Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II - Blog Party & Studio Tour.......................

Before we get started, I really want to thank Karen Valentine @ My Desert Cottage for this awesome event! OK, the kids are asleep, hubby is in bed reading and the house is quiet - let's head to my little studio called Tattered Moon.
I live in an old 1874 farm house and after my two children were born, I gave up my large upstairs studio for a playroom and now share the downstairs large library room with my husband for work space. I won't be showing his half of the room but if your into old die cast cars and collections of Sci-fi books - email me and I'll send you pics! Ha Ha... Here is one of my bookshelves piled high with fabrics Atop sit some of my favorite Dark Dudes, Prom Ghouls and freaks. I still use the same machine I began my doll making from the early 1980's. I absolutely LOVE my machine and don't know what I would use if she went to machine heaven. I drive her like a Porsche and she just keeps chugging along. I have my Yoda mascot sitting on top -"use the force"
This doll has been in the works this last few weeks. I am waiting on some yummy ribbon I ordered for her bodice.
This bookshelf contains inspiring books and magazines like Where Women Create. I absolutely love this publication. I am so inspired by it and being a mother of two
(Eli 2 and Skye 4) it gives me hope and encouragement as I am getting back on the "creative horse" this past year and trying to grow my business again. I am finally feeling like I can breathe some creative air again with the kids becoming more independent. There are jars and boxes of buttons, scissors and tidbits. OK, yes I know - it is my dumping zone and no I didn't clean it up for the shoot. This is my space in the rough! My wall board is my fun spot. I'll post info about shows to check out, thank you notes from clients and artwork from my kids. on the corner of my main work table sits my "goodie box" I usually fill it with things that are grabbing my attention amongst all my treasures in my space. I can then focus and get inspired from the collection of textures and colors. I am starting to make some pin keeps and make-do's. What fun!
This guy is sitting on a chair with a pile of trim that overflows from my trim cabinet. It has sliding glass doors on it and the pictures were awful from the glare. Here is just a sneak peek of a few from the inside. This guy is trouble in the studio! Fredrico Diablo - his expression says it all! This is my favorite piece in my space. It is an old wardrobe that I snagged at a local auction for just $25 bucks. It is wonderful and full of charm. The drawers have some graffiti on them from children of past ownership like keep out, Rebecca's drawer, and the name Marvin.
On top sits a collection of old suitcases. They make wonderful storage boxes and are great display cases for my work at shows. On the front door of the wardrobe is "Torrence the tie guy" he watches after them all so my kids won't run off with them for dress up. I just love old ties! Photo boxes are a must in my space. I can organize and easily find items with these labeled boxes like buttons,old keys,threads,wire and feathers. Some more treasures, trinkets and dolls that are about.

Well, Thanks so much for stopping by my little studio and checking out my blog. Please visit my website for more on my work or send me an email. Happy studio hopping to you all!
These two have been looking over my back the whole time discussing what is going to happen when I try to publish all this at once. Here goes nothing! Cheers, Lurena Sheary Williamson.


  1. You are one busy lady! Thanks for the tour, happy creating!

  2. What fun! i love that you share your room with your husband...makes for a little together-time. I adore your dolls...from ghouls to beautiful maidens. I think you will be successful in growing.It helps to have the children gone.

    Some day, come and take a peek at my daughter and my blog. It is three months old and not really just about my jewelry. I love paper crafting...she loves a million other things like vintage fashion. We were not in any shape to photograph but I am loving the tours.


  3. Lurena, what a terrific studio you have. Great use of space. I would give anything to live in a farmhouse with all of that character. What an inspiring place to create. So many goodies!
    Queen Bee Studio

  4. Hi Lurena! So great to visit with you and your fun studio! I love your Yoda doll! Made me laugh! Congratulations on the Prims mag. I have that issue!
    I'm following your blog now so I can keep in touch.
    Hugs to you!

  5. What a wonderful creative space!

    I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise.

