Creative Space

Vintage Vials for Altered Art

SCORE: $5 for this box of over 100 vintage pigment powder vials at an indoor community tag sale.  So excited to use them in matchboxes and on other altered art projects.

I’m trying to get adjusted to a new job and some other changes I’ve made,  Can’t wait to get back to art journaling and creating.  I’ve missed it terribly.  My outlook couldn’t be brighter than what it is and I think genuine and real joy is up ahead and right around the corner.

Vintage Vials for Altered Art: Junquemail Contessa

Vintage Vials for Altered Art: Junquemail Contessa


My mini art studio.

Pretty sure this little set up will work great.  Love the sunshine right next to the table and the only supplies I have (except for 2 tubs of fabric/textile art supplies under my bed) are all contained within this small space.  It has to work, seriously, because this is the third time I have tried to get an art space right in this house.

I went through 10 years of supplies and ended up getting rid of over 3/4 of my stash.  Nothing left in the bedroom or hallway closet.  2 friends and 1 sister raiding the stash and 3 trips to Goodwill got it all out of the house.  I still have plenty left for my many interests: Art Journaling, Artist Trading Cards, Mail Art, Encaustics, Textile Art, Needlework, Book Binding and Bead Making.

It was an easy task to accomplish as I have a tendency to use the same stuff over and over again and had a fairly good idea how much space I would have left after keeping all of the essentials.  It was also easy because I finally got to the point I was so tired of digging to find stuff I needed.  Sitting down on my bedroom floor going through tons of boxes, containers, bags and drawers was exactly what I needed right now as it kept my mind occupied.  I haven’t felt like myself in a long time.  I can’t tell you how many times I started a page or project and just froze.  So many things in my life seem off kilter.  I decided that maybe it’s time to seek some professional help and try to get myself all figured out (if that’s possible).

But back to my little mini studio in the sunshine…..

Here it is:

Mini Art Studio - Junquemail Contessa

Mini Art Studio – Junquemail Contessa

I took all of my stamps out of their packaging, got rid of a ton I will never use and tossed the keepers into the little rolling table.  The stamps I kept were the ones that work great for backgrounds.

Studio Storage Stamps - Junquemail Contessa

Here’s a close up of what I decided to keep within easy reach on my working table:

Studio Storage Table - Junqemail Contessa

And here is how I keep some of my ephemera within sight.  I organized them mostly by manufacturer but some are organized by theme and size.

Studio Storage - Junquemail Contessa

If you want a peek into some of the supplies I knew I absolutely had to keep, here’s a link to my “Can’t Create Without” Pinterest Page.

Thanks for stopping by for the tour, hopefully this will be the last one for a long long long time. xoxo

$5.00 Journalmobile

Unless I have some music on, it is really really quiet in my closet studio.  That is a great thing most of the time.  Other times, it’s lonely.

I found a solution to bust me out of solitary confinement:  $5.00 vintage typewriter stand I scored at a yard sale this morning.  It’s going to be great…rolling my journal-mobile out, working in my journal while watching tv and spending time with the family in the living room.  Love that it holds my crate of supplies on the bottom, the top can expand for a little more work space and it has wheels!  🙂  Also, when I am not using it, it fits underneath the table in my closet studio, it doesn’t take up any of my standing room.


After I took my dad home, following a morning of “junking” and donuts with coffee, I had every intention of coming home and getting a bit creative.  I had put all of today’s findings away when thunderstorms made their way into our area and it suddenly felt like the perfect time to nap.  Cysco agreed….

Sweet dreams, friends. xoxo


Journaling Kit

Put together a small case of journaling supplies to use until we get moved and unpacked.  We are waiting for the tenants of the house we are moving into to close on their house and move so we can move in.  We have heard it could be as soon as this week or as late as July 15th.  I didn’t get in as much packing today as I wanted to, this medication is kicking my arse.  Doc said give it a few more days…..I am beginning to feel like a lab rat…(insert a mini pout here.)

I included some small paint tubes that I cleaned out and filled with matte gel, gesso and tacky glue.  A few neutral colors of craft paint.  Two markers, my scissors, small tape runner, Shimmer Mists and Smooch Sprays, a few embellishments, Tim Holtz cardstock packs and a washi tape sampler.  A few other odds and ends….definitely my colored pencils and pre-made background pages.  They all fit nicely in a Modella make-up case I found at Goodwill.

I know I forgot a few things I consider essentials, but will take this as an opportunity to try to work with less…which will require a bit of creativity and imagination…wish me luck.

Words, colors and images are not enough…..

To express the relief I feel.  To express how much weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  To express the worries that are no more. To express the gratitude I have for the prayers and good vibes and words of support and encouragement.  Right here, right now is an amazing place to be.

I thought I could express my emotions in my art journal but I’m speechless.  Not in a bad way.  In a good overwhelmed kinda way.

No Words