Roben-Marie Smith

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heART Journal Magazine features The DLP

The Documented Life Project is such a hit that we have made the press again! The rest of the Art to the 5th Team and I are excited to announce that The Documented Life Project is featured in the latest issue of heArt Journal Magazine.  

heART Journal Magazine talks to our team and learns more about The Documented Life Project! heART Journal is a digital only, Monthly Magazine and each issue is filled with ideas & inspiration to get your creating juices flowing and you creating. Loaded with lots of new and interesting techniques, you are sure to learn something each time you open an issue.

Curious about how "we" started? Want to read about how The Documented Life Project was born? Here is your chance!

To celebrate heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with others.

Get your free issue of heART Journal Magazine today!  This magazine is designed for your iPad/iPhone and is loaded with interactive elements, high resolution images and video tutorials!

Simply download the app on iTunes or Google Play

Then on your iPad or iPhone follow these directions using subscriber code : heART2share (case sensitive)

* Install the app on your device

* Launch the magazine

* on the Home Page, click on the Yellow Subscribe Button

* Tap on the Current Subscribers Button

* Enter this: heART2share (case sensitive) 

You will now get a free issue of heART Journal Magazine.  Remember, the code is case sensitive.   Please show heART Journal Magazine some love by giving them a rating (there is an easy to use rating link inside the magazine).  For help with the coupon code, email

Enjoy! And remember - It's YOUR LIFE - DOCUMENT IT!


newsworthy: Romantic Homes

I am so pleased to share that my blog has been featured on Visit the site here to see the gallery series titled "Blogging the Romantic Life".


newsworthy: somerset home

I T  I S  T O U G H  T O  P A R T  W I T H  E V E N  S M A L L  S C R A P S  O F  L O V E

Hundreds of tiny scraps of love. Scraps that were left over from each and every project that I had created in the years past. Outdated and too small to matter I was faced with tossing a jar full of memories. As I sifted through the proverbial refuse of project after project, I found myself smiling at the  flashbacks that these tiny bits of cloth held for me. In the end I could not put them in the trash. Instead, they found a new home that I could love. Unhemmed and scattered - a swirling ball of sweet recollections.

A pillow of reflection.

A N D   E V E R Y   M E M O R Y   W A S   W O R T H   K E E P I N G !



newsworthy: where bloggers create 2012

Please CLICK HERE or on the IMAGE BELOW for a closer look at WHERE I CREATE !


I am so blessed to have such a beautiful space to create in. I try to surround myself with objects and textiles that feel pretty to me, that make me smile. Loving where you work makes all the difference.

Read all about what inspired this room, how I organize and things I love the most, in -


To see the studios of other creative bloggers, please join in here, and be inspired!

T H A N K S  TO  K A R E N  AT 

M Y  D E S E R T  C O T T A G E  F O R  H O S T I N G !



newsworthy: green craft magazine

Look for these in Greencraft Magazine, a Somerset Publication!

Coming soon to Greencraft Magazine! Paper Bag Envelopes! Look for

a tutorial to come!



newsworthy: jewelry affaire magazine


 I have always had a love of leather crafting. I love the feel of the leather and the dimension that tooling adds.


{I love a process.}

I love laying out the design. I love the patterns, unique and original hammered out each time the mallet falls. I love painting in the details, planting a beautiful garden as I go. I love the staining. Taking the vivid color down a notch, creating a timeworn look, soft and weathered.

Each time a beautiful {process}. A routine. A ritual. An assembly line...


...a calming feeling.


 ...vintage seam binding tie closure adds charm to this cuff...
 ...a teardrop cut from leather, vintage beading, and a cabachon make for a beautiful pendant...
 ...these are my lovies...I love the vintage jewels. I have been collecting vintage jewelry for a long time, and finally I have found a way to use some of my favorite pieces...
 ...I fiddled with the stain and sealer until I came up with a beautiful {glazed} look...
 ...and the colors are wonderful. There is no rule for beauty in a garden, as there is no rule here...




newsworthy: where i create - somerset life 

This is where I create...

 ...this room used to be a pretty shade of blue, but I wanted more light,more reflection, more white. This new room is much more {ME}.

I keep almost all of my trinkets and fabric close at hand. I am a collector of containers and {LOVE} them in any shape, size or medium, especially metal. If it can hold something, I will find a use for it. My newest favorite container - that sweet old galvanized {MAILBOX}. I Love it!

I know there are a lot of photographs. It is so difficult to get all the angles of a room, and I tried to take advantage of the wonderful afternoon light. Enjoy!


 The first piece of furniture I had for this room, years ago, was the island. I loved that it was white with a butcher block top. When we decided to add the rest of the built ins, my sweet husband offered to use planks of wood for the counter tops, so that it would mimic the butcher block of the island.

Everything goes with butcher block and white...especially many great finds on old ones at the local thrift stores.

 Here is a photograph of my new wreathe. I fell in love with the one here and had to make one. Emily Jones Design and Aunt Peaches have the best tutorials, complete with lots of great images. Of course, mine has ten tons of berries and pears and other goodies added to it...oh yea, and about 125 coffee filter flowers...

 ...I have a few of the vintage metal card holders. I use them for displaying my favorite vintage {NUMBER} playing cards.


The best part of this room is the two {BIG} windows. I can never have enough natural light. It really makes a difference for me when working with the dye lots colors.

