Monday, June 14, 2010

The party, and a much needed break.


I can't believe the party is only 5 days away!!! I'll be honest with you... I'm glad we are nearing the end! These last 2 months have been crazy!!!! I must apologize to every one of you who have left me a comment over the past few weeks. (maybe more) I know I have been horrible at responding. I promise I had every intention of doing so. I set up a separate file of comments to respond to, but somehow I never found the time. So many blogs to add to the list, and to send emails of confirmation to! Plus work and home chores... Well, you understand I hope.

I have a couple of suggestions for all who are participating in the party to help make it a wonderful experience. First, please post your photos on the evening of the 18th if you can. That way, all those early risers and out blog friends in Europe and other parts of the world, don't miss out on any of the inspiration because they started early!

Second, many of you use word verification on your blog. (That's those crazy letters we all have to type in in order to leave a comment. The purpose of this is to prevent comment spam. I have been lucky, and not ever had a problem with this. But if you choose to use yours, perhaps you could consider turning it off for a few weeks during the party. It will make leaving 450 comments so much easier!!! LOL!!! To do this go to SETTINGS>COMMENTS. Then scroll down until you find the word verification section and click NO (or NEVER.. I can't remember)
After the party you can turn it back on if you want to.



Last Friday, I took a much needed break and went and spent the day with my mom, my cousin Cherie and her daughter Katie. We had a very creative day!! The week before, my mom and I were window shopping in Anthropologie, when we saw these adorable headbands. I picked up the band and looked at the price. Then I uttered those words that have been said a million times by countless crafters... "I can make that!!!!"

We went to Ulta and picked up those skinny little headbands, then the craft store for ribbon and felt. We pulled out needles and thread and the hot glue gun, and created to our hearts content.


Mine were all neutrals. That's what I wear the most. The floral one came from a piece of lace that I cut apart and then dyed in coffee. (It still smells good) All you need to do is create your ribbon roses and use a circle of felt to sandwich the headband in between.


Katie had never made these ribbon roses before. In fact she says she isn't crafty at all. I don't believe her! She did an amazing job!

Well enough slacking.. it's time for me to get back to work and finish adding those last few blogs to the list. Have a wonderful week and I will see you all on Saturday!!!!
xo,


54 comments:

Lovey said...

Karen...I understand completely! I think we all do...No worries! Here's to a great Party and thanks for Hosting it again this year! I'm excited and know it will be wonderful!
Many Hugs...Lovey

Leanne said...

I'll turn the word verification from Thu-Sun, but if I get comment spam it goes back on.

To be honest, I'm not sure how an extra 10-15 seconds of word verification is going to slow things down that much.

jsimplylive said...

Love the headbands. I have been working on linen flowers for the past couple of days. By the way thanks for your suggestion about word verification on my blog :) I didn't even know it was turned on...lol. By the way, I wrote a post about the party today too! Really excited to see everyone's creative spaces. You are a brave woman to put this together.

Glenda... said...

Hey sweetpea, is it too late 4 me.
please don't blackball me or anything, but it got away from me
glenda
http://serendipitycottage-fleamarketmama.blogspot.com
And I am still wanting you to work on my blog later...
hugs,
blessings,
a bag of cookies...
lol
glenda

BLISS angels said...

Hi Karen . thank for hosting this , wonderful idea but I think I did something wrong because my blog is not on the list. what do I need to do??? I want to take part. Yours ~Wendy at blissangels

Ginger said...

I appreciate all the work you are doing on this, very unselfish. I can't imagine all the work it must entail, and yes I will turn off my word verification if that will help. Good luck and congratulations on a job well done.

Ginger
glitter and roses

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I also keep a file of blogs to answer. That is usually my Saturday morning job! I can't wait for the party. I don't have a creative space, but I wish I did!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I also keep a file of blogs to answer. That is usually my Saturday morning job! I can't wait for the party. I don't have a creative space, but I wish I did!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Karen....Your headbands are so cute! Can't believe how much they charge for things like that in a store! Btw, I seen you in the magazine at my grocery store! I will have to go back and buy it if I can find a discount coupon. Congratulations!~Hugs, Patti

curlysusieQ said...

Let me just say, I love your headbands. I'm excited to be part of the party and hope I load up my pictures right. We all have busy live, so thanks so much for finding time to have this party.

Debby said...

Hi Karen, I can totally understand! You must be so overwhelemed at the moment. I can hardly wait for Saturday, this is going to be an amazing party. Thanks for hosting and putting so much time and effort into this for us.

I love, love the headband.

