Thursday, July 11, 2013

Welcome to my Art Studio

Welcome to my creative space
"Where Bloggers Create"
My name is Helen Gleeson
Artist behind Bare Cub Designs.

I hope you enjoy your stay.
Here are a few photos of my studio 
created from a sea container


A little change form Last years blog party
where all the cupboards were in the storeroom..
More on that later

Here is my work table and hutch
Plenty of space to cut coats on

A few awards and my book
Bear Basics and Beyond

 Fur - of course

Stuffing and fabrics, paw pad suede etc

 One of my shelves with my 
"Sweet Treat" theme

Magazines... Love them

Beautiful bowls for displaying my bears


Shelves, this time with antique pieces

Books by Author AA Milne

Trays of... online shopping buys.
Little bells and trinkets

Ribbons wound on pegs - great way to store ribbons
so you can see what you have on hand.

Cubby holes with options and ideas for bears

More cute cups

 Bear accessories?

Treo.. 
has found a home now but around for the photo-shot!

Trays of trinkets

Perfect to adore pandas

After looking at all these pieces 
I feel inspired to make a bear!!

Not clean, as you can see
take a peak inside the storage room... 
Oops
Lucky I can just close the door!

Hope you enjoyed your visit.
If you want more photos....


Thanks for stopping by

42 comments:

  1. Hi, Helen. Your sea container space is so clean and neat! When you say "sea container," do you mean the kind of containers they load on ships? How did you get one? That's really neat! I love your cute, cuddly teddy bears... thanks for sharing your space. :-)

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    1. Hi Carmen, yes the kind they load on ships. My husband bought me it for my birthday and turned it into a art studio. Cut out the door, windows, added lights a deck and even a store room! Its a wonderful space. Here are the photos before and after http://barecubdesigns.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/where-blogger-create-party.html Hugs Helen

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  2. Your bears are to die for. So amazingly talented are you and your space looks very nice and functional obviously.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words about my bears! Hugs Helen

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  3. Your creative space is wonderful and your little bears are precious. I made bears regularly about 30 years ago and have not made one in years. In organizing my space, I came across my favorite pattern and now seeing your bears, I am inspired to make another one.

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    1. Oh this is a wonderful comment, I love hearing this. I wish you all the best - Happy Stitching! Hugs Helen

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  4. How exciting, I always love to see what people build with sea containers (I think there was one in last years WBC and it was in Australia). You sure got the maximum space look to your container and its so sorted and tidy, really nice & brilliant use of space!!!

    Love the black and white teddy bear, he looks like an sea otter... Super cute!!!

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    1. It sure is amazing, the outside looks like a log cabin now, although when it first arrived my mum had images of me in a sweat shop on a ship... Its just wonderful inside and out now! Hugs Helen

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  5. Wow, I have never seen anything like that before!! It looks pretty big too. You are well organized and I love your little bears, so cute. Thanks for sharing with us Helen, have a wonderful day enjoying all the great spaces to see. Blessings, Linda

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    1. Im glad you like it - its 12 meters long, so I find it hard to make it not look empty - but then I have so much mess most of the time. the store room keeps most the mess away.. Hugs Helen

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  6. Thanks for the tour of your studio - it's inspiring. I'm about to ransack our loungeroom (my work space) again, to try and locate yet another missing bear part - how can these bear bits disappear so easily, I wonder!
    Hugs,
    Kayzy

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    1. Not to worry, I still lose bear parts all the time. being so small I often find myself making a second arm.. Hugs Helen

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  7. I love the colors in your studio Helen. All soft and pretty!! I'm so glad you join us again for this years party! It's always a pleasure. :)
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen, and thanks to you fo making my Blog just as beautiful! Hugs Helen

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  8. wow! would never have picked it as sea container.. what a stunning makeover.. love you space!