 My magnetic board is always loaded with the most recent dye lot...and anything that catches my eye. This week it was the {FRAGILE - HANDLE WITH CARE} impromptu sign that I cut off of a box.

 Several years ago, when I knew I was going to have my very own {creative space} I started hunting for the perfect storage bins. I found them on clearance at a company called {HOLD EVERYTHING}. They have been my tried and true staple pieces. The are most importantly {WHITE} and they are metal. I love them. They have been durable and neutral. I have a several different pieces in the collection and love them all.

 Good 'ole {IKEA} has great hanging storage. I like that it was also neutral and metal...and the best part is that all the pieces are interchangeable. If you are looking for something similar, I found them in the kitchen department of {IKEA}.

 Two more of my favorite things on display and ready to use at all times...{FABRIC} AND {NUMBERS}.
 I found this cool file organizer at my church thrift store. It was black. A little white spray paint, a turn on her side, and she makes a sweet fabric organizer. {LOVE}...and numbers are everywhere...can never have enough numbers.


So when my hubbie was finished creating the countertops, he asked me to take some time and figure out where I wanted my lamps, sewing machine, etc. This was so he could drill holes where the cords would go {he knows I hate cords showing}...the best part of all was the local {GLASS MAN} was able to drill the same hole in the glass I had made to cover the wood.

 The white frame is backed with rabbit wire. I love these and have several. I use them for portable design they are {PRETTY}...




...and more white storage under the window for paper of all kinds...

 I haven't changed out the hanging lamp yet, but am planning on replacing it in the future. I had a sweet chandelier all picked out for that spot, but it never made it past Sophia's it adorns her ceiling. {NOT} sure how that I am on the hunt again. I need a pretty tiny one, for the space to look right, so for now I just made a sweet muslin {CORD COVER} for the {IKEA} lamp that resides here now.

 The old metal baskets are so sweet. They are almost like a miniature locker basket. Not sure what they were used for. I put a yard of two of my favorite and most used trims in oversized test tubes and placed them near my sewing area. This way they are always on hand when I need them...and flowers. They are lots of {FLOWERS} in this room. None of them are the same, because I love them all...also some of my favorite dyed wool yarn, in shades of white and pale pinks.

 A {PEONY'S FAVORITE FINISH CUSTOM BASKET} is home to part of my glass jar collection. The larger ones rest on top of the wall cabinet.

 I just love the way a chunk of hand dyed material looks...

 There is something very cheerful about looking at this...

 ...and this. That is why I keep them around at all times.

 The glass counter tops allow for the widest range of freedom when creating. I can use all types of mediums without a mat...dyes and hot glue, which are usually tough to get off of any surface, just wipe right off with a spot of windex or goo gone.

 Look at my sweet smelling lavender scented sachets. The tags are removable and say {INSPIRE} and {LIVE}. These were a lovely gift from Becky at Junk to Joy

...another old office supply basket that got a new coat of shabby white paint. The key was a most treasured gift from Michelle at Petite Michelle Louise. She knows my love of hearts, and in honor my Angel son created this precious key with a heart shaped stone on it...{i love it}

 Everyone has a {behind the door} spot. This is mine. It houses my threads, aprons, dye swatches, needle felting supplies, stickles and glue gun...all of these things hang on one of those awesome heavy duty metal clip style organizers from {HOLD EVERYTHING}.

 My coveted piece of all time. {THE WOOL CABINET}. This is a piece that I collected from the side of the road in my little town. A local mechanic was getting rid of it and it was mine if I hauled it away. It was orange in color it was so rusty and all the parts drawers were missing. It was over {7 feet tall} and almost {4 feet wide} and I had a vision of what is could be. I called {MR.723} and begged him to collect it...little did I know it weighed over a thousand pounds...{6} metal grill brushes and {17} hours later it was just the way I wanted it...{and of course also screwed to the wall}...


...and a shot of the baskets on the bottom shelf of the island...the two tiered metal stand was a not-so-pretty shade of gold when I found her. Some more white paint and she holds all my favorite vintage hankies and  hand made ruffled silk flowers ready to be put together...


 ...another wonderful container from {HOLD EVERYTHING} houses all of my vintage papers and images and paper findings...

 ..more shots of the this {YUMMY} wreathe... first I was hesitant to cover up this sweet chalkboard...but then when I did it looked so great layered that I had to leave it...

 ...below is a sweet white candle sconce adorning the door to the room. This little sconce was not always so {SWEET}. It was the ugliest fake gold plastic 1970's sconce you ever did see...just goes to show you what some good white spray paint will do for an ugly little object!

 This little storage cubby came straight from the hardware isle at my local Wal-Mart. It is plastic. It was silver. You guessed it -  {MORE WHITE SPRAY PAINT}. I am so glad that they make it just for plastic now. It is so awesome! I have everything from vintage buttons to paper clips in this thing and it cost me about {{$6.00}.

 ...the stool are from {IKEA}. They are not my first choice, but fit the budget and went with the butcher block. Now that I am learning to use my new {SEWING MACHINE} I might try making some sweet ruffled slipcovers...if you have an easy tutorial I would love to hear about it!

 ...I bought all the cabinets and cupboards in boxes at {HOME DEPOT}. My Hero spent lots of hours with those 468 page long direction booklets putting all of these together for me. They are not frilly or even very {PRETTY} but they are white and clean lined and were super cheap. Perfect! Even the island and the beautiful glass doored cabinet came in boxes. They were purchased at {K-MART} a few years ago.