Hugs,
Debby

Carol B said...

What party? I was hoping to find a link to it, but apparently did not look hard enough.

Carol B said...

duh - oh, that big pretty picture is the link! never mind...

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Love the head bands and may try to make a few in my spare time.

As far as the party, it's the most wonderful time of the year (can you hear the music?) I love this party of yours, or did last year and know this year's will be amazing and I'm almost ready. See you Saturday!
~Tracie

Debora said...

So glad you took a break, Karen. It's good to take care of yourself, and you have been one busy bee. Cute headbands!

I've been setting up pictures in my mind...tomorrow I hope to actually snap them. What a fun party it'll be! Thank you for hostessing!

A Vintage Chic said...

LOVE those headbands, Karen--gorgeous! My mom and I are always saying that, too--and we do!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyones spaces on Saturday--you're so wonderful for organizing this! Hopefully I'll join in with you next year...my space isn't very exciting this year!

Hope you get a little rest soon!

Julie

Dorthe said...

Hi sweet Karen,
Yes I can immagine that you have had lots,of lots to ,do--can`t blame you for wishing for more piece,soon...
The headbands are so sweet, dear.
Well see you soon, I`m so looking forward to all the eye-candy.
Hugs, Dorthe

BEAR's Mom said...

Karen...those are gorgeous headbands...and i love our crafters mantra: i can make that myself :D
i'm still working on my space...but it has given me a chance to see things I FORGOT I EVEN HAD...looking forward to this weekend :D
~victoria~

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Karen,
What a great blog you have...love those headbands!

I just became a follower and added you to my blog list! Now I have to go see what this "party" is all about.
Rondell

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think this is just such a busy time of year, Karen. Just had my daughter's baby shower this past weekend and two clients {in addition to the day job}. I haven't had much time to make anything {except for the shower} and I miss it. Looking forward to seeing everyone's spaces!

Brooke ~ SummerBrooke Gardens said...

Love the headbands, just adorable!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How cute! I love them! ♥

Counting Your Blessings said...

FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY?! Oh my. You are so wonderful to be our hostess. I'm pretty sure that I threw my name in the pot earlier but if not, please count me in. Can't wait to see all the amazing spaces! Thank you for all that you're doing.

Blessings... Polly

The French Bear said...

Can't wait, I just hope I can join in ....mess or no mess!!! That's how my life has been this year! I keep saying that things will slow down....when??!!!
I hope you can have some rest soon...you have been like the energizer bunny!!! I have had lots of compliments on my blog.... thank you!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Gail said...

The head bands are darling. Everyone understands and sure do not want you to get burn out, so try and take some time this week for more deserved time to rest.
See you Saturday. PS, I will try turning of my word verif, but I have gotten spam even with it.

Michelle May said...

You're going to need a vacation after this weekend! I'm so looking forward to visiting with everyone. It was so much fun last year and I made many wonderful friends. (you being one of them!)
Thanks for all your work in putting this together girlfriend.
You're a shiney, happy star in blogland.
Love ya! See ya Saturday!

Gloria said...

Yes I love that PhotoFunia, it is awesome. I've been using it for the past week and having lots of fun. A bloggie friend of mine introduced me to it and I just can't get enough. Good luck in your party, I'll be visiting although I'm not participating, I sure will visit the studios. Fun!!

Gloria said...

Yes I love that PhotoFunia, it is awesome. I've been using it for the past week and having lots of fun. A bloggie friend of mine introduced me to it and I just can't get enough. Good luck in your party, I'll be visiting although I'm not participating, I sure will visit the studios. Fun!!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Karen,

Growing closer every hour! I'll make sure all is turned off to make the comment processing much faster.

I love it! {will make it much easier to leave 450 comments!} I feel like I'm warming up for the indie 500..LOL

If you remember last year I joined in and showing my "empty" studio..LOL I think I was having windows installed at that time...what fun this year is going to be.

What fun, what fun!

Thanks for all of your hard work, Karen...you're the best. ♥

Stephanie ♥

Queen of Dreamsz said...

....I love those headbands!!

Steph

Nancy said...

Oh, how I'd love to have found out about this on time! Bummer! Well, there's always next year! Your blog is lovely, lovely, lovely! So glad to have found it. I'm your newest follower!

Lynn Richards said...

Karen
Life is just crazy right now for everyone!!! I am glad for the reminder of the party...
Loved the headbands, and good for you, because I can just imagine how much they were at that wonderful Anthropologie!!!
xoxo
lynn

Deb {Posted from} Home said...

