Monday, November 2, 2015

It's Doodle Time

I love our little cottage, but sometimes finding space to be creative is a challenge.


Most of my supplies are kept in the garage


and I have a desk in my little garden house, 


but it has been too hot to work in either space.


The other day, I was cleaning the guest room and it occurred to me that this table could be functional.


 I love to doodle 


and I decided that a doodling workspace in the house would be fun.


We don't have any company scheduled for awhile and even so, I don't think anyone would object to sleeping near art supplies.


I had some fun arranging things on the table to provide inspiration.


I bought this box from Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures and it's perfect for holding paper and other supplies.


A variety of pens are easy to grab


and I added a few books to spark ideas.


More books and pads of paper are stored beneath the table.


With supplies on hand, I am doodling more and


I'm even doodling on fabric!


I wrote Give Thanks in pencil on a scrap of fabric and then doodled around the words.


A little doodling, simple embroidery, a quick crocheted edging 


and I have a little table runner for this month of Thanksgiving.


Adult coloring books are the latest trend, but now that I have the space,


I can just doodle my own drawings and then color them.


Want to come over and color?

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Now, I am headed over to

Knick of Time for the Vintage Inspiration Party

Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday

57 comments:

Down by the sea said...

The doodling on fabric is so simple and lovely! What a wonderful idea to have a doodling corner you home made versions look so much better than the books! Sarah x

Rita C. said...

Oh, Carol, I love your cottage too, and your doodling! What a pretty runner you made. Isn't it amazing what a little carved out space will do for the soul and creative spirit? I love how you use every inch of your cottage, and multi-task the space. That's proof that one does not need a huge amount of space to be happy. I hope you have a great week.
Rita

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

What a lot of FUN.

Linda said...

I have been noticing all the coloring books for adults!! I prefer your doodles!!

Kim said...

My daughter has recently discovered these coloring books and is hooked. She could sit for hours. She says is very relaxing and would rather do that than watch tv...or do her homework...Ha!

bobbie said...

I'll be right down... I know the way!!

Love it ~

bj said...

OOO, I DO....I DO want to come over and color..(I just bought daughter and daughter in law adult coloring books to stick in their stockings)...
You are so talented...I am in awe of all these adorable doodles...I want to enlarge them and hang them on my wall...I wouldn't, tho, without your permission...of COURSE !.
Truly, do you ever sell your drawings and paintings? Maybe you have an online shop..I must check...
Enjoyed every thing about your post...

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Yes! I'd love to come over and color! Love the new doodling space. The guest room is so pretty Carol! Happy Monday :-)

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Yes! I'd love to come over and color! Love the new doodling space. The guest room is so pretty Carol! Happy Monday :-)

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I'm on my way (from Virginia ;) boy that looks like fun!

Mary

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, how I used to love to doodle, colour, paint and draw! I used to have a blast doing those things for my kids when they were growing up. I miss it, and my kids when they were little! I have a lot of artists in my family and it's interesting to see how it was passed down from one generation to another. I got my mother a colouring book and she tries to colour the best she can. She has Parkinsons now but she was a very good artist in her day. Only one of my kids got the gene but the other two are gifted in other ways. That is a cute table that you get to 'doodle' on. Thanks for sharing and enjoy this first week of November, Carol.

Autumn blessings,
Sandi

Kelly said...

I love your new doodling space! You definitely should have one since you're so artistic. I have heard of adult coloring books and never really knew what they were. Now I know! I love the table runner you made. So charming and looks like it's vintage.

Vicky Hunt said...

I love your little doodling space! I thin guests may even enjoy using it themselves. I like the idea of doodling your own design for the talbe runner. I may have to try that myself. Have a great week and stay cool!

Stacey said...

You're such a doodle bug! :) Looks like fun. I was just at Hobby Lobby and they have lots of adult coloring books. I think I'd like to do that.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love your cottage and doodling area. If we didn't live so far apart I would be right over with my coloring books and pencils to Doodle with you. It's very relaxing, isn't it.
Everything looks great Carol - have a terrific week.
Mary

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your doodles are fabulous and frame-able! I love the little space you've carved out to doodle!
hugs,
Linda

Laurie said...

Love all your doodles, Carol! I especially love the table runner embroidery doodle. My, my, I just love how colorful your world is.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Such a cute, colorful and creative space. I didn't know you were an artist, too! Love your doodles.

Melanie said...

Yes, I do want to come over and color with you! I have blank notebooks, adult coloring books, lots of pens and markers, and even Zendoodle supplies from a class I took a few years ago and umm...never really then took up at home. I need an inspiration buddy! :-)

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Love your doodles. I have not done that for a long time. I will have to buy me some paper and pencils and things.

Lorrie said...

Doodling is something I enjoy, but I have to have the time, and that's not available just now. One day... Meanwhile I'm enjoying other things. I have that Doodling in French book - it's inspiring, isn't it?
Your fabric doodle is perfect for Thanksgiving!

ANNE said...

what a talent you have! my doodles are circles or stars or crap like that, yours are art!

xox

Cathy, 1929 Charmer Cottage said...

I'm glad you found a doodling space! In small house it's hard to find them. and all my tables always seem to have stuff on them which drives me crazy! As a little girl I liked to paint, and i would always ask for a paint by number set. Mom always bought the "velvet" ones, and I can remember a house I did. I think my problem is I have tooooooo many things I like to do! To have such a problem. You are most creative and your doodling is ever so pretty.

Laurel Stephens said...

Everything you touch becomes magical. I'm so enchanted with your doodles!

Merlesworld said...

Alway good to have a spot in the house for art and projects.
Merle.........

20 North Ora said...

Would love to come over and doodle and color. Looks like so much fun.

