If Only...

my writing desk and creative spot could look this good!

I can dream though and in that process create some pretty things that I might use and not just look at, right?

Not so long ago Somerset Life Magazine had a challenge in the back of one of their issues that I decided to try. I do not usually spend the time doing these "challenges" but this one I felt was practical and useful (I am so practical ~ too much so, sometimes). It was also fun and creatively stimulating to work on something that I would not necessarily sell in my shops ~ not having to be concerned with what buyers might want. That, and the fact that my letter to the editor saying that I would be working on this project was published in their most recent issue. So I got busy.

I have always loved the tradition of buying new school supplies in early autumn, whether or not I am even in school. This year, however, the Somerset Life challenge inspired me to create some “school supplies” for myself and my workspace.

Although I have a passion for colour, I chose to use a palette of neutrals ~ mocha, bronze, silver, taupe, cocoa, graphite, rust, cream, ivory ~ and a combination of textures ~ organza, grosgrain, pearls, twine, mother of pearl, paper, wrought iron, hand made paper, chicken wire ~ for my supplies.

I grabbed an old and dark brown masonite clip board with a silver tone oxidized clip on which I tied a soft and shimmery organza fabric bow (left over fabric from my wedding dress), a dangly pearl earring, and some checkerboard grosgrain ribbon stripes.

That rusty wrought iron medallion is a remnant off of a vintage garden gate. I have used it here it as a paper weight on top of some sheets of my hand made cotton rag paper.

For the pencils, I snatched a tarnished silver cup out of our cupboard and tied a grosgrain ribbon around it to use as a pencil container.

My art eraser has corrected many mistakes, and I stamped it appropriately with the word, “oops.” I wrapped a couple of plain charcoal coloured pencils in twine and topped each with a delicate mother of pearl button.

The ornate gold vintage frame became a desk top inspiration and memo board when I attached two layers of chicken wire to the back and used miniature wooden clothes pins as clips. I also added the pretty mother of pearl buttons to the mini clips.

I made the one of a kind paper booklet (and sell these in my Etsy and Art Fire shops). The cover is a giclee print one of my original gouache designs on watercolour paper. The inside cover has a hand cut scalloped edge pocket for the enclosed giclee print bookmark adorned with ribbon and twine. The pages are acid free sketch paper and tracing paper. I have hand bound the book with a floppy grosgrain bow. For more details on my booklets, here is a recent post I wrote about them.

This collection turned out so lovely that I decided to submit the photos to Somerset Life and then they wanted me to mail everything to them. So now they have a pretty desk and mine still looks crazy.

Perhaps this will inspire you to make your desks pretty too ~ just for you!

Ciao amici,



Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Everything is so pretty Suzanne. I too know the feeling ~ everytime I think I have my little work space designed just the way I like it it ends up a mess again and a bit overwhelming. ;-)
But on the bright side....congratulations on Somersets interest in your submissions!
Take care ~ Rebecca

Grace said...

WOW! Suzanne, I LOVE what you did with the entire challenge and space, and it is no wonder Somerset wanted you to mail it all to them! My favorite piece is the "oops," although it is hard to choose between the lovely chicken wire frame and the beautifully wrapped charcoal pencils!

Poppins said...

So many lovely things! I love them all. I have always loved stationary things and I am dreaming of a beautiful and tidy desk - just like yours.
xo Poppins

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

I'm so glad you submitted it. It's sounds like you didn't get them back. Your art is beautiful.

I need to check you out further.


Sue said...

Hi Suzanne...beautiful job!! I love the twine wrapped button topped pencils and the chicken wire inside the frame is brilliant....

Teresa said...

Beautiful desk accessories...I love it! My desk (and let's face it...the whole house) is always a work in progress.

Hope to see you published!

Suzanne MacCrone said...

Thank you my friends...like I said, I wish this could be my desk...if you could only see my very un-pretty spot where I write.

One day, I would really love to have a spot like we see in the "Where Women Create" books, journals, and blogs. As I mentioned, I can dream, right?!

Ciao belle,

vy tran said...
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vy tran said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! The "oops" eraser makes me so happy looking at it. The textures of the charcoal pencils are wonderful, too. So inspiring!

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