This post is for all of you who are curious about the "HIVE". My hive is my studio, my escape, my creativity center. I have said it before, it is nothing more than a very large room upstairs in the back of our house, which desperately needs to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch. Keeping that in mind, I am always having fun with it. There is nothing you can not do when you have a space like this. For example, look how cute this little bird looks living in this hole in the wall. This hole is on a wall that hides my large storage closet and I often wonder who got mad and punched the wall. This part of the house was an apartment at one point. In any case my daughter and I took a little box, added pretty paper and taped inside the closet and it is now the perfect perch. Speaking of perches, there are lots of fun things you can do with branches from your yard, like paint them. Really you can paint anything that is not moving, that is our theory anyway.
"Miss Melody Sparkle" lives on this branch. She is one of my paper mache birds decorated with old sheet music, paint and lots of glitter. She hangs out above the closet. The closet used to have some flimsy DYI doors, but this fun rose print curtain is much prettier and oh so shabby!
One of my favorite things in the hive is this old chimney that runs through it. The brick lends itself to a feeling of warmth and a tad of that "loft" look. The vintage paper umbrellas are some of my fun finds at antique shops that I have to buy but not sure what I will ever do with. They hang above Lauren's baby doll's center. She also likes to use the little chairs on the walls as thrones for animals. If you look close there is a puppy on the lower chair wearing a crown she constructed with a pipe cleaner.
On the right side of this picture is where my work/play table is hidden. The fun horse I just picked up at an antique shop and it will not be a plain brown horse for long. Not sure what it will end up looking like but "plain" will not be the word to describe it.
Blocked by the white bookcase is the old love seat from our living room. It was quite the event getting it up here. It involved removing a door and lots of prayers. I love that it is now in it's new home, adding to the coziness of the hive. I have already falling asleep there while flipping through some old books for inspiration. Ella "the tootiest" does not need any help to fall asleep, she knows cozy when she sees it. Ella is by far one of the smartest dogs we have ever owned and this proves it. She is the alpha of the house and like any queen, she has a thrown. I am honored she has chose my humble hive to rule.... or so she thinks.
Isn't my Ella just the prettiest. There were so many things I could have chose for my "big 40" bee-day this past September and I chose her. She is a rescue from a great place, German Shepherd Rescue of Central New York, Inc. (GSRCNY). What I did not know at the time was her obsession for men. She LOVES my husband. So now the big joke it that my husband got himself a girlfriend for my 40th birthday because he knew I needed a break!
This fun chalk board started life in my grandma's house as a picture that hung in her living room. It has been in storage for a very long time. Time enough to decide to re-purpose. I cleaned up the crazy gold frame and got out my trusty can of white paint and had at it. Next I painted the back of the print with a few layers of chalk board paint. Quite a fun keeper and a new purpose to something over looked for many years. Lauren could not wait to be the first to draw on it, she chose a snail!
The floor beneath is "what ya can do with an old house" trick too. There was this space the carpet did not cover so I painted the old floor boards black and white. Some of you may cringe at painting old floor boards but trust me, they are not the ones featured in Country Living magazines.
The bird pictures to the right are old framed cards and the birds are made out of feathers. Pretty clever, Lauren and I intend on trying our hand at making our own, just as soon as I find the box marked "feathers".
I am running out of time to write and this post is starting to get lengthy. Here are a few more sitings from the hive.
A fun vintage laundry bag. It works perfectly as a home for our clean rags. May actually use it to make a throw pillow eventually.
This is Lauren's "project" table. It is a great table that "grows' in height with you child. The old frames are a fun way to show off her art. We just took down all her art to freshen up for spring with new stuff.
The round box is her marker house. It was a discount blank hat box I had for years then covered it with vintage French pages and screwed on a fun knob to go with our fun black and white stuff. Lauren thinks her black and white area of the hive should be called the "zebra room"
In the fall I finally broke down and got a lap top. Competing for the computer with my husband and runny from one room to the next to do any print work or research (aka shopping) got pretty old after a while. Then the laptop needed a home, this fun table was a steal and perfect for my needs.
Here are some of my storage solutions. I love the large French wire basket for my current books and magazines I am reviewing.
The fun verdigris French horn was an antique find/steal and it really works. It is so loud it will wake the sleeping dogs in the next county!
The old suitcase and newer small cases are great for all my ephemera and scrap. Waste not,want not!
Last glimpse you can have now is the door, pardon it as it shuts on you. At least it is a pretty view.
Lauren thought I had gone completely crazy when I started decorating the door with fun papers. This door has seen better days as well, probably at least 100 years ago. Well, it was addicting and Lauren had to be a part of it all. The center of my door is my most special square, it is a bird she did with a stencil a long time ago.
Just realized, think you have seen more birds than bees in the hive but they sort of go together now don't they.
Looks like it is time to shut the hive door for now. I am behind this fun door whipping up something fabulous for sure. Y'all come back again real soon, ya hear!