Where Blogger Create Party!


Welcome to my studio,
 My name is Helen Gleeson,
artist behind Bare Cub Designs
let me share with you where I create my collections
This is my first Where Bloggers Create blog party
Im so excited to have you at my place!

I live in the beautiful Australian bush in the Chittering Valley
which is about 100 km north of Perth on the West coast

It might not look like much here, but my sweet man 
built this studio for me from this sea container 
delivered to our house on my Birthday.
Notice in this picture there is still no door...

Ray turning a 12 meter sea container into a log cabin
by cutting out a door and windows, 
and adding the cladding.
All while little Boof keeping watch

Well here its is. My log cabin, Art Studio!
Complete with deck and verandah

 Ray added this deck out the front 
bought me some chairs and a swing

 The deck extends out past the verandah and roof
so I can chase the sun on a spring day
and enjoy the beautiful bush

There is something wrong with this picture...
but I guess I better not complain

 Here is the inside with insulation being added

 Amazing what plaster, mouldings and paint can do!

This is the back wall and corner with my little desk

My corner desk stays pretty neat

I can't say the same for the portable trestle table 
that comes out from time to time.

Of course the trick to a neat studio 
is a store room with a door you can close

I have 4 of these Ikea cupboards full of baskets

and boxes on cupboards, keep things neat too

Here are some of my art supplies on a shelf altogether

Paints in a basket

Stamps in a basket

Scrapbooking supplies

Threads, silk, cottons all in baskets.

DMC threads for cross stitching, 
and hand-stitched embellishments

 Cottons suitable for bears noses

 My display stands that fold away made by my sister 
Leanne McBeath of SawDust Art Online

Of course all Bloggers need technology, 
so this is all stored on one shelf together

My sewing machine also meets technology. 
My brother "Winnie the Pooh" embroidery machine 
and scanner, design cards, threads etc

Here are some started projects, 
watercolours, patchwork and candle-wicking
If I ever finished them all I will have lots of blankets

Beautiful art pencils, called Inktense
use for adding water to create painted looks on fabrics etc

Storage draws from Ikea hold my fabrics

 Alpaca, mohair and fur scraps

Flannel and cottons

Suede and paw pad fabrics

Racks and coat hangers from Ikea 
hold the fat quarters

A cooker... that's for the bears, 
at least the noses I make from clay

But the bar fridge is for me...
It's nice to have a coffee break using these tins
I bought in London on my Hugglets trip

Boxes everywhere hold bits and pieces
Many are covered with beautiful scrapbooking papers

I also like to use glass jars 
bought from secondhand stores

cheap and I can easily see what I have.

A little romance and scrapbook inspiration


Here is a thin laundry cupboard with an upgrade
I painted it white and screwed some Ikea stands on the back
These magnetic spice tins are a great way to store
joints, eyes and cotter pins

I created a little memo board
Adding a few hooks and handmade magnets from buttons

I just love being surrounded by beautiful things
Pretty in purple...
not everything needs a purpose

I have lots of these shelves
and they can be put together many ways 
creating lots of little cubby holes
to display things and hold boxes
And my many hundred of magazines and craft books

My boom arm and microphone for 
podcasting for Easy ArtSpcace

Here is a cupboard for my postage and packaging
having all my little boxes, stickers etc together
quick and easy to grab what's needed 

Magazine covers featuring Bare Cub Designs!

Some of my special awards out on a shelf

some medals from over the years tucked into a little box
along with some vintage finds

Another Ikea buy, these draws hold tray inserts 
and  make extra draws

This draw neatly holds all my stickers, 
business cards, swing tags and eyelets

Handmade clay & purchased bear accessories

Beads, Bells, charms & pendants

Here are the 3 prints on the back wall 
The images are photos I took of vintage silk threads,
mounted on scrapbooking papers and framed in 
you guessed it... huge Ikea frames

Each frame is hung above a display cabinet




each display cabinet holding my 
many internet purchases..

This display holds some of my bears purchased

Here is a little children's chair 
I like to use this to store things I also like to look at 
like my book Bear Basics & Beyond

One of my cabinets houses all my sweet treats, 

Cake tins, beautiful and also good storage

I just love these little cake tins

More sweet treat display, waffle and ice creams

Ice Cream cups for my little bears


More beautiful boxes & waffles

The last cabinet is full of my vintage displays
cottons & silks

Vintage lace 

Vintage books by A.A.Milne

Vintage Singer oil can

And of course a vintage Singer 

More silks and variegated threads

& some old children's things

I like to use these old draws to store things
But as these are empty I guess I will have to get more things!!!

I hope you have enjoyed looking around my art studio,
I hope you have found some inspiration
and ideas to add to your creative space.
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