Hi Karen
Love all the little hairbands - adorable!
See you Saturday ♥

My Shabby Roses said...

Can't wait for the party! I didn't sign up this time but what a great incentive to get that studio cleaned up! You've got a lot of participation I can see why it's been a lot of work!

Your headband are so sweet, what a fun project.

See you at the party!

Leah C said...

My post for "Where Bloggers Create" will be a little early...but I'll be late to the party because I'll be at my step-son's wedding on Saturday! Thanks for hosting, Karen, and for the tip about the word-verification:)

Marina Capano said...

I can understand!
see you on saturday in your funny party!!!
I hope you can add me in your list
I'm doing party post!!!

xoxo

Charlene said...

Soooooooooooooo funny you did the post about the headbands. I bought the stuff to make some for my mermaid event. After seeing Jennifer Hayslips adorable hairpin with feathers & flowers at Petticoats & Parasols it started the old wheels turning. Am I surprised that once again we're on the same page?????????? NOPE! LOVE YA KIDDO! Charlene

Elyse said...

hi karen,

the headbands are beautiful!

i am so looking forward to your WBCII party. i'm thinking of posting tonight while i know i have the time. we'll see!

thank you for all of the effort you've put into this. how thrilling for you and for all of us!

xo
elyse

Liz said...

Hi ya! I have my post ready and I'm looking forward to see everyone's creative spaces. :)

I think that this is going to be a big hit! :)

~Liz

P.S. your headbands are darling!!

Deidre said...

KAREN...I just found out about your BLOG TOUR of CREATIVE SPACES...I'm too late to join in this round...but maybe another time. I will definately be going on the venture to share in all the PEEKS at the great studios/working spaces out there!
Deidre Mosher

Deidre said...

KAREN...I just found out about your BLOG TOUR of CREATIVE SPACES...I'm too late to join in this round...but maybe another time. I will definately be going on the venture to share in all the PEEKS at the great studios/working spaces out there!
Deidre Mosher

Susan said...

Oh, the headbands are just beautiful. I love neutral colors mostly for myself, as well...

They came out lovely.

Susan

fairmaiden said...

Thank you kindly for adding me to the Party even though I was late in signing up. You are so sweet. Rose(of Bella Rosa) says the nicest things about you!!! She loves you. ox~Fairmaiden

Looking forward to Saturday!

. said...

Love the head bands, really pretty and Im like you, I like neutrals too. Looking forward seeing everyonce places, where they create and make a wonderful mess : ) Oops, that means I have to clean my up tonight and take the pictures (because its a huge mess)... okay of I go, time to clean!!!

Becca said...

Hi Karen! I'm looking forward to the party, this will be my first year. I have already taken a half of a day off from work on Friday so I can be prepared! I can't wait to see everyone's creative spaces! Fun! See you there!
Thanks for all the work you've done!
Becca

Marina Capano said...

Thanks! see you on saturday!

I put in my blog your nice banner!


xoxo

besos

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Karen,

I adore the headbands!

I wrote to you a few weeks ago that I would be attending the party. But I am not sure if I actually left a comment on THE post.

I couldn't check as the comments are now unaccessible (which is a wise thing to do).

Either way, I have my post written and it will go up tomorrow. I also truly love to use the linky for its intended purpose: discovering and visiting new blogs. My goal is to visit everyone participating so I appreciate you asking that they turn the verification off. :)

Be blessed!
Laura

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Hello,dear Karen!-)*

What an beautiful,realy cozy,just absolutely gorgeous blog do you have!!!
I came here from nicesest lady Rebecca and I am SO happy,that I meet you in these Wonder Blogland:-)))*

Love,
***Violetta***

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Karen,

Thank you for hosting this again this year. I look forward to this blog hop and my post is ready to go this afternoon, so those who live in earlier time zones can get a head start.

I appreciate all the hard work you do each year, and admire your efforts. I feature a new blog each day, so it is only natural that your blog will be today's (June 18).

Great minds seemingly think alike, since I had decided to turn off word verification a few days before I read your post. It really DOES save time, and even nicer, it saves stress on our wrists, too.

Sarah @ Different Dog said...

Karen, I know I'm late in joining, but could you please add my blog to the party list?
www.differentdog.com

I will be posting my space tonight.

Keep up the good work!

prashant said...

Really excited to see everyone's creative spaces. You are a brave woman to put this together.
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Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Karen,
JUST G O R G E O U S !!!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful space. My favorite (of course) is your darling doggies. What a fun thing you're doing here. Off to look at more creative spaces now!
Cheers,
Holly

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