When we were planning our trip out west and knowing we'd be stopping in Portland, I just had to stop and visit my good friend Laurie from Magpie Ethel. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll have seen quite a few posts and mentions of her. While we live on opposite coasts and had never met in person, I felt like I knew her already...and her studio and home too! She and I share a similar aesthetic and of course a love for all things quirky and old. I had seen photos of her studio and home plenty of times on her blog...but it's nothing compared to seeing it in person. It's truly stunning and so so so inspiring! She has the most drool worthy collections of not only studio decorations and materials, but of things in her home too. And to boot...Laurie is as sweet as cherry pie! ...not that I was surprised by that. :)
I took a gajillion photos of all her awesome stuff...here are a bunch. They're pure eye candy.
Her pipe cleaner bug was my very favorite thing of hers...and I'm surprised I was able to pick a favorite!
Pom pom cherries.
Weird, cool doll on a bingo card on a cabinet door.
The best baby toys I've ever seen!
Hanging teacups on the newly installed pot rack.
Storks storks storks!!
Open any drawer and you won't be disappointed!
Tiny drawers. I have a lot of these too, but mine aren't so nicely organized and pretty!
Honeycombs and lanterns...to die for!
Candy canes! I've all but used all mine up...I need to go estate saling soon!!
And I thought I had a lot of putz houses!
Jars of awesomeness...
Cupcake wrappers of every size and pattern you'd ever dream of.
Sigh...ask me as a kid if I'd ever be jealous of someone's pipe cleaner collection....
Gnome guy? Yes please.
A bowl of Santas...every good studio needs one!
Her studio was chock full of goodness in every crevice and crack and from floor to ceiling...but her house was more curated and the collections were wonderfully displayed. Like this glass cabinet with honeycomb mushrooms and swans.
Raffata flowers in front of the window.
Birds in the bathroom.
The best part may be the shallow built in cabinet at the top of her stairs. All her favorite things are there...
Hey! I have this same deer ornament! But hers is glitter and mine is venetian dew...who knew they made two versions?
Sign again...love the honeycomb chicks in a row with dresden backdrop...genius!
I think I've picked my personal favorite from the cabinet. So cute!
A dresser in the master bedroom...Ben would never let me keep a display like this in our room! Humpf!
Darling vintage pipe cleaner dolls. Look at the one with the dog!
A lamp girl with lightbulb face...next project on my list...painting a lightbulb....
And last photo before my phone conked out...two coveted glittery birds...handmade by a mystery artist.
So great to meet you Laurie (finally!!) and thank you so much for letting me bombard your world! I just loved every moment!!! :)