Thursday, July 14, 2011


                                  WHERE THE BAGGLADY CREATES!!!!

Well I thought I'd join in on the fun this year for the "Where Bloggers Create Party" that Karen is hosting from  This is my mannequin and I don't have a name for her, but I love her!! The fur coat was given to me when Sim's aunt passed away. It is a burnt orange color and I love it. The hat we found on one of our outings and it matches the room perfect.

These suitcases are on one side of the manniquin and the top suitcase was my Grandma's. She used it all the time. I keep supplies in it and put a tag on it that says "needful things". The second holds my yarn and I put a tag that says "winter thyme" on it. The last one I just got on my vacation and I love it. It holds treasures from our trip.
On top of the suitcases is an old rusty canning rack that holds jars of my supplies. And also some of my new tomato pin keeps I am getting ready to put on Etsy. Also an upcycled jar of vintage strawberries.

This is the closet on the other side and as you can see I use it to hold plastic shoe box size containers for alot of my supplies. I put curtains over the doorway.

Right outside that closet is my "bagglady cart". I really have used this as a bagg lady that I played at church and for Halloweens. I also use it for big outside sales and flea markets. But in my room I use it for all my mailing supplies. I use alot of recycled boxes, papers, etc. So I have to keep it out in the open. But that's ok I can easily get to it.

I love this old cupboard I keep my Etsy items I have listed in there and some more of my supplies. On top I keep old jars with different supplies and some vintage items too.

This a shelf I have over in the corner. I put some of my favorites on the top. A few of them have come from other bloggers from swaps and some are just friendship gifts and a couple of things I have made. My crochet hooks are in the wine holder and magazines are in the burlap container. On the shelves are my books to sell and papers for the computer and some more of my supplies.

This is a very cool primitive pouting chair that Sim got me for my birthday along with my inspiration gate. I put my "nest purse" on it that I upcycled from an old hat box.

This is parts of my inspiration gate hanging over my desk. It was hard to get one big picture of it so I broke it down. You can see I have some special things hanging on it from swaps, tags I've made, pictures, old hats, and a vintage baby dress a friend gave to me. The dried flowers Sim bought for me for my birthday too. I won the really cool purse from Debbie and Nicole over at Stop by, their stuff is really awesome!! I still have room to grow on my gate!! I'm sure I'll have it filled up soon!!

I love using jars and these are my amber vintage jars. Most of these were my Mom's. She wasn't using them anymore so I asked if I could have them. They hold alot of supplies in them!! I love them. I use jars all over the place. LOL 

This is my desk where I make things and look at books like this for new ideals. Notice I have to have my glasses everywhere!! LOL

I got these metal file drawers at an estate where one of our very popular jewelers lived. There are still repair orders in there. I am using it to file things too. The vintage pattern on top I want to make me a shirt like with some of my vintage material. I think that is a winter project though!!

And this is where I do my blogging!! I have to have a TV and always have my cup of coffee with me. That is our little granddaughter Caylee on our screen saver!! I got the kitchen farm table from some money I made from a craft show and Sim painted it green for me. It is perfect for our computer. I have to share this computer with Sim and Kaitlin but that is all they do in here. I love this room that Sim helped me to be able to have a place to create in. I love it and spend quite a bit of time in here. Thanks for stopping by. XO Fran.



Cathie Carroll said...

Oh my goodness- I want that fur coat! And I'm a vegetarian who doesn't wear fur!!

Thank you for sharing your tips- I especially like the vignette you've created on top of the green file cabinet.

Warm regards,


Jan E O said...

Love the old suitcases and the bag lady cart. Very nice space and your grandchild is a cutie.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

A wonderful workroom - Love your inspiration gate - such a great idea.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

You have a wonderful creating space !
I love your inspiration gate , your space has been an inspirational to me!
Your granddaughter is a sweetie. :)
Love & Blessings,

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

You have a great room to create in! Love the fur coat!
It was fun to see where you create and how you make good use of your studio.LOVE the gate for your inspiration board!!!
Deb :)

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Love all the vintage elements in your craft room!
The inspiration gate is really pretty!


The Old White Barn said...

Love your vintage suitcases - and your Bagglady cart. So fun!