Judy

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, you doodle beautiful~~ Love the table runner.You created the perfect doodle spot in your guest room. I love your cottage! Happy November xo

NanaDiana said...

Well, aren't you just a fancy little doodler? I love it- you doodle beautifully. I used to doodle flowers in all he borders of my class notebooks ...and trees...lol I guess I was lonesome for the woods on our farm.
Love the adult coloring books- my oldest grandkids are using them and just love them.
Hope you have a great night- xo Diana

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
I love how you color your life happy and doodle such sweet designs. Love your table runner and your doodle table in the guest room. Happy creative November.
xoxo

Jackie @ travelnwrite said...

You are incredible! That's all I have to say. Love the inspiration you provide and the ideas you have!

handmade by amalia said...

You are a master doodler, Carol! These are so pretty.
Amalia
xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I have not DOODLED in years....I guess I could say that I doodle with words when I can, instead of images, but what FUN my friend! And to designate a specific space for this, you are brilliant. I so love that table setting. It's so simple, warm, and bright with your original creativity. How you'll set up the house and table for the holidays is going to be a TREAT! Enjoy your day, Anita

Marrianna said...

Very, very, very inspiring and colorful, Carol. Love your ideas. I love this time of the year when blog posts are inspiring me to pull out creative projects for gifts. I have sooooooooooooo many color pens and could doodle right along with you so since I can't come over to your house, I'll pull them out and set up a spot on the couch in front of the TV and doodle while it rains, and maybe snows, here in Northern Arizona. I definitely don't live by the sand and sea. Thanks so very much for sharing your artwork with your blog viewing audience.

Marrianna

Sue said...

Do I want to come over and color, gads yes. I love to doodle but rarely can I create anything remotely wonderful as the drawings you showed us.

Junkchiccottage said...

Good Morning Carol,
I love your creative and doodling space. Love your creative spirit.
Kris

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your doodling space!! Also love your table runner...it's so pretty.
~Cindy

Lowcarb team member said...

Great doodling ... and it can be so relaxing.

All the best Jan

Kate D said...

I would love to come over! I like to doodle, too. Just this summer, I discovered adult coloring books and I love working with the colors! Always get inspiration from your posts and especially enjoy all the flowers you share. What a great use of doodling, embroidery and crochet. Makes me guve thanks for creative bloggers like you :)

The French Hutch said...

What a great space for your supplies so you can work inside. I love your doodles on fabric and coloring using your own doodles, how neat! I would love to come over to color………..

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Yes, I would love to come over and color! I keep looking at the adult coloring books at Michaels and then figure I don't have time. You make it look so fun that I just might have to indulge. I just adore your Give Thanks runner!!

Kathy said...

I would LOVE to come over and color - my very favorite pass-time as a child. I'm so happy you were able to carve out a little space for yourself indoors.

patio garden furniture said...

That's a lot of fun! Doodle art is the best! I love how you use every inch of your cottage. Thanks for inspiring!

craftyles said...

Love the doodle station. I plan on getting some of those coloring books soon. My craftroom has always doubled as a guestroom. Guess which part gets used the most often? Love your Thanksgiving runner!

podso said...

I do like coloring and my the coloring books are flying off the press! It's fun to see. My friend does something called Zen doodling with fine black ink on white paper. Very creative. Yours is lovely too and I like all the color. You certainly don't need coloring books! Love your table runner.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You know I'm loving the doodling station you've created; I'm so happy to see that you were able to incorporate the filing box. Love your master doodling artwork, Carol!!

Patty Antle said...

I've never doodled but now I'm inspired to try! Love your Thanksgiving piece!

Have a Daily said...

I've always loved to color, and I would love to doodle with you! You are an amazing doodler, Carol. Love the cute runner! Wish I crocheted. Tried it when I was first married and I did it too tight. I need to try again. Great idea to use the desk in the guest room. I shared the creating Christmas image on SYC this week. Hop over and copy it and add a link to your own blog to place on your side bar. I'd love if you could do a post some time letting people know about it.
hugs,
Jann

Jen Kershner said...

I would very much like to come over and color and I adore your runner!

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Doodling is fun! I love your creations, particularly the table runner. I have always drawn my own embroidery designs as well.

Helen Philipps said...

What a fun idea! Everyone should have a place to doodle! Love all your colourful pictures here.
Helen xox

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Love seeing all of your cute doodles and the table runner is so sweet! :)

HWIT BLOGG said...

Love your doodles! What a nice post you share with us...
Have a lovely sunday!
Titti

Kimberley Seasideave said...

Oh my gosh, I would so love to come over and doodle with you! I so loved this post, it's been a long time since I had the time to sit down and draw or doodle...but you have inspired me to get back to doing that this week! :)
The table runner you made is so pretty, and it is that more special with your own design stitched into it!
Have a wonderful week!
Kimberley

A Joyful Cottage said...

I wouldn't mind staying in your guest room amongst your art supplies. Although I would most likely be tempted to use them myself for doodling! I adore your table runner. So quaint. So charming. As is all of your cottage. You inspire me! xo ~ Nancy

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Carol, I love doodling and you can always find a doodle on my writing pad when I have finished talking on the phone. It's not that I am not paying attention, but there is something comforting about doodling and chatting.
I remember I used to doodle in my teenage years and I used to colour parts of the doodle in black..... very pop art.... black and white.
Do you know, I have not come across many people who write their capital 'G's and 'T's the way I do..... but I notice you do..... and Give Thanks is a wonderful doodle.
With warmest wishes.
Daphne

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your doodling is a work of art, Carol! Mine looks more like a scribbled mess. :0)

Rue said...

I would love to come over and color!

That table runner is absolutely precious :)

xo