  6. Your dolls are so cool- do you make any pixies?
    I love the warm cuddly feelong of the room with all of the fabrics.
    Thanks for having us over!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

  7. Thanks for showing your room, I think you and I are the only ones that don't have a whole floor of the house!! Stop over and see mine if you have a chance...Your is so much more creative!


  8. I so enjoyed your tour, Lurena. Your dolls are lovely little folk! You must be super organized and motivated to get all that done with two little ones to look after.

    I will come back to visit again. Enjoy the rest of the studios...


  9. I saw your dolls in the Prims Issue. I thought they were neat, I'm a huge fan of Halloween, and they reminded me of what I like most. I've even got a separate blog dedicated to my Halloween creations. I love the textures and aging you use on some of your dolls and the one in this post is just awesome with her braided rolls on top of her head. Too fun. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on getting published!

  10. Lurena, thank you for sharing your lovely space.I enjoyed the visit with you and your dolls and creatures very much. The wardrobe makes awesome storage.

  11. Your dolls are adorable - and so is your studio space! Amazing that you find time to create with little ones in your life. Thanks for inviting us.

  12. Great creative space, you look like a great artist. Love all of your characters. Thanks for letting me peek in. Diane

  13. I LOVED the tour of your studio, Lurena! Creative and whimsical - just brilliant!!!

  14. You have a wonderful, magical studio space. I love your creations! Thanks for sharing your studio with us.

  15. Oh my gosh, I love your studio and all those treasures. I hope you won't mind if I borrow that "goodie box" idea. That is a wonderful way to capture the next project that is always percolating in your mind while you are working on the current one. Thank you for the tour and the great idea!

  16. Your creative space is so enjoyable and homey feeling - I think I would feel very comfortable working in your space. And your dolls are fabulous - I just would love to take each one and inspect each and every wonderful detail. You are one creative lady! Those 17th century dolls are just great - my daughter used to be in the Fife and Drum Corps, so those definitely caught my eye. Thanks for sharing with us. And thanks for stopping by my place for a visit.

  17. Love the name, love the dolls and love your studio! And of course, I love that stack of fabric shown in one of teh photographs. You have a terrific space and I have enjoyed seeing it - I'll definitely be back!

  18. Terrific space to create anything you desire! Loving the suitcases for storage. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us!

  19. Lurena I love your dolls! They are so cool, funky and fun! I think it's kind of nice to share space with your hubby. Sometimes I feel like I wish I had company in room, but you don't have to feel that way! Thank you so much for joining the party this year. I loved my peak into your studio.
    My Desert Cottage

  20. Oooohhhh! I LOVE your dolls...they are soo unique. Your studio is comfy and cozy and full of cool stuff. Love the wardrobe too!

    happy day!

  21. Thank you for a peek into a doll makers world. your dolls are just amazing, I adore their quirky personality.

  22. Living in an 1890's house means there is no such thing as a bad studio space. However, I am sorry that part of your view is other things....I can't bring myself to mention them by least your man was kind enough to share his office, right?!

    I love your Prim dolls - they have such great character! Of course if you made a "cat" doll looking like myself he would be nothing but character ;)

    Thank you for the tour! I enjoyed my stroll through here and all the dolls were very good hosts and hostesses!


    Romeo and "her"

  23. Your space is wonderful as is your creativity! I'm glad you stopped by my blog...I am still trying to get around to everyone! Made me laugh about the comment of the ties, my littlest ones are 3 and 5 and they are ALWAYS running off with something and if it's like a tie or fabric, it's to dress up in for sure.

  24. Hi Lurena, Your dolls are just full of charm. You are an amazing artist my dear!
    Thank you sooo much for coming over to peek in the studio. I am so glad to meet you!!!

  25. Your space and your dolls are great.

  26. What a pretty space for your unique sewing! I love the dolls, especially the way they are layered up with such great fabric, lace and ribbon. Beautiful!

  27. I enjoyed seeing your space! Have to say, I just adore your prim style--especially the grungy ones with keys for noses (how clever :D)! Will be coming back again.


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