Yes, that's it. Your space is filled with loving treasures - all with a story to tell. How blessed are you - and those of us who have been honored to peek into this piece of Heaven on Earth! Blessings!

Carol said...

Your creative space is so charming, and I adore your yarns and the lovely nests. I also have a fur-baby kitty, Abby. She likes keeping me company in my creative space, too. Thanks for showing us your lovely creative space.

Happy Weekend!

Sew Crafty Crochet said...

I love the birds, the owl, and the NESTS! The nests are beautiful!

Diane L said...

Must have stuff! Love your space, love your work. I have my creation from you displayed in my creative space. Di

Sandies' Patch said...

In my mind i have sat in your craft room many times lol!, and search for inspiration from your very tidy (compared to mine ), craft room.
So, even without visiting your blog, I'm still inspired by you! Bless you for that and all the good work you do! One day.....I'll buy one of your nests, just for me!

Eugenia Maru said...

IncreĂ­bles maravillas que muestras Vicky, me gustarĂ­a tener la mitad de todo, jajaja.
Yo estoy juntando material para un proyecto, pero es difĂ­cil, son piezas de joyerĂ­a que se han desechado, son difĂ­ciles de encontrar, aquĂ­ no encuentro feria de pulgas, por lo que me tomarĂĄ mucho tiempo.
Gracias por dejarnos entrar a tu santuario. He quedado encantada.
Un beso

Karen Valentine said...

Oh, Vicki your sacred yarn room is sooo wonderful! It is just a feast for the eyes! It feels so warm and inviting....just like you!!! I love the story about your mothers sweater project. What a perfect tribute to her. It's cool that you guys both shared a love for yarn. I love your nests, and the ones I own are proudly displayed in my home. I think of you every time I look at one. :)
Thanks for joining the party again this year honey!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

It's so lovely. I smiled when I read what you did with your Mother's last knitting project. Such a sweet thing to do for such a treasure. The outside of your yard reminds me of the rolling hills of horse farms out towards Lexington, some have white fences some have pretty. ((hugs)) to you. :)

Marlynne said...

Beautiful as always! A feast for the eyes and soul!! I have been creating my quilt blocks for your Kindness Quilts while staying with my sister who had knee surgery. Will be mailing them this next week. Hope you post pictures of the quilts so we can hunt for out little blocks and see how you put them all together. Blessings!

Sherri said...

Vicki, what a true crafters/knitters paradise you have!! I love the bluebird platter, just beautiful!! I love bluebirds! You have some amazing collections and your nests are just stunning! Thank you for showing us your wonderful room!!

Gretchen said...

I am intrigued by your love of nests. I went to your Pinterest site and saw all the nests posted there. I simply love the one you blogged about in this post. Birds and nests go together and I enjoyed the pictures of birds you posted. I am not a knitter myself, but I know I would display your collection of needles. Thank you for sharing your studio. I will be back to visit often.

Amy at love made my home said...

What a wonderful space and place to be creative. You make such beautiful things!

Dorthe said...

What a wonderful place, to gain energy and joy, to create from the heart, and to enjoy so many,many wonderful, and lovely materials, dear Vicki.
You have an abundance of all kind of materials, and they filles your room, with happy bright colors, and the wish to go through every corner, jar, and basket filled with loveliness. Thank you for inviting us inside dearest friend.
Warm hug, Vicki.
xo Dorthe

Maureen H. said...

One of my most treasured possessions in my craft room is one of your beautiful yarn nests! You make the most amazing things, and I adore the nest I have! I loved the whole room, but my favorite part is your yarn loving kitty. I lost mine this year, and creating hasn't been the same without him😿 Thank you for sharing your beautiful space with us, I love seein where you create.

Createology said...

By seeing your studio photos it is perfectly easy to see why this is your "Sacred" yarn room. I love all your treasures! Embracing Creative Bliss Dear...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Ahhhhh - I feel as though I've had a personal visit with you and it's been wonderful and all too short!

Doni said...

You just inspired me what to do with my own mother's unfinished knitting project! I have kept it in its bag just as she left it for 6 years. Time to bring it out and show it. Thank you! I love how you have made your love for threads and tangles into such a beautiful art form! The nests you have made are gorgeous, and I have seen those you have made for others from time to time. The suitcase is lovely, and your space is very pretty and inspirational! So happy to see it! Thank you for such a pleasant visit! Hugs! Doni

Gwen Simmons said...

Hi Vicki,
What a beautiful, colorful space. It is always a treat to visit. I love the colorful tangles and heaps of yarn. Just looking at them is almost tactile. Makes me want to run my hands through the piles and explore. Thank you for the lovely tour...

Cathy said...

So many colorful pretties! What a fun place to play and create in!

Cathy ♥

Terry said...

Hi Vicki!

I love seeing your gorgeous room with all its gorgeous materials for making your spectacular nests! I think every year I gasp over your vintage glass jars. They are so lovely! I am working on squares for your Kindness Quilt project. They are knitted and I am working on embellishing them. I should have them to you by the end of the summer.

With gratitude,

Lace Age Girl said...

Hello Vicki, I enjoyed seeing all your gorgeous collections and yarns full of colour and texture. A beautiful space to create in...

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

All I can say is wow! You definitely have a whole lot of yarny/crafty goodness there and it all looks very organized to me. Love that you framed your mom's unfinished sweater. An inspiring memento, a lovely way of honoring her and remembering where your talent with handicrafts came from. Thanks for all the love and compassion you put out in the world in all that you do. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

Cathy said...

I love every photo, and will go back for a second look! Thank you for the tour!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. This sharing of your sacred yarn room is so heartwarming. I love you my precious friend. Jan

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a stash of lovelies you have!! And I love how you have everything organized and displayed but I especially love all the glass jars filled with goodies and eye candy!! Thanks so much for shairng!!

Julie said...

Such a room filled with delightful treasures but the thing that made me give a sigh of wonderment was the framed knitting that was half finished by your Mother, that is such a wonderful treasure and each stitch filled with a mothers love for whoever it was being made for.
love and {hugs} xxxx

Elizabeth P said...

Your studio never ceases to make me drool, oops, sorry about that! If I went into your studio I probably wouldn't be seen for months what with so much to play with!!! :)

I'm too late for this year but hopefully you will have me back next year. Been away in too dark a place to mention but I'm back. New blog and website if you'll have me back as a friend?!
Hugs always,
Beth P

vintageandart said...

Hi Vicki...just wanted to pop back and say thanks so much for leaving your lovely comment on my blog and then l got reading your post again and had to mention how beautiful l thought it was that you framed your Mother's knitting from the attic, what a lovely reminder of not only her, but from where your own creativity springs own mother died earlier this year and she was a huge crafter, she especially loved to crochet and to see her ball of wool with the crochet needle still with it and the little piece of work she was doing just sitting on the table near the couch where she always sat, was (l'm sure) just like the one when you found your mums knitting...Love all your little birds, your nests are absolutely gorgeous.

Something Special said...

So much eye candy her and so fibery, and the textures and colors are unbelievable beautiful. I remember your fiber and yarn nests from a few years ago. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. Glad I could get back here for a visit.

Carol said...

Wow, what an amazing collection(s) of cozy, feel-good things you have, Vicki! One of my favorite things in your room is the framed sweater your mom had started....what a beautiful treasure. I usually have one of those kitty babies keeping me company in my room, too!

Warm hugs,

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Vicki, I love you framed the sweater your mother was working on; what a lovely remembrance. I would love to have my 'sacred yarn room', aka craft studio's packed in boxes and stacked Lord knows where.