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    1. Thanks Bevlea, I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Hugs Helen

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  9. I have never gotten to see a studio of a bear maker, much less get to learn about one. Such a niche. I loved your space and all of the props you use to photograph your own bears. Super talented!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words about my cubs. I am glad you like them. Hugs Helen

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  10. Absolutely love your space and your bears!!! Hugs

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Thanks for stopping by. hugs Helen

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  11. Wow! Color me impressed. A sea container, how very creative. I would love to have seen the outside too. Do you have plans to cut windows out, or maybe not having them is better for inspiring your creativity. I love how light and bright you have made it and all the wonderful storage. I know I already said it, but I am so very impressed :)
    I'm having a Give-A-Way of a $25 Amazon.com gift card to anyone that follows my blog and leaves a comment.
    I would be honored to have you join the fun, maybe you'll get lucky and be the winner :)
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie, Yes I have windows and a door and one end closed in as a store room. There is a deck out the front and the before and after photos can be see too. http://barecubdesigns.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/where-blogger-create-party.html Hugs Helen

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  12. WOWWW!! I had to go back and review last years post to see how this all started . . . and HOLY COW! What a brilliant (if you have the space and ability) idea! I LOVE your studio, my friend. What an awesome husband to create this space for you, too. I adore it. (And it looks like you still have lots of storage spaces to fill up . . . which is super exciting to me, too!) Thanks so much for sharing your creative space with us all! Happy creating, my friend!

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  13. Thanks for your comment Leanne, I hope you can come back next year and see what changes I have made.. Hugs Helen

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  14. your space is wonderful and your bears are so adorable. Thanks for the tour

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  15. Yours is the type of organized craft space I would have in the basement where I make cards but my unfinished are is better than nothing. I've never seen your bears before and I see personality in every little face peering out from your blog. So sweet!

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  16. Hi, Helen ~

    Your bears are SO adorable! Love that you've repurposed a sea container ~ and created such a serene space!

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  17. That long expanse of white cabinetry drew me in right away. Your space is lovely and open, so carefully organized. Your bears are too sweet. Thanks for showing the storage room too LOL
    Keep smiling and creating thanks for sharing.

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  18. .WOW, YOU ARE SO CLEAN AND ORGANIZED. LOVE YOUR LINE UP OF CABNET AND CUBBOARDS.

    HUGS,
    CINDY@STITCHES

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  19. Your bears are so cute; what a great space to create these lovely ones in! Thanks for the tour!

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  20. What a nice space you have to create your precious bears! Cheers from singpaore

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  21. From how it looks on the inside you wouldn't think it was made from a container. You've done a really good job on the finish.I love the clean look of the white and how you've organised everything (I'm ignoring the storage room). Your teddy nears are gorgeous too.
    Thanks for sharing your room.
    Happy making.

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  22. Darling bears my sweet friend! Loved how you use vintage finds too!

    xo
    Leann

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  23. Oh my, seeing all that fur hanging there, brought back memories when I used to make teddy bears. I am just into cardmaking nowadays. Thanks for sharing your space with us. Love your place. hugs Sharon

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  24. Love your bears and your great creative space!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  25. Love seeing where your adorable little bears, like Treo, are created! Thanks for sharing.. It was nice meeting you, and I enjoyed stopping by today! ~tina

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  26. So nice to see a peek at your space Helen, it is lovely.

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  27. Hi Helen
    Your bears really are unique and I just love all the little embellishments you have collected to decorate your bears with having been a bear maker in the past a number of years ago now. Each little bear has it's own personality and yours are special!
    Thanks for sharing you beautiful space with us!
    Suzy

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  28. Thanks for the tour! Such cute bears you make! I'm going to have to try using clothespins/pegs for my ribbons--great tip.

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  29. what a sweet inspiring place for bears to be born, love your space!
    Helen

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  30. What a great amount of space! You bears are darling! Have fun party hopping and thanks for the tour!
    Hugs Marilou of Lulus Lovlies

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  31. Fantastic space, I am thinking of getting a shipping container too to use as a studio on the side of our house so the 6yr old can have his own room. Love all your little areas and your bears are adorable. I am just getting back into making a few after a break of about 8 years :-)

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