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  • I am a dollmaker. I love antique fabrics and hoard them. I collect old china doll heads without bodies and leather doll bodies without heads and never put them together. I have stacks of old photos of people I don't know. I have two smart and funny kids who complain that I hang plates on the wall instead of pictures. I have a great husband who travels with me and who I used to garden with but now don't because all I do is make dolls. Luckily he still likes me. So all in all somewhat normal ...depending , of course, on who you ask.

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September 13, 2009



Thanks for sharing, sure makes me feel better! That is exactly how my space looks when I am creating!
Hugs, Diane

Boxwood Cottage

He he I can totally relate Nicol!

Alison Gibbs

Oh Nicole great photos. Nice to know that I am not the only one that works in a room like this. It is 'the real world'


This is called the creativ chaos. Sometimes in my atelier it looks exactly like yours. Good to know I am not the only one. Thanks for the photos.

Have a nice week.


a-ha I can relate- I just pile stuff on my desk higher ang higher!!!!

renee plains

so happy you shared . . . it looks just like my studio right this very minute!


I love it! It looks just like my room. And no matter how many tables one has they all seem to end up with that one little square to work from. It just makes your room look all the more fun, because you can already see it happening! Thank you for letting us peek.

Cathy ♥


Oh yes, you are a kindred spirit. Clarice


Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Just last week, my daughter came into my "Studio" and said, "It looks like someone walked in here and threw-up craft supplies all over the place!" Hee-hee!

Nancy ~ Fete et Fleur

I've heard many wonderful things about you through Miss Ulla. Your space looks beautifully creative. I think it's wonderful!


Kari Beth

So very true! My studio looks quite the same. EVERY surface...including the floor... is just another shelf. More often than not, I find myself working from my lap because there is no space left on my table.


So True, So true, So True. . .

See my chaos in blogpost entitled "The Usual Suspects - Playroom Chaos" (June). .


So True, so True, So true. . .

See my lovely chaos at blogpost titled: "The Usual Suspects or Playroom Chaos". . .

Nancy N.

I love it!

Jacque  Chinnery

I see that I am in good company. I can especially relate to working on my lap because every flat surface is covered!
Happy creating, everyone!


Thanks for sharing the photos. It's good to see I'm not the only one who thrives amid the creative chaos.

Lori Ann

Funny . . . it looks just like it did last time I saw it in person ;-) It's wonderful!
In the restaurant biz I used to say "The bigger the mess the better the cook" ! I think it surely holds true in artistic endeavors as well . . .
"The bigger the mess, the better the art" !
Lori Ann


Ohh thank goodness I'm not the only one!! I always feel so disheartened when I see perfectly tidy, expertly organised workrooms. I try to convince myself that they don't exist! Many thanks for sharing your space. Looks pretty lovely to me!! Lucyxx


Yay! Another messy studio...I don't think I could even post photos of mine, it's that bad. :-)

Miss Maddie's

I'm sure even Cinderella's Fairy God Mother had things that went astray...
but beneath the snippets of ribbon, pieces of paper and remnants of cloth lies the beginnings of a beautiful creation, resulting in a dollie that tugs at the heartstrings.
Your chaos is simply the means to an end... an absolutely delightful one at that!
xo Susan


Nicol I have to laugh because my quilt room is the same way. It always starts out looking nice but when I'm working on stuff forget it... it looks like a hurricane came through LOL. :)


I'm thinking about paying someone to go in and take everything out of mine except for my tools and tables and sewing machine and just start over! I don't even wanna go in there!!

Rachael Kinnison

See I KNEW you were human! I think your studio looks enchanting Nicol~I think of mine, as it gets way worse than this, as a 'creative catastrophe'...I get into making dollys, and bits and bobs come out and go everywhere~ I think my brain is faster than my hands, and they make such a mess trying to keep up. When my rolly chair wont roll anymore, cause its sucked up 5 pounds of cast off threads in the wheels, I will take an hour or so, call a time out and clean up! May many a dollye sprout from your magical fingers :)
kindest, rachael



Bless your bones for sharing that! I totally understand the 12" square working space but I must say that the area around where your feet would be is just TOO CLEAN!!!!


Yup that could be my room! Thanks for keepin it real!

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