It's cozy - or claustrophobic, depending on my mood - but I like the challenge of making everything fit and using the space to the maximum. I also like getting out all of my weird little stuff to look at, and so the top of the window frame is home to several important collections: namely, toy cleaning supplies, wooden chairs, toy farm animals that walk when you put them on a slight slope, and unusual objects that spell out words.
The SENSIBLE piece? I have no idea. It's made of iron. I suspect it has something to do with shoe making or repair, but that could be just because I'm such a fan of a sensible shoe. I found it on the last day of an estate sale this summer and could not believe it had been passed over.
The entire window frame display, with low storage underneath. Moving right from SENSIBLE is my prized slate barn sign for a cow named Oodles, a gift from the wonderful Sue. Is it not the most awesome thing ever? Then there are some type blocks, a toy horse, another chair and more objects from my important collection of toy cleaning supplies. I am the proud - nay, haughty - owner of three mint-condition toy dust pans, which represents an important sub-collection. (The third is also on display and may show up in a later photo.)
There are various sewing supplies and buttons on top of the storage drawers, and a Renwal baby day care center. There are four clients, who fortunately are content to spend their day in a play pen or strollers.
(I'm going to try to get my friend Gloria to come over here and show me how to get some decent photos. Taking good photos in a dark space is beyond me. Especially when you have to aim directly at the only light source.)
My bulletin board is over the work table, joined by some shelves that became dollhouse rooms. (I believe the coveted third toy dust pan may be in the first-shelf room, but it's blocked from view. Another day, perhaps.) Creating a fun space was one of the rewards of cleaning out some of my clutter. I'm really going to work on getting some photos that do it justice. Just couldn't resist sharing at least a peek!