Great space - thanks for sharing with us.

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Hey Aunt Frannie,

So glad to see you have a room to be inspired and create.

Thanks for pushing and prodding me - I started creating last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And it was everything I'd ever hoped for! haha!

Love ya!

Jo said...

You have some great storage ideas. Thanks for the tour!

earthypawscreatures said...

Your inspiration gate is so creative! And so pretty! You have a very lovely studio :) Thank you for sharing!


"Create Beauty" said...

Hi Fran!
Love the suitcases, great for storage, and the inspiration gate... and oh I love vintage furs!!!

~ Violet

Terri said...

I knew I was in for a treat when you started the post off with a fur coat...great creative space! TFS!!!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Fran!
Thanks so much for visiting me. Your creative space is fantastic. I love the suitcases! Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.
Take care,


That's a great space you have going there! I love those suitcases and the bag lady cart. Caylee is so adorable!
Thanks for sharing your space with us, I hope you'll have a chance to peek at mine.

Jacqueline said...

You know what I love about this post Fran? It's the real you, how you live and what you do and where you are. That to me is worth gold.

I have been on and off visiting blogs. It's a bit of a odd time in my life. I would call it a wilderness experience. We honestly have had so many things hit us the last three weeks. Almost daily for two weeks events were happening. I sent you a FB message. I started a prayer commitment for our church and ever since, the enemy has been on my tail.

I am in the process of writing you a letter with more detail but through it all, I'm praising him in the storm!

God bless you, I have not forgotten you...never ever ever would the girl with the curl do that!

I love the amber jars, because they are warm and pretty but because your mom had them.

I like the hat too...perfect and fitting for sure.

Your gate of inspiration...why, it's just awesome! Bloom right where you are planted and by the way, thank you again for the gnome went in my doll house for a picture on the wall!

Sherry said...

You have some wonderful vintage items in your creative space. I think the suitcases look great and are super for storage. It is so nice that your husband is so supportive and helped to find things to make your space special. I too love the inspiration gate.

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

Hello! Love your creative space and your manniquin! I have one in my LR and i call her Minerva!! LOL!!
Love that you have your grandmother's suitcase!!
And i adore your inspiration gate!!

Thanks for sharing your creative space with us!!


Claudia said...

Love your farm table and that cupboard! You have a great space. Thanks so much for sharing your space with us.

Valery said...

Love all your treasures especially those vintage suitcases and the cart. Thanks for sharing!

blumensnapdragon said...

Love your blog name! Oh, and that pouting chair (seriously, great name for it) and your inspiration gate...and your adorable granddaughter! Some of my favorite memories are of hiding out in the raspberry bushes (eating them)of my grandparents house in Berkeley, Mich. Love it there. Cheers, Devon

Donna said...

I love love your vintage gate!!!! Thank you for sharing where you create!!!

Tamatha said...

Love your inspiration gate and the tomato pin cushions! Thanks for the tour!

Jacqueline said...

Just checking in this Sunday morning with Granny Frannie! I have yet to become Granny Jackie but one day...I'm crossing my fingers for that!
Mailed you a letter...yes I did, yep yep...woof, woof!
Puppies waving their paws at you! said...

Looks like you have soo much fun. Your bags are great, I love to make bags too.

come visit and enter to win


Karen Valentine said...

Thank you so much for joining the party!! I hope someday I will be able to find a mannequin of my very own too! And I love the suitcases and the jars... I'm sure you love hanging out in there.
Have a wonderful week!

NanE said...

What a fun, vintage space you have! I love those old suitcases and the gate hanging on the wall, so cute. thanks for sharing, Nan

Jo said...

I sure enjoyed the tour. I love your vintage suitcases and all your canning jars used for storage. I am also your newest follower. Come over and follow me sometime. Maybe next year I will get in on the party,

Creative Grammie said...

Love your studio! Your vintage gate is a wonderful way to display your creations.
Thanks for the tour of your lovely studio and thanks for sharing your artwork.

Something Special said...

I am thrilled to have found you and I have become your newest follower. I too like to be thrifty, and decorate with vintage objects. My mother use to have the same glass cannisters in her kitchen in the 70's only hers were turquoise. Thanks for the lovely tour.