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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Welcome to Alberta's Attic

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Please come in! This is what I've been working on for the last month. Ever since I read A Little Princess and was thrilled by Sara awakening to her magic attic, I've wanted my own snug, little room at the top of the house. And here it is, complete with slanting ceilings and all my beautiful art supplies.


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I love Mason jars; they keep everything I need out in plain sight. That's some of my art hanging above the "Jars Of Color," as my twin neices, Magenta and Amarylis, call them.

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My inspiration board is made from cardboard and a recycled picture frame that I painted pink. Beneath it is my Queen of Mardi Gras Lamp (yes, Ava, I am the Queen of Mardi Gras) and several of my treasures, like the Chintzware teapot and Capidimonte roses, both gifts from Ava. Everything sits on Cousin Mae's antique pie safe, which is perfect for storing fabric, art magazines, and other art supplies.


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Here's my first attempt at sculpture: actually she's a wig stand that I begged from our drama teacher. In the corner is an unfinshed portrait of Amarylis.

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This summer my plan is to paint something on the attic door next to my family portrait scrapbook pages. Please note the Muses above the door. They were the inspiration for the whole studio and were, you guessed it, a gift from Ava!

As you can see, my enchanted attic is my little piece of heaven. When I sit in the cozy red armchair, the rest of the world just melts away. I wish you were here with me: reading, dreaming, creating...

Please come back and visit again soon!

23 comments:

Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

Your space is absolutely adorable. It's cozy, comfortable and colorful and I love that you had space for a comfy chair and ottoman. I still want to try an incorporate something like that in to mine. I adore the wall color and funny, I have a couple of paper parasols and tried to figure a way to display one open...yours looks great! I am so glad you steered me to see this and will have to point others to check out your oh so charming room at the top of the stairs!

Natalie B said...

honestly this is just awesome!! Lucky you!!

pattie said...

WOW!! So neat and clean!! Do you think it will always stay like that?! Makes me realize that I MUST clean my studio...What a beautiful place to create...BRAVO for our own space! BRAVO for being creative...BRAVO for having such wonderful inspiration to surround you...LET YOUR HEART SING AND YOUR CREATIVITY SOAR!

artbrat said...

Wow, seeing your lovely space makes me want to go tackle the mess in my attic and make it useable. What a great room!

Lisa said...

It's fantastic!!

Gemma said...

Hi...I came over from Violette's. Love your fun whimiscal space!!!

Brooke said...

Yo ms.mccullen
your art roome is adorable.I cant wait to come chill with you over summer.

violette said...

Oh my gosh your studio is sooo lovely! The color of the wall is so juicy! IT's so neat to see all of your whimsical art on the walls!

Love, Violette

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Jeanie said...

What an enchanting space! I come to you from Lisa's blog and am so very delighted with what I see! I'm in the process of turning my art storage room into a real art space, so you inspire me all the more. (I confess, I'm having a terrible time taming the clutter!) Love the blue walls!

MissKoolAid said...

Oh what a delightful sight that studio of yours is! I wish I had an attic...

*hugs*
Sophie

craftyhala said...

I love all the color and...well, it's just beautiful! A wonderful place to create!

Sabii Wabii said...

OK this is way too organized! You can tell me...does it always look like this or was this just for the photo?
If it's always like this...i hate you...if it's just for the photo were soul sisters!

Barbra said...

Your use of color is so inspiring. Love it all except it's a bit too neat!

Mike Thompson said...

Have a great Summer Mrs. McCullen

violette said...

Hello again! You've been tagged......please check out my blog today!

love, violette

Julie said...

I'm soooooo jealous!!

Your attic room is fantastic ~ can I move in lol

I can only dream of a space like that to craft............. hmmmmm time to start nagging my DH ;) xx

Laura said...

What a fresh, cozy and creative place of your own! It reminds me of my studio...years ago when it was new...and you could see the tops of the tables and get around easily! It's still my favorite room in the house!

Marilyn said...

Thanks for visiting my blog--it let me find your's and I've had the best visit here...LOVE everything! Your studio is heavenly...what an amazing spot to hang out and make art! Just this past weekend I started planning what I want to do with my space--it definitely needs a facelift--and now I am even more inspired!!!

*~Niki~* said...

Hey Alberta & Ava
Thanks so much for the comment on my blog I really appreciate it.

I really enjoyed Paulette's class and am now working on more portrait paintings in the mixed media whimsy style.

I love your attic room it's so cool!
Niki
xxx

Jean said...

what a lovely space you've made for yourself...beautiful!

Becki said...

Thanks for the compliment on my art! I loooove this room! The colors are great, it looks like a fun place to hang out in... I'm a tad jealous mine doesn't look as good.... :-)

Jane said...

Ahhhhh I can feel the calm from here, silently sitting while your mind is loud with inspiration!
Wonderful solitude.......
Jx